I'm not happy with how the Wil Wheaton situation was resolved. An admin was overwhelmed with frivolous reports about him and felt forced to exile him. I've said before that I think it sets a dangerous precedent on how a large group of people can mobilize to drive anyone off the fediverse. Mob rule is universally dangerous: Mods and admins must examine evidence and decide based on wrongdoing and danger, and not on how many times someone was reported.

Today is a good day to start proactively protecting the privacy of your communications! If you haven't yet done so, install Signal Private Messenger on your mobile phone (and desktop or laptop computer): signal.org

: is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy, through an and on-device | github.com/guardianproject/hav

Today I used Edward Snowden et al.'s Haven app to turn my old Android phone into a securely-reporting home monitoring device. 🙂 Photo and audio captures are sent to my new phone via Signal. Haven can also create a Tor hidden service through which you can privately access its activity log. You can learn more about Haven here: guardianproject.github.io/haven/ mastodon.social/media/DiAddrCq mastodon.social/media/qIOuvBjR

I am very pleased that Chelsea Manning is no free. Here are photos I took at a support rally for Manning held in front of the U.S. embassy in The Hague on 20 March 2011: goo.gl/photos/DEeTAnDA7bkVcy4X

Here's the Debian Project's statement about the arrest of Dmitry Bogatov, a Debian Maintainer who worked in the Debian Haskell group and currently maintains several packages for command line and system tools. He was arrested by Russian authorities, and Debian has removed his keys from their servers in case they're compromised. debian.org/News/2017/20170417

Because the Dukgo XMPP server is shutting down on 9 May, I have created a new XMPP account. I can now be reached at georgemaschke@jabber.calyxinstitute.org.

Mastodon was the headline topic on @leo@mastodon.net's "This Week in Google" podcast this week. Here's a link to the YouTube video, beginning where the discussion of Mastodon starts: youtu.be/Yp6cD0mHIWw?t=1h18m1s

Leo Laporte "The Tech Guy" mentioned Mastodon on his Saturday, 8 April Tech Guy podcast. He's been using the service, and you can follow his "toots" here: @leo

This post is an experiment to see how (or if) video uploads work.

Former CIA and DIA officer Philip Giraldi says that "military and intelligence personnel" who are "intimately familiar" say the claim that Assad gassed Khan Sheikhoun is a "sham." Worth a listen: scotthorton.org/interviews/461

In 2013, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that the Syrian government had "completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants, rendering them inoperable." opcw.org/news/article/syria-co

It seems to me that Mastodon doesn't have enough cat pictures. So here:

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