politics

Bart Staszewski bringing president Duda pictures of queer youth bullied into suicide

I keep running away from Polish homophobia. Geographically, I've left five years ago. But online? I'm trying not to read the news, not to engage with homophobes on Twitter, I'm unfollowing Polish accounts…

But I can't keep it up. The extent of queerphobic hatred, especially recently, is terrifying. I can't just idly watch my queer siblings suffer.

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If every single person on this planet had a roof over their head, food on their plate, and access to high-quality, free education and healthcare, then I promise I would sod off from ever caring about how many billions does Jeff Bezos have.

But until that day, I care a fucking lot.

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Politics sucks. Even people who are honestly interested in all the political games often admit: it’s shit.

I would compare it to the Scrum methodology – it might be a useful tool to get your team to get the shit done, but it often ends up resulting in more meetings about what to do than actually doing it.

What if instead of elections we just had a draw?

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Ehe für alle - Rechtsausschuss macht den Weg frei

I think it’s outrageous that the vote on marriage equality has been blocked for 12 years because of some personal whimsies of Angela Merkel. Even though an overwhelming majority of Germans supports it, even though a majority of Bundestag seems to support it as well, even if being treated equally by the authorities is a basic human right – it never got through.

And suddenly, Merkel gives one statement that is less anti-LGBTQ than usually, and everybody goes nuts, everything seems that we can finally get it done.

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Libertarian Socialism. Economic Axis: Socialist (79.3% equality, 20.7% markets); Diplomatic Axis: Cosmopolitan (4.8% nation, 95.2% world); Civil Axis: Libertarian (84.2% liberty, 15.8% authority); Societal Axis: Revolutionary (5.5% tradition, 93.5% p

Check out this awesome page I’ve found: 8values.github.io. It lets you categorize your political views, without limiting you to that oversimplified model of “left” and “right”. Instead, answering their 70 questions will give you your position on four different axes.

“Meryl Streep shouldn’t have gotten so political during an entertainment event – it’s not a place for politics”, one has certainly heard a couple of times in the last few days. Geeez, that’s one of the lamest excuses ever. If you don’t agree with someone, but cannot tacle their argument, then just say they shouldn’t be so political...

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I’ve lived in German for only about a year. Next Sunday, I’m already gonna vote in German elections. All thanks to my UE-citizenship.

There are four levels of elections here:

  • municipal (in case of Berlin it doesn’t mean the whole city, but its 12 districts)
  • country (one of 16 Bundesländer, including Berlin as a whole)
  • federal (Germany)
  • European (EP)

Thanks to the Article 22 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union, I can vote in the elections on the first and the latter level. And that’s, obviously, awesome. But it’s not enough.

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