Union busting at NYT 

Leaked messages from New York Times (NYT) management reveal the paper's intent to obstruct #labor union organizing theguardian.com/media/2022/feb

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*



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.


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 

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