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Everyone complains about politicians. Everyone says they suck. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky; they don't pass through a membrane from a separate reality. They come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, and American businesses. And they're elected by American voters. This is what our system produces, folks. This is the best we can do.
-- George Carlin

#anarchism #quote #bot

You may not like it but this is what peak performance looks like

My partner just apologized very seriously and politely to one of the cats, for coughing too loudly: "Excuse me, Dash. I'm sorry if that was loud."

And it's not even 😹

"The only people these evil clowns really manage to brainwash is themselves and the people who pay their bills. Everyone else, they merely torture."

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"The ad industry's most successful product, of course, is itself: its ability to convince advertisers that it will spend its money wisely and multiply it through scientifically proven marketing techniques."

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"We were presented with this in IPO documents and conference presentations as a fait accompli, rather than as a hypothesis. The companies attracted vast amounts of capital and built vast surveillance and analysis systems."

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"Their hypothesis ("Is mind control a thing?") was actually a conclusion ("Mind control is definitely a thing, and we have to figure it out")."

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Cory Doctorow's Plura-list newsletter/blog is always good, but today's issue is especially πŸ’― πŸ™€ πŸ™ƒ, with some wild stories of CIA research into mind control and commentary on how that relates to the stories Big Tech tells about what their algorithms can and cannot do.

Web version here: pluralistic.net/2020/10/09/bos

who do i have to venmo to get an emojo of marx wearing the lampshade from the "communist party" woot shirt

(honest question, is there someone out there who could do this for me?)

Just wanna say shoutouts to @ArtistMarciaX for the song recommendation via Suggested Readings email this morning.

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In today's new layer of techception, tech company @gofundme@twitter.com is enabling far-right terrorists to organize a rally in San Francisco that is in theory about protesting big tech companies. 🍿

RT @berkeleyantifa@twitter.com

Looks like @gofundme@twitter.com supports violent white nationalists and Q anon supporters’ calls for β€œultimate war”

πŸ¦πŸ”—: twitter.com/berkeleyantifa/sta

"As you can see, this is not a uniform experience of chaos. For some people it destroys their bodies, others their hearts, but for most people it’s just a low-level hum at the back of their minds."

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"Collapse is just a series of ordinary days in between extraordinary bullshit, most of it happening to someone else. That’s all it is."

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