through the looking glass of all your terrors, the sorrow that drives you to cower reflects the will that drives you to fight.
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.
"Wow Colophon I can't believe you argued against free speech 😢 "
Imagine if every time you ever went to a movie, everyone were allowed to say whatever they wanted to, and you had to bring headphones to plug in to listen to the movie, like you were on an airplane, while strangers in the seats around you argued about the film they aren't even watching, because they're too busy arguing about it. That's approximately the value of the great bulk of comment sections.
Sites which really have no use for commentary at all will stick comment sections in, turning every post into a prompt for position-taking. It's a great way to get repeat ad revenue as people argue for the sake of it. If they make accounts, even better; they'll make a habit of it. Page views go through the roof, and the outlet stays afloat with less effort put into it.
In short, many comment sections are essentially scams designed to get you to waste time pumping up page views and metrics.
Having comment sections on everything under the sun is a really bad idea. Their omnipresence has primed a certain section of the population to force themselves to have an opinion and take a position on things which they don't have any serious thoughts about, for the sake of commentary as a kind of impromptu sport.
You don't actually have to have an opinion about everything under the sun. There's no final tally or scorekeeper. Sometimes it's fine to say "I don't know," or to say nothing.
Keynes is a pretty vital thinker imo bc his life's work is "how can we make capitalism into a system that works well enough that the workers won't overthrow the bourgeoisie?" this idea of counter-cyclical policies is all Keynes; the public sector steps in to balance out the ailing private sector in times of crisis.
he's more or less the last major capitalist thinker to seriously grapple with the question of how to deal with recessions. it says something that the American economics profession has mostly been dismissing his work for the past half-century in favor of Milton Friedman style charlatans that flatter power much more. and their solution is austerity, which, hoo boy, can't wait to see how that goes in a pandemic. it's going to be a shitshow.
pdxpol, uspol, guns
> Firearm shops have witnessed record gun sales across the US as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the FBI, more than 3.7 million background checks were conducted in March—the highest number in a single month since background checks became mandatory in 1998.
Boris Johnson Released From Hospital After Defunding It, Shutting It Down https://www.theonion.com/boris-johnson-released-from-hospital-after-defunding-it-1842710538 #unitedkingdom #vol56issue14 #borisjohnson #coronavirus
I;m thinking about thos $15/lb lentils
uspol, covid, very bad
<< By a 5–4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court reverses a lower court order extending the deadline for mail-in ballots in Wisconsin. All four liberals dissent.
The conservative majority just effectively threw out thousands of ballots. Incredible. [...] Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites will not receive their absentee ballots by Election Day BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, THOUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.
The U.S. Supreme Court's five conservatives just said: "Too bad. You don't get to vote." >>
The Supreme Court just enabled a stupendous act of voter suppression in a fantastically cruel way. They will do anything and everything to entrench the ruling party.
I can't see my country coming back from how fucked we are right now.
demoware given life and also anxiety
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