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Also, interesting how Linus mentioned “displacement” and “tearing apart neighborhoods” as justifications against switching from cars to transit+bike+walk models. Because guess what the fuck also displaces people and destroys community? Highways and viaducts! A single highway interchange can destroy an entire small town, while a single train station takes up the space of maybe two suburban houses. And a double track rail line is narrower than many laneways and suburban streets, while having more capacity than ten lanes of highway. You’re in Vancouver, Linus, ever heard of the Georgia Viaduct and its effects on causing the creation of the Downtown East Side slums?
Also, just a nagging thought in the back of my mind, is he only concerned about displacement because the places that most need to be redeveloped for walk ability, the single family suburbs, are majority white residents while BIPOC residents tend to live in denser areas? Hmm… You’re also living on land where Indigenous populations were displaced by the way (the ones that were merely displaced got off lucky, actually, most were murdered).
PSA: If you don’t absolutely need ARM or the really tiny form factor and can settle for higher power consumption, you can get a used Dell or Lenovo business PC from a few years ago for less than a new Raspberry Pi or even some of the higher end alternatives/clones but with similar computing power. Or something a lot more powerful for not that much more.
I really like their ultra-small form factor models. About the size of a coffee table book so not that much larger than a raspi with a case, and if you factor in the fairly high quality case, more I/O, active cooling, non-soldered CPU and RAM, and expansion through hard drive slots and M.2, it’s an even better value.
DPR, LPR, and Crimea were Russian for most of the history of Russia and Ukraine, and are still majority ethnic Russian. Ukraine’s “sovereign” state is only legitimate in its native territory. The above regions have all voted that they’d rather be apart of Russia.
Meanwhile the US annexed Hawaii and ignored a petition by the vast majority of Native Hawaiians to stay independent because… Because. It was because they’re not white isn’t it?
Intellectuals: Climate change is an existential threat and we absolutely must change on a societal level.
Americans: No, fuck you.
Intellectuals: Please just wear a mask and stay two meters away from people.
Americans: No, fuck you.
Intellectuals: The vaccine is safe and prevents serious illness, please just take it.
Americans: No, fuck you.
Technically all the people that died/will die from the derailment in Ohio (very weird to type that out) should be counted as killed by a train.
And as always, the train itself is never the problem. Nor are the operators. The asshole humans at the top of the company controlling both are.
I feel for the conductor and driver who are probably getting raked over the coals for what really wasn’t their fuckup.
Coal is (or at least was) a necessary product. Sex isn’t and never was. And the people who can’t function without it need psychiatric treatment, not reinforcement of their illness which will absolutely make it worse.
The issue of consent. If you can’t get paid for your blood because that constitutes coersion and therefore invalidates consent, why should it be different for sex, where the propensity for permanent, life ruining harm is orders of magnitudes higher than blood?
If two consenting adults just want to have recreational sex with each other, why is payment a necessary element? And if they wouldn’t have had sex without the payment aspect, then it isn’t recreational sex. Just find a person (or people) you vibe well with and who is interested in having sex with you if you want to do it in moderation, or if you suffer from sex addiction, seek professional help and bring yourself past that.
And for that “well these people are doing sex work to provide for themselves and their family” the fact that there are people doing that is a sign of a broken system that is utterly failing to support them and their families through other ways. If they like it, it’s not the paid sex they like, they like the fact that they and their family are not starving. It’s basically Stockholm syndrome.
That’s the important part: banning sex work is not banning recreational or extramarital sex. Adults can still have sex with each other if they want, and by taking the payment aspect out of it, it can be even more fulfilling and conducive to forming long-term bonds. A la Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs, get the survival requirements squared away, then people can move onto deciding if they want to have sex for free on top of that, and if they do, they can find confidence in knowing that they’re likely doing it of their own accord, because they like doing it or because they like the person they’re with, and not because they need money.
Is it bad that I think it’s karmic retribution that the slaves were used to produce sugar for Europe and ended up slowly killing a ton of Europeans through its adverse health effects. Obviously nothing can make it up to the people who were enslaved, but it’s a little comforting.
And don’t worry about the proletariat in Europe who were not involved in slavery, they couldn’t afford sugar or at least couldn’t afford it in amounts that would cause health complications. It killed almost exclusively the bourgeoisie who had banquets where literally half the table was various forms of nearly pure sugar. Poetic.
Kinda wish more of the ultra rich would kill themselves with their luxuries in modern times. I think a few more private jet crashes or mansions burning down wouldn’t hurt.
Reminder that the Class 1 freight railroads fight tooth and nail against better rail safety measures that are now standard in Europe and Asia, because it would force them to change their operating procedures and hurt their efficiency (read: profitability).
This is also why freight corridors in North America are almost never suitable for parallel passenger service. Because it’s so unsafe.
It’s also why more people are killed by trains in the US than places that rely way more on rail and have way more trains in extremely dense downtowns. Like China, Japan, and the EU.
I’d be interested in how the fact that the Tor browser in Tails has uBlock Origin pre-installed affects the security/anonymity of the browser instance. I’m all for blocking ads and trackers everywhere, but since regular Tor doesn’t have an ad blocker, wouldn’t fingerprinters be able to identify at least that you’re on Tails and not a normal OS? And therefore also know when you change where you’re accessing Tor from?
(Also, I totally thought this was referring to Tails from Sonic for a second lol)
His employees are pretty good. Alex, Anthony, etc. They have relevant degrees and know what they’re talking about when it comes to technology and engineering. Frankly, they should kick Linus to the curb and start their own tech channel.
I agree with your assessment on RMTransit, I’ve heard a lot of people say he’s “too woke” but really he isn’t woke enough. We should be doing like China and completely transforming our cities, essentially restarting from scratch and building something with people oriented planning from day one. It’ll be even easier for is because we really don’t have any historic cultural stuff worth preserving and building around, yeah we have old colonial era buildings and cathedrals but IMO they deserve no protection from the demolition ball, because we sadly have no indigenous buildings or villages still standing, which would have been worth protecting if they still existed. Also, while displacing immigrants and BIPOC is a concern, I will be losing no sleep over the displacement of the upper middle class white crackers that plague Vancouver.