#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

If you missed my boost, Amazon's got a union busting campaign and well they want you to rat em out. It would be such a shame if everyone sent them junk and spam.


US politics, conspiracies, betting 

Best way to defeat QAnon? Bet against their followers on prediction markets.

Sigh capitalism...


I'm not the only one who fictionalizes attacks like this. Within hours of the attacks, right wing conspiratorialists were calling it a false flag and describing their colleagues in the videos as secret antifa infiltrators.

The narrative aftermath of this is gonna be *wild*.


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uspol, rw extremism (+, promise) 

Enrique Tarrio, leader of the violent far-right extremist Proud Boys, has been arrested.


's Death to 2020 is a great way to start the first week of 2021. Full of silly jokes, but we do need to be able to laugh at this.

Much lighter entertainment than the episodes from the same producers!


#SFFBookClub, To Be Taught, If Fortunate 

My review of the January book club pick, Becky Chambers' novella. I quite like it, though agree with the discussion started by @Quare about how some aspects such as somaforming could be explored more. The curious mix of stupendous technological developments (and reliability!) and presence of life also rather jars with what happened to Earth.

All in all though, 👍️


#SFFBookClub, Martha Wells alert re Amazon pirated copies 

Heads up #SFFBookClub. Martha Wells, author of the Murderbot books, amongst others, is having trouble with Amazon and pirate copies. Info here: twitter.com/marthawells1/statu


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