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3 weeks ago
whats up with this corona virus ?
i miss people
2 months ago
Olle Johansson, PhD discusses the evidence of adverse health effects from electromagnetic radiation, including wifi and cell phones.
He explains how there are over 25,000 studies about the health effects of radiation, and there have never been that many studies which are all wrong at the same time.
There is also a very telling trend of insurance companies and manufacturing companies having explicit legal clauses explaining that they are not responsible for any health effects of radiation from the use of their products. For instance, cell phones warn that they should not be within an inch of your body, which means you have given up any rights to sue the companies for eventual adverse health effects as soon as you touch your phone.
#health💬 #emf💬 #video💬
2 months ago
Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is???
2 months ago
Krita has a bug where it can't export an animated gif with transparency. Fortunately, there is a work-around! Here is a video explaining how to use Krita to create an animated gif with transparency.
There's a couple steps. First, a GIF won't be able to read transparency unless it's 100% transparency. It also can't read more than one layer. So you basically have to make sure the picture is flattened into one layer, and that the transparency is 100% where you want it. Then go to Image>Convert Image Color Space and set it to "8-bit" and color space "sRGB-elle-V2". Then when you export an animated GIF you'll use "render animation" and choose to make it an "image sequence" instead of a "video". Because apparently this glitch is with Krita creating animated GIFs with transparency, but when you make an image sequence each image has the appropriate transparency. Then you just have to use another tool to put the images together again as an animation.
The following video recommended https://gifmaker.org although at the time of this writing it's serving a suspicious message due to an expired security certificate or something. The other recommendation was https://gifmaker.me although the video warns that the quality can get messed up. There's probably an even better alternative, using a program on your computer, instead of relying on random websites, but that's all I got for now.
#krita💬 #gif💬 #animation💬 #transparency💬
3 months ago
The Hopi Prophecy carries many truths. It has many warnings, and provides great insights into the choices with which we are faced, and the possible futures we have yet to experience.
A gathering of many bits and pieces of the Hopi Prophecy and the context of the Hopi Prophecy is contained herein: https://www.crystalinks.com/hopi2.html
This link also contains many interpretations, speeches, and documents certain events, that are linked to the Hopi Prophecy - such as the long foretold of meeting with the United Nations, where the Hopi finally get to speak with the UN after being denied entry four previous times, just as their prophecy predicted.
"We Hopi believe that the human race has passed through three different worlds and life ways since the beginning. At the end of each prior world, human life has been purified or punished by the Great Spirit 'Massauu' due mainly to corruption, greed and turning away from the Great Spirit's teachings. The last great destruction was the flood which destroyed all but a few faithful ones who asked and received a permission from the Great Spirit to live with Him in this new land. The Great Spirit said, 'It is up to you, if you are willing to live my poor, humble and simple life way. It is hard but if you agree to live according to my teachings and instructions, if you never lose faith in the life I shall give you, you may come and live with me.' The Hopi and all who were saved from the great flood made a sacred covenant with the Great Spirit at that time. We Hopi made an oath that we will never turn away from Him. For us the Creators laws never change or break down."
5 months ago
The cost of labour per unit of output is constantly diminishing and the price of products is also tending to fall. The more the quantity of labour for a given output decreases, the more the value produced per worker — productivity — has to increase if the amount of achievable profit is not to fall. We have, then, this apparent paradox: the more productivity rises, the more it has to go on rising, in order to prevent the volume of profit from diminishing. Hence the pursuit of productivity gains moves ever faster, manpower levels tend to reduce, while pressure on workers intensifies and wage levels fall, as does the overall payroll. The system is approaching an internal limit at which production and investment in production cease to be sufficiently profitable.
Over time, Gorz explains, this leads investors to turn away from the “real economy” of production, where productivity gains and profits are harder to achieve and instead seek profit through financial speculation in “fictitious” forms of value such as debt and new types of financial instruments. The value is fictitious in the sense that loans, return on investment, future economic growth, trust and goodwill are social intangibles that are quite unlike physical capital. They depend upon collective belief and social trust and can evaporate overnight.
Still, it is generally easier and more profitable to invest in these (fictitious, speculative) forms of financial value than in actually producing goods and services at a time when productivity gains and profit are declining. No wonder speculative bubbles are so attractive: There is just too much capital is sloshing around looking for profitable investment which the real economy is less capable of delivering. No wonder companies have so much cash on hand (from profits) that they are declining to invest. No wonder the amount of available finance capital dwarfs the real economy. Gorz noted that financial assets in 2007 stood at $160 trillion, which was three to four times global GDP — a ratio that has surely gotten more extreme in the past eight years.
Meanwhile, climate change adds yet another layer of difficulty because it virtually requires an abrupt retreat from capitalism, as Naomi Klein argues in her recent book This Changes Everything. Gorz made this point quite clear:
“It is impossible to avoid climate catastrophe without a radical break with the economic logic and methods that have been taking us in that direction for 150 years. On current trend projections, global GDP will increase by a factor of three or four by 2050. But, according to a report by the UN Climate Council, CO2 emissions will have to fall by 85% by that date to limit global warming to a maximum of 2°C. Beyond 2°C, the consequences will be irreversible and uncontrollable.
“Negative growth is, therefore, imperative for our survival. But it presupposes a different economy, a different lifestyle, a different civilization and different social relations. In the absence of these, collapse could be avoided only through restrictions, rationing, and the kind of authoritarian resource-allocation typical of a war economy. The exit from capitalism will happen, then, one way or another, either in a civilized or barbarous fashion. The question is simply what form it will take and how quickly it will occur.
“To envisage a different economy, different social relations, different modes and means of production and different ways of life is regarded as “unrealistic,” as though the society based on commodities, wages, and money could not be surpassed. In reality, a whole host of convergent indices suggest that the surpassing of that society is already under way, and that the chances of a civilized exit from capitalism depend primarily on our capacity to discern the trends and practices that herald its possibility.”
This is where the many initiatives and movements that revolve around the commons, peer production, the solidarity economy, co-operatives, Transition Towns, degrowth, the sharing and collaborative economy, and much else, come in. These are all harbingers of a different way of meeting everyday needs without becoming ensnared in utopian capitalist imperatives (constant growth, ever-increasing productivity gains, profits from the real economy). Pursuing this path ultimately destroys a society, as we can see from years of austerity politics in Greece.
In other words, the most promising way to resolve the capitalist crisis of our time is to start to decommodify production and consumption – i.e., extend and invent non-market ways to meet our needs. Indeed, we need to reconceptualize “production” and “consumption” themselves as separate categories, and begin to re-integrate them — and our role as actors in them — through commons-based peer production.
André Gorz in 2007 wrote “The Exit from Capitalism Has Already Begun”.
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