I went and watched "Industry Baby." I was surprised by how tame it was. You gender-bend the Side to Side music video and suddenly some people are acting like pop music suddenly shouldn't be sexual.

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"I don't see an end to this."

vulture.com/article/essay-daba

I haven't watched the Industry Baby video yet. I'm sure it's genuinely the sort of thing that makes a straight man clutch his pearls. Good for him. Keep doing it.

I love how these corrupt megacorps intentionally ruin countries so thoroughly that any legal action, whether legally correct or not, is tainted by corruption. Somehow all of that obvious criminal activity is used to free Chevron of responsibility for their crimes. I believe we called this "Dark Sanctity" in OWbN. When somebody is so comically evil that somehow this protects them from justice.

youtube.com/watch?v=B7d2KoXmPX

I coulda sworn I had plans for Sunday, but I cannot remember what those were now.

From someone who teaches AP US History:

If you are confused as to why so many Americans are defending the confederate flag, monuments, and statues right now, I put together a quick Q&A, with questions from a hypothetical person with misconceptions and answers from my perspective as an AP U.S. History Teacher:

Q: What did the Confederacy stand for?

A: Rather than interpreting, let's go directly to the words of the Confederacy's Vice President, Alexander Stephens. In his "Cornerstone Speech" on March 21, 1861, he stated "The Constitution... rested upon the equality of races. This was an error. Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."

Q: But people keep saying heritage, not hate! They think the purpose of the flags and monuments are to honor confederate soldiers, right?

A: The vast majority of confederate flags flying over government buildings in the south were first put up in the 1960's during the Civil Rights Movement. So for the first hundred years after the Civil War ended, while relatives of those who fought in it were still alive, the confederate flag wasn't much of a symbol at all. But when Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis were marching on Washington to get the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965) passed, leaders in the south felt compelled to fly confederate flags and put up monuments to honor people who had no living family members and had fought in a war that ended a century ago. Their purpose in doing this was to exhibit their displeasure with black people fighting for basic human rights that were guaranteed to them in the 14th and 15th Amendments but being withheld by racist policies and practices.

Q: But if we take down confederate statues and monuments, how will we teach about and remember the past?

A: Monuments and statues pose little educational relevance, whereas museums, the rightful place for Confederate paraphernalia, can provide more educational opportunities for citizens to learn about our country's history. The Civil War is important to learn about, and will always loom large in social studies curriculum. Removing monuments from public places and putting them in museums also allows us to avoid celebrating and honoring people who believed that tens of millions of black Americans should be legal property.

Q: But what if the Confederate flag symbol means something different to me?

A: Individuals aren't able to change the meaning of symbols that have been defined by history. When I hang a Bucs flag outside my house, to me, the Bucs might represent the best team in the NFL, but to the outside world, they represent an awful NFL team, since they haven't won a playoff game in 18 years. I can't change that meaning for everyone who drives by my house because it has been established for the whole world to see. If a Confederate flag stands for generic rebellion or southern pride to you, your personal interpretation forfeits any meaning once you display it publicly, as its meaning takes on the meaning it earned when a failed regime killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in an attempt to destroy America and keep black people enslaved forever.

Q: But my uncle posted a meme that said the Civil War/Confederacy was about state's rights and not slavery?

A: "A state's right to what?" - John Green

Q: Everyone is offended about everything these days. Should we take everything down that offends anyone?

A: The Confederacy literally existed to go against the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the idea that black people are human beings that deserve to live freely. If that doesn't upset or offend you, you are un-American.

Q: Taking these down goes against the First Amendment and freedom of speech, right?

A: No. Anyone can do whatever they want on their private property, on their social media, etc. Taking these down in public, or having private corporations like NASCAR ban them on their properties, has literally nothing to do with the Bill of Rights.

Q: How can people claim to be patriotic while supporting a flag that stood for a group of insurgent failures who tried to permanently destroy America and killed 300,000 Americans in the process?

A: No clue.

Q: So if I made a confederate flag my profile picture, or put a confederate bumper sticker on my car, what am I declaring to my friends, family, and the world?

A: That you support the Confederacy. To recap, the Confederacy stands for: slavery, white supremacy, treason, failure, and a desire to permanently destroy Selective history as it supports white supremacy.

It’s no accident that:

You learned about Helen Keller instead of W.E.B, DuBois

You learned about the Watts and L.A. Riots, but not Tulsa or Wilmington.

You learned that George Washington’s dentures were made from wood, rather than the teeth from slaves.

You learned about black ghettos, but not about Black Wall Street.

You learned about the New Deal, but not “red lining.”

You learned about Tommie Smith’s fist in the air at the 1968 Olympics, but not that he was sent home the next day and stripped of his medals.

You learned about “black crime,” but white criminals were never lumped together and discussed in terms of their race.

You learned about “states rights” as the cause of the Civil War, but not that slavery was mentioned 80 times in the articles of secession.

Privilege is having history rewritten so that you don’t have to acknowledge uncomfortable facts.

Racism is perpetuated by people who refuse to learn or acknowledge this reality.

You have a choice. - Jim Golden”

Everybody that's skipping over their vaccine for political reasons is essentially deciding to throw away a ticket that they were given instead of healthcare workers in poorer nations. Their health is being sacrificed to give you a chance that you're not taking. There are people dying across the world begging for this opportunity. You're so privileged that you're just putting it out with the trash.

If you liked the goofy energy of Leverage, then Leverage: Retribution is for you. Only one episode in but it's amazing so far.

The Delta Variant has risen from 0.6% to 12% of the cases in Georgia over the last two weeks. Those numbers are given in percentages, so it could be that the total number of infections went down. It did not. According to the GDPH they're trending up over the last two weeks.

This new wave of the virus is twice as contagious. It's spreading through unvaccinated clusters because you guys have no protection against it. Almost every concern you have about the vaccine is a substantially smaller risk to you than the disease it's protecting you from.

This thing can kill you. It can kill others. Stop. Helping. It. Get vaccinated.

northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/

dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily

Inside the Capitol Riot: An Exclusive Video Investigation

The Times analyzed thousands of videos from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building to understand how it happened — and why. Here are some of the key findings.

nytimes.com/2021/06/30/us/jan-

"Most for-profit copyright holders prefer copyleft to function much like non-copylefted FOSS. Namely, “it's certainly nice when folks voluntarily release their changes, improvements and ‘scripts used to control compilation and installation’, but if they don't, their failure to do so should be begrudgingly tolerated, and compliance should never be compelled for those who refuse”."

sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/ju

Everybody is fine. This year the family guy to see why we clear a good distance and have a full water bucket. A big rocket exploded in place. Shrapnel hit me and Aiden. A small brush fire started and we put it out in about twenty seconds before it could spread.

I was excited to play some Bloodhunt today, but apparently the alpha is over already. I hade a good time with it.

I'm also having fun playing Blood Hunt. Has a bunch of the mechanics I really liked during our final alpha days on World of Darkness.

Cube 2: Sauerbraten had a new release out of the blue after almost 7 years. Gonna take some time today to go check out all of the new maps they added.

sauerbraten.org/docs/history.h

youtube.com/watch?v=G3Yzk-3SZf

Karl Jobst knocks it out of the park in really digging into the situation with Dream.

The idea that your heroes must be flawless is childish. You can respect the work of the people who helped form this country without pretending they never did anything wrong. It's pretending they didn't do anything wrong that pushes the people that know better to choose to villify them since a nuanced understanding is rejected.

I just got an extremely targeted email trying to convince me to click some links to accidentally hand over control of the Yorick Facebook app. I think this is the first time I've seen one that good.

Users: Remember that when you receive a link in email from a company you work with, rather than click on the link, go to the website for the company directly and login to your account that way.

Developers: Make sure any emails you send also have a corresponding inbox message available through your app.

newrepublic.com/article/162606

"Schilling, a fan of games, was under the mistaken impression that the people who actually made them deserved to share in the often lucrative rewards of doing so. This was, in the video game industry, as in most industries, a notion he had to be disabused of. As the CEO explained (in a “case study” about 38 Studios for Harvard Business School), Schilling “really needed Company 101.” For video game workers to improve their lot, they will have to force industrywide adoption of a new curriculum."

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