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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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Trump's playbook is the playbook of a tyrant and a bully.

Some of his maneuvers include:

Impunity. Commits crimes in the open, and dares anyone to call him on it.

Smashmouth. Learned from Roy Cohn. Accuse the other guy of whatever you are accused of.

Double walkback. Says something outrageous, then denies he said it. Then says it again. This moves the Overton window.

Kick downs. If attacked, strikes out at someone else perceived as being lower status.

Schoolyard nicknames and insults.

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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.

Cris Krebs. For acting with technical competence plus moral integrity: Respect.

"Trump fired me for saying this, but I’ll say it again: The election wasn’t rigged"

"Nooooooooo...." 😢

"A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed after decades of astronomical discoveries.

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) said the telescope's 900-ton instrument platform fell onto a reflector dish some 450ft (137m) below."

#PuertoRico #Arecibo #Telescopes #Astronomy

#Mandalorian #spoiler #speculation 

Look at it this way, gentle streamers, it could have been 'Baby Grog.'

He might have grown up to be a smol space pirate kind of like Hondo, only less successful. Consider Baby Grog trying to get a ship to heave to to be boarded:

Yahar! Grog I am. To stand and boarded be, you will.

...Sure... what!?!

... mind never, you. Got any frogs? 🐸

Lockdown while being a Hungarian diplomat from a far-right party.

""A passer-by reported to the police that he saw a [naked] man running away along the gutter, he was able to identify this man. The man's hands were bloody. It is possible that he was injured during the [raid].... This man could not produce any identity documents He was taken to his home, where he identified himself as SJ (1961), in by means of a diplomatic passport. ""

As one does.

I used use this show on my freeform radio programs in the 80's. Fun serialized radio play by ZBS. Someone's random trippy video over the radio soundtrack (on lps, actually).

"The Adventures Of Ruby The Galactic Gumshoe Part 01 Of 04"

"Hacker Lexicon: What Is the Signal Encryption Protocol?

As the Signal protocol becomes the industry standard, it's worth understanding what sets it apart from other forms of end-to-end encrypted messaging."

I was thinking people used to wear hats so birds wouldn't poop on them.

1890's. Hats. 1940's. Hats. 2019, only a few.

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We need Jon Ossoff and Rev. Warnock in the senate because 8 years of republican control and nothing getting done is 8 years to many. #VoteBlueGeorgia

Going out with a bang, I guess.

QT POLITICOEurope: An MEP was caught at an orgy in Brussels in violation of lockdown restrictions and tried to flee through a window — but injured himself in the process and was caught by police before claiming European Parliament immunity, according to reports.

Lunch today is whitefish salad, with cucumber, onion, capers, pickled beets, on toasted jewish seeded rye bread.

Whitefish salad and rye from Mamaleh's in Cambridge, MA.

"Indiana Asks the Supreme Court to Let It Strip Rights From Same-Sex Parents

The justices have shown interest in a case that could begin the rollback of marriage equality."

(5) Jesus said, "[Recognize what is in] your (sg.) sight, and [that which is hidden] from you (sg.) will become plain [to you (sg.). For there is nothing] hidden which [will] not [become] manifest, nor buried that [will not be raised].

Gospel of Thomas 5

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”

Rachel Carson
Silent Spring

`Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you --
Ye are many -- they are few.

--Percy Shelley
The Masque of Anarchy

"In a progressive society, an inter-faith union will be welcomed and celebrated. The Ordinance delegitimizes such unions and creates a chilling effect on individuals who are seeking to transcend barriers of social and religious divisions".

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