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JG Ballard and Forty Years of the Future |
@timmaughan: "In many ways what it is perceived to mean has become itself simulation as consumer product—from zombie movies and violent video games to reality TV and ‘ruin porn’—all present over-simplified dystopias as escape from middle class mundanity and responsibility, and as such have wrongly had the B-word applied to them. Perhaps it’s time to redefine Ballardian, to save it from becoming a buzzword for the decay aesthetic, and to transform it into a warning sign for the future collapse of culture."
books  from:tor  2019  culture  society  sf 
34 minutes ago by mechazoidal
The government uses images of vulnerable people to test facial recognition software.
"Through a mix of publicly released documents and materials obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, we’ve found that the [NIST] Facial Recognition Verification Testing program depends on images of children who have been exploited for child pornography; U.S. visa applicants, especially those from Mexico; and people who have been arrested and are now deceased. Additional images are drawn from the Department of Homeland Security documentation of travelers boarding aircraft in the U.S. and individuals booked on suspicion of criminal activity."
us  ethics  2019  facial_recognition 
21 hours ago by mechazoidal
How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington | WIRED
"“Google is much savvier at this game than Comcast or AT&T in that it doesn’t pay for strict quid pro quos. Its strategy relies on social capture,” one congressional staffer told WIRED. Google finds an organization that seems to share Google’s values and then donates money without a specific ask, the staffer said."

[...] when EPIC filed complaints with the FTC to block Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007 and Nest in 2014, Google’s response was to pump money into universities, think tanks, and nongovernmental groups. “Money buys silence,” [Marc] Rotenberg says. “Google doesn’t need the experts to agree with them. They only need them to look the other way.”"

CLS Strategies
Computer and Communications Industry Association
American Enterprise Institute
Center for Democracy & Technology
Interactive Advertising Bureau
Business Roundtable
stacks  google  politics  2019  us 
4 days ago by mechazoidal
Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You | WIRED
"Sheikh's avatar doesn't have the beard or owlishly round glasses he wears in real life (ostensibly they're harder to get right, so he did the capture without them), but it's him. It's him so much that when he invites me to lean in and take a closer look at the stubble on his face, it feels incredibly invasive to do so. It's so much Steve Lombardi that, when he later walks into the room for real, I feel like I already know him—despite never having met him in the flesh. The results aren't perfect. When people are speaking excitedly, their avatars' mouths don't move quite as much as their tone would suggest; hair is visible to the individual strand but has a hazy aura around it; tongues look a bit fuzzy. But the aggregate effect is overwhelmingly something along the lines of *this shouldn't be possible*."

Note how many unfortunate names have been used(Facebook Reality Labs, Panoptic Studio - > Sociopticon, etc)
facebook  vr  grim_meathook_future  this_is_fine  2019  from:wired  motion_capture 
4 days ago by mechazoidal
What causes Ruby memory bloat? – Joyful Bikeshedding
"Fragmentation turns out to be mostly a red herring. There's still gains to be had by reducing fragmentation, but main problem is the fact that the [glibc] memory allocator doesn't like to free memory back to the kernel.

The solution turns out to be, fortunately, super simple[MALLOC_ARENA_MAX=2] But finding the solution and the root cause… not so much."
programing  optimization  ruby  linux  2019 
4 days ago by mechazoidal
Ringing in a new asynchronous I/O API []
Linux io_uring: super-fast userspace io through a kernel interface
lwn  linux  io  osdev  2019 
5 days ago by mechazoidal
ongoing by Tim Bray · Graying Out
Mostly a list of tech community giants--TED??
history  chat  technology  internet  list  2019  messaging 
5 days ago by mechazoidal
America’s Defining Divide Isn’t Left vs. Right. It’s Old vs. Young. | HuffPost
"America’s current demographic makeup, Frey said, is unprecedented. Due to rising longevity, falling birth rates and the sheer number of baby boomers (currently between 55 and 73 years old), today’s older Americans have held onto power longer than any previous generation. In 1950, as the boom began, just 8 percent of Americans were over 65; the United States had more people under 25 than over 45. By 2010, when the boomers began to retire, those numbers had flipped and the share of the population over retirement age had increased by 50 percent."
grim_meathook_future  2019  us  statistics 
7 days ago by mechazoidal
flak - rewriting everything in go
On tedu moving to golang from luajit for his blog/web software

"Keeping dependencies light has had its benefits. I knew I could rewrite everything, having written it the first time. Sometimes one gets trapped by a requirement to use a particularly library’s functionality, and then migrating to a new language requires finding an equivalent replacement."
lua  Golang  webdev  2019 
7 days ago by mechazoidal
It's still ridiculously easy to manipulate Facebook with anger | WIRED UK
"137 accounts or groups sounds like a lot, and 180,000 sounds like a lot of people reached, but in the world of online influence these numbers are not just small, they’re embarrassingly small. I have met individual young clickbait merchants in Kosovo with easily larger digital presences than the network that Facebook has described. So, while this discovery is a first, it is a very, very small one.

The problem of online influence hasn’t gone away; in fact it’s only just arrived. Next time you feel that prickle of outrage building online, stop. Pause. And know that there are plenty of people online dedicated to making you feel that way."
facebook  uk  2016_populism  2019  from:wired  socialmedia  information_warfare  psychological_warfare 
8 days ago by mechazoidal
A Mysterious Hard Brexit Group Run By A Young Tory Writer Is Now Britain’s Biggest Spending Political Campaign On Facebook
Tim Dawson

"Many in Westminster have “drunk the nectar” when it comes to believing in the power of Facebook to persuade voters, Dommett said. And they’re scared to introduce restrictions that could disadvantage them in future campaigns."
facebook  2016_populism  2019  uk  politics 
9 days ago by mechazoidal
Applied Monotonicity: A Brief History of CRDTs in Riak
"Our work is inspired by a problem we observed in LVars (Kuper and Newton 2013), Lasp, and BloomL: functions must be monotonic (or homomorphic, a special case of monotonicity) to ensure both correctness and convergence of the system; in each of these systems functions are assumed to be correctly implemented and annotated accordingly. As we demonstrated in this article, *this is very difficult to get right*. Not only is monotonicity difficult to get right in practice, for systems that use monotonicity, they must be high-performance and cheap. In the case of CRDTs, the Observed-Remove Set was much too expensive to actually use in practice, but it’s easy to implement and reason about. For any monotonic solution to gain adoption, it essential that the solutions be both easy to use and not prohibitively expensive."
crdt  riak  bloom  calm  2019  math  piperesearch 
10 days ago by mechazoidal
WTF is UNIST? – Patrick Miller – Medium
"Lots of people get into fighting games through Street Fighter and think they just like Street Fighter. Then, one day, somebody — maybe the Niche Anime Player at their locals — will show them something that makes them realize that Street Fighter taught them to like fighting games, not just Street Fighter.

For me, that game was Guilty Gear, about 16 years ago. Guilty Gear is probably not that game for most of the people who read this. But UNIST might be that game for you now. (And Guilty Gear might be for you, after you play UNIST.)"
fightman  2019 
13 days ago by mechazoidal
In the Middle East, a booming market for spy technology
@bruces: "It must be pretty satisfying to watch the Americans and Chinese squabble over weird cyberwar hardware when you know you can buy all the coolest stuff from Israelis offshored in Cyprus"

Of course it's the Saudis who want most of it, because China's population management is their desire
security  grim_meathook_future  middle_east  espionage  2019 
17 days ago by mechazoidal
Charging people to get their own money
A followup to the WorkMarket story, this time it's "Contently"
freelancing  business  2019 
18 days ago by mechazoidal
On DOTS: C++ & C# – Unity Blog
They are moving low-level engine code to C#, with their own high-performance compiler
c#  unity3d  programming  gamedev  2019 
19 days ago by mechazoidal
"Our work leverages vulnerabilities in operating system IOMMU usage to compromise a target system via DMA, even in the presence of an IOMMU that is enabled and configured to defend against DMA attacks. The novel Thunderclap security evaluation platform, built on field-programmable gate array (FPGA) hardware, mimics the functionality of a legitimate peripheral device to convince a target operating system to grant it access to regions of memory. It then examines those regions of memory to find a rich and nuanced attack surface of vulnerable structures that can be exploited to take control of the system.

The rise of hardware interconnects like Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C that combine power input, video output, and peripheral device DMA over the same port greatly increases the real-world applicability of Thunderclap vulnerabilities. Thunderbolt can allow potentially malicious devices to hotplug into a running machine and obtain direct memory access, which makes DMA attacks against temporarily unattended targets feasible. Furthermore, the confusion of power, video, and DMA facilitates the creation of malicious charging stations or projectors that take control of connected machines.

Additionally, our work shows that the Thunderclap vulnerabilities can also be exploited by compromised firmware on existing PCI Express devices, for example network cards or baseboard management controllers (BMCs) integrated into servers. "

Note that there are some os mitigations already released, but these are fundamental flaws in the Thunderbolt model.
thunderbolt  hardware  exploit  2019  security  vulnerability  usb 
20 days ago by mechazoidal
Microsoft’s HoloLens 2: a $3500 mixed reality headset for the factory - The Verge
They're admitting it's going to take at least another hardware generation to make this a consumer product, and they're at least paying lip service to "it's an open platform".
Note they switched from Intel(!) in the first gen to ARM. Also note it's lasers, MEMS mirrors, AND waveguides.
microsoft  augmentedreality  hardware  2019  electronics  from:verge 
21 days ago by mechazoidal
The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America - The Verge
- Moderators in Phoenix will make just $28,800 per year — while the average Facebook employee has a total compensation of $240,000.
- In stark contrast to the perks lavished on Facebook employees, team leaders micro-manage content moderators’ every bathroom break. Two Muslim employees were ordered to stop praying during their nine minutes per day of allotted “wellness time.”
- Employees can be fired after making just a handful of errors a week, and those who remain live in fear of former colleagues returning to seek vengeance. One man we spoke with started bringing a gun to work to protect himself.
- Employees have been found having sex inside stairwells and a room reserved for lactating mothers, in what one employee describes as “trauma bonding.”
- Moderators cope with seeing traumatic images and videos by telling dark jokes about committing suicide, then smoking weed during breaks to numb their emotions. Moderators are routinely high at work.
- Employees are developing PTSD-like symptoms after they leave the company, but are no longer eligible for any support from Facebook or Cognizant.
- Employees have begun to embrace the fringe viewpoints of the videos and memes that they are supposed to moderate. The Phoenix site is home to a flat Earther and a Holocaust denier. A former employee tells us he no longer believes 9/11 was a terrorist attack.
ptsd  facebook  mental_health  2019  from:verge  labor 
21 days ago by mechazoidal
About Face – Popula
@Nate_Powell_Art: New comics essay up at Popula— “About Face”, connecting paramilitary influence on civilian consumer style as we shrug off the encroaching normalization of fascism. Punisher skulls, b&w flags, beards, blacked-out pickups, and those sweet wraparound Oakleys.
fascism  us  comic  2019  military 
22 days ago by mechazoidal
Managed Obsolescence: Homelessness in America’s Gilded Cities - American Affairs Journal
On LA's Skid Row:
"There’s no doubt that LA needs more affordable housing, and taxing companies like Google is a start. But that is at best a tourniquet to halt a hemorrhaging of social capital that won’t be replenished until the city is once again a place where ordinary people can expect to lead decent lives doing ordinary work. Tech solutionism will do nothing to reverse the breakdown of family and community that has made homelessness so intractable—but it will likely continue driving up LA’s housing costs. That will leave those who can afford to live in the luxury city and those who cannot afford to leave; one class creating the wealth to sustain the other as wards in a program of managed obsolescence."

(note that it does mention the revolving door of "helping" nonprofits, but also correctly notes "the homeless-industrial complex" as a term used in right-wing circles)
poverty  us  2019  essay 
25 days ago by mechazoidal
Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state
SenseNets, NetPosa
(also note that nobody is immune from leaving mongo instances public)
china  surveillance  authoritarianism  2019  article 
27 days ago by mechazoidal
The Modern Trap of Feeling Obligated to Turn Hobbies Into Hustles
"How did we get to the point where free time is so full of things we have to do that there’s no room for things we get to do? When did a beautiful handmade dress become a reminder of one’s inadequacies? Would the world really fall apart if, when I came home from a long day of work, instead of trying to figure out what I could conquer, I sat down and, I don’t know, tried my hand at watercolors? What if I sucked? What if it didn’t matter? What if that’s not the point?"

"We don’t have to monetize or optimize or organize our joy. Hobbies don’t have to be imbued with a purpose beyond our own enjoyment of them. They, alone, can be enough."
inspiration  2019  essay 
27 days ago by mechazoidal
Graceful Shutdown - 250bpm
On an API for hard-vs-graceful shutdown of coroutines
concurrency  api  design  programming  2019  piperesearch 
28 days ago by mechazoidal
Scientist who resisted censorship of climate report lost her job | Reveal
"Maria is a smart, dedicated, and accomplished scientist. If these were normal times, she would continue to make valuable contributions within the park service and for the future of our globe"
climate_change  us  censorship  science  2019 
4 weeks ago by mechazoidal
The Private Company Reshaping American Police Policy - CityLab
"As a result, a large portion of American police policy is now being drafted by a little-known private company with no public oversight."
police  this_is_fine  us  2019 
4 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Rust: A unique perspective
spacejam@lobsters: "This connects pretty well with how I like to introduce these concepts while giving rust trainings. Thinking about mutable vs immutable borrows similarly to RwLocks (for crowds that have concurrency experience) really makes it click effectively."
rust  programming  2019  memory 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Kleptocracy Is on the Rise in America - The Atlantic
Richard Palmer's prescient testimony to Congress.
Noting that the US has a long history and desire to stop money laundering, but thanks to decades of corruption have made it hollow (loophole in Patriot act for real estate, Citizens United)
corruption  politics  capitalism  business  finance  banking  history  from:atlantic  2019 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
S L Ö T H M Ö T H E R on Twitter: "So, I've read and re-read this Escapist piece several times now, and it's a doozy:'s some good points raised, and Pitts goes to great lengths throughout to condemn GG and laboriously descri
"We were having a very public conversation about games journalism, the role of games media, its relation to marketing, and the influence of publishers over review scores, all for the best part of a decade! GobblyGuck didn't start that conversation: It *ENDED* it."

"Quite honestly, I broadly agree with the sentiment of that Escapist piece that we do need to have these conversations again. However, that's not something we can do if we're crediting the movement that killed those conversations with bringing up an uncomfortable truth. It didn't."

"And god damn, I can't get over how perfect that is. From now own I'll be referring to GravellyGrave as the gaming industry's Pinkertons."
( )
gg  tweets  2019  games  journalism  ethics 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Mike Rose on Twitter: "Little thread of potential horror:I am getting very, very worried about the future of Netflix-like subscription models. In the last 6 months, I have been contact by over a dozen different services, who all want to put No More Robots
"But here's the catch: None of these platforms want to pay anything upfront. Instead, they want to pay us "per number of hours" that their users play our games, compared to how many hours their users are playing games overall. Which is obviously going to be *shit* for indie devs"
as @bruces would say, what happens to musicians etc.

But note later in thread: music got cheaper on latter 20th century, but production costs got cheaper as well. Same thing hasn't happened to games yet.
2019  games  business  tweets  gamedev 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Links between gut microbes and depression strengthened
"These are still correlations, not causes. Researchers know that the gut microbiota can produce or stimulate the production of neurotransmitters and neuroactive compounds, such as serotonin, GABA and dopamine, and that these compounds can modulate bacterial growth. The challenge now is to find out whether, and how, these microbe-derived molecules can interact with the human central nervous system, and whether that alters a person’s behaviour or risk of disease. At least now, answering these questions is a wise pursuit, not a wild one."
science  mental_health  biology  from:nature  2019 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software - Motherboard
Tacoma, but nowhere else in WA (yet)

"PredPol isn’t unique in its position as a private company that has quietly become instrumental in the day-to-day functioning of police departments around the country. Ferguson told Motherboard that across the country, there’s been a shift toward the privatization of public safety.

“You are relying on a new technology to help you do the ordinary business of policing, which means you lose some control over how it gets done,” Ferguson said. “You have to rely on technical experts that may not be in house to really run your police department, which is a problem because of public accountability and different incentives.”

“I think that what we’re seeing in this policing tech space is the beginning of a race to become the policing platform,” Ferguson added. “You’re seeing the economic and financial race to become the platform for policing, recognizing that if you become the platform in the data, you win, because everything goes through you.”"
police  grim_meathook_future  2019  from:motherboard  us 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
National Crash Data From E-Scooter Ride-Share Companies Revealed for First Time - Consumer Reports
"Through July 2018, at least 470 electric-scooter injuries were reported to Bird and Lime, the two largest companies in the growing e-scooter ride-share industry, as a result of accidents, according to records obtained by Consumer Reports.

The records—released Tuesday in response to a public records request by CR—also show that the startups were aware of dozens of scooter-involved complaints since their launch in the fall of 2017, and offers insight into what the companies tell local governments when seeking permission to operate in their jurisdictions. "
vehicles  2019 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Dan Olson on Twitter: "I don't want to be doom and gloom, but Patreon is about to eat itself. Or, more specifically, the investors who demand geometric growth are about to demand Patreon eat itself."
@FoldableHuman: I don't want to be doom and gloom, but Patreon is about to eat itself. Or, more specifically, the investors who demand geometric growth are about to demand Patreon eat itself.
tweets  patreon  capitalism  2019 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Bitcoin, Snapchat, Drugs And Death: How A Woman Followed Two "UGNazi" Hackers' Lies To Her Tragic Killing
"But there is also a splintering of reality that’s happening on a much more granular level, among individuals. As the tools of online identity curation proliferate and grow more sophisticated, so do the avenues for deception. Everyone’s familiar with the little lies — a touch-up on Instagram or a stolen idea on Twitter. But what about the big ones? Whom could you defraud, trick, ruin, by presenting false information, or information falsely gained? An infinite number of individual claims to truth presents itself. How can you ever know, really know, that any piece of information you see on a screen is true? Some will find this disorienting, terrifying, paralyzing. Others will feel at home in it. Islam and Woody existed purely in this new world of lies and manufactured reality, where nothing is as it seems."
crime  2019  internet  us 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
The Rise of the Robot Reporter - The New York Times
Billed as AI, but it's really more like automated monitor alerts along with copy generation for minor stories. There is a minor blurb that the News Guild of New York monitors it to make sure it's not taking jobs away.
Heliograf, Cyborg
journalism  ai  2019 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
How Austerity Caused Brexit - Pacific Standard
Laurie Penny: "It turns out the real Brexit was in our hearts all along. It's not about Europe. It's about the British ruling class demonstrating the same rancid scorn for the poor as they did for the nations their grandfathers ransacked, using a working-class revolt as a license to loot the future. It's about just how far we're prepared to fuck ourselves over to prove a point. It's about vicious incompetence swaddled in shabby entitlement. It's about austerity, it's about identity, it's about prejudice, and it's about pride."
brexit  2019 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Artificial Intelligence Device Identifies Objects at the Speed of Light - Tech Briefs
Requires a terahertz light source, but the material itself is only $50.
Of course the next evil thought is "what if the training data is adversarial or just plain incorrect, and now several million of them have been made"
Ah: @pkhuong The technique can only implement linear classifiers, i.e., a perceptron from the 60s. See for a good critique.

@pkhuong There is real work in that area though. comes to mind, where the passive optical component is wedged in the middle of regular computing.
science  computer_vision  2019 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
What Is the Most Poisonous Mushroom? - The Atlantic
Paul Kroeger in Vancouver BC looks for death-cap mushrooms: normally a European species, they are spreading everywhere.
Note that their spores are fragile and the toxicity is in eating them (hello liver transplant, if you recognize it in time)
biology  botany  science  canada  2019  from:atlantic 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
A New Mueller Filing Shows How Russia Misuses U.S. Courts - The Atlantic
"“Our courts act like, and think, that they are operating on the same type of playing field as the Russians,” Estlund said. “But they’re not—the system there is completely different from here. And when the courts are properly responding to what appears to be a legally authorized request for assistance with discovery, often what they’re doing is assisting with an extremely corrupt court proceeding.” Another lawyer who follows this phenomenon closely and requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press echoed Estlund’s assessment: “The Russians have figured out how to weaponize this,” he said. “We have this tremendous system of justice here which isn’t equipped to address nonjudicial questions, like ‘Is this litigant seeking to abuse our entire judicial system?’”"

Note the tactic: mixing fake documents into a "leaked" dump of real documents to discredit the investigation, and trying to get them read into the court order. Note the Prevezon case, where this worked.
russia  information_warfare  legal  2019  from:atlantic  law 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
'Kingdom Hearts III' is a Big, Beautiful Mess - Waypoint
"Soon, some of our most beloved cultural figures will be in the public domain, free to be used by whoever sees it.

And maybe what Kingdom Hearts III does is offer a glimpse of the kind of distinct work that can be created with that freedom. After all, if this is what Square Enix can make with Disney characters with their owners breathing down its neck, imagine what we can do without them."
disney  copyright  games  2019  article 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps - The Verge
"Meanwhile, there’s growing evidence that a number of companies are using Apple’s enterprise program to distribute apps to consumers. iOS developer Alex Fajkowski has discovered that Amazon, DoorDash, and Sonos all distribute beta versions of their apps to non-employees. ": as always, if you let someone deliberately bypass your platform security, someone is going to abuse it.
stacks  apple  pmz  2019 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Polar Vortex 2019: Why Forecasts Are So Accurate Now - The Atlantic
"Understanding months-long events like El Niño, for instance, has allowed meteorologists to go beyond the seven-day forecast. Alley, the Penn State professor, says that he is awed by the new models. Well-studied features of Earth’s climate—like the temperate Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean—emerge in computer models, even though developers have written code that only mimics basic physics. “You translate Newtonian physics into a sphere and get Coriolis [force],” he says. “There’s no line in the code that says, Please make a Gulf Stream. But it is the physics of the Earth, so when you spin it up, the Gulf Stream appears because it has to.”"
meteorology  science  2019  from:atlantic 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Disinformation Threat: Osprey
"A small hub of active, external hostile disinformation actors has been identified and is working in conjunction with a domestic disinformation operation to advance Yellow Vest and WTO narratives.

The network has been accessing the UKIP audience in order to drive narratives into a broader range of visibility.

The threat comprises human-managed (troll) and cyborg (part automated, human-managed accounts).

This is an active, medium risk threat, designated 'Osprey'"
information_warfare  twitter  analysis  bots  2019  uk  france 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Non-public materials from special counsel case used in pro-Russian effort to discredit Russia probe - CNNPolitics
Internet Research Agency indicted, tries to smear by leaking documents they stole(using @HackingRedstone), immediately shut down.
information_warfare  2016_populism  2019 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
'Karma': Inside the hack used by the UAE to break into iPhones of foes
Developed by US Project Raven, technical details not given. Didn't require opening a iMessage on target phone or clicking a link, so possibly a attack against some preview functionality? Gradually stopped working around 2017 due to unrelated (?) updates in iMessage.
security  uae  mercenary_intel  apple  2019  from:reuters 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’ - The New York Times
"“China is not just cheap. It’s a place where, because it’s an authoritarian government, you can marshal 100,000 people to work all night for you,” said Susan Helper, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the former chief economist at the Commerce Department. “That has become an essential part of the product-rollout strategy.”"
manufacturing  pmz  apple  china  us  2019  from:nytimes 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
CZEdwards on Twitter: "“Current conditions mirror what happened after the housing market collapsed. Prices tumbled and property was abundant, but the only people who could afford to buy were those who hadn’t been crippled by the financial crisis.”Wh
@cstross: Thread. (Slow burn leading to: why Saudi Arabia hates solar power despite having 10% of the planet’s potential generating capacity, and why Russia is backing Christian/creationist home schooling in the US. It’s all down to money laundering …)
2019  tweets  finance  crime 
7 weeks ago by mechazoidal
David Roberts on Twitter: "Hear me out ... what if the inability of an independent media to survive & thrive in a plutocratic crony capitalist society is a feature, meant to shield predatory rich people from scrutiny, rather than some unfortunate bug?"
Hear me out ... what if the inability of an independent media to survive & thrive in a plutocratic crony capitalist society is a feature, meant to shield predatory rich people from scrutiny, rather than some unfortunate bug?
journalism  hahaonlyserious  tweet  2019 
7 weeks ago by mechazoidal
How journalism can win back public trust - Vox
Alan Rusbridger: "It may be that the historical division between ads and news is going to melt, and that the traditional economic model for news is not going to be there. But I believe you still need people called journalists, people who look like journalists, who are going to help society decide what’s true and what’s not true. If society needs that but the market can’t pay for it, then what? And I think we do have to articulate a persuasive statement of the public interest, the public service that we are providing. The public really wants this. They’d be 100 percent behind journalists who can adequately and persuasively articulate what the public interest is."
journalism  interview  2019 
7 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Covington Catholic and the Trump-Era Overcorrection - The Atlantic
"The overcorrections are a symptom of the mainstream media’s ongoing preoccupation with winning the affection of the president’s most enthusiastic supporters—an impossible task, because those supporters believe what the president wants them to believe. If you write something they don’t like, you’re fake news. If you correct something you got wrong, you’re also fake news. The only way not to be fake news is to say what they want you to say, the way they want you to say it. News outlets should neither ignore legitimate criticism based on the source nor go out of their way to assuage critics in the hopes of improving their brand."
journalism  propaganda  article  from:atlantic  2019  us 
7 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Sponsored a Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial – Mother Jones
While you're frantically lobbying groups to keep lawmakers from focusing on you, it might not help when you're in the company of the Mercers and Koch.
climate_change  stacks  2019  from:motherjones 
7 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Muggy Disney Parks, Downed AT&T Towers: Firms Tally Climate Risk - Bloomberg
Apple touting its devices to be great in emergencies, Home Depot noting there still be more demand for it's products.
capitalism  climate_change  this_is_fine  2019 
7 weeks ago by mechazoidal
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