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Nintendo apologies for Switch stock shortages 

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have apologised for Nintendo Switch stock shortages domestically and that they are currently shipping Switches every week, will increase shipment in July and August, including continued shipment of the Splatoon 2 set, and from Fall and beyond continue to work on further strengthening their production system.

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july 22, 2016 | 5:41 pm | (5/100)

my biology test was returned yesterday and i didn’t expect to actually get a good mark, but i did! yaay 🤓  here are my cosmology notes for today’s test 💫🌎🌟☄🌞🌛  one of the few tests i had to think through rather than rely on definitions, facts and other information! i hope u all have a productive weekend!!! 🤗💓

STEM fields don’t need to be ultra competitive monocultures that work people to the bone and systematically drive out anyone who is seen as not being able to hack it.

Just because the system is set up in a way that fosters a super high stress lifestyle doesn’t mean that it needs to be that way. There’s nothing inherently competitive about science (except evolution).

Grad school, and STEM in general, should be intellectually difficult but not nearly as emotionally difficult as it is, and yet way too many people just accept it because that’s they way it’s always been.

I’m not saying it should be easy, but we shouldn’t have to sacrifice out mental and emotional well beings, anything resembling a personal life, or just a somewhat normal work/life balance at the altar of Science. 

The pressure cooker environment of grad school and science in general is both unnecessary and bad for science. It self selects for a certain type of scientist and drives out anyone who varies from the norm. 

But the people in charge aren’t incentivized to change it because they’re products of the system. They are the very type of people who the system was built to serve. When people fail they shrug and say it was unfortunate but not everyone was cut out for this life. 

That is bullshit. You do not have to be broken down and built back up to be a good scientist. Science is not war. We are not soldiers. We are curious, creative people who want to understand the universe. 

We need to stop trying to patch the leaky pipeline and rather build a new pipeline. One that isn’t coated with acid and pressurized beyond the point of failure.


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Seeing all this stuff about the Alex Tizon discourse is making me wanna throw up. 

Listen. What they did? It’s slavery. We know. We get it.  But it’s not your slavery, it is a product of the broken system which we have been mired in, one which America has been directly complicit in. It’s an unfortunate case, horrifying, not entirely unexpected, but not exactly the norm. The issue here is that foreigners are trying to put words in our mouth and making this discussion about them instead of letting Filipinos process this and have a proper conversation about it without them shutting us down and screaming BUT SLAVERY!!! APOLOGISTS!!! not only that but they’re deliberately misunderstanding our language and honorifics, they are making things out to be something they’re not.

The system is broken. Any Filipino can tell you that. Yelling at us isn’t going to fix it unless you can somehow fix an entire culture with a press of a button and magically remove 400 years of colonialism and oppression, both by foreigners and fellow Filipinos, which has directly contributed to how desperate and helpless our people have become. It just doesn’t work that way.

But what really pisses me off about this? It’s because we’ve already been silenced before. We have been colonized, mistreated, our culture erased and labeled as inferior, our country gutted for resources and labor and this is still happening, just now its happening on more socially acceptable terms. 

Context and the underlying culture does matter, especially when our culture has already been so abused and erased that we have no idea what kind of culture or history we would have had if it hadn’t been beaten out of us by colonizers for 400 years, even the name of our country, our very identity. To this day we still struggle with our identity as a people, with the colonial mentality and nation-wide inferiority complex instilled in us by colonizers.

Keep in mind that every time you yell at us about how culture doesn’t matter, you’re all slavery apologists, without taking into consideration our views, our culture and the system which contributes to this, and how people are still working to correct it despite the fact that progress will likely not come for another 20? 30? years maybe even longer. Progress is slow when you live in a country where every system is designed against you. We are seeing people from a country which oppressed us, attempting to once again erase our narrative and tell us they know better, perhaps then you can forgive us for being wary of foreigners dismissing our culture and views to propagate their own.


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As the workforce becomes increasingly automated, we will reach a point where massive unemployment is inevitable. The need for human for human labor will simply diminish and new industry that can’t be automated will not be able to keep up. 

This will leave us with a few choices as a society:

  • Massive unemployment, homelessness, starvation, and increasing strain on welfare systems as larger and larger chunks of society are unable to find employment.
  • Government mandates forcing businesses to hire human workers, heavily reducing profit and productivity. 

  • A Basic Income system with a robust corporate tax system, allowing large portions of society to live comfortably without working, keeping money in circulation, and exploring higher education, creative and non-profit pursuits

The question isn’t IF this will happen. The question is when, how quickly, which option, and will we eat the rich first.


6 hours and 54 afternoon teas later and I’m home from work! Alas I have done little to no work today because of being out-starting to panic slightly.

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Design is,
Art solving problem.

Design is Art solving a problem. Like this poster (a piece of graphic art) is solving the purpose of visually articulating my Thoughts on Design. Or like the system of shapes that try to visualise or denote the word ART. In a more institutionalised way, Design is an intent, a plan, a product, a service, a system or a way of life to better the quality of human life and/or the life of other creatures.

anonymous asked:

How can you be anti-capitalist and in support of decentralization? Seems pretty backward if you ask me

Well the first assumption that needs to be dissected in your ask is the assumption that capitalism is inherently decentralized in setup.

Capitalism is defined, both theoretically and realistically, by private ownership over the means of production and sustenance. Workplaces, apartments, natural commons – they’re all controlled in top-down fashion by property-owners who determine the use of them based on their own self-interest. “Top-down” is the key phrase there, because it is qualitatively important to include the individuals who aren’t lucky enough to own property under capitalism (most people) if you want a full picture of the system, something ideological text pieces celebrating capitalism deliberately leave out; it’s always empty praise about how the “decentralized market transactions” of job-creators and consumers lead to the best state of affairs. But the situation I described – top-down control of necessary, collectively-operated resources by property-owners – is a situation where power is heavily concentrated. By definition, class stratification is centralized power, a scenario where a ruling class commands infinitely more power than the working class by virtue of controlling the stuff necessary to reproduce society. You can call it “decentralized” because there are a bunch of competing property-owners rather than one hyper-centralized center of power in a state apparatus, but the point remains that you merely end up with a small handful of power concentrations in practice instead. 

The great majority of people under capitalism – the people who are not lucky enough to own capital – have no choice but to assume a subordinate role beneath the aforementioned property-owners. At work? No say in the decisions, forced to hand over their labor product to those at the top, with a tiny siphoned-off chunk of their total energies given back to them in the form of a paycheck. In living arrangements? Forking over large chunks of their already-slim paychecks to the landlords, landlords who do nothing other than own a piece of paper declaring the property theirs, living in other locations trying to maximize their gains at the expense of the actual tenants. You can argue that they can always “just go to another property-owner that treats them better,” but you’re still ultimately arguing within the confines of a system that irrationally hopes for the benevolent deeds of its most powerful class. The same argument could be expanded to include states – “if a nation is treating its citizens poorly, then they should just leave.” Most people are born into situations where they have very limited mobility to better those situations, because they are, again, locked into those situations of subordination beneath property-owners – forced to sell their time and energies to the centralized powers that be. These class relationships make up the majority of our lives; a lack of democracy in this realm of existence carries far more weight than an empty spectacle of democracy every two to four years, where we essentially just ratify decisions that have already been made and pick from a pre-arranged set of out-of-touch elites from the political class. (And it’s worth mentioning that these politicians have every incentive to prolong the aforementioned class relationships – the state acts in the long-term interests of capital accumulation when the disparate competing of capitalists leads to economic crisis and civil unrest. Far from being the antagonist to “free-market capitalism,” the state and capitalism actually have an intensely symbiotic relationship – concentrated power fuels more concentrated power.)

This leads us to the second assumption to unpack: that the alternative to capitalism must be inherently centralized. 

On the contrary, the only effective counter to capitalism must be a decentralized system, where power is distributed to all individuals in the community, based around a system of broader direct democracy at work and in the structuring of society. Collective operations ought to be controlled by their collective participants, democratically arriving at conclusions that benefit all and each. Living quarters ought to be managed by the actual tenants, not by some absentee owner with an incentive to privatize gains and socialize losses. This is how you decentralize power, this is how you reconcile the creative freedom of the individual with the collective justice of the community. 

The material conditions are already demanding a system change anyway:

  • Automation of menial work is a terrifying phenomena under capitalism because it means millions of people losing jobs and therefore access to livelihood; under a libertarian socialist system of production for use, there are essentially no downsides to it because it means that so much work can be automated away and communities can then divvy up the otherwise necessary work that can’t be automated, which would result in incredibly short shifts for people. More leisure time means more freedom to pursue what you want to pursue on your own terms, something capitalism fetishizes but never fulfills for the majority of people. Seriously, the libertarian socialist way of organizing things is both more efficient and more rational, two things capitalism loves to claim it has a monopoly on. Democratize the automation.
  • The rise of digital post-scarcity and its parallel capitalist development of intellectual property laws create a major contradiction that has been central to capitalism since its beginning: the forcing of scarcity onto resources that are otherwise not scarce. Scarcity is beneficial to property-owners because it means greater ability to milk profits out of workers and consumers. This can be seen with physical resources when sellers lock up dumpsters to prevent people from getting to thrown out goods and when they intentionally destroy excess goods in order to desaturate markets, rather than give the goods away according to community needs. We have recently started seeing that trend applied to immaterial information patterns, things that can be endlessly duplicated and shared, things that scream “communist open-sourcing potential.” Intellectual property law is capital’s attempt to make scarce and commodify digital patterns that defy traditional notions of scarcity. With the bureaucratic enforcement of intellectual property law abolished, this vast pool of information can be made accessible to all people, a beautiful digital parallel to communism’s aims of physical post-scarcity.
  • Global climate change exacerbated by infinite capital accumulation on a planet of finite resources is setting us on a dangerous path towards ecological collapse and widespread species extinctions. The logic of infinite market growth – the logic of a cancerous tumor – must be called into question and cast aside in favor of a new system that generates goods on a stable-state basis for human need and use, rather than on some conception of unlimited expansion for a small elite’s profits. We’d still probably have some work to do under a new system of libertarian socialism, but we could more readily tackle the problems without having to cross our fingers and hope “green capitalism” is graciously passed down to us by our benevolent job-creators. Climate change can only be dealt with through more democracy and participation, not through band-aid government regulations in an otherwise capitalist economy. 

TLDR: Libertarian socialism is the viable alternative to capitalism. It ought to be readily embraced for its expansion of freedom, equality, and solidarity; for its ability to more effectively deal with the contradictions laid out by capitalism; and of course for its decentralized/horizontal organizational structure. Capitalism is a highly centralized economic/political system both in theory and in practice, and the only way around its concentration of power is to disperse power down to the individual through a more robust system of direct consensus democracy and worker self-management. Democratize workplaces, democratize living arrangements, democratize the infrastructure. Our choices are socialism or more barbarism at this point. 


what she says: i’m fine.

what she means: time was hamilton’s legacy. in “who lives, who dies, who tells your story” eliza sings the lyrics “the lord, in his kindness, he gives me what you always wanted, he gives me more time.” now some might think wait - hamilton didn’t want time, he wanted a legacy, something to outlive him. but even though he did all he could while he was alive, it wasn’t enough, according to him or eliza. and so with time, his legacy only grew, blossoming into a bank system, a productive reign in history, and named as one of the ‘key Founding Fathers.’ though he might not have achieved all he wanted when he was alive, hamilton’s legacy simply flourished after his death. therefore, time was hamilton’s legacy.



Today has been great ☺️ Me and my boyfriend had these awesome milkshakes, I took the dog for a long walk on the beach and I’m managing to get all of my work finished off surprisingly enough.

I appreciate that climate change gets a lot of attention (possibly because it has the potential to have the highest economic costs if left unchecked) but it is my duty to remind everyone that the biggest threat to wildlife and ecosystems today is habitat loss. Not climate change. Not trophy hunting. Not even pollution–though a habitat can become so degraded from pollution that it becomes unusable.

The very best way to curb global destruction of habitat is to implement large-scale changes to our development patterns, energy production, and agricultural system. So be sure to support those efforts politically. You can also support sustainable, multi-use development in your communities(many municipalities talk about community-wide projects at city counsel meetings!). Live densely. Eat less meat. Call out self driving cars for the sprawl-supporting pact with satan that they are. Support public transportation! Don’t support sprawl and McMansions! Recognize that suburbia in general and lawns in particular are a facsimile of greenness that destroy actual usable habitat and replace it with sterile monocultures that require gallons of water, pesticides, and fertilizer to maintain. Stop using products with neonicotinoids altogether. Make your yard wildlife-friendly. Consider a brush pile. Keep your damn cats indoors. Plant native plants. Remove invasive plants. Maybe don’t freak out and call animal control every time you see a bat or snake or coyote in your neighborhood since they were literally there first and we’ve left them no place else to go. Watch out for herps crossing the roads in the breeding season, especially our salamanders. Plant a NATIVE tree. Support your local parks, forests, and waterways, big and small.