A Pernicious Threat to Free Expression

(www.nytimes.com)

How and what to teach American students has been contested ground since the earliest days of public education, and the content of that instruction is something about which Americans can respectfully disagree.

This editorial is absurd. The NY Times screams about “the Republicans” censoring this or that, while doing the same for many who do not contort themselves to align themselves with the professed beliefs of the NY Times editorial board. There hasn’t been anything resembling “respectful” dialogue from anyone with an audience of more than one, regardless of their ideological beliefs. We live in a time of remarkable communicability where the vast majority of people willfully elect to be deaf, drowning out disagreement with echo chambers or by ignoring the plethora of soapboxes altogether.

What bugs me the most about all these claims of censorship, regardless of who is claiming it, is the insistence that there is a “one ideology fits all”. This is an absurd proposition borne by hubris and ego, as if the person making a claim has the world fully worked out.

Humans, as a whole, don’t like homogeny. This is why we have different clothes, different interests, different tastes, and different names. Perhaps rather than forcing ideologies down the throats of those who differ, it would be better to examine what makes us the same.

Cloudflare blocks Kiwi Farms due to an 'immediate threat to human life'

(www.theverge.com)

Cloudflare […] announced on Saturday that it had blocked Kiwi Farms, an online forum known for hateful content. In a post on Cloudflare’s blog, the company said Kiwi Farms posed an “immediate threat to human life,” citing an increase of “targeted threats” over the past two days.

This is the first I’ve heard of such a forum. Seems like a complete waste of time, given the purpose is to raise blood pressure “for the lulz”.

Cloudflare initially resisted calls to drop Kiwi Farms, saying that it would be “an abuse of power” to do so.

This is one of the reasons I appreciate the management of Cloudflare; they are not in the censorship business.

“Just as the telephone company doesn’t terminate your line if you say awful, racist, bigoted things, we have concluded in consultation with politicians, policy makers, and experts that turning off security services because we think what you publish is despicable is the wrong policy,” Cloudflare explains.

Completely understandable and entirely commendable.

Kiwi Farms first emerged in 2013, and was created by former 8chan administrator Joshua Moon. The site has become known for the harassment and stalking of “lolcows” — the term Kiwi Farms uses to describe its victims (who are often neurodivergent or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community). A report from New York Magazine called Kiwi Farms “the biggest community of stalkers,” with harassment so severe that the site has been blamed for the deaths of several victims.

As these members of 8chan and similar groups lay on their deathbed at some point in the future, will they look back at their life and see that it was full of purpose and accomplishment? Or will they realize that they pissed away their time being angry about nothing and making other people feel like shit or worse? These sort of groups make no sense to me.

Japan's digital minister declares 'war' on humble floppy disk in new digital push

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

Japan’s digital minister, who’s vowed to rid the bureaucracy of outdated tools from the hanko stamp to the fax machine, has now declared “war” on a technology many haven’t seen for decades — the floppy disk. […]

“We will be reviewing these practices swiftly,” Kono said in a news conference Tuesday, adding that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has offered his full support. “Where does one even buy a floppy disk these days?”

A working group of the government’s Digital Extraordinary Administrative Advisory Committee is considering abolishing such designations to promote online application filing.

The working group has found about 1,900 clauses of laws, government, ministerial and other ordinances stipulating that specific storage devices, such as floppy and magneto-optical disks, be used to make administrative applications and keep data.

This would explain why floppy disks, Iomega Zip disks, and even Sony MiniDiscs are still available for sale at a lot of department stores and electronics shops … 🤔

Maternal Instinct Is a Myth That Men Created

(www.nytimes.com)

The notion that the selflessness and tenderness babies require is uniquely ingrained in the biology of women, ready to go at the flip of a switch, is a relatively modern — and pernicious — one. It was constructed over decades by men selling an image of what a mother should be, diverting our attention from what she actually is and calling it science.
— Chelsea Conaboy

The New York Times has a lot of female writers who hate women … and men … and children … and life … and are so full of shit that I can smell them from the other side of the planet.

Opinion | Kill Your Lawn, Before It Kills You

(www.nytimes.com)

Lawns are bad for you, your pets and the planet. It's time to move on to greener pastures.

What’s funny is that Osama bin Laden — yes, that one — argued the very same thing in the 80s and 90s after studying in American universities. He saw western life as incredibly excessive and wasteful, and sought to destroy it.

Now opinion pieces in the New York Times argue the same thing 🤪

Amazon's climate pollution is getting way worse

(www.theverge.com)

Amazon's greenhouse gas emissions ballooned big time last year despite the company's efforts to sell itself as a leader in climate action. Its carbon dioxide emissions grew an eye-popping 18 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, according to its latest sustainability report.

I thought this is what the climate (and WHO apologists) wanted; everyone to stay home and order things from online stores. Amazon, like it or not, has one of the most comprehensive inventories available to shoppers on the planet.

Back in 2019, then-CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company planned to reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions for its operations by 2040. Unfortunately, that kind of pledge allows companies to get away with some misleading carbon accounting. They can aim to reach “net-zero” emissions or claim to be “carbon-neutral” by purchasing carbon offsets that are supposed to cancel out the impact of their emissions through supposedly eco-friendly projects. That usually involves planting trees, protecting forests, or promoting clean energy. […]

I thought this is what climate groups wanted; more carbon capture projects. Governments around the world have been investing billions in carbon credits and, with regards to the regime in Canada, sometimes the citizens of a nation are required by law to offset their carbon footprint with these credits.

[…] Those offsets, however, typically don't result in real-world reductions in the planet-heating CO2 building up in our atmosphere.

So … have we been lied to again? Or is this just another eco-activist who demands everything change 100% overnight with no consideration to the fact that an entire species’ livelihood cannot pivot that rapidly?

I challenge any environmental group to create their own zero-carbon city and have it populated with more than a million people who are gainfully employed. Show the world that it’s both possible and profitable. This isn’t a matter of greed, but of realism. Families need a little financial security for the unexpected, and people who work hard demand to be rewarded for their efforts. We cannot simply change everything all at once despite the desire to be a cleaner species.

We are standing on 100,000+ years of technological progress and mastery. That’s a lot of momentum to counteract.

Sri Lanka to run out of fuel within a day as foreign currency shortage hits gas supplies

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

Sri Lanka has less than a day’s worth of fuel left, its energy minister said Sunday, with public transport grinding to a halt as the country’s economic crisis deepens.

Oh my …

“The next petrol shipment is expected between the 22nd and 23rd (of July),” Wijesekera told reporters in Colombo. “We have contacted other suppliers, but we can’t confirm any new supplies before the 22nd.”

That’s almost three weeks from now …

We speak to Purism' CEO about the Librem 5 USA smartphone

(www.theregister.com)

If you had an iPhone or an Android phone and a Purism phone like Librem 5 sitting all next to each other, the iPhone will leak probably about three gigabytes of data without doing anything. Android devices are worse. Ours will leak exactly zero bits – nothing is sent without your explicit interaction, to make a request for weather information or browsing the web.

This is misleading and false for anyone with an iPhone who actually pays attention. My iPhone “leaks” less than 130KB a day, and that information is related to “Find My iPhone” pings, which I voluntarily and knowingly configured 🙄

Cloudflare explains today's mega-outage

(www.theregister.com)

"The outage," explained Cloudflare, "was caused by a change that was part of a long-running project to increase resilience in our busiest locations."

Well that explains why 10C – and large swaths of the internet – was down for over an hour yesterday 🤪

L'Affaire Dundas in Toronto: Falling for a Hoax

(www.dorchesterreview.ca)

Henry Dundas was actually a hero of the Anti-Slavery Movement, writes Dr. Patrice Dutil. The City of Toronto must reverse its stupid plan to change the name of Dundas Street.

A very well-written argument showing how historical figures are not (always) the evil villains portrayed by today’s woke crowd.