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Spent literally all day yesterday from waking to bedtime working on automating the tarot-show editing process.

Grueling. But hopefully not as grueling as having to actually do it by hand every time.

It'll be months before there's any time saving from spending 12 hours to automate a process which generally takes less than an hour though.

When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.

By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.

The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.

It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)

Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.

Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.

How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.

It's gonna keep getting hotter until the fall of debt based economy and the start of some sort of new prudent sustainable economics by the sound of it.

Good luck world!

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So I did a lightning five minute reading to find out what's going on with the and and on this, the hottest day of my life. So far.

This was predictable. Facebook/Meta is now encrypting the QP data so that Firefox and other privacy conscious browsers that strip the tracking data can't. Only way to avoid it is to not use Facebook at all. #DeleteFacebook #SurveillanceCapitalism…

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Great rant from Richard Wolff this month.Why is the world breaking? What are the sides in the class war?

Remember everyone: the class-war is the capital-owner's stealing the surplus of the product of the labouring of the wage-earner.

It's not ethic groups against ethnic groups, it's not countries against countries, it's not straights against queers, it's not woke against gammon, it's not "cultural" Marxism.

All those things are designed by the capital to distract you from the way THEY are waging class war, by stealing the surplus of the wage-earners and monopolizing the ownership and control of group enterprise.

Don't accept fear-mongering about cultural Marxism, only accept the real thing! The culture war is not the class war.

Thing is, I would expect the role of content-moderator at Facebook pay's terribly compared to the role of senior analysis at the CIA so how come all these people can afford to quit their well paid Fed jobs to be troll hunters at Facebook?

Suppose if they're like double-agents then they probably still get a retainer from the Fed too maybe.

Funny how the former Fed agents who are now Facebook comment controllers never seem to unmask any CIA agents with Fake-instagram profiles.

Article: Meet the Ex-CIA agents:

"As far back as 2011, The Guardian was reporting on this enormous cyber force, whose job it was to “secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.” Yet the ex-military and ex-CIA officials Facebook employs do not seem to have found any trace of their former colleagues’ at work on the platform."

Went out for my second drive in a week, also my second drive in 20 years.

In a car with a gear stick this time. It felt pretty normal and natural to use it.

Zero crashes again.

Drive to a park and got out and touched grass and had a sandwich.

I met these water birds and this wooden frog did not approve.

I did have one van driver pull up in front of me and jump out of his van and yell at me for being a shitty driver on account of accidentally cutting him up a bit when I was last-second trying to avoid being in the right-hand-turn lane.

I agreed with him that my driving was pretty shitty and refrained from mentioning it was even more rubbish driving to abandon your vehicle and jump out to shout at a driver.

What is going on with the party? They all confidence in , then they all resign one by one, and then he resigns too, and now there’s going to be a new .

I do a five minute reading to figure out what is going on.

Time for a little promo!

Liotia's new single is out on Friday, here's the video.

If it connects please give it a wee boost. Cheers!

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Richard Murphy has an excellent list of 30 questions for party leadership candidates / prospective prime-ministers.

Shame our media is too captured to ask them, and that the actual selectorate of Tory party MPs/members are so unconcerned with the answers anyway.

This is a game with 5 players, say what you want about Musk, he understands games.

1. Musk
2. Twitter board
3. Musk fan club (incl many TWTR investors now)
4. TWTR investors
5. Libs of Twitter

Musk's job is to stay in the good graces of 3 while driving a wedge between 2 and 4, 4 and 5, and 2 and 5.

Bot scandal created tensions between 2 and 4. Now pulling out of the deal makes 5 happy, 4 wants the deal to close (get paid), and 2 cannot serve two masters - they have to side with 4.

If Musk says he's definitively out of the deal, then 5 is happy and the best 4 can hope for is the billion dollar check. So he won't, he's almost certainly going to say in court that if they can provide reasonable evidence that their 5% bots number is real (or even that it is within the realm of reason), then the deal is on.

Now Musk PROBABLY already has the proof in his pocket, Twitter is a public website, all you have to do is a little scraping to estimate bot %. But IMO his argument in court will not be about this, but rather that the board has blocked him from performing due diligence.

The best thing the board has is the fact that it will be decided in the Delaware Court of Chancery - so no jury theatrics. But that doesn't mean no tricks are possible.

Musk's first objective will be to force the board to declare whether they WANT the deal to close or not, alienating either 5, or 4.

Then he will want to argue that they are impeding the deal and that they should be ordered by the court to disclose this "crucial information".

If they disclose it, he can "make it news" by market-selling some of his stock when the word breaks, if they refuse to disclose it then he can seek to MAKE THEM PAY the $1bn exit fee for walking away from the deal.

Elon's only real liability here is if the board agrees to provide the information, as ugly as it may be, and then he tries to change the deal over "material false statements", he risks losing the good will of 3, who followed him into the original TWTR stock purchase.

At the end of the day, I think this will all come down to whether the Twitter board has a line to Infinite Money Printer Cash or not. If they do then they can withstand anything, if they don't then they're very likely to get chopped up.

First time driving in many years.

I only got the brake and accelerator confused once, and sure, my parking was pretty sucky at the end there but some bastard had parked right up next to the parking space and it was a narrow fit. I still squeezed in.

Not really even any close calls or mistakes and zero crashes. That's the best number of crashes.

Never used automatic transmission before. It's alright. Noticed all the cars rolling backwards on hill-starts and none of that for me.

Never used a sat-nav while driving before either, only on the ebike.

The combination of automatic transmission and sat-nav really lets you concentrate on pointing the car in the right direction and not crashing into things instead of having to worry about where you're going or changing gears.

Driving has improved and become less fraught and sucky since I last did any.

They activated my account!

After a phone call in which I was thinking "is that something I should read from my license to cold callers?"

I booked a zipcar in the meantime, but I guess I have both now.

Don't really trust the data security at either of 'em

Zipcar's own madness made me register an email remailer to complete registration, because my email pre@ isn't my first and last name.

Now I have to forward all my email to/from them via a re-mailer, to rewrite the username part of the email address.

I guess that's more secure?

I have no way to check, but it seems probably ubeeqo have stopped asking for unencrypted open-channel photos of ID documents, and started cold-calling for license details instead.


Success for data protection legislation making the company give a complaint address.

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Did You Know:

In some countries, instead of letting 100,000 mostly rich-old-white-men decide who should be the next leader of the country like we do on Normal Island, they hold a plebiscite among the general population!

Can you imagine the chaos!

I haven't fully deleted Facebook yet coz their VR headset is the nuts, and until someone makes a better one I still want it.

It was annoying when they bought Oculus, annoying when they force-merged the Oculus account with Facebook, and now they're splitting them again somehow.

> "You’ll no longer be required to log into your Meta VR devices with a Facebook account."

It will still be a database owned by Facebook AKA Meta of course, and still spied upon by Zuck the meta-creep. But you won't have to have a profile on the boomer's social network any more.

> "you can customize as you see fit"

We want to know all about you! For our data-teams!

> ""'Friends' will now become 'Followers,' similar to Instagram’s existing model."

I have never used Instagram. I assume that's like Twitter then.

> "rolling out new controls to help you more easily manage your privacy settings."

Controls to confuse and befuddle me until I accidentally click "allow all" is usually the pattern.

> "adding your Meta account to the same Accounts Center as your Facebook or Instagram accounts unlocks connected experiences across Meta technologies"

Oh. You want my VR headset account to be the single login I use on all social networks, so you can spy on me everywhere!

Of course.

Someone please make a better headset than the Quest. I will pay double.

So farewell then Johnson.

I wonder what damage will he wrought in his final couple of months while they pick a new wanker from the pile of wankers.

It'd be funny if the tories have a new leader next month who wants to rejoin the common market while Starmer opposes.

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Nice parade of resignations from government today. None of them have suddenly found any ethical principles of course, but have calculated their own personal advantage is best served by a leadership challenge I suppose.

Everyone wants to get the incoherent lying rule-breaker out of power now it's not to their advantage any more.

Trouble is of course that the party rules say they can't do another no-confidence vote because they just had one last month.

How to get rid of a rule-breaker who constantly changes the rules to his own advantage when it's against the rules to do so?

Change the rules!

It can only end with more Tories in power, so don't get too excited.

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