* no TSA/security theater
* no ID checks or mandatory gendering
* free wifi
* quiet car (the conductor cheerfully described it as "a library-like atmosphere")
* not overbooked (i have both seats to myself at the moment)
* normal atmospheric pressure and air circulation
* get to watch the landscape zip by
* traveling slowly eases jet lag and locale disorientation
BREAKING: a federal judge has ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers’ cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices when we cross the U.S. border are unconstitutional.
This is an enormous victory for privacy. https://www.eff.org/press/releases/federal-court-rules-suspicionless-searches-travelers-phones-and-laptops
> “Can everyone hear me ok? I hate microphones” says Dr McQuietvoice, who will now proceed to mumble quietly for the rest of the hour, occasionally pointing at a PowerPoint
I just saw a speaker handle this in a really skillful way:
- Dr. McQuietvoice: Can anyone not hear me?
[No hands go up]
- Other Speaker: Would anyone benefit from us being louder?
[Many hands go up]
- Dr. McQuietvoice: …Oh. I guess I'll use the microphone
Framing *matters* for accessibility
Mental health; Comparing Tumblr to fedi, why I like fedi better
And there's that pressure to be woke and to signal boost terrible things, so if I just wanted to see cute or pretty stuff, I felt bad about it, because nobody there cared about making sure people *didn't* feel that way.
But here on fedi, it feels like there is that element of compassion ingrained in the culture. People on here talk about how activism should be sustainable, how you shouldn't burn yourself out.
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