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Since the influx of people coming from the birdsite, I've had quite a few follow requests from people with no bio, picture, or posts, meaning they're effectively asking to be allowed to look at me through a one-way window. I think one of the biggest differences here is that the Fediverse is about interaction, not acquiring as many "followers" as possible, so I won't accept your request if you're invisible to me.

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“A principal rule for writers, and especially those who want to describe their own sensations, is not to believe that their doing so indicates they possess a special disposition of nature in this respect. Others can perhaps do it just as well as you can. Only they do not make a business of it, because it seems to them silly to publicise such things.”

—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

i found it particularly interesting when she mentioned the 40 percent difference one study found in diabetic patients with high empathy v. low empathy doctors.

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Lion's Roar podcast: Internal medicine physician and founder of the End Well Project, Shoshana Ungerlieder talks about the taboo of death and dying among medical professionals and the importance of taking time to ask what really matters to you and your loved ones, while you still can.

pca.st/episode/a418061c-652d-4

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scotpol, abortion rights, petition 

Please join me in supporting #ScottishGreens MSP Gillian Mackay’s member’s bill to introduce safe-access buffer zones around #abortion clinics

No one should have to run the gauntlet of anti-choice protesters harassing them as they try to access healthcare

As we see the US sadly taking a few steps backwards, let’s not follow them, but instead keep up the progressive momentum in Scotland

To do that, Gillian needs your support 💚

greens.scot/BufferZones

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"At a big bank like ours, what do people think the average loan length is?" he asked. "It is six years. What happens to the planet in year seven is actually irrelevant to our loan book. For coal, what happens in year seven is actually irrelevant." Stuart Kirk, HSBC.

When Kim Stanley Robinson argues that economic modelling and bankers ate the problem, this is exactly what they are talking about:

investmentweek.co.uk/news/4050

But if Stuart Kirk loses their job because they were just a little too honest, they will simply be replaced by someone who upholds the same institutions, more politely.

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Dear open source users,

If the author of your favorite open source app has announced they stopped developing and supporting the app (because they're frustrated and possibly burned out), please don't suggest they do more free work so that you can continue using the app.
Instead, consider thanking them for their past work and let them know that you enjoyed their app.

Regards,
another open source developer

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The EU Commission is planning automatic CSAM scanning of your private communication – or total surveillance in the name of child protection. But Europe is not China. Together we will fight for privacy! Sign the petition: aktion.campact.de/datenschutz/
Read more: tutanota.com/blog/posts/eu-sur

Bad news from @andiesophia … I was hoping for cats on the city council leading to a cat being elected mayor, and hoping it would become the norm worldwide. grapevine.is/news/2022/05/17/c

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important research about cats being friends with each other: "Cats learn the names of their friend cats in their daily lives"

nature.com/articles/s41598-022

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#OtD 17 May 1874 Japanese revolutionary and Sōtō Zen Buddhist priest, Uchiyama Gudō, was born in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture. In his temple he published socialist and anarchist writings until arrested in 1909. Later executed in the high treason incident.

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Human sacrifice, child murder 

The understatement of this headline is really something… arstechnica.com/?p=1854322

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tradition is just peer pressure from dead people

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"Gates's ideology denied the world's poorest access to AIDS drugs, directly leading to a vast population of permanently immunocompromised people in the global south. These same people are especially vulnerable to covid, but again Gates's ideology denies them vaccines."
pluralistic.net/2022/05/11/a-d

"Gates's ideology denied the world's poorest access to AIDS drugs, directly leading to a vast population of permanently immunocompromised people in the global south. These same people are especially vulnerable to covid, but again Gates's ideology denies them vaccines."
pluralistic.net/2022/05/11/a-d

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