Zionism 

Hey, progressive Mastodon: The word is a slur, period. If you're using that word, you're parroting neo-nazis or other anti-Jew groups.

"But I've read lots of articles that define it in a way that describes real problems", you say? Welp, now you know how racist propaganda spreads.

More descriptive terms include "expansionist", "nationalist", or "fucking racist". "Colonialism" is arguably applicable, but please note that its use regarding Israel also has origins in anti-Jew propaganda.

FaceBook and Zionism policy 

@whiskeysailor Then maybe use a different word that doesn't parrot centuries of anti-Jew rhetoric (and redefines it from previous meanings to allow that parroting).

Using language not used as a slur for centuries is easy. How about "nationalism", "expansionism", or "fucking racism"? There are lots of options.

It's been a hard week for all of us, so I made myself feel better by tweeting about math and the weight of thought. Maybe you'll think it's fun: twitter.com/b__k/status/139334

More racism 

Almost made it through the day without somebody accusing Jews of trying to commit genocide and/or ethnic cleansing, but didn't quite make it. Looking forward to when it's all over and I only see it a few times/week in its more traditional blood libel-style form.

PS to those of you who want to argue: how about "disproportionate use of force," "callous insensitivity to civilians," or "being fucking racist", which are not specific slurs commonly used about one group in particular.

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@jwildeboer Yes.

* Focus on the issues at hand.
* Don't use the universally racist form "all [people of a certain class] are/believe/want [something terrible]".
* Don't digress to how Israel shouldn't exist as a country.
* Don't confound "Jewish" and "Israeli" in either direction.
* Don't use the words Zionist, Genocide, or Nazi. Avoid "Apartheid", which has debatable applicability.

There are a _lot_ of people who miss these basics, and they make those voicing valid concerns look bad.

Middle East 

Came looking for commentary on the current catastrophe in the Middle East, but wound up just blocking a bunch of people talking about Jewish conspiracies, calling all Israelis Nazis, &c.

It's a terrible situation, but keep it classy, people.

It's Bandcamp Friday! You _could_ buy an NFT from your favorite musician, or you could just buy their album.

@cadadr Seems like m4 would've been a better choice.

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Today we're kicking off the #GNU Assembly!

gnu.tools

This is a new umbrella for GNU people seeking transparent decision-making and built around consensus. It's the result of a decade of struggle to make #GNU inclusive, transparent, and community-driven.

#GNU contributors: consider joining!

#FreeSoftware activists: help us spread the word!

Oh, you got _that_ vaccine. Well _I_ got the J&J limited edition.

I love it when people I think are brilliant ask me dumb questions. It gives me a glimmer of hope that maybe I'm not an impostor.

A few of you pointed me to the Free Software Foundation Europe as a reliable bastion of free software. Here's their extremely disappointed statement about RMS's reappointment to the other FSF: fsfe.org/news/2021/news-202103

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journal submission process 

@twsh I usually let people know: 'Thanks for the great feedback; I've added you to the acknowledgements'. It's happened maybe twice that somebody asked me to leave them off, because they were shy about having their name online.

Got vaccinated yesterday and my phone reception is already better!

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Fun fact: almost every Spanish autonomic government used to have their own Linux distro, barely any of them have survived https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Distribuciones_GNU/Linux_de_Espa%C3%B1a

(Trisquel is not a government distro btw)

@climagic It seems you can't ship a language anymore without a pkg manager. Haskell has Cabal, R has CRAN and its bespoke installation system, Ruby's gem install, go get, ...

I mean, how are you going to prove you have a community supporting the language if you don't prominently advertise a system for getting modules from the ecosystem?

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