Just signed up for my free real-life copy of Exit to Community!


(I'm trying to start a couple cooperative platforms; might be easier to focus just on getting a viable platform business with a clear plan to later exit to community. More practically, i know some progressive small businesses and people organizing their workplaces where this might be relevant to both and i can lend out.)

work vent 

I spoke with @anyaparampil about how a US govt-linked PR firm helps right-wing authoritarian regimes in Latin America spread fake news.

Its clients include:
-Bolivian coup regime
-Venezuelan opposition
-Honduran coup regime
-Colombian right
-Mexican right

I'm looking for a company hiring sysadmin with a 100% remote status. I speak French and English.

If you know such places, please tell me :)

Boost welcome


In the olden days... UNIX systems were generally multi-user. There was a culture of openness. One would allow world read privileges on one's configuration files so newer folks could look at and learn from your configuration files. The better ones had good comments in them.

That's how a lot of my knowledge came about. Picking up tricks from others. I remember my .twmrc was heavily cribbed from an older student. I took that and *then* started using the man pages.


How secure is Signal Desktop? I know there have been some issues over the years. Have they been resolved?

RT @s_phia_
Pretty fucked up how everyone says we need police and jails to protect survivors of sexual violence but then criminalize and incarcerate those same survivors of sexual violence. Jails and police don't keep survivors safe. #StandWithTracy #DropHerCharges #FreeThemAll twitter.com/MelanatedBeautE/st

a key tenet of neoliberalism is that you can force people to do something that they don't want to do, and that if you do so cleverly enough it counts as them making the choice instead of you

Apache Tribe’s Innovative Approach Lowers COVID-19 Deaths


"When the medical team at the Indian Health Service identified people suffering from happy hypoxemia, they tried something simple: detect it early and oxygenate patients at home. They would visit people’s homes, check their symptoms, and use one of the simplest and cheapest medical diagnostic aid devices: a pulse oximeter that measures oxygen levels and pulse and costs as little as $12.

By just paying home visits, accompanying people for a short walk through the house or the patio with an oximeter on their finger, were they able to detect hundreds of cases early, manage them with less aggressive therapies and at a lower cost. Above all, the approach created a surprising outcome. Although the Tribe has one of the highest levels of contagion, due to the work of the medical team, it has one of the lowest death rates in the state and the country."

Tomorrow begins the biggest cycle of mass evictions in USA since 1929. Millions will be kicked to the curb, most like, as struggling families decide which capitalist parasite at their neck to pay off with quickly dwindling funds.

Look around. Tell me this isn’t a failed state.

Snowdrift.coop work lately has been busy but all behind-the-scenes, little to show yet publicly. Update from this week: successful transfer of all our servers to OSUOSL osuosl.org after 18 months of on/off planning. Closing our AWS account. This enables the Snowdrift team to not worry about sysadmin issues and focus solely on getting launched!

Disturbing reports that Google Play is threatening to kick out Mastodon apps. See:



App stores have a track record of acting capriciously & are also easy targets for gov't censors (including Trump). This is why alternatives like @fdroidorg are so important for user freedom.

If unfamiliar: F-Droid is a free & open source app you can use to install other Android apps, with focus on free & open source software. Get it here:


OK wow. My employer started doing this anti-racism (and sometimes more broadly justice-focused) talk series. And it is surprisingly good. Like… they're paying legit people to come talk to us and while much of it is introductory to the topic, that's appropriate to the audience and it's GOOD 101 material.

Like… the next one is going to include Ibram X. Kendi coming (via video chat, of course) to talk to us.

I am shocked and impressed at how good these things have been. And on company time.

Is there a wiki or other collectively-maintained resource of ideas, examples, and approaches to abolishing policing and prison abolition?

Not specific resources or lists of resources (though send me those too!) but a place a bit more action-friendly than Wikipedia for collecting and organizing these resources for we-are-ready-to-do-it-now abolition (speaking for Minneapolis)?

If not, @agaric could set one up.

"Poverty is sticky in the United States, passed on from parents to their children [read: wealth and income denied to poor people by society] to a much greater extent than in most of the developed world. But when violent crime falls, children who grew up in poverty are more likely to rise upward in the income distribution as adults." Sharkey, Uneasy Peace, p. 111.

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