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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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RememberUsAlways, to Palestine
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@RememberUsAlways @palestine @israel

Israel has prisons filled with women and children whose bones are broken, they beaten, stripped, gassed and raped.

Israel and Hamas are two peas in a pod of a spiral of grievance.

Now add on Jewish extremist violence against Christians, spitting, urination, destruction religious objects. Bethlehem has been all but purged of its Christian population.

And then the IDF attacking orthodox Jews, striking them, chasing them.

there is no military solution.

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@RememberUsAlways @palestine @israel

By the end of next week the death toll in Gaza will probably push 40k as the cumulative effects of total war continue to mount and has the population are squeezed into every smaller “sanctuary” only to be bombed a few days later.

Israel cannot resurrect the dead they’ve created. One combat ceases, it will have to account for the pile of dead, which will pass 50k and maybe get into the 100 to 200k range.

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@RememberUsAlways @palestine @israel

Those answers a too superficial to pass muster for all but a few people. This is the darkest of days. Israel is a cursed nation, ruled by the Devil himself.

He lays the seeds of the next cycle of war.

Miro_Collas, to Israel
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‘People are starving’: WFP says humanitarian operation in Gaza ‘collapsing’ | Israel-Palestine conflict News | Al Jazeera

'Only a fraction of the necessary food is reaching the Gaza Strip, there is a lack of fuel, and no one is safe, Skau continued in a WFP statement, adding: “We cannot do our job.”'

Neither #Israel nor the US care.

#Palestine #Gaza #ApartheidIsrael #Genocide

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Yup and you’d be surprised at the people that deny this is happening. They go about denouncing Mike Johnson, or do their performant crap about the obscenity going on in Texas over abortion, but then embrace the war crime of total siege and bombing blathering on that the world doesn’t understand what’s going on, only people like them do.

They do not tolerate objection to Israel because in their mind by definition that’s embracing Hamas.

It’s 1984 level fascist double think.

GhostOnTheHalfShell, to Birds
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Birds of Paradise


beautiful short clips

w7voa, to random
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IDF releases video of what the Israeli military says is Hamas stealing food and humanitarian aid from civilians in Gaza. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bydb7zgit#autoplay

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@w7voa Not useful.

It goes in the same drawer as the wall calendar of terrorists named Monday, Tuesday…

Teri_Kanefield, to random
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This is a thank you to someone.

Someone here said this in my comments:

"Anything is boring if you leave out the story and include only the facts." (Something like that)

I've been thinking about that comment as I've been writing a book for 9th graders on the Bill of Rights: I've been making sure to include enough of the story to keep it interesting.

I also just dropped the comment into a note to my editor.

I tried to find the person who said it, but I couldn't.

Thank you, whoever you are.

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Does anyone still remember this fondly?


rmishra, to random
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Unfortunately, these billionaires get everything they want here in the US.

Actually, Sweden Won’t Give in to Tesla’s License Plate Demands

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It's nice to know there is an island of democracy left, although Sweden is not perfect. The unions still work. This gives me hope.

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We need Swedish musicians to riff on this:


oatmeal, to Israel
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#analysis / Why was #Israel going after women's organizations with such vitriol? If you had a suspicion it wasn't really just about the victims, you might be right.

[...] The campaign against women's organizations kills three birds with one stone.

On the one hand, it shifts responsibility for the terrible incident onto an external, international, non-governmental body.

[...] In addition, it undermines the legitimacy of human rights organizations – one of the overriding goals of the Israeli right-wing, which sees these organizations as an obstacle to its anti-democratic actions.

[...] And along the way, no less importantly, this campaign deepens the guiding principle of the coalition parties when it comes to dealing with rape. Rape, when it violates racial purity, activates them.

[...] MK Limor Son Har Melech drafted and passed a law last July that doubles the punishment for nationalist-motivated rape. Rape between couples, incest, random sexual assault? These provoke a yawn from the Israeli legislator.

[...] According to data from the Knesset Research Center, the police closed 70% of the cases opened by the prosecution against rape in 2019.

[...] The same study also found that 70% of those accused of rape have more than one case file with the police for sex offenses. 35% of those previously accused stand charged with six or more counts.

[...] Why are we bothering to seek international confirmation of the past when the future is so close and so dark?



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@oatmeal @israel @palestine

IRRC sexual violence is also an element of South African culture. Apartheid breeds it.

Christ, this is the darkest of holidays I can think of. As close to a descent into Hell as I’d care to think.

GhostOnTheHalfShell, (edited ) to music
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#music #sfba #library

A music streaming service provided by San Francisco public library. I think this is pretty cool. This is a service that isn’t motivated to screw musicians or listeners for money.

I’d love to see the service spread to other public libraries, maybe become federated.

if you think non market support like this is a Good Idea, give this a boost so more people see it


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@kingrat MOAR!

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@skaficianado @kingrat

easing people onto FireFox is the Lord's work.

GhostOnTheHalfShell, to Economics
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live stream will be up 9am pst (45min from now)

general hijinx.



GhostOnTheHalfShell, to ai
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30 min video

always interesting dude. I’d love to see individuals here interview him.


jackhutton, to Russia
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How Russia Punched an $11 Billion Hole in the West’s Oil Sanctions

Moscow’s monthly income from oil exports is greater now than before the invasion of Ukraine, highlighting the failure of measures to curb its war chest.
Bloomberg By Alaric Nightingale, Julian Lee, and Alex Longley


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The Researcher nb4 Bloomberg

25 min video

prolly more informative too.


GhostOnTheHalfShell, (edited ) to random
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5 min video

The UN no vote by US, ultra risky high stakes. Why the hell would PLO even touch Gaza? It’s a coffin for those imprisoned there. The only thing an authority can do is try to watch as tens of thousands die under their watch. There’s no infrastructure left

The longer the total siege / bombing goes on, the more will succumb as the cumulative effects takes its mounting toll.



NotImpressed, to Palestine
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On Rafaat Alareer, the poet killed in Gaza by the IDF. Wondefully written by Max Blumenthal.

“I am going to use that marker to throw it at the Israeli soldiers, even if that is the last thing that I do ... Israel wants us to be closed, isolated—to push us to the extreme,” ... “It doesn’t want us to be educated. It doesn’t want us to see ourselves as part of a universal struggle against oppression. They don’t want us to be educated or to be educators.”


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Added to this depressing act, are many people that will rail against the GOP or white Christian nationalism, but embrace the collective punishment and murder of Arabs.

There are two kinds of people, those who are willing to other people, dehumanize them then embrace their slaughter and those who don’t.

The two are not the same.

MikeImBack, to politics
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it.. just.....doesn't.........ever......STOP!!!

"Candidate For George Santos' Open House Seat Is Convicted In Jan. 6 Riot"

"who testified at trial that he had “no idea” Congress met inside the U.S. Capitol"


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@MikeImBack the grift that keeps grifting

Green_Footballs, to random
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“I’ll tell you a secret since media is not here,” he said. God revealed to Johnson that he would be a Moses-like figure leading the GOP and the country through a “Red Sea moment.”


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@Green_Footballs As the gand of the Lord works its way through the guts of the US political system https://youtu.be/0Xs7Y5RHYjg

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@karlauerbach @Green_Footballs stern disciplinary that one

rberger, to random
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Michael Sifry continues to have one of the better perspectives on the conflict IMHO.

“If Israelis and Palestinians can learn to accept the legitimacy of each other’s national narratives, can they also forge a shared future as well? That is the premise of A Land For All, a joint Israeli-Palestinian peace group founded in 2012 that has been developing a fresh approach to resolving the historic conflict.”


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@benfell @rberger

I agree. He’s catering to and nurturing hate which he’s had a hand in. You don’t have to dig far to see it (wiki on Rabin’s assassination + background suffices). The population may reject that path, but right now it’s hard to imagine.

Ilan Peppé’s remarks are sobering.

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@benfell @rberger

Because the apartheid was largely invisible (inside Israel) and it was bolstered by the impunity Israel had (has) as a U.S. ally. They got away with containment for decades.

Zionism has always promoted itself as sanctuary for the better part of a century. Bibi ate away at its civil pillar and Oct 7 at Israel’s sense of invincibility.

There’s no there there after all this. Liberal minded people will leave and the ultra conservatives and end day crowd will pile in.

pinskal, to random
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@DrAlexandraK @pinskal

Got mit uns people are like that. Although I tend to mentally swap Charles Koch every time God is mentioned. Just as scary if you know the history.

Although I must admit Braverman manages to terrify me without a whiff of religious zealotry.

GhostOnTheHalfShell, (edited )
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@DrAlexandraK @pinskal

One cannot escape the sense she was grown in a lab. Although I would suggest she too has a made in America label. She and Vivek came from the same vat, he's working up the same lather.

Did I mention Koch? Anytime you hear Heritage foundation, or American Enterprise Institute or Americans for Prosperity, that him and his network of madmen billionaires. She’s made pilgrimage to one or two of them.

Think Specter. It’s as close as reality can get to a Bond flick

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