⚠️ PSA Kiwifarms going down
If indeed kiwifarms is going to be down for good, please understand that y'all should expect a TON of new activity in the fediverse. We've seen it with other sites and this is no different. If you're an admin be prepared for adding new domain blocks, if you're a user do not shy away from reporting and please consider enabling follow requests and disable DMs from non-mutuals.
I know this feels like an overreaction, but better safe than sorry. 🖤
Statement on “Join The Fedi” jointhefedi.com is a website owned by known “gender critical” activist Alex Gleason. The domain name and SEO is clearly designed to appeal to individuals curious about the fediverse, and potentially take traffic from joinmastodon.org. Unfortunately, Gleason does not have the best intentions when it comes to helping the fediverse grow. Gleason formerly contributed to other fediverse projects, before being removed from doing so due both his behavior and poor code quality. This is a problematic individual, recommending problematic services.
Join The Fedi has an explicitly right-wing agenda and seems to only promote instances which either a) run the “Soapbox” front-end software created by Gleason himself or b) advertise themselves as “free speech” instances. As of right now, the site actively recommends the following instances:
poa.st (blocked by Howlr for harassment)
Spinster.xyz (blocked by Howlr for transphobia)
Shitposter.club (blocked by Howlr for harassment)
Gleasonator.com (blocked by Howlr for transphobia)
Freespeechextremist.com (blocked by Howlr for hate speech)
In other words, Gleason is using the site to promote his own agenda rather than simply gain more users into the fediverse. This is not a site that should be recommended to new users. I would recommend using https://joinfediverse.wiki/ instead!
"Cryptocurrency proponents often invoke the “freedom” that we will supposedly gain by decoupling currency from the state. Yet of the various organs of government, I, personally, am much more likely to have my freedom unjustly impinged upon by the County Sheriff than the County Recorder of Deeds. This is true for all of us who did not luck into fortune, yet it’s the inverse for the Peter Thiels of the world. Whose freedom are they talking about?"
“people being armed is pointless because the state has bigger guns/more guns/etc”
consider the fly
it is weak, insignificant, and the average person detests it. if it comes to fly around their airspace they will swat at it with their hands without second thought. the human has a million times its strength, they know they can kill it effortlessly
now consider the wasp
it has comparable strength and flying ability to the fly. the average person hates this insect too. but if it comes near them, they recoil. they won’t try to strike it with their overwhelmingly powerful hands that could crush it to death effortlessly. it poses no danger to the human on its own, unless there is an allergic reaction it has virtually no chance of killing the human.
but the human fears it, they keep their distance. they can kill it, but they will do so deliberately, they will need to plan for it. they’ll sooner deploy chemical weapons on it than fight it directly. the human will kill it one on one, but the human will avoid the confrontation as long as it can do so. the individual wasp has a significantly better survival chance in a human encounter than the fly
a huge nest of wasps, this collective can kill a person, even if the person brings its most powerful weapons to confront it. if it’s directly impacting the person’s life, built right on their house, encroaching on their domain, the person will take action and destroy it. but if it’s out of sight, if it’s more easily ignored, it will be ignored, allowed to grow into a bigger threat unnoticed, even though victory would be all but assured for the human. the human knows where a wasp nest is and has the power to destroy that commune, but they will rather tell people not to go there–that’s wasp territory
I make synth music and maybe other art sometimes
generally interested in FOSS, indie game dev, generative art/music and weird furry shit
A Mastodon server friendly towards anti-fascists, members of the LGBTQ+ community, hackers, and the like.