kore

kore wrote (edited )

I understand that there will be health effects and environmental damage from side effects like land clearing and industrial pollution, but to just automatically assume that any new technology will in itself be harmful is misguided.

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kore wrote

I'm really curious too, many anarchists seem to have bought into the idea that there is some sort of negative health effect. Ive read a little bit about it (also because I was talking to someone who was wary of microwaves) but as far as I can tell its really no issue. Scientists have been studying it since the 90s. Holding a phone up to your ear probably gives more exposure than you get from the tower

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_device_radiation_and_health

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kore wrote

sweden has more deaths per capita than the us though. and a higher death rate for their cases.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

they are also very far from herd immunity. having a very strong public health care system helps. this approach would make things a lot worse in the U.S., and basically amounts to sacrificing the old and sick for the economy.

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kore wrote

yeah the linguistic acrobatics are quite something, the terms are not defined clearly.

tree sitting is a pacifist non violent action that is disruptive. and it's very different from a peaceful mass protest. or can you imagine if there was a coordinated blockade of highways in and out of a city or major port or something? i think theyre attacking peaceful mass protest in the pamphlet but as you said they could do it better

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Reply to comment by kore in Signal, Tor, and the USA by celebratedrecluse

kore wrote (edited )

The USA government can see everything you type into your smartphone.

can you explain how this works? a link to an authoritative leaked document perhaps? I guess I just wonder why many pro-privacy organizations (like the EFF) don't really seem to talk about this. I guess this also gets into threat models. Like, if you're just trying to keep intimate conversations private or something.

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kore wrote

Re: Tor, no correlation is made between the funding by state-level actors and the ability to compromise Tor's anonymity. That is, there's no argument that these groups are paying Tor to put in back doors. I thought everyone knew that a traffic analysis attack is possible by organizations with sufficiently large access to monitoring internet traffic? No surprise to me anyway.

Re: Signal: I don't use it mostly because of the phone number thing, though I suppose you could use a burner phone. But, I still think that E2EE is secure when used properly.

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Reply to comment by kore in Isolation in Modern Society by polpotisevil2

kore wrote

It was really scary to see mass computation happen, so disturbing how very few people understood that it was a new kind of aggressive colonization, an invasion in every sense of the word.

to me it's just a natural continuation of writing. the textual revolution was the beginning of modernity imo.

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kore wrote

I think play with language is the only way to break down the effect it has on our conception of reality. Any constructive project, however "anarchist", just runs into the same problems. Off the top of my head theres that line in the KRS One song Sound of da Police " overseer overseer offerseer offeseer officer" the fact that the two words arent etymologically related gives it an even more destructive aspect

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kore wrote (edited )

I'm somewhat obsessed with this question.

I sometimes think about it in terms of words acquiring their meanings by their associations. The meaning is built up over time, always changing, and slightly different for everyone.

In addition to that any attempt to attach a fixed name to something fails because I believe there is no fixed principle. In addition, people can reject certain names for things, or claim that everything other than one thing is not really what the name describes. e.g. "I'm not one of those" or "This is the true meaning of x"

There's power in reclaiming/inventing language (many oppressed groups have done it with slurs), but I like the bottom up approach rather than the top down. For example, I hear stories of families all the time where children invent words for things.

I think regarding "official names" there is definitely a power there that needs to be questioned, but language play is great :)

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kore wrote

Read some Zen philosophy. I'd recommend Zen Mind Beginner mind by Suzuki Shunryu.

Also go plant a flower or bake some cookies or draw a picture or something.

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Reply to by !deleted25661

kore wrote

i would highly recommend not trying to continually mess with your setup during school. ive tried and its not great. maybe take the first semester on mint to see what kinds of things you will need and then over a break set up gentoo.

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