DNA Lounge: Wherein we have been recontextualized.

Apparently this photograph of one of our ATMs is hanging on the wall of a gallery on Valencia, and can be yours for only $135:

Now at first I thought that was pretty funny. I mean, not as funny as that guy who hung up unaltered copies of other peoples' Instagram photos and sold them for $100,000 each, but still pretty funny. But then I noticed the title that the (let's say) artist had given this photo: "Irony is Dead."

Seriously? Seriously? Dead? What the hell are you talking about? That is irony at it's MOST LIVELY, my friend. I think even Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke would agree.

I hope someone takes a screen shot of this blog post and puts a frame around it. I'll bet you could get $136 for that. I mean, depending on the quality of the frame, obviously.

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Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s -- and Denied It

And thanks to their willingness to sucker the world, the world is now a chaotic mess.

This one comes from months of careful reporting by two separate teams, one at the Pulitzer Prize-winning website Inside Climate News, and the other at the Los Angeles Times (with an assist from the Columbia Journalism School). Following separate lines of evidence and document trails, they've reached the same bombshell conclusion: ExxonMobil, the world's largest and most powerful oil company, knew everything there was to know about climate change by the mid-1980s, and then spent the next few decades systematically funding climate denial and lying about the state of the science. [...]

A few observers, especially on the professionally jaded left, have treated the story as old news -- as something that even if we didn't know, we knew. "Of course they lied," someone told me. That cynicism, however, serves as the most effective kind of cover for Exxon (right alongside the tired argument that it's "not the fault of the companies -- they're just meeting demand from all of us"). What's beginning to sink in is the horrible impact of their lies: Exxon, had its leaders merely stated directly what they knew to be true, could have ended the pretend debate over climate change as early as the 1980s.

Washington Monthly:

A fossil fuel company intentionally and knowingly obfuscating research into climate change constitutes criminal negligence and malicious intent at best, and a crime against humanity at worst. The Department of Justice has a moral obligation to prosecute Exxon and its co-conspirators accordingly.

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"Someone stood there and braided tentacles into her hair. Someone did that."

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Voting guide

I'm gonna be lazy here and just cut-and-paste what Jason said on FB:

Dear SF voters,

Six of the eleven propositions for the Nov 4 San Francisco election relate to housing, development, and the preserving of arts/culture spaces. This election is not only important for San Franciscans, but will set precedents for how other cities deal with corporate-led gentrification.

Here's a cheat sheet that has been approved by all the current community organizations and social justice groups. I'm not asking you to vote exactly the same as everything listed. Please do your own research and make up your own mind. I'm a bit torn on D, but agree with everything else.

The most important parts of this election are:

1. Unseating our corrupt mayor Ed Lee. There are three candidates all working together (imagine that!) to accomplish this. Vote for any one of them, anyone but Ed Lee.

Mayor: 1-2-3, Anyone But Ed Lee!

2. Housing Propositions

  • PROP A: Borrow $310M For Affordable Housing - Yes
  • PROP D: Mission Rock Development - Yes
  • PROP F: Enforceable Regulations on AirBnB-Type Rentals - Yes
  • PROP I: Pause New Luxury Housing in the Mission - Yes
  • PROP J: Help Preserve Legacy Businesses - Yes
  • PROP K: Use Surplus City Property for Affordable Housing - Yes

Word on the street is that Prop F has a ton of public support, but Prop I still needs people to vote for it. The Armory / Kink.com, among others, is campaigning against Prop I under the guise of "Save the Music." They're lying about the nature of the proposed luxury housing moratorium and claiming that Prop I will shut them down. This is entirely false. The only effect Prop I will have on the Armory is an 18 month delay of the permits it needs to become a more a permanent venue. Since they can't have it NOW NOW NOW they'd rather campaign against the community and their own neighborhood.

League Of Pissed Off Voters 2015 Voter Guide.

BTW, Broke-Ass Stuart will be stopping by Monday Night Hubba this Monday to say a few words. He said, "Talking at a comedy titty show is about as 'on message' as could be!"

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XScreenSaver 5.34

XScreenSaver 5.34 out now.

To my shame, someone discovered a way to crash out of the xscreensaver lock dialog.

The proximate cause was that an internal consistency check failed because I meant to be checking "am I running on the signal stack?" but I was checking "is the SIGCHLD signal currently inhibited?" instead. And that condition was triggered by hot-swapping monitors while the display was locked.

But wait, why does your code that prompts for passwords need to have signal handlers and manually and explicitly respond to hardware reconfiguration? Because fuck you that's why.

Blah blah X11, complexity, privilege separation, doomed, get a Mac.

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The Dollyrots

So a few years back we're walking down the street and there are these 9-year-old girls with ukuleles playing Brand New Key, and I say, "That's a pretty dirty song for those kids to be singing." My friend says, "What are you talking about, that is a completely innocent song." Then later that night we see The Dollyrots, and they play it too, and my friend says, "Ok, you're right, that song is dirty as hell."

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Go Betty Go

T-shirts on bands so far have included Pixies, Gilman, Suspiria and Bikinikill, so I was already starting to suspect that we had time warped to 1992, and then these folks covered Elastica's Stutter en español, which narrowed that down: we are actually living inside an issue of Love and Rockets right now.

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Secret Identity

I kinda think Sexy Weed Doctor and Sexy Vampire are the same person.

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Paint Stripper

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Airbnb doubles down on douchebaggery

Here's how they're spending some of that $8M to defeat Prop F:


Martha Kenney:

Dear Airbnb,

I'm happy to hear that you paid your taxes this year. I did too! Isn't it awesome? However, I've crunched some numbers and I have some bad news for you. Out of your $12 mil of hotel tax, only 1.4% percent goes to the SF Public Libraries. So that's $168,000. Divided by the 868 library staff, we have $193 per person. Assuming each employee works 5 days per week minus holidays, this is $0.78 per employee per day. Since that's significantly under San Francisco minimum wage ($12.25/hr), I doubt that your hotel tax can keep the libraries open more than a minute or two later.

However, had you donated that $8 million you spent fighting Proposition F directly to the public libraries you love so much, that could have made a bigger difference. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20!

Like I said before, When a multinational corporation spends $8M to defeat a ballot measure in a single city, it's a foregone conclusion that you should vote for it. There is literally no chance that doing what they want is in your best interest, unless you are on their board.

And let's not forget that the $12M to which they are referring is an assessment for several years worth of taxes that they skipped paying in the first place, and includes fines. "Officials had estimated that Airbnb owed the city as much as $25 million."

So they dodged half their tax bill and are now being gloating pricks about having finally paid half of what they owed. Well played, AirBnB. Well played.

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