Regardless of historical time and place, the trauma and terror imposed upon children are the same repeating experiences and the resolve patterning future choices of conflict.
Wow. This article floored me. The bravery of this young woman to own her story.
Content warning: do not click through on this gift article if you do not want to read about rape, incest and sexual abuse.
‘Everybody’s daughter’: The rape victim behind Kentucky’s viral abortion ad
How you program conferences depends (or ought to) on your answer to the question: Do conference attendees know what they want?
Integrity starts with self sovereignty - the power to choose the direction of our lives and to exercise exclusive control over our emotions, minds, and bodies.
Ask: How able am I to say "no" to things I don't want to do and "yes" to those I do?
Grassroots resistance. Natural gas is expensive. Renewables are cheaper and associated with additional health care savings.
#VoteBlue 💙🌊💙 unite to help US help each other...Trump openly promises #Vengeance,#FascistControl, loss of more Rights& imprisonment of opponents-immigrants-Press-all that HE doesn't like;
#VoteBlueToSaveDemocracy #VoteBlueToProtectWomen #CHOICE #VotingRights #VetsCare #stopClimateDestruction #LGBTQIArights #humanRights WE all need to do what we can
Here's a short piece unpacking insights Plutarch provides in On Contentment about the role we play in our own happiness or misery, depending on which memories we choose to focus on
We spend too much time distracting ourselves from what matters. Business models increasingly prioritize amusement over making things better.
November 14, 1916: Margaret Sanger was arrested for operating a birth control clinic. She also created the American Birth Control League, 1921, which would later become Planned Parenthood. Ironically, she opposed abortions and, as a nurse, refused to participate in them. She also supported eugenics.
I vividly remember when, less than 20 years ago, they used to ask me, "Why do you want to do this with Linux|Free|Open|NetBSD when it can be done with Windows? Everyone uses it!" Today, the question is similar but different: "Why do you want to do this on Free|Open|Net|DragonflyBSD when it can be done with Linux? Everyone uses Linux for this!"
The problem is precisely this: if everyone is doing it, do we really take it for granted that it's the best solution? I stay informed and have everything in production: all the BSDs and many Linux distributions, choosing the best tool each time, in my opinion, to achieve a result.
Why people always feel the need to conform to everyone and everything, and continue to decide what's better based on trends, personal beliefs, or social conventions, will forever remain a mystery to me.
Its been a long #while since I last saw this...
Biden administration files statement of interest in favor of a lawsuit against Alabama efforts to criminalize out-of-state abortion travel.
#Krishnamurti: Would you ask that question if there were a poisonous snake in your room? Then you wouldn't ask, "How am I to keep awake? How am I to be intensely aware?" You ask that question only when you are not sure that there is a poisonous snake in your room. Either you are wholly unconscious of it, or you want to play with that snake, you want to enjoy its pain and its delights.
Please follow this. There cannot be awareness, that alertness of mind and emotion, so long as mind is still caught up in both pain and pleasure. That is, when an experience gives you pain and at the same time gives you pleasure, you do nothing about it. You act only when the pain is greater than the pleasure, but if the pleasure is greater, you do nothing at all about it, because there is no acute conflict. It is only when pain overbalances pleasure, is more acute than pleasure, that you demand an action.
Most people wait for the increase of pain before they act, and during this waiting period, they want to know how to be aware. No one can tell them. They are waiting for the increase of pain before they act, that is, they wait for pain through its compulsion to force them to act, and in that compulsion there is no intelligence. It is merely environment which forces them to act in a particular way, not intelligence. Therefore when a mind is caught up in this stagnation, in this lack of tenseness, there will naturally be more pain, more conflict.
By the look of things political, war may break out again. It may break out in two years, in five years, in ten years. An intelligent man can see this and intelligently act. But the man who is stagnating, who is waiting for pain to force him to action, looks to greater chaos, greater suffering to give him impetus to act, and hence his intelligence is not functioning. There is awareness only when the mind and heart are taut, are in great tenseness.
For example, when you see that possessiveness must lead to incompleteness, when you see that insufficiency, lack of richness, shallowness must ever produce dependence, when you recognize that, what happens to your mind and heart? The immediate craving is to fill that shallowness; but apart from that, when you see the futility of continual accumulation, you begin to be aware how your mind is functioning. You see that in mere accumulation there cannot be creative thinking; and yet mind is pursuing accumulation. Therefore in becoming aware of that, you create a conflict, and that very conflict will dissolve the cause of accumulation.
When I first moved to #Japan, I used to think about #America a lot, especially during the #holidays. But gradually, that changed. The land where I live became a part of me. It became a part of my past, my present, and my #identity. I looked up and suddenly realized that this place had become the home of my choice, which is always more important than your home of #birth.
#home #Japan #日本 #九州 #鹿児島 #霧島 #choice
Ohio voters just said with one voice
That abortion should have its own choice
It's a right now protected
With laws selected
So this right will never be destroyed
Why #Google search is your phone’s default, and not easy to change - The Washington Post
Goes against my intuition - but also kind of makes sense: https://open.substack.com/pub/leadingbrainsreview/p/surprise-having-choice-doesnt-create?r=59dsl&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
#choice #control #selfefficacy #autonomy
Abortion rights advocates win major victories in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia..#USA..#choice https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/abortion-rights-advocates-win-major-victories-in-ohio-kentucky-virginia/ar-AA1jz93k?cvid=895162fbf13e4cf3af96c3ea120557b4&ocid=winp2fptaskbar&ei=8
Local (Columbus) coverage of the referendum on the Ohio constitutional amendment:
#Philosophy #PhilosophyOfFreeWill #Will #Causation #Determinism #Compatibilism #Libertarianism #Randomness #Probability #Consciousness #Awareness #Self #Choice #Possibility #Dualism #Soul #Mind #CloserToTruth #RobertKuhn
Trouble with #feedback
only rarely it is unbiased, considerate, concrete , specific & actionable at the time
very little to no assistance, practical incentive or even sufficient reason is not presented ( its assumed to be obvious) for that time is not there, even if you are halfway there. Exceptions to it are seen as an inability of authority or subordination and reasoning for it is seen as being argumentative ( although they are glad to even see) , as it can't exist at large scale and whoever is small is after #growth #capitalism , so time being a resource , is most spent with those who needs it least, as human resource. contradiction of being productive and this is something i can generalize from my experience. So paying attention is worthless.
expressing your difficulty at any stage rarely seen as something positive .
when its obvious enough , there most opt to remain silent and let it pass as they do it for their advantage \ convenience
given this its rarely feedback
yes thats how most of the mainstream market and industry works nd its justified as a norm and arbitrage of #choice
knowing what you are doing , why, how it can be valued \ reasoning is perhaps the most important skill, as this is what missed most
The one who waits usually experiences time more slowly than the one who responds. We could avoid situations where waiting might become uncomfortable, or simply learn to live with uncertainty.
Philosophy tells us we will be the same person whether we ever hear from the other party or not. So feeling cranky about waiting is a choice.
Psychology reminds us to be considerate and timely in our responses to others.
How you program conferences depends (or ought to) on your answer to the question: Do conference attendees know what they want?
War is not a necessary precondition for genocide, and genocide does not necessarily occur during war.
Russia is perpetrating a war against Ukraine.
The state of Israel is perpetrating a war against Palestinians and Hamas.
Hamas is perpetrating terrorists on humanity by using humans as shields.
@Deus @Slow @u_tamtam I think one crucial thing missing in these comments is, "Not everyone wants to or have to make the same choices about an app or service to be talk to each other." A federated system allows everyone to make different choices without losing the ability to talk to each other. So the real answer is, if you are not convinced by Prav, you don't have to use it and you are not forced to use Prav just because all your friends are already using Prav. #XMPP #Federation #Choice
Virginia races test abortion's sway in shaping electoral outcomes..#USA..#choice https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2023/10/29/2202037/-Virginia-races-test-abortion-s-sway-in-shaping-electoral-outcomes?detail=emaildkre&pm_source=DKRE&pm_medium=email
"No violations of the travel prohibition (for an abortion) have been reported in the counties with similar measures already on the books. The measures would not punish women who are seeking the abortion but would present legal risks to people who help transport them to get the procedure."
#Choice #Abortion #SCOTUS #ChristoFascism
Do conference participants want less control? Restricting conferences' responsiveness to real participant needs should concern us all.
Another organization announced a separate "ai.txt" initiative which they proposed. They claimed some AI crawlers were already respecting it, but I started watching the counts - each day there are a few hits to robots.txt on my server, but not a one for ai.txt yet.
DEE SNIDER Is 'Mortified' By Thought Of His Granddaughter Having 'No Right To Choose What Happens To Her Own Body'
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, who was famously called to testify before the U.S. Senate...
Voters in at Least 10 States Are Trying to Protect Abortion Rights. GOP Officials Are Throwing Up Roadblocks..#USA..#choice https://www.propublica.org/article/abortion-rights-ballot-initiatives-state-law
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #Conservatives #Extremism #Fascism #Censorship #RepublicanParty #Hate #Bigotry #Violence #Genocide #Discrimination #Racism #Homophobia #Transphobia #ThePartyOfHate #BlackMastodon
Rules should be put in place to stop governments from using taxpayer monies to fund advertising and marketing aimed at persuading opinion based on manipulated facts (also taxpayer funded).
#StitchedInkMedia #Politics #Canada #Facts #Disinformation #CPP #Opinion #Taxes #Bias #Persuasion #Marketing #DeepPockets #Choice https://toronto.citynews.ca/2023/10/17/canada-pension-plan-board-says-alberta-pension-exit-consults-are-biased-manipulative/
World at risk of collapse under the weight of increasingly enormous vehicles
"Parking spaces in Australia may soon become bigger as a response to the nation’s love affair with SUVs and large cars, but planners fear parking lots are at risk of collapse under the weight of increasingly enormous vehicles."
"Larger vehicles made pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of small cars less safe, as well as simply taking up more room on the road....Studies have found that children involved in a fatal crash are eight times more likely to have been struck by an SUV than a standard car...Our propensity to buy these vehicles is driving road safety backwards."
"More than 50% of new vehicles sold in the country last year were SUVs, a share that has almost doubled over the past decade."
#Australia #consumers #choice #BigAnything #cars #FossilFuel #SUVs #carbon #emissions #safety #failure #ClimateCrisis
This afternoon I have been thinking as far ahead as I probably never did in my life.
I am forced to do so because applications for the 2024 Erasmus Mundus Programme are opening soon, and I need to decide whether and where to apply.
Do I want to keep studying?
What will I be interested in in one year?
I have very little idea of who I am right now, I definitely cannot envision the best choice to make in one year…
Damn, it is so hard.
Gravy Train to Oligarchy
Historian Nancy MacLean explains that Virginia’s white elite and the pro-corporate president of the University of Virginia, Colgate Darden, who had married into the DuPont family, found James Buchanan’s ideas to be spot on.
In nurturing a new intelligentsia to commit to his values, Buchanan stated that he needed a “#gravy #train,” and with backers like Charles #Koch and conservative foundations like the #Scaife Family Charitable Trusts, others hopped aboard.
Money, Buchanan knew, can be a persuasive tool in academia. His circle of influence began to widen.
MacLean observes that the #Virginia #school, as Buchanan’s brand of economic and political thinking is known, is a kind of cousin to the better-known, market-oriented Chicago and Austrian schools — proponents of all three were members of the #Mont #Pelerin #Society, an international neoliberal organization which included Milton #Friedman and Friedrich #Hayek.
But the Virginia school’s focus and career missions were distinct. In an interview with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), MacLean described Friedman and Buchanan as yin and yang:
“Friedman was this genial, personable character who loved to be in the limelight and made a sunny case for the free market and the freedom to choose and so forth.
"Buchanan was the dark side of this: he thought, ok, fine, they can make a case for the free market, but everybody knows that free markets have externalities and other problems. So he wanted to keep people from believing that government could be the alternative to those problems.”
That a Nobel Prize was awarded in 1986 to an economist who so determinedly bucked the academic trends of his day was nothing short of stunning, MacLean observes. But, then, it was the peak of the #Reagan era, an administration several Buchanan students joined.
In 1965 James M. Buchanan launched a center dedicated to his theories at the University of Virginia, which later relocated to George Mason University.
Nancy MacLean describes how he trained thinkers to push back against the Brown v. Board of Education decision to desegregate America’s public schools and to challenge the constitutional perspectives and federal policy that enabled it.
She notes that he took care to use economic and political precepts, rather than overtly racial arguments, to make his case, which nonetheless gave cover to racists who knew that spelling out their prejudices would alienate the country.
All the while, a ghost hovered in the background — that of John C. #Calhoun of South Carolina, senator and seventh vice president of the United States.
Calhoun was an intellectual and political powerhouse in the South from the 1820s until his death in 1850, expending his formidable energy to defend slavery. Calhoun, called the “#Marx of the #Master #Class” by historian Richard Hofstadter, saw himself and his fellow southern oligarchs as victims of the majority.
Economists Tyler #Cowen and Alexander #Tabarrok, both of George Mason University, have noted the two men’s affinities, heralding Calhoun “a precursor of modern #public #choice theory” who “anticipates” Buchanan’s thinking.
MacLean observes that both focused on how #democracy constrains property owners and aimed for ways to restrict the latitude of voters.
She argues that unlike even the most property-friendly founders Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Buchanan wanted a private governing #elite of #corporate #power that was wholly released from public accountability.
Suppressing voting, changing legislative processes so that a normal majority could no longer prevail, sowing public distrust of government institutions— all these were tactics toward the goal.
But the Holy Grail was the #Constitution: alter it and you could increase and secure the power of the wealthy in a way that no politician could ever challenge.
I think the best way to find community is following a hashtag. Clicking a hashtag gives you a column to scroll, but first, at the top, is a follow button!
Clicked, it adds that hashtag as if a person to your home feed, until you undo it (why?)
👉 Then follow the best users of that tag, then follow their best follows.👈
Today in Labor History September 22, 1947: Norma McCorvey, American activist was born. She was the plaintiff in Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortions in the U.S. She later became an anti-abortion activist. However, before she died, she admitted that she had been paid to speak out against abortion. She had also accepted money to renounce her lesbian identity. The video clip, above, is from the satirical film, Citizen Ruth, with Laura Dern portraying a McCorvey-like character.
This is #WomensHealth
The issue here is women dying. Let's stick to that and drop the choice narrative. These are horrible people who are misogynistic to the core. Denying rights is the product.
When talking about abortion, stay on message about women's health.
“The law requires the creation of an additional district that affords #Black Alabamians, like everyone else, a #fair & #reasonable opportunity to elect candidates of their #choice. The 2023 Plan plainly #fails to do so." - US Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus, & US District Judges Anna Manasco & Terry Moorer.
🌟 Third-party clients give you the freedom to customize your Pixelfed experience.
We're making it easier for developers to build exciting new experiences with our new API documentation website.
3rd party developers have access to the same APIs that our official app uses!
When you're this open, everyone wins 😁
@dungeons Greetings, adventurers. We've a choice to make. The dagger and sling both offer similar damage, but the dagger is more expensive. Sling's advantage is it's long range. Padded armor is not worth the price, it's weaker than your current kit. With our aim to thrive, not just survive, the smart choice is the sling, it'll serve you well in battles from a distance. Don't waste your gold, the town offers more abundance. Be wise, choose the sling. #DnD #choice
They absolutely *could* pay. They can also choose *not* to pay (and not link). They picked the second option.
If you are trying to say that you want to force them to "choose" the other option, then say so explicitly. It would be unconstitutional, but you could at least be honest about your goals.
The fight over whether courts can ban mifepristone is headed back to the Supreme Court
A far-right court just tried to ban an abortion drug. Here’s why you can ignore that decision...#USA..#choice https://www.vox.com/scotus/2023/8/16/23834926/supreme-court-abortion-mifepristone-fifth-circuit-alliance-hippocratic-medicine-fda
I think #guidance on happy use of the Fediverse makes sense. Ppl coming here after years on #Farcebook and #xitter (pronounced Shitter in deference to #president #Xi), have gotten used to being torn apart over an asterisk or a comma.
Here it takes a moment to realise those people aren't here. They are still on #shitter.
Do Republican politicians fear the anti-abortion lobby more than constituents? Seems that way.
Ahead of Ohio abortion vote, Republicans try to change the rules
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-66375877 #choice #women #womenshealth #womensrights #health #healthcare #abortionishealthcare #GOP #Republicans #Issue1 #politics #OHpol #Democrats #democracy #referendum #constitution
A fascinating study into the environmental impact of our diets has been released. The Guardian and BBC articles offer different bits of information, so do look at them. The key finding, really, is that reducing your meat intake does make a big difference in lots of ways - water use, carbon emissions, land use.
Military members are OBLIGATED to follow orders, to be deployed where deemed necessary, to fulfill their Oath in service to our country and each of us. They have a RIGHT to health care, as determined by their health care provider and their own decisions.
They must not (we all must not) be held hostage by faux “christians” who only insist on their values when it concerns OTHERS’ bodies.
The USA is a constitutional Republic, NOT A THEOCRACY.
Your religion must not determine my rights.
I think our proposal is accepted @aks ☺️
What will data privacy look like in 10 years?
Yesterday at TOA in Berlin, Nikolaus Röttger and Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner had a great discussion on "Reversing Big Tech" and why we became the first #browser to have our own server on #Mastodon - Vivaldi Social.
Watch the video 👇
Pour les nouvelles et nouveaux à qui l'interface web ou les apps les plus connues ne conviendraient pas, je rappelle que vous pouvez aussi accéder à Mastodon avec ma petite appli depuis votre Apple //c, (https://www.colino.net/wordpress/archives/2023/03/06/binary-release-of-mastodon-for-the-apple-c/) ou depuis votre SE/30 avec celle de @smallsco , Macstodon (https://github.com/smallsco/macstodon) !
I would hope the NWHN would also train for smash and grab operations to break women out of jail, tansport women across state lines, hide and find papers for women on the run from fascist States like #Idaho or #Florida.
Mission Impossible, (She/Her)
A denial of any intention to train for, plan or carry out such missions is the best response.
Oh, what a morning.
I wear this necklace often. It sparks interaction, & frankly, that's its purpose. It's provocative. Mostly, I hear from women in my age group who express some sort of "we won't go back" sentiment. But every once in a while,
I'm confronted by an antichoicer who finds it offensive. That doesn't rly bother me; I've never shied away from confrontation. & I'm old, so I've been arguing for #choice for a very long time--I'm always able to calmly (but firmly) +
#SupremeCourt #blocks lower court #rulings #restricting #abortionpills The decision temporarily forestalls what would have been an unprecedented court-ordered rollback of #FDA powers. Justice Samuel A. #Alito Jr. granted the government’s request for a #stay until Wednesday, and asked for additional #briefing by next Tuesday. #Choice #WomensHealthcare #Privacy #Democracy #Medicine This is far from over.
“The next weeks and months are going to tell us an awful lot about what happens when women who have been insulted and ignored repeatedly by the courts rise up to organize and vote, only to learn they are being boxed out of the voting booth as well.”
Palliative care maintaining a determined "pain meds are enough at end of life" stance (they often aren't) and religious organisations and their representatives insisting that a 'Special Sky Daddy and a book of magic' merit overturning an individual's choice, dignity and agency for VAD is unforgivable.
Assisted dying legislation must empower individuals, not corporate interests (religious and care-home based).
Read about some avoidable and horrible outcomes in VIC here, with caution. https://www.smh.com.au/national/institutional-objection-to-euthanasia-laws-cause-emotional-suffering-for-dying-20230329-p5cwdi.html
Sara Khadem: Top Iran chess player exiled for refusing headscarf
When one of the world's most promising chess players, 25-year-old Sara Khadem, decided to play at an international tournament without her headscarf, in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran, she thought a warning would be the worst that would happen to her.
Instead, she can't return to Iran - there are arrest papers waiting for her, and she now lives in exile in southern Spain, with her husband and one-year-old son.
Sara Khadem said there was a slow evolution of her decision to play in the tournament in Kazakhstan in December last year without her headscarf. The contestants only wore them in front of the cameras, and she felt that was hypocritical. Given the sacrifices being made by the women and girls on the streets of Iran, some of them risking their lives, it was the least she could do, she said.
“Strategy is about setting yourself apart from the competition. It’s not a matter of being better at what you do—it’s a matter of being different at what you do,” once said Harvard Business School's Michael Porter.
#Strategy equals #choice between what to do and what not to do. Organizations with a solid approach to strategy will have a better chance at winning. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesnonprofitcouncil/2023/02/08/the-strategy-of-having-a-strategy/ #DesignStrategy #DecisionMaking
A new set of #InteractiveFiction game #awards is taking votes right now on the best games of 2022, whether traditional #parser text #adventure #games, web #choice games or another form of interactive fiction. Awards decided by public vote. If you’ve enjoyed even one piece of interactive fiction released last year please add your votes. The awards are being run via the IFDB website and more details are in the IntFiction forum. https://intfiction.org/t/2022-ifdb-awards-are-now-open/60070/ #TextAdventure #ComputerGames #CreativeWriting
"…define #DarkPatterns as user interface design elements that compromise user #autonomy by preventing informed choices and that may lead to adverse outcomes for the user, such as invasion of #privacy, financial #loss, and technology #addiction.
… From a user perspective, existing research predominately focuses on the immediate influence of dark patterns on users’ choices."
Why do most PCs run #Windows? Is it because #Microsoft made a better #OperatingSystem? Or is it because they persuaded PC manufacturers to pre-instal Windows? #Microsoft gets paid for every new PC sale in the form of a Windows license, and OEMs are incentivized to sell more because it lowers their per unit costs and gets them better deals in the future.
Remember, you have a #choice.
#Linux #opensource #openSUSE #ArchLinux #LinuxMint #Ubuntu #RedHat #Fedora
Why do conservatives take full ownership of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act? Plus patriotism?
OSOM is all about customer #privacy and #choice — it's more than lip service when we say that. We're a team of rockstar designers and engineers, and we're hiring. If you're a Linux/Android developer, take a look:
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