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@anarchistbicycleclub This is not a new admission and goes all the way back to Hayek's and Friendman's work as later formalized over half a century ago in the Phillips Curve and its successor concept of NAIRU.
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Incredible to see the state admit the validity of Marx's theory of the industrial reserve army: cbsnews.com/news/fed-interest-

"The whole form of the movement of modern industry depends, therefore, upon the constant transformation of a part of the labouring population into unemployed or half-employed hands."
-Marx, Capital ch. 25

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War, conscription, harsh realities 

I wonder a hidden reason a lot of EU/European nations appear to be baulking on giving refugee status to those attempting to escape conscription in RU, is that it was (or still is!) a thing in *many* EU nations well into the 21st century, and they don't want to set a wider precedent (particularly if/when things escalate and these countries want to implement their domestic conscription procedures?)

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"Carbon tunnel vision" coined by Jan Konietzko is an excellent term to describe a mindset I encounter all the time.

Climate change is a huge problem, but intimately linked to so many other problems.

insnet.org/carbon-tunnel-visio

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@AgreeableLandscape @silverspookgames well and specifically it's how well you're performing white supremacy. People aren't getting surgery to make their noses wide and rounded, if they're going for upperclass approval they're all coincidentally trending towards an artificial aryan/nordic stereotype. (Massive colorism issues among colonized nonwhites as well, with lightening creams and stuff.)

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@silverspookgames related: In the West, body modifications like tattoos and piercings make you less likely to get through job interviews and are generally seen as very unprofessional. This is because they are associated with, one, indigenous people and people of colour, and two, poor people.

In contrast, other body modifications like nose jobs, facelifts, fillers, botox, etc are done mostly by rich white people, so they are seen favourably.

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Yt person: "Akxually that's a particularity of biometric algorithms????? DUH!!!"
Except there are already AAN-trained apps that can digitally erase tattoos for detection, plus there are failsafe work-arounds for indigenous Maori, Kanaka Maoli people so we don't get locked out of our devices with a 'That's me' button. It's just West-centric yt-cis-male dominated tech industry and data sets don't care about indigenous people and participate in their erasure.
Yt person: "No, ur dumb. Facepainting savage."
Ok racist.

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RT @RealSexyCyborg@twitter.com

Having seen so many of my fellow COVID awareness advocates get sick while speaking unmasked at events, even though cases here are nearly non-existent I built a wearable Far-UVC device for tonight's event at @Indiegogo@twitter.com. It projects in front of my face and inactivates any pathogens

🐦🔗: twitter.com/RealSexyCyborg/sta

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My focus was on safety and battery life. It may be a little bit underpowered, it's prob not as good as a well-fitted N95 mask or proper in-room mitigations but it's an additional layer of protection, good when eating or drinking, and better than a lot of people have now.

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Furry universe where every species uses a different system of traditional length units based on their body parts, forcing programmers to maintain complex tables listing the ratio of e.g. wingspans (hooded crow) to kneetops (elephant (asian))

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J.K. Rowling, long post, read and show it to your cis friensd, boosts welcome 

I'm gonna need cis people to understand that J.K. Rowling is not a neutral/good/apolitical person with a bad habit. She is an evil, actively harmful agitator who has been a, if not the, central figure of laundering and libwashing a ultra-far-right hate and terrorist movement, whose hatespeech has encouraged very real, very deadly violence, who has served as inspiration and justification to fascists world-wide, both Putin and the Republicans, who has an immense wealth which she most likely uses to fund said hate movement as well, who has been a vocal supporter of openly fascist and anti-semitic ideologues (such as Magdalen "Soros funds the transes" Berns), who has lent massive amounts of publicity and credibility to far-right figures and those who openly collaborate with the far-right, and who has been quoted verbatim by fascist Republicans in their campaigns for deadly anti-trans bills.

She not your nice aunt who's a little weird. To put it in terms HP fans understand, she's not Molly Weasley, she's Bellatrix Lestrange. She is a key figure of the anti-trans movement that has acted as a vanguard for the fascist resurgence. She has been directly co-responsible for spawning the conspiracy theories you now see on Tucker Carlson and Libs of TikTok. She has spear-headed the campaign that has sabotaged the GRA reform. She has praised far-right ideologues such as self-described theocratic fascist Matt Walsh.

She is a fascist enabler. Treat her as such. Treat her like Orson Scott Card or Varg Vikernes. Don't buy her shit. She's got riches to last her several lifetime, and spare change to fund a dozen fascist movements without ever running out.

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i'm a strong believer in the removal of gender markers from ID cards/documents, there's literally no reason for me to choose between being outed as trans every time i show my id or having to be misgendered every time i show my ID

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4 day working week news 

“Almost nine in ten companies taking part in a groundbreaking trial of a four-day working week have said they are likely to extend the policy beyond the six-month test period…

More than 70 organisations, spanning a local fish and chip shop to larger companies in sectors including information technology, retail, construction, food and hospitality, signed up for the trial.”

thetimes.co.uk/article/four-da

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A lot of the friction of modern life comes from capitalism's mandate that the workplace must operate with the smallest number of staff possible. To do otherwise is to needlessly spend money that could go to profits, the theory goes.

In practice, this means that every workplace is constantly running on the ragged edge of failure and disaster, keeping it together by their fingernails. So staff are stressed, struggling and burned out, and customers are rarely if ever satisfied.

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@silverspookgames With sci-fi, most media are ultimate-stage capitalism/techbro land being portrayed as a utopia (I wonder why), OR they admit it's a shithole but never try to solve that.

Rarer is like Star Trek, where it might be communist (they're not allowed to say that word of course), but fully automated luxury communism taken for granted. Not much class consciousness value.

Rarest is games like yours, portraying both an active struggle for socialism and class consciousness. Thank you.

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for whatever european home owners exist in the town && wider fediverse: remember that you can heat the people and not the space this extremely costly winter

lowtechmagazine.com/2015/02/he

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Quick history reminder: It was common practice for the Nazis to enter largely liberal/ leftist areas and trigger brawls before going to the press and claiming they were the victims of everything before saying "Only we can save this area." Sound familiar? It should.

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Realization: the main utility of blockchain tech is that it presents an irrefutable argument for a wealth tax. If there’s enough bored money rattling around out there to fund obviously negative-sum nonsense like this, we can as a society choose to spend that money on public education, health care and clean running water instead.

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@naga@weirder.earth I think that is part of it because it doesn't benefit workers at all for the most part, but I think it's important to keep in mind the utility of it as it aligns with the dogmatic myth that if you work hard, you succeed.

I would theorize that it has been kept around for its usefulness to exploit labor rather than as a benefit, so on that part, we agree.

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I think a lot about how white fatalism permeates tech, expressed as 'the crunch,' which describes the torturous conclusion of a software project to get it over the finish line. As if suffering increases the quality of the product and should be looked at as a badge of honor.

In reality, the best work is produced when one has their needs met and has space to have a life away from work.

I think a lot about how much we've accepted suffering as a necessary part of our existence instead of something we could alleviate with a bit of cooperation.

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