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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: January 05, 2023, 04:03:59 am »
Hannity and Boebert apparently got into a shitfight on national TV about it. This MIGHT be proof of divine intervention.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: January 05, 2023, 01:04:10 am »
I mean, most of Tumblr sucks, absolutely. But it's still going to be an easier entry to the fediverse than Mastodon, since you know exactly what you're getting, exactly how to get it, and you aren't going to be effectively banned for breaking bizarre rules that nowhere else online has that are buried in a rules document that's functionally closer to a ToS in size and impenetrability than a list of rules.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: January 04, 2023, 10:13:25 pm »
If you havenít been paying attention to the House Speaker votes, you should go do that. Itís getting really, really fucking stupid.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: January 03, 2023, 10:59:54 pm »
Mastodon is also very white, vaguely utopian, and extremely averse to anything remotely confrontational or controversial. Example: you have to content-warn photos of food. Selfies with eye contact. Anything to do with protests or activism.

It's unusable for most purposes, there's a barrier to entry, and Tumblr is going to be federating with it in the near future -- so, soon, there won't even be a point. Just make a Tumblr and avoid the limitations and bizarre social requirements.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: January 01, 2023, 07:17:10 pm »
Holy fuck where am I? Sweet Eris' holy tatas WHEN am I??????

I understand the confusion as regards time and place. I've not been up to snuff lately. Don't worry, when I get over this flu, I'll bring us all back to painful, stupid awareness of when and where we are. We will all cry and regret and you might decide you're better off not knowing, but there is no escape -- and more to the point, I can't afford to get fired from this gig, so I really don't have any choice but to keep hurting everyone with direct sensation of their own space-time coordinates.

Enjoy the break from 3+1 dimensional space-time consciousness while it lasts!

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That's about on point with what I had figured. Cyclic influencing -- US evangelical money pours into the UK (because of course it does, the US Evangelical Christian movement is practically a world power unto itself), the UK pours it into the most deranged forms of transphobia, and bricks-for-brains chuds in the US get fueled up on British bigotry.

All of which can only get worse over time, so long as that feedback loop is unbroken.

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Propaganda Depository / Re: YouTube?
« on: December 29, 2022, 02:39:05 am »
I personally think the people who learn about Discordianism from Youtube or Wikipedia aren't going to be Discordians anyway. I don't see any good in a good, informative Youtube video about it.

I do my evangelism by sharing snippets of Holy Nonsense, or talking about reality grids. I aim at psychologists and social workers. Activists. Writers. People who are readily interested in the concepts, and who have the mindset to coax what's good out of the shitheap, to dig two layers deeper and then try to generalize what they've learned. I pick and choose because some people won't understand, some people won't care, and some people will take the wrong message away.

Meanwhile, having the most readily pop-cultural stuff be wildly off-base weeds out troublemakers and assholes. They come in thinking Discordianism is a new tool to be a dick with, they try it, and it means I don't need to waste time wondering if they're worth my time. They got what they wanted and they stopped digging.

There's a whole trend of far-right Discordianism associated with Trump and QAnon shit. They're working off of the pop-culture stuff. I know where I stand with them almost immediately. If they were working with the more interesting elements, I'd have to at least see if they could learn anything at all, because I'd have a lever to play with to possibly skew their worldview towards mine.

So... I think this is actually a bad idea.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Picking Cain's Brains
« on: December 27, 2022, 04:47:06 am »
How bad is this Russian bank thing for Putin? We all know he's going to win any elections had anyway, so I'm more wondering if one of his inner circle might see about having him be the latest mysteriously defenestrated Russian.

And more importantly, how bad is this for Russia? Will it survive to the end of 2023 without fragmenting? I can see a lot of separatist movements gaining ground under these circumstances, particularly with the military busy out West.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Unperson
« on: December 27, 2022, 03:12:54 am »
I'm not sure when it happened, for me. I made the name change in Feb '21, but in hindsight the signs were there for awhile. Less like I had an epiphany and more like I gave myself permission. Either way, it happened. And yeah, it's definitely the kind of realization that leaves you with the warmth and genial smile of a claw hammer in a chest freezer.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: They're coming for you.
« on: December 26, 2022, 09:39:30 pm »
In the USA, guns are legal to carry around, and that's only going to get easier as these fools have their way with the legal apparatus.

In the USA, we also have mass shootings, far-right extremists in law enforcement, and a now-regular series of domestic terrorist attacks on power substations. Oh yeah, more of those yesterday, up in Washington.

One day soon, someone you know in the US (and this goes for anyone and everyone) is going to be in one of those blackouts. And if they're outspoken and queer, black, far-left or any other number of acceptable target identities, a year or two down the line it's about 50/50 they don't survive to see the power come back. So in the US, going armed isn't an optional thing. They're coming for us.  Not being armed or part of a robust defensive infrastructure (e.g. surrounded by people who ARE armed and on your side) is itself suicide now.

Some of my partners, many friends, and countless other possible targets are at risk of suicide if they have access to self-defense tools, so I'm all too aware there's large numbers of people in the same boat I am who will still be going unarmed, because murder by Proud Boy is a possibility, but suicide by handgun is a certainty. But if no one around here arms up, no one will be left to give those people a chance.

The UK, of course, is a different beast.

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Or Kill Me / Unperson
« on: December 26, 2022, 09:00:26 pm »
Another piece that felt like a poor fit for There Are Dreadful Things, but which is related.
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Unperson, v.:
1. (transitive) To strip (a human being) of rights, identity or humanity.

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I have been asked before about what it means when I say I'm "not a person," or "don't person me".

I will explain.

I have been destroyed, inch by inch. They broke my fingers, stole my names, made all I do Bad, even when it's good, because I did it.

They said I was an animal, a monster, a deviant and a liar. When I tell the truth, it's not to be trusted. Everything I do has ulterior motives.

I've been accused of crimes simple and grand. Of actions realistic and fanciful. In the minds of others I have been a groomer (because of being trans), a cult leader (because of my interest in hypnosis), a killer (because why else would I bask in violent language?).

After so much wear and stress, any material will break. Metal fatigue claims the stoutest of steel beams, in time. Such destruction has a well-defined pathway. First, the material to be broken grows denser, more rigid, work-hardened under the blows. As it grows harder, it becomes increasingly brittle. Eventually, it simply breaks.

The fracture may take many forms. Mine was sharp and jagged.

I cast off the human-names I had been trying to wear. They marked me as trying to belong. I didn't want to belong anymore. I chose a more fitting name, a name that is a warning.

I abandoned the camouflage, the clothing of Ordinary People, and sought a different sort of uniform. I began to wear warning flags, the trappings of the antagonist.

I stopped trying to claw back what they stole from me, and focused instead on building something they wouldn't dare touch.

I abandoned the language of Humanity. I began to demand unpersoning.

That.
It.
Thing.
Other.
Enemy.

"Recognize what I am," I was trying to say. "I am not like you. I am a makeshift weapon in the hands of the Great Adversary. We have nothing in common. There is no kinship here. You took that."

Now when they come for me, there are no weak points left. If they humanize me, they weaken their hands. If they dehumanize me, they further harden my scales. There are no attack vectors that remain. The I that was is long gone. There is now only this enemy.

I am not a person. They took that from me. I am something else, now. Something terrible, because that's all that they left to me. Something they cannot understand.

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Apple Talk / Re: Suu demands to know what you are listening to!
« on: December 26, 2022, 07:32:55 pm »
I listen to hyperaggressive music 99% of the time, but the past couple days it's been weird dreamy ambient and this R&B+metalcore project, VRSTY. I'm not joking, that's exactly what this is. It's top 40s radio-R&B with panic chords and breakdowns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl1O8jLsQzk

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Or Kill Me / Re: There are dreadful things.
« on: December 26, 2022, 02:26:26 am »
Heavily inspired by Laird Barron, Michael Kirkbride, Thomas Ligotti, Dok Howl, Frank Herbert, and handfuls of others.

It's more or less a mishmash of whatever is rattling around my skull and current events, dyed with occult imagery and poetic language. But it's the first writing I'm really, truly proud of.

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Or Kill Me / Re: The Monster Slayer's Call
« on: December 26, 2022, 02:08:21 am »
INTERESTING counterpoint to the path I've taken. Good, really good.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Saying Hi to the Goddess at the End of 2022.
« on: December 26, 2022, 02:03:13 am »
Oh hey, more trans Discordians! Nice.

It's been a hellish decade and change. I'm glad you've apparently done better than I have.

I write queer hate-poems and stare bitterly at the wreckage-strewn future I have to look forward to. There's not many folks around these parts lately, but old hands still drop in from time to time. There's all the room in the world here now, if you want it.

I've had ups as well as downs, that's for sure.

Those poems sound awesome. Have you got any you'd recommend to start?

I think I'll at least try and stick around again. Some of my best memories are here. It'd be nice to make new ones.

They're all in OKM. "There are dreadful things."

I'm semi-active pretty much permanently, so!

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