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All Creatures Welcome
All #Creatures Welcome sketches a utopian image of #society in the #digital era. Accompanied by the appeal to “use #hacking as a mindset,” the viewers immerse themselves, together with the filmmaker, in a documentary adventure game and explore the world of digital communities at the events held by the Chaos Computer Club; a real-world reflection of the virtual spectrum. Together with the #filmmaker and the slogan"use hacking as a mindset" we immerse in a documentary adventure game and explore the world of Komputerfrieks, as they used to call themselves at the inaugural meeting of the Chaos Computer Club in 1981. We come upon an open, free-spirited society. The events of the CCC are a kind of utopian real-world reflection of the virtual spectrum. We encounter angels, activists, robots, coders and makers. We learn what a hack is, why lockpicking can be important, how a cellular system works. We dive into the game and become part of the community that is as inclusive as it is sophisticated. Still outside of this collective the challenges are immense in an era, in which political certainties and institutions increasingly erode. Models of governance, economics, social order, technology and science are being put into question 24/7. With the internet’s rules of conduct, national laws are being repealed and transformed into global structures. While the worldwide web would structurally actually allow a radical renewal of democracy, changing it from representation to participation, more and more states are drifting towards authoritarian societies in political reality. In the course of that process, en passant the largest surveillance machinery of human history has been created. We see how the hacker culture meets these challenges and what inner contradictions it encounters. We learn that our lives are not determined by general, given truths but actually through the way we work, develop ourselves, suffer or dream. The events of the CCC become a possible blueprint of social upheaval. Self-organization, freedom of expression and critical discussion merge in a colorful, polyphonic chorus apart from social norms and capitalist constraints: "Be excellent to each other!“ http://www.allcreatureswelcome.net
#allcreatureswelcome #35c3 #movie #hacking #hacker #ccc
For social norms to change, people need to deviate from these inherited norms. People need the space to try alternate ways of living without risking arrest or social ostracization. People need to be able to read critiques of those norms without anyone’s knowledge, discuss them without their opinions being recorded, and write about their experiences without their names attached to their words. People need to be able to do things that others find distasteful, or even immoral. The minority needs protection from the tyranny of the majority.https://www.wired.com/story/mcsweeneys-excerpt-the-right-to-experiment/
#society #culture #privacy #surveillance #tyranny #media #censorship #politics #nothingtohide #social #norm #norms #socialnorms #freedom #community #minority #minorities #majority
#Sociedad #Comportamiento #Política #Internacional #Society #Behaviour #labor #trabajo
The dark-haired girl on the right with the impish smile, her name was Eddie Lou, she was about 8 years old when this photo was taken in 1909. Nice photo, except, in the background you can see spinning machines. The picture was taken at the Tifton Cotton Mill, Tifton, Georgia. The girls worked there.
The photograph was taken by Lewis Hine, who visited factories such as this mill and took photographs of the children who worked there as evidence for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC). At the time, there were no labor laws, no unions to protect workers. At times, Hines had to disguise himself, even posing as a bible salesman in order to get on company grounds because as a photographer he was prohibited.
Many industries hid the fact that they employed children. They took advantage of poor families, such as Eddie Lou's family. Eddie Lou's father had died and left her mother with 11 children and no income. Her mother was forced to work at the cotton mill for $4.50 a week. Eddie Lou and four siblings also worked there and they were all together paid $4.50 as well. Eddie Lou and her youngest siblings would eventually be sent to an orphanage because her mother wasn't able to provide for them.
Hine had been a teacher, but he left the teaching profession when he realized a camera could be used as an educational tool for social reform. He became a photographer for the NCLC to help change the laws and end child labor.
It was sometimes a dangerous job, and Hine was frequently threatened by factory police and foremen. He visited factories, sweat shops, and other businesses touted as the pillars of the community. He would find the young children, like Eddie Lou, working at these places, toiling their childhood away.
Hine also photographed immigrants at Ellis Island at a time when popular opinion of immigrants wasn't good. According to The Tenement Museum, which preserves and interprets the history of immigration, Hine "sought to humanize immigrants, to make their journeys, their wants, their struggles indistinguishable from any American".
Hines' photographs would be instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States. If it were not for him and his photographs, industries would have been able to hide the immorality of child labor and would have been able to continue exploiting children. If it were not for him, children today, instead of enjoying a three day weekend, would probably be working.
Hine didn't have to do what he did, yet he did. At the time, he was one of the most hated men in America because of his photographs. He would be threatened with violence and even death. But, he felt it was his moral obligation to do what needed to be done, what some refused to do, what others were not capable of doing. Some inferred that it was unpatriotic to do what he did. Others, however, would realize later that what he did was one of the most patriotic things you can do.
Later in life, people forgot about Lewis Hine and the work he did, he would lose his house, dying at the age of 66.
But his photographs remain a reminder and a testament to his work, to his dedication to do what was right. You may not know him, but Hine is one of the heroes of the labor movement.
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On the Power of Touch and Touch Deficits
#nsfw #podcast (from https://www.lifeontheswingset.com/27209/ss-321-on-the-power-of-touch-and-on-touch-deficits)
A "deficit of touch" as it is discussed in this very interesting podcast episode can never justify any sort of violence against other people ... no matter how bad a person may feel because she/he is experiencing such a situation, it can never be an excuse for doing harm to others ...
A common problem?
... that being said, I am very much convinced that this "deficit of touch" is experienced by a sadly high proportion of people and it probably does contribute directly to them doing lots of hurtful things to other people ...
... obviously there is no quick fix for this problem/phenomena, but it would probably help a lot if more people were aware of it ...
... without having investigated this any further, I'd say that this is one of the deeper lying problems that drive people to do all sorts of partly irrational/stupid/weird/harmful/unecessary things to try and compensate for... like drug use, overeating, shopping, buying physical intimacy from sex workers, watching porn, violence, self harm, ...
I wonder what kind of actions societies could take to make this better ... any ideas?
#touch #intimacy #society #porn #sexwork #sexuality #nsfw
Universal Basic Income: The future?
I have found Bregman to be quite optimistic, and that is a very refreshing thing. I'm looking forward to reading his book, Utopia for Realists.
#UBI #news #media #poverty #politics #society #history #bullshitJobs #optimism #capitalism #utopia
Even Small Children Are Less Helpful after Touching Money
Merely touching money has the power to alter our behavior. Money makes us more selfish, less helpful, and less generous towards others. While money can hamper helpfulness, it also confers psychological advances in the form of making people more persistent and more successful at solving challenging problems.
Our own research reveals that handling money can trigger all these behaviors, in different cultures, at a surprisingly early age—3 years-old. Even the very young are less likely to lend a helping hand, after touching money, or to work harder at solving challenging problems like correctly solving a labyrinth. And, all this happens despite a relative lack of experience with money or knowledge of its value. Money has the power to shift behavior in desirable and undesirable ways even before children can understand that a dime is worth more than a nickel. We were surprised to discover that an everyday occurrence around the world—simply touching cash—can trigger changes in behavior so early on in life. These findings could have implications for achievement, generosity and interpersonal harmony.
Children who played longer with money were more selfish, less helpful, and less generous. They were less helpful in keeping the room tidy and less willing to help ready materials for the next child. They also took more rewards for themselves and were less inclined to give away their toys to other children.
Similar behavioral changes have been documented in adults. After a seemingly-irrelevant task in which people handled or thought about money, as opposed to other objects or concepts, their work performance improved. And, merely holding or thinking about money disrupts interpersonal harmony. We show that these effects are in place before children can even name different coins.
Interesting experiment on money with children. Scary how just touching money can change young children's behaviour.
#Article #Children #Behaviour #Society #Money #Selfish #Experiment
– by #JeffDeist, #MisesInstitute
When Professor Hans-Hermann #Hoppe made his famous argument against #democracy back in 2001, the notion that #voting was a lousy way to organize #society was still radical even among many #libertarians. Virtually everyone raised in a western country over the past century grew up hearing “democracy” used as a #synonym for #wonderful, #good, #just, and #valid. It takes a great deal of #unlearning to overcome this as an #adult, and to question the #wisdom of representative #government installed via democratic mechanisms.
Fast forward to 2017, however, and the case against democracy is being made right in front of our eyes. Witness #HillaryClinton, who not long ago gushed about our “sacred” right to vote — that is until her stupendous loss to #Trump. Today she clings to the specious #nonsense that the Russians somehow influenced our #election by planting stories and using #social-media, which if true would be an excellent #argument against #voting rights. If the natives are so easily duped by a few silly posts in their #Facebook feeds, why on earth is their vote meaningful or #sacred?
Other #progressives like #MichaelMoore demand that Trump be arrested, presumably for #treason. Left-leaning cable #news pundits openly call for Trump to #resign or be #impeached. #Mainstream newspapers wonder whether he’ll even finish his four-year term. The overwhelming message from the #media is that Trump is a disaster, an existential threat that must be stopped.
But it’s not just progressives questioning democratic outcomes. #Neoconservative #BillKristol tweets that he’d rather be governed by an #unaccountable #deep-state than Trump. Mild-mannered conservative moralist #DennisPrager, a #reasonable and #likeable right winger in my view, argues quite seriously that we are in the midst of a second #civil-war with those who simply reject their electoral #defeat. And the libertarianish jurist #RichardEpstein, writing for the somnambulant #HooverInstitution, unloads a #litany of #grievances against Trump that would make #BillMaher blush.
We should recall that as democratic elections go, Trump’s #victory was perfectly #legitimate. Nobody seriously challenges his margins in the key states of #Ohio, #Pennsylvania, #Wisconsin, and #Florida. Lamentations about #Clinton winning the so-called popular vote are #irrelevant and blatantly #partisan — the #ElectoralCollege is as much a part of the “rules” as having two #senators per state.
Meanwhile in the #UK, former #PrimeMinister #TonyBlair employs the language of #revolution in urging #Remain forces to “rise up” against #Brexit and overturn the #referendum in #Parliament. Never mind that #Blair is no longer an elected official and holds no #government office, never mind that both the referendum process and the Brexit vote were perfectly valid: he just doesn’t like the #results. His argument that #Leave voters had “imperfect knowledge” is both #hilarious and #disingenuous: voters always have imperfect #knowledge about candidates and policies prior to elections; pertinent new #information always comes to light after elections. If Blair thinks we can start overturning elections based on any degree of voter #ignorance, then I must suggest he begin with the vote in the House of Commons that made him #PM. And why does he, a #democrat, imagine some right to #overturn election results at all?
It’s time to call a spade a spade. All of this #angst hardly comports with our supposed #reverence for #democracy. Again, Trump handily and fairly won a democratic election just three months ago. If he’s the #devil, a wrecking ball that cannot be stopped by the other branches of government, then our entire constitutional system and its democratic mechanisms are defective. Why doesn’t the #neverTrump movement take its arguments to their #logical #conclusion, and insist an electorate that would install Donald Trump never be allowed to #vote again or have any say in organizing society?
The reality is becoming clear, even as it remains uncomfortable for many: democracy is a #sham that should be opposed by all liberty-loving people. Voting and elections confer no #legitimacy whatsoever on any government, and …
#Liberty #Freedom #Libertarianism #Anarchism #Democracy
Software flaws that may once have been capable of crashing applications have the potential to crash cars, planes, medical devices, appliances, and other connected infrastructure. As a result, Schneier contends, the restrictions and regulations that attempt to defend against real world risks will be placed on the tech world.
"What we're going to see is increased government involvement," Schneier said. "Because that's what happens in the world of dangerous things."
I don't think this is just about the US government, but US media seems to forget there is a world outside. I'm not sure it's necessarily a bad thing either, but as Schneier points out it all depends on how informed the agencies or institutions that constitute this involvement will be.
by Jim Goodman
A Mosuo woman is the "owner" of her labor.
Mosuo women, Lige village
Among Yunnan’s many physical attractions, the most beautiful body of water, butterfly-shaped, at 2700 meters altitude, covering 90 sq km, is Lugu Lake, in northern Ninglang County. The face of Lion Mountain towers another 1000 meters above the northern shore and five small islands speckle the lake’s surface. Even higher, snow-capped mountains tower in the distance. In good weather the scenery is so breath-taking it is easy to see why Lugu Lake is drawing so many tourists. But the scenery is not the only attraction. The district is home to the Mosuo people, a branch of the Naxi nationality, but differing in one important aspect—the Mosuo are mainly a matrilineal society, as are their Pumi neighbors, a rarity even in a land of great cultural diversity. Only the A clan, the smallest of the five Mosuo clans, is patrilineal. And that’s because they are descendants of the Mongol officers who stayed behind when Kubilai Khan conquered the area in the 13th century, married local women and became the ruling class.
The essence of matrilineal societies is that women inherit the property. It is they, not the men, who own the house, fields and immovable property. Descent is reckoned through the mother, with usually the youngest daughter being the heiress. If a Mosuo mother doesn't have a daughter she adopts one of her sister's daughters. All children belong to the mother and they, in turn, contribute their labor and loyalty to their mother's household. Elder daughters set up their own households, but sons do not. The latter remain attached to their mother's household even after they have set up conjugal relationships with women.
... ya better read the whole story on a society where only women are in charge.
#female #human #women #matriarchy #society #clan #Mosuo #Lugu #lake #China
This is you. This is me. We usually do not see it this way, but it is a mirror of us. Little by little, each day, we throw away our garbage without much thought to it. How rarely we get to see the amount of waste we produce over time. When we do we get shocked, maybe even a bit embarrassed, over the quantities of our consumption. Photos like these serves as a reminder that we should resist excessive consumption which has become part of our lives. Hopefully we will notice that we cannot create so much garbage, we have to live smarter. Producing so much garbage is not solely our fault because we are all a cog in the machine, but we are not entirely innocent ether, because we do not do anything with this situation. It's enough to do small steps at a time to produce less trash, start with yourself and work outwards from there. At least think about it and look at your habits. Photo projects like this 7 days of garbage helps us see and realise. It shows the beds in which we lie with all our junk, desired or not, remember where it came from.
“By asking us to look at ourselves, I’ve found that many are considering the issue more deeply. Many have said the process of saving their garbage and laying in it reconciled them to a need for change. Others feel powerless. It isn’t their fault that the products they buy are disposable and come with excessive packaging. Our economic model and its necessity for growth fuels the waste epidemic – and makes conservation seem untenable.” - Gregg Segal
We work and work, making money in order to consume, this is our way. I wish that the advertisement industry didn't have so much power over us. We are consumers and our lives revolves around it. The industry is so good now that it knows what we want before we want it. The continuous consumption leads to ever more trash, a vicious circle.
The photo series that puts a spotlight on our consumption and garbage are the work of the photographer Gregg Segal http://www.greggsegal.com #Photo #Consumption #Consume #Trash #Garbage #GreggSegal #Change #Recycle #Society
female:pressure | rojava
This campaign primarily aims at raising awareness around the #resistance movement currently taking place in the cantons of #Rojava (located in northern #Syria), where #women participate on all levels of decision making and building a new #society from scratch, with built-in social, racial and ethnic #justice, religious #freedom, ecological principles and gender #equality. Despite vast cultural and historical differences between Western countries and #Kurdistan, the campaign uses #art & #music to bridge these and build long-lasting real-life connections based on dialogue and respect, involving as many Kurdish musicians and activists as possible.
female:pressure raise awareness for the women of Rojava, their struggle, ideas and implementations on the ground including famously defeating areas captured by the Islamic State. Mass #media have been silent and struggle to report on the Kurdish region and the complex issues, due to the danger it holds through #IS, #war, airstrikes by #Russia, #USA and allies and the Turkish war on Kurds. As the #PKK is officially named as a terrorist organisation (e.g. by USA & the EU), many global and European news platforms do not report at all or if so, with a large bias in favour of Turkey's current government. The campaign aims to activate a dialogue, solidarity with women in war, investigate further into these complex issues and not to stay stagnant with inaction to the detriment of huge number of human rights violations in the area. The challenges addressed are huge: extremely complex global #politics and #economics, post-colonial challenges of war, systematic prejudice & inequality, #corruption, #terrorism, #fundamentalism, the role of the women in society. Awareness is necessary to activate critical reflection and #action, the female:pressure network can help activate this.
#genderequality #femalepressure #isis #humanrights #postcolonial #feminism