Made it to Florence, where the wisteria are truly astonishing. Sorry about the crappy pictures - the journey was long, and we didn't get cleaned up and back out of the hotel until the light was fading, but I had to share this four storey #florespondence
"...corrections officials Wednesday released a memo reversing their recent ban against organizations mailing books to prisoners."
WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN.
@CobaltVelvet scientists: here's a black hole with the mass of billions of suns, an event horizon as large as the solar system, and an inferno of an accretion disk that's blasting out unbelievable amounts of hard radiation.
Fediverse: i wanna pet it.
I'm not surprised to hear this shit coming from Bernie - back in 2006 it was just as common from "left" sources as right, along with a large anti-H1B movement that wasn't about those visas value to abusive employers, but all about the supposed damage that this foreign competition was doing to US workers. But it's still aggravating.
Gah, I still can't get over how archive.org has ebooks "on loan". It's the future, books are infinitely copyable, but hey, we have to make sure it's not *too* convenient to copy them because we don't want people who wrote this book 30 years ago to starve.
DRMing books is the worst idea we've ever had.
Featured in Teen Vogue today:
"Fresh off a successful campaign to organize fast-food workers in the Pacific Northwest, the Industrial Workers of the World have also recently announced the formation of the Freelance Journalists Union, a move that brings labor’s radical history into step with its uncertain but exciting future."
Bigotry isn't ok just because it's directed at a horrible person. Be careful about who you're hurting in the process
Software industry fantasy
Imagine software developers having a union that ensures they don't move across the country and then get laid off on a whim or whatever nasty stuff we always hear about
And imagine they have a professional institution with an enforced code of ethics that prevents them from making registries of minorities or logging personal data or putting DRM in books or whatever
Like, imagine if that industry finally grew the fuck up
Mmhmm, sure is a good thing that we caved on the head tax last year so that Amazon would keep all those jobs in town: https://www.geekwire.com/2019/exclusive-amazon-moving-thousands-employees-seattle-relocating-key-division-nearby-city/
[I am extra salty about the head tax fiasco this week because That Fucking Documentary used it as evidence of Seattleites having "had enough" of the homelessness problem, when its failure IS THE REASON WHY WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FUND MORE SHELTERS AND DETOX BEDS]
uspol, health care
So, P45's accepted that there won't be a Republican replacement for the ACA this session. But the lawsuit to dismiss the whole act is still in progress, right?
I'm annoyed with seeing all this triumphalist reporting that the threat has gone away, but repeal lawsuit without replacement effort is an _even worse_ situation. It's just like Britain sleepwalking into no-deal Brexit.
I'm actually glad I watched that. Though it is bad and dishonest in some really important ways, the secondary reporting had made it sound like it proposes concentration camps for homeless people addicted to drugs, and it does not in fact go to that level of evil. I felt that I had to know because it seems to be getting traction in local politics. Perhaps tomorrow I'll write something more coherent about it - for now I'm a bit drink from the amount of whisky I needed just to cope with its tone.
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