The biggest COVID-19 failure is that COVID-19 failed to make a dent in the growth of the world population. It'll probably have a long term opposite effect by raising longevity due to an increase in health research. Of course, climate change is a much bigger killer than COVID-19 and has a better long term outlook, but it also has many extinction outcomes, which isn't desirable. Fighting climate change is only one piece of the capitalism-is-killing-us fight. So much pollution, so little time.

Income Share Agreement? more like Indentured Servitude Agreement.

Many of us were saying this when programs like Purdue's "Back A Boiler" were announced. Now the insidious nature of these programs is coming to light as the US Department of Education is pointing out they are illegally being portrayed as not a loan.
Participants are having to repay up to 250% of the loan's value, and don't have as much recourse as under a regular student loan. Mitch Daniels is a capitalist, raping my alma mater.

Police in #Atlanta made brutal arrests this weekend as hundreds - including pre-school students - marched against #CopCity. Today as police attempted to evict tree-sitters while promoting tired claims of "outside agitators," one local resident fires back. itsgoingdown.org/on-many-front

Ok, so trying to test Mobilizon events... here's a proposed event: events.nzoss.nz/@free_and_open - see if you can sign up either using a 'federated identity' on another Mobilizon instance (if you have one) or your Mastodon identity...

Our parent org, Freedom of the Press Foundation, is now also home to Dangerzone, a tool developed by @micahflee that lets you convert potentially dangerous PDF files, images, and office documents into safe PDFs:

freedom.press/news/welcome-to-

As part of this transition to FPF stewardship, we're also looking for a part-time developer for Dangerzone (6 month contract, $40K fixed budget, schedule is yours to propose). If you're interested, please consider applying!

grnh.se/77e5b7b55us

Ella Baker's trajectory from the Young Negro Cooperative League, through the NAACP and SCLC to SNCC is fascinating and inspiring, constantly moving toward democratic self-organization.
#EllaJoBaker

Support incarcerated comrades in Indonesia! @IndonesianABC@twitter.com
firefund.net/booksforprisoners

🇺🇸 #PSA for US folks:

:covid19: As of today, each house can now request 8 additional no-charge #COVID tests shipped free. (Total of 16 per house if you have not yet requested any.)

covid.gov/tests

Little headsup, Mastodon developers seem to be testing a language selector in the posting interface (see attached image).

The idea is you set the language you're posting in which will make it easier for other people to filter your post out if they don't speak it.

You can already set your default language in the Preferences/Settings section, but the idea of this new feature is to let you optionally change the setting for each particular message. This is handy if you toot in several languages.

I have no idea if/when this will be rolled out, the developers' instances often get test features like this.

#Mastodon

raleigh nc pig murder 

How many of your employees are willing to take a 3% to 5% pay cut, because you didn't plan for inflation? How many did you ask to accept a 1% to 2% raise when inflation was considered that low? How many did you ask to accept no raise while you went through a bankruptcy?

And remember, this is in the face of a really tight labor market, where employees are saying, "enough is enough!", and the general knowledge that the "inflation" based raises given out in the past weren't keeping up with the cost of living.

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Nothing smells like bullshit more than the things employers and capitalists are spewing to justify not giving you an 8% raise this year.

So our (seemingly) Microsoft-owned IT department has ordained that any Linux server must use Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It seems that Techrights is correct about RHEL becoming part of Microsoft's embrace, extend, extinguish strategy for Linux.

Just done the first of three #Sociocracy Facilitation Empowered Learning Circle Course sessions with @Gin @bernini and @mayel

Good stuff! Really useful to not just read about this, but put it into practice. I really valued being able to try strategies for when 'objections' aren't really objections, as well as three ways to integrate valid objections into modified proposals 👍

sociocracyforall.org/sociocrac

Thread: #OtD 13 May 1985 Philadelphia police attacked the home of Black liberation and environmental group MOVE, then dropped a bomb on it, killing 5 adults and 6 children, destroying 61 homes in the predominantly Black neighbourhood, and making 250 people homeless.

North American Students of Cooperation is hiring a Director of Education. This is a remote position. Application deadline May 30.

nasco.coop/jobs/director-educa

The downsides of a world with billionaires in it are well-rehearsed: billionaires can convert their vast wealth to power, and use that power to turn their whims and pet theories into policy failures that affect millions - or even billions - of people.

Take Bill Gates. Forget all the conspiracy theories about Gates and vaccines - it's bizarre that people bother to make up those fairy-tales when the truth is so much worse.

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