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friendly reminder that:

- you do not need to think someone is the scum of the earth to block them or mute them
- being blocked or muted does not mean you are a bad person in any way shape or form
- you have a right to surround yourself with people you enjoy, indeed, you have a right to happiness
- people liking you doesn't mean you are a good person
- you liking something or someone doesn't mean that that thing is good

it is a misconception I think a lot of people hold, and it's not truth.

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I really appreciated this video! May help you too (and it's really short!)

One question to ask [yourself] when someone doesn't like you
youtu.be/14DppUDztJE

UK, trans, - 

@fluffy Sadly, it's largely gone downhill. The Gender Identity Clinics (of which only one handles minors) have always been wretchedly regressive, being the embodiment of gatekeeping, but since around 2015 or so, the waiting lists for the adult clinics have spiralled into absurdity - London, f'rex, is currently seeing people referred in Oct 2017, and that date's advancing to the next month somewhere around every 5-8 months.

With the minors' clinic, GIDS, it's worse - even once you can be seen, they require at least a year on blockers before HRT. Add in more gatekeeping, and it's quite common for patients to simply age out of the system and get dropped into one of the adult clinics, though at least with some priority.

It recently grew far worse. The UK press has been on a TERF spree since the announcement in 2017 of reform of the Gender Recognition Act, an awful process in which a panel you'll never meet decides whether to accept your gender and update it in a legal sense - expensive, bureaucratic. The TERFs launched all-out, and one recent High Court ruling (Bell v Tavistock) means all GIDS treatment is in peril, largely halted. Only GenderGP exists now - all the other private options are, understandably, wary of going anywhere near prescribing for under-18s.

Some hope exists: three new GICs have opened, all *listening* to people and what they want of transition. But all adult-only, all limited in intake as initial trials. A very positive harbinger, though.

when people in your life tell you they would prefer you use a different pronoun for them;
instead of complaining, protesting, and making excuses for why it's too hard for you to do, why not try being like these kids?

Maybe some of the "alternative technologies" (messengers, social networks, operating systems) and their communities need more "driving people" that aren't enthusiastic about technology but actually dislike computers, smartphones, networks very much and want to minimize the time spent using or dealing with these tools. This might provide very interesting insights into why some things work and some don't.

If the argument that comes after "I have Black friends" is "therefore I can ignore what other Black people say about antiblackness" then no, no you do not have Black friends.

so yeah every time I think I'm being clever at poking fun at certain things through caricature, it almost always turns out that reality is far, far worse

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Relevant excerpt from "Platypus" by Ann Moyal:

"...[Joseph] Banks observed a bounding animal that outstripped his fleet greyhoundsβ€”a creature, he jotted in his houtnal, that 'instead of going upon all fours...went only upon two legs, making vast bounds'. Having enjoyed eating the flesh of this remarkable creature later, hea nd his captain took the skin and skeleton of the kangaroo back to England."

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okay so in my Unity story 'Meat' (beesbuzz.biz/comics/unity/meat) the joke is that the Dromaiu, who are stand-ins/parodies of British imperialists, are sailing around the world trying to learn more about things and also eat everything as they go.

I've been reading a book about the discovery of the platypus and it turns out they ACTUALLY FUCKING DID THAT

moderation code of conduct, boosts welcome 

To get the ball rolling, I would suggest:

* Don't leave an instance unadministered. If you need to take leave, make sure someone can take your place in the meantime.
* Strive to respond to reports within 48 hours.
* Respond to the reporter with a DM to clarify what action (if any) was taken.

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The jam I "finished" this pack for is over but I'm still improving stuff. Particularly the artwork.

There's also a few places where I feel like the step charts could be a bit better but that can wait.

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st disco s3 finale 

also gray's incorporeal corporality makes no sense in the one bit where he steps outside of the holodeck, why would he be able to see stuff that adira couldn't?

and I get the discovery crew not knowing about portable holo-emmitters but gray and adira totally should

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st disco s3 finale 

although if they were inside the Viridian all this time and the empty space inside of it has life support then why the fuck was there the whole crisis with Discovery's life support or whatever

I'm having trouble following this episode

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oh I see they were like... inside the Viridian turbolifts, not the Discovery's? okay that's a bit less annoying

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also, bad guys really should learn not to insult Booker's cat

just sayin'

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like I feel like the show decided to finally show what the workings of the turbolift look like for cool factor but had no idea how it would work and just like... didn't think anything through

like there's a reason Jefferies tubes are so small and cramped, bulkheads and decks are pretty tightly packed on starships!

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Finally watching the ST Discovery season 3 finale and uh

why the heck do the turbolift transit paths take up so much heckin' space? Seems really inefficient.

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