How dark patterns trick you

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Of course, it’s entirely our fault

And let’s take a moment to observe their latest atrocity:

Roseanne Barr, arguably the face of “pro-Trump” Hollywood, has seen a recent career boost built on giving a voice to the millions of Americans who support the president. But a Tuesday morning Twitter rant is the most recent example of how her efforts to provide a more nuanced portrayal of Trump supporters may be doing more harm than good.

Barr invoked racist and Islamophobic stereotypes that triggered so much outrage that ABC canceled her successful sitcom. The most offensive tweet has been deleted, one combining a common anti-black racist trope with a conspiracy theory referring to former Obama White House senior aide Valerie Jarrett.

OK, there is no nuance. This is who they are. And this is who she is:

And I’m sick of listening to them butt moan about “political correctness.” It used to be called human decency.

Spanky’s child kidnappers take no responsibility

Everyone in this administration deserves to be in jail. They kidnap kids and lose them:

Thanks to Jeff Sessions’s psychotic enthusiasm for separating children from parents at the Mexico border, we know that this administration has about as much love for migrant children as it does for litter. Horrifically, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services has admitted to losing track of 1,475 refugee children who were placed in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. (He didn’t actually have to say that, as “children” have conveniently been renamed with the dehumanizing and palatable moniker “UAC” [Unaccompanied Alien Children].)

In his testimony before a Senate subcommittee on April 26th, DHHS Acting Assistant Secretary Stephen Wagner stated that out of 7,000 children supposedly placed with a parent or sponsor, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) was “unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 UAC.”

And, he added, that “it has been HHS’s long-standing interpretation of the law that ORR is not legally responsible for children after they are released from ORR care.”

Spanky, his minions and his braindead supporters all have a suite reserved for them in hell.

Anything is possible in the Sunshine State: Zombie alerts

It’s Florida. What makes them think there aren’t zombies there? (via Gizmodo)

No one should ever screw around on a public alert system. But considering it’s been a bad year for warning systems—from the Hawaii false emergency alert accidentally informing the public of an incoming missile that didn’t exist to the National Weather Service’s false tsunami warning to the Department of Justice’s Amber Alert site issues that redirected visitors to porn sites—now is an especially bad time for someone to be screwing around on an alert system.

But that may have been what happened when the City of Lake Worth, Florida, sent out a “zombie alert” during a power outage around 1:45am Sunday.

“There are now far less than seven-thousand-three-hundred-eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity,” the alert states. (Get it? There are fewer customers because many are zombies now!)

The message said the alert was for “residents of Lake Worth and Terminus.” Since Terminus is a location in The Walking Dead, it seems likely this message was sent out as a joke or was the result of a hack.

The city public information officer, Ben Kerr, told Gizmodo this has been a reoccurring issue. “We first became aware of the zombie messages during Hurricane Irma,” Kerr told Gizmodo. He doesn’t know when the culprit got into the system and changed the messages, but the city noticed during the August 2017 hurricane because many (zombie-tainted) outage alerts were going out. At the time, the city was able to attend to the message issues before the public noticed.

Lake Worth’s electric utility system is set up to send out automatic alerts when there’s an outage. The system has thousands of pre-programmed messages, Kerr explained. But it seems that at some point someone went through and messed with some of the messages to turn them into zombie jokes. “The actual power systems were not in any way compromised. This is a separate messaging system that at some point has been compromised,” Kerr said. “They just added a zombie fantasy.”