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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?"

"Absolutely!"

"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''!

cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/8

bit.ly/2Gz9kIa

What is Mastodon?

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

Read more over here:
docs.joinmastodon.org

#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. techdirt.com/articles/20200812

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

Chibuike Oguh on Reuters

reuters.com/article/us-ancestr

Join Consumer Reports in supporting strong privacy standards for direct-to-consumer DNA testing:
action.consumerreports.org/pri

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: bit.ly/COVID19grant

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
circleofignorance.com/2020/08/

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

Info & registration here: oceana-org.zoom.us/webinar/reg

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.
share.colorofchange.org/659455

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
link.medium.com/20sewSLNf8

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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