alyaza [they/she]

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technofetishism–if there’s anything local politicians love it’s sounding hip and getting Cool Headlines over boring but practical technology that actually works


this could not be timed worse for Tumblr which is in huge hot water with its userbase already for its CEO breaking his sabbatical to ban a prominent trans user for allegedly threatening him (in a cartoonish manner), and then spending a week personally justifying it increasingly wildly across several platforms. the rumors had already been swirling that this would occur, but this just cements that they were correct

[archive.is link](https://archive.ph/su7fa) > The [tunnel's] accelerants cure the grout that seals the tunnel’s concrete supports, helping the grout set properly and protecting the work against cracks and other deterioration. They also seriously burn exposed human skin. At the Encore dig site, such burns became almost routine, workers there told Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An investigation by the state OSHA, which Bloomberg Businessweek has obtained via a freedom of information request, describes workers being scarred permanently on their arms and legs. According to the investigation, at least one employee took a direct hit to the face. In an interview with Businessweek, one of the tunnel workers recalls the feeling of exposure to the chemicals: “You’d be like, ‘Why am I on fire?’”


> The commitment will go towards funding 141 projects across the nation. The full details of the package are expected to be announced by Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, at an event at the White House later on Tuesday. > > The funding builds on the $8 billion already committed to fighting hunger in September 2022.

how’s your week going, Beehaw
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our plumbing is finally fixed, so that's nice


How U.S. Pressure Helped Save Brazil’s Democracy
[archive.is link](https://archive.ph/YuOxj) > [...]the Biden administration mounted a sustained pressure campaign aimed at Brazil's military, which began as early as 2021. The effort, as first reported in Folha de São Paulo and also covered by Foreign Policy, involved explicit public warnings by U.S. senators about not respecting election results as well as continuous back-channel conversations to make clear that a democratic rupture would leave Brazil isolated on the international stage—and lead to a downgrade of U.S.-Brazil security cooperation, which is highly valued by Brazil's military establishment. > > The campaign involved the U.S. White House, State Department, CIA, Senate, and—notably—the Pentagon. In retrospect, including that last agency may have been the Biden administration's most decisive move. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was employed as Biden's chief public emissary to Brazil's generals. It was a natural choice given the tense relationship between Biden and Bolsonaro, the latter of whom followed Trump's lead in parroting falsehoods about supposed fraud during the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Austin was also a more credible interlocutor since Brazil's military was the intended target of the U.S. campaign. > > The sheer number of U.S. actors involved in the campaign meant that, for much of 2022, many Brazilian government officials visiting Washington received an unambiguous message from the U.S. government about the need for Brazil's military officers to respect the electoral process. Shortly before Brazil's election, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution calling on Brazil to ensure the vote is "conducted in a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful manner." In order to minimize the risk of a coup, Biden, along with numerous Western allies, publicly congratulated Lula for his victory in the hours after the official results were made public.

One might find disappointing the disjunction between UATX’s tantalizing marketing and its conceptual yields. UATX had tweeted, “Dare to think with us,” had promised that they were “Not your typical summer school…,” had titled their program “Forbidden Courses.” But what was aired in this particular Forbidden Course were opinions neither audacious nor surprising. They were platitudes about the nature of man and woman, of the kind encountered in bad romantic comedies produced in the aughts. “Women are more complicated than men.” “There are things that women want that they don’t like that they want.” “With boys, their bodies and their desires are one.”

it’s… incredible how not-transgressive and not-marginal these opinions are



how’s your week going, Beehaw
pretty quiet week this week if you ignore whatever the hell is going on with our bathroom toilet, which has a diagnostic issue we can't troubleshoot and which has flooded once this week. calling maintenance once again to see if we can figure this out so i don't have to plunge every third time we flush (ironically it'd be way easier if we just had to plunge every time--but it's the times we *don't* that make this extremely bizarre)



of note: > The 404 team DIYs as much as possible. They pay for hosting through Ghost and set up litigation insurance, for example, but everyone makes their own art for stories instead of paying for agency photos. (The reporters are also the merch models). Everyone works from home, so they don’t have an office and don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. The team communicates through a free Slack channel. Koebler mails out merchandise from his garage in Los Angeles. Every month, the team meets (virtually) to decide how much they can pay themselves. (The number changes each month, but everyone gets paid the same amount.)

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that weakening end-to-end encryption disproportionately risks undermining human rights. The international court’s decision could potentially disrupt the European Commission’s proposed plans to require email and messaging service providers to create backdoors that would allow law enforcement to easily decrypt users’ messages.







how’s your week going, Beehaw
bit busy this week, so the thread is late

> Moms for Liberty experienced a meteoric rise at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, as local chapters sprang up to push back against coronavirus restrictions in schools. The organization soon expanded to pushing book bans and opposing discussion of LGBTQ issues and race and diversity in classrooms, prompting the Southern Poverty Law Center to categorize Moms for Liberty as an extremist hate group. [...] But on Tuesday, the local chapter in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, shut down due to lack of interest. The chapter had 200 members when it first formed in 2021, but just three showed up at a diner in Allentown to vote to dissolve the group, The Daily Beast reported. > Participation also appears to be flagging for a key Moms for Liberty chapter in Florida. The Brevard County chapter was the national organization's first chapter. A local group was already in action against Covid-19 regulations in schools when Tina Descovich, Tiffany Justice, and Bridget Ziegler founded Moms for Liberty in Florida. Descovich approached the Brevard County group about merging with Moms for Liberty, and the local group agreed. But on Wednesday, the Brevard County school board held a meeting, in part to discuss a challenge to the books The Kite Runner and Slaughterhouse-Five. Only one Moms for Liberty member showed up.


that’s great! way ahead of the goal, i see. what was this last book about?

it was Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion which, as the title might imply, is about Cuba and how it conducts elections (with a lot of context for how that system was arrived at, how it works, features of the system, etc).

i wrote about it fairly briefly as follows elsewhere:

i think this is a good book on the Cuban system as seen from Cuba, and a good book if you’re looking for a heterodox opinion on Cuba’s system. i’m sure you won’t agree with every assertion in the book, nor every prescription that Cuba’s system applies—i certainly don’t—but i have much more appreciation for the Cuban system than i did previously




notice: a few comments that were unproductive and/or against the rules have been cleaned from this thread


i’m not aware of any, it seems fairly straightforward and black/white in premise:

The prices will apply to vehicles weighing more than 1.6 tonnes with a combustion engine or hybrid vehicles, and more than 2 tonnes for electric vehicles. The move will not apply to Paris residents’ parking. [which i’m assuming here is equivalent to private parking on a home’s lot]



It’s been a shitfest for a while - it seems tailor-made for blowhards to speak authoritatively without having any real authority on an issue.

i’m sure plenty of people have made this joke before, but AI answers should have no problem fitting in with a culture of this sort!


i think it’s been gliding on the entropy of its original value for a long time at this point (it was founded in 2009)—certainly i can’t remember a time where it was useful, but then i only first encountered it in like 2016.


an amusing piece of trivia is that the correlation between this vote and the historical strength/weakness of the Paris Commune is quite high. much has changed in Paris since 1871, but the political geography largely has not:




how’s your week going, Beehaw
about to finish book 9 out of 40 for the year this morning. we're also in the planning stages of something related to Beehaw which *hopefully* we'll fit into this month, but no promises


removing this because it’s indistinguishable from spam; we’re not opposed to self-promotion here but it’s simply not a good first impression to post what is essentially an advertisement



Google “Search Liaison” Danny Sullivan confirmed the feature removal in an X post, saying the feature “was meant for helping people access pages when way back, you often couldn’t depend on a page loading. These days, things have greatly improved. So, it was decided to retire it.”

okay but… has it? this seems like an unfounded premise, intuitively speaking



a wonderful new year update: we are currently paying $1,600/mo for this shitty apartment. love landlords




One thing though: Criticism of admins should never be considered a rule breaking event provided it is not derogative or endangering, and if my reply to you is considered a reason for admin action then I need to reconsider my participation in beehaw as well.

just to be clear the issue here is/was not you critiquing me–i don’t care about that particularly, comes with the job–it’s the tone which seemed like it implied being held to any moderation standard was problematic. because they tend to cause a scene about how they’re being censored we’re not super interested in having people in that category on here, and so whenever someone responds in that way it’s a red flag


i’ve already rendered my verdict here—which was i banned the other person for a bit and not you (even though you both said things which run afoul of our rules) because you’re a member of our instance and we can afford to be more patient and understanding with you accordingly. but to be clear: if you respond in this manner even to very light moderator feedback then for moderation purposes you’ll be held to outsider standards going forward. which is to say, you’re not going to get anywhere near the benefit of the doubt or the lenience when you break rules.



this comment section, bluntly speaking, sucks and is just an awful read to a non-involved participant. accordingly, i’ve wiped most of these comments out. we’ll see if that’s enough to deter the unproductive arguing, the whataboutism, and the multitude of attacks on each other, but if it isn’t then this thread will be quickly locked–and if you contribute poorly to it subsequently, i will start levying bans. this is your one warning.



the discourse between you two in this thread is not productive; please chill out a bit and stop antagonizing each other.




this thread has been cleaned of a bunch of unproductive commenters and uncivil comments; carry on


for a variety of reasons:

  • we don’t have a rule against what is effectively posting cringe and i am opposed to a rule of that sort on principle
  • what is considered cringe is a completely subjective and arbitrary judgement that, if we made it a rule to not post cringe, would lead to a lot more bickering about sourcing. it’d also almost certainly make this place a lot less interesting, a lot more ideologically homogeneous, and a lot more prone to confirmation bias
  • personally, i am just not all that interested in trying to parse “trustworthy” and “untrustworthy” sources beyond the absolute minimum “is this a crank blog or self promotion”, especially when media is not heterogeneously trustworthy on every possible issue. i don’t think most of our mod team is interested in trying to parse such a thing either
  • we generally trust our userbase to be discerning
  • we generally trust our userbase to be self-regulating etc.

as i recall, the leadership of Israel has also ruled out an independent Palestinian state and a two-state solution, so i’m not sure why it’s news to the Times of Israel that Hamas doesn’t want one either. it’s clearly not advantageous to either party





how’s your week going, Beehaw
it has been a pretty quiet week, although there was excellent schadenfreude yesterday from Ron Desantis dropping out



now that i’ve read a bit more this week: The Great Transition by Nick Fuller Googins is an early contender for my book of the year and the first to get 5 stars this year from me (although i’m a generous reviewer)


you’ve been persistently testing the boundaries of what’s acceptable rhetoric toward other users in this thread and i think it’s time you take some time off here to chill out a bit.


Alyaza what have been your favorite/most interesting book among the four?

the majority of my reading list would not make for particularly comfortable reading so i’ll just point you to the fairly normal pick from last year, which is I’m Glad My Mom Died


As much as that writing style is rather unique and interesting, it is dreadfully difficult to follow.

that’s the Defector special


There’s… no details at all other than “it’s happening”?

well, this is a press release strictly speaking (and unions tend to delay public release of specific details of such deals anyways–although, if the allegations are correct i have no idea why they’d do this in this case).


Is it a poly constellation

just a fairly straightforward arrangement where all three of us are dating each other


oh, i guess i have two partners now and i forgot to mention that


yeah and that sounds fucking awful, restrooms which are accessible to everyone should be a bare minimum aspect of all public spaces and all businesses


shoutout to harkening to Airbnb btw:

“Homelessness is a growing problem, and some providers worry that a homeless person may destroy or soil the bathroom,” she said. “Flush provides a way to access and provide access to a clean, reliable bathroom … Airbnb was so successful because it provides something we all need — a roof over our heads — and Flush is doing the same for bathrooms.”

yeah man, Airbnb really solved homelessness and the “having a roof over your head” problem huh



He said during his standup act at Capital One Arena in Washington that he granted the photo request by Boebert for a human moment to bridge the political divide but felt “blindsided” by her, according to a progressive influencers’ blog.

“It’s a shame she tricked me,” Chappelle said, according to Call to Activism. “I had two tickets to ’Beetlejuice’ and I was going to give her one!”

this is, and i mean this respectfully, one of the weakest condemnations imaginable if he’s actually got a problem with her doing this. this has zero teeth. it’s also literally Lauren Boebert, a person who has made her name being a freakish culture warrior–what did he think she was going to do?


respectfully: why are you throwing a tantrum and screaming at people about this extremely minor deal instead of doing literally anything else


just to add to the plethora of responses: it rather defies belief that he’s purely “joking” when, among other things, he’s taken photos with anti-trans legislators like Lauren Boebert and let them frame those photos in this manner:


“over-stressing workers and pressing them to be as efficient as possible, causing them to cut corners with safety” is such a universal point of failure that it’s frequent in every modern industry and a contributing factor in a huge number of workplace incidents and industrial disasters. respectfully, you would have to actively ignore reality to hold the position you currently do, and if you think that’s the worker’s fault and not the company incentivizing them to do unsafe things to keep their jobs, i can really only describe you as a corporate apologist or bootlicker


Every worker is and should be pressured and monitored to ensure they’re working efficiently. That doesn’t give them carte blanche to disregard safety protocols.

the latter will necessarily follow from the former in almost every situation, because “inefficient workers” often get fired or are led to believe they will be fired and they have to make up the difference in that perception somewhere. this is still the company’s fault


No, it’s not the same thing. When most Christians, or governments in countries with majority Christian population, hear about priests raping kids, they are disgusted by it and are 100% ok with punishing the offender.

ignoring that this is severely debatable, “which religion is more fine with sexual abuse” is an embarrassing pissing contest to have and one that we’re not interested in having on this website.



i am familiar with the analogy, but i think it would obviously be worse if they agree with what they’re platforming instead of just being kind of half-baked morons who don’t have good political positions or cynically platforming it because it makes them money. one can, in effect, be remedied by showing them social or financial retribution, but the other would be a manifestation of a much more serious social problem that cannot be immediately dealt with



you literally just had a protracted argument with me, an admin who determines what gets removed or not, in another thread over Israel and that was not removed. you have another pro-Israel set of comments in this thread that have not been removed even though i personally think they’re even less defensible than what you were arguing with me. i don’t know how you can seriously attempt to make this point.