I decided ages ago that I was never going to live in the U.S. I think Columbine plus the 9/11 aftermath solidified the Nope.

I had the option. I'm very employable, I have dual citizenship (for reasons).

But the U.S. is just scary.

Current U.S. events are sad and disturbing, but the writing was on the wall years ago. I hope America manages to get her act together, but this runs deep, it's been brewing for a long time.

(You think kids pledging allegiance to the flag was ever NOT fascist?)

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The flip side of this, is the fact that I've felt this way for so long, gives me pause at the current state of panic people seem to be in.

Has anything changed? Really?

From where I'm standing, it's a matter of degree, not kind. Obama condoned torture, raining death from the skies, Guatanamo bay (a concentration camp, kids), persecuting whistleblowers...

He was just all charming and black while doing so. Still a fascist.

I dunno. Maybe the orange guy opened peoples' eyes? 馃し

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... I'm not really going anywhere with this, just thinking out loud.

Which is probably a bad idea, given the sensitive nature of this topic.

But it's been on my mind a bit lately. I consider myself very lucky to live in a tiny insignificant, safe and friendly country. Very, very lucky.

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Also, lest anyone think I'm belittling efforts to fight current developments: that is not my intent.

This stuff needs to be fought. Even those of us outside the U.S. who don't consider it "our fight" would be wise to assist. The U.S. matters.

But it's not about Trump, really. Or gab. 馃檮

Democrats are the lesser evil, so by all means get them elected. Deplatform assholes online. Etc.

These are useful steps. But, IMO, insufficient. America has to rethink her attitude in fundamental ways. 馃様

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Trump鈥檚 Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes, and No One Is Talking About It

There are several hits for that figure, but I don't know how it was arrived at. This article is one year old too.


@HerraBRE Frankly decided never to avoid even travelling to US.

Being on fediverse allows me to see USA, as a kind of, weird brutal fairy-tale.

Not working at SIllicon Valley is probably a pay hit, but frankly Poland is super cheap. So I don't complain.


@jacek Yes, my stance has since escalated to "do not visit", not just "do not live there".

Especially since I'm zero degrees of separation from Wikileaks people and various activists.

If people check my social graph and squint and look at Mailpile with the right mindset, it might make me a person of interest. I'm just not going there.


@HerraBRE I respect that. I never did things notable enough, on the other hand we all have terrorist tool that Snowden used to rob NSA of their secrets on our drives. Namely it's wget. So with USA you'll never know.

Frankly I was less afraid visiting Russia, this is at least slavic country, and I somehow understand slavic bureocracy.

Also having invitation from nuclear research institue helped, I guess.

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