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I've moved here from @gid, and this is my personal instance. I'm nonbinary and my pronouns are they/them. My interests include and , and I once took a political persuasion test that thought I was eco-anarchist.

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Hmm I think I'm having federation issues. I'm following some people but I don't see their posts come through on my home timeline and my instance doesn't have a record of their posts.

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If you use youtube you should subscribe to my channel bc I post my short films, videos and talks there :)

Getting my day off to the right start listening to "Under the Red Cloud" by Amorphis youtube.com/watch?v=juj4d5NlMC

Request for skincare advice 

I'm looking for advice on skincare. With the current heat and need to wear sunscreen I've been breaking into (painful) spots on my face more often than usual.

I have facial hair, and usually I do a clean shave regularly (either with an electric razor or by wet shaving) but I've been avoiding that because it aggravates the problem. Growing facial hair in the current heat is unpleasant.

Does anyone have any advice for managing/relieving this?

Listening to wintry music to try and cool off

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So there is this service, made for the richest man on earth to earn more money, letting other people listen to the podcasts you make – but they don’t share your burden, they don’t cover your expenses, don’t pay for your equipment, don’t cover your hosting. “We’ll be your middle man, help you reach 55m people!”
Truly, the attack of the middle men. Mediocre men, inserting themselves everywhere, taking your stuff. To think that we believed the Internet would help us get rid of them.

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Alc 

The day we wrestle away control of breweries and the overabundance of IPAs from nerdy neckbeards will be a day for the history books. It is summer. Whyyyyyy are there 927365342 different IPAs, no stouts, 1 sour?!? We dont need that many shitty beers. We already have Bud, Coors, and Pabst

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In the states, at least, gangsta rap was also a massive moral panic. It's primary audience was always suburban 14 year old white boys who wanted to be edgy. Marketing to the white gaze made it visible to those children's parents who made it symbolic of racialised criminality. The uproar around this lead to the "explicit lyrics" warnings championed by Tipper Gore (Former VP Al Gore's wife) and was also part of the background to the 1994 crime bill. Bill Clinton criticised particular rappers. A racialised fear out of of control gen X super predator criminals lead to a massive increase in US prison populations.

Meanwhile, according to the book "How Music Got Free", the record labels' resistance to a film-type ratings system (which would have left gangsta rap inaccessible to the market for it), meant that congress got revenge by refusing to intervene in copyright disputes. Rated films have FBI warnings on their distribution medium, promising that unregulated copying will be a criminal matter. No such protections were extended to music, so records company rights organisations ended up using the civil courts to sue directly.

Gangsta rap didn't tend to have physical place (outside of surly, unpleasant youth at the mall food court). It was part of capitalist product & there was nothing organic to disrupt

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The UK's imperial project was somewhat earlier, so you had characters like Churchill writing scholarly articles about paintings.

But it's my understanding that the state did move to try to crush the rave movement or at least bring it back indoors. Mass gatherings of young people, mixing across classes and doing events put on my travellers and anarchists was a bit too much, so they banned outdoors music if the beats were too repetitive. In retrospect, the raves were harmless hedonism, but the people in power only saw that it was an out-of--control movement.

Rave culture /seemed/ lefty at the time. But it was extremely syncretic, which is also a major feature of fascism, so it really was unreadable and unpredictable to those in power, and seemingly out of reach of the mechanisms of state control. There were no permits to grant or deny, no licences.

As someone who is middle aged now, I have no idea what to make of ticktock, but that's got the structures of capitalism around it, so it doesn't seem like a dangerous threat to social order.

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The reason I say the Bay Area may have received less CIA funding is because of the role of KPFA, a far-left radio station that championed experimental music from it's founding until the 80s. However, the San Francisco Tape Music Centre got major funding from the Ford Foundation and their programme was covered in Life magazine, so I think I'm probably wrong and am projecting backwards from the area's declined and provincial reputation in the 90s.

By that time, KPFA decided that experimentalism wasn't compatible with leftism after all. All the record companies moved to Los Angeles.

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In the latter half of the twentieth century, there were a lot of extremely interesting and good experimental artists and musicians in the US who were having more or less sustainable careers, although they were always much more popular abroad than at home.

It's come out in recent years that they were being covertly funded by the CIA. The US, an enormously conservative country, generally has no interest in anything aesthetically challenging, especially outside the large urban centres. While some arts scenes probably were actually self sustaining (like possibly the SF Bay Area scene which has much less access to the international stage), the New York school and related groups did unknowingly get CIA money.
Because the CIA wanted to create the impression that the US was interesting, forward thinking and supported the arts - all of which is mostly false.

Eventually the CIA decided to stop doing this. Many of these artists were gay and when the US government decided to ignore AIDS the impact on the arts is hard to overstate. In the decades that followed, many experimental, interesting challenging artists in New York city have died of chronic malnutrition.

State funding for art in Europe was also part of an imperial project, so the US isn't unique in the motivations for funding.

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fundraiser: Afro-Latina mother's college transcript on hold in collections 

"I currently hold a 4.0 G.P.A at Bunker Hill Community College and was pregnant the entire time. I had a baby a month early and drop all of my classes because of the difficult recovery and living as a single mother in a shelter with a newborn and sick toddler.

Without knowing, I didn’t drop a class and it went into collections, my transcript for bunker hill is now on hold for 2k. I’m asking for help with funds for this as well as funds for 3 classes at Deaf INC in Allston... Lastly, funds would also be going to College application fees and scholarships applications fees to Northeastern University, Boston University, Northern Essex Community College, Bristol Community College, Gallaudet University Online, and Framingham State University."

$843 raised of $4,000 goal

gofundme.com/f/transcript-on-h

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Food 

I'm making pancakes and brewing coffee

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if your cyberpunk isn't political you never understood cyberpunk

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I'm up really early lol but it's Bandcamp day again, where they're waiving all their fees and doing the 100% to artists thing

Here's my BC if anyone wants to check it out

eyeshadow2600fm.bandcamp.com/

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