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Mike Macgirvin
mike@macgirvin.com
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
An aboriginal leader on the question of how to handle nuclear waste:

"Well if it had been up to us, we would never have been in this position, because we would never have allowed the technology that results in nuclear waste. We would have looked back seven generations for lessons from our ancestors and looked forward seven generations to its risks and harms to future generations and decided against its use."
Manuel Jiménez Friaza
  
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Manuel Jiménez Friaza
  
aboriginal
Beautiful word! < lat. ab origine
Beni Grind
  
@Seth Martin lool, the only correct answer!
Mike Macgirvin
  
I hope this isn't referring to "current" events


Nope. These events happened over about 150-200 years. Current events are merely providing a match for that keg of dynamite you're sitting on.
Michael Meer
  
A short cut may give enough power for the spark we need for the dynamite.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Got Zot?

A battle rages for the future of the Web

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Should the WWW be locked down with DRM? Tim Berners-Lee needs to decide, and soon.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  last edited: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:43:16 +1100  
Is he Sir or un-Sir?
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Hubzilla_wp (Hubzilla/Wordpress bridge - WordPress side) Version 1.4
Mike Macgirvin
  
This should fix @Manuel Jiménez Friaza 's quote issue.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
43C (110F)


and climbing.
Mike Macgirvin
  
The news was fun. A lot of people frying eggs in odd places. On top of cars, on sidewalks, on rocks, rooftops....
Maria Karlsen
  last edited: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:29:25 +1100  
I don't know what to say. I am ashamed I've ever complained about 30°C being too hot...
Mike Macgirvin
  
Here we go - not very often that the temperature in the highlands is higher than the middle of the outback but it was only by a degree or two.


https://twitter.com/QPSmedia/status/830322391737720832
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
One in three kids showing signs of UV eye damage

'No hat, no sunglasses, no play': Schools urged to make eye protection compulsory

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Doctors call on schools to make sunglasses compulsory after an alarming number of young children present with eye damage.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Ouch, I did not know that. The article said she had taken her kid to the beach in summer without sunglasses, so it seemed a bit too much to make it part of the school uniform unless on a field trip.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Aussie schoolkids aren't allowed outside for recess without a wide-brim hat, and unless it's raining - sunblock. We all know people who go to the beach and try to act like normal beach-goers; and we also know most will die from skin cancer. I go to the beach completely covered and the collar of my long-sleeved shirt turned up to protect my neck. Same as I do around the farm. My short sleeve shirts are only for working inside, and swim suit/(costume) is only worn at indoor pools. This is the world we live in.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
I guess I have grown blinkers in my wet world.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Jeff Beck on guitars



Jeff Beck's Guitar Collection
by Australian Musician on YouTube
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Seems like a nice guy.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I suppose somebody needs to ask the question, so I will. Where do we go from here?

We're watching in real time as the world goes down the sewer into depths that probably haven't been seen since the breakup of the Roman Empire. Power and wealth are concentrating into fewer hands and threaten to enslave all the remaining free peoples of the world in wars and petty bickering about idealogy. The centralised media structures have become the eyes and ears (as well as the mouth of) of the state.

We saw the warning signs - years ago. That's why free alternatives such as hubzilla exist. Is anybody going to use these tools to regain the citisen voice, or even to counter the hate narrative and build and share any of the other things that they are passionate about? Or will they too become the mouthpiece of the alt-right and the "Fourth Turning"? These were once just fringe ideas, but the constant din of them into our lives over the last year has given them form - and ultimately created their reality; just as a pre-occupation with an imaginary illness will almost certainly create that illness and give it reality.

Personally I don't really want this platform to become dominated by the hate narrative, but that's what is happening. Over half my stream and closer to 3/4 is now triggering my content filtering. I know you all mean well, but everybody is falling into the divisiveness trap. I would prefer to pull the plug rather than see my work turned into yet another unwilling participant in the rapidly congealing and coalescing global war.  The way to counter this idiot is not to keep talking about him. He's a narcissist fer cryin out loud.  The way to counter this is to get on with your life; or else you'll wake up one day and find this is no longer possible. Let's spread different ideas; such as humanism, and the health of the underlying planet we inhabit, and a level playing field for all. And communication systems which you have at least a bit of control over.

Use it or lose it.
Marshall Sutherland
  
I feel like a "super angry rebel" at times, but I don't hate the world, just those who think they rule it (and us).
elmussol
  
I'm honoured that @Mike Macgirvin worries about us at els Mussols.
elmussol
  
I worry about his cows and the health of @Carolus Rex too.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
What could possibly go wrong?

House rolls back rule restricting gun sales

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The Republican-led House voted Thursday to repeal an Obama-era Social Security Administration regulation to keep people with severe mental illnesses from buying guns.
Christian Vogeley
 
The greatest job creator in the prison industry God ever created.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
@Chicken Channel+ Anybody have any experience with vent gleet? (Fungus on the chook's backside). Recommendations?
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Another batch of #homebrew goes into bottles.

This is how I cope with people that have no vision or ambition beyond "let's create a social network. It will be awesome, because everybody loves social networks, and they love me because I'm awesome. I'll make the best social network ever. It will be a great social network, and I'll make Facebook pay for it."

Cheers mate...

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Michael Meer
  
cheers! Never produced my beer by myself. How much eqiupment is needed?
Manuel Jiménez Friaza
  
¡Salud! :beer
Mike Macgirvin
  
You can get kits that start about $USD 30 and make something acceptable.You will always want more equipment; but I've been doing this since I was sixteen years old. Haven't bought any new equipment in years. If you don't fall prey to the "I must have a larger boiler" bug, You can make beer full time for a couple hundred dollars investment (plus raw materials).
Fabio
  
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Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Thanks!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
The Burrawang General Store will be closed Australia Day

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Burrawang General Store Cafe in the charming village of Burrawang in the
Southern Highlands of NSW.
kris
  
it's nice to see green in our grey sky and cold weather.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Because soil management.

Introduction to soil management : Soil management and health : University of Minnesota Extension
The goal of soil management is to protect soil and enhance its performance, so you can farm profitably and preserve environmental quality for decades to come.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
A reminder of what can happen if you don't keep your beer locked up.

Jogger mauled by kangaroo - CNN Video

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A jogger in Australia received dozens of stitches after being knocked over and mauled by a male kangaroo.
Michael Meer
  
Mike Macgirvin

Important changes to hubzilla wiki

 High Range, Australia 
In a dev commit scheduled later today, wikis will be stored in a different format to ease "federation" and sync to channel clones.

It may appear at first that your existing wikis are gone, but this is not the case. At the same time a new plugin will appear called 'gitwiki' which has complete access to the original wikis. You may continue to use the gitwiki facility indefinitely -  however this will not be linked from your homepage and it is unlikely the contents will ever be synced or mirrored to channel clones .  

The link on your channel page will go to the new format wiki, which will start out empty.  

To access the original wiki contents first install the gitwiki plugin and then visit /gitwiki on your site. You may wish to re-create any existing wikis and copy/paste the page contents to the new storage driver.  At present the only functionality which is not present in the new driver is the ability to download a zipfile. All other functionality has been preserved.

@Hubzilla Support Forum+ @Hubzilla Announcements+
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
It's not the tweet. It's the humility.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I grew up hearing about these. It's happening...

Alien-looking shrimp surface in Central Australia

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Heavy rains in Central Australia see tiny shield shrimps hatching from years of obscurity in the middle of the desert.
tobias
  
This  is the day of stunningly beautiful and amazing proves that nature "outevolutionises" any human imagination.
New species of seadragon discovered in wild for first time off Western Australia's south coast - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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By Jacqueline Lynch Fri Jan 13 20:30:07 EST 2017 Photo The first live observations of the ruby seadragon in the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. Supplied: Marine Biodiversity Records A newly discovered species of seadragon, which has never before been seen in the wild, has been spotted off the south coast of Western Australia.The ruby sead...
Oliver
  
... btw, these shrimps are looking very similar to the horseshoe crabs:
Horseshoe crab - Wikipedia
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Horseshoe crabs are marine arthropods of the family Limulidae and order Xiphosura or Xiphosurida, that live primarily in and around shallow ocean waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. ...
Carolus Rex
  
That's what I thought, when I first saw Mike's picture.