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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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The Social Dilemma, watch for free

You can watch the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, winner of two Emmy awards, for free until September 30th.

Here's the trailer:

Here's the full documentary:

Background information...
Everyone on social media deserves to know how it works.
Never before have a handful of tech designers had such control over the way billions of us think, act, and live our lives.

Learn how the system works. Watch and share The Social Dilemma with people you care about.

More background information...

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Discuss Misinformation With Silicon Valley's Biggest Critics
OCTOBER 20, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Anyone who has watched The Social Dilemma already knows that technology has fundamentally warped the way we see the world. But Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have become invested in holding technology companies accountable for the misinformation spread on platforms like Facebook. For a special TIME100 Talks hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple sat down with two experts Tristan Harris, a Silicon Valley veteran who co-founded the Center of Humane Technology and appeared in The Social Dilemma, and Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression.

During the discussion, Noble touched on Meghan’s own experience being the target of online hate. Noble explained that if you are part of a community “targeted with hate, disinformation, calls for genocide, calls for racist violence against you, misogyny, as Meghan I know you know so profoundly, the technologies are able to…amplify those kinds of messages and those kinds of harms,” says Noble. “The harms don’t just live in the platform. They often extend to shaping behaviors that people also act upon.”

Harris added that technology companies’ profit imperative thrives on disinformation, controversial opinions or fake news. “They are competing to seduce us with that promise of virality,” he says, citing the hashtags that promise billions of views on a single TikTok video. “But of course that doesn’t reward what’s true, what’s credible, or what is really good for society.”

...snip...ultimately, he argues, individuals simply cannot put down their phones in a world that relies so heavily on tech...snip...

It’s up to the tech companies to self-regulate their content—or, failing that, governments to step in and impose restrictions. When Meghan and Harry asked how the truth might win out over virility, both Noble and Harris cast doubts as to whether the tech companies could be trusted to self police: Noble argues they have failed to do so, calling them “foxes guarding the henhouse”.

Short article. Link: https://time.com/5901379/prince-harry-meghan-markle-tristan-harris-safiya-noble/

You can watch the full TIME100 Talks special episode here.


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Sep 22, 2021, 09:03 AM (1 replies)

It doesn't matter how many groups or forums there are you would have to control the posters first.

You can't make people post exclusively in one place or another. There are plenty of groups that already have specified topics and yet General Discussion acts as a catch all because people are either too lazy or just not interested in exploring the groups and forums that already exist and are already created for specified content.

I used to try to steer posters to forums that are designed for specific content. I quickly got tired of trying because many don't look beyond the noses on their faces, and don't look for the specifically named and designated group and post there.

There are just too many cases to keep up with therefore General Discussion fills with fast moving posts that are difficult to find later, should one desire to find them. This is just because someone didn't take the time to find the more appropriately designed location to post the content in and make the additional cross post.

For example, posts about North Carolina, there are many that get posted in GD, even in LBN, when they could be posted in the North Carolina group and simultaneously in GD, or cross posted by topic anywhere else, for that matter. Instead the posts sink like stones in GD and are rarely seen in the very place that is designed to provide a place for them.

So my vote is 'No' for adding the forum or group you are proposing. There's a multitude of places that aren't used already. Additionally, I don't believe people will take the time to use it, especially when the novelty wears off.

You can't control the posters and that's the real battle.

If anything, I believe that there should be fewer forums and groups. There are certainly many we wouldn't miss, because they aren't being used anyway.

So I think deleting, Not Adding is the way to better control the content. Especially since the posters themselves cannot be controlled.

That's my two cents.

Flame away.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Sep 21, 2021, 10:50 PM (1 replies)

Love this quote. . .

“Optimism is a mental mindset that strongly contributes to psychological resilience,” Lise said. She explained further: “We need to be able to imagine positive outcomes to problems in order to be motivated to work on our issues. That does not mean we have to be positive 100% of the time (which is impossible to do anyway). But it is important to be able to conceive positive outcomes instead of dwelling solely on negative outcomes.”
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Sep 18, 2021, 01:19 AM (2 replies)

Madison Cawthorn's Competition

Yesterday babylonsister posted this thread


Which quickly shot to the top of Greatest and at this time is in second place.*

The post was about an ad by a vet running against Cawthorn who represents NC-11 and has rightfully pissed a lot of Democrats off due to his Nazi loving behavior, among other things.

The exceptional video was well done and lead members of DU make donations to Mr. Remillard's campaign. Which is a good thing. But...yes, there's always a but. There's one important detail in the article posted by babylonsister and it is that...

Josh Remillard is one of a number of Democrats who are vying to face Cawthorn next year.

Another article said it this way on April 20, 2021
So far, five Democrats and one Republican have revealed plans to unseat the 25-year-old Nazi enthusiast in next year’s midterm, which is still 19 months away, making it the largest challenger field any incumbent from Cawthorn’s district has ever seen at this point in an election in over 20 years.

So you see, as wonderful the video is, Josh Remillard is only one of a broad field of Cawthorn's competition who are hoping to show Cawthorn the door next year.

In fact, the race is further complicated, because no one knows what the NC-11 boundaries are going to be right now. Redistricting hasn't started. Plus, we'll be getting an additional seat this year due to North Carolina's population expansion.

My point is this, if you are going to donate to the NC-11 race, where there are now six Democrats running against Cawthorn, please consider taking the time to examine the media and political positions of the other candidates before you decide to make donations.

*ETA Greatest updates regularly. The post achieved a high rank, second place at the time.

Thank you.

DKos Asheville Open Thread: Madison Cawthorn and the six Democrats vying to run against him
Aug 07, 2021



NC-11 Democrats


In alphabetical order. Please visit all the candidate’s websites, and social media to learn more. Revised 6/11/21

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Website: jasmineforcongress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/beachferrara

TW: @JBeachFerrara


Jay Carey

Website: jaycareyforcongress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JRCareyNC11

TW: https://twitter.com/jrcareyncdist11

IG: https://www.instagram.com/jaycareyforcongress/

Katie Dean

Website: electkatiedean.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ElectKatieDean

TW: https://twitter.com/electkatiedean

IG: https://www.instagram.com/electkatiedean/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSQGsOR60GrhvcqhJBl2CqQ

Eric Gash

Website: https://ericgash.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GashForCongress/

TW: https://twitter.com/GashForCongress

IG: https://www.instagram.com/gashforcongress/

Bo Hess

Website: https://www.bohessforuscongress.com/

FB: https://m.facebook.com/bohessforuscongress

TW: https://twitter.com/bohessforus

IG: https://www.instagram.com/bohessforus/

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC4bSAGC-GxtpExLA1ZBTGVQ

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@bohessforuscongress?lang=en

Josh Remillard

Website: https://www.joshremillard.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JoshRemillardNC

TW: https://twitter.com/joshremillardnc

IG: https://www.instagram.com/joshremillardfornc/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGGD8uOV1fyKPWMVnLBLKeg


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 16, 2021, 04:25 AM (19 replies)

The press fails to include an important contingent in their fuzzy math calculations.

That is the "independents" aka the unaffiliated voters block.

6 facts about U.S. political independents

9 states where registered independents outnumber major political parties

What the 2020 electorate looks like by party, race and ethnicity, age, education and religion

Nationwide Voter Registration Data by Party

Fastest growing voter demographic



Thanks for sharing this, babylonsister.

❤ pants

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Sep 8, 2021, 03:44 PM (0 replies)

...election myth inspired thousands of TFG supporters to take over the Repub Party at local level

The stolen election myth inspired thousands of Trump supporters to take over the Republican Party at the local level, exerting more partisan influence on how elections are run.


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One of the loudest voices urging Donald Trump’s supporters to push for overturning the presidential election results was Steve Bannon. “We’re on the point of attack,” Bannon, a former Trump adviser and far-right nationalist, pledged on his popular podcast on Jan. 5. “All hell will break loose tomorrow.” The next morning, as thousands massed on the National Mall for a rally that turned into an attack on the Capitol, Bannon fired up his listeners: “It’s them against us. Who can impose their will on the other side?”

When the insurrection failed, Bannon continued his campaign for his former boss by other means. On his “War Room” podcast, which has tens of millions of downloads, Bannon said President Trump lost because the Republican Party sold him out. “This is your call to action,” Bannon said in February, a few weeks after Trump had pardoned him of federal fraud charges.

The solution, Bannon announced, was to seize control of the GOP from the bottom up. Listeners should flood into the lowest rung of the party structure: the precincts. “It’s going to be a fight, but this is a fight that must be won, we don’t have an option,” Bannon said on his show in May. “We’re going to take this back village by village … precinct by precinct.”

Precinct officers are the worker bees of political parties, typically responsible for routine tasks like making phone calls or knocking on doors. But collectively, they can influence how elections are run. In some states, they have a say in choosing poll workers, and in others they help pick members of boards that oversee elections.


Much, much more at the link...

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Sep 4, 2021, 03:22 AM (2 replies)

Fire Madison Cawthorn...Action Plan


Please consider supporting this cause.

From tweeter @Yancy10005 whose Twitter bio is here:


Just going to put this out there . . . @fire_madison is a PAC created with the goal of voting out Cawthorn. Please follow them!

And if you're a Dem in #NC11, you can change your party to unaffiliated and vote in the R primary.

It takes 5 min at https://t.co/0PQtouiXLI

Learn more about the campaign to Fire Madison here:


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Aug 31, 2021, 10:48 AM (22 replies)

Watch 1600 hours Presidential Briefing

President Biden provides an update on his administration's response to hurricane Henri and will possibly provide an update on the evacuation mission in Afghanistan.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Aug 22, 2021, 03:38 PM (12 replies)

This is simply not entirely true.

Afghanistan is a country with no national economy or natural resources in which to build a government on

◇The country is a literal goldmine of mineral and gem wealth and oil. The Chinese* have a three billion dollar contract for a copper mine, Aynak**, that has been assessed as possibly the largest copper reserves in the world. The rare earth elements, aka REEs, are also abundant. The overall mineral wealth of the country has been assessed at approximately one trillion dollars and could be worth three trillion.


◇List of mines

~Badakhshan Province: Badakhshan Gold, gemstones, lapis lazuli.
~Baghlan Province: Baghlan clay and gypsum, Dudkash industrial minerals
~Balkh Province: oil.
~Bamyan Province: Hajigak Mine (iron oxide).
~Daykundi Province: tin and tungsten
~Farah Province in the west: copper, lithium;
~Ghazni Province: Dashti Nawar lithium salts; Zarkashan Mine(copper, gold)
~Ghor Province: Karnak-Kanjar mercury, Nalbandon lead and zinc
~Helmand Province: Khanneshin carbonatite, gold, rare-earth elements, possible uranium reserves; Chagai Hills travertine, copper and gold.
~Herat Province: Shaida Copper Mine Dusar tin, Tourmaline tin, Herat barite and limestone
~Jowzjan Province: Oil and Gas
~Kabul Province: Jegdalek, Surobi District (gemstones).[26]
~Kandahar Province: copper, cement
~Kapisa Province: copper
~Kunduz Province: Kunduz celestite
~Logar Province: copper (Mes Aynak)**
~Nangarhar Province: elbaite, Ghunday Achin magnesite and talc.
~Nimroz Province: Godzareh (Gaudi Zireh) lithium salts.
~Nuristan Province: Nuristan pegmatites and gemstones.
~Panjshir Province: Panjshir Valley gemstones e.g. emerald.
~Paktika Province: Katawaz gold and Oil
~Samangan Province: Aybak (copper); Shabashak, Dara-I-~Suf District (coking coal).
~Sar-e Pol Province: Balkhab Copper Mine (world's largest deposit), Oil (Kashkari, Angot, etc.).
~Takhar Province: Samti, Panj River Valley (gold), Evaporite.
~Urozgan Province: Bakhud fluorite
~Zabul Province: Kundalyan gold and copper.

Also the following places which have not, as yet, been positively located:

~Southeastern Afghanistan: copper, at the Darband, and the Jawkhar prospects.
~Anjir, Hasar, and Nooraba Valleys: gold

Reference Wikipedia

◇More from Asia Times...
Kabul starts race for Afghan resources
By Robert M Cutler

In 2007, China won rights for the $2.9 billion development of a copper mine at Aynak**, Logan province, in the south, leading to the replacement of Afghanistan's previous minister of mines following accusations of bribery. The development of the 24,200-hectare site (over 15 square miles) will destroy an area filled with ruins of fifth-century Buddhist monasteries.

Aynak, believed to contain the second-largest copper reserves in the world, will be Afghanistan's largest infrastructure project. China has a 30-year lease and is expected to spend over $3 billion developing the project, where the deposits are estimated to be worth up to $88 billion.

Aynak's development by China has already led to construction of a coal-fired electrical plant because there were no power sources available, as well as the country's first freight railway. The contract includes obligations by China to contribute significantly to the social infrastructure, building mosques, hospitals, markets and bazaars.

It will take years to develop Afghanistan's mineral wealth, but the potential is significant. Snip...



There's more but you get my drift.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Aug 16, 2021, 03:37 PM (0 replies)

For the want of a Nail, Todd Rundgren

For the want of a nail, all was lost.

So it hit me, we are going through so much suffering from Covid and all people need to do to help relieve it is get a simple shot. One small thing that is leading to our ruination, like the nail on up to the kingdom.

The parable seeks to teach us that each of our actions, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem, can lead to major consequences that can affect many more people than just ourselves.


The Want of a Nail
Todd Rundgren

I've been wrong
I had plans so big
But the devil's in the details
I left out one thing
No one to love me
No one to love me
No one to love

For the want of a nail, the world was lost
For the want of a nail, the world was lost

[Verse 1]
For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost
For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost
For the want of a horse, the rider was lost
For the want of a rider, the message was lost

For the want of a nail, the world was lost
For the want of a nail, the world was lost

[Verse 2]
For the want of a rider, the message was lost
For the want of a message, the battle was lost
For the want of a battle, the war was lost
For the want of a war, the kingdom was lost

For the want of a nail, the world was lost
For the want of a nail, the world was lost
(such a tiny thing)

[Intro reprise]
I've been wrong
I had plans so big
But the devil's in the details
I left out one thing
No one to love me
No one to love me
No one to love
Yes and no one to love

[Verse 3]
You're askin'
What's all this talk about horses and war?
Put yourself in the place of the man at the forge
And day after day you live a life without love
'Til the morning you can't take it anymore
And you don't get up

Multiply it a billion times
Spread it all 'round the world
Put the curse of loneliness on every boy and every girl
Until everybody's kicking, everybody's scratching
Everything seems to fail
And it was all for the want of a nail

(For the want of a nail)
Tell me what else could the answer be
(For the want of a nail)
(For the want of a nail)
Don't hold back now
(For the want of a nail)
Hey hey
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
Want of a nail
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
Don't hold back now
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
Just a little tiny bit of love
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
Don't hold back, don't hold back
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
Give me all your love
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
Don't hold back, don't hold back
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
Hey, hey, hey!
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)
(For the want of a nail the world was lost)...

Bobby Womack
Produced By
Todd Rundgren
Written By
Todd Rundgren
Release Date
May 18, 1989


Stay encouraged.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Aug 15, 2021, 02:26 PM (2 replies)
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