Feds Seizing High-End Night-Vision Tubes. Feds also jamming GPS in test exercises ending Jan 24, will disable all GPS systems in a wide area of the US for several hours a day by magnora7 in videos

[–]Drewski 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

This is the first I've heard of eminent domain being used to take goods rather than land. I thought that it had to be for "public use", although that has been interpreted very broadly. Of course, with civil asset forfeiture they can pretty much pillage with impunity anyways.

Decentralized Microgridding Can Provide 90% of a Neighborhood's Energy Needs, Study Finds by Drewski in DecentralizeAllThings

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Thanks, I'm trying to clean up a little by dumping my "to send" folder in Firefox. I agree that decentralization and self-sufficiency is a worthy goal, something that I'm trying to achieve little by little in my own life.

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound by Drewski in Psychology

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Yeah, I've been reading The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr and it's really hit home for me. I am trying to read more books & long articles and limiting my social media use to increase my attention span.

“One Does Not Earn A Billion Dollars - They Steal Your Wages” by EndlessSunflowers in LateStageCapitalism

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Where do the wages come from though?

Adam Emil - Genuine by Drewski in housemusic

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Right on, I'll keep em coming when I think about it.

Facebook Glitch Reveals Greta Thunburg's Father Posting As Teenage Climate Activist by Chipit in news

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I don't really think this is a big deal, plenty of people have others manage / post on their Facebook pages.

'See? Not Radical': New Poll Shows Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Support a Wealth Tax to Fund Universal Programs by tyrdhead in politics

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New Poll Shows Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Support a Wealth Tax

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Among the 4,441 respondents to the poll, 64% strongly or somewhat agreed that “the very rich should contribute an extra share of their total wealth each year to support public programs”

Hmm...

Does anyone on Saidit want some free Anxiety? Just watch this video! by Enza in SaidIt

[–]Drewski 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

I can see how this could cause anxiety, but it depends on your perspective. You could also gain a sort of peace, knowing that all matter and energy will one day return to it's original state, or become a new universe entirely. Either way, I choose to focus on the life that I've been given, and the relationships and experiences that I have right now.

Anyways, super interesting video, thanks for sharing!

U.S. Facilities In Iraq Attacked by dark_devil_dd in news

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This is bad news. I really hope this can be de-escalated, the last thing we need is another quagmire like Iraq or Afghanistan.

Who voted for her? She is retarded by Tiwaking in USPolitics

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I don't agree with a lot of things that she says, but she makes a good point here. The propaganda machine is in full force against Soleimani, who most people had never heard of before his death. Suddenly he's a bin Laden tier "terrorist" that has "murdered hundreds of Americans", failing to mention that these Americans were occupying forces.

After all the blatant lies we were told in Iraq and Afghanistan, I'm shocked that anyone believes a single thing coming from the war hawks.

U.S. News Coverage Of Iran Laughably Horrible by tyrdhead in USPolitics

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Are we surprised at this point? Confidence in mainstream news media is at an all time low, and for good reason.

Average game cracking time is now only 75 days. Why you still buy games? by guy111 in TechCompanies

[–]Drewski 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Because I want to support the developers (I buy a lot of indie games), and I don't run software from sketchy sources such as cracked exe's. I also try to put my money where my mouth is and buy DRM free games from GOG.

Your Brain on Porn: How Internet porn affects the brain by Drewski in Documentaries

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Many documentaries do. I know it's a bit long, but I recommend setting aside some time and sticking it out as it's very informative.

Can a Marriage Survive If You Realize Your Partner is Actually Quite Stupid? by SabaMurtaz in Relationships

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Wait, it took her 9 years to realize that something was off about her husband? That he was lacking common sense? Sounds like they're perfect for each other.

California Blocks 60,000+ People from Obtaining Ammo! by MassTooter in politics

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Good for criminals and tyrants no doubt. If you're a law abiding citizen protecting your family and community (like hero Jack Wilson who just stopped a mass shooting in Texas) not so much.

Saidit.net Canary #11 by magnora7 in SaiditCanary

[–]Drewski 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

If you're on linux, most distros have it built in with GnuPG. For Windows, there's Gpg4win. It can be used via the command line or the GPA front end.

Saidit.net Canary #11 by magnora7 in SaiditCanary

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Right, so we're initially trusting that you are who you say you are when you share your public key. After that though, we can verify messages signed by you as being authentic (as long as you protect your private key sufficiently). If anything were to happen to Saidit, or if your account were compromised, you could verify your identity with a signed message. It would also prevent the possibility of modifying a past post or canary because of the timestamp. Also you could use it to communicate securely, in case anyone needed to send you an encrypted message. It's not foolproof, but it does provide some additional security backed by strong cryptography.

Saidit.net Canary #11 by magnora7 in SaiditCanary

[–]Drewski 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Of course you have to trust that you're getting the public key from a legitimate source initially, but after you've added a public key to your keychain AFAIK there is no known way to fake a signed message unless I'm missing something.

Amid Whispers of Presidential Potential, AOC—Not Buttigieg—Called 'Future of the Democratic Party' by tyrdhead in USPolitics

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I agree that trillion dollars budget deficits are crazy, driving the military industrial complex and the warfare state. So is the proposed green new deal, though. If it were to actually pass as worded, the ban of fossil fuels and nuclear energy would result in the collapse of the entire infrastructure, leading to mass starvation and economic collapse that would make Venezuela look like a walk in the park. I'm all for moving toward sustainable energy and reducing our footprint, but this is not the way to do it.

Saidit.net Canary #11 by magnora7 in SaiditCanary

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Would like to see these posted with a GPG signature.

Amid Whispers of Presidential Potential, AOC—Not Buttigieg—Called 'Future of the Democratic Party' by tyrdhead in USPolitics

[–]Drewski 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I think AOC has intentionally thrown out some crazy ideas to move the Overton window and make some of the other socialists seem more normal by comparison.

Favourite anime? by BillionDollarEgg3 in Anime

[–]Drewski 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It's got lots of cool cyberpunk tech and action scenes, but also dives into existentialism and the boundaries between man and machine.

We were brought up to not discuss religion and politics and money, we should have been taught how discuss difficult topics with civility. How would/can/do you teach civilized critical thinking to children, teens, adults, and boomers? by JasonCarswell in CriticalThoughts

[–]Drewski 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

One thing I see a lot when someone is trying to get their point across is people just waiting their turn to talk, and not really listening to what the other person is saying. If you really want to widen someone's perspective, you need to listen to them and really try to see things from their point of view. A little respect goes a long way.

Another thing that I've found useful conveying ideas is the use of simple examples or parables. Most people don't think in terms of numbers and statistics, so a narrative format is much more relevant.

Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes - The Daily Sheeple by Drewski in news

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Complying with authoritarian laws is a recipe for tyranny.

What would you like to see successfully adapted to screen? by JasonCarswell in Entertainment

[–]Drewski 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Comic: Transmetropolitan

Books - I've been burned so many times by bad hollywood adaptations that I tend to avoid them. There are a few I'd like to see if they were done right, but I'm not holding my breath. Since you mentioned Neal Stephenson (who happens to be my fav author) - A series of The Baroque Cycle would be amazing. Anathem and Snow Crash could be cool too.

Robert Heinlein - Would like to see some good adaptations of his work. The Starship Troopers movie for example was awful, nothing like the book. Time Enough for Love and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress would be some other ones I'd like to see.

Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind. With all the fantasy series they're doing now, it's not outside the realm of possibility.

Video games - The Bioshock Series, Hellblade: Sesuna's Sacrifice, NieR: Automata could use an anime, Metro Series - to be fair they were books first, Yakuza series - I mean it's already kind of a movie, a live action Japanese adaptation could be fun

Shoppers crushed in Sydney mall at Christmas giveaway event (Vigte: so this is what it's come to... crushed, for a coupon...) by Vigte in news

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  • Young Blood (Youtube commenter)

You don’t think these people would kill you for food?

Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes - The Daily Sheeple by Drewski in news

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It's a matter of principle. The state could try to force us to buy all kinds of things we don't need or want, just because we can afford it doesn't make it ethical. They aren't harming anyone, they just want to be left alone to live the way they choose. Bad laws should be challenged and broken, and dealing with the consequences is a part of that decision.

Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes - The Daily Sheeple by Drewski in news

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Demolishing someone's house because they don't have running water or electricity is a bad law (or enforcing it in a bad way). That's not saving someone's life; it's destroying it.

Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes - The Daily Sheeple by Drewski in news

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It depends on the law. Laws should exist to protect the rights of the people. Bad laws like this, absolutely.

Concerns Grow As NY’s Islamic Patrols Plan To Increase Their Presence From 3 Cars To 30 by MassTooter in politics

[–]Drewski 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

They are just another gang using violence to enforce their beliefs.

We’ll enforce it [Sharia] on Muslims first then on non-Muslims. We’re going to enforce both Sharia law and American law. It would be contradictory to enforce Sharia law without also upholding the laws of the land.

The real contradiction here is that Sharia law and American law can be compatible. I am fine with people believing and practicing whatever they like, as long as they don't violate anyone else rights. Clearly though Sharia law does not apply though, as it allows the death penalty for anyone criticizing Islam, the Quran or Mohammad, allows no rights to women, and is altogether draconian and cruel.

the problem with illegal immigration by futurefunk in politics

[–]Drewski 13 insightful - 5 fun13 insightful - 4 fun14 insightful - 5 fun -  (0 children)

Many illegal immigrants use someone else's social security to work, so they are actually paying taxes but under someone else's name. Illegal immigrants also do not qualify for welfare or other benefits, though their children may. The problem here is the welfare state which takes our money and incentives and subsidies unemployment and underemployment. That's the real theft.

If you think that illegal immigrants are just rolling through easy street, working great jobs, getting free healthcare, and getting into all the best jobs and schools without any effort, you are out of touch with reality. Living in fear of deportation & taking the jobs that other people are not willing to work for low wages is not my version of an ideal life.

(2018) Kavanaugh: Warrantless Data Collection "is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment" by Drewski in privacy

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I agree that protecting your privacy and data is in your own hands. Still, having a lifetime supreme court judge that does not respect the 4th Amendment is a scary thing.

Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes - The Daily Sheeple by Drewski in news

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Who cares which technologies they choose to use though? It's their property, and their prerogative. If they aren't harming anyone the state should stay out of it.

Does anyone else think it's weird that http://web.archive.org/ doesn't auto-upgrade to https: ? I mean, it's 2019, not 1999! by Robin in technology

[–]Drewski 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

To be fair, if you're really concerned about information being lost you should be backing it up locally anyways.

Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes - The Daily Sheeple by Drewski in news

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"We haven't corroborated any of this"

-CNN, probably

Michigan county threatens to demolish 14 Amish homes unless they give up their religious beliefs and upgrade their homes - The Daily Sheeple by Drewski in news

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Agreed, they're a bunch of arbitrary rules that are selectively enforced by those in power. People have been living (and still live) without running water & electricity and using outhouses for hundreds of years, often times more sanitarily than those with it. They are being used as a tool for control, and to keep people dependent on the system.

Welcome to /s/OffGrid by yetanotherone_sigh in OffGrid

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Awesome, would love to do something like this myself.

Yet another Ring home camera system was broken into, and this time the intruders used it to harass the home's owners by Mnemonic in privacy

[–]Drewski 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Privacy implications of having a cloud security system aside, I'm bound to believe Amazon here in that these people are using weak passwords or reusing them from other services.