[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 day ago

Probed on whether Queen would be able to win a BRIT gong in 2021, he was reported to have responded:

“We would be forced to have people of different colours and different sexes and we would have to have a trans [person]. You know life doesn’t have to be like that. We can be separate and different.”

Apparently he was ‘ambushed’ and ‘stitched up’ and his words were ‘subtly twisted’ but he never stated what his original words were, if they were different from the quote. I’m not usually a fan of people who use terms like “a trans” or who lament “cancel culture” because gendered categories are removed from awards ceremonies.

https://www.thepinknews.com/2021/11/28/queen-brian-may-brit-awards-twisted-trans/

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 day ago

They definitely did learn. They learned that they could charge for mods and people, sadly, will pay. They’ve learned that they can make more money by paywalling what should be essential patches and bugfixes. They learned that the average gamer is willing to be fleeced. They learned that they can run an IP into the ground and still extract maximum cash from it.

They’ve learned. They just didn’t learn the lesson that we here on Lemmy wanted them to learn. That’s a sad fact of being part of a minority community.

[-] [email protected] 36 points 1 week ago

One of the more believable greentexts I’ve read, and likely for this reason.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 1 week ago

To be clear; semaglutide is a legitimate treatment for diabetes and related conditions that has had an amazing impact on people living with those conditions. One effect of the drug is significantly decreased appetite which usually leads to weight loss as well.

But yeah, celebrities started using it to lose weight and suddenly everyone else wants it too.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

I misremembered and have edited my post above: the unit stupidly doesn’t wear bodycams at all.

However, the tactical police units who stormed McKenzie's home and shot him did not wear body cameras.

Under previous questioning, one of the senior constables involved said, "obviously the tactical guys wanted all body-worn switched off".

Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame asked one of the tactical officers why the unit does not use body-worn video.

Officer T1 said the team did not want tactics being given out and "inadvertently it always seems to get out on social media".

https://9news.com.au/article/83310510-9e0e-44a3-84b0-5bd275dce9af

[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

In the NSW (Australian) emergency services, there’s now a division that’s been slowly rolling out called the PACER (Police, Ambulance, Clinical, Early Response) program where Police can have mental health clinicians who are based with them attend to a call to provide immediate advice, support and mental health therapy in some cases. It’s still a pilot program at the moment but where it has been rolled out it’s significantly reduced mental health presentations to hospital at the very least. I’m keen for statistics to be seen around reductions in arrests or charges, because I think they’re likely to follow.

Thankfully Police shootings in NSW are generally pretty rare, but they still happen. Recently (2023) a 95 year old woman using a walking frame and wielding a knife was tasered by a cop and died a week later from her injuries, and back in 2019 a man was executed by three shots to the back while having a psychotic episode after officers ~~disabled their bodycams~~ (edit: I misremembered - the cops that stormed the house weren’t wearing bodycams at all). We don’t have it as bad as some do, but it’s still not a great situation.

Although we in Australia are pretty frickin arse-backwards and conservative about stupid shit, I do have a lot of faith and hope in programs like PACER. I just hope it can be expanded and become mandatory statewide, but the cynic in me says that’s not likely. As someone who’s had to call Police for a relative’s mental health crisis before, I can definitely understand the fear.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago

I would love for more of this work to be done in my country too - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have so much lore, history and knowledge that we’ve been losing with each passing generation due to the ongoing effects of colonialism. I agree that video is the most appropriate way to preserve oral traditions and knowledge, and that we should be creating massive publicly-accessible databases to store and view them.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 week ago

I was imagining a one-off cost, but you’ve very likely right in that any software like this will be subscription-based. I guess my point still stands RE: salary package - while the base salary might end up being similar, you don’t have to pay an AI bonuses or any other tax avoidance crap like a company car etc.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago

I always used to use a 3PA that had no ads or recommendations, just my own curated sub list, and I honestly loved that. There were definitely echo chambers but things worked well for me as long as I stayed conscious to that. Then when the APIpocalypse happened I browsed reddit on the web and in their official app for the first time in almost ten years and just noped right the fuck off.

At one point in my feed it went:

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Like, only 1/6 items were things I had actually asked to see. It was atrocious. Default reddit is absolutely cancer now, and I really struggle to empathise with people who are still using it vanilla without any extensions or domain changes.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 week ago

I mean there’s also just the sheer financial savings of not having to pay an exorbitant CEO salary and package as well. That’s massive savings, and the company gets an office back to give to someone who needs it. There’s seriously no downsides for boards of directors to keep replacing CEOs with algorithms.

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NSW Police is considering authorising the use of "extraordinary" powers to search and identify protesters ahead of a pro-Palestinian rally in Sydney planned for Sunday.

Acting Commissioner Dave Hudson said an event by the Palestinian Action Group Sydney was deemed unauthorised this week due to a form not being submitted within the required time frame.

It followed a protest in front of Sydney Opera House earlier this week where racial epithets were chanted by some attendees.

On Monday night hundreds of people attended a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Sydney Opera House, while the landmark was lit in colours of the Israeli flag.

At the protest flares were lit by some in the crowd and thrown onto the forecourt steps, where rows of police officers were monitoring the situation.

Some protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans like "f… the Jews", "free Palestine" and "shame Israel".

No arrests were made and no-one was reported to have been injured.

Acting Commissioner Hudson on Friday said if the powers were used, police would be able to search attendees without reasonable cause and request identification, where failure to provide relevant documents would be deemed an offence.

The wider powers were introduced after the 2005 Cronulla riots and have been used "intermittently" since, the acting commissioner said.

"The powers are extensive, when the authority is granted all those powers will be available to us, however, we would not be looking to exercise the full suite of powers," Acting Commissioner Hudson said.

"Only the ones bespoke to the situation we're currently in, and we think those additional powers are required to appropriately and safely manage what is to occur on Sunday."

He warned protesters planning to attend not to go to the planned gathering, but said police are expecting between 300 and 400 people at the moment.

"We don't prohibit anyone from the right to protest but there are peaceful manners in which that could happen," Acting Commissioner Hudson said.

"People do have a right to protest, but there are responsibilities with that."

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What are your thoughts on this? I think I’m somewhat on the fence. I firmly believe in the right to protest and that the only effective protests are those that are truly disruptive, but I can also understand the argument that people have the right to feel safe in their homes. Protest rights have been slowly eroded over time in most Australian jurisdictions and so an act like this is sometimes what’s needed to affect change. There’s also the point to be made that the harm that people cause through business decisions doesn’t end at 5PM on a weekday, and we should have the right to protest individuals and their specific actions as well as the companies that they represent.

Thoughts?

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Hoooooooooooooooowdy ho fellow Lemmings. How are we all today?

I'm currently throwing down the last glass of my red wine goon and trying to procrastinate going to bed.

What's happening in your nape of the woods? Neck of the wape? ...Why are you here? Y'know, skarnon?

Extra prompt: what's your worst personal trait? I'm a grammar and spelling nazi, and even though sometimes I understand what people are saying, if it's out of context I pretend I have no fucking idea what they're talking about in order to get them to communicate more effectively.

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