New #introduction for new server
I'm a city-loving, car-hating socialist living in SF. I toot a lot about local politics and bike/transit issues
Worked for big tech for a while, looking for ways to use my code skills for the common good instead
Also learning guitar, into loose-leaf tea, reading a lot (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), and hiking
Alright, I’ve had enough of the struggle to upload images on-the-go with the Toot! app
Which of the new iOS apps has:
-resume failed image upload instead of starting over
-reduce image resolution to upload faster
Ideally all of these, but it’s the lack of any of them that makes me want to throw my phone into Islais Creek
Standing along upper Market Street which has 6 lanes devoted to cars. A truck parked in one bike lane is making it a 7th. There’s no prioritization for the bus I’m waiting for—see it? stuck in traffic? it’s late—or for the F streetcar on the other side. #TransitFirst
There are no immediate plans to reopen elsewhere, but they told some distraught loyal customers they’ll consider it. The owner is a retired Kaiser doctor.
Olallieberry pie, good stuff.
LA cops shot and killed a Black double amputee last Thursday. #Police in the U.S. are simply beyond reform.
Wow, the #SFFD's public information officer lied and said a crew that parked in a protected bike lane was responding to an emergency when they... weren't. And were likely just on break.
I heard about @bikingmzstacey getting picked on by right-wing media over this incident, but this public records request totally vindicates her. Thank you Stacey. #bikeSF #BikeTooter https://sf.streetsblog.org/2023/01/31/entitled-bike-lane-lady-speaks-out/
Last night I finished reading Road to Nowhere by @parismarx and really enjoyed it. A lot of the material wasn't new to me, but it did a really good job of tying together some things people wouldn't necessarily assume were related.
Both the rise of fascism (as a failure) and the rise of the fediverse (as a success?) are vindications of the anarchist idea and refutations of the liberal one.
During the Trump catastrophe, informal antifascism provided a potential solution to the Popper paradox. But liberals couldn't see it, and spent the period punching left ("Susan Sarandon"), often goaded on by fascists ("cancel culture"); and reifying americanism (Russiagate) and authoritarianism (fake crime wave/"refund the police"). Now the fascist threat is even more grave.
During the first wave of fascist hate speech, liberals called for regulation - state censorship - of capitalist social media. But with the federation, we can discern an actually effective approach to the moderation problem - decentralization and the community devolution of moderation powers.
In both cases, informality and horizontalism were the right answers. Is anyone listening to them?
"Workers in an industry that had long been famously union-agnostic at best had been forming bonds, organizing and developing solidarity. Layoffs of this scale and suddenness can be a blow to that process."
Let's hope it has the opposite result and shows more tech workers the value of organizing. https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2023-01-30/column-how-big-tech-is-using-mass-layoffs-to-bring-workers-to-heel
I buy it: tech layoffs have “very little to do with long- or even medium-term strategy except as it pertains to cultivating an insecure workforce.” https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2023-01-30/column-how-big-tech-is-using-mass-layoffs-to-bring-workers-to-heel
Hi! If you're promoting car-reduced/more walkable areas in cities, or any designs/research around that, can you please consider if what you're posting is accessible?
Because I don't think I've seen this *month* someone post anything on walkable cities that I thought could be used safely by someone in a wheelchair. Anything. That's how bad it is. And likely we'll all end up needing a mobility aid at some point in our lives, so why not design for our own futures?
Weight-based fees to discourage oversized cars: It's a great idea, but one the car lobby has preemptively gotten banned throughout California. Good on DC for doing it; SF can't. https://slate.com/business/2023/01/electric-cars-hummer-ev-tax-fees-weight-joe-biden.html
Whenever I hear about Musk losing 200 billion dollars I remind myself that there are people in the world who could simply end global hunger outright, on a whim, people who would be revered as our highest saints until the end of human history, who just decide they can't be bothered to do that, and that's why we need a wealth tax.
You don't have to be racist to participate in systemic racism. US policing produces racist outcomes even from "not-racist" people. I'm going to explain (again):
* why I've probably been pulled over way more times than most people you know, even though most of the times I'm pulled over, I get no ticket (because I did nothing wrong)
* how I stopped getting pulled over so much (because I understand the system)
* And why lots of cops say that the average voter is more racist than the average cop
Today I met local author and Slow Sanchez enjoyer @annaleen and got their new book signed (plus one less-new book). Very excited to read this nonfiction/fiction combo. Pasts and imagined futures of cities.
Today, the US #NLRB issued a finding of merit in two of my charges against #Apple. The NLRB agreed with my claim that Apple's NDAs & employee policies are unlawfully restrictive & chilling to the point of violating federal labor law
The best part of this is that these charges are about Apple's employee policies & statements made to workers nationally. Apple's remedy will also need to be national. All the hell the last two years is worth it for this. Let us be free. 🕊️ 💙
A community of people who are fighting against car dominance in San Francisco and beyond and also have various other interests.