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Btw, an example of this is the interurban network, which linked not only large cities, but small towns across the so called United States. Here's a map of electric railways on 1899 in Massachusetts, which is considerably better than any transit offered today. Interurban at the zenith of their technical development (which coincided with their ridership decline) could go 90mph. It's likely that without state intervention in the form of highway building these would still exist.

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The dominance of automobiles in society is due largely to the past and continued intervention of the state on their behalf. There is absolutely nothing inevitable about cars as a technology, and most of this application of state power and resources is to make up for their shortcomings and suppress alternatives.

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🇺🇸🔗 Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2021 November election in Philadelphia

November 2nd is right around the corner. Time to work on your voting cheat sheet.

billypenn.com/2021/10/16/procr

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hey have you heard that the IPCC released a new report of critical importance on August 9, 2021, and you wanted to read it but it's a bunch of fucking PDF files and that's not working out for you?

WELL COOL cause i extracted all the text for you and put it in per-chapter HTML files and I also dug up the actual long descriptions of the future scenarios they use throughout the report without explaining them for SOME REASON???

anyway here you go

plaintextipcc.nfshost.com/

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Yeah probably I should have done this earlier lol

note: currently hard linking saves 79061.81 MiB
guix gc: freed 151,809.98676 MiBs

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RT @conservancy@twitter.com

If you weren't among the 33,600 people😮 at online @FOSDEM@twitter.com this weekend, be advised: 100% #FOSS for online conferences is production ready *today*. Say NO to any Zoom (or other proprietary software) online events from now on. Demand software freedom! sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/fe

🐦🔗: twitter.com/conservancy/status

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The Pandemic Heroes Who Gave us the Gift of Time and Gift of Information

Moderna’s vaccine was apparently designed in just a few days, over a weekend, after the genetic sequence became available on January 10th, 2020.

Here’s why that date matters: the sequence was published ten days before China acknowledged the severity of the problem by admitting sustained human-to-human transmission and shutting down the city of Wuhan, on January 20th. The sequence was published while China—and the WHO, which depended on China for information—were still downplaying what was going on, in their official statements. The sequence wasn’t published in an official document. Instead, it was published independently in an open-source depository by Yong-Zhen Zhang, a professor at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and School of Public Health.

zeynep.substack.com/p/the-pand

HN discussion: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

#ZeynepTufekci #COVID19 #YongZhenZhang #OpenAccess #vaccines #censorship #genomes #PublicGenome #OpenSource

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One of the neatest tricks Big Tech ever pulled was convincing people that phones weren't general-purpose computers and should have different rules than laptops or desktops. These rules conveniently give the vendor more control.

Now these rules are moving to laptops and desktops.

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I believe this is satire????

Why obscurity through security (or whatever this may be called) is really really important.

discover.realvnc.com/blog/the-

#floss #opensource #freesoftware #fsfe

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IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL TIMELORDS

The deadline for petitions for new assignments is rapidly approaching and submissions postmarked after ...

... oh, who am I kidding?

#JustTimelordThings

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