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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.

re: wordle 

Russian wordle is absolutely Not Fun, they have a very limited set of accepted words, after the third step I couldn't even think of any acceptable word that would use more than one letter that wasn't used before. And at this point I only had one green square and zero yellow squares.

But in the end I've managed to think of an acceptable word after all, and: jackpot.

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Hmm it looks like Sway can be configured to mimic my Win10 experience (without floating windows), in theory.

I wonder if someone already has a config I can use as a basis.
Or if there is some collection of nice configs so I can pick something to use as a basis. Or at least tutorials with examples. So far I've only found random people's personal repositories with their personal configs and of course without any description for what these configs do; and manuals which are not good for the first contact.

My experience is: single tabbed container per screen, with tabs on the left instead of on the top, with Alt-Tab invoking the switcher for this desktop with window previews, with Alt+F4 closing the window, with Win invoking non-minimal launcher, with layout indicator in tray, etc... some of these seem to be really easy to configure (Win to invoke launcher is literally an one-line change), some are really hard (:duckduckgo: "sway vertical tabs" does not produce anything related to sway).

Does anyone have good resources on African socialism? Basically anything on all the countries on the African continent that tried their hand at implementing a more democratic economic system.

> So, rather than attempting to deduce the detailed particle physics, chemistry, and cosmological history of this universe, we will just sketch one possible world, and describe some of the properties of matter that would be needed to make it work.

Ah, so I'm not the only one finding it hard. We had detailed particle physics and chemistry for the world with four space-like dimensions...

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TBH the world with four space-like dimensions is so much easier to understand than the world with two space-like and two time-like dimensions... my head hurts and I struggle really hard to make any sense of how they live there :(

re: wordle 

TIL that wordle never has plural words ending with "-s" as answers. Does this mean that I would get it this one in 3/6? Am I getting better with wordle?

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More Code of Conduct should include this in their unacceptable-behavior list:
"Any attempt to turn a systemic oppression on its head. For example: anti-white racism, anti-men sexism, heterophobia, cisphobia."

More specifically, their first DM looked like "hey Inga, why is there :100_gay: emoji in our slack?"
And why did you decide to contact _me_ out of all 500 people at this company? But also you reached the right person πŸ˜‚

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re: wordle 

Wordle 214 4/6

Not a single yellow guess this time.


(also oops, I was going to post the previous one in markdown but instead posted it followers-only)

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re: linux on desktop (KDE) 

Oops, forgot to attach the screenshot.

But apparently doing anything desktop-related in VM is an exercise in futility.

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re: linux on desktop (KDE) 

I guess that's the maximum I can get out of it. And it looks awful.

But also it seems that there is no point in further experiments on virtual hardware, because apparently while new hyperv_drm supports wide range of resolutions (as opposed to the old hyperv_fb which is mentioned everywhere and which maxes out at 1080p), I couldn't find a clear way to set a resolution with it (using instructions for hyperv_fb mutatis mutandis doesn't work), and opensuse only lets me set 1080p, which is really tiny on this 4k laptop.
Usually one would use an enhanced session to get a normal integration between guest and host desktops (arbitrary resolutions, clipboard support, etc), but it works over RDP, and all instructions refer to arch or ubuntu with X11. Its setup scripts are really complex, so I won't be able to port them to opensuse; and they are so X11 specific, that even though Weston technically supports RDP protocol, I'll never be able to make it work over hyper-v sockets in a way needed for enhanced sessions.

Maybe I'll return to all this later when I have an old backup laptop nearby. Definitely not installing it on my daily driver.

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"Interdependence is ultimately about 'we,' instead of 'me.' It understands that we are bound together, by virtue of existing on this planet. Interdependence is generative and grounded in care for one another. It doesn’t live in obligation or entitlement, but rather a loving willingness and a sacred giving. . . .

"We need you. We need all of us. There is no getting out of this pandemic alone. . . . We need each other. We need each other. WE NEED EACH OTHER."

- Mia Mingus, You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths: COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence

flirting by saying "you'd bang your own clone ? yeah, i'd also bang your clone"

*reads wikipedia article on historical figures*
Ah yes, just gals being *checks notes* "life-long companions", living together for decades, buried next to each other, one of them never married, the other one separated from her husband.


(I would say she almost gave it away with the bootstraps quote, but then again maybe her audience was just that clueless. That's surely the first quote you run into that's slightly outside the anodyne ones companies have been trotting out on birdsite today.)

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