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My contribution to :

Enjoy being where you are.

No you're neither Einstein, Napoleon, Jesus nor Muhammad.

But just enjoy being who you are.

Because if you fail to enjoy being who you are, you'll probably loose all the energy you actually *need* to become who you're actually *meant to be*.

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I keep phase-changing between being serious and being silly... and too rapidly at that I think...

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Is it okay if I don't follow as many people as I find so that I get followed by as many people as possible?

Because I don't want to follow as many people as I find, nor do I want to be followed by as many people as possible.

I've been traumatized by that game and I don't want to play anymore.

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Condolences on the passing of rapper DMX. He was undoubtedly an inspiration to many, all around the world.

The flash floods at NTT and neighboring Timor Leste has left conditions that, to this day, continue to be quite dire. Electricity has been out for over five days now, since the flood. High waves have made difficult efforts to transport logistical aid to affected areas. The Indonesian disaster mitigation body BNPB reports that per Wednesday (Apr. 7), flooding and landslides have caused over 8,424 people to evacuate and up to 138 reported dead.

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"Look at that roof floating by!" My mother exclaimed as she watched ongoing local news report of the floodings at Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), Indonesia. I didn't catch the video myself on TV but the image did get stuck in my head.

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President Joko Widodo has ordered that the government respond swiftly to the effects of flash floods and landslides that swept through East and West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday, killing at least 70 and displacing hundreds. The incident, which also affected the neighboring country of Timor Leste, adds to a long list of natural disasters that have beset Indonesia this year.

Article: Jokowi orders swift response to Nusa Tenggara disasters

If the crisis escalates into a full-blown civil war, especially with regional powers playing proxies, Southeast Asiaโ€™s strategic environment will worsen in ways not seen since the Cambodian-Vietnamese war in the late 1970s. By then, whatever window of opportunity ASEAN has to play the role of a constructive โ€œhonest brokerโ€ would have evaporated.

"Strategic stakes running high in ASEAN summit on Myanmar"

[paywall; 1-article free reg.]

Let down your guard. Take risks.

(Don't entertain a death wish, of course not, but do take risks.)

...Oh and yes I do know the actual French word for 'Messiah' is 'Messie', and with a capital 'M' at that; I did google-search before posting this to the Internet... in the end I like 'messiah' better and in the end that's that.

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"TREACHERY OF ICONS" - with apologies to Renรฉ Magritte (1929).

[The map is not the territory etc., etc.,..]

Inspired by anxieties regarding Good Friday in the Age of Covid, Lil Nas X's , suicide bombings, philosophical extremism, culture wars, mind games, judgmentalism, non-acceptance, and all that jazz.


Whoops! The OSI election went wrong. There will be another one, once the group understands exactly what happened:

by SJVN for ZDnet

cc @randomgeek

The partnership between giant clams and their symbiotic algae is so powerful that they are actually net sources of oxygen into the environment in the daylight hours, like a tree. They also draw in ammonia and nitrate to fertilize their symbionts. Doing so, they help clean the coral reef's water and keep it well oxygenated. #clamfacts


Facebook doesnโ€™t have a โ€œNazi problemโ€ or a โ€œdisinformation problem.โ€ It has a *Facebook problem*.

The answer to Facebook is giving the public technological self-determination. Use interoperability so FB canโ€™t hold our friends hostage anymore. Force breakups so FB canโ€™t use predatory acquisitions to deprive us of choice. Block mergers.

But donโ€™t address Big Tech by making Bigness a requirement to simply operate online.


by Cory Doctorow @pluralistic

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