Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

see http://red-bean.com/kfogel

  • 2020-11-29T22:30:30Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I'm abandoning the phrase "out of an abundance of caution". It was a nice juxtaposition when whoever first came up with it came up with it, but it's a stale cliché now.

    Instead, I will be using the expression "out of a plenitude of prudence".

    You are all invited to join me.

  • 2020-11-23T20:55:38Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Ah, not the link I intended.  Ignore.

    Karl Fogel at 2020-11-23T20:57:07Z

    Link? What link? 😎


    JanKusanagi at 2020-11-23T23:42:56Z

    Do I need to find something via PACER then?

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-11-24T04:15:32Z

  • 2020-11-21T04:52:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It's time for my Increasingly Frequent Reminder:

    He will put the military in a bind and force them to choose. He will go there. Why not try? No cost to him if he fails. The only question is what "national emergency" to concoct in order to maximize his chances of success.

    I should add that his chance of success at this is close to nil. It's just that we should be aware that he will try it. Being aware helps keep that chance closer to "nil" rather than "nil plus epsilon".

    Karl Fogel at 2020-11-21T04:56:55Z

  • 2020-11-21T04:49:30Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The key to understanding Trump:

    His mind is capable of holding many different lies at once. Their mutual compatibility or incompatibility is of no consequence to him. Each one serves its own purpose.

    When 2 lies are incompatible with each other... just start insulting people, and ask for them to be locked up 😁

    JanKusanagi at 2020-11-21T15:43:27Z

  • 2020-11-17T04:24:52Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    No great social purpose is served by my saying that I don't believe the claims recently made by South Dakota nurse Jodi Doering.

    Really, I just want the right to say "I told you all so" later, when her claims are inevitably debunked by some enterprising journalist.

  • 2020-11-13T00:46:17Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    "The fact that your process for obtaining these affidavits yielded affidavits that you yourself found to be false does not support a finding that this process generates reliable evidence. This is concerning."


    "Elect a clown. Expect a circus."

    JanKusanagi at 2020-11-13T02:49:07Z

  • 2020-11-12T14:40:29Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Silver lining department:

    I love how, thanks to Trump's stress testing, we're learning about all these necessary-but-normally-unreported mechanisms of the U.S. government. E.g.: the law by which GSA can semi-officialize an unofficial election result so the transition can begin.

  • 2020-11-12T05:13:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I wonder if there's something (or a few possible somethings) that Wikipedia pages whose Talk pages are larger than their main article pages have in common?
    I think the ingredients are high polarization, beliefs trumping facts, and at least one person actively caring a *lot* for one pole, and one or more people caring some for the other


    there's this person over there, who denies the presence of binary blobs in Linux despite all the evidence, with an argument that seems sound, but that rests on a false premise: that the presence of blobs in the otherwise-source tree would amount to copyright infringement

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Linux is another interesting example of active defense of a biased neutrality

    Alexandre Oliva at 2020-11-12T14:16:02Z

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  • 2020-11-11T19:28:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    In which Network Solutions (@NetSolCares) tries really hard to get my public complaining moved to private DMs, instead of addressing the aggressively user-hostile interface decision that made the complaint necessary in the first place:


  • 2020-11-11T07:25:28Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The lack of any findable UI path to transfer a domain *out* of NetworkSolutions.com (@NetSolCares) is offensive-bordering-on-criminal.  If you literally make it impossible for users to find a feature that they are entitled to, you're cheating them.  Well, stop cheating me, you cheating cheaters!

    Hint: it's not on the "Domain Transfers" page, which one gets to from the menu item of that name in the "Domains" nav bar menu.

    That's right: outbound transfer is not found under "Domain Transfers".

    I mean, seriously?  WTF, @NetSolCares?

    There's a "Report Abuse" link in your site footer. Should I use it to report you to yourself?


  • 2020-11-11T04:25:55Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    What I love about Joe Biden is how easy to get along with he seems to be, you know? How comfortable he is with everyone, and how he makes them feel comfortable. How "get-at-able" he is, in a word. He's like everyone's favorite uncle.

    Let's just start calling him Uncle Joe?

    (Sorry. I know that was in poor taste. Fortunately, no one influential who actually believes that Joe Biden is going to lead us into a Soviet-style communist dystopia -- such people apparently really exist -- reads my tweets, so it's okay. I'm not giving them any ideas.)


  • 2020-11-10T02:50:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    "I Have A Question: Imagine for a moment the reaction to Loretta Lynch going to Chuck Schumer’s office while President Obama refused to concede defeat. Seriously though, what was Bill Barr doing in Mitch McConnell’s office today?" --David Kurz (@TPM_dk)


    Well, you visit Cocaine Mitch when times get tough...

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-11-10T21:00:28Z

  • 2020-11-10T00:01:22Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Had Biden seemed to lose on election night, we'd hope he wouldn't concede, and would urge probing of every bit of evidence of voting fraud. The difference is that *it would have been in good faith*. Whereas Trump lied for four years straight and now asks for credibility.
  • 2020-11-09T20:58:00Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The "Four Seasons Total Landscaping" story is my favorite thing so far -- a gift that just keeps on giving.

    It's so bizarre: Trump practically screams aloud "I'm a slipshod grifter who can't even find competent people to handle my logistics", yet somehow his fans don't hear it.

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    The clown left the funnier, more ridiculous acts for the end! 😁

    JanKusanagi at 2020-11-10T16:15:14Z

  • 2020-11-09T19:12:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    We're going to need a name for this generation of children and the special experience they share.

    I suggest "The Virennials".

    The covidians? The coronians?

    More future-proof, already thinking of the children who go through the next pandemic 😅


    But "virennials" is good xD

    JanKusanagi at 2020-11-09T23:39:45Z

  • 2020-11-09T18:54:47Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Surprising fact: this will be our first President Joe. We've had two Andrews, four Johns, four Williams, *six* Jameses, one Barack (w00t!), but zero Joes until now.

    Clearly, Presidents with male names from England have, so far, not been underrepresented in American history.

    Considering the history, the English names should surprise no one.

    It is kinda interesting the lack of some Biblical names such as Matthew, Joseph, and Luke though.

    Doug Whitfield at 2020-11-10T22:23:21Z

  • 2020-11-08T07:04:12Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

    'Nuff said.

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  • 2020-11-07T04:13:28Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Okay, now that we're faced with it... I think I *could* get down with ${HOKEY_PEACEMAKER} as our President for the next four years. Wasn't my taste before, but, you know, tastes change!
  • 2020-11-06T20:59:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I'm often grateful for @CSPAN. Today I decided it was important to actually hear & see all of Trump's deranged speech from the White House yesterday (from which I'd only heard quotes). @CSPAN to the rescue:


  • 2020-11-05T19:10:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    50% + 1, eh?

    I guess U.S. democracy is operating on the Bitcoin model from now on.