Was going to run to the store after work before curfew hit. Stores were already closed. Came back, got out of the car & saw, I kid you not, a mourning dove on a wire and a red-tailed hawk circling behind it.

Hard to tell on the phone resolution, but damn, you can't make this shit up.

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uspol, protestor bail funds 

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On a lighter note a lot of people are going to try and paint these protests as being nothing but violence and stuff on fire.

So here's a video of a bunch of "protestors" calmly hanging out and distributing free supplies. Community matters, friends. The only thing on fire here is the barbecue:
twitter.com/zellieimani/status

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Black Protests 😠 white Nonsense 

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Black Protests 😠 white Nonsense 

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Black Protests 😠 white Nonsense 

New blog post:

A lot of adaptations tend to put extra focus on Inspector Javert's role as Jean Valjean's persecutor, making it personal. It makes for good drama, but it misses Victor Hugo's point that the justice *system* is unjust. Javert is only its face.

hyperborea.org/les-mis/book/no

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no one is free of bad opinions.

you can be a great person and occasionally still run across Some Bullshit buried deep within you because you grew up in a society that is FULL of fucked-up opinions about POC (esp. BIPOC), queer people, trans people, fat people, disabled people, etc.

when people call you out for this, your job is to listen and sit with what you have been told, not to kneejerk and pull away.

you want to talk about doing the work? *that's* the work.

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letting the bullshit go unchecked allows it to propagate. there are two scenarios:

-either your friend didn't know, you just saved them a lot of heartache and embarrassment later, and they're not going to unwittingly keep spreading Some Bullshit

OR

-your friend DID know and that's how you find out they are Full Of Bad Opinions

and BOTH are fucking awkward in the moment, tho one is salvageable.

you gotta call 'em out anyway, because to do otherwise is to enable oppression.

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This article about the current decades-long work to recalibrate the notion of "height" in US geological surveys and so forth is fascinating and reminds me so much of like... in a video game engine when you get too far away from the origin and start losing precision in your floating point numbers and suddenly your physics starts to glitch

nytimes.com/2020/05/22/science

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Violence, police brutality, lazy journalism 

YouTube: Wasting food during a pandemic so you don't have to.

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Ways to help Mpls 

Winderbourne Mansion "is currently abandoned and has no plans of restoration. The site is a photographer’s dream. The property is nine acres with several old muscle cars in the backyard, along with sprawling trees and flowers. It is also located right up against Black Hills regional park with a great view of the water. The interior of the house is littered with old furniture, letters, magazines, and clothes."

atlasobscura.com/places/winder

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Sharing this here in case it isn’t making the rounds in the fediverse: a handy Google doc for people to do their own homework on how to be better allies and anti-racist: docs.google.com/document/u/1/d

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A lot of people are talking this and saying things more wise than I can, so I won't belabor the point. But if you have some monies hanging about (I'm looking at you, fellow tech workers, most of us do) consider donating today to one of the causes recommended by the MFF. They have links on their main web page: minnesotafreedomfund.org.

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here are some places you can donate, if you are able:

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Minnesota Freedom Fund (pays bail for those who cannot): minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate

Reclaim The Block (coalition demanding Minneapolist divests from policing and invests in alternatives): secure.everyaction.com/zae4prE

Black Visions Collective (MN an organization dedicated to Black liberation and collective liberation): secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR

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