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There are basically two classes of people in this world:
 
Workers, who create something that has value, and
 
Grifters, who grift off of the wealth of workers because they claim ownership of the wealth that workers create.
 
That’s pretty much it. We can use pretty names for the grifter class, like “investors” or “venture capitalists” or “landlords” or “executives” or whatever, but in the end they make their money by claiming ownership of stuff that the worker class created, not by themselves actually creating anything. It’s basically a scam. A *useful* scam in some ways, but still a scam.
 
– Badtux the Classy Penguin

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Hint: NEXTDOOR!

I am, of course, talking about Nextdoor.com. I got brigaded by the anti-vaxxers there, who managed to get me suspended for “COVID-19 misinformation” for posting information from public health web sites and reputable journals like Nature. After some thought, I requested that they delete my account, because when I thought back to all of my interactions on Nextdoor, few of them were positive or “neighborly”. It was just stress and ugliness dealing with all the racist old white science-denier people there. 

So now I no longer get to read about how homeless people should all be rounded up and put into prisons for camping on public property, or hey there’s a brown person walking down my street what should I do, or COVID-19 is just like the common cold, or any of that. Of course, they dog whistle it better than that, but the reality is that Nextdoor’s moderators are all racist old white people, and Nextdoor’s customer service staff of young white liberal arts college grads wouldn’t know the difference between a rhinovirus and a coronavirus if you sat them down in front of a whiteboard and diagrammed it for them. So. What am I missing now that Nextdoor is gone from my phone? Not much that I can think of. Other than stress and ugliness, and who wants that?

  • Badtux the Brigaded Penguin

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Yay Google:

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A link to the actual song itself. Which, uhm, is an anti-war song decrying the violence that invariably accompanies war, and the people in undisclosed locations who invariably are the ones who profit from war.

This is the kind of bullshit that has Congress and the President investigating Big Tech. I thought we were through with all this censoring of anti-war songs after Pete Seeger was allowed to sing “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” on the Smothers Brothers Hour in the late 1960’s after decades of being blacklisted. But I guess we’re in a new Gilded Age where being anti-war is once again a reason to be censored, because war is good for their profit margin. Yay.

– Badtux the Censorship Penguin

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Pure silk

"A 19-year-old girl without any prior professional music background did this. She wrote the lyrics, composed the melody, sang the song in the purest way that humans expected to connect with: no instrument, only the voice alone. It is not only beautiful. it’s magic."

Just a quibble — she was signed when she was 17, so technically she has two years of professional music experience by the time of this performance. But no formal vocal training, no formal training in songwriting. Her voice is pure silk….

Badtux the “Wish I could sing that well” Penguin

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May be an image of 9 people, beard and text that says 'DRURAK Abdolvahab Alaghmandan Adrian Balleza Alex Fritch Jose HernandezII Lars Lane Paul Megia Taptejdeep Singh Timothy Romo Michael Rudometkin'

These nine men were shot in a mass murder at the VTA train yard in San Jose, California, on Wednesday.

They are not just faces on a screen to me. Lars was a friend of a member of the Jeep club that I belong to, and we’d swapped tales over a campfire many times when Lars came to our get-togethers as a guest.

And now he’s dead. Because some fucking asshole with a gun decided that he should have the power to take someone else’s life over some perceived slight, and that fucking asshole Matt Gaetz then <a href=”https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-matt-gaetz-tells-supporters-use-second-amendment-against-big-tech-20210528-m3ggokvt7fardgce3lm5sgkpna-story.html”>says that his supporters should do similar things against Big Tech</a> over their perceived slights against right wing fuckwads like Matt Gaetz.

Because my buddy Lars isn’t real to that fucking asshole Matt Gaetz. My buddy Lars is just collateral damage in that fucking treasonous assholes’ fucking war against the majority of Americans in America.

Fuck Matt Gaetz, good and hard. Too bad there isn’t actually a Hell (that’s another story for another time), because if there was and I was the God Jehovah of the Old Testament, I wouldn’t wait for that fucking douchebag to die. I’d just grab his fucking ass and throw him straight to Hell right now, to join his asshole buddy who decided to shoot up a train yard because fucking assholes like Matt Gaetz say it’s a-okay to shoot people who you feel have dissed you.

These people are dangerous, and their body count is only going to rise, and about all I can do about that is rant on the goddamn Internet. I guess that’s what it has to be, though, because apparently inciting armed revolt against the country is no longer a crime. At least, <a href=”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/january-6-commission-bill-capitol-riot-senate-republicans-block/”>that’s what the majority of Republicans in the Senate say</a>.

We are so fucked.

– Badtux the Saddened Penguin

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So as COVID-19 dies out, some companies are pushing to bring employees who’ve been working successfully at home for over a year now back into the office.

The most obnoxious excuse for this is “corporate culture”. Dude. The only corporate culture that counts is getting shit done. If that’s your corporate culture, your corporation succeeds. If that’s not your corporate culture, your corporation is fucked.

You don’t build a corporate culture of getting shit done with “team building” exercises and “corporate luncheons”. Those actually get in the way of getting shit done, because they’re time sinks taking up time where, well, shit could be getting done. Rather, you build a corporate culture of getting shit done by rewarding and encouraging getting shit done, rather than with all this woo woo bullshit that HR departments put on to justify their existence.

Which is the point, really. The point for most companies isn’t that shit isn’t getting done while people are at home. Major corporations made record profits last year while everybody was working from home. The point, rather, is for a useless layer of middle managers to be able to justify their jobs, especially the useless people over in HR who are all about “team building” and such. It’s about welfare for the useless, except these useless have college degrees and are good at glad-handing upper management so instead of public welfare, they get corporate welfare – as long as they can continue scamming upper management into thinking there’s a reason that they exist.

Meanwhile I have my letter from my boss, who is a co-founder of the company, saying my job doesn’t require me to be at the office and that this will continue after COVID-19 restrictions are done. And I’m happy. Because now I can get shit done without being interrupted by people demanding I fix this that or the other *right now* for them. They can open a trouble ticket and go into the queue like everybody else without harassing me about it, and so I can get shit done without being constantly interrupted, which is exactly what I want to be doing when I’m working.

– Badtux the Grumpily Employed Penguin

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https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1389361881316433924

Huh. Go figure.

Bill Nelson is the new administrator of NASA. He not only was a NASA enthusiast and supporter as a U.S. Senator, he actually flew in space in 1986 on the space shuttle Columbia.

Huh. Someone who knows *both* facets of leading NASA. It’s almost as if Biden’s appointing competent people rather than cronies, huh?

– Badtux the Space Penguin

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I’ve been doing my happy dance all… day… long.

I guess you probably figured out why — three Trump advisors be goin’ down. Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos, specifically. Papadopoulos was “turned” and so he’s going to get a courtesy visit to the Martha Stewart Suite at Club Fed in exchange for his testimony (he pled guilty to lying to the FBI in exchange for getting off on all the other charges for his cooperation). Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, on the other hand… they got the book thrown at them. If Mueller has the evidence to back up his assertions in this indictment, they are going away for a long, long time. Unless they turn a deal, too…

The charges in the indictment:

  • Count One: Conspiracy Against the United States. Specifically, conspiracy to commit Obstruction of Justice.
  • Count Two: Conspiracy to Launder Money.
  • Counts Three to Six: Paul Manafort: Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts for calendar years 2011-2014 while violating another law of the United States and as part of pattern of illegal activity. (This is tax fraud, folks — basically what the Feds got Al Capone on).
  • Counts Seven to Nine: RIchard Gates: Failure to file reports of foreign bank accounts for calendar years 2011-2013 while violating another law of the United States and as part of pattern of illegal activity.
  • Count Ten: Unregistered agent of a foreign principal (FARA) between 2008 and 2014.
  • Count Eleven: False and Misleading FARA Statements (i.e., lying to the investigators) in 2016 and 2017.
  • Count Twelve: Lying to the FBI.

Hell, just the last of those charges means they get a free trip to the Martha Stewart Suite at Club Fed. But the first two charges? Oh boy. Those are hard time in the Graybar Hotel.

And then the icing on the cake, page 29 of the indictment: FORFEITURE! If they prove conspiracy to launder money, all the money and everything bought with it is gone!

Heh.

Heh heh heh.

These right wing fucktards just love their civil forfeiture. Let’s see what happens when it’s applied to them now! Heh. Heh heh.

– Badtux the Dancing Penguin

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Dear Comcast: You Suck.


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Oh hello there

The Oh Hellos, “Hello My Old Heart”, off their 2011 self-titled EP.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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