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
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 (https://www.ecotopiabiketour.net/). 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'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.
using freesoftware to map war producer, turkey, facism, rojava
mapping our enemy using #freesoftware.
the following map marks manufactures that produce weapons that #turkey is using to attack people in #Rojava / democratic federation of northern syria)
(take in mind that some parts might be mapped wrong)
Those weapons are used by a facist state to attack an emancipatory revolution.
list of adresses from germany:
statement by the revolutionary ablishion movment:
some info by IGD:
latest news from rojava:
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! https://gitlab.com/spritely/ocappub/blob/master/README.org
the luddites did not destroy machines in opposition to machinery itself but to those owners that used the machinery to impoverish and immiserate the people ✊️
There are very simple reasons why our system is careening towards disaster:
One is that our system all about getting ahead, standing out, winning, out-competing.
The best way to do that, like any self help book will tell you, is to focus on that goal, your success, above all else.
And so cooperation, compassion, empathy become hindrances.
The higher you climb in a hierarchy the more effectively this pressure will reward those who only care about their success and weed out those who have any other priorities.
So of course the people at the top do not care about the common good or the health of our planet.
I've been thinking a lot about spheres of "value logic" whilst reading doughnut economics book. Something like this, in order of proximity to oneself:
Friends/family freeconomy → managed commons → state → market
Capitalism seems to like to move things from left to right, in general I'd like to move things from right to left.
The further left, the more non-monetary benefits seem to emerge. Like community. And enjoyment. Very effective if you calculated full value to people.
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