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am_Unition  ·  4 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Meetup(?), San Francisco

Let’s do drinks. Maybe 8? You pick the place.

am_Unition  ·  11 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Great news, everyone! The holocaust is over!

Let’s have a general genocide denial thread

And I already brought this to pabs’s att’n

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Meetup(?), San Francisco

Flying out Saturday morning

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: No to Chrome: Google want to automate us

Huh, he’s even in The Madalorian. You seen it yet? I can’t justify getting Disney+ for a single series.

"Oh my god, I don't think I can watch the whole trailer. I can't do it. I'm out"

- am_Unition's wife, immediately after the first miracle

Then she says, "Are there going to be mods? Somebody needs to mod that game up"


am_Unition  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A letter from Larry and Sergey

  > opens letter in a new tab

  > ctrl+F "China"

  > 0 results

  > closes tab
am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: He. Tweeted. This...

It's diff'ing a photo (I think?), are there any guides explaining signatures of manipulation?

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: He. Tweeted. This...

Brilliant tactics, objectively, we need to accept the shitty fact that we're living in a meme-TV-instagram reality and get to counter-memedoggin'

am_Unition  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shields and Brooks on impeachment public opinion, shifting 2020 Democratic race

One thing David misses is that the dems don't want to be caught holding House-controlled impeachment hearings or inquiries in an election year. Never happened before, and then the dems subject themselves to POTUS tweetstorms of election tampering allegations (while he probably attempts election tampering at least once more).

Four predictions: 1) The House will wrap up the inquiry and force a vote by the end of the year. 2) The House will vote to convict (hey, I'm def. 1/4, at least). 3) The Senate will then vote to acquit 4) within one to 2.5 months of new year's day (around the ides of March).

I generally agree with both of them near the end, starting @9:30-ish, but especially when Shields talks about being in awe of the state department employee testimonies provided in the open hearings. Word.

It kinda got maybe too warm and fuzzy at the very end, but this interview was the first time I'd seen footage of Brooks. He's got almost the exact level of soft-spokenness I'd have guessed, but I like him more than I did yesterday. Turns out he's a human too, not just a NYT op-ed visage icon. PBS is a nice place though, that's not in question.

    Where's [impeachment] heading and who will it ultimately benefit?

For anything relating to the 2020 elections, or even several years beyond, no one can know. In the history books, I wholeheartedly believe that the dems will be characterized during this era as genuinely trying to defend the constitutional system of checks and balances.

Try to decompress in the next few months, everyone, because America needs you especially sharp sometime in the early summer through at least one week into November of 2020.


For Trump, maybe the best thing about impeachment is that it provides cover in liberal/centrist news for Steven[sic intentionally] Miller's stream of schemes hatched from more than just the undertones of white supremacism (dog whistle term: nationalism). Even if we pretend that his leaked emails never happened (they did)...

...we are forced to confront the reality that almost every single new U.S. immigration scheme/"policy" fits into a pattern of harassment and abuse of the basic human rights of non-white foreigners. Justifying Miller's actions requires an element of dehumanization, at the bare minimum. Once you're there, we know propaganda can kindle a race to the bottom - full-blown ethnic fanaticism. Edit: and the fact that not violating human rights costs more money IS NOT an argument for violating human rights!!!

Immigration policy desperately needs to be bumped up in the queue of bipartisan legislative attempts. The House democrats owe it to America to take up this issue immediately. Through inevitably failed negotiations with the Senate GOP and Trump, the dems could even build yet another narrative for an article of impeachment potentially filed the day after the election: abuse of human rights through executive branch immigration policy, with no indication of intent to compromise. Any investigations into Trump administration discussions or documentation into immigration-related decisions would of course be stonewalled. The dems could probably draft an entirely new obstruction article solely from events between whenever they punt to the Senate (likely by the end of the year) and the next election.

Also, it bears mentioning that the dems don't want to conduct impeachment inquiries/hearings during an election year. That would be unprecedented, and opens them up to allegations of election tampering. Because the Senate trial will be controlled by republicans, it's another matter entirely.

Since about 9 months ago, I've wondered whether some of the more salacious details of the Steele dossier were disinformation, fed to him by GRU, FSB, whoever.

Vigilance against one's own confirmation biases can become so tedious that I absolutely understand the inclination to throw in the towel, and either pick a side, or play the "enlightened centrist" part. When we can, we must all resist this urge. Of course I don't always succeed.

But one of the neatestest things about this community is that we have (and probably need to continue having) a sneaker network of face-to-face meetings.

Speaking of, I'm in San Fran. around December 10th, probably gonna make a potential meetup post in a few days.

Barely. I remember seeing the guy's face change overnight, was like "oh, ex-Soviet shit", and was glad my mom's trip to Ukraine in 2000-ish was in a period of relative stability. Wasn't much into geopolitik back 15 years ago.

What scares me is that there will be (or arguably, is) an internet version of these incredibly improper campaign tactics, especially foreign election interference, for 2020 POTUS elections. We're fucked, and the GOP in at least two of three branches seem intent on preventing at least some election security measures, and actively shits on the factually-established results of the massive IC probes into the 2016 debacle.

How do you feel about a decentralized blockchain voting ledger system, but developed at the federal level, with massive funding/staffing? Maybe it doesn't have to run all year, just a month, over the course of which is the voting window. Any federal effort will need to be essentially shoved down the states' throats, with some assurances, like oversight. Leaving the states to their wide array of voting systems enables both obfuscation and human error. There has to be some way to do this well (better than the current situation) before quantum cryptography provides the ultimate security, which is probably at least 30 years away from being implemented in any large infrastructure.

We obviously need more campaign finance laws, if two ex-felons (Parnas, Fruman) are allowed to pour literally hundreds of millions in slush funds without demonstrating that they own any profitable businesses. This isn't really up for debate. We also need to keep foreign money out of social media advertising, and we should at least begin discussing what to do about domestic social media propaganda. edit: I guess there are some "conversations" at a national level, they're just almost always really, really stupid

While I'm interrogating you, do you think a 2020 Trump win would be the end of America/democracy, or just the GOP?

Parnas has already given audio and video recordings containing Giuliani and Trump conversations to the the House Intel Panel (link).

Could be smoke and mirrors, for sure, but the fact that the contents haven’t leaked might mean that it’s Earth-shattering. You’re welcome for all the baseless speculation

Edit: I'm also not sure why the two biggest impeachment news outlets (NYT, WaPo) haven't picked this up yet. They could: 1. Not consider this major news(?), 2. Not trust Parnas and/or his lawyer, or think this is a ploy in some other way, but maybe 3. They're coordinating some massive reporting effort that may include the tapes. It could be as trivial as a download of Parnas's once-publicly-available instagram content. Dunno.