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The Lounge / Germany
« on: July 17, 2021, 12:29:18 PM »


I hope our German flat earthers are all okay.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Big Tech Censorship
« on: June 28, 2021, 11:15:39 AM »
I've been following a lot of conversations over the past year or so about tech corporations censoring speech. Recently it has been discussions about the corone, last year it was conservatives. I mostly see people are happy when it's views they don't like, or they think are dangerous (such as quack covid cures, or inciting a siege on the capital,etc). I do think that they have to be careful, they have to make some speech against the rules, but there is always the danger they will go too far. They will aim their bam hammer at speech you think should be allowed eventually.

Right Wing Watch has just found this out. https://twitter.com/RightWingWatch/status/1409498743158812675?s=20

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Our efforts to expose the bigoted view and dangerous conspiracy theories spread by right-wing activists has now resulted in @YouTube banning our channel and removing thousands of our videos. We attempted to appeal this decision, and YouTube rejected it.



The comments are full of - JuST bUIlD yOuR OwN yoUtuBE and you reap what you sow.

I hope they get their channel back.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / The Billionaires
« on: June 11, 2021, 01:56:26 PM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/09/think-twice-before-changing-tax-rules-soak-billionaires/

archive https://archive.is/ZBn5P

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-secret-irs-files-trove-of-never-before-seen-records-reveal-how-the-wealthiest-avoid-income-tax

We already knew the billionaires aren't paying income taxes. I think the opinion piece in the Washington Post is weird. I mean, Bezos owns the Post, and there are other options besides what is offered in the article. They could pay taxes on gains over a certain amount.

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The Lounge / That's amazing
« on: June 02, 2021, 06:52:59 PM »




I only just learned about this bridge. I would love to go there!

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / 10 Billion Dollars
« on: May 27, 2021, 06:02:50 PM »
Nearly every night I see a commercial for the Roundup class action lawsuit. Bayer bought Monsanto (for $63 billion), and agreed to pay $10 billion to settle the cancer lawsuits. I can't stop thinking about that $10 billion, and what it means. To me it means a company like that can do anything. How can you punish a company that can settle lawsuits like that?

This is from last year https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/business/roundup-settlement-lawsuits.html
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Now Bayer is moving to put those troubles behind it, agreeing to pay more than $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims while continuing to sell the product without adding warning labels about its safety.

I suppose the warning label would be seen as an admission that glyphosate may cause cancer, but somehow a $10 billion settlement doesn't. It worries me that some of these corporations are so big that they can do this.

 

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/21/ufo-uap-aliens-report-sightings-us-government-encounters-barack/

archive for the paywalled https://archive.is/Bpqo5


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The Pentagon thinks UFOs may exist after all... and the evidence is growing

A new report on unidentified flying objects set to be released next month shows the US government is taking aliens increasingly seriously

Maybe the aliens are nice.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Citizen
« on: May 21, 2021, 11:00:33 AM »
https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7evbx/citizen-app-private-security-leaked-emails

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Crime and neighborhood watch app Citizen has ambitions to deploy private security workers to the scene of disturbances at the request of app users, according to leaked internal Citizen documents and Citizen sources.

The plans mark a dramatic expansion of Citizen's purview. It is currently an app where users report "incidents" in their neighborhoods and, based on those reports and police scanner transcriptions, the app sends "real-time safety alerts" to users about crime and other incidents happening near where a user is located. It is essentially a mapping app that allows users to both report and learn about crime (or what users of the app perceive to be crime) in their neighborhood. The introduction of in-person, private security forces drastically alters the service, and potential impact, that Citizen may offer in the future, and provides more context as to why a Citizen-branded vehicle has been spotted driving around Los Angeles. The news comes after Citizen offered a $30,000 bounty against a person it falsely accused of starting a wildfire.

"The broad master plan was to create a privatized secondary emergency response network," one former Citizen employee told Motherboard. Motherboard granted multiple sources anonymity to protect them from retaliation from the company.

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One of the emails says that Citizen has pitched the security response service to the Los Angeles Police Department at a high level. The email claims the LAPD said the solution could be a game changer. The email adds that the LAPD has been overrun with property crime, and the agency has effectively thrown its hands up because they don't have enough officers on the street to respond to these sorts of calls. The LAPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Privatization of police is going to happen. They will be less accountable than the police already are.

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Arts & Entertainment / Resident Alien
« on: May 17, 2021, 03:29:54 PM »


The trailer doesn't do it justice because this show is hilarious. If you need something to make you laugh, that also has aliens and murder, then I recommend this show.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack
« on: May 12, 2021, 11:51:43 AM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/10/business/colonial-pipeline-ransomware.html

Archive https://archive.is/MGLUD  (if you want to see the map of the pipeline and can't get past the paywall)

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HOUSTON The ransomware attack that forced the shutdown of a vital pipeline delivering fuel from the Gulf Coast to the Northeastern United States has caused panic among motorists as thousands of fueling stations have run out of fuel.

The crisis may last only a few days, as most energy experts predict, but it has revealed a disturbing truth: The attack, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation said was carried out by an organized crime group called DarkSide, has highlighted the vulnerability of the American energy system. And the energy the country takes for granted especially now that it is a major exporter of oil and natural gas is vulnerable to an attack by a criminal group or hostile country.

While the operator of the Colonial Pipeline has said it hopes to re-establish full service by the end of the week, every day that goes by without fuel will raise gasoline and diesel prices and even threaten the curtailment of air travel.


There are stations all across the east out of fuel, or nearly out of fuel. The one down the road from here has bags on most of their pumps now. My brother's gf works for a fuel distribution company and they are slammed trying to deliver gas all over the state.

Should critical infrastructure be accessible from the internet? 

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Non-fungible tokens
« on: April 30, 2021, 07:31:00 AM »
https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/29/22410070/disaster-girl-popular-meme-nft-500000-dollars

"Disaster girl" just sold for $500,000, "nyan cat" sold for $600,000, some other memes have been sold as well. Are nfts the next big thing, or will it fizzle out?

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Arts & Entertainment / Agent of Satan Elon Musk to Host SNL
« on: April 24, 2021, 02:42:26 PM »

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Flat Earth General / MOVED: I'm new
« on: April 11, 2021, 07:42:27 AM »

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Arts & Entertainment / X Gon' Give It To Ya
« on: April 09, 2021, 11:46:25 AM »

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