Right wingers will always make some sort of dumb claim like how they used to be leftist, when all it really is is that they thought the leftist position was correct for a short time before their reactive feelings become activated when exposed to right wing talking points; which shows that their understanding of the subject was only surface level to begin with.

Anti-indigenous racism 

A short thread of the worst parts of a super obnoxious and rather racist article I found on Dan Everett.

We are off to a great start with this attempt to exoticize/animalize Pirahã!

“simplest known sound systems”/“complex tones, stress, and length” THAT IS A COMPLEX SOUND SYSTEM.

Tones, stress, and length are all elements of a sound system. It’s not about “number of phonemes.” For comparison, Hawaiian has 8 consonants & 5 vowels… and is also a complex sound system!

uspol / angy 

@polymerwitch The justice who wrote the court opinion was appointed by George W Bush and Republicans kept Merrick Garland from being appointed purely by fucking with the rules, but we all still get told to vote harder, every time. It defies belief

The attitude that ad blocking is equivalent to piracy is ridiculously entitled. Ads take up bandwidth, they use electricity, they make your equipment outdated quicker by increasing bloat, they reduce the lifespan of your devices, they threaten your privacy, they manipulate you, and malicious ads try to entice you into compromising security.

The greatest cost is to you, the end user, it also costs the environment too, of course. The company makes a small fraction of that cost in revenue, and passes an even tinier fraction on to creators and so on. If you defend this model, you are morally bankrupt.

WOW. Yeah I've been on mastadon for like only five days now but I'm already flabbergasted at the world that should have been... w3.org/TR/activitypub/#Overvie

Like literally how did we all agree to just NOT have interoperable social networks??? Looking at the activity pub docs makes it clear how ridiculously easy that would have been. You want my content? Just GET my outbox. Want to send me something? Just POST to my inbox. The server can be anything you want, just format your messages in this (VERY INTUITIVE!) way. It's so simple it's STUPID.

I'm very new to all of this, so I'll admit that there's a lot I don't know, but what is painfully obvious right now is how, yet again, the tendrils of Capitalism have fundamentally altered the STRUCTURE of the Internet to make it less open, less empowering and generally WORSE for most users. However, what's also becoming clear is that it does not have to be that way, and being here is in some small way, bringing about that better possible future.

#literacy #medialiteracy #disinformation

So much of media and information literacy is really about cultivating the skill set necessary to really have agency over your own attention and thoughts. When people aren't attentive to their metacognitive processes (i.e.: stopping to think why they are reacting, or rather, where the reaction is coming from), it becomes a lot easier to become consumed by all the little pleas for attention that make up the information space that is "the internet". But not all these pleas should be given the weight they are often given. I think that's how you end up with people who seemed to have their heads together just a few years ago now compulsively spewing conspiracy theories or signalboosting just bad, poorly evaluated bits of information as if they were valid evidence. Literacy is everything. It's a huge driver of what's going on now.

Amazon uses echo "smart" speakers to target ads at owners without their consent. arxiv.org/abs/2204.10920


I'm working on an introductory #book about #decentralisation protocols. 🦄

It serves as a taster for different technologies, and provides you with a path forward to deepen your studies if you're so inclined.

I'll cover #ActivityPub, #Hyper, #IPFS, and #SSB. Each chapter is a brief intro and a hands-on project using #JavaScript.

The book will be CC licensed. If that sounded interesting, add yourself to the interested readers list at:


It might be nice to make a big production out of leaving Twitter, except that I left long ago.

had to explain RSS to two fellow gen z-ers

me: its kind of like subscribing for updates on a website, before "following" was a thing.

them: oh, is that something new?

me: actually closed "following" on walled gardens, like twitter, kind of killed out a lot of RSS for our generation, but there are people who still use it and find it handy

them: wait, so i don't need to make an account?

me: no.

The third-party tracking industry is one-way mirror: from the inside, you can see only apps, web pages, ads, and yourself reflected by social media. But in the shadows behind the glass, trackers quietly take notes on nearly everything you do. eff.org/wp/behind-the-one-way-

Peertube has scripts that allows you to upload a complete YouTube-Channel to a desired peertube account.

That way, you can also automatically mirror YouTube-Channels to a PeerTube Channel, from e.g. your laptop.

You don't have to own the instance, you just need an account on that instance.

see github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube

Boost appreciated :) cc @Framasoft


Using domain registries for censorship already happens. We can't let it happen to the ten million+ registrants and NGOs who use their .ORG websites and emails to hold governments and industry to account. eff.org/deeplinks/2019/12/we-n

Hey @Ahuka, I just listened to HPR #2940 and was pleasantly surprised to hear anarchism.space get mentioned! (Though there *are* rules here.)

Looking forward to future episodes - do you plan on covering Scuttlebutt?

good post about how nerd communities' mass-adoption of the closed and proprietary Discord platform will inevitably lead to the long-term loss of (or loss of access to) mountains of special-interest group knowledge and community history


"TLDR; It is not a very future-proof way of knowledge-building & archiving at all."

see also:

World leaders are using "anarchist" disparagingly again. This is a good sign

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Domain block, TERFs 

cliterati.club for being a straight up TERF instance.

Also, this will be fun when a cis woman signs up and ends up being mistaken for a "man". 😬

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