We lost 3,300 people on 9/11. As a result we passed the most draconian infringement on the Bill of Rights (Patriot Act). Total gun deaths is 38,000 per year. Today, we're losing 14,000 per day to Covid.
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@Emmanuel Florac Correct, but the problem runs deeper. Risk is a purely emotional component. You can neither access danger nor probability on an emotional level. I used to joke that for most people the risk is proportional to the font size in the newspaper article (you notice, that was back when we still had newspapers).
@Martin Seeger yep. And that's why people are afraid of nuclear plants and terrorism, while dying from diabetes and cancer.

We're getting close to October. Tropical Disturbance #1 looks promising. And nice and low, too. We shall see.

So there was a written plan to throw the election.
Nora Qudus diaspora
this is a bummer to even think about.
Bob Lai diaspora
Insurrection / Misprision of Insurrection.

You've got Eastman's 'plan' in writing, and you've got Trump still trying to make it happen in his letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. That's two distinct counts.

The ~~Doormats~~ Democrats need to stop fucking around. Indict. Convict. Imprison. Enough of the absurdity. Trump belongs in prison, not in the Oval Office. (Or in a care facility for dementia. And, really, no one would notice if Trump himself wasn't trying to hide his condition by calling out Joe Biden's 'symptoms.')

Round 'em all up. Meadows, Gosar, Ellis/Trump Jr., KIMBERLEY!!!!!!, Boy Wonder, ~~Piece of Ass~~ Princess, Lindell, Hawley, Cawthorn, Gaetz, Greene, Gohmert, Jordan, McCarthy, McConnell (if you're not taking active steps to stop the Big Lie, you're complicit) ... jail until they're old and grey. And if they're already old and grey, until they're leaving in a pine box.

Hello all. I've set up a little fundraiser for the get-out-the-vote project I'm working on. If you could spread it around a bit, that would be cool. Thank you.

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Stolen from a post on Twitter.

From 103 years ago, we've done all this before.

Anti-vax, anti-maskers take note:

"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant." -John Stuart Mill
Gregg Taylor diaspora
If reason fails, fear seems to be taking command. Some numbers of prevention practices rising, a bit. Just a bit, in a few places. Maybe not enough to stave off ENDEMIC DISEASE.
Problem is that fear is the easiest of all emotions to manipulate. Fox and the rest are way ahead of us in that game.

Karl Auerbach diaspora
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) - California does not have common-law marriage. You gotta go through the procedure to create a marriage here. That removes ambiguity.
Not even 60 years ago? And I think maybe it was 7 years.
Karl Auerbach diaspora
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) - The California rejection of marriage simply through the passage of time (and cohabitation) definitely pre-dates the 1970s ... looks like it goes back to 1895.

Calif apparently does recognize some rights arising simply through the passage of time, but it's not "marriage".

Good article that pulls it together in one place.
Rob Anybody diaspora
Onomastic's comments are spot on in her article. And I can't think of a better representative illustration than the use of Luciano Garbati's Medusa with the head of Perseus for the article. I saw this sculpture (on line, not IRL) some time ago, and, had I a bunch of spare cash and the place to put it, would love as close to a full-scale reproduction of it as I could get.
It's a badass sculpture, that's for sure.

Well. Here's the whole problem in a nutshell.

They still perform together from time to time.

Back Again

The statistics tell the tale: Americans aren't very well educated. The people here are an exception; many of the worst offenders can't even read what we post here.

Bob Lai diaspora
The GQP doesn't want an educated electorate. As I'm often pointing out, the Texas GQP adopted a stance against higher-order thinking skills (critical thinking) because they promote rebellion and a turning away from God.
Exactly. An ignorant populace, incapable of critical thinking is super easy to manipulate.

The government learned its lesson with my generation, the most educated this country has produced. We scared the shit out of them and the dumbing down became the most important goal.

Eivind mastodon (AP)
I'll have to go global with this, and it's still a very long shot: Does the fediverse have a #tractor #mechanic? I'm struggling with a ca. 1982 Shibaura SE2540. The tractor itself is brilliant, but the engine (an LE892, also used in old Fords) spits oil and leaks water. These engines are known to be trouble. Is it possible to just replace it with another type of engine, eg. from an SE4040? Boosts welcome! #agriculture #farming #repair
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You might find some agrarian anarchists though. They might know literally anything at all, when it comes to reusing, repairing etc.
Eivind mastodon (AP)
Agrarian anarchists! What wonderful two words.

My respect for Joe Bonamassa just went up by 100 points.

Oxycontin peddler claims he and Purdue Pharma bear no responsibility.
Have you seen John Oliver's take on that 2 weeks ago?
I had not seen that. However I've long been aware of the history of oxycodone, its development during WW I and subsequent banning. Purdue decided to revive a dangerous drug that the Germans had banned 60 years before and market it as something new. That's straight up sociopathic capitalism.


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You just can't fix some people.
Yeah, this guy didn't break a year ago. He's been a sick puppy for a long, long time, but undetected, undiagnosed, untreated. But he fits right into the ethos of half the U.S.A.

Fountain pen herders or hoarders, if you're looking for an excuse to exercise your pens and do something substantial in politics, you might consider this.
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My first 'modern' Fountain Pen is a blk Lamy Safari with a 1.9 nib, use for Calligraphy. WAY more reliable than those cheap-arse 'Manuscript' pens at the local Art store...actually took one of those outside and smashed it to bits, it was so annoying.

Buy cheap, get cheap.

The TWSBI 1.1 stub will get cleaned out and perm retired once I get the new Swipe in Med nib ordered. Just easier to order another pen at that price. What remains my EDC (every day carry) remains the TWSBI Smoke & Rose gold..with a med nib.
My TWSBI has an M nib and it works fine, but it's too broad for some things I do. I want both and M and an F so I need a second pen. I still haven't pulled the trigger on the Lamy assortment but I think I will pretty soon.

Lamy stuff is good. I like it and use it a lot. But if you remember me from FPN, you'll know that my primary pens, the pens I actually use all the time, are 1950s and 60s, Sheaffer school pens. Set up correctly, they're unbeatable, and the 1950s pens only weigh 10 grams.

Here's a good one from tonight. Waitress seats a party at a table. When she returns, she finds the table moved, and in such a way that it blocks access to another party's table. And it's not even wintertime where people might want to move a table to get a better view of the fireplace.

What do you do with people like this???
Hopefully no lasting injuries 🙁

The time for the courts to shine may be coming. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 100 years ago that you do not have the right to endanger your fellow citizens and that this prohibition overrides the First Amendment.

So, courts are on solid ground here if they want to jam up this nonsense.

Being blocked from enforcing a ban.. this is the n-th level of absurdity on top of a bizarre situation..? Oh my

A good outcome, at that.
Yes. Exactly. We'll see how this ends up. But the Supreme Court decision has been there for 100 years with no challenges. This makes it REALLY hard to change. The Supreme Court is extremely reluctant to reverse previous decisions, especially when they've stood for such a long time. And this is as it should be. It's kind of the classic definition of conservatism.

You see this in the Catholic Church. Overturning long-standing doctrine is extremely difficult because doing so implies that you were in error.

Here's a puzzler for the computerheads that know more about Internet skullduggery than I. I haven't engaged in skullduggery for at least 30 years so I'm kind of rusty. Lol.

So I've had an instance of Enterprise / Unlimited Wordpress installed and running on my server for a long time. My server is a Linux machine that I rent from 1and1 / ionos.

For top level administration, I disabled the default admin user and created a different user with admin privileges that I use. This account is under continuous login attack. I'm not terribly worried because the password is a long random string and I have timed lockout measures in place. It's kind of hard to try billions of possibilities when you're locked out for 20 minutes.

What puzzles me is how did they discover the username, which is also a random string? They have the right username. How was it discovered?

Any ideas? I'm really just curious.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) did you check against the info from the reddit link?

Two stand out:
Wpscan can reveal a bunch of juicy details about your wordpress site. Try disabling your feeds ->
It's easy to identify WordPress username. Try this:

Increment 1 to get other usernames on the domain (if available).
All good advice. THANK YOU ALL. Lots to look into now.

I've been away working two days of very physical 12 hour shifts. Soon I must sleep and recharge my elderly body, and then return to the battle. Then, I will delve into all the great info and suggestions above.

I had a feeling there might be answers since I'm not the only person using Wordpress. Lol.

This is pretty good, actually. Worth watching.
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Yes indeed. ;)

In case you didn't know where the feel of this song comes from, or didn't realize how important drumming is, check it out:
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SD is one of my favourite all time bands. 🙂

Many of us hams still use quite a few postage stamps. (We used to use a lot more.) It's not often that USPS produces a stamp series that directly applies to us, but they have one now called Solar Science.

These stamps are gorgeous. A photo doesn't begin to show how good they look because they're printed on a holographic type backing. When you move your head, the images change and animate, and the colors are iridescent and on a jet black background. #hamradio

I order mine directly from USPS. I find it easier than standing in line at the Post Office.
susannah mastodon (AP)
those are Such good stamps.
Olaf diaspora
In Germany the first hurdle would be finding a post office. Lots have been closed and their services taken over otherwise. "Services"? Don't expect any...

susannah mastodon (AP)
I’ve been immersed in R for a decade but I think I need to start learning Julia…

Hmm. Despite my love and fascination with earthquakes, quakes in this area are always disturbing to me. I've spent quite a lot of time around Lake Tahoe since 1963. There are three faults that pass under Lake Tahoe and while they rarely slip, they are known to be active.

The problem is that a strong quake at Lake Tahoe would be a human disaster. Not only is a tsunami possible on the lake but the shorelines are sharp and would reflect the wave(s) back and forth across the lake. Severe destruction to the buildings and dwellings on the lakeshore is eventually going to happen.

lambjams diaspora
That's right, Rotorua. Hah. The largest geyser in recorded history existed there. It didn't exist long because it was so large it blew itself apart. I can't remember its name.
lambjams diaspora
Just watched an interesting video about a volcano in NZ - the protected land surrounding it nearly a perfect circle visible from altitude.

Tonight's musical treat:
"As for the Heart girls, their rendition of Stairway to Heaven at Kennedy Center with Page, Plant, and Jones in the audience is one of my favorite musical performances…ever."

Yeah, I watched that live. Good grief. I had tears in my eyes. I'm sure Nancy has hung out with Jimmy Page and knows what he was trying to create with Stairway. And she brought that knowledge to the Kennedy Center arrangement. With Obama being a huge fan of Led Zep, I'm sure the production pretty much had an unlimited budget, hold back nothing attitude, so they went all out to create what Jimmy had in mind, only on a scale that Led Zep alone could never achieve.

You want the dynamics of the song to progress from tiny to huge and back to tiny? Challenge accepted.

And, since it can't be Robert Plant himself, who is to sing this thing? Ann Wilson, of course.

the Boeing 787 needs to be rebooted every 51 days to stop rounding errors causing it to crash


OMG. We've been joking about this. It's not a joke. It's actually happening. There have been a bunch of incidents around the USA where gas hoarders set themselves on fire. Just search with a search engine.
Bob Lai diaspora
Rather lucky that the Hollywood standard of car-on-fire-goes-boom isn't actually how it works.
All the experiences during the pandemic convinced me that human intelligence is at best a rare individual property.

@Karl Auerbach You remember what was across the hall from Boelter 3420. Well, it's here:
@Tom Grzyb - I think I've heard of MIT. Isn't that some college back east? 😉 (My affiliation is closer to Caltech: I was named a Fellow of Law & Technology at Caltech and Loyola/Marymount Law.)
Congratulations! I would feel tremendously honored by that.

I've not attended either, but in industry MIT seems to have more weight on a candidate's CV. Personally, I'd rather have Caltech on my resume. This is purely a personal impression that comes from imagining matriculating into the school and looking forward to the first quarter or semester. At MIT, I'd not be terribly concerned. At Caltech, I'd be worried about whether I was up to the task.
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Oh, I did not attend MIT, I just happen to know some folks associated with the place - and I live in MA.

I'll just leave this here.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) It is barbaric
Absolutely.. and totally completely agree with all the points u have made.

i did a post a while back that talks about humane ways to kill animals and people.. It was not approving of it but like "if u absolutely gotta do it, then this is the best way" sorta thing. It was kind of a bit of a dark post (not on purpose tho) with a very interesting video by i think the BBC or some place like it... just can't remember if my post is public or not.

If death was the punishment then it wouldn't require injections, chairs and all sorts of other things. In the end it is about vengeance... not "closure" just the dark human emotion of vengeance..and schadenfreude and it is being (in the US and other places) enforced by a government. It is government-approved murder.
Exactly. The U.S. justice system is about REVENGE because that's what the barbarians that inhabit this country love.

Look man, we're all going to die and be forgotten. You've been dying since the moment you were conceived. What do you accomplish by torturing someone? You detract from your own humanity. You cost yourself your humanity. Nothing else. Your victim is already dead but you get to carry your broken self around for a few more years before you die and are forgotten, just like I will. So, stop with the revenge stuff. It's the childish thinking of a three year-old, not an adult.
don't know if this will work or not but it is public (4 months ago) and here is the link thingy.. it was not exactly a popular post 😅😖😿

This is the best peanut butter I've eaten since the 1950s. I could eat the whole jar in one sitting. No additives, no sweeteners of any kind (doesn't need it), no removing the peanut oil and replacing it with hydrogenated coconut oil. They don't even remove excess peanut oil so it's very soft and messy. Certified non-GMO and Kosher.

Just grind the peanuts, add 1 percent salt, put it in the jar, done. It's screamin' good. Highly recommended.

unsalted grass fed butter too : ) though EVOO is obvs more vegan/vegetarian friendly..
"Natural" means nothing on food labels. It's not a regulated term so it means nothing .
And no, this is far from the best. Kroger has peanut butter grinders, $2.99 a pound. No oils or added anything. Just grind and go. You have to use the $2,500 grinder that they have, it's the only way.
If your PB has oil in it it's not good.
Smucker's is just another big name business creating waste with products that nobody recycles.

I never realized what an arrogant organization Amazon is until now. I've searched exhaustively and find no way to give feedback on a malfunction in their web site. I guess they think their shit's perfect. Hahaha. It ain't.
Only low IQ people use Amazon .
Actually, very busy people use Amazon. It's the fastest solution to most acquisition problems. IQ has nothing to do with it.
Éire ghaelach, english and deutsch (intermediate) is enough for me...chinese is way way way way way way too difficult! Thankfully there are many places that make things locally or operate under ethical practices far away from the suicide nets and slave houses.

Change will not fully happen though until the same people who cry foul of the evils of manufacturing stop shopping from these unethical companies. Irony being people some ppl who with one breath cry out in anguish to the status quo then go talk to their Alexa to get them more stuff....that they don't need.

I'm guilty of it too...we all are.

This AM and PM, I drove through precip ranging from flurries to blizzard. Temp now 32F. Forecast for Tuesday: 85F. I must be on the Genesis Planet.
Tom Grzyb diaspora
We had some flurries this evening in the Berkshires also. Not something I wanted to see...

Do you like the blues?

I said, do you like the blues?

If you do, I've got a little something here you might like. 1989. Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray, live, doing blues improvisation. Serious fun. Like REALLY serious fun. This is the shit right here.

If you don't know who Buddy Guy is, he's the guitarist who was the strongest inspiration to Jimi Hendrix when he was learning. Do you hear me now?

Check it out.
With that amount of history I had to find my "new" discovery Gary Clarke Jr. play Catfish Blues. He did play it. What do you think?

Now let me dive into that new Kingfish rabbit hole.
Yeah, Clark is great, but Kingfish is even better. Kingfish is actually a prodigy, a genius, a freak. His playing is perfect. The only one I can compare him to is SRV.

And Kingfish can play any style. He loves the blues and that's what people want to hear. But, he can shred as well as anyone. He can bring Eddie Van Halen back to life with an Eruption that would blow your mind. This guy is something else -- a natural born prodigy.

When he's performing blues, sometimes he'll throw in some shredding and an Eddie lick just to blow your mind. I've never seen anyone like him.
Kingfish, I just heard a live performance now from a Dallas Guitar festival. Excellent Hey Joe version, very much playful and.. eloquent, if that were a word to use for musical expression. I might go with most of the attributes already.

No way can I call a contest, but that Live at the Surf Lodge would be fantastic to hear from Kingfish. I'll dive in some more, definitely.

Hmm, just got home from work to discover Prince Philip has died. I have two namesakes. My parents agreed on Phillip. My mother because of Prince Philip. My father after his father, Phillip. Now you know.
lambjams diaspora
There's also a significant number of women who outlive their spouses, but when you start getting into your 90s, you're already past that point. Yes, it seems she still has a role to play in this transition.
Yeah, QE2 is a tough girl. She may not be affected by this as most are.

Good morning everybody!