WikiLeaks on Twitter: "CBS Reality Check covers Pizzagate. https://t.co/KNaKp1XONR More: https://t.co/Sc1nFTAFgV"
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(## Long segment *not CBS* that takes claims serioiusly.)
conspiracy  wikileaks 
13 hours ago
Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos meet "Ginger" - HBS Working Knowledge - Harvard Business School
"What does everyone think about the design?" asked Doerr, switching subjects.

"What do you think?" said Jobs to Tim. It was a challenge, not a question.

"I think it's coming along," said Tim, "though we expect—" "I think it sucks!" said Jobs.
apple  steve-jobs  design  segway 
Billy Eichner Is Trying to Talk to You -- Vulture
Chris Pratt, at the height of his breakout year, ran around with me and I literally went up to people and said “This is the hottest star in Hollywood right now. Hollywood Reporter says X about him, Entertainment Weekly says this about him, who is he?” And they didn’t know. They thought he was Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Josh Duhamel. He’s just standing there, and I think it took him by surprise. We played “It’s Spock, Do You Care?” with Zachary Quinto. “Miss, it’s Spock, do you care?” Many people didn’t care. And Zach turned to me and said, “Every actor should have to do this.”
The CIA’s Secret History Is Now Online - BuzzFeed News
There are also secret documents about a telepathy and precognition program known as Star Gate, files the CIA kept on certain media publications, such as Mother Jones, photographs, more than 100,000 pages of internal intelligence bulletins, policy papers and memos written by former CIA directors.
Chinese literature: How Ning Ken's choahuan "ultra-unreal" literary genre is China's answer to magic realism — Quartz
To help bridge this gap, Beijing-based novelist Ning Ken has created a new literary genre to properly convey the absurdity of modern life in China: chaohuan. Meaning “ultra-unreal,” this contemporary mode of literary expression is intended to reflect the modern Chinese zeitgeist in all its dark oddity.
china  literature  surreal 
‘Better Is Good’: Barack Obama's Interview With Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Now, you wouldn’t know that if you talked to Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International or some of the international activist organizations. Certainly you wouldn’t know that if you were talking to some of the writers who criticize our drone policy. But I’ve actually told my staff it’s probably good that they stay critical of this policy, even though I think right now we’re doing the best that we can in a dangerous world with terrorists who would gladly blow up a school bus full of American kids if they could. We probably have got it about right. But if suddenly all those organizations said, “Okay, the Obama administration’s got it right, and we don’t have a problem here,” the instinct towards starting to use it more, and then some of those checks and balances that we’ve built up starting to decay—that’s probably what would happen.
obama  drones  policy  surveillance  activism  dissent 
2 days ago
Why Washington Is Making It Easier For Rich Foreigners To Buy U.S. Real Estate
he real motivation behind the change in the Act back in December is a tax exemption that makes it easier (and cheaper) for foreign stock funds and REITs to buy American real estate. This also opens the door for institutional investors, particularly those in Europe, who are dealing with zero yield and negative interest rates and don't have attractive options for capital preservation long term. Now they have a tax-friendly haven for moving money off shore in a tangible asset, like a high rise mixed-use dwelling in Manhattan
housing  cities  economy 
3 days ago
The Quietus | Features | Tome On The Range | An Extract From Mark Fisher's Ghosts Of My Life
This is quickly established by performing a simple thought experiment. Imagine any record released in the past couple of years being beamed back in time to, say, 1995 and played on the radio. It’s hard to think that it will produce any jolt in the listeners. On the contrary, what would be likely to shock our 1995 audience would be the very recognisability of the sounds: would music really have changed so little in the next seventeen years? Contrast this with the rapid turnover of styles between the 1960s and the 90s: play a jungle record from 1993 to someone in 1989 and it would have sounded like something so new that it challenged them to rethink what music was, or could be. While 20th Century experimental culture was seized by a recombinatorial delirium, which made it feel as if newness was infinitely available, the 21st Century is oppressed by a crushing sense of finitude and exhaustion.
hauntology  mark-fisher  time  culture  history 
4 days ago
Truth or Consequences
Almost as soon as the broadcast aired, a swarm of right-wing blogs assailed Rather’s documents, claiming their typeface and spacing was inconsistent with any known typewriter of the early seventies
blogs  media  ethics  journalism 
8 days ago
Baltimore Aerial Surveillance Program Retained Data Despite 45-Day Privacy Policy Limit | American Civil Liberties Union
After all, this is a system that could become capable of recording all manner of lifestyle data about people, including:

How often various drivers break the speed limit.
Who goes to the gym every day, and who goes once a month
surveillance  privacy 
8 days ago
Everyday Authoritarianism is Boring and Tolerable | Tom Pepinsky
Everyday life in the modern authoritarian regime is, in this sense, boring and tolerable. It is not outrageous. Most critics, even vocal ones, are not going to be murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, they are going to be frustrated. Most not-very-vocal critics will live their lives completely unmolested by the security forces. They will enjoy it when the trains run on time, blame the government when they do not, gripe at their taxes, and save for vacation. Elections, when they happen, will serve the “anesthetic function” that Philippe Schmitter attributed to elections in Portugal under Salazar in the greatly underappreciated in 1978 volume Elections without Choice.
authoritarianism  asia  malaysia 
12 days ago
The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn - The New Yorker
Goldberg went on, “But, even if you did take a naked picture and send it to somebody, that’s not necessarily reckless behavior. That’s time-honored behavior! G.I.s going off to war used to have pics of their wife or girlfriend in a pinup pose. It’s often part of intimate communication. It can be used as a weapon, but, the fact is, almost anything can be used as a weapon.”...Using copyright law to combat revenge porn is a bit like using tax law to go after Al Capone, but copyright is one of the only restrictions that the Internet respects.
photography  revenge-porn 
20 days ago
BBC - Future - The man who studies the spread of ignorance
t comes from agnosis, the neoclassical Greek word for ignorance or ‘not knowing’, and ontology, the branch of metaphysics which deals with the nature of being. Agnotology is the study of wilful acts to spread confusion and deceit, usually to sell a product or win favour.
merchants-of-doubt  ambiguity  fake-news  media 
20 days ago
Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
You also describe emotions as volatile and irrational. This perspective is dated, harkening back to the Greek notion that people must subdue their passions through reason, like a rider on a wild horse. But in fact people work with, not against, their feelings, turning them up or down to suit their needs. Empathy is no different. Yes, it’s an emotional spotlight, but people have the ability to point this spotlight as they see fit. My own research demonstrates that when people simply believe empathy is under their control, they are inspired to try harder at it — for example, in paying attention to the emotions of people who differ from them ethically or politically.
empathy  emotions 
20 days ago
Sinkhole of bureaucracy | The Washington Post
The existence of a mine full of federal paperwork is not well known: Even within the federal workforce, it is often treated as an urban legend, mythic and half-believed­. “That crazy cave,” said Aneesh Chopra, who served as President Obama’s chief technology officer.
government  bureaucracy 
20 days ago
UPDATED: The HB Gary Email That Should Concern Us All
"Persona management software" call by the Air Force in 2011
sock-puppets  astroturf  spies 
21 days ago
Barack Obama on Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Cars, and the Future of Humanity | WIRED
A recent movie captured the same spirit—The Martian. Not because it had a hugely complicated plot, but because it showed a bunch of different people trying to solve a problem. And employing creativity and grit and hard work, and having confidence that if it’s out there, we can figure it out. That is what I love most about America and why it continues to attract people from all around the world for all of the challenges that we face, that spirit of “Oh, we can figure this out.” And what I value most about science is this notion that we can figure this out. Well, we’re gonna try this—if it doesn’t work, we’re gonna figure out why it didn’t work and then we’re gonna try something else. And we will revel in our mistakes, because that is gonna teach us how to ultimately crack the code on the thing that we’re trying to solve. And if we ever lose that spirit, then we’re gonna lose what is essential about America and what I think is essential about being human.
america  obama  collaboration 
23 days ago
A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future
Showing news stories on a timeline has been tried before. But Time Explorer, a prototype news search engine created in Yahoo’s Barcelona research lab, generates timelines that stretch into the future as well as the past.
23 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg Declares He Is God During Facebook Earnings Call
“While helping to connect the world will always be the most important thing I do, there are more global challenges that I feel a responsibility to help solve,” God wrote in a blog post accompanying Facebook’s earnings, which totally crushed it by the way. “Like helping to cure all diseases by the end of this century, upgrading our education system so it’s personalized for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change.”
facebook  zuckerberg 
23 days ago
Little Lies the Internet Told Me - The New Yorker
But the same search on sites like Amazon or Seamless turns up not only relevant results but disguised advertisements, as well. As George Packer recently wrote in the magazine, “Few customers realize that the results generated by Amazon’s search engine are partly determined by promotional fees.” GrubHub Seamless, the merged food-delivery engine, recently revealed in an S.E.C. filing that “restaurants can choose their level of commission rate … to affect their relative priority in sorting algorithms, with restaurants paying higher commission rates generally appearing higher in the search order than restaurants paying lower commission rates.”
23 days ago
The Spy We Forgot - The New York Times
a little-known traitor named Brian Regan. A signals analyst at the National Reconnaissance Office — an agency responsible for managing the country’s spy satellites — Mr. Regan pulled off a heist of more than 20,000 documents containing top-secret satellite images and reports, which he tried to sell to Iraq and Libya...the loopholes that Ms. Manning and Mr. Snowden exploited can be just as easily exploited for committing traditional espionage, as Mr. Regan showed.
spies  nsa  nro 
25 days ago
IBM and the Holocaust - Home Page
But IBM's Hollerith punch card technology did exist. Aided by the company's custom-designed and constantly updated Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.
surveillance  wwii  nazi  ibm  holocaust  history 
26 days ago
The Whatchamacallit Economy - The New York Times
“crowd-based capitalism,” because a crowd of consumers obtains services by connecting, via a platform, with a crowd of suppliers.
uber  sharing-economy 
26 days ago
Genevieve Bell on bringing more people into the AI conversation - O'Reilly Media
AI doesn't come out of nowhere. It came out of a very particular set of preoccupations and concerns in the 1950s and a very particular set of conversations. We have, in some ways, erased that history such that we forget how it came to be
automation  turning  ai 
28 days ago
The Unbelievable Story Behind The Strangest Fake News Empire On The Web - BuzzFeed News
Beginning in late February, there was a sudden onslaught of news stories on Facebook that all claimed one celebrity after another was moving to an unexpected place. The stories had headlines such as “Johnny Depp Explains Why He’s Moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” “Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He’s Moving to Greenville, South Carolina,” and “Demi Lovato Moving to Perris, California.”
fake-news  place 
4 weeks ago
The apocalypse will be live: CNN's mythical end of the world video is real | Media | The Guardian
military band stands in formation between the columns of the Turner broadcasting mansion and the circular reflecting pool that lay on the lawn in the 1980s. One soldier raises a flag to the right, the musicians raise their instruments, and they begin the mournful hymn mentioned by Turner – said by survivors to be the last song played by the band on the Titanic. The low resolution obscures the faces of the musicians, who finish a brief version of the song and snap their instruments to attention. The video fades to black.
apocalypse  death  cnn  weird 
4 weeks ago
‘It’s Important to Be Specific About What We Mean by Change’: A Talk With Andrea Fraser | ARTnews
I don’t consider a work critical because it’s the product of a critique, but only if it can activate a critical process, a kind of critical reflexivity in other people, of their own investments, conflicts, desires, and defenses. That’s what a critical work must do, not just complain about something. Critique at its best is a verb. That’s partly why, if it doesn’t make me acutely anxious, I think it’s not worth doing.
art  politics 
4 weeks ago
Small Town Espionage - 1960 Soviet Spy School / CIA Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42 - YouTube
"Cold War city in the Ukraine named VinnytsIa. Near this city, the KGB designed, built, and operated as a typical American suburban town for the sole purpose of training and educating deep cover spies"
spies  cold-war  russia  fake 
5 weeks ago
The Last Diplomat - WSJ
he competing forces of intelligence and diplomacy began to collide. When Munter pushed the CIA to be more “judicious” in its drone strikes in the tribal areas, the CIA’s station chief responded by telling diplomats not to discuss the drone program even in private meetings with senior Pakistani officials...By the time Edward Snowden leaked classified documents detailing the NSA’s global operations in 2013, the pressure to catch government moles had increased exponentially, former FBI officials say. The bureau was eager to bring cases.
good-writing  politics  government  dc  pakistan  diplomacy  spies  nsa  fbi  national-security 
6 weeks ago
Google, democracy and the truth about internet search | Technology | The Guardian
Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president
6 weeks ago
The Clever Trick An Alt-Right Hot Spot Is Using To Seem Much, Much Bigger - BuzzFeed News
That places the true subscriber count directly next to a multiplier of 1,000,000 (or when Herrman noticed it last week, merely 1,000). A moderator appears to have done the same thing with the online count for the current number of subscribers:
alt-right  fake  reddit 
6 weeks ago
While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks - The New York Times
there is no obvious means for any single piece of content to become a viral hit within the app. There are no ice bucket challenges or Chewbacca moms or Macedonian teenagers pushing fake news on Snapchat.

There is, instead, a practiced authenticity
snapchat  authenticity  viral 
6 weeks ago
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