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You don't need to be a coder to join, there's lots of ways for people of any background to help out, just fill out the registration form and get involved!

My own project, Wobbly (21st century worker's power), has been massively helped by ProgCode

I'm reading an article about problematic halloween costumes, and one of the examples used, alongside "indian chief" and "mexican", is "samurai ninja".

I've never heard that one before. Is it japanese people who would be upset if a white person dressed as a ninja? Because from reading some quora answers, the japanese-americans seem to think it's as offensive as dressing up as a medieval knight or King Arthur or something

If I was writing for SNL, I would simply make it not extremely bad

7 billion times 2% equals 140 million. That's how many people you need in your climate strike if it's going to succeed. You're currently hitting less than 1 million. Still, good luck guys, just 139 million to go!

Climate War 

Climate War 

So Swiss regulators want to turn the two largest retailers in the country from coops to capitalist companies.

They also question "whether a cooperative structure is appropriate for banking"?

Coop banks were less likely to go bust and lend more to SMEs than other banks. Coop retailers are shown to be better for customers especially under monopoly situations.

WTF is wrong with Swiss regulators?? This is making me more angry than it should... Seriously who the hell are these idiots??

@vgr Essentially, a giant and his assistant setting tasks for a set of 5 adventurers using household objects that rewards specific creativity, and skillful participation.

@vgr Have you seen the UK show Taskmaster? I think it might be a very pure domestic cosy cultural artefact.

Disadvantages:
- sounds a bit weird, additional pattern to learn

Advantages:
- "they" becomes grammatically equivalent to a gendered pronoun

- Clears up arguing over whether we've "always had" singular they or not. Makes the case that this is a new and better way to do it.

"They is". It's the way things should be, look in your heart, you know it to be true...

Non-binary friends and users of the singular they pronoun, I address you!

How do we feel about the following idea?

Conjugate the singular they the same way as he/she rather than the plural they.

I/we/they(plural) walk the dog.

He/she/they(singular) walks the dog.

So, we would have a non-gendered pronoun AND a plural pronoun that are differentiated by their conjugation rather than context clues.

I want another bank holiday. I want it to be bank holidays forever

Weird how a slight mouth pain makes me sour and uncooperative

Solving a problem poorly.

1. Deny the problem. Reject solutions. Stall.

2. Wait for a crisis.

3. Implement worst available solution. We don't have time to argue about better solutions. We're in a crisis.

4. Reject better solutions. We already have a solution, what more could you want?

I'm either having a slightly manic episode or I've figured out a plan that will create a renaissance for the city I live in

Hey you know what, why not both?

Two words: clown cult

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