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 ‘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... ☕

@dazinism super! Thanks for all that. Will take a while to dig through :)

I would quite like to take my findings back to the Oxfam person that triggered my current thought process and see what they make of it.

... but first, 3 weeks hiking in the Highlands

@neil thanks, I'll see if I can find it to look at.

Although if municipalism is just a means, who is defining the ends? To me it seems the ends should just be the slightly random set of things the individuals want to do. I guess in this way the municipalism is just a means to achieve those ends given we are not all just individuals.

But ends can come in from the top too for those with a grand vision.

@captainbland I'm wondering the limits are, what they are based on, and what is the evidence for these points of view. Do you know of any resources that explain the negative externalities and why they are that way? Models, theories, case studies....

I'm looking for some things I can say when someone expresses their skepticism at the power of local organising to care beyond small minded self interest.

@jums I would widen the question to include that kind of action - I probably really mean "local people powered", which can come in many forms.

My question came when asking someone from Oxfam what they think about more localized power, and she was concerned about the limits of that mindset. I didn't have much, other than my personal feeling, to argue in favour.

Burning traffic enforcement maybe plays into that too - does the same process also deal with non-local issues?

@jums but how do we get beyond just our feelings about what will work?

It seems too easy to build solutions in one's head which seem to make sense but don't actually work when faced with reality.

That seems like it might be what happened with neoliberalism, to give the original architects the benefit of the doubt, that they didn't really intend it to quite go this way (markets that are more corrupt than free), and were merely just short sighted.

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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@kawaiipunk I have a protruding battery on my x250, so if it is possible on pre-x240 as well, seems a good bet for x240.

The greatest grift the privileged ever ran was convincing everybody that "Anarchy" was another word for "Chaos", and not an ideology based in the dismantling of hierarchy to be replaced with a system founded in equity. It’s almost like a small albeit powerful group of ppl´s privilege and influence depends on a strict pecking order they’d do literally anything to maintain :blobcatglaredrink: . Almost :TDR: :TDR: :TDR: .


this is still the most compelling piece of propaganda I think I've ever seen


Here's a wholesome tip, if you use the "special instructions" box on your online food order to let the workers know that you appreciate their labor and talent, you just might make their day and get a nice note back

I just added what I think is the coolest part to OcapPub... the "Composition" section! This especially shows off how cool ocap design is: Alyssa schedules a backup of her file to run twice a day, and yet the job scheduler which runs the backup has neither access to read the file nor write anything else to the backup service!

@neil I read that and some others. They really inspired me. I think it's useful to paint big pictures but I kind of feel saturated. What to actually do.

Partly I'm frustrated at the limitations of my nomadic existence.

I would love to try out organising for a democratic society in my rich middle class hometown (Bath).

These kind of places seem to stubbornly resist meaningful change. But also makes me want to run a mile. £££ dominates. Personally and politically.

Books still for now :/

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