It's remarkable that even as we have a POTUS that is literally saying he's a nationalist, attacks POC everyday with his platform and keeps immigrant children in non livable conditions, white people STILL want to argue it's not racism.

That kind of delusion takes effort.

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the trouble with ethical software is that it’s incompatible with the profit motive

@Bashabez5 how do you punish someone for a crime on this scale

I can't think of anything that would even come close to bringing justice

cleaning up the river is important, but that won't change the fact that people were suffering from this for longer than I've been alive

@ben theres been 3 seperate court cases since the late 90s:

1.) was it there fault? [Yes]
2.) Okay but.. is it there responsibility to clean it? [Yes]
Now its.. 3.) Okay, so they did it, and they have to clean it.. but how are they going to clean it, and what must they do?

@Bashabez5 I don't think there is an appropriate punishment for "dumped 12 metric tons of mercury into a river", especially after 33 years.

I can't think of anything less severe than "immediately dissolve the company and everyone in management gets infinity years community service" that would even begin to be appropriate.

Over the course of 33 years Mallinckrodt, a subsidary of Medtronic, a global multi-billion dollar medical device company, dumped 12 metric tons of mercury into the Penobscot river, (a river sacred to my peoples, and the largest river in the state) and over 9 tons of said mercury still remains in the river. Fish, birds, lobster, eel, and people throughout the system and region are contaminated with mercury, levels among birds nesting and feeding along the river are among the highest found anywhere in the world, consumption of fish and birds along this portion of river could cause serious harm. This is a river in which the Penobscot people are supposed to have "sustainable fishing rights" due to our treaty. The state still maintains they are upholding that, though we can't eat more than a fish a month without risking illness. There has been a court battle against Mallinckrodt since 2000, they have been found responsible, and late this year the courts will review appropriate cleanup.

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So I recently found out that my instance and many more had been pushed out of the "join mastodon" list. (see )
Right now if you're looking for a queer instance it will only show two : one portuguese and one japanese.
It seems we have to re-opt-in and commit to moderation (which is cool) and reliable backup plans (cool but also not so easy).
I don't know, i'm kinda bewildered. Was there any warning about this ? Because I obviously missed it.
Or are there any other ways to pick an instance now ?

Randall Robinson's book The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks was my main introduction to reparations. So it has been strange to me that i never see him or his book referenced as the topic has come up more in the past five years since Ta-Nahesi Coates' article The Case for Reparations.

Here's some excerpts:

I'm looking for a developer with CodeX (apparently that's an Apple IDE) who can sign in to the Istore shop and upload an application for community currencies. Hopefully no complications...

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You ever just sitting somewhere and think about how banks are unethical and deserve hellfire and destruction?

Anybody else got a website hosted by Gaiahost? If so, is your site loading? Both GEO and CENet are currently off-line....

The lack of revolutionary potential in most existing co-ops is one of the many reasons why cooperative/collective economic projects should already incorporate an inherently anarchist approach at the founding level, and options for long-term horizontal scalability via federation with politically & structurally compatible projects shouldn't be an afterthought.
Worker co-ops shouldn't be isolated. Instead, they should have the clear potential to be integral parts of a bottom-up needs-based economy.

The members of my democratic cloud org, @mayfirst, just voted to reorganize as a co-op. MF already operates more cooperatively than many co-ops, but now it's official, complete with a new domain name:

Now updated in the Directory, has now reorganized to identify fully as a co-op (though remains legally a nonprofit):

Thank you for sharing!

It's really important to remind us of the moral dimension of software freedom and to link this to human freedom: Free Software is primarily for people and not to create freedom for companies.

I found two summaries of the talk. One by @doctorow at @boingboing

"How markets plundered Free Software's best stuff and used it to create freedom for companies, not people"

And one by @mako on his website:

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