Anyone who buys into the “you don’t need to own anything, you can just rent everything” bullshit should come to Ireland and try renting a house sometime. I promise you’ll sober up real quick.

Who do you think perpetuates that bullshit? That’s right, the assholes who own everything and do all the renting out.

@aral Rent your video games, rent access to movies and music, rent your house, pay a monthly fee for everything, over and over, forever. Talk about being played for fools.

@aral it's precisely the rich folks that own everything the ones to say "why buy it when you can rent it"

I prefer to buy a movie (anonymously, with cash) and do with it what I want that "renting" a license from Google that forces a DRM in my machine, knows what I like it not to profit off it and will tell big bro.

@aral sharing of under-utilized resources will be an important behavioral adaptation towards #sustainability. many young people (in particular) will be attracted to the idea and this will be exploited ruthlessly, just like the "gig economy"

shared ownership is (one) answer and developing the infrastructure to do so easily and effectively seems like a noble cause

@aral Come to Spain. Here everything is wrong, there are nazis in the congress, people is unemployed, some parts of the country want to be independent... but then you realize our vaccination rate is one of the bests in the world, the public health service is great, rents are not that high and people is just great.

@ekaitz_zarraga Sadly, our puppy is a huskamute so we really can’t live in warmer climes. Or else I’d consider Cyprus, for example :)

@aral Spain has different climates depending on the place. I live in the north and this is anything but warm. :)

@ekaitz_zarraga @aral My daughter just moved to Spain (Gandia) last week. I can't believe how nice her apartment is, 1 block away from a beautiful beach, and so cheap! Now my mother (who's selling her house) is considering buying a house and retiring in Spain.

@ekaitz_zarraga @aral Hah, so I've heard. She is part of a program to teach English in the public schools so she didn't really get a choice. She asked for Madrid or Valencia, and got Gandia (close enough I guess) haha.

@ekaitz_zarraga Mil perdones por estar jodiendo sin haber recibido invitación a hacerlo, pero "people" es plural, "people are great".

@JordiGH lo sé pero lo que no sé es escribir sin cagarla cada dos por tres. :)

@JordiGH A los demás no sé, pero a mí me pasa continuamente, sobre todo en inglés. A veces releo lo que he escrito y es un facepalm absoluto. :D

@aral it really does depend where you are : ) Im in Istanbul and the return-to-cost ratios here for residential is like over 30 years... No possible way for me to buy a house, and if i do, with the risk score of the country, i wouldnt want to keep ownership for too long : )


Every month, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ Paramount+ (Am I forgetting any?) take some of my parents money.


I'm really 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 monthly charges now. There's something that seems 𝓭𝓲𝓼𝓱𝓸𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓽 about it.


It's almost like the business is saying, "Oh you make this much money every month? Okay. We will take this much of your money every month. We would like to charge you as much as possible so we can live off of you, thanks."

@vital876 @aral
It is for this exact reason that I have tried to reject consumerism at every part of my personality.

Even our own personality is now a form of currency for surveillance capitalists. What aspect of life now does NOT have to do with money in the era of facebook, google and amazon?

I am dedicated on staying on a strict diet of fediverse.

@aral that's why I love the trade-free idea, because it cuts trough the bullshit No strings attached. When something is trade-free it is truly free and not free as facebook or google promote themselves. They say they are free but you trade your data and attention to them. I think as a global society we need to make this trade-game obsolet, because it destroys everything including ourselves.
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