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With the most recent books I've read on top, these are some of the more impactful history books I've read, and that I wish more people had read. What would your choices be? (Feel free to leave a comment with your faves or with critiques of my list, and/or boost)

Mythology of Policing 

The myth of policing is that they will somehow protect us from violence and that's not really true, in fact they have an appreciable effect on violence to the inverse of the common mythology. The fact is, anything can happen at any time. Police cannot and will not protect you from that reality. Violent things have always been a part of the human experience and they always will be. I for one would rather feel empowered to deal with threats to my person than rely on an institution of fascist thugs to protect me with a monopoly on violence that in most case forbids me from protecting myself. That doesn't make me feel safer.

Superstition, data collection, metadata 

With folklore, folks used to be cautious about what to do with hair and nail clippings. As those could give a witch or sorcerer power over you.

We have this now with our electronic clippings, we give our clippings to social networks and that gives a whole heap of power to them and to the buyers of that data who can then analyse it.

There's an analogy for you. 😏

Activist idea: Different leftist groups hold a friendly competition to draw up plans for turning a local vacant/abandoned property into collectively-owned commons. They're given 2 hours. At the end, they come together and synthesize their ideas, and then spruce up the synthesis and harass politicians to enact their plan. Would love if groups did this for Rikers in , but I think the state would have to collapse before that land is used in any healing capacity...

How bad is land speculation in eastern europe? I.e. is it easy to get a plot in Poland, Estonia, Lithunia?

quote from The Dawn of Everything / electoralism as "democracy" 

"The combination of sovereignty with sophisticated administrative techniques for storing and tabulating information introduces all sorts of threats to individual freedom – it makes possible surveillance states and totalitarian regimes – but this danger, we are always assured, is offset by a third principle: democracy. Modern states are democratic, or at least it’s generally felt they really should be. Yet democracy, in modern states, is conceived very differently to, say, the workings of an assembly in an ancient city, which collectively deliberated on common problems. Rather, democracy as we have come to know it is effectively a game of winners and losers played out among larger-than-life individuals, with the rest of us reduced largely to onlookers.

If we are seeking an ancient precedent to this aspect of modern democracy, we shouldn’t turn to the assemblies of Athens, Syracuse or Corinth, but instead – paradoxically – to aristocratic contests of ‘heroic ages’, such as those described in the Iliad with its endless agons: races, duels, games, gifts and sacrifices. As we noted in Chapter Nine, the political philosophers of later Greek cities did not actually consider elections a democratic way of selecting candidates for public office at all. The democratic method was sortition, or lottery, much like modern jury duty. Elections were assumed to belong to the aristocratic mode (aristocracy meaning ‘rule of the best’), allowing commoners – much like the retainers in an old-fashioned, heroic aristocracy – to decide who among the well born should be considered best of all; and well born, in this context, simply meant all those best of all; and well born, in this context, simply meant all those who could afford to spend much of their time playing at politics."

seeking academic articles :boost_ok: 

Any JSTOR wizards here? We are looking for a couple articles that we can't get through any of our usual methods (& yes, we tried sci-hub). Here are the links:

jstor.org/stable/44080355
jstor.org/stable/44080345

Being a mussel in the intertidal is advantageous. The waves bring lots of plankton food and protection from predators. But it is hard work! During the hours the mussels are exposed to air, they must close their shells and literally hold their breath. Their heart rate slows, O2 levels in hemolymph (blood) drop, and internal pH goes acidic due to anaerobic metabolism (like us in an intense workout). They also heat up in the sun and can briefly open their valves to cool off. #clamfacts

After being online for a majority of my life, I can say with some authority that this is the best site on the Internet:
sweethard666.neocities.org/
It has GIFs for days, tacky shit everywhere, unnecessary but omnipresent scantily-clad ladiez, fake ads from the early 2000s... it feels like home 😛

1/7. Artist: #chemisgraffiti in City: #Helsinki Schweden 🇸🇪 -
Title: SOCIAL MISERY - "How does the digital world affect you? ❓
➡️The painting of individual aspects of the online world does not aim to criticize the social media, but to warn us, as users, and to warn against digital dementia and nomophobia"
#helsinkiurbanart #streetart #art #mural #graffiti #urbanart #Facebook #twitter #Instagram #tinder #Youtube #LinkedIn ... ➡️

Russia, YouTube, uspol, media 

I feel like Russia left YouTube open so people there can see the bullshit peddled by, like, CBS and ABC. I'm not saying Russian media is any less biased (wish I knew Russian so I could know for sure), but wow, I watched some clips from CBS that were clownish, but also terrifying in that people could actually believe any of it. Like, literally the entire 3 mins was just obvious lie after lie; George Orwell's jaw would have dropped to the floor.
theguardian.com/technology/202

Take a trip through time with me and my favourite evil Time Lord!

2017: pen and ink, when I felt I needed to crosshatch absolutely everything.

2018: trying to reduce the 'noise' in my pictures by concentrating on areas of stark dark and light values.

2019: my tan coloured paper phase (I'm still in the white gel pen phase though!)

2020: the future - it's digital! Still getting to grips with #ClipStudioPaint even now but this was good practice.

#MastoArt #CreativeToots #DoctorWho #FanArt

@nasser

this town isn't big enough for the both of us so it looks like we should build more housing and get rid of some restrictive low-density zoning

Global warming, unhelpful universalizing 

The daily statement by a Respectable Westerner that "we as a species" are not making the right decisions regarding global warming. Dude, keep the blame on empire and capitalism, not "the whole species"! If Americans/Europeans lived within their means, like so many others already do, we'd all be fine.

theguardian.com/environment/20

I would like to (dis)prove something my transphobic father said.
#transgender people, did you choose a name that’s a diminutive of or sounds like your deadname?
Preferably boost for a larger sample size.

Centuries before we had American Sign Language (#ASL), Native "Hand Talk" was thriving across North America. Plains Indian Sign Language (#PISL) was used so widely across the Great Plains that it became a universal language for both deaf and hearing people to communicate between tribes. At one point, tens of thousands of indigenous people used PISL for trade, hunting, conflict, storytelling and rituals. It formed the basis for ASL and has largely been lost to history. youtu.be/s1-StAlw3aE

Time for some more comic art, I think!

Here's a pen & ink drawing (with a grey background added digitally) of young Sidney De'ath from that #JudgeDredd comic I hardly ever talk about.

The crime is life, the sentence is death!

#MastoArt #CreativeToots #2000AD #FanArt

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