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Read an article today about why Americans think alcohol has health benefits and it's apparently another "well the French are healthy and they do X so it's healthy to do X."

So here's your periodic reminder that France (and Italy, and Sweden, and Japan, and basically every country you've seen in a "this country is so healthy, what's their secret?" headline) has universal health care.

The secret is access to health care. It's always access to health care.

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I don't know who needs to hear this but

The postal service exists to deliver letters and parcels to people
Not to make money for shareholders

The transport system exists to move people to where they need to go
Not to make money for shareholders

The water, gas, and electricity supplies exist to provide people vital utilities
Not to make money for shareholders

The healthcare system exists to ensure (and that's ENsure, not INsure) the health of the population
Not to make money for shareholders

Shareholders in vital public services are a vampiric drain on those services

Capitalism is a disease

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The parasites have burrowed deep into our public services over the past few decades. The capitalist parasites must be surgically removed, and then our public services must be given the vital care they need.
Been pointed out to me that it is not of benefit to use the overly emotive and fear inducing language of disease and parasitism, that to do this is a tactic beneath us, one also used by the fash.
Perhaps I would have been better to say that capitalism is exploitative and privatises profit while nationalising losses.
Also it's non-consensual- we're forced to take part in the exploitation in order to live anything but a wood hermit life.

Another world is possible Ⓐ

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A meme in the style of a Nintendo ad with a picture of Mario holding up his middle finger.  “remember kids® DONT EVER TALK TO THE POLICE. Even when they appear friendly and casual they are gathering evidence. WEAPONIZING Apathy”

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I'm still learning, but it seems to me that Fediblock is basically the online equivalent of putting your fingers in your ears and going "la la la I'm not listening".

I'm doing a great job not starting any rows on Christmas Day, despite being in the same room as a life-long tory voter moaning about the state of the NHS.

The atheist in me is amused that ITV were showing a carol service at the same time the BBC were showing their adaptation of His Dark Materials.

"Sorry, mate, I've got to cancel our plans for this weekend, the plans that we made months ago; they've just announced there's a really exciting episode of Balamory on TV that night"

Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Almost as ridiculous as it sounds when people change plans because there's some footballs on.

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Make the net weird again. Hand write sites like it’s the 90s. Pick interesting domain names and make fan sites or random knowledge known to everyone. Don’t monetize anything. Spearhead new protocols like Gemini. Make mods for games on your site. Make FAQs for obscure games no one knows about. Make public software services available to anyone. Make a news site about a really random subject. Create music in all kinds of different formats. Most of all, do it because you want to!

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Having now caught up with the Gavin Williamson story, I must say I'm quite disappointed and found his language to be quite tame. I was expecting something closer to Malcolm Tucker.

The saddest thing for me about modern tech’s long spiral into user manipulation and surveillance is how it has just slowly killed off the joy that people like me used to feel about new tech. Every product Meta or Amazon announces makes the future seem bleaker and grayer. 1/n
really weird seeing Twitter threads on here with no link to them.
Are you able to adjust your client so it doesn't sent retweets?
Thanks for letting me know - my bad. I'm using my own gnu social instance with a plugin so it shows my Twitter feed combined for my own convenience... I had no idea it was actually publishing anything. I'll check the settings.

Captchas suck. 9 tiny blurry pictures of obscure American infrastructure. I'm not a robot honest. Just a bit thick.

Bought in a list to make marketing calls?

You must:
☎ check numbers against the TPS or CTPS
☎ check numbers against your own ‘do not call’ lists
☎ have consent for any claims management services marketing calls
☎ meet the criteria for marketing calls about pension schemes.

Someone looking at a phone

This is the passenger sitting in front of you on the train. Wants to know what your favorite thing about public transportation is. His is making new friends. 14/10

a black rottweiler with little brown dots for eyebrows and brown around his lips pokes his head backwards between two seats on a train. he’s smiling. you can tell by the open mouth, happy tongue, and little raised eyebrows. he’s your new best friend.

Time for the semi-regular plugging of my Doctor Who RDF dataset, now updated with metadata for "The Power of the Doctor".… All data is either rescued from the BBC's now-deleted linked open data site, or generated by a script I wrote.

All Dysons are shite, and if you buy one you are a poser. Buy a Henry and he will never let you down

A very good article, and one I agree with entirely… (PS my website works without Javascript!)
"I would very much like for HTML to incorporate concepts from htmx (particularly more flexible transclusion) so that more dynamic websites and applications can be built entirely in HTML.
JavaScri... "

Continues on HN:…

Getting everywhere stupidly early is just as unprofessional as being late

Me: Buy video game, play video game, enjoy video game. Get on with life.

Youtuber: Buy video game, make video complaining that video game is unaffordable on YouTube income, play video game, make video about game for YouTube, make another video for YouTube blasting creator of game for not funding their previous video (using phrases such as "free advertising", despite creator of massively popular game not needing any advertising from some anonymous knob on YouTube), set up a Patreon, make another video about game, making sure to mention the Patreon, make a "collab" video comparing how someone else played the same game just slightly differently, finally make enough money to buy another game. Make a video moaning that game devs don't respect YouTubers. Repeat.

There are so many things we can all do to support our #.

But do you know what REALLY helps?

Having a secure place to live, being able to feed yourself and pay your bills, being able to be yourself safely, and knowing someone is there if you need.

Let’s do THAT.

I'm waiting for the Frog Chorus to be hailed as a classic by a bunch of people drunk on nostalgia, like most other dross from the 80s and 90s seems to be at the moment.

If the Frog Chorus was on Revolver, it would be revered as a classic children's song.
@DrAshSmith It’s a classic, and I’m not drunk on anything.Only boring idiots say “hur,hur, Frog Chorus”. Incidentally, it’s called We All Stand Together.

I'd rather be told: "We prioritise profits over customer experience"

than "We are experiencing a high volume of calls"

It's one thing to be kept waiting, it's another to be lied to at the same time.

Extremely disappointed by this year’s Freshers cohort at UCL who are yet to realise that this fellow’s hand is exactly the right size to hold a Macdonalds’ medium coke, as is traditional.


Local resident response to being asked about the school history curriculum. I love the local paper


My dad in 1990: You can't believe everything you read. Think and figure things out for yourself

My dad in 2022: Joe Biden is 3 lizards in a trenchcoat

Privacy apathy level: expert

the company with the license plate that tracks you didn’t even bother to replace the boilerplate text in their off the shelf “privacy policy” 🫠

The irony is that I personally would never have even heard of Toby Young were it not for people I follow who disagree with him repeatedly retweeting his nonsense. Was I the only one who learned as a child that the best way to make morons go away is to just ignore them?

Over a decade later and this still isn't a solved problem.
Of course, now it is TikTok videos of screenshots of Twitter posts…