>How can an independent Scotland decolonise itself?

This short podcast series investigated the colonial background to Scottish land ownership spurred on by hearing someone claim "The family farm is a colonial concept”

Farmerama: Landed part 1: The family farm soundcloud.com/farmerama-radio

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The world’s largest organism is a mushroom; a whole colony of them, actually, genetically identical and connected as one organism through a filamentous root system covering an area of 965 hectares in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. The ‘honey mushroom’, as they are commonly called due to their colour, are good to eat but are parasitic to a variety of trees and woody plants. The colony is estimated to be between 2400 and 8650 years old.

Reminds me of a Star Trek: Enterprise episode.

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meet.coop commons.hour
A special session - rather than a speaker-led presentation, this is a hands-on workshop.

Participants in the session will create a first-cut mapping of contributions within the political economy of meet.coop (a multistakeholder coop, a provider of digital infratructure, a stack of three kinds of commons).

13 December 2021 (Second Monday - The normal fourth Monday session is suspended for December.)

Fingers crossed for a change to the brutal regime

‘Hundreds of fake Twitter accounts have spread authentic-looking lies about Castro; fake opinion polls appear alongside real ones; 300,000 voters still don’t have the identity cards they will need at polling stations.’

John Perry on Honduras’s elections:

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My late husband J-P was one of those who resist the attempts by marketers to shoehorn "Black Friday" into the celebrations of a country that doesn't even celebrate Thanksgiving.

He created this very simple website - please share it widely today!


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Reminder: direct action works. 

“Indian PM Narendra Modi has announced the repeal of three controversial farm laws after a year of protests.
“Thousands of farmers had camped at Delhi's borders since last November and dozens died from heat, cold and Covid.”


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Fedizens, great news!

The #FedeProxy project which allows code #forges to interoperate on the #Fediverse is selected for the 2nd phase of the #NGI DAPSI program. The project has rebranded to forgefriends.org

#Forgefriends is both Community and #FOSS project on an important mission: To unite coders online, and make stronger bonds in the #FreeSoftware world and to the benefit of the #Commons.

@gitea is first in adding #federation code. They're your forge friend!

Your help is vital!


This article has a heavy unbalanced feel. Devices from all big smartphone vendors (Apple, Google, Samsung etc. etc.) are set up to send all kinds of data home.

The article claims that theres some legal oversight of government collection from US companies, while after the Snowden revelations it was widely reported that there was only such protections for US citizens?

Elsewhere much is made of Xiaomi 5G being untrustworthy while theres proven dubious stuff via Crypto AG, Cisco etc.

Epistemologies of Soil
26 November 2021

"…exploring alternative conceptions and practices of soils… environmental historians, political ecologists & eco-social geographers have explored how soil science historically has been & continues to be implicated in projects of racist, colonialist & capitalist governance."

"This symposium seeks to stage a conversation between some of these complementary voices "

Can get a pretty good idea about what both Android & Windows are upto. I know folks who spent time mitm connections from both to get an idea + lots of folks spend a lot of time examining/ reverse engineering both operating systems. Android's more complex as its a family of OSs, but all have lots of open code via AOSP

Security differences are covered well in madaidans-insecurities.github.

Some Androids are better than others. The AOSP base is pretty tight
arxiv.org/abs/1904.05572 @markusl

@aito just added a load of extra xiaomi phones that DivestOS supports where the builds may have working verified boot (untested)

Check out this wiki that lists devices and alternative operating systems that keep verified boot working (some may work, but haven't been tested yet, its all explained in the wiki)

You'll get far better security & it heals memory faults as your device storage gets older.


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Dear repair comrades, if you have a unused SSD disk to give away, please let me know. I am in desperate need of such. Apparently this is the state in which I am going to enter 2022..

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Friends of commons activist Silke Helfrich celebrate her memory -
"Silke was one of the most important voices in the German-speaking and international commons debates, an inspiring thought leader and practitioner of commoning, and a wonderful personality"

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One of my favorite things about the scholar.social instance is that when I come here with a question, I almost always get an answer. I never feel like I'm shouting into the void.

It's one of many vibrant communities I'm grateful to be a part of online.

I spent some time reflecting on what makes the online spaces I enjoy work.

Here's what I came up with: eleanorkonik.com/consideration

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so everyone knows that sci-hub is being sued in India such that if they win they might be able to operate legally, but if they lose a huge number of scientists and academics in India wouldn't be able to access papers? Any senior ppl planning to write amicus briefs by the 16th?

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