Setting boundaries for my own peace with a loved one who is also autistic and struggling is really really hard.
#WhatchaReading ? I just finished The Oak and the Ash by Annick Trent. I thought the first in the series was good but had plotting issues; no complaints about this one! Realistic portrayal of the lives of 1800s queer working people, with a sweet, slow burn romance. (Hard to have anything else for them!) For a comp I'd give Erin Satie, because of the focus on period technologies and intellectual interests.
#Gaza / US makes its first Gaza aid airdrop amid fears of humanitarian disaster
[…] U.S. President Joe Biden has said he hopes a ceasefire will be in place by the time of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on March 10. Speaking to reporters on Friday, he said: "We’re not there yet."
At least 576,000 people in the Gaza Strip - one quarter of the enclave's population - are one step from famine, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
@actuallyautistic Hey all! I'm just curious, what kind of stims do you do, if any? I tap, sing, and play with stim toys (I have a squishy ball and some stuffed animals). I only recently learned that this was stimming but I've done it all my life, afaik.
EDIT: Oh, I also make "mouth noises" kind of like beatboxing. :blobfoxlaugh:
#US / “Antisemitic Attitudes” in the USA in 2024, according to the ADL
In 2014, about 9% of respondents agreed with 6 or more antisemitic statements, in 2015 the number rose to 10% and in 2019 to 11%. In 2022 there was a significant jump to 20% and in 2024 the number is already close to 24%.
2014 is of note here. Between 2,125 and 2,310 Gazans were killed during Israel Gaza war that year, while between 10,626 and 10,895 were wounded (including 3,374 children, of whom over 1,000 were left permanently disabled). See 📄 https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIGaza/A_HRC_CRP_4.doc
Over 40% of US citizens think that Israelis intend to cause maximal suffering to the Palestinians (impression shared with Israeli Palestinians, see Mohamed Barakeh’s comment https://kolektiva.social/@oatmeal/112026724167982937)
A third of US citizens think Israeli operatives are manipulating US national policy
Younger generations are much more comfortable being friends with Hamas supporter
Note the broadening definition of antisemitism the #ADL is using. Observers noted that ADL counted 3,000 antisemitic incidents since Oct. 7, two-thirds of which were tied to Israel. https://forward.com/news/575687/anti-defamation-league-adl-antisemitism-count-anti-zionism
A chart titled "The Two-State Solution is the Most Popular Solution Across All Generations" showing percentage support for various solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict across different generational cohorts: Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers/S
Bar chart titled "After a Steady Decline from 1964 to 2019, Endorsement of Six or More Anti-Jewish Tropes Has Increased," showing a decline in the percentage of endorsement from 29% in 196
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#UN / 9,000 women have been killed in Gaza since early October
[...] An estimated 9,000 women have been reportedly killed by Israeli forces in Gaza to date. This figure is likely an underestimate, as many more women are reported to be dead under the rubble.
[...] Every day the war in Gaza continues, at the current rate, an average of 63 women will continue to be killed.
[...] An estimated 37 mothers are killed every day, leaving their families devastated and their children with diminished protection.
KDE releases today Plasma Mobile 6. Check out its renewed base system and apps.
This version comes with a new and improved shell, a new home screen with heaps of new features, enhancements of the base system, improvements in apps like Clock, Kasts and Photos, and much more.
«It is not just one of the famous social media bubbles, but a system of interconnected aquariums, each with different populations, temperatures, salinity and pH, and represents a model of socialization and global governance in which administrators have structured rules of coexistence that implement the ban on the intolerant theorized by Karl Popper»
The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is NASA’s next flagship astrophysics mission, set to launch by May 2027.
Once #Roman launches, it will allow astronomers to observe the universe like never before. In celebration of Black History Month, let’s get to know some Black scientists and engineers, past and present, whose contributions will allow Roman to make history.