In 20 years we’re going to find out that “no kink at pride” discourse was a CIA psyop to reintroduce more traditional forms of homophobia (i.e. the defense of the innocence of children, Gays as sexually predative, etc) to millennial and gen z aged influencers.
… Y'all need to get off Tumblr.
I go weeks or months without posting sir. This is offline brain damage.
the us state has a history of injecting poison pill discourses into political movements that threaten its power like this is your brain on actual history.
*discourse calling gay men pedophiles for kink related dressing practices that have been in steep decline at Pride events re-emerges near the same time as QAnon*
“I see nothing suspicious about this.”
the global rise of fascism? a resurgent right wing in america? the roaring presence of reactionary thought in erstwhile progressive spaces? a connection would be inconceivable… internet brain rot, go outside!
Looks like I’m gonna be full of ‘controversial’ opinions today so I’m just gonna be real about this next topic that’s been itchin’ at me for a while:
I genuinely don’t think a lot of white leftists understand just how integral anti-black racism is to keeping class oppression in power and they often gloss over their own internalized racism while using the argument of ‘uwu don’t assume all poor/rural white people are racists and have more compassion uwu’ as a way to try to ‘band’ together as a community of lower class people.
Here’s the thing, though: you CANNOT ‘defeat’ this class struggle, especially in the United States, if you CANNOT acknowledge the pivotal role that anti-blackness/racism in general has played in keeping poor communities struggling. Race has always played a part in determining rent, mortgage, education, and other basic human necessities within a community because if that community just so happened to have a lot of black folks in it, the ‘value’ of that area was inherently seen as ‘lower class’ or ‘unworthy’ of fair opportunities that could improve that area.
This should not be a surprise to ANY so-called leftist but I’m starting to see more and more white leftists try to weaponize the whole ‘don’t call rural white people rednecks, they’re not all racists’ and ‘we need to band together to defeat the rich and stop focusing on little things that divide us’ as a way to deter any deep conversation about the inherent racism involved in the class struggle.
Y’all really need to start reading more articles and books from past black/non-white leftists who have already talked about this entire subject YEARS before any of us became the ‘leftists who occasionally make good points on a public blogging platform’.
Because I’m tired of seeing white people complain about how poor/rural white folks are seen as racists and it’s ‘not fair’ to them while I’m an Afro Latino person who has lived in a rural area for MOST OF MY LIFE and has experienced nothing but racism from poor/rural AND rich white people, with no mercy.
White leftists need to stop using ‘class struggle’ as a way to band people together and actually work on their own internalized racism, do more research by actually READING information given about this subject by previous non-white leftists, and then confront the anti-black racism in their own communities. Especially if those white leftists live in poor and/or rural areas themselves.
Relying on black/non-white people to do all the heavy lifting for you and risk their lives by having to ‘educate’ rural/poor white people on how to be decent human beings to poc is not a good look.
EDIT: y’all can reblog this but if you start being disrespectful, I will block you.
Antiblackness and racism is also the primary reason poor white folks vote against social safety net improvements, minimum wage increases, pro-labor laws (especially those that protect service jobs that are primarily held by poor black folks), infrastructure improvements and expansions, rent caps, changes in mortgage and debt laws that protect and benefit borrowers, and basically anything that would materially improve living conditions for poor people. Antiblackness is literally the foundation of conservative. anti worker propaganda, it’s full of racist dogwhistles.
And yeah. If you’re setting up an anonymous ID online for any reason do not, under any circumstances, post or share any identifying information under that ID or with devices associated with that account.
Like. When I first saw the headline I was like “what did this dude post a photo with an identifiable location or a time stamp that fucked up an alibi or something?” and finding out that it was fingerprint and palmprint analysis from a snapshot in a grocery store was a little disconcerting.
Let’s say, theoretically, that you had a computer you’ve set up to gather data on extremists. You create fresh social media accounts, you join facebook groups where everyone’s photo is an old dude in oakleys. You’ve got it running linux and you access the internet through ToR.
You do not log in to your wallet-name bank account to check your balance on that device. You don’t check your facebook friend’s wall through that device. You don’t search the names of anyone you know, look up traffic in your area, or browse pornhub on that device.
If you are sharing photos on that laptop, you do not take those photos from your cellphone and you do not allow your fingerprints, cute socks, desktop, or custom bathroom tile to appear in the background of those photos. You do not let serial numbers appear in those photos, you do not let your dog’s nose or your wedding ring appear in those photos.
It took an Etsy review, a LinkedIn profile, a handful of
Instagram videos, and a few Google searches for FBI agents to identify a
masked woman accused of setting two police cars on fire during recent
protests in Philadelphia. The protests took place on May 30 in response
to the police killing of George Floyd.
The case, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer,
demonstrates how police have been able to use social media and other
publicly-available online records to identify protesters from just a few
scraps of initial information. According to NBC, the
individual charged by the FBI, 33-year-old Lore Elisabeth Blumenthal,
now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison if
convicted and a fine of up to $250,000.
Like. I can’t say that I’m upset that the alt-right and a bunch of people associated with some horrifyingly violent crimes don’t have good opsec, but I’d just like to point out that it’s really, really important to be exceptionally careful what you post, and if you’re doing something that potentially puts you at risk from the cops or internet nazis or whatever then you really need to think HARD about whether you want to be doing this in a way that leaves any footprints at all.
less “if you see a man and woman together at pride be nice! they could be bi/pan/trans/ace/aro” and more “stop gendering strangers to harass them anywhere, but especially at pride holy shit”
you know what? i want this to reach the people who do this– especially the ones claiming to support trans folk (usually in really hollow ways lol i’m not bitter). keep reblogging– i want this sentiment to be widespread and for people to stop gendering strangers! especially in explicitly LGBTQ+ spaces!
FYI, a bunch of AI researchers on Twitter - including Mr. Narayanan from the screenshot above - have already pointed this out, but the sort of system they’re describing both cannot “detect lying” (something which is not possible) and also is not actually intended to.
What it actually is is a way to establish a pseudo-scientific rationale for accusing customers of lying, so the company can refuse to pay out. This kind of AI generates “reports” containing solemn-looking language and diagrams, which the company can present to a court or a government audit as “scientific evidence” that they’re not cheating people.
These “reports” have no more basis in fact than some guy saying “oh yeah I’m sure he was lying it was ALL over his face.” But they LOOK like machine-generated data untouched by human bias, so people often take them seriously, as if they’re something like an MRI image or security video. They’re not.
(Recently, the law firm I work for has been getting spam trying to sell services and CLE courses which help you use fake AI data to bullshit jurors. It’s never phrased that way - it’s phrased a lot more like Lemonade’s tweets above.)
#long #holyyyyy fuckin shit #every day I lose more and more faith in humanity #this is a prime example of disgusting corporate greed #that's enough internet for today #jesus christ...
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.