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Disagreeing with me doesn't mean you're stupid or ignorant. Come and talk to me as an equal. I've changed my views many times during this long life; I'll change them again before I die.

Treating people with contempt because they disagree with you — that *is* stupid, and it'll keep you ignorant. How can you learn if you never listen? How can you become wise if you never consider new ideas? If you never challenge your beliefs, how will you know when they're wrong?

So come. Let's talk.

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Universal Audio said they'd invest in Linux support for their devices if tens of thousands of people signed a petition. So, here's that petition:
change.org/p/linux-support-for

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Rory Kinnear: On the day of No 10’s lockdown party, I buried my sister - theguardian.com/commentisfree/ incredibly powerful piece; pity boris johnson won't ever read it...

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job hunting (boosts welcome) 

idk if it's allowed here, but i'm currently on the hunt for a flexible part time job (ideally no more than 16 hours/week, and should be at least £10/hour, or around that much, no less than £9/hour) that can be done remotely/from home, within the UK timezone (if applicable).

i'm mainly looking for jobs that are either:
- tech support
- technical writing
- frontend web development
- editorial writing (i.e. writing for articles)

so if anyone can help me out with this, that'd be great

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Covid 

Here's a Covid risk calculator from Harvard:

covid-19.forhealth.org/covid-1

Use it to see how masks, ventilation, distancing and the duration of your visit affect your chances of getting Covid.

The one factor that's completely under your control when you walk into a public space is the mask you wear. If you're still using paper or cloth masks, consider upgrading to FFP2.

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Petition to demand former UK prime minister (who helped start illegal war in Iraq) be stripped of knight hood

change.org/p/the-prime-ministe

600k signatures so far.

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Gov. Larry Hogan gave some staggering statistics about Maryland to Dana Bash on State of the Union this morning:

92% of Marylanders are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (I'm assuming this is the old definition of two shots of Pfizer/Moderna or one of J&J, rather than three with the booster, but please #GetABooster if it has been six months past your second Pfizer/Moderna or two past your J&J).

75% of the 2000 Marylanders who are currently hospitalized are unvaccinated. #GetVaccinated

Hospitals in Maryland and everywhere else are overwhelmed. Daily cases in the USA are at record highs right now. Wherever you live, you don't want to be hospitalized because you didn't get a simple series of shots.

Happy new year, everyone. May 2022 bring you peace, happiness and prosperity.

Try not to start it with a hangover. 😏

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One key rule for the future:

Stop making stupid people famous.

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Are you a Verizon user? You may want to check your privacy settings. The company is tracking its users by default, and many may not realize.

@jasonaten shares how users can better protect their privacy by tweaking Verizon settings.

inc.com/jason-aten/verizon-is-

Original tweet : twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/

He needs to go to court for a fair and lawful trial by jury, and be punished if he is found to have broken the law. Because that — rather than hammering people to death — is what we do in a democracy. And because we, as a nation, are so much better than Piers Corbyn.

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This is the same thunderingly deluded Piers Corbyn who thinks he's a rapper:

indy100.com/news/piers-corbyn-

And it's the same Piers Corbyn who described infection control measures as fascism and, without a shred of irony or self-awareness, said that MPs who disagreed with him should be hammered to death and their offices burnt down:

independent.co.uk/news/uk/crim

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Of course, national embarrassment Piers Corbyn was present at other stages of the rally.

Piers Corbyn doesn't like wearing masks, the poor diddums. He doesn't argue from science, because he can't: science overwhelmingly shows that masks prevent the spread of the virus. Instead, he leads a chant about farts:

nitter.net/talkRADIO/status/14

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Covidiots entered a Covid testing facility in Milton Keynes today. They intimidated staff, stole test equipment and threw it in the bin.

nitter.net/doctor_oxford/statu

They seemed to think it was a vaccination centre:

theguardian.com/world/2021/dec

The article describes them as anti-vax, but they're really anti-science, pro-vandalism, pro-virus, pro-disease and pro-death. We can talk about the cases for and against vaccines, but this is not a conversation: this is thuggery.

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