American Football is getting started, so...

#FantasyFootball is getting going too. If anybody on #Friendica #Mastodon #Diaspora #Prolerma #Pixelfed #GNUsocial or any #Federated #ActivityPub user on earth wants to try it, I can be the Commissioner.

I've run leagues in the past and I set the points so that it's hard for a skilled person with advanced game knowledge to have an advantage, and beginners have a real chance at winning. In the past, I did leagues with buy-in and free to enter. Both are equally fun. The buy-in leagues had trophies and all the buy-ins were paid out in prizes; any manager had 50:50 odd's of winning back their buy-in.

Notes to yourself and privacy...

If you make notes or use #GoogleKeep you should know about this #Masterpiece in progress. The work of @Carnet is delivering a Note taking app called #Carnet for our new treacherous age of information. I access mine via my private #Nextcloud server, but they have other ways too. Register at and access via the mobile app, web browser or desktop program.
#GoogleKeep #Masterpiece #Carnet #Nextcloud @Carnet Privacy Technology

# #remarkable #Science News Science

Is it time to #EatTheRich now?

The latest episode of #OnTheMedia is really scratching my itch, especially the middle two quarters "How #Philanthropy Lets Rich People Off the Hook" and "Inside the #Chickenshit Club". #EatTheRich
# #OnTheMedia #Philanthropy #Chickenshit #EatTheRich Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics

Death & Taxes

I've done my taxes since the only option was paper filing and hand-writing in the numbers. Until a few years ago, I thought the IRS was the problem. I know Accounting firms are the problem. I use now.

Enjoy this episode by @OnTheMedia

#Tax #IRS #Form1040 #IT201 #America #USA #TaxFiling #FreeFile
# #Tax #IRS #Form1040 #IT201 #America #USA #TaxFiling #FreeFile Democracy Economics Egalitarianism Politics Society

@Ingo Jürgensmann I see you in the global directory,
All (friendly) creatures welcome! Free registration. Server located in Germany. As a registered user on Nerdica.Net you are also able to use XMPP (Jabber) under the same address and with your password. Get the best of free and open networks at Nerdica.Net! 😀

I tried getting Jabber to work a couple of months ago. I gave up. Do you have instructions for how to achieve this feat of technical prowess?
What are the the issues you've faced with XMPP/Jabber? Is it in general or getting XMPP work with Friendica?
Theirs this history of it.

But I remember trying to get a Jabber server working for my Nextcloud server over a year ago and never did it right. For that one, I gave up because they have a native system they call "Talk" which is a Spreed type system.
Well, in fact it is just a matter of where the user data resides and how you can access it.

For Friendica I'm using a external auth script for my Prosody XMPP server that queries the Friendica database. As described in that Friendica issue, it is important to have BOSH working properly. For Prosody you'll to also add some trusted list for the domains you want to use with the BOSH connection.

For Nextcloud it's basically the same.

Be aware that Nextcloud Talk uses foreign cloud services unless you are hosting your own TURN server and such, which can become a mess to setup.

For Nerdica you can find some information here:

Because you are using ejabberd there is not much I can help with specific details in configuration.
The nextcloud has 3 options, I took the dummy option. I'm too ignorant to really know the trade-offs. I'll be looking at your suggestions in the coming weeks. Thanks for your help so far.

Uhm, well, that the settings for Talk addon, not for the Javascript XMPP client.
For the XMPP addon you may need to fill in the following settings:
- XMPP domain
- BOSH URL, like: /http-bind/
- API URL, like:
- Secure API token should be filled

I'll bet #Trump #voters didn't think they were getting this...

#Inflation hurts a lender.
"This has led to a #Fed that is far more concerned about keeping down inflation (a concern of #bankers) than the full #employment portion of its mandate."

Suppose you #borrow $50,000 in a year that you were paid $40,000/year. Inflation and mandated COLA pay raises makes your earnings go to $60,000/year. You aren't richer because your milk, bread, gas, and other things are more expensive too, but your loan is still $50,000 on their books. The bank feels like they lost $20,000.

#Trump #voters

Education in K-12 is an incidental byproduct of American Public Schools

A #school's #Principal, #Superintendent, and #Board / #Committee are basically reproductive organs of societies status quo.

They come from within a culture expressly for the purpose of reproducing that culture. A School Board (elected by a tiny minority of society who are in-the-know), are typically made up of the local royalty; wealthy people who control industry and decide what type of workforce they need to crank out of our #PublicSchool's. The Superintendents serve at the pleasure of the school board, and the Super has all the hiring decisions on the Principals, so the type of person is easy to control. Principals secondarily serve at the pleasure of the school board and make all the hiring/firing decisions for the people entrusted to take care of delivering education to our children. If you or your children notice an authoritarian bent to your designated public school, it's there by design, not by accident.

The gap between an ordinary #American's experience in public schools and the time they can really judge what the hell happened while they were there is about 10 to 20 years. While you are in the institution, you don't have the life experience to judge your own experience. The few memories you have of that 13 years of your life are focused on the interactive drama with your peers, not on the tragically unhealthy system designed to make you into dutiful clock workers who do what they're told by middle managers after you graduate.

I have personally been in the armed services and was a certified math teacher for NYS schools K-12. I got my certificate from a University instead of a College. The main difference is I was steeped in the ideals of education and the possibilities for the learner gaining and benefiting from the advanced knowledge, whereas the typical college trained teacher is gifted with the Machiavellian rules of power in the school. As I worked in our public schools I couldn't help noticing that they had an uncanny resemblance to military boot camp and the command structure. I would rate military organizations slightly better based on personal experience. I've run into unethical practices in both that made me shudder, but never expected it in schools; rampant incompetence, rule one is cover your ass, rule two is screw-your-coworkers, lots of #MeToo shit going on, psychological abuse of the students, enforcement of removing freedoms from students that they have on paper.

Their's even a bit of prison culture running around schools. That favoritism of the big violent types that the guards can control happens where the favorite jock (soon to be a rapist) gets favoritism by faculty and staff in order to be pointed to giving beat-downs on subversive types in the school (artists and creative thinkers). High-school click's and prison gangs are about the same thing, just with less physical violence in school.

We would think that it would be common to hear about this in the news sometime, right? Well, the few places I worked had gag orders as a condition of employment; you aren't allowed to say anything bad about the school system to anybody at any time or you will be terminated. Sure, you could talk about it after you are fired... ...if you want to flush that college degree down the toilet and never work as a teacher again.

If you learned about the history of how American schools changed from little prairie houses to the massive factories we have now, you would see that it's all about wealthy industries controlling costs. The first pitch to create schools was that they could turn those shiftless farmers into clock-workers who could calculate correctly, as well as read, write & follow orders. American Public Schools had the same moral foundation as a horse ranch that captures wild horses and breaks them so as to hitch them to carts, covered wagons, and cannons.

I have had many fond memories of teachers who were doing the right thing within a terrible system but they are a small portion of my total educational history in America. I have many uplifting experiences with teachers who my children learned from too, but those are not part of the system by design; those are good people that get through tenure before they start doing the morally right thing for their students.

We are coming up on the end of the #BetsyDeVos era.

Twitter: Rep. Josh Harder

Her tenure is like a super-hurricane, earthquake, volcano directed at the public schools to make them worse than they are, weakening the negotiating position of most future working Americans, strengthening the position of private industries control over the curriculum, as well as religious influence so as to have a better bit & bridle on the students thoughts. I can only hope that true progressives will attain power in the coming election and have an epic rebuilding effort after the damages done during the #Trump administrations reign of terror.
newer older

This website uses cookies to recognize revisiting and logged in users. You accept the usage of these cookies by continue browsing this website.