I really like this Intelligence^2 discussion between Yanis Varoufakis and Gillian Tett. Yanis argued that we're in a post-capitalist, , while Gillian thought can be salvaged but what we have now is not it.

One note though: apart from data portability, which is indeed insufficient due to the network effect, forcing interoperability a la or Bluesky (or ) would free users to move without losing contacts.


political snark, death penalty 

It's so nice that the US has six Catholic judges on the Supreme Court.

The Church is so adamantly against the death penalty that the Catechism calls it "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person" and the Catholic Church "works with determination for its abolition worldwide." Just over one year ago Pope Francis published Fratelli Tutti, making this stance abundantly clear and a priority for the Church as a whole.

I'm certain we're going to see those values come through in the court room today. There's just no way they would...

I'm really enjoying corecursive.com/ a podcast that tells the story of a lot of the software I use or have used, like SQLite and CVS (remember that one?).

Capitalists: "it's obviously impossible to provide a decent standard of living to everyone on the planet, there's not enough resources for that"

Also capitalists: "let's destroy unsold goods by the hundred thousands each week, there's not enough room in our warehouses for all that stuff"

If the pharma companies are right and poor countries truly *don't* have the capacity to build vaccine factories, then the WTO is a failure.

The whole point was to build capacity.

If it's not there, then all the rents the poor world paid all century were a lethally squandered opportunity - they should have followed in the footsteps of America and the Netherlands and ignored the rent demanded by wealthy lands.


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The world's 125 poorest countries (2.5b people) have received zero covid vaccine doses to date. The 85 poorest countries project vaccination in 2023/24. This is #VaccineApartheid.


It's not that poor countries can't make their own vaccines. The Global South has a *lot* of vaccine production capacity. The problem is Big Pharma, which refuses to transfer the patents and know-how to repurpose those facilities for mRNA production.



I found Baddiel's _Jews Don't Count_ (from a progressiva British Jewish perspective) quite sobering too. Growing up as an overseas Chinese in SE Asia, I can relate to his experience somewhat - being simultaneously discriminated against and being resented for perceived economic influence - but my 'folks' have not had to endure it for two millennia, so it's still a very inadequate comparison.


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This is sobering. No matter how much you disagree with the actions of the Israeli government and the settler movement, taking it out on the Jewish diaspora is not the answer. Just as taking out COVID lockdown resentment on anyone who look Asian is not OK.


#FSF : time to stop my membership as well.

Two questions:

- Has anyone used the FSF email alias extensively, and then stopped their membership? Does it still work for a while, so you can switch your email address everywhere?
- Where should my donation go? I'm thinking #ElectronicFrontiersAustralia, as the chair and vice-chair are both women.

Any recommendation for #feminist #FOSS organisations is welcome. Boosts OK!

Encirculo: Protect yourself with a circle of support

“Keep yourself and your community safe with Círculo, an easy to use app that allows you to send check-ins and urgent alerts in a fast and private way to a pre-selected circle of supporters.”

LSC, benefits 

When workers drink the because they get half the everyone in the EU automatically get, and loyally defend their employers in the their effort to further damage the social fabric 🤦🏻

PSA: road safety 

First emergency braking with 🐥 on board, to avoid being sideswiped by a motorist who reacted to the turning lane filling up fast without checking their blind spots at all (or indicate in time). How I miss Germany where driver license tests are harder and, more importantly, there's less need to drive!

Baby is fine, the car is fine, the motorist hopefully learned their lesson. As for myself I'll definitely be more defensive when there's more than one lane

Take a minute of your time and go read Michael E. Mann interview of the Guardian today. Well worth your time:


Money quotes: "Any time you are told a problem is your fault because you are not behaving responsibly, there is a good chance that you are being deflected from systemic solutions and policies. [...] Doom-mongering has overtaken denial as a threat and as a tactic. [...] if people believe there is nothing you can do, they are led down a path of disengagement."

Politics and religion, Indonesia 

I really don't recognize the country I left anymore. Enforcing Islamic dress code on non-Muslims...

If the central government doesn't prevail in rolling it back, then that's it for pluralism.


Software and Wetware: updates on my #FOSDEM talk, @fedora change proposals, #EPEL work, and ... oh yes I'm a new parent so I'll be off the grid for a few weeks! See y'all on the other side


This post is day 14 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge


"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

Uptain Sinclair

Whether it be pollution of the Great Lakes or the pollution of fence line communities today, the rule is the same. Businesses don't decide to take policies to limit harmful externalities unless they believe that it will be better for them in the long run.

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America’s covid response has failed in no small part because, from the very beginning, people have been looking for the Product to Buy to fix it — hand sanitizer, masks, plexiglass shields, disinfecting wipes — while maintaining the exact same lifestyle uninterrupted, without any consideration for what actually spreads the disease. every problem must, by rule, have some sort of consumption-based solution


is still in crisis, and minority rule will be all but guaranteed unless the is revoked or at least curtailed in scope


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go

~ Oscar Wilde

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