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"The better taboos are not based on superstition: they are complex, efficient, and self-perpetuating expressions of solid tribal values -- that is, of social values." - John Shirley, New Taboos. He goes on to elaborate on the aesthetic impacts of taboos and suggest some modern ones like toxifying the environment, torture, etc. Isn't it interesting that in supposedly enlightened times, torture is not taboo?

People vs. oppression is always going to be a dirty fight.

"risk assessment" is a phrase behind which evil lies sleeping

The bills in all denominations floated down in the aftermath of the cosmic-sized big boom...

Fuck the rich, they didn't earn that shit. Lowering the maximum wage is not just a meme, that's something that has been done in countries with strong unions, and it works. Lock the maximum to a percentage of the median wage. Actually legislate to prevent golden parachutes. But if we in the US continue to allow corporate oligarchy to control policy, the wealth gap will continue to create worse caste effects. (Narrator: The effects would continue unabated.)

Believing himself to be free, the chains of his breath rattled in his lungs, anchoring him to his assumptions.

hierarchies and heresiarchs, together at last

It is the fundamental duty of the citizen to resist and to restrain the violence of the state.
-- Noam Chomsky

#anarchism #quote #bot

The bookshelves stacked to the sky. Neridia goggled at the sheer scale of the library, and then began plucking books from the shelves as she made her way to the librarian's desk.

Autobiographies. Philosophy. Alchemy. Religion. "Democracy in Space: The First 50 Years". A gargantuan section of works on economics.

"I'm sorry, what is the name of this place?" she asked the little yellow spider with a complicated set of lenses on its eyes.

"This is the Archive of Sentient Mistakes."

Talking Will Win You Nothing

Puzzled, Thanatos stared at the shade. "We have foiled foolish mortal attempts to escape death before. This... is no different."

"I'm here, but my upload runs. It can be copied. To live forever!"

Thanatos grinned, tossing a USB key. "Ha! Your copies will live here, in Tartarus, with you."

For a deep-dive into the dangers of adtech, including more information about how real-time bidding works, read our report, "Behind the One-Way Mirror."

I push my head down into the narrow canyon, grinding over the bumps and boulders. The resulting concussions and scrapes cause me to shout and sing, while the vibrations travel up my body through the electric tails of the two great snakes wrapped around me, their jaws soldered to each of my legs. Their slithering, bronze scales are hidden in the thin chromed wing whose shadow follows behind us as we spin, in circles, around the vinyl record.

"The revolution will outlive me," he said, as the executioner put his neck through the Spinning Roulette Entertainment Guillotine. The crowd cried out as his head bounced wildly from red to black, slowly settling. "Red 14!" crowed the executioner, and the mob split into disappointed moans interspersed with cheers. The SREG wheel creaked to a stop.

The power of the state lives under my bed, the small child whined. Mommy, do something! I can't sleep! He ran through the halls of the big, white house, shrieking and calling for his mommy and daddy. But he did not realize the power of the state has seeped into him, and when he finally found a mirror, he knew the big orange monster all too well.

Octavia Butler on leaders: "Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery."

"This song is amazing! A proper broken-hearted country song, this."
"Mm. It was written by an artificial intelligence."
"Really? A song-writing AI?"
"No, an autonomous car whose owner swapped them for a newer model."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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