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galen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Halloween costumes by the neural net GPT-2

No no, it's a couples costume! One partner is the Meat Belt and the other is Lady Gaga ;)

galen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

I agree almost entirely.

You don't get to be the nazis, though. You're the guerilla fighters trying to keep apartheid afloat.

galen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

Here's my thing about Harry Potter:

It's a book series about a race (or group, or caste, or aristocracy) of privileged people (wizards) who have power (magic) over a race/group/caste/proletariat of the underprivileged (muggles). The villains want to enslave the underprivileged and prevent race-mixing, while the good guys are firmly against this--one of the protagonists is even mixed herself.

So far so good.

The point where you start to run into problems is when you start naturalizing this hierarchy. See Innuendo Studios on the origins of conservatism: conservatism (and eventually, fascism) is what happens when people begin to believe that some people are inherently better than others, that the natural world is full of hierarchies and so any attempt to produce a fully egalitarian society is stupid and counterproductive.

We return to Harry Potter: the problem with even the good guy wizards saving muggles from Voldemort or whatever is that even in this scenario, the wizards are better than muggles. Even in this scenario, good wizards have to save the muggles from the bad wizards because obviously the poor disadvantaged muggles can't do it themselves. And why should the good wizards do this? Because racism is mean and those poor lil normies :///

It's aristocratic, colonialist, racist, Tory bullshit: a white savior complex in kid-friendly form. And these dumbasses call it punk?

galen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Now we’re looking at near raw bribery,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

    (S/NF) President Zelenskyy: I would like to tell you that I also have quite a few Ukrainian friends that live in the United States. Actually last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York near Central Park and I stayed at the Trump Tower. I will talk to them and I hope to see them again in the future.
galen  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Whistle-Blower Is a C.I.A. Officer Who Was Detailed to the White House

I just don't know where to go for US news these days, tbh. CNN has never not been shit, NYT is pulling some grade A skullfuckery, WaPo is Jeff Bezos' clickbait baby (no offense to your friend). Where do I turn, Al Jazeera English?

galen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Call of Duty game inspired by Kurdish female fighters

This is so sick. Particularly love that she's fighting Russia. It's almost as if YPJ forces are fighting against Russian influence in real life! Crazy, right?