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I didn’t know of this specific event, so I’m glad you shared. So often the genocide of native americans is elided from history. The part about settlers calling it a race war of extermination reminded me of a quote I saw recently of some late 19th-century US politician who was talking about the oncoming acquisition of overseas colonies. They described manifest destiny as creating living room for white settlers (and that was a good thing), and I was struck by the fact that (1) these people were just admitting that they were waging a genocidal conquest despite all the hemming and hawing of my US history classes and (2) this makes it pretty clear that the US is/was the “intellectual” (not really the right word?) predecessor of Nazi Germany. I mean, I had seen people say that was the case, pointing to Jim Crow laws and the 1-drop rule vs. Nazi race “science”, but I thought it was more general and not Nazi Germany literally copying the US to the letter.



lmao Chaotic good. Didn’t know that was common. Also occasionally lawful evil when I run out of shit lying around the house to use as a bookmark ;)


@kig_v2@lemmygrad.ml because they were the first to reply to this post, then replied to themselves AND @CriticalResist8@lemmygrad.ml replied despite their rule of not engaging in discussion here that could affect the game.


It looks like they had 4 episodes available at first but for me 2-4 are now hidden. Hopefully they continue releasing more for free on youtube since I enjoyed the first episode.


Didn’t this just premiere today? Is this an official upload?


You should look up Dr. Michael Greger. He runs a website and youtube channel called nutritionfacts.org that aggregates information on dietary science, focusing on the health benefits of eating whole-food plant-based (WFPB) (which specifically does not include cooking oils). He has also put out two books (with corresponding cookbooks), one titled “How Not To Die” and the other “How Not To Diet”. I have only read the forward to the latter’s cookbook, which condenses the information into just a few pages. I have also used some of the recipes which I thought were some of the tastiest recipes I’ve used out of a book. However, I will say that recipes feel a little redundant for WFPB since every dish is essentially a variation on legumes + grains + leafy vegetables + starchy vegetables (+ broth for a soup/stew/chili).

Regarding you question about calories and protein:

  • In general, if you eat a balanced WFPB diet of equal parts of the above, you will not have a protein deficit; however, I don’t know if this applies to trying to bulk up at the gym where you would need more protein to build muscles. Legumes have some of the highest protein per mass of any WFPB food (as do some seeds/nuts), but the highest out of every food is seitan which if I remember correctly is 90% or above protein by mass since it is essentially the gluten sifted out of regular flour. (Seitan is not quite WFPB but it should still be very healthy unless you are gluten intolerant or you eat so much that you get protein toxicity.)
  • In general, WFPB foods are calorically dilute (with either fiber or water) compared to either junk food or animal-based foods. If you are switching to WFPB from something else, you literally have to eat more than you are used to or you will have a calorie deficit. If your food intake is truly WFPB with no processed oils you should not be able to gain weight above a certain level because of the amount of fiber in your diet and the physical volume constraints of your digestive system compared to the low calorie-density of WFPB foods. (Always eating WFPB is extremely difficult because you can basically never eat out at a restaurant. I also don’t exactly follow WFPB since I eat bread/tortillas and eat out sometimes, but I use it as a starting point for when I am cooking at home.)
  • Personally I find whole grains to give me a stronger sense of satiety and energy than any other food type, since they are high in carbs and fiber but low in water mass. They also have some protein. If you are feeling hungry/low energy/like you are not intaking enough calories, I’d probably recommend increasing your intake of grains. In comparison, making a soup/stew/chili dish will give you a sense of fullness but you will consume significantly fewer calories because the physical volume of you stomach will be filled with more nutritionally empty water—so great for weight loss but not for gaining or maintaining weight. Similarly, you can lose weight on a diet of white potatoes (no added oils) since they are so satiating that you will end up with a calorie deficit.
  • The most calorie dense WFPB foods would be anything with oil, which would be nuts, seeds, peanut-butter (I think it is still WFPB because the processing is very light and does not discard anything), and avocados. If you are worried about maintaining or gaining weight with a healthy WFPB diet I’d recommend increasing your consumption of these foods.
  • WFPB does not include cooking oil for essentially two reasons. First, oils are highly calorie dense when they are not in a whole food bound up with fibers and other nutrients, it is easy to gain weight. Second, there are some negative health effects (especially for the circulatory system) of eating too much processed oil (even olive oil), however oils that are solid at room temperature are worse. If you’re extremely worried about your weight being too low, you could include a small amount of olive/canola oil in your diet to gain some weight without too much risk.

As a disclaimer, you should not take this as medical advice (I am a non-professional operating from memory). There are also different schools of thought in nutrition so different health professionals may give different answers based on when they learned nutrition and how in-depth their studies were. You should look into the people on which I am basing my suggestions and see what you think yourself. In addition to Dr. Michael Greger, some other proponents of WFPB (or something similar) I can think of off the top of my head are Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Dean Ornish.


I’m by no means a skilled pirate, so these may be available elsewhere. They aren’t really art films either. Them! (1954) and They Live (1988) are two I’ve been interested in seeing for a while but haven’t come across. Another thing that would be interesting would be recordings of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock or any Kurt Weill stuff, though those aren’t films. I do enjoy art films, though I don’t have a list in mind of ones I would like to see but haven’t been able to find, so I’d enjoy seeing what others suggest in that area.


Excellent recommendation, I thought the soft ending was very effective and well executed—a nice contrast to the typical bombast. It is a shame that Scheherazade is pretty much his only piece that gets programmed considering his other masterfully written pieces. He also wrote several very good operas, though I’m only acquainted with one of them.


You’re taking away my freedom to experience urban blight, this is basically genocide


Maybe I forgot but I don’t think I heard about an attempted coup in Germany, can you fill me in?


Discussion on Potential for Revolutionary Education Through Music
This is something I have been wondering about and am looking for an open discussion, whatever your thoughts are. I was prompted to actually make a post about this by someone's comment that the Kent State shootings 1970 could have been the trigger for a revolutionary moment in the USA were it not for the apathy of US citizens—it made me wonder if music could be a vector for mass education that would prime the US working class and other revolutionary elements if another potentially revolutionary moment arises. (I think of music specifically because it is an area of strong interest for me.) For example there are many revolutionary Chinese songs that to my understanding were an important vector of education to the masses (e.g. [没有共产党就没有新中国/Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=uZV3hvz4IXQ)). More specifically, I am wondering what characteristics are important for a piece (or pieces) of music to have revolutionary potential, specifically in the USA? I feel as if the established avenues of music are largely subservient/captured by the bourgeoisie, i.e. here is my perception of the matter: - symphonic music/orchestral opera requires heavy bourgeois investment and I suspect is neutered from any truly revolutionary political message in US society; - while not requiring heavy investment, chamber/small ensemble music does not have much mass appeal and has a perhaps even stronger connotation of elitism; - choral music seems promising in its participatory nature but is largely bound to religion; - Broadway/musicals have mass appeal (or did until the pandemic??) but expression is heavily restricted by capitalistic requirements; - similarly much popular post-produced music that has mass appeal and is widely consumed must not challenge capitalism too much in order to succeed within the system. I don't really know much about the contemporary jazz scene, or pop/rap/hip-hop/country/etc. Sorry if my scope of knowledge is skewed in a certain direction. I am also curious about the potential for something like Brecht/Weill musicals that could potentially exist outside the Broadway ecosystem (or not?!), or the Gilbert/Sullivan operas that critiqued Victorian society and found mass appeal through amateur performance. I also think there is potential in choral music, since community choirs/church choirs are prevalent throughout the US and have a strong participatory element which I would think would build solidarity between people; however, I worry they are too tied to US religious institutions, making it seem difficult to organize choral music outside of that context, and I don't know of any examples of revolutionary choral music (aside from post-revolution works of the Soviet Union). To distill this into some questions to hopefully prompt discussion (though do not feel bound by these): - Do you have a different perception of the state of music in contemporary US society? - What genre(s) do you think would be best suited for mass appeal and revolutionary political education in the United States (or elsewhere)? - Do you think a focus on mass-participation, (formal) live performance, or broadcast has the most potential? Or a combination, or even some other format? - US musical culture often has a heavy focus on star performers. Do you think this type of cult of personality could be used for revolutionary education, or should it be dispensed and substituted with either a focus on participation or works of music that stand independent of performers? - Are you knowledgeable about any other examples of successful revolutionary music throughout history or in the contemporary USA? - What revolutionary content could be communicated well through (presumably texted) music? What specific concepts, and how would they best be communicated?

I seriously doubt it would impact university admissions, especially for a bachelor’s. Unfortunately I think most schools are being run by business freaks that just want to sell degrees, not to say that you can’t find plenty of great teachers and receive a good education. But I may be wrong.


If you think you’ll ever become a public figure, even a minor one, it could easily become grounds for discrimination or worse. I think you could not mention it for low-level stuff like university admission or getting a low-level job. On the flipside if you end up doing anything important I doubt you could really hide it.

I’ve been reading a biography of the famous conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. He was that kind of neither Moscow nor Washington “progressive” (aside from maybe participating in some Society for Soviet Friendship kind of organizations during the 30s and 40s when it was relatively acceptable) but seemed to be sincere in the good stuff he did, for example he held many fundraisers, e.g. for the Black Panthers or the Derrigan brothers (anti-Vietnam activists) and some other things. I think he also wrote or scheduled a piece that would make a big anti-war statement at the opening of the Kennedy Center for which Nixon was supposed to be present.

Even this pretty tame stuff though prompted a lot of FBI surveillance and they have a lot of files on him. He was blacklisted for a while due to the actions of HUAC (prompted by the publication of “Red Channels” in Counterattack, which I believe was a newspaper) and put on a the list of the Emergency Detention Act that called for subversive public figures and labor leaders to be rounded up into concentration camps were the president to declar a state of emergency (this was repealed in the 70s). The FBI kept him under surveillance and recommended that Nixon not attend the aforementioned concert to avoid public embarassment. Bernstein lived longer but I haven’t finished the book yet. And despite this hardship, Bernstein still managed to have a very successful career. I can’t speak so much to his personal life since this biography is focused on his public facing side and politics specifically.

I think you should just be aware of the potential hazards. This stuff kept going on after HUAC and McCarthy, and it seems like we may be entering a new McCarthyite era to make things worse. But don’t let this stop you, instead you should never forget that the US Gov is your enemy and you should always be aware of what your enemy can do so that you can be better prepared to defend yourself.


Wow the article really wants you to know that Russia is still a key suspect. I think it uses more words accusing Russia of seeming like it did the attacks than otherwise i.e. what the title of the article says.


Artists, and I mean this more broadly than just the visual arts, often dedicate their life to their work. There isn’t necessarily a free time after work because most artists have to cobble together multiple freelance and part-time incomes to scrape by. You missed their broader point that programmers are speaking as an authority on a field they know very little about.


I’m sorry that all your responses have been programmers calling you a luddite and implying that artists are either hopeless amateurs or petite-bourgeois profit-seeking dilletantes. People seem unaware that existing and historical socialist countries have usually provided better support for artists and a more socially beneficial outlet. As some have rightly pointed out, high art under capitalism is little more than a physical NFT, a plaything for the bourgeois. In comparison, the DPRK is well known for its artists and sculptors who are hired around the world to create public art such as statues and monuments. AI-generated art represents the maximum level of commodification for art and specifically in the case of art this produces something deeply unsatisfactory to many, myself included. The reason is that art is at its base a form of communication between the artist and their audience, and in the case of performing arts this relationship is mediated by an interpreter. As a human being with subjective experience, what we find fulfilling in all art is this communication: we are experiencing some meaningful idea, emotion, through the artistic logic of its creator. The artwork also exists as a snapshot of the historical moment around its creation. And the act of creating art is as important as the role of the audience. Art does not really have a practical use value outside of this deeply human, subjective, irrational case, and so when AI is used to generate a finished product, or it is the primary source of the idea, the commodified artform that results is stripped of any historical context around its creation, and there is no one trying communicate from the other side, trying to express something from within. There is only the consumer and infinite stream of indistinguishable pseudo-art.




Great but I like walking a lot more if it’s not too far. I’d also probably take a bus instead if there’s a convenient route.


This is unironically what most Usonians believe

Or at least any that I’ve heard talk about the French Revolution, which admittedly biases my sample towards those able to get published or broadcast


No I don’t think it is causal by any means. It just seems that there is a strong intellectual legacy in the USA classical music scene of Trotskyism or Eurocommunism or something totally defanged


Yes, that I know personally. I’m glad that other comrades are also interested in classical music, though I don’t think I know any myself. There is some very interesting history in classical music leading up to and during the Cold War; I am planning on reading The Cultural Cold War by Frances Stonor Saunders soon, which I hope will go into depth about this. There were a lot of “communists” that I think were funded by the CIA through the Congress for Cultural Freedom. From what I have read Aaron Copland may have been closer to ML, though I don’t know the details—there’s a biography that I’d like to read at some point. Of the course the USSR seems to have had an incredible musical culture but for most it is flattened into Shostakovich alone. That is a deep dive I’d like to get into as well. But I might need to know Russian for that one lol.


Woops that was a typo. I just meant comrades and those interested in classical music. I think most young people I know that are into classical music are radlibs, though I could have read them incorrectly. Older than 30 or so there may be a strong Trotskyist streak, especially if they payed attention during their music history classes. But it is hard to know from my vantage point.


At a glance this looks like it’s more of a choral work than a symphony, I wonder why he categorized it that way. I’ve been curious about Weinberg, I’ll have to come back to him later.

I wonder what the overlap is in comrades nd and people interested in classical/concert music?


No, it’s Kyyyyıïyvь. If you don’t write it and pronounce it that way I will report you to HUAC.



Think about the time you used making this post. You could have used that time volunteering on behalf of Ukraine in some way. Ukraine is disappointed. How selfish.


I think the core essence of the Western Spirit is best described by Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale


Although companies like Google and Apple are now deliberately rerouting virtual assistant responses from their once-passive defaults — Siri previously responded to user requests for sex as saying they had “the wrong sort of assistant,” whereas it now simply says “no” —

Now I’m picturing these voice assistants turning into Susie Green from Curb Your Enthusiasm if you get weird with it.


I like how the shitty meme subsitutes for a source



No they are inviting them to brunch to have a pleasant discussion on the nuances of their disagreements over electoral platforms in the coming general election. Totally different.


I mean so many happen it would be easy to miss a few. I don’t think I heard about this one unless the screenshot is out of date (speaking of which, why do people crop out the date…)



Comrade Jones playing 5d chess


There is a family of apps, one or two of which could maybe work. But I have a lot of active projects atm and also I don’t want to retrain my muscle memory for a different app.



Sick of Mac OS and been thinking about switching to linux, but the software I need to use on a daily basis does not run natively and I don’t think I could use the FOSS linux alternatives. I’m not sure how it would work with WINE/Proton because I’m not THAT tech savvy unfortunately. Maybe I will try to get my hands on a beater laptop and muck around to see whan happens 🤔


My friend’s from Hong Kong, this is how you say “Hello, Xi Jinping looks like Winnie the Pooh” (which is the standard greeting) in Chinese


Hmm, you claim to be anti-tankie, yet you eat food that is made by farming AKA “auth-left lie”…

Also, does rap typically not use line-breaks to represent its meter and rhyme schemes?



Logging in to other instances?
My understanding is that accounts transfer across instances without having to sign up again. I was trying to check out the main instance lemmy.ml but couldn't figure it out, yet I saw some usernames in the format [name]@lemmygrad.ml so it seems possible somehow? Can someone explain this to me?

Truth About Soviet Music & Art?
I'm taking a 20th century music history course right now, and the professor is a strongly anticommunist progressive. Before he even started he claimed Stalin was unequivocally the worst person of the 20th century, if not all time. One of the most suspicious parts was when he told us about Prokofiev's statement against the capitalist world made upon his return to the USSR in 1936. He claimed that this was clearly forced out of him, despite having just told us how he had squandered 20 years trying and failing to find work abroad (one of the only things he did was a commission by a fruit company for a fruit-opera?). Additionally my teacher conceded that there is no record of Prokofiev's personal views from this time. Then the is the whole Soviet Realism/Formalism thing. My teacher said these terms were intentionally ill-defined so that musicians/artists could be censored, imprisoned, or killed at the whim of Stalin. Again, I feel skeptical about how cartoonishly evil this description is. So what is the history of music and art in the Soviet Union minus the Western propaganda? Is there a book or other resource I could use to learn about this?

Spanish Language Podcasts Recommendations?
I'm looking for a Spanish language podcast, overtly political in some way, preferably with a decent number of existing episodes. I'm trying to have something to maintain the Spanish that I've learned in school.