Lord above, we thank thee for this internet upgrade, be it nearly better than sex, or even taco night, and the relief from upload time dilation that it shall bring us. In the name of abhorrent but practically functional telecom monopolies, we pray. Amen. -_-
Can’t in good conscience go out and about with ~2-3k people dying of COVID every day, regardless of the BS capitalists & the government are feeding us. It’s not right to put others at risk of transmission like that. So, catching up on games I haven’t played in ages. Good times ☺
Some days aren’t for big shit. Some days you need to pull a lever & know, for sure, a turd isn’t gonna roll out of the machine into your hand. I find that such days lend themselves to technical or logistical pursuits. Reinforcement of reward pathways via removal of abstractions.
I just learned about CQP vs. CBR in OBS. Was running a 30k bitrate and ending up with 20 & 30 gb files 😦. And then CQP does it better, and with a smaller disk footprint, and it seems like less of a consistent performance hit as well. I feel silly. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It’s snowing outside. Cold as shit. Wind is blowing. I can hear a forlorn dog barking sadly off in the distance. Too far away to find. I hate noticing stuff like that when there isn’t anything I can do about it. Please make sure your animals have adequate shelter in the weather.
No, but seriously. Press briefings implying people are just lazy and demanding they toil under duress are not only insulting, but practically ineffective as policy tools. If you want people to do something you’ve asked them to do, you have to help them do it. Facilitate. Govern.
If you really want to understand human beings, what monsters they are, just look at how they treat lobsters. Caught in a cage or farmed. Hands tied, in a cell, that doubles as a zoo, for hours or days. Then dismemberment and boiled alive to the sounds of laughter and merriment.
Or you’ve got your land livestock, some of ’em smarter than dogs, huddled together on their way down a little hallway, which is fine ’cause they’re communal, until the smell of fear hits, and then a blow to the skull that doesn’t always take before the end. Stuff of nightmares.
Point is, humans are the scariest monsters ever created by God or nature, whichever you prefer to believe is the deranged party. & if you’re expecting humans to be kind, good, or to do the right thing without any pressure in that direction you might as well be one of the animals.
It’s never the biggest brute or sneakiest plotter you have to worry about. It’s the person who has been told, frightened into, seeking out a confrontation but who has no idea how to handle a fight should it come. Those are dangerous because even they don’t know what happens next.
I’ll keep my thoughts on the present situation short and sweet. If the American state is not protecting us, & if it refuses to grant any of our requests or demands, within a supposed democracy ‘of’ & ‘for’ the people, then what practical use have we for its further existence? ^_^
Like, your jobs, supposedly, are to protect the citizens of this country from harm, to ensure their health, prosperity, and advancement, and to do what the fuck your constituents want you to do. That’s not happening. You all are on the corporate take. Happy 6th, assholes.
They say it’s mild, but
shit is wild, statistics hide
the bodies for them.
I still believe the future is, whatever any of us may desire, a patchwork of smallish states, perhaps even city states again. Some will be built on voluntary association, some will be company towns, and some fiefdoms. I think the days of empires will soon be over for a while tho.
It’s not that anarchism is impractical, or morally wrong. It’s neither of these. I wish for that kind of world, too. But if we are unwilling to compel (which, personally, I’ll fight injustice but that’s where I draw the line), we have to accept that not everyone will join us.
Not everyone will want to live in the kind of world we envision. People, as a social species, are simply too complex and variable for that to be a realistic global expectation. And not everyone, unfortunately, will choose ‘goodness,’ however we each or collectively define that.
This is the great hole in anarchist theory, and it is one that we will have to individually and collectively reconcile with the contemporary world we live in and with future realities, if anarchists are to move beyond a distributed, autonomous movement for ‘justice’ or ‘freedom.
Anarchism is still largely an ‘against’ movement. It has to become a ‘for’ movement, both in theoretical & practical terms, if it is to transition from a revolutionary displacement mechanism or collective coping strategy, into a way of life, it has to answer these hard questions.
“Don’t look up,” lol ☺
Platitudes and hope don’t change shit. And too many people on the left have made a career out of selling the perpetual appearance of a struggle for reform or liberation rather than an actual struggle for either of those things. Nobody wants to hear that, but it’s the truth.
I’m not saying people should give up, but the liberal politics of hope are wearing thin. Mobilization for election cycles just to have that effort pissed away by elites is a cycle of abuse, and we should all see it for what it is.