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DougHolland Doug Holland @lemmy.world

Old, large, cranky. Gotta go to the bathroom. Also, that picture isn't me. www.itsdougholland.com  

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Argentina designates Hamas a terrorist group in show of support for Israel
  • In what sense is Hamas not a terrorist group? They routinely blow shit up and kill people. They're terrorists just like Israel, only they do it without US backing, and of course, they're not nearly as good at it.

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    "Do you know why I've pulled you over?

    www.techdirt.com Minnesota Law Says Cops Can’t Ask Drivers Why They’ve Been Pulled Over, But Ensures Cops Can Totally Do That Very Thing All The Time

    Cops love a pretextual stop. A perceived traffic infraction is all that’s needed to cast out a fishing net in hopes of landing something bigger than a citation for an illegal lane change. Tha…

    Minnesota Law Says Cops Can’t Ask Drivers Why They’ve Been Pulled Over, But Ensures Cops Can Totally Do That Very Thing All The Time
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    In Seattle, a rich guy strangled a man to death, and cops seem eager to let him get away with it.
  • Yup, it's the old "He was no angel" trope. Lots of people think it's OK to kill non-angels.

  • The Central Library shows free movies on Wednesdays

    The Central Library shows free movies on Wednesdays

    4th Avenue @ Madison Street, Downtown

    4th floor, Room 2

    Doors open at 2 p.m. and the film starts at 2:30 p.m.

    Registration is not required.

    Surprisingly good sound system.

    And it's free, which fits nicely in my budget.

       

    Upcoming films:

    JULY 17CHARADE (1963)

    "Charade", directed by Stanley Donen, is a delightful blend of suspense, romance, and comedy set in Paris. Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant shine as they unravel a web of intrigue surrounding murder, a stolen fortune, and more mysterious happenings.

       

    JULY 24GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992)

    Director James Foley's 1992 drama "Glengarry Glen Ross" delves into the cutthroat world of real estate sales, portraying two days in the lives of four salesmen who resort to deceitful tactics when faced with the threat of termination.

       

    JULY 31PAST LIVES (2023)

    "Past Lives" is a 2023 American romantic drama film written and directed by Celine Song. It follows two childhood friends over decades while they contemplate the nature of their relationship as they grow apart, living different lives.

       

    More in August...

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    West Seattle businesses hold rally ahead of light rail decision
  • The bridge is for cars, ya pinko, but I can't drive my pickup truck onto the Link, so why build it?

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    In Seattle, a rich guy strangled a man to death, and cops seem eager to let him get away with it.

    publicola.com Man Strangled by Enraged Vehicle Owner Had Just Secured Housing, Enrolled in CoLEAD Program - PubliCola

    NOTE TO NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS: Due to a publishing error by me, the author, previous version of this post went out…

    Man Strangled by Enraged Vehicle Owner Had Just Secured Housing, Enrolled in CoLEAD Program - PubliCola
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    Heritage Foundation to furry hackers: "Are you aware that you won't be able to wear a furry tiger costume when you're getting pounded in the ass in the federal prison I put you in?"

    newrepublic.com Project 2025 Creator Threatens “Gay Furry” Hackers in Disturbing Texts

    After “Gay Furry” hackers breached the think tank behind the extreme Project 2025 agenda, its executive director is spewing venom.

    Project 2025 Creator Threatens “Gay Furry” Hackers in Disturbing Texts
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    Republican Representative refuses to disavow armed rebellion against U.S.

    newrepublic.com GOP Representative Refuses to Disavow Armed Rebellion Against U.S.

    This should really be an easy question—and Jim Banks still won’t answer.

    GOP Representative Refuses to Disavow Armed Rebellion Against U.S.

    Republicans lie about everything, of course, including the Congressional oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

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    The making of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    www.texasmonthly.com They Came. They Sawed.

    And they most definitely conquered. The inside story of how a ragtag bunch of hippies made the wildest Texas movie ever (and spilled no more fake blood than was absolutely necessary).

    They Came. They Sawed.
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    Harm reduction: "We are, for many people, the only service they receive that doesn’t try to make them do something, that doesn’t demand shame as the price of care."

    www.nplusonemag.com On Delivery | Mitchell Morgan Johnson

    The people we’re supposed to meet aren’t at the CVS parking lot, even though traffic made us ten minutes late. It’s a sunny summer evening, and we’re over in the fancy neighborhood by the lakes. Thunder­clouds are piling up on the horizon. When they do show up — a young couple, man and woman — I lik...

    On Delivery | Mitchell Morgan Johnson
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    In a matter of mere hours, fake news about Volodymyr Zelensky's wife buying a Bugatti with US aid made it to the top of Google News

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    Oklahoma's wingnut in charge of schools has invited his fellow wingnuts to rejigger the Social Studies curriculum, making it more Bibley and bullshitty.

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    "Gay furry hackers" have released two gigabytes of data swiped from the Heritage Foundation, the radical right-wing group behind Project 2025.

    cyberscoop.com Hacktivists release two gigabytes of Heritage Foundation data

    A politically-oriented cybercrime group carried out the attack in response to Heritage’s Project 2025.

    Hacktivists release two gigabytes of Heritage Foundation data
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    The Speaker of the House has endorsed Trump's call for mass deportations of up to 20 million undocumented immigrants.

    newrepublic.com Mike Johnson Vows to Back Trump on Most Horrifying Campaign Promise

    Donald Trump’s biggest supporters are busy defending his most racist immigration proposals.

    Mike Johnson Vows to Back Trump on Most Horrifying Campaign Promise
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    **The American Dream** is the most unintentionally hilarious and tragic Wikipedia page.
  • Not really, no.

    I'm an American is all, and don't know anyone in America who can even say "the American dream" without a touch of irony or snark. The article cracked me up, for being 100% irony- and snark-free.

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    The American Dream is the most unintentionally hilarious and tragic Wikipedia page.

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    In this satirical city builder, your goal is to convert walkable cities into parking lots and use propaganda to convince everyone it's what they want.

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    When it comes to climate, beware the "calm down" guy

    jacobin.com When it Comes to Climate, Beware the “Calm Down” Guy

    Anyone insisting that you “calm down” about climate change is living in denial about the catastrophes that are at our doorstep.

    When it Comes to Climate, Beware the “Calm Down” Guy
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    The year of living Constitutionally

    www.thefp.com Your Constitutional Right to Be a Pirate

    Congress can grant any American permission to be a pirate. A.J. Jacobs found out what happens when you apply.

    Your Constitutional Right to Be a Pirate
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    South Carolina Man Dies After Firework Explodes On His Head
  • Republicans will argue in court that the ATF has no authority to regulate alcohol, tobacco, or especially firearms, and the Republican Supreme Court will agree.

  • Ex-president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro could face money-laundering charges
  • Brazilian Presidents are not above the law.

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    The Kansas Supreme Court has decided that women are people who have rights, and fetuses are clumps of cells that don't — so no, the state cannot ban abortion.

    This is is absolutely the correct and common sense ruling, so I'm seriously surprised that it comes from such a reliably Republican state. There will doubtless be death threats and impeachment hearings...

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    Victims of school shooter use copyright law to block publication of killer's hate manifesto

    Wow, this is some clever legal shit, if I'm grokking it right. And I might be grokking it wrong, so straighten me out if I'm mistaken, please.

    A wingnut kills six people at a school, and gets shot dead by cops. As is the style with these things, he leaves behind journals full of hate and wingnuttery. Now, here's where it gets weird: The killer's parents, being decent people, transfer the killer's entire estate, including the writings, to the victims' families, and they go to court asserting that any release of the wingnut writings would violate their copyright, as owners of the estate. The judge agrees, so the journals won't be published, and haters won't get the hate fuel they yearn for.

    I ain't sure whether it's right in principle — gets complicated, if you think about the possible precedent. But dang me, it is clever, and if it smothers a dead madman's free speech rights, well, guess I'm OK with that.

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    Dead people

    Being old, death gets my attention, so I read the obituaries. This is a collection of recent obits, mostly of people whose work touched my life, because I want to say thanks (or maybe give 'em a final fuck you).

    There’ll be a roundup like this occasionally, until I’m on the list myself.

        Marty Atkins forgotten person

    Jewel Brown sang with Louis Armstrong's band

    Orlando Cepeda baseballer, San Francisco Giants

    Bill Cobbs actor, *Night at the Museum *

    Grace Davis forgotten person

    Tom Fowler rock'n'roller, The Mothers of Invention

    Kinky Friedman singer-songwriter, "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Any More"

    Leah Levin good guy

    Don Madden cartoonist, Playboy

    Jonathan Morano writer, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

    Russell Morash DIY TV producer

    Martin Mull actor, Fernwood Tonight

    Marty Pavelich hockeyer, Detroit Red Wings

    Mildred Thornton Stahlman saved newborn babies

    Martin Stolar good guy

    Robert Towne screenwriter, Chinatown

        Previously dead

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    For your convenience, you can now buy ammo from a vending machine at the grocery store. Simply scan your license, pose for the AI-powered facial recognition software, and insert your credit card...

    tuscaloosathread.com AI-Powered Ammo Vending Machine Selling Bullets at Tuscaloosa Grocery Store

    City officials said Tuesday that an ammunition vending machine powered by artificial intelligence selling bullets in a Tuscaloosa grocery store is both real and legal.

    AI-Powered Ammo Vending Machine Selling Bullets at Tuscaloosa Grocery Store
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    Hurricane Beryl's Aftermath: Carriacou Residents' Survival Stories [VIDEO]

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    Motion Picture Association Hires FBI Official to Lead Anti-Piracy Efforts
  • The ordinary rules don't apply to corporations, and we're suckers if we play by ordinary rules.

    That's why 'shoplifting' from Kroger, 'robbing' a Bank of America branch, 'stealing' cable TV from Xfinity, or 'pirating' movies or music from Columbia or Universal is not morally wrong. Quite the opposite, it's the right thing to do.

  • Ain't it curious that it takes four years and an investigative news source to ascertain that the cop in a fatal wreck was driving way over the speed limit, in a lane going the opposite direction?
  • And it takes some serious mental gymnastics to try shifting the blame to the innocent dead woman, driving at the legal speed limit and in the correct direction.

  • The American Climate Corps is finally under way — a mere whisper of what's needed, but it's serious, un-fake good news against climate change, and that's mighty rare.
  • When Biden announced this a few years ago, I remember Googling around trying to find an application, before remembering that I'm old.

  • Evidence.
  • Man, that is one trippy historical turn of events.

  • On the House Floor, Republicans Gag Mentions of Trump’s Conviction
  • The penalty? Apparently, you get banned from speaking on the record for the rest of the day, and what you said is deleted from the Congressional Record. Small price to pay, seems to me. I'd speak the truth.

  • SOS - Save Our Scarecrow
  • Stop by early. You'll be there all day.

  • SOS - Save Our Scarecrow
  • Maybe not enough people around the city know about Scarecrow, and what an amazing archive it is. Scarecrow is where you can go when the movie you're looking for isn't streaming, isn't available anywhere else. Access to the history of the movies is what they offer, with maybe more movies in their collection than not.

    It's not frickin' Blockbuster, it's important. Anyone who loves movies and has some money should pitch in. SIFF should pitch in; they'd be a good match.

  • Google is testing a new way to make YouTube worse
  • The end of YouTube would not be a terrible outcome. Instead of a worldwide monopoly on DIY video, new and perhaps less evil options would have a chance.

  • 11th Circuit strips immunity from cop who shot and killed dog that had already been neutralized by a taser
  • 'Qualified immunity' is a genuine piece of judicial activism, a doctrine created from thin air by the Supreme Court, granting almost limitless immunity for almost anything police officers do. It's why lawsuits over most of the worst atrocities by American police get tossed from court.

    So it's news when a court notices that a cop's done something so outrageous that a lawsuit will be allowed.

  • After disastrous public response, Windows says it's "reworking" its new spying software, Recall™, which keeps a record of everything you do on your PC.
  • Instead of taking constant screenshots by default, it'll take constant screenshots only for used dumb enough to opt-in, and instead of storing everything in a plain text user-accessible and easily-hackable database, it'll have some level of encryption, probably making it accessible only to Microsoft, cops, and better hackers.

    For me, the issue isn't even in the tech; it's in the company. Microsoft produces usually-functional but frustrating software, and has a long track record of tactics that prove it's not trustworthy. The only people who'd opt-in to this software from this company are people who don't know much about this company.