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Higher ed minister: the real danger in universities right now is leftist ideology spreading
The leftist ideology: should we pay people for their work?

Fediverse, what's your favourite server?

I'm kinda testing the waters with this now and I'm really liking it.

Currently I'm testing locally with jetforce as it was the easiest to install.

BTW if you have info docs tutorials on
a) how to export to HTML in order to run a WWW replica?
b) how to best set up a public server?
c) what hosting service is your fav?
d) anything else you might deem useful to a newcomer
it's most appreciated.

Boosts welcome.

@bgcarlisle "Sci-hub: Literally what the Web was built to do, so stop yer yakkin' about it"

Look at these shitty daily routine posters I made!

I made one for the wall behind the monitor and one for the wall across the bed, in hopes that it'll help me establish the tiniest of routines in my life.

These sort of things are snake oil-y a bit but sometimes they do work, whether through shame or reminding.

Now I'm good at snaking my way around both of those but time will tell.

So, I've gotten a little better at Lilypond. I can now do chords, at least. Gonna go through the notation reference more as I have time and experiment. Thank goodness for Emacs and its Lilypond-mode, where I can generate Midi and have it play, just with a key press or two.

#foss #Emacs #Lilypond #Linux #ArchLinux #a11y #accessibility

This is not the inevitable outcome of a wealth-tax. As Gabriel Zucman has demonstrated, it's certainly possible to design effective wealth-taxes.

bloomberg.com/news/features/20

The investor class demanded a system that squeezed and squeezed, and now we're facing a rupture. The Robin Hood tax advocates are trying to manage an orderly, peaceful transition to a fairer system. The alternative is not business as usual.

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Wealth-tax opponents say that they don't work - that wealth-taxes result in deceptive asset revaluations and offshoring to financial secrecy havens and so become costly boondoggles. But that's an incomplete account of how the situation plays out.

It's more true to say that when a wealth tax is set to pass, the wealthy mobilize their capital to create loopholes in the rules that guarantee these boondoggles.

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Bolivia has created a Piketty-compliant annual tax on fortunes of more than $4.3m. Morocco's trying out a one-time tax on vast fortunes.

It's not just the global south: the UK's independent Wealth Tax Commission recommended a one-time levy. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wants to "tax extreme wealth inequality."

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The status quo *will* collapse. In Piketty's 1789, that meant guillotines. In Argentina, they're trying for a peaceful resolution: they're taxing wealth. Any fortune of $3.4m faces a one-time Robin Hood tax of 3.5%.

thehour.com/news/article/Shoul

That is to say, they're allocating the tip of the top leg of the K-shaped recovery to the bottom leg.

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The K-shaped recovery - where the rich got richer and the poor got poorer - wasn't inevitable. It is the outcome of hard lobbying by the investor class to turn on floods of money to the rich, while starving the poor of money, rent-relief and debt-relief.

This has enabled wealthy people to increase their fortunes through asset inflation (STONKS) and financial engineering (buybacks, tax refunds, and bonuses) and cash-transfers (personal LLCs taking in vast PPP loans).

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@Azure I've been noticing that there are a number of predicable subdivisions of academic disciplines:

discipline
history of discipline
philosophy of discipline
geography of discipline (often X of or in X).
history of geography of X (e.g., history of Chinese philosophy)
methods of discipline (e.g., historiography)

For science and technology there are also theoretical and applied X.

And for social sciences / behaviours, often a psychology of X or sociology of X. (E.g., psychology of reading, sociology of religion).

And of course, "current trends" or "recent directions" in ...

I'm just thinking of mad-libbing these all together....

Current trends in the history of theoretical methods of applied Quin Chinese philosophy of the sociology of religion.

Fediverse, what's your favourite server?

I'm kinda testing the waters with this now and I'm really liking it.

Currently I'm testing locally with jetforce as it was the easiest to install.

BTW if you have info docs tutorials on
a) how to export to HTML in order to run a WWW replica?
b) how to best set up a public server?
c) what hosting service is your fav?
d) anything else you might deem useful to a newcomer
it's most appreciated.

Boosts welcome.

Does ASCII art in web pages create issues? Is there a way to make them accessible?

I consider using an ASCII art banner for a web page I'm writing. It's purely ornamental, nothing to do with the content. I won't use one tho if it can't be made accessible.

Imagine if the money spent analyzing and tracking us online was used for housing.

Once I gave a presentation on Mars Robots to 6 years and heavily anthropomorphized the robots. Then one of them asked when the robots would come home.

As the shock and horror spread across their faces, I realized that I had not adequately prepared for this lesson.

@selea @lordbowlich @polychrome it's true, and it's probably because you needed to understand computers in order to use them.

I've had the opinion for a while that these total number of people who actually knows how to use them has remained constant since the 80's. It's the same type of people who put the time in to actually learn what going on.

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