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Prompt: Imagine that you are a capable legislator…

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All joking aside, this is the answer.

Ron DeSantis' new target in his 'war on woke'? Colors, apparently (www.msnbc.com)

As part of DeSantis’ “Freedom Summer” initiative, the state’s transportation secretary, Jared W. Perdue, announced earlier this month that bridges in the state will have no choice but to be illuminated in red, white and blue from Memorial Day through Labor Day....

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Gosh, it would be a shame if some of those lights were to be combined or refracted into other colors…

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A generation ago, most funeral homes were mom-and-pop places, often in the business for generations; think “6 Feet Under” if you ever watched it.

Like most other industries, they have now mostly been eaten up by conglomerates that have no connection to the community and only care about the bottom line. Companies like the $10-billion Service Corp Int’l or Assurant, Inc. (which literally sound like 90s TV villains) have wrecked the industry.

It’s an expensive thing that most people will only use once or twice in their lifetime (the family makes the decisions more often that the deceased). It is an area in which most people are ignorant, so they just sort of trust that the people providing the service are doing what they say. If you’ve never paid for a coffin, you probably have no idea what one costs. You don’t know the difference between a good one and a bad one. So imagine an industry where the customer is usually in a mentally vulnerable state, has little to no information, little ability to make a price comparison, is ready to spend thousands of dollars, and will never inspect or verify the product.

Now add that it is a multibillion dollar industry and you can appreciate how easy and how enticing it is for big companies to drive out the family businesses. Those sort of practices also pressure small operations to operate dishonestly in order to compete, and create room for fraudsters to muscle in.

I don’t care if you are having your ashes spread in the ocean or shot into space, or if you are donating your body or being buried in a cardboard box. Find a local, family owned funeral home, set an appointment. They can help you with whatever your plans are.

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Wow, thanks for that. So, what do you recommend about finding a good one?

I’ve seen a lot of people put off finding one or just using whoever shows up first on Google - and often they are worse off for it. I’ve always lived in cities and been involved in the kind of communities where I have a relationship with high quality directors.

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Voice actors are usually paid for the work they do, not the performance of the final product.

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Here’s a longer video I came across. Sky sounds pretty different to me, but we’ll see what the courts think. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdrgFCldvrA

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The entire anti-abortion movement has always been based on a fictitious version of abortion.

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That was one dramatic ride of a headline

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I haven’t been able to find any explanation from Harvard about who the specific students were, or why they were singled out for punishment. Does anybody know? Were they the leaders of the protest? Were they accused of specific acts that were considered more serious than what other students did? I saw one article that said two of them are Rhodes Scholars, but I can’t find much more information.

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Seriously! We’ve been talking about this for 30 years, can we just get it done already?

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    Your submission in “Another provocative flag was flown at another Alito home” was removed for Repost lemmy.world/post/15698502.

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    Sorry, but If my employer asked me to defend a p3do and blame a 9-yo instead, I might just have to take that golden parachute. There are plenty of other high-paying corporate law positions out there.

    All 9 South Dakota tribes endorse Gov. Kristi Noem's banishment (www.usatoday.com)

    On Friday, the second-term governor spent part of a 51-minute press conference in Pierre lamenting the seven prior banishment measures and continued to emphasize her claim that Mexican cartels are using South Dakota’s Indian lands as “safe havens” to distribute drugs in the state.

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    It is also created by a crypto-scheme company. So I’m not sure I have too much confidence

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    It would be pretty useful to have one of those com badges from Star Trek. That seems to be the form factor.

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    Betteridge’s law of headlines is an adage that states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”

    Checks out.

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    Unpopular opinion: “the other side is just bots” is the new “the other side is just paid protestors.”

    Bot warfare is a very real and very serious form of information warfare but the idea that any particular political actor is using it disproportionately is pretty difficult to prove. This article, for example, identifies a study which found a third of internet traffic is made up of “bad bots.” The study shows that the VAST majority of bad bot traffic is targeting Gaming (virtual currency farming), IT (DDoS), and Data Scraping, with propaganda bots making up less than 2%.

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    Your submission in “INSANE TORNADO PIPE intercept with windmills toppled near Greenfield, Iowa!” was removed for Not a news source.

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    Your submission in “Gaza detainees shackled, blindfolded and in nappies at Israel hospital” was removed for Repost lemmy.world/post/15638421.

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    archive.ph/uX8oM

    Weird, I’ve never seen that one. A little unnerving tbh - and a reminder to use good tracking protection! Above is an archive link, and there is actually quite a bit of excellent reporting on this if you want to search for more.

    I won’t use this source in the future.

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    I thought I was the only one. Careless use of the word “to.”

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    I’m not sure either, but you could try posting on !lemmyapps

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    died in police custody

    That’s a funny way to say that she was repeatedly assaulted and beaten to death in an extrajudicial execution. For the crime of having only most of her hair covered while shopping.

    The guardian is such trash.

    Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs admits he beat ex-girlfriend Cassie: ‘I take full responsibility’ (www.theguardian.com)

    The rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs admitted in a video apology that he punched and kicked his ex-girlfriend in 2016 in the hallway of a hotel after CNN released footage of the attack, saying he was “truly sorry” and his actions were “inexcusable”....

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    “I’m sorry for everything. I’m sorry it was recorded on video, I’m sorry I got caught.”

    Iranian President Raisi feared dead as helicopter wreckage found (www.yahoo.com)

    (Reuters) -Hopes are fading that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister have survived a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain and icy weather, an Iranian official said on Monday after search teams located the wreckage. “President Raisi’s helicopter was completely burned in the crash … unfortunately, all...

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    This will be hugely destabilizing. Terrible.

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    I never said I support him.

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    All the people who will suffer and probably die as a result of the instability. Do you think that the world gets better when evil men die?

    Translocation of 2,000 rhinos in Africa gets underway in “one of the most audacious conservation efforts of modern times” (www.discoverwildlife.com)

    “It is a massive privilege to be part of such a conservation initiative,” says Donovan Jooste, wildlife NGO African Parks’ Rhino Rewilding Project Manager, who is overseeing the 2,000+ rhinos. “The opportunity we have to de-risk a species at scale is incredibly exciting.”

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    Aren’t all threesomes bisexual or homosexual? By definition? What does that word mean here?

    Building My Home Server | Kev Quirk (kevquirk.com)

    I came across this blog today while searching and I’m finding it very detailed, human, and instructive. For a beginner like me, this kind of resource is invaluable. What does a server failure feel like at a personal level? How do you make decisions about cost or utilizing existing hardware? These kind of thoughtful reflections...

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    What are some important things that have changed in the past five years that would change some if the choices?

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    Thanks, this is one of the few truly beginner-friendly blogs I’ve found (not just this post, but the entire blog). It would be great for people to suggest some other more up-to-date resources for someone starting out. Specifically, this blog talks about trying and comparing different setups, factoring in costs, time commitments, dealing with setbacks, preparing for different use cases, etc.

    There are lots of resources that share technical details, how-tos, system specs, etc., but not many that I’ve found walking through the decision making process including what worked and what didn’t and why.

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    Looks like most of your posts have a few hundred votes. That’s about as much as we see around these parts. It rare for a post to break 1k

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    Don’t worry everyone, I’m sure all the voice data will be anonymized.

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