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MSPSocial, where our starting position is "ban cars" and we move left from there

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I bike in part BECAUSE of the extra time involved, not despite it. It’s a recovering of time and life. It’s an oppressive and commercial culture that encourages us to rush and hurry and stress out about getting somewhere fast, usually to our jobs or to be consumers.

“Emotionally, intellectually, ecologically, cars desecrate the spirit of existence. They kill us quickly (collision) or slowly (air pollution, lack of exercise).“

A great new post from @kyleislikekyle on the life we miss when we are in cars.

streets.mn/2019/05/13/the-life

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COMPLIMENTS FROM ANIMALS

After a lot of planning and organizing across species, I’m happy to introduce COMPLIMENTS FROM ANIMALS, a correspence offered to you, from a surprise animal pen pal.

For $2 you can now order personal handwritten compliments, which will come from a specially selected animal pen pal in letter form, either for yourself or to be gifted to a friend or family member. Readers in need of coming down a few pegs also have the option to order insults.

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Here is an example of the content you will find there:

It’s excellent the way you do not fly like I do. You mostly stay on the ground in ways I can not and will not. Keep up the good work.

In admiration,

A Hawk

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I wrote this, about :transit: cops being incompatible with an initiative to promote "respect, kindness and inclusion."

streets.mn/2019/05/08/when-qua

I wrote a post about my boulevard garden, including the sad loss of a tree, and the happy gain of many plants from my neighbors/friends.

streets.mn/2019/05/07/its-spri

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MSP Social: we already know what you're trying to teach us.

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mh (neg-ish), adhd/Depression feels Show more

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Here at Beach City we encourage you to write alt text for your images. If you can't, no problem, but if you can it will help people with limited or no vision. (Yes they are reading your toots.)

For advice on what to put in image descriptions, the Royal National Institute for Blind people has this to say about Twitter:
rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/image-

For more discussion:
rnib.org.uk/accessibility-guid

Thanks for making mastodon a little friendlier!

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My neighborhood newspaper published possibly the worst political cartoon to ever exist, so I contributed some, um, insightful commentary 🙄 ✊ 🍆

(image descriptions in replies)

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i thiiiiiink tomorrow might be leaf day. the first buds on the trees may come open and let us peek some green leaf, perhaps!
PLEASE BE EXCITED

A timely and insightful article from @laflaneuse on Mississippi River boulevard in St. Paul, and the vast overrepresentation of SFH in [basically everything], including our perceptions.

“Using that county map, I calculate that 18 percent of housing units in single-family houses take up 78 percent of the residential land along this street in Highland while the 80 percent of total housing units that are in apartment buildings use only 18 percent of the residential land.”

streets.mn/2019/04/15/who-shou

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Cyclists, here's a good article to reference the next time someone goes off about cyclists that break traffic laws:

chi.streetsblog.org/2019/04/11

short version: some people are jerks, it's a tiny problem compared to dangerous driving, better infrastructure and education would help

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here are some good trees, i enjoyed these representations of them
falseknees.com/148.html

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MSP Social.net

A community centered on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and their surrounding region.

An alternative to social networks that connected people in the region that have either died away or driven people off with unethical or anti-social policies.

MSP Social is a noncommercial community service, hosted and administered by @lawremipsum. Users should not feel obligated to contribute financially to the project. But contributions to defray server costs and/or for possible future expansion are welcome at Patreon, Liberapay or via PayPal to lawremipsum at gmail.

We financially support local community-oriented organizations. Currently, we support WedgeLive, Streets MN, Grease Rag and The MN Tool Library. Future support of community-oriented organizations will be determined by accountholders, donors and the admin, and is likely to be focused on groups that advance the values of the donors and encourage underrepresented voices in community and urban planning spheres.

Recurring contributors: @hfrazey, @brennen@mastodon.social, @Jennybellium, @densetsu, @iangreenleaf, @britvulcan, @joeld, @yeahno, @paulference, @billmk, @brandon, @benjotron, @june @wafflesoup and anonymous.

If you're a current Twitter user, here is a tool that can help Twitter friends find each other on Mastodon.