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The term "tragedy of the commons" was coined pretty much from whole cloth by a 19th-century English economist, who wanted a just-so story on why it was okay for the king to take the commons from the public and give it to the wealthy to "manage" for profit.

It's propaganda, in other words.

His charactarisation of the US (corporate and gov't establishments) is bang on. youtube.com/watch?v=w1uR6Xy3kk

Rather than spend obscene amounts each year on proprietary health software systems from multinat'ls built for overseas markets, NZ gov't should be engaging local providers to build open source software for us. Then it only pays once. And it owns the result. And can continuously improve it. And can export it to other countries if they want it. I'm almost sure it'd save vast amounts of money, lead to national-level consistency, and make us all happier and more confident about your health system.

I think the NRA has picked a fine day to die. And I, for one, am delighted to see them go and heartened by their demise. Couldn't happen to a better bunch of horrible people.

Good to see this review of BigBlueButton! itsfoss.com/bigbluebutton/ I'm running a couple instances on behalf a couple communities in which I'm involved, mostly in response to Covid19. It's superb (I rate it over Zoom by quite a margin).

Just finished Rutger Bregman's Humankind (A hopeful history)... Superb. Forced me to confront and change many of the status quo narratives I'd unknowingly accepted. Humanity's better than we think it is. Read it. You'll thank yourself, as will the rest of humanity, eventually.

The "welcoming of foreign investment for wealth creation" Seymour talks about... whose wealth is being created? I suspect he means that of foreign investors. And he's implying that it will "trickle down" to NZers. I trust you all see straight through that steaming pile.

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David Seymour (ACT) talking about welcoming foreign investment right now... I suggest, as the coming election campaigns emerge, we should ask ourselves this question: does this party's policy implicitly or explicitly work only if we assume "trickle down economics" is a thing? If the answer's yes, then that policy is full of shit. Because TDE doesn't exist.

Ok, she's playing on RNZ right now (turning it off)... but I've got to say, I never enjoyed Madonna or her music. Not a bit. There, I've said it.

I'd like to get some corroboration of these reports of layoffs at Microsoft (especially the Azure team)... techrights.org/2020/08/02/micr Very interesting if true.

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"Walmart sells cut rate computers and Microsoft has been very angry about there being a huge selection of Chromebooks. Walmart refuses to get rid of Chromebooks because they're an affordable computing solution for middle and working class America. They do take Microsoft ad money to present Windows 10 S as "another choice"."-Ryan

@jimt Nice Pleroma ya got there (man, that's a hard word to say). Why'd you pick Pleroma?

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I've had people tell me "this is a crisis - it's too important for you to insist on being consistent with your principles!" demonstrating that they don't understand principles.

It's on you. Nobody else is going to live up to your policy if you don't do it yourself. If you've forgot your own policy, check this out: data.govt.nz/manage-data/polic

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