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How will/do libs justify this? Is Amerika still the leader of the “free world”?


I have many stories like this, of myself and basically everyone I know from my hometown. Child labor never went away here.

Mine was mostly wood-cutting and moving logs from one place to another, unpaid ofc. My ex worked at a restaurant similar to the shit you describe basically since they could stand upright. Meth explosions happened all over town, but I had the fortune of living over 2 miles from any human being, let alone the 20 miles it took to get to town anyway, so we were in no danger of getting blown up. Mostly just worried about getting shot by stray hunters wandering onto our property or by kids doing drive-bys at our mailbox for fun. A meth-making fam I knew was the closest neighbor we had, pretty regularly heard screaming coming from that direction, both obviously angry and also obviously terrified screams. Sorry you went through what you did comrade.



My ears are ringing. Someone must be blowing multiple dogwhistles. Wonder what this obviously well adjusted person thinks we can learn from Poland regarding “popular culture” 🤔


Oh, good. ![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/585fb662-dc85-45de-8309-6525ff209f0a.jpeg) Ukraine is a fascist state. If it comes out of this as a sovereign polity at all, it's going to be incredibly fucked by the west for all it has to give in their reconstruction, restructuring of govt, demolition of labor rights, and predatory loans -- and the people will be the ones to suffer. If Ukrainian leaders had any care for their civilians at all, they'd pivot East instead of West. Profit comes first, of course.

muh DPRK feudalism! muh Hamas islamism!

Love/hate to see that Eurosocialists have the same exact brainrot Amerikans do. Also lauding Wikipedia as a source lol


Now comrades will know when I’m playing HuniePop. Shit.

(jk. 🥸)


Neoliberalism is fascism is neoliberalism is fascism, ad infinitum. State power and corporate power exist solely to prop one another up in the pursuit of infinite profit. Liberals love to point out the Trump clique’s imperialist ventures and how close we were to World War III, but under a democrat we’re even closer and it’s all NATO’s fault. It’s incredible how well Amerikan intelligence is able to convince people otherwise. On their supposed “feminist” concerns, Roe v. Wade was overturned under a Democrat, period. The nuance of supreme court packing w/e is inconsequential to the point that Democrats have been in basically complete control of the state apparatus and it still happened. Murder of black and brown people by the state still happens. Discrimination against LGBT people is still happening. Nothing meaningful has changed, and nothing meaningful will change based on the color of the party in power.


for sure, I dig idle games and tower defense games for the most part. A game called “wicked lair” lets you play as a fantasy bad guy defending your tower from adventurer heroes, and I had quite a bit of fun with it when I had no internet.


Tbf the only sources I can find on this are tabloid rightist crap. Hopefully she stays gone. Hopefully she redacteds.


Prolly a pretty obvious one but reading a book would be my go to. I also download a few simple games on my phone that don’t require internet when I know I’ll be out of it for a while, added bonus: no ads.


There is some conflict between some organizations of people who were born intersex and some LGBT organizations. That being that the intersex people in question have different goals and sometimes different identies: those being ending medical abuse of newborns and infants and that some of them do not consider themselves “LGBT” or transgender because they were either forcibly transitioned or are not trans quite literally, meaning they have adopted their sex as their gender identity, their intersexedness being something innately biological rather than wholly social, to them.

This is a complex and often heated topic, but I thought I would throw this out there. The “conflict” I described is very rarely antagonistic in nature, just that LGBT rights organizations tend not to have the resources or the same goals that intersex people need to live properly fulfilling lives, and that’s why intersex orgs exist separately. It’s a very important subject nonetheless and infant abuse and discrimination against intersex people needs to end. If they want to surgically alter themselves whenever they are able to give proper informed consent, that should be their prerogative.


Seemingly the Netherlands was levying anti-socialist scaremongering against them as well as feigning concern over “human rights abuses” and the like. Western powers are starting to learn that their insidious and hypocritical accusations of human rights abuses and calls for regime change / desocialization under threat of economic punishment have consequences… good. Some aspects of the Nicaraguan government I do not like, but it is not my or the Netherlands’ or anyone but the Nicaraguan peoples’ right to decide those things.

Stonewalling the building of a fucking hospital because of concern over “human rights” is damn laughable. Supporting human rights by ensuring people lack the right to healthcare, wonderful.


Richard Spencer was against the bombing of Syria IIRC. Isolationists and “paleo-conservatives” often parrot the line that “the U.S. are not the world’s police”. Of course some far-rightists levy an insidious misunderstanding of the Palestinian liberation struggle in their favor via antisemitic conspiracy theories etc.


Before my words are twisted: it’s worth noting that prohibition via imprisonment of those in the sex trade is a catastrophic and majorly anti-woman (not always women) and majorly anti-victim reaction. There’s a tendency to paint “SWERFs” as, well, “sex worker exclusionary radical feminists”, rather than what they typically are, feminists who support victims getting out of the sex trade. This is to be done by eliminating poverty, harsh sanctioning and punishing of Johns and pimps, and offering free and accessible vocational training to people currently in the sex trade, as well as a legally enshrined guarantee of non-punishment for being in the sex trade.

A common argument I hear from those in favor of prostitution is “well disabled, ugly and old people need and deserve sex, too!” How utterly ableist, ageist and borderline fetishistic to assume that these people couldn’t have sex or worthwhile relationships without paying for them. What needs to be done is the destruction of an ableist and individualist society and the creation of one that will allow these groups to prosper in their communities and create meaningful romantic and friendly connections with others. Not state-sanctioned prostitution rings. Also, hate to break it to anyone that thinks this, sex is not a basic human necessity or right. You’d think groups that pretend to understand consent and often claim that men have no inherent right to women’s bodies would actually understand this, but many of them seemingly don’t. The state should not exist to give you a girlfriend.


The sex trade is like 1% people who make a living posting porn online, 1% rich white feminists who love doing it, and 98% trafficked, underage and/or starving people. The 98% goes by the wayside in all conversation in favor of the 2%. The idea that a majority of people in the sex trade want out and don’t believe “sex work is real work” worth upholding or maintaining as an industry never crosses the mind of the liberal feminist, nor does the sexpat-pedo cancer on the world.

When you go to Peru and are offered by indigenous 13-16 year old girls with their ribs poking out of their skirts “private massages”, begging you to accept for mere dollars, you’ll understand what a blight the sex trade is.

I recommend the Marxist feminist podcast “Probably Canceled”. They have some takes I’m a little cold to on things like polyamory and kink and whatnot, but even on those ideas they’ve forced me to think harder about them. The main draw, for me, is their excellent deconstruction of the sex trade and scientific dismantling of (neo-)liberal feminist talking points about “empowerment”, etc.


With their expensive toys that only work half the time? Nah, Amerikan soldiers wouldn’t kill a single Russian soldier if they could help it. Just millions of Russian civilians and children.


Good deconstruction of neoliberalism as well as UK history that better conceptualizes it. Like a lot of critics, I often found myself falling into the same rhetorical pitfall of categoriizing neoliberalism as not that dissimilar from classical liberalism, akin to Hoover's economic policies in the U.S., but there are meaningful differences that often get swept under the rug that only benefit libertarians and proponents of said classical liberals in their obfuscation. Kay does a brilliant job at underlining the differences here.

I, Juan Guaidó, am electing myself as interim president of Brasil. Soon, all of South America.


Wonderfully put and gives a lot to think about. I definitely have a lil trouble finding that line between pretention and worthwhile expression.

This is gonna sound like a humblebrag or backhanded complaint, but in my social interactions I’ve had to sort of re-learn how to talk to people because I want to be seen as more chill and relatable and not as intense and serious as I used to be as I’d speak to people sort of academically without thinking about it, like I’ve had to actively start incorporating simpler vocab and talk more like a human being rather than a walking thesaurus lol. It’s really not a blessing like “sapiosexuals” and pseudo-intellectuals like to pretend it is to be as arcane and confusing as possible, it just makes you unlikable and weird most times. Writing is a good place for me to get that urge out, I think, but I’m definitely still conflicted when re-reading what I write as to whether or not it sounds janky and overly complicated. Writing is hard lol



What do you think of flowery or convoluted language in prose?
In prose fiction specifically, as it's sort of a given for a lot of poetry. Thinking things like "Ulysses" by James Joyce, although to a lesser extent. It seems like a lot of the writing advice I get for fiction I work on is to simplify it or that my wording is a tad confusing, but I think I just like to write that way. Not give readers a headache per se, but I like the concept of bleeding ideas into one another and leading people to really think about what they're reading. Idk. I feel like there's been sort of a push for simplification of prose where the more direct and literal your writing, the "stronger" it is, and relying on metaphor and allegory is considered "weaker" writing. Using a word with more than two syllables in it may be considered tryhard or superfluous. What do you think?

This fucking worm is going to kill us all. How does this look if NATO says no? If they say yes, that means the U.S. and its puppets are officially at war with Russia! Holy fucking shit! Hopefully they just sweep it under the fucking rug and continue losing a war of attrition rather than bring nuclear apocalypse down on us.

but hasn't been posted in 14 days and I'm feelin it hard
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Feels like I'm acting.
Content note: I'll be talking about personal issues regarding relationships, fighting, depersonalization and derealization. Feel free to skip interaction if it's harmful to you or it feels like I'm asking for free therapy. Feel free to just comment "get therapy" if you want lol. I don't know how to start this train of thought or necessarily articulate it properly, but I'll try. My partner and I broke up recently because they think they are a lesbian. We still live together and will for the foreseeable future. We'd been together for about 4 years. My sibling lives with us and I had two more roommates who have since moved out. That's just context. I have been... not very good to the people around me for the past year or so. I became jobless and carless in February and had been trying so very hard to get a job and a car, but never really communicated how hard I was trying to my roommates or partner. At times it was all I could do to apply for one job a week or beg my family for money. I was going to doctor's appointments back-to-back to deal with my disabilities. I stayed up all night disassociating or playing video games and slept all day. I got lost in a lot of niche theory/history and spent hours doing nothing but reading and listening to podcasts. Sleep. Disassociate. Isolate. Sleep. Where did the weeks go? The months? Where the hell am I? I continued scraping by enough to pay rent and utilities, and bought my own food with food stamps but couldn't afford household stuff. I mostly stayed in my own bubble and cleaned after only myself. My roommate approached me about not helping with chores, very annoyed, and I got *angry*. We got into a shouting match where he accused me of not doing anything and of being rude. I felt like I was doing as much as I possibly could with the unending fatigue I was feeling. I isolated further. Anytime we saw each other, it was a shouting match. My partner and I began shouting at each other, too. Social interaction meant shouting and crying for me. But the weird thing is, and the point of this post, is it was all also just so very... *funny*? I was angry and I was sad, more than I ever have been in my entire life, probably. But a combination of study, psychadelics and mental illness have sort of forced my brain into a permanent birds-eye view of my life. Everything, *everything* has systemic roots. The personal is the political. The issues I was having boiled down to poverty, unemployment, and disability, all symptoms of a larger societal sickness. Literally millions of people go through the same and worse. Every fight I was having was happening *literally* concurrently with thousands of other fights around the globe over petty shit like dirty dishes or unbought paper towels. My partner told me our roommates were moving out. I laughed and said something like "isn't that a bit of an overreaction?" It all seemed so silly. When my partner and I started fighting it was over my isolation, alleged rudeness and lack of proper communication. Even with tears streaming down my face there was this lingering sense of non-urgency in the back of my mind, a sensation of utterly mundane, banal absurdness to the whole ordeal that made me feel like we were just stealing lines from TV dramas or scenes from movies where couples fight. We were playing the part of the happy couple for years and now we were playing the part where it all collapsed. It meant nothing even though it meant everything. "Couples break up all the time" was juxtaposed snugly with "my world is disintegrating." The systemic, empirical lens I view everything through was battling for supremacy over the part of me that gave a shit for my and others' emotional well-beings, and I think it won. The minutiae of our suffering meant nothing to anyone but us, and it pales in comparison to the collective suffering of humanity, which also goes unseen by the universe writ large. It's all unimportant unless we make it important. So why does it matter if I isolate? Why does it matter if I'm rude? These thoughts won't leave me be. I guess I'm just stuck in a perpetual thought loop where, for instance, me being depressed is so insignificant that it makes me more depressed, which I then view as insignificant, which makes me *more* depressed, ad infinitum. The systemic supercedes the self. I feel like an actor in a play that no one is watching and I'm begging the void to let me take a smoke break. The "actor" metaphor itself is so cliché that it reminds me of how manufactured our thoughts are by our environments and our media. The systemic supercedes the self. Thanks for reading my rambling if you did. Thanks for skimming it. This may sound strange, but I want to know what pains you, comrades. Do you feel like you're acting? Are you okay? Do you think that thinking about whether you're okay or not is an act of futility and insignificance? I can't replace a professional and I may suck at giving proper advice, but anyone can feel free to DM me anytime about any of the emotional nonsense we have to deal with as people. I am the void you can scream into, and I will listen.

A pragmatic compromise on the unpopular question of mobilization? A signal of the SMO transitioning to full-blown war? An indicator of Russia's desparation, or of an effort to finally end the conflict as quickly and efficiently as possible? Like to hear your thoughts comrades, especially comrades from Russia.

Protests in Iran
BBC report: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-62967381 A better source’s report: https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/khamenei-aide-visits-mahsa-aminis-family-media Tudeh (communist) Party of Iran statement: https://www.tudehpartyiran.org/en/2022/09/20/statement-of-the-tudeh-party-of-iran-down-with-the-dictator-there-is-no-end-to-the-regimes-murderous-thuggery/ A woman was seemingly murdered by the IRI’s religious police after being taken into custody for not wearing her hijab “properly”. Iranian officials deny this and claim she died of a heart attack. Looks like no one is buying this line. Danny Haiphong thinks a color revolution is underway because of Iran’s pivot to the east. I haven’t seen this sort of line taken by anyone else yet, but I’m more keen to trust the Tudeh Party than a non-Iranian, as much as Haiphong is usually right. From my understanding and their own statements, Tudeh is not clamoring for some relationship with the West and are very aware of and against NATO, EU and U.S. imperialism. I doubt they’d be in favor of these protests if they thought they were spearheaded by western NGOs. ![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/2b831ca2-ee7b-49b3-b4ab-af1465673885.jpeg) Lots of protests all over the country. Many chants recorded such as “long live socialism, long live communism” and “death to the dictator, down with Khamenei”. Complicating matters is that the murdered woman was Kurdish-Iranian and fittingly a lot of the protests began in heavily Kurdish regions of Iran. This is not to dismiss the plight of Kurdish people or their capacity for revolutionary struggle, but Kurds have been insidiously used and abused by the West to forment ethnic tensions in Iraq, Turkey, Syria and elsewhere before, and western media outlets are seemingly attempting to continue that legacy by drawing a clear divide by Iranian Kurds and non-Kurds. There is a fog of reporting currently, with a lot of protest info being relayed to western media by Chatham House, a British think tank known recently as having been pushing a lot of anti-Russia stuff. U.S. officials also immediately “demanded accountability” of Iran and claimed the act was “unforgiveable”. Any MENA comrades have thoughts? Do you think this could be a revolutionary moment, or a cynical attempt by NGOs to weaken Iran after they’ve closened to China?

SWIM took two 20mg vyvanse today...
Tryna finish a mountainload of online course training I have for my job. Instead I didn't feel shit and procrastinated playing League like I usually do. Are amphetamines shit or do people usually take more? Feel like I was scammed lol. Note: sorry if using SWIM is cringe. I don't usually post about drug use and I don't know proper decorum. This post is also not meant to propagate or encourage drug use, and is meant for educational purposes.

Accelerationist comrade Biden really trying to hurry up nuclear apocalypse

I wonder if much of fascistic reaction to video games is a corporate op.
This may seem conspiratorial and I know gamer chuds will be gamer chudding, but I'm thinking particularly about The Last of Us II and Grand Theft Auto 6. Muh feminazis are ruining muh games, gamergate etc. Abby being the focal point of transphobic and misogynistic jabs, and GTA 6 going "woke" by including a new female playable character. Hear me out: similarly to how the feds love stoking "culture war" tensions and issues to distract from and defang revolutionary movements, unionizing, etc. the misogynistic, racist and transphobic reaction to modern gaming does a *hell of a job* from distracting left-leaning people from talking about issues like crunch and overwork in games development, sexual harassment and assault in the industry, and more insidious messaging within games themselves -- The Last of Us II is thinly veiled Zionist apologia for instance. Leftist media criticism becomes hyperfocused on countering braindead chud arguments rather than on tackling systemic issues within the industry as well as the pro-corporate, pro-military, pro-violence and pro-police themes of many games. This is not to say that fighting the big -phobias and -isms is not important, it absolutely is. It just seems quite fortuitous for industry "leaders" that leftist critics are preoccupied with dealing with nonsense chuddery. There may be some corporate subterfuge going on, too. GTA 6 had a big data leak that showed pre-alpha footage from the game, and gamers round the web began making absolutely ignorant comments about how "shit" it looks, how poor it seems to run, and nit-picking really dumb stuff. On my mind because Stephanie Sterling dropped a vid on it very recently, and when she was reading off some of the reddit posts bad-mouthing the *pre-alpha footage* it just read as so absolutely shallow, so grotesquely *robotic*, that the bot detecting hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Rockstar's competitors could benefit from people dismissing their new game before it even drops because it "looks like shit", is what I'm saying. Like I said, maybe conspiratorial nonsense on my part. *Gamers* are gamers after all. Something about gamer outrage just feels so plastic and artificial especially recently that I'm not sure how to feel about it.

A *little* bit different than usual, but it sure says a lot.

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(ltr: monarchs from Japan, Spain, Britbongland, and some fuckin Nordic country I can't remember. Sweden?)
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Gun was inches from her head but didn't go off. Absolutely crazy shit happening in Argentina right now.

Alexander Pushkin, black Russian poet
Pushkin's monuments are currently being destroyed in the Ukraine, under the guise that Pushkin was instrumental in "Russifying" Ukraine. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demolition_of_monuments_to_Alexander_Pushkin_in_Ukraine#:~:text=The%20first%20event%20that%20became,%22stop%20war%22%20on%20it. Pushkin was a bit complicated. But Africans and African-Americans looked up to him as a brilliant poet of African ancestry venerated and respected in a majority 'white' nation. He was an "octaroon", but had dark skin and curly hair and he often commented on his own African features. I find it sad to see his monuments destroyed. Disgusting as well. It must be gravy for these "de-Russifiers" that Pushkin was of African descent. Here's a metal ass poem he wrote against tsardom. Love to hear your thoughts. http://poemsintranslation.blogspot.com/2015/07/pushkin-ode-to-liberty-from-russian.html?m=1 ![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/f8412bc0-d555-4d2c-9f31-f95824b61699.jpeg)

A third of Pakistan is underwater.
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I found this really interesting. Southern Korean actress puts on a Yanbian Korean accent and the presenters go wild. It's an insight into dialect differences within the language.