Anyone know anything about the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 80s?
I just came across a video on social media claiming that this person's father and mother lived in "communist Poland" and that their lives were awful. They claimed the government took their parents' land and that they were incredibly poor. The father was apparently jailed and the mother fled to Italy. After doing some digging it was clear (the person outright said it) that their family was part of the Solidarity movement in Poland. What does this mean? I want to take the time to refute this in the comments because nobody else seems to be doing it. I know it may be a waste of time, but hey, it's late and I've got nothing to do. How do I respond? Edit: Just did a quick Google search and found out they received 2 million a year from the CIA. Genuinely laughed out loud.

- E V Debs (1855-1926) American socialist - Maynard G Krebs (1959-1963) beatnik/hippie TV sitcom character portrayed by Bob Denver and named in parody of E V Debs. From wiki page: > His abhorrence of conventional social forms is signified by comical reactions to three words: "work", "marriage", and "police". For example, whenever the word "work" is mentioned, even in passing, he yelps "Work?!" and jumps with fear or even faints. - Norville "Shaggy" Rogers (1969 - ???) cartoon character in 'Scooby-Doo' originally based on the Maynard G Krebs TV character

Apparently this is a map showing cannibalism from ancient China through to today. Obviously that context is intentionally left out of the post unless you read Chinese which on a primarily Anglo/English speaking site is just malicious at best and down right racist at worst. Interestingly there is no mention of the fact that at a time when China didn't do this, the Belgians were cutting the limbs of workers for failing to hit their rubber quotas. I hate reddit.

Spanish Music Recommendations
Who are your favourite Spanish-speaking artists? I quite like Rosalía, especially her newer music. I have heard people say she is guilty of cultural appropriation, but I'm unclear on the whole story there, and my Spanish is not good enough to understand all her lyrics (i.e. if the reactionary lyrics are obvious but I'm missing their meaning). Ana Tijoux is good, too. Revolutionary-adjacent music, so far as I can work out. She is French-Chilean. Her parents had to flee Pinochet. Any revolutionary artists I should try? Hip hop or rap especially. Immortal Technique is great but there's generally too much English in his songs to use them to improve my Spanish.

Does anyone else feel like their device isn't their own? When using Windows, Google Android, iOS, etc..? (Switching to OpenBSD after distrohopping)
(OpenBSD is Unix based, I suppose, let me know if this doesnt belong) I was considering switching to Windows AME for tasks necessary on non-VM Windows, but wanted to switch to OpenBSD otherwise. With Intel ME, excess software, bloatware, spyware, and other features, this feels as if I can't use my device in privacy. It is as though someone is always watching. This data is not mine, I cannot control what background processes are needed or what desktop I am using, I am not able to customize to my liking. These devices, quite honestly, do not belong to me. Any advice for using OpenBSD as a daily is kindly appreciated. If anyone can think of any specific issues that would come up, I've most likely not considered it and I'd like to hear it.

Effects of lithium on suicide and suicidal behaviour: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials.
cross-posted from: > Lithium, a toxic substance that causes damage to the body, is being used to "cure" Major Depression Disorder. > > Yeah, I wonder why all the ward victims don't want to take it anymore... /s

I read some of this article today, it is looking at a policy speech and going over the economic development and future outlook for DPRK. This website writes from a south Korean perspective with a fairly positive view of DPRK (it's illegal to praise DPRK). They compare DPRK's expected growth rate of 7% to OECD countries and found that only Ireland is higher than DPRK, and that DPRK's growth is higher than China's. >>Ireland 9.94% >> >>Turkiye (Turkey) 5.24% >> >>Estonia 4.12% >> >>Israel 3.85% >> >>Poland 3.84% > > For reference, Korea is 2.44%, the US is 1.98%, Japan is -0.20%, China is 6.74%, India is 4.00%, and the global average is 2.42%. > > In this comparison, if North Korea's goals are realized, North Korea can be said to be the country with the fastest economic growth except Ireland. In particular, it is noteworthy that the level is higher than that of China, which leads the world economy with its high economic growth rate. The article also mentions that Ireland's high growth rate can be attributed to foreign capital investment, and the article notes that when countries invite foreign capital in, they tend to get looted, and so DPRK is trying to grow without doing this. They also mention that DPRK's growth would likely be more rapid if sanctions were removed. The article also looks at what sectors DPRK is developing, and compared DPRK and ROK's economic sectors, as well as the U.S. > Looking at the industrial structure [of the United States] as of 2020, the manufacturing sector accounted for 11.2%, while the service sector accounted for a whopping 80.1%. The country's economy is immersed in the service industry. This deformed economic structure is the root cause of today's economic crisis in the United States. Later in the article, they talk about the policy of pursuing balanced regional development, and mention how it is often said that only people in Pyongyang have a high quality of life. The article grants that it's hard not to notice the development of Pyongyang which has grown to be a bustling city. However, the article points out the promotion of regional and rural development is being emphasized. > In his address to the city administration, Chairman Kim Jong-un said, “We should open up a new era in which regions change and develop on their own by promoting local industries across the country.” The idea is that local industries should be established so that the provinces can develop on their own without central support. > > In addition, Chairman Kim Jong-un said, “We need to strongly push forward the business of modernizing local industrial factories in Kimhwa-gun and expanding the practical experience of ensuring demand within the military with its own raw material source to cities and counties across the country.” > > North Korea has set Kimhwa-gun as a model for regional industrial development this year. The goal is to produce consumer goods necessary for the region in a factory that has realized modernization and automation using raw materials from their own region. On rural development: > North Korea also has the idea of ​​developing Samjiyon City to make rural areas across the country like Samjiyon. Large-scale greenhouse farms such as Jungpyeong Namsae (vegetables) Greenhouse Farm and Ryeonpo Greenhouse Farm are also being developed one after another. Thousands of apartment complexes were built in the Geomdeok district as an example of mountain villages and Gwangsan villages. The article compares DPRK's program of regional and rural development to south Korea's, where an imbalance between the capital and the regional areas also exists, and points out that although many approaches have been tried to improve the balance of development in the south, the concentration in the cities is still getting worse, and so it will be worthwhile to keep an eye on DPRK's plans and developments in this regard. The article then moves on to the topic of wealth inequality: > North Korea has a policy that aims to distribute the results of economic development evenly to the entire nation. The article points out that wealth disparity is a chronic issue in capitalist countries, and adds that south Korea's situation is further complicated by the presence of foreign capital: > In South Korea, unlike other capitalist countries, the issue of foreign capital is added. Since a lot of foreign capital is coming into Korea, foreign capital takes a large part of the profits, and the domestic chaebols take a lot of the rest, so very little goes back to the common people. So, as of 2021, Korea's gross domestic product is ranked 10th in the world, but few people feel that they are living well economically. The article then mentions that while some socialist countries have used the tactic of reform and opening up to increase their economic growth, it has resulted in some wealth inequalities in their countries, then notes that it seems that DPRK's policies aim to avoid that outcome in their own development strategies. If you see inaccuracies in my summary compared to what the article says, please let me know.

Hay camaradas en Centroamerica? 🇸🇻🇭🇳
Buenas, soy nacido en Los Estados Unidos, pero soy de familia transnacional, y paso tiempo visitando familia en Honduras y El Salvador. Quieria saber si camaradas de centroamérica aquí?

Preguntas para practicar y conocer uno al otro
Puedes responder a cualquier cantidad de las siguientes preguntas que quieres, son solo para practicar. Toma nota que yo tambien aprendo español, asi que mis posts van a contenir errores. 1. Cual es tu nivel de español? 2. Si estudies español (u otro idioma), tienes una rutina? 3. Por qué aprendes español/otro idioma? (Cual es tu meta?) 4. Comparte una cancion, pelicula, serie, obra de literatura, etc. en español que te gusta (o un escritor/teorico que escribe principalmente en español)