as many of you know, I spent a week at the London XR rebellion, well I have finally written a short article on what I saw, what I feel about it and if XR is even worth it for us in the first place.
boosts very much appreciated

@mike @bram Yes, the question of being able to build commons in a capitalist economy is crucial.

To me the battle of free software became irrelevant considered that nowadays:
- capitalism ate free software and rebranded it as opensource, which really is just "free software with free as in free market"
- there's free software everywhere, used to build centralized proprietary services
- everything happens in the cloud, so there are many questions like "how do you effectively trust sysadmins with your data"

I was thinking to register my precious touring bike in case it ever gets stolen. But then I realised one of the things I love about cycling is the freedom, independence and anonymity.

No "cycling license" needed, no registration required, and it's one of the few remaining ways to travel anonymously.

I'm conflicted now. Thoughts?

Part of why we say "solidarity not charity" is because the way charity is typically presented gives moral superiority to the givers - and often, moral inferiority to the receivers (or sometimes "takers," if they decide to be particularly transparent about it)

Truisms like "it is better to give than to receive" implicitly contain "it is wrong to receive help." It's wrong to ask for the support you need, to want it, even to accept it when offered. Panhandling, for instance, is often portrayed not just as shameful, but immoral - even greedy

Solidarity, and especially mutual aid, are meant to reject that dichotomy. Everyone at Food Not Bombs eats together, volunteers and otherwise, and talks to each other. Our Free Store puts "it's free because it's yours" all over its reading material - it's not a gift, not a blessing, not charity. And that makes *such* a big difference

i'm going to help host another unconference, 23-24 Nov, here in MalmΓΆ if anyone is in the neighbourhood

the theme:
What does tech look like on a finite, post-climate change earth?

an initiative by Zenna Fiscella and Edgeryders

I'm thinking about a concept to distribute money in what is currently a volunteer project.

Maybe there are some existing "solidarity payments" ideas around.

My initial idea is a monthly "pay day" call where you discuss how much to distribute in total, what you worked on, and what costs you had in the month.

With some form of consensus process to raise up concerns and then agree it.

Assumptions are low numbers of people (prob <5) and high trust within the group.

Any existing models?

My dynamo hub is in for repair, but quite satisfying to rewire an old USB cable so I can power my lights from a USB power bank. So simple! But feels very empowering to be able reconfigure my stuff like this. And I'm proud I made it all proper with heat shrink and everything 😁

When I went to feed the birds this morning, I found this growing in the garden. I wonder what sort of #mushroom they are

old guy tip: if you find yourself writing a long defense of the actions of another person, and you feel like you've reached a point in your writing where it makes sense to quote the "dictionary definition" of a particular word that is commonly used, that's a really good sign that you might want to pause and seriously reconsider whether the subject of your defense deserves your defense.

... and a little peak of ecotopia, this is a beautiful little picnic area in Snowdon national park we colonised for a couple of nights. All walkers coming through very interested and supportive. Although there was much rain, nothing a couple of tarps can't deal with. Add the fairy lights and it's paradise!

Just left ecotopia bike tour today, just under 2 weeks felt a lifetime! Many pros/cons compared to doing same kinda thing on my own.

Main benefit though: meeting some really nice people. Nothing like a bike trip for bonding. Nice to visit a few projects in Wales. Tyddyn Teg co-op farm, CAT, Ember Housing Co-op, and tipi valley.

And as with all projects I enjoy, after a week or two I start feeling like I'm one of the organisers of it...


I'm going to be en vacance in the south of France (within an hour of Marseille) and we plan on travelling to Barcelona/Catalonia for a while.

Does anyone have any contacts for cool leftist/hacker/queer/solarpunk folks in these areas?

Would love to meet people and visit cool projects. Hit me up :ancomheart:

Please boost :fediverse: :boost_ok:

This kind of testimony about how (some) charities do not challenge structural issues just further confirms my general feeling about (many) charities being in a role supportive of capitalism, by picking up the pieces caused by its destructive tendencies, but not challenging the underlying mechanisms.

"They must be ready to confront the underlying structural causes of social injustice, inequality, and the climate emergency"

Just heading off now to join Ecotopia bike tour ( Quite excited. Also wondering how I'll be cycling with a group, I've done most of my cycle trips solo so far.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ARE: wow.... we're creating... new life........

WHAT ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ACTUALLY ARE: techbros worshiping the almighty algorithm, not caring to look at what bad patterns the machines are picking up (racism, sexism, etc) and how to avert them, and overreliance on neural networks meaning that said algorithms are treated as magical black boxes where nobody wants to (or can, really) point out exactly how the equation works (and why it may be faulty)

one of capitalism’s basic tricks for selling stuff to you is to put the doubt into your head that you are WITHOUT something that you NEED

this isn’t a REAL need but it is a method of tricking you into believing that what capitalism wants you to buy is something you supposedly lack in your life

and with a lack of oversight and control on this system of propaganda delivery, capitalism could manage to sell our basic needs to us, and for those it has thrown into poverty it works to convince them that to climb the ladder is how they can acquire the more expensive β€˜needs’ capitalism sells to them on top of their basic needs

... well mixed results, it lets the water through too fast. I used it over the top of a paper one, and maybe that's ok as I can reuse the paper more easily.

Maybe I need a different type of material? It goes so fast I don't think even adding more layers would slow it down enough.

I just sewed myself a reusable coffee filter, finally free of using stupid one time use filters. If it works... β˜•

I've heard criticisms about local democratic control, that it leads to small minded closed communities that won't address non-local issues (e.g. climate emergency, exploitation, capitalism).

I feel that it would go well if expanded, with appropriate structures in place (e.g. citizens assemblies).

Is this blind faith or are there some decent resources that can shed some light?

I can imagine there are specific examples of it working (or not), but I wonder about a more general analysis.

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