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Over on the birdsite, "First Lady" was trending. It's about Michelle Obama, not the current flotus.

"Remember the hug I gave you earlier?" asked the demon, sidling close.

"Yes?" I raised my eyebrows, wondering what they were up to.

"It's gone stale."

"That can happen?"


"Oh no, I'm covered in stale hug!"

"Not for long! All you need is a fresh hug!"

"But where would I find one at this hour?"

The demon opened their arms.

"Oh right!" I explained, accepting it.

"Also I lied; hugs never go stale."

"You fiend," I laughed.

I've joined in asking the Philippine government to Release Senator de Lima now! It's not a crime to call for investigations into killings and other human rights violations in the ''war on drugs''!

What is Mastodon?

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization!

Read more over here:

#mstdn #mastodon

EFF protested the suspension of a student at a Georgia school who posted pictures online of overcrowded halls. The student was re-instated, but the school closed after others tested positive for Coronavirus. Speaking out is a vital right.

Ancestry is being bought by Blackstone. They're going to own the DNA information of 3 million customers.

Chibuike Oguh on Reuters

Join Consumer Reports in supporting strong privacy standards for direct-to-consumer DNA testing:

What do you use the most?

#twitter #mastodon #Facebook #socialmedia

Would you rather:

1) Lockdown for 8 weeks. Can only leave your home to get food/meds. Only food and healthcare providers allowed to go to work. Borders closed. After 8 weeks the coronavirus is eradicated.

2) Several years of on-and-off semi-lockdown.

[ #poll #coronavirus ]

just opened applications for their COVID19 Tech Grants to fund women founders. Apply to pitch the biggest investors:

A new post is up on Circle of Ignorance, asking when we as a nation decided to value steel over human flesh.

Ghost Bikes and the Value of Human Life

Join a Virtual Watch with Oceana & Gotham Whale on August 6 at 7:00 pm.

Info & registration here:

Ich hatte vergessen, dass Kornblumen meine Lieblingsblumen sind. Gestern wurde ich daran erinnert ❤️


I had forgotten that cornflowers are my favourite flowers. Yesterday I was reminded ❤️
#nature #florespondence

Twitter is allowing Dataminr to send information about Black activists directly to law enforcement agencies. SIGN THE PETITION: Demand Twitter ban any developer engaged in surveillance of protestors from the platform.

It's been hot & humid in for days. What will become of all the songs celebrating when Summers are brutal and deadly?

The Last Beach Boys Cover Band, circa A.D. 2030

the idiom economy is in dire straits. an ounce of prevention is currently worth only a couple ounces of cure. a bird in the hand is actually worth less than one in the bush. it's mayhem

You might be an Internet Ancient if you: 

• remember Netscape Navigator

• ever used any modem with a bandwidth of 28,8 or lower

• had an Early Adopter account on Livejournal

• witnessed the rise and fall of PhPBB

• witnessed the rise and fall of Napster

• used the web before Google existed

• ever used a dialup BBS site

• remember Gopher

• ever downloaded music as .mod files

• remember when about 90% of the web was made up of personal sites which were "under construction" and had pictures of people's cats on them

• remember when Yahoo was literally just a big list of websites

• know IRC commands

• have heard anyone unironically use the phrase "information superhighway"

• can recognise different bandwidth modems by what bleepy handshake sound they make

• have ever received one of those chain e-mails where you have to scroll through about a kilometre of forwarded headers only to find a "hilarious" vaguely lewd image and/or a banal list like this one

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