It's horrifying to see the LNP feel completely comfortable with criticising progressive taxation.
They've already destroyed wage growth and de-fanged the country's unions with the help of Murdoch and Fairfax, is this next?
We need to keep putting pressure on the ALP from the left. Support your local greens branch, and join your union.
Yo, we _need_ diversity. It's that simple. We cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect thing to change.
We need women, LGBTI, Black, Brown, Native folks in the game because we need their ideas to push the community and culture forward. We need to make our spaces _more_ appealing to them because we need them. We need their insight, knowledge and experience to find solutions that elude dominant culture.
Diversity isn't a bullet point. It's literally life.
I think it's good people are talking about the differences in platforms and all that, but the blind side I see over and over again from white people no matter how they align politically is that they assume their experience is the baseline. And it isn't.
If you are white, you simply do not have the same experiences as non-white people online. If you're a dude, you are not a target like women are.
A common failing is that white people tend to assume interactions are uniform.
This is false.
Get this in your head, free software isn't free if people can't use it. Lower the bars to adoption, help your community to install, or acquire services, don't just shame them for being unable to use Free Software. Bare lists of software that exists aren't nearly enough.
We already know there are shackles, we already know that keys to those shackles are somewhere else.
Instead, help people to navigate the complexity and difficulty of freeing themselves.
Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning’s Home with Guns Drawn — in a “Wellness Check” - https://theintercept.com/2018/06/05/chelsea-manning-video-twitter-police-mental-health/
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I get the concerns vegans and the like have for animal welfare and many are opposed to the slaughter of even invasive species, but you have to understand these species are literally wiping out /native/ species through habitat destruction and consumption of food sources for native fauna. Introducing natural predators often just makes the problem worse (yet /another/ invasive species). Destruction of the invasive species is the /only/ way to deal with it.
Yet again, bipartisan support for overreaching censorship and police-state style nationalism.
The ALP honestly expect us to think they're progressive when they're in lock-step on "national security"?
“Yes, they're making lists of people interested in this
And they're scanning all their data bases, hunting terrorists.
Yes they're making lists but maybe they're the terrorists.”
Masto friends I think I need a lawnmower.
God I hate grass, I wish I could wipe this and plant a garden entirely composed of wildflowers, herbs, maybe oilseeds. Or heck, more fruit bushes.
We only kept the grass "for the kids" but fully half of those two kids have been incapacitated by hayfever for months.
Did you know lawns were originally invented as ostentatious displays of wealth? Only a landowner with peasants to scythe lawns for them could have lawns. Grass is oligarchy! Kill grass!
"I left Mastodon yesterday"
In fine Mastodon storming-off tradition, I've written a flipping long Medium post.
libraries are such an important space
not only for free information, but especially for at risk populations and homeless populations
they offer free or very cheap internet access (which allows for finding resoucres, job applications, etc), free access to information, bathrooms, often places have refreshments for relatively cheap as well, etc. etc.
wanting to make public libraries obsolete is classist and just an incorrect viewpoint tbh
@cocoron I am sure libraries would be highly illegal and frowned upon if they were a new technology. Libraries are radical. More radical than skateboards probably.
Yes, I know GitHub gives back to libraries... great. But GitHub has also been at the heart of "release everything but your secret sauce" shit which turns FOSS from something user empowering to just a playground for devs to lock down their end users with.
Great article here on how we've been robbed of the windfall from the mining boom.
“When powerful groups want subsidies, we are told they will create jobs. When powerless groups want better funding[…], they are told of the need to reduce the budget deficit. When powerful groups demand new regulations, we are told it will provide business with certainty, but when powerless groups demand new regulations, they are told it will create sovereign risk.”
The thing is the conversation isn't that hard to understand.
If you're a white guy, you're not a target of the most vile shit people do online. That's just a fact.
If you want to understand how pervasive and ugly abuse and harassment is, you have to listen to vulnerable communities who have to deal with it all time.
Excluding them from the conversation because you don't want to 'believe it' is a big reason why various social platforms keep repeating the same dumb ass mistakes.