The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die | Common Dreams Views

Hamilton Nolan:

Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital. In this perilous time, capital must be protected and nurtured, and we must draw resources from our entire society in order to help capital survive, in the same way that the body will draw blood from other organs to save the brain. People can be sacrificed—capital is irreplaceable.

If this doesn’t make you livid, you don’t have a pulse. It’s 100% accurate, and America should be ashamed about its choices.

Two Missouri hairstylists may have exposed 147 people to coronavirus – NY Post

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon:

The second stylist tested positive on Saturday after working five days last week and taking care of 56 customers “while experiencing very mild symptoms” but still being “potentially infectious,” the health department said, Fox News reported Sunday.

She went to work while exhibiting symptoms. But yes, let’s end the lockdowns and just trust people to do the right thing.

Trump administration discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test in decades – The Washington Post

John Hudson and Paul Sonne:

The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences for relations with other nuclear powers and reverse a decades-long moratorium on such actions, said a senior administration official and two former officials familiar with the deliberations.

If you were wondering, “How do we make this current shitshow worse,” well, have you considered nukes?

Why Trump refuses to wear a mask for coronavirus – Vox

BrieAnna J. Frank:

One man says: “It’s submission, it’s muzzling yourself, it looks weak – especially for men.”

I've never been able to understand men who are tied to masculinity in these ways. It's inscrutable bullshit. Masculinity in itself is a load of crap. Imagine being so insecure about which genitals you were born with that you had to resort to public displays of self harm to prove your chromosomal makeup to others. It's a form of cowardice, pure fear, plain and simple.

Also, muzzling? Does this guy go around routinely biting people? How is a mask a muzzle? This makes zero sense.

Anna North:

For Trump and Pence, not wearing a mask may be a way to project a macho image, Metzl said, playing into “tropes of indestructibility.”

No one is indestructible, which should go without saying, but, well, we aren't dealing with smart folks here. Doesn't matter how macho you are, either, since that's a social construct that has shifted so much in its definition through the ages as to be more of a trend than a concrete thing.

This all makes me so tired.

I wear a mask in public. My penis hasn't fallen off.

Second-guessing the modern web – macwright.org

Tom MacWright:

Server-Sider Rendering runs your JavaScript frontend code on the backend, creating a filled-out HTML page. The user loads the page, which is filled-out, and then the JavaScript loads and makes the page interactive.

This is insanity, a convoluted Rube Goldberg machine of HTML rendering with the sole purpose of shoehorning JavaScript into as many crevices of the web development cycle as possible because heaven forbid you should have to learn more than one language. No one should do this. Ever.

Don’t even get me started on bundle splitting, which I hadn’t heard of before reading this article.

Music: Tool – Pneuma

Fantastic drum work by Danny Carey. He absolutely loses me at around 6:45. The two halves of his body seem to be operating independently of one another. I love watching people who are this good at their craft. It seems other-worldly. Mesmerizing and humbling and enviable all at once.

Mitch McConnell Moves to Expand Bill Barr’s Surveillance Powers – The Daily Beast

Spencer Ackerman:

“Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through the web browsing history of any American—including journalists, politicians, and political rivals—without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigation,” said Wyden, who has been trying to ban warrantless surveillance on such records. 

Time to get a good 24-7 VPN. I've been using ProtonVPN, and I'm pretty satisfied with it.

Music: Puscifer – Apocalyptical

Go on, moron, ignore the evidence

Skid in to armageddon

Tango apocalyptical

I’ve had this song on repeat for a couple of days now.

Pretty sure this was written about climate change, as the band started working on it in late 2019. The video focuses on COVID-19, though. Funny how those two anti-science narratives fit so nicely together, huh?!

Also, I love how they used old music tech:

“For the initial writing process of ‘Apocalyptical’, we relied heavily on a Fairlight IIx (an early musical computer using 8 bit samples), and a Synclavier II (another early digital workstation that relied on FM synthesis).”

Guitar player and co-producer Mat Mitchell