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long thread: The Truth About The American Middle Class Show more
This is a thread on the (american) concept of "Middle Class" and what the reality is today on who is middle class, what middle class means, and how this relates to The Working Class that we talk about as Socialists. As well as some considerations about your own class status and some shocking revelations about where you really fall relative to other people. Wealth disparity has drastically changed the reality from the cultural concepts. Read more!
Don't use Airbnb.
No really, don't use Airbnb.
Hotels are regulated in ways that protect *you*, the person who stays in them. Airbnb's profits come from arbitrage: it skips the cost of adhering to the regulations.
@zenhob Well there’s a fork in the road on where this discussion could go, but but there’s definitely shared history. Talking about the band https://slimegirls.bandcamp.com/ or the thing the band shares a name with https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SlimeGirl ?
If you like open source alternatives Show more
I’m getting ready to do more work on Calagator, a platform for community event listings. When we started, we were an alternate to Upcoming (around the time of its sale to Yahoo) and more locally relevant than Meetup. Now many communities share what they're up to on Facebook and have even less control over their data. A lot of my passion for sustainability in FLOSS comes from this project. So — I’m giving Patreon a shot https://www.patreon.com/calagator
@lindseyb I’ve yet to be convinced that it actually solves any of the issues that I’ve seen it claim to address. It feels like someone made a better wrench, and is going around claiming they’ve created the greatest nail gun ever (and people are taking their claim at face value). I haven’t used it enough to say it’s completely bad, but I’ve seen enough to know it really doesn’t do what it says on the tin. So... You’re not entirely alone there?
why organize tech workers? Show more
> why organize? don't you, as a software dev, get paid enough?
1. no, i don't
2. without my knowledge or consent, things i've made have killed people, and my only options were to shrug or quit
3. work should not give you PTSD
4. worker rights and communal welfare is about more than pay. it's about power dynamics, accountability, representation, and taking the craft back from the profiteers who readily dispose of us