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It Was Never About Liberty – Christopher Keelty – Medium
Americans all know the story of the Boston Tea Party: On December 16, 1773, a mob of patriots known as the Sons of Liberty, disguised in charcoal blackface and Indian dress, boarded a fleet of ships…
history  usa 
yesterday by cito
“Wakanda is not African, and that's OK”, by Nanjala Nyabola for Al Jazeera
But we must see the film in its proper place. That place isn't Africa, and that's okay. It wouldn't be fair to expect one film to take on the burden of representation for a whole continent when it is already fighting for the visibility and representation of over 40 million African Americans in an industry that refuses to see them as more than a token. This is a triumph of African American filmmaking and should be celebrated as such without leaning on Africa as a marketing crutch.
blackpanther  filmmaking  filmcriticism  africa  usa 
yesterday by beep
Did JFK really win because he looked better on television?
Fifty years ago, on Sept. 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon squared off in the first-ever televised general-election presidential debate. Wit ...
politics  usa  history  medias  television 
yesterday by pankkake
Was ist ein Burger ohne Fleisch? Nichts als Brot? | NZZ
Der Impossible Burger ist das real existierende Nahrungsmittel für die strahlend schöne Zukunft. Und woher kommt er? Natürlich aus dem Silicon Valley.
Burger  Fleisch  Nahrungsmittel  SiliconValley  USA  News  Fleischersatz 
yesterday by Einfach_Essen
Study By MIT Economist: U.S. Has Regressed To A Third-World Nation For Most Of Its Citizens - The Intellectualist
In the Lewis model of a dual economy, much of the low-wage sector has little influence over public policy. Check. The high-income sector will keep wages down in the other sector to provide cheap labor for its businesses. Check. Social control is used to keep the low-wage sector from challenging the policies favored by the high-income sector. Mass incarceration – check. The primary goal of the richest members of the high-income sector is to lower taxes. Check. Social and economic mobility is low. Check
politics  usa  economics  poverty 
yesterday by esm
Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian | Technology | The Guardian
"An autonomous Uber car killed a woman in the street in Arizona, police said, in what appears to be the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US.

Tempe police said the self-driving car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman, who was walking outside of the crosswalk and later died at a hospital. There was a vehicle operator inside the car at the time of the crash.

Uber said in a statement on Twitter: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.” A spokesman declined to comment further on the crash."

This is really worrying. Seems that the population of a city in the US have been opted into a trial of experimental life-threatening technology probably without their knowledge or explicit consent.

Blood on the hands of both Uber and the Governor of Arizona here.

I don't think there's any way to make a probabilistic learning algorithm safely deal with every eventuality that may occur on a public road on a real world city. I don't know how many more people need to be murdered by irresponsible programmers before Uber admit that.
technology  murder  death  cars  future  artificial  intelligence  uber  companies-not-to-trust  programming  usa 
yesterday by ssam
Revealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians
An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.
netcritique  facebook  politics  usa  crime  databrokers 
yesterday by mikael
The alt-right is in decline. Has antifascist activism worked?
> Antifascist groups have been the target of criticism from across the political spectrum during the first year of the Trump presidency. The right has made them the basis both of moral panics about violence, and conspiracy theories of subversion. And other leftists have questioned the wisdom of antifascist tactics and strategy.
> The morality of political violence is a weighty, and always important topic, which we need to constantly scrutinize and revisit. That said, most of the antifascist tactics described above are nonviolent. And a lot of antifascist violence has been defensive, notably in Charlottesville.
> As to tactics, the proof is in the pudding. All of the measures described have led not only to failed events and dwindling cadres, but to infighting and blame games in an increasingly fractious far-right movement. Seriously divided, the alt-right looks like it is crumbling.
activism  politics  fascism  antifascism  violence  usa  altRight 
yesterday by jamesmnw

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