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Trusting tech empires to individual oligarchs is fucking idiotic. Cooperatively-run tech will emphasize security, not compromise it like one unelected monarch trusting another.
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NORAD captures tragedy Christmas morning
Solicitation of advice from graphic designers and street artists:
If you wanted to distribute a set of related graphic designs—meant to be printed and posted (lawfully, of course) by those who download them, license the designs Creative Commons NC-SA, and solicit support/contributions for the work, where would you do that? Thanks!
Let's give the word "zillion" a formal definition that acknowledges stagnant wages and declining wealth for US working class communities since 1979, while GDP grew 700%. A US "zillionaire" is someone with more than the following amount of dollars — 1 million, multiplied by GDP growth since 1979. That's 8 million now, but will remain indexed to GDP.
"A zillionaire can live a middle class lifestyle on savings account interest alone." "Jeff Bezos has 14,000 zillion dollars."
Another reason to oppose Amazon through means available to you—whether that's buying a competing product, influencing your government(s) to stop subsidies, or developing alternatives:
"Proactive suspect matching" with f̶a̶c̶i̶a̶l̶ racial recognition…
@tomscott reminds us "Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea". Someday, perhaps, a potential EV system can match the levels of anonymity and trust achieved through the decentralised, well-guarded, secret paper ballot, with which we've had centuries of experience. Until that time, EV must be banned by the constitutional and statute law of all existing jurisdictions—especially large ones—for referenda and for representation.
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I was at Whole Foods yesterday, which is owned by
Amazon, which paid $0 in income taxes on $11 Billion in
profits in 2018, and which is operated by Jeff Bezos,
who is worth roughly $112 Billion, making him the
wealthiest man in the world.
The reason that I mention this is that Whole Foods was
having a holiday food drive and had the absolutely
ludicrous fucking audacity to suggest that I purchase
food from them so I could then give it back to them so
that they could use it to feed hungry families during the
holidays. In essence, a man who is worth more money
than the average human would earn in 45,000 lifetimes
asked me to give him $5 so that hungry children could
have crackers because it is essential that he profit
before hungry people eat.
Whole Foods and Jeff Bezos should not need me to
broker this transaction, but since they asked, I solved
the problem that they are either too stupid or too selfish
to solve on their own by walking through the aisles,
grabbing armfuls of food and depositing it in the
donation bins. You're fucking welcome.
It's really a zero-risk maneuver, as you haven't stolen
anything, simply placed items in a different location in
the store, and in the unlikely event that you are
confronted by an overworked and underpaid Whole
Foods employee, you can ask them to try to sort your
contribution out of the donation bin by figuring out the
exact point when they are taking food out of the mouths
of hungry children and when they are taking money out
of the pocket of the man who accumulated that money
by underpaying and overworking his employees.
I will be doing this on every visit to Whole Foods
throughout the holidays and hope that all of you do the
same. Happy Holidays.
The Tories were desperate to divert media attention from the story about a 4 year old boy with pneumonia, left on the floor of a hospital, with coats for bedding, because there were no beds available. This story was real.
Kuenssberg, Peston, Usherwood & Brand were only to willing to assist. In their rush to report first, they didn't perform *basic* journalistic checks. Fake news personified.
Control the means of post-scarcity. #FALC
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