This is a horrible night of mostly v depressed but mixed feelings.
The evil that is the UK's executive is collapsing - their majority gone, their control of the commons lost.
But part of the way this happened was my party letting in people who are unrepentant about not sharing our ideas and values, ideas and values I have been fighting tooth and nail for for years now. I've lost two of my closest friends & allies and am considering whether or not to resign myself. It's a terrible feeling.
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If you come to me and try to say you identify with any of these arguments and that you deserve to be heard, let me ask you: have you threatened a dev? No? Great! I'm not talking to or about you! Rejoice! Go be free to feel as disappointed as you like!
If you feel personally attacked by this though, chances are you're about to defend threatening a human being's life over a video game, think that over for a bit and do some self reflection.
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I just brought my most morally satisfying ever game of Civ V to a close.
It's been going for three days. Saturday, I was best buds with Alexander. We laughed, we traded, we drank retsina, we backstabbed the French together... You know, imperial bro stuff.
All I wanted was Troyes. Napoleon had settled it WAY into our historic territory and I was a little sore about it a thousand years later. When Al came to me, I really though we were just gonna rough Napo up a little, peel off a couple of his cities, and bring him down a peg.
Nope. It quickly became clear that my old friend was going to fight a war of unbridled conquest. I pondered letting him do it and just taking him out later, for old time's sake. War is war. But then I turned around and Paris was on fire. He was razing it to the ground and exterminating its citizens.
That was a bridge too far. I made a pact with Napoleon and Al's previous victim Ashurbanipal (who, like Napo, had been a right good sport about the whole thing) and immediately declared war.
By 1880... no more Greek bullies. We kept his cities, remanded all of Ashi and Napo's territory back to them, and even rebuilt Paris and handed it over to its rightful owner—better than ever, with 3000 gold worth of shiny new Babylonian technology.
Then we dismantled our entire army except for basic garrisons, swore a defensive pact with the French and Assyrians, rebuilt our trade lanes with a less genocidal partner, and looked towards the stars.
Felt good, man. Especially after this last fuckin' week.
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It's kinda been hammered into me what a different world landlords live in by the fact that my new landlord keeps ignoring emails from me. These emails are *asking him where to pay the rent to*. I haven't paid rent for three months because he hasn't confirmed his bank details to allow me to.
I mean, I assume he's busy etc. But the fact that the world contains people who are busy enough that they can afford to ignore losing most of a thousand euros a month in lost income...!?
Seeing some "strangle the last monarch with the guts of the last parliamentarian" type takes, so listen up: first, if you're going to shitpost (or serious-post) about murdering political figures and monarchs, at least have the decency to cw it. I have friends who at some points would've been in your "OK to murder" category. Second, friendly reminder that once you start giving someone power to kill the bad politicians, the historical record on them stopping there is... not brilliant.
A lot of my followers are cis and into software privacy/FOSS so I just want to make it crystal clear that a software dev placing limitations on its use for fascist behaviour is good and not in any way against free software, because a fundamental responsibility of the free-as-in-libre ethos is to *protect & help the oppressed*, and that is itself *in direct opposition to fascism*.
Protests against suspending parliament taking place across the UK right now:
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