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This articulates my frustration with the cognitive dissonance of people who know that Big Tech is bad but continue to embolden it.

om.co/2020/09/10/in-convenienc

"Perhaps, deep down, we are aware of our hypocrisy, which informs our expressions of outrage. The tweets, the hot takes, podcasts, and talking heads on — everything is theater. We are simply distracting ourselves from ourselves, avoiding the feeling that we are ultimately powerless when it comes to meaningfully influencing the outcome. "

"The nation’s surveillance court found that the F.B.I. had committed “widespread violations” of rules intended to protect Americans’ privacy when analysts search through a repository of emails gathered without a warrant, but it nevertheless signed off on another year of the program"

From top to bottom, they all didn't care about human rights or the constitution when it came to blanket surveillance of people.

nytimes.com/2020/09/05/us/poli

Ban facial recognition in law enforcement already.

"Detroit Police Chief James Craig later admitted the technology misidentified suspects in 96 percent of cases."

vice.com/en_us/article/bv8k8a/

"The entitlement of these fuckers is just off the charts. They have zero right, none, to the tracking they’ve been getting away with. We, as a society, have implicitly accepted it because we never really noticed it."

daringfireball.net/2020/09/onl

so if you can't compost or recycle, or drive instead of biking, don't feel bad. just 100 fossil fuel producers are responsible for 70% of the emissions (theguardian.com/sustainable-bu).

we can't do solve as individuals. we need to gut the systems of capitalism, manufacturing and society.

we need to shift away from greenwashing, away from blaming individuals.

for the US, here's an excellent proposal: vox.com/energy-and-environment

/end of rant

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recycling is a misdirection, the result of an effective marketing campaign by plastics and beverage cos to shift the burden and cost of managing trash to consumers.

greenwashing is a misdirection. "net-zero emissions" is bullshit: it's a misdirection. you can't buy your way out of irreversible .

what we need is "zero emissions" period. not by 2070, not by 2050. we need it today.

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climate change is the biggest problem facing our planet.

the disinformation and misinformation campaigns by power-holding scums -- that lead to inaction -- is already resulting in mass suffering and an unlivable world. both for humans and thousands of plants and animals.

mars is a false hope and a misdirection. it's a dick-measuring contest that might become a lifeboat for a select few (and you are guaranteed to not be on it).

fuck fossil fuel. fuck capitalism.

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In India, as of July 22, we had over 91 million metric tons of foodgrain ‘surplus’ or buffer stocks lying with the government – and the highest numbers of the world’s hungry. Talk of bloody coexistence.
The government distributes very little of that grain free, but sanctions the conversion of huge stocks of rice into ethanol – to make hand sanitiser.

Ahh, talking this makes me eligible to be labelled a Maoist and Naxalite now. I can be arrested under UAPA for harbouring anti-national thoughts.

is an information laundering campaign converting (largely) reasonable people into dangerous extremists, while hurting the actual anti-child trafficking efforts.

pca.st/episode/6ca008e6-fcb6-4

Zuckerturd is corrupt, and his shoddy politics bundled with a baby President is doing irreparable damage to innocent people, Internet freedom, and technological limitation.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Stoked Washington’s Fears About TikTok

wsj.com/articles/facebook-ceo-

Interesting and correct take: Facebook is a smuggler for misinformation cartels globally.

pca.st/episode/522b9573-0be0-4

"Hackernews almost completely ignores this obvious spam in their absolute panic to explain to anyone who will listen that it is simply not possible for computer programmers to take any responsibility whatsoever for anything that they do because they are helpless children who have been completely stripped of agency by project managers or executives or whoever happened to be passing by."

Us software engineers need to learn to own our mistakes, and it's consequences.

n-gate.com/hackernews/2020/08/

Uh oh

Since January, a group has been hijacking Tor exit relay nodes to perform SSL stripping attacks, peaking in May when the group ran 23.95% of all nodes

zdnet.com/article/a-mysterious

vox.com/energy-and-environment

"And Griffith emphasizes that, in proportional terms, today’s task is less substantial than FDR’s. It took the equivalent of 1.8 US GDPs to win World War II, whereas “the total cost of decarbonizing America is more like 1.2 to 1.5 GDPs,” he says. “Proportionally, it’s a significantly smaller interruption to the economy.”"

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