The COVID-19 bill is released and hidden in it are two *enormous* copyright provisions; the Tillis bill that creates a jail felony for streaming infringements, and the "CASE act" that creates a totally new low-friction DMCA-takedown-like court that can levy five-digit fines for…well, pretty much anything, without the checks on abuse a normal court has or (to my read) adequate notice to targets they were even sued.
These have real potential to harm average Internet users.
This is perhaps the most important news in Free Culture in years.
A parody was found not to be fair use by the 9th Circuit in the US:
This is significant as it will surely impact many works, and stifle free speech.
All businesses need to provide some level of self-insurance, or as most of us would call it, a rainy day fund, that is able to cover full costs of between three and six months of operation.
The pandemic is terrible, and the pandemic would eat through this entirely, but that is why the insurance company themselves needed to be able to cover their bets, either by charging rates commemorate with their costs, or by taking long term investments able to cover it.
Otherwise it's just a scam.
One of my favorite local Youtubers, Louis Rossman, has a great breakdown about why so much insurance is nonsense:
I know people will respond to this with "What about health insurance?" and "What about homeowners's insurance" etc.
All insurance works due to spreading risk. Health insurance works because of collective bargaining.
Insurance is a hedge. That's all it ever is.
So I don’t use Chrome but I have Ungoogled Chromium (https://codeberg.org/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium) as certain things only work under Chrom(ium) and I only just realised Google requires a Google account to install extensions.
Hint: You can bypass this restriction using this the Ungoogled Extension Installer: https://github.com/UnnoTed/Ungoogled-Chromium-Extension-Installer
The lengths we have to go to in order to protect our privacy from basic everyday things is ridiculous. We need fundamental change. Surveillance capitalism needs to die.
Thinking about a thread I'm having with @meejah , NYC is considering a $3 "package tax" meant to somehow "punish" Amazon and Walmart and "encourage" people to buy local- but it doesn't do anything like that.
Amazon can sell online even while local stores are entirely closed.
Big boxers will simply consolidate packages, where smaller sellers online will be sending more packages.
And as a non-progressive tax, this hurts the middle class folks the most.
German court forces mail provider Tutanota to insert a backdoor
Gericht zwingt Mailprovider Tutanota zu Überwachungsfunktion
Just finished my New Yorker tradition of calculating how many tips I need to make for the holidays.
As an example. just in my building, I need to tip 23 people (doormen, porters, etc.) and I need to be sure I'm tipping each one the same amount, or more than last year. With staff changes and name changes, I have to keep a spreadsheet, and spend a week pulling money from ATMs so I have enough cash on hand.
actually this is probably my hottest, nuclear fire level take
a lot of the pointing and going "ew gross!!!!!" at retro recipes is based in classism
are there bad ones? yes
but do you know why they have so many weird ingredients in them? because marketing campaigns. because they were able to tell the people who suddenly had buying power in the post-war boom that certain things were classy (like canned pineapple!).
casseroles? yeah, they can be disgusting. but they're also adamantly, emphatically, incredibly working class food. using a canned cream of chicken soup as a base is a way to cut time down. many of them are based on how to make cheap cuts of meat taste good - like plain ground beef! - or how to use leftovers, like chipped up chicken from an earlier roast. they are most often one-pot-meals so to speak, where the entire meal is just in the casserole, which means no having to fix sides. they are also often quick. if you have an hour to make dinner, you want to make something where your whole family will eat it, you don't have to worry about making sides, and you can use up leftovers?
folks, you're gonna be making a casserole.
the hard check for this snobbery - both internal and external - is ask yourself...
"if i described this dish in solely french terms that sound classy to my ear, would i be immediately more interested in it?"
these foods have history. they didn't spring up from the earth trashy and low-class and worth only contempt. if you stick around a little while and learn about them, you'll see the patterns.
and honestly, a major pattern is that food trends are chasing what was considered extremely high-class decades previously, but new innovation has come around to make that affordable for the working class. and THEN once the working class have had it for awhile?
it becomes garbage disgusting nonsense that nobody could ever imagine eating.
this is the exact trajectory of how aspics became jello salads and then quickly fell from grace!!!!
your great gram-gram making a jello salad in her fancy mould was DIRECTLY following what the edwardians held up as this amazing ideal of high-class eating. but filtered through what brands were telling your gram-gram to buy. and as soon as it was attainable for the working class? it gets slammed directly into being "awful cuisine".
deadass serious! that's the pattern, folks!!
yes, there are recipes that are truly stinkers. but there are also recipes that have survived because they work. and i think we can all afford to give our predecessors a break and realize how they were influenced into thinking that sort of food was good to eat right that moment.
and if you think you've dodged any current influences like this, quickly check your pantry for words like "artisinal", "organic", "small-batch"...............
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