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The global network of capital essentially functions to separate the workers from the means of production.

EU could mandate user replaceable CPUs too, and a common socket for Intel and AMD.

when the creator of octocat adventures* speaks, you listen. David Oreilly is dead on.

*and other dope shit too
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A tricycle, not the most stable machine, but it's fast enough and you save the cost of one wheel.

Quick doodle with even quicker shade overlay.

Pretty much everywhere I've ever lived in the US ended up looking like:

[Beautiful spokesmodel with big smile awkwardly gesturing at repulsive view of wide streets crammed with cars and giant ugly signs]: "Come down town where you can sample a selection of our finest national brands!"

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If your new human doesn't work- no problem, it's starvation or constant police harassment until they give in and quasi-voluntarily lease themselves to someone for wages insufficient to meet even the caloric needs of a small family or the state involuntarily seizes their labor.

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The advantage of wage slavery is it's basically human leasing, so much more flexible than ownership. When your human dies after a few months of preventable illness you don't have to purchase a whole one or even pay to bury the one you used up- just pick up the lease on a new one.

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RT @AlexSteffen@twitter.com

"We found that the overall upfront cost to replace all energy in the 145 countries which emit 99.7% of world CO2 is about $62 trillion.

"However, due to $11 trillion annual energy cost savings, the payback time for the new system is less than 6 years."

thehill.com/opinion/energy-env

🐦🔗: twitter.com/AlexSteffen/status

From Ursula K. Le Guin:

“For we each of us deserve everything, every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead kings, and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger. Have we not eaten while another starved? Will you punish us for that? Will you reward us for the virtue of starving while others ate? No man earns punishment, no man earns reward. Free your mind of the idea of deserving, the idea of earning, and you will begin to be able to think.”

mastodon in theory: decentralized twitter

mastodon in practice: what if we pooled ten different early-2000s opinionated web forums together into a thunderdome

Random cultural observation:

Icelanders are way more likely to see the worker-employer relationship as amicable but fundamentally adversarial (like two teams competing to further the same sport).

Many Americans I’ve met OTOH tend to get offended at the very notion of an adversarial relations. Workers have an obligation to be on the employer’s team, who don’t have to return the favour. Because the employer knows better.

things normal people say that make no sense at all to linguists 

- "he's terrible at his own language"

- "I don't speak a dialect"

- "ruining the language"

- "this word doesn't exist"

- "in this city people have no accent"

- "kanji etymology"

- "so many people are using word X *wrong*! the actual meaning is this!"

- "English is irregular"

- "primitive language"

- "drawl"

- "eliminate the passive voice from your writing"

- "German is logical/aggressive/ugly" etc., "French is romantic/sophisticated" "Japanese is mysterious" etc.

- "phonetic language"

- "L'Académie française"

- "grammar error"

It’s Time to Stop Living the American Scam

"...people are enervated not just by the Sisyphean pointlessness of their individual labors but also by the fact that they’re working in and for a society in which, increasingly, they have zero faith or investment. The future their elders are preparing to bequeath to them is one that reflects the fondest hopes of the same ignorant bigots a lot of them fled their hometowns to escape."

nytimes.com/2022/07/07/opinion

And so you just let it go? You, the President of the United States, say you believe the guy is *personally responsible* for murdering a Washington Post columnist and US resident, and you just let it go for a smile and a fist bump?

Super. t.co/Seu89OQUTj

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