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I have an XMPP/Jabber server. It features OMEMO encryption. I run it from a closet in my house. It is up if my house has power and internet (so, most of the time.) It allows uploads of pics and video for sharing. Those files are deleted after 24 hours.

You can join it by using "Conversations" on Android, or "Siskin IM" on iOS, to create a new account at

If you do, please let me know your user name! I am, as one might expect,

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This is the how-to I wish I had when I set up my Prosody XMPP server. I have no idea why in tarnation no search engine would show it to me.

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false finish (noun):

1 A moment that looks like it might be the end of a match, but is not.

Example: "When Shanna hit that top rope superplex, I was sure that was it, but it turned out to be a false finish."

My biggest hope right now, after public safety, is that the charges brought against various cops aren't just a false finish; that all criminals who commit acts of violence against black people and other people of color can expect to be held accountable for their crimes. Not just fired. Not just charged. Convicted. Appropriately sentenced.

Reform. Not momentary concessions.

There are a couple of petitions circulating in Austin put forth by coalitions of various activist groups. One is to defund the APD entirely and rebuild it from the ground up (phasing it out over time, rather than canceling it overnight). The other is about moving funds around to provide direct aid in the form of paid credit cards and such to people of color as COVID-19 response. I am very here for both of them.

Just learned that George Floyd was a part of the legendary group Screwed Up Click back in the 90s. Billboard’s got a good summary of his career and links to several of his songs.

While we protest his horrific death at the hands of police brutality, I also want to learn about his life and celebrate it. Black lives matter, and his black life matters.

Game bundle in support of Black Lives Matter 

I'm in it. All the money goes to BLM and the National Bail Fund Network.

Pass it on.

The only uniforms worth respect are the United States Postal Service and sex workers cosplaying

I watched one of these this morning, except it was from a protest video.

swerve (verb):

1 To suddenly change the direction of a match or a storyline, often involving a character turning face/heel.

Example: "The cops showed the crowd respect, then swerved them by firing tear gas."

@ArtistMarciaX too many people think they're in the clear because they oppose the most egregious racism & physical violence against Black people, but it seems to me violence agaist Black people is part of the gradient of the casual dehumanization they face every day. If you don't think a group of people have inner lives worth caring about, of *course* it's much easier to brutalize and kill them. Black lives can't matter until Black feelings and comfort matter, personally, to you.

On people who are police 

Thanks for reading. Go support a black person (or another, or another, even) trying to live their lives under this incredible fucking weight.

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On people who are police 

You cannot trust anyone who gives their time, energy, and often heart to the current American state. You cannot listen to the words of an individual who gives away that individuality to don a uniform.

If they were trustworthy, if they were critical thinkers, if they were on the side of the people, they'd find another job.

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On people who are police 

These cops were sold a pig in a poke. They were told their job was about helping others and, kind-hearted fools, they believed.

It doesn't matter who they are when they go home. When they go to work, they willingly subsume themselves as parts of the oppressive machinery of state. It doesn't matter whether they look at their force with a critical eye; they continue to surrender the good choices they might make to be "helpful" cogs.

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On people who are police 

These protestors, it seemed, didn't recognize the dichotomy that many cops live.

We're not talking about the cops who are racist bullies in and out of uniform. We're talking about the ones who give good pic, offer nice soundbytes, go to work, and stand in the line while their fellows fire off less-lethal rounds. Who watch killings instead of stopping killings.

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On people who are police 

Lots of videos of cops speaking out against killings, saying they recognize Black Lives Matter activists as non-violent, taking a knee, etc.

This morning, I saw a video where protestors ran towards police who were taking a knee. The protestors were clapping, cheering, and shouting out their respect for the cops. Once the protestors came within a certain distance, the police fired off a canister of tear gas.

@ArtistMarciaX "Black Lives Matter" means, to me, that Black *lives* matter, not just Black deaths, as in day-to-day life, feelings, work, dreams... as whole people. Consuming Black people's victimization & struggle for symbolism & catharsis instead of meeting them as human beings is another form of dehumanization, a way of saying they only matter to you as objects to suffer, die, and inspire. Black lives don't matter to us if we don't care about actual Black people living their lives.

Wrestling has a large history of packaging performers with racist gimmicks (and sometimes re-packaging them with new, also racist gimmicks.)

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Today's term enabled a lot of racist portrayals over the years.

gimmick (noun):

1 A distinction that sets a performer's character apart.

Example: "His whole gimmick is that he'd rather be somewhere else."

2 A special set of match rules to separate one contest from others on the card.

Example: "So many of these multi-man gimmicks just devolve into brawls."

It's weird, sometimes, the moments one will recognize they have a little energy surplus and get the gumption to tackle a tidy.

My room is less of a mess, and the household boxes are largely broken. I can sit and relax a little extra, knowing I accomplished some things.

Southern pun 

Commented elsewhere:

"I hope he doesn't hunt with dogs, because that's a pretty big missed point."

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