I'm from the Philippines. Everyone is scared here. When I speak against the current governtment my family/friends are concerned for my life. People who believe the government's propaganda thinks I'm crazy.
I guess I just needed a place to share my thoughts.
I used to not care about these things, though my parents were strong activists during Marcos' time.
Now I think I'm slowly waking up to the harsh reality that our country is now being run by a dictator.
You don't have to choose between being glad that Alex Jones's brand of hatred and disinformation is being downregulated and being worried that monopolism has put our public sphere under the control over a tiny number of corporate interests. You really don't.
Hey Mastodon sysadmins, what kind of cool shit would you like to see tootctl do?
Today's Too Much Not Enough is live, and in this one @darius teaches me about the decentralised web and ActivityPub, including Mastodon (especially Mastodon). I did not understand decentralisation until we recorded this, and now I do, which should be taken as a ringing endorsement IMO. https://toomuchnotenough.site/episodes/s01e07.html
thanks @Gargron for ALL the work you're clearly investing in this social connection and communication tool, which can and does foster positive, constructive, meatspace connections between people worldwide, who've almost forgotten what matters most in life!
Humanity will be forever indebted.
Just want to give a shout out to public libraries. There's no way in hell I could buy or store all the books I read and listen to in a year.
BTW I'm sure all of you know this but freelibrary.org has downloadable ebooks and audiobooks.
Five-Eyes nations to force encryption backdoors
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"In the face of the tragedy of this night, the students of the museology course are mobilizing to preserve the memory of the (Brazil) National Museum. We ask everyone who possesses images (photographs / videos / even selfies) of the collection and exhibition spaces to share them with us." firstname.lastname@example.org
Upgrade to v2.5.0 successful!
labor day is just boneless may day tbh:
"Conservative Democratic President Grover Cleveland was one of those concerned that a labor holiday on May 1 would tend to become a commemoration of the Haymarket Affair and would strengthen socialist and anarchist movements that backed the May 1 commemoration around the globe. In 1887, he publicly supported the September Labor Day holiday as a less inflammatory alternative. The date was formally adopted as a United States federal holiday in 1894."
Brazil's National Museum went up in flames tonight, massive flames at that. It's a total loss, millions of priceless historical artifacts turned to ash in seconds, including a 10,000 year old naturally preserved mummy, the oldest such mummy in the Americas. I am feeling beyond devastated and helpless at this moment. To lose history is to lose our own humanity is to lose everything.
New blog post: "Mastodon and the challenges of abuse in a federated system" https://nolanlawson.com/2018/08/31/mastodon-and-the-challenges-of-abuse-in-a-federated-system/
needs more scholars, PhD students, and people who like books.
Somebody start handing out flyers in the libraries of the world!