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simon_brooke

@simon_brooke@mastodon.scot

Anarcho-syndicalist, autistic, crofter, cyclist, depressive, entrepreneur, geek, searchable, Zapatista. Politics & environment, especially #LandReform. he/him.

Twitter: https://mastodon.scot/@simon_brooke
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Credo: Life is harsh. What we can do - and what we should do - is strive to make it less harsh for the people around us.

Addendum: you would not deliberately block a wheelchair ramp. Do not post images to social media without alt text.

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simon_brooke, to random
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I've been rereading an (unpublished) story I wrote almost twenty years ago, about an unhappily married second generation immigrant woman of Muslim Indian descent, who has an intense affair with a white British former army intelligence/special forces officer who'd fought in Iraq.

Like so many of my stories, I think it's good, but I have no idea what to do with it.

simon_brooke,
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@soukyan would you like to read it?

simon_brooke, to random
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The folks at are talking perfectly seriously about something called "anarcho-capitalism". I'm embarrassed for them.

No, guys, that does not work. It is a contradiction in terms. It cannot exist. If there are no laws, there is no property. Which means that no one can own the means of production, no one can own the land, no one can sell their labour...

Macrodose: ROUNDTABLE: Anarcho-Capitalism

Episode webpage: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/macrodose/episodes/ROUNDTABLE-Anarcho-Capitalism-and-the-Future-of-Money-e2g0d0t

Media file: https://anchor.fm/s/b746ee18/podcast/play/82899421/https%3A%2F%2Fd3ctxlq1ktw2nl.cloudfront.net%2Fstaging%2F2024-1-19%2Ff56ab0ff-e7e4-35e2-066e-c7a1fdade59d.mp3

simon_brooke,
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If you want a system in which there are no laws except those which protect the rich and powerful, that's not any kind of anarchism. If those laws can't be overturned by the will of the people, then it's an oligarchy, and an oligarchy of the most authoritarian kind.

Anyone who claims to be either an or a but wants to preserve the right to property is a liar and a fraud. Distrust everything they say.

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@zyd Nah, I think it's mainly an assortment of crooks, frauds, grifters, psychopaths, tax-dodgers, and folk who believe themselves to be the natural elite. The greedy and the deluded, and most are both.

simon_brooke, to ukrainian
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Something I'd missed which, while I understand the reasoning for it, seems to me unwise and unhelpful: talking about the ethnic populations who live furth of Ukraine.

I'm not persuaded that nation states are a good idea, but they're what we've got. We need to stop basing states on ethnicity and instead base them on community: contiguous territories where a significant majority in every locality choose to be citizens of that state. >>>

https://kyivindependent.com/history-behind-russian-lands-recognized-by-zelensky-decree-as-historically-inhabited-by-ukrainians/

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There are US states, parts of Australasia and Canada, parts of Ireland, Poland, the Baltic states and by now probably Spain, with significant populations with Scots ancestry. And it's natural for people in those areas to have and to seek to have cultural and familial links to Scotland. But would it be helpful for the First Minister to publish a decree about them?

I don't think so. >>>

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is currently a revanchist state and is currently fighting an explicitly revanchist war against . I strongly believe that it is in everyone's interest (including Russia's) that Russia decisively loses that war, and that Ukraine regains control of all its territories as of January 2014.

Nevertheless I don't think it's helpful for senior officials of the Ukrainian state to even flirt with revanchism: an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.

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@HeavenlyPossum strongly agree. I am anarcho-communist, not a statist of any kind. I support an only as something better than what we have now – because I believe Scotland would be a better community, a better influence on the world, than the UK can ever be.

Not because we Scots are "all of one blood," we're very much not; but because we have a tradition of inclusive and democratic institutions.

I'd still prefer to see Scotland wither away, with all states.

simon_brooke, (edited ) to random
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This afternoon we ran a transport event in the village hall. A grand time was had by all!

AGT, to Quotes
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simon_brooke,
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@AGT if you are going to post pictures of text to social media, please provide . Not doing so is grossly disrespectful towards blind people.

KitMuse, to mysteries
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I have a question for I've been thinking about writing
in line with the genres I already write. However, I write for fun and for my "happy place", I'm wondering if there has to be a murder in a cozy mystery or if I could deal with other crimes and if they can be written without all the frenetic/zany side characters? Is that a different mystery subgenre?

Thoughts appreciated.

@bookstodon

simon_brooke,
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@KitMuse @bookstodon a death that happened long in the past – Josephine Tey's 'Brat Farrah' and 'The Daughter of Time' are excellent examples.

simon_brooke, to Depression
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Bother.

I had a spate of technical problems which undermined my mental health over this winter, and in the last couple of weeks I got to the point I thought I'd fixed most of them...

But I haven't fixed all of them, and continuing problems with computer connectivity in particular are leading me back towards crisis. Things are objectively better than they were, but that is very hard to cling on to.


simon_brooke, to random
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Just had one of those AHA! moments: we should build houses for the homeless, of course we should, that's obvious. But we build them at FIVE HUNDRED YEAR QUALITY. That is to say, designed so that, with minimal maintenance, they will be good homes for 500 years. Yes, obviously that makes them a bit more expensive in the short term. But it means we develop a building industry with the skills to build 500 year homes. But more...

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If the very poorest have 500 year homes, are the people who are actually paying for their homes going to tolerate buildings barely designed to last 60? And if your home is designed for 500 years, are you going to tolerate a washing machine which is designed for only five?

The best thing we can do for the environment is to only build stuff that lasts: that is not recycled, reused or reduced, but just continues to be serviceable.

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@jbenjamint I don't think so. No one in our building industry now knows how to build a quality building. It's all "the cheapest thing we can get away with that will maybe stand for sixty years." To train a new labour force with an entirely new attitude to what's good enough would take a major project.

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@Glencoe and this is what we should expect as a minimum standard from domestic appliances. Not merely built well enough to last, but also easy to repair or upgrade when/if they need it.

simon_brooke,
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@malin they don't have to.

simon_brooke,
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@thecommongreen we should not accept those excuses. And we should not accept politicians who accept those excuses.

simon_brooke,
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@Selena a fair bit of the 500 year old housing in this country is housing built by peasants for themselves. Of course, here in Scotland a lot of that housing is damp, and it is as you say hard to upgrade. But the English have an awful lot of 500 year old timber framed wattle and daub – willow sticks and cow-shite – houses that are still standing and still occupied.

Quality housing does not have to be expensive.

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@Glencoe @capnthommo the alternator I fitted to my tractor a few years back was a Lucas. And I can still get spares for the Lucas starter motor.

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@edwiebe why? We have to limit both energy and materials use. Every time we demolish and rebuild we waste both energy and materials. High quality buildings will cost a little bit more than the sort of rubbish we build now, but rubbish will have to be replaced eight times in the life time of a 500 year building, using eight times as much energy and eight times as much material.

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@bluGill @jbenjamint no, really. All across this country we have brand new houses falling apart or falling down. We do KNOW HOW to build better, but we rarely or never deploy that knowledge in real world buildings, and especially not in housing (except possibly for the ultra rich – I have little experience of the sort of buildings they live in.

simon_brooke,
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@bluGill bu@jbenjamint It's absolutely true that the houses which are still standing after 500 years are the best built ones. But I'm not advocating building using the technologies of 500 years ago; I'm advocating building quality NOW.

You've seen five year old softwood frames rotting. You've seen brick skin facings falling off timber frame buildings. You've seen disastrously poor sealing around doors and windows. You've seen now roofs that leak.

It's everywhere.

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@edwiebe this is nonsense. Look at any old building that's still in use. Has it been adapted over time? You bet it has. Even cathedrals have electric lights these days.

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