Republicans disrespect women. It is who they are. They invade their privacy. Take their autonomy. They want women to never think of challenging a man's word or their abuse.
Don’t. Bring. Your. Phone. To. Protests.
Your phone thinks it’s connecting to a local tower, but it’s an FBI microcell.
Simple as that.
Bring a burner, and today 20 bucks gets you a decent burner phone with a decent camera.
Let me hijack this post because I worked with this kind of stuff and it is very important. Today your phone sends out 3 identifiable signals, virtually everywhere around you.
The first is a GSM signal, that’s what you use to make calls and send actual sms text and connect to data. This has obviously its own identifiers which your phone provider uses to distinguish you, and depending on the plan you have, it’s tied to your name and location close to the cell tower you’re connected to and this info can be easily accessed by a warrant. In some cases no warrant is needed.
Your ESSID and other information is sent through your phones onboard wifi looking for places to connect to. This can super easily be stored, and while it is not entirely connected to a name, unless your phone has a host address like “Tom’s Iphone10” or “Brittany’s Samsung S20″, your (whole) name is not directly tied to it. But your phones identity and mac address are.
The third thing is bluetooth, which does not have the long range that wifi does but that actually makes it more dangerous, since it can pinpoint you to a certain location where the data was captured. Especially during a protest. This way you can’t talk yourself out of ever being there. This technology also gives out identifiers, like your phones name and Bluetooth mac address.
Apart from this info, there are ways to pull easily provided information directly from your phone. Cause when your phone connects to publicly available networks it also starts looking for the services it is connected to, sending cookies to websites like facebook and twitter which can be traced back to you.
This sort of information capture out in the open is called a Dragnet, and is employed by Police and other forces for data gathering out in the public. And it is quite legal, given that you’re providing this information out in the open, knowingly or unknowingly, just like video surveillance and facial identification capture.
Now Dragnets are super useful because they capture this information, and in the case of crimes being committed, people can be traced back that didn’t get caught on camera.
On a non security measure aspect they can be used in people counting, helping businesses plan and execute their services better, lowering cost and improving customer experiences.
Some are even using types of dragnet technology to count people in a library or gym and send the data in real time to your phone to tell you how crowded a place is. Lot’s of good things.
The thing is that this tech is real and it is out there already, I have seen this tech being employed, I have offered people to build this tech for them for good uses only and I have seen these devices out in the wild.
But obviously this technology has been, and is continuing to be misused by law enforcement to discriminate, falsely accuse and detain people just because they happen to cross through a dragnets at the time of an alleged happening or situation. There is absolutely no legislation covering this specific situation and deployment or use of this kind of tech.
Be safe, and don’t bring your phone to a protest. Also keep your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off in public when you’re not using it. There are apps available that turn them off for you.
just don’t take pictures of people doing/preparing to do direct action at all, please.
The 3 letters weasel around their own laws, we live in a surveillance state. In tech this vid is ancient but has some relevant ideas and strategy
There is truth in needing to show what the benefits to the people preforming such horrible things, so they can be recognized, but the phrasing and teaching of the material needs to be handled better.
Imperialism was touted as “civilizing” or “expanding” or “spreading God’s word” among many other things. People in power, people who benefit from these things, will not tell you what is really going on. They will take the least amount of truth they can get away with and load it with sugar.
So learning to see who benefits, who is telling the story, and what they might be hiding is a valuable skill, now more than ever. But framing it as “positive” is not true in any case.
i’m not from the us but this is why i hated studying history bc they made us “both sides” the issue all the time
all the time i see people responding to christian bigots with like "but jesus was cool with sex workers and sinners and hated the rich" or etc etc etc and literally dont bother. it doesnt matter what the bible actually says, or the historical context of things in the bible. they will interpret it as is most convenient for them no matter what. they arent gonna go "oh what really? oh okay i dont think the filthy queers are going to hell now, sorry!"
and just in general you will almost never convince a bigot with Logic and Reason or by otherwise getting on their level and arguing on their terms, whether that be trying to find bible passages that would Own them or going like "ok but how do gay people hurt you?". they dont care, and now have been given an opportunity to voice their reactionary beliefs in response. dont waste your time
“We can easily reduce our detractors to absurdity and show them their hostility is groundless. But what does this prove? That their hatred is real. When every slander has been rebutted, every misconception cleared up, every false opinion about us overcome, intolerance itself will remain finally irrefutable.” - Moritz Goldstein
why do we bother with I hate my partner jokes when your boss is right there
I love my wife. my boss though? that ball and chain??
do you understand my vision
Oh this is too fun
Bestie, your brain, your VISION, ahead of your time
The earliest thing I learned on the internet is that there are people COMMITTED to misunderstanding you, intentionally or not. And arguing with them typically is not helpful. Op made a good point, and if you cannot take an idea, process it, roll it around in your head for a few moments to see where and if it fits, then there’s no point in even being on the internet. Nothing good will come of it.
Y'know, some people do have a strong crying response to stress, and they might cry (even against their own will) when faced with an upsetting situation and that doesnt mean they are "gaslighting" or "manipulating" you.
There are people who use crying as a manipulation tactic? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean that every person that cries during a heated argument is trying to get under your skin. They have their own emotions and issues, and frankly, not everything other people do is a personal attack on you.
Jfc I am not surprised OP got shitty responses, but like, if your reaction to this post is to immediately look for ways in which you can misinterpret and misapply it in order to be self-righteous on the internet, then I have some terrible news for you about who is actually engaging in incredibly manipulative and dishonest behaviour here. Hint: it’s not OP and it’s not people who cry easily.
Remember when the sad part about “Marley and Me” was the dog dying? And now it’s the fact that buying a house and having three kids on one adult salary is impossible unless you are incredibly, unbelievable lucky.
The heart sinking realization that if you want to have a stable place to live, disposable income, and a job that only requires 40 hrs of work that doesn’t nearly kill you, you will be the exception to the status quo.
It will be almost impossible, especially if you do not want a romantic partner to pay half the bills.
I have a hard time switching between activities, like between work/school and my hobby, which is writing. All of these things need a desk, but I constantly fight the urge to do other things instead of what I’m trying to focus on, because it is in the same spot. So, I bought another desk.
I have two desks beside each other (so I don’t have to move cords around constantly, and one is for work and school (my ‘school’ is studying for a work related exam) and the other one is for writing. They were 50 bucks each, and together they cost less than one big “nice” desk, and it works for me.
A thing that I think about a lot lately is how we sometimes follow some subconscious "rules" that make things harder for ourselves.
Like, when I travelled, I used to unpack everything when I got home, and then before the next trip, I was always stressed because I still needed my toiletries to get ready the day of the trip, and then had to make sure I didn't forget to pack anything. Until I realised that I could just buy a second of everything and just... keep the toiletry bag packed.
(Ironically, I realised this on my last trip before covid hit, so I didn't actually get much use out of the idea yet.)
Or putting the bathroom cleaner in the bathroom, instead of with all the other cleaning stuff. Makes taking it out and quickly cleaning the sink so much easier.
Or, taking pills. I always saw people putting the pill in their mouth and then taking a drink of water. Tried that, constantly gagged and choked. Turns out, I have a much easier time if I put the water in my mouth first and then put in the pill, because it dulls the sensation of "there is a thing in my mouth that I have to swallow whole".
Or, literally last night, I realised that instead of putting all my underwear in one place, and all my socks in another, and all my shirts in yet another, I should just make little bundles of a work shirt, a pair of socks and a set of underwear, so I only need to grab one thing in the morning instead of several, and then standing in the bathroom and realising I forgot socks.
I'm pretty sure I had more, but of course now I am forgetting them. Like the socks in the morning.
Oh yeah. Food. You know how parents always tell you, "no, you can't have candy now, dinner is almost ready?" I kept telling myself that, and then getting hangry, and clumsy because my blood sugar is low, so I've started having a glass of water and a piece of candy before I start cooking, and then I can do the cooking much more easily.
(A friend linked this when I told her the candy thing, and yes.)
I keep a broom in every room of the house, usually behind a door. They're cheap, and I'm in a small apartment but it makes everything so much easier.
I keep a suitcase with the travel toiletries already in it.
I hate the mall. I hate that a pin that I’m sure the store spent 3.50 to produce is being sold at 27.99. I hate that the cashiers aren’t being paid even half of that per hour. I hate the fact that this building is three stories of meaninglessness. I hate trends and cheap designs meant to be broken and unusable after 2 years or less. Capitalism is the snake that eats its own tail and it’s teeth are at our throats.
Some people aren’t meant to live with others definitely applies more to the people who cannot make a simple adjustment to their own lives when it would greatly benefit someone else.
There’s something that my mom says pretty often (all of my siblings are technically disabled or if not, very close, but the youngest two struggle with things a lot more) is “do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?” See, she grew up in a “normal” family, but some of the things they need aren’t “normal”.
When my brothers medication wears off at night, he will eat 3 times what a normal kid would eat at a meal because he didn’t been hungry all day. Usually, this would happen after bedtime. But, they’re all homeschooled, so he didn’t have to wake up early for school the next morning. So she shifted her idea of the “right way” to raise her kids, and did what was best for him which took minimal adjustment.
She doesn’t force him to eat at mealtimes, though she offers food if he would like. If we have something that she know he likes, she’ll save some in the fridge for him for later (he’s obsessed with the green beans my dad makes lol) And my dad buys canned pasta (like spaghetti-os) pretty much in bulk so that there’s always something he likes, that he can make independently. She lets him (and the others so it’s fair) stay up just a little later so he doesn’t go to bed hungry. All and all, this takes maybe 15 minutes out of their day at most to make my brothers life exponentially better.
If they live with someone they love, and they don’t want to make a minor adjustment to make them comfortable and happy, then they’re the one who shouldn’t live with others.
you’ve heard of weaponized incompetence now get ready for: some men are disabled
There was once a post. I think it was r/relationships or something. A woman spoke about how her husband struggled with needing things cleaned in very particular ways and having trouble when plans were changed (like if she told him what she was making for dinner and then changed plans and he came home and it was something else.) She wrote that they had managed to work this out a lot, and he’d gotten better and it was only hard when he was stressed because of work. The words she used to describe him when this happened was ‘agitated’ and ‘flustered.’
The replies. Posted on twitter, the replies were full of women who said: this man is abusive. This man must be coming home every night screaming at you that things are not the way they should be. Dump him. Dump him now. Can you believe what women have to put up with? One comment was, ‘I’d tell him: either you go to therapy to work out your issues or I’m filing for divorce.’
The woman had written that one way she had compromised with him was to make sure that if she said something was for dinner, that was what was for dinner. ‘If you don’t like what I’m making for dinner, you make it yourself,’ were a lot of tweets. Like this man was a petulant child. (I would consider it cruel to treat a child like this.) Like relationships required this power struggle.
All for a person being described as ‘agitated’ and ‘flustered.’ For a person who was trying to work with his wife on making it not be that way.
I found this through people I followed. Through accounts that called themselves feminist. Treating this man like he was refusing to deal with his issues all because they still existed. Like he was refusing to deal with his issues all because his wife figured out a (rather simple, painless) compromise that meant he was less stressed out.
And then I saw a reply, ‘Some people weren’t meant to live with others.’
Some people weren’t meant to live with others.
Because he was a man, and how dare a man have needs that necessitated his wife to do anything for him. To fit her life around his at all, even in the most gender-neutral of ways. How dare he have feelings on something he didn’t clean, how dare he have an opinion on food he didn’t make. How dare he have negative feelings, those must mean that he’s volatile and cruel and abusive.
I too am someone who can be described as getting ‘agitated’ and ‘flustered’ over a lot of things and my partner and I have had to work out our various needs around each other, with my partner doing things for me that I can’t do.
And still those words ring in my head and I worry, and worry, and worry that one day this will be what’s declared about me: ‘some people weren’t meant to live with others’
The best part is the fact that out of the two of them Martha Stewart was the one who went to prison.
Wiiiiild. He did commit murder (in self defense - no judging) and America‘s Best Housewife was sent to jail because of insider trading, securities fraud, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. This is wiiiiiild 😄😄😄
also he has every right to make fun of kanye west considering snoop has had a successful career for about two decades including his own cookbook and appearing in movies whereas kanye is a flat earther who had to crowdfund another album because he ran out of money despite kim kardashian being with him, not having the money to produce another album should be the metric when you know you can tell a musician has failed somewhere in either money management or actually being a musician rather then a famous trainwreck
snoop dogg is a good man who loves cooking, nature, and supporting the dreams of young children in poverty. kanye west helped get trump elected.
seriously though check out his cookbook its beautiful
and filled with lgiht humor, legit cooking, and charming life stories
Whenever I think about snoop I remember that episode of cribs where he lived in an unusually modest house compared to everyone else on that show, spent the entire time with his young daughter hugging onto his leg and dragging her around as he walked. He even talked about how he didn’t want his kids to be musicians and that he just wants them to have a chance at a normal life / he doesn’t wish music career drama on anyone
The dude is mega down to earth for having a networth of 135 million dollars and staying relevant for longer than some of the top charting musicians have been alive
he says he keeps a supply of poptarts in the house for his nieces/nephews and grandkids but admits theyre really for him and then goes on to discuss what selection of condiments your fridge should have to jazz up leftover takeout hes one of the most thoroughly human humans ive ever known of
Doesn’t he also coach football for kids, and stops smoking during the season to set a good example for the kids?
all these people going on about how Hozier is the peak representation of musical soft masculinity when Snoop has been out here rocking the smoothest braids and most hype manicures for decades
Have you seen his Planet Earth voiceover video? It’s the best thing I’ve ever heard. Man knows nothing about otters
Plizzanet Earth is a joy. Here’s the playlist:
Why has no one ever told me about Plizzanet Earth oh my god
Snoop is legit; don’t come for him.
He also did an episode of Storybots and my kids adore the computer man. Which is wild to me. Cuz I remember gangster rap Snoop. And we love and support Snoop in this house.
Love him, great man
Hozier is the peak of good white masculinity. Snoop is the peak of good Black masculinity, and on top of what Hozier does, Snoop adds something a lot of Black children never get to see—you can be a man, you can have “cred,” you can be cool, and also know how to make cookies. (Hozier is great, but he’s never been cool a day in his life and he freely admits this. The two of them have very different kinds of good masculinity both culturally and personally.)
There’s this idea—and the tweet opening this thread exemplifies it—that being “gangsta” means being self-absorbed, materialistic, and violent. Snoop is just like “nah, I have bling and street talk and I’m higher than a kite and also I love my kids and cooking and FUCK your toxic masculinity,” and that’s an important message. You can have the look, if you like the look, but you don’t have to be a stereotype to have the look.
“You can have the look, if you like the look, but you don’t have to be a stereotype to have the look.”
I don’t think anyone has ever said that better.
Good to see this thread scroll up on my dash again.
ty for stealing this one much appreciated
people in the notes suggesting it was "improper" for the juror to do this or that it "introduced bias" to the court proceeding 🙄 the ice agent in question accused a moc of assaulting him / resisting arrest. how is the agent being a white supremacist not relevant. what universe are you living in
As a member of the world’s SECOND oldest profession, I assure you this is just one of many ways the justice system is systematically fucked up.
For anyone who wants to know how to fact check something you are told while on jury duty without getting fined:
First, you need to understand that the rule that jurors can’t just google things is coming from a good place. Like imagine that you are on a jury that’s considering, say, a medical malpractice lawsuit and one of your fellow jurors comes into the jury room and says to you, “I think the victim’s expert was lying because WebMD totally contradicts everything they said.”
And you might be like, “But WebMD is notoriously unreliable website and the expert you’re talking about is a researcher from Mayo Clinic.” But this person cannot be swayed.
Like, we can all agree that would be bad.
So even though these rules can contribute to unjust outcomes as in the case above (and seriously, the fact that the defense attorney didn’t fact check that is probably grounds for legal malpractice), they also prevent jurors from just looking up bullshit online and taking it more seriously than the actual experts the court has put on. And I think in the era of anti-vaxxers/QAnon/COVID denial/etc., we can all understand why it’s a bad idea to trust that people can tell fact from bullshit online.
So in light of this, how do you as a juror fact check something?
The key here is that you have to ask the court for information. Jurors can ask questions of the court during deliberations, so if something you said sounds off to you, you can ask for more information.
The key term you want to use here is “credibility.”
The job of a jury is to decide what are called “questions of fact.” Long before the trial even starts, lawyers will have hashed out all the “questions of law” --- like, what the statute of limitations is; what laws, exactly, were allegedly broken; whether the court you’re in even has jurisdiction; stuff like that. Jurors are responsible for deciding which side’s version of the facts has more credibility.
For instance, if the prosecution’s witness says X and the defense’s witness says Y, the jury is responsible for deciding which is true, X or Y. And you do this by weighing which one is more credible.
So in this case, if the juror had known to, he could have told the judge, “In order to properly assess the ICE agent’s credibility, I need more information about his tattoo. I have doubts about whether he was telling the truth about it, which would impact how credible I would find his testimony. Can the agent please provide evidence that it really is what he says it is?”
There are a lot of problems with our legal system, and I think one of the biggest is that jurors aren’t educated about what they can and can’t do. Juries have a lot of power, if (and only if) they know how to use it.
Reblogging for that last post, because frankly, “what to do as a juror” is one of those things the schools should really be teaching us. Serving on a jury is one of the most powerful rights of citizenship and everyone should be educated in how to exercise it correctly.
Re: Rust set shooting
Even if you never plan to handle a gun, you should know Cooper’s Rules, especially if you live in the USA. Y’all know me, I hate rules, but these I follow. Firearms are killing tools, this is how to interact with them safely:
#1: All firearms are loaded until you personally verify they are not. (Doesn’t matter if it’s the person who loves you most and they swear on all the gods that the gun they’re handing you is empty. They made a mistake and it’s loaded and ready to fire until YOU see an empty chamber.)
#2: Never aim the muzzle of a firearm at anything you are not prepared to destroy. (Just pointing a gun at someone is a form of assault.)
#3: Do not touch the trigger until you are ready to fire. (A negligent homicide still produces a funeral.)
#4: Know exactly what your target is and what is behind it for the full distance your bullets can cover. (When you squeeze that trigger, YOU are responsible for whatever happens. “I was aiming at this, I didn’t mean to hit that” will raise no one from the dead.)
Anyone who handles a firearm should know these rules and stick to them.