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Under marked otherwise, all posts from this account are 4.0. Unless I send a DM, I want all my posts publicly visible, to any web browser, and any other user app or archival/ research system that speaks (and ideally and too). I'm happy for them to be indexed by any search system and included in any relevant search. That's why I publish them on the web with Mastodon. When I want to have private discussion, I use DMs. One day the AP-verse will do this better.

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"Our collective objective should be, to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offence, or the disadvantage of anyone."
- Buckminster Fuller

Just finished listening to this awesome, grungy, psychedelic stoner rock album by Green Meteor, 'Consumed by a Dying Sun', released in 2017:


Emma Ferris explores her journey of recovery in this excellent kiwi podcast, with support from her sister Sarah, and insights from clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Muir:
Conning the Con:

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Free (as in freedom), privacy-friendly, lightweight alternatives to Disqus:
- Isso -

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- Lyked (uses Google reCAPTCHA) -

#Privacy #Disqus #Internet #FreeSoftware

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The Detail podcast, produced by Newsroom with RNZ, reports on an example of the "intellectual property" logic of proprietary software development being applied to food growing ...

"Chinese growers are stealing the kiwifruit we stole from them in the first place, along with the varietal secrets New Zealand holds the rights to."

"In the age of John Scott's Eriugena, Christian churchmen did not burn books. Only barbarians did that"

- , 'How the Irish Saved Civilization', 1995

In the 20th century, liberal activists did not ban books. Only fundamentalist conservatives did that.

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"... agriculture’s largest contribution to climate change stems from ... synthetic nitrogen fertiliser. By reducing ... chemical fertilisers and substituting it with high-quality organic fertilisers, half of all agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be prevented while simultaneously building humus."

, PhD in Agricultural Sciences

"Last month, the University of Michigan became the latest to accept the obvious — that investing in the destruction of society is fundamentally counter to the mission of higher education."


Cahill's book on the Irish monastic tradition of the Dark Ages has got me thinking. Let's posit that the global civilization that hit its peak in the post-WW2 boom is now in collapse, as was the Romans empire at the time of St Patrick. How could we ensure knowledge is preserved and spread, to assist future generations to rebuild? What kinds of scholarly institutions could seed the universities of a new renaissance? What actions could we take to facilitate such efforts?

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I just figured out why the audio from my @trisquel system wasn't going through the HDMI. I tried looking for an HDMI device I could switch to in the 'Hardware' and 'Output' tabs of the Sound Preferences applet, but no dice. Then I found the instructions here:

1. Go to "System Settings"->"Sound"
2. Select the "Hardware" tab
3. Click on the dropdown list (Profile)
4. Select "Digital Stereo (HDMI) Output"

Worked like a charm ;)

"From the careful Bede we learn that the [Dark Ages] Irish monastics [were] ... as unconcerned about orthodoxy of thought as they were about uniformity of monastic practice, they brought into their libraries everything they could lay their hands on. They were resolved to shut out nothing. Not for them the scruples of Saint Jerome, who feared he might burn in hell for reading Cicero."

- , 'How the Irish Saved Civilization', 1995

The quote is Benjamin Disraeli, a Prime Minister of Britain during the Victorian era, talking about the Irish.

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"[They] hate our order, our civilization, our enterprising industry, our pure religion."

Bush Jr talking about Muslims? No, keep guessing.

"This wild, reckless, indolent, uncertain and superstitious race have no sympathy with the English character. Their ideal of felicity is an alternation of clannish broils and coarse idolatry."

Early New Zealand colonists talking about Māori? Nope. Try again.

"Their history describes an unbroken circle of bigotry and blood."

Give up?

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Well, when Bandcamp is back up, new single Loss is up at! The track will be featured on the upcoming full-length No One Wants To Speak About It, to be released on Tridroid Records, late spring 2020. Priced pwyw, and any proceeds to Rainier Valley Food Bank.

#sludge #grunge #bandcamp

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Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.


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@hhardy01 @redecentralize @tomasino regulation is necessary.

The problem with social media is that it pretends to be both media, and infrastructure. Because "it's media" people are afraid to regulate it, since that would affect all media.

Because "it's infrastructure" it gets to pretend it's "neutral", when it is anything but.

We need regulation to make social media into a standardized environment, which will give us the actual neutral infrastructure. And then treat social media like media.

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