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Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein wasn't the monster. Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein *was* the monster.

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Here's a fun fact: Back when I had a TV, the channel now known as TLC was called "The Learning Channel". Isn't that hilarious? As if anyone could learn anything from TV.

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Everyone likes to shine, but nobody likes to polish.

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The "Good Cop, Bad Cop" trick is a popular technique because it works even when you know they are doing it. The contrast between the 2 operators makes the less extreme one look mild in comparison, even though they would appear anything but mild in another context. But it doesn't work only with police. It can take the form of "good pope, bad pope" or "good Supreme Court Justice, bad Supreme Court Justice", or even "good media outlet, bad media outlet". Now that you are aware of this trick, you will see it everywhere.

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To say "I don't know" is a sign of wisdom, to say "I was wrong" is a sign of maturity. To pretend to know something you don't really know is a sign you have neither.

If you are angry that TV or newspapers aren't covering something that should be covered, or are covering something doesn't need to be covered, one thing you can do is not give them your money. I haven't bought a paper or paid a cable bill since 9/11, and if I click on a link that tells me to disable my ad-blocker, I go somewhere else. It's not difficult.

"Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty."
— Stephen Jay Gould

Vladimir Putin is working Trump like a ventriloquist dummy.

One more post about Linux and then I'll shut up about it.

(I can do that, because I outgrew the evangelical "Oh my god you have to try this it's so much easier" stage like ten years ago, it's possible for me to shut up about Linux now, which is nicer for everyone involved)

If you have to choose between something that used to be crap but is slowly getting better, and something that used to be alright but is getting inexorably worse, the best time to jump is gonna be when you get to see and take joy in the getting-better bit.

If you leave it too long and the thing you're jumping from has gotten intolerably, unusably bad, you'll be in a hell of a panic and it'll probably be at a super-inconvenient time. Give the New Thing a good sniff ahead of time and play around with it a bit in a non-vital setting, so that you're not moving in a horrible panicked rush.

Do you want your computer to have photographic memory of everything you’ve looked at:

Via (X image below)
i.ibb.co/DRH4Fn6/nope.png

For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel *The Lost Cause* (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-lost-

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1924: an #Indigenous man hunts a deer on treaty-reserved land. Gets criminally convicted.

The ruling said tribal nations are not sovereign or independent, "the Indians being mere occupants of the land.”

The hunter died decades ago. The family member who continued his case died in 2007. But a tribal attorney kept pushing to get the unjust, demeaning conviction reversed.

On Thursday, nearly a century later, the #Washington state Supreme Court admitted it was wrong.

seattletimes.com/seattle-news/

Part of my search for my creative voice involves a self reflective process of reconnection and reinvention, while cutting out the noise I have allowed onboard over the decades.

I am reminded of this question, which I didn't connect with so much before, but resonates a lot with my current thoughts.

"Who were you before people told you who you should be?"

What about you? Who were you? Who even are you? 🤔

Scoop: I obtained the contract Samsung requires independent shops to sign to buy phone repair parts from them.

It requires:

- "Daily" dumps of customer data
- The "immediate destruction" of any phones a shop comes across that has third-party parts

404media.co/samsung-requires-i

'A committee of experts that advises the Food and Drug Administration voted by large majorities on Thursday that a new blood test to screen people for colon and rectal cancers was safe and effective, and that its benefits outweighed its risks.'

nytimes.com/2024/05/23/health/

'The computerization of everything, from tractors to toothbrushes, has compelled fervent activism under the banner of “right to repair.” Advocates aim to secure a universal legal right for consumers to modify and repair the things they own, including tools used in essential activities, like growing food.'

placesjournal.org/article/step

If you are angry that TV or newspapers aren't covering something that should be covered, or are covering something doesn't need to be covered, one thing you can do is not give them your money. I haven't bought a paper or paid a cable bill since 9/11, and if I click on a link that tells me to disable my ad-blocker, I go somewhere else. It's not difficult.

What's a good Open Source tool for just quickly annotating an image in Linux (i.e. drawing a circle round the important part) - GNU IMP is, frankly, far too much for that...

When unionizing your workplace, be careful which workers you decide to talk to depending on how hostile your workplace is to unionizing efforts. Only talk to workers who you trust enough to tell your plans of unionizing to, and try to have these conversations in areas where you aren't being watched by higher-ups or security cameras, or, preferably, during non-working hours if possible.

@TheGreatLlama
Convincing right-wing coworkers to be in favor of unions can be challenging but possible by appealing to values they already hold. There are universal values that all workers of all political leanings believe in, such as wanting to get paid more, job security, even appeal to their patriotism by explaining how strong unions can help keep jobs local and support the American economy, reducing the need for reliance on foreign labor and goods.

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