ppl in baltimore used the cover of fireworks last night to tear down one of the city's columbus statues and tossed it into the harbor and i'm vibing

You gotta admit “trunk” would be a very on brand name for Mastodon’s default git branch

My home co-op Union Cab made this statement in support of Movement for Black Lives. It took them a bit longer because it was a membership discussion, but it is a powerful statement. Also, while the co-op membership has historically been over 90% white, it currently has a Black man serving as President and another Black man serving as Business Mgr (the highest ranking management position).I was the last General Mgr and first Business Mgr. rb.gy/zxgwoz

@wolfpede ...

why doesn't any company in america do th-

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they do, they just pull strings from the background by acting as shell companies for like 100 different brands you think are unrelated

fun fact didn't you know that pepsico owns taco bell?

Between encroachment on disputed lands with , the same in the South China Sea, the treatment of in , and the violation of Hong Kong's autonomy ... we should start divesting from



theguardian.com/world/2020/jul

Anduril just signed massive contract for border surveillance w/ Trump admin [1]. Key investors include Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen [2], both Facebook board members. Anduril founder Palmer Luckey made bank in $3B acquisition of his VR startup by Facebook.

Many of Anduril's leadership are ex-Palantir; the name is another LOTR reference. It's Big Tech claiming a growing slice of the huge "defense" $ pie, fueled by Facebook's profits.

[1] theverge.com/2020/7/2/21311433

[2] crunchbase.com/organization/an

Bandcamp Friday starts in ..... minutes. Bandcamp has a ticker to show you the start of the "Bandcamp love their artists" day. #bandcamp @Bandcamp
dorninger.bandcamp.com

Incidentally, that $3B price tag for Oculus is not a typo -- it was widely reported as $2B or $2.3B, but actually significantly higher:

usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2

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I get very exhausted when people use their knowledge about how things are done in the big tech / surveillance capitalism (or maybe just "capitalist") world, and try and apply it in totally different domains, like community-focused volunteer projects.

Almost all the implicit assumptions don't hold.

Capitalist projects have a lot of resources to solve problems because they are willing to engage in destructive and extractive behaviours.

If we remove that part, the equation massively changes.

Woah. "During the heat of summer, parts of the gas plant [Dictamnus albus] exude an oily substance that smells much like the fruits of its cousin, the lemon. These oils have been known to cause contact dermatitis not unlike the sap of giant hogweed. However, this is not the strangest aspect of the gas plants oily nature. One of the properties of these oils is that they are highly volatile. So volatile in fact that they can ignite."

indefenseofplants.com/blog/201

#Biology #Plants #Chemistry

#Facebook just bought #Mapillary.

Move your images to a #FOSS *community run* project instead! How? Simple:

1. Download your images: github.com/gitouche-sur-osm/ma

2. Upload to #OpenStreetCam:
OpenStreetCam.org

3. Enjoy giving a giant, fat middle finger to #Zuckerberg. 🌻 🌈 🌻

4. Boost and have a nice day!

open source e-reader in a world full of amazon-controlled e-readers seems like a good move

github.com/joeycastillo/The-Op

Fascinating to read what Tim Bray actually thinks now that he's out of #Amazon's orbit. Turns out he's worried about #monopolies and #capitalism, especially that of #bigtech

tbray.org/ongoing/When/202x/20

"I don't understand I thought, you thought you organized the charity ball. How can you not know who the beneficiary is?"
"Isn't she adorable?"
"Quite! Dear heart, it doesn't matter who benefits. It's just a socially acceptable excuse for a large & lavish ball!"
"After all, hard times call for hard measures. We're only the idle rich when we're not giving to charity!"
"This way people can read the society pages without feeling animosity towards those who might have more than they do."

Ep7 (S1)

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As a European who lives in the US, it took me a while, but I get it now: It's not that they have "given up", it's jut that those in power legit don't care who dies. The decision-makers are removed from the most affected populations and they'd rather "save the economy".

RT @ASlavitt@twitter.com

“It really does feel like the U.S. has given up.” -European scientist.

washingtonpost.com/world/2020/

🐦🔗: twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/12

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