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I was trying to describe literary fiction to my brother (because I was looking at the Booker long list) and becoming frustrated because there's no good way to describe it.

Basically a book is Literary Fiction when it seemingly doesn't belong anywhere else, or the author is not known to write Genre Fiction. I don't think it has to break rules as a requirement, but I feel like Literary fiction is freer to do so.

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Police all over America are regularly asking Shotspotter, the AI-powered microphones that "detect gunshots" to fabricate gunshots from thin air for court proceedings, according to court records we obtained.
vice.com/en/article/qj8xbq/pol

At the forefront of Washington’s strategy are two traditional CIA fronts.

Through the Cold War, USAID worked alongside the CIA to liquidate socialist movements across the Global South. Across Latin America, USAID funded, trained right-wing opposition, including Venezuela’s US-appointed Juan Guaidó.

Because of its history as a CIA front, USAID outsourced the operation to Creative Associates International a Washington DC-firm with track record of covert actions @thegrayzone

Over the past decade, the US government spent millions of dollars to cultivate anti-government Cuban rappers, rock musicians, artists, journalists in an explicit bid to weaponize “desocialized and marginalized youth.” The strategy implemented by the US in Cuba’s a real life version of the fantasies anti-Trump Democrats entertained when they fretted that Russia was covertly sponsoring Black Lives Matter and Antifa to spread chaos through North American society. - via @thegrayzone

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In case you were curious about my UI design process in #Smithereen... 🤣

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Painting itself as a grassroots group of artists, rappers, and writers, the San Isidro Movement has become a key weapon in the US govt’s political assault on Cuba

@MaxBlumenthal exposes the cultural counter-revolution sponsored by US intelligence fronts thegrayzone.com/2021/07/25/cub

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“First cross-app comment loaded in Podfriend , Wohoooo!”
Thank you @martin for making cross-application comments for podcasting a real thing! 🙏 🥳
Now the audience can interact with a podcaster with no middleman. ✊💬

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America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.
-- Peter Kropotkin

#anarchism #quote #bot

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Maybe you already know it (for me is a nice surprise): there is a free (pdf) book download website that belongs to Open Humanities Press with complete books within several series in regards philosophical, ecological, tech, media, themes.

The series are edited by some known people and most of them are in Spanish, French and English:

openhumanitiespress.org/books/

#download #books #philosophy

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@io @Rob_T_Firefly If the actual audio files and the RSS feed are the only monetisable thing in a podcast, chances are it's making no money. I'd happily give money on Patreon or similar if I could afford, but I wouldn't buy paywalled access to any podcast for the same price, or even significantly lower.

The economics of this thing works such that if someone can afford and do care, they'll likely pay regardless, and if they can't or don't, they won't regardless of the paywall. But you've lost listeners that cost you literally nothing and could've spread the word for free and bring about listeners with pledges.

But of course everyone gets to decide how they do it, whether it makes sense (to me / others / financial) or not.

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A "podcast" behind a paywall is not a podcast.

A "podcast" that only one app can receive is not a podcast.

A "podcast" without a public feed that can be freely pulled into any podcast client or RSS reader is not a damn podcast, don't let people get away with calling it that.

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Steer clear your bees 🐝, I'm double-pfizer'd up 💉💉 and have a full 5G signal 📶 #covax

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Why on earth would I need Sonos to show a desktop notification when the song changes? I know the song just changed. I can hear it. That's the notification.

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When people start receiving their Steam Decks, they'll be sharing their deckpics all over the internet

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posters today dont have the kind of integrity Spinoza had. exiled from his community for posting. offered a 6-figure hush money pension by the government to stop posting. but the man was just TOO ONLINE

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Just published Google lawsuit evidence indicates that like always retained users' location data, even if disabled in user interface, to the extent that its own employees flashed LineageOS on their phones to avoid tracking. Full thread on twitter.com/jason_kint/status/

#privacy #google

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Hey all!! Im opening some emergency commissions, as you know i moved to TN about a month ago and we had to leave some of our stuff in storage in CO

it's going to cost $1650 to get the container with our stuff to us, and we have until september to come up with this money or lose it all

both myself and my partner (@CuttlefishCryptid ) are open for commission!!

if you wanna help us out by just tossing a few bucks at us, you can do so here:

paypal.me/muttmusk

$SCoyote

Venmo: SCoyote

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yes! science fiction is fiction and is not a guide to the future; its primary purpose most of the time is as a way to look at the present

and yet KSR's Mars trilogy has a lot to say about your take that extractive economies on Mars are unproblematic

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