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#9 Jul 08, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
I went to a concert of local guys who play guitar. It's great that there are such people.
Now I am in Siberia. In the 1980s, the genre of Siberian punk rock was born here. Yegor Letov, Yanka Diagileva, Survival Instructions and others. You won't understand what these songs are about if you translate them with Google Translate. You have to live in the CIS countries for a while to understand the meaning.
Now the Siberian punk rock movement has transformed rather than faded away. There are no current themes, but there is a spirit of unity among people - listeners sing along to the speakers.
By the way, the musicians perform in the regular square. And they don't charge for their performance, so admission is free.
#8 Jun 23, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
I am beginning to think more and more that the justice system has an implicit but serious flaw. It does not work the same for everyone. But in today's world, the law is the same for everyone, the careful reader will tell you. What then do I see as the problem?
First. Judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other participants in the process are human beings, so it is inherent to them as to all people to make mistakes. There have been cases when an innocent person has been shot by mistake.
Second. There is some variation in the verdicts. This is not malicious intent, but simply human error. Incidentally, this variation becomes greater if the decision is made by a jury.
Third. Not everyone has the money for a good lawyer. State-provided attorneys (public defenders) are generally less qualified than paid attorneys.
Fourth. The three branches of government are supposed to be separated so that they do not influence each other. I will say nothing about my own country - Russia - here the principle "the law has no retroactive force" is regularly violated, and the laws themselves are so "hypocritical" that anyone can be prosecuted ("It takes a person, and you can find an article"). But in the USA, the bastion of democracy, all laws must be obeyed, right? No, very telling with Julian Assange, the USA did not investigate its own war crimes, which Assange brought to light, they just wanted to jail the activist.
Perhaps in the bright future, the judge should be an artificial intelligence, independent of anyone. That said, you can't give the AI executive power, because if it fails, it will lead to disaster.
#7 Jun 07, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
Right now our society is a consumption society (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumerism). We consume everything in excess. Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
- Why is there so much advertising around? It's like we don't fall for it?
- Why are there all kinds of sales and "eternal" discounts?
- Why a new iPhone model comes out every year, although it is almost the same as the previous one?
- Why aren't some people willing to pay for a brand? What is the difference between Levis jeans and jeans made by some unknown company?
- Why are things less and less reliable and harder to repair? Is this the price of progress?
As strange as it may seem the consumer society has a good side: it stimulates the economy.
But the downsides, as far as I am concerned, are greater:
- The eternal pursuit of even higher wages. To buy more expensive things.
- Now people are not valued for their personal qualities, now they look at what you are wearing and what phone you use. A prime example is Instagram*, TikTok and other social networks. How many people don't post pretty, glossy pictures there, but their real lives?
* - recognized as an extremist organization in the Russian Federation.
#6 May 19, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
People never cease to amaze me. In a bad way:
- Apple is using child labor.
- Tesla - locks workers in factories in China.
- Google - knows more about you than you do.
- Microsoft - pushing their OS with bribes.
- The U.S. government keeps an eye on everyone. And it adds fuel to the flames of military conflicts.
In a week no one will remember this. Everyone will still be rich on Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates. The man with the iPhone will still be cool. The U.S. is still the most democratic country in the world.
It's a theater of the absurd, an anti-utopia.
#5 Apr 03, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
It seems to me that anyone who has graduated from school in Russia knows how to:
- Provide minimal medical care
- Quickly put on a gas mask
- Disassemble and reassemble an AK-74.
They also have a theoretical knowledge of:
- Half-life of nuclear isotopes (needed in a nuclear explosion)
- Types of chemical warfare agents and how they work
- Biological weapons
- Cumulative explosion warheads
- Antitank and antipersonnel mines
- Explosion time and the radius of a grenade's fragments
No, this is not a joke. This is really taught in Russian schools.
#4 Mar 23, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
Propaganda is practiced by all states: Russia, Ukraine, the United States, China. Propaganda is not something unequivocally good or bad. Healthy lifestyles are also promoted.
Now because of the *special operation in Ukraine* propaganda from Russia + China and USA + Ukraine has intensified. Here are some common wartime propaganda:
- Either you support us or you support the enemy. There is no third option.
- Our side suffers minimal losses, the enemy's losses are huge.
- We fight fair, the enemy uses forbidden techniques/weapons.
- This war did not happen because of us. Someone else is to blame for the start of the war.
#3 Mar 21, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
I, of course, expected that some things would become more expensive or disappear from sale. For example: imported medicines, tea, sweets, smartphones, and many other things. But how did this happen with printer paper?
The forest and the factories are in Russia. It turns out that it is all about imported Finnish chemicals.
Today I walked into a stationery shop. They were out of "SvetoCopy" paper, only "Snegurochka" was left. And they also don't know when the next batch will arrive.
This pack cost 700 rubles. Other stores have already raised the price to 1200 rubles.
#2 Mar 18, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
As soon as hard times come to Russia, people buy up:
- Buckwheat (long shelf life and quite nutritious)
- Sugar (used for preservation)
- Salt (you can live without sugar, but not without salt)
- Matches (just out of habit)
#1 Mar 17, 2022 (Read at Mastodon)
GitHub seems to be down again :(