"(...) research suggests that #inequality raises the stakes of fights for status among men. The connection is so strong that, according to the World Bank, a simple measure of inequality predicts about half of the variance in #murder rates between American states and between countries around the world."
Wealthy Americans should be bled dry until all millennials can afford the basic requirements for a decent life regardless of who our parents happen to be. Banks should be broken up, debts should be wiped, predatory industries should go under and their CEOs should lose everything.
"These legal ramifications have other implications to more than just the defendant's pocketbook. The rules around copyright influence the AI itself. If you can't train your literary AI on copyrighted materials, you've got to look elsewhere: like the public domain."
Summer of Commoning 5: “Les Ateliers” in Castres: from dream to reality
"f there’s one common that I want to present to you, it’s this one! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend its conception, so it’s moving to see, a few years later, that the baby has grown up well and is working like a charm."
Some renewed discussion of "meat tax". Stupid idea because it frames the issue as penalizing meat consumption, which will then be framed by conservatives as regulating morality (or punishing the poor).
Meat is being _subsidized_, including the massive subsidy of tolerating its environmental impact. A carbon tax is a much more sensible way to say to producers: bring your environmental footprint down or pay for it. Keep it simple: carbon tax + enforcement.
Talk to me about organizations that were born in/from the Free Software movement that, over the years, have grown to more and more distance themselves from that movement.
And go ahead and s/Free Software/Open Source/ if that applies more easily. I'm not talking about an FSF thing. I'm talking about orgs which increasingly "cut corners" to "get work done faster" by using more and more proprietary software.
I have a semi-unique perspective with my work at Create Commons, but I want yours, too.
In a shocking upset, 49% of Alabaman voters (at least the ones who weren't turned away) decided that a Democrat was indeed better than a racist theocrat who molests teenage girls.
tired: bonds, shares and interest
wired: bonding over shared interests
Capitalists: "civilization isn't even possible without capital and hierarchy"
Native American Nations: "Ooops, we didn't now about that, so we went on and developed a continent-wide stateless civilization, I hope you don't mind..."
Can we do something useful with that? Thinking about running an AP on my laptop carried in my bag, with a webserver that redirects everyone to a cached static copy of joinmastodon.org