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The EARN IT Act would curtail Internet users’ speech and jeopardize their security. It would also violate the First and Fourth Amendments. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/earn

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Small Business Relief ask, Seattle, boosts + 

I'm posting this here because it's a space I care about. Raygun Lounge is a CapHill, queer owned and staffed gaming business. They're a go-to spot during most geek/nerd/gaming conventions and host hundreds of events every year, many of which are the queer board games nights I attend. There are a few ways people can help them stay in business at this time. Any help they receive has their thanks an mind.

gofundme.com/f/keep-raygun-goi
raygunlounge.com/how-you-can-h

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dammit stop with the cargo culted password requirements and use 2FA

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it's world backup day (PSA) 

if you have backups, check that you can still restore files from them. then make a new one today

if you don't have backups, do you have spare storage lying around? old DVD-Rs, a loose SD card, some unused free cloud storage? copy some of your files today, be they legal documents, family photos, your minecraft save. whatever matters to you. if storage is tight you may have to make some tough calls but please don't put it off just because you can't save it all in one go

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EFF will oppose this misguided proposal—just like we did the last three times this zombie bill was on the table. We need reform that reigns in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, not a measure that makes the law even more vague and draconian. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/head

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Seattle Area: COVID-19 Grocery/Supply Mutual Aid! (Update) 

This thing is lit.
They have more volunteers than people requesting aid at the moment. An activist group that spawned out of necessity and has grown into a full-bown aid logistics service practically overnight. :blob_aww:

They have the capacity to help a lot more people than they're helping right now. The best thing we can do to help them is get the word out! :blobcheer:

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No one remembers Meals On Wheels

1) exists
2) does exactly what people propose a non-profit community-based food delivery service should
3) was gutted by the current administration because a lot of their funding was federal
4) is exactly what we need right now
5) does not need reinventing from first principles

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If you live in Seattle and you need work cause your job has essentially laid you off due to closures, go to Safeway.
We're hiring 2000 people in the Seattle area and often will have people working THE NEXT DAY of them coming in to apply.

Don't worry about it being a long term thing, if you need work Safeway will provide you with hours and a weekly check.

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covid-adjacent, uspol, longish 

after this is all over, be sure to remind people, as often as they'll allow you to get away with it, that:

telecoms did not need data caps, had plenty of capacity to donate to low-income folks, and were never in danger of going bankrupt because of the lack of data caps or the additional usage
folks who work on computers all day can do that wherever computers are; most tech offices are merely trophies to show off to other tech offices.
the government wasn't concerned with helping people, it was concerned with helping business. it was people who were helping people and often the government merely got in the way of that.
trillions of dollars was found to allocate as soon as they wanted to; every time anyone asks how anything will be funded it's merely to shut down the conversation.

keep a running list of your favorite facts and get them in front of as many folk as you can, as often as you can, and maybe, just maybe, we can get more folks on board for change

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While we're all focused on the Corona crisis the US government is quietly pushing an internet #surveillance bill that is aimed at abolishing message encryption:

We should probably pay attention to this and spread awareness even if we are not American: eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/earn

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staying sane during coronavirus isolation. 

With most of our upcoming shows canceled, my performing troupe has agreed to schedule "Calls with a clown" for people who have been isolated.

Details here: circusfreaks.org

It's a little thing, and I'm guessing it will do us more good than the people who request the calls.

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“How’s the US handling Coronavirus?”
“Okay so imagine you shut off all the error logging in production”
“Yeah…?”
“That’s it.”
(stolen from elsewhere)

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Covid 19, medical equipment shortage 

There is a limit on the number of respirators and breathing machines in any given healthcare system.

As I understand it, Covid 19's lethality comes from the respiratory weakness it causes. There are absolutely not enough respirators to keep all high priority covid triage patients on mechanical breathers constantly for the month or so that would allow the illness to pass.

Put those dang hackers and hobby engineers on the job of making breathing machines out of air compressors and soda bottles

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