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"Q: What is your I.Q.?

"I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers."

Stephen Hawking, interviewed by the NYT, 2004

One of the things that we've already got an author for is how the isn't really a .

Instead of getting into arguments with strangers online, I've been trying to funnel my thoughts into things that are a bit more productive.

I guess I'm now organizing a about the left in .

Signal is now available as a native application for all three mainstream OS πŸ‘

Hacking the holocaust: Remembering the data pirates, forgers, and social engineers who saved thousands.

Starting to read China Mielville's October to celebrate the Revolution's centenary.

Paul Mason writes:

'...As we approach the anniversary of the Russian Revolution, responses will come in three flavours: conservative condemnation; the liberal mixture of admiration and regret; and enthusiastic commemoration. Though I reject Bolshevism, and date the degeneration of the revolution to the early 20s, I will be among those celebrating. The Russian Revolution was an intervention by the masses into history, like the French before it, and it is possible to celebrate that if you also acknowledge and celebrate the fight workers put up against the fairly rapid shutdown of their freedoms that happened in the years afterwards...'

today I considered for the first time that people in different hemispheres see the moon upside-down from one another and I can't stop thinking about it

Status: sighing every couple of minutes.

watch this #video
{especially if you are an American}

re: Dunkirk (the new film)
– even if this is a fucking fantastic film...

It will still mislead Americans into thinking that WWII was mostly fought in Western Europe. This is the what Hollywood does to the American mind.


Who needs a place in Berlin? My room in 2-ppl flat, near U Rathaus NeukΓΆlln, huge garden backyard, 575 €. Activists & hackers preferred πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»

I find it amazing how people will accept one argument for "their side" but not accept it for "the other side".

It's kind of like how someone pointed out recently that if you believe that (for example) that the idea of a prison is bad, then you can't say "George W. Bush should be sent to prison for war crimes". You can't have both.

What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive?
- by Rohan Gunatillake

'...It is ridiculous that we blame young people for being addicted to their phones and apps when the simple truth is that they are designed to be addictive. It is time to apportion responsibility where it is due.

[....] It is easy to throw our hands in the air, declaring that this is simply how technology works, but that’s not correct. The reason that so much tech doesn’t support wellbeing is because wellbeing was not a consideration in its design. To solve the problem, companies have to make it a design condition that’s measured and optimised.

Whether you are a giant global platform or a hip new startup, the most important first step is to give a damn...'

"[people are beggining to realize] there’s something fundamentally flawed about a system that has a prime directive to churn nature and humans into capital, and do it more and more each year, regardless of the costs to human well-being and to the environment we depend on"

Are you ready to consider that capitalism is the real problem?

(credits to @risabee for sharing this first)

hey i've wanted to start a marxist magazine on medium thats better than jacobin so pls rt this and @ me if u want to join it, i feel like expanding marxist content on other social media sites is a good way to radicalize more people and if u want to join i'd just put you in a group chat on twitter and we'd decide stuff but yea if ur a leftist please rt so others see, also i feel like it'd be an easier accessible way to see the application of marxist politics from a variety of perspectives (1/2)

salmon are a goofy lookin animal

Over 14 million Verizon customers' data exposed on unprotected Amazon Web Services server