internet gryphon, they/she
super interesting piece here. here’s a bit of it which illustrates just a handful of the many uses of a cellphone in prison, most of which are actually very banal or outright benevolent:
Most of what I knew about illicit electronics came from press releases and news stories that offered example after example of all the bad things people could do with contraband phones, things like trafficking drugs, making threats and running scams. While it’s true those things can happen, over the past three years I’ve also seen a lot of people use their phones for good. Some use them to self-publish books or take online college classes. Others become prison reform advocates, teach computer skills, trade bitcoin or write legal briefs. I’ve seen a whole plethora of savvy and creative uses that fly in the face of stereotypes about people behind bars. “Our cell phones have saved lives,” a man in prison in South Carolina told me.
it appears someone has whispered in his ear, as the tweet is now deleted and it’s making his right-wing supporters flip out
his first major firings:
Top Twitter execs, including CEO Parag Agrawal, policy head Vijaya Gadde, CFO Ned Segal, and general counsel Sean Edgett have been fired by Elon Musk as he takes over the company.
Gadde was the one who had final call on banning Trump, as i recall.
a much necessary step both for the community but also generally: it is absurdist that we have entire sections of police for schools when 1) it demonstrably contributes to worse outcomes for everybody and 2) the conflict mediation and intervention generally needed in schools is something we don’t train cops for and simultaneously have entire professions dedicated to.
it’s that time of the year for this fun bit of levity. the week is only halfway done and runs through the 11th.
my general experience with this: i didn’t get one until 17, and the only time it was inconvenient was when i needed to schedule a pick-up time for the bus stop with my parents, since i’d have to rely on someone else’s phone. beyond that though, didn’t really have an issue not having a phone; even now, i mostly just use it when we go out and it’s not my primary mode of communication.
amusingly, one of the groups musk was using to fund this deal backed out earlier, so i’m not totally sure who he’s going to replace them with–but as expected this acquisition is a huge mess.
their core ideas:
nobody has gotten it quite right yet
we think existing platforms have some good ideas, but no one’s managed to create one without profound flaws. we’re borrowing liberally from other sites, but we want to build cohost into something that works well and serves its users rather than just another clone. there is value in being in the same place as everyone
on a web without functioning search engines, blogs and friends-only sites may be okay for some, but they leave people who are scraping by on public visibility and word of mouth in the lurch. …but nobody wants a digital panopticon
on modern social media, there is an ever-present fear that someone will see your post, have their own bad faith interpretation, and decide to ruin your day over it. platforms are often built to encourage this sort of behavior to drive up engagement, but they don’t have to be. metrics are ruining our lives
modern social media is designed around a vicious feedback loop that keeps users Engaged at the expense of their mental health, all in order to make their executives more money. the value of social media is its posts
we aren’t the ones providing the most important part of cohost — you are. cohost exists to give you ways to express yourself and stay in touch with your friends.
my suspicion is this will not be “successful”, but i am interested in it because it feels like this kind of stuff–which is closer to how stuff on the internet used to be–is the next “innovation” in social media to be had.
Advertising has a habit of grabbing any available space where we look, and if train windows are available, I’ll bet it’s going to happen any time soon. No, I’d expect it would not happen on those beautiful Alpine railways… But on dreary subway trains, oh yes! Maybe a nice use would be to display passing Alpine scenery on a subway train?
i’m reminded of the ongoing, piecemeal adoption of advertising screens on glass doors in supermarkets, which is a particularly cynical and dystopian, egregious example of this. i fully expect similar to happen with train windows if an opportunity arises.
rockstar’s statement on the leak from this morning.
Wake me up when the cryptocurrency community decides that these scams are a bad thing and something needs to be done about them, so far it looks like that community is more than happy they happen, as long as it helps provide liquidity to the space.
i’m reminded of how when dan olson did his big video on crypto at the beginning of the year he found the community more or less encouraged basic financial fraud schemes like pump-and-dumps and how if you made an NFT project–heavily tied to cryptocurrency–artificially inflating the value was a prerequisite to show you cared about your investors. the whole ecosystem is really just a nesting doll of scams, lol.
the guardian is a mouth piece for western weapons manufacturers and war hawks. it’s owned by a billionaire. they have contracts with mi6 and the pentagon and other western nationalist security agencies
i’m gonna need to see a citation for that one; there are many critiques you can throw at the guardian but this honestly just reeks of “they don’t promote my worldview uncritically, so they’re a mouthpiece for all the things i don’t like”
the right bloc has officially won, by around 176-173.
anti-immigrant, anti-muslim, anti-EU, and “formerly” fascist.
[Sweden Democrats] originally had its roots in Swedish fascism and white nationalism, but began distancing itself from its past during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Under the leadership of Jimmie Åkesson, the SD underwent a process of reform by expelling hard-line members and moderating its platform. Today, the Sweden Democrats officially reject both fascism and Nazism.
if by “left” you mean socialist, then ostensibly. there’s the CPRF, which is the main opposition party–but they’re just as nationalist as most of the right-wing parties and socially conservative. if you mean “left” as in broadly left-of-center politics, then not really. most of the liberal parties have been crushed (and have the same caveat as CPRF does without transformational economic politics).
it’s astonishing just how quickly the northern front of this war has collapsed for russia. most of this was stuff they’ve been in control of since the early days of the war to the point where they have ostensible administrations set up; you’d think by now they’d also have it in a defensible position.
despite this, amazon continues to drag their feet and whine about how the election was basically fraudulent:
In an onstage interview at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Wednesday, Jassy claimed “very disturbing irregularities” in the vote of workers at the JFK8 warehouse in New York City, and alluded to a prolonged battle with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversaw the election. Amazon had indeed contested the union victory, claiming more than 20 issues with the union’s behavior, including harassment of voters and how the NLRB ran and staffed the election. But an NLRB official who oversaw the objection hearing recently recommended that all of Amazon’s objections be thrown out and that the Amazon Labor Union win be certified. Jassy’s comments on Wednesday suggest Amazon will continue to battle the NLRB on the issue.
On September 7, the group sent an official letter to the State Duma demanding federal lawmakers initiate the ouster of Putin because, according to them, the ongoing war has damaged Russia’s security.
The letter also said that the invasion led to the deaths of Russian soldiers, damaged the economy and economic conditions for the country’s citizens, brought about NATO’s expansion to Sweden and Finland, and militarized Ukraine through the assistance of other states.
it’s not clear from the wording, so i’ll ask: is this coming from the left of putin (as in, it’s bad for ukraine to be invaded) or from the right (as in, it’s bad that russia is being embarrassed and therefore putin needs to be charged and replaced with someone more ultranationalist)? i know putin has received increasing criticism from people to his right whose objections are more that he’s failing than anything else.
godspeed to this person, who apparently manifested this one. also, good luck to the monarchy now having to crown a guy who’s like 80!
as you can expect: a whole lot of police crossover, and an alarming number of elected officials and overall members. the rot here is rather deep
The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism pored over more than 38,000 names on leaked Oath Keepersmembership lists and identified more than 370 people it believes currently work in law enforcement agencies — including as police chiefs and sheriffs — and more than 100 people who are currently members of the military.
It also identified more than 80 people who were running for or served in public office as of early August. The membership information was compiled into a database published by the transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets.
I’m not well informed on the matter, what are the odds that some things like abortion being declared a constitutional right were breaking points (sadly) ?
given the large margin of failure, any individual part of the constitution probably can’t be singled out as what made it fail. as mentioned in my comment, i think president boric’s unpopularity is also one of the bigger factors, and there was really nothing campaigners could do about that.
beyond the points brought up in the article, a good way to tell this is not a good change is that i’ve seen so, so much confusion about what the change here actually does from users of netflix. obviously, this is quite bad for a corporation because if even power users don’t know what’s happening, it’s really unlikely people who don’t use netflix very much will either