A message I think many in the FOSS space need to hear:
Please don't set things up for people just because you know how to use it and you think the tools are good. If you're setting something up for someone who is not especially technical, set them up with common tools that they can use easily and feel in control of, rather than esoteric things just because they're "free software" or "command-line based".
It just causes headaches for everyone down the road.
I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as COVID, is in fact, SARS-CoV-2, or as I've recently taken to calling it, SARS plus CoV-2. COVID is not a disease unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning viral ecosystem made useful by antivaxxers, Fox News, and Republican voters comprising a full pandemic as defined by the WHO.
COVID vaccine encouragement
Get vaxxed if you're on the fence. They work. They're safe.
I got COVID again (and have it as I write this) anyway despite the vax because I am an unlucky bastard and one of my doses had improper storage (and the immunity isn't lasting, I had it last over a year ago). Do not be deterred.
re: COVID vaccine encouragement
For *real* the COVID vaccine is the difference between me having a bad chest cold and being on a ventilator right now. Do it.
look let me just put it in the simplest of terms possible. if you are an american or european who wants to talk about china, and you view any criticism of china's critics as inherently pro-"genocide" or whatever, your worldview is a catch-22 for non-first-world nations and i'll have no truck with you
anyone who wants to talk about the uyghurs, i need you to address the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the american interior via cps and impoverishment among other means. i need you to look at north american residential schools. i need you to look at australia, who tried to "breed the black out" of the aboriginal peoples. i need you to consider that ethiopian jews who exercise their right of return to israel are routinely sterilized. let's talk about the belgian congo. let's talk about the fate of Black people in america - you want to talk about forced labor? let's talk about the prison system, and felons forced to work as servants in governor's mansions. let's talk about the angola prison rodeo.
the U.S. is known to have committed ongoing genocide, does forced sterilizations, deputizes vigilante religious hatecrime, funds terrorist cells including in Xīnjiāng, has been repressing Muslims for all of recent memory, has been stepping up its criminalization of dissent and protest, is actively escalating racist voter disenfranchisement, and openly operates racist forced labor camps (inclusive of hyperexploited firefighting crews in the tinderbox West, paid pennies per hour for some of the nation's most dangerous, vital, and undersupported work) out of the largest prison system in the world, in both absolute and proportional terms.
but, yeah, let's continue entertaining the unsubstantiated fantasy that a communist-led major political and economic competitor to the U.S. is committing Uygur genocide, against the testimony of the overwhelmingly-Uygur inhabitants of Xīnjiāng, as justification to lay punitive economic sanctions on… the overwhelmingly-Uygur inhabitants of Xīnjiāng
thousands of independent investigators from countries around the world have visited the Xīnjiāng Uygur Autonomous Region, none substantiating claims of genocide, religious repression (barring one documented policy less-harsh than France's ongoing restriction of Muslim expression), or forced labor. the supermajority of UN member states (excluding only close allies of the US), and the majority of primarily-Muslim nations, voted accordingly.
the genocide claims started with one far-right Evangelical U.S. crank who's never been to the XUAR, based on, among other things, misreporting a known and routine statistic by a factor of ten, and ever since then the U.S. intelligence community has been identifying schools, apartment buildings, businesses, and ordinary prisons as concentration camps based on satellite images and no on-site examination, despite the fact that the XUAR has been open to foreigners the whole time aside from a months-long span to contain COVID-19
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