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  1. Mar 2023
    1. to avoid alienation or tensions, city residents should find quasi-villages within their cities.
      • Applying Dunbar's number to urban planning gives us the idea of the = "quasi-village"
      • Comment
        • this could be quite useful for creating more = citizen social capital within cities,
      • and from that, more impactful, bottom-up civic engagement
      • for climate change action, this could be a Very key strategy
      • Claim
        • alienation is rife in many large cities and "communities" are:
      • no longer communities in the traditional anthropological sense in which social capital was high.
      • hence, there is an urgent need for:
      • Quotable phrase
        • communities need to relearn how to be communities once again.
  2. Jan 2023
    1. one reason the Golden Age of Piracy remains the stuff oflegend is that pirates of that age were so skilled at manipulatinglegends; they deployed wonder-stories—whether of terrifyingviolence or inspiring ideals—as something very much like weaponsof war, even if the war in question was the desperate and ultimatelydoomed struggle of a motley band of outlaws against the entireemerging structure of world authority at the time.
  3. May 2022
    1. of all the horse customs found in the British Isles, only the Mari Lwyd has a poetry competition at its heart. The Pwnco might be a challenge for some parts of 21st century Wales now that village bards are scarcer, but learned or improvised, the lyrics and the contest give scope for local and topical references, and showcase the traditional Welsh love of language and poetry.

      Worth looking into the tradition of village bards in Wales.

      What is a Pwnco?

  4. Jan 2021
    1. (1) There is filed with the Village Clerk a written petition signed by not less than 30 percent of the registered voters of the Village seeking the removal of the Village officer.

      Enosburg Falls

      Recall trigger: 30%, Removal: 2/3 of vote

    1. § 221-9.02. Petitions (a) Number of signatures. Initiative petitions must be signed by qualified voters of the Village equal in number to at least five percent of the total number of qualified voters registered to vote at the last regular Village election. (b) Form and content. All papers of a petition shall be uniform in size and style and shall be assembled as one instrument for filing. Each signature shall be executed in ink and shall be followed by the address of the person signing. Petitions shall contain or have attached thereto throughout their circulation the full text of the ordinance proposed. (c) Affidavit of circulator. Each paper of a petition shall have attached to it when filed an affidavit executed by the circulator thereof stating that he or she personally circulated the paper, the number of signatures thereon, that all the signatures were affixed in his or her presence, that he or she believes them to be the genuine signatures of the persons whose names they purport to be, and that each signer had an opportunity before signing to read the full text of the ordinance proposed. (Amended 2013, No. M-6, § 2, eff. May 20, 2013.)

      Village of Essex Junction

      Initiatives, Referendums require 5% of previous turnout

  5. Nov 2020
    1. Facebook Inc. FB 0.73% is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data about its political-ad-targeting practices, setting up a fight with academics seeking to study the platform without the company’s permission. The dispute involves the NYU Ad Observatory, a project launched last month by the university’s engineering school that has recruited more than 6,500 volunteers to use a specially designed browser extension to collect data about the political ads Facebook shows them.

      I haven't seen a reference to it in any of the stories I've seen about Facebook over the past decade, but at it's root, Facebook is creating a Potemkin village for each individual user of their service.

      Not being able to compare my Potemkin Village to the possibly completely different version you see makes it incredibly hard for all of us to live in the same world.

      It's been said that on the internet, no one knows you're a dog, but this is even worse: you probably have slipped so far, you're not able to be sure what world you're actually living in.

  6. Jan 2019