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I'd be tempted to move to a Scandinavian nation for fear of Christian Nationalist movement in the US, also a northern migration from the California Central Valley may become necessary as the earth warms.

Curiously I may actually have (remote) family, but that would be a far reach into the eye of the wind.

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I got a Bank Shot unit (electronic pool game by Parker Bros) and played the shit out of it.

Later I'd be seduced into PC pool games that featured a robust physics engine guaranteed to improve your game!

I wasn't obsessive enough to play it to improve my game, though.

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San Francisco had kinda spring and kinda autumn (that is to say never really a summer or winter).

Then Google moved in.

Not sure if those two corellate.

Seriously, why is the USA supporting Israel?

The US is supporting Israel through what we can mostly all agree is a genocide of the Gazans. Clearly, Biden isn't a genocidal maniac, yet he's all in with unwavering support. Why are we doing this? There has to be a logical reason that isn't just "we want Israel to kill everyone in Gaza and take their land a la lebensraum."...

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In the 1980s through the aughts, it was a lot easier to turn a blind eye to the inhumane treatment of Palestinians because media agencies controlled the narrative. Once the internet allowed for unvetted video to leak the pubic have a better grasp on what is actually going on.

In other controversies, the ubiquity if phone cameras plays a significant part, but I don't know how many phone cameras are in Palestine.

I think it is this, how the internet affects narratives of violence against oppressed peoples, that drives the save the kids from the internet policies like KOSA and SESTA/FOSTA. The US federal government doesn't really care about children, but it does care about leaks that embarrass the administration or the state.

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『Bolshevik chorus swells』

SEIZE THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION! WE HAVE NOTHING TO L—mph! mmmpmmmph! mmmlmmmpmmmph!

『is carried off by well dressed industrialist goons』

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You vote for Democrats to keep the Republicans from turning the US into an ideological autocracy and stepping up the genocide schedule.

Changing the state of the nation for the better requires activism at different fronts.

We're at the Secret Hitler endgame, and the fascists are winning.

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Biden is not Trump, but he's also not our friend. Even if the Democrats keep the GOP and Project 2025 at bay, there is still cause for mischief.

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Oh yes. By far.

Voting for public offices has become an absolute must: A vote for any GOP candidate is a vote in favor of one-party autocracy and the end of democratic (lower case) features in the US. A vote against the GOP candidate (by voting for the next popular guy, typically the Democrat -- uppercase) is a vote to slow down US progress towards this one-party autocracy.

No matter who you are, you're not going to like one-party autocracy. Here in the states, we established that when we chased off the Brits and established out own constitution. We can also point to countless other examples in which it's shit. (Iran is providing lots of current instances).

Yes, we want progressive policies. Heck, I want massive reform and in some cases radical abolition of current establishment systems. We're not going to get those just by voting. Nor are we going to get them simply with violent revolution. We have to actually try again and develop new systems, and then get them ratified by everyone, and all that time autocratic power is going to be tempting whoever has military power.

(The French Revolution, for example, started in 1789, but had to be reconsidered and revisited for nearly a century, with the occasional decade of uneventful constitutional monarchy before the regents started rolling back civil rights, and the guillotines were rolled out yet again. The third republic was established in 1870, and France became secular -- established freedom of religion -- in 1905. Revolution is long and bloody.)

Support your local mutual aid organizations. Help out when you can. If the federal government shuts down, check in on federal employees and help out as you can if they get in a jam. Don't cross picket lines, and check in with striking laborers. All this helps the resistance last longer than the autocratic movements until they ouroboros themselves through their own internal corruption.

That's where we are in the States.

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In concussion armor. The stuff we haven't been issuing to our troopers since the War On Terror, and they've been coming back by the hundreds of thousands with TBIs, for which the DVA doesn't do squat.

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Americas Army stunk bad on release, but was pretty solid by the time that it got to 3.0.

Recruits are trained on the engine used in ARMA by Bohemia Interactive. I played some of the scenarios on Operation: Flashpoint (which featured cold-war operations in the late 1980s).

Eventually, when I got hit, I assumed I was dead, and occasionally be surprised that I'm not, in fact, falling over, and am still alive and still have functional parts.

But yes, the most effective way to play seemed to be to hide in a bush and wait for minutes (hours if necessary) for the enemy to cross your firing line.

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I'm pretty sure there is. Families since the aughts have been buying or making cardboard inserts for standard issue to help ensure Johnny comes marching home, once it had been determined the armor issued wasn't doing it when dealing with IEDs.

But whether good armor doesn't exist doesn't matter. What matters is standard issue is resulting in troops coming home permanently missing faculties for which the DVA isn't adequately managing. So we counter-recruiters are telling them there are worse things that can happen than you coming back in a box, like you coming back in parts and your family confined to poverty and wiping your ass for the rest of your natural life.

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Do the kids of the ownership classes also have to serve with the rest of the grunts? Or are they sectioned off to champaign units the way George W. Bush did his Coast Guard tour? Or given exception like for Trump's bone spurs?

If aristocrats are on the front line with the of the enlisted, there might be better regard for vets.

I wonder if those countries also face the same degrees of top-down abuse and sexual assault for which the US Army is reputed.

War is Hell, but the US armed forces have more special hells than Big Trouble in Little China

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That tracks. I knew the Arma engine was used for training in the US Army and USMC but I didn't know where it fit in.

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Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt believed the military was a noble path. At Nuremberg, when asked why he continued to serve after learning the atrocities of the German Reich, he asserted Prussians don't mutiny!

Essentially, he was glad to be a loyal machine that completes a task, rather than someone who stands for principle.

But then when honor doesn't compel us to operate the Death Star's superlaser for the Galactic Emperor, money will, and if not that, extortion.

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An equivocative question. Are you law enforcement?

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There were armor upgrades explicitly downvoted by congress. Then we were losing humvees to IEDs like flies to glow traps. Mechanics were attaching scrap until rhino kits came out. Not a good look.

The war on false pretenses also soured the whole ordeal. I hear our grade-schoolers coming back from American History are being taught Iraqi Freedom was revenge for the 9/11 attacks. (It wasn't.)

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Thank you! A lot of this is new information to me!

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Yeah, there are special divisions for fortunate sons, who get fancier barracks and light duties away from harms way. We know because George W. Bush served his military career in one in the Coast Guard.

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There's a wide spectrum of bonded servitude between plantation slavery circa 16th century and the Levée en masse. Regardless, when jobs are obligatory, and the option to change jobs is difficult or impossible, it opens the victims up to abuse, which develops universally.

So while I can see you're trying to make a case for the latter, as if it isn't cause for harm, invariably it will drift towards the former, and history has demonstrated it time and again. The United States, especially cannot be trusted; if we wanted a truly professional military force, we would utilize poverty and lack of civilian opportunity to drive our recruitment. To the contrary we'd full transparency that our soldiers are treated well from recruitment to death.

The United States should have let sexual assaults get out of hand. They should have been generous to their wounded the shell shocked and the families of the fallen. There shouldn't be a running litany of officers who bully the ranks beneath them, sometimes to the extent of extortion and violence.

Not that it will stop the US from restoring the draft once it neuters democracy and becomes a one-party autocracy. But when that happens it will be only months before Fall Weiß.

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Yeah, I needed to see one. Some people here seem sincerely... tankie? Is that the term?

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I suspect every country has their MAGA. And the problem is when it gets to big.

I think when people feel survival precarity, its easy to get into their head they have to hoard what they got from the Others.

That figured pretty largely into the story of Sodom, it didn't end well, albeit by deus ex machina.

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They were able to fuck up the web partially with SESTA/FOSTA.

Of course they're going to keep doing it. The internet is too much of a threat to the plutocracy by leaking when they do evil shit for their ill gotten gains.

They want to make the internet nothing but Amazon and Hulu.

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We don't serfdom well. Rich techbros can expect feces in their food and spittle in their drink, and eventially a guillotine party. Maybe armies of patrol drones will slow it down but the opportunities for mischief will be exciting.

FDR's New Deal was to prevent a communist revolution. And here we are, again.

Now serfdom would work if they recognized people need bare minimums that keep them warm, fed and comfortable. But aristocrats always take thr serfs for granted.

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One can only hope.

The last time that happened, we explored the moon and developed the space shuttle program. We got microchips and memory foam.

Ideological rivals encourage congress throwing money into big science. Apollo returned $14 on the dollar. It's a good investment.

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For perspective, $30 billion would afford the food and freight to feed every human on Earth for a year.

Less than that would make him a god in Haiti (that is, elevate the nation out of crisis and put a bronze statue of Musk in every state park commemorating how awesome he is.

A few billion could provide free high-speed internet to everyone worldwide. Curiously Musk considered this, but then wondered how to get everyone to pay fees for it.

ETA I got these values when we were discussing Bloomberg's wealth in 2019 when he was trying to Secret Hitler the Democratic party, and how much could be bought with the $500 million (at the time only 200 million was declared) he spent on his campaign. The $30 billion to feed the world value came up in in one of the news articles.

Well, the economy is much different and we're dealing with considerable inflation (and our billionaires, including Bloomberg are much richer.)

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There are eight billion people on earth, so it's even cheaper. Internet access is one of those things that requires infrastructure that gets cheaper per user as it scales up. At a global level, yes, internet should be ridiculously cheap per capita.

The cost we pay here in the US is mostly profit for the oligopolies that control the last mile. Licensing fees because they control access via legal obstruction. If I were to create a community server, it could be much cheaper as a non-profit cooperative, but for the cost defending from litigation from the established chains.

In other words, cost of the internet is inflated by force, not because internet access is expensive to construct and maintain.

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That the costs scale down the more massive the production. If you're in the industrialized world, the money you pay for food is almost all profit. Not the cost of agriculture, not the cost of harvesting and packaging, not freight time, maintenance and fuel, not logistics and accounting. Profit.

Most of our money spent is bribes goes in the pocket of each of the capitalists along the way taking their bit of rent.

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You do make a relavant point. Prices have doubled in the last couple of years and I think the statistic is from the early 2010s.

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Law enforcement isn't interested in solving crimes. It's interested in securing convictions. False convictions do nicely to advance police and DA careers. And innocent bystanders are fine for putting warm bodies into empty prison cells.

Ask Microsoft: Are you using our personal data to train AI? (foundation.mozilla.org)

We had four lawyers, three privacy experts, and two campaigners look at Microsoft's new Service Agreement, and none of our experts could tell if Microsoft plans on using your personal data – including audio, video, chat, and attachments from 130 products, including Office, Skype, Teams, and Xbox – to train its AI models....

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Just tell Microsoft we know they're using personal user data to train AI, and they should stop.

It would be off brand for Microsoft to do otherwise.

uriel238 ,
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Microsoft totally has plans to deport us all to Mars.

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1.2 MW so (thinks in Satisfactory) sixteen coal turbines or eight fuel generators.

‘Boycott Tesla’ ads to air during Super Bowl — “Tesla dances away from liability in Autopilot crashes by pointing to a note buried deep in the owner’s manual, that says Autopilot is only safe on fr... (www.washingtonpost.com)

‘Boycott Tesla’ ads to air during Super Bowl — “Tesla dances away from liability in Autopilot crashes by pointing to a note buried deep in the owner’s manual, that says Autopilot is only safe on fr...::undefined

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Wasn't there an anti-privacy ad about Apple products being used to distribute CSAM as well? Rebecca Watson did a recent counterpoint to the ad. Privacy invasive tech is not good when large social movements are seeking to purge undesirables within the public

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An editorialist got pissy that millennials weren't buying diamonds, and the take was millennials were lazy and not working hard enough to make boomer money.

So I'm cynical long before I read the take, since many of these kinds of articles are writteb to appeal to the insecurities of news agency owners rather than what the public is actually experiencing.

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We need a labor organization haiku generator the way we have an NSA haiku generator.

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I dunno. If I were forced to toil in current typical toxic conditions, I might be inclined to leave a gross mess in a corporate HQ somewhere.

But then I'm literally crazy and am paid to specifically not do that.

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This reminds me of IMSI catchers, which governors and mayors don't mind if law enforcement has them, but when your neighbor makes one out of a mail-order kit and a soldering gun then suddenly it's an instrument of terror.

Oh and police aren't supposed to have them in the US, but no one punishes them for using one. It's inadmissible in court, so they have to parallel construct (id est, lie ) about how they got your location from an informant or through detection dogs or something.

In fact, a lot of security is lax, and we don't bother until it's private interests rather than law enforcement that are using them with malicious intent.

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Day one purch for me. I got so much out of their first one and liked the second one plenty.

Taylor Swift deepfakes on X falsely depict her engaging in election denialism — and have been viewed millions of times (www.nbcnews.com)

Taylor Swift deepfakes on X falsely depict her engaging in election denialism — and have been viewed millions of times::Taylor Swift is being targeted again by deepfakes, with supporters of Donald Trump posting manipulated media falsely showing her supporting Trump.

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The first Swift deepfakes I heard (currently the only ones) are the mathematical proofs (like this one on YouTube).

Hopefully, enough Swifties encounter them and are able to learn not just some sweet math, but that we have tech good enough to render anyone saying anything. Also that Deepfake Taylor has pretty solid math chops.

Then we get back to square one, where the authority or celebrity of a person is not enough to take their position as truth, but we also have to consider the merits of what argument they make.

For now, though, the Taylor Swift math proofs might serve to defuse Taylor Swift PSAs that might lead people astray.

ETA: Einstein adds a PSA to the end of this proof advising that yeah, we can't rely on who is saying something as informing its veracity. (Fixed!)

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More importantly I grew up without the internet, and no real parenting, and ended up with lifelong major depression. And I manage suicidality on a daily basis.

We blame social media the way we blamed video games, and CCCGs the way we blamed violent movies and Gangsta Rap the way we blamed Rock-&-Roll and Dungeons & Dragons. What we're not willing to look at is how we force both parents to work, so they aren't around to parent and when they are they're too exhausted from working.

In fact, no-one is okay. We have intergenerational mental illness and our healthcare grossly underserves mental health interests, which figures into why our suicide rates are creeping higher every year while Japan's (where suicide is more culturally accepted) is lowering. It figures into why the Christian nationalist movement and transnational white power movement are lousy with new members.

It doesn't help much that the old myth of upward mobility has been thoroughly debunked, that we're anticipating a global population correction in the next century and our leaders are all inheritance aristocrats who act childishly on the House and Senate floor (or in Parliament). The society that demands we do better and give 100% can't help but do everything half-assed.

So no, we can disregard this given we can't be bothered to give our kids school lunches or even a daily wellness check-in.

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Responsible parents

And I submit we don't allow such things, at least not often, not without above-average household income.

In the meantime, it took into the 1990s before we realized it is not enough just to let parents do their thing. Family dysfunction, child abuse, child sexual abuse ran rampant not just within homes, but in schools and churches. The Satanic panic was part of our recognition that these are things that actually happen.

So, I submit that the first step is not to block kids from the internet (at which point you have to decide when you're going to decide when they should be allowed to make mistakes about dangerous things, knowing they're going to get into trouble and cause harm) but to provide for a society in which parents can be enabled to parent. Because they are not, and haven't been before I was born.

Besides which, when a kid is stuck in a dangerous home, the internet is one of the resources they can go to in order to get informed about the danger they are in, and maybe how to escape it. Of course, SESTA/FOSTA killed some of those information sources, and KOSA is going to kill even more of them, since it's not about hiding porn from kids but LGBT+ information, even when it's educational.

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You know what's also nice? Bribes to the regulating officials. Junkets. Free samples. Fancy dinners. Golf games. Promises of no-show jobs if their political career tanks.

Some doctors gladly overprescribe opioids (or bad SSRIs like Seroquel) for a few free lunches from a pharma spokesperson hottie.

People with political power are cheap.

It's why the rest of us have that lean and hungry look.

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You're not most doctors. Your a doctor. Also bribes and propaganda can affect you whether consciously or not. My own doctor of twenty years (now retired) only took pharma submissions through regular channels.

Seroquel came to mind because I personally witnessed someone who suffered from dystonia as a side effect of Seroquel, months before the class action that the side effect was understated (or misrepresented) when it was being tested for FDA approval.

That said, the lunches-for-overprescription pattern was discovered and highlighted during investigations into the opioid epidemic in the United States, in which, yes, a lot of lunches were bought by Purdue pharmacy representatives, and yes, a lot of correlating doctors over-presribed OxyContin, and whether or not it's a matter of neglect, laziness or willful malice to exploit the inflated medical market and poor Americans, the opioid crisis continues to this day, with 109,600 Americans dying from opioid overdoses in 2023.

I can cite plenty of other industries in which good press is bought and regulatory departments are captured with bribes, in pay or in kind. I'm personally familiar with the game industry and photography industry. But I can't help but be bitter about the medical industry, having seen the effects of bad medicine on friends and family, when not experiencing it personally.

Stop wearing Vision Pro goggles while driving your Tesla: U.S. transportation officials, Calif. police (www.nytimes.com)

Stop wearing Vision Pro goggles while driving your Tesla: U.S. transportation officials, Calif. police::Videos, many of them stunts or jokes, of people wearing Apple’s new virtual reality headset while driving Teslas in Autopilot mode prompted officials to issue warnings.

uriel238 ,
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Speculating on the vastness of the universe, Alexander wept. Asked why, he replied Is it not worthy of tears, that, when the number of worlds is infinite, we have not yet become lords of a single one?

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As a Windows 10 user who tried Win 11, it's super gross. I'm hoping to get my shit together enough to convert to linux this year before Microsoft forces my hand.

If Microsoft forces my hand it'll probably mean a month without gaming and I'll be a sad, sad boy.

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Whenever we have disrupting technological advancements, DARPA looks at it to see if it can be applied to military action, and this has been true with generative AI, with LLMs and with sophisticated learning systems. They're still working on all of these.

They also get clickbait news whenever one of their test subjects does something whacky, like kill their own commander in order to expedite completing the mission parameters (in a simulation, not on the field.) The whole point is to learn how to train smart weapons to not do funny things like that.

So yes, that means on a strategic level, we're getting into the nitty of what we try to do with the tools we have. Generals typically look to minimize casualties (and to weigh factors against the expenditure of living troops) knowing that every dead soldier is a grieving family, is rhetoric against the war effort, is pressure against recruitment and so on. When we train our neural-nets, we give casualties (and risk thereof) a certain weight, so as to inform how much their respective objectives need to be worth before we throw more troopers to take them.

Fortunately, AI generals will be advisory to human generals long before they are commanding armies, themselves, or at least I'd hope so: among our DARPA scientists, military think tanks and plutocrats are a few madmen who'd gladly take over the world if they could muster a perfectly loyal robot army smart enough to fight against human opponents determined to learn and exploit any weaknesses in their logic.

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They all collectively and individually enshittified until it became worthwhile to pirate again.

They can point fingers all they want, or change their attitudes for longer-term gain.

The problem is, of course, their shareholders who are pushing for maximizing short-term profits, and then shareholder primacy, meaning they are legally obligated to obey their shareholders, even at the cost of business collapse.

Let them die.

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Sadface.

I want the vampire but don't have the VR.

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