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I've been on Mastodon over at
social.weho.st/@dazinism
I'm based in the UK and into food, land, tech and people collaborating to manage them.
I'm involved in a few projects -

ourfieldproject.org/ 40 people using online tools to collaborate managing a field

travellingtoolbox.org.uk/ is a mobile hackspace/workshop set up to help environmental & community projects build & fix tools and infrastructure

farmhack.org/wiki/soilhack-wik Soilhack is a peer 2 peer learning network

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October is Blindness Awareness Month, AMA! Fun facts to start:

93% of people with sight loss have some level of sight, even if it's just telling the difference between light and dark.

Braille users are pretty rare (I've heard different percentages but all in single digits) so don't think slapping Braille on everything means you're done with accessibility.

We tend to be very poor. 75% of working-age blind people in the UK don't have jobs. People think being blind means we can't do most things.

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But wait, it gets worse! Even the economists trying to push back on GDP as a useful measure, repeat the same mistake of thinking that you can capture anything of value about "The Economy" with a single metric. So while they see the obvious problem, they are still living in denial of the fact that the entire idea of this kind of metric is flawed...which should be obvious, right? But not to economists, no...

And I spent 10s of 1000s of dollars on an econ degree, so I have a right to bitch.

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Like this: GDP is simply a measure of transactions involving the exchange of money that happened during a certain period of time. This is a measure that tells us nothing of any real interest, and it's obvious that it doesn't, but everyone acts like GDP⬆️ is good and GDP⬇️ is bad, even "expert" economists.

If you get cancer and spend all your money treating it, GDP goes up. If you're 2 days late on your credit card payment and they charge you a fee, GDP goes up. Do we see why GDP⬆️ =/= good?

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I think most of a mainstream economics education is really just about training you not to think about obvious things.

Great film. Amazing how established this looks for a ten year old project.

Meet Illa: A 10 Year Old Forest Garden Tour -
youtube.com/watch?v=JiyP9NYEMX

Dropped by the new community woodland project, first time for 2 months, to see if there were many chestnuts coming.
Arrived late & it got dark as I wandered about. Pulled out my torch. Hard to see if there were nuts at the tops of the trees but finally found a couple of unripe nuts knocked down by squirrels (surprising as the neighbours are obsessed with shooting them as the really damage all the trees)
Suddenly spotted a giant puffball, then more & more. 28 in a row!

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ISSUE 03

☁️💦💧Water Bodies💧💦☁️

our call for pitches now open through 12 OCT 2022
link.hypha.coop/compost-cfp

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I would like to take this opportunity to shout-out @edumerco for creating this "co-occurance matrix" of comments in a discussion thread on Loomio about increasing the character limit of our beloved Social.coop. You sir, are a scholar and a gentleman. 👏 👏 👏

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🇬🇧 Quietly, without any announcement, the Commission's #ChatControl #CSAM scanner draft legislation has been added to the agenda of the EU Parliament.

My Civil Liberties Committee will be in the lead: europarl.europa.eu/doceo/docum

Let’s stop #masssurveillance: chatcontrol.eu

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Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for estimating soil properties: A technology for the 21st century

bsssjournals.onlinelibrary.wil

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computing horror/easter egg 

my friend today learned that putting a usb-c cable in to a type-a port on their computer trips the power

she then tested it on an embedded ARM device and permanently destroyed the USB port on it

so protip: don't do this

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Australia elected a Labor PM in 1972 and briefly became independent, abolishing royal patronage and expressing solidarity with non-aligned countries.

Then MI6, the CIA, Nixon and the queen used "coupmasters" who previously worked on the coup against Indonesia's anti-colonial president Sukarno AND Chile's socialist leader Salvador Allende to trigger a "constitutional crisis" in Australia and simply fired the PM using "reserve powers."

They're figureheads until they're not

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Many people from Commonwealth nations don’t view the monarchy or a particular monarch the way I do. I think we were encouraged to think of her as a benign ruler with little real power. But she acted powerfully behind the scenes, e.g. in the removal of a democratically elected prime minister here in the ‘70s. Even if we assume she was a benign ruler, the system (not this one individual) highlights the lack of democracy and the extreme inequality inherent in a hereditary, unelected head of state.

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After having a frustrating conversation with a friend about how the Internet has turned from an exciting new technology to something saddening that's endlessly abused capitalism, I decided to contribute my tiny share to make alternative digital spaces possible.

This is how datenkommune.org came to be. It's a public access computer system, powered by OpenBSD and with a focus on a positive computing experience and driven by a desire to learn, cooperate and enjoy technology without any commercial motives or the dystopian intrusion of surveillance capitalism.

I eventually plan on writing down more what the philosophy behind it is, and what differentiates the project from (e.g.) the Tildeverse (which it is partially inspired by), but for now you can read about it at datenkommune.org/philosophy.ht.

If you're interested in more details and in gaining access, look no further: datenkommune.org/service.html

Everything is still in its infancy, but it should be ready for a first couple of users. So if you're interested .. I'd be happy to see you around. Feel free to spread the word. :)

(For some tag-based reach: #openbsd, #privacy, #shell, #community, #fediverse)

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A pretty stellar line up in these Conversations with Gamechangers

Cooperation Jackson, Aborîya Jin in Rojava, Grassroots Liberation in Nairobi, Zameen Prapti Sangharsh in the Punjab region, and @guerrillamediacollective

"A series of conversations with radical grass-roots solidarity economy organisations across the world who are breaking new ground in their own contexts while building power in their communities."

solidarityeconomy.coop/project

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social.coop

A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.