uspol / trans politics 

The political game cis people are playing in mainstream US politics right now is trying to make people think there are two ways for trans people to transition in society

1) repression, and making that stage of queer life criminal

2) legalization through medical gatekeepers funded by insurance that is dependent on working

trans people should own the means of transition

increasing the character count on my posts like they're CVS receipts

My immediate reaction is "no shit", but I know a lot of people are shocked by this. Twitter does similar. This is why I am concerned by places like IGD using Twitter embeds on their site. Just use screenshots and simple links. Stop by inviting the vampires in.

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"The Instagram app injects their tracking code into every website shown, including when clicking on ads, enabling them [to] monitor all user interactions, like every button and link tapped, text selections, screenshots, as well as any form inputs, like passwords, addresses and credit card numbers'

theguardian.com/technology/202

too many things have cameras and microphones these days

WWeek published the names of a few cops that are on a list the DA uses in Portland to flag those cops as liars if they have to testify

wweek.com/news/2022/08/10/the-

Since a few people seem confused, no this doesn't mean you should be a doomer and YOLO precautions. It also doesn't mean that you should be a doomer and give up on trying for a better world. I'm saying, identify who actually is failing in public health management, and focus anger where it will be effective.

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pandemics won't be solved by relying on personal responsibility any more than climate change will. boycotting plastic straws and individually wearing a face covering isn't a replacement for systemic change. don't let those with power shift your anger away from them

Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Technology at the end of civilization will look like blinky lights washing away the racism, capitalism, religious bigotry, colonialism, etc. Then it decorates the villages with twinkles of joy.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

So, I've started using "Liberation Technology". Technology is abstractions, tools, and such that are imbued with values. We can be deliberate about those values. We can build things that change our conditions for the better.

The mass AI managed surveillance network is a technology. So, is the brick that is hurled at it. The truly interesting philosophy of the technology asks which one of those will oppress and which one will liberate.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Appropriate Technology is going defunct though as a large portion of was written by english philosophers trying to romanticize the poverty in areas like Africa ("look how this African teen built a windmill from a bike tire, radio, and bubble gum. So quaint!"). There's also the issue with how you limit the spread of technology which is never really answered.

White people deciding what blinky lights people should get to reduce climate impact.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Appropriate Technology: A fairly defunct philosophy, but one I find interesting. Two main ideas converged to form it: a critique of industrialization and seeing poverty stricken areas build up local infrastructure through mutual aid. The idea is that technology should be understandable, maintainable, and managed by local communities. A person can build a plow but probably not an auto factory. (cont)

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Social ecology: A view of technology that sort of just ... hand waves it away. We will figure it out later I guess by acting as stewards of the eco system. It honestly doesn't say much about technology other than maybe a more municipal approach to industrialization? The philosophy could be helpful in specific situations, but I don't know if I get blinky lights or not.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Primitivism: a complete critique of technology. Entirely non-prefigurative. Sometimes the technology that we use as individuals helps us abstract and act on desires. Our desires will be mediated, yes, but they will also be actionable. Primitivists also too often embrace a dichotomy between nature/the wild and humanity. Human garbage dumps are natural and wild. That says nothing of why they should be abolished.

Problematic dreams with no blinky lights.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Solar punk: an aesthetic. A story of a possible future. It can be very pretty. It can be useful for expanding our desires. In the end though it's just a dream with blinky lights.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Free Source Technology: a political philosophy that posits, again, that as much information should be gathered and made available as possible, and state power should be used to enforce an equality of access. The ability to be empowered however is completely dependent on the ability of individuals to exploit that free data.

Open Source Technology: Free software, but the class strata is reinforced.

Socdem states with blinky lights.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Technological police state: This one doesn't really have a formal name I know of, but it's a new idea that's similar to technocracy, but instead of operators guiding the bias it's the market. If all information can be consumed, then more control can be had. It's anarcho-capitalism with blinky lights.

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Regarding Technology: A long thread of takes 

Political philosophies around technology are broken. So here are dime store/bumper sticker critiques:

Technocracy: a political system whose values and biases are determined by operators of the existing technology. The technology itself becomes the governor, and the logical conclusion is rule by AI where the AI biases are set by the immortalized by the current powers. It's fascism with blinky lights.

when the poorly optimized endpoint detection and response software on the work computer starts its scan and the fans rev up

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