Yes, 300,000 dead. Torture perpetrated by puppet dictators trained in the United States of America and placed into power by us. Now there is something to be proud of, eh?
Sister Dianna Ortiz—US Nun Who Survived Guatemala Torture and Became Human Rights Champion—Dies at 62
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Caleb James DeLisle mastodon (AP)
Two very important issues here:
1. Privatization is always highly risky because large transactions attract unscrupulous investors, and deals involving the state are susceptible to corruption.

2. Efficiency optimization compounds systemic risk.

Texas's electrical isolationism can be blamed in this particular case, but "one big happy grid" is not enough. There needs to be artificial incentive to over-build generation capacity because this problem can occur at any scale.
bhaugen mastodon (AP)
> Efficiency optimization compounds systemic risk.

Ever so true, but you could expand on that a bit if you feel like it....

Caleb James DeLisle mastodon (AP)
I could write volumes on the topic, but anything I say will pale in comparison to what Taleb wrote in The Black Swan and Antifragile.
OscillatingAgama pleroma (AP)
>bear in mind that Texas "seceded" from the US national electrical grid in order to avoid federal regulation.
Imagine a man whose house was blown away by a hurricane because he was not rich enough to build a stronger one, selling his mother into slavery to do so. You think it was his fault for wanting to escape his mother's slavery. Slavery is just a form of regulation, isn't it?

If it seems like I'm not participating or ignoring comments, it's because here on Friendica, I stopped receiving notifications about a week ago. I have no idea what's wrong.
Since I now have a Friendica account as well (but not yet using it), I'm interested in what happened and how to find out. Wouldn't your podmin have an idea?
Adam mastodon
Hey @Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) I'm glad you mentioned it - please do feel free to throw instance-related things my way in the @iSurf Support forum if things like this come up. But, again I'm glad I caught your post.

I'm seeing the same thing - no emails being sent from Friendica and I can see some errors in the logs. I'll see about getting that resolved.

Something to consider about the nonsense we are fed here in the USA. McDonalds has restaurants all over the world, including Denmark. Denmark has strict requirements for all employers, which include paying a living wage, vacations, sick leave, 1 year of maternity leave, and a retirement plan. In US dollars, the price of a Big Mac in Denmark is 45 cents more than in the USA.
Sheila Nagig diaspora
Do you know one thing that almost never happens here? Medical bankruptcy. I remember my brother's daughter was born premature and spent months in an incubator. I think the final bill after insurance was $180k or thereabout. That was in America. I tell people here about it and they're aghast. That could never happen here. People don't go around worrying that an illness or an accident could wipe them out financially for the rest of their lives or lead to bankruptcy. They don't put off going to the doctor or try to treat themselves because they're afraid of the financial repercussions of simply going to the doctor.

You know another thing they don't have here? Commercials for pharmaceuticals on television or radio or in print. Here your doctor makes the suggestions and you do not ask for a medication by name.
lambjams diaspora

TIL: I knew that broccoli contains various chemicals that negatively affect cancers and tumors. I didn't know (didn't care) what they were called: glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. The really important thing I learned is that boiling your broccoli is a bad idea because it washes away most of the aforementioned chemicals. Steaming, microwaving, and stir-frying have little effect on these chemicals. Now you know.
Gomez :baner: mastodon (AP)
can't remember the last time I boiled any vegetable (except maybe potatoes for mashing occasionally) it's steaming or roasting all the way for me.

Feb 1, 2021, "Republicans Unveil New Stimulus Plan".

What year is this? Democratic majorities in both houses and the presidency. I shouldn't have to see the word Republican for at least two years.

The only unveilings I want to see are criminal indictments against their own.

And just like that...

ProtonMail mastodon (AP)
There is no such thing as a backdoor that only lets the good guys in. Together with Tresorit, @threemaapp and Tutanota, we are calling on EU policy makers to rethink anti-encryption proposals that would introduce backdoors in encryption platforms:
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Flav pleroma (AP)
Would be nice if you guys had your app in F-Droid like Tutanota does. That would be very useful for people who use degoogled phones.
ProtonMail mastodon (AP)
Thank you for your suggestion! We're focused on building a new version of the Android app right now, and we will put the ProtonMail app on F-Droid after we release it. Stay tuned for updates.

"I put eyes on the cat’s bed and could not be happier with the result"

This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Be sure to watch the video.

With the resurgence of the sea shanty style on the net, I thought I'd post this collection of classic sea shanties.

Local GOP officials warn the party they will put Trump allegiance first - Raw Story

Deny them use of any and all GOP corporate logos/trademarks (yes there's a hint of sarcasm there). Make them start their own party.

I see (or hear) an important step forward. As Forrest Gump would say, "And just like that, the words changed." What you call things matters. Forbidden terms like domestic terrorists and traitor became standard in the media, overnight.
Ebrill mastodon (AP)
when they should have been all along

There are some mind-bending insights on this page, especially towards the bottom:
I have this game still in my Steam Library. I think it may be time to dust it off 😉.
Yes. The USA has been Balkanized since 1861 and still is.

Earlier tonight I did a search for "Georgia news". With two exceptions, the entire first page was Fox, Fox, Fox, Fox... A different search engine gave the same. What's wrong with this picture?
Every now and then a sequence of random numbers will be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ...

I try to avoid ever clicking on a fox link.

Guillaume Lours mastodon (AP)


My awesome husband has made the best Christmas present for our 8 year old son. 4 months in the planning. Hopefully he’s going to love it. #TARDIS #DoctorWho #ItsBiggerOnTheInside #TheRoundThings

Blue TARDIS police box
TARDIS doors open to reveal sons bedroom

Nancy Reagan: Bachelor's Degree (English)
Barbara Bush: Numerous honorary degrees in Humanities
Hillary Clinton: Bachelor's Degree (Political Science), Law Degree
Laura Bush: Bachelor's Degree (Education), Master's Degree (Library Science)
Michelle Obama: Bachelor's Degree (Sociology), Law Degree
Melania Trump: Fashion Model
Jill Biden: Bachelor's Degree (English), Master's Degree (Education), Master's Degree (English)

One of these things is not like the other ...
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tomgrz diaspora
All thanks to our shit-stain president, the disaster in chief.

....okay, now that is a bloody unusual hood ornament..!
A very smart one I might add.
Indeedy so!

Definitely smarter than a number of adult humans in the US..

Here's something from a few minutes ago that will not brighten your day. (sorry)

Rob Anybody diaspora
Unfuckingbelievable. (Yeah, I know. TOTALLY believable. But nonetheless...)
The video is a good lesson in the body language people throw when they are lying. He broadcasts it loud and clear but I guess the masses are blind to it.
Rob Anybody diaspora
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) Yep. Can't fix the stupid in all his followers, unfortunately.

If he had gone even faster ... a whole lot faster ... he might still be alive due to time dilation.
Indeed. If you analyzed all his flight logs and made some educated guesses, you could make a guess at the total time-dilation he experienced due to flying. It's probably around a second or two. Not enough. Lol.

Wow. If you want to see what a natural born aerobatic pilot can do with an F-18C, check out this video. Finnish pilot, won the world championship with this performance.

Remember, this plane is old-school, has no thrust vectoring. It's not an F-22 and certainly not an Su-35 with stall-proof engines. The only thing he doesn't do is a tailslide, which is impossible in an F-18. Well, not impossible, but you'll only do it once. Only the Su-35 (or propeller driven planes) can safely do a tailslide. No Lomchevak either, because only prop driven planes can do those. But he does a cobra and lots more.

All righty, it's the weekend. Time to kick out the jams and party.

Winter of 1969, I'm a 16 year-old, going to chaperoned parties with GIRLS! Whoo hoo. The sound system and lighting was my thing. Sometimes, I spent all my time at the party creating the ambience for everyone else. I did the oil and water shows, slide projector, etc. But, I'd also get out there and have some fun.

This was one of my all-time favorite party songs and it certainly blew up its share of home sound systems. Hah. "Wow, look at that, man. The speaker blew itself completely inside out!"

I also suspect, Phil Collins took inspiration from this ten years later.

If I'm not mistaken, this was the first non-black band signed by Motown. You can see why. These guys kicked ass.

Not much talk about the debate here.

I'll just mention that I'm glad Kamala found an opportunity to drop the "loser bomb", pointing out that Trump has repeatedly disrespected and insulted those serving in the military, calling them "losers".

That ought to wake up any remaining mouth-breathers who still support him.
lambjams diaspora
I would guess a fair number buy his denial of having said those things. Of course, the McCain statements are on record, but I suppose those get cast aside as "just politics".
Yeah. "He's a businessman," is the response around here. This justifies any and all criminal behavior.
lambjams diaspora
The current ethical standard for business seems to be "greed is good", and maybe "don't get caught". I suppose Trump actually verbalized the "don't get caught" standard, except in reference to John McCain. "He's not a hero - he got caught!"

I really hate these stupid "feel good stories"

I am glad I am not the only one!

Sad reality

Bob Lai diaspora
Trump also thinks business/production consists of someone like him telling the 'workers' to do things, and ... magic!

It really is the Twilight Zone episode, Of Late I Dream of Cliffordville.

Here's a good laugh.

This is Trump's tweet thread about blocking the stimulus package that crashed the stock market today.

"Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business."

I particularly like the "my representatives" part. Uh, Donald, the pursestrings are held by Congress -- the House of Reps in particular. You have nothing say about it except to sign or not sign.

You don't have representatives, Donald. WE DO. After four years in office, one would think you'd have read the Constitution.
Gaffer diaspora
Reading isn't his "strong suit".

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I believe it is the guy. He was required to liquidate his holdings in the fund and now has $500 mil in cash, and nowhere to put it.

Attention Mac People!

Unpatchable mistake allows use of a back door intended for debugging to install malware via USB.

Ken Thompson in a UNIX review talk indicated he had put a backdoor into UNIX, He did this to point out that you must trust your programmers. The talk is immortalized in an issue of the Bell System Journal.

This next few weeks will be very interesting. It seems to me that numerous entities with bones to pick, like criminal investigations, have been waiting for this time to open fire. One example is what's headed for Wayne LaPierre now.

"Whirrrrrr... Torpedoes in the water! Incoming!!!!"
October Surprises?
Coincidentally, yes. I don't think they're over yet. Hang on.
Hangin'... ;)

Hmm. The President of the EU is now isolating because of contact with someone who tested positive.

Pretty soon, all of our governments will be quarantined, which may not be a bad thing.
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