The Groundhog Autonomous Zone (GAZ) is a non-contiguous confederacy of human people acting as mutualists toward the goal of extracting and resources from the contemporary colonial kyriarchist hegemony for the development of non-kyriarchal assets.
from the album the garages kill the gods
Thanks to @firstname.lastname@example.org for recommending “Fight Gods” by the Garages. A wonderful way to bring the day into a feeling of optimism.
I found this online quiz that tries to infer your leftist values based on your answers to 72 questions. Here’s my results.
I think the quiz could be improved by letting users select not just their agreement with a concept, but also how important they find the thing. There were statements which I strongly agreed or disagreed with, but also aren’t that important in my decision-making. There were also a few questions that I found difficult to answer, which I think is what led to me not coming up as firmly internationalist, pro-ecology, and progressive. For example, the question about whether the government can prohibit religious or cultural practices, I strongly said that the government cannot. But in an earlier question, I forget the phrasing, but I answered strongly that government practices should come from cultural practices. To me, saying the government can’t inhibit culture isn’t conservative, but to make sure the mechanisms of progress aren’t inhibited, themselves!
There were a few other questions, like about industrial agriculture, that were complex statements whose entirety I didn’t agree with.
All that to say, this quiz is fun, but I don’t think my results quite accurately reflect my beliefs. Luckily, I talk a lot so I doubt many people feel a need for this kind of graph to know how I feel about things!
I’ve been bad about updating my personal records recently. To those who benefit from those records, I apologize. My mental and spiritual life has been strained recently, and I’ve mostly been pursuing a sense of escape: first my working on my MUD engine and then more recently by playing computer games.
I think what happened is that after being ostracized from one of the online communities I most involved myself with[fn:1], I was no longer connected to one of my main streams of information about contemporary anarchy, mutualism, and especially their efforts in urban gardening. That, combined with the local mutualists being, for the most part, white-centering, left me feeling like no one I was talking to was really able to hear what I was saying.
I’m still dealing with that, but I’ve at least recollected myself enough that I can hold myself as an audience, and get back to talk with the animal and plant neighbors more often during my day.
On that note, the kinfolk of the GAZ are in for some rough weather this first week of August. Hurricane Isaias is making landfall in Florida today, and will be moving over this region tomorrow, perhaps as early as the morning, but almost certainly by late afternoon.
I’ve spent the earlier part of the morning trying to consider how to make preparations. Interior space is limited – my small studio apartment – and there are currently more than 200 starter plants at the Free Market, in addition to the other plants in containers. There’s also corn that’s in high-wind areas, and almost certain to get knocked down: one patch was already harvested, but the other is no where near ready
I also need to secure a lot of the gardening supplies: random pots, bags, and tools that have gotten scattered in areas prone to flooding. I don’t want those washing away!
Once things are secure and we’re all bunkered up for the few days of heavy wind and rain, I’m planning to set up an RSS reader so I can more-easily follow contemporary anarchist publications, and I’m planning to do some tweaking to my website’s CSS, as I’ve found it hard to actually interpret the information being presented on each page, with the current very-muted theme. (The changes might be as small as adding some borders around various sections, to give the site an appearance of panels like many contemporary websites.)