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Church of Scientology ignored woman’s ‘very real psychosis,’ stopped her from receiving mental health care before suicide, lawsuit claims
  • Of course they did. That's their whole deal.

    Apparently, LRH was bitter about his books being snubbed by actual psychologists, so he made it a tenet of his religion to hate psychology.

  • Tea Time
  • I have never rewatched Voyager and I think I have to soon.

  • Tea Time
  • Misread that as Nobel prize and ...lol wtf

  • Tea Time
  • Coffee with vanilla and soy milk is a three bean soup.

  • Tea Time
  • No, this is Patrick.

  • Deluge of fake news websites threatens to drown out truth during US election
  • Local news is often the highest quality. The incentives are too different and the stakes are lower. Of course this means local news reporting on local stories. National stories are, as you mentioned, likely written based on a press release authored by who knows.

  • Android has a "Ctrl+Z" feature, the keyboards just dont support it
  • Heliboard has the option to add swipe, and FUTO has it built in.

  • Chinese coast guard personnel armed with swords, spears and knives accused of ramming Filipino boats in disputed South China Sea
  • Hi, it looks like you've copied the entire article in your post. Please edit the post to include only an appropriate excerpt in order to avoid copyright infringement and post removal. Thanks!

  • www.scientificamerican.com How the Recycling Symbol Duped People into Buying More Plastic

    The simplicity of the recycling symbol belies its complicated role in corporate America’s quest to sell ever more plastic

    How the Recycling Symbol Duped People into Buying More Plastic

    Plastic wrap tangles around sorting equipment at recycling facilities, shutting down operations as employees try to cut it out of the equipment. Huge bales of paper shipped overseas can contain as much as 30 percent plastic waste. “Contamination is one of the biggest challenges facing the recycling industry,” the EPA said in a statement to Grist. It takes time and money to haul, sort through, and dispose of all this unwanted refuse, which makes recycling more of a burden for city budgets. Many cities have ended up cutting costs by working with private waste companies; some don’t even bother trying at all. About a quarter of Americans lack access to any recycling services.

    The difficulty of recycling plastic can make the chasing-arrows symbol near meaningless, with environmental groups calling plastic recycling a “false solution.” Only around 5 percent of plastic waste in the United States gets shredded or melted down so that it can be used again. Much of the rest flows into landfills or gets incinerated, breaking down into tiny particles that can travel for thousands of miles and lodge themselves in your lungs.

    Between 1988 and 1989, the percentage of Americans who believed plastic was damaging the environment rose from 56 to 72 percent. Larry Thomas, the president of the Society of Plastics Industry, warned in an internal memo that companies were starting to lose business, writing, “We are approaching a point of no return.”

    Beverage companies and the oil industry hoped to advertise their way out of the PR problem, laying out plans to spend $50 million a year to tout the polymer’s virtues with slogans like “plastics make it possible.” They also turned to recycling.

    Freeman tasked the Plastic Bottle Institute — made up of oil giants like BP and Exxon, chemical companies, and can manufacturers — with figuring out how to clarify to recycling sorters what kind of plastic was what. In 1988, they came up with the plastic resin code, the numbering system from 1 to 7 that’s still in place.

    Once the symbol was operational, Freeman said, “then everybody started putting it on everything.” Companies worked to make it official: Starting in 1989, the Plastic Bottle Institute lobbied for state laws mandating that the code numbers appear on plastic products. Their express purpose was to fend off anti-plastic legislation, according to documents uncovered by the Center for Climate Integrity. The laws eventually passed in 39 states.

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    is there still no way to remove the Google search bar from the Pixel home screen?
  • It's closed and for profit, but they seem to be better than most.

    Tracker report (Google crash analytics , GSM)

    Privacy policy

  • Like a big, fluffy eraser
  • Hashtag pride month

  • is there still no way to remove the Google search bar from the Pixel home screen?
  • Unfortunately, the only way seems to be to use another launcher. I've been using the non-free Smart Launcher, which meets my needs well and has a decent level of features and customization. I also quite like Kvaesisto which has a highly customizable and powerful search (FOSS).

    I don't think that there is a major Pixel/AOSP based launcher in development rn, but someone else may know of one. Lawnchair is ancient history, NeoLauncer is dead.

    • Turns out that Lawnchair is back in active development, but had not yet had a new stable release. You may want to check it out if you don't mind relying on a beta version.
  • is there still no way to remove the Google search bar from the Pixel home screen?
  • FYI, what you consider "zero technical knowledge" is actually quite a lot of technical know-how for the average person. Think about the stereotype of technical support people explaining how to find the power button, then extrapolate from there.

  • Why the FDA will have a hard time properly regulating cannabis
  • Unlikely. The public and political agendas are just the opposite for the two substances: most people support the expansion of cannabis products and oppose the expansion of nicotine products.

  • [USA] Appeals court rules that cops can physically make you unlock your phone
  • What a terrible decision. That's like saying if you have a house key they can search your house.

  • Nobody dare Pluto Pterodactyl
  • Nobody:

    Me: The "pter" in pterodactyl is the same as the one in helicopter.

  • Uh oh
  • The Younglings!

  • Israeli Protesters Mass in Jerusalem to Call for Elections
  • Coalition government offers a greater voice to minority voices, which is often a good thing. FPTP and two party systems are a race to the middle, which often leaves out people, but sometimes succeeds in diminishing extremists.

    I'm not really aware of a system that effectively includes minority voices while deminishing extremists, although a robust constitution helps.

    Unpopular opinion: Ranked choice is not much better than FPTP. It's basically indistinguishable except in the case that a third party gains enough support to displace another.

  • Sudan’s Manmade Famine
  • Those are all from the group that is doing the genocide(s)

  • www.pbs.org Recalled lead-tainted applesauce pouches stayed on Dollar Tree shelves for weeks, FDA says

    Dollar Tree failed to effectively recall lead-tainted applesauce pouches linked to reports of illness in more than 500 children, leaving the products on some store shelves for two months, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

    Recalled lead-tainted applesauce pouches stayed on Dollar Tree shelves for weeks, FDA says
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    www.africanews.com More than 200 arrested in Kenya protests over proposed tax hikes in finance bill | Africanews

    Civil society groups say that despite the arrests, demonstrations and a planned sit-down outside the parliament buildings will continue.

    More than 200 arrested in Kenya protests over proposed tax hikes in finance bill | Africanews

    Civil society groups say that despite the arrests, demonstrations and a planned sit-down outside the parliament buildings will continue.

    Nairobi Police Commander Adamson Bungei on Tuesday said no group had been granted permission to protest in the capital. The right to peaceful protests is guaranteed in Kenya's constitution but organizers are required to notify the police beforehand. Police generally give a go-ahead unless there are security concerns.

    Police hurled tear gas canisters at hundreds of demonstrators on Tuesday, forcing businesses to close for fear of looting temporarily.

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    arstechnica.com Supermassive black hole roars to life as astronomers watch in real time

    A similar awakening may one day occur with the Milky Way's supermassive black hole

    Supermassive black hole roars to life as astronomers watch in real time

    In December 2019, astronomers were surprised to observe a long-quiet galaxy, 300 million light-years away, suddenly come alive, emitting ultraviolet, optical, and infrared light into space. Far from quieting down again, by February of this year, the galaxy had begun emitting X-ray light; it is becoming more active. Astronomers think it is most likely an active galactic nucleus (AGN), which gets its energy from supermassive black holes at the galaxy's center and/or from the black hole's spin. That's the conclusion of a new paper accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, although the authors acknowledge the possibility that it might also be some kind of rare tidal disruption event (TDE).

    The brightening of SDSS1335_0728 in the constellation Virgo, after decades of quietude, was first detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility telescope. Its supermassive black hole is estimated to be about 1 million solar masses. To get a better understanding of what might be going on, the authors combed through archival data and combined that with data from new observations from various instruments, including the X-shooter, part of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile's Atacama Desert.

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    www.pbs.org Biden to announce protections Tuesday for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens and ‘Dreamers’

    The president’s executive action will shield undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation, allow them to obtain work authorization, as well as ease their path to permanent resident status, the three sources told PBS News.

    Biden to announce protections Tuesday for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens and ‘Dreamers’

    The president’s executive action will shield undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation, allow them to obtain work authorization, as well as ease their path to permanent resident status, the three sources told PBS News. The announcement will be made at a White House event marking the 12th anniversary of an Obama-era action that protected undocumented youth brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

    The executive action will also make it easier for some undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children, also known as “Dreamers,” to receive work visas, according to the sources briefed by the White House. Dreamers would qualify if they have earned a degree from a U.S. college or university and have received a high-skilled job offer.

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    www.foreignaffairs.com Sudan’s Manmade Famine

    The United States and Its Gulf partners are enabling mass starvation.

    Sudan’s Manmade Famine

    The biggest hunger crisis in the world is unfolding in Sudan, and it is manmade. As of now, more than half of the country’s 45 million people urgently need humanitarian assistance. In May, the United Nations warned that 18 million Sudanese are “acutely hungry” including 3.6 million children who are “acutely malnourished.”

    Heirs of the infamous Janjaweed militia—the ethnic Arab fighters who inflicted massacre and starvation in Darfur between 2003 and 2005, leaving over 150,000 civilians dead—they use this plunder to sustain their war machine. The SAF, which is the dominant power in the United Nations-recognized government of Sudan, has blocked humanitarian aid to the vast areas of the country under RSF control.

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    UN agency reports Sudan as largest global displacement crisis, calls on US not to overlook

    An estimated 5.8 million people were forced to flee their homes in Sudan last year after fighting broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in April 2023, according to a new report.

    Combined with displacement from previous conflicts, the total number of displaced Sudanese people crested 9 million by year-end — the largest displaced population ever reported.

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    www.nytimes.com Israeli Protesters Mass in Jerusalem to Call for Elections

    The protesters demanded an end to the war and the release of hostages from Gaza, and also called for elections that many hoped would oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Israeli Protesters Mass in Jerusalem to Call for Elections
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    www.nytimes.com Dozens of Groups Push FEMA to Recognize Extreme Heat as a ‘Major Disaster’

    The labor and environmental groups are pushing the change so relief funds can be used in more situations.

    Dozens of Groups Push FEMA to Recognize Extreme Heat as a ‘Major Disaster’

    Dozens of environmental, labor and health care groups banded together on Monday to file a petition to push the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare extreme heat and wildfire smoke as “major disasters,” like floods and tornadoes.The petition is a major push to get the federal government to help states and local communities that are straining under the growing costs of climate change.

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    9to5google.com Realme GT 6 shipment stolen in transit, delays launch in Spain

    The entire first batch of Realme GT 6 retail units has been stolen en route to Spain ahead of the European launch on June 20.

    Realme GT 6 shipment stolen in transit, delays launch in Spain

    With a high-profile European launch just a few days away, the entire first batch of Realme GT 6 retail units has been stolen en route to Spain.

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    TIL that it may be faster for humans to run on all fours.

    >The fastest human on the planet might be a quadrupedal runner at the 2048 Olympics, which may be achieved by shifting up to the rotary gallop and taking longer strides with wide sagittal trunk motion. More generally, investigation of quadrupedal running will not only result in the development of new techniques that allow biomechanists to study locomotion in natural settings but will also reveal the underlying principles of how these runners accomplish their astonishing performances.

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    This sign spotted in a South American bank lobby

    Translation according to Google (with edits):

    UNITED BANKERS UNION

    "Alternative union for all workers"

    Colombia is union territory

    EVEN THOUGH THE BANKS WANT TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE IT

    YOUR BOSS IS NOT YOUR OWNER

    THIS BANK SQUEEZES, MISTREATS, INTIMIDATES, REPRESSES, AND HARASSES ALL ITS WORKERS VIOLATING THEIR LABOR RIGHTS

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    Queer dolphins, penguins and bonobos: What science shows

    It's Pride month, a good time to share this reminder: It's natural to be queer in the animal world.

    Looking at animals strictly through a heteronormative lens has long limited scientific understanding and contributed to the othering of members of the LGBTQ+ community, per science experts.

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    More than 171,000 people traveled out-of-state for abortions last year

    Some 171,300 patients traveled out-of-state for abortions last year, new data estimates from the Guttmacher Institute show. State abortion bans that took effect in the post-Roe era have severely curbed access to reproductive care across the U.S.

    More than one million clinician-provided abortions took place in states without a total ban in 2023 — the first full year after Roe v. Wade was overturned. That's the highest number in more than a decade.

    Out-of-state travel for abortions, including for the procedure or to obtain abortion pills, more than doubled from 2020 to 2023.

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    Just found my new keyboard!

    I came across this purely by accident, but it checks pretty much all of my boxes for a good keyboard:

    ✅ It is simple, beautiful, and customizable. (I like to use AMOLED black, and increase the height a bit)

    ✅ It has built in offline voice typing. I had been using sayboard for this which was not bad, but so far this is a little quicker and more accurate.

    ✅ It has easy to use settings (I used ASK for years despite the mess of the settings)

    It's FOSS. Edit: Apparently, it's currently under a development license that limits certain types of use. The source code is open, and the stated intent is to make it fully FOSS when it is completed.

    ✅ It has swipe typing. I was using heliboard with a gesture typing library added, but it'snice to have it built in.

    It has some interesting features like using an adjustable LLM for text prediction. It will be really interesting to see how it shapes out.

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    feeds.texastribune.org Paul Pressler, a former Southern Baptist leader accused of sexual abuse, dead at 94

    One of the most influential evangelical figures of the last half-century, Pressler died about six months after he settled a high-profile lawsuit with a former member of his youth group.

    Paul Pressler, a former Southern Baptist leader accused of sexual abuse, dead at 94

    Pressler was one of the most influential, if lesser-known, evangelical figures of the last half-century, having co-led a movement in the Southern Baptist Convention that pushed the nation’s second-largest faith group to adopt literal interpretations of the Bible, strongly condemn homosexuality and more closely align with the Republican Party.

    His death came barely six months after he confidentially settled a high-profile lawsuit with a former member of his youth group who accused him of decades of rape. As part of the suit, at least six other men came forward alleging that they were abused or solicited for sex by Pressler in a string of incidents dating from 1978 to 2016. Pressler denied the allegations and was never criminally charged.

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