Why I sometimes reply with image descriptions
Sometimes when I see a toot with an image I like but it doesn't have a description, I reply with a description. Here's why, if you're curious about that!
(It got too long for toots.)
If you need help convincing yourself that this is a good idea, bear in mind that other unsavory groups are preying on QAnoners right now, who might be easy pickings for radicalization into white supremacist, nationalist, or other far-right organizations.
I don't imagine it will be easy. But it's probably easier right now than four months ago or four months from now.
If you know someone who has been sucked into the QAnon cult, now is probably a pretty good time to reach out to them.
There's a window of time right now when a lot of the QAnon believers are struggling to reconcile their beliefs with what they're seeing.
I don't actually know how to "deprogram" cultists, or whether those methods precisely apply here. I don't know whether it's best to engage them topically or just to be social and help them reconnect or something else. But if this is something you can sink energy into, now's the time to do it.
@kittenlikeasmallcat It's aspirational because we actually beat the Nazis.
Honestly, though, this makes a good point.
The important caveat to the headline about police being more likely to react violently to left wing protests is that ACLED has only been collecting U.S. data for about one year, so a more accurate headline would probably be "Police Three times as likely to use force against Black Lives Matter protesters than anti-lockdown and pro-Trump protesters."
So it's not clear how much of this is left-right prejudice by the police vs. racist prejudice by the police.
Given the history of the policing (https://worxintheory.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/origins-of-the-police/), it would not be *at all* surprising if the police are indeed also much more likely to respond violently to workers protests, peace protests, etc., but the ACLED data don't quantify the answer to this question.
This NPR piece suggests that oil-producers would have had a rough year, even without the pandemic. This is *very interesting*. It would be a mistake to celebrate, though: this is a signal that it's time to fight harder.
So, I'm interested in hosting an online chat space, and I'd like opinions.
My understanding is that the current go-to options for a lot of people are Discord and Slack, but I have a pretty strong preference to promote the use open source tools, plus it's just cool to be able to run a chat server out of our basement.
for context: Constellation Games is a sci-fi first contact story about a dork whose immediate thought when the aliens show up is that he wants to play their videogames
Over the course of the story he comes to realize that the real treasure is the fully automated luxury gay space anarchism we made along the way
Covid rapid test psa
@courtney this bit of the article really calls that summary into question. The research screened 1500+ asymptomatic people and PCR found *any* covid in 19. Of those 19, 6 were also detected by the rapid test. Of the remaining 13 positive PCR, *12* of the had C.T. >30. That's at the very far end of PCR detection possibilities, I've never seen a C.T. value greater than 25 in previous covid PCR papers.
Lower CT means it was easier to detect (greater quantity of viral genetic material in the sample) and is highly correlated with both symptom severity and infectivity.
The "flip a coin" metaphor is also a problem, it seems to imply that the test will give false positives (say someone is infected when they're not), but the rapid antigen tests have specificity >99.9% according to the CDC, which means essentially no false positive results.
Definitely PCR is more effective, it's more sensitive to later-stage and asymptomatic cases. But there's a place for a cheaper test too.
Alt of @varx -- less tech talk on this account, maybe.