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Comment Re:queue the denialists! (Score 0) 497

I get what you mean, but the real culprits are of course the filthy rich people who spew out the most earth-destroying shit and level the greatest areals of rainforest etc, while spending billions to manipulate people into wanting the crap they produce.

So making and then eating smores on the car trip while also breathing might be part of the solution, if the destination is where you go and topple the ones at the top of the ziggurat.

Comment Re:queue the denialists! (Score 3, Interesting) 497

You are kind of right, but you might be duped.

You or me, hopping along minding our own business, looking for locally produced green alternatives is a drop in a bucket. Meanwhile they are destroying the planet for more profit.

The ones profiting from fucking up the planet are to blame. They have, however, managed to school us into accepting their reality - that we all are in control, individually.

They've taught us, through millions of 30 second tv-spots and with a little help from collaborators, that their world - the "free" market economy is somehow normal and natural, a basic truth and not an ideology of greed and lying and cold blooded disdain for human weakness while every other ideology, of compassion and sharing, for example, is old-fashioned and silly.

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist."

So yes, one should do something. And living lean and green is a good thing, but, off the top of my head; getting organized (contact your local anarchist chapter), throwing stones, pestering your local politicians, eating the rich, fucking shit up or getting into politics are probably more effective avenues.

Comment Re:Year of the Linux Deadtop (Score 2) 252

To be pedantic, though...

As Red Dwarf references go, that one is not so obscure. Or maybe you meant read Dwarf was obscure itself.

Anyway. Anyone not familiar with Red Dward should make sure to google red dwarf torrent. It's the greatest thing since sliced monty python.

Comment Too lazy (Score 1) 252

Too lazy (or whateve - I don't actually believe people are lazy as much as I think they feel more or less angst about doing things) to ... now I forget what I was too lazy for. Anyway.

Isn't this old news? Didn't I hear German Mc Schnizel rant about this issue a week or more ago and wasn't he saying that it's just a website that is down due to not having funding for the website or whatever, while ftp servers and things were chugging along as they always had been?

So no need to panic. Slackware is slackware and don't need no stinking websites, but could possibly use some donations for renting a webserver for people who like that kind of thing to look at.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 253

The problem is the UK government.

Extradited for copyright infringement? Looks like both governments are "pwned". I know, lets make them bigger, that'll solve the problem.

Who's gonna grab the power left behind by a shrinking government, though? The ones that all ready own the big government. That's who.

So making government bigger is worse if it isn't one of, for and by the people. But making it smaller won't help, either. Corporations will get even more direct power and corporations are not even the slightest bit democratic.

Government needs to be made better. More decentralized direct power to the people. In the short to medium turn that doesn't seem very plausible.

Maybe one should just go out and fuck shit up.

Comment Re:People who are naturally interested in programm (Score 2) 276


And the submitter should beware not to drown any spark the nephew thinks he may have. Therefore, it is very important to try to understand where the kid is coming from and where he wants to go.

Maybe programming can be it, but it might be some other, more general interest in computers, if the kid isn't quote clear on what programming is.

Explore with your nephw. If it turns out programming was not exactly what the kid will find interesting, at least you might be able to teach him to be a power user. Or if the nephew decides on pretty much any other interest, you could probably still help him get the most out of a computer to pursue whatever it is he might find a passion for.

Nowadays a computer (and perhaps even some custom app you design together) could be useful even if the kid wants to be a ballet-anthropologist, drag queen or beekeper or whatever.

Comment Re:deal with it (Score 1) 152

And if not blatantly criminally sadistic fascists or behaving otherwise illegally, what bothers me in everyday dealings with cops or guards or bouncers is their bullying attitude.

It doesn't apply to all of them, of course, and even the asshole ones may behave nicely to people that look like upstanding members of the community on the right side of legality.

But asshole behaviour is too widespread.

They could enforce their rules calmly, respectfully and courteously, but they don't. They enjoy giving their treatment of their fellow citizen that extra authoritarian bullying quality, even if just by conveing that attitude in their tone of voice or by snyde remarks.

Comment Re:Won't someone think of the children? (Score 1) 557

>Somebody who spuriously throws unfounded accusations of racism is just as reprehensible as a racist.

I don't know... I think a racist is worse.

And while maybe not the shoe-in lock of the week play, claiming that racism is showing in the statement that minority pupils should have their education provided by members of the majority in the language of the majority, doesn't strike me as a taking a wild chance at impossible odds either.

Perhaps a more sensible retort would be something along the lines of:

"Oh dear! I'm not very knowledgeable about learning and the enormous privilege of my belonging to the majority language, class, ethnicity and culture has blocked my view in such major ways that I inadvertently come off as possibly a bit racist. I wouldn't want that. Thank you for calling me out, it will help me become a better person. I stand corrected."

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