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Smart TV's are dumb

Your TV Is Now a Computer, but Not in a Good Way by Alexis Madrigal @, Jan. 24. You don’t really own it, and it breaks in unpredictable ways.

Reading this made arta want to rant in despair.

This story brings back all kinds of nightmares for me, all the many frustrating aggravating and sometimes even frightening times dealing with PC's and their software in the 90's and cell phone cos. a decade ago and even MaBell in the 70's.... Why does this keep happening to us with each new technology change?

Striking example of how numbers can "lie"

The absurdity of televised White House press briefings strikes hard here

Cartoon vision of wealth

A wealth tax would be bad.

Also the way Bezos would handle it would be to immediately dump his assets into a family trust, and only be taxed on his income. That's what the wealthy in other wealth-taxing countries do.

As a side bonus, it makes the money way harder to trace!

The enormous amount of hate is not real

See this whole thread. It makes it so clear that the enormous amount of hate, divisiveness and mistrust is not real, it is caused by a tiny minority. It is basically ginned up by a small number of teen trolls with a lot of time on their hands. The social media people are failing at the task of maintaining the benefits of freedom of speech. Someone has to fix the problem of being able to play the algorithms. It's not just a Putin problem, as anyone can do it.

Culture Warriors' End Game: A Universe of Pure Hatred

C.S. Lewis in 'Mere Christianity'.

We never learn.

— Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) January 21, 2019

While the media goes on and on about AOC being good at the social media

seems to me that they are sorta trying to keep the suddenly hipster Senator on Twitter to themselves:


Human Rights Shaming and Nationalist Backlash



Very excited to have @RochelleTerman visit @BYU today to present her paper: "Don’t Tell Us What to Do: Human Rights Shaming and Nationalist Backlash"

"Human rights shaming [leads to]...higher nationalist sentiments and hostility towards advocacy efforts."



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