There's a lot of things I want to say about this photo - ignoring the rest, it's a photo of many pads freshly cut from a prickly pear (specifically Devin, a close family friend that lives down the street.)
Emergent front-line indigenous medicine seems to have been ahead of allopathic medicine through this pandemic. Reasonable, given their different mechanisms in... every regard.
I'm only now seeing recognition in conversations among well-educated colonial folk about the potential that COVID's severe symptoms are caused by a bradykinin storm; this was hypothesized in a discussion among Indigenous medicine-workers in Turtle Island back in mid-March.
I reckon in a year we'll probably recognize we're dealing with two diseases caused by the same virus: SARS-Cov-2, a severe accurate respiratory syndrome which occurs soon after infection with the novel coronavirus, and a yet-to-be-recognized angioedema.
A potential inhibitor of bradykinin production - a thing which has not been heavily researched in allopathic medicine, as it is normally an interest to increase bradykinin production - is manganese, which may help with ischemic edema, one of the suspected edemic mechanisms of COVID.
Prickly pear pads and fruit - nopal and tuna in Spanish - is super-high in accessible manganese!
So, I'm going to be adding that to my medicine garden, which has a few things growing for their potential to diminish the severity of COVID's more severe symptoms - garlic, ginger, and aloe are the three that i've had a lot of luck growing, but I also aim to grow things high in betalains that arent high in anthocyanins, like beets or - hey, prickly pear fruit!
Anyway given its potential use as a medicine I went to Devin and took some new growth to propagate and I'll transplant this around the community (with or without folks consent tbh) to produce a harvest come next spring (pads, manganese) and late summer (flowers, betalain)
trans stuff, ukpol (+)
Given the bullshit going on this week, this ruling in Employment Tribunal, indicating that nonbinary people are included in the gender reassignment protections of the Equality Act, is very heartening.
money help, boosts +++
hello i’m too depressed to make a real post explaining the circumstances but i need money for rent and food. rent isn’t due for another week or two but the food situation here isn’t great and we don’t have much. :((( please help a fellow enby out. i’m trying to support myself and my girlfriend right now as neither of us are able to work currently.
i have venmo and cash app also but they deadname me so please dm for that info
Really stuck for cash these days pals, it’s not getting any easier. If you can help out in any way at all I will be so grateful and send you positive vibes xx
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So it would seem that two separate conflicts beyond my control have just put me out of a sizeable advance payment for future work, and that's not the only thing that's gone wrong so far, so I'd appreciate it if you bought a game or threw some coins at me on ko-fi perhaps
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Spent a lot of the day trying to ignore JK Terfling's recent "here I am trying to stay relevant by demonizing trans women" reveal. Sadly, when you're in the witchcraft/astrology/general spirituality communities you can't avoid it
I'm a trans man working a net-negative job with a side single tarot draw ko-fi with very few clients, with 10 free readings for trans BIPOC clients that have not been claimed
Consider boosting or claiming a single draw reading via my ko-fi
racism meta, check, check and...
Already draws from a predominantly white pool of people ✅
High cost and knowledge barriers to entry compared to crappy corporate alternatives ✅
Privacy and safety cited as major concerns for creation ✅
But SOMEHOW these safety considerations don't apply to BIPOC who talk about racism, and in fact they are treated as the threats the nice white/light folks were fleeing from ✅
The one Black house in the neighborhood is regularly mobbed and toilet papered ✅
Membership is technically open to everyone but BIPOC are harassed and mistreated into leaving... y'know, for some mysterious reason ✅
Measures to not be so fucking racist are ignored time after time ✅
Idk this place needs to be burned to the ground maybe ✅
not to be that guy, but @error_1202 has a point LOL
the colorism/antiblackness that gets defended on here and the protection some ppl have allotted for non black poc and white passing folks honestly, would never fly if it was solely gender violence
and as much as i hate to compare things, contextually, it applies. fucking sad
if you want to know why people of color aren't signing up for accounts on here it's nothing to do with software and everything to do with two things . 1)average user is a white anarchist in Portland and 2) they think we do nothing but those uwu cuties need cuddles pleroma hellthreads that just devolve into erotic roleplay and no one on here understands boundaries
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04/09/20: one more lanyard. Blue anodized aluminum and bright aluminum in the half persian 3 into 1 weave supports a byzantine weave descender and a seriously large lobster claw for clipping on your badge or what have you. Marked down to US$20 including shipping in contiguous USA, others DM for details. PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org cash.app $tarlimanjoppos please boost
victims of right-wing gun violence (Kenosha), Huffington Post article link, gofundme links
Remember them. Not the fuckhead with a gun.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/249ip7bjxc - Fundraiser for Anthony Huber's surviving partner, Hannah Gittings.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/249yn2bzqo - Fundraiser for Joseph Rosenbaum's funeral costs.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kenosha-protestor-with-medical-bills - Fundraiser for Gaige Grosskreutz, the medic shot in the arm.
here's the thing:
white people see this shit. they see it happening. they do not connect the dots that it's due to racism, because that means confronting their own privilege.
you assume that racism is going to look like someone marching in a KKK hood. it doesn't, though. it looks like the dude who smiles at you but scowls at me and my friends, or spits -- literally, spits! -- on my former student.
Paige. US Midwesterner in Scotland; geek into social justice. (As ever, I'm that @rhiannonrevolts from stuff.)
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