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benjamin melançon

One more way @GitLab could be better than GitHub: Give creators more tools to manage their communities, and generally work to encourage a culture of appreciation of open source free software.

Per @johnonolan and @ErisDS of https://ghost.org on a recent podcast, discussion starts at the 40 minute mark on this podcast, and goes just over three-and-a-half minutes: https://soundcloud.com/tryghost/this-week-in-ghost-3-its-been-5-years

This is definitely of relevance for https://www.drutopia.org/ - we want to be fully open, we definitely don't want to be driven into a private issue to discuss a feature that will be in the open code, but we cannot have our energy drained by help vampires or anything like that.

It's not currently possible to let everyone see the code and issues, but only people who are in the group/project edit issues. If that were made possible, a relatively minor tweak to GitLab's permissions, then we could lock participating in issues to people who have joined the Drutopia Software Cooperative, with the $5 entrance fee (and agreement to the code of conduct, https://drutopia.readthedocs.io/en/latest/drutopia-code-of-conduct.html ) will surely be plenty of a filter to ensure quality and respect in contributions.

benjamin melançon

Electricity cooperatives do better than capitalist electric utilities at building local solar power: https://popularresistance.org/cooperatives-lauded-as-trailblazers-in-community-solar/

Utility cooperatives historically predominate where their capitalist cousins considered providing services unprofitable. The coops provide better service at lower cost, and are more open to innovations that make people's lives better— including adding broadband internet. See https://ilsr.org/the-fiber-future-is-cooperative-policy-brief-on-rural-cooperative-fiber-deployment/ and https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.7/state-of-change-how-a-rural-electric-co-op-connected-a-community for example.

Now it's time to bring utility cooperatives into cities and suburbs that have monopolistic capitalist corporations siphoning off needed dollars. Maybe Minneapolis is a good place to start? There's precedent, of a sort, just a few miles South, with coops finally taking over the slices Alliant Energy had in their area: http://www.smenergy.coop/about-us/

I'm not certain about the geographical scope of each but i don't think any utility cooperatives are available in the Twin Cities right now, despite the high concentration in Minnesota as a whole: https://mn.gov/puc/consumers/help/utility/

benjamin melançon

Two police SUVs were parked on our street, and the Minneapolis police officers were interrogating four young black men, almost certainly teenagers, with at least two of them *handcuffed behind their backs*, and the police had them sitting on the curb, with the ants (trust me— there are a lot of ants). After talking to them forever, pointing flashlights in their faces, and running at least one license, the police let the boys go.

Is there anything i could have done, should have done? Walked up and said "What seems to be the problem, officer?" Recorded the scene? Mentioned during the detention, or only after the police left, that there might be a case against the police for using excessive force in putting on handcuffs at all without sufficient cause (seriousness of crime, resistance or risk of flight are mentioned in http://www.patc.com/weeklyarticles/handcuffing-excessive-force.shtml for instance)?

benjamin melançon

Twin Cities Drupal Camp— the web development event that's so good, it's why i moved to Minneapolis. Get your tickets now! https://2018.tcdrupal.org/

benjamin melançon

Freedom-loving United States government continues over-the-top prosecution seeking to imprison 58 political protesters for more than 60 years (and that's down from 187 people before the federal prosecutors lost their first trial) https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2018/second-trump-inauguration-protest-trial-begins/

benjamin melançon

Donated $100 to bail out mamas on mother's day in honor of my mom (next year Mom i'll get you a card also, and who knows maybe prisons will be abolished)

https://nomoremoneybail.org/

benjamin melançon

This technological leap to put the means of production in local community hands is very close to what Kali Akuno of https://cooperationjackson.org/ works on: https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-utopian-vision-of-william-morris-is-now-within-reach

benjamin melançon

In a world at risk of still more wars illegally started or supported by the United States, a ray of hope for rule of law at home: https://blackagendareport.com/rev-pinkney-exonerated-set-free

benjamin melançon

I just reported a Facebook ad to join a group "Stop mandatory vaccinations" as promoting "Suicide or self-injury". Am i doing this right?

benjamin melançon

I can really get behind this new genre of journalism, reporters and editors slamming their corporate owners https://specialprojectsdesk.com/univision-is-a-fucking-mess-1825836622

It shows how far we are from a functioning competitive economy— that you can't run a damn web site without being part of a corporate behemoth susceptible to a leveraged buyout, itself an insanity in an economic system that should want to reward quality or innovation not dirty financial tricks.

A competitive economy would mean that all the people of Gawker/Gizmodo could quit and start their own company... as suggested here: http://geo.coop/story/cooperative-hostile-takeover