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A quick introduction:

I am or have been a: writer, publisher, renter of virtual apartments for real money, injector of radioactive materials (for the forces of good, usually), sociologist, teacher, BBS sysop, SJW, polyam, and dedicated to punching up. I also have screwed up a lot, and try to learn from that crap.

Other mastodon account at, but I'm planning on mostly using this one.

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We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

"Today, we may think we own things because we paid for them and brought them home, but as long as they run software or have digital connectivity, the sellers continue to have control over the product."

A Food Pyramid for Kids' Media Consumption

"In this hyper-personalized, autoplaying, all-you-can-eat mediascape, it helps to distinguish the healthy stuff from the junk. "

'Earthworm Dilemma' Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up - The New York Times

"As the worms feed, they release into the atmosphere much of the carbon stored in the forest floor. Climate scientists are worried."

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Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it's learned may be crucial to Western democracy - CNN

"The course is part of an anti-fake news initiative launched by Finland’s government in 2014 – two years before Russia meddled in the US elections – aimed at teaching residents, students, journalists and politicians how to counter false information designed to sow division."

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Critical Thinking: A Free Course

" Presented at Fayetteville State University, the course features lectures on topics like Deductive and Inductive Arguments, Fallacies, Rhetorical Devices, Appeals to Authority and much more."

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

"NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. "

With the House passing the equality bill yesterday, there's been a lot of Christians coming out of the woodwork complaining about "special rights". Please remind these people at every opportunity that because of their life choices (religion), they ALREADY HAVE those same supposed "special rights".

Abraham Lincoln: America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

abortion debate Show more

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The Facebook Loophole That Makes Political Ads Look Like Regular Content

"Facebook left a gaping loophole...: If a user shares a political ad, the disclaimer disappears for anyone who sees the shared ad, as does the ability to click through it to the ad library. "

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions

Yay! :flan_cheer: :flan_hurrah: :_gayheart2:

"Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday."

What format do you prefer for reading short stories? Boosts appreciated.

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South Korea court suspends anti-LGBT penalties against 'gay pride' students

"A South Korean court has suspended taking "disciplinary action" against a group of local graduate students who were targeted for wearing gay pride-themed attire during a church service in May 2018."

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Faith Collapsing

Faith Collapsing is a host set up by me (Steven Saus) with the same sensibility of the BBS I ran back in the 1990s - I set it up for me, but folks I personally know are welcome to join if they like.