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🎵 If you're a traitor and you know it clap your hands! 👏 👏
If you're a traitor and you know it clap your hands! 👏 👏

You attacked the seat of government :gnomed: 🏛️
Now you've lost your damn employment 🙎‍♂️ ❌
If you're a village idiot and you know it :gnomed:
Clap your hands! 👏 👏

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People used to own their own websites in the pre-social media phase.

The ISP model was web hosting. Everyone would be a publisher. Everyone would have their own website.

Now the model is: you provide the content for someone else's website, for free. You don't own it, and it is used for a comprehensive surveillance system like the world has never seen to not only observe, but to manipulate and influence your affect and conduct. It is aggregated and used by every government and large corp.

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I've been thinking about the George Floyd killing and other killings like Jacob Blake.

What I see is impunity.

Not law enforcement. Not "serve and protect."

I see pudgy incel insecure white cops who didn't serve in the military, trying to prove how tough they are by torturing and breaking strong Black men. Making them beg for their lives, beg for their mothers, and then killing them in cold blood. In public.

And the whole system is bloody-handed and complicit.

Not just a "few bad cops."

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If you don't fear the police & don't understand why other folks do.

Let's break it down.

Hundreds of people are killed by the police in incidents of police violence.

Black folks are stopped & searched, restrained, beaten, tasered, handcuffed, transported to jail, charged, sentenced, and imprisoned longer with much higher frequency than whites with similar alleged offenses. There's a huge amount of statistical evidence showing this.

If you don't fear the police, that's privilege.

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Really, asking "what should replace Facebook" is putting things the wrong way around.

A more interesting way to ask the question is, "what did Facebook replace."

People used to build their own websites. People used to have blogs. People used USENET which was truly distributed and un-censorable.

Facebook and Google took the open internet and open standards and monetized and made everything crappy. Enough of that. Nothing should replace Facebook, it's done, stick a fork in it.

Within the scope of what he thinks is possible, Biden is showing himself to be surprisingly progressive. Go Joe!

"“Children should be released from ICE detention with their parents immediately,” Biden wrote on Twitter in June. “This is pretty simple, and I can’t believe I have to say it: Families belong together.”"

Boston standard breakfast fare has expanded from omelets and benedicts and corned beef hash to shakshuka. That's poached eggs in a savory tomato sauce with veggies and sometimes lamb or ground beef.

From Tatte Bakery. mmmmmm good.

Them: I hate to say this but it's kinda getting dystopian

Me: Hmmm, ya think?

Moral of the tale: dystopia doesn't hit all people at the same time. It's like the future being here, but not evenly distributed. Some of us have been living in a cyber dystopia for a long while.

If you use a VPN, you should know who is responsible for protecting your data. Obfuscated ownership and confusing corporate structures used to be the norm in the VPN industry. Times are changing, but it’s not always evident who can you hold accountable.

@bob It's a bit like how in 2016 people were campaigning against the Snooper's Charters with slogans similar to "if we don't do something now then we could sleep-walk into a surveillance state".

Except that by that time in the UK there already had been a very extensive surveillance state for many years.

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@hhardy01 The zombie outbreak have been beneficial for the rich.But ZID dropping they are now worried that the government will take away their wealth to help people to survive.

Nationwide, Zombie-Inflicted Deaths (ZID) have dropped to only 2000 people per day in the US. Accordingly, the State of Texas is dropping all mandatory anti-zombie precautions.

Me: I've always been a curmudgeon!

Dad: You're less of a curmudgeon now than when you were five!

I'm 62 and he's 85. :)

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That is such a typical expression for me.

Even I don't know what I'm thinking. :)

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Nationwide, Zombie-Inflicted Deaths (ZID) have dropped to only 2000 people per day in the US. Accordingly, the State of Texas is dropping all mandatory anti-zombie precautions.

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? 🤦‍♂️


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

Dolly. ❤️

"“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” she sang, embellishing the last one with her trademark Tennessee lilt. “I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate.”

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,” she added, “because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.”"

I might have to paint or enamel that phone holder. It's just so against the industrial Eiffel Tower 19th century aesthetic I've got going.

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"Hundreds in Rare Hong Kong Protest as Opposition Figures Are Charged

A Chinese official has called for severe punishment of opposition figures facing charges under a new national security law."

"Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Recalls Being Shot and Cradling ‘Guardian Angel’ Dog

Ryan Fischer wrote on Instagram about his “recovery from a very close call with death.”"

"‘Your Personality Deforms’: Navalny Sent to Notoriously Harsh Prison

Convicts in the isolation unit at Penal Colony No. 2 are forced to stand for hours with their hands clasped behind their backs, forbidden to make eye contact with the guards."

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