"The phenomenon we’re living through isn’t about partisan politics. The central problem is the speech landscape has been almost fully privatized, with the overwhelming majority of people getting information via a handful of key companies[...]But who was kicked off Facebook, Apple, and YouTube was less important than the what and how: unaccountable, unelected private executives making major decisions about who gets to speak in a 100% non-transparent, unappealable process."
"There are times when powers of repression and censorship are aimed more at the left and times when they are aimed more at the right, but it is neither inherently a left-wing nor a right-wing tactic. It is a ruling class tactic, and it will be deployed against anyone perceived to be a dissident to ruling class interests and orthodoxies no matter where on the ideological spectrum they reside.“
Happy #Fediversary to me!
A re-#introduction: My 1st computer was a TRS-80. But it wasn't cool to be a nerd then, so I became a drummer and made a living at that for 10yrs, cruiseship #piano bars for 5. Now I do #songwriting for #art. Along the way I came back to the computer and learned to run my own servers for my website and #livestreaming and do my own #recording and to reclaim power through #selfhosting pretty much everything. Finally escaped Win for #Linux just last year ✊ #Arch btw lol
As I've previously reported, the Department of Homeland Security's new definition of "domestic extremist" includes not only anti-government groups on the right but also anti-establishment left-wing groups such as animal rights and environmental activists:
Crazier than Jewish space lasers.
"Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages. The goal is to ensure that people who may have difficulty getting a vaccination because of issues like transportation see those barriers lessened or removed entirely."
A new JACK2 release. 🚀
Don't forget to restart the JACK server after the update.
"...if in 2004 I had told you that the majority of the GOP voter base would soon be seeing the folly of the Iraq War, becoming skeptical of state surveillance, and beginning to see the need for action to help the poor and working classes, you’d have told me such a thing would transform the country. Take the opportunity. These people are not demons, and they are ready to listen in a way they haven’t in a long, long time."
Despite getting it directly in the face, that haunted look in her eyes is just how she looks sometimes. She's got Marty Feldman eyes. So she's fine. Still smells a bit. Maybe more than a bit.
My buddy here met her first skunk the other night.
It was also an education for me as I can now tell you that, when a skunk lets one rip, it does not smell like good weed skunk-at-long-distance skunk. It's like hell on earth, distilled essence of late stage capitalism: Burning tires, oil refineries, chemical spills, tear gas. Shockingly unnatural.
Invisible cloud banks of it filled the yard and, as soon as we opened the door to answer Bonnie's panicked pounding on it, the entire house.
Wave Of Anti-Protest Bills "Could" "Threaten" First Amendment
Fixed it for you, #NPR.
A year after the 2020 protest movement, the Democratic U.S. President is the architect of the crime bill and Prison State, the Democratic Vice President is a career prosecutor often of non-violent felons, and the Democratic nominee for NYC Mayor is a former police officer. https://nitter.poast.org/Redistrict/status/1412542605322293255
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