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So, hey, I'm a translator. And I'm pretty much *always* looking for more work.

I translate to and from Polish.

Not the most in-demand language in the English-speaking world, but if you need a translation done or know someone who does, hit me up.

I'm good at what I do, I have low rates, and I can work pretty damn fast if that's what you need.

I am also pretty versatile, I've translated everything from literature to marketing to technical stuff.

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Might as well do this.

Hi! I'm a leftist, furry nerd from Poland, 32 y.o.

I'm shy/socially inept, but always vaguely hope to talk/befriend new people, esp. online (so talk to me about whatever). Both online and IRL, I default to treating everyone as a friend unless given a reason not to.

I'm a cis guy (pronouns he/him), but if you're a furry - I'm vastly more comfortable and less prone to anxiety if you assume I'm a woman (she/her) and if we interact as such online.

I see one of my pinned posts has been boosted a bunch of times recently. I even got a few follows in the past days.

Setting aside that following me is probably not that exciting...

...I'd like to take this opportunity to say "hi!" to all the new follows! I might follow some of y'all back, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by the attention right now, and I like to take a closer look at an account before I follow it.

Also, thanks for the recent boosts, I really appreciate them a lot.

pun 

("metatext" needs to be replaced by something else and it's not 100% perfect for the joke, but I needed something punchier than "extra-diegetic" or "non-diegetic".)

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Guys, guys, I think this is the best/worst pun-based joke I've ever thought of. And I consider myself a bit of a pun-smith.

Are you ready? No matter, here we go.

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"You either diegesis, or you live long enough to become metatext".

I'm so proud of it. It works on so many levels (well, two levels. Still).

LGBT, personal 

I'm LGBT, but almost on a technicality. I'm unlikely to suffer any real discrimination now or in the future. There are ppl who have a much better reason to worry.

What's happening in Poland doesn't impact me directly. But the fact remains that I feel personally drained, afraid, tired, and I hate myself for being such a wimp.

I think I'm gonna turn off social media and have a "me" day to regain some balance. And I feel guilty even about that.

I feel shitty for feeling shitty.

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LGBT, personal 

I'm so fucking tired. And I hate myself for feeling this way.

As you know (see the thread I made yesterday - BTW, thanks for all the boosts, y'all are the best!), there have been arrests and incidents of police brutality and general right-wing fuckery in Poland.

I'm unlikely to be personally affected, now or - let's be honest - in the future. I'm in a position of relative privilege. I'm not a political activist.

And yet I have no energy left to even follow what's happening.

LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

By the way: right-wing assholes on social media consistently misgender Margot.

Because of COURSE they do.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

If you wanna help, Kampania Przeciwko Homofobii is, I think, a good start. Here's their donation page:

wspieraj.kph.org.pl

(site's in PL, but: "Wspieram" is the button to donate, the header "Wsparcie ogólne" means "general support".)

(no, I'm not affiliated with KPH)

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

Oh, and I when I thought what I've already written was "enough" - apparently later, when people showed up to protest at police stations, they were again randomly arrested. Again, for no stated reason.

The right to protest is guaranteed by the Constitution of Poland.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

I tend to have a less extreme negative view of police than most leftists I see online, but if you ever needed more proof that ACAB, there you go.

I honestly never thought things would go so far. And I'm genuinely afraid the police are just getting warmed up.

The only thing that can keep Poland relatively safe is if as many ppl as possible know about this abroad.

So again - please boost, please talk about this to your friends as well as your politicians.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

There are reports of people being brutally beaten up by the police. This is clearly a shameless attempt at intimidation.

LGBT rights in Poland were never that great, but this is on an entirely different level. I have no reason to believe things will not escalate further. The right-wing government wants to score points with the more extreme parts of its electorate, and is using police as a cudgel.

Poland is simply not safe for LGBT ppl at the moment.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

The arrested were driven to random police stations all over the country, without being informed where they're being taken and without being given a reason for their arrests.

Lawyers have mentioned on social media that they were not given access to the arrested people. In some cases for over 5 hours. It took a lot of patience and interventions from members of the Polish parliament (from what I know, from the left-wing Razem party).

And yes, there's more.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

Margot did not resist arrest, but police at the time were not interested in arresting her. Wouldn't be impressive enough.

She was arrested at a later date, and a bunch of activists and LGBT people physically blocked the arrest. Around 40 people were arrested, including random bystanders.

Let me be clear - the protesters were surrounded by police and then ordered to disperse (how?!).

But wait, there's more.

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Please fucking boost this as far as possible. Please, PLEASE.

A Polish trans activist named Margot was arrested. Her "crime" is minor destruction of property (she cut up a tarp on a truck covered with vicious anti-LGBT propaganda).

Her pre-emptive arrest for two months was authorized by a court, despite the fact that such arrest, by Polish law, are meant to be used for people who are a flight risk or an immediate danger to others.

But wait, there's more.

film 

In the end, a fascinating watch, but a bad (well, mediocre) movie. It was much better and more fun to imagine what could have been than to follow what actually ended up on-screen.

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OK, movie watched. As before, I think it suffers from having too many ideas, the plot not being integrated into one coherent whole very well, and having too much baggage as a direct sequel of "The Matrix". Especially given how the trilogy concludes (I haven't seen "Revolutions", but I know the story in broad strokes).

Pity, because summarized plot point by plot point, the story is not bad, I don't believe so. But the execution is mostly poor.

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Oh noooooo, the Architect scene xD OK, I know this one by reputation. This is gonna be tough to watch.

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(but the extended freeway action scene, the thing I'd heard was the best thing about the movie? Yeah, it is pretty amazing. Still feels a little apart from much of the rest of the movie.)

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I think it'd work better as a TV series than a movie. Ideas are introduced and do not properly paid off. There's just too much at a time.

Also, the invasion on Zion stuff is still terribly integrated into the story.

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Two-thirds into the movie now, and it feels like the thing that holds the film back the most is that it's a sequel to "The Matrix".

There are a LOT of great ideas, worldbuilding, characters (the Merovingian is a hoot). But the entire thing feels like two movies stapled together.
There's a great story to tell in there. But it's badly executed (so far).

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On top of that, I think the movie does a poor job of introducing new characters and making me care about them.
It'd certainly help if characters from the first "Matrix" interacted with them more, and cared about them. The way the scenes are set up, however, my prevailing reaction is "who's that, again? And why should I care?".

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