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Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos (Oh MY!!!)

#Elections are getting closer in #America. You can tell because the news starts to change from the smell of manure to sewage.

A while ago the "Justice" Department released this story:
AP | Justice Department declines to prosecute Comey over memos

Today the same justice department that had nothing to go on released this #NothingBurger:
AP | Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos
Which if you read it in full you'll see Comey rolling his eyes at the imitation #ChickenShit they are serving the public.

My first thoughts were...


#Elections #America #NothingBurger #ChickenShit Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Politics (x)

The FEC is about to suffer a crippling loss

#American #Elections have more troubles for 2020. The #Marketplace podcasts are very brief. At the start of this one, we hear why trees will fall in the forest but nobody will hear them so they didn't happen. Well, the #Campaign #Finance version of that. #Koch will own it.


#American #Elections #Marketplace #Campaign #Finance #Koch Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

So @tania moore what was the unfinished work your husband was doing?
tania moore mastodon (AP)
my husband was a philanthropist before his death
That's a great job to have. ;)

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.

GRACE-FO Shows the Weight of Midwestern Floods

So all those #ClimateChangeDeniers in the US #Government right now who are using #Jesus to justify making #ClimateChange worse for personal #Profits, they did this.
No need to buy Greenland, the water comes to the US.

Gun Ownership vs. Gun Fetish

The #2A #Zealots and Status Symbol #GunOwner's make me think of the line, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. In another way, their talk of "self-defense" reminds me of anti-gay #Conservative #Politicians who get caught in the act having #Gay relationships. #Hypocrisy!

I personally defend the second amendment (not zealously) and am convinced that it meant personal ownership or militias by the wording it was written. However, I don't own firearms. They are stupid wastes of money. I think the militia part of the 2nd amendment is highly questionable at best because they were initially created to control slave populations. Some of these dodgy gun owners claim they need it because of the wildlife near them. I would like to remind them that Native Americans were doing just fine here for a long time without firearms and the same wildlife problems.

I speculate that people who zealously defend it and make a reality TV type display of their status symbols have a premeditated desire to kill people as the driving force behind those foolish purchases. They say they want to defend themselves, but really they want to exterminate pests they don't like and people are pests for them. Kind of like George Carlin said in a bit.


When one of their cultural insiders goes ahead and does a #MassShooting they panic and go into "Bunker Mode" where they begin twisting their morality and rational thinking into defending things that are objectively a big part of the problem. They twist reality in their minds to justify their positions. It's a lot like the way a drug-addicted person at the end of their rope says obviously crazy things in a desperate attempt to keep the high going.
#2A #Zealots #GunOwner's #Conservative #Politicians #Gay #Hypocrisy #MassShooting Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Politics (x)
Wow, @Michael Rupp, you are all over the place. You make a multiplicity of conceptual, historical and theoretical connections which, frankly, are hard to keep track of. Could be a sign of your genius or of something else.

Let me see if I can sort of distill this discourse to it's essence. Risky it may be, but I am going to give it a try.
And what’s this Man at the pinnacle talk? That sounds like something you have been told and accepted without much thought. Sure we have opposable thumbs and are able to communicate better across long distances so we are in practice better killers of all other living things, but that’s no reason to think we’re special.
This, I believe, points to the heart of the matter. Michael. Which leads me to a simple question: do you believe in God?
I believe these social forums are at a loss for organizing a branching dialogue.
I thought that by my last comment, I was not running up a branch or twig, but getting closer to the trunk; Maybe even the taproot. But that is just what I perceive. Others may have it occur for them differently.
This is why discourse often spirals out of control on social media.
I agree that this does happen, quite often in fact. Again, by my last comment, I felt that I was lassoing the wild beast of almost free-associative thought and distilling the issues to their most radical, substantive element. I still feel the same while recognizing that others might not agree.
We need some tree branching format instead of a linear long form.
I am tending to agree with you on this. Though I can understand the problem and conceive of the solution in sketch form, I lack the skills to solve it on my own. Perhaps that will change in the future, or perhaps someone like-minded guru might come along and provide an alternative before either one of us (you or me) do.
To be direct, I used to be a person of faith (Roman Catholic), but then I thought about it a lot and rejected faith. It’s not something I hide, but I don’t want to shove it in peoples faces either ... I think when I posted it, the server settings for “Public Server” were on which enacts automatic expiration of posts.
Well then, perhaps we have something in common in Roman Catholicism, and 'exiting' the church. It is probably safe to say that I zigged where you zagged upon departure. However, there is a framework that I think we have in common that might make future discussions more fluid and fruitful.

To be continued, @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.

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

Trump's big gamble on Atlantic City

#LOLZ, the @FailureShow aka: #SpectacularFailures #Podcast took some time this episode to have a look at the #Trump #Scams before he had the power to end the world. I knew he was a #ShitBag back in the 1980s.
# #LOLZ #SpectacularFailures #Podcast #Trump #Scams #ShitBag Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

#Fantasy Freaking #Football!
Where are my #Nerds & #Geeks at? Only one week till the draft. Still time and spots. #Newbies will do fine here and it's no money in this year for sure.

The Crime Machine | Presented by Reply All

This is not a new or #BreakingNews story, but it is something worth repeating until we get our heads out of our asses. A sweet point to listen for in Part II is where they #GiveTheGameAway on the early version of #RudyGiuliani when it wasn't known what a #ShitHead stooge he is.


#127 The Crime Machine, Part I

# #BreakingNews #GiveTheGameAway #RudyGiuliani #ShitHead Democracy (x) Economics (x) Egalitarianism (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x) Society (x)

#Plutocrats #Plutocracy Democracy (x) Economics (x) Egalitarianism (x) Politics (x) Society (x)

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.


#Surveillance #Capitalism #Omnipresent Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)
And this is more of an attempt to embed a PeerTube video via iFrame than to comment cause obviously, Google is the worst.
Oh, that's weird cause your on a Friendica server too. It renders right on my screen. The iframe is built into the BBCode. It's basically [iframe] url for the content that came from their embedded content <iframe> code [/iframe].

Librem 5

Well, I did it. I prepaid for a #Librem5 from #Purism. Their shipping next quarter. I'll be doing the standard unboxing bullshit videos and so on.
#Librem5 #Purism Mobile Device (x) OpenSource (x) Technology (x)
Pls. keep us informed about your experienes with.
I'm thinking about bying also one.
futren diaspora
rupp, your response echoes the reaction I get most of the times, when
I tell people purism is fraudulent.

https://joindiaspora.com/posts/13935134
I had the same argument with unknown error. Until he changed his perception of purism.
Unfortunately he deleted his posts. And only let his newest post stay present.
what a reply you posted.
That is because purism has been lying from the beginning. Not one of their hardware
products have not been tainted by lies.
complaint I have is the level of tech that a person needs to have to read it is prohibitively high.
You are right. Which make knowledgeable free software people resent purism,
because purism takes advantage of the fact that people are ignorant about
the matter.
your writing is an “all or none” type
No, it is not. You do not understand this is not about free software. It is about
not lying about your product. If seller says his 300g butter packet weighs
500g, he is a lier.
fully free, ethical and open-source operating system
is a similar lie.
was shocked by the revelations
Which shows you are ignorant on the matter. I am warning you
about purism. I do not try to stop you from buying an
iphone, android phone or librem 5. I provide you
pieces of information about the librem 5.
avoid Intel products
There is no difference between amd and intel. No new x86 cpu is able
to work if not running non free software. This is about informing people.
You cannot do anything against it, if you want to have
a x86 computer.
would need to have Purism become a processor manufacturer
This is about purism must stop lying about their products.
nothing we do anywhere is safe
It is irrelevant regarding purism is lying about their hardware products.
don’t see any presentation of evidence that the abuse is happening.
You show, you have not understood what this is about. Maybe intel and amd
spy on computer users. Maybe they do not. What we cannot have, is
a seller who says
fully free, ethical and open-source operating system
if the computer runs software which is not open source software.

Intel is using compromised encryption techniques to send themselves information about my system
Can you elaborate?
taken a copy of the stream they are sending to themselves and decrypted it
One reason to favor free software is, free software makes it easier to
verify what a piece of software does.
what are my options right now?
As I mentioned before, the dire fact about many computers is, if you
come to the conclusion that you only want to have free software
on your computers, it is difficult to achieve that goal.
You can buy a x86 librebooted computer.
https://minifree.org/
Or a power cpu computer
https://www.raptorcs.com/content/BK1B01/intro.html
You can buy a replicant phone, if you can accept that the bootloader
and the modem is non free software. And wifi and gps does not
work, if you do not install non free software yourself.
https://www.replicant.us/supported-devices.php
best option a person has at this time?
Maybe the librem 5 is better on free software than a replicant phone?
Maybe it is not? The difference between replicant and
purism is, purism lies and replicant does not.

Purism lies about their notebooks.
Thinkpenguin does not.
https://www.thinkpenguin.com/

Your takeaway should be, if you inform yourself about free software
https://www.invidio.us/watch?v=Ag1AKIl_2GM
About how new x86 cpus require non free software to run.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Management_Engine
then you become an asset for free software.
Also if you have computers running non free
software. Tell people about free software. You
should also get to know about riscv.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RISC-V

Murder Rate vs. Mass Shootings

After each #MassShooting a bunch of #2A defenders, with very questionable motives, begin to talk about the #Murder rate.

They are different problems! Murder, in general, has an understandable motive, and often a personal connection from the assailant to the victim. Mass-shootings are driven by psychosis and enacted on innocent victims who are chosen almost at random, and gun makers are complicit in the act. Imagine any mass shooting be a mass stabbing.
#MassShooting #2A #Murder Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Politics (x)

This problem seems hard, then it doesn't, but it really is

This #YouTUBE contributor is so good that it's hard to understate how well he presents the #Beauty of #Mathematics. If you are the type of person who self identifies as #BadAtMath, give yourself a second chance. All his videos are hard #Math but you will understand them.

#YouTUBE #Beauty #Mathematics #BadAtMath #Math Mathematics (x) Philosophy (x)
Thanks for the recommendation. Will check it out ...

false equivalents


This is a brilliant video. It gets at the core of so many of today's problems with #Relationships, competing group dynamics, #Religious intolerance, and so many more societal maladies. You can see it fit nicely onto #HateGroups from ordinary #Bigots all the way to #MassMurderers by #NeoNazis or other #WhiteSupremicy groups.



@Atheists in the open




The only person who got arrested for #wannacry (the #nsa and #microsoft crafting back doors for all #windows versions) was the person who stopped it, #malwaretech

Just listening to this #Podcast from 2016, you know, from before #Trump was unleashed on the world with 5 infinity stones. This story reveals why plenty of #American's could reject #Hillary #Clinton.


#Podcast #Trump #American's #Hillary #Clinton Economics (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

Border Patrol is operating above our laws.

So, yeah, this new #Trump thing wasn't just bluster.
#Immigration #War #ICE #CBP #Racism
#Trump #Immigration #War #ICE #CBP #Racism Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

How the GOP Got Here

If you are a lover of #Logic and #Whitty #Satire, this is so worth hearing at least the first 5 minutes of Mike Pesca's #Podcast embedded below. There's 1:15 in ad content at the start. He's exposing the absurdity of the responses by Trump types of, "No you are the racist!".


#Logic #Whitty #Satire #Podcast Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

Episode 597: That Time We Shorted America, Part One

I'm posting this to @Stock Picking Discussion because it's informative but woefully wrong due to omissions in reporting about what #Shorting #Stocks is all about. They are #Mathematically correct when they talk about having no theoretical maximum amount you can lose if things go the wrong way. They are terribly wrong in reporting as if there isn't a responsible reason for shorting securities. If you only listen to the embedded podcast below, you would wrongly assume that shorting is just gambling and dangerous gambling at that. That can be true but is not normally the case.

The #Long Buy of securities is simple, you hand somebody money and they give you a proportional right of ownership in a specific company. A Long Sale is merely the opposite.

A #Short Sale is when you sell shares that you don't own; this is possible if the finance company you trade through has a set of their own shares of the company you want to short. On the books, your account gets credited the cash from the sale to do with what you like, but your account is debited the quantity of shares you borrowed for the short-sale. You can't return the cash to settle the account, you must return the shares in their full quantity to cover the account.

As a metaphor, imagine your nearest neighbor owns a Ford Fiesta. Imagine you also think that something is going to cause the prices of all Ford Fiesta's to go down in the future. You short-sell their Ford Fiesta now and collect $10,000.00 then tomorrow you look on Craigslist or eBay Automotive or some newspaper want ad's and find one with the same color, options, condition, and mileage as the one you shorted for the price of $9,826.00. That one is what you will Short Buy to cover the borrowed one from your neighbor's house. You profited $174.00 on the decision. The reason the metaphor works is all shares of a specific class for a company are identical.

In that example, suppose you were wrong about the price going down. Suppose some news made them the best car to own on Earth! You might think, I'll wait it out. True, you will only lose money if you buy it back while it's high. While you were waiting, a lot of collectors start buying them and the pricing bids up by the minute. Do you wait even longer? What if the price got to $500,000.00? At what time do you give up hope and take the "L" on the trade? This is why there is no upper bound to how much you can lose on a short-sale. Obviously there's a slim chance that prices will run away like that, or that you wouldn't be able to wait till things got better, but if you have looked at enough stock charts, you will see steep cliffs that have happened in their history; violent price shifts are not rare in the market. They accurately point out that the long-run trend of the market is upwards. They were wrong to not state that most businesses do not last and their long term value goes to zero, although more new entrants appear than go out of business. That's all I want to say about speculative short trades.

If you know something about M.P.T., which in short is building a #LowRisk #HighReturn #Portfolio of stocks and bonds, you would know that you have to buy shares based on a specific set of proportions in order to have the ups-and-downs of your total investment smooth out. Sometimes the calculation to set the proportions tells you to short securities that you want in your portfolio. This is not speculation, it's #RiskManagement. Many money managers talk about #BuyAndHold versus #ActiveManagement. The way you short-sell in #MPT is a type of short-and-wait; it's a long-term short-sale akin to buy-and-hold. The reason this happens is the calculation takes into account the way every pair of securities in your set correlates over time. The #Statistics have determined that to reduce the ups-and-downs in your overall value the shorted security will act as a shock absorber to the total investment.



Now that's funny right there
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I found that pic connected to their The war that you do not see on the NOS news post.

I was searching duck-duck-go for images of "News Sources" to come up with an icon idea for this forum and that image caught my eye. I thought I was going to steal it so I wanted to attribute it to them and the article made me like them, especially this image:




P.S. this is intended as an #exemplar post. I literally didn't know that news source existed before making this community forum account. Also, I won't be posting anymore news sources. It's up to the community members to post theirs and be prepared to engage in dialogue to defend them.

The Trump administration wants access to encrypted messages

Yes #WTF! The #Trump has decided to eliminate the #Right to #Privacy in the #USA. I can see the short-sightedness of his base of support being in favor of this because they think if it happens they will be in power forever.


#WTF #Trump #Right #Privacy #USA Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

How President Trump's Friends and Family Rebranded The Swamp - SOME MORE NEWS

So this is what #America's #GOP types have decided they wanted to defend. #Politics are heading to a new low in this world and that's a really low bar. It's like they all read the script for the #Taboo show and thought, 'Remember the good old days of the Dutch East India company?' #Republican's seem to have no soul.



#TheSwamp #Trump #DrainTheSwamp #RebrandingTheSwamp
#America's #GOP #Politics #Taboo #Republican's #TheSwamp #Trump #DrainTheSwamp #RebrandingTheSwamp Democracy (x) Economics (x) Egalitarianism (x) Politics (x) Society (x)
What's this #taboo reference? After watching #MeetThePress this morning it was pretty obvious that they just want to throw the #racist accusation out over and over again instead of talking about the economy, Iran, or #patriotism.

A funeral industry giant keels over

(This post looks best when viewed directly on #Friendica)
This is another great #Podcast for the @Stock Picking Discussion forum. The detail I caught in the story making it worth mentioning is one that might go past people who don't think about #Finance. It won't take you long to listen to this show, but here's the...
spoiler/rant alert:
The Financial Industry wanders from one type of thing to another with their big-money the way a grain farmer goes out to reap the crops, except the financial industry doesn't plant the crops, it just kills the farmer and takes the crops. The pattern is the money-hawks will look for where the middle-class stores or spends their cash, then they plot the attack, and you'll see them swoop in to monopolize things, pervert #Free #Market #Capitalism so that you're "over a barrel", then they will take it all till the middle-class is on the edge of becoming lower-class again. Based on the podcast, notice the way there was no death-business, then there was a business contrived for it, then the Wall Street types noticed it, swooped in and started making people pay for their hole in the ground decades ahead of time so they could get rich by investing your promise to be buried in the dirt. Right now they are doing schemes with #Residential #Housing and other #RealEstate a little different than they did earlier this decade. In the last decades, they were raiding retirement funds; even the Mafia made good on pensions. In the '80s & '90s, it was churn & burn the accounts because the youth of the day didn't believe their grandparents' stories of how Stock Brokers screwed them in the '20s & '30s. Almost every generation has had untold wealth extracted from its masses and funneled into the accounts of these industry giants and some to their minions.


The main point of all this is to beware of what the owners of & workers on #WallStreet decide to make a run at. You don't have to get #Screwed by them. Innoculate yourself. If you know they are trying to do it (hint: they always are), and what they are trying to do it with, you're well on your way to preventing them from getting over on you. Your common sense will do most of the rest.


#Friendica) #Podcast #Finance #Free #Market #Capitalism #Residential #Housing #RealEstate #WallStreet #Screwed @Stock Picking Discussion Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

Episode 924: Stuck In China's Panopticon

Holy shit! We thought #Americans were shit to #Muslims. Wait till you get a load of what #China's doing! I think they are planning on a #Genocide of the #Uighurs. As an #Atheist, I'm not a person who thinks #Islam should be given respect, but I do think people should no matter what.


@Atheists in the open
# #Americans #Muslims #China's #Genocide #Uighurs #Atheist #Islam @Atheists in the open Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)
It's 26:50 in length. I'm posting from Friendica, so you don't see it rendered correctly. Try this link?
https://social.outsourcedmath.com/display/1b3b355084f80137d19802000a000045
I usually embed a player for people to play a podcast in anonymity through my post along with a link to the source.

The show is produced by the National Public Radio here and it's a Financial podcast most of the time, but this episode is off their normal material. They are really good about being human with their perspective, aka: not greed-driven.

Just curious @LanL what got you started on Diaspora and do you do other Federated sites?
@LanL
LanL diaspora
@Michael Rupp Sounds interesting. I'm gonna try Friendica out. Thank you for the insights.



40 Acres | OnTheMedia

Woa. #America has been shitty to people for a really long time. Stole back the 40 acres and a mule, AND paid former slave holders for the value of the formerly owned slaves! We were a Trump-style country for a long freaking time.

Part 2 of "Eviction Crisis"

#Emancipation #Racism #Reparations #RedLining #HousingDiscrimination #FHA
#America #Emancipation #Racism #Reparations #RedLining #HousingDiscrimination #FHA Democracy (x) Economics (x) Egalitarianism (x) Politics (x) Society (x)
And if you missed it, here's part one...

Part 1 of "Eviction Crisis"


#BehindTheBastards #Liberal #MeetsHighStandards #World Comedy (x) Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)
When I first tried the #BehindTheBastards #Podcast I thought this is a fun romp through the weird details of histories most well-known monsters. I discovered later that they quickly ran out of historic #Bastards and moved onto living #Monsters. This show is now in the category of #News because of the content it reveals.

Trump's war in Iran

Every #Iranian I've ever met, I've liked tremendously. If it weren't for our stinking backward thinking governments, we would all be good friends.


Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at recent press, including coverage of #Iran, Saudi Arabia, and polio and the CIA.
#Iranian #Iran Contemporary Issues (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)

#GDP #Economy #HappinessIndex Economics (x) News (x) Podcast (x) Politics (x)
So true that quality is a better way to live! However, as it's measured, I don't think cheaper inputs to a product or service change the GDP. To avoid double counting they won't measure components made to become part of a final product that a consumer buys; they just measure the price the final product sells at. But, if cheaper inputs lower the final products price they will sell more units and thus raise the total GDP. Is that what you meant?


The theorybiz article has many of the items that I was thinking of, especially the increasing #scarcity. For example, the topsoil in the #USA is being depleted and is a positive in the GDP figures. Increasing the farming quality so that we have no net loss of topsoil should lead to the best possible results in whatever measure is used.

Oh shit, GAB...

I see why GAB software was a problem.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab_(social_network)
#RWNJ's trying to find their safe-space, but still, shove their hate in other people's faces. Latest news: they're stealing #Mastodon code cause they can't get their shit together.
#RWNJ's #Mastodon News (x) OpenSource (x) Politics (x)

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