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I make art that’s totally mine because I did it through AI. imgur.com/a/Rhgi0OC

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The Scandal of Clarence Thomas’s New Clerk (www.newyorker.com)

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas shocked the legal community when the news broke that one of his new law clerks will be Crystal Clanton—who became notorious in 2015 for apparently sending texts that said, “I HATE BLACK PEOPLE. Like fuck them all . . . I hate blacks. End of story.” For most young lawyers,...

Why a financial regulator is going after health care debt (www.npr.org)

In its most ambitious move to date, the agency is developing rules to bar medical debt from consumer credit reports, a sweeping change that could make it easier for Americans burdened by medical debt to rent a home, buy a car, even get a job. Those rules are expected to be unveiled later this year.

Russian disinformation is about immigration. The real aim is to undercut Ukraine aid (apnews.com)

In recent weeks, Russian state media and online accounts tied to the Kremlin have spread and amplified misleading and incendiary content about U.S. immigration and border security. The campaign seems crafted to stoke outrage and polarization before the 2024 election for the White House, and experts who study Russian...

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It is absolutely disinformation, but real people are dying on the border and in Ukraine because of it. You suck Texas and any other state that supports this crap.

US judge blocks Texas law cracking down on illegal border crossings (www.reuters.com)

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday blocked the Republican-led state’s new law giving officials broad powers to arrest, prosecute and order the removal of people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Austin agreed with Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration that the law known...

Congress passes stop-gap spending bill, preventing a partial government shutdown (www.npr.org)

The stop-gap bill was part of a broader bipartisan agreement between all four leaders in the House and Senate. The deal also included an agreement on six of the twelve annual spending bills. Leaders committed to voting on those bills by Friday, March 8. The stop-gap under consideration today give them until March 22 to finish...

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6. Reddit’s future depends on advertisers—they contribute 98% of revenues.

Honestly, I was relieved to learn that.

I feared that Reddit was making boatloads of money from selling users’ private information—or cutting other deals that make me squeamish, like its AI agreement.

I was also pleased to see this disclosure in the public filing:

Reddit stands for privacy. Redditors have complete control of their identity and are empowered to share as much or as little personal information as they want. Redditors do not reveal information about each other without permission, and Reddit does not use nonpublic information about Redditors without their consent.

That last paragraph is complete bullshit and they’re leaving out that people have deleted their comments and they’ve been brought back, Spez went in and modified users comments for revenge and they shadow ban comments. Also, that advertising is “organic” advertising, so it’s being submitted as real when it’s fake. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been selling user’s data all along.

Seattle is the least-religious large metro area in the U.S. (www.seattletimes.com)

A clear majority of adults in the Seattle area — around 64% — never attend church or religious services, or go less than once a year. That pencils out to about 1.98 million people out of the total 3.1 million population aged 18 and older in our metro area, which includes King, Pierce and Snohomish counties....

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We have the 2nd most churches though too. It’s a weird dichotomy. This is from 2015:

For example, Seattle has the second-highest number of religious institutions per capita, but a full one-third of its residents are unaffiliated. Seattle is behind only Portland in a ranking of cities based on residents with no religious affiliation from the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, according to PropertyShark.


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They’re the physical churches, but I’ve forgotten the story. There was some law and prohibition or something? They are/were every block in Ballard.

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The people that I know who go to church, usually do it on the down low. I knew someone for 5 years and didn’t know they were church goers. They knew we weren’t so didn’t really talk about it. Except for Jehovah’s Witness, they’re pretty relentless.

Waterlogged soils can give hurricanes new life after they arrive on land (www.sciencenews.org)

Once a hurricane makes landfall, it’s usually the beginning of the end for the storm. But a tropical cyclone passing over warm, waterlogged ground can get a jolt of energy that refuels its fury, researchers reported in January at the American Meteorological Society’s meeting in Baltimore.

Kari Lake’s Bribery Scandal Involves a Shady GOP Tech Firm (www.thedailybeast.com)

For instance, Turning Point Action has used the app since at least 2022—when Superfeed’s Arizona business license was revoked—but has never reported any payments to the company on its Federal Election Commission filings. The group’s tax returns to date don’t show any Superfeed expenses, either, though their 2022 return...

ExxonMobil is suing investors who want faster climate action (www.npr.org)

Investors in publicly-traded companies like ExxonMobil try to shape corporate policies by filing shareholder proposals that are voted on at annual meetings. ExxonMobil says it’s fed up with a pair of investor groups that it claims are abusing the system by filing similar proposals year after year in an effort to micromanage...

Telehealth abortions continue to rise—even in banned states, a new study shows (www.motherjones.com)

Five states—Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, New York, and Vermont—passed laws last year that protect telehealth providers who help people elsewhere in the country get abortions, according to Upadhyay. California enacted its shield law last month. As the New York Times reported last week, while these laws have not yet...

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This is worse than I thought

What, exactly, are these “workbooks” for my book? AI pollution. Synthetic trash heaps floating in the online ocean. The authors aren’t real people, some asshole just fed the manuscript into an AI and didn’t check when it spit out nonsensical summaries. But it doesn’t matter, does it? A poor sod will click on the $9.99 purchase one day, and that’s all that’s needed for this scam to be profitable since the process is now entirely automatable and costs only a few cents. Pretty much all published authors are affected by similar scams, or will be soon.

Trump is disqualified from Illinois ballot, judge rules (www.reuters.com)

The Supreme Court is currently weighing Trump’s challenge to his Colorado disqualification. The justices in Washington appeared skeptical of the decision during oral arguments in the case, expressing concerns about states taking sweeping actions that could affect the national election.

In classified documents case, Cannon does something ... normal? (www.msnbc.com)

To be sure, she still has plenty of time and opportunity to cause mischief. Indeed, on the ever-important timing point, a scheduling conference Friday may signal her latest thoughts about when the case will actually see trial. She previously set a May 20 date, but there’s reason to think that could get pushed back — the...

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Video game companies seem to (not a video game worker) hire awesome people at first, treat them well, and cultivate a great atmosphere. Then, the greeds come in and abuse the people who have passion, get cut throat and everyone watches their beloved games go to shit. All while the awesome creative people leave, are fired, or get buried. The whole time, all the money funnels up like the corporate mlm they strive to be.

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I just picked a random one, but natural gardens look better and no mowing. Rain gardens are pretty cool too.

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I think they might be hard to maintain, there’s a reason they rake it everyday. I remember seeing one at a hospital and it was dusty and dead looking. But if you have the energy, more power to you.

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Huh. Maybe could mod a lawn cutting robot to rake it?

That’s honestly a great idea, make it look like an air ball, lol.

I have piles of stones in yard now that never get raked and seem ok though

I don’t know your set up, but if the piles of stones are surrounded by nature, then there’s movement around it and they won’t look dusty and dead. Also, it looks different if it’s all rocks and there’s no contrast with at least equal amounts of nature. That could be it?

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People are saying that it would be really easy to keep all of the predeleted stuff to sell, I don’t know if that’s true or not.

McConnell to step down as Senate GOP leader (thehill.com)

“One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter,” McConnell said in prepared remarks obtained by the AP. “So I stand before you today … to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.”...

Republicans Hatched a Secret Assault on the Voting Rights Act in Washington State (www.propublica.org)

Ernest Herrera, of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said: Lawyers for the intervenors are “trying every way they can to delay the Latino plaintiffs from having a map in which they can elect or have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.”

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