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Felix, the person behind a lot of the I've posted here in the past (like the Transceratops) is on Mastodon! Go give them a follow please at @qwends

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I've downloaded everything from Astronomy Picture of the Day from the start date to the end of 2019 and put it in a torrent.

If you want a load of background pictures, please seed it once you've got a copy.

Please boost and share

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Howdy! Trans women are women, trans men are men, non binary people exist and their pronouns are to be respected, even if you don't like the person.

If you don't agree, please don't follow me

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I'm in my 30's and a communist, with a lean towards Full Automation and Intersectionality.

I did a test a long time ago that called my social media style "curator" and I think that's accurate. I won't often post my own thoughts, choosing instead to boost the words of others. Boosts are definitely endorsements.

I'm cis, white, male, a uni drop-out, and a software developer both by trade and hobby. I also play a lot of video games in my spare time.

My anxiety is dialed up to 11 today. I'm probably going to need to call in sick because of it.

Days like today I'm very thankful for canal YouTube

Sprint/T-Mobile: This merger will create thousands of new jobs if it's approved!

*several months later*

S/T: Ha ha, woops! Looks like we cut a few thousand jobs! ha ha oopsie!

Eye contact, cat 

I don't know if I can cope with work today, but at least I have my cuddle gremlin

Came across this great meme for all your liberal friends if you still have any.

USians will be like “don’t you know che guavara KILLED PEOPLE????” and then go buy their kid an american sniper happy meal

This is *another* reminder that it's free to not comment on a Black woman's post. White queers really do log on just to "correct" Black people and it's corny, obnoxious and racist

glad thatcher is dead, sad the ira didn't get her in 1984

@jaye you can see the two 'disagreeing people' as workers and capitalists; the capitalist says "I own this work because I bought the raw materials and paid you to make them into things," the worker says "I own this work because I'm the one who *did* the work and made you rich". the 'coming to agreement' part is revolution, the overthrowing of the ruling class.

Marx says this kind of thing has happened before, in the transition from feudalism — think medieval society, with a monarch, some lords below them, and peasants/serfs workjng land owned by the lords — to capitalism, and that in general you can describe and predict history in this way, as the conflicts between classes and their resolution through revolution.

@jaye so, in the oldest sense, a dialectic is a conversation between two people who disagree where they come to a consensus, a shared ground.

a guy named Hegel extended this to the idea that contradictory concepts, the "thesis" and its opposite the "antithesis," come together to form the "synthesis" and move society or history forward. this is the part I'm shakiest on, but if you see "thesis/antithesis/synthesis" they're riffing on this.

Marx and Engels took it a step further to say that it isn't a contradiction in ideas, but a contradiction in the everyday conditions of history — things like, "I work and make products that are more valuable than their raw materials, but my employer collects the profits that I produced and pays me much less than the value I made for my work."

Marx says that contradictions like this must resolve over history — a dialectic — and in particular he says the resolution of this dialectic is for workers to own their work directly.

I understand. You found paradise in America, had a good fish, made a good living. The killer whales protected you; and there were courts of shore. And you didn't need a friend of me. But uh, now you come to me and you say -- "Don Sealeone give me justice." -- But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer tummy scratches. You don't even think to call me Rotundfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my equally adorable daughter is to be married, and you uh ask me to do sea-murder, for ocean-money.

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