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Cake day: heinä 13, 2022


who said plants can’t communicate too?

Average lemmy philosopher :p

Idk if it helps, but there used to be a person here who’d mess with CSS.

Check @ier’s community.

Do you think law is an ideal mechanism to remedy the environmental consequences of State capitalist practices?

Colonialism isn't a thing of the past

huh weird, I accesed it like normal, maybe because I have cookies and JavaScript disabled. Can you please try accessing it via https://12ft.io and reply to me back?

Paradoxically, the phenomenon of piracy (but also theft and similar crimes) is an integral feature of the capitalist system, even though such an act is deemed illegal and damaging to the values of free market.

Now the act itself does not intrinsically possess a revolutionary character. When browsing r/piracy, for example, one can notice that users who partake in piracy rarely have emancipatory sentiments in their philosophy. They operate from within the capitalist system and genuinely believe in the values maintained by capitalism. Their identity as pirates depends on its existence. Video games and movies today are the product of the capitalist system and, I suspect, they are the biggest source of ideological diffusion. Book piracy is a bit different, because pirates relate the activity to a noble idea or cause which is the openness of knowledge and the means to accumulate it, a sentiment that gives way to social consciousness.

The Barter Economy is a Lie
Do you think a gift economy is practical in modern times?

International Stability and its Domestic implications: a Revolutionary Perspective
*“Seventy years ago the world witnessed the conclusion of two months of intense multilateral diplomacy, with the signing of the Charter of the United Nations. In one of the defining acts of the twentieth century, representatives of 50 countries endorsed the formation of an international organization created in the hopes of preserving peace and building a better world for all.”* This is what one author [wrote](https://web.archive.org/web/20220711064200/https://www.un.org/en/chronicle/article/reflection-role-united-nations-ensuring-secure-prosperous-and-equitable-world) in the UN chronicles. Ignoring the occasional regional conflicts that pop up every decade or two, the world order under the aegis of the UN saw, generally speaking, long periods of peace in most places in the world. Indeed, this is a remarkable change from earlier centuries that witnessed long, brutal wars for global dominance within a fragile multipolar world. And whenever today conflicts and wars do arise, the rule of law seems to thrive as a legitimate regulatory force. This, considered by itself, is usually and predominantly seen as a positive thing. But another perspective, a problematic one, emerges when we contextualize this aspect of our contemporary world. [Fears from rising authoritarianism](https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2022/global-expansion-authoritarian-rule) in the last two decades are nothing less than real. The dictatorships of the 21st century have become a constant, problematic theme in international relations. When Western thinkers thought that the fall of the USSR in the 1991 signaled the victory of liberal democracy, they soon [realized how far from the truth they were](https://thebulletin.org/premium/2022-11/its-a-different-kind-of-world-were-living-in-now-interview-with-political-scientist-francis-fukuyama/). Modern dictatorships, despite economic struggles (i.e. sanctions), are flourishing and expanding their political power on the international scene, posing problems to the utopian world order that the West professed. In fact, discontents of populations around the world are growing in proportion with authoritarianism, and this phenomenon extends to the nest of liberal democracy, [the United States](https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/03/us-rightwing-dictatorship-2030-trump-canada). Popular protests against governmental oppression and capitalist inequality are noble and valid, but they are incapable of simply changing the system. That is due to a crucial fact, which is the stability of the unipolar world order. The increasing legalization of the international system has made our world less prone to change. In such a world, States can now focus on domestic issues without being bothered by foreign affairs as much as they used to. As the supreme and only legitimate power within national frontiers, the State prioritizes preserving the status quo over enhancing the living conditions of its population. To our detriment, the new world order has largely removed the role of revolts in changing this status quo. The modern State with its superior logistics and powerful military can neutralize subversive movements at ease. The cycle of governance enabled by revolutions from the bottom-up and external conflicts was ruptured at the dawn of the 21st century. Revolutionary change is harder and harder in this day and age. Paradoxically, international anarchy is the only guaranteed way to achieve prosperity. Our world is complex: progress sometimes necessitates stagnation and, inversely, progress may sometimes turn out to be regression. This is why we must analyze every step and decision and study their long-term consequences. Thus stability, in our case, is protecting the tacit dystopia that late stage capitalism is.

Maybe it’s just me but I feel like the platform as a whole, except certain instances, is less political than it used to. Or maybe I don’t browse the “All” page too often.

I will miss using lemmur.

Post-talk discussion: Is Technology, namely the Internet, compatible with socialist ideologies? And do you think that the internet was inherently flawed that it would inevitably transform into a centralized, abusable instrument even if implemented in a socialistic environment?

I saw this post too a while ago. Has it been addressed since then?

least repeated question on asklemmy 🤭

There was a poster on reddit promoting fediverse alternatives to mainstream social platforms. It caught my attention and so I signed up on lemmy whilst not yet fully grasping what was meant by “federation” and “decentralization”.

On a side note, there’s this nostalgic sentiment to my early days on this platform. It was a novel experience, and this is where I fell into the rabbit hole of privacy and libre culture. Lemmy’s content was a huge rupture from what I used to consume on reddit.

This article highlights quite well the social constructions of South/North and West/East divides and how fluctuant they are as concepts. Basically there's no fixed, objective divide.

Aliucord is a modified discord app which through extensions provide ways to disable hidden telemetry. The patcher is open source.

I’m not very knowledgeable in this field, does chatGPT always give accurate answers?

Edit: also, sometimes people seek cited research from scholars and professionals regarding topics with no straightforward answers. I’m not sure how credible AI is in such cases.

Despite the recyclability of the modules, the process in which materials are separated can be tedious and requires advanced machinery.

It’s not a matter of if the solar panels can be recycled or not, the facts imply that Lebanon, like many third world countries, has no interest or not enough awareness to recycle panels. Lebanon lacks a proper recycling policy. It seems to me, from what I’ve read, that the only reason Lebanese citizens are investing in private, renewable energy is its affordability and abundance compared to other means. But once their economic crisis is resolved, most of them surely will go back to the old ways.

BTW, that link was informative, thanks. Do you have anything similar regarding the batteries and inverters?

Children of Men (2006)
What a wonderful movie for a wonderful story. This is a dystopia, but not your typical, mass-produced totalitarian cesspool movies. This dystopia is, according to Mark Fisher, “specific to late capitalism.” When humans stopped giving birth, the world as we know it fell into disarray and chaos. What interested me was the numerous ways the last people coped with this collapse: there was the religious/spiritual repenting and Christian revelaation stuff, there was the revolutionnaries engaging in activities deemed "terroristic" and there was the nihilism of the elite. Late capitalism was tacitly enmeshed into the film, showing those advertisements of platonic figures all over the place, and concealing the implicit totalitarianism hidden behind apparently democratic institutions.

Depends really, but for the sites I used to access it worked perfectly. I think it all falls down to the mechanism employed by the website to protect the paid content.

https://12ft.io/ to bypass pay walls

https://www.deviceinfo.me/ shows you the info a typical website extracts from your device

https://www.e-ir.info/ has some cool, free articles in relation (virtually) to the field of International Relations.

You’re not wrong, but you’re not much different than doctors when you try to hide the symptoms of an underlying issue with substances. I support self-treatment, but when this involves medication and chemical subtances then it’s a shit decision.

If this is what you want take some advice from experts. Either way what you really need is therapy.

Short but thrilling. We started this year with a bang! Quite literally. A prosecutor wakes up in the middle of the night to the voice of an officer reporting to him the shooting of a villager, marking the beginning of a thrilling and mysterious crime investigation amidst the perturbation of the administration. As the title of the book implies, the author narrates his life as a prosecutor appointed in the Egyptian countryside in the form of a diary extending over twelve days. This is not a simple work of imagination, but it was inspired by the author's actual career and experiences. Critics I found online regarded the book as a satirical work, but one, instead of laughing, becomes quickly saddened if not enraged by the social crisis which the world fell into. While the book's main focus is the crime investigation, many themes emerge in the background: - Contrast between Civilization and Nomadism: The prosecutor, who grew up in the the city, severely criticized the countryside and the peasants that he had to work with on a daily basis during his perpetual, hard work. Sometimes he describes them as being brittle, at other times uncouth; sometimes as ignorant, and at other times backward. The author of the book was born to a peasant father and an aristocratic mother, which explains the clash between the two worlds in his thoughts and works. - Apathy of jurists: The prosecutor's reaction to the gendarme's report of the crime was relief because the investigation won't take much time, for the perpetrator is unknown and the dying victim is unconscious, and so he considered the matter a “simple incident.” The indifference of the prosecutor clearly appears as well as that of the gendarmes and other specialists who repetitively see the atrocity and ugliness of the human corpse after its death, becoming only as valuable as any other inanimate object like the pieces of wood and the molds of clay. - Rigidity of the law: this is the result of imposing foreign ideas and principles on the rural society. In one of the entries, the writer told the story of the illiterate peasant who pleaded his innocence against a judgment in absentia. The judge rejected his request because the deadilne to do so expired: “ignorance of the law excuses not.” The litigant marveled with disapproval, as how could he, a simple-minded creature that had never set foot beyond the borders of his village, have known the code of Napoleon. Similar events occur repetitively in this book to the point they become a norm. Although the prosecutor in his diary mocks this situation, he doesn't refrain from acting in the same way in his cases. - Administrative corruption: The system imposed by the state does not apply to the state, nor to its administrative bodies and employees protected by nepotism. The surprise inspections of the police stations and the court treasury is mere ink on paper, and holding administrative officials accountable is unheard of. The prosecutor expresses his loathing for the kleptocratic agents who were appointed in the capital, while he rots in the arid countryside due to his lack of strong relations with the senior politicians. - Inheritance of oppression: The prosecutor recalls the humiliating treatment of the sheriff to the mayor of one of the districts, knowing that the latter will carry with him the same humiliation and will bequeath it in his turn to his subordinates and from the subordinate to to the lower subordinate and so on until it reaches “the core of the population”. This is the comedy (or tragedy) of the Egyptian legal system as recounted by Al-Hakim.

Maybe use sticky notes and once you finish your book you can rercreate them with a digital tool.

Did you check the spam folder?

If yes, maybe you can try using an intermediary instance from Simplelogin.

Given the upvote ratio, some people are privacy enthusiasts until China intervenes.

Can’t preview instances
When I click on an instance, it never loads. It just keeps buffering. Is this happening with anyone else?

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of torrents and streaming websites crammed with ads, I propose using the Android app Cloudstream which offers TV-and-emulator-friendly UIs and provides video sources from popular websites thanks to extensions

Edit: best part is that the app is open source and has 0 ads and trackers

I see that I’ve misunderstood the question. I was talking about my experience on other mainstream platforms.

genuine conversations without repetitive inside jokes and shallow expressions. It’s as if we replaced meaningful thoughts with words and expressions that do not personally relate to the speaker.

Books written by authors from the Global South.
Hello, we're nearing the end of the year and I'm looking for non-personal suggestions to fill my bucket list with. The theme I'm going for is indcated in the title of this post. Non-fiction humanities is preferred but I definitely wouldn't mind other genres. Also, I don't want to restrain myself to one side of political spectrum, the more diverse the better. Thank you in advance!

Why is there an obsession in making lemmy an overpopulated platform. Social platforms with big userbases tend to degenerate quickly and it makes moderation harder than it already is.

I am quite content with the slow growth and modest amount of activity on lemmy. If I weren’t I would’ve still had a reddit account. Less is sometimes more and vice versa.

Seconded. The app has a radio suggestion feature and a quick picks that recommends music based on your most listened to songs. It’s a yt music front-end with no ads and no tracking.

You can find it on f-droid and github.

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I see what you mean. For instance, if you search for “main” you will find dozens of indistinguishable communities for each instance. That’s understandable but one may wonder to what extent it could reach in the future, but I think ultimately @poVoq@slrpnk.net’s right.

Jordan Peterson /s

Veritasium and Tom Scott make interesting videos from time to time.

If it is on F-droid then their team have built it themselves so the code should technically be out somewhere right? Still alarming that it’s not on github which means nobody can actually fix the issues.

Can you elaborate please, it would be a good opportunity for the community to debate and learn.

I like using wikiless instances too, what does that mean for the future of Wikiles Should we keep using them?

That is a fair point. I understood ‘right’ as ‘prerogative’ and not as a moral notion. Still, I think that my argument gives an interesting legal perspective to the discussion herein.

Cool and helpful list, but did you intend to post it on the privacy or the piracy community?

the rule is that the State always has the exclusive and discretionary right to regulate immigration. The exception to this rule is it being legally tied to an international treaty, notably the 1961 convention relating to the status of the refugees.

According to classic international legal theory, the State is the political organization beholding discretionary power over its territories. What lies within its borders is nobody else’s business. That being said, times of disarray and conflicts require flexible solutions to mitigate humanitarian disasters, which may be seen to a certain extent as being derogatory to the State’s sovereignty. This is how for instance the law of war, jus in bello, came to be. Same case for the refugee law.

So all in all, regulating immigration is the principle, limiting this regulatory power is the exception.

Hello Johnny, and welcome to Lemmy. I see your point there and I agree that people’s behavior online becomes dehumanized and anormal. Sadly, this is a common phenomenon on the internet and you can’t always avoid slopperies. Just ignore whatever you see as a waste of time and effort. I hope you have a great time here.

Since switching to lemmy, I’ve been browsing it anonymously with no account. Despite the alleged toxicity and circlejerking in some of its creeks, Reddit is a high sea of knowledge. I mostly look there for educational material and resources and for tips to guide my niche interests.

Going back to the previous point; Reddit, while it seems like a mainstream website, its users constitute a small, opinionated minority. I wouldn’t take much of what they say (especially in politics) seriously. Also, the internet gives regular people are thick layer of anonymity which encourages them to act (actually to type) most precariously and intensely, which is totally different from how they act in the real world. That goes to all online platforms, even here. If you’re self aware enough, I want you to do a tiny experiment: try to act and treat people online the way you do in real life, and see if there’s any difference between your usual, online behavior and this one.

The future of dictatorships in an era of space exploration
This is my personal take on what possibilities could space exploration and colonization offer to authoritarian regimes in extending their control and consolidating their rule. Hypothetically speaking, with how space and transport technologies are progressing, we may encounter a second phase of globalization which connects planets and galaxies together within an ecosystem maintained by big intergovernmental, law-making organizations (I'd call this the international sphere/order 2.0) . Subsequently, the territories of a given State may be distributed on several planets and bodies. Now, let us assimilate this futuristic reality with more concrete elements. We've encountered in this century few examples of dictatorships' aggressive behavior in consolidating their power and mitigating revolutions. This was manifested in the construction of new capitals restrained only to the elitist classes and the governmental bodies; this is notably the case in Egypt, Myanmar and Brazil. The logical reason behind this initiative is to reduce the possibilities for popular uprisings to topple those tyrannical regimes. For instance, Egypt's new capital is located in the hit desert 45 km away from Cairo (former capital and big centre for lower class); if a popular uprising was to be born in Cairo, it would be virtually impossible for it to reach the capital. Tying the strings together, a post-space-exploration dictatorship may establish its capital on a remote body away from the revolting populace, thus squashing the phenomenon of rebellion once and for all. This is of course assuming that the lower classes would still have limited access to the outer space, and I don't see that as far fetched with the ever-increasing inequality. The same thought process, I argue, could be applied to the sphere of international affairs and politics in many respects. Access to space is like the birth and expansion of civilizations but this time it's in a wider, spatial cadre.

What’s a book that you passionately criticize but still recommend it?
For me, it's a non-fiction by Ahmet Davutoglu (Turkey's former PM) titled "Alternative Paradigms". Without entering into extensive details, Davutoglu contrasts the Islamic and Western worlds from a philosophical and political aspects in assertion of the theory of the clash of civilizations in the globalization era. While there's some merit to his postulations, there are many discrepancies. That being said, I find myself recommending it because it has some truth even if misguided, so I always suggest to read it with caution and scutiny.

We have to make the concepts of decentralization and federation clearer to newcomers
In the last two days I witnessed three separate instances where a new user doesn't understand that lemmy is bigger than just lemmy.ml They would either vent or attack lemmy for say its moderation or users' opinions when in fact they're only criticizing lemmy.ml It's perplexing how they end up on lemmy.ml when [the instances page](https://join-lemmy.org/instances) doesn't put lemmy.ml on top. Is it because of the high userbase? If that's the case, devs still got to make it absolutely clear on their website how lemmy functions as a whole. Maybe insert extra dialogs when trying to sign up and move the "join a server" button to thr bottom of the page so people would scroll through and read.

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The app was recently updated in F-droid!

What's your opinion on this? Is curing hereditary diseases on a genetic level a scientific possibility? If so, why there's a focus on supressing those diseases or their symptoms?

(available on [libgen](https://libgen.rocks/ads.php?md5=8FDCC7DB0FD00C666C331641440D2F92) ;) This book is a reality check for us modern people. In today's day an age, Science and the Scientific method are glorified just like religion was in the Medieval Ages to the point of pure nonrational belief. But this seems contradictory to the ideals of Science, no? What happened to the objectivity, to seeking the truth, to be the last frontier facing the prejudice and dogmas of society? Contemporary scholars have enough data that suggests some of your most beloved, influential scientists had plagiarized, modified or even faked their experimental results that they claimed to obtain: from Galileo Galilei, to Newton, to Mendel and others more whom science textbooks seemed to forget. And day after day, dozens of cases of fraud emerge, while hundreds more if not thousands of fraudulent researchers pass unchallenged into the walls of fame. And the scariest part is that the medical domain is one of the most susceptible environment for fraud and neglect to the truth and to the health of innocents. The scientific community has always brushed off these cases as the "bad apples" that do not reflect the integrity of Science. But Broad & Wade see this issue from another grim perspective. After a thorough and extensive research, they deduced that in fact the problem lies within the core of Science, the conventionalist Scientific Method. Invented and developed by the philosophers and sociologists who looked at Science “from the perspectives of their own disciplines”, the conventionalist method fails to do its supposed function of self-policing whether through replication, peer review, or the referee system. “The philosophers have said they are objective, so scientists strictly forbid any reference to subjective experience in the scientific literature. The sociologists have said they are disinterested, so scientists disdain any overt manifestation of competition or credit-seeking. The historians have said that science is the defense against unreason, so scientists deny with a passion that human passions have any place whatsoever in their work.” (Ch.7) Broad & Wade, giving along the way numerous, vivid examples of the types of fraud that took place systematically, criticized the practical discrepancies of the Scientific method and blamed the Scientific community for turning a blind eye to them. Criticisms vary from opportunitism and careerism, to dogmatism and elitism among the scientists. The authors do not try to mistrust Science per se. Instead they aim from this book to highlight an alternative way into looking at Science and its method. And I believe they have done a pretty good job. ⭐ 4.5/5 If you plan to read the book, please let me know your feedback!

Piracy? We’ve heard numerous times what r/books thinks about it. But how does c/books view it?
"Piracy" here is used in the context of books and all sorts of manuscripts. r/books have three main arguments against it: - It is technically theft - It damages the author's job and income (as well as the publisher, illustrator...etc.) - Why go through the tedious path of pirating books when you can borrow the books from a library legally and for free. What's your reply to those arguments? Are they satisfactory?

To what extent are you commited to a certain book?
Basically, sometimes one may find out too late that a book isn't quite up to one's taste. The book might not be gripping enough due to many factors. In such case, would you quit reading it? Does the amount of progress you put in make a difference? Or would you be nontheless determined to complete despite not feeling any meaningful connection?

Do you listen to music when reading? Why or why not?
For me, I try to find music that fits the setting and resonates with the exposed culture.