"The Co-Op Group", a UK consumer co-operative, advertises in the Daily Mail, which is notorious for its anti-migrant and anti-gay rhetoric.
Lots of angry responses over on birdsite about this. Their social media manager just keeps pointing to a blog post from last year that characterizes it as a "proactive relationship". Very disappointing; conventional for-profits have been far quicker at severing ties with Daily Mail and other hate rags.
Finished Wall's "Elinor Ostrom's Rules for Radicals" and wrote a review, which you can find here:
My review is perhaps too critical, I would appreciate feedback if you feel I'm being too harsh. I found the book useful in parts, but overall too light and repetitive to recommend without reservations.
I really should take lib.reviews down the platform co-op route. Will poke at OpenCollective this weekend as a lightweight way to get started.
Disappointing how much center-left media discourse of big tech focuses on antitrust / "break them up" fantasies and how little is about promoting alternatives like co-operative ownership and open source. Neoliberal "thought leaders" cannot seem to conceive of approaches other than "greed is good but let's add a layer of government regulation".
Man, #tweepy is one sad Python package. Used by thousands of people but no release since 2015. The sole maintainer doesn't have rights to publish a new package. PRs and code rot piling up.
I'm using it for a Mastodon bot based off https://gitlab.com/mojo42/retoot , but looks like I may have to run from the master branch of Tweepy to avoid some serious bugs. Twython seems to be more actively maintained alternative.
Install manual for #tails is a rare example of clear and user-friendly free software documentation for very complex piece of software. Nicely done.
When sites try to surreptitiously show me stuff based on things I've looked at, I don't find it helpful -- I find it unnerving. Twitter appears to be doing this in a few places: e.g., look at a profile, now you'll see more of those tweets. It creates this "You are being watched" sensation at a gut level. The kind of thing that doesn't show up in KPIs but alienates users slowly over time.
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- solid acting, pacing, FX
- diverse, interesting cast
- crew members curse and go to dance parties
- Lorca plot twist was set up well
- Harry Mudd episode was a genuine highlight
- half the bridge crew gets no lines; if this is a team, we never see it
- too much war, death, war, death, war, death
- "Welcome back from the mirror universe! Oh look, Captain Georgiou mysteriously survived! She's not at all evil and your captain now! What?"
A pad for collecting mirror accounts in the fediverse of popular RSS/Twitter sources, e.g. news accounts. Please add.
Last stable version:
Corbyn's "New Economics" speech is worth a read. Clearly informed by lots of voices inside the movement he helped catalyze. Good to see commitment to economic democracy, decentralization & co-operative economic approaches. Most forward-looking speech by a genuinely leftist leader I've read in a while.
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Done with chapter 2. I never read Hardin's "Tragedy of the Commons", but the way Wall describes it, it's rather appalling that the phrase is still used in all earnestness, given the reductionist logic behind the argument.
Indeed, the original essay ends with: "The only way we can preserve and nurture other and more precious freedoms is by relinquishing the freedom to breed, and that very soon." Yuck. I'm making a note to read it - it's here:
New review: The Elements, Molecules and Reactions trilogy by Theodore Gray.
Gorgeous pop science books I would recommend to any lifelong learner. Beautiful photos & great explanations. Full review:
Translating from English to German, one word that always gives me difficulty is "excited". Germans just don't tend to be that excitable, and literal translations usually feel inappropriate. :)