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Wealth concentration returning to ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ according to new research (The Washington Post)
The U.S. wealth distribution more closely resembles that of Russia and China than the United Kingdom and France.
power  wealthy  clippings  income+inequality 
11 days ago by mjb
Palantir CEO Alex Karp says he learns of a stopped terror attack weekly - Business Insider
Alex Karp, the CEO of Palantir, the big-data startup said to be looking at an IPO this year, spoke about its role in investigating terrorist attacks. (Business Insider)
clippings  Palantir  libertiesrights  surveillance  intelligence  Alex+Karp  Karp  datamining  politics+of+fear  contractors  terrorism 
11 days ago by mjb
It’s Official: 2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year on Record (The New York Times)
'“We’re no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the NASA group that conducted the analysis. “It’s here. It’s now.”'
clippings  environment  global+warming  data  climate+change 
14 days ago by mjb
Stacey Abrams, in Democrats’ Response, Calls for Ballot Fairness (The New York Times)
We agree with the spirit of Stacey Abrams' reponse to the State of the Union Address, and her voting rights push. We do note that in addition to voter supression, there is candidate suppression and the Democrats haven't yet proven they've rejected that tactic. The party has attacked third party ballot access across the country. Perhaps the seemingly progressive surge will nudge them away?
Trump  clippings  State+of+the+Union  libertiesrights  elections  SOTU  democracy 
14 days ago by mjb
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (Ralph Nader Radio Hour)
We think (we know, from first hand experience) Ralph understands the risks better than he understands the positives of these technologies, even if he gets characterizes it in some pretty melodramatic ways. And we generally agree.
clippings  shoshana+zuboff  advertising  capitalism  privacy  libertiesrights  surveillance  surveillance+capitalism  social+media  Ralph+Nader 
15 days ago by mjb

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