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Can someone here get me an invite to anticapitalist.party, or recommend another Mastodon instance to sign up at?
Basically, I still want to get started with Mastodon. anticapitalist.party was recommended [a previous post](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/7621) on here, that's why I'm asking about it specifically. They seem to be run by anarchists though, should I be concerned about that? I'm open to suggestions of other instances, too.

Any comic books, graphic novels, manga that y’all like?
For these, I have never been able to get into superhero comic books, which make a bulk of the popular ones because they feel too silly to me now. From the ones I have read, and I haven't read too many, I really liked Sandman (Gaiman) and Hellboy (Mignola). My favourite of all time is Transformers: More Than Meets the Eyes. It's extremely hilarious and the characters seem very relatable. I have not tried getting into manga too much. There's this one that I have read about a robot destroying other robots but I forgot its name. I tried reading a horror one about spirals (it's quite popular) but couldn't get into it.


Recommendations for getting started with Mastodon?
I've been considering creating a Mastodon account. Any recommendations about what instance would be good for signing up? And suggestions which accounts to "subscribe"/"follow" (how is it called on Mastodon?)?

Livestreamers giving the Pig too much free intel?
I've been checking in on Portland the past few nights and can't help but think people like youtuber [Veterans for Peace](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-RmV8Sk_H8) (who otherwise is tough as hell and battle-hardened, and the police tactics being used should be studied from his high angle, high quality footage--especially with the Fed being deployed, these current strategies, tactics, and specific weapons and munitions will be seen more widely) are doing the pig a huge favor. Especially when filming people creeping around the courthouse. The cops cutoff inside--peeking through their trapdoors and dumping out gas, flashbangs, and firing pepper balls and rubber bullets--would have way less idea what was going on outside if these streamers delayed their streams. I can't think of another way. Any ideas? They're just giving up so much free, real-time intel :(

Any recommendations for VPNs?
Been using ProtonVPN for a while now for when it makes sense to use a VPN (mostly torrents but for some general browsing), but just realized their very overt pro-HK stance they've had and [continue to have](https://mastodon.social/@protonvpn/104552928027829341) despite the breakdown of the color revolution. Just going off of [privacytools.io](https://www.privacytools.io/providers/vpn/), there are a few other recs. Any good experiences with Mullard or IVPN? Mullard's the only one I couldn't find with some sort of pro-HK statement, but I also realize that the vast majority of the "privacy/security" sphere aligns with the techbro libertarian freeze peach rhetoric. So is there really any point in switching away from ProtonVPN? I mean probably not, no ethical consumption and all, and the VPN service has been solid.

HKers celebrate the arrest of CIA funded HK rioters
"Stolen" from /r/Sino of Reddit, but I can't not post this good video here. :grinning face: (The direct link apparently doesn't include the audio, but at least you don't have to deal with the basically unusable Reddit UI this way.)

Gimme your D&D stories! (or any other roleplay, for that matter)
I'm setting up a game with friends, and it's reminded me of all the great times I've had with the game, and I wanna know about those times for y'all.

Secure messenger
I just got the secure messenger, Element. Is this what we are using for sending private messages? How would i connect it to lemmy? I noticed there is also a group chat feature.

Y’all remember an article from Vietnam framing George Floyd protests as starting from US Security Forces?
It was a brilliantly worded article reflecting how the US writes about other countries and I think FB removed my link and Google shows it as a suggested search but the result isn't there. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Are there any Texan comrades about?
I don't want specifics or anything, don't dox yourselves, but I wanna know if I'm the lone ranger of Lemmy. I wasn't born in Texas, but I've grown up here since before I was old enough to form memories. I tell people I'm Texan before I tell them I'm from the US, and I have nothing but love for this terrible, terrible state. Nationalize Whataburger! :raised fist:

When it comes to strategy, Bernie's no Solid Snake. Too bad he didn't think strategically and kneecap biden with, I don't know, his record on literally anything. The video was kind of interesting though. The opening bit where he makes demands. It would be cool if he had any sort of power, but here it seems toothless and a little bit useless I guess. Also, do you buy any of his optimism for a Biden admin? Is Bernie just thinking strategically for himself, like shifting the goalposts (gag) of his crowning achievement and pinning it on this united front victory over trump? Or, does he think he can actually steer Biden's administration in a meaningful way? Isn't fucking everyone going to be trying to steer sleepy Joe's administration though? :/ At least he looks healthy here. It is a good look for our grandpa. He probably hasn't interacted much with his grandkids since the pandemic began. Hope he gets a chance to pat some heads. However, it sounds like he might be gearing up to get back to work after his vacation.

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