Corporations Are Now Fining Employees For Quitting
Oups... Un prisonnier chinois perd son badge dans une veste vendue à une anglaise...
People are using AI to write item descriptions on eBay and the results are hilariously bad. 🤣
I've seen several sellers use different combinations of the same awkward verbose language to describe their specimens.
It's obvious and it tells me the seller is either too lazy to write their own description or not knowledgeable about the item they are offering.
Either way, I won't buy from such sellers, but it's funny to see.
I'm not a fan so I may be biased but a 27-CD box set from the band Dead or Alive might be a bit...excessive? #LateStageCapitalism
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Les Deux Corps du président
Dans le cadre favorable d’une Ve République souvent qualifiée de monarchie présidentielle, M. Emmanuel Macron travaille à mettre en place ce qui pourrait devenir une postdémocratie.
🤡 Nichts wofür wir super stolz sein sollten... https://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/hohe-preise-starker-franken-zuerich-ist-die-teuerste-stadt-der-welt #latestagecapitalism
How much longer are we going to live in this labor camp before we stand up for ourselves? #latestagecapitalism
What’s wrong with the world today? Decades of looting instead of investment.
I only just picked up my copy two days ago. I had seen the video about how Bill Watterson and John Kascht had spent years figuring out not just how to make this book, but how to even rectify their apparently incompatible styles and methods. The story of two folks who one assumes must be friends (and if not friends, clearly had a lot of respect and admiration for each other) who spent years banging their heads against a wall together and somehow managed to not bang heads too hard against each other is remarkable. The story of this book could almost overshadow the book itself...
Except the book is very, very good. Given what I had heard going in, "An adult fable, a picture book, with an aggressively stylized aesthetic," I was worried I would enjoy it, find it charming and something nice to look at, but somehow inescapably trite. Instead I found my anxieties mirrored and acknowledged, and told to remember we are all dust. Not an original meditation, but a gorgeous attempt at rendering it.
I'm not going too in-depth on the "narrative" here, or what I think one should take from it. It's just an incredibly brief parable of human social evolution (I'd say "social progress" but whether or not that is debatable is, at least from the narrative's timeline, irrelevant). This is mostly a visual piece.
The book feels like a collection of... almost colloidion photography, with it's concrete starkness that sublimates into a dark etherealness. Everything has the feel of long shutter speeds and slow emulsions, a moment caught in molasses instead of film. The stark shift from John's eye for detail and Bill's efficient abstraction likely punches this effect up considerably. I'm not someone who knows much about art, but I've always fallen for it more when it heavily intersects with craft. And these images were absolutely crafted. If I'm ever in a situation where I could have wall art, I would deeply like prints of a few of the pages from this book... but given Bill's history with merchandising, I don't see that happening in any official capacity. I'm also loathe to the idea of any one of these pages out of it's context.
As I've said, it's not a new meditation, but the book made me revisit it. Upon reading it again it lay in my lap on the last page for a spell while I reflected on how... insignificant? temporary? doomed? we all are. How we could fix everything tomorrow and we'd still be one weird solar flare, one big rock, one... Mystery away from having nothing to fix ever again. It's definitely very nihilist. Big doomer vibes. I don't think that makes it inherently toxic. I think we need the space to talk about the sucking hole in many of us that have grown up relatively comfortable in a world with horrors, a pit in our stomach that grows as we watch the bubble that insulated us from those horrors crumble more and more every day... We could build a better world, but this one has a bed for me, a functional kitchen, and lots of mindless stuff for me to consume in between work shifts. What little comfort (or "control") I have took a lot of "labor" to "earn." We could just fuck up this world and I wouldn't be comfy anymore and that would be awful. So time passes and becomes a weird soup, and next thing I know I’ve spent a decade just existing. At this rate the rest of my life will just be an indistinct blur into the grave. But that’s only a helpful realization if you are able to relinquish some of your comfort to change the tempo. The narrative provides no recommendations.
This is where the craft steps in and saves it. I can only imagine the myriad conversations between the two artists as they learned how to work with each other, and the solitary satisfaction of working on an individual component for the whole. Of being a speck of dust in a mote and deciding what your purpose is in that day, what you are going to work on for yourself, for your friend, for your partner, for your family, for your community… What you are going to do in spite of knowing on a long enough timeline nothing we do matters… The craft answers what the narrative cannot.
I've been an ostrich for the past... however long. There was a moment there where the cracks in the corporate internet looked like everything was about to come tumbling down, and with it the Death of Capitalism! and we'd all just be sassy anarchist trash animals dancing in the flames... But we're in a slow crumble, not a cathartic collapse. I felt keyed up and ready to fuck shit up, but I didn't know what to throw rocks at, and so I didn't, and in the meantime I still got bills and people I care about so I guess I'll just keep going to work until something changes. Things do change... But never in the “right” way. So now I'm in a rut that feels like it has all of us, where I'm constantly tired, barely making ends meet, and unable to do anything with my life aside from work and maintain myself so I can still work.
I wasn't supposed to come back online for the first time in months to run off on my usual, literally tired rant. I was supposed to come on to tell you to read "The Mysteries" if you haven't already.
#Tesla is a promise company. It makes promises to its customers, various governments, and other businesses. Those promises require up-front payment, and whether they come to fruition or not, the company keeps the money while continually blowing through deadlines.
I like how self-diluted I am. Like I have other options. Walmart? 😭 #latestagecapitalism
I hope you will all join me in celebrating Buy Nothing Day today, as it is too easy to buy unnecessary things: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/it-s-too-easy-to-buy-stuff-you-don-t-want/ar-AA1ki3ma
So, people are mad at inequality & feel isolated/lonely & unheard in their hardships, so are punching down on vuln. immigrants
Per The Guardian Article I just skimmed
If thats how the Right is winning in IT, NL etc
Then we need to offer a supportive, community-building alternative
This is the inevitable consequence of Stand for Nothing, Fall for Everything, have it both ways, inequity-reinforcing neoliberalism aka flaccid Leftism
Third Way is dead.
Apropos to echoes of the Hitlerian "Lugenpresse" rhetoric from fascist far right figureheads globally,
It will never cease to amaze me to watch the media bend over backwards to PROVE the fascists right by manipulating the framing and Overton Window to accommodate fascists.
Its almost like monetized media are owned by far right Capitalist interests and all too happy to be parrots of oppression.
l'Uberisation du logement gagne encore du terrain :
À Paris, l’emprise d’Airbnb dépasse désormais le périph’
Les Talibans libéraux, tarés libertariens nous conduisent à l'abîme, debout sur l'accélérateur et en klaxonnant de joie.
Héritiers direct des fascistes hurlant "viva la muerte".
Lir dans @Mediapart :
Argentine : Javier Milei n’est ni Trump ni Bolsonaro, il est pire
Le toujours formidable Olivier Ertzscheid aka @affordance sur la dernière mutation du capitalisme numérique :
Pay for Privacy. Si c’est fini le gratuit … qui est le produit ?
(avec un meme de qualitay à la fin juste parce qu'il est comme ça).
News outlets calling the trust fund boys&girls club "tech leaders" is just another way of propagating the belief that they have any significant skills or knowledge. We should be making it clear that the only thing they have is access to privileged money and networking, and call them by what they are: ignorant bourgeois thugs and neo-aristocrats.
Fact is that a lot of Anarchists are happy to sacrifice marginalized people for their fetishization of a violent and brutal collapse that results in a primitive society decacing in terms of tech.
And sadly those don't get yeeted, despite the fact that #SystemChangeNotClimateChange is necessary more than bever...
Multimillionaire Seattle Mayor tells city employees who can't afford lunch to spend more wisely as he increases funding for police.
You know, maybe, the 2000's claymation #ChickenRun might be a perfect metaphor for modern economics.
The driver to the plot is purchasing equipment to turn sustainable income (chickens laying eggs) into short term profit (turn all the chickens into pies) without a plan for it to be a sustainable enterprise.
In general, I'm seeing fewer spaces online for writing and sharing stories via writing. I thought it was maybe just me, until a podcaster I listen to, who's a former writer, mentioned that there's less money in it. Venture capitalists are bored by the written word now, I guess, so they're not putting money into online writing. (They are putting money into #LLMs like #ChatGPT so that the robots, who don't need to be paid, can do the writing rather than people.) It seems like anyone who wants to share their perspective with the world needs to do so via video or at least audio. There's less of a market for websites that rely on text. Writers now seem to have pivoted to video or they put out their own individual newsletters, but there are fewer spaces for people to write and reliably get paid for it.
Just how much plastic future garage sale items do we really need, FFS? None. We need none of them. We need to stop using fossil fuels. We need national healthcare for all. We need to stop the nazi republicans. We need free education ... I could go on and on. But a new gigaw whirlymajig isn't on the list.
No context snippet I overheard on my walk today from two other people's conversation:
"I don't know. The bad news is all bad, and even the good news just isn't good anymore."
No idea what they were talking about, but damn, if that isn't a mood.
From @pluralistic 's latest Plura-list newsletter:
> For one thing, pharma companies use their monopoly winnings to sell drugs, not invent drugs. For every dollar pharma spends on research, it spends three dollars on marketing.
Citation for that statistic:
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👋 Hi #Hachyderm / Masto / Fediverse! An #introduction
This pic sums up my current self quite nicely:
🧑🏻🌾 We had our first season growing food here in the temperate rain forest of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Cradling 🍉, also supporting my wild kid.
My wife's stained glass creations.
Sick w/ #covid 😷
Love #mastodon. I was on here previously, but the quality content, discussion, + ♾️ scroll was too much, deleted account. How do y'all deal?
If cockroaches now have a measurable shelf life then the rest of us are well and truly f**ked. 🙄
raincat - A Litter Bestiary: cockroach
Anyone who refuses to debase, devalue their labor is a friend of mine.
Anyone adopting the term "Workshy" is a temeritous fucker for bringing back and repolishing the idea of Drapetomania.
How to spot a boondoggle climate project
Steve Genco talks about biofuels, carbon capture and fusion power and how it all serves not to solve the climate crisis, but to extract more profits.
Rent is class warfare. We need to stop pretending its anything else. #LateStageCapitalism
The companies building so-called "artificial intelligence" are now satisfied their product can fool most people well enough - going forward they will make no effort to improve performance, instead directing all funds & resources towards tricking you & making your more susceptible to just accepting it as unavoidable.
@hannu_ikonen @lisamelton It’s even worse for #mentalhealth access, at least here near #Detroit where it was tight before #Covid19 & the pandemic basically drove everyone nuts.
I've made 3 runs in recent years (with no success) at finding a new psychiatrist, psych-focused NP, or anyone qualified who is more confident revising my meds than my PCP. It's a result of having just enough capacity for 2016, but needing MANY more shrinks in 2023. #LateStageCapitalism
Im a doctor without my own primary care.
My doctor resigned abruptly when mask mandates were dropped. (Prescient)
His replacement is on indefinite medical leave.
Their replacement is now also on 6 weeks medical leave.
Everyone in Charge of medi$ine in the U.S. couldnt run a lemonade stand.
The cascade effect is real.
I can't recommend enough the #peacock show "Killing It". Hilarious and tragic, a damning indictment and satire of our hustle culture late stage capitalism hellscape we live in. Be warned, it will be depressing as hell, but you will also laugh a lot. Season 2 just dropped on Peacock a month ago. #killingit #tv #latestagecapitalism
The most appropriate equivalent of Capitalism is cancer.
1) Directly Invasive
2) Resource thief
3) Competitive escalation without regard for sustainability
4) Growth-minded only
5) Enabled by Regulatory defects (mutated Suppressor Genes or Discarded Anti-Trust laws and Taxation policies)
6) Kills complex systems it colonizes
7) Metastasizes to colonize other vulnerable, interdependent systems
"Smiles are Back!" media campaign to basically eradicate 95% of public health measures initiated to protect other people (and ourselves) undid any belief I could ever have that theres an ounce of redeemability in Capitalism as we know & have known it.
Not to mention the inherent patronizing anti-Feminist implications of such a slogan.
if I seem a bit persnickety, irritable, or short, today's my first weekday off since I think U.S. Memorial Day weekend.
Covid-induced doctor shortages, covid-expedited doctor retirements, & Covid-induced patient demand increases are direct factors.
Prior Authorization a tool to “delay and deny care”
"In the meantime, the patients aren’t getting treated, and we know that a significant portion of those patients give up. So their diabetes, their depression, their hypertension, or whatever it is just gets worse.”
Everyone gave Alan Grayson shit, but he was right about private healthcare.
Dont get sick, or if you do, please die quickly.
There’s far more scientific fraud than anyone wants to admit.
"And in June it was revealed that a scholar at Harvard Business school ... was accused of having falsified research about – wait for it – honesty."
"AI is catnip for the rot economy - a symbolic way to “get more work done” and “push for efficiency” while “promoting growth” without having to invest in the well-being or future of anyone that works for them. Companies will ... suddenly have the perfect worker - a mediocre, featureless stooge that is helpful and doesn’t have the option or inclination to quit."
This video on #China’s multiple modern construction ghost towns is absolutely wild.
In the past ~ decade, China has built multiple cities expected to house hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of people. One is a shameless, eerie recreation of Paris, France. Another of bits of London.
But every story ends almost the same: investors buy it all up, price it too high, no one can afford to live there, so it fails and falls empty. 😳😳😳
Welcome to all the Twitter and Reddit refugees. If you need #news and #memes on #socialism #communism #anarchy #Antifa #Poverty #LateStageCapitalism #Politics #Equity #Inequality #LGBTQIA+ #Race #Gender #Class #Union #UnionStrong #Imperialism #Climate #Environment #Indigenous #NoWarButClassWar #NoGoodBillionaires #M4A and other general #HumanRights issues, allow myself to introduce...myself.
I received marketing spam today from, of all places, #Labcorp, a medical testing company, advertising their on-demand testing service, which "puts your health in your hands by letting you purchase lab tests online."
This is the best illustration I've seen recently of the evil of both #LateStageCapitalism and #forprofithealthcare.
Most (privileged) people in the developed world have believed all their lives that sure, the healthcare system may not be perfect, but if someone really needs healthcare they'll be able to get it.
That's never actually been true, of course, but it's a comforting delusion which allows people to live their lives without constant fear of illness or injury, and without grappling with systemic inequities in healthcare.
(🧵 about #COVID, #LateStageCapitalism, and #collapse) 1/?