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It's my birthday so I can have sausage egg and chips for breakfast if I want.
I've been reading Ray Dailo's "Principles for dealing with the changing world order" in which he charts the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms and dynasties.
The main cycle, he reckons is:
1) Winner of a war consolidates power, unites the population (often through oppression)
2) A smart cooperative equitable educated society with meritocracy means good societal progress and wide sharing of the wealth.
3) Long period of peace, building good tech and military and financial systems.
4) Leadership corrupts: Excessive debt, money-printing, inequality, financial ruin, no sense of solidarity, then a natural disaster pushes it over the edge
5) The fall: Escalating rebellions, very bad inequality, internal conflicts
6) Civil war, revolution, eventually a strong leader proves the winner and back to 1.
We in the western civilization are very clearly in the late states of this kind of cycle, and it's frankly terrifying with the weapons we have these days when it comes to a war.
The leadership is too corrupt to try and fix the inequality or invest in that well educated, equitable, cooperative society.
He explicitly agrees with Marx and implicitly with me a lot more than I'd have expected from the rabid capitalist that Ray Dailo is.
It's interesting to hear his emphasis on inequality and how a prosperous society depends upon sharing the gains of prosperity widely. You tend to hear hyper-capitalists mostly emphasizing that capital's gains should go to capital, and Ray is certainly suggesting the opposite here. That if that happens, it corrupts the leadership and ends with cronyism and debt and revolution.
We seem to basically agree what creates good prosperous peaceful civil society, and that capitalism in the Anglican world isn't doing it, and that fucked up corrupt government is why we aren't doing it.
We'd offer fairly different prescriptions though I think.
The BBC loves to both-sides arguments you see. They are neutral.
Except when it's banning kids from the internet. Then they only represent one side of the argument, deny that any other side could possibly exist, and insist impossible things which can't work will protect kids while offering no evidence that internet access is even really more harmful than helpful.
"DEMOCRACY IS UNDER THREAT" says unelected prime-minster feeling threatened by an outlier election result.
For my part, I always thought copyright was bullshit. Monopolies on the reproduction of ideas granted by the authority of the king? 😆 Whatever. 🏴☠️
There must be better ways to fund arts than the actual imprisonment and banning of them from the free flow of ideas.
The reproduction of ideas is *how it works*, taxing that is bonkers.
Wow, March the first. Finally.
I sure am glad that yesterday didn't really exist and all those things I said aren't real.
If copyright is real then the AI machines owe the artists of humankind (which is to say all of us) more money than exists in the banking systems of the planet.
If copyright is not real then the companies that trained those models have no right to exclusive ownership of the weights.
I bet somehow the law conspires to make it the worst of either option.
I honestly think we'd be in a massively different world right now if Marx had just said "Workers" and "Owners" instead of "Proletariat" and "Bourgeoisie".
Pretentious wanker cost us the revolution the bearded twat.
Hey, corporate news media, if you want young people to trust you more maybe try not being blatant untrustworthy propaganda filled with lies?
For instance, if you report on a report, you could try saying who did the report or link to it's actual contents? Or would that reveal that it's all just fake study propaganda made by corporate sponsors?
RE: Young people choose TikTok over BBC for news
The boss wants me to set up 2fa on the work gmail account, which is fair enough, but it turns out to be impossible to do so.
In order to set up 2fa with Gmail you must first associate a phone number with your account because Google are greedy data-hoarders.
But I don't have any business phone number and I am unwilling to associate my personal phone number with my employers gmail account.
So we had to do the dance where I give it his phone number and he forwards the sms confirmation to me and then I set up 2fa and then delete the phone number.
Every other one of the services he's asked me to set up 2fa for didn't require a phone number.
It's mostly just Google that Sucks.
I knew that if I just worked hard and trained and went to the gym every day then one day I would be strong enough to rip up a phone book.
Apparently this is the last one they're gonna print. I'm relieved to find I'm not in it. Is this all the BT customers prepared to reveal their numbers still?
Or just those who didn't know it was happening?
I like the way Issac Authur uses the word "doable".
You wanna spin up the moon so it goes 30 times faster to give it a 24 hour day? Sure. That's doable.
Ship an oil-taker full of water onto the moon every second for thirty thousand years to create oceans? Yeah, doable, but you'd probably stop early because of property values.
Build a black-hole in the center of the moon to increase it's gravity to earth-levels? Doable. Just have to get the mass from Jupiter.
I've seen the nights, filled with bloodsport and pain
And the bodies obtained, the bodies obtained
They have a blog to reassure their users about the changes.
A summary of some ways Bluesky differs from Mastodon:
A focus on the global conversation
Which is to say, manipulating the things you are shown such that you are broadcast to from megastars rather than talking to a community.
Your Mastodon server is part of your username, and becomes part of your identity.
I am not a handle! I am a free man! I guess that means on Bluesky you're stuck with the one identity and can't transition into a new identity 😆
breaking news, viral posts, and algorithmic feeds
Which is to say hiding the nazis instead of deleting them. Putting up a veil instead of addressing a problem.
Composable feeds:... there are currently over 40,000 algorithmic feeds to choose from!
It's just like TV!
Your Mastodon timeline is only made up of posts from accounts you follow
Moving hosting services should be like changing your cell phone provider — you should be able to keep your identity and data.
I'm leaning more towards auto-delete after a month lately, but that still hasn't quite overcome my inner archivist.
Losing an account when a server went down is indeed a good chunk of why I started a server.
Come help us build a decentralized social media!
Step one: Join this surveillance capitalist's centralized forum system.
Man, it's not even optional.
So the Bluesky federation is turned on. Wondered about installing a server, check it out.
"Join our discord"
re: ukpol parliament/gaza
The thing I don't get is that they reckon Starmer threatened the speaker with losing his position as speaker.
Why would Hoyle give a fuck about that? Isn't it supposed to be a shit job? A tradition of having to be dragged from the benches and forcibly put in place and all that.
Eighty grand a year isn't to be sniffed at I guess, but he could make more speaking at business things than being speaker of the house now.
If I was speaker of the house and someone threatened to relieve me of the position I'd bite their arm off. Get back to slacking on the back benches and taking bribes from capitalists or whatever they do.
Over 100 moderation-reports on this server now.
A week ago it was less than five, and half of them were just my tests.
re: ukpol parliament/gaza
Owen describes the whole sorry mess for those not in the know: