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Aneristic Illusions / Re: They're coming for you.
« on: Yesterday at 08:13:32 pm »
I hate to say it but this is one of those instances where the truth doesn't matter. It's out there now. It can't be taken back.

Fucking terrified of what the revenge attacks this inspires are going to look like.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: March 25, 2023, 08:07:33 pm »
That's fucking horrible. I'm sorry.

It wasn't anywhere near as bad as I had prepared for. He doesn't like my chosen name and won't use it. He thinks I'm having a nervous breakdown. I look ridiculous.

Weak. Very weak.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: They're coming for you.
« on: March 25, 2023, 07:26:44 pm »
Those were wonderful to read.

It isn't enough but holy shit it was nice to read about someone doing something.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: They're coming for you.
« on: March 25, 2023, 07:15:21 am »
This site is useful for watching the scale of this stuff over in the US.

If I remember correctly the phrase that Biden likes to use is that he has trans people's backs.

Would be nice to see that translate into some kind of meaningful pushback against this.

Right now the only news I hear out of the US is Republicans trying to take horrific measures against trans folks, Democrats saying that it isn't very nice of them to do that, and trans people desperate for help being told that the only solution is to vote Democrat. Which doesn't honestly seem to be helping that much.

But any real political fightback against Republicans on this would (as I understand it) require them to fight state legislators and ultimately the Supreme Court, and they couldn't even do that for abortion. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: March 25, 2023, 06:36:06 am »
In more exciting Scribbly related news...

The private healthcare provider I have to use to get HRT because this country is awful have decided to treble the costs of their blood testing service and also demand more (and more expensive) tests, seemingly because they are no longer able to get the expensive drugs they used to funnel everyone towards so they need to recoup those losses elsewhere.

I discovered this when I went to get a refill and was told that I should have sent in a bunch of blood tests they didn't ask for about 10 days ago. Luckily, I am used to their incompetence and have a stockpile, but still.

This was frustrating to discover. This month is going to be tight and long-term I simply can't afford the new normal. So. Time to finally do the thing I have been putting off: involve the NHS in my care.

I did some research and it looks like there are a few steps I can take to try and make this as painless as possible (spoilers: it's still gonna be fucking painful). Step one is to get my name changed by deed poll. Which is cool. I have been living under my new name in all areas of my life except work for the past 8 months or so. It seems to have stuck. I'm happy with it. Lets go.

I had already arranged to see my parents this weekend for a different reason and both have expressed confused support in the past so I thought, hey, maybe they'd appreciate being involved with this. I need two witnesses (who can be literally anyone) and they were involved in naming me the first time around, maybe they'd like to be involved the second time around. I thought it'd be a cute gesture. Something nice.

This was a mistake.

Cue a 30 minute long conversation with my mother where I wind up trying to manage her emotions and explain that, no, I wasn't "messed up" by anything she did during pregnancy because I'm not, in fact, messed up. I'm just trans. And she warns me that my father is going to say some things that will hurt me this weekend. As though he's been planning it and workshopping lines with her or something.

I ultimately had to gently explain to her that this is something that will be happening either way; I was just offering her an opportunity to be part of it if she wanted. I am not asking for permission. Which got some vague mumblings about wanting to support me but it being very difficult because I am named for someone who was important in her life and losing that feels like erasing that person.

So that's great. Here I am trying to decide how to negotiate coming out in the last places I'm not so that I can actually afford to continue keeping on, preferably without blowing up my job because there's no fucking way I'm getting another one that pays half as well, and I'm having to relitigate the coming out I've already done. With the added bonus of wondering exactly what it is my Dad is going to try and throw in my face. I'm actually genuinely curious on that; I suspect the old man has massively overvalued the extent to which I value his input into this. And underestimated my willingness to just cut him out of my life if he's going to be a piece of shit.

Bitch, I'm trying to deal with a ~£1500 per year price hike in my medical care during a period when literally every other bill I have is also going through the roof. You think I've got the time or energy to massage your delicate fee-fees because you don't like that I wanna wear a dress? A dress, by the way, that I can't now fucking afford? Get out of my face.

It has been a busy few months in TERFland so let's catch up with all our favourite bigoted pieces of shit.

Posie Parker Accidentally Gets Nazi Salutes Banned

This gave me a good chuckle. Noted fascist dipshit Posie Parker began the Australian leg of her hate rallies this year and has disgusted people so hard that politicians are now realising they need to ban nazi salutes in public. Because TERFs and literal Nazis are so tightly entwined together at this point that they can't easily be separated.

Tory Councillor Fails to Obtain Lucrative Media Career

Sophia McAllister - better known on the internet as Sophie From Mars, whose media analysis series on YouTube is really fun and who has done a bunch of other great stuff - went to the pub. Because TERFs are just so incredibly normal some innocuous small talk ('I will wipe my hands on my jeans') became the Freudian nightmare 'I will wipe my hands on my penis'. The Daily Mail decided to publish this account even though it was clearly ridiculous because they are bigoted freaks. In a rare W for Plague Island, this mostly resulted in mockery from literally every other person who heard about it but it's still been quite harrowing for Sophia by the sounds of it.

JK Rowling Says Trans People are Death Eaters

This one is just fucking hilarious and I feel speaks for itself.

Quote from: Queen TERF

    I would say that some of you have not understood the books. The Death Eaters claimed, ‘We have been made to live in secret, and now is our time, and any who stand in our way must be destroyed. If you disagree with us, you must die.’ They demonized and dehumanized those who were not like them.

    I am fighting what I see as a powerful, insidious, misogynistic movement, that has gained huge purchase in very influential areas of society.

TERFism. Not even once. It'll rot your brain so hard you retroactively justify the villains of your work as being persecuted minorities.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: They're coming for you.
« on: March 24, 2023, 06:16:12 am »
Not even post-40 in some women.

This is codifying what happened to Caster Semenya and saying that it was good, actually.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: They're coming for you.
« on: March 12, 2023, 09:47:31 am »
Meanwhile a friend went to the anti-SFP (A Scottish christofascist group) protest and got scolded by the organisers for flipping them the bird because it might "antagonise" them.

Glad we understand the scale of the threat.

Apple Talk / Re: Suu demands to know what you are listening to!
« on: March 09, 2023, 02:14:56 pm »

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: March 07, 2023, 10:58:19 pm »
UK Government decriminalises slavery.

Quote from: Rishi Sunak
If you come to the UK illegally:

➡️ You can’t claim asylum

➡️ You can’t benefit from our modern slavery protections

➡️ You can’t make spurious human rights claims

➡️ You can’t stay

Aneristic Illusions / Re: They're coming for you.
« on: March 07, 2023, 08:27:04 pm »
Yeah. I haven't been keeping UK TERFwatch up to date either for similar reasons.

They spent most of last year firing shots.

Now they've openly declared war.

I can see how it goes from here and at this point I don't see any changing that.

Principia Discussion / Re: Order is Chaos, Actually
« on: March 07, 2023, 08:08:28 am »
You're right of course, Doktor.

I guess what I mean is that we've moved with the times.

The Principia had fnords, turkeys and hotdogs without buns. Maybe that fit the 60s. I'm sure I used to find the old jokes funny even back in the 2000s.

But the temperature has risen. It's getting feverish on old planet Earth. We're still laughing. We'll never STOP laughing. If laughter is infectious we're fucking typhoid, laughing so damn much that blood runs from our manic grins and the world laughs along with us.

Even if they don't get the joke.

Principia Discussion / Order is Chaos, Actually
« on: March 06, 2023, 07:21:17 pm »
Disclaimer: I'm going to say a bunch of shit that sounds authoritative here. Please keep in mind that this essay addresses my personal beliefs and whilst I do at several points discuss what 'Discordians' think, I am very aware that y'all are an argumentative bunch who are unlikely to agree with me on everything. Or anything. Whatever. Unless I personally insult you in the essay you can assume this isn't targeted at you.

It has come to my attention that there are still people who think ‘chaos’ is the opposite of ‘order’ in this, the Year 2023 – a year that is surely going to go down in history as being sacred. To someone. Fuck knows who. If they think anything going on in the world right now is holy they’re probably an asshole.

First things first, the Discordian concept of Chaos is explicitly not what the Ancient Greeks thought Chaos was.

You see, Robert Anton Wilson, one of the big cheeses in Discordian thought, in so far as we can be said to have those, had two core ideas to most of his writing: Perception is fallible, and the human brain loves to find patterns.

These aren’t ground-breaking ideas. A lot of people have written a lot of things about this and probably way better than Robby did in the 60s. But, the important thing here is how he applied this principle to the Goddess of Chaos.

To Robby, Chaos is broadly synonymous with Reality. He came to this conclusion as follows.

The human brain seeks patterns. And we do that in all sorts of ways. Everything from our peripheral vision to our memories to that really annoying phenomena where you think you kind of hear someone saying something but actually it’s just random noise? Our brain is REALLY GOOD at finding patterns. We fill in the blanks all the time. In fact, most of our life is filling in the blanks.

And it’s all imperfect. Your eyes might be great, but you can’t see atoms no matter how hard you look. And those exist, if you find the right way to perceive them. Consider light. It’s been around for a long time. According to some people, it was the first thing. Should be pretty fundamental, right?

Famously, though, you can perform an experiment which proves beyond a doubt that light is a particle. You can also perform an experiment which proves beyond a doubt that light is a wave. How does that work?

Because the ideas we have of what a wave is and what a particle is are only maps.

They’re imperfect definitions describing physical phenomena.

The way Discordianism approaches this is to say that these are impositions of Order; our brains making tools which help us understand the Chaos that is reality.

Now before you get too excited and accuse me of denying that reality exists and thinking that it’s all like, vibes, man, or something? No. Fuck you. I still use my brain, I haven’t yet let it turned into soup.

There are definitely people who say they are Discordians who do in fact seem to believe that it’s all vibes, but since their grey matter is liable to spill out when they trip over I’m comfortable discounting them from the conversation.

The map might never be the territory, but if your map is just a bunch of random scrawls I don’t want to follow you into the wilderness and neither should anyone else.

Anyway. We create Order to make sense of Chaos, and Discord is what happens where, inevitably, those expectations fall short of the reality. Discord is when something happens which breaks that Order. You see something out the corner of your eye but when you turn your head, it’s gone. You flip a coin and it comes down on the edge. You measure light and find that it is both wave and particle.

It’s very important to understand that neither Order nor Discord is inherently better than the other. You can’t HAVE an Order – an expectation of how things should be – without also creating at least the possibility of a Discord – something that hits outside of that expected context.

And this is even a good thing, because Discord tells us where the gaps are.

As it was put in the Principia: “To choose order over disorder, or disorder over order, is to accept a trip composed of both the creative and the destructive. But to choose the creative over the destructive is an all-creative trip composed of both order and disorder. To accomplish this, one need only accept creative disorder along with, and equal to, creative order, and also be willing to reject destructive order as an undesirable equal to destructive disorder.”

Those who understand that Order and Disorder are both desirable, that they both have uses, but they both have drawbacks too, are the ones who can ultimately come closer to an understanding of the Goddess.

When you understand that Order and Discord are, really, games that humans play with each other to make sense of Chaos, you become able to participate in both with equal joy. The reason why so many Discordian writing talks so much about Discord, and why we place such emphasis on that part of Eris even though she is technically the Goddess of both Order AND Discord, is that our societies do not acknowledge that there are limits to Order.

But of course there’s more to it than that.

One of the few ‘laws’ in Discordianism is the Law of Eristic Escalation. The Imposition of Order equals the Escalation of Disorder (or discord, if you prefer).

The harder you try to squeeze an Order into place on a subject that simply refuses to accept it, the harder the Discord you are creating will kick back against you.

Bear in mind that the Law of Eristic Escalation is itself merely a map; a concept used to make sense of reality. It won’t work everywhere. But that doesn’t make it useless. The fact is that reality doesn’t give a shit about what you think it should be. It is what it is. And the longer you go trying to buck it, the more it is going to hurt when that mountain rips right through your map and smacks you in the face.

Some people might be thinking at this point “Why do you call it Chaos, then? Why don’t you just call it reality?” And that’s a fair point, but I think it misses the importance of poetry here.

If we were talking about ‘reality’ then it implies a certainty that runs straight against the core concept.

I am violently opposed to (amongst other things) the concept of certainty. Robbie Wilson was a big fan of e-prime, a concept which was designed to try and get rid of Aristotelian logic and make language more precise by paradoxically making it acknowledge its own imprecision.

Now, e-prime is its own thing responsible for, amongst other horrors, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and therefore it is to be shunned and despised by all right-thinking people, but that anti-Aristotelian principle is central to what it means to me to move through the world as a Discordian.

When we embrace that we do not interact directly with anything but only with our perceptions of it we open ourselves up to the possibility of being wrong about anything and everything. By understanding that Chaos is Everything; that, to quote the Principia again, all things are true – even false things are true in some sense – we put the possibility of the unexpected at the heart of our lives.

If we were just talking about reality rather than Chaos, we would be one step too close to staking out a claim on the big T Truth that we can never know. Because there is one being in the universe who CAN know Chaos, and She is the Goddess.

And now we get to the core of the matter.

Eris isn’t a peace and love Goddess. Eris is Reality. She’s Chaos. She’s TRUTH. And TRUTH, big capital T Truth, is something that humans have a really hard time comprehending. We don’t want to. As a rule, we’re much happier when we’re left to our comforting lies.

And even though we keep getting shown how dangerous and bloody it is to reject Her, people still keep snubbing Eris to this day. You see it when people refuse to wear a mask during a pandemic, when people whip themselves into a murderous frenzy believing minorities are the enemy, and when they convince themselves that The Machine has their best interests at heart.

Eris teaches us that it is a worthy thing to extract vengeance for these snubs.

See, if you’re following the teachings of the Goddess, you’re volunteering to be the nasty reminder that their flawed thinking doesn’t encompass everything. You’re the wrench thrown in the machine. You’re the monster lurking in the dark.

See, it's not just a ha-ha after all.

i ain't reading all that

i'm happy for u tho

or sorry that happened

Principia Discussion / Re: Local 73rd Hermits Cabal
« on: March 05, 2023, 06:36:58 am »
Oh no, it's one of those people who read "All things are true, even false things" and walked away thinking that every perspective is equally valid.

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