Kia ora koutou. Joined up yesterday. Loving it so far.
#scifi & #fantasy
#makingstuff - out of wood, fabric, code, ...
#gardening - not so much lately as trying to make at least a visible dent in my list of projects to do
#feminism - grew up 2nd wave, learning to be 4th
I was seven years old. It’s not ancient history, it’s current reality.
Under National, banks lent $1.75 to property investors for every dollar they lent first home buyers.
A year ago, it was $1.25
In the past year, banks have lent more to first home buyers than investors for the 1st time on record
Shows the power of removing investor incentives.
#OtD 7 Jun 1968 women workers at Ford's Dagenham plant in England walked out on strike for equal pay with men. The strike led to the Equal Pay Act of 1970, although pay equality at Ford was only achieved after a later strike in 1984 https://libcom.org/history/1968-ford-female-employees-win-strike-equal-pay-dagenham
You don't have to be that gung-ho on trans rights to realize that a world where girls' genitals need to be inspected before they can play any sport is worse for girls than a world where once in a while there's a trans girl on a girls' team.
The Republican argument that reasonable laws means that guns will be taken away is a fallacy meant to manipulate and distract.
The Republican party uses all the methods of argument that are illogical and false when examined with a little critical thinking.
The U.S. has drastically reduced driving injuries and fatalities by mandating certain automobile restrictions. We have drivers' licenses with age limits, and before you can get on the road, you have to pass a test.
Drivers not only need licenses with pictures, their cars must be insured and registered with state government. We've mandated speed limits and various kinds of traffic laws. We've instituted mandatory seat belt use across the country. We've lowered the alcohol limit for drunk driving, and have increased penalties. 1/2
How to Prevent Gun Massacres? Look Around the World-
It’s my strong view that one of NZ’s most successful campaigns over the last 5-10 years, by numerous groups and individuals, has been to push beneficiary-bashing to the margins and build a majority for the right to a dignified minimum standard of living for everyone. 1/2 https://twitter.com/rmarchnz/status/1531169479748558849
People were massacred at a grocery store in Buffalo. Are we going to put in armed door control at every public building, which didn't work anyway in Uvalde?
What about public parks? Streets?
The Vegas and DC shooters shot from apartment/hotel windows.
If they talk about there already being background checks? Only licensed gun dealers are required to do them, and reporting is not mandatory. We need universal background checks with mandatory reporting.
The people who don't want to solve the problem will say things they know are unfeasible. Same thing with the "mental health" roll. Republicans say this stuff over and over and never lift a finger on what they even claim solutions are.
When's the last time they did anything about mental health besides cut funding for it, anyway?
Even if their ideas were good (they aren't), they don't do anything with them. They're worse than useless.
PolitiFact - Research: Armed campus police do not prevent school shootings-
Animal free alternatives to dairy are now being fermented. Here the proteins found in milk will be grown from yeasts, in a new factory in Denmark. The one factory will be able to produce the equivalent of 50,000 cows.
That we have enough data to get *detailed* statistics, with statistically significant results, on the 'effectiveness' of knives & guns _by type_, when carrying out mass killings and we know precisely how many *more* deaths you get with assault weapons, literally makes me cry.
When an assault weapon is used in a mass shooting, it results in six times as many people shot than when other guns are used.
Hey New Zealand peeps! With COVID-19 control measures relaxed & the border reopening, we’re expecting a resurgence of flu in 2022. That means we need YOU to sign up to flutrackers so we can understand how much flu & COVID are circulating. It's super easy! https://www.flutracking.net/Join/NE/inv84
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No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.
(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)
Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain
I don't think it gets much better than this. (Bound to be on Spotify as well. I moved off there after the Joe Rogan thing. Tidal is just as good, if not better, especially as it has Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.)
From Ōtepoti | Dunedin, NZ. Software engineer, maker, foodie, leftie.
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