@MJ_Resists I read the whole article. Trump has definitely got to go.

What else can we do? What else can I do, right here, today? That's what I'm having trouble figuring out.

Apologies for the late post on . I haven't known exactly what to say.

My heart is breaking for what Black people are going through. It is unacceptable, and must stop. They need to be able to feel safe, like everyone else.

Trump's further fomenting/glorifying of violence, on the birdsite and elsewhere, goes completely beyond the pale. He should be held accountable.

My Black friends: I see you. I hear you. You are not alone. I intend to become a better ally in the months ahead.

@mariahill @IronMan @lakesideliberal
Maybe just leave the birdsite entirely? Perhaps someone will notice you're gone.

I think the term might be "practicing strategic absence."

Poor choice of CW, earlier! 

Hey guys. My apologies. I try to use the Mastodon CW (Content Warning) feature to warn of potential triggers. But in this case, I think my CW *was* the trigger!

I'm sorry. I felt really bad when I realized this. At the same time, I am learning to have compassion for myself, as well as for others. I will do better.

Take care, and have a great day, my friends! Also, feel free to give me feedback on such things in the future.

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@FirstOfficerSpock @NatashaRomanova
Yes, indeed!

I am seeing this firsthand over the course of the last couple weeks. My own city is, "normally," one of the most polluted in the nation. Yet since COVID, everything has suddenly become astoundingly clean. The air. The water. The buildings, inside and out. Even the *streets*, for goodness' sake! It's unbelievable. Also incredibly, incredibly cool.

Hey guys. Just wanted to let y'all know that I'm still here. Still alive and kicking. 😎

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't stressed out. Majorly, majorly stressed out. Yet my coping skills are better than ever, thanks in no small part to a wonderful new therapist who practices something called Somatic Experiencing. traumahealing.org/ It's been a lifesaver for me. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Have a great day, my friends!

So yeah. Life is weird right now, and scary, and tough. If your nervous system is anything like mine, it is probably super jangly right now.

One of the first steps that helps me is just to tell my nervous system that it's OK to be freaking out. Give it permission to do that.

Then pause, take a breath, and realize that we're still alive! And the world continues to spin, somehow. And the sun continues to shine -- even if it's behind some clouds where you are.

How 'bout that? 😃

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Pronouncement of judgment from Book of Daniel 

“Mene, mene, tekel upharsin. Donald J. Trump, your alternate reality has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.”

@uyakon @Tenacious Narcissists can never admit they’re wrong. They are fundamentally incapable of it. In many cases, they would rather die.

But please, don’t take my word for it. Go look up this personality disorder for yourselves. There’s a lot of stuff that would be helpful to know.

@Tenacious “white-hot, seething rage” — that’s the state I’ve been in since early February 2016.

That’s right — 4 years plus.

I didn’t need to be a prophet to see that something like this was going to happen. I had already lived through the rise to power of another populist despot, 20 years before.

Hugo Chávez.

He and The Donald are far more alike than most people realize. Their ideologies were just a mask. At their core, both are/were consummate pathological narcissists.

medium.com/swlh/5-unexpected-s Wow. This is so good! And I’m happy to say that a lot of these things have been happening for me in the last couple months. Which is very encouraging to realize!

If you’re not in this place in your life currently, I nonetheless believe you can get there. How? If you have trauma/PTSD issues of any sort, as many of us do, I recommend Somatic Experiencing treatment from a trained professional. So helpful!

Privacy violations 

Every time I reinstall Windows 10 on one of my physical or virtual machines (which is often), I feel compelled to go through every privacy setting, and set each one the way I want. There's a lot of settings, and they default to values that are much more invasive than I think they should be.

ShutUp10, from oo-software.com, helps pull back the curtain on this process. It helps you to see, and change, many settings that are normally hidden.

Pretty stressful overall.

Environmental injustice 

@HawKEye_2020 Now these madmen want to build a pipeline through the Appalachian Trail!? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?

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