you've got the code
i've got the ideas
let's make me lots of money
hey everyone writing code: you can't get around this. code does not exist in a noble mathematical void which absolves you of accountability. any system which people touch is tied into the fabric of society, and should be scrutinized for potential to do harm.
How to make a racist AI without really trying http://blog.conceptnet.io/posts/2017/how-to-make-a-racist-ai-without-really-trying/
"... the sentiment is generally more positive for…
@eldang @oneoddfrog the law in most states says something like "notice must be posted every x feet". so the word "posted" on the sign isn't legally necessary, but culturally, it's supposed to remind people of what the law says, I think.
I feel like it's maybe also the same kind of overly literal interpretation / legomancy that leads people to do weird rituals in order to declare themselves "sovereign citizens" who don't have to pay taxes.
A very important question that always arises when I cycle, hike or snowshoe through anywhere rural, and I've never found the answer to: why do signs that US landowners put up always say "POSTED" in way bigger letters than the actual message (usually "no trespassing" or "no hunting")? What is the legal, cultural and/or linguistic function of POSTED?
Pontevedra in Galicia has banned cars from a large central zone. The mayor seems to be proudest of the improved soundscape: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/18/paradise-life-spanish-city-banned-cars-pontevedra
Now, how do we get Seattle to actually start the "war on cars" we already get accused of waging anyway?
“Streetwear, and its origins in the youth culture of the 70s and 80s, celebrates rebellion and decoupling from institutions. … With the appetite for images, demand for product followed, and a culture of rebellion became a culture of ecommerce.
OnlyNY has built a brand around selling New York City subway merch to consumers whose personal Twitter brands revolve around hating the L train.”
hate symbols follow up, MIpol Show more
In the end, I saw more of the sorts of signs and graffiti that push back against racism and xenophobia than of the actual hate symbols. And also encouragingly: three Democratic Party offices and only one Republican one. At the very least, the Dems are not taking this state for granted this year.
The political TV ads are fascinating. Local Republicans definitely want to make this election a referendum on border crackdowns and tax cuts.
We also took a quick detour for Idlewild, which has a fascinating history as "the Black Eden" where African-Americans built a wholly black town to get away from the indignities of living in majority white places before the Civil Rights Act.
The Pere Marquette Trail is lovely, and we almost rode it from end to end, just getting diverted off the very last mile due to construction. Some of the towns along the way have restored their old stations and made nice public buildings out of them all over again, and it turns out that @nein09's aunt and her partner have been actively fundraising and campaigning for their little town's part in this.
I got to surprise my grandma by showing up on the day before her 88th birthday and hanging out with her for a couple days.
She’s not doing great physically because she just had back surgery but mentally she’s there as much as I am.
I hope to come back when she’s 90 and maybe we’ll be able to go for a walk.
I got this banana phone as a joke but it turns out it's the best Bluetooth headset I've ever used.
Help, I'm managing an international consulting firm via banana.
Black metal is a massively diverse sub-genre and darker aspect of it such as NSBM shed bad light on the whole thing.
To oppose this, a new wave of anti-fascist BM is forming, countering radical right-wing ideals and causing quite a stir in the process.
Murder and assault of sex workers, Border Control Show more
I really didn’t need a literal serial killer to make me want to entirely dismantle border patrol, but maybe the fact that this fucking monster went on a 2 week murder spree will... oh, who am I kidding, it will do nothing. They will do nothing to change the systemic issues that allowed this walking shit stain to do what he did. Fuck. Everything.