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Polish Refugee Crisis (CW in first message) 

Border guard needs to take asylum request, and needs to take asylum seeker to safe place, where they wait for the asylum being granted (or not).

They don't do that, and in fact weren't doing that for quite some time. I read reports from border crossings from year ago describing not taking asylum requests.

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Polish Refugee Crisis (CW in first message) 

It is winter now and most of the people that try to cross the border are unprepared.

Already, at least 10 people died (this is the number of bodies found, though I would assume that there is way more bodies in the forest).

Just to reiterate this fact: people die from cold and hunger in Polish Forests hiding from Border Guard in 2021 year, in a modern society in a EU member state.

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Polish Refugee Crisis (CW in first message) 

So we have refugee crisis in Belarusian Border.

EU sanctioned Belarus, and Belarus decided that in turn they will open their borders to people from middle east (e.g. people that spent last 6 years in a refugee camps).

When they arrive they are transferred to the border and are forced to pass the border illegally.

Polish Border Guard does not allow them to apply for asylum, and instead illegaly-ish pushes them back to Belarus border.

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Polish Refugee Crisis 

Below I will write things about polish refugee crisis on the Belarus Border.

If you need more info AMA, I'll try to answer.

Content warnings:

- Physical harm and trauma;
- Death;
- Border guard harming people;

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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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