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Inside: Minneapolis racists threaten arson over BLM signs; White House recants "antifa bricks" conspiracy; Rave for "Poesy the Monster Slayer"; Autodetecting autogenerated text; AMC's bankruptcy is the first domino in monopolist collapse; and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/06/04/cro

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so much important conversation happening on the bird site right now - is there a good way to crosspost with Mastodon? I'd like to siphon some of the good content over to here, and share my toots back to my bird followers.

Eventually I want to cut all ties to the bird, but at the moment their are larger conversations going on I want to participate in

AT&T epitomizes the failure of America's corporate regulation. After the company spent millions on dirty tricks to help Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai kill Net Neutrality, it went on a stock-buyback spree while reducing its network improvement budget.

Capex continued to suffer, even after the company got a $20B tax cut from the Trump tax deal.

One thing the company DID spend on was acquisitions, going on a buying spree that included acquiring Time-Warner and Dish.

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K-pop fandom is feared all over the net for its power to mobilize bazillions of stans to flood servers with fancams - short videos of K-pop stars performing.

Now, they're disrupting authoritarians.

theverge.com/2020/6/3/21278950

It started on Sunday, when K-pop fancams overwhelmed the Dallas Police Department's snitchline, where people had been asked to submit videos of protesters breaking the law. DPD surrendered and shut it down.

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Gig economy delivery apps claim that they're operating "two-sided markets," connecting delivery people with restaurants. Actually, they're useless, overcapitalized, predatory, money-haemorrhaging parasites.

They raise titanic sums of money from the likes of Softbank (a front for Saudi oil money) and then pay sub-starvation wages to riders while extracting such massive commissions from restaurants (disguised as "advertising fees," etc) that they lose money on the transaction.

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boosts ++++++++

Hey, does anyone know if there's any way I can use my iPad as a graphics tablet with Linux?

I mean, I /have/ a secondary Mac that supports the new Sidecar thing, so I /can/ use that, but it'd be nice to use it with my main system if that's possible.

Boosts would be much appreciated! :boost_requested:

#iPad, #Linux, #art, #drawing, #GraphicsTablet

All I can do is kindly ask that if you are inviting people to Mastodon on other social media, Telegram groups or whatever else, please please use the joinmastodon.org page instead of linking to mastodon.social specifically. Thank you

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Looking for on running inside a
docker container on MacOS. Working across multiple machines and managing dependencies are doing my head in. Any favourite containers to recommend that I can build on? Seen a good write-up?

it gets worse, as she washes her face by spitting in her hands, and rubbing it all over

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three weeks . Getting into the swing. Worst thing is my disgusting who washes her hands by licking them!

It literally explains, step by step, how to administer a crisis like this, from the earliest glimmerings that it might occur, right through a full-blown pandemic. It mobilizes resources, identifies shortages, and coordinates comms and strategy. It is, in other words, a meaningful set of steps that the US government could have taken to head off the virus. We taxpayers paid handsomely to develop it. Now we're paying again because Trump ignored it.

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That explains a lot about the pandemic. Specifically, why therecommendations in the "Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents" (AKA "the pandemic playbook") were not followed.

politico.com/news/2020/03/25/t

This is a 69-page report created by the NSC in 2016. The Obama NSC chief briefed the incoming Trump official on the playbook in 2017, and that official seems to have wiped his ass with it and flushed it.

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The thing is, grifting is incompatible with objective truth. The job of a grifter is to tell you his building is ten stories taller than it actually is, that his inauguration crowd was larger than it actually was, that his infomercial service is actually a "university."

The grifter president is surrounded by a grifter upper echelon, sociopaths whose power and wealth derive from lying like crazy and stealing from people. To put it mildly, these people do not value expertise.

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In The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis describes how the core US civil service is made up of extremely passionate nerds, people who are very smart about their domain of expertise, and work quietly and tirelessly to see policy that comports with evidence.

boingboing.net/2018/11/27/home

This is what makes them "the reality based community," the term Karl Rove used to disparage those who claimed (correctly) that the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan would be a perpetual, destablizing quagmire.

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