Speaking of climate change, how the heck is a mosquito flying around in Northern West Virginia in December??? :eyes_opposite:

Twitter was never a positive "public square". For any of us. The last thing we should do is treat the #Fediverse as a Twitter 2.0.

We had to deal with violent neo-Nazi radicals there.

They endangered our children.
They publicized our home addresses.
They threw swarms of racist trolls into our replies.

We need to defend our community.
We need to encourage moderation and constant vigilance.
The only place that is truly safe is the place we make safe through effort.

We safeguard ourselves.

WP:
Pentagon reveals secretive B-21 bomber in California

The aircraft, named the Raider, is expected to be more advanced than any other now in the U.S. military’s arsenal

washingtonpost.com/national-se

#News #Military

The concern isn’t that letting Nazis back on Twitter (or any other major platform) is going to make people suddenly start thinking Nazis are good. The concern is that when people get used to hearing their ideas, other extreme ideas start sounding kind of reasonable and even acceptable. That’s the Overton Window, and it explains a lot about what’s going on right now. Far-right extremists use this tactic more effectively than any other group I’ve ever seen. 3/

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NEW: Arizona court dismisses lawsuit brought by Josh Barnett, who lost the Republican primary for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, that sought to "annul" the state's election results.

Read the order below.
democracydocket.com/cases/ariz

Proboscidean (Mammoth) tusk section for #FossilFriday and #FieldPhotoFriday.

I was digging through a layer of #Pleistocene sandy overburden to reach a fossiliferous #Miocene strata, when my trowel hit something hard. It turned out to be the largest section of mammoth/mastodon tusk I have ever found. It measures approx. 2m long. Later analysis of the Schreger Lines in the tusk confirmed it was Mammoth.

Location : Peace River, #Florida, Bone Valley Formation.

#paleontology #fossils

A woman was arrested for "chemical endangerment" for using drugs while pregnant. The problem: She wasn't pregnant. So officers released her, but told her if she gets pregnant in the next few month she will be re-arrested.

The people who told us we were overreacting when Roe was overturned were never arguing in good faith and also they were very wrong.

reuters.com/legal/government/a

If you search for "emacs" on google, it asks you "Are you looking for vi?". And guess what it asks you if you search for "vi".

JUST IN:

House Rep. Patrick Fallon sold $100,000 in TWTR Stocks (TWITTER, INC.) on 2022-10-31 and filed on 2022-12-01.

Fallon’s $TWTR purchase happened in Jan 2022 when Twitter was at $34 and got a 55% return.

#news #finance #economics #stocks #options

"Become an astronomer," they said. "It'll be fun," they said.

Chile has some of the best skies for nighttime observing, thanks to its many high and dry desert mountains. The lack of moisture means most nights of the year are cloud-free 😎🌌

...emphasis on *most*

These photos were taken during a winter storm on Cerro Pachón in June 2022.

📷: E. Serrano/NSF/@AURA

If you're not aware, NASA is posting all the interesting JWST images to Flickr, in glorious full resolution. I just downloaded a 150MB image of the Tarantula Nebula. Find that and more here: flickr.com/photos/nasawebbtele

My twitter followers are jumping ship. My engagement is dropping rapidly. They changed the algorithm to force feed me right wing accounts. And white supremacy, Islamophobia, & antisemitism on Twitter are being defended as valid points of view.

By contrast this Mastodon community is igniting robust dialogue, respectful disagreement, and offers little comfort to racists and bigots.

This is what Twitter could’ve been, and I’m really hopeful this is what Mastodon continues to be. Thank you all.❤️✊🏽

Hear me out, Mastodon chooses our servers for us using a sorting hat

Someone shot the neighborhood peacock. What kind of evil person does that? Ventu Park area. gofundme.com/f/vpprecovery

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