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Comrades of the Union of Communist Youth (SCM) and United Communist Party (OKP) of Russia brought a class struggle message to marches for “Internet Freedom” in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Obninsk, and even Los Angeles on the weekend of July 22-23, 2017. 

They called for the freedom of student Dmitry Bogatov. Earlier this year, Bogatov was unjustly charged with uploading “extremist content” and now faces up to 20 years in prison. Working class websites like Forum.msk have also come under attack from the Russian oligarchy.

While we in the U.S. fight the attacks on Internet freedom by Donald Trump, the Democratic and Republican parties, and capitalist monopolies like Facebook and Twitter, we must also demand an end to the U.S. ruling class witch-hunt and war drive against Russia.

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The Babadook is 2017’s biggest LGBT icon

  • ‘If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, he has got us “babashook.”
  • A conversation simmering for months on Twitter and Tumblr erupted this week, resulting in the Babadook, the op-hat-wearing star of 2014 horror film The Babadook, being crowned as 2017’s favorite queer icon.
  • The horror film, which centers on a widow raising her troubled son, landed on Netflix in 2015, where new exposure grew its fandom. 
  • One of the earliest links between the Babadook and queerness appeared October 30 on Tumblr, when user ianstagram wrote, “Whenever someone says the Babadook isn’t openly gay it’s like?? Did you even watch the movie??" The post received over 88,000 notes on Tumblr. Read more (6/8/17)

YouTube is so good and I can’t believe it’s free??? Like who would believe that you can get unlimited music, videos of people talking and being chill with their viewers, instructions on improve your daily life, helpful advice for pretty much every situation, just everything?? I feel honestly blessed we live in a time when we have this magical website at our fingertips.

Of all the skills that futurists predicted would become valuable in the era of constant communication, I don’t think anybody saw “conversational multithreading” coming.

No, I don’t mean holding multiple conversations with different people at the same time. I mean holding two or more completely separate conversations with the same person, via the same medium, at the same time.

Like when you’re texting, and the person on the other end asks you a question, then mentally eight-tracks and asks a different, unrelated question before you’ve finished keying in your response to the first one. So you answer the first question, and a conversation based on that answer ensues; then you answer the second question, and a totally different conversation based on that answer ensues, and now you’re having two separate conversations with the same person at the same time, and have to keep track of which responses pertain to which conversation purely from context.

Sometimes I wonder what the generational cutoff for that seeming unusual is - I didn’t pick up the skill until I was like thirty, so there’s always that undercurrent of generational novelty there.