Dreamer of new worlds. Anarcho-municipal-confederalist. The People's Techbro.
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Copaganda is heavy around here this week after a coupla cops kicked the bucket. So here’s your regular reminder what the most dangerous professions in the US are… note what is NOT on the list
Here's a great “Russian govt” explainer article from one of my fave German journalist crews, @Krautreporter.
Google Translate did a good job, so I recommend reading it:
> Russia has become a mafia state, with a powerful boss at the top: Vladimir #Putin. Many of his decisions seem irrational, and many events in #Russia seem completely insane […] But if you understand Russia as a mafia state, then […] a lot of other things suddenly make sense.
Check this out:
"You're not a serious person. Fucking "anarchists" LOL gimme a fucking break and grow the fuck up. Morons."
"I miss the Obama years."
Trad Wife memes are always like a traditionally attractive skinny blonde woman in a white dress, in a field of flowers, holding hands with their immaculate children. The text always says something like, Why are you working a job, instead of doing your true calling? This is Godly Motherhood!
This how I know these are made by people who have never been around children, or possibly even women, and also never had to worry about money.
People like to say that "AI" is different from crypto in that there are actual useful applications, and that's true. But the vast majority of people you're expecting to come up with those applications are the same people who were just trying to build products on the blockchain.
NEVER ASSUME SOMEONE IS STUPID WHEN THEY COULD JUST AS EASILY BE OPERATING IN BAD FAITH.
A cautionary tale.
“The cardinal error of the Germans who opposed Nazism was their failure to unite against it. At the crest of their popular strength, in July 1932, the National Socialists had attained but 37 per cent of the vote. But the 63 per cent of the German people who expressed their opposition to Hitler were much too divided and shortsighted to combine against a common danger which they must have known would overwhelm them unless they united, however temporarily, to stamp it out.”
Democrats united. No matter anything. Unite.
"Biden is not evil. Trump is truly evil," Robert Reich says in a statement I excerpted here yesterday critiquing the "voting for the lesser of two evils" argument that justifies putting Trump back into the White House by voting third-party or refraining from voting.
Negative responses to Reich's statement run the gamut:
Strongest adaptation: Will to live
Y'all I guess I should start getting my questions from Quora!
OpenAI have a problem: it's not just training text that ChatGPT can reconstruct when prompted, and DALL-E does the same with images—including movie, TV, and computer game scenes and characters. Reductio ad absurdam: trademark-infringing output from a two word prompt ("animated toys"): https://garymarcus.substack.com/p/things-are-about-to-get-a-lot-worse
Being sued by the NYT is bad enough. Being sued by Disney? That' gonna hurt …
Interesting. Just read an article that included the sentence "the period March 2020 to March 2022 – the whole course of the pandemic."
This is actually very interesting to me because a problem I've been having lately is a lot of people refer to the pandemic as being over, but I have no idea when they think the pandemic ended.
Once again, the state of emergency associated with the pandemic is legally over, but the pandemic itself is very much still on.
Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to discuss postwar plan for #Gaza Strip - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/27/benjamin-netanyahu-israel-refuses-to-discuss-postwar-plan-for-gaza-strip killing thousands of innocent civilians for months with no visible plan for rebuilding afterwards - that'll work...
His name is Hark. He's a Harold Angel. He likes singing. That's my understanding, anyway.
LAID-OFF & UNEMPLOYED
there is no shame to use all the social services you have paid with your taxes, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A WHITE, MID/HIGH INCOME EARNER.
welfare is racialized in this country to deprive all Americans of the social services WE PAY for.
it’s imperative y’all flood social services offices because if you don't, that's why the griftocracy keeps cutting local, state & federal budgets.
so here’s what you can do after losing your job:
Never understood meal prepping: it's like all the work of home cooking, but with a !FUN! twist that ensures your food is never actually fresh when you eat it
Israeli forces killed three Israeli hostages in Gaza on Friday.
The hostages were apparently trying to surrender while displaying a white flag. The IDF shot and killed two immediately, then hunted down and killed the third while he begged for his life in Hebrew.
Now, we could imagine that this was a singular and unique tragedy. Maybe these soldiers were particularly murderous.
But it seems more likely that this incident offers a window into a more general approach by the IDF to killing men in Gaza, including men who are surrendering, and that we only found out about this instance because the victims in this case happened to be Israeli hostages, prompting a public investigation.
I'm not saying HRT options are disappointingly limited, I'm just saying bioluminescent RGB strips with lights dancing in trans pride colours down the sides of my legs should really be something I can take a pill for.
Emailing the DNC that I see we vetoed another ceasefire vote in the UN and that I hope they have a plan for when lots of people don’t vote for Biden.
With the exception of some #Turkish Airlines flights that appear to possibly be performing aerial surveillance over northern #Syria, the international carrier flight paths seem to be avoiding #Syrian airspace.
Active Conflict Zone Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011. The ongoing conflict, as well as Turkey & Russia bombing Kurds make the airspace over Syria highly dangerous and volatile.
Risk to Civil Aircraft: There is a high risk to civil aircraft. Syrian AD systems may misidentify aircraft, which may be targeted in error or caught in crossfire during ongoing air attacks involving Russia, Iran. Missiles may erroneously lock on to civil aircraft.
There have been incidents where civil aircraft were caught in dangerous situations. In Feb 2020, an A320 enroute OSDI/Damascus was caught in crossfire during an attack by 4 Israeli F-16’s, forcing it to divert to a Russian controlled air base.
Russia props up Syrian dictator. Putin, Erdogan kill Kurds.