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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)

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Polish politics 

With the whole War In Ukraine and Russia cutting hydro-carbonates to Europe this get's better and better.

We will probably have short supply of gas, mainly used for heating. Also gas is getting more expensive.

One of (state owned) companies dediced to halt production of ammonia. Which leads to short-supply of CO2 (byproduct of the reaction) which is used for food production.

Ministry for farming gave no comment on the matter.

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Polish politics 

Polish ruling party is vaguely fascist, somewhat authoritarian, but above all incompetent.

I'm watching this slow catastrophe with a strong shadenfreude/masochist feeling. It would be funny if it didn't happen to my country.

One of the major rivers was all but sterilized, and we don't know exactly why and who did it. After a month of the start of the catastrophe we learned what poisoned the river.

But that's just a start.

I just fucking hate Polish book market. Not only good SFF books are not translated, but translated ones disappear from the market and there are no reprints (no ebooks either).

I'm running shool SFF club... And showing the kids books I enjoyed is so hard.

Gideon the Ninth (Major Spoilers) 

I was totally waiting for Gideon and Harrow happily ever after. But alas.

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Gideon the Ninth (Minor Spoilers) 

I liked the book. I had problems tracking the variety of characters, so I ignored the names and houses and was like: "Ah this is the nice-melancholic-lady" or "Oh this guy is the sad monk", but it worked well.

Was into a cavern today, here is some random poetry:

I was on a cave tour
The guides had names
For the smallest stalagmite

While they should just
Let us into the dark
And bow to the nameless

Russian Political Joke 

Policeman stops a person and asks: "What is your opinion on president Putin?", the answer is: "Well the same as yours".

The Policeman says: "In that case I'm afraid I'll need to arrest you".

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...

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