This video has been making the rounds on social media, and at first I ignored it because I figured it would just be a piece of propaganda meant to preach to the choir. I was wrong: this is actually an extremely intelligent and informative short film about despotism. (And despite being an American film from 1946, made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, it doesn't give the US any sort of free ride at all – as you'll notice from some of the examples shown silently in the background)
The film begins by reminding you that the forms of democracy alone don't tell you anything; you need to look deeper. The two key indicators it points at are whether respect and power are equally shared across the community, or whether they are concentrated, with only certain people being thought worthy of those. Those two, in turn, are powered by two leading indicators: whether the distribution of economic power and …
Via Alicia Smith who got it from Michael J. Coffey.
Originally shared by Jeff Brown
Quoted in full, because it is just that important.
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Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.
1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You've already done this, haven't you? Stop. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.
2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of "our institutions" unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutio…
Wow! The new OK Go! video is amazing and thought provoking.
Originally shared by Dryade Geo
"The song 'The One Moment' is a celebration of (and a prayer for) those moments in life when we are most alive," the band says in the video's credits. "Humans are not equipped to understand our own temporariness; it will never stop being deeply beautiful, deeply confusing, and deeply sad that our lives and our world are so fleeting. We have only these few moments. Luckily, among them there are a few that really matter, and it's our job to find them. (We had no idea when we wrote the song that we'd be releasing its video in such a critical moment for our nation and the world. It's one of those moments when everything changes, whether we like it or not, so the song feels particularly relevant)." http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/11/23/503134502/ok-gos-new-video-for-the-one-moment-is-another-mind-blower
If your Unix library needs a reboot... There are some damn fine books in this bundle.
Originally shared by Humble Bundle
Unix, I nix. We called up our friends at O'Reilly to put together this bundle of Unix (and Linux and more) resources for all. Find your nutshell reference, your pocket guide, and your power tools here in the Humble Book Bundle: Unix presented by O'Reilly!
Yesterday, work had a major issue, and a bunch of us worked into the wee small hours to get things sorted. I logged in this morning to see this email, flagged as "Important" in my inbox.
" Morning Team,
You all went above and beyond yesterday, overnight, and this morning to restore production services for our broader team.
Once again the team work and can do attitude were inspiring to be a part of.
Please pass on our thanks to your families for the unintentional imposition. Working in IT, it could be easy for TL’s and Managers to become complacent about the work and effort team members put in after hours, but I can assure you that your efforts and commitment aren’t taken for granted for one moment.
A massive thanks again and let’s take the learnings from yesterday’s challenges and make our service offering even better.
" I've been in the IT game for over 30 years. I have never received an email like this before from one of my managers. To acknowledge the impact that th…
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