This recent episode of 99 Percent Invisible, “The National Sword”, details the recent history of U.S. waste stream recycling and how China sort of weaponized it against us. It is also a more subtle critique of our entire consumerist economy production system and how capital shifts the onus of waste and pollution from itself to consumers individually.
For folks who don't know: RT and In The Now are actual propaganda designed to be consumable and attractive to progressive Western audiences. They are a facet of the overall propaganda structure that includes Russia Today's internal (within Russia, in Russian) propaganda. Russia Today is much more directly anti-queer, anti-Semitic, etc, and RT filters this into a package DESIGNED to be palatable to English-speaking westerners, with the goal of spreading "just asking questions" style disinfo.
Achievement unlocked: I just introduced my co-workers to Little Bobby Tables.
I resisted as much snark as I could about developers who don’t know anything about databases creating tables filled with primary key violations, so XKCD was the mildest I could manage. (I resisted because I'm leaving, and they're staying, so I don't need to spoil their attitudes.)
THEY HADN’T SEEN IT so I get to enjoy their reactions. This is awesome!
(Re)finished the knee area of my black Levi’s with shippo tsunagi #sashiko. There’s a patch underneath the most frayed part and the stitching is denser there.
earth worship / spirituality Show more
We're not a hardcore Waldorf family but we have been reciting one of these earth-centered meal blessings and lighting a candle before dinner, and it's nice.
At least one would also work in a pinch if you (a non-christian) were expected to bless a meal in a Christian social setting, wish I'd had that in my back pocket when I was younger
A software cooperative near me is hiring a new developer - part-time with potential to grow to full-time and co-ownership! Women, people of color, and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Deadline March 1st.
This is Icarus. The farthest away single star we've ever seen. It's a blue supergiant star, not a supernova or gamma ray burst or anything, just a star, seen from 9 𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 light years away.
We were only able to see it for a time because it was Gravitationally Lensed by passing directly behind another star and then magnified further by other galaxy clusters and dark matter. Spacetime acted like a telescope for this single star, magnifying about 2000 times.
I am completely addicted to this. https://www.reddit.com/r/unixporn/
A zillion amazing reasons why Linux is a whole nother way of life.
racism, sidelong reference to violence Show more
Listening to Radiolab/More Perfect and finally coming up with a core, salient question:
If The Market (TM) will punish discrimination, why did explict segregation in restaurants, hotels, and businesses last for eighty years after the civil war?
(hint: the answer is that bigots will happily leave money on the table to continue to discriminate, and they will fucking fight with both lawyers and guns to do so)
“Furthermore, cunt is far more feminist than vagina or vulva could ever dream to be.”
An essay on the most powerful word in the English language.
I love the legal theory that when one party has electronic proof the counterparty couldn’t possibly have read the contract, they get to pretend the contract is legitimate even though it isn’t.
Cooperative professional & activist, Southerner, Social-ist
social.coop is a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]