Link: “Hawthorn racism review to allege that former coaches separated First Nations players from families and demanded a pregnancy termination”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-21/alastair-clarkson-and-chris-fagan-named-in-hawks-review/101452320

The sheer callousness of Hawthorn FC, as described in this article, has genuinely shocked me. Apparently Hawthorn’s senior coaching staff has been forcing their way into Aboriginal players’ relationships – forcibly ending them on the player’s behalf and denying the partner’s right to even speak to him, forcing players to hand over their phones to swap in new SIM cards, forcing players to move house to a coach’s spare room effective immediately, bullying players’ pregnant girlfriends into unwanted abortions (and in one case succeeded)… just absolute crazy shit. Like holy fuck, this is unfathomably evil.

Article is obviously very heavy – content warnings for racism, reproductive coercion, pregnancy loss, suicide attempts, and not just as passing references but in detail. Fuck Hawthorn.

Link: “What Happens To My Digital Identity When I Die?” by Wouter Groeneveld

Original post found at: https://brainbaking.com/post/2022/09/what-happens-to-my-digital-identity-when-i-die/

Found this a thought-provoking blog post, which linked to this other post I found just as interesting: How Websites Die(external link). If I dropped dead tomorrow, my site would stay online for as long as Vercel is willing to keep it up (and I’m not aware of them currently deleting free plan sites for inactivity, but policies can change), but at some point my domain name would cease to be paid-up, and stop functioning, I guess. I found it interesting that a trust fund with $400 in seed money should, in theory, be able to keep a domain name paid up in perpetuity.

Of course there are other facets to my “digital life” as well – social media accounts, my acculumated photos and videos, the contents of my journal/Obsidian vault. I’m not really interested in making sure my future heirs can have unfettered access to those – the curated highlights are enough (although if I drop dead tomorrow I haven’t put together any 😂). Having a social media account in “memorial mode” for a while makes sense, but ultimately I think of social media as impermanent, as new platforms or servers rise and fall. A dedicated, static website seems to make more sense as a long-term memorial.

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is also a great resource, and so long as it stays operational, people will remain able to browse many websites even after they’ve gone offline at their original location. It’s not really as good as keeping something online, of course, but it’s better than nothing.

Link: “The Case for Degrowth”

Original post found at: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/5417-the-case-for-degrowth

‘Degrowth’ is a term that is increasingly mobilized by scholars and activists to criticize the hegemony of growth – and a proposal for a radical reorganization of society that leads to a drastic reduction in the use of energy and resources and that is deemed necessary, desirable, and possible. Degrowth starts from the fact – demonstrated by an increasing number of studies – that further economic growth in industrialized countries is unsustainable.

Link: “I think flouting the Joker’s copyright is funny, and I’m tired of pretending it isn’t”

Original post found at: https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/16/23354819/the-peoples-joker-copyright-dc-tiff

I liked this piece about the stifling nature of our copyright laws. For most of human history, people were free to riff on pre-existing, well-known stories – a tradition still upheld today in modern fanfic culture, however “not totally legal” that may be – and I feel like that was better and healthier. Creatives have to make a living, sure, but that’s because we live under capitalism and dare I suggest that the capitalist system is designed to crush human creativity in this, and basically all other, regards.

Link: “The Border Patrol Has Vast, Largely Unchecked Powers That Are Expanding”

Original post found at: https://jacobin.com/2022/09/border-patrol-immigration-constitution-supreme-court/

Border Patrol has all of this sophisticated military gear and almost 20,000 agents in the field, but it has relatively little work to do when it comes to immigration. This makes it available to be deployed for other purposes.

During the protests, Donald Trump’s administration decided to use a “war on terror”–era law that says that the secretary of homeland security could assign federal officers to protect federal buildings. But the regulation is actually quite broad, because it says they can do investigations on-site and off-site for any felony cognizable under the law. This allowed the agents to police social justice protests and also grab people off the street in the middle of the night in unmarked vans in things that have nothing to do with immigration work.

The major concern then is that these laws are still on the books. And the Border Patrol is eager to do this kind of work. One of the alarms I’m trying to raise in my book is that these laws need to be fixed before a future authoritarian president comes into power and uses them even more expansively.

Link: “Imagining COVID is ‘like the flu’ is cutting thousands of lives short. It’s time to wake up”

Original post found at: https://theconversation.com/imagining-covid-is-like-the-flu-is-cutting-thousands-of-lives-short-its-time-to-wake-up-190545

This is a disease so significant it has reduced global life expectancy, one of the best measures of human development.

No other war or disease has done that in more than 65 years, not even the HIV pandemic. The global estimates have been reinforced in several countries, including the United States, where life expectancy has fallen by almost three years since 2019.

Changes in life expectancy only happen when very large numbers of people die “before their time”.

Link: “The 1929 Loray Mill Strike Was a Landmark Working-Class Struggle in the US South”

Original post found at: https://jacobin.com/2022/09/the-1929-loray-mill-strike-was-a-landmark-working-class-struggle-in-the-us-south/

An article about a huge (but ultimately unsuccessful) strike in North Carolina. It’s somewhat well-remembered because one of its leading organisers, pregnant mother of five Ella May Wiggins, was murdered in an ambush by thugs hired to violently crush the trade union (none of which were ever prosecuted, and nor were the mill owners who hired them). Another example of how the US – and even the US South – isn’t innately right-wing and reactionary; violent force has been used repeatedly to make it that way.

Link: “Australia’s Unemployment System Is a Marketized, Bureaucratic Nightmare”

Original post found at: https://jacobin.com/2022/09/unemployment-system-jobseeker-skills-benefits-ces-privatization-alp/

Good article about the history of Australia’s CES, which – during an era in which full employment was considered a good thing – once upon a time existed to help find appropriate work for all job-seekers. During the neoliberal era, suddenly it became considered preferable to maintain a pool of ruthlessly oppressed unemployed people to weaken workers’ bargaining power, and so the Labor governments of the 1980s dismantled the CES. Never forget: mass unemployment and poverty are political choices, not natural states of being 🙃

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