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New summary on the case here.

I even wrote to Priti Patel about it you know. Peter Hitchens of all people said I should and he's usually wrong but not on that. I used an envelope and a stamp and everything. The BBC remain mostly silent.

Some voting going on in the UK tomorrow.

Y'all know what to do.

If you don't, here's Cassette Boy to remind you.

The #360 version of my latest cartoon about the alien observers is live:

Took youtube several hours to process but the full 4k version is there now. Highest resolution thing I've ever uploaded.

Seems like maybe the USA should make explicit the right to privacy that the courts used to assume you had.

Hard to get new amendments on the constitution I suppose.

But that'd fix a lot of these digital problems too.

Some people like Rumble, but they are just another capital-owned company like youtube so not sure I really see the point. Still, if you do, you can watch my new alien-observers cartoon about capital ownership of the means of communication there too.

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It's also on the lbry protocol through odysee. I wonder if that one will embed?

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My new is ready. I made it especially for you , it's only two minutes long.

Observers Episode Seven: Musk Social.

The aliens discover a planet where the means of communication is monopolised and manipulated by the establishment class.

It's about and

You can check it out here, either in normal flat-screen, or in 360 3d .

"Processing 95% ... Video processing is taking longer than expected. Hold tight."

Yeah. I kinda expect it to take hours. It's four megapixel squared 30 frames per second in 360 3d. Took five hours to encode on my pretty fast machine.

Course they have rooms filled with bigger ones.

Wish they'd give a better guess on how long it'll take than just "hold tight" though.

Two hours? Longer? Shorter?

Anyway. Assuming it works eventually, new cartoon coming soon!

Trouble with a government full of malicious incompetents is it's often quite tricky to tell if some particular piece of evil from them is due to their malice or their inadequacy.

According to this primateologist on the Mindscape podcast, apes and chimps etc have:

* emotions
* empathy
* politics
* cooperation
* altruism
* homosexual behaviour
* gender behavior differences
* socialization into gender roles
* gender non-conformity
* ingroup/outgroup discrimination
* sense of justice/fairness

But they don't have:

* racism (outgroup is more like gang affiliation than skin colour or genetics)
* homophobia
* social punishment of gender non-conformity

So it seems that in fact being gay or queer or transsexual is perfectly natural but being homophobic or transphobic or racist is against the natural order of things.

Apes need a sense of fairness and sharing and equity in order to have cooperative behaviour. If one group or individual hoards, so the sharing stops, then equity fails and cooperation breaks down and society collapses.

Females helping each other against overly aggressive males can make monkey society calmer and less violent in general. Female cooperation seems key to the difference between aggressive chimpanzees and the loving bonoboo cuddle-puddles.

Bullies have worse outcomes because others won't cooperate with them. The Alpha-males are the popular apes who are kind and altruistic and so politically supported. The despot alphas are more likely to be deposed by the group.

Lessons for us all there.

An image from today's work. The moment when the cops start shooting at the heroes during the car-chase and the driver shouts "duck" as the windscreen shatters.

Here's a post-mortem of what we saw on #Fosstodon over Monday and Tuesday with the influx of new members from Twitter.

Thought you fine folks would be interested in something like this.

Free speech is great and we need as much of it as we can get! Really.

It's how we find the good ideas and expose the bad ones. It's very urgent and needed.

But if people shout down and harass people for saying certain things, or believing certain, things or being certain things, then you have *less* free speech, not more.

Having anyone cowed into silence reduces the odds of finding those good ideas and exposing the bad ones.

But people do love to shout at each other. Especially if you force them into short-form.

Are there tech solutions so you can you have free-speech such that anyone can say whatever they want but also nobody has to hear the hateful morons trying to cow them into silence?

You could default-subscribe all users to a block-list. It lists everyone that would otherwise be banned and more.

Go to settings and check "See moronic hateful comments" if that's what you want to see.

Get out of the hateful-moron block-list by not being a hateful-moron.

You could have some kind of crowd-sourced community curation of the block-lists.

Maybe that kind of thing could work if the aim was free speech and also harmony and encouraging conversation.

Won't work though, coz really what's being fought over is political control of the means of communication.

Would the advertisers be happy to advertise against someone with the view-hateful-morons checked?

Would the woke be happy to allow hate-speech only in the hate-speech-allowed areas?

Would the nazis be happy to talk among themselves without anyone else having to listen to their crap?

Would the government be happy to have a means of communication outside their propaganda messaging?

So in the end it isn't really up to the new CEO of communications network. It's up to the advertisers and the lawyers and the lawmakers and even a little bit the users.

Unless maybe you can decentralize enough to become ungovernable.

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Back in 2019, I wrote a case-study on ad- and tracker-blocking as part of EFF's series on adversarial interoperability (AKA "competitive compatibility" or comcom). My point was that the ad-tech industry says that it tracks you as part of a bargain: you trade away your privacy and get media in exchange, but that this was a bizarre kind of take-it-or-leave-it form of bargaining.


Thinking this morning about how there are some topics and concepts that can *only* survive in an environment where saying incredibly daft things is incentivized by an algorithm. Move the concept outside of that protected bubble and into a human-controlled space and the humans within it roll their eyes and mutter "Oh heck off" and the admin flushes it away. That's why NFT/cryptocurrency marks end up on a vanishing minority of the few Fedi servers that'll indulge them.

In interesting new for fans of not dying, Doctor Been has a video about some studies on imtermittent fasting and the replacement of immune cells:

"Periods of no food for two to four days at a time over the course of six months kill over and damaged immune cells and generate new ones"

"The prolonged fasting [has] a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopietic system"

"When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged"

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