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    @johngordon that would explain the volume of junk mail I get for supplements to medicare
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      The assumption that you are crippled if you have a bad/nonexistent credit record and are on any kind of "no fly" list posits a narrow and modern interpretation of what it means to live well.
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        @johngordon I have an acquaintance who, more from paranoia than disdain for cyber things and the banking system, is damn near invisible. Odd jobs done for cash only, borrowed phones, no address. I think the registration of his pickup is his one exposure.
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          @johngordon I use Amazon music app more than iTunes. And I swear Amazon is trying to beat Apple in this dismal category...latest version installed itself and I can't find a damn thing. Using browser for purchases, MonkeyMedia for player @clarkgoble
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            @johngordon @clarkgoble ..generally brings out the nasty side of human behavior. Tech & Malthus in league now. The economy is just a way to distribute and disguise the basic problem of excess population. Carrying capacity >> sharing capacity.
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              @johngordon @clarkgoble ...even if you just hand out money to grease economic gears. The form taken by contention for raw materials by the powerful DO trickle down as C.o.L for all. Upshot is a pervasive sense of not-enough-to-go-around which...
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                @johngordon @clarkgoble The distribution of declines in democracy hints that we see the wage depressing effects of globalization at work. A species making more than it can AFFORD to consume has a fatal supply/demand imbalance...
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                  @johngordon suddenly, I don't feel so well. While all the recount buzz on FB is putting me to sleep, a real diagnosis arrives...What world wide force would so effectively coordinate parallel declines in so many countries?
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                    @johngordon wow. progeria is usually a "go straight to senescence death sentence. Fascinating.
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                      @feorlen Since MSM pretty much failed us and treated Rump as a spectacle to boost audience size, I can't feel especially bad for them. But, yeah, absolutely wrong notions about freedom of speech ...so this will be interesting and scary.
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                        @cgiffard Or Cheeto Fuhrer. Rump, President-elect Pussygrabber....and no, not funny at all.
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                          @johngordon @clarkgoble Does trump even listen to people he hires? .If I were protesting, I would want to put sand in the gears of his attacks on environmental protections and civil rights that were so hard won. I have no idea if that is possible.
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                            @joeo10 @duerig @manton Now we find out if there are enough decent, moderately courageous people to make a difference and push back the tide of hate. We are being tested.
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                              @johngordon excellent overview and compelling diagnosis. I'd add: scattered across the strata of society some see the environment as a political force in its own right pushing back. That and AI are two changes with tectonic power over our future.
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                                @johngordon And I was one of those. We got our heads poured full of leaks. every kind of tale was believed if it fit our hopes.
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                                  @morrick that is where their friends are.
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                                    @cgiffard "not easily cleared" oh my. if I periodically rotate out fonts [say a subset rarely used], have multiple machine-display combos [yeah, no laptops or pads] would I be harder to ID? is it worth the trouble if I am not interesting to hackers?
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                                      @cgiffard @erikschmidt To deal uncritically with "leaks" as if they were a more trusted view than the MSM news also points to an extremely jaded, skeptical readership.
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                                        @erikschmidt @cgiffard sadly I agree with what both of you observe. At a minimum, fact checking and a clear separation of reportage from opinion are needed, were formerly better done in news channels.