Tuesday, November 01


Daily News Stuff 1 November 2022

Amazon Needs To Buy Ikea Edition

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  • Constitution?  Never heard of it.  A closer look at the Department of Homeland Security's ongoing - and completely illegal - attempts to stamp out speech inconvenient to the government.  (The Intercept)

    And the willing - eager - collaborators in big tech:
    "Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov't. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain," Microsoft executive Matt Masterson, a former DHS official, texted Jen Easterly, a DHS director, in February.
    Out of a cannon, directly into the Sun.
    In a March meeting, Laura Dehmlow, an FBI official, warned that the threat of subversive information on social media could undermine support for the U.S. government.
    Yes.  That's the point.  That's why you are forbidden to do precisely what you are doing.
    Dehmlow, according to notes of the discussion attended by senior executives from Twitter and JPMorgan Chase, stressed that "we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable."
    Laura is the agent who led the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story two years ago.

    In June, the same DHS advisory committee of CISA — which includes [former] Twitter head of legal policy, trust, and safety Vijaya Gadde and University of Washington professor Kate Starbird — drafted a report to the CISA director calling for an expansive role for the agency in shaping the "information ecosystem." The report called on the agency to closely monitor "social media platforms of all sizes, mainstream media, cable news, hyper partisan media, talk radio and other online resources." They argued that the agency needed to take steps to halt the "spread of false and misleading information," with a focus on information that undermines "key democratic institutions, such as the courts, or by other sectors such as the financial system, or public health measures."
    Two things come to mind:

    First, every single thing they want to do is illegal.

    Second, every one of the snip-happy censors mentioned here are women.

  • Time to start properly furnishing the new house.  Put some desks and chairs and stuff in my cart on the Ikea online store.  Select delivery.  

    Yeah, no, change of plans.  I was going to furnish one room per month, but with a flat $600 delivery charge I think I'm going to do five rooms in one go.  And make very sure I remember every minor item I might need.  And buy spares.

    Have to keep reminding myself that a similar house in Sydney would have cost - well, at current interest rates, the difference in the mortgage payments would cover a weekly delivery from Ikea with money left over.

  • DAMAGING WIND GUSTS with peak gusts up to 100 km/h are possible over parts of the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Hunter Region and along the ranges in the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands. Winds are expected to ease below severe thresholds by late Wednesday morning.

    Yeah, the roof is making some interesting, though so far not alarming, creaking sounds.  The neighbour across the road just had his entire roof replaced.  Good thing the work was completed before this hit.

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Disclaimer: Still is a lot, really.

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1 Having the censorious asshats ID courts as being in the same category as 'public health measures' kinda tends to inspire the question of whether the asshats think that they have the courts rigged.  I already had questions there, so they are not raising my trust level in the courts. 

The way to improve trust levels in courts is to ask the people who are saying that they can control court outcomes to resign.  Certain people signed a letter purporting that they could deny representation in court to certain positions, and inventing a novel theory of lawyer liability in support of that 'policy'.  They signed this letter, distributed it in public, and bragged about it. 

No internet rando can do anything to reduce trust in courts to any degree comparable to the distribution of that letter. 

No single voice can do as much harm to a policy, position, or institution compared to the government using force to try to compel endorsement of the policy, position, or institution.  Force speaks loudly, ensures that very many hear its claims, and ensures that almost as many quietly think over the counterclaims.

More speech is always better.

Posted by: Pat Buckman at Wednesday, November 02 2022 09:10 AM (r9O5h)

2 Also, tech news:

Microsoft has pushed out an update to windows 10 that puts internet 'trending searches' in the window that pops up when you click the search box. 

I was quite irate to discover this.

Posted by: Pat Buckman at Wednesday, November 02 2022 09:14 AM (r9O5h)

3 Pat, there has to be a way to weaponize "trending searches" . . . not that I'm in favour of making ye olde "goatse" or "lemonparty" pop up on unsuspecting parties's search boxes, but, actually I think I am.

Posted by: normal at Wednesday, November 02 2022 10:35 AM (obo9H)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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