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The celebration of "egging" and "milkshaking" as tools of antifascist action contributes yet again to the age-old normalization of speciesist exploitation.

I'm so tired of stuff like this.

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In my book any kind of socialism that is not actually libertarian and thus disregards individuals is inherently unethical, especially explicit state socialism, which is by design authoritarian and centralist.
If someone's communal socialism is organized bottom-up and decentralized, i.e. based on the needs and decisions of the individuals concerned, then indeed it's not inherently unethical or unjust (but pretty much anarchist).
State socialism, however, is.

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There's nothing anarchist about controlling others through value extraction.
"Anarchist" capitalists are just anti-state proponents of the "freedom" to exploit those who happen to find themselves on the disadvantaged side of a power imbalance.

As far as I am concerned, "anarcho"-capitalism and capitalist "libertarianism" is nothing but plutocratism.

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The lack of revolutionary potential in most existing co-ops is one of the many reasons why cooperative/collective economic projects should already incorporate an inherently anarchist approach at the founding level, and options for long-term horizontal scalability via federation with politically & structurally compatible projects shouldn't be an afterthought.
Worker co-ops shouldn't be isolated. Instead, they should have the clear potential to be integral parts of a bottom-up needs-based economy.

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Members of a police force are humans who let themselves be employed as executives of a state's monopoly on violence.

Pigs are one of the largest groups of victims of violent speciesist exploitation.

Please stop conflating the two and stop victimizing pigs even more by using them in your awful attempts at dehumanizing members of the police!

Pigs are not to blame.

@uniq Cool, seems like they learned at least partially from past mistakes.

"Fairphone Open is an alternative, open source version of Fairphone OS, built by Fairphone, that puts transparency and ownership in the spotlight. It comes stripped from proprietary applications (like the Google Mobile Services) and can be modified by people who feel like doing so."

code.fairphone.com/projects/fp

Still, I would very much like to see the people cooperate with someone like the developers.

After 3 years of daily use my phones battery life got painfully short. So I simply ordered a new one and replaced it. No tools required.

Got myself a new cover in the same order and #Fairphone recently shipped a software update for #FairphoneOpen. Feels like a new phone. Perfect daily driver for me. Ethically produced, long lasting, privacy friendly, cheap and easy to repair. :anarchoheart1:

Reinventing the Small Wind Turbine
outline.com/Hn6rUL

"...the machines are produced locally, meaning that the purchase of a wind turbine supports the local economy. The wood for the blades comes from a nearby province and is processed by companies in the region."

When people who subscribe to the capitalist paradigm say "efficient," what they mean is: profitable.

It's similar to the whole thing with them describing humans as rational actors.
I'm like: "No, the behavior you're describing is not adhering to reason at all," but they don't mean that when they say "rational," they mean something like: focused on individual net gain.
The wording, however, implies that this is driven by rationality.
And people seem to buy it, big time.

The Tragedy of Commons was a thought experiment made by a proponent of unregulated capitalism, how ever several sociologist have shown it to hold no real truth in real systems. A sociologist/economist Elinor Ostrom got a Nobel prize for her work on looking at cases of commons in the real world.

"Is there a thorny in that ruins your user experience? Something just annoying enough to bother you but not serious enough to constitute an RC bug? Are grey panels and slightly broken icon themes making you depressed?

Then join the 100 papercuts project! A project to identify and fix the 100 most annoying in Debian over the next stable release cycle."

bits.debian.org/2019/06/100-pa

The celebration of "egging" and "milkshaking" as tools of antifascist action contributes yet again to the age-old normalization of speciesist exploitation.

I'm so tired of stuff like this.

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@constructivejournalism It's a good article, and "open source" seeds are extremely important, but they should be called "free-license seeds" or "public license seeds" instead. Even "copyleft seeds" would make more sense than "open source."
A seed is grown, not put together from design documents, and even with genetically manufactured seeds, it's not about the availability of the genetic make-up, but about the cultivation, use, and distribution of the actual seeds and their derivatives.

@pelagikat
There are more projects like that, thankgodness.
For example the famous "Navdanya" from the Nobel Peace Prize winner Vandana Shiva.
navdanya.org/

Discovered an interesting #solarpunk type initiative through my research: Bioleft, an open source seed collective bioleft.org/en/

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a rare, beautifully illustrated piece on the importance of organic, open source seeds for the future of food. Well worth the read:

nytimes.com/interactive/2019/0

PSA: Naturalnews.com is a very bad, Fash-adjacent peddler of dangerous pseudoscience and garbage medical advice.

0/0, Do not recommend.

(They sometimes come up as a top result when searching medical/diet things, which is why I bring this up.)

#naturalnews #pseudoscience

A Duke study recorded thousands of students’ faces, and the researchers published the data set on a public site. "The data has been linked to the Chinese government’s surveillance of ethnic minorities." dukechronicle.com/article/2019

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Software of the day:

github.com/micahflee/porcupine

Porcupine by @micahflee is awesome and simple!
It is the perfect "default web browser."
I use it for everything handling links, including PasswordSafe.

this is horrible and scary af
"officers have been given secret backdoor access to the Hospital Authority's patient database" (Hong Kong)
news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component

My grandparents decided to learn Welsh when they were 65. After two years of lessons in it (and talking Welsh with me at home, I was going to a Welsh school and was already fluent), they were fluent. My grandmother, around the same time, decided to overcome her phobia of water and had me teach her how to swim. She'd swim laps with me in the pool up into her 80s.

You're not too old and it's not too late to try something new.

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