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Here goes a ! I'm super interested in -- both natural and human, especially on really long timescales. I like reading and thinking about extraterrestrial life, but am also endlessly fascinated with the diversity of life here on Earth. Definitely a social justice druid.

eurgh (child abuse and shit, bad bad stuff) 

also: the author is marion zimmer bradley, author of mists of avalon and the darkover series. there's a bunch of information (MASSIVE TW FOR CHILD ABUSE, GASLIGHTING, AND GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS IN SOME OF THE LINKS) here: jimchines.com/2014/06/rape-abu

there's so much messed up shit in mists of avalon that really should have been a red flag and i'm sure as heck not finishing this hellbook now!!

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eurgh (child abuse and shit, bad bad stuff) 

communities everywhere normalize and minimize abuse.

even "progressive" and "liberated" ones -- maybe especially those ones, since in my recent experience they seem to value the "right" of dangerous members to remain "connected" over past and future victims.

to hell with all of that bullshit. i'm so tired.

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eurgh (child abuse and shit, bad bad stuff) 

found out that the author of the book i was reading was a serial child molester and abuse enabler

these things have been known for /years/, and public hints existed for /decades/.

it's an extremely famous fantasy book and i honestly had no idea about the author until i saw it mentioned on an fb post.

there's no mention of any of this on the first search page for this author and it's buried on wikipedia.

It's been unseasonably warm for most of the time I've been home. BUT I can't find the data to support this because NOAA's website redirects to a notification about the government shutdown!!

it always gets me a little when we act like our dystopian shit just kind of happened and we all collectively goofed up, instead of a select number of individuals continually grinding up society.

like "wow climate change is so bad, we shouldn't have been using hair spray, we messed up so bad"

Yuri on Ice thoughts 

It was extremely cute and I did really like it, and I think part of my hesitation to fully accept it as A Good Series is that it's very similar to stuff I liked in high school that I now think is problematic but was really important to me at the time. So maybe I am not the target demographic. But I think the fandom has built something that's Good, and maybe that makes it queerer than authorial intent modified by censorship made the work itself.

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Yuri on Ice thoughts 

Just watched all of YOI for the first time. Loved the skating but found the romance to be more subtle than the western fandom had led me to believe. I've been thinking about queerbaiting a lot and have a lot of mixed feelings but I think I've decided that its politics are Not Bad And Good, Actually, on the basis of it having a positive queer-coded Russian character. Though I don't think it's as progressive as the fandom wants it to be, especially in a Japanese context.

"minty i'm sick of white people sci-fi"

this is a lead in to my intro to afrofuturism, it's very simple. anyways:

My Soul to Keep: Tanarive Due, about a woman who's married to a millennia old immortal black man

The Prey of Gods: Nicky Drayden, about a demigoddess who feeds on fear in South Africa

An Unkindness of Ghosts: Rivers Solomon, about a self-taught neurodiverse healer on a spaceship looking for a new home

Galaxy Game: Karen Lord, about a black boy with super-powers

When I have a bunch of thoughts that I'm struggling with, biking to my destinations end up being the motion I needed to work through them

The rhythm of biking is almost like meditation at times

my tech, gluing electrodes to my skull: i want to start a sitcom someday about working in a sleep clinic, and i'm going to call it "Overtime at the Snooze Factory"

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does anyone have any advice on not getting sucked into a research hole so deep that you don't have enough time to actually write your coursework?

I never know how/when to stop reading about a topic to the point where it's detrimental to the work that I (eventually) output

Extinction Rebellion story 

"As nothing proportionate was being done about climate change, I started to accept that the ecosystem would collapse, and vaguely hoped that there would still be time for life to restore its complexity before the sun exploded in 5 billion years. [...]

Then came Extinction Rebellion. It felt to me as George Monbiot said on Blackfriars Bridge that day: “Something I have been waiting for, for a very long time is happening”.

theecologist.org/2018/nov/30/t

apology 

Ahhh I didn't realize how many people on here I missed. How much this place meant to me. Sorry for disappearing.

I've been away for a few months so I'll re-introduce myself w/ the new influx. I love this place for the absence of corporate grossness.

Everything in the linked is still true. Additional interests are , , and . I talk about a lot, especially . and as heck and always learning how to be more in my analysis.

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Declaration of Independence, Facebook 

#Facebook removed a post quoting the Declaration of Independence on July 4 for violating standards against hate speech, which the Declaration did, indeed, contain usatoday.com/story/tech/nation

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