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I am probably working on Hubski.

Send me a PM or post with the tag #bugski if you think something is broken.

I filter #thebeatles.

I do not agree with everything that I post. I hope you don't either.

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mk  ·  8 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: With corporate tax off table, U.S. Democrats turn to billionaires to fund spending bill

I am not a fan of the all-seeing IRS. $600 annual flows is everything, and even the revised $10k total annual flows is not targeting significant tax-evasion. Banks already have a significant KYC burden. They have to report all transactions that are $10k or more or any suspicious series of transactions of ANY amount. This is going to make banking cost more, and people with less money will pay a larger share.

When the IRS audits poor or middle class people, it is a nightmare, and the onus is on them to get the IRS off their back. When rich people are audited, they have people work on it for them.

I am willing to bet that this IRS proposal is the result of some machine-learning reconcilliation software contract designed to give the US government total financial awareness. We are fast-approaching a government that knows everything we do.

I pay my taxes. Taxes are necessary. If the politicians gave a shit they would destroy Turbotax by letting most Americans file automatically.

mk  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

I didn't mean it was humbling because he was the first to have the sentiment, but to put it in the Declaration.

mk  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trascendental Realty Issue #2 - Haunted House Real Estate Comic [OC]

I love it. Was it intentional to just color her lips in the first panels?

mk  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

He was wrong with his use of gender as sex, and I pointed that out to my wife.

What I felt was heartfelt was the envy he expressed. I didn’t feel that Dave was picking on trans people. But that he was picking on the activism that they have leveraged that he sees as unavailable to blacks. Blacks can’t convince anyone to treat them otherwise. It’s the Clifford joke. I’m not saying he’s spot on, he’s wrong about Rowling, but his exasperation of his relative situation is genuine, imo. He referred to black gays a few times. I didn’t interpret him as saying transness and gayness as white, but that it wasn’t black, which was a different message.

mk  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 456th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately · 2

mk  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

We watched it last night. I agree. I would even describe it as heartfelt.

mk  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cytomegalovirus: The worst herpesvirus

This is a little bit crazy.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 20, 2021

I have been writing Arc/PostGIS a bit. PostGIS feels pretty magical.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

I do think that qualifies as irony. But ok to agree to disagree.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

Ironic that those good ideas allow us to choose what to do with the statue.

    Carrying the baggage of the human being along with their ideas is pointless and destructive to the actual numerical majority of Americans.

I disagree. We all have baggage and the lens of history will increase its impact. We factory farm and eat patented seeds and fly in planes and heat our homes with coal and wear clothes made by poverty stricken peoples in serfdom and use phones made in factories with suicide nets made with materials mined by children and the list goes on and on and we don't care enough for our descendents.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her" -JC

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

I disagree with what seems to be a reductionary view of history that led them to that choice. IMO it'd be better for them to put a plaque on it that said something like: "As an individual, Jefferson was a slave-raping piece of shit. However, ironically, the ideals that Jefferson fought for led to the emancipation of slaves in the U.S., and many of the rights that we possess as citizens today."

We are probably all future pieces of shit.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

Jefferson wrote "All men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence. When viewed through the lens of his time, it is a humbling statement and act; one that set a course for the better place that we are at today.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 20, 2021

The other day my wife mentioned to me that the J&J shot used an adenovirus. I replied that it couldn't be true. One failure of early gene therapy is that the human body raises immunity to the adenovirus vector, and thus, subsequent therapies using adenovirus fail because the body raises a response against it. Also, many people have innate immunity to adenovirus due to prior infection.

But it is true. The J&J vaccine uses adenovirus. So people that got J&J either nerfed it because of prior immunity, or will nerf it and possibly all other adenovirus therapies in the future.

On a related note, my pal's brother who was terminal and on chemo had a heart attack and died a few hours after his second Pfizer vax. He is unvaccinated, and is understandably fearful after his brother's death. I had to concede to him that it is possible that his brother's heart attack was related. It does put stress on the body and his brother was in very bad shape. I did advise him to get vaccinated however. He is healthy and in his 50s, and I assured him that covid is the greater risk. Hopefully he does. Then two days ago another friend texted that his elderly mother was in the hospital for a mini-stroke. He mentioned that she had her Pfizer booster just two days prior, but not in suspected connection, only that it was a good thing since she was in the hospital.

I suspect that these multiple vaccination doses come with a risk for elderly and weakened individuals. It sucks, but nothing is simple. I've had two Moderna shots, and I'll get my booster. We are probably going to face a day when we have hard evidence of vaccination risks, and it is going to be fuel for the anti-vaccination fire.

Started to paint something for my daughter's room, but it is starting to look too creepy.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

    Removing a statue isn't "cancelling" Thomas Jefferson.

Seems like cancelling to me.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thomas Jefferson statue coming down in New York's City Council chamber : NPR

George Washington thought blacks were inferior to whites and he owned slaves. If Jefferson comes down, then we must bring down George too. Freeing your slaves after you die doesn't really cut it, does it?

If we can only honor people in the whole, then we are trapped in a lie.

I would guess some of those council members voted to reelect Barack Obama after he escalated the murder of innocents in Afghanistan. But that's excusable among them for now.

mk  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 455th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately

My pal makes these mixes. Enjoy them.

https://nomoreparties.tech/

mk  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 13, 2021

Good luck, OB.