Nazi Poop Discipline

As the surviving Koch revenant is going on a Redemption Tour, let's remember this tale from the formative years of these climate-change-denying fascists:

Jane Mayer: Dark Money:

[Fred Koch] was enamored enough of the German way of life and thinking that he employed a German governess for his first two sons, Freddie and Charles. At the time, Freddie was a small boy, and Charles still in diapers. The nanny's iron rule terrified the little boys, according to a family acquaintance. In addition to being overbearing, she was a fervent Nazi sympathizer, who frequently touted Hitler's virtues. Dressed in a starched white uniform and pointed nurse's hat, she arrived with a stash of gruesome German children's books, including the Victorian classic Der Struwwelpeter, that featured sadistic consequences for misbehavior ranging from cutting off one child's thumbs to burning another to death. The acquaintance recalled that the nurse had a commensurately harsh and dictatorial approach to child rearing. She enforced a rigid toilet-training regimen requiring the boys to produce morning bowel movements precisely on schedule or be force-fed castor oil and subjected to enemas. [...]

It wasn't until 1940, the year the twins were born, when Freddie was seven and Charles five, that back in Wichita the German governess finally left the Koch family, apparently at her own initiative. Her reason for giving notice was that she was so overcome with joy when Hitler invaded France she felt she had to go back to the fatherland in order to join the führer in celebration.

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Exploding Whale 50th Anniversary Remaster!

On the occasion of a sperm whale being blown up by dynamite:

"We were running away when we heard a second tremendous explosion in front of us. A piece of blubber the size of a coffee table hit the top of an Oldsmobile and completely flattened the roof." [...]

KATU donated the original 16mm footage to the Oregon Historical Society in the late 1980s. The footage has been transferred over the years to various video formats, but this is the first time it has been scanned at 4K resolution. It is now available to view online on OHS Digital Collections.

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Nowadays There Are Websites

Quaranteenage Stepdad:

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Another hymn from the Book of Jones

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Lest We Forget the Horrors

A Catalog of Trump's Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes: The Complete Listing (So Far): Atrocities 1- 978


Sexual Misconduct, Harassment, & Bullying
White Supremacy, Racism, Homophobia, Transphobia, & Xenophobia
Public Statements / Tweets
Collusion with Russia & Obstruction of Justice
Trump Staff & Administration
Trump Family Business Dealings

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Zuckerberg says Bannon has not violated enough policies for suspension

Who among us hasn't called for the execution of a perceived political enemy during an ongoing coup attempt?

Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company's policies to justify his suspension, according to a recording heard by Reuters. [...]

Bannon suggested in a video last week that FBI Director Christopher Wray and government infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci should be beheaded, saying they had been disloyal to U.S. President Donald Trump, who last week lost his re-election bid.

Facebook removed the video but left up Bannon's page. The company had not previously answered questions about those actions. [...]

Arrested in August, Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors to the $25 million "We Build the Wall" campaign. As Trump's chief White House strategist, Bannon helped articulate Trump's "America First" policy.

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XScreenSaver vs. CADT

Dear Lazyweb, I am told that the Linux folks have been "improving" things again, and by "improving" I mean "deleting 25 year old APIs without providing a compatibility layer." Specifically:

I'm told that some distros have stopped shipping gdk-pixbuf-xlib.

I'm also told that libglade is on the chopping block, and that there is a migration tool, and also that said migration tool does not work.

It would be great if someone were to send me a patch that makes xscreensaver still compile and run properly in the face of these pointless, unnecessary changes.

I have no interest -- in fact, less than no interest, a positive disinterest -- in figuring this out, so I'm not going to. I haven't thought about GTK since the 90s and I'd like to keep it that way.

To whoever does this, the xscreensaver users thank you, and my inbox thanks you.

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TicketBastard wants your medical records

Sure, I'm completely comfortable with clicking "share my medical data with a multinational advertising conglomerate and their partners and subsidiaries", why do you ask?

Once the test was complete, the fan would instruct the lab to deliver the results to their health pass company, like CLEAR or IBM. If the tests were negative, or the fan was vaccinated, the health pass company would verify the attendee's COVID-19 status to Ticketmaster, which would then issue the fan the credentials needed to access the event.

And this part is rich:

For Ticketmaster, two new technologies at the companies will help its clients scale the program. The first is digital ticketing that's linked to a fan's identity, eliminates paper tickets and can be restricted from being transferred or resold.

Of all the fictional things in this article, that is the most fictional. It will never, ever, ever happen. TicketBastard is in the business of scalping tickets and re-selling them for above face value. Tying tickets to the purchaser would destroy their business model.

It's not a bug -- it's the company's entire grift.

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SOMA Nature Walk: Cave of the Night-Blooming Traffic Signs

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