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Twitter embed glitches

For reasons I do not understand, if you have embedded a tweet, you must must MUST do two things, or the site may crash. This was the cause of the outage in the last hour, and nothing far worse, thank heavens!

1) Position the cursor after the embed code, and click the Break icon (A/B) on the toolbar icon.

2) Look for "Text Format" below the box where you are typing the post, and into which you pasted the Twitter embed code, and select Full HTML (use for tweets) from the dropdown. Read below the fold...

Tiny homes

Typical HuffPo clickbait headline:

This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year
Another American city is embracing the idea of small homes that'll make a big difference.

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Good news for co-ops in New York with the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative

In These Times:

That company was a worker cooperative called Sí Se Puede—“Yes, We Can” in Spanish. The women started the co-op with the help of the SCO Family of Services’ Center for Family Life, a social-service agency and advocacy group for families. They marketed their business in this low-tech way for months, slowly building up a clientele until they could afford a website.

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Flexian watch: The CIA uses the Amazon Cloud

FCW (the business of Federal Technology):

Gus Hunt, former technology head at the CIA, has been named to Stateless Networks' board of advisors.

As CTO, Hunt was instrumental in the CIA's move to Amazon's AWS cloud platform, as well as piloting network virtualization and software-defined networking products, according to a statement by Stateless Networks.

"Gus played a key role in bringing the most innovative technologies, including Amazon's public cloud deployment, to the CIA," Stateless Networks CEO Kelly Wanser, said. "He understands first-hand how the cloud has evolved and is shaping the future of networking."

Stateless Networks is planning to leverage Hunt's expertise in cloud networking on its Stateless Network Director product, among others.

How cozy. Read below the fold...

"As more hospices enroll patients who aren’t dying, questions about lethal doses arise"

Because markets. Really, the headline says it all. Read below the fold...

"Julian Assange's Life Was in 'Mortal Danger': Rafael Correa"

Telesur TV:

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that he decided to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on 2012 because his life was in risk.

During his weekly report, Correa said that Assange “didn’t have the basic guarantees for a fair trial. His life was in danger.”

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 19th, when he was granted political asylum in the embassy. Assange's political asylum caused a diplomatic crisis between the UK and Ecuador.

Assange was accused of rape in Sweden, but he said that it was just a political play to extradite him to the U.S., where he could have received the death penalty.

“There was the threat that the U.S. judged him under the anti terrorist law, which can lead to death penalty” said Correa.

Last Monday, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, reassured that Assange’s would continue to receive asylum, and said that Ecuador is willing to find a solution for this problem along with British and Swedish governments.

Assanges fears were entirely rational, given what the administration has done to others. Read below the fold...

Michelle Rhee is a horrible human being

"Michael Brown Family To March In New York For Eric Garner, Man Killed By Cop Chokehold"

HuffPo:

The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, will attend a rally in support of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police last month.

Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the Saturday demonstration. Participants will start near the area where Garner was killed and will then head toward the Staten Island District Attorney's office to demand justice.

The march will symbolically link the deaths of Brown and Garner to shed light on harmful policing strategies and patterns of racism by police forces across the country.

Super, excellent, couldn't be better, link all this stuff up! Read below the fold...

Twitter to make itself more like Facebook

Oh, great. I don't know if many of you, readers, use Twitter, but I find it absolutely invaluable to track stories, both breaking and continuing, and far superior to Facebook, which is all crapped up with advertising, and is more about family pix and (to put it more kindly) personal relationships, and not news. Oh well:

If your Twitter stream is looking a little more crap random than usual there’s a concrete reason for that: Twitter has made a behind-the-scenes change which means it’s algorithmically adulterating the mix of content you see. Not that they’re putting it like that, of course.

The specific change in how your Twitter timeline operates allows for the company to inject additional content into your feed from other users you don’t follow. This is in addition to promoted tweet advertising content — you still get that thrust into your feed too.

The nice thing about Twitter is that I see what I have decided I want to see. (I know that's the Daily Me, but for, er, me, that means I'm tracking stories from curated stories and nothing else. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Tony Blair is a horrible human being

Telegraph:

Tony Blair gave Kazakhstan’s autocratic president advice on how to manage his image after the slaughter of unarmed civilians protesting against his regime.

In a letter to Nursultan Nazarbayev, obtained by The Telegraph, Mr Blair told the Kazakh president that the deaths of 14 protesters “tragic though they were, should not obscure the enormous progress” his country had made.

Mr Blair, who is paid millions of pounds a year to give advice to Mr Nazarbayev, goes on to suggest key passages to insert into a speech the president was giving at the University of Cambridge, to defend the action.

Mr Blair is paid through his private consultancy, Tony Blair Associates (TBA), which he set up after leaving Downing Street in 2007. TBA is understood to deploy a number of consultants in key ministries in Kazakhstan.

Human rights activists accuse Mr Blair of acting “disgracefully” in bolstering Mr Nazarbayev’s credibility on the world stage in return for millions of pounds.

Because markets. Read below the fold...

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[Readers, thanks. Based on past performance, I'm going to need 10 contributions to get the server people off my back. I now have 2 3 6,9 but it's a still a slow Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday. Help! And thanks in advance! --lambert]

Readers, I thought I was going to have 'til the end of the month to pay my server bills, but that's not looking so good. (The end of the month because I'm finally digging myself out from the bills from last heating season, and heating season begins again in six weeks!) So, I'm looking at a few hundred, and not my usual tens of thousands, but right now the cupboard is totally bare! I don't even have enough to make a deal with them... Thank you! Read below the fold...

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