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US Secret Service chief admits to failure, will not resign.
  • Oh they've tried. Go on r/conservative and they were trying to claim this was a dei issue.

  • Elon Musk Accused of Election Interference by Blocking Kamala Harris Followers on X
  • If you're looking for battery backup, I've been eyeing generac for a while. I can't attest to their quality as I've yet to pull the trigger though.

    They seem to work well with solar for offsetting usage at night.

  • Signs of two gases in clouds of Venus could indicate life, scientists say
  • You bring up a good point. There's strong arguments to be made that Venus has been "contaminated" by the Soviet probes. That's why NASA is being so careful with the Europa Clipper.

    If there is life in the clouds of Venus, it will be hard to verify if it's natural, or from Earth.

  • Missouri Democrat defends trans grandchild against GOP secretary of state candidate’s attack
  • This shit coming from the party that would freak out if you mentioned Baron in any way, positive, negative or even neutral, is fucking rich.

  • Nancy Pelosi's Portfolio Returned Over 700% In a Decade
  • Semi unrelated question (also only semi serious): is there a program or script that can follow a person's trades and make similar trades? Or is she one that, by the time the public knows, it's already too late to jump on the bandwagon?

  • McConnell drowned out by boos during RNC roll call
  • McConnell drowned


    out by boos during RNC roll call


  • Awnings: a simple cooling tech we apparently forgot about
  • They definitely make a house look dated. I doubt this would pass the wife test for most people. I know my wife wouldn't like them, and we're all about saving energy.

  • Nikki Haley changes mind, will go to Republican convention
  • To be fair, your surge binding helps a lot.

  • Nikki Haley changes mind, will go to Republican convention
  • After Trump survived an assassination attempt on Saturday, Haley expressed her horror at the attack and said she was “lifting up Donald Trump…in prayer.”

    Well, that is the only way a single person could possibly lift him up.

  • Gov. Tony Evers seeks to bar firearms near RNC but the move is unlikely to succeed
  • Surely, just like their rhetoric to arm every teacher in schools, giving every person at the RNC a gun when they enter will make it the safest place in the world.

  • Donald Trump speech shooting: Gunshots heard at president’s rally – latest news
  • From my understanding, his service detail are all true believers. Remember, most LEOs and the like are very right wing.

  • Temu, Shein: China’s landfills expose the dark side of fast fashion
  • We gave her an allowance at our own discretion, though I forbade Shein and Temu due to their tracking software.

    Most of her addiction to shopping started before she was put in the foster system. Since no one wanted to raise her, she was often just handed a tablet and told to keep quiet.

    To get to the core of your question, in just about every day to day occurrence, we were her parents and had the final say. The way to look at it is: we were essentially in a three parent partnership with the foster care program being the third parent that could veto us at any time, though they would only do so in the case of safety.

  • Temu, Shein: China’s landfills expose the dark side of fast fashion
  • I hate these companies so much. Last year, we fostered an 11-year-old girl who was essentially raised by YouTube. She was obsessed with fast fashion, wanted to have the hair of the Asian influencers she watched (she's black with t 13 [I think] textured hair), and wanted all sorts of shit from Temu, Shein and AliExpress. It was so bad, she got annoyed at my ad blockers, as she had a fear of missing out of the "latest sales."

    These companies, and the advertising itself, have made her obsessed with instant endorphin fixes, and the moment she gets a credit card, she will completely ruin her financial future with it.

  • ‘I’m bored, so I shoot’: The Israeli army’s approval of free-for-all violence in Gaza
  • The most ethical army in history, ladies and gentlemen!

  • Julian Assange's sexual assault accuser is "happy" he's free
  • I had the same experience with Scott Card. I loved the Ender books, the books about his older brother trying to be a good person when he was a "bad child" really resonated with me.

    I was so disappointed when I looked him up and saw how hateful he really was.

  • America, Don’t Succumb to Escapism
  • I might have put my generations wrong, her grandfather was born in Ireland, so I think you're right in that she's actually a second generation immigrant.

  • America, Don’t Succumb to Escapism
  • My wife is a 3rd generation Irish immigrant, meaning she can apply for dual citizenship and I can get Irish citizenship as a "needed specialist."

    It's not the easiest escape plan, especially since it would mean abandoning her aging father, but at least we can get out of here if/when the Brown Shirts come for us.

  • I want life to be big and grand!
  • That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing that!

  • Presence Detection for a Child with no Phone.

    Next school year, my son will be left home after school for a few hours while my wife and I are at work. I'm looking for a way to detect when he's home and have the front door unlock (among other automation scripts that are in place).

    I came across this post and was going to get the Tile Pro as it seemed to check off all my requirements:

    • I could put it in his backpack where it can be forgotten.
    • long battery life.
    • Through the Home Assistant integration, it can trigger when it gets in range.
    • It also has a few other beneficial things, so I was thinking of putting one on each of our bicycles in case they're ever stolen. Hell, I could look into putting one on my cat's collar in case she ever gets out.

    Then I came across some concerning articles regarding data harvesting. The whole reason I started self-hosting was to prevent data harvesting, so it seems like the Tile is a non-starter for me.

    Has anyone been in this (or a similar) situation? Mainly, I'm looking for a device I can put in my son's backpack that can trigger when he's within range, so the house will open for him. BLE seems like it might be a solution, though I run my server on an old Dell r720 enterprise server in my basement, so I don't currently have Bluetooth functionality (and it's pretty far away from the front door, 20+ feet), though getting that is not a dealbreaker for me.

    • Addendum: To people saying just get a key: we have a key for him. I have a monolith sized server in my basement that automates most everything in my house these days, and was curious if anyone had set up something similar to what I was thinking. Home automation is very much a hobby, and I'm using it to learn new things.