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Wow, really neat angle of the bird and the sun on it!

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Tbh, policing of criticism of the Israeli government and their ongoing colonialist genocide of the Palestinian people has been so profoundly pervasive and oppressive in Canada (and US, Germany, and other countries), at least the half year or so, that I consider Chow’s comments and non-participation pretty courageous and commendable actually. Like you, I certainly would have liked a more principled stance that explicitly denounces genocide, but given the almost absurd level of censorship and whitewashing that’s been going on, I think she’s perhaps saying and doing as much as she can. It’s clear to me that this is much larger than her. I’m glad she’s mildly voicing dissent about the flag-raising at Toronto City Hall. It’s a @#$%ing travesty

Coming to terms with no longer having privacy and control over my technology

I miss the days of VHS and DVD shelfs in homes, for example. If you bought the tapes and had them in your home, no corporate entity could alter those tapes without your consent, monitor how many times you watch them, sell your data to whomever they please without your knowledge, roll out new mandatory conditions to a ‘user...

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Another problem caused by greedflation: companies want to collect both money and data for every usage (edit: I forgot to include “push ads in your face” as well)

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So true. As others have remarked on here, entshittification really changes the calculus of “is piracy worth it?”

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You are so right

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I appreciate the rec’s! I did check out gog a bit a month or so ago and thought it did look refreshingly different

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I might’ve misspoke about never paying for a video game again. I do like the look of gog. I’m really out of the loop when it comes to gaming. I like more privacy- and ownership-respecting platforms, and I would (do) pay for those. What I meant was I’d caught a glimpse of the direction of the mainstream gaming industry with WC3, and I realized it wouldn’t work for me and had to get off it. I use LibreOffice. I’ll check out the libre gaming software, thanks!

They’ll obviously win when we run away. We should take the fight to them.

I appreciate your point of view. The way I see it, I think maybe 95/100 people blindly trust big tech companies and 5 of us don’t (to the willing we’ll avoid mainstream social media, for example); the proportion is debatable, but I think it’s a very uneven divide. I don’t think we have enough power to “stick it” to big tech. I also don’t think we need to. I participated in the reddit blackout last summer and then I left it altogether for here (Lemmy), which I enjoy more and want to help grow more than I did the last place. I guess I do want some people to keep big tech in check and whistle-blow, at least to help spread awareness. I guess I’m just not the person for the job, and I think that’s okay. More tech savvy people would do well in those roles :)

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Great points! Ownership, control, access, possession - these might apply differently to different things. I could see ownership being more relevant than other concepts in digital documentation of one’s genetic information, for example. I think a public library model (ie, access) would work pretty satisfactorily for entertainment media. Our language might have lagged behind the privacy, consumer, and legal concerns of today. My knowledge certainly has, but that can be changed ;)

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What would a child say if they were asked whether they would steal a loaf of bread to feed their starving family if they had no other way of saving them? What would you say? Does context matter in moral judgements?

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Great advice, thank you!! What you said applies to me quite a bit

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It’s great to hear that Miez is on the mend (recovering). !

It sounds like with her trust and safety with you, and her braveness, she’s a very cooperative and well-adjusted cat patient, which must make things a little easier on you

I like the title picture. If she authored a book and there was a picture of the author on the back, that one would work well. If I’m not mistaken, I think that’s her in the same cat hammock in the reddit cats photo that you posted in a comment

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That’s got the be among the best painting names out there. A very nice work itself too

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When I think of Tim Hortons, I think of how I’ve seen the disappearance of reusable flatware and cutlery from such a large proportion of eating establishments, and the normalization of eating-in with exclusively single-use disposable stuff (usually plastic), in about two decades. Future generations will thank us /s. But it’s those effing ‘woke lids’ that are the real problem /s. Also, who cares about Tim Hortons if you don’t like it; it’s not even Canadian. Do conservative voters just need a daily dose of misplaced resentment and rage to keep them going?

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Paper straws do suck though.

I’m in Toronto, and I believe the city has banned plastic straws. I think plastic straw bans tend to be harmfully distracting from the larger issues. (To be clear, I think we have a massive plastic pollution problem.)

I was in a Hawaiian cocktail bar in Toronto recently, where the drinks are made to be drunk with straws and half of the people at the table asked for a second straw halfway through their drinks as the paper straws had stopped working well

We should be selling and marketing bring-your-own reusable plastic straws, with a small washable traveling case and a cleaning brush, maybe 4-packs

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I think that is a really American thing though. I have never been to a place that had plastic cutlery and single use flatware.

Interesting! Care to provide your province and urban/rural? I live in downtown Toronto and unless there’s waiter-to-table service, there’s nothing reusable except glassware in bars and potentially plastic cups for free water. Other Torontonians, please chime in if you’ve seen anything different. Most places don’t ask “to stay or to go?” any more, or if they do the only difference is a bag

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Like at Tims?

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How disappointing and shameful. It’d be nice to see our country on the right side of history

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An “an anonymous source says” article (i.e., deliberate leak to the press; standard sports industry practice). Toronto, the WNBA’s 14th franchise, is expected to start play May 2026 and play at Coca-Cola Coliseum, an 8,000-seat arena at Toronto’s CNE grounds which is home to the Marlies and where Toronto’s Professional Women’s Hockey League franchise is currently playing its first playoff series. An official announcement is expected May 23rd

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Sad, shameful. The Woodland Cree First Nation deserve better

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First off: @#$% off, Ford. Second, this continues a trend we’ve seen most prominently under the clown show that is Danielle Smith’s UCP in Alberta: Provincial governments wanting to dictate municipal affairs according to their own political agenda, which I don’t think is healthy for Canadian cities

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You rock, Kevin! Thank you.

They actually nest in trees!

That’s super unexpected based on their feet. I’d guess there’s an interesting adaptation story there. I love your b-side photos! I agree with you that the female is also beautiful in a more subtle way

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