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Hiya! I'm Matías, a political scientist from Chile, dedicated to understand the intersection between social struggles, political competition and the Welfare State.
I'm also an overall urbanism nerd and a long time beginner Linux user.
Let's see how this works :)

Quiet, perfectly legal psyops towards government officials (1/3) :boost_ok: 

Handwritten letters. Not joking.

It takes hundreds of emails and phone calls to make a member of the government even pretend to give a fuck about what one wants. But as few as two physical, handwritten letters can hit the action threshold.

Let’s unpack the why of that, shall we?

0) More than one sender. If only one person is known to have any particular opinion, it’s automatically dismissed. (If you’re encouraging them to continue a stance which they’ve already taken, you’re already the N+1th person.)

1) Rarity value. They simply don’t get many, so hardcopy stands out.

2) Time investment. Sad to say, but ‘took the time to sit down and write this’ carries more weight than ‘took the time to compose a message that’s clear and to the point’. (It’s best to do both, of course.)

⭐️Cool Rat Facts⭐️

-rats name their babies
-rats are ticklish and younger/baby rats like when you tickle them
-mother rats tickle and sing to their babies
-rats giggle when they are tickled
-you can teach rats to do tricks, and also litter box train them
-humans sense of taste is most identical to a rats
-rats want to hang out with you, they're curious about the world and also they want your attention

and most importantly:

❤️Rats love you❤️


I'm thinking that if the fediverse had more /edit/ functionality. Like the ability to set a post from public to private, something like could be useful to take things out of public circulation while keeping them for ones own exocortex.

(Assuming the Fediverse ever became non-horrible at browsing through a long timespan of posts.)

SimCity 4, silly, no way to caption the image :( 

Welp, apparently this is also unreadable for sighted people, because it was compressed to the infinite :(
Link to the full image:

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SimCity 4, silly, no way to caption the image :( 

A judgemental map of the central zone of my city, which helps a lot to plan ahead while keeping growth natural-looking

I don't think people realize why its important to remove white supremacists from your board/forum/web community.

- They are extremely motivated.
- They have a tradition of recruiting via meme(in the classic sense).
- They have centuries of effective propaganda.
- They will take over. Slowly at first then suddenly.
- They will always create more moderation work for you. They will never stop pushing.

Every society struggles with this. And it's not some conspiracy.

sea shanties becoming heavily popular 10 months into a pandemic where we are all stuck inside and worried as fuck and things are dangerous and we all wanna engage in cathartic group activities meant to pass the time til u get to ur land loves once more is very much exactly on brand for sea shantiea

Hey folks, an instance with Bolsonaro supporters just arrived in the fedi, including what seems to be a bot reposting bolsonaro content from :birdsite:

If that wasn't enough, they say in their terms "they hope never to have to moderate because everyone is adult and polite and will hear, listen and respect each other", in other words, smells like freeze peach.


Mormonism and gender (1/?) 

I started writing this out on Tumblr but I'll kind of paraphrase it here:

In Mormon culture, it's not considered "gay" or gender-nonconforming for men to be interested in theater, musicals, or singing/dancing. It's also considered admirable for men to cry, especially when experiencing strong emotions or being "moved by the Spirit." (I could write a whole other thing about the intricacies of crying within Mormonism.)

PSA for trans folks. 

Anyway, I don't mean to rant. This feels like a situation in which it needed to be said. I honestly think the community just needs to be aware.

Speaking of: please respect their identity. I know that sounds silly, but there seems to be(?) a tendency to assume they're only doing it because they're scared or something. That's not your call, and if you don't consider it "real", you're not helping. I get how this can happen, just be mindful.

I KNOW we can be better.

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PSA for trans folks. 


As a member of a community that would prefer this anomaly does not exist, YOU HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CARE.

Just because it makes TERFs feel validated doesn't erase their humanity. Yes it's extremely rare, but it happens.

Detransitioning sucks. You lose the trans community, and there's not a lot of places to turn. Actually consider the sheer self doubt.

Seriously.If you ever meet someone in this situation: HELP. We need to be better.

@kass yeah I hate how people jump to that conclusion. like I get not wanting to explain stuff to randos who enter your mentions, but like there are people doing significantly worse things on this website than asking for clarification

just saw the results of a poll about mastodon etiquette.

One of the questions was "When is responding to someone being a 'reply guy' or inappropriate in another way?"

I was thinking the most voted for results would be 'reply is too personal' and potentially 'something else'. which, you know, whatever.

What won was 'reply is naive / unaware'.

so... people who don't grasp social cues as well as you? very likely autistic people? people who'd leave you alone if you calmly explained you didn't want to talk kinda thing?

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URGENT: meta, defederation, kiwifarms 

Kiwifarms set up a Pletoma instance to fill the gap until they’re able to set up a forum to harass and harm again. I recommend suspending the instance at ASAP.

I have a close friend who is being seduced by some pretty out there Covid conspiracy theories. I haven't the time to debunk it all (nor am I looking to debate any specific claims here). Does anyone have links to any legit, evidence based debunking sites I can share for another perspective? Boosts welcome. #askfedi #covid #conspiracy

everyone keeps talking about how caillou got canceled and i thought they meant like, turned into a terf. i was so confused. i forgot that canceled means something in syndicated media

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