Michael Rupp
Disqualifying Wedgie Rocks HS Swim Meet
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Alaskan Swim Judge Doesn’t Like Black Butts



High school swim meets in #Alaska don’t typically make national news, nor do we hear much about racism toward #AfricanAmericans in the northernmost US state (since only about 3% of the state’s residents are black), so this past week’s story about an African-American high school student in #Anchorage winning a swimming race only to be disqualified over an unacceptably deep wedgie in her swimsuit was something of a two-fer.

As John and Jayar discuss in this clip from The Damage Report, the race judge made the decision because the girl’s swimsuit was riding so far up that her “butt cheeks” were "touching," a violation of rules stating that swimmers should not be showing “intergluteal cleft,” whatever that is.

John notes that the girl was wearing the standard suit issued to all her school’s swimmers, which led Jayar to conclude that the violation was not about incorrect swimwear, but an incorrect body type - specifically, the curvier body type typically associated with African-American women.

While pointing out that this is the same sort of recrimination and discrimination Serena Williams has faced throughout her career, Jayar calls out this episode as yet another example of the way American society objectifies, hates and shames black bodies. Meanwhile, John notes that by contrast, conservatives often fly into a rage when Muslim women wear swimming outfits that cover too much, so maybe these controversies are not actually about exposing too much or too little skin, but rather about control - specifically controlling women of color.


#Racism
Categories: Democracy , Economics , Egalitarianism , Politics , Society
Steve
Can't believe shit like this is still happening in 2019!
Michael Rupp

Trump fired us 'so they wouldn’t catch him,' his undocumented workers tell Samantha Bee

“Donald Trump and the Trump Organization,” immigration attorney David Leopold told Bee, “are running and engaging in a multi-state criminal conspiracy. You’re talking about forced labor and coercion, you’re talking about trafficking. The penalties for those types of crimes, you’re talking 20 years in prison. By the way, the Trump Organization is not this vast organization. We’re talking about Donald Trump, we’re talking about Ivanka, we’re talking about Eric.”
Michael Rupp
I'm not a real event
Starts:  Thursday September 12, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Finishes:  Thursday September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
This is a sample event posted for no reason.
Location:  Buffalo, NY, USA
Michael Rupp attends.
Michael Rupp
Protecting Privacy with MATH (Collab with the Census)
This is a really good video about #Privacy and Reverse Engineering #Anonymous data into revealing information. The @minutephysics host lays out some good ways to #Anonymize data. I have been personally lying about birthdays and age since decades ago. That's the main way he covers in the video.
Categories: Math , Philosophy , Politics , Society
Michael Rupp
Merriam-Webster's twitter account throws shade at US POTUS
This tweet is pretty funny. It's following #Trump's #Sharpie-gate. #FunFact altering #NOAA weather information is a federal crime.

The link to the tweet is M-W restoring #funny & archaic words to identify people in unflattering ways. #Mumpsimus was highlighted in the tweet (and it prompted #Trumpsimus), but that tweet links to a great list of fun words.
Michael Rupp
The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388)
This is so "nail-on-the-head" for @Fantasy Sports Discussion because it's touching on some of the best parts of #Fantasy #Sports in general despite being specifically about #FantasyFootball.

Early in the #Podcast, they discuss the #Auction type draft for a #Rotisserie #League.
GETHERS: So you put any sum of money that works — in the league I play in, the initial input is $260, and you have to put together a team roster, the same way the Yankees or the Mets or the Dodgers or the Kansas City Royals do, within a budget of $260. In my league, we do it by auction. So if you bid $8 for a player you then have $252 to pay for the rest of your players. And what the player you own does every day, that goes into your stat sheet and it’s cumulative. And at the end of the year, the team with the best statistics wins the pennant.
That's great #Economics and #Statistics and #Gaming in general! Somebody overpays for the best player in the first pick and that means he will be thin on money for the rest of the talent. One injury on their top player and they lose the season. Being too cheap though isn't a good strategy because you'll almost guarantee that you'll have the lowest scores. Everybody is forced to play toward the middle a bit. The outcomes are very hard to predict! Therein lies the #Fun!


Categories: Contemporary Issues , News , Podcast , Sports
Michael Rupp
@QTRose On the random, I saw your mastodon server and was impressed by the CSS and UI tweaks.
Michael Rupp
ESPN runs the Monte Carlo simulation on the NFL season
@Fantasy Sports Discussion

We simulated the entire 2019 season: Scores and storylines for all 267 games We simulated the entire 2019 season: Scores and storylines for all 267 games https://es.pn/2Zu31Aj via @ESPN App http://espn.com/app
Michael Rupp
My Platonic Romance On The Psych Ward
If you've never heard a #ModernLove #Podcast before, their #wierd, #funny, #endearing, and #aspirational. A famous person reads the story of the subjects, then later the host of the show does a tiny interview with the subject(s) of the story. This one I found exceptional. It wanders through #MentalHealth, happenstance and true enduring #love for a couple who were really in need of it. They met in a #PsychWard!!!


Categories: Love , Philosophy , Society
Michael Rupp
Hell's Angel (Mother Teresa) - Christopher Hitchens (The Truth about Mother Teresa)
While transferring my #Bookmarks out of #Google #Chrome and into my #Nextcloud #Server I found this gem to post on @Atheists in the open

Christopher #Hitchens calls the famed #Caholic #Nun, Mother Teresa, #Hell's #Angel.
Categories: Philosophy , Politics , Religion
Michael Rupp
Bret "bedbugs" Stephens is making the news...
Okay, I fully understand #Twitter is an antithesis to #Federated social networks, but this is special.

This morning I did not know who Bret Stephens (NYT) was. I knew of his work as caustic but didn't even attach a name to it before and barely remembered the #Newspaper it was published through.

Yesterday he got some "comeuppance" and it was delightful. I lost an hour this morning just hitting the heart button ❤️ on replies to his initial tweet attached below.

#BretBug, a #FreeSpeech #Troll apparently tries to chill the free speech of people who don't hold him in high regard. He was fine with his claim that Christine Blasey Ford made up the #SexualAssault that Brett Kavanaugh perpetrated during the public trial which encouraged death threats against her, but when somebody in defacto privacy calls him a name, he's on it like stink on shit.

Since last night "BretBug" has deleted his Twitter account. Because of that, many of the reshared tweets demonstrating his hypocrisy are "Tweet Unavailable". If you read the threads long enough, you'll find screen captures posted which clarify the missing content.

As of now, he's starting to be reported on by the regular news but not in a way that he wants to:
Bret Stephens Freaks Out After Being Called A 'Bedbug' On Twitter
Steve
I heard about this, but didn't know he deleted his account. I guess we have to allow that everyone can have a bad day, but going after the students landlord and University Provost, was waay over the top. Thin skinned? For sure!
Michael Rupp
Thanks, @Darius Kazemi for the cool thinking here. The linked article below goes to his idea of the Federated #Neighborhood that he added to a fork of #Mastodon. I hope all the #Developers of #ActivityPub or Federated #SocialNetworks see his idea. I think it's a built-in feature of all #Nextcloud instances.
Titan Thinktank
you mean mobiles will function as servers too, like bittorrent ?
Michael Rupp
@Adam Magness Just tried to send you a friend request. Something acted wonkily. No big deal if you don't get it.
Michael Rupp
Fantasy Football
So @Fantasy Sports Discussion this is going on in the Geek world...

Star Wars x Football Helmets

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I wonder if people would wear them to real #American #Football events because nobody I know of wears a helmet in #FantasyFootball.
Michael Rupp

Arctic News: The changing face of planet Earth


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The inhabitants of planet Earth are in the process of destroying the habitability of their world through the perpetration of the largest mass extinction of species since 66 million years ago, when a large asteroid impacted Earth, and 55 million years since the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) reaching 5–8°C. The late Holocene-Anthropocene climate change represents an unprecedented event, triggering a fast shift in climate zones and a series of extreme weather events, with consequences for much of nature and civilization. The changes are manifest where green forests are blackened by fire, droughts are turning grassy planes to brown semi-deserts, brilliant white snow and ice caps are melting into pale blue water and clear blue skies turn grey due to aerosols and jet contrails, most particularly in the northern hemisphere. Unless effective efforts are undertaken at CO₂ drawdown, the consequence would include demise of much of nature and a collapse of human civilization.

#politics #news #environment #climate #climatechange #globalwarming #sustainability #nature #savetheplanet #climatechangeisreal #climateaction #earth #fridaysforfuture #zerowaste #ecofriendly #gogreen #pollution #green #plasticfree #sustainable #climatecrisis
Michael Rupp
Mr. Deity Episode 1: Mr. Deity and the Evil
Well, this is a fun #Atheist #Entertainment channel I didn't know about till this morning.

misterdeity YouTUBE channel

Mr. Deity Episode 1: Mr. Deity and the Evil




@Atheists in the open
Categories: Comedy , Religion
Michael Rupp
U.S. Steals Tons Of Food From Venezuela
#WTF? This is an Act of #War. To block food from a country like #Venezuela because they won't let #America's #BigOil industry exploit their natural resources is not just an act of war, it's a #WarCrime.


Categories: Contemporary Issues , News , Podcast , Politics
Michael Rupp
A systemic societal mistake prevalent in America
I'm not sure this is true throughout the world or just in pockets of society, but I know it's widespread. Here's the gist; #Girl does something nice to #Boy, boy falls madly in love with girl, girl finds it objectively #Creepy, girl treats boy badly, boy is very confused.

I assume that the source of the problem is the affectionless treatment of boys by relatives and guardians. It doesn't have to be abuse, but the #Spartan attitude of #Toughness in much of our society causes one important part of the child's life to be so empty that when a drop hits the bottom of that empty vessel it electrifies a need to get more that is overwhelming to people unprepared to fill that need.

It doesn't have to be mutually exclusive that a child learns toughness or receives ample #Affection in their life. They can easily get both. Children raised with the old, "don't coddle your child it will weaken them," delusion are raising children who won't fit into social settings well.

I wonder if the average #Utah #Mormon is immune to this problem because they are notoriously nice to each other within their familial group and #Religion.

#Love #Kindness #Relationships #Society #Outcast
Categories: Philosophy , Society
Mudflap
I wonder if the average #Utah #Mormon is immune to this problem because they are notoriously nice to each other within their familial group and #Religion.
well, this Mormon thinks it's at least possible that this is the case, but, I think in reality, Mormons are only slightly less immune to societal misnomers than other groups.

But overall, it's definitely something to think about - how we treat boys. thanks.
Michael Rupp

I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets


This is a fun romp about how #Surveillance #Capitalism has become as #Omnipresent as the magnetic field of the Sun.


David
I use Google, Facebook, Amazon, Lyft, Uber, Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. I have two Amazon Echos, a Google Home, an iPhone, a MacBook Air, a Nest thermostat, a Fitbit, and a Roku. I shared the secrets of my genetic makeup by spitting in one vial for 23andMe, another for an ancestry site affiliated with National Geographic, and a third to test my athletic potential.
You're an idiot.
David
Audio just finished playing.

The guy's mistake was to buy more gadgets. He makes privacy seem like a lot of work, and something that you have to buy.
  • Replace the full-fledged trackers with 2 flip phones: one always on and always at home, and the other carried whenever leaving home, but only powered on in emergencies. Plan for both phones includes 0 data. This will be much less expensive than buying and using one full-fledged tracker that runs Google or Apple software.
  • Get cash from an ATM every 6 weeks or so, and spend cash for everything. People are happy to take your cash.
  • Run an easy-to-use Linux-based OS on your computer, like Mint. Use only this to connect to the Internet. Set up once, and forget about it.
  • Use Ice Cat or Pale Moon as your web browser. Install all the privacy add-ons we all use, like NoScript, uBlock Origin, etc. Set up once, and forget about it.
  • Use Tutanota or ProtonMail for email. Set up once, and forget about it.
  • Download and use the Tor Browser for email and other such accounts. Set up once, and forget about it.
  • Use random usernames and passwords, and let your computer remember them. Never use the same username or password for more than one account. Never use your name as part of a username. Set up once, and forget about it.
  • Don't get accounts with anyone who demands your name or other personal information. Asking for an email address is OK because you can give a different one for every account. Set up once, and forget about it.
  • Use Mullvad as your VPN. They neither need nor want your name or email address. This is the only item in this list that actually costs money. You can pay for a whole year at a time, or even multiple years. You can actually mail cash to them, with a note that has your account number. This is very discouraged by postal authorities.
  • Save a huge amount of money by not buying any gadgets that use any software made by Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, or Apple.
  • Save even more money by not buying anything that can connect to the Internet, except your computer running Mint.
Your bank and the DMV will know where you live, but no one else needs to. Your friends will have your phone number, but no one else needs to.

This how I live. I have much privacy and spend much less money than most people.
Michael Rupp
Socialhome (a better Pintrest?)
Due to Internet wander and loss of personal control over focus, I bumped into something I thought should get posted on the @Forum|G Plus Minus forum. (aside: Just a couple weeks ago I found out the difference between the @ the ! and posting directly on a Forum page.)

That thing I found is the Federated Socialhome system. As I was looking at a few of their instances I noticed how it had a g+ look and feel to it. It's also got a bit of a #Pintrest way about it too. It's a tiles approach to visually organizing posted content. It's described as a solution to a personal home page with the benefits of federation features. Sites have streams for public and private, and it appears that a given user has a Pinned Content view as well as an All Content view. As of now their's only these four instances:
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