PBS Special: United States of Conspiracy

How trafficking in conspiracy theories went from the fringes of U.S. politics into the White House. FRONTLINE examines the alliance of conspiracy entrepreneur Alex Jones, Trump advisor Roger Stone, and the president, and their role in the battle over truth and lies.


migrated my website off of github pages yesterday, so that was cool i guess

There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science


Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

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@bclindner I started using PHP the same time I started using the internet professionally, and early examples were always outdated and broken. That's why I think its one of the languages where you need to have a framework from Day 1. That's what they're for. Laravel saves lives.

@ashfurrow Okay cool, I think that's the right direction for me tbh. I'll check out the issue tracker. Thanks :)

Hey @ashfurrow

I'm facing some error in pushing tweets using Python:

Validation failed: Text can't be blank

The tweet contains both HTML and i8ln characters. Should I be quoting/escaping/encoding those characters? Any idea why this might be happening?

enough code for tonight. time to do absolutely nothing :blobcoffee:

Impostor Syndrome 

@emartin 10 years for me. It doesn't get any easier but you learn to live with it I guess.

I just watched the documentary "We need to talk about AI".

Ethical implications of sex robots with legal rights is disturbing, and how sex robots desensitize other human interactions.

We seem to want AI because humans are irrational, war-mongering, profit-hoarding, etc. To me it sounds like the failure of democracy and large-scale human org systems is being used as a use-case for giving robots control.

Sounds irresponsible, like a child wanting his mummy back because they screwed up bad.

@ayushsharma22 ha I thought Bill Nighy was great, although he wasnโ€™t exactly what Iโ€™d had in mind when I read about Slartibartfast for the first time.

Also you said it so well, sci-fi really is one of those all-encompassing genres! Iโ€™m so glad our discussion inspired you to clean up your own list in Notion! I use Notion a lot too, let me know if you ever want to swap templates or just talk shop!

@universal_traveler Damn it's like finding a kindred spirit :)

I really could use some advice with Notion. I just started using it and migrated everything off GoodReads. I'm attaching some screenshots, hopefully you can get a general idea from that.

What I have right now is workable but its not very "fun". I guess its designed more so I can add entries quickly to my DB rather than enjoy the experience overall. I wanted to make it more visual in some sense but I don't know where to start.

@universal_traveler I agree about Adams. I honestly haven't read anything else like that in scifi/fiction. Did you see the movie? Bill Nighy played Slartibartfast!

The moment we started talking about all this, I realized that this is what is so great about scifi, that its one of those genres where you can have romance, humor, mystery, intrigue, and everything else.

You inspired me to clean up my reading list in Notion. I think I have a lot of scifi left to read, and that makes me happy :)

Hi all.

I saw Joe Rogan's podcast with Bret Weinstein today.


He's talking about some protest at Evergreen State College and something about shutting down STEM. Apparently Richard Dawkins and Evolutionary Biology is involved somehow.

I feel like I've been living under a rock, but I don't know what this is about. Can someone enlighten me please?


if you're going out in public wear a mask (clap clap)
if you're going out in public wear a mask (clap clap)
it helps not spread infection
and prevents facial detection
if you're going out in public wear a mask (clap clap)

Us: we want to edit tweets!


Us: we want better moderation tools and security


Us: delete the presidents account, stand up to fascists & bigots



Twitter: introducing voice tweets! We can't even monitor/moderate text, voice will be fiiiiine!

@universal_traveler Also, I'm reading Surveillance Capitalism right now from Shoshana Zuboff. it should count as sci-fi in my opinion. It's pretty scary and seems way out there, sadly I think most (all?) of it is true. But Huxley would have been proud.

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