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Six episodes in and Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017 continues to impress me as the best TV version yet of probably *the* most famous Chinese martial arts epic ever.

If you like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, etc, then this is a great time to get on board the Jin Yong train.

Genghis Khan! The Jin-Song wars! Kung fu princesses! (multiple of) Kung fu witches! The forbidden NINE YIN BONE CLAW skill! A martial arts tournament! (of course) Romance! (multiple of) A big war!

youtube.com/watch?v=E4crHldKx6

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So uh hello everyone, meet my (literal) big brother @pdcull .

He's been working with at-risk teenagers in the favelas of Brazil for the last 20 years; is a certified CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) trainer and Emergency Manager; is studying for a Masters in Emergency Management with a special focus on empowering communities to develop resilience.

He has seen a bit of crap in his time (corrupt cops, drug dealers etc) so he can *probably* cope with you all.

Probably.

Be nice.

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The best part of this excellent Buzzfeed investigative reporting article on an elaborate Facebook clickbait fraud ad scheme (which you should read) ...

... is how much their own in-house Buzzfeed article ads at the bottom of the page look EXACTLY like clickbait fraud ads.

buzzfeednews.com/article/craig

h/t @enkiv2

Nate Cull boosted

I don't feel bad though that our current government is apparently spending money to plant a whole lot of trees. That's at least something positive that can be done.

New Zealand's experience with Carbon Neutrality so far has been getting involved in a Carbon Credits trading scheme (good) that America wasn't interested in joining (bad) and then discovering that all the credits we were trading to Russia to supposedly plant trees were, well. It was Russia.

Unpopular green opinion:

CO2 Neutrality is the same economically as Peak Oil. It means voluntarily putting your country through the 1970s oil price shocks, again, only much stronger, and permanently.

For those of you who don't remember the 1970s... well, that brief price scare led to the Carter Doctrine which led to (points at the Middle East) what's currently on fire there.

We can't lower CO2 emissions with cheap oil.

CO2 neutrality is worth it. But getting there will not be a fun ride.

I still don't know what XR actually *want* other than 'emit vaguely protest-flavoured extruded media product', because the way you actually *fix* the climate crisis is 1) literally shut down all transport and manufacturing in the USA and Europe, 2) stop buying anything from China, 3) accept that millions of the poorest people will immediately die

and I don't imagine there's a huge amount of left support for that

but at least getting banned in London is a beginning to getting some street cred

Extinction Rebellion starting to look more and more like a legitimate protest group rather than cheap political astroturf, after getting banned in London

bbc.com/news/uk-50053945

If Not You, Then Who.

Specifically, the Jodie Whittaker Who.

She'll give you a stern lecture first though, about how you could have done it instead of wasting her extremely limited screentime.

Mandela effect 

Question:

Can Oracle any of: Security, Internet, and/or Java

Answer:

Esoteric 

Esoteric 

And also, 'give us your email' popups on every web page ever, I'm looking at YOU.

Who the heck do you think you're targeting with those? Who? Who?

I mean did autoplaying Facebook-native video pass ANYBODY'S personal gut check? Did anyone making autoplaying video go 'hey this is something I enjoy and want to be part of and I am sure many other people feel similarly'?

But oh no, we can't trust our intuition and personal feelings these days, much better to trust DATA!!! and METRICS!!! put out by people who are rich and therefore must have our best interests at heart.

I think there's also a big warning flag here for everyone who's been hyping up 'data' and 'metrics' for the last decade.

It's one thing to 'follow the counterintuitive data' versus your common sense and intuition.

It's another thing when 'the data' is proprietary to a giant company and they might possibly just have made it all up.

It turns out, data *can* lie.

And once again, anyone who's paid any attention to, oh, any of the 20th century should NOT have been surprised by this. Sigh.

Facebook gets US $40 million slap on the wrist for falsified video metrics that gutted the entire news industry

hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/

Though quite frankly, any 'news' organization that decided to just take Facebook at their word rather than investigating 'is this story true'.... kinda bought exactly what they got?

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