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I've been too tired & preoccupied for years to seek out such a thing and today is no exception, but I'd kinda love to absorb a spirited debate between incredibly smart people with one side defending the ACLU-of-yore position (not free speech absolutism, but closer than most others would get) versus the other side using (for example) European anti-fascist-speech type laws as a counterexample.

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America’s temple of free speech & civil liberties has emerged as a progressive powerhouse. But the ACLU is riven with tension over whether it's stepped away from a founding principle — unwavering devotion to the 1st Amendment.

“There are a lot of organizations fighting eloquently for racial justice & immigrant rights,” [former director Ira] Glasser said. “But there’s only one ACLU that's a content-neutral defender of free speech. I fear we’re in danger of losing that.”

vaccines, ACLU 

Why the ACLU Flip-Flopped on Vaccine Mandates

The organization endorsed vaccine requirements, adopting the argument that mandatory inoculations against COVID-19 “further civil liberties” by protecting the most vulnerable.

To the ACLU’s critics, its support of vaccine mandates is another sign that an organization that was often willing to take unpopular stances in the name of liberty has abandoned its roots to fall in line with progressivism.

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blows my mind that "No Ordinary Love" is 80s music

my former roommate buys "extra scent" versions of typical household cleaning products, and I would just wilt a little rather than attempt to distill what I've gleaned from years of random biology research

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the more I learn about anything even slightly related, the more convinced I become that if you purposely expose yourself to a lot of artificial colors, flavors, and fragrances, you're a damn fool.

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1. roommate uses essential oils in laundry bc of sensitive nose & hating available laundry products

2. roommate accidentally an entire bottle of "egyptian musk" into the washing machine

3. I look up musk on wiki

17. hereditary whispering dysphonia was often diagnosed as "hysteria," as seen in this case series of an Australian family,

41. *following offhand citations on a fragrance pulled in the 70s after 20 years in personal care products when it was found to cause neurodegenerative disease*

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lol, David Frum writing a giant thinkpiece in the Atlantic about getting Americans to give up their guns via the hearts-and-minds technique

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🎉 Our iOS app is finally public! 🎉

This is a huge milestone for the project, and proof of what we can accomplish when a community comes together around a purpose.

The app link will automatically appear in the next Snikket server update (along with some other app-related fixes), but the post has manual instructions for admins who just can't wait 🙂

#xmpp #ios #snikket

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burning the midnight oil, learning how to output text onto this new hardware i got my claws on:

anyway, the plymouth lazer megaquery is my attempt at a 80s/90s/2000s nostalgia mix for the American rock/pop/alt-rock listener which can be backgrounded for 16 hours straight on certain occasions and/or house parties where you might want about 60% songs that touched the hot 100

basically a mix that won't scare any normies, but which manages to not suck, and might even make people feel a certain way if they choose to pay attention to it (which is optional)

you can see there's a bit of nuance.

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after I've been throwing songs in a concept playlist like that for a few months/years without peeking, I'll then go in and filter in a few times, kicking out the ones I optimistically thought belonged but actually don't.

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I'm still in the early phases of working on my cyberpunk playlist / song pool, btw.

and by that I mean, when listening to music, any song which catches my ear as vaguely appropriate to cyberpunk situations gets thrown in the playlist, and I *do not* peek at it for months, like it's some kind of fermenting beverage or something.

it is up to 151 tracks now, which ... I guess it's been slow going, I know I have more music that could semi-credibly be cyberpunk-adjacent than that.

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I couldn't figure out how to filter songs like that out without knowing what the fk the common element between them was. turns out it's that they all appeal to old economy Steve.

now if I have to entertain one someday, I'll have been collecting highly appropriate songs since 2021. keeping hundreds of playlists which you abuse like tags is actually a normal thing to do which enriches one's life in the following ways,

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I've been working on a super complicated query for a while called "multi-owner plymouth lazer" - the theme being music the various owners of a vaporwavey american car listened to over its lifetime from the 80s thru the 2000s

ANYWAY, I *finally* figured out the factor that keeps creeping in with songs by people like john mellencamp, who do have a *rarely* played place in my collection but are more IROC-Z than plymouth lazer

aaaand now I have a new playlist named "old economy steve"

need to find a unicode ultrawide space character to keep on hand for occasions

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