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I thought you might like to know that, according to the extremely unscientific methodologies I have at my disposal, MSP Social is really :gay:

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For users of mspsocial.net — here is the MSPSocial Patreon link: patreon.com/mspsocial

Do not feel like you are under any obligation to contribute! You're welcome here whether or not you choose to support financially... In fact, posting and hanging out here is the best form of support. But anyone who can afford and wants to support this community effort through more than their presence is welcome to do so.

It could grow into something more, but it doesn't have to!

How did I never notice the :high_quality: symbol in @densetsu 's avatar until now

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I asked what they were prioritizing for filling these positions and they basically said back to me things that are demonstrated strengths or I that I had said when answering their questions.

And it seems like my leadership style is a good match for the head ALJ's philosophy and what she's looking for.

Feels like I'm a lock for a second interview. We'll see!

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Interview done. Went about as well as an interview can go. Friendly, receptive audience. Did what I needed to do. I believe they want to hire me and I just needed to meet their expectations of me.

I was one of the first if not *the* first so hopefully set an insurmountably high bar. They're interviewing for the rest of the week.

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@lawremipsum Here's my understanding, open to being corrected

(But if you do, un-tag me)

A bunch of explicitly transphobic posts/accounts were found on m dot s recently

They had been there for weeks with nothing done about it, leaving the rest of us to wonder if there was any moderation happening at all

This was pointed out to Eugen, and it's believed that he went through the moderation queue, suspended them all and then declared that there is no problem and never was

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you: *anything*

me: oh yeah. i thought of that at one point. that idea is familiar to me

There were some policy fights early in the pandemic about liability—should you be able to sue over getting covid?

Now? Covid is endemic. It's *too prevalent* to sue. In the US it's basically impractical/impossible to prove how you got it.

"Conservatives" essentially won the policy fight over liability by making the disease endemic. Individuals bear all the risk. We get no civil remedy for being put at risk, and can only muster the limpest of political mitigations.

Total failure of a culture.

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@lawremipsum Yup I got a buddy who is in her 30s who is a long hauler. Shit is serious

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@lawremipsum my brother in law isn’t even 40, he’s been in good shape, yadda yadda all the “good” things. But longass covid has been horrifying

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@lawremipsum Very much so. The early indications are that long covid may impact multiple organs, the brain included. Even if a mask "only" reduces one's risk by 30%, it's such an easy boost to one's odds!

It's more than a little upsetting that many politicians, especially of a "conservative" bent, are pretending the risk is in the past - but then, The Economy™ is at risk, and what greater cause is there than money? /s

"Not Dying or being hospitalized" is a terrible metric for whether or not a behavior or decision is risky. There's a lot of stuff that can be wrong with you short of being hospitalized that impairs your health, quality of life, or ability to earn income.

I'm annoyed that socially we've decided to write off "mild" covid as inconsequential when we are still so far from understanding it. We're probably creating a growing pool of people with long term disability.

Pandemic's over hahaha!!

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A trans therapist gave me this resource, and I thought I'd pass on the favor. GALAP is an effort to eliminate the letter barrier around gender affirming surgeries. There are therapists offering this service for free in all states!

https://thegalap.org/pledge-signers-2-0/

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Did a little encutening to see some bicycle urbanists who dropped by. (Eye contact)

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A community centered on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and their surrounding region. Predominantly queer with a focus on urban and social justice issues.