politics, facebook 

*Facial recognition is used to wrongly arrest at least three Black people*

Facebook: Just needs tweaked a little

*Facial recognition is used to put Uyghurs in concentration camps*

Facebook: We can't be responsible for what people do with it

*Facial recognition is used to track down and convict J6 insurrectionists*

Facebook: WE'RE DELETING ALL THE DATA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/11/02/facebook-ends-facial-recognition/

STOP
programming computers

Sand was never meant to think
this is very cruel to rocks

Tired: prognostication isn't real, fortune tellers have always been scammers
wired: prognostication isn't real, fortune tellers have always been therapists

So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.

boosts++

mental health is when you're bad at capitalism and the worse you are at capitalism the more mental health you have

bilingual pride facts 

because acronyms are basically impossible in Arabic I was curious what the accepted equivalent of LGBT was. I grew up a clueless straight boy so I didn't know offhand.

turns out it's مجتمع الميم mujtamaa al-meem, literally "meme community" or "meme society"

happy pride everyone

@Aleums So glad the missile targeting systems recognize my gender 🌈 finally some equity

sad girls club for all the babes crying their eyes out because their landlord is still alive and breathing

Indian covid crisis mutual aid 

Consider support anything on this list
bit.ly/MutualAidIndia

"Anything less than uncritical support of China is accused of being apologia for American imperialism—and one expects such criticisms to follow regarding this essay, New Bloom, and aligned projects that seek to be critical of both the US and the PRC such as Lausan."

https://newbloommag.net/2020/06/22/qiao-collective-nationalism/

basically, China's poverty alleviation efforts have *in general* involved publicly-funded vocational training, such as is widely available at a price in the U.S. through community colleges and the like, and its efforts to combat terrorism in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region — terrorist attacks largely *against* Uygur people — have centered poverty alleviation as a chief concern. this is the source of forced labor claims: that vocational training was offered *as part* of re-education efforts for former terrorists

reports of forced labor camps based on satellite imagery have mislabeled normal, well-documented prisons, schools, factories, and even a five-star hotel. in-person independent international investigators, of which there were over a thousand from dozens of countries in 2019, have not found evidence of forced labor, religious repression, or genocide. Xianjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is, has been, and has remained open to foreigners except briefly during containment of COVID-19.

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