“But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work. We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.”
— Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed https://www.raptitude.com/2010/07/your-lifestyle-has-already-been-designed/
💓 Sending lots of love and strength to all HIV+ people & their loved ones!
I feel like lately, HIV/Aids has disappeared from the news or our shared consciousness, and it's time to bring it back:
This virus is still raging in many places and is an ongoing public health crisis (33 million dead so far!), and while we - in the West - have medication that helps control the effects of it, we still don't have a cure.
People are still stigmatized, and society still has LOADS of misconceptions about what it means to be HIV positive in 2020. This is "not just something that affects queer people" (I use queer to mean all the 🌈 here), but it affects us all, and the virus doesn't care who you are.
Take some time to read about that today. Start here: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hiv-aids
If you wanna get involved, look up your local HIV/Aids support organization and volunteer. Volunteers are always needed (in my experience, people speaking multiple languages especially!)
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Can please boost me? Question for people not from the US (or Canada, probably): Do you feel like ideas like "racism is discrimination + systemic power" or "reverse-racism isn't real" are in some way ideas from the US? Would those seem foreign to you? Are claims around those and "we're not from the same culture, so we have different views" as disingenuous as it sounds to me or am I off?
I recently wrote a markdown to gemtext converter in C. It’s terse, artisanal and super low resource usage. Whatever memory it’s not actively using it gives back. I couldn’t work out why I’d put so much effort into such a drop in the ocean until I read an analysis of magic as a performative act about the agency you wish you have.
I think I did it as a ritual act because I hate Electron so fucking much.
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