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Poland / Light of Bethlehem 

Shortly we will have "Peace Light of Bethlehem", where polish scouting association gives physical candles ignited from the fire that is in the cave in where Jesus was allegedly born in Bethlehem.

This action always was hypocritical for me. But this year it is doubly so. Poor scouts will give "light of peace" to random governmental persons. Including the president and probably multiple border guard commendants.

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Child abuse, Catholic Church 

Context is:

- there is a child sexual abuse problem in Poland in context of Catholic Church;
- we don't know the scale cause nobody cares to count abuse instances (well some people do care but government does not*)
- getting damages money is super hard; cause priests have no property and church does not acknowledge responsibility;
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* arguably current party is just hostile to church child abuse survivors. But previous didn't care either.

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Poland, nationalism ww2 

Nationalists (or facists) would say that was attacked in World War 2 by (choose from the list below):

* Atheists
* Communists (of course S in NSDAP stands for Socialism)
* German nation & Russian Nation

What they omit is that we were rather attacked by two nationalistic regimes (N stands for National). Soviet Russia was somwhat cosmopolitan, but in practice being a Russian in Poland was somewhat a priveledged position too.

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Polish politics // Woman rights abuse 

Right now we have very big "Black Protest" marches, as ruling party decided to enforce (already very strict) abortion restrictions in Poland.

Basically woman would be forced to birth with severe defects (even ones that will die in first day of life).

They also started using terms like: "unborn human", "unborn patient".

This is all to appease to Catholic Church (after bishops publicly urged the government to hasten this legislation)

I'm looking for a table top RPG group to join. Simplest for me would be play by post otherwise we'd need to accommodate European timezones.

Preferably some simple system: Quest or Blades in the Dark or something similar. Could be Fall of Magic even.

Boosts appreciated.

I could probably try gming if needed tho this is not my first preference.

Polish Joke inside 

During the polish people's republic times, a lot of people thought that "in the west" money is literally lying on the streets.

So brave protagonist emigrates, and after leaving the train in faxct they see 100$ note on the street.

They start to kneel to pick it up, but then walk away muttering to themselves: "nah I won't be working in the first day".

Poland COVID 

There will be new restrictions in Poland. Most of them are virtual, i.e. reduce maximal density of people in shops from 10 sq metre per person to 15 sq metres...

Nobody checks these numbers right now and I suspect nobody will in the coming weeks.

Still no vaccine mandate, nor employer has the ability to check vaccination status.

Mental Health - // Poland 

I'm tired.

Partially this is beouse of deadlines at work (not doing overtime). Mainly due to Poland being Poland.

I loaned a beater car to a friend so he can go to the Belarusian border to help refugees ask for asylum.

Today I learned that Territorial* Defense tried to (illegally) pull him out of the car. And when police came they refused to take down the data of the soldiers that tried to hurt my friend.

Lack of good news is exhausting.

Uspol // shooting 

US politics seen from EU is more and more dystpoic, and cryptic.

Now I see Facebook post: "Last I checked a first aid kit never shot and killed anybody". Without context it is both very obvious and very disturbing.

Poland / Light of Bethlehem 

What would be very big symbolic gesture? Not taking part in this shenanigans. Just telling the in current circumstances symbolic actions are not enough.

Anything but actively supporting the regime would be good.

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Poland / Light of Bethlehem 

And Polish Scouting Association will not take a stand for kids dying on polish soil but instead it will take part in a symbolic or stunt that allegedly will bring "peace" to the world ...

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Poland / Light of Bethlehem 

(polish scouts are on friendly terms with border guard due to various reasons).

So instead of normal hypocrisy now scouts will be used as a PR stunt of politicians and border guard leaders (whom I believe are currently doing lesser crimes against humanity)... All this when people from middle east are actually trying to visit Poland and probably dying of cold in Polish forests.

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Poland / Light of Bethlehem 

Shortly we will have "Peace Light of Bethlehem", where polish scouting association gives physical candles ignited from the fire that is in the cave in where Jesus was allegedly born in Bethlehem.

This action always was hypocritical for me. But this year it is doubly so. Poor scouts will give "light of peace" to random governmental persons. Including the president and probably multiple border guard commendants.

School stuff 

Learn for the sake of learning. If a subject is not interesting don't invest more time than needed to pass.

I wasted too much time memorising unnecessary stuff showed down on me by bad teachers.

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School stuff 

PSA: every passing grade is good enough. In real life nobody will care for your grades (unless you know that your grades will factor into some documented process - eg. a scholarship or getting to next level of education).

In IT nobody cares for your grades, even in the first job

Getting straight A average (or 5.0 in Poland) is like getting 100% achievement in a game. Nobody will care in a year...

Some time ago I was doing a hobby project related to randomly generating images.

In the meantime I decided that I need to rewrite Python version to C++, as the Python part was too slow.

I got around to publishing python version right now: gitlab.com/jbzdak/povray-gen. Anyhow if you are into diving into half-baked hobby projects (or making generative art) feel free to dive in :)

I'll publish other things in due time.

I have set up a bookwyrm account (jacek@reading.taks.garden). I will try to move my reading/reviewing there.

I have no idea what it means for this account. As of today this account is 90% random boosts + my book reading log.

If you are interested follow me there :)

Bad late capitalist poetry 

This small risk is acceptable
It's just a possibility of
Catastrophic damage
Happening after
My performance bonus is due

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This small risk is acceptable
Good income now
Somebody else will pay
For the fallout

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Bad late capitalist poetry 

Project just landed
It will bring so much value
To our shareholders

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We found alien monolith
Still emitting its message
After millions of years
To this day we wonder
How could they plan
Timescale longer than 4 quarters

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We found alien monolith
Still emitting its message
After millions of years
How shortsighted
Think of the possible revenue
From the maintenance contract

Polish Refugee Crisis // Reasons for hope 

I wish I could do more than donate money and things to the cause.

But sometimes staying back is better than moving to the front-lines.

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Polish Refugee Crisis // Reasons for hope 

There is a little hope in this situation.

Right now there is a group of volunteers that try to fish out refugees from forests, feed them, give them warm clothes, and take their asylum requests, and take them into client-lawyer relation with (volunteer) lawyers.

They are funded by some NGO's and by people donations.

So in Polish forests there are two groups Border Guard that tries to push refugees back, and volunteers trying to find them and help them.

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Polish Refugee Crisis (CW in first message) 

This is a weird emergency, the post works, it was even proposed to allow hunting (including international hunters who pay fat money). Yes they wanted to allow random people with guns into a forests where refugees hide. Polish hunters are very known for mistaking dogs, people and other hunters with animals they hunt. The line of defense is: "I mistook my colleague for a boar your honor", and it worked for a time.

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Polish Refugee Crisis (CW in first message) 

Ruling party also started State of Emergency in the border towns, which mainly does block access to the site to volunteers, doctors and media.

Apparently they want refugees to die in silence.

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Polish Refugee Crisis (CW in first message) 

Ruling party tried to legalize push-backs (pushing people to the other side of the border). They even passed some law (with support of the liberal "opposition").

However they still break the law by not taking asylum requests.

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