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  • I think there’s a decent possibility that the US is sending teams of people to all these countries to investigate what Russia may be doing to them, and teach them about how to detect and prevent Russian cyber activity against their infrastructure / journalism / military targets.

    It could also be purely made of, of course, but it seems a little on the specific side, and that up there is an obvious reality-possibility which actually would make sense, which you could if you wanted to mischaracterize as the nonsense activity which RT is describing.

  • What song should I play for my bathroom neighbors?
  • 1b

    Just walk up to the outside of the stall and slap your hands against it and wedge your face up to the stall crack and start whispering complaints. Guarantee they'll turn the music off 😃

  • What song should I play for my bathroom neighbors?
    1. Get that passive aggressive shit outta here; either say something direct or resign yourself to that being the way it is and enjoy yourself
    2. I recommend the enjoy yourself option though. Your Mama or Punk Rock Girl or a MrBallen podcast
  • How Tesla made the worst truck ever
  • Welcome to Youtube now

    It's a career now, with thousands of people trying to make it work, and it selects for ability to exploit Youtube instead of saying some real stuff. And so, the number of people with relevant stuff to say is few and far between.

  • Alarming 500% Surge: Colorectal Cancer Rates Skyrocket Among U.S. Youths
  • I don’t think people started eating THAT much more bacon, although I am sure that all processed meats are a quick road to cancertown if you eat more than a tiny tiny amount

    My money would be on a confluence of all sorts of various cancer causing things in our food and environment, each of which produces a significant but small impact on its own, and then maybe like 1-2 big ones which we will never really find out about

  • "We must send in the national guard to stop these violent extremist protests"
  • Fun fact: During BLM, a lot of the national guard said that they felt like their job, being sent in to “keep order,” was to protect the protestors from the police.

    National guard is different from city police. Most of their time is spent in training, or on things where they’re helping (disasters being a big one). I don’t really know where they shake down on the “going to Kent State and killing protestors” versus “being the only government agency to rescue people with any level of competence and humanity after Hurricane Katrina” scale, in the present day, but I wouldn’t automatically assume they’re the enemy.

  • Trump, accustomed to friendly crowds, confronts repeated booing during Libertarian convention speech
  • Agreed, yeah. "Probably gonna die" is not the same as "perfectly safe to be around in the meantime."

  • Trump, accustomed to friendly crowds, confronts repeated booing during Libertarian convention speech
  • Yeah. It's actually a really dangerous time.

    Any organism faced with death will start to fight with everything in its power. Except this one is not a raccoon in the garage, it's a whole nationwide organization with billions of dollars, prisons, weaponized propaganda every person sees every day, and a whole network of detention centers just waiting to turn into concentration camps.

  • Trump, accustomed to friendly crowds, confronts repeated booing during Libertarian convention speech
  • Maybe you don't want to win. Keep getting your 3% every 4 years.

    Win what? With Trump?

    The GOP has been losing power ever since Clinton, because their most deeply held beliefs (less taxes for the rich, abortion bans, no public health care, more money to big business, no action on climate change) are wildly unpopular. Trump is the extinction burst - the frenzy of activity before the organism actually dies.

    It remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to undo democracy to the point that they can stay in power regardless of how unpopular they are, and they have a plausible shot at it. But failing that I think all the gerrymandering in the world won’t be able to keep them around.

  • Americans, what's the plan if Trump wins the election in November? (serious)
  • "On Tyranny" by Tim Snyder has an excellent set of practical guidelines based on how it's played out in other places historically

  • Democrats don't even respect your most primal needs.
  • Unironically, I think this is part of the big appeal of fascism and fascistic movements.

    People need something to belong to. People need brothers and sisters who see the world the same way they do, who will support them if they're in trouble, and will ask in exchange for trust and respect and support from their side. It's part of life. If you don't have that, something inside you is missing and it'll never feel settled. Nothing about any of that is wrong -- it's how people are designed to live, in a little village with people they know well and can depend on. It's right.

    Outside your family (if you're lucky), that just doesn't exist in America. Daily life is bullshit. It's coworkers who, let's be honest, mostly don't give a shit, and you don't either, and everyone understands that it's all a bunch of crap and a big waste of time (unless you're very lucky). Every day doesn't matter. You and the people around you and the interactions you have with them, in the final analysis are pretty much a waste of time. But you need money, so you keep getting up and doing it anyway. But something feels very wrong, even if after a while you go numb, and you write off that numbness as "growing up" and "the real world."

    And then, here comes this grouping, maybe with some friends of yours in it, and it's got an epic mission and an epic struggle. And, people aren't just talking -- they're doing it. They're going out on the streets and having rallies, and they bail each other out if someone gets arrested, and they talk about people who are in the thick of it who are finally fighting to make things better (and, let's be honest, no one anywhere can say that things in America don't need a ton of help). When they hang out, they have stuff they can talk about and get passionate about, and get confirmation that they're on the same team. There's risk. There's decision. And, most importantly, there are allies.

    It's like pornography for that need for belonging. And so for the first time in your life, something feels right that never did before.

    I saw an old, old German man in an interview talking about going to Nazi rallies when he was young. He said, of course now I understand how wrong it was and all the suffering we caused. And of course we all suffered terribly, after the war, because of what we'd done. But even now today sitting with you, I can think back to that time and that electric feeling, going to those massive rallies with all my people, and everyone shouting and singing all together, and Hitler up in front -- in person -- on the PA in his piercing, passionate voice... and I miss it. I wish I could go back, because it was wonderful.

  • The most well-funded campaign in US history
  • The physical presence is really powerful.

    It’s eye-watering. People say, holy shit I can’t even go near the guy. I thought it was a joke but no, it’s really real; if you go in his vicinity after you-know-what happens, you’re just assaulted by the physical presence of it, and you want to get away from him as quickly as you can, trying not to gag.

  • Google Search’s “udm=14” trick lets you kill AI search for good
  • One way to edit the search URL is a proxy site like, which is probably the biggest site out there popularizing this technique.

    When people are making their own entire web sites to make it possible for third parties to adapt around UX issues of your web site (not just a handful, but enough people that there's one of those sites that's identifiable as "the biggest"), you have lost the plot.

  • Study Finds That 52 Percent of ChatGPT Answers to Programming Questions Are Wrong
    1. "Oh, I see the problem. In order to correct (what went wrong with the last implementation), we can (complete code re-implementation which also doesn't work)"
    2. Goto 1
  • Study Finds That 52 Percent of ChatGPT Answers to Programming Questions Are Wrong
  • It’s incredibly useful for learning. ChatGPT was what taught me to unlearn, essentially, writing C in every language, and how to write idiomatic Python and JavaScript.

    It is very good for boilerplate code or fleshing out a big module without you having to do the typing. My experience was just like yours; once you’re past a certain (not real high) level of complexity you’re looking at multiple rounds of improvement or else just doing it yourself.

  • Reminder...
  • “My PRIMARY goal is to have GOOD THINGS for the UNITED STATES which is why I am deeply concerned about Joe Biden and will NEVER vote for him.”

    “Yeah what good things? Fixing the problems definitely sounds like a priority, I love good things.”

    “Joe Biden FUCKED UP our marijuana policy and BETRAYED US which is why I cannot POSSIBLY support him and I can’t see why you are CRAZY AND CONFUSED and said I am a Trump supporter.”

    “That sounds like a big reform, which yes it would be great, but it’s not like failing to pass it means sliding into fascism, also he pardoned everyone in federal prison for possession, and the Democrats have advanced multiple bills for federal decriminalization which the Republicans keep defeating (*), and Biden requested the DEA to reschedule it. Is there something else you would you want him to do, on his end?”

    (there is an interval of silence)

    (*) slight oversimplification

    “My PRIMARY goal is to have GOOD THINGS for the UNITED STATES like GOOD MARIJUANA POLICY which is extremely important which is why I CANNOT support Joe Biden and will plan NEVER to vote for him. This message will repeat in thirty seconds from now.”

    Based on real events

  • A PAC is sending this out to residents in my area
  • And, what money you’ve contributed and to who. Out of curiosity I looked up some people I knew and learned what were the details of their contributions.

    I definitely think the transparency is a good thing but it feels weird that everyone can know that Frank gave $20.

  • Biden’s Morehouse address was a farewell speech
  • 100% agree

    Let's take all that "let's not vote for Biden, and fuck up the country beyond recognition" energy

    And turn it into "let's advocate for a better voting system so that this genocide enabling bullshit is never again the best available option, of course after we make sure in this election that we don't destroy the country completely and fuck up our ability to fix or improve anything at all for who knows how long" energy

  • The most well-funded campaign in US history
  • Hey, remember what I said about groupthink and just repeating the assumptions and then hoping people will absorb them? This is textbook what I meant.

    Trump is vastly better at campaigns

    Half-empty campaign rallies and people leaving before the end are a hallmark of Trump's campaign rallies. I would assert that it's because he just stands up saying literally any unhinged, weird, angry garbage for literally hours and it gets tiresome after a while.

    I have seen one story of people leaving before the end of Biden's speech, and that was because of a delberate protest for his genocide-enabling foreign policy, and then it turned out not to be true anyway.

    Trump's also gutted the RNC because he needed all the money to pay his legal bills. It remains to be seen exactly how bad the impacts will be on his and everyone else's ability to run a campaign, but it seems unlikely that it'll leave in place a powerhouse. Eight years ago, some of Trump's natural skill at understanding TV audiences made his skill as a campaigner a lot more real than today; at this point I would say that most of Trump's broad support from conservatives is because a complicit conservative media lies for him like a North Korean news anchor, and not because of anything he's doing.

    Trump is also really good at inspiring his base, half of Biden's party doesn't even want him

    Trump has 75% of the popular vote in the primary; Biden has 85% (in the midst of historic reasons not to vote for him in the primary and an organized effort specifically not to vote for him, even from staunch Democrats). Also -- 30% of Republican primary voters in a few different state polls said that they wouldn't commit to voting for Trump if he won the nomination. That's a huge deal, and very unusual, with only one real explanation (unlike the differences in primary numbers, which obviously aren't a really apples to apples comparison).

    Trump gets to point to a generally good economy for his term until states shut down for covid

    Can we please summon to this comment some of those people who jump on every story which covers good things about Biden's economy, to start talking about how good economic numbers don't always translate to a better economy for actual humans?

    Biden's strengthened unions, bounced back smoothly from Covid better than literally every other first world country, and boosted pay for low-wage earners even in the face of historic inflation. Trump started mini-trade wars with Canada and China, directly went to factories and coal mines and promised he would bring the jobs back and then weeks later the literal exact same places were closed, and gave away half a trillion dollars via direct Covid-aid fraud (that is literally the number -- not like forgiven PPP loans, which were also massive, but simple rampant theft).

    Biden gets to downplay a cumulative 20% inflation during his term.

    Quick question, what was cumulative wage growth during Biden's term? Average or median or 10th percentile; you pick.

  • The most well-funded campaign in US history
  • I for real saw it and thought, yes, that is 100% the correct response at this point 😃. I mean I don't think extensive criticism is the same as hitting them in the face, but metaphorically speaking, yes, it sounds good.

    When there have been 2-3 extensive discussions on your viewpoint, then okay sure, that's your free speech and we are here for political discussion whether or not I agree with it.

    Once it reaches 20 or 30 times and you're still doing it multiple times per day every single day from multiple accounts and totally unresponsive to people pointing out every time objective flaws in it, I think we can start hitting you in the face as soon as you start.

  • 5,900 people evacuated from Kharkiv Oblast amid Russian offensive Governor: 5,900 people evacuated from Kharkiv Oblast amid Russian offensive

    At least 5,900 people have been evacuated from Kharkiv Oblast since Russian forces launched a new offensive in the region, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said during a press briefing in Kharkiv on May 13.

    Governor: 5,900 people evacuated from Kharkiv Oblast amid Russian offensive
    Tactical update on the Kharkiv-area Russian operation


    • Russians have pushed several km past the northern border
    • Not nearly enough Russian troops committed for a successful attack on Kharkiv, but that still seems to be their plan
    • Lots of mechanized units coming across the border and getting drone-striked
    Pink Floyd - Welcome To The Machine

    I feel like mostly these "I had a model generate images for this song" things are pretty lackluster, and this one could have used more variety on the length of time it sticks with any given moving-image, but overall it seemed surprisingly good to me.

    Do you support sending weapons to Israel?

    Humor me for a second. Quick poll. You can just write "Yes" or "No" in the comments.

    Fascinating little window into how literally impossible it can be to post information about criminal behavior by "the powers that be" on Reddit and Youtube

    Good thing they were on point about not being willing to host it as long as he showed the guy's face -- everyone knows that videos that show a person's face are strictly forbidden on every social media platform.

    0 Inside the Globus INK: a mechanical navigation computer for Soviet spaceflight

    The Soviet space program used completely different controls and instruments from American spacecraft. One of the most interesting navigati...

    Inside the Globus INK: a mechanical navigation computer for Soviet spaceflight

    "Different Globus units needed to be built for different orbits. Moreover, this design only handles circular orbits, making it useless during orbit changes such as rendezvous and docking. These were such significant limitations that some cosmonauts wanted the Globus removed from the control panel, but it remained until it was replaced by a computer display in Soyuz-TMA (2002)."

    Blinken tells CNN the US has seen evidence of China attempting to influence upcoming US elections Blinken tells CNN the US has seen evidence of China attempting to influence upcoming US elections | CNN Politics

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US has seen evidence of Chinese attempts to “influence and arguably interfere” with the upcoming US elections, despite an earlier commitment from leader Xi Jinping not to do so.

    Blinken tells CNN the US has seen evidence of China attempting to influence upcoming US elections | CNN Politics