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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;
* 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)

Covid adject 

Here is how social distancing is done in Poland. Below is a note from a shop saying: "Valued Customer, we kindly inform you that shop capacity is 195 clients". There is no more enforcement. What I'm supposed to do with this information? Count people while browsing the supermarket and exit if I count to 195?

Babel-17 minor spoilers / short review 

I listened to Babel-17. Which is a Space Opera about a Language. This sounds better than the book really is, and the ending was very anticlimactic for me.

I read much better takes on the subject. Both classical like Ursula Let Guin, and more modern like Mieville Ambasadoria.


I just listened to ”American ISIS" podcast. Which, unsurprisingly, is about an American citizen that was a medium tier member of the, so called Islamic state.

I read this as a process where American institutions (and whole socioeconomic system) radicalized a badly adjusted man. This + some ideology turned him into what he was.

The podcast also underlines barbaric laws in USA and war crimes made by the International Coalition during fight with ISIS (crimes against civilians).

I stoped renewing my Jetbrains Toolbox subscription (gives you access to all Jetbrains IDE's), in my current work I only use tools supplied my my employer, and I don't have too much space to work on private projects, so spending ~200 EUR on something I use thrice a year makes no sense.

So now I use vscode. All is fine and dandy, today I discovered button that allows me to "tweet my feedback" 🤦‍♂️

Unkindness of Ghosts (setting spoilers) 

Main point for me from the book is why revolution is hard.

Revolution is hard because the people who should do it, the underclass, are most traumatized by the current system. And having PTSD (with ongoing traumas) doesn't really help you to make rational decisions.

Anyway it is a good book, unpleasant and hard to read but good.

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Unkindness of Ghosts (setting spoilers) 

This book describes hierarchy of abuse. The lowest in hierarchy are black women, then there are men guards (i think black?), then mostly white middle class, and then theocratic regime at the top.

The people in the middle are abused by people at the top, and in turn abuse people at the bottom to vent their frustrations.

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Unkindness of Ghosts (no spoilers yet) 

I listened to Unkindness of Ghosts. read another book by the same author recently.

First some CW:

- This books depicts life on an (essentailly) slave-ship in SF setting;
- Sexual assault, sexual abuse, effects of sexual abuse;
- PTSD syndrome;
- General violence;
- Attempted suicide, suicide;
- Substance abuse;

I finished Void Bastards (easy mode is nice). It is first person rogue like game, where you explore derilict zombie infested spaceships left by some kind of Kafkaesque bureaucracy.

Good stuff.

Javascript rant 

I **think** that the problem is my code is in typescript, and testing frameworks have some problems with how I use TS.

So I think I'll need to prepare special compilation code that will bundle my typescript library (with dependencies) to a single commmonjs (whaever that is) file, and then run tests against this (tests can be in JS I don't care).

The problem with that approach, that having "special build for testing" is an abomination, as you should test code you run in production.

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Some successes today:

I like vuejs, but recently they messed their buildsystem (trying to abstract it --- but the abstraction is so leaky, that I just wern't able to modify it). So I rewrote two components to Svelte, and gosh, this stuff is super-simple.

Keep in mind that vuejs is much simpler than angular or react (and svelte is simpler than that).

Also svelte is the only part of the project that works.

Javascript rant 

And the worst part is:

1) This is a hobby project, so when I have time to work on in next time, I will forget most of the details.

2) Instead of doing what I want, I wasted whole day on fucking with javascript (And this project will be running in browsers so I need to use JS);

3) When I finish it half of the project will be obsolete, as Javascript will be reinvented anew.

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Javascript rant 

Maybe my requirements are not reasonable (but OTOH every other language satisfies them).

I want compile-time support from IDE, so I use typescript, I want to load some json files and some yaml fiels (but at this point I don't want to put these files in the Internet, so it all needs to be loaded and bundled together).

Why this needs to be so fuckin complex (answer: it does not but it is).

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Javascript rant 

I'm trying to do something in Javascript. And modern javascript is a mess. There are multiple implementation of modules, incompatible with one another, and random libraries assume random implementation of modules.

I have an app that works locally in browser, but when I try to test each module of this app separately using jest/jasmine/mocha they randomly fail each one with it's own beautifully complex error message.

The title of the book 

The title of the book I'm discussing is "Limes Interior" by A. Zajdel.

Sadly not translated to English. There is synopsis on Wikipedia (but IMO a bad one).

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Polish classic SF // Climate Change // political climate 

The hope is that couple of years after the book was written the communism fell under its own weight. So even though situation seemed hopeless it all sorted out somehow.


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Polish classic SF // Climate Change // political climate 

But I get that now. At the end of "communism" in Poland the author couldn't see another solution to the totalitarian regime than magic.

And I kinda understand them now, as it seems that only viable solution to climate change // alright // neo liberal capitalism is also magic as the system is well entrenched.


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Polish classic SF // Climate Change // political climate 

There was a classic Polish SF book (afaik not translated to English) where the protagonist first uncovers multiple layers of lies about their society, discovering that they live in totalitarian state, then almost magically they fix everything (using magic // deus ex machina).

I never got the ending. Why add magic to SF work?


"We are satellites" book setting spoilers 

Can societal problems be solved by personal choice? I tend to say that they can't, and spending too much time to do good personal choices can distract from other methods of solving the problems. OTOH trying to make good choices won't hurt.

In the book problems caused by pilots are not caused by a company, but by the state that ignored the issue, and allowed rampant discrimination.

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"We are satellites" book setting spoilers 

I'm wondering if getting a pilot for yourself would be moral choice. If you do you put yourself in a privileged position, but so is getting a College degree now (and nobody considers getting a degree immoral).

ALSO: pilots are a metaphor for College in the book, don't they?

We are satellites setting spoilers 

I'm reading "We are satellites".

USA is so weird. High schools with ”track scholarship” (that is scholarship for sports achievements). Army recruiting in High School. I can believe that the two above are non fiction part of the book, yet something that couldn't happen in Poland...

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