Rambler wrote

Animals are used for labor everywhere. Maybe I'm desensitized to it due too the amount of Amish in my area but horses still pull wagons, oxens still plow fields, dogs still pull sleds and herd animals, etc.

There are literally clams (or oysters, I forget) that work as relays in what I believe is a water treatment plant. Depending on water quality they open or shut their shells, which activates the relay which triggers some other automated action.

Animal abuse is wrong, sure, but the concept of animals performing work isn't inherently new and is still used in most parts of the world, even the modern countries.

Also, PETA sucks. Another organization that sounds good on paper and at a glance, would be good to support, but it's littered with scandals.


Rambler wrote

Sorry for the inconvenience. This is done on purpose because of the amount of abuse, spam registrations and posts that happens through Tor.

In the meantime, please consider using I2P or Yggdrasil if you'd like to also post from an alternative network. Tor is on time-out until we can figure out a way to make it not just a ripe avenue of abuse and spam. =/


Rambler wrote

I often wondered about how 'safe' it is to have wireless earbuds in all the time.

I used to work for a psychologist that was always on his phone, and he'd rarely have the phone in his hand and up to his ear and always just used the speaker phone feature. (This is pre-smart phones) This meant me having to be quiet in the background and in hindsight, was likely a huge violation of confidentiality between him and his clients.

His idea was that since he's always on the phone (many of his client sessions were just over the phone) that it was safer to do it like this, for his health. He claims to have known colleagues and peers who developed tumors and brain issues "from always having a cellphone up to their ear".

With that said, I still prefer wired headphones but have recently bought a set of cheap bluetooth earbuds for a part time job I picked up. The cord of my wired set was always getting in the way and I hate tucking it in under my shirt because I can feel it. (But I also hate having my wireless ones die mid-shift)

May go back to the wired set.


Rambler wrote (edited )

The dude was only posting articles about Vietnamese stealing, some of the articles were years old and not even recent.

No apologies needed from anyone who moderates RAMBLE.

The rules of /f/news state clearly in the sidebar:

Please make sure all news is current any from actual news articles unless it's a breaking news event, in which case linking to a Tweet ( for example ) would be appropriate.

Headlines may be modified by a moderator or admin to clarify region of news by adding a tag. (Ex: [USA] or [Russia])

Some Vietnamese dude stealing chickens in 2019 or something is hardly newsworthy.


Rambler OP wrote

Agreed, however, from the same article you have it mentioned that a board member of Tor is also the CEO of the company that sells this data to the US Military / Government.

The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General, which the whistleblower alleges referred their complaint to the Navy, told Motherboard it had received Wyden’s letter and was reviewing it. The Office of the Naval Inspector General declined to comment and directed Motherboard back to its Department of Defense counterpart.

Beyond his day job as CEO of Team Cymru, Rabbi Rob Thomas also sits on the board of the Tor Project, a privacy focused non-profit that maintains the Tor software. That software is what underpins the Tor anonymity network, a collection of thousands of volunteer-run servers that allow anyone to anonymously browse the internet.

“Just like Tor users, the developers, researchers, and founders who've made Tor possible are a diverse group of people. But all of the people who have been involved in Tor are united by a common belief: internet users should have private access to an uncensored web,” the Tor Project’s website reads.

When asked by Motherboard in April about Thomas’ position on the Tor Project board while also being the CEO of a company that sells a capability for attributing activity on the internet, Isabela Bagueros, executive director for the Tor Project, said in an email that “Rabbi Rob's potential conflicts of interest have been vetted according to the standard conflicts disclosure process required of all board members. Based on the board's understanding of Rabbi Rob's work with Team Cymru, the board has not identified any conflicts of interest.”