there is an alternate socialist present in which non-essential workers just get time off during the pandemic, or are incentivized to retrain for essential work to expand critical capacity, but that time off doesn’t force businesses to shutter because rent doesn’t exist. after the pandemic, imagine just going back to work. the restaurant is a little dusty, but with a flick of the switch and a few hours cleaning, you’re serving food like nothing changed.
"I’m an epidemiologist. When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan, I thought it was satire"
Heartfelt article that pulls no punches in identifying who's to blame for climate change:
The big lie we’re told about climate change is that it’s our own fault
Finally found the spaceship size comparison, originally published by Dirk Loechel in 2013 and continually updated since
This has been floating around the Internet in various stages for years without attribution and it's good to see the source
"If a person can’t get out of bed, something is making them exhausted. If a student isn’t writing papers, there’s some aspect of the assignment that they can’t do without help. If an employee misses deadlines constantly, something is making organization and deadline-meeting difficult. Even if a person is actively choosing to self-sabotage, there’s a reason for it"
This is such a good article. CW discussion of ableism
The carriage display on the train says "The next station will be Wakefield Westgate. CCTV is in use for your safety and security. If you see something suspicious contact British Transport Police" and I feel like it's trying to say something about Wakey. #tw
I'm really rather fed up of providing free labour to help Google train their computer vision model just to register for a service or pay for something.
I really liked reCAPTCHA when it was helping to OCR digitised content for posterity, but now it's pivoted to be purely for their profit with no contribution to society whatsoever.
imagine an internet that was ran like a utility. one where it was the norm to run a little box server at your home that you run your services on (email, mastodon, file storage, etc), and there was a whole industry of unionized repair people who would come to your house and fix up your custom home server to make sure it stays safe and is working to your needs
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