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For those to whom environmental policy and urgency are hugely important ....
Here's a summary of yesterday's 10-hour marathon Dem "town hall" on environment. Some fascinating "reveals" perhaps, plus a snapshot of where/why things are "frakked up".

Looking like "the Inslee" model is becoming a standard for Warren and others who defer to his intensive research and proposals...

Plus, a concise presentation of some other differentiating, maybe important ideas and "gaffes".
Democrats’ Climate Forum Exposes Rifts On Fracking, Nuclear Power And The Filibuster

#politics #environment #dems #candidatepositions #democrat #candidates #environmental #policy #currentevents
 
I find this fascinating, as an outsider looking into Brexit, but with similar issues around independent, factual press as a part of life.
I missed this, a year ago - so the wise and funny John Cleese is now an expat of the U.K. (hopefully enjoying sun rather than hurricane just now). But the Brexit drama is still slogging along, placed on hold as the clock ticks. No drama here. There. Everywhere. Sigh.

John Cleese on Brexit, newspapers and why he's leaving the UK - BBC Newsnight


#Brexit #UK #JohnCleese #politics #currentevents #news #journalism
 

William Morgan Sheppard Dies Age 86


(Crosspost via Google+ - Optimizer)

Not Just Star Trek, but also Dr Who, Max Headroom, Babylon 5, a number of historical films and a Member of The Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years. before doing tv and film.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/william-morgan-sheppard-death-cause-age-star-trek-doctor-who-mad-men-tribute-a8715406.html

#film #tv #stage #acting #arts #news #currentevents #obituary
#startrek #babylon5 #maxheadroom #drwho
 
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Probably Time I Posted This Up Again:

Doing this link sharing "In The Clear" Stream because I feel that folks need to know who aren't necessarily in my own aspects or who aren't even on the same Pod as I am. We're having some problem people pop up that don't like civilized activity and have a hate-on for those who oppose Fascism, Racism, Misogyny, And they often support Anti-Semitism and Violence against the LGBTQ Individuals and Community. They are the great problem on ANY social network as they destroy the ability of said networks to function, interact and build community ties.

Engaging with them gives them the ability to spread their hate even more and to damage civilization. This video Series explains them, how they act if you make the mistake of engaging with them in social media and the false talking points that are what they live for.

Members of the alt right keep pushing the idea that anyone who doesn't debate them is too weak and has nothing to offer. But the truth is, what they want isn't a debate. It's attention. Attention which lets them spread their ideas and their hateful ideology.

Some of them will probably jump on this post and respond to it, attack it, make some new (or old) hate remarks about me and others, screaming #SJW (Social Justice Warrior) and #Snowflake at folks. Use such comments as an opportunity to add to your personal Ignore List on Diaspora. If everyone Ignores them they have no platform for their messages of hate. Silence hurts them more than they will admit as they get their jollies by causing disruption, pain and suffering as the trolls that they are. If everyone ignores them then they cannot propagate their hate on a pod, it won't get distributed if everyone ignores their account.

The Alt-Right Playbook

#Altright #SilenceHate #Disengage #IgnoreHaters #CivilizeDiaspora #NoNazis #NoKKK #No #SaveHumanity
#CurrentEvents #Politics #PublicAwareness
 
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So, New York Papers... (aside from NY Times) Where's Your Focus?

NY Daily News vs. NY Post.
One focuses on Supreme Court ruling not to allow immigration question on census (Daily News, "NY's Hometown Paper")
The other focuses straight away on "losers all" for supporting healthcare for illegal immigrants (Fox & Friends owned/Trumpists)

#currentevents #media #politicalperspective #spin #perspective #SupremeCourt #USCensus #gerrymandering #USpolitics
 

The use of the word "Concentration Camps"

From Arnheim:

Americans tend to conflate the idea of “concentration camps” with “death camps” because that’s how the simplified version of the war’s history presents them. Most of the concentration facilities run by the Nazi regime eventually became “death camps,” especially once it was clear that the Reich was on the back foot—but on the most literal level, the purpose of a concentration camp is right there in the name: to concentrate a group of people (often considered “undesirable”) in a limited space for ease of both containment and control.

In that sense, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct about what we are doing to undocumented immigrants in this country: we are placing them in concentration camps. We needn’t be yanking their gold teeth, performing medical experiments on them, or shoving them all into a concrete room for a “shower” (please understand that I’m not making light of any of those things) in order for the fact that they’re in concentration camps to be true.

We did the same thing to Japanese-Americans during WW II—we just like to tell ourselves it was different from what the Reich was doing because we weren’t actively feeding anyone to furnaces.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct to call the camps we’re detaining other human beings in “concentration camps.” She’s being called out because of the emotional resonance that term has in our history that exists entirely separately from its clinical meaning, but she is not wrong.

It’s just kinda galling to watch the people who’re freaking out over her (admittedly pathos-based-and-triggering) phrasing also praise Trump’s categorization of our undocumented immigration situation as “an invasion” (which is another pathos-steeped loaded label specifically designed to elicit an emotional response).


#CurrentEvents #Immigration #Truth
 
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For The Newer Pluspora Folks Let’s Do The Aspects Again :


Folks who are not on Pluspora, feel free to skip this post, this is really just intended for our Pod and not meant to klutter up your reading. Folks who are already being shared with by me are in my Aspects don't need to read this again for the most part (I have a seperate post for folks in my aspects that I'll post up later). If you are not on Pluspora but want to share with me that's fine, note my cautions about myself and who I am willing to share with.

I haven't done a public one of these since the end of G+ and I figured there have been a few new folks added since we now have
13,352 User Accounts on Pluspora.

I am one of the many #GplusRefugees that came over early (6 months before the close of G+) and helped nudge a lot of folks to join us here as the leadership team set up this platform for us as a non-commercial refuge for civil and friendly conversation, sharing and interaction on the internet where some of the values we created our circles of friends over there could again meet up (as well as new folks who wanted to avoid the hatemongers and overly commercialized sites like Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, etc.

If you have seen and/or interacted with any of my posts, article links etc here on pluspora then you might want to know that just as on G+ I actually post a LOT more than what you see in my public posts. If we are not sharing with each other and you are not in my aspects, you only see 5% of what I post, discuss and get involved in.

I put a lot of what I write behind Aspects, which act as private posts. These let me avoid flooding the stream and let folks see posts on specific subjects that they are interested in, as I have a lot of interests and at times can be verbose, opinionated and eclectic.

Aspects work like Circles or private communities. Those not in them do not see what is posted in them. In addition they act like Email Sharing trees, you won't see old posts that were shared in them previously, only those things posted from the moment you are added in.

It also means that we can keep things mostly troll, spam and neo-nazi free. AND that if you see replies/comments from someone in my aspected posts you know that they are also interested in that subject and might be a neat person for you to share with as well on that subject. And probably a generally decent person to know. By sharing aspects we get to know each other and connect up with new people.

Building up private aspect sharing this way allows an emulation of some of the controls that many of us were used to on g+ and other platforms. There is a problem from specific problem pods (what some folks here call the #RudePods or #NaziPods or #TrollPods) on the Diaspora Network. Mostly these are pods filled with MAGA types who have been tossed out of the civilized pods (though some keep multiple sock puppet accounts like they do on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter etc). Their numbers are few and small and they hate Pluspora for its founder's insistence of maintaining civilized and polite discussion and not allowing members who use anonymous posting to commit what is considered in some states of the USA as hate crimes or libel. Oh and they hate the fact that we are outnumber them considerably in reality, not in fake accounts. Unlike Twitter or Facebook they are a minority on the Diaspora Network that Pluspora belongs to..

If you are not currently sharing with me, and not a troll, Anti-LGBT, or rampant neo-nazi/alt-right/fascist kind of person you might want to considering connecting up this way (reply if you are interested in specific aspects).

My aspects lists are also a way to find others on pluspora or the diaspora who are not fundamentally rude, crude, blatantly evil or purposely cruel. I don't get along with those types and won't share with them when they are encountered. I am also actively trying to connect up folks with matching interests to develop their own aspect collections with private sharing to shut out those sort sort folks.

If someone in my aspects turns out to be such a problem person they get removed (let me know if someone is offensive elsewhere and we're not seeing it in commentary/posts I can see). If someone is a severe problem it is recommended that we report them to the Pluspora officers (ex: we've reported some blatant anti-Vaxers, anti-semites and other hate types that were running multiple accounts on pluspora and elsewhere), don't share with them and ignore them on your account. If no one is sharing with them on Pluspora then there posts will not be delivered to our server.

The Leaders of our Pod are responsive, efficient, understanding as well as fair on how they handle problem people, bans and working as best they can with the technology. BUT the software only allows so much control, and persons NOT on Pluspora but one of the other pods are not something that they can directly deal with easily. Only by community action and choices (like not sharing with undesirables and ignoring them) can we deal with outsiders from other pods that try to be disruptive, destructive etc.

One small thing… if all you post is in a non-english language in your own posts, then please don’t share with me. I am monolingual for the most part and find that generally automatic translations (via google etc) don’t work well here on diaspora. I wish neither of these things were true, but I'm too old to learn more languages. If you dual post in multiple languages or primarily posting #Art

So, reply and let me know where your interests are (and add me to any of your own aspects in these categories) :

#Art (visual, audio, and sometimes performance; includes photography and other art)
#Biography (that is biographic pieces on other people, not mine)
#Cambridge (That would be Cambridge Massachusetts USA)
#CurrentEvents (includes politics, world events, news)
#FictionBooks (I read things that are not in SF/Fantasy)
#FilmAndTv (may include spoilers, criticism, reviews, theory etc.) #Film #TV
#Food (#cooking, eating out experiences, recipes, etc.) #Recipies #Cooking
#Gamers (tabletop, rpgs, role-playing, computer, online, design projects, tools & techniques)
#History (includes archaeology etc)
#Humor (comedians, funny life things, memes)
#Life (My personal life; I’m very careful as to who can read these as I do one daily)
#Pagan (neo-pagan etc. Things not in mainstream religion, including mythology)
#RadioDays This is for links and info on radio shows, audio dramas, sound theater and comedy from the 1920s to modern BBC radio shows. Things ranging from The Shadow or Nero Wolfe to BBC shows like 'Just A Minute' etc. Sound Entertainment.
#Science (includes space, medicine, environment, physics etc.)
#SFAndFantasy (books and other fantastic literature media)
#Technology (includes computers, the internet, AI, robots, etc.)
#Webcomics (not just the funny ones)
#Writers (Includes How to, format, plotting, characterization, world building, criticism/reviews, spoilers, tools)
#Zibaldone (language, culture, mathematics, strange things, philosophy)

There are days where I will only read/post based on my aspects, to avoid the stream firehose, so being in my aspects is more likely to get my involvement in things that you post…

When posting and using hashtags, always Capitalize the first letter, this is so folks with visual impairment who use screen readers can use search aspects effectively on them.

Resharing links of articles from elsewhere on the web that I have posted about is fine, if you want to do so in your circles or even in public. Do not do this with my own commentary or discussions of them or anything I have marked with the hashtag #myownwork please, marked that way consider them to be under copyright protection at this time as works in progress.

All posts with the #Life Tag are to be considered confidential within the confines of that Aspect, if you have access.

Note that Videos on Youtube that I link to in my posts can be accessed long after the posts by going to the appropriate Aspect Play List on my channel:

My You Tube Aspect Play Lists

If you pull up my profile information I also post links to things to other things I am involved in.

This Post made on 5/27/2019.
 
umm.... "no comment"
[Alt: "The answer my friend, is blowing in the clouds" - in our ever-growing rental fees for photos & music storage]

Supreme Court Allows Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple to Proceed


#apple #technology #antitrust #icloud #itunes #currentevents #business #supremecourt

The New York Times: Supreme Court Allows Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple to Proceed (By ADAM LIPTAK and JACK NICAS)

 
Well, I'm #newhere, another G+ refugee checking out this platform. It looks promising; hopefully it can become a robust system and as great a community as I had at G+.

Below is an alphabet soup of hashtags with some of my more frequently visited interest areas. Historically I haven't used hashtags in much of anything I've written online, so I don't know that I'm gonna start doing that here all of a sudden, either. In any case this place looks like it emulates G+ circles (with the aspects thing), and afaic that's an adequate way to track and find my interest groups and like-minded peeps. Guess we'll see how it all works out!

By the way almost all my posts are public unless I'm asking a very specific question to a particular group of people (like asking fellow novelists something about writing craft or marketing). So what you see here is pretty much what you get.

(Btw my profile pic is way overdue to be changed but I'm starting out with it here for the sake of visual recognition for G+ friends.)

My main current interest areas: #3dprinting, #artificialintelligence, #china, #currentevents, #fantasy, #futurism, #gaming, #german, #germany, #history, #miniatures, #petmice, #rpgs, #science, #sciencefiction, #technology, #wargames, #worldbuilding, and #writing.
 
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