Schools are not for learning.
Children are forced to wake up at a certain hour, every day, 5 days a week, for 12 years. They are categorized by ages and their "knowledge" level. School creates a competition between the kids, makes then hate science and learning in general, it is a boring and colorless place for these young minds, and overall ends up not teaching children much at all about the world we live in.
In a trade-based society the parents NEED to trade themselves in a job, so these kids need to be "livestocked" somehow. That's what school is, a place where kids can be while their parents trade to survive in this society. More to that, Universities almost exclusively prepare these young creatures to become workers, like their parents.
All in all, kids go to school to compete, memorize, get ready to be workers. NOT to be EDUCATED.
If humans could have a decent life without trading in this society, they could have the time to engage with their kids, discover, learn, enjoy. And schools could be places where kids of all ages can go because they want to. A place where experts can teach them about the world and how to do something productive.
Tell kids: See this red dot? This is the farthest thing we can take a photo off. They call it a "star". And you show them a real photo taken by the WEBB telescope. From there on you and your class of kids will investigate what this red dot is, and in the process you'll teach kids about light, physics, maths, distances, stars, the universe.
Or show kids a real dinosaur bone and tell them: Our mission is to understand how old it is and what creature this is. And thus you can go into a journey of discovering what geology is, paleontology, rocks and fossils, and so forth.
Or tell them that our mission is to build a robot. And they will learn mechanics, programming and so forth.
We could create real schools where kids can become curious and learn so much about our world. So that they can become the next Einsteins, the next Teslas, the next ones who can discover new things.
That's the world we should have had by now....
And we wont be able to have it unless we change the trade-based society into a tradeless society. Where humans are not forced to trade in order to survive. Where humans like "teachers" can engage and develop such schools as explained above, to have time for that, not to go to school because that's their job since they have to pay their rent so they are forced to do it.
A few years ago we made a video: Rethinking Education https://videos.trom.tf/w/2y5RSgvREzT6mZnwonqKMN - where we go in depth abotút this.
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The Bullshitters, but better.
The author rightly points out how these people do not know much about the world, but their confidence coupled with the clickbaity world we live in and their celebrity status, makes them superstar-influencers.
Elon Musk is the richest man on planet Earth. He is also a complete bullshitter. He makes false claims about the cars he makes. He constantly promises that he is going to accomplish things that he never, in fact, accomplishes. In March 2020, he made the confident COVID-19 prediction that “based on current trends, probably close to zero new cases in US too by end of April.” After convincing cities around the country that his “Boring Company” was going to build tunnels that would alleviate traffic congestion for low, low prices, Musk’s company simply went silent after municipal governments asked it to follow through on its commitments.
They talk about a recently famous guy named Sam Bankman-Fried who "had committed himself to the “Effective Altruism” movement, which aims to achieve maximal moral goodness through benevolent acts and philanthropy". He was a crypto-rich-man. Basically the same Musk but instead of playing the money game he was playing the cryptocurrency game. He got caught stealing and lying. He was living like a rich man. You know, all of that.
There are many naive minds out there thinking that you can create honest businesses, you can trade fairly and do good through trading. This is almost never the case as these examples, and millions of others, prove.
Jordan Peterson sells books and makes money out of being so "radical" and yet unscientific. Pinker does the same. But real scientists are the ones you never heard of, the ones that do the work and not sell books and become viral online. To trust these figures is as naive as trusting Dr. Oz.
One of the problems is that for-profit media has a very bad set of incentives. For instance, every time Elon Musk makes some confident prediction about how he is going to implant chips in human brains or build a Mars colony or tunnel under Miami or whatever, tech websites are faced with a choice. They can print a story with the headline “MUSK SAYS BRAIN CHIPS COMING IN SIX MONTHS” or they can ignore Musk’s bluster until he offers proof that he has actually invented one of the things he keeps promising to invent. To ignore Musk is to sacrifice the precious clicks that a new Musk prediction will inevitably garner. Thus a for-profit tech journalism website faces a conflict between its financial self-interest and its integrity. In a time when it’s tough for media outlets to survive, it’s hard to turn down the clicks.
The author tries the waters but does not go for a swim. This is unfortunate because the cause of these issues is in plain sight: our trade based society.
Here's how it works as an example:
Musk is a trader and does everything he can to maximize his advantage being pushed by this competitive environment of trade. When he buys and sells, and he is also entangled with investors and clients from all sides, he (the man) cannot be unbiased. Thus, he is biased. He will exaggerate the claims about his businesses, lie, deceive, and all of that, to keep himself afloat and to swim in that sea of trades.
The people who follow Musk in his quest, from employees to his Twitter followers, are either forced to follow what he says and do like he does (his employees who have no other choice since they have to trade to survive), or the busy idiots who trade in other ways, keeping themselves busy all the time, not able to digest any information very well or much at all. So they can follow the HE, the man, whatever he says.
So far we have the rich man (the celebrity) and the idiots (the consumed ones). All created by the same trade-based society that keeps us busy and idiots, specialized on one thing (most of the time useless and mindless), and wants us to compete all the time and get better traders.
Lastly we have the media.
Guess what media wants? Same as Elon Musk or his fanboys: more for themselves. More clicks means more views, means more attention trading, means you can transform that into a currency and then stuff. The media is rich and wants to get richer, so it is very well incentivized to publish whatever crap sells. And thus they sell these bullshitters to the consuming idiots. Simple.
The rich-celebrity + the consumer idiots + the for-profit-media = a dumb down society.
Voila. Mystery solved!
All of us are victims of the same system of trade. And as long as we live in the same system, nothing will change.
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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.
Why the fediverse will get corrupted
If your platform is based on trades, it means that it wants something from the users (a trade). Their currency (say a subscription for access or for more features, a badge and such), their data (it collects the user data and trades it for currency or influence and the like), or attention (will insert ads into the platform). These are the methods used to trade in the online world. And any federated platform is subject to these practices.
When any platform engages into trades with their users, the balance of motivation tilts. And the owners of that instance will have to prioritize whatever it is traded (data, currency, attention). And you guessed it, they will become just like Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. Business as usual, quite literally.
Does not matter that these platforms are "federated" since big instances can user their influence and power to keep users on their platforms. Can stop defederating with any other platform and force their users to only use the instance via their own trade-based apps.
This is what we are trying to scream about at TROM for the past 10+ years. Everything gets eventually corrupted by TRADE. Nature, websites, people, projects. Everything.
Read The Origin of Most Problems book where we detail all of it.
So don't get fooled by "federation", "open source", and the like. All of them can and are being corrupted by this trade based society. Therefore we need trade-free platforms more than open source or federated ones, so that we remove the bad incentive of trade. Trade-free can also be federated and open source, and in fact it encourages these other practices.
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So for example for me Wikipedia is trade-free. I do not trade anything to them in order to access Wikipedia. Not my data, not my attention (seeing ads), not my currency. Therefore, Wikipedia is trade-free for everyone.
If we could create more and more such trade-free goods/services we will enlarge the chain of them, little by little. We have a big directory of trade-free goods and services here https://www.directory.trade-free.org/ so there are many already, but we need a lot more. And that's what we try to push for.
I *do* contribute to Wikipedia, podcasts and artists I love on Patreon, and my Mastodon server because while the system can handle a degree of parasitism, if everyone paid nothing then the things in the commons that we love would shrivel and die.
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We provide endless examples of trade-free goods/services created by organizations and individuals all around the world, and in a plethora of domains. So this is not just a wishful thinking.
V4V - A New Way to Think about Value
Value4Value is a monetization model, a content format, and a way of life. It is about freedom and openness, fairness and inclusiveness, sound money and censorship resistance.value4value.info
The #FediVerse is neither a corporated space nor even a heterogenous collection of servers but .. way more than that.
I don't see any chance for things to happen as you describe. For a simple example, _ANY_ instance on the #FediVerse which distributes ads will probably immediately get blocked and defederated...
It's just not the same as if one entity would control it all.
Btw .. who is trom? Looks some bit like a one man show to me ... can you tell me more? ;)
I don't see any chance for things to happen as you describe. For a simple example, _ANY_ instance on the #FediVerse which distributes ads will probably immediately get blocked and defederated...
Let's hope you are right, but do not underestimate the force of trade in this society. The more popular the fediverse becomes, the more trade schemes will appear. For example there is already a plugin for Peertube (the main federated video platform out there) that allows admins to enable ads inside the video player. It is already here. And if some big instances start to implement it, others will follow.
These schemes will slowly get under the skin of people in ways that they will get used to them. Will see what this all will become, but we have to be aware of this risk.
Btw .. who is trom? Looks some bit like a one man show to me ... can you tell me more? ;)
It is a project I (Tio) started in 2011 with the release of the TROM Documentary. Since then and with the help of a bunch of other people we have created a lot more (books, software, websites, etc). See here.
Now there are a handful of people who are helping with the project, although it is true I am the main one working on it.
The #FediVerse doesn't exist just since this year ...... some instances are several years old ... and still financially healthy. ;)
Nobody want's ads. So we are kind to our hosts. ;)
"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"
Additionally, getting your logo into a sponsor-page is a way different thing than placing actual ads... ;)
The post above is not about this, mind you. But about the real possibility of monetizing the fediverse too.
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:
The UN has done it! We will fix it. Finally!
They are talking about how this global trade based society pushes us all, from individuals to companies, to pollute, mostly care about profits, destroy the nature, enslave others, coerce. And are taking direct steps to overcome this by providing humans with their basic needs trade-free (as a first step), so that we help humans have a good life, and not pollute and waste as much, and get involved more to reverse the effects of pollution and destruction.
They have also started to ban all advertising because they rightly say that this is only going to create more needless consumption. I am so happy about that. Online or offline, ads are illegal.
They are working with all governments around the world to make a global transportation system that is trade-free, so that we phase out cars entirely. Universal healthcare is also on the agenda together with trade-free education. Two meals a day for everyone, trade-free access to the Internet, investing a lot of resources in non-meat food alternatives, and kick-starting a massive sharing platform (online/offline) so that we can all share the vast amounts of wasted and unused stuff that we have around. Even sharing a room/place to stay. How amazing! This, they hope, will incentivize people to re-use, rather than buy useless shit all the time.
Lastly, they realize that laws and rules do not work, so their overall approach is to create a better society from within the current one. One that does not rely on trade but on share. This way we can make companies and profiteers obsolete, with time. The focus will be on how to protect us and the nature, using renewable energies, less polluting practices, and so forth, since there is no incentive to do otherwise. All, while decoupling ourselves from the need for trade. Have a lot more free time, get more educated, get involved.
GO UNITED NATIONS! Let's do it folks! #tromlive
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FIFA World Trade
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
The OTHER big problem with the Qatar World Cup
Qatar promised to deliver a carbon neutral World Cup. But did they deliver? Reporter: Kai Steinecke Camera: Henning Goll Video Editor: Kai Steinecke Supervising Editor: Joanna Gottschalk, Michael Trobridge, Kiyo Dörrer Fact-Check: Kirsten Funck #P…DW Planet A | Invidious
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Behavior is Environment
This notion that humans have a certain biology and their behavior is based on that.
From sexuality to mental disorders, violence or anything else. There are no genes, no chemicals, nothing biological that can predict any such behaviors. None.
We should start to abolish this mentality. This approach is succulently pushed by companies who sell the "miracle" drugs, and everyone is hypnotized by the cattle-society practice: treat humans like they are on a conveyor belt. Feel angry, sad, and all that? Well probably you have a "disease". Take this pill! Bye!
Anyway. Here is a recent publication by Joanna Moncrieff that debunks the myth of the "chemical imbalance" of depression. And here a more general overview of how depression cannot be linked to any bio-chemical marker.
Some very important quotes from this group of proper scientists that have the dignity and courage to remain scientists:
I have shown that family, twin, adoption, and molecular genetic studies have failed to provide scientifically valid evidence that genes play a role in causing depression. Combined with the recent findings by Moncrieff and colleagues that serotonin is not associated with depression, the idea of MD as a medical condition is in serious trouble.And
To understand the true causes of depression, we must focus on family (including abuse and trauma), social, and political environments, including racial, gender, class, and other types of oppression/discrimination. We must address people’s increasing social isolation and disconnection from each other, lack of meaning and purpose, consumerism, and fears of present or future calamities such as pandemics, climate change, and nuclear war. The idea of depression as a medical/genetic condition must be reevaluated, and non-medical prevention and intervention strategies should be promoted.
“suffering as being rooted in individual rather than social causes, leading individuals to think that it is them rather than the economic and social system in which they live that is at fault and in need of reform.
It is this trade-based society that makes humans sad, depressed, angry, demotivated and so forth. FIX SOCIETY!
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The ruining of "free" and "donation".
We have added this peer to peer file sharing app to TROMjaro's Library: SoulSeek. This app is great. It allows you to connect with others directly, and share files with them. No server involved. We wanted to share our VideoNeat library on the network. However if you look closely they limit your experience. And if you donate currency to them you get this:
While they call themselves entirely free:
So, it is free, but you have to pay to unlock certain features....makes so much sense indeed!
Actually they call those trades, donations. And the word and concept of "donation" got ruined alongside that of "free". Donations should be voluntary and not used for the purpose of trade. If you "donate" currency to me in return for some features, then that is a trade. You are buying from me. As simple as that.
Therefore our concept of trade free is so simple and destroys all of these nonsensicalities: What Am I Trading? Ask that. And if you do, then you realize that you need to trade currency for Soulseek to give you more features. Therefore this app is not trade-free.
The reason it was added to our TROMjaro library is that either we could not detect this trade since they are charlatan enough to hide them well, or it was not present when the app was added. Needless to say it was immediately removed.
We need more than ever this "trade as the original of most problems" approach and the "trade-free" antidote. Without them we are going into a deep and ugly confusion. A black hole of that! #tromlive
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Giving people who donate something back is a nice thing (the product doesn't change and nothing changes for non paying users) and it can even motivate people to donate.
As long as it's "useless" (it gives no advantage compared to non paying users) it is more than okay.
I really don't understand what is ruined in this case?
Second, they do provide benefits for the software. Permanent username, removal of a possible "annoyance" (donate button), and you get first in line for downloads. These are the things they are selling.
If they would accept donations, then they should not give anything in return for that. Else this is not a donation, it is purchasing. Regardless of what they think of it.
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But following this logic it is a trade if someone donates something to me and I would say "Thank you!" or if there is an automated system (thank you mail), because this doesn't happen to non supporters.
If the SoulSeek people would send "thank yous" and tshirts or whatever to their donors, then maybe we could consider SoulSeek (the software) as trade free since you get whatever everyone gets, regardless if you "donate" to them or not, in terms of that software. But they clearly restrict some features of the software itself, unless you give them currency, and only then they will "unlock" these features.
If only donors get a t-shirt and non-donors not, donors definitely get something what everyone else don't get and this time it's tangible (compared to a badge in a profile, which is just software/non-tangible).
Even @trom wrote "For one, do not call donations something that you trade."
So how is this NOT a trade?
According to me, if you give T-shirts for donations then its definitely a trade and not really a "donation". But the trade-free label is usually applied to goods/services..... So if someone provides a trade-free software that stays the same for ones who donate and those who don't, but for the people who donate they give a T-shirt which has nothing to do with the software itself, then how do we look at it? 🤔
If the SoulSeek people would send "thank yous" and tshirts or whatever to their donors, then maybe we could consider SoulSeek (the software) as trade free since you get whatever everyone gets, regardless if you "donate" to them or not, in terms of that software.I didn't say that would make the software trade-free but that we could consider it as such. These are "edge" cases and as explained in the main TROM book we should not waste too much time on these because if you put under the microscope any idea/ideal it won't make as much sense.
That being said: if you make a video player that is trade-free, so anyone can enjoy it in any regards and do whatever they want with it without trading for that, but you also say that if anyone donates money to the project, they will get a tshirt back - the player itself is still trade-free since everyone gets access to the same player without trading anything for it. The incentive for donations is a separate thing in my view. It can be an interesting discussion however never forget that such edge cases are not that important, what we try to focus on are the more obvious trades and their negative impact, from software that pretends to be free yet they collect your data, to food that can only be accessible if you trade your currency, and so forth.
From your website: "TROM is a project that aims to showcase in detail the root cause of most of today’s problems"
That book specifically deals with this idea and its definition, it'll make you understand the different types of trades there are and how to spot these hidden trades. It also goes a little beyond the trade free concept, with things like VADOSE. You'll definitely learn a lot from it.
I hope I will get answers to all my questions in the meantime and thanks a lot for helping 😀
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.
But if I give a part of the software to my donors, which isn't accessible to non-donors, it's not trade-free.
Wouldn't be the donor badge in a profile already a trade?
I think it'll be more clear if you look at the T-shirt and software as two separate things, one here is trade-free (software which is the same for all), the other one is not trade-free (T-shirt which only donors get).
But that being said, I think this is an edge case where the line becomes a bit blurry. Like asking if a hyena is a cat or a dog 😁
I go with the recommendation to read the book which has a lot of examples to clarify that. Maybe a short and simple example is wikipedia. If wikipedia would allow me to access it only if I give some money, then wikipedia would not be trade-free. If wikipedia allows me to access it (as trade-free), but if I donate to them I get a t-shirt and otherwise I don't get a t-shirt, then the access to Wikipedia is still trade-free, but the t-shirt is not (since I have to give money to them).
In todays world unfortunately, people/organizations are forced to trade so the main goal is to trade less and create more trade-free chains that support each other. Example: There's an organization called "Foodsharing" in germany and while someone could save food from there, he/she could volunteer and code some software that he/she offers as trade-free for others.
We're even showcasing some of the many trade-free goods/services that exist in todays world in a directory: directory.trade-free.org
But the main focus is on explaining why trade is the source of most problems.
Nicotine+ is a graphical client for the Soulseek peer-to-peer network.It was removed from TROMjaro as well. It has the same "non features" as the main one. You are limited in terms of download queues and such.
There are other trade-free similar apps like https://www.tromjaro.com/tixati/ or https://www.tromjaro.com/gtk-gnutella/ and so on.
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How small we are, how big our eyes are
If you take a grain of salt, put it on the tip of your finger, and stretch your arm...that is the area of the sky that this represents.
Imagine how small we are, yet how big our eyes have become. Imagine how further we can see from one dim pebble. All of those ellipses of light and little dots, are galaxies. Billions of stars each, trillions of planets. Not enough grains of sand on Earth to match the number of planets in our Universe.
Such revelations should shake our species; our values should be reevaluated. Our priorities re-organized.
And yet, such astonishing truths, are a mere excitement for a select few; such images will become one of the trillions of images in the digital universe. On par with any other. Our society will fail to be moved in any direction; our values seem set in stone; our priorities will follow the same mindless and insignificant profits.
To say this is sad, is unjust. It is unbearable for anyone who understands all of this.
We have created a society of idiots. But we should know the cause by now. It is because humans ended up with a society that is based on trade. Trade this, trade that. You cannot survive if you cannot trade. And so, all of the humans are trapped in a nightmare. We can only wake them up, if we take care of them. Feed them, treat them, give them a shelter, a life. Only then we can hope to see them being curious about themselves and the world they live in. To focus on significant endeavors; to discover the universe, to understand their connection with nature, to protect what needs to be protected, to explore what is unexplored. To become a human species that has grandiose goals, and saner wants.
This is the only path forward. We have to march on the streets, we have to scream online, to provide humans with access to their needs, as trade-free. To decouple them from this hamster wheel, this nightmare. To give them back their brains. No change in politics or policies will do anything if all humans are consumed on a daily basis, for mindless trades.
Provide humans with their needs, as trade-free. Do it!
TROM is marching for this for at least a decade now. What are you doing? Where are you? We need you! #tromlive
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The ice melting cult
But then some weirdo comes and tells them...."You know that the ice melting and its impacts, are because of climate change...". He is quickly dismissed. The Ice Melting Cult marches forward, too blind to see that ice melting is just a symptom of a greater problem.
Well, this is what we are confronting nowadays via projects like TROM. The world is screaming "climate change", others say "the soil is being destroyed", some say "corruption is the problem". Plastic, waste, slavery, inequality. A LOT. But what they fail to see is that all of these are symptoms. Symptoms of trade.
Take climate change. The reason humans pollute so much and can't seem to change and move to renewables, is that...well...they have to trade. The fossil fuel industry is so huge in this trade game, that they can influence politics. Politics is a bunch of people who get a lot of money from being in those places. The other humans are too busy trading their life away to get access even to their basic needs, so what can they do. Everyone is in a race to trade, and in the process they are either destroyers of the environment (think big corporations), or numb zombies who can't even grasp these issues or do anything about them (think most workers).
So we are impotent to fix climate change simply because this trade based society does not allow it. It incentivizes humans to profit more, be mindless, consumers, etc.. Even if we switched to renewable energies tomorrow, these incentives will make humans create more and more waste, pollution, suffering, destroy the environment, and so forth. Pointless.
And so, to all of those who do not see this trade based society as the originators of most of today's problems, I am calling you out because you are in the Ice Melting Cult. And you have to wake up. Else we are all fucked. Thank you!
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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.
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Diversity is not created by "capitalism"
Anyway, here is a search engine we made to showcase how 175 companies own pretty much everything in this world https://www.tromsite.com/tbf/
But I want to focus on 1 particular domain: software.
Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, VK, and maybe 3-4 more, are the ones that are the most used in the world. They do not communicate with each other and are very limited in terms of functionality. It means you choose one or another, or a bunch of them and manage them separately. They are trade-based platforms (you trade your data, currency, attention to them). Full of ads, full of censorship, full of crap overall.
On the other hand the Fediverse is a network of such platforms: Friendica, Mastodon, Peertube, Pixelfed, Funkwhale, and so forth. Look at the diversity here https://fediverse.party/en/miscellaneous/ - these are made by different organizations and enabled by different people. A ton of diversity in terms of options.
These are video platforms, blog platforms, photo sharing platforms, platforms for musicians, live streaming, events, you name it. And all communicate with each other. If some organization has an account with Peertube (video platform) I can follow and interact with them from my social platform Friendica. How amazing! If I have a Peertube account and a Friendica one, I can easily setup so that when I post on Peertube a video, it goes on my Friendica too, as a post. The options are very diverse.
This "fediverse" is created not to be traded but to be shared. You will not find ads on these platforms (at least not on the vast majority of them), or data collection or any of that crap.
The MacOS and Windows vs Linux is yet another example of how diversity is actually achieved when humans do not sell their stuff and themselves, when you have a community of people who share their work and ideas. Linux comes in so many flavors for so many needs and wants. Look at this:
So if you look at software overall, the "capitalism" world, which is the trade-based world in which people make software to trade it (for data, attention, currency, etc.) is like a handful of options. But when the software is created for the sake of creating it and is shared and anyone can copy these, modify, redistribute, as trade-free, then real diversity is created and a better environment emerges overall.
We should take the software example and try to provide other goods/services in the same manner. But to do that we have to decouple humans from the trade-based society. At least when it comes to their basic needs. Else no one can have the time to engage in such things. Software is easy to create and maintain from the comfort of your home and in your space time, but is difficult when it comes to food or other goods and services. In any case there is still and abundance of such trade-free goods/services out there as we showcase here https://www.directory.trade-free.org/. But this is not enough.
So. If we want to create a wonderful society, we first have to decouple humans from this trade-based society by at least providing them with their basic needs as trade-free. That creates a good soil for the emergence of lots of trade-free goods/services, in a positive feedback loop. Imagine how much good we can create in this world. Imagine how much real diversity. Imagine how wonderful this could be.
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Climate change is not the problem. It is one of...
Yeah well....climate change, a problem created by? Trade of course. The fact that humans are forced and incentivized to trade at all costs. Else they can die in this system. This awful incentive creates huge consumption needs. Thus making humans create new phones every week, same ones, but different styles. Millions of cars each year - same cars, different colors. All kinds of useless shit for the sake of trading this for that.
Now to make all of this shit humans need to use energy. And a cheap way is to grab the dead biological matter from the earth's crust, and burn it. And they are pretty good at that. And that puts lots of unwanted gasses (molecules) into the atmosphere. Not to mention the forests that are cut, the biodiversity loss, the waste that is created for the sake of making more shit to be able to trade it.
Of course humans now have the means to use renewable energies instead of dead animals and plants, so they won't put those bad molecules into the air. But for one big companies (clusters of humans) depend on trading the dead biomass and they are quite powerful. You can't simply push them aside. Same is for the jobs that are created because of this industry and so forth. Second, even if we are to do it right now, there will be a huge issue in terms of other sorts of pollution (hello batteries!) that come as a cost for our insane consuming society, due to its trade nature.
Now...this is never going to be solved even if it is solved. The immense plastic pollution, nukes and the possibility of a WW3, the biodiversity loss, the threat of an asteroid hitting Earth and humans not being even remotely prepared for that; the forever chemicals and so much pollution and waste....these are growing issues that will dwarf the climate change problem in the future.
Wake up humans! You need to realize that it is the structure of your society that's at fault. The fact that you, humans, still think that everyone on your planet has to trade even for being allowed to live on this planet. You have transformed your own kind into reckless and mindless monsters that all they want is to trade this for that.
And no renewable energies will change the nature of this game. To think that renewable energies are going to fix these massive and global issues, is like asking a rapist to use condoms next time he rapes someone. #tromlive
We have the tools to save the planet from climate change. Politics is getting in the way, new IPCC report says
The report itself was delayed by negotiations over language and key issues, illustrating how each nation's priorities can thwart timely progress.PBS NewsHour
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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!!
Yesterday my family got 2.200 Euros withdrew from their bank account. By some "name". Search online, go to the bank, and find out it is the government. Or at least a gov institution. The bank sends you home because they can't tell you why that is. You are home, confused. What to do? Ask around....or ask a lawyer. Ok, fine, ask a lawyer. They charge you. They say the money was withdrew because of a fine that likely you didn't pay in time.
Go to another gov institution where the lawyer sends you. They say: "Yeah, you got 2 speed tickets last year and you did not pay in time!". But my family did not receive any notification....
Go to the police, dig deeper by yourself. Find out that when we bought our car, years ago, they failed to add an address to the car. By "they" I mean the authorities in charge of that. So when the police caught us "breaking" the law, via automated radars a year ago, they looked for the plate number then they found out the name of the owner of the car (my father), and associated that name with the address my father had on its Spanish identity card (he is a resident here in Spain). Documents that were made 15 years ago. So they sent the notifications to that old address....We live in a tourist town where it is almost impossible to rent a place, so we had to move 4 or so times for all sorts of reasons. For the past 10 years we have the same address tho. Same address that we had when we bought the car...
Also, taxes and all that for the car, come to our current address. But not the fine it seems....Weird and infuriating.
So yeah, the system failed to let us known that we need to pay a fine, and since we "delayed" a year with the payment, they decided to directly charge my father's bank account. With over 2.200 Euros. On top of the fines, they fined him for not having an address associated with the car....that was the reason why we did not get any notification about the fine in the first place, and is something that the institution doing the papers when we bought the car was responsible for.
In all, us as human beings, were fined 2.200 Euros, more than we could save in months and months, for the simple fact that the system made an error and could not notify us of a fine we got a year ago.
And that's representative of this society we live in. The fault is always on the individuals. Put the blame on them! And this way the system seems like it is working, because every system's failure, is in fact seen as the individual's failure.
And to do justice for yourself.... how can you do it? Well...hire another human called a "lawyer". And good luck if you are poor because you won't be able to hire anyone. "Justice" comes at a price in this trade system. A human life comes at a cost. Everything has a price, but no value.
Alien: But why did they punish (fine) you in the first place?
Human: Probably because they want to make me drive more carefully....keep the roads safer!?
Alien: So they hope that punishing you will stop you from speeding up?
Human: Probably...although I am sure I will forget about this in the future + when I am stressed and not paying attention....I do not think this can work in the long run....
Alien: Hold on! If they want to make transportation safer why not create a safe public transport system? Allowing everyone to have and drive a car, and buy more and more every year, to pollute, to consume, to drive for hours and hours, to waste....this is insanity squared.
And it is....it is insane. We will never ever change anything in this society if we do not see where the problems come from. To beat and punish people for the "bad" behaviors that they exhibit, when these behaviors come from the environment, is as pointless as trying to stop the clouds from raining. The success is almost nonexistent.
If we want less problems, we need to fix the society. Not to punish anyone. To the contrary, we have to help people. Take the above situation, none of us wanted to do anything bad. And yet we are slapped very hard by the society. What is the outcome of that? If you take 2k Euros form my bank account, especially when it was not my fault for such a sum of money, then you make me poor and prone to steal and cheat. Can't you see that!?
I struggle to push saner thoughts via TROM, but the society is at war with me. And with anyone else that refuses to, or cannot trade. Because trade is the blood of this society keeping it alive and insane.
If you want to support TROM and the tens of projects that we have, and help me keep a voice in this madness, please see https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
I need to remind myself quite often that this trade based society is the enemy. Trade is the enemy. Not people. I am at war with this society, not by choice, but by not having one. #tromlive
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The role of trade in war
So, is trade, in the end, a good tool to keep war at bay?
Well, one has to wonder why has Russia been able to be aggressive with Ukraine in the first place. They have a huge army, but Europe also depends on them trade-wise. Quite a lot in terms on energy supply. So one can definitely argue that Russia used trade as a way to grow its aggression because it knew that Europe fears to intervene since they will lose in the game of trade if they did. Russia may as well have used (and they did use) trade as a way to gain aggression towards Ukraine for the past 8 or so years. Europe only intervened when it got threatened.
If anything trade allows for dictators to raise to power and maintain it. To abuse others and to enslave their own. And yes, at times trade can be used to minimize or stop the conflict, but the conflict may have been caused by trade itself. Like India seems to be very quiet and reluctant to accuse Russia's actions. They also import some 50% of their total armament from Russia for the past 4 or so years (source). So it is likely that trade makes a massive tribe like India do what Europe did in the beginning of the conflict: abstain. And since the conflict doesn't pose a threat to India, they keep on abstaining.
One can also argue that USA also has a lot to gain from going against Russia with the sanctions, since USA can take over the energy market in Europe if Russia gets kicked out.
Imagine this: if Europe had no trade agreements with Russia, then why would Europe let this situation escalate so much before taking some measures? They would probably have helped Ukraine much sooner with all kinds of assistance, military or humanitarian.
So keep these in mind, because the situation is never as black and white as it appears in the media.
If the Russian soldiers were not forced to trade their freedom (go to the army then to war, else you go to jail) then who would have wanted to join the army and go kill others? A lot less for sure. Maybe no one would.
If Russians (and not only) had their basic needs met as trade-free, so food, shelter, healthcare, freedom and so forth, then they could have had a choice and not join the military. But then you threaten them to get their food, shelter and freedom away if they do not join, so they have little to no choice.
But the bottom line is that trade is the origin of MOST problems, not all problems. So even if trade played no negative role in the current conflict, and can be used to avoid a WW3, then it still does not chnage the fact that trade pushes people to enslave, pollute, destroy, and so forth. On a global scale.
Also, what if instead of Europe and USA and others pumping weapons of mass destruction into Ukraine and into defending themselves, attacked the situation with solutions and built more homes, created more food, better energy sources, and so forth, so that they lure in people from Russia to join them, rather than kill them. To come and have a good life, without trading anything in return. To focus on informing people that we are all one species and we are taking care of each other. But perhaps those who trade weapons have a great incentive to lure in politicians into spending more on weapons and sending them to the conflict zone....
So, you want to end this war? Give all Russians free EU membership/access and trade-free access to accommodation, healthcare, food and their basic needs, and perhaps they will drop their weapons because why would they want to fight anymore?
It is true that all sorts of distorted values come into mix when such conflicts are happening, but they usually are a mere layer of sugar on top of a big cake, and the cake is the trade based system we live in. And whatever is on top of it, it is affected by it. That we should not brush aside.
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The Double Standard
Some 1 million people have died in that war. And USA&Friends committed so called "war crimes" too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_post-invasion_Iraq - although war should be the crime itself.
The USA and its friends were not punished. No sanctions, nothing. Today Russia seems to engage in exactly the same manner. They are severely punished.
The history is full of such crimes conducted by tribes.
This goes to show the "double-standard" of our world. On top of this, we shall not forget that crimes and atrocities do not only happen in wars, but everywhere else. Slavery and coercion, draconian laws, the utter destruction of the biodiversity on Earth, the forever-chemicals, the plastic, the pollution. The hunger and starvation, the inability to access medical care unless you have some imaginary papers. All of that.
Where is the world united against these atrocities?
For sure, we need to act quickly to immediate threads like it is the case with Russia. But we need a reminder about how this world truly is.
This is a recent photo from the current war in Ukraine. This is what Russia is doing. This is the brutality and reality of war. Take a deep look. Everyone should be exposed to these events via such direct means, not just numbers and statistics. But the reality of it:
If the world thinks that severely punishing Russia for these atrocities is a necessary, good and united act, then we should do the same for any such acts, performed by any other tribe. And we should do the same for the other atrocities too. Else this is hypocrisy.
So let's see when they are going after the billionaires, the companies that create so much suffering, the profit motive itself; hell, go after trade and eliminate the need for it. Let's see...
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Beheading the King
Blaming people, corporations, or governments, is a dead end. We will never understand what makes those humans, or human groups, do whatever they do. Protection from them, in case of aggression, could be necessary. But stopping at that is foolish.
How about we start to inform the world that we are one species? No Ukrainians, no Russians, no Americans, no Europeans and so forth. Then how about we provide a basic life for all humans? Give them their basic needs as trade free. This way you create a good and fertile soil for calm, relaxed, and educated minds that can take better decisions and not be coerced so easily.
Imagine all of these soldiers, going out there feeding the world, building houses for those in need, provide medical care. Then why would anyone want to go to war? And with whom?
We are one species, one planet, one human race. We face the same problems, we have the same challenges. We need to tell these to everyone. Wake them the fuck up! Let's help each other....
Else we are fucked. There will be more Hitlers, more Putins, more dictators and kings. And these are just one kind. USA, EU, and the rest, with their leaders, are also destructive, aggressive, and abusive. A bad soil is what we have, and weeds are growing instead of flowers.
Change the soil.
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Attack the world with solutions
Have Russian creatures voted for this war? Was it a democratic decision? How about the American creatures, did they vote to go to Iraq or Vietnam and massacre those people? None voted.
Democracy is a myth, a ridiculous idea that has nothing to do with how anything is organized on this planet, or should be organized perhaps. Profit, birthed by trade, is a lot more of an influencer than anything else.
And so, if you get angry at Russia, do not forget that are not the Russians attacking anyone, but a handful of powerful people. Also do not forget that USA, EU, and the rest of the world, share the same bloody hands, but yet again it is not the people, but a handful few.
We cannot resolve conflict with conflict in the long run. Sure, it may be necessary to act aggressively if you are attacked, in order to protect yourself, but if there is no plan, no understanding, no approach at how to prevent such situations, your solution is momentary at best.
We need weapons of mass-helping rather than mass-killing. So that we create a global society of humans, who have free time to educate themselves, think, learn, create relationships, research, be creative, help each other. The only way out, long term, is to attack the world with solutions. To move beyond this mass-trading society. To free men from trade. To free the world from its effects.
War is not about who is right, but about who is left.
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Words and swords
We are tiny and fragile. And we are all on the same spaceship. Fighting with each other, polluting, destroying ourselves and the spaceship with its ecosystems, is a sign of a primitive species.
Technologically we are advanced. Morally, primitive still. We look for signs of intelligent life out there, but there seem to be none in here.
We have created a system of "politics" that is a mere fashion show. We do not know what is true anymore, nor that we ever knew. Science is here to help, but the incentive to trade made us merchants and consumers, so the value is in how much we acquire. Science is thus, mainly a tool to help us sell more. Build taller buildings for richer humans, make thinner smart-phones for stupid-consumers; better tanks and rockets to destroy the others: more plastic, more livestock, more of the same products wrapped in different wrappers, all on the backs of our capable technology.
Science tells us that we are all one, connected through evolution, entangled with the universe. Atoms, cells, planets. But who has the time to embrace this reality when we are all rats in a trade-race!?
Conquerors, emperors, politicians, are self delusional. Even their victories are momentary. We should, by now, go at war with cancer, pollution, biodiversity loss, homelessness, other diseases, asteroids....not with each other.
Your tanks and missiles won't bring peace.
Your lies and fake news don't exist.
Your words are swords, that only cut
A world of wars, online or not.
And even those who use no sword,
Their words are empty, their actions fold.
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The United States of Torture and Imprisonment
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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You see, people think that we should dream about a Resource Based Economy, follow TVP or the like. Let's build a new society, a city, a community...
Ok, go about doing those, although they seem quite unachievable. Society doesn't change like that, it evolves, and emerges. We have to focus on what the problem is, not what the solution is, because solutions follow problems. And they are multiple.
In any case, if we do not take care of people's brains then we go nowhere. If most people spend their time on facebook, twitter, youtube, netflix, and the like, consuming like consumers, trading their attention and overall brain for nonsense content, then we cannot build anything. We cannot even start a discussion about creating a different society.
So here's where TROM comes in and helps. Since the human brains are mostly exposed to the online world, we are building a different online world for these brains.
Listen! Here's how you can take care of your brain and your friends' brain.
1. Start with your device. If you use a mobile phone then we can't help you for now, but maybe in the near future. For now you can replace your computer operating system with TROMjaro. https://www.tromjaro.com/ . This operating system is fast, easy to use, customizable, stable, and removes all of the bullshit. No more ads, trackers, no more trades. It comes with a plethora of useful tools and features out of the box. It is the basis of your digital world, the foundation.
Use our library of trade-free apps if you are searching for a particular app https://www.tromjaro.com/apps/. Click install. That's all!
2. Read our books. They are well sourced and a direct attack to and a dissection of this society. https://www.tromsite.com/books/ . Click and read. You can also download them in PDF.
3. Watch our videos. We put a ton of effort into these and are on the same par with our books. https://www.tromsite.com/videos/ . Click any and play.
4. Stay informed with sane news. https://tromnews.com/ - we put a lot of effort into this one to bring you nonstop news from all around the world. No political bullshit. There are several sections there so you can also watch a ton of curated educational videos, amazing photos of our world, and more. Use TROMnews as your daily brain food.
5. Give up movies and switch to documentaries. If you think this is irrelevant, stupid, or boring, then you do not understand how important it is to fill your brain with real and awesome information. Documentaries are not boring if you watch the right ones. Reality is unbelievable. And important. Via https://www.videoneat.com/ we make thousands of such materials available as trade-free. We have documentaries and courses. Give them a try. We hand curate them.
We even have a Smart TV that takes these materials and streams them nonstop. See https://www.videoneat.com/tv/
6. Give up these ad-platforms that call themselves as "social networks" like facebook, twitter, youtube, and the like. If you want to create posts and share with friends, keep in touch with them and all that, use our social platform https://social.trom.tf/ . No ads no bullshit. You are in control. Learn more about it here https://trom.tf/social/. And if you want to upload your science/technology/activism videos use our video platform https://videos.trom.tf/ . Again, no ads no bullshit. No trades. The more you spend your time on those ad-networks, the more mush your brain becomes, thirsty for consumerism, lacking awareness, not understanding what is happening in the world, and wanting more nonsense content. Don't let that happen! This move can seem hard, but do it! Else you'll become like the rest.
7. Give up the basic internet tools you are using that are consuming yourself. Slack, Google services, search engines, etc. See our https://trom.tf/ where we have a ton of such alternatives that work great. Also see our Trade-Free Directory https://www.directory.trade-free.org/ where you can search for more such tools. From messengers to search engines, you name it!
You TZM, TVP, and the like people, use the TROM decentralized chat https://chat.trom.tf/ instead of the BS Discord, use our Files https://files.trom.tf/ for your documents and collaborations, use our Send to send files https://send.trom.tf/, and so forth. We built these tools for you and everyone else.
We do a massive amount of work to create a different world for the brain. One that's realistic, honest, smart, sharp, alert, and one that can see the world for its amazingness, and the society for its awfulness.
If you do not get why this is important, then you don't get it. We run this entire alternative digital universe with some 200 Euros a month...so if you can help us keep it, please also consider a donation - https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
We work on a new big documentary and more tools.
Help yourself! #tromlive
How many people are involved with TROM? You're doing a lot!
We are doing these tools for many years now and maybe at times it is a bit frustrating to see that even groups like TZM or TVP seem to not take advantage of them. We get a lot more involvement and interest from people outside these groups. Perhaps it is a lack of understanding on both or at least one side. TROM focuses on a problem while these other orgs seem to focus on a solution. One that is ill defined and so far non existent. Fresco via TVP was always, from my understanding, focused on a problem. This entire monetary system. His RBE idea was, from my understanding again, just a way to showcase that in theory we could ditch the monetary system for another system. But the important message was the problem. So TROM tries desperately to talk about the problem, and in the same time create and promote solutions that are a vessel for information in that regard.
So we strongly argue that trade is the origin of most problems (not money as Jacque or others were pointing at - trade is far more encompassing); and we create trade-free goods/services to both help people and help spread that original message of " trade is the origin of most problems ". And I do not think groups like TVP or TZM understand this approach or see it that relevant. They seem to focus on an idea like RBE, that seems "out of this world".
Ok. Long post. How many people are involved with TROM? A handful. Very few actually.
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.
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.
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
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
But it was none's fault.
Gods do not exist. Kings want more for themselves because of an inherited practice of winning the game of trade, on the backs of enslaved humans. Their values were distorted, their power was immense, their means of acquiring were primitive, relying on human labor.
The politicians are just talking heads for the richest of the game of trade. They are the "elected kings" of today. All they say is emptiness, all they do is nothingness. All they want is to keep the game of trade alive by any means, because that's all they know, because that's what helps their own cause.
The rich are the best players of today. They managed to win the game of trade, and the game itself makes them addicted to it. They will always want more and more, with little regard for the others or the planet. Their values are as distorted as those of kings.
To blame others or yourself for the misery of today, it is as true as blaming the gods in the past. You and others exist, but your behavior does not, unless there is an environment that creates it. And if you do not see trade as that environment, then you might as well blame the gods again.
The latest blame-game of today is to blame the social media and the algorithms. The modern gods who know everything we do and influence us on a daily basis. But the same way that gods are a man made creation, social networks are a man made creation, and they are created in their own image. In the same way that god is jealous when you pray to other gods, and wants to punish people for bad behaviors, social media and algorithms are a reflection or today's trade-based society: they want to trade with you and win at this game. They want more of your currency, time, data, attention. And they are created by humans. As simple as that.
The kings, the rich, the politicians, algorithms and social media....the you and the others....are not to blame. All are a product of this trade-based environment that forces us to trade trade trade, and thus consume more, grab more for ourselves, lie, deceive, corrupt or be corrupted. Care little about anything but trading this for that. Accumulate and waste.
Unless this environment changes, nothing will change.
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This is a chart with COVID vaccines vs mortality due to COVID per million people. Left side is how much of the population is fully vaccinated. Right side the mortality rate.
It is quite clear that the more people are vaccinated, the less are dying of COVID. Now there is a new variant of concern - read the WHO statement about it https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1106622
Of course, it comes from Africa where the vaccination rate is very low. What are the tribes of the world thinking? This was very predictable. Delta came from India from the same reasons, and now Omicron is thought to be even more dangerous. If we have global problems but we only act locally, this is going to always happen.
When people doubt the institutions and companies, and in many cases for good reasons, then trust is eroded. The trade game that we play creates this situation, since companies and governments seek profits that are induced by the game of trade itself, so they cut corners, lie, are corrupted, and overall care more about profiting than they do about humans and the planet.
So the trust is eroded, and people are skeptical about the vaccines, and thus the vaccination rate will be lower even when there are vaccines available. This is why, even the new variant, is discovered mostly among unvaccinated people (source). Also the mortality rate that is seen in the world, due to COVID, is mostly among those who are not vaccinated. Therefore, even where the vaccine is available, people's mistrust in this society, couple with the bullshit of social (ad) platforms like facebook, twitter, youtube and the like that spread any nonsense that gets clicks, creates a disastrous situation.
Poor tribes do not get access to vaccines, so they become a breeding ground for new mutations of the virus. The vaccines should be open source and free for all. There are 0 excuses for this!
The moral of the story is that we are a global society that has global problems, from crime to climate change, from pandemics to starvation or waste and pollution. And yet humans act as if the imaginary borders they built, are going to protect them from such global threats.
Unless we wake up, and also give up to this primitive idea of trade that creates so many barriers, nothing will ever ever change.
Such a situation would be so different in a sane society:
- most people would have at least their basic needs met as trade-free, so they will have time to be more informed, relaxed, and cooperative in case of such an emergency
- more people could focus on solving the issue (doctors, researchers, citizen scientists)
- once a solution is found, will be distributed to those in most need, not in most rich tribes, thus preventing deaths and future mutations of such a virus
We act like retarded children. But this behavior comes from the environment that we are exposed to. Never forger that.
This video was published in the beginning of this month and it only has around 300 views now, it deserves more views than this.
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.
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.
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
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
Fedilab Apps (@email@example.com)
Attached: 1 image We are working on a new fedilab version. The whole code is being refractored. App will work offline, so you can go through the past toots in your home timeline even when you don't have internet.Fedilab
Friendica is speaking the Mastodon API soon (#520) · Issues · Thomas / Fedilab
Currently Fedilab automatically detects the type of the system. With Friendica it will use the Twitter style API. In the current development branch we are starting to implement...GitLab
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Chewing the same gum
With all of these talks and chewing the same gum, no one looks at the human animal in a scientific way, and no one looks at our society from a scientific way. They are trapped in keeping the same religion of trade (economy) alive by any means.
Here's how you have some real chances to change these problems. Ready?
1. Understand the problem. Trade pushes people to chase...trades. And that's pretty much it. As simple and as dumb as that. Makes us all robotic merchants and consumers. So it is not the rich people's fault, not companies, not governments, not individuals. It is the environment. You can't simply punish anyone, you have to change this environment.
2. Now that you know what the problem is, tackle it. Trade is the problem, so lets move away from it. We have more stuff and food on this planet that it has become a problem we call waste. Lets start by giving trade-free access to all humans, for at least their basic needs as a first aid. This way you will decouple humans from this robotic state of trading, of being merchants and consumers. Humans will then have more free time to volunteer and create more trade-free goods and services.
This all has real chances to phase out the damaging practices that we see today, since no one will be incentivized to (for example) use coal over renewable energies, to lie about what they offer, to produce bad quality products and so forth. Because we won't try to save the "economy" in such a scenario, but to save us and the environment, and create a better life for ourselves.
In short, if you want to fix climate change alongside the billions of problems we see in the world today, a sane start is to move away from this trade-based society and one way you can do that is to first provide the needs of all humans as trade-free. Technology exist, stuff exist for the job. DO IT!
Romania and COVID, a case of mistrust perhaps.
Romania has a small population, at some 20 or so million humans. Some 30% are fully vaccinated against COVID 19. Today they reported 574 deaths. 528 of them were unvaccinated. 46 vaccinated but 43 of them were already very sick with other diseases. (source)
At this moment Romania has the second mortality rate in the world. (source)
Romania was one of the first tribes to start the vaccination campaign, and has more than enough vaccines for all of its population. Also, the vaccines are free for everyone.
Romania is also one of the most corrupted tribes in Europe, despite being one of the most religious tribes in Europe.
All of this may tell us two important facts:
1. Religion clearly doesn't make you a better or a smarter human.
2. Despite having access to free solutions (like a free vaccine), and a lot of information (data) to showcase that vaccines are safe, the mistrust in companies and governments is going to trump over there.
We cannot simply create a better society by enforcing rules and laws, and force people to do this or that. We cannot rely on laws the same way we cannot rely on religion to make a population more trustworthy and honest. And we can't simply explain to people how safe vaccines are (for example) when we know very well that companies and governments lie all the time.
Romanians are not less educated than Spaniards. At least we cannot say that when it comes to how vaccines work and how safe they are. And yet in Spain the vaccination rate is at about 80% and deaths at about 20 per day, with a population 2-3 times the one of Romania. In other words we can clearly see that the death rate is in direct relation to vaccines administration. "Fake news" works the best with a population of people who mistrust official sources of information such as governments.
It is a sad truth, but comes from a fucked up society. It is easy to accuse these people and call them primitive and uneducated, but very likely their hesitancy comes from mistrust not miseducation. #tromimg
Treat people like dogs!
But here's how you can treat dogs to become smart, relaxed, useful, kind, and to be our friends:
This is a documentary called Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs that you can watch trade-free at https://www.videoneat.com/documentaries/22339/dogs-with-extraordinary-jobs/
You will see dogs that help humans, help other species, help find survivors after natural disasters happen, help the blind walk with more confidence, keep some other species of animals out of danger, and so much more. We label what they do as "jobs", however these dogs are not paid, do not have to take care of themselves, nor are they stressed. To the contrary, in order for these dogs to perform well at their tasks, they need to be well fed, relaxed, happy, loved, taken care of. And you know what's their reward for what they do? 1.000 Euros a month and food stamps? No! Their reward is play time, because even the "jobs" that they do are actually a form of play for them.
How about we learn from the way we treat such dogs, and we treat humans accordingly? Take care of humans, make sure they are well fed, relaxed, have free time, educated, happy, loved, and when they do a "job" the reward is the job itself. Humans could do a lot more than these dogs can. Humans could focus on understanding our world-wide problems and fix them. Lets fix cancer, aging, pollution, other diseases....lets explore our planet and the other ones....lets learn, explore, discover, and enjoy while doing that, instead of spending all of our time trading this for that, creating a madness of a society.
If these dogs with extraordinary jobs would be as stressed as the average Joe who is a daily worker, these dogs would be awful at their jobs and fully unreliable, not to mention perhaps they will become aggressive. We seem to understand that about dogs, but not about people...
The tech prostitutes
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
How Tech Companies Manipulate the Media ft. MKBHD
The 5 key ways that Tech Companies (Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Apple etc) try to control the narrative of the Media. Thanks to Marques for his time on this too, check his channel here: https://www.youtube.Invidious
The cult of new-tech
A video review about the latest Samsung foldable phone. Edge to edge screen, ability to snap multiple apps side by side, cameras, swipe, skype, hopefully thinner, you can shower with it, and soooo much more. Exactly like the model before it. All for 1800$.
Technology companies are over-hyping useless new features, or non-features, because they have to release new models of their tech every few months or so. They have to, else they cannot continue their endless trade routine.
Every time you watch a video where "tech-tubers" talk about a phone, a car, a laptop and such, imagine if we would do these for say toasters. Each year or a few months, a new Toaster500 Slick is going to be released. Now it toasts the bread 0.04s faster than the previous one at a temperature of 143.4C (0.3 degrees cooler than the previous one).
New features include:
- 4 new toasting modes: light, lit, lift, and lol.
- comes in 3 colors: white, almost yellow, and egg-white
- it can toast 3 more bread brands: Curcy, Snorky, and Muffy
- better phone notifications when your bread is done
- and a lot more
If that would sound ridiculous, then why doesn't it sound ridiculous when people compare phones to the millimeter. How many mm thinner it is; how many nanoseconds faster it is to open apps; how many noise dots a photo has; pixels and subpixels; endless nonsense that in real life conditions are not noticeable or important at all.
Cars are the same: 0.4s faster from 0 to 100KM/s; 4 auto parking modes instead of 3.5; new colors, different logos, and so forth.
This world is a complete insanity. Endless bullshit. Nothing useful.
Who is there making videos about how fast the medical emergency unit is responding in that part of the US vs the other one. Medical quality care? How many people can get access to healthy food? How much cleaner the air is? How much is this drug increasing the survival rate in people with cancer? These are the bloody important progress units, not the fact that your new phone opens an app 0.06s faster than the other one, or that the screen is at such a high resolution that your eyes can't even see.
A bunch of traders and consumers. Liking each other in the butt-hole like an endless loop of eating shit. The language may be too strong, but the idiocy is even stronger.
Stay sane. #tromlive
Do not move the trash from one place to another
And guess what happens? Thailand, Indonesia or other countries become a source of pollution: water, air, soil. And they dispose the waste into the oceans. And then US and other rich countries realize that the air is polluted, the water is, and so forth. Same thing happens online where these marginalized (banned) humans grow in numbers in these "alternative" places where they bake all kinds of crazy conspiracies, and these crazy ideas then end up again on the same social platforms that booted them.
The circle of "life". Because much in the same way that waste is not a US or Germany problem, but a global problem that needs a global solution, online conspiracy theories are not a Facebook or Google problem, they are global internet problems. And both cannot be solved if we move the trash from one place to another, just to keep our backyard clean. The same garbage will become worse and bite you in the ass eventually.
So keep these in mind. Humans should take the time to understand these problems and deal with them. But who has time when everyone is busy trading trading trading. That's all they know. More stuff, more stuff, more stuff. We are doomed! #tromimg
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The way problems are solved today, is ambunalces!
Waste? Let's clean up! Climate change? Let's implement renewable energies! Human trafficking and slavery? Let's go after the traffickers and put them in jail! Drug consumption? Punish! Theft? Jail! Inequality? Well...tax the rich!
This is similar to the ambulance approach. Imagine if we dealt with human health problems the same way, by quickly intervening when someone has a heart attack, or cancer, or any disease, and try to save them. This would be a disaster! We need research to see what creates heart disease, cancer, infections, so that we try to both prevent it and be able to save these humans when they suffer from such diseases.
In essence, we need a health care SYSTEM if we want to deal with the human health problems. There is no other way around this!
Therefore, if we ever want to have a chance to deal with the other human problems such as waste, corruption, pollution, climate change, inequality, slavery, and so forth, we need a SYSTEM. We need "hospitals" and "research centers" that can study what creates such problems in the first place, and try to prevent them or learn how to better fix them. There is no other way around this!
Ambulances are great! very useful! Without them we would be in big troubles. Someone having a heart attack needs an ambulance to come and save him/her. Organizations that try to reduce waste, keep us safe from "bad" people, push for renewable energies to replace fossil fuel sources, and so forth, are also a necessity. But they will lead to nowhere unless there is a similar system that studies these problems, as it is the healthcare system.
So, imagine we only had ambulances that came and tried to save humans when they had health problems. This would be a ridiculous and primitive system. Right!? Now imagine that we do it like that when it comes to the other problems we are facing today, as a species. We have no research system that looks at what creates these and tries to prevent them.
We need "ambulances", but they are useless in the long run. What we really need is "hospitals", "research centers", and overall a "healthcare system" for our global non-health related problems. #tromimg
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Eggs with Wigs: Elon Musk is Steve Jobs, and Tesla is Apple
People think that these billionaires are revolutionizing our world and innovating, but the reality is they are making eggs with wigs.
How can you sell an egg so many times, when it is just an egg? Ask Musk or Steve, or the other companies. But basically you put wigs on the eggs, paint them, and make them look different when the reality is you just sell eggs and in essence they are all the same.
Now, if you invent a device called a "phone", that is meant to connect people with each-other, and your goal is to sell as many of those, you have to put wigs on them at one point, since you can't improve them that much. The phones improved over time: better screens (full HD, 2k, 4k), the signal improved, the audio quality, how fast they are, and so forth. But for the past years this was maxed-out. If you make a smartphone (tiny screen that is) with a screen that's above full HD, then that's a wig on an egg, since the human eye won't be able to even distinguish that. if you make phones thinner, edge to edge screens, and so forth, then that's another wig on the egg. These are fashion aspects, nothing to do with making the phone better. Even the phones' cameras didn't improve much at all for the past years, especially considering that humans mostly take photos to then post on social(ad) platforms, where they get reduced in quality by a lot.
In all, phones should be about getting in touch with other people and content. Phone, watch videos, read articles, use some apps, play games. And most phones could do those perfectly fine for the past many years. What they are doing today with smartphones is to (again) add wigs on those eggs. Their "improvements" are either total lies, or extreme exaggerations meant to market their product and sell more of them.
Now back to Musk.
Cars should be about moving people from one place to another, else what are they for? Taking the dinner inside them? Sleeping inside them?
Cars started as a tool, but then they realized you can paint them different colors and sell identical cars every year. A car should be: fast perhaps, safe, not very polluting, comfortable. Anything else?
And most cars improved in some of those areas for the past 50 years, but not much at all for the past 20 or so years. Most cars are very fast. Even cars produced 20 years ago can go well over 200km/h. But the roads are getting more jammed with cars, so pretty much no one maxes their car's speed. Basically, if you want to go from point A to point B today, it is not much faster than 30 years ago. And if it is a bit faster, it certainly is not because of the car's speed, but because of the infrastructure. So, faster cars? Yeah, a bit faster today, but seems to make almost no difference for real life conditions. No innovation here.
Cars are indeed safer today (it seems), but when you crash at high speeds this may not be relevant. Airbags for example are not a new invention, together with seatbelts. And the comfort...seats are as comfortable for the past 20 years as they've ever been, and the car AC is not something Musk invented.
Overall, Musk did not make cars safer, faster, more comfortable in a manner that is innovative. The changes were small and incremental. Yes, having electric cars is better than gas powered cars, but Musk didn't invent that either, nor was he the first to make electric cars. (source). And Tesla's "self driving" capabilities are exaggerated auto-pilots.
In essence, Musk does what Steve Jobs did with phones: exaggerate the claims about their products, portraying it as "innovation". Just for the sake of selling more stuff. No wonder they were/are billionaires.
And this is so obvious with the release of the newest Tesla car that stands at about 100.000 Euros... Here's a video from the most popular tech youtube that just got one:
Tesla Model S PLAID Impressions: Re-Inventing the Wheel! - Invidious
The same way that Apple rounds the corners of their phones and remove useful buttons or ports, Tesla changes a useful design of the steering wheel and functional buttons, for the sake of creating "something new". Nothing useful, just fashion, that may in fact make driving more dangerous and uncomfortable. But hey, is cool.
This other video says a lot about Musk's "vision" while showcasing his next cool thing: the Cybertruck.
ELON MUSK, JAY LENO AND THE 2021 CYBERTRUCK (FULL SEGMENT) | Jay Leno's Garage - Invidious
He is crating this "cool" car that has bulletproof windows. Asked why, he replies:
"I mean that's badass cool "
That sums up the "innovation" of these billionaires. They do "cool" stuff. Not useful, not new, not innovative, not revolutionary. Just cool. And all of these waves are created and pushed by, you guessed what, trade. These are merchants like most of us are. It's just that they are so popular so everybody talks about them.
And yes, SpaceX, the Hyperloop and pretty much all of these "revolutionary" technologies Musk invested into, are neither "revolutionary", nor very realistic or practical. This is a great video going in detail about all of these:
Starlink: BUSTED!! + ALL other Failed Musk promises! - Invidious
All in all, people are fooled/conned by these billionaires who portray themselves as egg-innovators, but the truth is they only put wigs on eggs to be able to sell as many eggs as possible.
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Good guy vs Bad guy
By doing this he managed to provide tons of free content for the world. He is not rich at all, but he created a lot of value for our society. His project is basically archiving the entire internet.
At the same period of time this other guy created a business out of selling books. Then he thought to sell more stuff. In other words, to not be kind and give people stuff for free, but to force them to trade for that stuff.
And now he is the richest man on Earth. He has more power than anyone else.
That's the winner of a trade-based society. As simple as that. Our society is producing these monsters and punishes the good people when they do not trade themselves. The story of the Internet Archive guy is a success story in the sense that he managed to keep the project alive due to volunteer help he got form others. But most will fail when approaching the society in the same tradeless manner. In other words, if you are not a ruthless trader, you will probably not make it in this world.
A sad society that humans invented.....and we have to make them aware of that and why we should give up to this primitiveness. #tromimg
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Self Driving Car Ad
1. The video is sponsored by the company making the car...so from the get-go this is 100% not ok. This type of media is going to get worse and worse. These ytb channels have millions of subscribers, and if they make videos about a company, and the video is sponsored by the company itself, I do not care what the company and product is about, this is biased from the get-go and I cannot take that information seriously. Unfortunately most people do not care and they just go about their day talking how cool self driving cars are and how safe, because they saw it on Veritasium.
2. Self Driving cars do have a lot of benefits over the current moronic transportation system: they should be safer, they should reduce the cost (in terms of resources) of cars (we need way less cars); but what else?
3. A public transportation system is the smartest way to go about moving people from one place to another. Period. If you let hundreds of companies dictating how we should move about, then their focus will always be on how they can make more profits on top of that. No bueno. A public transportation can include the vehicles (small or big, like trains or pods), but also the road itself that can be made as a total system. So no more crazy ass roads where both people and cars go about.
In essence: technology nowadays is "marketed". Big companies exaggerate claims about technology and pretty much everyone swallows that without thinking twice. This is not good at all. If we are to redesign our transportation system, we cannot rely on companies whose main (or sole) drive is to make as much profits as possible. This is like asking Musk or Bezos to come up with a better plan for exploring the outer space! Oh wait...maybe they are getting there. We are fucked...
Why You Should Want Driverless Cars On Roads Now
How close are we to having fully autonomous vehicles on the roads? Are they safe? In Chandler, Arizona a fleet of Waymo vehicles are already in operation. Wa...Invidious
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Our trade-based society is exactly like a Monopoly game, and some players get to own the entire game and do whatever they want, while proclaiming to do good things. Their thirst for playing and winning more and more, cannot go away when the game itself incentivizes them to follow such motives.
Unfortunately our lives, the Earth, and now the outer space, are all monopolized by a few players who are ruthless when it comes to them winning at any costs. The problem is that the rest of the players do not understand that this is just a game. They are trapped in their fantasy land thinking that the economy is a god-given entity, that money is real, ownership is something we need, and overall that our society is not human-made, but something we are born into and have to play by its rules.
While billionaires launch into the outer space with their rockets built on top of slaves and wasted resources, the rest of the humans should land from the fantasy world onto the Reality Planet.
We try our best, with our resources, to provide all kinds of materials for humans to be able to land on Planet Reality: news, photos, videos, documentaries, lectures, books, tools to replace their adsocial-networks and other such online nonsense that keeps their minds busy and dumb, with ones that are trade-free and relevant, and a lot lot more. See https://www.tromsite.com/tools/
Unfortunately very few react to such tools and fewer see their true value. Some people, who do indeed recognize that our society is at fault here and not individuals, are also unimpressed by such projects/tools it seems, dreaming of building utopic cities or huge projects that they never end up building. They dismiss projects like TROM, probably thinking that it is a nice project but not that relevant...
My question is: if we do no take care of brains in today's insane society, and so so online where most brains spent their time, then how are we going to even start a conversation about changing this society?
For humans to land from the Fantasy World, to the Reality Planet, they need brain enemas more than anything else right now. #tromimg
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GDPR is nonsense
Trying to force people to be good in today's trade-based society, is moronic. You can't "dictate" that these online giants be honest about what data they collect about you, when data is their main trade asset. They will lie, deceive, and have so much money that suing them is futile.
Also, at least if EU understood that data collection means data trade and it is the same as any form of trade. The same way you walk into a supermarket, take some food, and then you have to give them money (trade), the same way you visit Facebook and have to give them your attention (watch ads) + your data. The difference is that these are new trades and no one understands them it seems. Plus, another difference is that Facebook "takes your money" the moment you come into their supermarket, without being very open about that at all. That's how it is: like a supermarket that charges your credit card the moment you come into the store.
Maybe EU should have at least understood that. Probably this "economy" needs a complete down-to-earth definition: it is a trade based society. That's all it is. We trade labor for food or other needs/wants, we trade data for entertainment, we trade our attention for services, and so forth. And we at times use currencies to represent these trades: money, cryptocurrencies, tokens, likes, views, etc.. SIMPLE.
I suggest to the EU to at least understand that, and then name their "GDPR" as W.A.I.T. - What Am I Trading?
This way, you try to force companies to be open about what users have to trade to them, the same way a supermarket has to put up the prices for the items they sell. And if EU did that, at least we may educate people about what is truly happening in these "data mining and collecting" scenarios.
People are obsessed about new and fancy words and theories: privacy-friendly, privacy-oriented, data mining, the attention economy, surveillance capitalism, freemium, freeware, and so forth. All of these are describing TRADE. It is simply trade going online, and different rules, norms and practices forming around them.
In the end is the same folks....the same supermarket charging you for that food you want to grab. And the same way the supermarkets put those .99 prices to confuse you, and deceiving marketing and labeling (natural products, organic, fair trade, etc.), the same exact way happens online with Facebook, Google and the like that are simply supermarkets that sell you services in return for money, other currencies, data, attention and so forth. It is just a different medium, but the same practice sprinkled with different approaches.
Don't get confused!
We explain all about that here https://www.tromsite.com/books/#flipbook-df_6562/1/
And in the upcoming TROM II documentary. #tromlive
How to attach any files to notes.trom.tf
First, keep in mind that the developers behind this app (Standard Notes) are working on making this a lot easier in the near future. But for now you can do it this way (takes just a few minutes). Another thing to understand is that the files you add are also encrypted like all of your notes.
Activate and use the Bold Editor.
After you setup the Notes as explained at https://trom.tf/notes/ , you can activate the Bold Editor and use it for pretty much all of your notes. It is a great and feature-rich editor and the only one that is fully supported by the team behind this app.
2. Setup File Safe.
Click the FileSafe button:
You will see a window asking you to setup an integration. This means to setup an online device that can handle your photos storage. Click to integrate it or use this link https://filesafe.standardnotes.org/ . From that link click WebDav. And now go to step 3.
3. Create an account with our files.trom.tf.
We provide a Nextcloud instance with 3GB of storage for everyone. We recommend you to use that for your files in general, not just for this. Once you create an account there https://files.trom.tf/ - go to Settings - Security https://files.trom.tf/settings/user/security and click "Create new app password". Add a name and then save your credentials (username and password).
Go to your Files - https://files.trom.tf/apps/files/ - and create a new folder for your Notes. Say you call it "tromnotes". In the same window, at the left bottom corner there is a Settings button. Click it to get the WebDav address.
4. Integrate files.trom.tf with notes.trom.tf.
Now go back to step 2 and in the WebDav configuration add that username and password that you just generated, add the folder name and the server address that you just copied.
And that's it! A unique code will be generated and you have to copy it back to your Notes app in the FileSafe popup window.
This may seem a bit complicated but it is a safe way of storing your files and now you will have 3GB of file storage. So you won't have to worry about attaching photos. And you can even attach videos! And all are previewed in the notes app.
You basically have to connect notes.trom.tf with files.trom.tf. Make an account (if you don't have one already) at files.trom.tf and create a new app password. Create a folder where you want to store the Notes' files and then grab the WebDav URL. Now that you have the credentials for the new files.torm.tf App + the WebDav URL, is as simply as clicking the File Safe button in notes.trom.tf (or on any app that works with it) and click to integrate with WebDav. That's it. No more worries from now on.
This way you can make your notes better by being able to attach any type of file, not only videos and photos. Take advantage of this amazing Notes app as it is trade-free! ;)
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Reducing the working hours....
""workers enjoying a boost to well-being, an improved work-life balance, and “a better cooperative spirit in the workplace.”""
Oh wow....so enslaving people a bit less is a bit better for them. They may feel better, more relaxed and such....hm....that's for sure an astonishing discovery.
How about, and I know this sounds "outlandish", but how about instead of creating mountains of waste every year (gadgets, electronics, food, clothes, and so forth), we give them to people so they don't have to enslave themselves to get them. And you fix 2 issues: waste and slavery.
Reducing the working hours in a trade-based society by 4h a week, is like reducing the war causalities by 10%. And yes you may say that's really good. Lots of saved lives. But that's besides the point. We need no wars. Like we need to jobs. These are primitive and outdated systems.
Human beings have no chance to change anything in this trade-based society if they think the above study/news is of any relevance.
We should provide for people with whatever they need, and as much as whatever they want. As trade-free. And then they will work but have no jobs. They will have the time, the motivation, the energy and relaxation, to engage in meaningful work that helps everyone.
Jobs are enslaving and idiotic mechanisms in an abundant society. #tromlive
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The New Church of Crypto-Economy
"each Mastercard transaction is estimated to use just 0.0006 kWh (kilowatt hours), whilst every Bitcoin transaction consumes 980 kWh, enough to power an average Canadian home for more than three weeks, according to some commentators."
Which is insane. But then they also say:
"Despite these issues, UN experts believe that cryptocurrencies and the technology that powers them (blockchain) can play an important role in sustainable development, and actually improving our stewardship of the environment."
Blockchain is a completely different thing. It is like coupling the Internet with Paypal. Blockchain is a very useful technology (and quite old) - as we explain it in detail in our book, here https://www.tromsite.com/books/#flipbook-df_6562/128 . Unfortunately Blockchain, which is simply a more secure and transparent way to keep track of "transactions" or "interactions", is used to invent currencies. Instead it could be used to keep track of medical records, biodiversity, or the nights you could not sleep because you were too aroused, since pretty much anything is more relevant than using it to create a currency. So the Internet is a great invention. Paypal....not really, unless you compare it with traditional banking, in which case yes Paypal is slightly better (easier to use, faster, etc.). Same way Bitcoin or other similar cryptocurrencies, are slightly better than say Paypal-like entities, or banks.
But that's like saying hanging yourself is better than jumping from a 20 story building, because you can hang yourself at home, you feel less pain because the rope cuts the blood supply to your brain and you pass out very quickly, and you argue it is more safe because jumping from such a tall building you can land on someone else's head and kill them. To which I agree, hanging seems better. But that's the only difference between Bitcoin (handing), and jumping from a 20 story building (banks). But you are still dead... In the end both are currencies and both lead to massive corruption, inequality, lies, and the continuation of the game of trade that consumes us and the planet. And soon the rest of the solar system. Same shit.
The UN continues:
"One of the most useful aspects of cryptocurrencies, as far as the UN is concerned, is transparency.
Because the technology is resistant to tampering and fraud, it can provide a trusted and transparent record of transactions. This is particularly important in regions with weak institutions and high levels of corruption."
We showcase in detail in the same book, how any such technology can and will be tampered with, and it would not prevent fraud at all. This is a myth we keep on vocalizing: better security = better security. Not true! Better security simply equals different methods to bypass that security. As long as we play this game of trade, humans will be incentivized to break such security measures if that results in some advantages in the game of trade, for them.
Cryptocurrencies are the new-age religion:
In all, people who think that Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency is better than money, are the followers and the bishops of the new church of economy. We are witnessing the split of Christianity into the Catholic church, the Orthodox one, and so forth. each believing that their interpretation of religion is the right one:
That's what's happening with these cryptocurrencies today.
At the end of the day both are religions. People believe in them without every questioning what is religion or what is a currency. Who invented these notions and what purpose do they serve...
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Businesses do not care about people. Period. They care about profits. Period.
"The 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represents a milestone, they added, and an opportunity for countries and corporations to gear up for a new decade of action. "
Basically they are telling corporations and governments to "please please treat your workers fairly...". And after 10 years the conclusion is:
"However, workers and communities, including indigenous people, continue to suffer business-related abuses, which are occurring across all sectors and in all regions.
Prospects for protection or remedy are few, according to the UN experts, and activists who speak out are met with stigmatization, threats and deadly attacks. "
Yeah...well...is anyone surprised?
Let me tell you, UN, why things are not working and never will. Ready?
We live in a world-wide trade-based society that transforms each and every one of us into merchants and consumers. How can we not be like that when we can't even live without doing this? No one takes care of us. You are born into this world and forced to play the game. And thus, our minds are focused to play the game all the time. And so, the nature of the game makes us want more and more and more, at any cost. Regardless of the rules.
It is that simple!
What do you expect, UN? For the players of the game of trade to care about their competitors and other humans? They cannot afford that. This will be a loss for them. If exploiting people will bring you more profits, you will do that regardless if you call yourself a communist, socialist, christian, muslim or whatever.
UN may have good intentions, and their reports are telling. But if UN doesn't understand this simple fact, then nothing will ever change. They keep on looking through each-others' butts, and all they see is narrow holes full of crap.
It is time to widen their view, and recognize that the "economy" is the biggest religion in the world, with billions believing in it. Stop trying to save the economy. Save the people from becoming slaves, dead, or profiteers. How about we talk about the human behavior for a bit!? To understand what makes these "corporate leaders" or "government leaders" or the rest of us, be so awful...
How about we take care of humans and make sure they have access to their basic needs (at least) as trade-free, so that they have time to think about today's problems, be relaxed, refuse enslaving jobs, consume less, and so forth!?
It is astonishing that UN (United Nations) seems to be so blind despite the fact that they have a lot of resources to look at these issues. #tromimg
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Sustainable businesses. What a joke.
This is a UN story. Even their story, meant to be positive, it is not. As they say:
"However, there is still a long way to and there is even evidence that the world is going backwards: the 2021 Circularity Gap Report, produced annually by the Circle Economy thinktank, estimates that the global circularity rate (the proportion of recovered materials, as a percentage of overall materials used) stands at only 8.6 per cent, down from 9.1 per cent in 2018"
Thinking that you can create sustainable businesses, it is like trying to make the water dry. You cannot. The goal of a business is to keep on making profits, else it cannot sustain itself.
Think about the following:
You have a hiking shoes company. You make boots for the people who want to hike. You employ 100 people or so, to design and produce them. You want to make really great hiking boots and make your business as sustainable as possible. How can you do that? Well, you cannot.
Three reasons why:
1. The chain of trades is wide and complicated in today's society. The raw materials used can come from other parts of the world that you cannot control or oversee. And a lot of materials go into such boots. Here's an example. So the production can be spread across the world, employing slaves, creating waste, pollution, and such. Things you cannot, again, oversee or control.
2. You have to compete with others and that means you are forced to lower your prices. If Amazon, or others, are playing "dirty" (unsustainable) and because of that they can have much lower prices, then very likely you are out of the business. So you are forced to cut corners and maybe lie, deceive, exaggerate about your hiking boots, to keep yourself afloat (to keep on selling them). You will have to invest into ads and marketing, and find cheaper producers/distributors for your boots.
3. The most important and easy to grasp issue: YOU HAVE TO KEEP ON SELLING HIKING BOOTS!
Look, if you are selling something (say hiking boots), you cannot afford to say: "Oh, we made enough of them...seems like most people have hiking boots. And we've also made them of such a good quality that they need no replacement - we don't have to produce new models. Let's stop producing more to not contribute to a potential waste of resources.". You cannot say that. If you say that you also say "Lets fire all of our 100 employees and lose our financial income and suffer because of that." It is that simple!
There is no such thing as a sustainable business, simply because a business NEEDS to keep on producing the shit they are making, endlessly! Else they cannot survive! Couple that with the fact that they have to compete (price wise) with other businesses + the fact that there is usually a huge chain of trades in order to produce any good/service (and you cannot control those), then it surely must mean that trying to make a sustainable business it is like trying to dry the water.
Humans have to take their heads out of their butts, and accept that we cannot keep on living in a trade-based society while trying to fix the problems created by the trade-based society. We need to start providing trade-free goods and services, at least when it comes to the basic needs, for most humans. To decouple them from this rat-trade-race, little by little. #tromimg
Electric cars and batteries won't change the world-
Think about this:
Imagine all boats in the world were motor-boats. Now someone comes along and has this brilliant idea of making boats that can "sail". He says "we can put these sails, big ones, on the boats, and let the wind push the boat." He the proceeds with detailing the process and how we can scale it up. "Brilliant!" the masses are screaming! And so a billionaire named Ksum Sozeb invests billions of dollars to make sailing boats, claiming that this will change the face of sea transportation. "No more water and air pollution! No more pollution in the manufacturing of motors! Free energy from the wind!" he says.
People like him and his tweets. He starts the production and soon we start to see more and more sail boats, and less motor boats. Amazing!
He manages to replace most of the motor boats with sail boats. Now we are saved! Or not...
In today's society, not in the imaginary story-world, this is probably the case. Many, if not most boats are sail boats. And yet this does not stop the extreme pollution, slavery and aggressive marketing meant to give birth to infinite consumption, of sail boats. Millions of sailboats are not used, lots are wasted, and the process of manufacturing them, disposing them, maintaining them, is immense.
In this trade-based society if you make sail boats you have to keep on making them. If you stop, you are fucked. You will lose. This alone should be the "aha...yeah" moment that would make us realize nothing is sustainable in today's trade-based society.
And so, if all cars will be electric by tomorrow, nothing of essence will be solved. The manufacturing and distribution of these cars and their parts (plastic, batteries, metal, rare earth elements, and so forth) is still extremely polluting and enslaves armies of young and old people.
Musk and others will have to keep on producing these electric cars at infinitum. And since they compete with others, they will be forced to find the shortest path to profit, and this leaves behind a lot of bad things such as slavery, corruption, waste, lies, etc.. If Musk, or others wanted to help humanity transport from one place to another, in a sustainable fashion, then he and others would invest in public transportation in a non-profit way. Simple! But they do not want that. They want to make profits. Simple!
And renewable energies are a good idea in theory, but insufficient and inefficient in today's trade-based society where it will be used to produce more shit, more waste, more slaves, more nonsense.
Unless we change the game of trade into a game of no-trade, then we cannot fix anything of essence. #tromimg
M:E E:P P:(p)W
Where "E"=("E"conomics / "E"nergy "E"xchange) is a an emergent subset of "M"=("M"orality).
"P"=("P"olitics) is an emergent subset of "E"(conomics).
And "(p)"[otential]"W"(ar) is an emergent subset of "P"(olitics)
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