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I've handled an absolute fuckton worth of parcels. Millions by this point.
There's gotta be some social value in that. Even once you discount all the online retail brick-a-brac facilitated.
I'm not sure what this says about me, this one has hit home for a while now.
On the "better music" front:
Link to the Washington Post bit from the second paragraph: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/03/01/if-the-supreme-court-rules-against-unions-conservatives-wont-like-what-happens-next
I can't decide if conservatives really want to destroy the current model of business unionism, or want to simply reduce it to a husk.
By something else, I didn't mean Communism. I meant "it depends".
Mostly I responded because "What is the alternative?" implies to me a choice between Capitalism and Whatever Else. That would require more control over the situation than we actually have. At some point, Capitalism will stop being a viable process, be it for ecological reasons, cultural change, financial crisis, whatever.
I'm not saying that we don't have agency, just that choosing Capitalism from now until forever isn't really within our practical sphere of choice. If no other set of relations is viable, human history will get really bleak really fast.
What that something else looks like depends on the conditions that turn the page on what we've got now. The traditional wager was that worker unrest would be the main driving force, and it's a short hop from there to assuming that "The Alternative" is big 'c' Communism.
If it is ecological collapse that does it, though, well that society is gonna look different from one where the tipping point was revolt due to mass unemployment.
Burnt out on history and hot takes on history right now.
Since the last thread, I've read:
- Understanding Power, which is a curated collection of talks by Chomsky. Was fairly interesting, but is slowly fading away into the past. Worth it for the footnotes, and reads quickly.
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, which was my first experience of reading about an event and going "wait, that happened how many years ago?" This one was probably my favorite out of the bunch this round. I actually checked it out along with Black Against Empire, but ended up shelving the that one a quarter of the way through once the history burn out set in.
- Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber. I'm actually not quite done with this one yet, but will be before the night is over. Unless there is a magic finish to this one, it is solidly in the "over hyped" territory.
- The War on Leakers: National Security and American Democracy, From Eugene V. Debs to Edward Snowden by Lloyd C. Gardner. Emphasis on Snowden, Debs is hardly featured. This was the most forgettable. By which I mean I forgot I about it until I was looking at my library checkout history to make sure I didn't miss anything. The writing is lack luster, and the facts it brings to the table are more or less along the lines you would suspect.
I'm a shit book reviewer. But that's ok.
Spent the first few days of vacation learning about CAD workflows. Before this week, shit worked but was horrendously unmanageable.
I'm getting better! This doggie bag holder is largely driven by parameters, and optimizes itself for printing based on the input nozzle width of the 3d printer. It'll be getting thrown up on thingiverse/github as public domain once I'm satisfied with it.
Kinda 'meh' about this. Github was always a business.
I'd be down for an opensource federated alternative, and hopefully one will emerge, but the fact that a proprietary platform is changing hands isn't really an oh shit moment to me. There was always the chance that github could tell me to get stuffed at the drop of a hat anyways.
I'm late to the party, and I think I've said this before, but if you need disposable work boots, you could do a lot worse than Thorogoods.
I've had mine for two and a half years. The soles are shot. I could resole them, but I've worn the leather through on the toes from kicking boxes. They look like hell, but I can still probably get another year out of them. They are comfy. Union made. And way cheaper than buying $60 shoes every five months.
If you're poor, watch the spring/fall Amazon fashion sales. For whatever reason, they tend to get included in those.