Both parties have held the debt ceiling hostage as a political tool. For example, in 2011, the Republicans did it. But in 2013, the Republicans did it. On the other hand, this year it is the Republicans who are doing it.

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about moving to Mastodon is the sharing of gorgeous #photography. I’m a #photographer who enjoys capturing #nature. Before my #EDS diagnosis, I used to hike, especially over the summer of 2015, when my husband & I drove cross-country to experience all the beauty America has to offer. I miss those days, but I love that I can relive them through the eyes of so many others. #twittermigration

The Watchman at Zion National Park and the Milky Way, July 2015

It’s an accident of history that social media came to be walled gardens while web and email services did not. Post (and sites in that model) are plantations that enrich the owners, and impart platform risk to users.

Companies and media outlets in particular should consider establishing their own Mastodon/ActivityPub instances that they can control and ultimately monetize/drive revenue with as needed.

The notion a VC backed platform has creators’ best interests at heart is specious.

I'm delighted by all the goodies and benefits I happened into on mine here at qoto. The starting text block is at 64K, which is huge in comparison to most, for example. The description page at will give you a rundown, and I think you'll be pleased and surprised by the list of features.

Despite the recent enormous surge in activity and memberships, the server is still speedy (as is the administration). I've had zero trouble with any unpleasant characters lurking about. The management is pro-active in handling issues quickly. The underlying reason for its existence is as a science and science education instance, so there are many intelligent and well-spoken folks about.

Even though there are now over 25,000 users, the admin is reachable and responsive.

Hope you check us out!

Craig Mazin sensibly left Twitter at the end of October, but I'm hoping to convince him to join Mastodon, particularly with the premiere of The Last of Us coming up.

FRIENDS: We are MeidasTouch, the unapologetically pro-democracy organization many of you know from Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere.

With the chaos at Twitter, we want to build our platform here on Mastodon to make sure we can continue to spread our message.

Can you please BOOST this post, FOLLOW our account and encourage your followers to do the same?

If you are on a smaller server and like to follow #hashtags, I recommend also following the same hashtag 𝘰𝘯 𝘒 𝘭𝘒𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘳 π˜ͺ𝘯𝘴𝘡𝘒𝘯𝘀𝘦 via #RSS. In other words, follow (e.g.)[hashtag].rss in an RSS reader.

When you follow hashtags, the federated nature of Mastodon means you'll miss some qualifying posts from other instances. Tracking the same hashtag from a different instance than your home instance allows you to cast a broader net and miss fewer posts.

They should call themselves β€œalfalfa males” because everything about them is pretty much eventually horseshit.

β€œThe false specter of child abuse has long been a way for anti-L.G.B.T.Q. campaigns to attract β€œpeople who otherwise would not join what they consider a homophobic movement,” said Eric Gonzaba, an assistant professor of American studies at California State University, Fullerton, and co-chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History.”

Feat @esqueer β€” thank you.

Half of all Americans live in the red counties, half live in the orange counties

For #Caturday: a poignant photo by Paul Koudounaris of a beloved pet's tombstone. Despite popular belief, the cat's name was not Dewey. This was the surname of the cat's family. "'He was only a cat,' but he was human enough to be a great comfort in hours of loneliness and pain."

#CatsOfMastodon #catstodon #cats #pets #catpics

The FBI is investigating at least five #attacks on electricity substations in the Pacific northwest similar to one that caused widespread power outages in North Carolina.

Representatives from #PugetSound Energy, the Cowlitz County Public Utility District and Bonneville Power Admin confirmed the attacks took place in November, although FBI declined to confirm the investigations and it's not clear whether any of the damage resulted in service disruptions


@SamuelBepis @freemo @Darkayne FWIW, I've been on QOTO a month now and haven't seen any race science or bigotry. The few moderation decisions I've seen have been thoughtful and nuanced.
@freemo isn't always the best at clearly communicating his intentions, but from everything I've seen so far, his heart appears to be in the right place.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, I never felt anything less than welcomed on QOTO. And, if I had to describe the tone of my Local feed here, it's mostly STEM-related material, but of the few political-or-politics-adjacent posts I see, the vast majority seem to be left-leaning.

I don't know where this dramatic characterization of QOTO being a hive of right-wing disinfo and bigotry comes from, but it really doesn't seem to have any basis in reality.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day in the U.S., a β€œday that will live in infamy” for the unprovoked attack by the Empire of Japan upon U.S. forces stationed in Hawaii. But it also marked a dark turning point for Japanese Americans, who overnight became the β€œenemy.” (1/4)

Yes, Goblin Mode is word of the year per the OED, but Goblin Mean and Goblin Median are also worth paying attention to.

At 60 degrees north we don't get very many hours of daylight at this time of year but the light we do get can be incredible #Shetland #Scotland #horse #Shetlandpony

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