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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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1h 7 minutes. Today it will be fully rendered so that I (Tio) can watch it in full for the first time. It will be published alongside the entire documentary whenever that will be finished :D .
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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.
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We have around 7TB of this data. Some 40 websites – like tromsite.com, trom.tf with some 20 services (video hosting, social network, file sharing, etc.); tromjaro.com and the ISOs, all of our videos that we made, books, and so on. On top of this there is the next TROM II documentary we work on, that’s around 2TB in size (we filmed in 4k and have over 20h of recorded footage).
We have a ton of files and one shoe box where they are backed-up. Locally at the place I (Tio) live. On cheap Hard Drives.
But if the house burns down then we lose not only our backups, but most of our files. And we won’t be able to recover them, ever.
Our budget is very low, so we decided to make this campaign to pay for 1 year of cloud backup storage to make sure that all of our files are in a different location, not only locally.
If we get the funds, we will sleep very relaxed at night knowing that our files are in at least 2 different locations. Safe.
200 Euros to backup everything without extensive file versioning, and also no VideoNeat.com and its wonderful materials.
300 Euros to backup everything, plus extensive file versioning, plus VideoNeat.com and its wonderful materials.
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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!
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Well there might be slight improvements but the bulk of it is done. Notice in the photo how massive the work is, and on the other side how well TROMjaro XFCE copes with it. Maximized window + global menus + HUD, makes it so much better and easier to edit videos.
Kdenlive had a few major bugs but using the Appimage seems to be fine, considering TROM II is such a massive project.
Maybe we will finish the first part in a month or so. That will be a total of some 1h 20 minutes. Then we have to work a lot more for the next parts that are even more important. It will take many months to finish the documentary, maybe more than a year who knows.
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This page shows in almost real time the status of all of our websites. And it is hosted and managed by Alexio so that if our servers are down, this page won't be affected.
Big thanks to Alexio for this!
Such a page is important especially for trom.tf services, so that you can see what services are more reliable. And for us to keep track of what websites may not work properly, so that we can fix them. #tromimg
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
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In this TROM-Cast we will discuss The Internet. What is the Internet and what does it do to our lives? Is it just merely a reflection of our trade-based society, but this time we trade more with our data and attention rather than our currencies?
We are thrilled to have Cory Doctorow. From his Wikipedia page: Cory is a "blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who served as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licences for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics."
Visit his websites at https://craphound.com/ and https://pluralistic.net/
The live will be available here https://www.tromsite.com/live/ - and now we have a livechat!
All corrupted https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/4/pandora-papers-expose-world-leaders-hidden-wealth
We don't need more women in politics, or people of different "races", as if there is more than one human race. We need no politics at all. We need to understand what creates bad behaviors and try to prevent that. And it is quite simple: treat people like you treat dogs in more developed countries. Take care of them. Make sure they are fed, have enough free time, access to at least their basic needs. All trade-free. And then they will become better humans and we can change our society for the better. #tromimg
I use TROMjaro and love it. It's currently my distro of choice on all 3 of my machines. The Thinkpad T440 (int the center) is my daily driver is an i7 with 12GB ram and an SSD. TROMjaro is blazing fast and beautiful. Especially wit the external monitor attached. I use the Thinkpad for 90% of my daily computer tasks. The other machine (behind the Thinkpad) is called Frankeputer and is an old HP laptop with no screen, an i5, 16GB ram and 1TB HDD. TROMjaro is just as fast and efficient on it as well. Frankenputer is used for hosting my podcast/blog files on the lan so I can edit them on any machine from any room. It also runs the music/sound FX into my mixer for the shows audio. Where I keep an eye on the streams and the audience chats during the show. That audio that feeds into the mixer then goes into the Thinkpad which is running OBS Studio to stream to the live audience as well as record the video versions of the podcasts.
My mixer is a Zoom R16 which also records the audio onto an sd card as a back up in case of a crash of OBS Studio or I spill coffee on the Thinkpad. Speaking of backups. Not seen in the pic is an old Dell Inspirion laptop running TROMjaro to the left of me. It's sporting an i3 with 16GB ram and a 1TB HDD. It's there always at the ready just in case the Thinkpad or Frankenputer fails during a live show. And you guessed it TROMjaro screams along on it as well. This is without a doubt the best and most beautiful experience I've ever had in the Gnome Desktop.
And if you can support the work that we do, please consider a donation https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
It is as crazy as flat earthers, qanon, and all of these conspiracies, if not crazier. Unfortunately it is wrapped in a nice package in today's society. But yah, lets not forget that religions are just a bunch of cults, surrounded by crazy people. #tromimg
This is a Matrix chat. Matrix is like Email, a protocol. Which means it is decentralized. We provide a server and a chat so that anyone can create an account and use. It is an amazing chat, a true repalcement for any sort of chats such as Telegram, Discord, and so forth. Encrypted, unlimited, trade-free. See all of the features here https://trom.tf/chat/
We invite you to join and ditch the pesky trade-based chats. Tens of millions are already using this protocol and our TROM team resides there too.
These are our public chatrooms:
Simply add them to your Matrix account as rooms. Simple. And see you there! #tromimg
Oh and if you like what we do, and you can help us financially, please do so here https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
We are very very sorry because it was a great discussion with Dr. Sophia Moskalenko - you can follow her on Twitter via RSS here https://bird.trom.tf/sophiamoskalen1 . In the next TROMcast I will try to summarize a bit our discussion. Again, very sorry....
Here's some positiveness tho. These are little bugs. They are not plants/leafs.
How amazing is nature....these are the true superheroes with superpowers :). Photo grabbed from our https://tromnews.com/photos/ - make sure you use our TROMnews to discover more such amazing things. #tromimg
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
Instead of listening to a world-wide scientific consensus, they think it is more reasonable to listen to some facebook or youtube personalities.
Doubt is necessary. But uneducated and unfounded doubt, is dangerous.
If the primitive minds of the so rich tribes do not want the vaccines, give them to those poor tribes that need them desperately.
We are very happy to announce that we will have a discussion with Dr. Sophia Moskalenko who is "a social psychologist studying mass identity, inter-group conflict and the appeal of conspiracy theories."
"After she received her Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, her research has focused on the psychology of radicalization and martyrdom. As a research fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START) she has worked on projects commissioned by the Department of Defence, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State. "
We will dive deep into the Qanon conspiracy and other similar conspiracies, and touch upon how we can deal with these situations in a realistic manner.
Stay tuned! We will go live at https://www.tromsite.com/live/
TROMcast: To Moderate, Or Not
Today we will discuss about this notion of moderating the Internet content by looking closely at our videos.trom.tf (Peertube) instance and what happens to it. The fact that it is full of nonsense content and why is it that these alternative platforms such as Peertube, get invaded by the worst that the Internet and our society has produced.
As a bonus we will add on the homepage a very interesting documentary every week or so. So keep an eye on it! #tromimg
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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
Here's a long post about these "revolutionary" billionaires that are just merchants. https://social.trom.tf/display/dbc8dc44-1860-fd8f-6dd3-2a9890027416 #tromimg
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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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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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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...
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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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This Notes app normally costs 10 dollars a month (https://standardnotes.com/features) but we provide all of these features trade-free. So take advantage of that!
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In any case, we should take care of all human beings on this planet. We have enough humans who would be very happy to help (we call these "doctors"), and plenty of resources to do so.
We should not force people to trade for their basic needs when we live in a society of abundance already. #tromimg
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"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...
"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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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
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
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