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Victor Ganata
The western model is broken - Guardian
"The west has lost the power to shape the world in its own image – as recent events, from Ukraine to Iraq, make all too clear. So why does it still preach the pernicious myth that every society must evolve along western lines?" - Victor Ganata
"'So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,' according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity and stability through western prescriptions." - Victor Ganata
"It almost obscures the fact that the 20th century was blighted by the same pathologies that today make the western model seem unworkable, and render its fervent advocates a bit lost. The most violent century in human history, it was hardly the best advertisement for the 'bland fanatics of western civilisation', as the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr called them at the height of the cold war, 'who regard the highly contingent achievements of our culture as the final form and norm of human existence'." - Victor Ganata
If by non-western lines is meant that women should be kept basically slaves? And what unproven pet model do they see as a replacement? - Todd Hoff
"Such diehard believers in the west’s capacity to shape global events and congratulate itself eternally were afflicted with an obsolete assumption even in 1989: that the 20th century was defined by the battles between liberal democracy and totalitarian ideologies, such as fascism and communism." - Victor Ganata
"Their obsession with a largely intra-western dispute obscured the fact that the most significant event of the 20th century was decolonisation, and the emergence of new nation-states across Asia and Africa. They barely registered the fact that liberal democracies were experienced as ruthlessly imperialist by their colonial subjects." - Victor Ganata
I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all paradigm. I think invoking non-Western barbarism is a grotesque strawman. But it seems fairly obvious that decolonized countries have been evolving over the past century or so along different paths than what the hegemonic West would prefer. - Victor Ganata
Then what does it mean Victor? It's easy to bitch, but be specific. ISIS is non-western. - Todd Hoff
Like, there are other potentially successful paradigms than cookie cutter neoliberalism that don't involve treating women as subhuman or beheading people capriciously? I think there's a lot of ideological headspace between the Third Way and ISIS. - Victor Ganata
For example? - Todd Hoff
The People's Republic of China? Not saying that we should emulate it, but I think it's ridiculous to claim they're doomed to failure if they don't adopt neoliberal norms. - Victor Ganata
Any non-war torn former colonial possession on any continent, really. - Victor Ganata
Not to say that these other paradigms don't have significant problems either, but to claim there's only one right way to build a successful nation-state seems prima facie absurd. - Victor Ganata
I mean, I don't think it's a stretch to say any form of ideological fundamentalism—whether religious fanaticism and extremism or strict adherence to the tenets of neoliberalism—that is increasingly at odds with in-real-world events is not going to do very well. - Victor Ganata
So you are advocating a system that doesn't recognize individual rights and freedoms? That's your alternative? Wow. - Todd Hoff
"But then western ideologues during the cold war absurdly prettified the rise of the 'democratic' west. The long struggle against communism, which claimed superior moral virtue, required many expedient feints. And so the centuries of civil war, imperial conquest, brutal exploitation, and genocide were suppressed in accounts that showed how westerners made the modern world, and became with their liberal democracies the superior people everyone else ought to catch up with." - Victor Ganata
Where did I advocate that, Todd? - Victor Ganata
China - Todd Hoff
Is it really too much to demand that the West acknowledge that colonialism and imperialism was pretty fucked up? - Victor Ganata
Great, it was fucked up. Now what? - Todd Hoff
Like I said, I don't think we should emulate it. But I don't think it's doomed to failure simply because they're not following neoliberal prescriptions. - Victor Ganata
Maybe advocate a paradigm that doesn't require centuries of slavery, colonialism, and imperialism to attain "success"? I don't know. - Victor Ganata
Not doomed to failure is hardly a prescription for emulation. And if individuals don't have rights or some of those other pesky western ideals, then yah, that's a failure to me. - Todd Hoff
For example? - Todd Hoff
A paradigm that doesn't require widespread displacement or genocide of indigenous people in order to exploit natural resources and sell them for massive profit on the free market? - Victor Ganata
For example? - Todd Hoff
Well, there are a lot of governments that do honor the rights of the indigenous and try to make reparations and governments that have strict environmental protections. This usually doesn't sit too well with the multinational corporations that run things, though. - Victor Ganata
I mean, let's not pretend we live in world where everyone in the hegemonic West agrees that slavery, genocide, colonialism, and imperialism are evil. The thrust of this opinion piece is that most people in the West believe neoliberalism is great, and doing anything that deviates from its tenets means you are doing it very wrong and you are very stupid. - Victor Ganata
"Thus the editors of the Economist elide in The Fourth Revolution the history of mass slaughter in the west itself that led to the modern nation-state: the religious wars of the 17th century, the terror of French revolutions, the Napoleonic wars, the Franco-Prussian war and the wars of Italian unification, among others." - Victor Ganata
"Mainstream Anglo-American writers who vend popular explanations of how the west made the modern world veer between intellectual equivocation and insouciance about the west’s comparative advantage of colonialism, slavery and indentured labour." - Victor Ganata
"But obscuring the monstrous costs of the west’s own 'progress' destroys any possibility of explaining the proliferation of large-scale violence in the world today, let along finding a way to contain it." - Victor Ganata
The reason we have laws is precisely because such a system does not require everyone believe X. If that is your requirement then you have few system options. So again, give me an alternative? We have several thousand years of philosophy and practice in the are of political systems. If there's something better it would be great to here about it. But I suspect by better they simply mean it behaves in the way we prefer, so it's less messy, and we don't like messy. - Todd Hoff
So far, the thesis of the opinion piece is that most people—Westerners and non-Westerners aspiring to Western ideals—don't particularly know or care about the centuries of atrocities committed in the name of neoliberal progress. But without the centuries of unjust exploitation that fueled the economic prosperity of the West, I'm not sure neoliberalism really works all that well. - Victor Ganata
The 20th century paradigm of "installing" democracy and free markets seems to have been fairly counterproductive, too. - Victor Ganata
Few in the present ever care about what happened in the past. If we did we would spend the present crying. So now what? - Todd Hoff
Let former colonies do their own thing and not force them to adhere strictly to the neoliberal ideal? - Victor Ganata
"'No European country,' Aron pointed out, 'ever went through the phase of economic development which India and China are now experiencing, under a regime that was representative and democratic.'" - Victor Ganata
"Nowhere in Europe, he wrote in The Opium of Intellectuals, 'during the long years when industrial populations were growing rapidly, factory chimneys looming up over the suburbs and railways and bridges being constructed, were personal liberties, universal suffrage and the parliamentary system combined'." - Victor Ganata
"American individualism, the product of a short history of unrepeatable national success, in his view, 'spreads unlimited optimism, denigrates the past, and encourages the adoption of institutions which are in themselves destructive of the collective unity'" - Victor Ganata
I think multinational corporations *prefer* authoritarian regimes. Historically, economic prosperity has *always* been attained via grossly exploitative means that have no respect for the mechanisms of democracy and no respect for human rights. Human rights protections and representative government undoubtedly slow down economic exploitation. So I think most developing countries end up having to choose between economic prosperity and a free society. And free societies often make stock holders unhappy. - Victor Ganata
"After its most severe global crisis in the 1930s, capitalism had suffered a decline in legitimacy, and in much of the non-western world, planned and protected economic growth had become the chosen means to such ends as social justice and gender equality." - Victor Ganata
"Many formally democratic nation-states, such as India, Indonesia, and South Africa, have struggled to maintain their national consensus in the face of the imperative to privatise basic services such as water, health and education." - Victor Ganata
"Identified with elite or sectarian interests, the unrepresentative central state in many countries struggles to compete with offers of stability and order from non-state actors. Not surprisingly, even the vicious Isis claims to offer better governance to Sunnis angry with the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad. So do Maoist insurgents who control large territories in Central India, and even drug-traffickers in Myanmar and Mexico." - Victor Ganata
"It would require an admission that Iraq can achieve a modicum of stability not by reviving the doomed project of nation-state but through a return to Ottoman-style confederal institutions that devolve power and guarantee minority rights." - Victor Ganata
"Addressing the splinters leaves no scope for vacuous moralising against 'Islamic extremism': in their puritanical and utopian zeal, the Islamic revolutionaries brutally advancing across Syria and Iraq resemble the fanatically secular Khmer Rouge more than anything in the long history of Islam." - Victor Ganata
Lots of quotes. Lots of complaining. Not lots of alternatives. - Todd Hoff
There's no silver bullet, man. This is just framework stuff that most people don't really care about. But not grokking this historical framework just guarantees we will continue to blunder headlong into failure and eventual collapse. - Victor Ganata
"But, following Geertz’s insistence on differences and variations, the ressentiment of the west articulated by nationalists in Russia, China, and India cannot be conflated with the resistance to a predatory form of modernisation – ruthless dispossession by a profit-driven nexus of the state and business – mounted by indigenous peoples in Tibet, India, Peru and Bolivia." - Victor Ganata
If collapse is eventual then how can it be avoided? - Todd Hoff
I mean, we're all trying to postpone rather than hasten eventual collapse, no? - Victor Ganata
Let's face it, most Westerners and non-Westerners aspiring to Western ideals can't even fathom the idea that there might actually be alternatives to neoliberalism. And if you're locked into the idea that there's only one right way, then there's no way you're going to be receptive to any alternatives even if there are feasible possibilities. - Victor Ganata
So what are your alternatives? - Todd Hoff
Well, my personal preference is a liberal democracy that prioritizes human rights over material prosperity, but it doesn't seem like most people aren't big fans of that. - Victor Ganata
The venn diagram of that and neoliberalism is a pretty huge intersection. - Todd Hoff
Of course, but neoliberalism prioritizes free market solutions and prefers laissez faire policies. I think that's a pretty big distinction. - Victor Ganata
But you would still have a democracy? So people will disagree? So you will get a might mish mash of different policies? Or would you force people into your mold? - Todd Hoff
Well, as much coercion as there is in a typical nation-state with a representative government. I think utopian anarchy with zero coercion is impossible. So I think it's really a question of whose rights the state prioritizes. And I don't think multinational corporations should really be at the top of that list. - Victor Ganata
Yes, of course, but how would structure need to change to make it happen? - Todd Hoff
"In any case, the doubters of western-style progress today include more than just marginal communities and some angry environmental activists. No less than the World Bank admitted last month that emerging economies – or the 'large part of humanity' that Bayly called the 'long-term losers' of history – might have to wait for three centuries in order to catch up with the west." - Victor Ganata
"In the Economist’s assessment, which pitilessly annuls the upbeat projections beloved of consultants and investors, the last decade of rapid growth was an 'aberration' and 'billions of people will be poorer for a lot longer than they might have expected just a few years ago'." - Victor Ganata
"The implications are sobering: the non-west not only finds itself replicating the west’s violence and trauma on an infinitely larger scale. While helping inflict the profoundest damage yet on the environment – manifest today in rising sea levels, erratic rainfall, drought, declining harvests, and devastating floods – the non-west also has no real prospect of catching up with the west." - Victor Ganata
"His own discovery of the tragically insuperable contradictions of westernisation led Aron into the odd company of the many thinkers in the east and the west who questioned the exalting of economic growth as an end in itself. Of course, other ways of conceiving of the good life have existed long before a crudely utilitarian calculus – which institutionalises greed, credits slavery with economic value and confuses individual freedom with consumer choice – replaced thinking in our most prominent minds." - Victor Ganata
I don't really want to barge in on this conversation, but I really enjoyed reading it. Just wanted to let you two know :) - Lo
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama: "I believe that a political system resting on a balance among state, law, and accountability is both a practical and a moral necessity for all societies. All societies need states that can generate sufficient power to defend themselves externally and internally, and... more... - Todd Hoff
The current "Western model" isn't something that can be implemented in a nation state. It's a global model, and it is absolutely dependent on there being a huge non-Western part. There are two really ingenious solutions that I think this current implementation is relying heavily on, and they're both totally dependent on this dichotomy. The first is the outsourcing of the proletariat by... more... - Eivind
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
The sickest part of this is the fact that she had to cancel mainly because law enforcement refused to do anything about it. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
That's the most fucked up part is no one did anything to make the event safe. It's like they just shrugged. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I can't believe the campus doesn't have a no weapons policy. I wouldn't stand in the front of a room in that environment. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
The university is saying that they're not allowed to prevent anyone with a concealed carry permit from bringing a weapon (and the police refused to implement pat-downs or metal detectors, even for people without permits, citing the same law.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I saw that. I just don't understand *how* a law is allowed to exist without seemingly essential safegaurds. Even the freaking wild west made folks leaves their guns at the doors of the saloon! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
This sounds like the cops downplayed the threa of pipebombs and dead studentst. When the Utah cops did not (apparently) take this threat seriously the whole open carry issue is convenient way to send hysterical lady off with pat on the head... #itISutahafterall. #pipebombs - WarLord
It seems their law enforcement doesn't take threats against women seriously *until* they are acted upon. - YvonneM
Steve C Team Marina
Harry Potter spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ will be ‘at least’ a trilogy | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times -
Harry Potter spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ will be ‘at least’ a trilogy | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times
"The upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is going to be the first in a film trilogy, and more movies might be on the way. The movies will be directed by “Potter” veteran David Yates, who directed the latter four films in the eight-part franchise, and will reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said at Time Warner’s investors conference Wednesday. The “Fantastic Beasts” movies are based on an original story by “Potter” author J.K. Rowling and will mark her screenwriting debut. Release dates are slated for 2016, 2018, 2020 and perhaps beyond." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
Rowling built a Faberge egg of a mythical universe for her story I'm glad to see that she is again writing in that very interesting space - WarLord
Mark H
Ever been stopped in the street by a former winner of Big Brother who then discussed with you how shaved orangutans were used for sex?
Just me then. - Mark H
Mr Tickle? ETA, oh I don't think he won, did he? - Marina's Godmother :-)
No idea. This was Pete Bennett. I didn't recognise him; my colleague did. But then Pete spotted my camera and came across for a talk. Nice guy, topic of conversation notwithstanding. - Mark H
Was he the guy with Tourettes? - Marina's Godmother :-)
Yes. - Mark H
"The damage from an underground fire in downtown Calgary Saturday night was extensive, "completely destroying" the electrical infrastructure involved, the utility company said."
It was an unground fire of the electrical infrastructure itself. Could easily be related to residual pools of water (from the devastating Calgary flood) in conduits and other raceways that spead a fault current beyond normal containment. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
We live 145 km from Calgary, but our Internet/IP TV service (Telus) has been down for 48 hours now -- and it's directly related to this meltdown. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Could explain network connectivity issues to some of our locations. Bet it is going through Calgary servers. - Stephan from iPhone
Amit Patel
Thanks for the contradictory information:
"If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately." - Amit Patel
"PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL as we are not able to respond to messages sent to this address." - Amit Patel
Grr - Amit Patel
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @beschizza: I'm increasingly worried what the Futura may hold.
RT @beschizza: I'm increasingly worried what the Futura may hold.
Arial combat? - Brent Schaus
It's the fall of the Times New Roman Empire all over again. - Jennifer Dittrich
There will be Arial bombardments before we know it. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
That'd be Grotesk. - Brent Schaus
And make an awful Din. - Brent Schaus
The Impact will be immeasurable. - Corinne L
Those Wing-Dings are always out for war. If they were more Lucida, they would see there's no Futura in it. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It's all over when they bring the Trebuchet out. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It's almost Comic Sans the comedy. - Steve C Team Marina
Sounds like ISIS is really making an Impact. - Steven Perez from Android
War is helvetica. (Italic like it is.) - Stephen Mack
Sean McBride
Pentagon Views Global Warming as an 'Immediate' Security Threat -
Pentagon Views Global Warming as an 'Immediate' Security Threat
"The Defense Department sees global warming as a challenge that "poses immediate risks" to national security, rather than one that will rear its head only in the future. This shift in thinking comes as the sprawling department puts in place a wide range of measures to ensure that its bases do not sink below the sea as the oceans rise, that its weapons systems still work in a variety of extreme weather conditions, and that it is prepared to deal with increased demands for humanitarian assistance and regional instability." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the department's "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap" in a speech at a regional defense ministers meeting in Peru on Monday. "The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere," Hagel said. "Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration."" - Sean McBride
"We have already seen these events unfold in other regions of the world, and there are worrying signs that climate change will create serious risks to stability in our own hemisphere. Two of the worst droughts in the Americas have occurred in the past ten years … droughts that used to occur once a century." - Sean McBride
How easily they are duped. - Todd Hoff
GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing via @Salon
"... His dissent includes a devastating response to virtually every false and/or disingenuous rightwing argument/talking point ever put forth in support of Photo ID voting restrictions, describing them as “a mere fig leaf for efforts to disenfranchise voters likely to vote for the political party that does not control the state government.” ..." - WarLord
"... There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is no actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens. ..." - WarLord
Read this astonishing opinion and see every reason for Voter ID demolished - WarLord
BBC News - Nobel Prize: How English beat German as language of science -
BBC News - Nobel Prize: How English beat German as language of science
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""If you look around the world in 1900, and someone told you, 'Guess what the universal language of science will be in the year 2000', you would first of all laugh at them. It was obvious that no one language would be the language of science, but a mixture of French, German and English would be the right answer," says Princeton University's Rosengarten professor of modern and contemporary history Michael Gordin." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""So the story of the 20th Century is not so much the rise of English as the serial collapse of German as the up-and-coming language of scientific communication," Gordin says." - Maitani
There were still a few books on Regelungstechnik floating around my institute when I was in university, but most people of my generation aren't literate enough in German to easily make use such textbooks. - Eivind
Love me some Beilstein and Gmelin! - Meg VMeg from Android
Steven Perez
Authentic journalism is telling people something that the government doesn’t want them to know. -
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google | TechCrunch -
Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google | TechCrunch
"According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google." - (Curtis) Alan Jackson from Bookmarklet
But, Eddie...what's that in the upperleft of the screen? Did you do that interview in Google Hangout? lol - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I especially like that they had to update the article after DropBox informed them that they actually do encryption. No need to check on facts the first time through, eh? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Doesn't dropbox offer a convenient recovery for your files? In which case their encryption is reversible. - Stephan from iPhone
indeed. i trust Dropbox about as far as i can comfortably spit out a handful of razor blades. - Big Joe Silence
Mark H
"Invaders from Mars is a remake of the 1953 film of the same name. The filmmakers love for the original is on full display here. Jimmy Hunt, the actor who played David in the original, puts in a an appearance, and one of the aliens from the 53 film can be spotted in a pile of junk in the school basement. On a whole, the film does preserve a lot of the feel of a 50’s alien invasion flick, but it also has a very 80’s vibe to it. The whole film actually looks very Spielburg-ian. You know…lots of people carrying around flashlights, zoom-ins to windblown faces staring at something amazing, and enough lens flares to give JJ Abrams a tingle up his thigh." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Much of the cast plays their roles just a bit over-the-top, or extremely over-the-top in the case of Louise Fletcher. I’ve got to believe that was intentional. It doesn’t quite bring the film to the level of parody, but it makes it clear that Hooper and his crew recognize the sillier side of 50’s alien invasion flicks and are, in fact, celebrating that fact." - Mark H
Love the 50s version; never seen this one, though. - Mark H
The 1953 film was a masterpiece, the remake... not so much. If you haven't seen the original, the full movie is here: - Ken Morley
Stephen Mack
Venmo: A case study on why e-mail verification is absolutely required by any web site with account creation -
[Screenshot of Venmo's cancellation screen]
Excerpt: "It’s not so much that I’m 'dissatisfied' with your 'free service' as I am completely mortified at how horrifically terrible your security practices are." - Stephen Mack
They kept writing "free" as if it's a get out of jail free card. Also, Attention World: Don't mess with the Zeigen. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Heh, thanks Micah. - Stephen Mack
Weird, Venmo just came on my radar today because of this post - Laura Norvig
Laura, that's hilarious. There is definitely a age line going on these days. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Laura: Haha, amazing. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Um, wow. Thanks, Laura. - Micah
Todd Hoff
An Oasis in the American Desert -
An Oasis in the American Desert
Tucson could harvest rain water and reestablish its river system instead of bringing salty water 300 miles from the colorado river. Which requires a huge carbon producing power plant. - Todd Hoff
Fascinating exploration of swales built during the depression. The swales capture water and produce impressive amounts of organic matter. It produced an oasis. An example of how good design can harness water and produce lush green fertile land. Without maintenance. - Todd Hoff
These systems are self irrigating. Self replicating. Soil fertility continues to increase. Which is much better than the irrigated agriculture. - Todd Hoff
The swales could have been much longer and they would have had an enormous effect. Giving production for minimal energy input. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
Couldn't sleep. At least I got this.
Too lazy to use a tripod. I'm happy that my camera lets me take 1/4 sec shots handheld. - Amit Patel
Dang, mine eyelids occluded the view last night. - Todd Hoff
Beautiful! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Got up in time, but it was cloudy :( - Glen Campbell
gorgeous! where do you archive most of your work, Amit? Do you have a smugmug or flickr account you use? Or picasa ...? - Laura Norvig
Laura: I am on flickr and 500px — — but I try to share photos with my friends on FriendFeed first :-) - Amit Patel
For example the northern harrier I took on Sep 28, shared with FF on Sep 30, and put on flickr on Oct 8. I don't interact with the flickr or 500px communities much :( - Amit Patel
We're happy to see your photos here. :) - Anne Bouey
Oh nice how do like the EM-1? I'm still using the original EM-5. - Rodfather from Android
Are you using a 3rd party lens with an adapter for those telephoto shots? Oh never mind. It's the 75-300mm lens. Amazing shots. - Rodfather
Beautiful. - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks! Rodfather: the main thing I like is that there's a built-in grip, and that helps a *lot* with the 75-300mm lens. I had gotten an add-on grip with the E-M1 but it wasn't nearly as good. The E-M1 has phase detection autofocus, which helps with flying birds. If I didn't spend 90% of my time on the 75-300mm lens, I would've kept the E-M5. The E-M1's ergonomics are a little better, and it has more buttons and features. Image quality doesn't seem any better. - Amit Patel
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
I try to sleep double to make up for Louis - Amit Patel
Leo Laporte
Twitter Sues the US Government: Tech News Today 1109 -
Twitter Sues the US Government: Tech News Today 1109
Stephen Mack
How to get the FF bookmarklet working in Chrome again (thanks to user "sizofroid")
EDIT: Forget these steps, just go to - Stephen Mack
1. In Chrome, open the page 2. Copy the entire text from that page by hitting Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C - Stephen Mack
3. Show your Chrome bookmarks by hitting Ctrl+Shift+B (if they're hidden) - Stephen Mack
4. Right-click on an empty area of Chrome's bookmark bar, then select "Add page..." from the shortcut menu. - Stephen Mack
5. Under "Name", put in whatever you want the button to appear as (such as "FF+" or "Share on FF"). - Stephen Mack
6. Under "URL", press Ctrl+V to paste in the text you just copied. - Stephen Mack
7. Click Save - Stephen Mack
8. Bookmark stuff. Happy FriendFeeding! - Stephen Mack
Credit to user "sizofroid" ( due to his comment on a post from Amit Patel here: - Stephen Mack
I don't know if sizofroid fixed this code or not (since both the github repository here and the code it calls on Google Drive are anonymously contributed), but whoever wrote this and fixed it, THANK YOU! - Stephen Mack
Per sizofroid in that comment, this replacement bookmarklet works on Safari as well (but I haven't tested that). My instructions are from the perspective of a Windows Chrome user; if I need to modify any of these instructions for MacOS, please let me know. - Stephen Mack
I don't see anything dangerous in the code ( but bear in mind that in theory whoever created this could change the code to be malicious in the future, and in theory possibly add a keyboard logger or blah blah blah so caveat emptor. - Stephen Mack
The code was written by Bret or Paul, no diff from, It's literally just a rehost. My guess is the only thing that needed changed was http://friendfeed to https://friendfeed in the bookmarklet, as has been required for Firefox for 2 years. - NOT THE CRICKET
Just checked and there is a diff, at line 300 iframe.location has been changed to iframe.src (in the working version). - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, I see -- thanks for checking, Jimminy. - Stephen Mack
Thanks VERY much all -- it works! Reposted to Quora friendfeeders: TLDR for Firefox: go to your Bookmarks library, and manually edit the entry for the Friendfeed bookmarklet --change the part of the one-line javascript code from "http://friendfeed" to "https://friendfeed". - Adriano
Adriano, interestingly, just changing the http to https alone doesn't solve it for Chrome, it looks like the other change listed by Jimminy is needed to solve it on Firefox. - Stephen Mack
I backed up both the bookmark code and the bookmarklet code here: - Stephen Mack
Thank you, Stephen. \\ Also, the code for rendering embedded YouTube videos is not part of the bookmarklet. It's on the Friendfeed server side, so hopefully a kind FF engineer will fix the problem to work with the current YouTube API. - Adriano
Hmm, for YouTube, I just manually change the URL to http instead of https, and it usually works. - Stephen Mack
THANK YOU - lris
Mike Tyson does not work :( so wondering what works consistently for YouTube. - Adriano
Youtube, has to be posted manually or while not logged in to google. Friendfeed's linkify on the backend only handles http:// links. Google forces https:// on all pages while logged in. - NOT THE CRICKET
Or you can just delete the pesky "s" before posting. - lris
Iris, when posting from the bookmarklet, it doesn't let you modify the URL. And Google will automatically redirect to the secure protocol, so you can't open the bookmarklet on a non-secure page. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, my bookmarklet has been kaput for so long I'd forgotten that. :) - lris
So being logged into Google has a hidden side effect, wow, thx. - Adriano
Asking from ignorance: does this work on Macs? - bentley
Adriano, well not all pages, just Google owned sites, like Youtube and stuff. It's pretty common to force logged-in users into using a secure protocol while logged-in as best practices. - NOT THE CRICKET
true, and for Quora pages one must manually append "?share=1" to URL for the benefit of non-Quora viewers. - Adriano
Betsy, it's not a machine problem, merely some bookmark code in the browser one uses. - Adriano
From what I can tell, the iframe.src is a recent Webkit change (effecting Chrome & Safari), and the protocol issue has been prevalent for all mainstream browsers for a few months, due to blocking Mixed Active Content (trying to access HTTP content on an HTTPS page [images get a pass, due to common caching systems]). - NOT THE CRICKET
This is great, thanks Stephen. I've posted an alternate hosting solution for those who want to use dropbox (or extrapolate the idea to other platform to self-host and control one's version of the code) - Micah
Thanks, Adriano. - bentley
Thanks for this useful info :) - Ozgur Uckan
Thank you!! - Amit Patel
Thank you, Stephen! - Maitani
You guys, use Micah's version! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thank you! :) - Pea Bukowski
Just updated! I can't use Micah's version because dropbox is blocked at work. :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I self hosted the target javascript, works like a charm. - Andy Bakun
For the interested, I added a feature to make it work with flickr (SEE ) - Micah
Very good - Thank You - YoNews
\o/ - nomnomski
up - ebru
Hmm... did this stop working in Chrome again? Doesn't seem to work w/Version 37.0.2062.124 m. - rönin
Bump: -- version 1.03 by Micah from June, now a draggable image - Stephen Mack
Thank you very much! - pm10
vicster: hon. canadian
Gah. I think I'm going to have to replace my Ultra soon. It just doesn't seem to hold a charge for more than a few hours. It's spending more and more time on the charger instead of on my body. :-/
But I guess 2 years is a good run, given the daily use. - vicster: hon. canadian
Bummer. :-/ - Jenny H. from Android
Zip is better in this respect -- just put a new watch battery in it every few months. - Bruce Lewis
2yrs is a pretty good run but bummer you have to spend the money to get a new one. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
That's strange. My Ultra is nearly 2.5 years old, and still holds a charge for more than a week, wearing it daily. - Nils Sandin
Mark H
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building. - http://abandonedplaces.livejou...
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building.
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Jason Toney
RT @yahoo: .@Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guests's Wi-Fi, forcing purchase of hotel wireless plan:
RT @yahoo: .@Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guests's Wi-Fi, forcing purchase of hotel wireless plan:
RT @absolutspacegrl: Boys get chemistry, engineering, and astronomy. The girls get "science with a sparkle". It's shit like this, people.
RT @absolutspacegrl: Boys get chemistry, engineering, and astronomy. The girls get "science with a sparkle". It's shit like this, people.
The Many, Many, Many Things You Should Say "No" To At Work
The Many, Many, Many Things You Should Say "No" To At Work
Interesting. When my wife worked for a bank she was expected to participate in a lot of charitable activities, in her own time. Thankfully, she always refused. I always considered that bank abusive. - Stephan from iPhone
Mark H
Where did you shoot these? - Anika from Android
The Bishop's Palace Gardens in Chichester. They're formal gardens at the back of Chichester Cathedral. - Mark H
They're very pretty flowers. So my next (easily searched if I wasn't so lazy) question is what the pronunciation of 'Chichester'? - Anika
Chich to rhyme with snitch; ester to rhyme with wester. - Mark H
Victor Ganata
25 Facts Even Trekkies Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek - Diply
So does this mean that the species that burrowed into Starfleet officials' brains in that TNG story arc was supposed to be the original manifestation of the Borg? - Victor Ganata
I always wondered why that storyline fizzled out as much as it did. It felt like they had a great idea, and then just rushed to finish it. - Jennifer Dittrich
point number 11: i never knew that about Doohan. - Big Joe Silence
I still wish they had thought of the Founders/the Changelings already when they did that Conspiracy story arc. - Victor Ganata
No, Trekkies have heard all this before. But lovely for them to try. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
When Trek is sold to Disney none of this will matter. - Todd Hoff
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Louis Gray
Our water use is down 40% year over year, due in part to going with Rachio for our smart sprinkler system. We're also down about 60% from two years ago. More to do, but the right direction.
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We went 54k gallons over a 60 day period in 2012 to 24k this year. Our kids still take too many baths, and we do too much laundry, but the trajectory is good. - Louis Gray
We too have been cutting back on water usage. In completely unrelated news, we had to have 17 trees taken out this summer. :( Oh, wait, that's not completely unrelated, is it? :( - Amit Patel
Our well is producing a few gallons a day per person. Around here the water truckers have been overwhelmed with business since june as wells have run dry. We're using bottled water and eating off paper plates. #prayforrain #sacrificepeopleforrain - Todd Hoff
Looking at the data makes me feel like we're still using a ton of water, but unless we never bathe or wash clothes, we're hard pressed to take it dramatically lower. - Louis Gray
That's 12K gallons a month? That's 400 gallons a day. With 4 people that's 100 gallons per person per day. Which is average. So that's very good progress. Good work. Using no water landscaping is a good next step. That will be coming soon enough for everyone. Without better monitoring data it's hard to go that next step in reducing usage. Here are some more water savings tips: - Todd Hoff
Aldercroft Heights is now rationing to 50 gallons per household per day. - Todd Hoff
@todd, but we have five people. :) - Louis Gray from Android
It's extreme, but you can give one away to a family of 3. - Todd Hoff
Louis Gray
New person record achieved: 60k+ on Fitbit, and I've got an hour-plus to add on!
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Side note: One benefit, I believe, was beating Stephen Mack's personal record too. I'm petty like that. - Louis Gray
Grats! 10 hours of steps! Impressive. How do your feet feel? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I was wearing my Teva sandals for the first 43,000, so I have some red/blistering on the arches where the straps come in contact with the skin, but otherwise, no problems. I switched to regular socks/shoes for the last 18,000 when I left the house around 8 and broke through my old record. - Louis Gray
I think 100k is achievable, and this proves it. It just takes 16 hours of solid work, which allows for 8 hours of flex. We should make it a charity thing and get it done. - Louis Gray
Sixteen hours doing two steps per second? That would be most impressive. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, do you have access to the overall Fitbit data? What's the record for most steps taken in a day? - Stephen Mack
If you do a public event with witnesses who can say you were really taking steps, then that would truly be the record. Getting a maximum from the data would probably turn out to be something like - Bruce Lewis
Yeah, I guess there's no way to distinguish the real steps versus someone, say, leaving it in front of a fan all day. - Stephen Mack
I once did three flights of stairs by pacing back and forth in the elevator. I didn't try it again, so I don't know if it was a fluke. - bentley
That wasn't a fluke -- it would happen every time: - Bruce Lewis
I thought so. For the record, when I go on my stair-climbing binges (it's been a while), I'm not pacing in an elevator. - bentley
My 60k were real. Do my 6 year olds count as witnesses? - Louis Gray
Louis, only if a FriendFeeder who has met them vouches for their honesty. - Bruce Lewis
His six year olds seem very honest to me! - Stephen Mack
OK, it's official. - Bruce Lewis
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