24 April, 2018

ElephantTeeth comments on Yesterday, in my city, a man rented a van and deliberately mowed down a number of pedestrians who were living their lives. It has now been confirmed he posted on Facebook about an "incel rebellion" just before doing so

ElephantTeeth comments on Yesterday, in my city, a man rented a van and deliberately mowed down a number of pedestrians who were living their lives. It has now been confirmed he posted on Facebook about an "incel rebellion" just before doing so: "North American (and to a certain degree European) self-radicalization all starts with a young man feeling isolated and antagonized, and when he seeks out a support community, he is found by a toxic group that seeks to indoctrinate this vulnerable young man to their agenda. They offer community, a shoulder to cry on, sympathy, understanding -- they use these emotional ties to alienate the target from their IRL peers and potential support systems.

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22 April, 2018

Penn State's 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go Outside - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Penn State's 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go Outside - Hit & Run : Reason.com: "A key issue for administrators was that the Outing Club frequently visit locations with poor cell phone coverage. This wasn't an issue during the Coolidge administration, but now that cell phones exist, students are apparently expected to remain glued to them at all times.

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21 April, 2018

19 April, 2018

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody on Being Madly in Love

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody on Being Madly in Love: "MP: I never experienced unconditional love until I met her. [He tears up.]

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What Comes After The Social Media Empires

What Comes After The Social Media Empires:

It’s a truism in Washington that Congress typically gets around to solving a problem only after it’s too late. We were riveted by the Facebook hearings last week. But it is possible that scale and centralization are just yesterday’s and today’s problems in this landscape of media and politics. Tomorrow’s may involve the birth of a fragmented new ecosystem with no Silicon Valley headquarters and no executives to grill.



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17 April, 2018

Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet

Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet:

To me, one of the patterns we see that makes the world go wrong is when somebody acts as if they aren’t powerful when they actually are powerful. So if you’re still reacting against whatever you used to struggle for, but actually you’re in control, then you end up creating great damage in the world.



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Cause of Death - Reality vs. Google vs. Media - GIF on Imgur

Cause of Death - Reality vs. Google vs. Media - GIF on Imgur:

This animation shows the percentage share of top causes averaged from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (1999-2016), Google search trends (2004-2016), and headlines from the Guardian and New York Times (2004-2016). The data was collected by Hasan Al-Jamaly, Maximillian Siemers, Owen Shen, and Nicole Stone for their in-depth write up here: https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/8cmvms/death_reality_vs_reported/. All credit for the data goes to them.



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15 April, 2018

Trial of American pastor highlights strained U.S.-Turkish alliance - The Washington Post

Trial of American pastor highlights strained U.S.-Turkish alliance - The Washington Post: " The pastor, Andrew Brunson, was detained in October 2016 during a large-scale wave of arrests by the authorities after a failed coup attempt in Turkey. A formal indictment — presented a year and a half after Brunson’s arrest — accused him of associating with the coup plotters and other offenses, based on evidence that his lawyer, his advocates and U.S. officials have dismissed as groundless.

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Jammersy comments on Have you guys heard of "stealthing"?

Jammersy comments on Have you guys heard of "stealthing"?:




First, "innocent until proven guilty" and "believe the victim" don't conflict, and I'll tell you why. They refer to different audiences and parts of the process.
In order for evidence to be collected and for victims to be treated appropriately for trauma, investigators, counselors, medical professionals, and the support network of the victim should behave as if the victim is telling the truth. Assuming otherwise leads to retrauma, which can undermine the victim's ability to be a competent witness for the prosecution, and can impair the collection of evidence. It's a perverse self-fulfilling cycle when disbelief prevents proper investigation and results in a failure to prosecute.
But in order to preserve the rights of the accused, the police, defense attorney, judge, and general public must treat the accused as innocent until proven otherwise.
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14 April, 2018

Opinion | What the Rich Won’t Tell You - The New York Times

Opinion | What the Rich Won’t Tell You - The New York Times: "Yet we believe that wealthy people seek visibility because those we see are, by definition, visible. In contrast, the people I spoke with expressed a deep ambivalence about identifying as affluent. Rather than brag about their money or show it off, they kept quiet about their advantages. They described themselves as “normal” people who worked hard and spent prudently, distancing themselves from common stereotypes of the wealthy as ostentatious, selfish, snobby and entitled. Ultimately, their accounts illuminate a moral stigma of privilege.

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Regarding the Freedom of Information “hack” |

Regarding the Freedom of Information “hack” |:



Remember what I said about the other installations being called “PublicPortal”? And how 6750 of the 7000 records were public anyways, and how this system is literally designed for facilitating “access to information?” Looking at it further, there are no authentication mechanisms, no password protection, no access restrictions. It’s very clear that the software is intended to serve as a public repository of documents.
It’s also very clear that there at least 250 documents improperly stored there by the province. Documents that the province had a responsibility to protect, and failed.
Mr. Big asked for a document, the server returned it, as it’s supposed to. Then asked for them all, and unluckily for him, 250 of the 7000 were “confidential.” He didn’t even try to hide, apparently having been traced by his IP address.
Was that access fraudulent? It’s for the courts to decide, but I would argue no.
Had this system been audited, or looked at by any reasonably competent security professional, this would have been fixed before it became national news and an embarrassment to the province.


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Léo Major - Wikipedia

Léo Major - Wikipedia:

Léo Major DCM & Bar (January 23, 1921 – October 12, 2008) was a French Canadian soldier in the Régiment de la Chaudière in World War II. He was the only Canadian and one of only three soldiers in the British Commonwealth to ever receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal twice in separate wars.[1]
On the night of April 13, 1945, Major single-handedly liberated the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands from German army occupation


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Learning From My Black Family – The Thinkings of Things

Learning From My Black Family – The Thinkings of Things: "I was raised in a Christian context that, in the name of vigilance against the dangers of revisionist history, actively taught it. I grew up believing that the Puritans were the pinnacle of American Christian orthodoxy and that Martin Luther King Jr. was little more than an adulterous heretic. I was taught that majority black churches were corrupted by the prosperity gospel, irreverent worship, and too many women in leadership.
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