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Ultra-rich man's letter: "To My Fellow Filthy Rich Americans: The Pitchforks Are Coming" -
Ultra-rich man's letter: "To My Fellow Filthy Rich Americans: The Pitchforks Are Coming"
"But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution. And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last." - rönin from Bookmarklet
"If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising.... more... - rönin
I enjoyed reading that. - Stephen Mack
"If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around." - Victor Ganata
"The only way to slash government for real is to… reduce the demand for government. If people are getting $15 an hour or more, they don’t need food stamps. They don’t need rent assistance. They don’t need you and me to pay for their medical care. If the consumer middle class is back, buying and shopping, then it stands to reason you won’t need as large a welfare state. And at the same time, revenues from payroll and sales taxes would rise, reducing the deficit." - Victor Ganata
With Wild Stocks of Shrimp Dwindling, Tank Farming Is on the Rise - -
With Wild Stocks of Shrimp Dwindling, Tank Farming Is on the Rise -
"In a warehouse south of Boston, miles away from the city’s bustling harbor, James Tran, a semiconductor designer, is incubating an unlikely product: shrimp. Mr. Tran, who started Sky8 Shrimp Farm two years ago, is one of a growing number of small, high-tech shrimp farmers in America racing to meet the country’s seemingly insatiable appetite for scampi, without ravaging the environment, using harmful chemicals or depending on overseas suppliers accused of labor rights violations." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Google just auto-installed "Google+ Auto Backup" onto my computer. Didn't ask.
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From Chrome or another browser or what? - Spidra Webster
Picasa apparently. - Amit Patel
Looking at forums, it looks like they started doing it last year, and in January said it was unintentional and they'd fix it. But here it is July and it just installed it on my system. - Amit Patel
Ouch! Install some random tool to automatically copy the entire contents of your hard drive without your knowledge? Who could possibly object to that? - Brian Johns
Now you have no excuse for not backing up your files. They're doing you a favor you see. - rönin
#whitehat As Picasa and G+ Photos are integrated, they turned on the auto backup feature to back up photos in high quality to the web. That said, no users should be surprised by anything, especially sharp folks like Amit. Looking into it. - Louis Gray
Update: Picasa does not auto-install G+ AutoBackup, but it will place the setup installer for AutoBackup in the Picasa folder and then proceed, at first launch, to promote it and give you the option to install/run it. The very first release of AutoBackup bundled with Picasa was different and Picasa *did* auto-install. - Louis Gray
So it's possible, per above, that this dialog window came up from Picasa yesterday and wasn't dismissed, or Picasa was open today in addition to Steam, etc. Hope that helps, Amit. - Louis Gray
It's quite possible that when I ran Picasa, it was the version from last year, but I don't remember seeing any promotion to install Google+ Auto Backup, nor do I see any Google+ mentioned in the Picasa Options dialog in the program. Weird. - Amit Patel
I just changed the Picasa setting from "Update automatically" to "Ask before downloading updates" - Amit Patel
Windows is telling me I have Google+ Auto Backup from "Google" 6/29/2014 and also Google+ Auto Backup from "Google, Inc." 7/1/2014 I'm uninstalling both. - Amit Patel
Guessing from the Picasa Release Notes, the version it installed on 6/29 is the one from last year, and that was apparently the one that auto-installed. - Amit Patel
Puzzling. Thanks for following up, Amit. - Louis Gray
Thanks Louis for looking into it. I guess it was bad timing, with me not having used Picasa for a while. - Amit Patel
It's nice to have a responsive Google representative on Friendfeed. - Sean McBride
@Sean, here to help. As I see it, things are never as bad as they seem or as amazing as people would like you to believe. Things are usually somewhere in the middle. - Louis Gray
Louis -- you cleaned up this issue quickly and efficiently. If one could only receive tech support at this level for all products and services. :) - Sean McBride
+1 to that! - Louis Gray
Photos: A NJ Bear Cub Got Head Stuck In Cookie Jar: Gothamist -
Photos: A NJ Bear Cub Got Head Stuck In Cookie Jar: Gothamist
Photos: A NJ Bear Cub Got Head Stuck In Cookie Jar: Gothamist
"An adorable bear cub from New Jersey who presumably sensed you couldn't read one more goddamn thing about the Hobby Lobby decision without losing it went ahead and got his head stuck in a cookie jar. According to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the 6-month-old black bear cub lodged his cute little face in a jar of animal crackers he found in a Ringwood trash can on Friday night. When a meanie human approached him, he got scared and climbed into a tree—and then he got stuck in the tree. This bear was not having a great day." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Was so muggy out even mosquitoes knew to stay in. Meanwhile I’m out sweating/swearing buckets while chalking a finish line w/the kids.
Was so muggy out even mosquitoes knew to stay in. Meanwhile I’m out sweating/swearing buckets while chalking a finish line w/the kids.
I wish I still had the weather resistance/imperviousness that most kids have. I remember I was the same when young. Mom would take me back to Taiwan almost every year for summer vaca and the heat+humidity there was consistently worse but didn't faze me at all. Now I bawl like a baby when there's no a/c. =p - rönin
BBC News - World Cup: Toffee insult for South Korea team -
Well that's kinda mean. Although better than getting killed I guess. =p "South Korea's World Cup team have been pelted with toffees after arriving home empty-handed from the World Cup." - rönin from Bookmarklet
An abandoned mall in Bangkok has been overtaken by fish | The Verge -
An abandoned mall in Bangkok has been overtaken by fish | The Verge
"There's something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it's the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It's basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn't equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Japan Stories: Hello Kitty Contact Lenses - Japan Expo -
"Hello Kitty contact lenses are big on the Japanese market and also give you what seems like an expansion of the eye circumference. Two models are already available: one is decorated with hearts and available in eight different colors, and the other is the face of Kitty, in the size of your eyes. And for all those who wish to go further into the Hello Kitty experience, you can also have the Hello Kitty box for your contact lenses!" - rönin from Bookmarklet
Ewwww that looks freaky - Shevonne
Mantis Shrimp Vision Is Not As Mindblowing As You’ve Been Told | Nature | Science | Australian Popular Science -
Mantis Shrimp Vision Is Not As Mindblowing As You’ve Been Told | Nature | Science | Australian Popular Science
"Mantis shrimp must not process color like the rest of us, but instead have a completely different type of color vision, Thoen suggested. She and her team hypothesize that as mantis shrimp scan the sea, their unique eyes take in signals from all twelve photoreceptors at once and, lightning-quick, recognize the telling colors of a competitor or potential meal. This means they still have exceptional color vision. It’s just not exceptional in the way we originally thought." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Mona Nomura
RT @BorowitzReport: I worry that the US embracing soccer will lead to other things Europe does, like recognizing climate change and offering maternity leave.
I'm still unconvinced as to the depth of the US public's interest in soccer. I think currently it's more of a national pride thing than it is actual interest in soccer itself. I'll believe it when I see people (besides those I see on here post about it regularly) actually talking about MLS next season. - rönin
Stephen Mack
Mac users: A friend wants a recommendation for a password manager. Preferably one that's cheap or free, syncs with iOS, and easy to use. Any reliable recommendations?
I use 1Password4 but it is neither cheap nor free. It is however reliable, syncs with iOS (using the app), and is easy to use. - Soup in a TARDIS
The de-facto standard is 1Password, but it's not cheap or free: $40 on the mac and $20 on iOS (they sync together). There's Wallet, but the guy who made it was acquihired by Facebook and it's always a question whether it'll just stop working one day and he won't update it (though he's updated it after his acquihire from Facebook, albeit with several months of lag, in the past). That's... more... - Mark Trapp
LastPass is recommended by Steve Gibson. - Todd Hoff
Awesome, thanks Soup, Mark and Todd. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
She's installed Dashlane, how does that rank? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I also use 1Password and have heard good things about LastPass as well. Haven't read anything about Dashlane though. - rönin from iPhone
I also use 1Password. It occasionally goes on sale so if you make an alert on DealMac you'll know when that happens. - Spidra Webster
Definitely 1Password. Dashlane's also good and I might use that if I haven't been a 1Password user for many, many years. - Akiva
1Password here. - Anne Bouey
1Password - don't think twice. Especially iOS. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
I use the built-in Mac Keychain, which works with Safari, Chrome, and (with an extension) Firefox. Also syncs to iOS but I haven't tried that feature. - Amit Patel
Sarah G.
Stowaway on my deck umbrella
Stowaway on my deck umbrella
I'd rather've seen that than the beginnings of a hornets nest that I saw on mine. - rönin
This game can be a lil' odd...
"The Rodfather Deer, as it is called, is now known to feed on string cheese." - rönin
Eric - Back to the Grill
"Every now and then, a headphone comes along that truly advances the state of the art. Audeze LCD-XC is a game changer!" - Eric - Back to the Grill from Bookmarklet
For that price it better rock. - rönin
after a bit of digging around and reading, that thing specs out worse than the $100 pair of Sonys or Sennheisers frequently found mouldering in the corner of an iso booth in a run-down voice-over suite. this is definitely aimed at the gullible and uninformed. save your bread and go check out a pro audio web store like BSW or Sweetwater Sound. - Big Joe Silence
To play Devil's Advocate, it no new thing to hear people from studio background poo poo home audio gear, but where the studio needs level, controlled sound in a close environment, home enthusiast audio is a whole different ballgame. Often, you want that color to your sound. - Eric - Back to the Grill from iPhone
You want hyped frequency response? I understand the need to party, we are all consumers. There's cheaper solutions out there that don't scream "aging 1%er trust-fund kid" and will still match the drapes. - Big Joe Silence
Also, for future reference, no sane recording engineer would ever consider a set of headphones to be uncoloured or in any way flat or representative of the "true" sound, cos that's just not gonna happen outside of marketing and ad copy. In fact, in a studio, cans are pretty much always used for letting performing musicians listen to the monitor mix without leaking it into any live mics that may be around. - Big Joe Silence
But I'm not opinionated or anything. :) - Big Joe Silence
Why I oughtta - Eric - Back to the Grill from iPhone
buy a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50s? :D - Big Joe Silence
I have some ATs. Not those, but they be big. - Eric - Back to the Grill
cans are also good for checking panning and stereo imaging. and for doing "deep listening" while in a chemically-enhanced state of mind. :D - Big Joe Silence
Kevin Fox
Goddangit. - rönin
100% NOPE - Akiva
Mumble grumble from my cold dead fingers mumble... - David Lounsbury from iPhone
welcome to my retrocomputing world. - Big Joe Silence
Kevin Fox
This story is begging for a '4.7-inches' joke. "Your new giant iPhone won’t fit in your pants" via @YahooFinance
4.7 won't fit in pants? Never had a problem w/that. - rönin
I walk around with a tablet in my pocket #what - Eric - Back to the Grill
Celebrate romance with detailed Lego versions of famous Princess Bride scenes · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club -
Celebrate romance with detailed Lego versions of famous Princess Bride scenes · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club
"Brickworld Chicago rolled through Illinois recently, bringing with it a slew of meticulously crafted LEGO displays. One group really went for the feels, though, by recreating almost every scene from the beloved Princess Bride. Who out there hasn’t wished for a romance like that of Wesley and Princess Buttercup, but in Lego form? Or the sweet revenge of Inigo Montoya on his father’s killer reconstructed with plastic figures? The guys Lego’d everything from little Fred Savage’s bedroom to the fire swamp and the pit of despair to Wesley’s battle of wits and Montoya’s famous sword fight." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Defending the indefensible? Lawyers on representing clients accused of nightmarish crimes | Law | The Guardian -
Defending the indefensible? Lawyers on representing clients accused of nightmarish crimes | Law | The Guardian
"My father once said: "To keep our society free and democratic, someone has to do your job, and do it well." Then he paused and said: "I'm just really sorry it's you." I feel the same way." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Michael Zhang
Breaking: Apple Officially Kills Off Aperture -
*sigh* - rönin
Botheration! Aperture hit the sweet spot on library management. I really need a tool that can work seamlessly with iPhoto and Photo Stream, which Lightroom won't do - David Lounsbury from iPhone
Inside South Korea's Penis Restaurant -
Inside South Korea's Penis Restaurant
"As website My Seoul Searching recently pointed out, this two-story restaurant opened back in 1996. Originally, Deolmusae wasn't filled with cocks—that came apparently after a Buddhist priest said there was too much female energy in the restaurant. So, it seems, the restaurant owner decided it was necessary to balance that out with penis. Lots and lots of penis." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Evolve -- Playthings - YouTube -!
Evolve -- Playthings - YouTube
Ha! "Play things: kids find everything. Their play things....and yours. Have a gun? Lock it up." - rönin from Bookmarklet
World Fool News (TV) (Watching - 11 of 12 episodes ) -
Watching - 11 of 12 episodes - rönin
'Straight White Boys Texting' Is The Tumblr Of Our Time -
'Straight White Boys Texting' Is The Tumblr Of Our Time
Well at least you know this guy's an optimist. ;-p - rönin
HBO film explores marriages from their start - Yahoo News -
HBO film explores marriages from their start - Yahoo News
""The film stresses that marriage is hard, that it takes work," Block said. "People see that as a negative, that it's a bad thing. But it's not. "Life is going to throw things at you," he said. "People get old and die. Kids are born and grow up and leave. You face layoffs or success. There are all sorts of challenges that you come up against together, and how you deal with them as a couple determines whether you're going to make it or not. The idea that it's going to be an easy path is ridiculous."" - rönin from Bookmarklet
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation (Completed - 12 of 12 episodes ) -
Completed - 12 of 12 episodes - rönin
Tomodachi Life QR
Huh, posting from the 3DS browser works even though it brings you to a weird page upon post. - rönin
Victor Ganata
Rape, Abuse, and Marion Zimmer Bradley - Jim C. Hines - Whoa
Holy crap. - Stephen Mack
I met Walter Breen. I was friends with Moira when I was a junior at UC Berkeley in 1987. I had no idea about all this. Evil. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yikes. - rönin
People seem entirely fixated on whether Breen was genuinely ostracized from fandom following what happened at WorldCon in '64, and entirely missing the irony that, for all of the 'supernova' it created in the fandom at the time, this is still news to people 50 years later. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, yeah. When I met him, it was pre-Google. Not being a part of fandom, I had no idea about the Breendoggle, and I can't think of how I would have known. I hope that a letter like the one on the main page here ( today would be very different. - Stephen Mack
The one thing that stands out to me is how well the whole affair illustrates how insular fandoms could be before internet access was fairly ubiquitous in people's homes/work. I mean, they still can be, it is just much more difficult to keep things like this from reaching a much wider audience much more quickly. - Jennifer Dittrich
Holy crap. I didn't know about all this. - Spidra Webster
Steve C
"When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be And in my hour of darkness, She is standing right in front of me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be"
Mom has passed. - Steve C
My condolences to you and your family. Steve. (((Steve))) - Spidra Webster
Much love to you and your family, Steve. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm very sorry for your loss, Steve. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I'm so sorry. Love to you all. - LB: Lyrical Jesse James from Android
I am so sorry - my condolences to you and your family. - Jennifer Dittrich
My condolences, Steve. - Greg GuitarBuster
I'm so sorry, Steve. - Anika
Steve, I'm so sorry to hear. My deepest condolences to your family and you. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm sorry for your loss, Steve. - Corinne L
I'm really sorry. - Andrew C (✔)
Very sorry for your loss, Steve. - rönin
Oh Steve, I'm so sorry - Soup in a TARDIS
I'm so sorry, Steve. You and your family have my condolences. *hug* - Jenny H. from Android
*hugs* - Johnny from iPhone
Hugs Steve. My sincerest sympathies sent to you and your family. - Janet
My condolences, Steve - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Our condolences and good thoughts, Steve. - Pete
I'm sorry, Steve. - Jim: with more caffeine!
My condolences, Steve. - Eivind from Android
***hugs*** - Kirsten from Android
So so sorry. *hugs* - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
I'm very sorry, Steve. - Betsy
I'm so sorry, Steve. Holding you and your family close in my heart. - vicster: full-bodied
Love & condolences to you, and all her loved ones. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Take care, sir. I hope you find some peace there. - Akiva
Peace to you and yours. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Oh, Steve. :( Sending hugs and prayers for comfort. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I'm very sorry, Steve. All my love to you and your family. - Alix May
(((((((Steve))))))) - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
I'm sorry, Steve. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
My condolences, Steve. - Bren from iPhone
My condolences *hug* - Lola Bean (Penguin)
So, so sorry, Steve. - Uli
My condolences Steve - Mo Kargas
I'm so sorry for your loss, Steve. My condolences to you and your family. - Tamara from iPhone
Condolences to you. - J. Marie B
thanks everyone all siblings present and accounted for so its now like christmas instead of a funeral. gotta write a eulogy between naps the only hard part will be trimming down her awesomeness to fit in one service, - Steve C
*hugs* - Anne Bouey
Steve, I'm so sorry. *hug* - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
:( *hugs* and so sorry - Sir Shuping is just sir
*hugs* - Big Joe Silence
I'm sorry the world lost such an amazing person. I'm sure you'll do a great job representing her awesomeness. Love to you and your family. - Kristin
Thinking of you, sir. (STEVE) - SAM
Watch this Marvel-ous recut of 'Star Wars' | The Verge -
I'd watch it. Oh wait... - rönin from Bookmarklet
Mushishi Zoku Shou (Completed - 10 of 10 episodes ) -
Completed - 10 of 10 episodes - rönin
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