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Chaos In Greece, Fear On Earth, Holes In Facebook

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  • Greece, which would just be some lazy Balkan/Island place nobody worried much about if it still had drachmas instead of Euros, erupted in terrible violence after grim new "austerity measures" were announced. People are going insane, basically -- how else do you explain throwing gasoline bombs at a bank building, with your fellow humans inside, and killing three of them? Meanwhile, the entire global financial system is either overreacting to this Greek Tragedy or preparing for a lot more "Sovereign Debt Crisis" fun from Portugal, Spain, the UK, etc. So, congratulations to everyone for "surviving" the housing collapse and the credit crisis and the Global Recession, and do please enjoy the Sovereign Debt Crisis. [Economist/Reuters]
  • If you were very tricky with the Facebook, yesterday you might have been able to manipulate your Privacy Settings to let yourself watch the live chats of your friends on Facebook. Luckily, nobody has any idea how Facebook's privacy settings work, including Facebook engineers. [TechCrunch/New York Times]
  • The Senate became bipartisan, hooray! In a 93-5 vote, America's most annoying deliberative body approved some shell-game amendment to the financial reform bill. Instead of a $50-billion "industry funded" stockpile for shutting down Too Big To Fail firms that are actually failing, the money will just be taken from the U.S. Treasury, but only if the Too Big To Fail firm is considered (by someone) to be solvent. And in a purely ceremonial vote, 96 senators voted to ban the use of "taxpayer funds" for bailouts, because the government can ultimately call its money whatever it wants, and also print more of it whenever it runs out. [BusinessWeek/Washington Post]
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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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