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I was going to brush my teeth today but my subscription to my electric toothbrush is expired.

"Buy our CD!"

Nah. I'll just download via iTunes where you get a fraction of a penny for every 10mil downloads.

"Buy my book!"

Is it on Amazon where they get 30-65%?

"We have to act on now!"

Ok. Where do I get a badge for my avatar.

Wall-E except instead of people becoming inactive and obese because of technology, they stop thinking for themselves completely as corporate algorithms make all their decisions.

I am not asking you to sign yet another petition, or to join yet another march. I do not want you to feel good about yourself because you carried your banner down the road, or because you clicked a link and typed in your name, or because you donated to a well-known organization to "save the rainforest".

All those marches and petitions, have they ever changed a thing? Carbon emissions were still growing back in 2019, and the COVID exception won't last (neither did the 2008 banking crisis exception).

All those attempts to "save the rainforest", has there ever been a single year from 1950 to today where the Amazon rainforest gained a single square kilometer in extent? Delaying defeat is not the same as winning the fight.

If the rules say you can protest only this way or that way and "voice your opinion" where your voice is not heard, stop following the rules. You cannot unfuck a broken system by playing by its rules. You have to break the rules.

I am asking you to revolt. I am asking you to step out of your comfort zone to prevent what is destroying us from happening. I want you to glue yourself to the company gates in order to stop the delivery of that coal shipment. I want you to camp on the drilling site to keep oil and gas in the ground. I want you to stop paying your taxes if those taxes are spent on fossil fuel bailouts.

The rules are always designed by the people in power, and designed to keep those people in power. Forget petty politicians. What I'm talking about are the big fish. The billionaires. Those who have so much money they cannot possible spend it in a hundred lives.

They tell you what to read [1], what to want [2] and even what to think [3], in order to make even more money off you as if they didn't have enough of it already. Sounds like a conspiracy theory? Think again:

1: Who owns the newspapers you read, and the TV channel you watch? It's publicly traded, you say. Who is this "public"? Half of all US stocks is in the hands of the richest 1%.

2: Ever wondered about why you keep seeing all those ads everywhere? It is big money spending small money to make you give even more money to the big money. You say ads don't work? Psychologists (and company balance sheets) suggest otherwise.

3: This is the greatest danger of all. Facebook (also owning Instagram and WhatsApp) has built a digital monopoly the likes of which the world has never seen before - and there are other companies such as the Google empire (including, f. ex., Youtube). By collecting data on every single click you make, they can figure out your greatest dreams, and your worst fears. And they employ armies of behavior analysts in order to figure out how to push your buttons. Algorithms are designed to keep you hooked to the site, in order to generate even more revenue. Filter bubbles have invented the self-deepening rabbit hole. With the "right" algorithm, they can put right under your nose what they want you to see, while burying contrary evidence. Truth itself, it seems, has become relative in the age of Trump.

This illustration from ⁨Maria Stoian is 3 years old and it says so much about ⁨ and how we have done so little in the last 3 years. We are doomed by greed and ⁨⁩.

It's not tasteful to ask for reddit upvotes, but it is for a good cause, ⁨⁩ ⁨⁩ & possibly your wallet if you win. Please help to get this trending in r/Edmonton

It's a post about the one day only (today!) 50/50.

⁩ ⁨

DISNEY: Hey! Hey! Look over here! Hey! We're going to be culturally appropriate casting a character! We're good boys.

NETFLIX: Hey, we want to our service to be successful in your country, what do you want to make? Ok. Go for it.

a lot of people ask me how do you stick with alternative social media such as #mastodon when all of your friends are elsewhere. If you expect all of your friends to move here and mirror your interactions there it won't work.

Think of it this way, you don't interact with the same people and the same way in different commercial networks.

and think how you started using the ones you use regularly. There was some content you wanted to or needed to interact with.(1/3)

This whole Rally thing reminds me of Ghostery.

"Hey, here's a plugin to block trackers! Brought to you by a company that tracks you! Now your data is kept from our competitors and you feel safe."

It feel like signaling, not helping. It is the organic label on an apple in the produce store.

It's hard to live in a world where the marketing team in my head is so good at spinning everything into the slogan, "You are not enough."

Installed @yunohost to play with a few different software options and decide what I like and need. It is very similar to the amazing arkOS from @peakwinter

ME: Why is everyone using Docker?

Also ME when seeing software install instructions for a distro I am forced to use:

Maybe I should just install @yunohost

I have not got out on the bike much. 😔 So my activity has been mostly dog walks. We even had a play date watching a friend's dog. Lots of walkies.

One weekend my partner wanted to try to ride her bike (first time since her accident last year), so I put pup in the #k9sportsack and went to the market.

No more hiding, back on the bike for a good cause. Donate to and help others like me. #RideDontHideYEG #RideDontHide #yegbike #yegwalk #MentalWellness #MentalHealth

So thankful for all the hard work over at @ArchLabsLinux I have had very few issues in the last several years.

I just tried to install @ManjaroARM and had nothing but trouble. Likely related to the ARM hardware of the RPi.

I guess I'll do the official RPi OS. I just wanted to stay in arch where I am comfortable with pacman. I guess this old man has to learn more commands.

I need to sit down.

A client said 'make the logo smaller?'

mh [hold up] 

When someone tells you to have a positive attitude and to stop being negative.

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