Palantir has a solution. The company has effectively unlimited access to capital markets, as well as to its deep-pocketed founder Peter Thiel, a cartoon villain who's written that women shouldn't be allowed to vote and that democracy and freedom are incompatible.

All that capital means that Palantir doesn't have to win NHS contracts - it can simply buy up *other* companies that have won them. Palantir's strategy leaked to *Bloomberg*, and Olivia Solon lays it out:


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A part of the Lily/Watchful Eye series.

Some thoughts on the droughts and water pollution this year. It's been so bad, we're witnessing WW2 warships emerge from the river beds.

[CW] for bloody water and some visible fish bones - nothing too gory

#MastoArt #mermaid

The Marie Kondo of his time

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. from The Economist Espresso

“It’s not what it was 20 or 25 years ago; the storms are getting bigger and bigger, and it’s no surprise, because the warnings have all been there.”

This 100% solar community endured Hurricane Ian with no loss of power and minimal damage

I need to rewatch "Thank You for Smoking" for this quote and cry myself to sleep.

"I just need to pay the mortgage." ~ "The Yuppie Nuremberg defense."


@wolftune I don't think *profit* seeking is really the problem - *long-term* profit seeking actually harmonizes really well with both genuine environmental and free-software efforts.

IMO the issue is *short-term* profits [and growth, see e.g. Uber] over all else. They'd rather make one buck now than $100 ten years from now, and *that*'s inherently unsustainable.

Any model of *long-term* profit inherently requires a functioning society.

@LeoSammallahti @Matt_Noyes
In the forum I've just posted some notes for Nathan Schneider's upcoming session

Nathan will be talking about going beyond open source, and what he calls 'governable stacks'.

Sections 5 and 6 of the notes suggest ways in which this commons of digital means aka is not a typical coop. Find <FLOSS> to see references to open source and its differences from commoning a radical stack of digital means.

A part of a new blog article I am writing about open source and the cooperative movement.

Let me know if you have some thoughts or links relevant about the topic!

Criticism intensifies after #BigOil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims

Criticism in the US of the #oil #industry’s obfuscation over the #ClimateCrisis is intensifying after internal documents showed companies attempted to distance themselves from agreed climate goals, admitted “gaslighting” the public over purported efforts to go green, and even wished critical activists be infested by bedbugs.

Historically we've accepted this fallacy of "They'll do this out of the goodness of their hearts because they love the kids so much," but that thinking doesn't cut it anymore. We have to come up with approaches where school districts treat teacher recruitment like major corporations treat talent acquisition, and schools of education should be partners in rethinking that process.

Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.

- Salman Rushdie

In Digitally Literate #343 -

Man, the original The Trip series (Coogan 2010) is really good background watching when you're doing chores.

Lots of impersonations of famous actors and a tour of good .

uspol, advertising 

I know it's election season already, but sticking three different flyers to our door when there's a perfectly good mailbox closer to the street is just tacky and rude.

What, you want our house to double as free advertising?

Now that the Ethereum Merge is complete, you can get the NFT of @VitalikButerin's new book Proof of Stake using... proof of stake!

The book shows that V has been thinking toward the Merge since before Ethereum even went live.

It's the LAST DAY for my kickstarter for a DRM-free audiobook edition of Chokepoint Capitalism, the book Rebecca Giblin and I wrote about how tech- and entertainment monopolies rip off artists, and how to unrig those terrible creative labor markets:

("This book really gets it" - Stephen Fry)


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Said it before and I’ll say it again: if people were so fucking het up about the price of gas, I didn’t see them drive like it for one single solitary day.

It is pretty astounding how differently are viewed in different societies/countries. Many African and Asian countries have co-op ministries and/or support for co-ops written into their constitutions, for instance. Hence, the politics of cooperativism is also very different in, say, India than it is here in the US. Can you imagine the Ds and Rs arguing over who's done more for co-ops in their election rhetoric?

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