for those wondering how to establish trade relations with crows:
- feed crows food A regularly
- when crows decide to bring you gifts, feed them food B
- when crows bring you different categories of gifts, feed them a food-per-category, ex: food C for jewelry, food D for paper money, etc
- crows will recognize these exchange patterns and opt to bring you things in order to acquire desired treats
good luck! 🐦
No one needs to starve. No one needs to freeze. No one needs to die. There is enough for everyone. More empty homes than all the people without them, more food than grocers can even sell. The labor and the materials to end scarcity exist now. It is not a far-off dream. We can end scarcity in this life.
open source software development advice
If you do a thing in an open source project, and you have a hard time doing it because it's not documented, after you finish doing the thing... document it. If the project has a wiki, put it in the wiki. If it has a docs repo you can write to, put it there. Or at least blog about it so search engines can index it.
Please don't leave the solution to languish in a chat log somewhere.
Buddy I work with just got out of 84 days served because it was that or pay some fines caused by an illegal traffic stop; paying the fines would've put his wife on the street.
If anyone in #ChapelHill knows of some work needs done, he's a good handyman, does basic lawn stuff, indoor paints well and even does some sheetrock stuff.
politics, slavery, capitalism
Beto O'Rourke is patting himself on the back for admitting that his ancestors owned slaves. This is how it works though. The way wealth moves around in capitalism is that is actually doesn't move around that much at all save from generation to generation. A rich person today once stole the work of unfree people. A successful company today once benefitted from unfree labor. Wealth concentrates into fewer and fewer hands. Marx and the other thinkers who pointed this out were right. Show me a wealthy person, I'll show you someone who benefitted from exploitation, if not outright slavery.
perhaps the most surreal part is not fash playing by the historical fash playbook, but by all the other major players fumbling to their tune. centrists thinking you can bargain and appease, cutting out and cutting off the non-compliant and the radical alike. perhaps that’s because that foolishness is foundational to a system of slavers, by slavers, for slavers — perhaps it’s only surreal because i am unprepared.
ICE agents went through a friend’s neighborhood today but national mews is reporting that the raids “didn’t materialize”
badged fash shot dead someone trying to destroy the tools of their cruel trade and within hours we’re awash in police misinfo about the killing
prez says “go back to your own countries” to elected officials who the dems have been punishing for objecting to funding concentration camps
it’s so much. all the time.
re: cursed thing i was told
this person asking me “how does an ad-blocker work and why would i use one” in the year of our joddess 2019 made me feel like i live under the internet’s back porch where all the critters and cryptids suck on slime. i poke my head up to follow a twitter link but the light burns my eyes.
re: software union dream, hypothetical striking at facebook
with the google walkouts under our belt, i think the day a software union can support an international lockout is nearer than ever. but the problem was the chief agitators had no union to fall back on, no org outside google that had their back, so google could harass them to wit's end until they stopped agitating. demands for ethical tech must accompany demands for humane labor conditions: without both you get neither.
but where do you start organizing? facebook? of course, you organize wherever you can. but the first fights you win are small ones. co-ops and dev shops, who support union efforts at mid-sized startups and esoteric infra firms, who support bigger fish until even folks at facebook know that someone's got their back when they say: no more!
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