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I realize that voter suppression is a thing and that many have more obstacles to voting than they should, but one side turns out for every election, not just presidential ones, they don't care whether it's for toll booth attendant or president- they fucking vote.

And yes, we need to do more than vote and voting won't fix everything (before anyone tells me) but not voting doesn't fix anything, either.

Don't skip elections thinking someone else will show up. Show up for them all.

Opinion | My wife and I nearly didn’t vote. Then our guy won — by two votes:
For as long as I’m able, I’ll never think again about passing up the chance to decide another election.
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

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@jaramsli I used to use the program Cakewalk to compose music, I don't know if they've made new versions recently

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@jaramsli I do, but I haven't composed music in awhile! several years ago I did it all the time 😈

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Hello toot friends, I bring #antiLawn memes.
I'm hoping to radicalise you all against the boring monoculture lawn and turn you into biodiversity defenders.

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Currently, there are 23 states with GOP trifectas and two states in which the Republican state legislature can override the Democratic governor’s veto. If left unchecked, Republicans will continue to introduce legislation to limit fundamental rights across the board.

Electing more Democratic governors and breaking up GOP power in state legislatures is critical this year, and in elections to come.

To defeat the GOP and their far-right agenda, we’ve got to continue to knock on doors, make calls, write letters, donate, and help turn out millions of voters in November to deliver a resounding Democratic victory.

Remember: right now, abortion is still legal in the United States. Let’s continue the work to safeguard abortion access by electing Democrats who will outright reject Republicans’ continued attacks on civil liberties.

An effective way to do this is targeting races to keep and flip Democratic. That's what Swing Left does. Join them.
:CTA:

swingleft.org/targets

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periodic reminder: if you think there's any chance of a run-in with the cops at a protest, don't take your phone.

Courts have sided with cops who forced people to unlock their phones for them, so locking it may not be enough.

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From NYS Gov Kathy Hochul:

"I am horrified by the apparent draft Supreme Court opinion leaked this evening that would overturn the right to abortion guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. For the sake of women across the country, this should not be the Supreme Court's final opinion when it comes to abortion rights.

"We have been fighting this battle for too long. I refuse to go backwards. I refuse to let my new granddaughter have to fight for the rights generations have fought for and won, rights that she should be guaranteed.

"For anyone who needs access to care, our state will welcome you with open arms. New York will always be a place where abortion rights are protected and where abortion is safe and accessible. Just as the Statue of Liberty lifts her lamp tall in our harbor, New York will never stop fighting for what's right — unafraid and undeterred."

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technologyreview.com/2022/04/2

interesting article on using speech recognition and nlp to preserve and teach the Maori language te reo and touches on #ai and colonialism

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I was asked to do a video interview, but in the end they couldn't send a crew to where I live. I know the interview would be good for Mastodon, but I am so relieved I don't have to do it 😅

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Mastodon's Android app is now at 43,362 installs, getting us ever so closer to making us tip over from that "10,000+" text on the Play Store to "50,000+"

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#Introduction time I guess! I'm an astronomer and science communicator at the European Southern Observatory. I used to do research + technical duties at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, but now I work full time on science communication at our HQ in Germany. I love astrophotography, so you can expect some cool night pics here ;-)

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