Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Janis Jalopy is now gone.

Janis Jalopy and @Harena Atria, in happier times

Janis was originally my dad's car -- he imported her from Germany after spending a year there, sometime in the early 1990s or possibly late 1980s.

I drove her for a bit, at his invitation, not long after that -- I remember how modern and nifty she seemed, climbing up the hill near the bottom end of Pinecrest Road to where he lived then.
  • She had a gauge to show how fuel-efficient she was being at any given time. Accelerate and get less efficiency; coast and get maximum efficiency. (Daisy has a dashboard light to indicate maximum efficiency, but that's all... and no other car I've ever owned even had that much.)
  • She had power windows controlled from a console between the two front seats, so the passenger could control all the windows as well.
  • The seats were all power-adjusted. This must have been before I got Nissa (1995), because I remember that being a Fancy Thing. (Harena interjects: well & they were 3-way adjustments.. most cars just have back & forth and tilt)
  • She was the first car I've ever driven where putting the front seat all the way back was too far back for my legs.
He gave her to me in 2000. Almost the first thing that happened was the transmission died, which cost $2k to fix. Even with the decent job I had at that time, it took me a couple of paychecks to pay off the mechanic. (I was still in Bad Credit Purgatory at that point, from the ~1995 bankruptcy.)

She was very smooth. One time, I drove up here from Athens and ended up arriving maybe an hour earlier than expected -- because Janis liked to go fast. You could be driving 80 and it would feel like 55 in any other car. (It's a marvel I never got pulled over.)

At some point when I was still living in Athens but after my job ended, needing the money and having Nissa as a primary car, I agreed to rent her to some business-then-associates -- who never paid me and then wouldn't let me have her back, claiming I owed them money. (For the record, retaining someone's property as security against an existing debt is illegal, according to my lawyer.) I had to sue them, after having moved to Durham, to get her (and a number of other things) back. It felt like that's when her decline really began, because that was when she first had trouble starting -- I paid a mechanic in Athens over $2k just to get her starting with sufficient reliability that I could drive her back to Durham the next day.

That seemed to establish a pattern: she was always expensive to maintain -- and mechanics became more and more reluctant to work on her as she got older.

For maybe the last 5 years or so, she took multiple crankings to start (and sometimes it could take all day -- crank, rest, crank, rest.. recharge battery... crank, rest, crank, rest... and on some days I just couldn't get her started at all). The only mechanic who still seemed happy to see us said that there was some kind of leakage on the engine-side of the fuel line, causing the fuel to retreat back into the tank, and this was causing the issue.

Only a couple of days ago, Harena and I talked about that and she reasoned that it had to be in the manifold -- I wish we'd had that conversation a year or two ago; it might have led to a fix...

...but maybe it's just as well I don't have the temptation to put any more money into her. She always was kind of above my level, financially.

Sometime in the past few months, the battery got drained to nothing (from Janis just sitting in the driveway not being run) and lost its ability to recharge... and a replacement was $200, which I couldn't really justify... and she always really needed a hefty kick to get started; jumping her from Nissa just wasn't going to do it. (I did try, last week. She cranked, but never caught at all.)

And now she's gone, and we have a slot in our driveway where Kestracel can sit instead of being tucked up awkwardly under a tree-branch... and on Monday I'll go turn in the title and get $110.

...and then we can go to State Farm and have her taken off the insurance, and save some money there (until it's time to add Zander as a driver)... and I can get them to update my name as well.

I've gotten rid of cars before, but this is the first car of mine (i.e. that I actually owned) that I've gotten rid of (and only the second one that has left my hands, The Dodge having been stolen and never recovered.)

I feel kinda like a bad car mommy.

She was only 37...

Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose...
Woozle Hypertwin
(Note: I edited this post, and Hubzilla created a second post with the corrected content while still retaining the first.. which I have now deleted, after it was liked and commented. >.<)
Janet Logan
 from Diaspora
😞 @Harena Atria
Douglas Senko
 from Diaspora
Those two "8's" in the plate # mean extreme good luck if you are Chinese. 37 years is pretty lucky, i'd say.
Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
@pleasetouch.me -- are you a bot?

I'm trying to decide if following someone you don't know, and having a name like that, adds up to creepy. Tentatively yes, but I could be convinced otherwise.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
I came across this article -- "You’re probably answering these 5 common interview questions wrong" -- some days ago. It left a bad taste in my mouth, but I couldn't quite pin down what was disturbing me.

I think this might be it, in a nutshell:

3. What is your greatest weakness?

[...] Don’t lie, but instead prepare to answer with a “weakness” that’s actually a strength. Say, “I am a perfectionist who is always striving for excellence, even when it means I push myself too hard on a project.” Or “I’m driven to make my team the best, most successful sales team. This means the people working for me need to have aspirational goals as well.”

These behaviors are ones that will be perceived as strengths, assuming they are what’s needed in the role you will be playing.

If I can't be completely honest with an employer because they're going to always assume I'm presenting myself in my best light (and therefore if I'm honest with them about a weakness, the reality must be even worse), do I really want to work for them??

...other than for reasons of economic coercion, of course, which is what this is ultimately all about: the employer wants to know how hard you're going to try to compromise your principles on their behalf, because that's a signal of future obedience.

They want to know that you'll grind yourself down to the metal pretending you don't have any real flaws -- that you'll side with the strong over the weak rather than reveal your own weaknesses, and thus help them preserve their power.

Hell no.
Dean Barnett
 from Diaspora
My answer i to the weakness question is always, "Green Kryptonite." I've never gotten a follow up question.
Cass M
 from Diaspora
Because you are so awesome @Dean Barnett?
Dean Barnett
 from Diaspora
@Cass M Bless your heart.
Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Mon, 27 May 2019 09:52:51 -0400  
This has been a morning of contrasts.

the sad

On the negative side, my aunt Mary Jo died around 6am. She had a cardiac arrest on Thursday (the same day Rough Draughts was released) and never regained consciousness. Family had her taken off life-support yesterday afternoon and moved to hospice, where she was surrounded by family and loved ones, and was able to spend some time outside. It sounds like about as pleasant an ending as one could wish for, aside from not regaining consciousness.

She had turned her home into a place where people could go and watch hummingbirds (archive) and other wildlife. There was a roadrunner which used to make frequent appearances at the windows, when I stayed there with mine offspring Anna in August 2000 (pictures).

I'll repost what I wrote on Facebook a little earlier today, for those of you who sensibly stay away from it (lightly edited to make full use of Hubzilla's formatting support):
So, today marks the first time I have experienced the loss of one of my parents' generation -- my aunt Mary Jo Ballator died peacefully this morning, in what sounds like a lovely hospice, surrounded by loved ones.

Would it be self-pitying or just ironic to note that I'd already said goodbye to three of my own generation, my own friends (for completely different reasons), prior to this? Two of those even happened before social media was a thing.

I really didn't know her that well -- which makes it both easier and harder to write about her. It's easier because there's less of a sense of loss and ache -- I liked MJ and sensed a kindred spirit in many ways; I had just mentioned in an email a few days ago that Sandy and I should visit her... but it's harder because there's less to say.

Our one major interaction was in August of 2000, when Anna Nikola and I flew out to stay in her casita, where we got to see the zillions of hummingbirds that visited because of all the feeders she maintained. (I don't even remember what the instigation was for that trip, although I do remember we took a side-trip to visit my auld friend Hilary). I took a bunch of pictures with my first-ever digital camera, and just now I finally posted them on the HypertWiki.

I also will never forget that she was the first person to praise my song "If This Goes On" (which, in another irony, was part of my album release on May 23 -- the day she had the cardiac arrest which ultimately led to her demise).

I guess I'll end this post with a comment I left elsewhere about something that happened this morning, while I was doing yardwork:

I saw a hummingbird way up high in the huge dead poplar tree in the back yard. I don't know how I even spotted it, it was so tiny; it could have been a dead leaf... and then it flew off.

Goodbye, Aunt Mary Jo.

the happy!

In much better news, my good friend @lottie 💜:autistic:​ has arrived safely in England, where she will be staying with @juniper for two weeks and then moving into a sublet nearby.

I met Lottie on Mastodon over a year ago, hired her to do some server work (back when I had a slight surplus; that didn't last long...), including toot.cat maintenance, and not long after that we both landed a part-time coding gig working for PaperDemon which ended this past February.

Unfortunately her living situation in Australia (where she had effectively been stranded as a minor about a decade ago) had been getting worse and worse, so a circle of friends (including @var, Juniper, and myself) hatched a plan to get her to a safe place in the US for a few months while we worked out a place for her to live in the UK (of which she is a citizen).


Fig. 1: @Harena Atria and I got to meet Lottie while she was in the US, this past April. L-R: @varying intensity, me, Harena, Lottie
While she was in the US, she kind of fell in love with it and is now planning to come back for as long as possible, but getting a visa will take at least 6 months, possibly 12 -- so she needed a place to stay in the UK until then.

Juniper had never met Lottie in person and was nervous as to whether they'd get along, but the chemistry has in fact been excellent and I don't think I've ever seen either of them looking so happy (especially Juniper!) -- so this has totally been a positive counterpoint to the sad news in the first part of this post.
And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life -- the sunrise on a new world.
-- James T. Kirk, eulogy for Spock
Sheila Nagig
 from Diaspora
She sounds like she was a really special person. I'm sorry she's gone.
Woozle Hypertwin
Yes... I do wish we had had more time to talk.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Sat, 25 May 2019 13:03:39 -0400  
Hubzilla doesn't yet seem to have any way of embedding iframe content, else I'd do that and you'd see a player and track list here... but Rough Draughts is now also available on BandCamp, with a substantially improved track sequence and cover artwork for some of the tracks.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Like a graying hound from the smoldering pits of heck, my first album hath been released unto an unsuspecting world!

It should be on all the major services -- here's what I have so far:
-- let me know if you can't find it on your preferred service.
Rough Draughts is my first official release. Some of these songs have been literally decades in the making. I wrote "Losing All My Organs" in 1998; the first verse for "Your Brilliant Career" was written by Tigger in 1985, and the piano and vocal tracks were recorded (on an analog deck) in 1992. No, I don't consider either of those finished...
Originally, I just wanted to see how I could get some of my music on Spotify (because it had been recommended to me), and it looked complicated and I almost threw up my hands and moved on to something else, but my extracranial headmate @juniper looked into the options and found out I could submit stuff to this service called "Ditto Music"... and I ended up putting together an album of stuff I've recorded since 2001 or so and submitting it... and here we are.

None of these recordings would have been possible without ongoing support (emotional, moral, and otherwise) from my hypertwin, @Harena Atria.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:01:11 -0400  
So, this was a thing...

Note that both bathrooms were single-occupancy -- the women's room was a single toilet (as reported by @Harena Atria), and men's room was also a single toilet and a single urinal, in a large room with no internal walls.

I'm open for theories as to how this is not actually directed at trans women.

I mean, taken at face value, a trans woman would say "oh, this is ok -- I'm not a man, so I can use this" -- but there's all this TERF propaganda out there which has people believing that trans women are men and cannot ever be women, and are in fact probably just wanting to use the women's room for nefarious purposes, so the person who wrote this sign may have been going on the basis of that belief.

Why is it so hard to just say "this one has a urinal, this one doesn't -- use which ever one suits you"?

found at: New Thornburg Citgo, Woodford, VA
Harena Atria
@Cade Johnson That was my original thought as well (speaking as a Once Fast Food Employee who has had to clean both before).

@Woozle Hypertwin Andyar, that would be nice because the second thought that came into my head was that it was being transphobic *nods*
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Also, hate to break it to the dudes, but you guys are not the only ones who get drips on the toilet seat. In my experience, most guys lift the seat, but sometimes no matter how careful a woman is, there will be a drip or two.
Cade Johnson
 from Diaspora
@geekgirlsrule@pluspora.com that is what I always tell my wife, but she ain't buying it :(

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
I just thought of a new way to explain the key features of my Coagitate (fka InstaGov) project:
a power-structure that is resistant to accumulations of power within itself while still being capable of collecting and exercising power within the larger system in which it is operating
The problem is that power will always tend to accumulate somewhere, and we need to be able to prevent or contain that.

Existing democratic systems don't act quickly enough to dissolve internal power-structures without becoming ineffectual at governing. Since technology creates power, we need to also be using technology to fight that tendency, to create a power-structure that is internally egalitarian, or the power-concentraters will win (as they have been doing more and more lately).

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:55:29 -0400  
I'm searching for a file on an sftp connection in Caja, and this is what I get:


Problems include:
  • no indication of progress (folder currently being checked? number of folders checked? % done? anything?)
  • no indication that search is, in fact, still in progress except for the mouse pointer being a spinny thing (not shown) and another spinny thing on the right side of the icon bar (which I had never noticed before)
  • searching remote volumes often seems to hang, in any case (might just be taking a long time, but who can tell with no status indicator?)
  • less critical, but still: not even an indication of what the root folder is that's being searched (did I get confused and enter the wrong one? did I successfully communicate my intentions to Caja?)
Also, is this brief summary really the only documentation? Surely there's a git repository somewhere? (If there is any other documentation, why doesn't that page link to it?)

That said, I like Caja best of all the Linux file managers I've used so far (Dolphin, Thunar, Nautilus), and these problems are bizarrely common across all of them.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:06:42 -0400  
(Do Hubzilla titles show up in Diaspora and other places? This post is titled "latest Hubzila wish-list")
  • a "mention" option in the user-avatar drop-down menu
  • a "mention" typeahead dropdown (i.e. I start typing the syntax for a mention, which I can never remember, and it pops up with a list of usernames of anyone participating in the current thread, perhaps augmented by my connections list -- or using that instead if I'm typing a post)
  • when I reshare a post, does the author see that? what if they're on Diaspora?
  • (better connection directory, but at the moment I can't remember exactly what I wanted)
  • paste-image-to-upload, like in Discord
  • image resizing, like in MediaWiki
  • upload-image-from-URL, like in MediaWiki
  • upload-image-while-editing, like in Mastodon

Some of these things may have been fixed in the latest version (how can I set up a stream that only shows version announcements?) to which I will upgrade as soon as I have time.
Douglas Senko
 from Diaspora
Is there a Hubzilla Santa?
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
@Woozle Hypertwin

1. Not yet.
2. For years - type @ and some letters and wait, select person to @-tag from list.
3. Yes. Diaspora - I have no idea.
4. Directory is pretty good, search hampered by privacy conscious crowd, i.e. people keep their public profiles clean and private profiles extensive. Auto-suggestion is available, but hampered by your public profile, i.e. if you do not share anything about you there is very little to match up with, see previous issue about privacy conscious crowd. Add Directory app to navbar or menu for easy access.
5. We have drag-n-drop and embed from album, but not paste (I think).
6. Images are autoresized into three often used sizes, i.e. really scaled to width × height, decreasing file size. Are you thinking of visually dragging and shrinking the appearing size? Sorry for the wording, I hope you get it.
7. Not yet? However, have you tried our WebDAV?
8. Not yet? Personally, I like to see how images appear, but I think I get your drift. Parallell processes, photo uploads while you keep on typing.
Woozle Hypertwin
Thanks for your detailed response, @Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)!

#2 doesn't seem to be working consistently... it worked for the IDs of everyone in this thread, and pulls up a long list of matching IDs when I type @els or @dou, but nothing happens for some users... oh! it looks like you have to type at least 3 characters? That's important to know.

#4: I think I was actually thinking about the Connections page, and I think my main gripe there was answered by discovery of the drop-down menu on each user's avatar... which itself could use "edit connection" and "mention" options.

#6: I'm thinking of markup syntax to size and position the image, as in MediaWiki. It looks like you actually do have sizing implemented in the [zrl] tag, though this is not mentioned in the documentation:

This does not, however, seem to generate an actual resized copy of the image as MediaWiki does but just uses HTML resizing. It's also unclear if there is a way to align them. MW-style framing/captions would also be nice, as I use that feature a lot.

#7: yes, I wasn't able to figure out how to work that. A brief search for "hubzilla WebDAV" suggests that the instructions are on project.hubzilla.org, which currently returns an invalid certificate and uses HSTS so browsers won't connect insecurely.

#8: I do as well, but that's what preview is for (one of Hubzilla's major strengths!)

Another wish-list item:
9. A way to find an off-site (especially non-Hubzilla, e.g. Diaspora or ActivityPub) post on my local instance, so I can interact with it if all I have is the link to that source (rather than it showing up in my feed). Would also be nice to be able to get a local URL from a post that is in my feed.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
"Housing Markets Should Be More Like Supermarkets"  argues for "liberalizing development regulations" in order to promote housing affordability, but doesn't suggest any means for accomplishing this – and doesn't even seem to recognize that there are reasons why the regulations came to be the way they are.

The author correctly sees elitist zoning ordinances as a large part of the problem of housing unaffordability but fails to note the systemic problem of how the elite are incentivized to create exclusionary zoning rules by the simple fact that it is legal to buy and sell land and livable building space – considering only ability to pay while completely ignoring need, and prioritizing private profit over community sustainability – thus creating runaway price-feedback loops in wealth-creating high-density areas and driving housing out of reach an ever-expanding lower economic tier of humanity.

If housing markets had delivered what the free-marketists are always promising – a reasonably equitable allocation of resources without the concentration of power implied by the obvious alternative – then it would represent the effective coexistence of those two priorities.

Unfortunately, it has become quite clear that housing markets are absolutely abysmal at allocating resources fairly -- and allowing people to own homes and other buildings when there are other people who need to use them but are not (under a capitalist housing ownership system) allowed to do so is basically saying that we prioritize wealth-concentration over basic human needs...

...which of course is right-wing philosophy in a nutshell: it's a dog-eat-dog world; if you're not succeeding it must be your fault and you need to try harder and be more competitive; helping people who are doing poorly is bad for the species -- totally forgetting that this attitude can only survive by preying on the wealth created by millennia of civilization that proves the exact opposite: We only thrive because we help each other.

The idea of buying and selling housing has had its chance, and we've seen where it leads.

Photo: it should be noted that supermarkets thrive in large part because of food safety regulations, business regulations, financial regulations, and other legal measures that make it reasonably safe to walk into a store you've never heard of, buy some food, and eat it.
In many areas of modern life, the market provides a cornucopia of choices to accommodate people’s diverse needs, wants, and tastes: just visit a supermarket to see this. When it comes to housing options, though, the reality is starkly different.

(link via Thunkii on Discord)
Woozle Hypertwin
In this case, the hypothetical is specifically including some design elements that I'd call sub-optimal for the design goals under discussion, so... yes. ^.^
David Lazarus
 from Diaspora
@Woozle Hypertwin


Gotta love the Capitalist approach to a more Socialist philosophy.
Doc Edward Morbius
 from Diaspora
@Woozle Hypertwin I'm still planning to put up that page, when I get a round tuit....

(There's ... stuff in play.)

(Also hassles in play.)

Bernard J. Stein is an interesting read. Some of his papers and essays are available online, LibGen and Sci-Hub for many, though a few at the Archive.

One of my more successful Hacker News submissions ever was "Housing Can’t Be Both Affordable and a Good Investment":
Promoting homeownership as an investment strategy is a risky proposition. No financial advisor would recommend going into debt in order to put such a massive part of your savings in any other single financial instrument—and one that, as we learned just a few years ago, carries a great deal of risk.

HN discussion.

Both the article and discussion were surprisingly good.
Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Katherine BondKatherine Bond wrote the following post Sat, 13 Apr 2019 17:09:14 -0400

via @Dig
 meme  humor  cats
Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Apparently the Democratic Party has taken another step towards the Dark Side.

In case you haven’t heard, the DCCC – the arm of the Democratic Party that works to elect members of the House – recently introduced a policy restricting its vendors from working with any candidate challenging a Democratic incumbent. In other words, no...

There is no good reason to do this, but apparently the Democratic leadership feels that the only way to beat the enemy is to become them. >.<
Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Woozle HypertwinWoozle Hypertwin wrote the following post Fri, 12 Apr 2019 17:09:35 -0400
...hhheyyy, what are YOU doing here? Aren't you supposed to be in Congress or the White House or something??


...or possibly you have a shareholders' meeting to attend? Some ABA Therapy to administer?
Douglas Senko
 from Diaspora
Hey...yer back! Nice to see you again.
Woozle Hypertwin
A lot of G+ folks seem to have migrated to the fediverse, at long last. It took Google shooting itself in the foot to make it happen, but I'll take it! :D
Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
@emsenn@tenforward.social @Hypolite Petovan “your house is unsafe > live in the street > you['re] not allowed to build a structure > go to jail > live in a structure that’s uncomfortable and costs tax payers much more then it would to build you a fucking house” this system is great!
˗ˏˋ Liaizon Wakest ˎˊ˗ (@liaizon@wake.st)

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
I mentioned the the VBZ Manifesto on Mastodon a few days ago, and someone offered to help with it, so I thought I should try to summarize the current situation and needs.

Unfortunately, this quickly got over 500 characters... and then two toots wasn't enough... so I thought I should explain here on Hubzilla instead.

Overall I've been kinda fighting software fires on multiple fronts for way too long now and only having tiny snippets of time in which to make progress -- so the main problem is my lack of ability to organize my life. >.>

My current mid-range goal is to get the vbz.net store back in operation. The code is original and open source (some documentation); I'm currently fixing the shopping cart component, which has been a chronic sticky point. If anyone out there had the time and energy to delve into some fairly complex PHP code, I'd be happy to work with them on that.

(Bragging point: it uses no JavaScript, and is consequently really fast. ...well, ok, there's one page that uses JS, for a topic tree. But that's all.)

After that there's some legal paperwork (mostly reincorporation) to do and development of the marketplace and federation modules.

I do know a few coders who would be interested in helping, but they're struggling with money issues which makes it difficult to focus on coding for any length of time. Income for them would help with this, and I expect the store will eventually start bringing in some income which I could then use to pay coders, but obviously that's kind of a Catch-22. Financially I'm in a situation where I have almost enough to live on, but consequently I can't really afford to pay anyone more than a pittance (and just managing that situation takes a lot of my time as well).

More immediately: Right now I'm engaged in mortal combat with Apache, which refuses to run PHP 7.2 on one domain while running it just fine for another domain on the same server. You'd think that copying over the site parameters would solve the problem, but no -- that just makes Apache deliver PHP code as text files instead. This has taken down one of my other major projects, Issuepedia, so it's kind of my top focus item at the moment (I've been trying to fix it for weeks now, off and on).

There are lots of other projects on the back-burner which I can't even start on until this is resolved, so just... aaaaaa.

Please feel free to ask questions, offer ideas, etc. ^.^

(pic below: open orders page in vbz's admin area)

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:55:17 -0400  
The implicit claim that "you have to go read and understand this thing that proves you wrong, or else I win by default" came up in a comment on another post recently. Since I took the time to format this for Hubzilla, I thought I should repost it here.

No, I do not have time to do your thinking for you or argue your case for you.

If you have made a claim that goes against my understanding, and I have asked you for evidence to support it, the burden of proof is on you to explain it, at least in summary – and not on me to go "educate" myself by taking the time to read some essay or watch some video, sifting through it for the argument and evidence that support your position, and summarizing it for you so that we may continue the discussion.

If you have a point to make, make it. Otherwise, I shall have to assume that you don't actually have one. Any of the following are far more likely:
  • you misremembered something you read or heard
  • you misunderstood something you read or heard
  • you were given unreliable information by someone else
  • you came across a nonsense argument that seems to support your position, but doesn't
There's also the strong likelihood that even if I did read or view what you wanted me to read or view, I would find the whole thing to be nonsense and might not recognize the particular part that you believe legitimately supports your position. Therefore you need to be the one to identify that piece and restate it in your own words, in a way that responds to the matter currently under discussion.

Thank you.
 from Diaspora
HEY ..

sorry ... just excited to find you here ...


Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Personally, I find many of them so awful that they simply have to be working for Russia, trying to provoke hate for both Hillary and Bernie.

Also: that guy "Joseph Teller"... I do not believe him to be arguing in good faith.

ThomThom wrote the following post Wed, 13 Mar 2019 19:00:59 -0400

"Former Hillary Clinton aides want the American public to know that they’re still mad about Bernie Sanders."

My thoughts and comments made in Diaspora conversations about this article

My comments made at post by @Paul Ferguson

I think Clinton could have been a good candidate. But some things would have needed to have happen:
  • Her staff and party big shots would have had to allow the primaries to be run fairly. If she won fair and square without the perception of a fix - it would have been a great place to start.
  • Had her campaign surrogates not been cynical assholes that trusted paid consultants (that get paid no matter who wins or loses) more than activists working the ground game state to state - they would have known they were in trouble in Wisconsin and the other states in their so called firewall - and they could have made necessary changes re: get out the vote.
  • Had her campaign not decided that they didn’t need grassroots progressive Democrats in their camp and had they not openly mocked progressives as children that didn’t know how politics worked - she might have actually won.
Obama won with a big tent. But let’s recap the past decades since Bill Clinton’s time in office.
  • Gore ignored the progressive Democrats and let the presidency be stolen from him by the GOP hustle and con.
  • Kerry ran a similar campaign to Gore’s - seeming to have learned nothing.
  • Obama flipped the script and followed his community organizer’s instincts and won with numbers that GOP suppression and grift couldn’t stop.
  • Then, HRC goes back to the tired old losing strategy that corporate Democrats seem to love.
It really seems to me that these corporate Democrats would rather lose the election than work with progressives.
Most of the progressive Democrats I know are grown adults with a very clear understanding of how our political system works and stil, we are asking our party do better. And we actually expect them to have a big tent and to include us in the decision making process.

They ignore us at their peril. 2018 should be the play book. We won so many seats stepping left towards the progressive end.
My comments made at a re-post by @Valkyrie

@Joseph Teller The problems I find with your comment are as follows:
  • I don't believe your numbers - I've read a lot of analysis and your numbers do not jive with the takeaways I've had being knee deep in 538 et cetera.
  • Re: Bernie supporters as republicans just to stab at Clinton - I'd like to see a source supporting this speculation - I'm guessing the number straddles zero when the margin of error is accounted for. No numbers, then I'm going to categorize it as biased assumption.
Which is fine, I just don't put any value in your line of thinking without evidence.
That spoiler troupe tarring progressives is so tired and it has been wrung to death since Gore's loss. Establishment Democrats shit on progressives and then lose elections and then blame the people they shit on for their losses.

Pro-tip - fascism is orders of magnitude more dangerous than corporate democrats AND young &/or zealous progressive neophytes.

Obama’s team understood this. They reach out to progressives - put up the biggest Democratic Party tent in decades and win epically. Go figure. Maybe establishment Dems should wake the fuck up and realize that coalitions and big tents have always been what wins elections in a 2 party system.

Maybe follow the example of Obama’s team. It’d be nice to win a presidential election at least one more time before the demise of our republic.

Instead we have cult of HRC assholes crying and sniping about "Bernie's not a real democrat" (he ran in the democratic primaries, he carcasses with the Democrats - in function, he's a fucking Democrat, even if he doesn’t run for office in Vermont as a Dem [for local/state reasons] - he’s definitely more of a Democrat than that asshole congressman in West Virginia.)

Not that some of the Bernie supporters (male, female and trans) are helping matters - having purity tests of their own with the ridiculous "Bernie or bust" mentality. Or the shit-brained idea that there is no difference in terms of political reality between the GOP and corporate Democrats.
Winning elections is about sharing power, cooperation and organizing the fuck out of our people. Categorically and arrogantly insulting whole tribes of people with-in your political party and party adjacent sympathizer groups is fucking stupid and the mindset of people that love losing.

I don't know about you, but I believe we can win, I want us to fucking win and winners don't bitterly hold grudges against team mates. We have to smarten the fuck up. Goddammit. I'm so sick of the motherfucking liberal/left sniping.

Winners fucking own their mistakes. Winners dispassionately watch the game tapes and accept honest criticism instead of looking to pin the blame on the people riding the bench.

The truth is, Clinton lost because her people made tragic mistakes - some born out of arrogance and hubris, some out of a lack of imagination. But the blame isn't 100% on her team. Russian subversion of our electoral process and systemic cheating and fraud on the part of the GOP is also largely to blame.
It is my belief that had HRC's team embraced leftist in the party (rather than antagonized and infantilized them) allies not exactly card carrying Democrats but otherwise more politically aligned with the Dems than with the fascist party of the GOP - I believe Clinton could have turned out the vote in great enough numbers to overcome the GOP gerrymandering, nationwide large scale voter suppression efforts and the Russian subversion of the election - nearing an election night landslide. Hell, had she listened to her people on the ground in Michigan and other "firewall states" lost, she might have won in a nail biter.

Mature and intelligent people understand that neophytes are always impatient with the status quo and rather than see them as a threat, we need to harness that energy and give them, if not a seat, at least into the room. Ambition and engagement may be more of a hassle to deal with but it is so much more effective than apathy and disenfranchisement.

The right has a motivated impassioned (dare I say inflamed) base - it is fueled by fear, hate and ignorant bigotry. Without progressives, Democrats do not have that dynamo of enthusiasm necessary to get out the vote in every district of every state.

6-figure salaried political consultants that get paid no matter who wins are not going to win elections alone. Elections are won by heart and soul, but heroic efforts of everyday people on the ground being a living part of our democracy.

There is nothing more fucking stupid than to blame voters and potential voters for our loses. To feel entitled to anyone’s vote is a loser's attitude. We have to earn every fucking single vote.

To belittle voters and potential voters is a rich kid boss mentality. Being assholes to people we need at the polls is beyond moronic. The people are the true boss - not party leadership. Don't get it fucking twisted.
If we want to win - might I suggest we stop feeding the "Bernie was a spoiler" myth. You'll just alienate progressives - people that might do more than just go vote Democratic on election day. People that'll go vote, that'll canvas neighborhoods, that'll get excited and talk up our candidate at church, at the grocery store, on the job, during sex, during school - stoked people are infectious, man.

I volunteered for Obama's 1st campaign even though he wasn't my favorite policy-wise. I drove around TN with Obama bumper stickers and had my car vandalized. I was stoked.

I would have volunteered for HRC's campaign but her staff were being fucking cocks to progressives from the start of the primaries. The whole "grow up" attitude demoralized me and my attention was diverted to the mundane chores of being a contributor to family life and a full time worker.

Obama's people had me stoked and I was excited. They made up campaign stickers and handouts for all kinds of people, Truck drivers for Obama, Reformed crypto-anarchist time travelers for Obama, Federalist for Obama - they were reaching out to anyone that wanted to get aboard the Obama train. I did stuff during my lunch break and ate in my car omw back to work. When we’re excited, we make sacrifices.

As someone with ADHD - shit like enthusiasm isn't a choice - it's a biological reality that can determine whether I do something or not (please don’t ask me how late my taxes are.) I'm sure the same dynamic works similarly for neurotypicals, though maybe a little less intensely. People do what they are motivated to do. Lecturing them about how terrible they will be if they don't vote the way some party boss tells them to vote is a fucking idiotic way to motivate people. Shame is literally one of the dumbest motivators. But, if we want to lose elections, I can’t think of a better strategy.

Excited people with enthusiasm win elections. Period.

For the record nearly every single Bernie supporter I know voted for HRC. In the primary, I voted for Bernie. In the election, I voted for Hillary Clinton even though I live in TN and it is RED as fuck and my presidential vote is statistically a wasted vote no matter who I vote for.

@Valkyrie - exactly. Another fun fact, some progressives are never going to vote for Democrats, and no progressive is ever going to vote for right wing fascists. Further poking holes in the Bernie progressives were spoilers myth.

 from Diaspora
@Woozle Hypertwin - I don't believe he is, either. Which is why I chose to ignore him after my initial response.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Google today announced that an exhaustive analysis of metrics collected over decades of internet usage have demonstrated conclusively that social media users respond positively to simplification of the user interface, and generally find features to be confusing and distracting.

Consequently, they will be removing the following features from Google+ on April 2:
  • "Communities"
  • "Circles"
  • post searching
  • post reading
  • posting
  • displaying of any sort of "content"
When asked if this wasn't taking things too far, Google+ engineers noted the popularity of a theoretically infinite number of other "featureless social media" sites. "You don't hear people complaining about sqrzggklfku.com, do you? That's because they don't have a "registered domain" feature, upon which rests the ability to navigate to their site with a web browser -- resulting in the fundamental beauty of simply not having a site in the first place."

This act does answer long-standing questions about the ethics of Google's questionable practices with regard to social media -- the unfortunate (and ultimately discarded) "Real Names" policy being perhaps the most significant, having driven away many of the most interesting early-adopters of Google+ who were long used to the common internet practice of having a recognized "user handle" that might have little or nothing to do with the user's legal name. Supporters of this policy often argued that "it's Google's sandbox, they can do what they want with it."

It would seem that ultimately, they decided to take their sandbox and go home.

Crossposted from: Google+
xD this is hilarious! thx
Google+ picked as new GNOME social network.
Woozle Hypertwin
I almost get that...