An timeline of Earth’s average temperature since the last ice age glaciation: xkcd.com/1732

Illustrates the terrifying gravity of climate change.

be kind to yourself and be furious at the people who led & continue to lead this world further into fascism, capitalism, and environmental destruction

I've been lurking here a while, and realized I never did a proper #introduction.

I'm primarily a software developer, and have had a passion for AppSec and InfoSec since writing my first robust login page.

I was a Solo dev, writing line-of-business apps for my family's farm business for years before transitioning to development in a more professional context. After "going pro", I found the get-it-done attitude I picked up working solo lands me a lot of work at the intersection of Dev and Ops.

Listen to an audio book. There are lots of public domain ones here: librivox.org/

Hey #mastodon ! Is there a way to follow the timelines of a local instance, and not just a particular user?

Imo, one of the most damning aspects of capitalism is that it encourages people to have consumptive hobbies over creative ones.

It actively seeks to bar people from doing things like cooking, or writing, or making pottery, or anything else of that nature. Activities in which you are making something

Things like that are made either too expensive (in terms of money, or time, or both) or framed as something not worth wasting time on, because you can't support yourself doing art/writing/etc

Sharing! When its legal, cool! When its illegal, RADICAL!!!

This comic by Jeff Lofvers (donthitsave.com) reminds me of @aral's excellent video, "Surveillance capitalism has led us into a dystopia."

Watch it here: ar.al/2018/12/10/surveillance-

Pretty amazing to read this UN special report from May 2018 (digitallibrary.un.org/record/1).

Haven't read the whole thing but to name a few points:
- 44% of adults can't cover an emergency expense costing $400
- 40 million live in poverty
- 18.5 million live in extreme poverty
- 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty
- Highest rate of income inequality among Western countries
- Highest incarceration rate in the world
- Highest levels of obesity in the developed world

(3/3)

"...who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

(2/3)

"...who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom..."

in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 4/16/63 (africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/):

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"I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate..."

abine.com/blog/2018/blur-secur

(abine.com) experienced a data breach on December 13 exposing this information about Blur users who had registered their accounts prior to January 6th, 2018:
* Each user’s email addresses
* Some users’ first and last names
* Some users’ password hints but only from our old MaskMe product
* Each user’s last and second-to-last IP addresses used to login to Blur
* Each user’s encrypted Blur password.

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"This leads to a market-based approach to life, including toward nature, love, spirituality, political work, and everything else. Unfortunately, political work is not comfortable, fun, and instantly gratifying in the ways that we are conditioned to desire. Instead it is challenging, complex, and requires immense persistence. When this fact is discovered, a common response is to abandon it."

Reading through "Capitalism Must Die!" by Stephanie McMillan (gumroad.com/l/capitalismsucks) and this quote struck me:

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"In order to increase consumption of commodities, capitalist society obsessively pushes self-indulgence as an ideal. (“Because you’re worth it.”) It has created concepts of “comfort,” “fun” and “satisfaction” that correspond to their economic need for us to buy things. Whatever doesn’t please us in the moment, we are encouraged to abandon and replace..."

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