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Wonder what they are doing in that unit

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Weekly meetings

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So true - from Chris Lynch:

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This is so true

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People are oblivious to the technology used to enslave them:

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They made sure that the chains were nice and soft and comfortable.
From 90 Miles

We've only just begun - Twitter

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Interesting and not unsuspected:

Ad Hominem - Twitter

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From InfoGalactic:

An ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person"), short for argumentum ad hominem, is an attack on an argument made by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, rather than attacking the argument directly. When used inappropriately, it is a logical fallacy in which a claim or argument is dismissed on the basis of some irrelevant fact or supposition about the author or the person being criticized. Ad hominem reasoning is not always fallacious, for example, when it relates to the credibility of statements of fact or when used in certain kinds of moral and practical reasoning.

From the New York Post:

Left-wing journos attack reporter Matt Taibbi for exposing Musk’s Twitter files
Mainstream news reporters — in lockstep with Democratic strategists — rushed to social media to smear journalist Matt Taibbi as a “sad” “fraud” as he released his bombshell report on political censorship at Twitter.

“Matt Taibbi…what sad, disgraceful downfall,” Daily Beast columnist and New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali posted. “Selling your soul for the richest white nationalist on Earth.”

On Friday, billionaire Elon Musk — who vowed to give the social media giant a free-speech overhaul when he bought it last month — released to Taibbi a shocking collection of inside correspondence proving that Democrat insiders leaned on Twitter’s censors to suppress The Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Classic Ad Hominem attack.  They have absolutely nothing to refute the information that was published so they do a personal attack against the guy who published it.  Journalism these days...  Sheesh...

Now this will be fun - Elon

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Posted last night:

He also noted what I was curious about - what kind of load are the servers seeing and how are they handling it. I hope some IT person writes up a post-mortem on this.

They are covering it as well - Matt continues to update the twitter chain every few minutes. It's like eating potato chips - you can't stop at just one.

From the NY Post:

Hunter Biden laptop bombshell: Elon Musk’s Twitter drops Post censorship details
There’s nothing to “like” about this.

Elon Musk unveiled devastating internal Twitter files on Friday that showed the company responding to a request “from the Biden team” during the run-up to the 2020 election — shortly after the company cracked down on The Post’s scoops about Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.

Musk tweeted a link to the account of independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who began posting a series of what appeared to be redacted emails from Twitter employees.

Another, dated Oct. 24, 2020, said, “An additional report from DNC,” an apparent reference to the Democratic National Committee.

One, dated Oct. 24, 2020, said, “More to review from the Biden team,” along with a list of tweets.

In response, someone wrote back, “handled these.”

Great comments at the site.

The load on Twitter's server farm must be fairly heavy - I hope some IT people do a post-mortem of this evening.  It would be interesting to see how they prepared for it.

Released by Elon, narrated by Matt Taibbi:

1. Thread: THE TWITTER FILES

2. What you’re about to read is the first installment in a series, based upon thousands of internal documents obtained by sources at Twitter.

3. The “Twitter Files” tell an incredible story from inside one of the world’s largest and most influential social media platforms. It is a Frankensteinian tale of a human-built mechanism grown out the control of its designer.

4. Twitter in its conception was a brilliant tool for enabling instant mass communication, making a true real-time global conversation possible for the first time.

5. In an early conception, Twitter more than lived up to its mission statement, giving people “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”

6. As time progressed, however, the company was slowly forced to add those barriers. Some of the first tools for controlling speech were designed to combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters.

7. Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools. Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly.

8. By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another:  “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.”

20221202-handled.jpgMuch more at the site.  Time for a bit bowl of popcorn - this is good...

Chris Lynch reminds us of this wonderful video. From joke to truth-bomb in only two years:

Great line - the CNN layoffs

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Don Surber is writing about the layoffs happening now at CNN (just before Christmas - classy!!!)

This paragraph stuck out:

The left is aghast to see CNN cut back. Oh, no one really watches CNN. They have ABC, CBS, NBC and the rest to feed them the disinformation, misinformation and talking points they want. But CNN is like the old restaurant you used to frequent. Former patrons are sad to see it go.

Heh - spot on.

How much they have changed

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Amazing what $$$ will do to one's morals

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Not too long ago, Apple was a very different company:

Good move from New York City - the Community Mental Health Act of 1963 should never have passed.  The activists for the mentally ill have done irreprable harm to these poor people.  From the New York Times:

New York City to Involuntarily Remove Mentally Ill People From Streets
Acting to address “a crisis we see all around us” toward the end of a year that has seen a string of high-profile crimes involving homeless people, Mayor Eric Adams announced a major push on Tuesday to remove people with severe, untreated mental illness from the city’s streets and subways.

Mr. Adams, who has made clearing homeless encampments a priority since taking office in January, said the effort would require involuntarily hospitalizing people who were a danger to themselves, even if they posed no risk of harm to others, arguing the city had a “moral obligation” to help them.

“The common misunderstanding persists that we cannot provide involuntary assistance unless the person is violent,” Mr. Adams said in an address at City Hall. “Going forward, we will make every effort to assist those who are suffering from mental illness.”

The profoundly mentally ill can not take care of themselves.  Society's solution was to institutionalize them.  Yes, some institutions were horrid but also, the majority of them were good and staffed with caring people.  The ill recieved food and care for their lives.  As I said earlier this year (talking about San Francisco)

The mentally ill and adicted need to be institutionalised but nobody has the stones to do it.  This all started under President Kennedy's Community Mental Health Act of 1963.  Gotten worse since then. I have written about the Community Mental Health Act and its fallout several times before:

Sometimes, the old ways are the best.  This whole failure was started by activists.  We need to remember this quote:

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Activists are just people who have learned how to use the media to their own ends. They are not "more" correct. They are not in the majority. They are not smarter. They are just loud.

Glad to see a return to what works...

Also known as...

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A call — perhaps overdue

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The truth in eleven minutes:

2.000+ comments worth reading at the site

So true - Poland

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A good question - turkeys

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From the mind of Stephan Pastis:

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From The Gateway Pundit:

Elon Musk Says He’ll Make Public Internal Twitter Discussions About Decision To Censor Hunter Biden Laptop Story
The truth about Twitter’s censoring of the Hunter Biden laptop story is coming out.

Elon Musk responded to a tweet calling for all internal discussions about the censoring of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story to be made public by saying “this is necessary to restore public trust.”

Musk had previously called the suspension of the account “incredibly inappropriate.”

Twitter is sitting on a lot of stuff that liberals would rather stay out of the public discourse.  Tough.  Elon is an agent of change - I love it.

Ex-Twitter employee

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A good chunk of Twitter's original staff has either quit or has been let go.
Twitter has been operating without a hitch all the while.
Says something about the productivity of those employees - what they actually brought to the company

From America's Newspaper of Record - video channel:

Cute meme - an agent of change

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From Chris Lynch:

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Good taste - dogs

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Sigh - tried using their "Embed" link and it did not work. Go here to see the video - it is funny.

Many years ago I had a German Shepherd named Photon (she was all black and very fast). Used to spend time at the late-lamented Buckaroo Tavern in Seattle and every Monday night they had roto-weenies for sale.  Hot dogs in a rotating wheel under a heat lamp.  At 2AM, the remaining dogs were given away for 25¢ to patrons. Photon used to come in with me and one night, someone bought her a roto-weenie.  I loaded it up and gave it to her.  She ate the bun, licked off the ketchup and relish and walked away leaving the wiener.  Smart dog.  Miss her.

52 years ago today

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Talk about coincidences - I am spending the night in Florence, Oregon. Coastal working town (fishing and timber) until the 1960's and now thrives on recreation and tourism.

Was driving into town, saw this sign and of course, I had to stop:

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Turns out that the event in question happened November 12th, 1970 - 52 years ago today:

More here: KATU

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Unfortunately, they always talk, they never actually up and go...

Left unsupervised - climate warriors

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Eloquently stated - I am waiting for the upcoming elections to restore some adults to the room.
Looks like the problem is worldwide - from Quillette:

Moral Toddlers Making a Mess
Film writer Sonny Bunch once argued that radical environmentalists make great super-villains because they are unshakably convinced of the rightness of their cause, and just as unshakably determined to make everybody’s lives worse. If we take that observation and scale it down from Marvel movie to farce, we get the latest environmentalist protest trend, which feeds green fanatics’ sense of self-righteousness while alienating just about everyone else.

In a recent attack, members of a group that calls itself Just Stop Oil threw mashed potatoes at a Monet painting hanging in a Potsdam, Germany museum. Other members of the group threw tomato soup at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and before that it was cake at the Mona Lisa. In the UK, activists have been pouring milk on supermarket floors to protest the supposedly dire environmental impact of the dairy industry, and to agitate for a “plant-based future.” Others have blocked traffic on major British and US roads by sitting down in front of traffic and, in some cases, gluing their hands to the roadway. Earlier this month, a protester sprayed paint over the walls of a car dealership. And in an especially hilarious episode—well, I’m just going to quote the news report, because otherwise you won’t believe me: “Climate protesters who glued themselves to the floor of a Volkswagen showroom in Germany need to use the toilet—but now complain the company has refused to provide the group with ‘a bowl to urinate and defecate’ in.”

Anyone who’s ever been a parent will recognize these actions: throwing food, spilling milk, smearing paint on the walls, sitting on the ground and refusing to move. Add in the inability to properly dispose of one’s bodily waste, and the pattern is complete. This is the behavior of toddlers.

Exactly.  The author then goes on a meditation on Immanuel Kant’s 1785 Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals  A good read and a good insight into the "minds" of these people. Some really good comments as well.

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Yeah - riiiggghhhhhhht....

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'Tis the season

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From 90 Miles:

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Talk about stupid move - get woke, go broke. From the London Daily Mail:

Read Gina Rinehart's scathing takedown of 'virtue signalling' in sport as support grows for the billionaire after she terminated $15MILLION sponsorship deal with Netball Australia over racism scandal

    • Gina Rinehart issued takedown of Netball Australia over sponsorship fallout
    • Her mining company tore up $15million deal with organisation on Saturday
    • It came after national netball team raised concern over late father's comments

Gina Rinehart has accused Netball Australia of virtue signalling after its players took issue with her sponsorship deal over offensive comments made by her late father.

Her mining company Hancock Prospecting issued the scathing takedown as it announced it would be withdrawing its $15million sponsorship deal.

It came after the Diamonds national netball team expressed concerns over offensive comments made by Lang Hancock about Aboriginals in 1984.

Part of the $15 Million deal was that the team wear the Hancock logo on their jerseys:

Indigenous player Donnell Wallam had reportedly wanted an exemption to wear the sponsor's logo on the team jersey with her teammates backing her decision. 

Hancock's reply included this:

'Firstly, because sport is at its best when it is focused on good and fair competition, with dedicated athletes striving for excellence to achieve their sporting dreams and to represent our country at their very best.'

'Secondly, because there are more targeted and genuine ways to progress social or political causes without virtue signalling or for self-publicity.'

Got to love it:  "more targeted and genuine ways" and "without virtue signalling or for self-publicity"

I think that Gina hit the nail on the head.  The article also mentions that Hancock has contributed to the Indigenous communities so they were doing right all along if Mr. Wallam had taken the time to check them out. Much more at the site.  Ms. Rinehart and Hancock are the real deal.  The netball team are a bunch of whiners.

If they have to go back to 1984 to find something that "offends" them, they are really reaching. Grow the fsck up...

BillGs latest product

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From Bob Moran:

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Boiling or clotting

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Chinese company, Chinese servers.  From Forbes:

TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens
A China-based team at TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, planned to use the TikTok app to monitor the personal location of some specific American citizens, according to materials reviewed by Forbes.

The team behind the monitoring project — ByteDance’s Internal Audit and Risk Control department — is led by Beijing-based executive Song Ye, who reports to ByteDance cofounder and CEO Rubo Liang.

The team primarily conducts investigations into potential misconduct by current and former ByteDance employees. But in at least two cases, the Internal Audit team also planned to collect TikTok data about the location of a U.S. citizen who had never had an employment relationship with the company, the materials show. It is unclear from the materials whether data about these Americans was actually collected; however, the plan was for a Beijing-based ByteDance team to obtain location data from U.S. users’ devices.

TikTok spokesperson Maureen Shanahan said that TikTok collects approximate location information based on users’ IP addresses to “among other things, help show relevant content and ads to users, comply with applicable laws, and detect and prevent fraud and inauthentic behavior."

But the material reviewed by Forbes indicates that ByteDance's Internal Audit team was planning to use this location information to surveil individual American citizens, not to target ads or any of these other purposes. Forbes is not disclosing the nature and purpose of the planned surveillance referenced in the materials in order to protect sources. TikTok and ByteDance did not answer questions about whether Internal Audit has specifically targeted any members of the U.S. government, activists, public figures or journalists.

Let's just come out and say it.  All social media companies are evil.  We are their product. They do not serve us, we serve them.  The sooner we withdraw from their influence, the sooner they will return to their place in society - a glorified community bulletin board.

I coulda told you that - Metaverse

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As they say in Texas: All hat and no cattle
From the London Daily Mail:

Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse is a FLOP! Fewer than HALF the 500,000 users have signed-up - with many making just one visit after complaining it was lonely and avatars had no legs, company documents reveal

    • A new report from the Wall Street Journal says that Meta's Metaverse is more than 300,000 users short of its year end goal
    • The report, which is based on internal documents, found that many users found many spaces empty and said that avatars were unrealistic
    • While some female users complained of sexually aggressive behavior on the platform
    • Recently, a Metaverse exec complained that not enough employees were using the service, which was effecting the amount of overall users

Isolate and Balkanize - it's what the elites want us to do.
Stay plugged in to the matrix eating mothers meat from tubes of plasticon

Not my future.  Not yours either.

From the year 2050

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Tip of the hat to Terrierman's Daily Dose

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A certain media outlet and their logo

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Makes 100% perfect sense when you think about it
The Plantation Owner and their willing slaves:

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One Billion Dollars

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I love it - from Chris Lynch:

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Murano Glass is famous world-wide.  It lies outside the city of Venice and has been a world center for high-end glass work since the 1200's (yes - running continually for a thousand years)
Now?  From artnet news:

Venice’s Storied Murano Glassmakers Are Shutting Down Their Studios Amid the Energy Crisis—Some Fear It May Be Forever
A storied art material, synonymous with Venetian craftsmanship, history, and splendor, is facing unprecedented challenges amid the energy crisis in Europe. Venice’s Murano glass production has been deeply affected by the rapidly rising price for gas, which has forced most of the lagoon’s glassmakers to shut down their studios for varying periods.

This has had rippling effects in the art world. “Murano glass is like solidified, fluid fire, made possible in a furnace,” artist Ai Weiwei told Artnet News. The Chinese artist has been working with the material and is currently exhibiting his Murano glassworks on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. Luckily, the main work was completed before the gas price spike (smaller sculptures have been affected). “The complexity and difficulty of [Murano glass] production is very moving,” he added.

Glass furnaces, like Murano’s, guzzle intense quantities of natural gas to function at consistent, high temperatures, which must be maintained 24 hours a day. For the roughly 100 existing Murano factories, that adds up to about 10 to 11 million cubic meters on a normal year, according to the trade group Consorzio Promovetro Murano. Prices of gas spiked a year ago (even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine), hitting €2.60 per cubic meter in July 2022, about a 1,200 percent increase from the normal rate of around €0.20 per cubic meter set in September 2021, according to the trade group. Now, the industry is faced with a crisis unlike any other it has experienced since its Roman origins.

More at the site - this is what happens when you let credentialed idiots determine energy policy.  They have the right degrees from the right institutions but they have no wisdom, no intelligence and they surround themselves with Yes Men - they never listen to anything that goes against the narrative.

Count me in - conspiracy theory

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So true - definition of normal

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From an email communication:

Normal is just the running average of weird.

About the clearest definition I have run into yet...

Absolutely true

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The true history is quite a bit different from what the revisionists would have you believe.
Of course, as the true history negates their own version of history which then negates their position and moral standing.

Don Surber has a wonderful collection of links to the truth.  One excerpt:

What did the New World actually look like when Columbus landed on its shores in 1492? Contemporary accounts from both European and Indigenous sources reveal that the pre-Columbian world was a place where slavery, trafficking, sexual exploitation, oppression, and even genocide was commonplace prior to any European contact. As will be seen, the discovery eventually put a stop to many of these heinous acts—ultimately elevating morality instead of lowering it.

You will never get the cultural marxists to own up to this.

Because I am moving to North Carolina I have been studying the local history.  This (Cherokee County actually) was part of the ancestral home of the Cherokee Nation and is the start of the "Trail of Tears" forced migration.  The Cherokee were allowed to bring their slaves.  Again, the Cherokee were allowed to bring their slaves.  These were native americans from other tribes who were captured in battle as well as negros purchased from the Muslim slave traders.  Noble savages indeed...

A seasonal decoration - Halloween

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I love it - send to me by a friend:

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