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accessing scientific papers 

if anyone is wondering about accessing paywalled papers and books, I'd recommend two sites:

libgen: (gen.lib.rus.ec and other mirrors which you can google)

this is good for books, they also have papers but there's a much easier way of going about shit

sci-hub: (sci-hub.tw and mirrors), basically with this one you copy the URL of a paper online you wanna access, type sci-hub.tw/ [url] and it'll work.

this works for like 95% of papers.

I also have access to my university's library, so if anyone wants to find something that falls through the cracks, I can find prolly 3.5% of that remaining 5% that way.

good reading 0u07

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Whenever we cook curry, I put a can of diced tomatoes in it. When I'm about to I always say.

"lynne.... do you know what time it is? I think it's one of your favourite times, do you know what it is"

and she says

"gosh, could it be.... tomato time?"

and then I say "gosh, she guessed it!" and then we open the can and tip it in and it goes glug glug glug and lynne giggles super cutely whenever she hears the noise and then she starts bouncing up and down chanting "tomato time!"

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pol, disappointment, slight call to arms, slight misanthropy 

The federal election in my country Australia got me thinking quite a bit. Not that I love them by any means, but credit where due the labor party's plan was the most expansive and forward-looking in a quarter of a century.

And that plan got absolutely curb-stomped by the status-quo and fears/hatred of minorities.

There was a time not too long ago when liberal democracy and universal suffrage were the utopian future. When they were implemented, people thought that people would agree, debate logically and implement rational policy based on the best people and ideas naturally rising to the top.

I think everyone, pretty much regardless of point on the political compass knows how bullshit that is now. And yet you hear the same things coming from leftists who think that if somehow radical, direct democracy is implemented, people will magically think like them.

That they are the rational position, and the only thing holding people back from agreeing with them is the current system.

This is purely wishful thinking, as pretty much all of history and practical experience tells us. I mean, even amongst us leftists, no one can bloody agree on strategy. We're people with the same goal, the same values, the same empathy, similar readings, usually shared history and mutual respect and *even we* can't agree on jack shit. The hell makes you think everyone else who doesn't care will?

Now don't get me wrong, the current system gets people on some *bullshit* but bullshit is not endemic to capitalism or industrial civilisation or whatever convenient target you hold to be a problem.

People aren't corrupted by capitalism, with some primordial bullshit-free nature like a secular garden of eden story, people are and have always been somewhat trash. The current system may exacerbate it but it does not create it.

This becomes obvious when you look into the historical record too. I hear a lot of people pulling out the "99% of human history was hierarchy free (tm)" crap, but it is just that- crap.

To be extraordinarily brief, behaviourally modern people didn't even exist until around 50000 years ago. Before then we have very scant evidence of any social formations, and any assumptions around social formations at the time are pure speculation (and useless as a datapoint because behaviourally modern humans didn't exist).

What we do know is that pretty much as soon as humans developed the capacity for symbolic thought and had even the scantest of economic surpluses, material inequalities and societal ranks become obvious and entrenched. And before anyone pulls out *that* response, no this was millennia before farming became the primary mode of production.

Do non-intentional hierarchy-free societies truly exist? On some level yes they do, but they are

a) frequently besotted by non-material inequalities such as religious roles, sexism or homophobia

b) by no means the default state of humanity and

c) not something people can be assumed to be able to easily and en-masse return to

People suck, people are idiots and bigots, and history is random not linear.

There are no permanent gains, all there is is the Sisyphussian struggle.

If you want to make the world better, become resolute and pliable. Hold no assumptions of success, only goals. Do your research properly and update your views frequently with new information. Never rest on your laurels.

lyric, uspol, appropriation of black liberation 

Malcolm X never lived to see the government fall but the state he opposed made him a stamp. Maybe that's the best you can hope for if you never give up: Your enemies will teach your corpse to dance.

gotta love it when wikipedia just straight up shows like nudity and gore at the top of the page with zero content warnings

nintendo just listed AC:NH and Luigi's Mansion as "family friendly party games."

squints

I guess by the most liberal definition

animal crossing question 

so I've invited Coco to my campsite with an amiibo and she keeps asking me for a recipe that I don't have.

I know I can invite her back multiple times but will turning her down negatively influence the chance of her moving to my island?

resources, indian philosophy, history etc 

So the Indian government just opened up a shit ton of the National Library for free public study during the quarantine.

They've got a lot of stuff for instance on B.R. Ambedkar that I couldn't find in my usual libraries or western sources.

They also have scanned versions of manuscripts dating back to the Mughal era, so if anyone's interested in Indian history, philosophy or religion it's a good place to find resources.

Some of the stuff you have to create an account for, but there's nothing special required for that.

ndl.iitkgp.ac.in/

pet peeve: error messages that literally just say "something is wrong" without any further information.

like, somehow I figured that one out myself, computer

conservative christians be like "please press the wedlock key before logging in"

uspol, ridiculous 

What the actual fuck, America. This needs no captioning, here's the headline:

Louisiana Police Apologize for Using ‘The Purge’ Siren to Signal Coronavirus Curfew

indiewire.com/2020/04/louisian

terrible philosophy 

MAN some of Roy Bhaskar's later shit was unreadable in a way rivaling Marx and Hegel. I stress that the following is one goddamn sentence:

Indeed dialectical critical realism may be seen under the aspect of Foucauldian strategic reversal — of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance; of the Cartesian-Lockean-Humean-Kantian paradigm, of foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms) and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises of the will-to-power or some other ideologically and/or psycho-somatically buried source) new and old alike; of the primordial failing of western philosophy, ontological monovalence, and its close ally, the epistemic fallacy with its ontic dual; of the analytic problematic laid down by Plato, which Hegel served only to replicate in his actualist monovalent analytic reinstatement in transfigurative reconciling dialectical connection, while in his hubristic claims for absolute idealism he inaugurated the Comtean, Kierkegaardian and Nietzschean eclipses of reason, replicating the fundaments of positivism through its transmutation route to the superidealism of a Baudrillard.

uspol, ec, funny 

has anyone else seen the Libertarian Party nominees in america for 2020?

This is Dan "Taxation Is Theft" Behrman, and this is his actual honest-to-god campaign photo

animal crossing 

yo can these bunny day eggs stop appearing instead of fish. some of us actually WANT to fish in this game

have any of y'all listened to Jeff Wayne's Musical War of the Worlds?

caps, hbomb reference 

JUST ONE SMALL PROBLEM BEN,

SELL THEIR HOUSES TO WHO!? FUCKING AQUAMAN!?

proudhon posting 

tfw you are so negative towards irl political action that bourgeois papers hold up your writings to decry how disrespectful and brutish the workers have been

I'm loving my sociology course. I just get to waffle about Marx and social constructionism in a context they give me for 500 words and I get credits for it

"Being crucified is just such bottom energy"

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