The "preliminary" round is open for 1 more day and one more hour on the 99Designs contest.

My account there is 12 years old, believe it or not. When I was living below poverty wage (basically the 8 years after I finished grad school), 99Designs helped me not starve (only once; I was never cut out to be an illustrator artist).

They've long since revamped the old site, which I am kind of glad because from what I remember: my old work (think GIMP circa 2009) was pretty amateur.

These are much better than I could do: :rainbowsheep: :invincible: 🌼


Not only "like a boss" at moderating, @puffinus_puffinus is embarking on the mission-sensitive op to rescue comrades from the hellsite!


@Bashabez @emsenn

(cont'd) ....

So, in some instances, the people who were already devalued didn't see as much gain or expected benefit from the bottom of the heap. While those at the top of the caste system have been able to get away with paying what still amounts to slave wages.

Hahaha! And as I write this, a story about Bozo's trip to India and his promises to make lots more wage slaves outta those Indians! The biggest whale in the ocean gotta keep eating, eh?

@Bashabez @emsenn

One thing that India did to stave off sources of corruption from outsiders was devalue its own currency, the rupee.

The 1000 and 500 notes, for example, were removed from currency circulation completely.

If you're not familiar with what happened in 2016 it's worth looking into. There are lots of opinionated "sources" out there; be wary of ones from Rupert Murdoch-based publications.

Economists and others who just cannot stand the idea of being unable to "value" their own time so much greater than others ... those kinds wrote many whiny complaints about how it was such a bad idea.

I think, though, that it was a step away from settler-based colonialism and therefore a step in the right direction.

The problem with this happening in a society "recovering" from monarchy (that is: a post-colonial society) is that people have been generationally conditioned to just accept a
class-based or caste society that ostracizes people.


Maybe just think in geologic terms, how Japan is on the edge of the Pacific Ring of Fire, and constantly getting new land pushed up by the core energies of the Earth.


There are shrines on the islands where water deities are said to have visited over 1900 years ago. The people staying to take care of those places seem to have more aligned with TEK than most anywhere in colonized places.


Euros struggle with monarchy.

US is trying to ward off oligarchy.

India (as in "at the base of the Himalayas" India) was kind of brilliant to escape the crown, but it too is still faced with some outside entities who want to invade and enslave its people for some combination of labor, materials, or lands.

In 2012 while I was there, I heard a woman who wandered up the street in Bangalore, begging for money.

Decolonization is about stopping faulty ideas such as that from spreading ... it is that settler attempt of a "catch all" to elevate money as if it were something more powerful than it is.


@emsenn @Bashabez

From "not a metaphor" ...

"Decolonization “here” is intimately connected to anti-imperialism
elsewhere. However, decolonial struggles here/there are not parallel, not shared equally, nor do
they bring neat closure to the concerns of all involved - particularly not for settlers.
Decolonization is not equivocal to other anti-colonial struggles."
(p. 31)


"For colonialism has always included terraforming that tears apart what they call, following Watts, the “flesh” of human-nonhuman-ecological relationships. That colonizers today, from settlers to imperialists, are concerned about climate change, suggests that they are now being affected by the seismic waves of massive ecosystem transformation that began over 500 years ago." (p. 159)

This is a great analogy.

Nihongo, meanwhile, seems to have done a great job with the earthly buildup it has received in the interim.

Mark Charles is right: it is time to put the dysfunctional settler constructs in the past.

Here's an example of "weak with a history of malicious" among (and therefore bound to haunt) the cartel of settler-founded, and criminal Realtors and all of their associates:

A member of the Realtor cartel committed VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER ( Yes, the Realtor intentionally sought to literally kill the homeless person with their vehicle. In front of a church. )

This is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE, not civil:

"Jun 7, 2017 / 10:30 PM MDT / Updated: Jun 7, 2017 / 10:30 PM MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Family of the man who Albuquerque realtor Chris Pino is accused of running over is now suing.

The complaint for wrongful death claims Pino intentionally hit a man with his car, but the attorney defending Pino in the criminal murder case ..."

plays victim, says angry BLAH BLAH BLAH, denial, blah blah (not important),

The attorney working on behalf of the family to bring the wrongful death to justice said:

"“They’re devastated,” attorney Mark Fine said.

He represented 30-year-old Daniel Arballo’s family in the wrongful death lawsuit."

Hey, I have a question:

To collaborate / hire union (the kinds of good people encouraging, helping, or otherwise in favor of workers' unions) ... especially when maybe dealing with different trade unions each proficient in their most preferred skilled trade ... what are some good ideas?

Our original version of Ecosteader had a setup like this to try to help workers localize (e.g. not have to do excessive fossil fuel commutes for jobs when qualified workers are available locally)

The "ws standard" we want to avoid is devaluing everyone like minimum wage does ( as ws have been and continue to be in denial of their own status as immigrants and unwelcome overstayers, they'll find out what it's like to be on the other end of that soon enough ).

Companies in the 70's, 80's and 90's organized around highly exploitative going concerns that should have been shut down long ago (or stayed shut down).

No American City Has Ever Tried a Climate Justice Tax Like the One Portland Is Launching

"It's long past time for Portland, a city with a history of institutionalized racism, to move aggressively toward equity, Hardesty and others say."

"It's a local version of the Green New Deal proposed in 2019 by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). It's also part of a larger political effort to reshape who calls the shots—and who benefits."

The new tax, created by a 2018 ballot initiative city voters passed by an overwhelming margin, is part of a power shift that saw two outsiders—Chloe Eudaly in 2016 and Jo Ann Hardesty in 2018—defeat establishment candidates for seats on the Portland City Council."


Was reading about Waabooz the other day (p 13 on and thinking about how much our furry friends are just like that ... spiritually large sensors in little bodies.

The old man kitty in my house is getting up there in age. The vet says he couldn't be put under for a tooth cleaning, so I've been doing what I can manually. Found one of his teeth on the floor a few weeks ago, and that seemed to have helped; he still *mrows* very loud when it's time to eat, so I know he's still strong.

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The infographic included here shows an example of TEK as 1000X better for all inhabitants of an ecosystem than manmade broken, polluted ideas that have been poisoning America since the Industrial age began.


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Might be Nepeta (catmint) ... ? Though the flowers look kinda like Agastache.

@simsa03 @syndikalista

Nah, there is a difference between "Failbook taking something from an individual and "the collective" share of knowledge on something like Wikipedia or WIkimedia.

@jasper @patricksudlow

Right. And the longer they've known and continued to play stupid, the worse their situation.


Denial / anger / bargaining




This is not new information to anybody.

The idea that anybody can start from scratch is false. "Clean up your own country's environmental messes" has to be priority one.

Stop, fine, and punish perpetrators whose faulty ideas about global economies make them want to make monetary-based decisions.

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