Free story idea: I just woke up from a dream where lovecraftian evil medical professionals were draining, filtering, and replacing someone's blood with the intent of making it compatible for the mind-controlling larvae of their Patron.

Trump should be damn glad that the insurrectionists failed in their plan to kill Senators.

Trump would've been the first US President to ever face the federal death penalty.

Centrists: Everybody Should Be Worried About Parler Being Booted From the Internet

Me: Free enterprise capitalism, baby! 🙃🙃🙃

PSA: the word "cracker", in reference to white people, is not something you want to self-describe as. "Cracker" is short for "whip-cracker", as in slave owner.

@szczezuja @Gargron The worst part is that Google turned off s2s in GTalk SILENTLY and without warning.
Back then I _convinced_ many people to start using GTalk because it was XMPP, and suddenly they all started asking through side channels why I'd been offline in GTalk for weeks.
"Don't be evil", my ass.

@Gargron There was a time when the XMPP federation seemed to come true. Almost Google and Facebook allowed communication with every server. Today, unfortunately XMPP is dead. The big ones have implemented a thousand local standards. Sad.

I hereby commit to never giving the ACLU another cent.

Insomnia brain is now writing an essay about just how painfully short-sighted the Penrose "brains are secretly hypercomputers made of quantum microtubules" argument is. It's already jumping the rails into "yeah, but where do axioms come from" navel gazing.

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Oh god, my trying-to-sleep brain is outlining an essay in which I tear apart the 14 signs of an ur-fascist worldview in the context of WH40K's unrealism, without ever saying or even implying the word "fascism". Just a vicious takedown of grimdarkness from a logical perspective.


The current situation in the Senate is really one of those "this asshole I hate is on fire, do I piss on him or do I look for marshmallows?" moments.


I'm reminded of my (dreadful) treatment of captured animals as a kid. Mostly frogs and turtles. A lot of them died at my hands because I wanted to "take care of them".

It took me decades to realize that me wanting to take care of them was a *me* problem, not a *them* problem. I had a responsibility to take care of them *properly* -- to ask my parents to help me research the right food, housing, and other needs -- or to not capture them at all.

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Your child never owes you anything. *Never.* You gave them the "gift" of life in the same way that Homer gave Marge the "gift" of a bowling ball in that one episode of The Simpsons: it was really a gift to *yourself*.

If you find yourself not liking your gift, well, tough. The child is a living, feeling being and not a piece of property that you can treat as you see fit. Giving them a healthy childhood and raising them to be upstanding adults is the *minimum* you owe them.

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I despise the mindset that parents are giving a "gift" to their children by bearing and raising them, or that children owe *anything* to their parents in the general case.

Having a child is something that you do as a gift to *yourself*. It fulfills your emotional need to feel useful & needed. The child didn't ask for this; it deserves the best possible upbringing, not because that makes you look like a good person, but because *they didn't consent to be your life's meaning*.

The COVID-19 bill is released and hidden in it are two *enormous* copyright provisions; the Tillis bill that creates a jail felony for streaming infringements, and the "CASE act" that creates a totally new low-friction DMCA-takedown-like court that can levy five-digit fines for…well, pretty much anything, without the checks on abuse a normal court has or (to my read) adequate notice to targets they were even sued.

These have real potential to harm average Internet users.


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