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something i’ve been meaning to post a while about interactions onhere:
i’m always extremely low on energy so if you reply to one of my posts i won’t always reply back. especially if it’s on a jokey post and you’re trying to continue the joke – i usually just can’t keep that going! i can usually come up with a handful of good arrangements of words in a day. it’s nice of you though!
I’m Alex. I’m 30, my pronouns are he/him, & I live in Scotland. I was previously on KNZK – thanks @pisscotheque for inviting me here!
I’m an artist & film festival programmer but as of recently I’m taking time out. I have ME/CFS, an autoimmune condition that means I have no energy and most activity messes me up. So! I’m mostly housebound.
I studied in Japan & can speak some Japanese. I like Pokemon Go, experimental art & unusual music. Let’s 🙌 proceed 🏃 to be friends 👯♂️ on line! 🌐
covid, depol I guess?
You know, a major reason politicians - consciously or otherwise - refuse to even consider a total shutdown of most workplaces instead of this wishy-washy everything-but-work-and-school lockdown nonsense is because it may make too many people realize how utterly pointless and unnecessary the majority of work is, and once that genie is out of the bottle, there's no putting it back in.
uk pol, fascism in action
so Downing St themselves (piffle himself, or a triangle-haired minion?) rewrote the race report they commissioned to fit their own preferred - false - narrative
this kind of thing has brought down governments in the past, but i doubt it'll do more than raise an eyebrow today, so inured have we all become to the current pack of crooks, chancers and fascists and their manoeuvres and manipulations
someone bang on Keir Starmer's loo door, he's asleep on the netty
New islander, Myrtle, has an island to herself. She can be "a bit bitey"
“The slogans ‘Make America Great Again’ and ‘Take Back Control’ in the US and Britain respectively, spoke to a perceived decline of white supremacy and nostalgia for imperial influence. These desperate clamours of nationalism, as Sivamohan Valluvan puts it, throw scandal, absurdity, violence and the renewed resistance from the left, back into a chaotic political arena.“
@alex what if each of the anomals represented one of your sins in life. what if the skeletons you find in the ground are actually your own skeleton....
North Korea, anti-Asian tropes
a related linguistic trick is when the western press derisively reported that North Korea had claimed to have found a fossil "Unicorn". this was translated from "qilin" or "kirin", a similar-ish mythical creature that doesn't have the same connotations of "lol that's so gay" as the western "unicorn", and giraffes are named after it in some Asian languages. compare this to the discovery of "Hobbits" in NZ and how that might be translated in a culture without hobbits.
an example of this self-serving, patronising myth-making i read about recently is the story that American folk singer Jimmie Rodgers was seen as a "deity" by the Kipsigis people of Kenya who heard his imported records and thought he was extremely cool. later western reevaluation shows that he was simply received as what we'd call a "celebrity" elsewhere. white westerners are just so keen to project this patronising primitivism onto colonised people.
colonialism, imperialism, philip, religion
like, even the idea of "religion" is not broadly applicable to the majority of cultural practices to which the english language tends to assign that term.
side note: it annoys me when western christians claim "well, all cultures came up with 'gods'/'religions'" as if that supports christian theology. the colonialist cultural flattening of this line should be obvious.
colonialism, imperialism, philip
thinking about the frequently-trotted-out apocryphal story about the colonised people of Tanna who are said to "worship" Philip as a "god", and how contingent the west's understanding of that story is on assuming western christian norms of "worship" and "god" are necessarily analogous and directly translatable to indigenous cultural practices
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