Just an amazing sentence in the Washington Post:

“In 2024, Trump — who was convicted last month of falsifying business records to conceal a hush money payment to a porn actress and director — is considered a proven protector and champion of conservative Christians.”
c.im/@cdarwin/1126095136978109

I am talking o a reporter about this in a couple hours: regina.ctvnews.ca/from-outer-s

This is about an hour away from my farm, so this'll be a fun conversation, and yet another great opportunity to tell a lot of people about what a huge problem we have with unregulated commercialization of orbit. (Also I just redid my slides for my public talk next week, this is going in!)

This is why I support Propublica.

If you want democracy to continue, I urge you to support them as well.

They are doing better investigative reporting than any major news organization.

And it matters.

#NationalSecurity #Microsoft #HomelandSecurity #Election2024 #Security #Hacking #SolarWinds #SolarWind #NuclearArsenal #NIH

propublica.org/article/microso

The people of the future will read about millions of non-electric cars and trucks driving around in dense urban centers huffing fumes with the same horror we now feel reading about all the places we used to put asbestos— or the way they used to make dresses and ribbons of celluloid: in an era when there were fireplaces and candles all over the place.

After some conversations with friends NOT on the fediverse I've arrived at calling it "independent social media."

This is better than "open source" or other titles, it better conveys the central difference.

“We’re producing more energy than ever before in this nation. We have the strongest economy in the world, and we are beating China for the first time in decades. More people went to work this morning in America than at any other time in our nation’s history. So I’ve got a message to Donald Trump and all his negativity and his whining: Stop sh*t talking America. This is the greatest country on earth, and it’s time that we all start acting like it.” - Josh Shapiro heathercoxrichardson.substack.

Sharon and I got our best score yet on whentaken. Would have been a great score, but for that last one.

#105 (11.06.2024)

I scored 813/1000 🎉

1️⃣ 📍 814 km - 🗓️ 4 yrs - ⚡ 172 / 200
2️⃣ 📍 7 km - 🗓️ 8 yrs - ⚡ 189 / 200
3️⃣ 📍 231 km - 🗓️ 1 yrs - ⚡ 191 / 200
4️⃣ 📍 40 km - 🗓️ 0 yrs - ⚡ 198 / 200
5️⃣ 📍 2965 km - 🗓️ 28 yrs - ⚡ 63 / 200

whentaken.com

I generally support good bike infrastructure, but visiting places that have even decent bike infra radicalizes me

As I travel down a protected bike lane the wind whispers in my ear "you could have this all the time. Doesn't your community deserve nice things, too?"

It does, wind. It does.

It is really difficult to be poor in America. Not only are you dehumanized, you also get the worst Byzantine rules about anything and everything.

npr.org/2024/06/08/g-s1-3475/s

Oxford University mathematician reveals how to avoid spilling your coffee ☕️

Coworker on Monday: I have a fever and feel like crap. Staying home.
Coworker on Tuesday: I’ll be in the office for some important meetings.
Me on Tuesday: I’m canceling my meeting with you today.
mastodon.social/@plaguepoems/1

You can bet if Finland or Denmark went Far Right instead of Left the Media would be talking about them today, but as they didn't, you'd never know how well Left candidates did and how poorly the Far Right fared.

They want you to give up and accept Fascism as inevitable, and people will oblige that fantasy when it's the only one they hear every day from the Media

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"More than half of #Biden supporters say main reason for backing is to oppose #Trump"

thehill.com/homenews/campaign/

Some people think this is terrible

I consider it ideal

I don't like passion and #politics. That gives us cults like #MAGA. To me every #vote should be a cold calculation. That's an ideal society, to me

If enough people vote tactically, they can move a party in the direction they want, until they get a candidate worthy of love

But even then I will never mix passion and politics

Re: chaos.social/@joeposaurus/1125 by @joeposaurus:

I’m audiobooking a book on the #Luddites¹, which caused me to think how passive factory workers in my lifetime were during the Great Offshoring. They didn't smash the looms. Of course, the looms were an ocean away, but still: so passive.²… (1/10)

Also, shout-out to @letsencrypt for dramatically changing the security landscape of the Web for the better over the years.

Rarely is there an example of a project so effective and so directly improving everyone's lives, while at the same time keeping the original engineering mindset and just Doing Stuff Right™ humbly in the background.

Next November it will have been exactly a decade since LE started. We all owe them a huge 10th birthday party.

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Get into the car in the morning and drive through France into Belgium on the way to the Netherlands. And the only sign of change of country is a sign along the road that I almost missed. Nobody checked our (German) IDs and we did not need a passport.

Living in the #EU, we tend to take it for granted that we can easily cross borders. But it's an wonder, an achievement, something worth fighting for.

#Europa #Europe

Let me clarify “indoor air revolution” for the contrarians — there are ways to design or retrofit buildings to increase air exchange and flow, including with window placements and passive ventilation and strategic use of basic fans. We can make schools and hospitals etc healthier for everyone by recognizing, as we once did with sewage and sanitation, that we can design sickness out of our living spaces

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Here are some organizations working against authoritarianism in the U.S. I work with them and trust them. See if one of them suits you and get involved now.

Emily’s List emilyslist.org/
Sister District sisterdistrict.com/
Swing Left swingleft.org/
Indivisible indivisible.org/

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My girlfriend says I’m hopeless at fixing appliances.

Well, she’s in for a shock.

“Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don’t imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of the Soviet regime, or any other regime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore.” – George Orwell.

I wonder how this will shake out in the US Republican Party if Trump loses. The press seems pretty willing to rehabilitate scoundrels they know. Is a whore a whore if no one mentions it?

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