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I was born in USSR. There were no votes in USSR. I remember Perestroika. When I was just a teen, my parents were seriously discussing going off the grid to sit out the civil war if the 1991 KGB putsch against Gorbachev succeeded. Everybody was surprised when it failed. What followed was very confusing time, people had no idea how democracy is supposed to work, including the people who somehow made it work anyway, for a few years.

having a friend work for USPS is cool cause I get scoops like
ooh these new policies are to make people leave at specific times for their routes to make them look unreliable and can make mail delayed so then people don't trust them

and it's a bummer cause it's not a conspiracy theory

#uspol #climate 

This is an aggressive and a really well-balanced plan. Carbon pollution free by 2035, then carbon-negative. Environmental justice for marginalized communities. Personal accountability all the way to jail time for violating CEOs. Public transportation including bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Universal broadband. And jobs. Lots and lots of jobs. Construction and engineering jobs, not shoveling coal.

A panel of tech pundits, tech veterans, and other luminaries brainstormed ideas for a better social network, and all together arrived at a rather comprehensive summary of the ways Mastodon is better than Facebook. Except none of them seem to be aware of Mastodon and Fediverse. The "blind men and an elephant" parable has never been recreated this faithfully.

uspol covid religion 

US has now crossed 50,000 new cases per day. Why? Because of fascists and lies. The list of countries at the top of the Johns Hopkins dashboard that have failed to stop the spread of COVID-19 is a parade of authoritarian regimes, failed states, countries at war, and flawed democracies that have recently elected populist politicians and are now sliding towards authoritarianism. We need a better religion. This one has pulled people into a death cult.

PSA for :debian: Debian: If a package is available from the official repositories and also available from the developers' website, install it from the official repositories.

If you download the package from the developers' website you won't get patches for integration with your system, you won't get updates, and the package may break when your distribution updates to a new version of a library but the package still links to the old version.

Debian has over 59,000 packages in its repositories for a reason, because it's an advanced and sophisticated operating system, unlike Mac and Windows.

It is sad that they don't see the solution. Communities federated to one another, small and focused... with community moderation and management.

You can't fix the silos... but you can replace them.

covid, uspol 

500,000 dead world-wide. Exactly 1/4th, 125,000 in US. Back in 2017 I warned that Trump isn't just an incompetent, he deliberately aims to deliver maximum damage to US to eliminate it as a competitor global power and as a threat to Putin. How much more proof do you need?

I'm not on Telegram: it is just another centralized proprietary social network. Still, it is important to remember that it is the only Russian social platform that isn't owned by Yuri Milner, one of the three major pre-IPO investors in Facebook (along with Palantir founder Peter Thiel and Mitch McConnell's brother-in-law Jim Breyer). Wish journalists mentioned it more often when covering Telegram and Durov.


I mostly agree, with one significant disagreement: 's/create/use and further develop/ '

#DemocracySoftware / #ParticipatoryDemocracy software already exists and is being used:

* lists:
** - another list of projects

* well-known projects:
** Loomio -
** Decidim -
** LiquidFeedback -
** Consul - - claims to be used by 135 Institutions

Surveillance capitalism is the same as climate change, but for data:

- Some people have been warning about its consequences for years
- Most people don't care because they don't feel concerned, they can't see it affecting them
- A few companies are making a lot of damage with the help of governments
- When we will face the consequences it will be too late
- We can still do something about it, and the sooner the better

Happy Birthday Alan Turing, the computer scientist and pioneer of cryptography exploitation - he was born on this day in 1912. His historic papers and work are synonymous to many in the computing science fields, Turing was persecuted by the British government for being gay and poisoned himself tragically at the age of 41. No other life has helped shape the world we live in today as beautifully and no one should ever forget the fate men like him suffered at the hands of the UK state.

This is big news. Previously, Russia only offered citizenship to residents of unrecognized states: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, Crimea, Donbas. Now they are targeting an entire country with the same annexation strategy. My home country, Belarus.

Labour, markets, and complex information inflows at scale

...As a system scales, its capability to process complex informational inputs relative to smaller organisation decreases, due to the greater total informational load. That is, broadcast-mode systems are very good at transmitting complex signals, but they can generally only recieve simple, or at best, standardised, inputs. Executive attention and bandwidth are limited....

#dreddit #economics #labour #complexity #information #systems #MarketForLemons #GreshamsLaw

Pim Tool is real mad about this awesome flag. Would be a shame if other people in other cities copied it.

tip: asian grocery stores have much better social distancing and mask wearing

(US south, typical levels I've observed 50-75%, asian grocery 100%)

and lots of big sacks of rice and massive daikon roots etc that will last a long time

and recently here, fresh local duck eggs

Seems like painting on trash is my thing now.

For this one I wrote a little story that you can read on my blog. Link in bio.

Watercolour and gouache on a teabag.

#art #trash #creative #traditionalart #watercolour

Facebook PAC disbursements in the 2020 election cycle.

Counting only contested elections (incumbents with support below 70%), the totals are:

D $17,000
R $44,500
D $31,000
R $87,500


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