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GhostOnTheHalfShell

@GhostOnTheHalfShell@masto.ai

opinionated lurker of the intarwebs.

used to write code, still do. c/c++, java, php, js, c#, gdscript (godot), gnawed on sql, sparql
embedded, ios, mac, *nix, & windows billions of years ago.

tech, graphics, anything STEM
anything anthropology, history, linguistics
anything blender, gimp (although i scream using it), audacity
enjoys using feet/limbs
prefers not to be run over by cars

I drink Philz.

I do a (non-monetized) video or so a week on yt.

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mattblaze , to random
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Stone House (with Couch), Harvard, CA, 2010.

Abandoned but well-preserved pixels at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattblaze/4611078542

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@mattblaze i wanna say, “dat couch!”

room with a view

georgetakei , to random
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It was always a rule up with which I could not put.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

As a language with its some of its roots in Germanic languages? You betcha.

Oh gehen Sie auf.

pluralistic , to random
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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: Google reneged on the monopolistic bargain; The Bezzle excerpt (Part IV); and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/21/im-feeling-unlucky/

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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@pluralistic

The heat death of the internet, where everything useful dies and everything left is waste heat and decayed remnants of information.

I think review websites should consider the fediverse. Join Mastodon (or have they?j like so many other news outlets, maybe fire up a lemmy or kbin account.

Maybe even make their own review centric mastodon server similar to press.coop. The major platforms (like Meta) are squeezing them out. No point clinging to a sinking burning dumpster fire.

pluralistic , to random
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A funny thing happened on the way to the enshittocene: Google - which astonished the world when it reinvented search, blowing Altavista and Yahoo out of the water with a search tool that seemed magic - suddenly turned into a pile of shit.

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If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/21/im-feeling-unlucky/#not-up-to-the-task

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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@pluralistic

A large chunk of ads on Youtube are exactly the same. Audible scams, “he finds us” style ads from various conservative grift orgs, some outright conspiracy theorist ads, scam vendors (temu).

More importantly, advertisers who care about reputation don’t seem to understand their brands are placed next to disreputable vendors.

AI enforced and evaluated “community standards” only apply to content creators This crap applies to all platforms I think.

18+ arstechnica , to random
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Measles erupts in Florida school where 11% of kids are unvaccinated

Over 100 children at the school are susceptible to virus.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/02/measles-erupts-in-florida-school-where-11-of-kids-are-unvaccinated/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@AlphaKiloPapa @SaskiadeRegt @arstechnica

nah. Almost means vaccination needed. Normal school districts in normal states demand vaccination for enrollment. The people not being vaxxed are anti vaxxers, that usually means conservatives and dippy middle class moms.

pluralistic , to random
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Enshittification describes how platforms go bad, which is also how the internet goes bad, because the internet is made of platforms, which is weird, because platforms are intermediaries and we were promised that the internet would disintermediate the world:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/01/30/go-nuts-meine-kerle/#ich-bin-ein-bratapfel

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If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/19/crad-kilodney-was-an-outlier/#intermediation

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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@pluralistic

AI is the final ingredient for the heat death of the internet. It’s intermediating people made explosively worse by intermediating itself.

https://masto.ai/@GhostOnTheHalfShell/111944687559911196

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@kbal @pluralistic

Kill the Bork doctrine and more widely rubbish conservative economists. It’s their policies that have annihilated market economies, in essence, the basis for “capitalism”.

georgetakei , to random
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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

Persecution by the state. Fascism it’s what for Florida.

dangillmor , to random
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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@dangillmor

Yup the centralized command and control media monster that has circumvented ownership limits and tells their thrall stations what can be said, what cannot be said and what must be said. They own tv and radio in every largish county in the US, and streaming outlets.

The goon may be going for periodicals too.

Think Rush Limbaugh or Tucker station in every town.

georgetakei , to random
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Oh M&Myyy

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

Getting his nut on.

GhostOnTheHalfShell , to random
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Quite Shallow is back. Taking names and chewing bubble gum.

I have to admit never waking in the morning being able to cop bitch this well.

https://youtu.be/cfVaB-ijUrA

guncelawits , to random
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My hope is that by making Trump the sole source of values and decisions in the GOP, the moment he dies the party will have all the substance and vigor of years-old roadkill.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@guncelawits I’m not sure they haven’t reached zombie status.

I can’t decide if it’s clicker or bloater

georgetakei , to random
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Ask and you shall receive.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei Science made that thing they type on.

tell them to leave that thing they are against, because they really like all the shit it has brought tomthem

lowqualityfacts , to random
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I am finally the proud owner of a Tesla Cybertruck. It's incredible. Drove over a puddle this morning and only three of the doors have begun to rust. One door impressively remains rust-free. A butterfly flew into the windshield, which created severe cracks but it did NOT break. Little guy flew off like it was nothing. Men respect my vehicle and women want to sleep with it. Downloaded a sweet software patch that keeps the A/C running full blast 24/7. Well worth the $100k.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@lowqualityfacts ooo, i can feel alpha male dripping off you. :ablobgrin:

aniltj , to random
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⟨ " Our economy is dominated by five aging tech giants – Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft. In the last twenty years, no company has commercialized a new technology in a way that threatens them. Why?

We argue that the tech giants have learned how to coopt disruption.

They identify potentially disruptive technologies, use their money to influence the startups developing them, strategically dole out access to the resources the startups need to grow, and seek regulation that makes it harder for the startups to compete. When a threat emerges, they buy it off. And after they acquire a startup, they redirect its people and assets to their own innovation needs.

These seemingly unrelated behaviors work together to enable the tech giants to maintain their dominance in the face of disruptive innovations. " ⟩

In addition to the tactics noted in the paper, the manner in which incumbents use standards development organizations and industry consortia to slow-roll anything that disrupts their existing product lines, and try to re-direct anything disruptive to something that they can (barely) incrementally implement is something that is not appreciated enough!

H/T to @pluralistic for his essay which provided the pointer to this paper. Link to essay @ https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/08/permanent-overlords/

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4713845

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georgetakei , to random
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The straight truth wasn’t very.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

LOL. Alexander really did love some of his generals. Well documented fact.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

On top of that Greek culture, ESPECIALLY Spartan culture, had very different mores about sex. So did Romans.

Spartans institutionalized homosexuality from the belief it built solidarity in a hoplite (from what I’ve read).

tante , to random
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Study finds that Github Copilot lowers code quality and maintainability:

"We find disconcerting trends for maintainability. Code churn -- the percentage of lines that are reverted or updated less than two weeks after being authored -- is projected to double in 2024 compared to its 2021, pre-AI baseline. We further find that the percentage of 'added code' and 'copy/pasted code' is increasing in proportion to 'updated,' 'deleted,' and 'moved 'code. In this regard, AI-generated code resembles an itinerant contributor, prone to violate the DRY-ness [don't repeat yourself] of the repos visited."

The paper concludes: "How will Copilot transform what it means to be a developer? There's no question that, as AI has surged in popularity, we have entered an era where code lines are being added faster than ever before. The better question for 2024: who's on the hook to clean up the mess afterward?"

https://visualstudiomagazine.com/articles/2024/01/25/copilot-research.aspx

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@larsrosenquist @tante

Now I wonder if they can be poisoned just like images…

Write that spaghetti code boyz! Start posting shit Git projects!

Best of all copilot can write it for you.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@sour @tante @larsrosenquist

A word salad sounds DELICIOUS!

randahl , to random
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A US businessman with 171 million social media followers is trying to convince the American public, that the law which contains the aid to Ukraine will allow foreigners to vote in US elections.

X is the misinformation medium.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@randahl just off or on his Ketamine high?

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@otownKim @randahl

Not really. Billionaires are all allies of sorts. Rich fucks like Musk and his social/business circle include Peter Thiel. They are anarcho capitalists. The much older coup machine, the Koch network is reworking the US into fascism.

They are aligned with Putin’s desire to see the US unravel.

A consortium of negatives.

georgetakei , to random
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Phil. It’s been Phil all along.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei This made my evening.

elizabethtasker , to random
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I’m in a long line for the bag drop at the airport. A robotic cart joined the queue. It alternated between demanding people move in Japanese and English, and voicing the same demands at a variety of barriers.

People have done their best to acquiesce to its demands, but it’s now stationary and shouting in multiple languages.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@az @elizabethtasker behold skynet overlord.

georgetakei , to random
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I’ll bet most folks who act like him couldn’t either.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei Well fuck, they didn’t expect a pop quiz.

Maybe they would do better with a multiple guess format.

No body expects the Spanish Inquisition.

On the other hand, why would they? It’s just woke talking points.

georgetakei , to random
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It does sound like an ominous sign for something far worse to come.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei Initial gobbldigook gurgle bleh.

Reverse the polarity!

😂

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

Star Trek TOS Season 1 episode 10 “What little girls are made of”

Mushroot , to random
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"Facebook is a company that was founded to nonconsensually rate the fuckability of Harvard undergrads, and it only got worse after that."

—Cory Doctorow @pluralistic

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@HeliaXyana @Mushroot @pluralistic

VHS won over Beta because porn.

no. really!

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@dusnm @HeliaXyana @Mushroot @pluralistic

Pron sold tapes. Pron sold the web.

Get the distinction?

georgetakei , to random
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Oh, NYC. Never change!

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

It seems like he’s started a new life

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/z7bcJrl7Tn0

georgetakei , to random
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I suppose it was hard to cough while completely unconscious!

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei call that Lights Out

StillIRise1963 , to random
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I want it to get to the point where Melania has to sell her clothes.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@StillIRise1963

Dibs on the I don’t care jacket. I’ll wear it in front of her.

w7voa , to random
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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@w7voa I wish we had a legal definition for what Xitter has become. It's advocating violence as valid political expression and for violent overthrow of the US government.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@alastair @w7voa

These options are not mutually exclusive.

georgetakei , to random
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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei She thinks she’s white. Was et long ago.

stevesilberman , to random
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One thing I find fascinating about Republican voters and the mainstream media is that Trump routinely says things like this and -- well, you may not have heard, but the man is running for President of the United States -- and nobody just says outright, "WHAT THE BLOODY FUCK IS WRONG WITH THIS MAN? WHAT THE FUCK IS HE TALKING ABOUT?"

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@stevesilberman The rest of us should be saying to media, WTF are you not calling this nut out?

georgetakei , to random
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This will be a huge help, especially to low-income Americans. Well done, Joe!

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei :ablobblewobble: :ablobcatbongo: :ablobcaramelldansen:

Whatever shortcomings Biden may have, let's be clear the alternative is a nightmare.

We need to move forward in this country to ensure we have more options than toilet paper in political representation.

That process is easier without brutal tyranny.

georgetakei , to random
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Sometimes when I’m having a particularly lousy day, I say “Computer, end program.” You know, just in case.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei

Do you speak into the mouse or use a communicator?

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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@realTuckFrumper Daily Mail?

Tell me this isn’t misinformation.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@realTuckFrumper

4 min video

This is likely where the story is coming from. Conspiracy generated regular exercises.

https://youtu.be/E6n3vbfOeos

realTuckFrumper , to random
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A Defiant Netanyahu Says No One Can Halt Israel’s War To Crush Hamas, Including The World Court https://www.huffpost.com/entry/israel-gaza-netanyahu-says-no-one-can-stop-hamas-war_n_65a3e48ae4b0351062f22daa?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@realTuckFrumper

Israel is taking on a lot of debt while its economy is shuttered as the workforce is mobilized for war and Palestinians banned. Israel is now importing Africans to do labor (if this is permanent, Israel becomes the new apartheid South Africa or even more like its petro state neighbors).

The war itself has seeded the cycle of violence for the next 50 years. Netanyahu is taking the settler colonialist routine: make the indigenous population disappear.

georgetakei , to random
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Having a hard time believing Tuberville talks to many scientists.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei oh just certain ones.

and maybe one or two

lauren , to random
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In 1940, Paramount released "The Three Stooges" short "You Nazty Spy!". At that point in time, the U.S. had not yet entered what would become World War II, and the pro-Hitler German American "Bund" was strong after its largest rally the year before in New York City.

In the short, the Stooges portray three simpletons recruited to lead a dictatorship in "Moronika", with Moe as the Hitler character, Curly as the Goring character, and Larry as the Goebbels character. Their flag was a pair of twisted snakes resembling a swastika, their slogan was "Moronika for Morons" (like Hitler's "Germany for Germans").

As a further dig, the Stooges, who were all Jewish, threw in a variety of Yiddish in the dialogue.

Some powerful congressmen who were either pro-Hitler or pro-neutrality were incensed at this short, but Paramount went ahead and released it anyway, resulting in Moe being the first American actor to portray Hitler in a released film production.

The Stooges were a remarkable trio. One of the high points of my life was meeting Larry Fine. He was in a wheelchair from a stroke, but still had his sense of humor.

We shall never see their like again.

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GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@lauren @User47 @internetarchive

Ah a purist. I am more sanguine about it. My childhood was filled with stooges, little rascals, martians, horses, twighlight zones and outer limits, all B&W. I don’t mind the colorization. It took a little bit of craft at one time.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@lauren @User47 @internetarchive

If only you knew how color was applied in NTSC…

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@lauren @User47 @internetarchive

Ah quarts in pint jars. They really did their research to get around the loop holes in human vision.

I only had to worry about NTSC with a lashing of PAL. I think I’ll pass on SECAM.

I remember the grand old days of dedicated hardware and laugh they still say Chyron.

"SECAM" stood for "Something exceedingly Contrary to the American Method" versus NTSC "Never Twice the Same Color" whilst "Peace At Last" or "Perfection At Last" .. or "Pay Another License").

rbreich , to random
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Nikki Haley:

-Said Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill “doesn’t go far enough”

-Would sign a federal abortion ban

-Pledged not to "expand Medicaid ever”

-Proudly called herself a “union-buster”

Don't let anyone fool you into thinking she’s some moderate alternative to Trump.

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@rbreich She’s a water girl for Koch. Project2025 would advance under her as any GOP politician.

georgetakei , to random
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They hate her so much. Why?

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@georgetakei Waters is like smarmy psycho clown.

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" school district removes dictionaries from , citing law championed by "
https://popular.info/p/florida-school-district-removes-dictionaries

PS: It turns out to be a myth that Victorians covered piano legs for the sake of prudery. But one day people will hear that Floridians removed dictionaries from school libraries for the sake of prudery and wonder whether it's a myth. The truth will be out there, but not in Florida libraries.

@academicchatter

GhostOnTheHalfShell ,
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@petersuber @academicchatter

I wish we could put a bit of cloth over their obnoxious mouths.

For decency.

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