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📻 BBC Witness History

In August 1964 #StuartChristie, an 18-year-old Scottish anarchist, smuggled explosives into Spain in a plot to kill General Franco. Now in his 60s, Christie recalls his clandestine journey across Europe, the secret signals and passwords he used, and his eventual arrest by Franco's secret police.


@kawaiipunk I saw something about that somewhere, but not from the horse's mouth. I think it's been proposed at least?

So I currently do some work for the Solidarity Economy Association. Sharing this crowdfunder on their behalf:



Work goes by necessity - the money must come in to go out, or domestics go into crisis.

But at least I am now working for the Solidarity Economy Association via Code-Operative. Downside is that pay on just that is a bit low, I probably need to find another project. Also: working at home -> cabin-fever.

Domestics are the usual never-ending chores, care and maintenance, and likewise are a necessity.

Backlog might be shrinking.

Speaking of which I should go out for some exercise today.

So to recap - tonight at 8pm Holyrood 9a bar?

@priryo @dec31

#SocialCoop admin 

@SocialCoop @dazinism

I needed to send a reminder, but I eventually got a reply....

It just said "No!"

"To add to the fun and games, the political advisor at Number 10 who has the PM's ear is Dominic Cummings, who is noted for being both an Accelerationist and a closet singularitarian (he keeps the latter out of the public eye but it's on his blog). He can thus best be approximated to an ultra-capitalist rapture-of-the-nerds embracing Trotskyite, merrily intent on pouring gasoline on the bonfire of British constitutional traditions."


@Floppy @douginamug

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ukpol, tactical voting 

Do you live in one of these 50 constituencies?

The congratulations! (I guess?) You live in one of the handful of places where your vote actually matters.

Not to say if you live here, you should vote for whoever you want, oh deary me know, what do you think we live in some kind of a functioning democracy?

No. Your job hear is to vote for whichever candidate has the best chance of keeping the tories out. You heard me right. You're not here to vote *for* something, you're here to vote against something...



The difficulty with is that we're a bit small, and/or the amount people are prepared to pay is typically small. The money raised, whilst significant, isn't really enough to meet even one person's cost of living (at least in the UK).

Which means either we need many more users, to charge more, or to run more than one site or service. (We can barely run one sustainably.)

Or resign ourselves to being mainly voluntary.

@bhaugen @richdecibels @nicksellen @mike_hales @protean

@strypey, do you know of any successful prior art here, which could inform ?

I see @bhaugen boosted an update from Disroot suggesting they're running on volunteer labour, and struggling.

@richdecibels @nicksellen @mike_hales @protean

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@nicksellen all power to you. I've been a professional volunteer for 20 years, living a life of voluntary simplicity, funded by a drip-feed of social welfare benefits. I admire anyone willing to do stuff like this. But the results are in. There aren't enough of us willing or able to do this stuff for the digital commons to outcompete the corporate #datafarms. New strategies are needed for supporting the commons tech workforce.

@bhaugen @wu_lee @mike_hales @protean

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Something by the way of a refreshed

Before this instance there was mstdn.io/@RunningInCircles and before that social.tchncs.de/@RunningInCir

If you have come across those and see me here, you may or may not notice subtle changes.

I shared this healthymultiplicity.com/loonyb with my OH 2 days ago.

It is not *exactly* me, but closer than I can articulate at the moment. Good enough.

My tribe is dysfunctional at the moment and in need of remediation.


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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.

#media #politics #FakeNews #Tories #Labour #GE2019

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So, Laura Kuenssberg, Robert Peston, Theo Usherwood & Paul Brand all reported an unverified story that Labour had organised a fifty strong mob to descend on Matt Hancock, at Leeds General Hospital, and that his aide was punched.

Only, it wasn't true. The fabrication came from unnamed Tory sources.

A prime example of the mainstream media as an adjunct to the Tory press office.

#media #politics #FakeNews #Tories #Labour #GE2019

I think not being local makes social.coop organisation much harder. Too many timezones, not enough face to face, making for weak social links.

I have wondered if s.c should encourage local clusters to form tho., who can meet face to face.

@bhaugen @strypey @nicksellen @mike_hales @protean

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