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Cake day: янв. 29, 2020


I should need to remind you what happened when the Weimar system collapsed, and it did so in an environment of much stronger left opposition than currently exists across the west. Fascism is far more likely than any idea on the left, followed by ww3 waged against the enemies of the existing system. I’m really not confident in what will emerge after the nuclear hell.

My issue is that as soon as you do any successful geoengineering the incentive to change the economic system and problems inherent to it go away. They will burn everyone in the global south and save the global north with geoengineering and call that a success while continuing with the system that made that happen.

With respect I don’t think it’s the work you put into the project that people have a problem with but rather the way you engage with people, take criticism rather poorly, and completely dismiss absolutely everyone that has any experience with community building.

The issue is not the work you do but a seeming lack of understanding of how your actions and the way you engage with others seriously affects people’s motivation to help grow the project. I am a supporter of the project but you told me to go back to reddit when I was airing something I genuinely cared about.

Most of the problems occurring are not even your disagreement with people but the manner in which you frame your disagreements and engage very harshly with others.

On the topic of the bad blood occurring between this instance and its sister lemmygrad - this is a product of poor communication and a wrecker group that has seized upon this and pulled the thread on both sites with the goal of splitting the two.

The main site considers to label itself a “leftist” site when it clearly is no longer that, it’s clearly a dev instance with some vaguely left stuff but has undertaken a neutral ideology out of necessity so as not to alienate certain audiences further. This has occurred but the references to it being “leftist” have never been removed and no effort to get ahead of the obvious upset this would cause in your originally marxist-leninist audience seems to have been made. What do you expect? Think ahead. If you change a site from being marxist-leninist to being something else when the existing people who all joined it originally were marxist-leninists and you do absolutely nothing to bring them on-board with the change of course they’re going to be upset.

I don’t even think any of these mistakes are unfixable. I was going to try and head off some of these problems I could see coming but then the queen died so my entire priority list go upended. But you need to wrap your head around communities and how to engage with communities if you’re going to dev for a project about building communities. That or figure out someone who is shit-hot at communications and have them do all of your communications for you instead.

Mate I don’t know what planet you’ve been living on but basically EVERYONE in the left recognises that as the Nazi SS Totenkopf from the 3rd SS panzer division. It is probably the second most recognisable nazi symbol after the swastika.

It’s not “something beige”, it’s unmistakable.

Nice nice, this was annoying.

If a US citizen is accused of being a spy and their citizenship is stripped, what stops Russia from granting them a citizenship and using international law to attempt to get them free on the basis of human rights abuse against a Russian citizen?

The government turning around and just saying “nah mate”. Something they absolutely would do in that scenario.

Laws only matter up until they conflict with strategic interests, then they stop giving a fuck.

Lenins2ndCattoMemesThis is the worst day of the war
5 месяцев

Not much evidence of russian troop captures, deaths or armour taken/destroyed in this “offensive”. Kinda makes me think Russia just abandoned the area and let Ukraine take it with no real losses. This stands out compared to the repelled Kiev offensive North West of Kiev many months ago where we had a lot of content come out showing destroyed russian armour, captured troops etc.

Occupying land does not by itself achieve very much if your opponent does not fight for it.

I am very concerned for the civilians of these areas who were being told by the Ukrainians as the Russians took the area that if they accepted supplies, aid or the Russian occupation they would be treated as enemies of Ukraine. They are probably in significant danger now.

Holy shit he’s changed the colour of his tshirt

There are other communities that are suitable to lemmy as well that exist in a weird legal zone, places that I’m sure reddit used to love because they bring in audiences that are usually not the typical reddit audience but then eventually felt pressure to close. /r/shoplifting was one such place. It was exactly what you think, a shoplifting community. The content there was discussion about the topic, it was populated by both shoplifters and by “loss prevention officers” as they liked to call themselves. Both sides would discuss the topic while shoplifters would post images of their successfully pulled off hordes.

This kind of thing is the kind of thing that can not exist anywhere else online but is also not going to attract fascists. Another person here rightfully criticises the danger of becoming “free speech reddit” which is what Voat became, I agree with them. It attracts the wrong crowd and that crowd is not a platform for growth.

The platform should focus on targeting the kinds of communities that genuinely can’t exist anywhere else online, use these as the “early adopter” crowd, then start hitting network-effect where this crowd of people can actually start being the population of more mainstream communities simply because they also want to share and discuss that content with each other. At that point the platform will be past the danger zone and into one where it takes on a life of its own.

I genuinely think that “edgy” is a necessary component of this early strategy. The kinds of topics and communities that have been edged out of the mainstream are fundamentally going to be edgy and making sure that the platform has the right tolerance level for that. Officially and vocally support and encourage it initially then phase out that support at a later date.

Once a decent community has built up all kinds of federation-wide things become possible. Large community events, secret santa used to be wildly popular on reddit until it got too big to run it anymore, they used to take official part in promoting protests and activist causes too. Not saying anything needs to be directly copied but building a proper picture of the growth model that was used is a good idea. There are many phases to growth and each phase is quite different by necessity.

Lenins2ndCattoWorld NewsQueen Elizabeth II Dies
5 месяцев

Yeah I suspect that’s what it is. The propaganda works outside the country much more than it does inside it.

Lenins2ndCattoWorld NewsQueen Elizabeth II Dies
5 месяцев

The internet is such a weird fucking place right now.

Every single British community I’m in is just wall to wall memes and jokes and people asking if this means we get a holiday. Nobody gives a shit about the monarchy, at best people think “it’s a tourist attraction and I’m ok with it as that” and at worst people want rid of it. Beyond that people do not care. There’s probably an incredibly tiny minority of actual royalists that genuinely give a shit.

Americans on the other hand are falling over themselves to hide anyone making even the smallest lame jokes about it. American liberals crying about civility and empathy while american conservatives act like offending the monarchy is deeply offensive to Britain as a nation. The two of them are pretty much an inch apart while the actual British left’s response is “rest in piss”.

It’s really fucking weird online, as a Brit.

Reddit cannabilised internet forums that were awkward to use and you had to sign up for each and every single one. It centralised the internet forum into something more convenient. Convenience tends to beat other things when it comes to internet platforms.

Lemmy is on-par in terms of technical convenience but does not have the convenience of the vast amount of communities and content that exists on reddit. It can not simply cannibalise obviously less-convenient platforms like reddit did.

Lemmy’s best hope for growth as a platform is initially to focus on things that can not and do not exist elsewhere that people have a very clear desire to consume as a community. Many banned reddit communities can’t exist in the liberal centralised social media platforms but can exist in Lemmy’s decentralised state. Piracy is very likely going to get pushed off the mainstream platforms eventually and will move to Lemmy. There are a number of other banned communities that also exist in a space that has been shunned by liberal sensibilities but would could exist on an edgier platform. These are the most likely sources of early adopter growth.

As time goes on and early adoption starts to move into other phases, the quantity of users will enable the existence of communities that compete with more mainstream topics. This will then drive up the convenience level of the platform and bring it into parity with reddit.

At that point it will start to take on an organic direction of its own.

Unfortunately Okinawans have always been trying to close the base. This isn’t really new it’s just yet another new reason to have it closed.

Unfortunately, short of a violent uprising it’s impossible to get the base closed. Candidates have previously won on the promise of closing the base and then immediately quit their position because “it can’t be done”. Japan is America’s vassal.

fabricated figures.

This is utterly untrue. All you’re doing is showing how ideologically driven everything you believe is when you say this. We KNOW they weren’t fabricated because we have completely open access to the soviet archives. You are fabricating your beliefs. “Sneaky communists just lie about everything!” You are utterly buried in generational red scare propaganda and it leaks out of every sentence you write.

No there aren’t? He references one single document produced by the defector Igor Birman, a man who claimed the USSR’s economy at the time was only a tenth of America’s. The man was a crank.

A random single person tells you what you want to hear on reddit and you’re like “yes I believe that you are definitely a reputable source without any ideological bias” without any critical thought whatsoever.

Workers built the homes, just like everything else. And workers should certainly own the homes instead of landlords.

Lmao a single document written by a defector is the basis for your “long been debunked” statement?

This is like listening to Cuban gusanos about Cuba.

This has long been debunked.

By who? A reddit comment section you uncritically believed?

I already explained the difference here, good debt from fair deals and bad debt from deals that are unfair that create political leverage because of the unfairness of the debt. You’re intentionally ignoring everything I say, you have done so since the very start of this interaction.

No mate, clearly fucking not.

Why do you think it’s all foreign companies and not domestic? Because there isn’t a domestic industry, it either needs to be built, lacks pre-requisites, or other matters are a greater priority in the moment.

So what to do for a developing country? They have resources but they do not have the means to do anything with them, so they invite foreign companies to make deals for those resources. Investment in return for debt.

The devil of that debt however is in the details of the deal. The IMF and World Bank make many of these deals for the west in the global south and they have always been absolutely dogshit, but the global south having no other options always accepted them. China on the other hand makes extremely fair deals, even with countries that have no negotiating position, and as you can see from earlier links they also write off these debts all the time. Yanis for example had first hand experience dealing with China but they were incredibly reasonable, much more reasonable than he expected.

So why did I bring up debts? Because investment in natural resource extraction by foreign companies in the global south is always about some form of debt. It’s literally how finance works.

Ok I see the problem here.

Do you understand how international finance and investment works?

Police police police police police police police police.

There is a wealthy & corrupt local elite that is benefiting very well from the exploitation that is done by western, Asian and also some local companies on the African continent.

Mate you are the one that brought this up. Aiming to defer blame from the western imperial core with your “everyone is doing it” response. It’s very clear what side you are batting for here.

No, not everyone is doing it, the western imperial core is doing it. The Chinese are not, and the claim that they are is nonsense.

Everyone out of their teens knows what a strawman is mate it’s very basic. Where is your justification? Where is your evidence? Stop avoiding the point and dancing around it. Talk like a normal human being that actually answers what people say.

All you are doing is repeatedly dodging. Are you going to avoid the request for evidence a third time? You’re only demonstrating that you have none.

Strawman? Strawman? Asking you for evidence is not strawmanning. You are the one that has invented something, I am asking you to back it up. I have given you responses with direct links to liberal capitalist media telling you that you’re fucking wrong, it’s not even slightly socialist media! It’s fucking Bloomberg. It’s the mouthpiece of the financial elite. The very people I want to see launched into the sun.

Where is your evidence that these loans are “traps”? And if you can come up with literally any evidence to support that, where is your evidence to demonstrate that the western loans are magically better? Because that’s what this is really about “China bad, we’re better” is the essential reason that you’re even bothering to make this argument at all. Except you’re not better. You’ve been horrific for these countries for their entire existence, setting them back, couping them, destroying them economically.

Don’t forget who freed half the continent from colonialism in the first place. Communists like Nelson Mandela. Only to be subjugated post-ussr by the USA’s neo-colonialism via the IMF and the world bank.

Also the guy who headed TSMC, […] is now heading SMIC

This is interesting. Anything to read on this?

That’s why the fun part happened in October.

Evidence? I posted Bloomberg’s excellent debunking of this myth here.

You people make these claims constantly but never back it up comparatively with how much the IMF and Worldbank has absolutely fucked them.

We can put this in incredibly simple terms anyway, framed in the context of the free market liberals love so much. The reason the entire global south is taking money from China instead of the west is because China is offering them a much better deal than the west.

And there are plenty of poor people that (out of little other options) also do massive environmental damage.

No there fucking aren’t. The scales here are ridiculously different. There are absolutely no poor people with the resources to do the kind of damage the top 100 companies in this world are doing, which are responsible for 71% of global carbon. Comparing a poor individual from fucking Africa with these behemoth monsters of global destruction is absolutely fucking insane.

No. I absolutely do not mean like China. They just wrote off shit tonnes of debt to 17 african countries, which they also did last year. And the “debt trap” bullshit about them is a myth.

This is the complete polar opposite of how the west behaves to the global south, which is precisely why the global south hates the west while having a very positive view towards China. There is a reason the global south has completely different opinions about them compared to the west and it has a material cause.

Nice recent video of a visit to Transnistria for anyone interested.

It is a very friendly place that due to the way in which it is still operated still holds the behaviour and mannerisms of the people of the former soviet union.

Lenins2ndCattoSocialismTheses on Anarchism
5 месяцев

Just because you don’t read anarchist litterature and theory doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Which works do you recommend to refute each point?

The environment is also being destroyed in Africa by Africans. As usual the world is a bit more complex than Twitter moral outrage in 120 letters can convey.

Bullshit. If Africa was being destroyed by Africans then Africans would reap the rewards of the phenomenal resources their continent has. They don’t reap those rewards though do they? Because all of the companies are owned by the imperial core countries. The environment is destroyed by the resource extractors and the wealth is exported.

It is destroyed by the UK, France, US, Spain and so on, among others of the western imperial core that reap the benefits of that destruction.

Parenti saying this years ago, nothing has changed

There is nobody reading an article from Kaspersky that does not already know the meaning.

Decline of the US finally gives latin america room to breathe, the socialism they’ve held back there for so many decades will not be contained with the US’ declining power.

Why do I see different things when viewing the same post on Lemmy vs Beehaw?
[This post on Lemmy](https://lemmy.ml/post/443571?scrollToComments=true): ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/cfbdc434-aa6a-485a-a776-13d1889d41c1.png) [This post on Beehaw](https://beehaw.org/post/110803?scrollToComments=true): ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/2ee9f903-b933-40ad-a979-f6191a18eeea.png) [@lisko@sopuli.xyz](https://sopuli.xyz/u/lisko)'s comment is not visible at all on the Lemmy instance while to me my comment is not visible at all on the Beehaw instance, nothing is showing in modlog though so I assume it has not been removed. Am I unaware of a mechanic of federation occurring here? Or is something bugged?