#Baltimore #ElijahCummings #TrumpTweet
Baltimore had 342 homicides in 2015, illegal immigrants in Texas were convicted of 46 homicides in 2015.
I remember I used to be resistant to the idea of having children at what I thought was a "young" age for a variety of reasons, one of which was a desire to cling to my hedonistic lifestyle.
Sex, partying, travelling, freedom etc, you know what I'm talking about.
I enjoyed my life, and was reluctant to lose all of the above for what I correctly thought was a huge responsibility. I had no reference experience as to what having children would actually be like. None of my friends had them, and the media seemed to endlessly portray them as a chore at best and a nightmare at worst. (I'd later realise they have an agenda)
Why make a permanent choice to change the life I loved into one that was an unknown, but for which all information told me would be a negative?
Because the love of my life wanted one, and my desire to be with her and see her happy was more important to me than succumbing to my fears. (a good woman will make you a better man)
Now that I've had two children, with a third on the way, I have had a good few years of experience; and I can say with complete confidence that the joys of parenthood are beyond anything I could've imagined. While I might sometimes miss my old lifestyle, and fatherhood certainly isn't without challenge and hardship, I wouldn't give it up for anything, even if I could.
No hedonistic indulgence comes close to the deep feeling of love and satisfaction that one gets when their baby falls asleep in their arms, or says they love you, or that they miss you, or hugs you for no reason.
I know that I'm just some stranger on the internet, but trust me as far as you can within that capacity:
Predictions on the Fediverse
Since Gab came on, mass reaction and over-reaction has led to the following new phenomena:
* Instances that pre-emptivly block whole swaths of others
* Instance admins trading block recommendations like baseball cards
* Other minor papercuts making "silos" and larger instances less attractive.
The ideal of a relatively uncontroversial person being able to be on a well-established instance and be able to reach/contact p much anybody else on the network, is gone now
They do that by manipulating the defaults. Mastodon itself has defaults (I default to talking to the world, you probably do too!). If we default to privacy or default to creating speedbumps so we can choose who sees us, we may hide ourselves from the solidarity of our fellow travellers, and also risk erasing ourselves from history. 11/11
What does this have to do with fighting Nazis? Well, some of the suggested and understandable solutions I've seen, consist of sketching out ways to deny Nazi's access to the public parts of Mastodon. I think it's worth thinking about this, but I also want to flag the price: it's easy to work out ways that also default to being closed to anyone in the wider public space; to accept less visibility as a compromise for protection from the Nazi gaze. 8/?
@freemo Having trouble connecting to halcyon.qoto.org, just times out. Is it working?