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Exploring Mastodon, feels a bit like the pre-MySpace/Facebook/Twitter online world before the largest corporations took control and monetized us all, when we had our local or even online days with WBS chat and the like.

Liking it so far, appreciate the rules of the instance

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Thanks for the welcome, #@freemo Here's my .

• a dad of a handful of kiddos, married, living in Colorado.
• a Christian in the Anglican tradition, and suppose I'm an unaffiliated conservatarian.
• a reader, working through the great novels as well as easier/fun books and nonfiction.
• a card and board game player and am happily teaching more to my kids as they get older.
• short on free time. I enjoy a philosophical pipe as I read and/or reflect, and occasionally get my guitar or bow/arrows out to learn new skills.
• a software developer... and have been for a very long time, now in the world of APIs and cloud development (CRM/SFDC).

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My diet is going real well, but truer words have never been spoken..

Headline after headline drive a narrative, what we all think we know about what's happening in our own country or another is usually just the Avaliably Heuristic of what we recall from headlines.

Inventing claims discredit real issues. Telling fantasy stories about how evil The Other is like this actor has done isn't fighting against hate. It is hate and it stokes hate.

Sadly many in the major media outlets and in politics are happy to stoke hate like this a people divided is easier to gain power over.

Headline : Smollett staged attack because he was "dissatisfied with his salary,"

Having kids who both enjoy board/strategy games AND have learned to read leads to a more fun weekend.

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Nation's Liberals Devastated After Learning Hate Crime Didn't Actually Happen

Is it still parody if life imitates the Art?

sighting by anonymous source at Supreme Court! No photos or even name of a source yet.

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court Friday for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December, a court official tells ABC News."

Reality: Republicans are accused of sabotaging the a Green New Deal because they're going to bring it up for a vote.

Said seems weaker : Conservatives Accused Of Making Liberals Look Bad By Simply Reading List Of Things Liberals Believe

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@SecondJon You're right. I don't like Trump... but I've been liking him more than the other side the more time goes on. He's been screwing us over far less than the rest of the politicians and I never thought I'd ever say that.

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Yeah, what Trump is doing isn't really violating anything in the Constitution (and it can be argued it's helping him to protect the borders and it's in compliance of it, in fact) but a national emergency on guns would be patently, overtly and literally violating the second amendment to the Constitution.

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@Dan_Ramos @Atom_Rocket National emergencies are already a precedent that is set. She's purposely not mentioning DACA.

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The people accusing US politicians of using aid to manipulate the people of Venezuela seem to be the same people salivating at the increasing promises of domestic government hand out proposals from the left.

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The French would be astonished by our enormous American trombones.

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Former Abortion Doctor Counters Progressive Narrative: ‘You Never Need Late-Term Abortion To Save A Woman’s Life’ |


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People use statistics and probability, and can it AI/machine learning

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Its funny, I agree with many of her points, disagree with some others. But her immature, childish, and uneducated way of speaking is hard to look past for someone in her position. In the end there are bigger issues and more offensive politicians (like trump). But still, every time she opens her mouth it is cringe worthy :(

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.

Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login:
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here:
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide:

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username] so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
Note: The account listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***