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This is good stuff, finally some positive changes in our society 😌

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Bitching about billionaires is stupid


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> When Bezos launched his small business in the early 1990 he was praised for making books available for more people.

This makes me wonder how many small businesses there are today that are being praised by everyone, people only seem to notice the problem with these businesses when they get too big, not realizing that if you kill one big business then there are hundreds if not thousands ready to replace that one.

> We need to make companies and billionaires obsolete. Because what Google and the like fear the most is not the competition (because they can buy that), but becoming irrelevant. When people do not see any value in what they "sell", in what they "do".

Right on point here, we should try to create a world where we don't have to rely on any kind of businesses to get our things done, instead of replacing one business with another.
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200 for TROM


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TROM II Documentary Updates and Release


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WHO for all.


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Thank you for writing such thoughtful pieces, the world desperately needs to hear these words.


AI is ASS


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great article 😀
This is so well written, I love it! 😃


Schools are not for learning.


One of the most asked questions in class is "Will this be on the test?", schools were never about education or learning new things......

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The Bullshitters, but better.


Human psychology is not equipped for the artificial environment it created for itself. The idolatry of hucksters selling utopia is just one resultant pathology.

We have no idea how to live. We will try anything, offered by anyone, with the flimsiest hope to distract us from our existential terror.
How did they not even mention Adam Neumann? Too many BS artists, too little space?


Why the fediverse will get corrupted


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By the way ... you can see the extend of this resiliency here:

https://www.ft.com/content/de808736-2e05-4c3b-a53c-55b170ae9efd

"Twitter rival Mastodon rejects funding to protect non-profit status

Fast-growing open-source microblogging site has seen a surge of interest since Elon Musk took over Twitter"

;)
That is good but let's see how long it will last. Eugen already accepts some sort of ads via their "sponsor" program https://sponsor.joinmastodon.org/. Companies "donate" (send money) and by that they can buy ad-space on https://joinmastodon.org/.
@TROM But you know the difference between mastodon.social the mastodon site and joinmastodon.org the landing page, right?

Additionally, getting your logo into a sponsor-page is a way different thing than placing actual ads... ;)
@TROM
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From my knowledge both websites are managed by the same person. And yes, of course, adding those logo-ads on the joimastodon and the documentation website is different from adding ads to the main mastodon instance, but it is a hint as to where the mentality is. As in, they are ok to accept "sponsors" that are companies, and reward these sponsors by giving them some ad space.

The post above is not about this, mind you. But about the real possibility of monetizing the fediverse too.
@TROM And you can't monetize the #FediVerse at a whole...

Mastodon is a bit different as it is a german GmbH owning said domains. But he already showed his disinterest in financial investments....
A few huge instances are already hosting most of the fediverse users. If they decide to monetize and even defederate then that affects the entire fediverse. Same with email, it is not like the protocol itself is monetized, but gmail and yahoo and say 2 more other companies completely own that space.
@hackbyteThat was then and this is now; Is a Peer-to-Peer
distributed social media network practical now ?
@Schianali @TROM It is to some extend..

Heck you can rent serverspace with preinstalled mastodon if you want. ;)
@TROM Update; right now you can still see the remnants of someone trying to forcefully commercialize just a part of the #fediverse..

Here it started; https://techhub.social/@cloy/109598814392511612 but it's already gone.

Here you can see the local copy still saved on my home instance. https://friendica.utzer.de/display/11842075-4af717613b46e081-b2af9ac1

And here is how it ended:

https://techhub.social/@nicdex/109600410080560554


The UN has done it! We will fix it. Finally!


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FIFA World Trade


The current FIFA event shows a few things that should have been obvious anyway:

1. Slavery was not abolished, it was reduced and redefined at best.
2. High level sport is a business, nothing more.
3. Greenwashing is the most popular practice of pretty much all companies and organizations.
4. Not many people care about climate change, slavery, dictatorship regimes, and so forth.
5. The ones in power (from states to organizations like FIFA) care only about profits and lie endlessly.
6. We are fucked, nothing changes. The same trade based society keeps on being in the driving seat, deciding where we go.

"The OTHER big problem with the Qatar World Cup ->> https://ytb.trom.tf/watch?v=euSNZhTrDNM

#tromlive

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Thanks for sharing that video, #GreenWashing is becoming more and more common these days.


Behavior is Environment


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The ruining of "free" and "donation".


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I really want to know in detail were the line is, because how should I understand something, if there isn't even a detailed definition?
As @Rokosun said we go into more detail in the Origin of Most Problems book. Now, the trade-free idea is an "experimental" one, and we label it as such in the book too, where we started it. To define what is trade and what is quite easy in general, but it can become confusing when you go into these edge cases. But it is fine. Everything is like that. The Open source idea is easy to understand, unless you go into the microscopic world of it and realize it may not be as coherent anymore.

So I think we can push it as far as to the example from this post. But what we care mostly about are those macro trades that we describe in the book.

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The ice melting cult


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Work!



You're born with wings,
You learn to talk,
You have no time to fly or walk,
This world is empty,
You're just a stock.
Shut'up and listen.
Now go to work!

Your time is running,
You're getting old,
Your wings are gone,
You barely walk.
There was no loss,
You're just a stock,
A trading value, in someone's flock.

#tromlive


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Diversity is not created by "capitalism"


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Climate change is not the problem. It is one of...


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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres did not mince words in a news conference Monday morning, calling this latest report a “litany of broken climate promises” and a “file of shame cataloging the empty pledges” that have put the planet on a “fast track to climate disaster.” He accused some government and business leaders of “lying” as they say one thing, but do another when it comes to meeting climate goals.

Another consequence of the trade-based society - non-stop gaslighting and lies. The Profit always prevails. The same way huge arms exporters continue to sell the weaponry to other countries until they "suddenly" start a war or a terror, the most pollute-high companies will continue to trade and to destroy our environment until the situation reaches all the extreme limits and some kind of catastrophy really occurs.

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It is your fault!!


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WTF ? 2200 Euros is a lot of money !

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The role of trade in war


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The Double Standard


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Beheading the King


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Attack the world with solutions


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"Attack the world with solutions", that's a good way of putting it 🙂

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Words and swords


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These are the things that should be talked about, thank you for writing about it. I don't know if I can call humans intelligent anymore, because you're right, looking at all the fucked up things we do to each other and our planet, it feels like we're morally primitive, despite all the technological advancements we've made. Its really sad to see humanity move along this path, because we really don't have to be like this. I hope your writings reach more people, 'cause this shit needs to be heard.

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The United States of Torture and Imprisonment


Here are two videos describing very well the US, a land of the "free". First is a fictional story https://link.trom.tf/gUY_y - about how US is a prison, of course alongside all other tribes. The fiction is inspired (if not copied) from reality.

Second video https://link.trom.tf/tKnoj shows the USA being a monster and abuser. Torturing some, in ways that look barbarian even for the most primitive cultures out there.

USA is not an exception. It is the rule.

This society of primitive separation, of constant trade frenzy, made humans into mindless and aggressive creatures. #tromlive

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Brain Health.


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I agree with these points. But let's not forget we can't change people by naming and shaming. I'm Dutch, so I'm used to direct criticism, it's part of our culture. But some people tend to shy away when you address their ways as bad (such as not using open-source). I hope I'm wrong of course and we can just tell people to use something that aligns with our RBE goals without drama. But humans are emotional beings :)

How many people are involved with TROM? You're doing a lot!
impressive that you are able to do all this with a handful of people!

forum.tzm.community and meet.tzm.community are my efforts to change TZM more towards open-source. Practice what we preach. The server also runs on renewable energy.

I think activism is luxury. People need to have the time and energy to work on it. For some it's a bridge too far to switch to open-source software and decentral platforms. It's very sad. Also since some people stick to Discord. We should do better.
Oh that's very nice! We should then keep in touch. We do a lot in that regard. We have a ton of tools and such. We can help each other ion that regards ofc. I like that you have Jitsi Meet on your server, it is something we do not have. We are on Matrix so if you wanna join our Discussion chat here https://matrix.to/#/#chat:matrix.trom.tf - we can give you some tips if you want, and help here and there to setup some open source services on your server.

We see the value in the open source not simply because it is open, but because many such projects are trade-free. They do not want anything in return from you, the end user. And that creates better incentives overall.
hi! Sorry for the late response. I was super busy with work.

Let's indeed keep in touch! I'll install a Matrix client this week so that we can chat. I now use Element, which uses the private server from work. Multi account is not yet supported, so I'll use a GNOME Matrix client to connect with the regular Matrix network I guess.

I agree on what you say about open-source. But let's not forget that much work is done by Intel, RedHat, IBM, etc. It's not purely trade-free :) It can be though
For example we contacted TZM, Peter Joseph, and others to ask them to move from the ad-networks to the networks we have that are trade-free. But no response. And I think they do not see the value in this. We have to showcase to the others that there are trade-free alternatives out there and maybe we can build more of them. But if you guys and others fighting this nonsense society, feel it is difficult to merely change your online presence to a saner alternative, how can we change this society? I am glad to see you on the Fediverse. What is the TZM Community Forum?

So in essence if we bring people to these alternative networks we also make a point about how facebook and the like are "bad" and why they are "bad" (because you have to trade with them - your data, attention, currency - and this incentivizes them to do a lot of "bad"); and at the same time we showcase that we can create trade-free social networks that are decentralized. We showcase how alternatives do work. Not to mention that we can keep people a bit more sane by nit having to use those ad-networks.


The blame game


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COVID Concerns


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I had to open that link in my browser, like how I would read an article if you just posted its link. I went back to my mastodon client to reply.

Not all of your posts are shown like this, but the articles definitely are. From what I understand, it'll detect if its an article by seeing if the post has a title, so on mastodon these ones will show the title with the link to the full article.
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@TROM
I actually did try out friendica using an account I had on venera.social because you said. Now I thought to give it a second shot since they made it work with all mastodon clients. I can have that old familiar look of mastodon while having the awesome features of friendica. So I tried it using fedilab and it was just too buggy, I couldn't even see my global timeline button. But I think this is the issue of the app itself and not friendica.
I tried using the @Tusky client and it was much better, 2 issues I had were these:

1. It truncates long posts under a "show more button", and there was no option to disable it.

2. If you @ mention someone on a post, it should bring me to that profile when clicking on it. But this doesn't work properly on tusky, it just says "Performing lookup" for a while and then opens up a random post. IDK if its a friendica issue or tusky issue.
Yeah, I'll give those other clients a try too when I have the time. Unfortunately, the client I use for mastodon, fedilab, just don't work properly on friendica. I just like tusky's UI out of all the others, that's why I tried that one next. I'll keep using that one if they fix the issues.

It'd be nice if there was a good friendica client with nice UI and all friendica features. These mastodon clients are made for mastodon and thus lack a lot of features provided by friendica

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The show more is a useful feature, else you`ll see massive posts...
Yeah maybe, but I'd still like to have an option to disable it. I see all of your long posts without that "show more" button on fedilab right now, so I'm used to it. So now it'd be hard for me click the show more button for every long post I see.
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Maybe it'd be best to have an option that allows you to set what "long" means to you, so you can set the number of lines to truncate and the ability to disable this truncation completely by setting the value as 0, that's how fedilab does it.
Fedilab is currently trying to rewrite some of their code to improve UI and stuff - https://toot.fedilab.app/@apps/107328313323330935

I'll just ping @apps here so maybe they would look into fixing these issues. Fedilab is actually the only app I could find on fdroid that explicitly said it supports friendica. But the friendica support on it is pretty bad right now, and there's definitely room for improvement.

Friendica is so underrated right now, and part of the reason is that it don't have a good mobile app
Yes, we have an issue where fixes will be brought to the new app.

https://framagit.org/tom79/fedilab/-/issues/520
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Chewing the same gum


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Romania and COVID, a case of mistrust perhaps.


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Treat people like dogs!




The tech prostitutes


"How Tech Companies Manipulate the Media" https://ytb.trom.tf/watch?v=9V0lXIK9DZQ

A well made video by the "tech youtubers" explaining how big companies bully them into creating positive reviews for their products. And then they go back at doing just that. Rinse and repeat. Nothing learned. These online prostitutes are eager to trade trade trade, at infinitum. They are pursued by the same companies, and same tech prostitutes that talk positively about tech, to buy more of that tech. A way of eating your own poop.

So then they have to pay for their macbookpros and teslas and such, so then they have to make videos that reach more and more people, because that makes them more and more money, to then buy more and more stuff. Endless...

Very little of the new tech nowadays is useful and a real innovation. The rest is LED lights of different colors. Toys.

We need to make people understand the trap of this trade-based society in the hope that they may want to escape from it. First: understand the problem. #tromlive



The cult of new-tech




Do not move the trash from one place to another



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The way problems are solved today, is ambunalces!


Another way to put it is to look for long term solutions. I think most people don't even realize/believe that these problems could be solved for long term. Like you say, If we need to implement systems in place to look for long term solutions to our problems, the first thing we should do is to change our mindset and look for real & lasting solutions instead of doing the same thing we've been doing for years. People have to change their way of thinking.

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Eggs with Wigs: Elon Musk is Steve Jobs, and Tesla is Apple


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