local pol, teacher strike
oh hey this is late but the LA teacher's strike won:
- a mandatory cap on class sizes at every grade level
- hiring full time nurses at every school
- a librarian hired at every middle and high school by next year
- 50% reduction in frequency of standardized test assessments
- a hard cap on number of charter schools
- 6 percent pay raise
this contract was ratified by an overwhelming majority of the union. these changes will benefit not only the teachers, but every student in the city public school system.
Spoke with a colleague recently, who told he had not gotten a raise in 4 years.
He is one of the most productive person I know. The situation he is in is simply disgusting (no raise for 4 years and he is a single dad).
He told me he did not want to make a "fuss" and that he was happy to have a job. My response was something close to: "F* THIS SH* YOU NEED THE MONEY!".
I told him the goal of our company is to make him work as long as possible, for as little money as possible.
I guess nobody ever told him that -- he looked really surprised and hurt. Not by me, but by our employer.
He is just a sweet, trusting guy, and he paid for it, his salary is just so ridiculously low.
F* this company and, especially, f* his boss and the HR people who let this happened.
@colomar it would also be an opportunity to address safety. Organizing on Facebook is about one of the least-safe things you can do. So, for example, one could design things like the "I'll be there" click not to track any info about the user... help the organizer get an idea of attendance, but not do the huge Facebook surveillance/sharing part.
I just realized: One thing I'm missing from the Fediverse are event calendars.
I'm currently in a group of people planning a climate protest, and we're using Facebook to post events there for people to subscribe to.
I'm not aware of any federated social network / tool where I could post a calendar event and people could subscribe to it.
That would be a really useful feature to get more people off Facebook.
Biggest one is the #PinebookPro.
Why has mastodon.social gone invite-only two weeks ago? I grew tired of it being used as a hallway, where people enter, make a mess, then move on. It is my home, and I've put a lot into keeping it fast, secure and up-to-date.
Being invite-only means safer timelines, primarily, as trolls and people whose first instinct on a new social platform is to upload their uncensored dick have a harder time getting in.
You two inspired @noemi to set up a proof-of-concept loomio-mastodon bot last night. It currently announces when a new discussion/decision is being had on the loomio, it should be easy to extend this to other things like announcing closing results etc.
Hopefully this can help make democratic decisions more open and accessible to the community.
We'll need to run it on #SBC infrastructure to get it working for our own news bot, currently it's just running on Noe's laptop :P
It never ceases to amaze me how many VERY high profile software projects simply have no clue that organizations exist, ie, places where users do not have Administrator rights on their workstation, and where all software must be deliverable via silent managed install.
"Installation instructions: First elevate to Administrator, then run the manual GUI installer"
Anaconda Python, I'm looking at you guys.
@href XenSource was a random example. I could as well have used VMWare, or this one person running an instance on an ASUS machine. But the point is, this is a really cheap way of deanonymizing instances, linking them to persistent hardware identifiers. I wouldn't be surprised if, say, Dell, had a map of MAC addresses to other hardware identifiers, allowing someone to track a server down to who bought it. And if you were running a Pleroma instance over Tor, leaking any information about the server it's running on is A Bad Thing
Hot take: all advertising empires are built on a foundation of shifting sands and fairy dust anyway, so they just build as fast as they can before the inevitable collapse. If you're fast enough, you can leave the company before it becomes obvious that there was never any value in the first place.
I'm making sourdough! Well, waking up a starter. I took it out of my fridge and fed it last night. The yeasty babies managed to triple in volume, but fell slightly because I slept it. I split the starter on the second feeding (as insurance) and will see if she doubles in six hours! This is so exciting! I've never managed to keep a starter thriveing!
@Wewereseeds Fair enough! If you find the energy you can also call around and ask anyone who keeps horses if you can take some of their dirt/manure!
I'm a fan of non-hierarchical organization and a cybersecurity treehugger.
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