We've prepared a zine version of "Beneath the Concrete, the Forest," our collection of accounts from the defense of the Atlanta Forest. This is an inspiring snapshot of a movement against police, gentrification, and ecocide.
Please print and distribute!
If you're screening your follow requests, it's probably not a good idea to reject or block someone just because their profile picture is empty.
There are many blind people on the Fediverse who don't use profile pictures. For example, the writer Robert Kingett at @blindscribe doesn't use one.
The most reliable way to screen accounts on here is just to read what they have posted, as this better reflects what kind of account they are.
Statement on “Join The Fedi” jointhefedi.com is a website owned by known “gender critical” activist Alex Gleason. The domain name and SEO is clearly designed to appeal to individuals curious about the fediverse, and potentially take traffic from joinmastodon.org. Unfortunately, Gleason does not have the best intentions when it comes to helping the fediverse grow. Gleason formerly contributed to other fediverse projects, before being removed from doing so due both his behavior and poor code quality. This is a problematic individual, recommending problematic services.
Join The Fedi has an explicitly right-wing agenda and seems to only promote instances which either a) run the “Soapbox” front-end software created by Gleason himself or b) advertise themselves as “free speech” instances. As of right now, the site actively recommends the following instances:
In other words, Gleason is using the site to promote his own agenda rather than simply gain more users into the fediverse. This is not a site that should be recommended to new users. I would recommend using https://joinfediverse.wiki/ instead!
The newspaper in question just solved this problem for me… by nearly tripling the monthly subscription cost.
So, yeah. I'm canceling that.
Still looking for itch zine recommendations, just fyi.
Nice interview with actor/activist Wes Studi, covering his career and new movie, but also dipping into some history of the American Indian Movement. https://www.vulture.com/2022/08/wes-studi-traveled-his-own-road-here.html
Currently reading Fifth Sun, by Camilla Townsend, a history of the Mexica people (later known as the Aztecs) based on accounts written by Christianized indigenous historians in the early phases of Spanish colonization. The politics of polygyny can get bewildering at times, but the cultural and historical background is fascinating. #theLibrary
I want to support local journalism, but I'm also fairly convinced that commercial news sites have all been quietly deactivating their RSS feeds in order to push subscribers into newsletter subscriptions or proprietary apps, and I'm just not going to do that. If you take away RSS feeds — which are the main way I focus on news — then your site is immediately much less useful to me, and I'm not inclined to pay a monthly fee for minimal use.
One thing I've realized about writing #fiction is that I can only really plan about the first 4/5ths of any given story. If I try to plot the ending with the rest of the structure, then I may well be able to address the basic conflict that propels the plot, but I won't be equipped to grapple with the deeper problems that surface around that plot, because I won't understand, or even necessarily recognize, those problems until I've written them.
"Something is drastically wrong with a child protection approach that both breaks up families where children are safe and misses families where children are in grave danger." https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2022/04/abolish-child-protective-services-torn-apart-dorothy-roberts-book-excerpt/
For the first time, all #SocialMedia that are connected by Activitypub are at 5,082,029 mio users (1.6 mio active six months, 0.6 mio monthly active). Thanks to #Mastodon 4.2 mio users, #PeerTube 0.3 mio, #Pixelfed 97k , #Pleroma 88k, #WriteFreely 55k #Lemmy 49k, #Plume 21k, #Friendica 17k, #Mobilizon 12k and many more.
Revel in the marvels of the universe. We are a collective of forward-thinking individuals who strive to better ourselves and our surroundings through constant creation. We express ourselves through music, art, games, and writing. We also put great value in play. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.