As always, please only respond with things that you have seen working with your own eyeballs. I see a few things that maybe purport to do this, but they don't work.
Update: This one seems to work well so far.
Palm Springs Desert Sun reported Coachella Valley cases were up 77% following first weekend of Coachella.
Coachella's first no-vax, no-test, no-mask weekend adds to a growing list of bands and performers "cancelling shows, abandoning tours, sick and/or stuck in quarantine far from home." Positives came for Bob Mould, Jon Spencer, Low, Superchunk, and many more. [...]
"Unfortunately, the idea of one-way masking is better in theory than in practice." See: What is one-way masking, and does one-way masking work? [...]
An unqualified Federal judge in Florida on Monday struck down the CDC's mask protections on airplanes, trains, and other public transit. [...] Airlines immediately announced to passengers it was safe to unmask while in airports, or mid-flight, endangering those at-risk or traveling with children under 5. Flight attendants and pilots chided those who continued to mask. Uber and Lyft followed suit.
Delta Airlines announced the change with a false statement, that Covid-19 "has transitioned to a seasonal virus." [...] Further, "Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will allow customers previously barred from flying for failing to wear masks to board flights again."
Perhaps Delta should change its name to Omicron. [...]
"BART, SF Muni, Caltrain [...] all initially announced that they are making no changes to their current masking policy, keeping the mandate in place for now." However, BART has stopped enforcing mask requirements on trains. [...]
Let's start with some facts:
- San Francisco is only 59% fully vaccinated.
- Omicron BA.2 is absolutely ripping through the population.
- Case numbers are probably seven times higher than reported.
- You have no immunity to Omicron without a booster.
- Long COVID is a real threat. We don't remember polio any more, we only remember long-polio.
- CDC recolored their maps: rather than showing your risk of illness, they now say that you're ok as long as there is still freezer truck morgue capacity available in your area.
We held out until the bitter end. DNA Lounge was among the first nightclubs to require proof of vaccination, long before it was legally required. We were the only nightclub to actually verify that proof by scanning QR codes rather than accepting any old easily-photoshopped picture.
But within the last few weeks, nearly every other nightclub has stopped requiring vaccinations. We surveyed 40+ venues, and it's basically universal at this point. Most of them haven't made any announcement of this, they just quietly stopped. A few have updated their web sites with the new policy, but many have just scrubbed the word "COVID" from their web sites entirely.
So why are we following suit? Because we can't afford not to.
Being the only nightclub checking vaccination status doesn't really do anybody any good. It costs us business without actually making anyone safer, since all of our customers are going to be comingling with the unvaccinated at every other club and restaurant in town. (It's like you're at an orgy with a hundred people and there's one dude wearing a condom.)
And because it has been making booking be more difficult. We've lost some shows because the artists' agents believe, rightly or wrongly, that our vaccination policies will mean lower attendance.
And because our COVID grant money is about to run out. We can't afford to continue excluding such a huge proportion of our potential customers when none of our competition are doing the same.
Venues that are no longer requiring proof of vaccination include:
We didn't check in on every corner bar, but that's most of the larger places, and it's certainly a statistically damning sample. Also, a couple of venues on that list are accepting a negative test result in lieu of vaccination, which counts as not checking at all. You can be infectious and asymptomatic for a week or more before a test shows positive.
There are lots of things that we could be doing to bring this pandemic to an end, but we as a society are simply not doing most of them.
We can all look forward to years of people telling us, "It's just a cold, everybody gets it twice a year, whatever." And your personal experience may support that in the short term, because with vaccinations, probably very few people you know will be hospitalized. But Long COVID is a god damned hurricane of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, weird clots, loss of lung capacity, brain damage, and inexplicable neurological conditions, and it's coming right at us.
And in this hurricane, instead of building levees and storm drains, the government is telling us, "everybody should take personal responsibility for deciding what level of moistness they are comfortable with".
And in this hurricane, as it uproots trees and batters your storm windows, your friend rolls their eyes and asks, "Are you just going to stay home forever?"
To the many of you who have thanked us for our policies, who have told us that DNA Lounge was the only venue in which you felt
A while back someone on Twitter said something like, "I'll be wearing a mask at all shows until DNA Lounge says you don't need them at theirs." That was a very nice thing to hear, a vote of confidence in our science-based policies.
To be clear, that is not what we are saying.
What we are saying is, you should absolutely still wear a mask, and you should only congregate with others who are all masked and boosted. But DNA Lounge can no longer mandate that, because Capitalism Says No.
We are welcoming back with open arms the unvaccinated, the unboosted, the unmasked. We intend to pack them in, shoulder to sweaty shoulder, spittle flying everywhere. We are doing this because we can't afford not to. Much like our mayor, and the CDC, we are not following the science, we are following the money.
If that sounds horrible to you, that's because it is.
Although the official number of deaths caused by covid-19 is now 6.2m, our single best estimate is that the actual toll is 20.7m people. We find that there is a 95% chance that the true value lies between 14.4m and 24.3m additional deaths.
This article summarizes: What a Single Metric Tells Us About the Pandemic:
As a measure of pandemic brutality, excess mortality has its limitations -- but probably fewer than the conventional data we've used for the last two years. [...] It accounts for huge differences in the age structures of different countries, some of which may have many times more mortality risk than others because their populations are much older. And to the extent that the ultimate impact of the pandemic isn't just a story about COVID-19 but also one about our responses to it -- lockdowns and unemployment, suspended medical care and higher rates of alcoholism and automobile accidents -- excess mortality accounts for all that, too. [...]
But the U.S. took the opposite course. In 2020, the U.S. had done a bit worse than average among its OECD peers. In 2021, when pandemic outcomes were often determined by the relative uptake of American-made vaccines, the U.S. did much, much worse than that. In country after country in Europe, the pandemic killed a fraction as many last year as it had the year before. In the U.S., it killed more. A year ago, it was possible to defend the American record as merely below average -- worse than it should have been but not, judging globally, cataclysmically bad. Today, it is cataclysmically bad, which is both outrageous and ironic, given that it is largely American vaccine innovation that has changed the pandemic landscape for the rest of the world. [...]
How did this happen? The answer is screamingly obvious, if also, in its way, confusing: The U.S. drove an unprecedented vaccine-innovation campaign in 2020, which empowered much of the world to turn the page on the pandemic's deadliest phases, then, in 2021, utterly failed to take advantage of its power itself. But what is perhaps even more striking is that American vaccination coverage isn't just bad, by the standards of its peers, but getting worse. About two-thirds of Americans have received two shots of vaccine, a level that is in line with Israel and not far off from the U.K., though below many other wealthy countries. [...]
But over the last six months, the country has had an opportunity to make up that gap with boosters and has simply not taken it. Only 29 percent of Americans have had a booster shot of vaccine, which puts us behind Slovenia, Slovakia, and Poland and means that less than half of those people happy to be vaccinated a year ago have chosen to get a third shot through Delta and Omicron. Booster campaigns seem like an obvious opportunity for easy public-health gains, yet remarkably few Americans seem to think it's worth the trouble.
And here's an email exchange I had just yesterday. We are catastrophically fucked.
I am vaccinated but don't have my booster, me and my friends would like to come to DNA lounge and I had a lot of fun last summer but haven't been able to anymore, is this going to change anytime soon?
Let me know,
Go get a booster.
I have had covid twice... I don't see the point
With her meticulous rearrangement of Scott McCloud's Google-commissioned Chrome comic from 2008, she delivers what she calls "a much-needed update". Laying bare the inner workings of the controversial browser, she creates the ultimate guide to one of the world's most widely used surveillance tools.
Interestingly, Google released McCloud's original propaganda piece under the "CC BY-NC-ND" license. Creative Commons, that's good, right? Well, that particular license explicitly prohibits "derivative works". Fortunately this is a textbook example of the fair use exemption to copyright law: a derivative work making extensive use of the original in order to comment on that work itself.
"Fair Use", of course, is a concept that is entirely inimical to Google's entire product line. They're working hard to eliminate it through a new lobbying effort called "Notice And Stay Down", which would essentially require every web site to implement a Youtube-style, automated, fair-use-ignoring, copyright-maximalist Content-ID system. And since building those is hard, it means that everyone would have to just license Google's.
It has been over two years since I last asked this, so I'll ask again:
How do I mitmproxy the Instagram app, from macOS, iOS (real or emulated), or Android (emulated)?
Answer only if you've seen it work with your own eyeballs, please. No guessing. No "here's a 4 year old page that says it should work."
Please read the extensive comments on the previous post for all of the things that didn't work last time.
Last time, I was able to solve my problem by proxying the Flume app, but it hasn't been updated in 3 years and that binary now crashes at startup, even on macOS 10.13.
The proximate goal is to figure out what goes in a 'configure_to_story' request when adding a 'link' sticker, using the private instagram API.