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job ad, germany (+relocation), :boost_ok: 

A certain person from this part of fedi already received and accepted their job offer, and we'll be working in the same team!
You (yes, you) can be the third or maybe even the fifth one! :blobcatuwu:โ€‹

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politics / economy, long (from drafts) 

(publishing something that was in drafts for some time)

OK, time to try and make things clear.

I believe that nobody deserves to suffer or to struggle.
I believe that nobody should be forced to work in order to survive.
I believe that everybody should have their basic needs met regardless of what they do, if they do anything.
I believe that the current system destroys the planet.

I also believe that nobody "deserves" more than the other and that everybody should have their non-basic needs met (within reasonable limits), without being forced to work. Maybe this is called "equality".
Unfortunately, we, as a humanity, are not there yet. I hope that one day we will be, will reach that bright future.

Meanwhile there is a question: how to allocate limited resources, services and products, if it is known that their aggregated supply does not cover the aggregated reasonable demand?
I do not see any way to do that so that some "equality" definition is satisfied. Different people have different wants, and these are not always directly comparable.
I happen to think that the best solution to that is free markets; and that using free markets improves our odds of reaching the bright future, as soon as possible.

However, the system that we have now is not just "free markets".
Sure, it has some market elements in some of its aspects.
But at its core it is built on coercion.

People are coerced to work, coerced to accept whatever happens on that work, in order to survive, in order to have roof over their head.
Indigenous people are coerced to give up their land so that yet another pipeline could go through it.
The entire humanity is coerced to bear the environmental consequences of yet another barrel of oil extracted by someone so that someone else could drive their car.
Not to mention the actual murders.

This has nothing to do with free markets. If anything, it's what stops markets from being actually free.
Free market is when you can choose today to buy apples for X or oranges for Y or nothing at all.
Free market is when you can choose to work as a cashier for X or as a courier for Y or not to work at all.
Free market is when you can choose to buy a liter of gasoline for its actual market price or not to buy it.

When you are forced to choose to work as a cashier for a minimum wage or as a courier for a minimum wage, or die in the cold on the street, not being able to feed your children - there is nothing free in that choice.
When you can choose to buy a liter of gasoline for 10% of its actual _cost_, with the rest of the people subsidising the entire 90% for gasoline _you_ chose to buy (in the form of its environmental impact) - there is nothing free in _their_ choice.

And these problems are not even specific to our current system; at least some non-capitalistic systems had the very same problems (see next post).

But there is an obvious solution for how they can be fixed, without giving up on the markets which, again, I happen to think can make the whole situation better and get us to the bright future.
There should be an universal basic income (e.g. 50% of the entire GDP), so that people are not coerced to do something in order to survive; so that everybody will have access to shelter, food, healthcare, education, etc. (This will also drive the wages at jobs that are now the most taxing and the lowest paying up, much higher than the present minimum wage, because who would like to work there for scraps if they already have their basic needs met?)
And there should be environmental tax on things with negative externalities, matching these externalities (e.g. for every liter of oil extracted, the extractor should pay 10 euros in environmental tax which is then spend on, say, planting trees to offset for that amount of carbon; and then it's up to the market, whether it makes sense for the extractor to extract oil and try to sell it at a price high enough to make them a profit).

These views are purely utilitarian for me, I don't think these suggestions are fair or morally superior, I just think that they're a best tool to achieve the goal of ending human suffering right now and of improving human well-being in the future. It's not something set in stone, they can change if there are compelling arguments.
If you think these views are abhorrent, repulsive and indefensible, I would very much appreciate to hear why exactly.
If you have some practical counterarguments, we could discuss it sometime (not now though, right now I just don't have spoons for that).

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my pet project, how to avoid being creepy towards someone you're into, :boost_ok: (1/2) 

It seems that a lot of people have this problem when they're into someone but do not know if the feeling is mutual, and do not want to ask to avoid being seen as creepy. So it could be that two persons are into each other but each is afraid of saying that in case it is not returned, and it leads to lost opportunities to both.

But I have a partial solution to that problem:

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freedom of expression 

And so the freedom of expression as a core principle of liberal democracy boils down to the following:

One from a privileged group can promote hatred and xenophobia towards already-marginalized group.

One from a marginalized group cannot take offense at that.

And one from a marginalized group cannot speak up against government's foreign policy.

And all people from a marginalized group are ignorant and ill-manered.

Such is a liberal democracy apparently.

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Unpopular opinion.
Just that someone opposes USA does not make them a good person.
Just that some ruler opposes USA does not mean they're not a dictator, does not mean they do not oppress their own people, and does not mean people don't have a right to rise against that dictator.

Not sure why it is unpopular. I thought it is so obvious that it should go without saying.

did you know: if you're gonna claim you know someone's gender better than they do themselves a niki will manifest in your home and kick your teeth out?

i think media should come with content warnings for of they contain heterosexuality or cisgenderism so i can curate my experience

Don't ever let those close to you go off about authoritarian pro-police bullshit. "Crime is up!" Across the board it almost entirely isn't and no amount of police funding will reduce crime itself. "We all feel less safe!" Oh yeah? Why? Because the media wrote 300 articles about that one dude shoplifting in san francisco? Pro-carceral talking points are always such bullshit and easily disproven.

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What if Cats (the musical) but all characters are portrayed by actual catgirls/catenbies/catboys and furries

was there ever a cat so clever as magical mr mistoffelees

@t54r4n1 It's in sweden where sex in public is legal, as long as you're respectful and don't bother others.
Combined with the so-called "freedom to roam" which means you may be in private forests, to camp, pick berries, have forest sex, or whatever, again as long as you are respectful and don't ruin the place.
I know of one case where a woman called the cops on some old gay dudes who were having sex in a forest, and they told her the law is very clear that sex in the forest is allowed.

Phone "corrected" untenable to Utenable and I think that I am okay with this.

the push to re-instate Queer as a slur is TERF agenda because its easier for them to figure out who the "wrong" sorts are by neat little labels. Queer is too inclusive and too covert and they HATE it.

so using Queer is a real schrodinger problem. you're either the right or wrong type but they can't know which until they look in the box and it drives them up the wall.

good. die mad about it. i'll die queer.

Wait are you saying that Linus who gives tech tips is not the Linus who created the kernel?
I thought that was why his tech tips were so popular...

COVID-19, European Politics 

I wrote a thing about the way Europe dealt with COVID-19 so far, and why that frustrates me so much, because the entire problem with people unwilling to take more restrictions seems self-made to me:

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ I made a thing!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

You blocked me on [Mastodon] and now you're going to [get cancelled]

Just a short one but it's loud and heavy and packed with random bullshit. Had a lot of fun making it.

Enjoy <3 :boost_ok:

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re: Pixelfed :( 

Recent updates to pixelfed:

It can display text posts from mastodon now! It still cannot properly handle federated accounts containing uppercase characters though. No can it display userpics for these posts unless you use amazon S3 for storage.

It federates content licenses for photos now! It still does not federate your replies to the comments someone left under your photo though.
Oh, and it does not federate your photos to the followers who happened to contain uppercase characters in their name, either. Prior to that new feature they did not receive your photos; but now they will not receive your photos _and_ content licenses!

Oh, and they added that page where you can discover new users on your instance. You cannot invite more than one user to your instance though, because of an UI bug.

Pixelfed developer priorities are odd, they keep adding bells and whistles while there are critical bugs preventing people from actually using it, and bug reports that literally point to the specific line in code responsible for a bug keep getting ignored for what, almost four months already?

I certainly do not have enough resources to set up a pixelfed dev environment and to fix them myself, in a language / framework I don't really know. And of course other devs don't owe me anything. But their priorities are really odd.

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And strong female leads, of course.
Only female leads and characters in case of Motherland: Fort Salem.

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Maybe cis ppl should idk not voice their opinions on trans issues and just listen cuz it doesn't affect them and it affects us a whole lot ๐Ÿค”

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