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I've enjoyed Current Affairs' take on it, an article titled "A Victory For Basic Standards Of Human Moral Conduct". But I think snoodog is basically right; this is a sign of how far the Republicans have fallen, but stupid Republicans make stupid Democrats.

If it were possible to get videos as tattoos, I'd have a hard time convincing myself not to get that one.

johnnyFive  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 6, 2017

I'm glad you're liking it, and hope it doesn't bum you out too much :)

johnnyFive  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The FCC doesn't. Do you?

I don't see how that follows from their quote ... the FCC says that people "do not expect to pay for two distinct services." How is that consistent with what you're saying?

johnnyFive  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Culture meets Warhammer 40K

I'm not sure that I did ... I remember having it bookmarked and/or in a tab for awhile, but think I lost it in a reboot or something.

johnnyFive  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The FCC doesn't. Do you?

I'm having a hard time following the EFF's argument on the first point. They're saying that the FCC is wrong that "[e]nd users do not expect to receive (or pay for) two distinct services—both Internet access service and a distinct transmission service, for example." But this doesn't seem like an incorrect statement: I don't think consumers do expect to pay for these as separate services.


    Here’s the thing — and this confused me for a long time — premium mediocrity is not a consumption aesthetic, but a financial hack powering a deliberately crafted illusion that is being strategically crafted for a purpose.

There's a term for this in sociology/economics: privatized Keynesianism. The idea is that one of the reasons that debt levels are so high is that people are trying to maintain what a "middle class life" looked like (or should feel like) via debt.

    The essence of premium mediocrity is being optimistically prepared for success by at least being in the right place at the right time, at least for a little while, even if you have no idea how to make anything happen during your window of opportunity.

This hit a little close to home.

I did buy milk earlier today, since God help us if our daughter can't have some at breakfast!

(I also bought Mario Odyssey, since I missed Amazon's very brief low price.)

johnnyFive  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 6, 2017

Yeah, and at least for me Mr. Robot didn't take as long to do so. I posted briefly awhile ago (shortly after joining hubski, in fact) about the show.

johnnyFive  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 6, 2017

For me it's an awesome character drama, while the broader events are also really cool. It dramatically increases in scope in later seasons, and if the first couple episodes are a little slow, there's definitely a payoff.

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