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As my computer use continues to evolve, it's less and less likely I'll be posting meaningful things here. :(

The current alternative is that I'll be sending out an email broadcast - once public, once for paid subscribers, talking about the various sorta stuff I talk about.

For now, I'll be using Substack, a proprietary service, since they provide the necessarily payment processing without unreasonable overhead.

emsenn.substack.com/p/coming-s

Since y'all have gotten access to all my rambling without any sort of gate so far, anyone who wants a paid subscription, just DM me your email and I'll hook you up.

Remember how upset y'all were back in the end of May when you learned there were 215 children buried in unmarked graves at an internment center (residential school) in Canada?

Are y'all aware that number is up past 7,000 now, with less than two dozen schools in (out of thousands) partially surveyed.

(For scale, that means that Canadian residential schools were twice as fatal as German-operated POW camps for Canadian soldiers, in World War 2)

I hope y'all are appreciating the scale of the atrocity, and that y'all were ignorant to it.

Because here's the thing: Indigenous people were never silent about this happening. Y'all (and your parents, and grandparents, and their parents) just don't listen.

Are you listening now? Or are you still just listening when mass media talks about it?

Let me try this post another style:

"We can't let the left get violent,"

does a *lot* of heavy lifting as a sentence.

First, who is "we"? "We" erases difference, and power relations, and it flattens complexity, removing discrete responsibility. ("What Do You Mean 'We', White Man?", Ivie, on the white "we")

"The left" is another similar flattening, bringing in ideologies as diverse as white settler-colonialism and Anarkata under the same, uselessly broad, lens. This sort of unmarking leaves room for the dominant ideology to be seen as a neutral "normal". ("A Third University is Possible," la paperson, and "Second Sex", Beauvoir, on how unmarking erases the domination undergirding normalcy)

And "get violent" ascribes a certain belief to that uselessly-broad "the left:" non-violence.

Expanding a short sentence out, we get:

Those who control society must use their domination of political ideology to prevent others from practicing anything but non-violence.

Spelled out that way, it hardly seems like the same sage advice as before! Spelled out that way, it sounds like yet another person saying we can't allow the oppressed to get too uppity.

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The takeaway here shouldn't be anything specific about guns or violence, by the way, but this:

It's all well and good to say "no one is immune to propaganda," but we're all able to exercise media literacy. My ability to look at a simple sentence like "We cannot allow the left to get violent," and hear it as a dogwhistle is not some magic power, but the result of explicitly, dedicated learning, because I understand that my failure to understand media often results in harm.

@emsenn for anyone with an index funds, this also includes you
Moderna is listed on the nasdaq 100 and both pfizer and moderna are in the s&p 500
(Along with companies like amazon, kinder morgan, chevron and other shit like that)

The Gitxsan have issued an eviction notice to the ndp mla on their lands

Here's an update they posted on instagram

"November 27, 2021 - Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs evict MLA Nathan Cullen from Gitxsan Lax'yip. The NDP has failed to uphold good relations with our peoples, and due to the violence inflicted on Wet'suwet'en and Gitxsan Wilp members, the NDP is no longer welcome on our territories. Someone needs to be accountable for the violent actions inflicted upon our peoples and territories by the RCMP and Coastal GasLink. We do not believe these are simply renegade police actions following the rulings of a mere Provincial Court. We know that the feds and the province are guilty of trying to exterminate our way of life."

Read more about their work blocking logging companies and building a cabin, along with their gofundme: gitluuhlumhetxwit.ca/

Let me try this post another style:

"We can't let the left get violent,"

does a *lot* of heavy lifting as a sentence.

First, who is "we"? "We" erases difference, and power relations, and it flattens complexity, removing discrete responsibility. ("What Do You Mean 'We', White Man?", Ivie, on the white "we")

"The left" is another similar flattening, bringing in ideologies as diverse as white settler-colonialism and Anarkata under the same, uselessly broad, lens. This sort of unmarking leaves room for the dominant ideology to be seen as a neutral "normal". ("A Third University is Possible," la paperson, and "Second Sex", Beauvoir, on how unmarking erases the domination undergirding normalcy)

And "get violent" ascribes a certain belief to that uselessly-broad "the left:" non-violence.

Expanding a short sentence out, we get:

Those who control society must use their domination of political ideology to prevent others from practicing anything but non-violence.

Spelled out that way, it hardly seems like the same sage advice as before! Spelled out that way, it sounds like yet another person saying we can't allow the oppressed to get too uppity.

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The takeaway here shouldn't be anything specific about guns or violence, by the way, but this:

It's all well and good to say "no one is immune to propaganda," but we're all able to exercise media literacy. My ability to look at a simple sentence like "We cannot allow the left to get violent," and hear it as a dogwhistle is not some magic power, but the result of explicitly, dedicated learning, because I understand that my failure to understand media often results in harm.

Lol @ "botfarms are spinning up pushing the left to get violent"

No, there are a lot of long-standing presences that represent mutualist groups across the world that are advocating for self-determination. They are often on new accounts because Twitter suspends leftists, especially those that recognize the violence targeted against them? How disconnected do you have to be to think that this is bots, yikes.

twitter.com/disrupthehuman/sta

Twitter led me to learn aware that this weekend is probably when George Jetson was conceived. That got me thinking, that this weekend is a good time to read David Graeber's "Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit"

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Graeber's books are popular (I'm sure a few of you are reading Dawn of Everything right now - I am too), but the online essays are just as strong, and a bit easier to get through. Here's some excerpts:

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A secret question hovers over us... a broken promise we were given as children about what our adult world was supposed to be like...

Where, in short, are the flying cars? Where are the force fields, tractor beams, teleportation pods... and all the other technological wonders any child growing up in the mid-to-late twentieth century assumed would exist by now?...

We are well informed of the wonders of computers... but, in fact, we haven’t moved even computing to the point of progress that people in the fifties expected we’d have reached by now. We don’t have computers we can have an interesting conversation with, or robots that can walk our dogs or take our clothes to the Laundromat...

The common way of dealing with the [question is] to insist all the progress that could have happened has happened and to treat anything more as silly. “Oh, you mean all that Jetsons stuff?” I’m asked—as if to say, but that was just for children!...

Even in the seventies and eighties, in fact, sober sources such as National Geographic and the Smithsonian were informing children of imminent space stations and expeditions to Mars... In 1968, Stanley Kubrick felt that a moviegoing audience would find it perfectly natural... that only thirty-three years later, in 2001, we would have... computers with human personalities maintaining astronauts in suspended animation while traveling to Jupiter. Video telephony is just about the only new technology from that particular movie that has appeared—and it was technically possible when the movie was showing.

Are you scared of the new COVID variant?

I want you to take a close look at any investment accounts you have. Are you invested in any company which holds intellectual property related to COVID testing, tracking, treatment, or vaccination?

You fucked yourself, and us too, you petite/bourgeoisie shitheel.

(Boost; do not let the people who are guilty of this atrocity escape their culpability.)

Howdy folks! After about six months, the Groundhog-folk that made up the Groundhog Autonomous Zone are back to collaborating. Unfortunately we lost a lot of our equipment and materials during our little diaspora.

Send money to me, so we can replace those things.

ko-fi.com/emsenn

(Not gonna specify what we're replacing, but the goal is around $700 to get back to where we were.)

For those of y'all in it for the long haul, expect an announcement from the GAZ on April 1st, 2022. (Teaser: Give us bread, and give us roses too.)

"but i need those investments to retire!"

No, you do not need to be a capitalist to survive being unable to work. Capitalism is what makes it impossible to survive being unable to work. Further, it is *fucked up* to say you are so entitled to a life of leisure in your later years, a global pandemic is morally justifiable.

Own your failures, and try and do better.

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Are you scared of the new COVID variant?

I want you to take a close look at any investment accounts you have. Are you invested in any company which holds intellectual property related to COVID testing, tracking, treatment, or vaccination?

You fucked yourself, and us too, you petite/bourgeoisie shitheel.

(Boost; do not let the people who are guilty of this atrocity escape their culpability.)

yesterday was Thanksgiving.

if youre a settler and havent paid reparations, you should. im fundraising for helping local black and indigenous folk feed themselves, send me your money.

ecosteader.com/@emsenn/1073324

Howdy folks! After about six months, the Groundhog-folk that made up the Groundhog Autonomous Zone are back to collaborating. Unfortunately we lost a lot of our equipment and materials during our little diaspora.

Send money to me, so we can replace those things.

ko-fi.com/emsenn

(Not gonna specify what we're replacing, but the goal is around $700 to get back to where we were.)

For those of y'all in it for the long haul, expect an announcement from the GAZ on April 1st, 2022. (Teaser: Give us bread, and give us roses too.)

Do you reckon the current energy shortages in the EU are because of supply shortages or distribution issues (inc. labor shortages, political issues, etc.)

Do you reckon the current energy shortages in the EU are because of supply shortages or distribution issues (inc. labor shortages, political issues, etc.)

white supremacists are taking a victory lap.

if youre white and slept comfortably last night, you fucked up and sided with complicity with white supremacy. youve got til tonight to fix yourselves.

white supremacists are taking a victory lap.

if youre white and slept comfortably last night, you fucked up and sided with complicity with white supremacy. youve got til tonight to fix yourselves.

I hope folk who voted for option #2 or #3 are considering donating more and more often to compensate for those who are not.

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how often do you contribute to reparations?

please boost

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Welcome to the Native Reclamation of Turtle Island

We are a tiny organization advocating, educating and defending for indigenous voices, arts, lands, waters, and peoples affected by colonialism and surveillance capitalism. The destruction of Turtle Island and increase of #MMIW during the rise of fascistbook  and twoetter empires is unacceptable; indigenous peoples of Turtle Island deserve better. We will not be erased, coerced, or censored. FACEBOOK/META WILL SHORTEN YOUR LIFE BEFORE IT KILLS YOU; BEWARE ALL malicious overinflated megacaps.

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