If religious sects were Word documents, they would follow the form: JesusChrist__FINAL_FINALFINAL_1820FINAL_1967FINAL_ABSOLUTEFINAL_ABSOLUTEFINAL2.doc

Hence the longstanding perception that government has failed us in America.

When western society secularized god to form governments, we tacitly created the expectation that government ought to care about individuals, like god did. "Success," then, for a western government is a government perceived to care about and love you, individually.

TIL "parley" is "formally a discussion between enemies regarding the terms of a truce." Adds a twist to the ongoing role of a "parliament."

The role of government is to make win/win a generally more appealing tactic than win/lose.

In what ways do the left and right political wings NEED each other?

For example: the right needs the left as a common enemy so the Christian factions don't turn on each other. The left needs the right as a common enemy so the SJWs don't turn on each other.

Are there other ways in which they need each other?

Does anyone have experience with Manyverse (SSB)? Seems like a candidate for first "good" local-first social network. Hoping for passionate thumbs up or knowledgeable dissent.

Duane J boosted

BTW if anyone in the bay area is interested, the semi-annual Internet Identity Workshop is happening tomorrow (Tuesday thru Thursday) at the Computer History Museum. "All roads lead to identity." Some smart people there.

Any system that requires two people facing each other to go online to transact is not sufficiently decentralized.

Ok, I think I need to crack open holochain and actually understand it. Many roads keep leading me here.

I can't decide if I find it more discouraging or ironic that tavern.com, "a distributed, anonymous, unblockable network designed to ensure that no one is silenced, censored, or cut off from the rest of the world" has gone gently into that good night.

I'm really enjoying playing a new, nearly 8-bit graphics indie game called "BaBa is You" on the Switch. Programmers will appreciate it, I think.

In video conferences & calls, "Mute" is an easy-to-implement but inhumane technology. Really we should have a "distant" or "far away" button that sends oneself or (in the case of moderated forums, someone else) into the distance. You shouldn't be able to "turn off" another person in a community setting--loud protest is a valuable signal that can be incorporated in our online world. Also, I have seen no end to confusion regarding whether someone is "muted" or the technology is at fault.

New form of intra-brain communication discovered:

"Durand and his team observed a wave “leap” across a cut they had made in brain tissue slice—a phenomenon they conclude could only be explained by the electric field coupling."


"Peek underneath and see 16 smaller steel robots scooping up strawberries with spinning, claw-like fingers, guided by camera eyes and flashing lights.

Growers say it is getting harder to hire enough people to harvest crops before they rot.

Fewer seasonal laborers are coming from Mexico, the biggest supplier of U.S. farmworkers. Fewer Americans want to bend over all day in a field, farmers say, even when offered higher wages, free housing and recruitment bonuses."


"Why should society help you when you're not willing to do the bare minimum to be a part of it?"

"Society has enclosed the land that once was commons I could escape to, to get away from society. Society has violated the Lockean Proviso."


Duane J boosted

Half-formed thought about how all the small towns in the American interior, that are dying because their one factory or one mine closed down, are the American equivalent of the old European empires' resource-extraction colonies, which (as opposed to their settlement colonies) were set up as giant single-crop plantations, never got any infrastructure investment or economic diversification, and remained some of the poorest places in the world even after they achieved independence

"FBI finds no specific motive in Vegas attack that killed 58." I think this shooter is a clear example of a form of suffering we as a people have forbidden the US government to try alleviate, i.e. destitution of meaning in life


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