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Mabo Day 2020

MABO DAY - Wednesday 3rd June - 28th Anniversary

There is no such entity as 'The Collective'

The noun "collective” is shorthand for "worker collective” and specifically refers to a group of workers who run a cooperative business* together without hierarchy. Such entities may also be referred to as "anarchal coops” in order to distinguish them from hierarchal coops. Collectivism is when such entities form the backbone (although not necessarily the entirety) of a gift economy, within the wider anarchist economy.

[This is using the term "business” in the loosest possible sense, given anarchal coops are inherently non-profit making.]

Impelled to Have Contracts

Here's the list of things that most people in the West are more or less of impelled to have contracts for, just in order to lead a normal life. Haven't included anything that can easily be eschewed without inviting unnecessary risk, inconvenience, or hardship:

Banking
Debit/credit card
Electricity
Home contents insurance
Cell phone
Internet

I am subscribed to 9 such contractual arrangements, covering all 6 of those categories (multiple banking ones).

The Ethical Eating Of Sentient Life. Is It Possible?

For the following questions, I am using the phrase "sentient-free diet" to mean food intake that is not based on the premature killing of living animals. By "sentient" I mean the etymologically correct term, capable of feeling (capable of thinking is sapience). Such a diet can include vegetarians, vegans, and even people who eat carrion.

What are the best ethical reason *against* a sentient-free diet or similar? For example, the argument eating grains is worse as industrial grain productions cause the violent deaths of lots of little rodents.

Any Sufficiently Advanced Neglect is Indistinguishable from Malice

"We alerted the world on January the 5th. Systems around the world, including the U.S., began to activate their incident management systems on January the 6th."
Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/15/835179442/we-alerte...

Letter to the PM of PNG

Dear Mr. Marape,

I read with interest some time ago (Sydney Morning Herald, 2019/05/30) your interest in reviewing PNGs natural resource wealth, and am interested in how this review is developing.

I have some background in the subject through formal studies in public economics and environmental science, as well as many years of informal studies and advocacy.

In particular, I am interested in the economic and environmental success of those jurisdictions which have applied site-rental approaches and public ownership of resources.

Moderate and Radical Centrists

Being a centrist doesn't necessarily mean being a moderate. A centrist is simply someone who borrows ideas from the left and the right. The terms "left" and "right" come from the French Revolution: the left was pro-revolution, pro-insurrection, pro-progress, pro-egalitarianism, and pro-democracy, while the right was anti-revolution, anti-insurrection, against radical changes, against egalitarianism, and against democracy.

Twelve Rubbish "Experts" On COVID-19

Some of you may have come across a pieced entitled "12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic". And I'll give them some credit; they've actually found twelve people who, as they put it "contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media". Ooh, so this is the alternative narrative, is it? When the weight of mainstream scientific opinion is up against twelve, perhaps we should give them equal consideration?

Remember Manolis Glezos

Do not forget.

An active participant of Greece's resistance to the Nazis, Glezos is best known for tearing down the Nazi flag from the Acropolis in 1941 as occupying German forces conquered Athens.

Reconciliation Week: 27th May to the 3rd of June.

27th May, the first day of Reconciliation Week, the day in 1967 when 90% of non-indigenous Australians (the highest number in referendum record) gave the Commonwealth power to legislate for indigenous Australians for the first time. Prior to this time, each Australian state and territory held this power, to deal with the ‘aboriginal problem’.

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