Newsletter #163: As If Nothing Was Wrong

Hello Recompilers,

Some of the editors of Recompiler (not me, I’m just a newsletter-writer) have started a blog to track the Portland protests and it’s one of the best resources I’ve seen to keep up with what’s going on, with timelines of each night and a roundup of news.


“When we don’t plan and prepare from a whole-systems perspective, our societies tend to respond to escalating crises by becoming more militarized to maintain order and control in an environment of escalating chaos.” I usually rewrite little bits of articles in this newsletter, but this opening sentence is so spot-on I don’t want to change a thing. The British military is planning to plow forward, business as usual, in the world’s hotter future.

You may or may not want to know what’s in all this smoke, but, here you go in case you do. There’s a lot, and it’s messy, and it will affect even those of us on the east coast. So if you haven’t already, you might want to look into DIY air filters.

As I write this newsletter, the news broke that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.


Live Like the World is Dying: Kai on Wildland Fire
My prepping podcast is back after a long, apocalypse-induced break. In this episode I talk with my friend Kai who has recently taken some time off tech work to moonlight as a wildland fire fighter.

Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Identity and Access Management for Newbies

C. Malia Tingler talks at Intro Sec Con 2020 about how to get started with IAM

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SeaGL, Seattle GNU/Linux Conference 2020, November 13-14, held online.


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Image by Chris Weissenborn (Crown Copyright)