@pratik I agree with some of your view Pratik but might I say that a politician's job should also include shaping support, not just passively reacting to it. Also, one thing is the support of your electorate, one thing different altogether is the support of corporations that are your campaign financiers; perhaps reducing the influence of money on top elected officials should be a priority for everyone.

@JohnPhilpin thank you. I didn't want to critique the freedom to express a non-expert view on anything (I'm the first to do that); I wanted to spotlight the feeling of needing to express an opinion on anything, feeling that is IMHO entirely created by the interaction of the human personality existing on internet social networks.

Have you ever felt that you had to say your view on a certain news of the day? On a cultural hot topic, like vaccines, immigration, inflation?

I would just try to blunt that obligation to express ourselves on anything in the internet social sphere, an obligation that I know many feel, if subconsciously.

@Cheri I really really like your sentiments here, @Cheri! While reading I had a thought: how about you privately write all you want, then select a couple paragraphs and only post those for the world wide web?

@scojjac oh, thanks for highlighting this. I was looking into them myself for an electric motorbike but this is kinda troublesome.

@jean and Star Trek, 😜 about which I'm happy to report to have initiated Jean maneuver Watch Lower Decks.

@JohnPhilpin I err on the side of thinking people are clever rather than dumb. Forging opinion is super powerful - I hope others are reading our exchange for instance, so that they might get a different perspective on this topic… Positively influencing their opinion maybe?…

@JohnPhilpin I think I know - or at least can hazard a credible guess. It's all about convincing the general public that data isn't worth a thing, just an obscure thing that you shouldn't worry about, just leave it to nerds and statisticians. So that the public looks elsewhere while others get rich off of it.

@JohnPhilpin I guess some export options are there just to comply with the EU's GDPR so they just need to give the data, don't care how u use it / if you can use it… 😅 (which is already a great step forward, as it's still all our own data that they are required to provide us)

@JohnPhilpin oh well, I'd do it with Python programming, one just has to recognize the structure of the json file and then map that structure to the corresponding elements of markdown. I'd see it as a conceptually not so hard task, but somewhat time consuming. Or very time consuming perhaps.

@cygnoir hehe, no worries, I also was and will be super swamped this current month so I couldn't help much. Possibly when things are calmer… 🙂

@odd @pimoore Hi!! Sorry to get back at you so late. We'll surely give back to our community a few takeaways, asap. Would you also be interested in the meetings? If so please email me your email address to be added to the mailing list ☺️

@manton I think we're buying our mil satellites from the USA, are they telling us that that's a capability that US-made satellites have? 🤣

@pratik yep. Also the only thing that can happen if wages don't keep up. Inflation's such an awfully regressive tax.

@jean I'm a very new trekkie! In the last couple months I watched 6/7 seasons of TNG, a couple of old school films. I did watch each of the 3 "rebooted" films when they came out, was not impressed, except for the very good performances by actors. The old stuff has way more meat to it.

How often do I check… - email: every hour or so, mobile notifications are on - twice a day, mobile notifications are on - Twitter: never, mobile notifications are on - Facebook: twice a day

I don't have RSS, TikTok, Mastodon. My stats indicate with high certainty that I (still) love email. @cdevroe

@mroutley those two pieces look fun and I'm glad to know that we can't reject the null hypothesis for friday the 13th 😁 I'm not sure if I have super small reach or there's just us two interested 🙂 still, nice to find you!