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“It’s a shadowy group of plainclothes officers who have been detaining persons of interest in the city for decades.” vox.com/identities/2020/7/31/2

I long to take the rest of the day off and watch horror movies. But writing a poisoning is on the docket today, so off I go.

So they found and arrested the Twitter bitcoin hacker.

Great, I guess. Now do the criminal dictator squatting in our White House. bbc.com/news/business-53617198

Well, time got away from me so I can’t portal fantasy this morning.

There’s always tomorrow. Onward to lunch and other projects.

Follow-up thought: INTERNET ARCHIVE IS *NOT* A LIBRARY.

A library *asks for consent*.

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And no, I’ve never been stung. But I don’t want to push my luck for being a damn Totoro bus for the little fellows.

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It’s not that I dislike wasps! I am neutral on them, they’re great pollinators. I just really, really wish they would not hitch rides on me, that’s all.

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I don’t mind the bees. In fact, I rather enjoy them. But it does my nerves no good when wasps hitch a ride on shoulder, ponytail, or cheek.

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I also did 5km in steadily mounting heat, and was besieged by wasps, of all things.

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They set a pretty punishing pace, but that means they’ll be worn out and behave today, right? RIGHT?

*cue distant laughter*

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Anyway, on with the walk report! This morning’s dog-walking was more of a jog. Boxnoggin and B were very busy indeed.

And again, there are words for dudes who treat consent as if it doesn’t matter.

We all know them.

And they’re not nice words.

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Whatever goodwill IA gained in other areas has been irreparably tarnished not only by initial theft but now by continuing to say, in effect, that the consent of creatives doesn’t matter.

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Doing a good deed once or twice doesn’t give you carte blanche to ignore consent. It’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card.

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But instead of asking, Kahle and the Internet Archive just *took*.

Whatever good they’ve done in other areas is immaterial.

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(Some would still say no, of course—would Kahle then assume, like others who disregard consent, that “no” actually means “yes” because it’s what he wants to hear?)

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Even now, if IA bothered to simply *ask*—to seek the *consent* of the creators whose work it wants to offer for free—plenty of creators would say yes.

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But IA didn’t bother to ask. Kahle didn’t bother with consent. He just… took. And now he’s trying to clothe his actions with “fweedom” and “charity.”

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All through lockdown, scads of creators have been offering free, low-cost, and pay-what-you-want access to their work. Thousands of them would have agreed to let IA temporarily offer their work.

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