uspol, the racist origins of the current anti-abortion movement
Excellent background here:
"But the religious right also needed a more respectable issue to hang their advocacy on. Yes, their most fervent adherents were angry about Black students mixing with white ones and getting to attend white schools, but as the 1970s and 80s chugged on, that was an increasingly unpopular position to take publicly.
'So how did evangelicals become interested in abortion?' Balmer writes. “As nearly as I can tell from my conversation with Weyrich, during a conference call with Falwell and other evangelicals strategizing about how to retain their tax exemptions, someone suggested that they might have the makings of a political movement and wondered what other issues would work for them. Several suggestions followed, and then a voice on the line said, ‘How about abortion?’”
Evangelicals were still angry they couldn’t racially segregate their institutions and still get tax breaks. But 'the right to segregate' no longer had the wide appeal it once did. 'The right to life,' though — that was a winner."
covid, uspol, 9/11 and such
for two decades we've been told we have to treat 9/11 as sacred because "so many Americans died"
but 659K Americans have died of covid so far and we're averaging 1500 a day right now and the same people and the same media are like "meh"
almost like they don't really care about american deaths so much as they care about fear-mongering about foreigners
@InternetEh The broom is red and black, laying down refusing to do work. It seems like a political statement to me. :3
Threescore and two dicks ago, I fucked your dad so hard that the twin towers came crashing down
The Riddler's wacky scheme in "Batman Forever" (1995) - sell vast quantities of a consumer device that entertains its users but makes them dumber, while extracting vast amounts of information from them and using that to artificially boost his organization's intelligence - sure seems pretty silly and alarmist in retrospect now after 30 years of the egalitarian, wealth-levelling World Wide Web, doesn't it.
Hi everyone, it's my birthday today!! & I've discovered a twitter pal who has a fundraiser for top surgery. If you could send over a few £ as a birthday present to me to help them on their way I'd love that so much 💜💜💜
A cis friend in Scottand just phoned and reported they were walking with a cis mate when they unexpectedly saw a tiny terf protest in the city centre.
The terfs were not paying any attention at all to the banners they'd hung everywhere, so my friend quietly removed *all* of them and binned them except for one.
This is the kind of cis allyship I want to see more of in the world.
#startrek I think I finally understand why I love the Klingons so much. It's because they bring a space-operatic, mythic character to the franchise that it doesn't really get anywhere else. Klingon arcs are always about something fantastical, something legendary -- saving the Empire, resurrecting the dead Emperor, getting Jadzia into Sto'vo'kor, visiting Gre'thor. Big, theatrical, legendary stories is where they shine. They're right out of Shakespeare, who was, of course, Klingon.
environmental impact of container tech
I haven't seen anyone seriously study the environmental impact of continuous integration and the redundant steps of containerised workflows. like, it feels pretty likely that it's at least a nontrivial impact.
the standard in tech nowadays is to download and build everything from scratch when you make a change, such that even a small non-code change can result in upwards of an hour of computing work.
like, for example, at work we use Circle CI, and the standard plugin (Circle calls them Orbs) for Node.js will manually download and extract a copy of Node every single time a container is launched. this makes them all prone to supply-side attacks, requires huge infra on the servers that host the Node builds that also cannot go down without impacting code changes made by loads of people, but is extremely wasteful and probably has a measurable carbon footprint.
I personally don't have the ability at my current job to properly examine and fix this waste, but I hope that at least someone in tech seriously takes a look and figures out a way to at least improve things. at minimum, I feel like open-source projects not bound by deadlines and profit margins should try and reduce waste in their CI pipelines.
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