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The Atlantic: No One Is Prepared for Hagfish Slime
At first glance, the hagfish—a sinuous, tubular animal with pink-grey skin and a paddle-shaped tail—looks very much like an eel. Naturalists can tell the two apart because hagfish, unlike other fish, lack backbones (and, also, jaws). For everyone else, there’s an even easier method. “Look at the hand holding the fish,” the marine biologist Andrew Thaler once noted. “Is it completely covered in slime? Then, it’s a hagfish.”
biology 
4 minutes ago
The Atlantic: Why Women Have to Wait in Longer Bathroom Lines Than Men Do
Dozens of cities and states have joined the cause of “potty parity,” the somewhat trivializing nickname for the goal of giving men and women equal access to public toilets. These legislative efforts, along with changes to plumbing codes that altered the ratio of men’s to women’s toilets, have certainly helped imbalances in wait times, but they haven’t come close to resolving them.

The issue persists for many reasons: the exigencies of real estate, the building codes that govern construction, and, of course, sexism.
architecture  gender 
3 hours ago
The Daily Beast: The Sex Worker Who Could Hold Keys to Mueller Probe Freed From Moscow Jail
Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s nemesis, the 28-year-old Belarusian self-declared “seductress” and “huntress of billionaires” known as Nastya Rybka, just got out of jail in Moscow.
russia  people  uselection2016  crime 
23 hours ago
Business Insider: China reportedly made an app to show people if they're standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive 'social credit' policy
A province in northern China developed an app to tell users whether they are within a 500-meter radius of someone in debt, state media said.
It's called a "map of deadbeat debtors," the China Daily state-run newspaper reported.
It hopes to get citizens to monitor the so-called debtors and report them to authorities if they seem "capable of paying their debts."
It's part of China's invasive "social credit" system, designed to judge a person's trustworthiness. People have already been punished by it.
china  social 
yesterday
GitHub - shobrook/BitVision: Terminal dashboard for Bitcoin trading, forecasting, and charting
BitVision is a real-time charting and trading dashboard for Bitstamp that works entirely in the terminal. It comes with an automated trading bot that uses machine learning to forecast price movements and place risk-adjusted daily trades.

Unlike other systems, there's no need to host a server or edit tedious setup files. After installing, simply run $ bitvision to start using the dashboard.
bitcoin  software  console 
4 days ago
Der böse Jude - International - tagesanzeiger.ch
Er ist der Antichrist. Der gefährlichste Mensch der Welt. Ein alter reicher Mann, ein Spekulant, der den Zusammenbruch des britischen Pfunds 1992 verursachte, die Asienkrise 1997, die Finanzkrise 2008. Er zerstörte zuerst die Sowjetunion und dann Jugoslawien, um freie Bahn zu schaffen für Afrikaner und Araber, damit diese die Europäer vertreiben. Er sponsert Linksextreme, will den Präsidenten der USA stürzen und lebt von Drogenhandel und Finanzverbrechen. Nebenbei finanziert er Euthanasie, Zensur und Terrorismus. Schon als Kind lieferte er Juden an die Nazis aus, obwohl er selber Jude ist.
politics  people  mime:german 
4 days ago
Exploiting Chrome V8: Krautflare (35C3 CTF 2018) · Jay Bosamiya
In this challenge, we had to obtain remote code execution, simply by exploiting a 1-day bug that forgot the difference between -0 and +0. This has probably been one of the most difficult, fun, and frustrating bugs I have ever exploited.

As someone who has never exploited a JavaScript engine vulnerability ever before, this challenge was a journey, filled with tons of ups and downs.
chrome  security  bug 
4 days ago
Bharat Bandh: Why Workers Brought India to a Halt for Two Days
An estimated 200 million workers across various sectors carried out a protest against the Modi government’s ‘anti-labour’ policies.
india  politics 
4 days ago
Zweiter Weltkrieg: Deutsche Wissenschaftler konnten keine Atombombe bauen · Dlf Nova
Die USA und Nazi-Deutschland lieferten sich einen Wettlauf um die Bombe. So steht es in den Geschichtsbüchern. Diesen Wettlauf hat es nie gegeben, sagt der Kernphysiker Manfred Popp in seinem Vortrag. Denn die deutschen Wissenschaftler wussten einfach nicht, wie die Atombombe gebaut wird.
germany  military  history  mime:german 
4 days ago
The Atlantic: Subpoena the Interpreter
Now Congress faces a very hard question: Subpoena President Donald Trump’s translator, or not?

On Saturday, The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported new details of the extreme things done by Trump to conceal his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin from even the senior-most members of Trump’s own administration. Trump even reportedly seized the interpreter’s notes after one of his meetings, the Trump-Putin sit-down at the Hamburg G20 meeting in July 2017. Even more disturbingly, Trump and Putin met privately a second time at Hamburg—with no American present. In an act of astonishing recklessness, Trump relied entirely on the Russian interpreter, preventing any U.S. record-keeping at all.
trump  people  russia  law 
9 days ago
Neue Serie: Braucht Berlin einen 13. Bezirk? Visionen für die Großstadt der Zukunft - Berlin - Aktuelle Nachrichten - Berliner Morgenpost
Berlin wird voller. In den Innenstadt-Bezirken fehlt Baugrund für Wohnen, Schulen, Freizeit. Wie kann die Stadt wachsen?
berlin  architecture  politics  mime:german 
10 days ago
Justizministerin Barley nimmt Dumont-Verlag das Gesetzblatt weg
Alle Internetnutzer sollen künftig kostenfrei und ohne Barrieren auf erlassene Gesetze zugreifen können. Allerdings muss vorher noch das Grundgesetz geändert werden.
politics  law  mime:german  germany  journalism 
11 days ago
Sitzung abgebrochen: SPD stoppt Betreuungsgeld durch Trick im Bundestag - WELT
Die Sitzung des Bundestags ist am Freitag außerplanmäßig abgebrochen worden. Ein Beschluss zum Betreuungsgeld kam nicht zustande. Die CSU schäumt vor Wut über das Verhalten der SPD.
germany  politics  mime:german 
11 days ago
Blamage! Dieser Stunt der AfD ging gewaltig nach hinten los - Volksverpetzer
Die AfD ist nicht an einer produktiven Mitarbeit im Parlament interessiert. Sie will lediglich unseren Parlamentarismus blockieren und behindern. Das hat sie heute wieder bewiesen. Als Rache dafür, dass ihre Kandidatin für das Amt der Bundestagsvizepräsidentin schon wieder nicht gewählt wurde, hat sie zum zweiten Mal dieses Jahr einen sinnlosen Hammelsprung ausgelöst.
germany  politics  mime:german 
11 days ago
Most of What You Read on the Internet is Written by Outliers
Reddit consists of 97-99% of users rarely contributing to the discussion, just passively consuming the content generated by the other 1-3%. This is a pretty consistent trend in Internet communities and is known as the 1% rule.

But there's more, because not all the users who post do so with the same frequency. The 1% rule is of course just another way of saying that the distribution of contributions follows a Power Law Distribution, which means that the level of inequality gets more drastic as you look at smaller subsets of users.
community 
13 days ago
Linux Journal: Non-Child Process Exit Notification Support
Daniel Colascione submitted some code to support processes knowing when others have terminated. Normally a process can tell when its own child processes have ended, but not unrelated processes, or at least not trivially. Daniel's patch created a new file in the /proc directory entry for each process—a file called "exithand" that is readable by any other process. If the target process is still running, attempts to read() its exithand file will simply block, forcing the querying process to wait. When the target process ends, the read() operation will complete, and the querying process will thereby know that the target process has ended.
linux  filesystem 
13 days ago
The richest families in Florence in 1427 are still the richest families in Florence — Quartz
The richest families in Florence, Italy have had it good for a while—600 years to be precise.

That’s according to a recent study by two Italian economists, Guglielmo Barone and Sauro Mocetti, who compared Florentine taxpayers way back in 1427 to those in 2011. Comparing the family wealth to those with the same surname today, they suggest the richest families in Florence 600 years ago remain the same now.
money  people 
13 days ago
Lehrerin gibt nur noch gute Noten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Ist es gerecht, Schülern die Zukunft zu verbauen, weil Lehrer ihnen schlechte Noten geben? Das hat sich eine Lehrerin gefragt - und entschieden: Bei ihr besteht jeder das Abitur.
education  mime:german 
13 days ago
The Hand Licking Incident
When my oldest son was seven and in second grade, we were living in Kansas. Some time after the school year started, he began licking his hands. He soon was doing so all day, every day.

His teacher wanted it to stop. So did his dad, my husband.
education  psychology 
13 days ago
Cleveland Balloonfest '86: A Short Film By Nathan Truesdell - The Atlantic
In the popular imagination, balloons often represent freedom and joy. But as every adult knows, there is also a profound disillusionment that accompanies the release of a balloon as a child—namely, what goes up must come down, and often with a loud pop.

And so it went with the 1.5 million balloons that were released in September 1986 over the city of Cleveland. The United Way of Cleveland, a nonprofit, staged a fundraiser in which it attempted to beat Disneyland’s Guinness World Record of the most balloons released simultaneously. But fate intervened, and the result was both crazier and more tragic than anyone could have imagined.
people  ecology 
24 days ago
Plane Enthusiasts Spy Air Force One, Reveal Trump's Secret Trip - The Atlantic
The era of spy versus spy—if it ever truly existed—has certainly been ended by the internet. Today it is spy versus tweeter, plane spotter, criminal, activist, journalist, bored teenage hacker, and who knows who else. Many will intend no harm, and most breaches, such as the revelation of President Trump’s flight, will prove harmless.

But neither good intentions nor the fact that most breaches end up being inconsequential matters. The risks are real, and the signs don’t suggest that even the world’s largest superpower is ready to take the issue seriously, not least because it can’t seem to resolve even the simplest of problems: making the president’s plane hard to track.
security 
24 days ago
The Atlantic: The Making of a Trade Warrior
When the world trade organization was established in 1995, its objective was partly to tame wild capitalism. It built on an edifice of trade negotiations hammered out since World War II, and the result resembles a monument to a certain ideal of capitalism. Companies that do business internationally are expected to operate free from most government aid and to avoid anticompetitive tactics such as dumping, or selling below cost to capture market share. If they don’t, other governments can retaliate within the law.

The WTO provides a venue for negotiations among its members but, crucially, it also established a judicial system that can issue binding rulings. The genius of that judiciary, with the seven-person Appellate Body as its final arbiter, is that it lets rival powers see their ambitions reflected back in it. The small countries of the world could envision themselves, like the Lilliputians, tying down America’s outsize strength. And Gulliver, why would he sign up to be ensnared? To give America’s expert trade negotiators the force of law. Pre-WTO, America’s lawyers would fight out a trade agreement, only to find they had no way to hold the other side to it. But here was a fix. The United States was a creating a weapon it could wield best. What was there to lose?
usa  china  market 
24 days ago
The Atlantic: Can Better Angels Fix Politics Without Ending Partisanship?
Even more than the standard understanding of polarization—the widening chasm between preferred political outcomes—the U.S. is riven by negative polarization, a loathing for the other side. To cite the classic metric, the number of Americans who wouldn’t want their child to marry someone of the other political party has skyrocketed since, roughly, the 2008 election.

This is not a novel insight. There’s so much pearl-clutching about polarization and the need for centrist solutions that it has spawned a cottage industry of groups peddling ideas for compromise, along with a counter–cottage industry of commentators who argue that civility is overrated and polarization underrated.

What is intriguing about Better Angels is that it isn’t seeking to formulate a broadly acceptable centrist platform, nor appeal to the vast middle who (Americans are told) really truly just want the country to work. It’s not trying to end partisanship; the group’s very concept, with its red versus blue structure, presupposes polarity. Its premise is not that everyone needs to agree, but simply that they need to be able to talk to one another, and that such a skill has been lost. That seems more manageable and realistic than getting everyone to see eye to eye on policies, but it’s still no easy feat—and even if the group is successful, is fostering an open dialogue within a polarized system enough to fix American politics?
politics  usa  communication 
25 days ago
Slate: Elster v. Seattle: Democracy Voucher Program is likely headed to the Supreme Court.
A promising program designed to remove big money from politics and increase the impact of small donors on elections may be careening toward catastrophe in the courts.
usa  politics 
28 days ago
Salon: Ho ho ho: IRS cuts audits of rich, steps up audits of poor after budget cuts
Republican cuts have crippled the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to audit rich tax cheats, while pressure from those same Republicans has led the IRS to increase audits of the working poor.

An investigation by ProPublica and The Atlantic found that years of Republican-led budget cuts have gutted the agency, causing a steep loss in government revenues. According to ProPublica, the cost to taxpayers may be “at least $18 billion every year, but the true cost could easily run tens of billions of dollars higher.”
usa  money 
28 days ago
The Hill: ‘The damn thing melted’: Climate change and US interests in the Arctic | TheHill
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in April, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced that a rewrite of the Navy's Arctic strategy was underway. Asked by a reporter after the hearing what prompted the new strategy just four years after the Navy issued its U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014-2030, Spencer stated "the damn thing melted."
ecology  politics 
28 days ago
Salon: Brexit: Britain entering a state of emergency
Even a few weeks ago, it would have been unthinkable to suggest that the government and parliament of the United Kingdom might not be able to reach an ultimate decision as to how it should handle Brexit.

The world’s oldest existing democracy, the mother of all parliaments, one of the world’s most sophisticated legal systems and one of the most experienced government bureaucracies in the world should surely be able to draw on existing procedures and precedents even in a situation where a majority vote in the House of Commons seemed out of reach of Her Majesty’s government. But this is not happening.
brexit 
29 days ago
The Atlantic: I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon.
Holiday parties were right around the corner, and I needed a cover story. I didn’t feel like admitting to casual acquaintances, or even to some good friends, that I drive a van for Amazon. I decided to tell them, if asked, that I consult for Amazon, which is loosely true: I spend my days consulting a Rabbit, the handheld Android device loaded with the app that tells me where my next stop is, how many packages are coming off the van, and how hopelessly behind I’ve fallen.
journalism  amazon  people 
29 days ago
New York Post : How arrest of Chinese 'princess' exposes regime's world domination plot
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver on Dec. 6 led to immediate blowback.

Furious Chinese Communists have begun arresting innocent Canadians in retaliation. So far, three of these “revenge hostages” have been taken and are being held in secret jails on vague charges. Beijing hints that the hostage count may grow if Meng is not freed and fast.

Even for a thuggish regime like China’s, this kind of action is almost unprecedented.
china 
4 weeks ago
'They don't care': Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties | Technology | The Guardian
Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation.

Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work. Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker.
facebook  journalism  politics 
5 weeks ago
Deep Code Comment Generation
During software maintenance, code comments help developers
comprehend programs and reduce additional time spent on reading
and navigating source code. Unfortunately, these comments are
often mismatched, missing or outdated in the software projects.
Developers have to infer the functionality from the source code.
This paper proposes a new approach named DeepCom to automatically
generate code comments for Java methods. The generated
comments aim to help developers understand the functionality
of Java methods. DeepCom applies Natural Language Processing
(NLP) techniques to learn from a large code corpus and generates
comments from learned features. We use a deep neural network
that analyzes structural information of Java methods for better
comments generation. We conduct experiments on a large-scale
Java corpus built from 9,714 open source projects from GitHub. We
evaluate the experimental results on a machine translation metric.
Experimental results demonstrate that our method DeepCom
outperforms the state-of-the-art by a substantial margin.
programming  ai 
5 weeks ago
We jumped from planes without parachutes (and lived to tell the tale) - The BMJ
“Would you be willing to jump out of this plane without a parachute?”  

For the last year we’ve posed this question, mid-flight, to dozens of unsuspecting travellers seated on commercial aeroplanes.

Why would we set out to ask such a ridiculous question? Some background may be in order. In 2003, Smith and Pell published a tongue-in-cheek systematic review which concluded that there were no randomised clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating the effectiveness of parachutes in preventing major trauma related to “gravitational challenge.” They argued that the “most radical protagonists of evidence based medicine” should volunteer to participate in a randomised, double blind trial of the parachute. In the two decades since the appearance of this seminal work in The BMJ Christmas issue, the parachute has been the paragon of biological plausibility. The saviour of anecdote. The arch-nemesis of evidence based medicine. There isn’t a week that goes by without a head shaking colleague reminding us that the parachute hasn’t been tested in an RCT.
research 
5 weeks ago
FBI Documents Reveal New Details on Aaron Swartz Inquiry
Nearly two years before the U.S. government’s first known inquiry into the activities of Reddit co-founder and famed digital activist Aaron Swartz, the FBI swept up his email data in a counterterrorism investigation that also ensnared students at an American university, according to a once-secret document first published by Gizmodo.

The email data belonging to Swartz, who was likely not the target of the counterterrorism investigation, was cataloged by the FBI and accessed more than a year later as it weighed potential charges against him for something wholly unrelated. The legal practice of storing data on Americans who are not suspected of crimes, so that it may be used against them later on, has long been denounced by civil liberties experts, who’ve called on courts and lawmakers to curtail the FBI’s “radically” expansive search procedures.
usa  law  privacy 
5 weeks ago
MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug | MIT News
The venom of insects such as wasps and bees is full of compounds that can kill bacteria. Unfortunately, many of these compounds are also toxic for humans, making it impossible to use them as antibiotic drugs.

After performing a systematic study of the antimicrobial properties of a toxin normally found in a South American wasp, researchers at MIT have now created variants of the peptide that are potent against bacteria but nontoxic to human cells.

In a study of mice, the researchers found that their strongest peptide could completely eliminate Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a strain of bacteria that causes respiratory and other infections and is resistant to most antibiotics.
medicine 
6 weeks ago
Facebook accused of striking 'secret deals over user data' - BBC News
Emails written by Facebook's chief and his deputies show the firm struck secret deals to give some developers special access to user data while refusing others, according to MPs.

A cache of internal documents has been published online by a parliamentary committee.

It said the files also showed Facebook had deliberately made it "as hard as possible" for users to be aware of privacy changes to its Android app.
facebook  privacy 
6 weeks ago
A New Connection Between the Gut and Brain
It is well known that a high salt diet leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for an array of health problems, including heart disease and stroke. But over the last decade, studies across human populations have reported the association between salt intake and stroke irrespective of high blood pressure and risk of heart disease, suggesting a missing link between salt intake and brain health.
health  biology 
6 weeks ago
How to steal Ethers: scanning for vulnerable contracts
This article is about Ethereum smart contracts, how you can automatically find bugs in them allowing you to steal money. I will also present forensic evidence that it happens in the wild.
bitcoin  bug 
6 weeks ago
Engadget: Inside Chronicle, Alphabet’s cybersecurity moonshot
Chronicle started as a project inside X, the semi-secretive "moonshot factory" owned by Google parent Alphabet. It was announced last January and immediately spun out into a standalone business underneath the Alphabet umbrella. The reveal confused some people who associate "moonshot" with head-turning hardware like self-driving cars, delivery drones and high-altitude balloons that provide internet service to rural areas. Cybersecurity, while undeniably important, seemed tame by comparison. What exactly had Chronicle built, and why did it need the moonshot treatment to exist?

The answer is complicated.
google  security 
7 weeks ago
Swedish ISP punishes Elsevier for forcing it to block Sci-Hub by also blocking Elsevier / Boing Boing
The Swedish ISP Bahnhof has a strong historic commitment to free speech, so when the notoriously corrupt science publishing giant Elsevier sought to force the ISP to censor connections to the open access site Sci-Hub, the ISP went to court to resist the order.

Unfortunately for Swedes and for science, the Swedish Patent and Market Court (which never met a copyright overreach it didn't love) upheld the order, and Bahnhof, a small ISP with limited resources, decided not to appeal (a bigger, richer ISP had just lost a similar appeal).

Instead, Bahnhof now blocks attempts to visit Sci-Hub domains, and Elsevier.com, redirecting attempts to visit Elsevier to a page explaining how Elsevier's sleaze and bullying have allowed it to monopolize scientific publishing, paywalling publicly funded science that is selected, reviewed and edited by volunteers who mostly work for publicly funded institutions.
science  law 
8 weeks ago
A Business With No End - The New York Times
Recently, one of my students at Stanford told me a strange story. His parents, who live in Palo Alto, Calif., had been receiving mysterious packages at their house. The packages were all different shapes and sizes but each was addressed to “Returns Department, Valley Fountain LLC.”

I looked into it and found that a company called Valley Fountain LLC was indeed listed at his parents’ address. But it also appeared to be listed at 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, in downtown San Francisco.

So were 140 other LLCs, most of which were registered in 2015.
business  crime 
8 weeks ago
Quartz: Auschwitz Museum hits out at Lindsey Graham's Holocaust mansplaining
Earlier this week, representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in support of Central American asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. She referenced previous global refugee crises, including the flight of Jewish families from Germany during World War II—a comparison that Sen. Lindsey Graham disputed.

“I recommend she take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in DC,” Graham tweeted in response to Ocasio-Cortez. “Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana.” He did not specify what those differences were.

Ocasio-Cortez argued that the point of the museum was to keep the era’s lessons alive—including impact of authoritarianism and the forces that drive families to seek asylum elsewhere. Her position was soon reiterated by an organization uniquely positioned to understand the Holocaust’s horrors: the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which maintains the historical site in Poland where Nazis killed an estimated 1.1 million people between 1940 and 1945 through execution and mistreatment.
usa  history 
8 weeks ago
Study shows 60% of Britons believe in conspiracy theories | Society | The Guardian
Sixty per cent of British people believe at least one conspiracy theory about how the country is run or the veracity of information they have been given, a major new study has found, part of a pattern of deep distrust of authority that has become widespread across Europe and the US.

In the UK, people who supported Brexit were considerably more likely to give credence to conspiracy theories than those who opposed it, with 71% of leave voters believing at least one theory compared with 49% of remain voters.
psychology  science  uk  usa 
8 weeks ago
Artikelansicht | Soziopolis
Eine der zentralen Widersprüchlichkeiten der globalen Gesellschaft der Gegenwart betrifft die Ambivalenz von Öffnungs- und Schließungsprozessen. Diese Zwiespältigkeit lässt sich auf verschiedenen Ebenen festmachen. Sie findet sich zum einen im Bereich der sozialen Ungleichheit, in der Gegenläufigkeit zwischen dem Aufstieg und der sozialen Mobilität einer neuen globalen Mittelklasse, vor allem in Asien und Lateinamerika, und der ‚schließenden‘ Zementierung einer neuen, post-industriellen Unterklasse, vor allem in den Industriegesellschaften. Die Ambivalenz zwischen Öffnung und Schließung lässt sich aber auch auf der Ebene der kulturellen Lebensformen und den sie tragenden institutionellen Ordnungen beobachten, um die es mir im Folgenden geht. Auf der einen Seite findet in der Spätmoderne eine historisch außergewöhnliche kulturelle Öffnung der Lebensformen statt, eine Pluralisierung von Lebensstilen, verbunden mit einer Öffnung und Pluralisierung von Geschlechternormen, Konsummustern und individuellen Identitäten, wie sie vor allem von der globalen Mittelklasse getragen wird und sich in den globalen Metropolen konzentriert. Gleichzeitig beobachten wir an verschiedenen Orten weltweit Tendenzen einer kulturellen Schließung von Lebensformen, in denen eine neue rigide Moralisierung wirksam ist. Das Spektrum solcher Schließungen reicht von den partikularen Identitätsgemeinschaften über einen Neo-Nationalismus bis hin zu den religiösen Tendenzen des Fundamentalismus. Die Öffnung der Kontingenz von Lebensformen einerseits, der Versuch ihrer moralischen Schließung andererseits, die wir seit der Jahrtausendwende beobachten, bilden offenbar zwei Tendenzen der globalen Gegenwartsgesellschaft, die vollständig unvereinbar erscheinen.
politics  mime:german 
8 weeks ago
How the NRA nearly put Smith & Wesson out of business - The Washington Post
When a horrific school shooting traumatized the public in 1999, the largest gunmaker in the United States promised to reform itself.

Smith & Wesson’s chief executive spoke passionately about the company’s responsibility for what children did with its weapons.

Gun control advocates hoped it was the start of something big.

It was. And something brutal, too.
military  usa  politics 
8 weeks ago
Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship - Areo
This essay, although hopefully accessible to everyone, is the most thorough breakdown of the study and written for those who are already somewhat familiar with the problems of ideologically-motivated scholarship, radical skepticism and cultural constructivism.
science 
8 weeks ago
is tech a meritocracy?
My first piece of advice is to stop thinking about yourself as a meritocracy.
gender  communication 
8 weeks ago
Portugal: Shades of Salazar - TIME
Though the 36-year rule of Portugal's António de Oliveira Salazar ended last year, the old man is not yet aware of it. Still immobilized after a stroke and a coma 13 months ago, Salazar calls Cabinet meetings, and his old ministers faithfully attend—even though some of them are no longer in the Cabinet. No one has found the courage to tell the 80-year-old dictator that he has been replaced.
politics  people 
8 weeks ago
„Feliks“ ist enttarnt – Wie das Wikipedia-Monopol zur Desinformation genutzt wird. Von Dirk Pohlmann | NachDenkSeiten – Die kritische Website
Wikipedia hat sich selbst zum Ziel gesetzt, eine „freie und hochwertige Enzyklopädie zu schaffen und damit lexikalisches Wissen zu verbreiten.“ Mittlerweile belegt das Online-Lexikon auf der Rangliste der meistbesuchten Webseiten Platz 5. Es ist also weltweit eine der wichtigsten Informationsquellen im Internet.


Dem eigenen Anspruch kann Wikipedia aber trotz seiner Popularität nicht genügen. Obwohl unter Autoren und Benutzern die Kritik an der Einseitigkeit wichtiger Artikel zu politisch relevanten Themen zunimmt, wurden die Problemfälle bisher als unvermeidliche Folge der Offenheit der Wikipedia interpretiert, die ja gleichzeitig ihr Erfolgsgeheimnis sei. Wenn jeder mitmachen könne, gäbe es eben manchmal Probleme.

Aber nicht der freie Zugang ist die Ursache der Einseitigkeit, sondern die in Wirklichkeit sehr hierarchische Struktur des Online-Lexikons. Sie hat die feindliche Übernahme des in der Öffentlichkeit als Musterbeispiel für ein offenes, demokratisches Zusammenarbeiten geltenden Projekts durch eine Gruppe ermöglicht, die wikipedia-intern als „Politbüro“ bezeichnet wird, und die ich die „Junta“ nenne. Sie herrscht mit „Vandalismusmeldungen“ in Wikipedia und bestraft Unbotmäßigkeiten ihr gegenüber, beispielsweise Einträge, die ihrer Meinung zuwiderlaufen oder sogar die bloße Nennung unserer Youtube Sendung „Geschichten aus Wikihausen“ mit Sperren, teilweise sofort auf Lebenszeit. Die Gruppe hat ihre eigenen Administratoren, also Wikipedia Schiedsrichter und ist damit Täter, Ankläger, Verteidiger, Staatsanwalt und Richter in Personalunion. Das sind groteske Verhältnisse, die dem sorgsam gepflegten öffentlichen Image widersprechen.
wikipedia  people  mime:german 
8 weeks ago
Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left - Vox
A prescient passage from a forgotten book made the rounds after Donald Trump’s election. It was plucked from a 1998 book titled Achieving our Country. The author is Richard Rorty, a liberal philosopher who died in 2007. The book consists of a series of lectures Rorty gave in 1997 about the history of leftist thought in 20th-century America.
usa  politics  future 
8 weeks ago
Dude, you broke the future! - Charlie's Diary
We're living in yesterday's future, and it's nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.

In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn't see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don't like it.
future 
8 weeks ago
The Fantastically Strange Origin of Most Coal on Earth
THIS IS A story about trees—very, very strange looking trees—and some microbes that failed to show up on time. Their non-appearance happened more than 300 million years ago, and what they didn’t do, or rather what happened because they weren’t there, shapes your life and mine.

All you have to do is walk the streets of Beijing or New Delhi or Mexico City: If there’s a smog-laden sky (and there usually is), all that dust blotting out the sun is there because of this story I’m going to tell.
ecology  history 
8 weeks ago
Axes of Evil — The Atavist Magazine
A U.S. soldier stationed in Panmunjom hadn’t been killed in almost a decade. The last was in April 1968, when North Korean guards ambushed a truck en route to the JSA, leaving two Americans and two South Koreans dead. “About 20 bullet holes could be seen in the shattered front windshield of the truck,” the military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported. “Both headlights were blasted out. Three of the tires were punctured, and at least 40 rounds had ripped through the truck’s rear canvas cover.” An observer commented, “I don’t see how anybody survived this.”
usa  korea  military  people  history 
8 weeks ago
Ordinary Person, Wild Radical — The Atavist Magazine
Seventeen years before the Stonewall Riots, Dale Jennings proclaimed to a California court that he was a homosexual. It was the first glimmer of a civil rights revolution. This is the story of an unsung, and reluctant, hero.
gender  people 
8 weeks ago
The Trigger Effect — The Atavist Magazine
In September 2017, a police officer shot and killed a queer college student in Atlanta. By the end of the year, several of the student’s friends had been arrested, and two were dead. What happened at Georgia Tech? 
gender  people 
8 weeks ago
“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades | Vanity Fair
A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.
people  history 
8 weeks ago
ello der elektrische Rollator bekannt aus „Die Höhle der Löwen“ [e-Rollator • Rollator mit Antrieb]
Holen Sie sich ein Stück Unabhängigkeit zurück. Entwickelt und produziert in Deutschland, ist ello die neue Generation fortschrittlicher Rollatoren. Der starke Elektromotor in den Hinterrädern unterstützt Sie bei jedem Schritt. Das spart Kraft, besonders bergauf. Und bergab bremst ello automatisch – für mehr Sicherheit!
health  mime:german 
8 weeks ago
More than a corner store: Spätis struggle for survival in a changing Berlin - The Local
Found on practically every corner of Berlin, Spätis are a core part of the capital's culture. But new regulations and rising rents could be forcing their closure. Can the Späti be saved?
berlin 
9 weeks ago
GitHub - nvdh/paaf: Passive Aggressive Annotation Framework
The Passive Aggressive Annotation Framework (PAAF) provides a set of type safe annotations that developers can use to express passive-agressive statements; the framework is provided as a type safe alternative to comments.
java  humour 
9 weeks ago
Photos: The Woolsey Fire Leaves Devastation in Malibu, California - The Atlantic
Even as firefighters continue to battle the devastating Camp Fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento, several other large wildfires are roaring through tinder-dry sections of California, including the Woolsey Fire, near Malibu. The Woolsey Fire and the nearby Hill Fire have forced the evacuation of nearly 250,000 residents from their homes near the Pacific Coast in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. At least two deaths have been blamed on the fires, which have burned across more than 80,000 acres, destroying more than 150 homes in the past few days.
usa  ecology  mime:image 
9 weeks ago
Neuer Google-Campus in Berlin-Lichtenberg möglich | Berliner Zeitung
Wenn Kreuzberg keinen Google-Campus will, wollen wir ihn jetzt. Ein möglicher Standort: das frühere Stasi-Hauptquartier. So denkt zumindest die CDU im Bezirk Lichtenberg. Den mutigen Vorstoß findet Linken-Bürgermeister Michael Grunst gar nicht schlecht. Der Bezirk will so sein Image aufpolieren. Und er ist nicht der einzige, der Google den Hof machen möchte. Klar ist es in Lichtenberg schön, doch der Name steht eben auch für das ehemalige Stasi-Gefängnis in Hohenschönhausen und die alte MfS-Hauptzentrale in der Normannenstraße, bis heute ein echtes Betonmonster.
germany  google  mime:german  berlin 
9 weeks ago
China’s Orwellian Social Credit Score Isn’t Real – Foreign Policy
China’s sweeping, data-driven “social credit” initiative is sounding alarms. In a speech on Oct. 4, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence described it as “an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life.” But there’s a small problem. The system doesn’t actually exist—at least as it’s generally portrayed.
china  social  privacy 
9 weeks ago
Corporate America's blockchain and bitcoin fever is over - Axios
S&P 500 executives are dropping blockchain buzzwords less on earnings calls and during presentations to analysts and investors. Analysts are also asking about it less.
bitcoin  market 
9 weeks ago
Sherrod Brown: Rumpled, Unvarnished and Just Maybe a Candidate for President - The New York Times
One after another, the Democratic candidates in Ohio fell.

But there was Senator Sherrod Brown celebrating his re-election last Tuesday night at a hotel ballroom before a crowd of anxious revelers.

If his victory speech seemed to double as a calling card for a possible presidential run, there was good reason. Not only had Mr. Brown won his third term in this crucial battleground that President Trump claimed by eight points, he was the only major Democrat to win a statewide seat in Ohio.
usa  politics  people 
9 weeks ago
Salon: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins the rigged conservative shame game — by refusing to play
andria Ocasio-Cortez can’t win.

She can and did win at the political ground game that propelled her to a primary victory over longtime incumbent Joe Crowley, leading to her decisive election to represent New York’s 14th congressional district, and in January she’ll become the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress. That’s the win that counts, by the way — and the people who are offended by her youth, by her outspoken progressive stances on policy issues, by her refusal to pretend that a run for office in America isn’t still overwhelmingly tilted in favor of the affluent established white male, they know it. Her detractors can’t grant her even begrudgingly the respect that her remarkable victory demands and consider that she represents a new generation of American voter, so they look for other fights to pick. Handily, Ocasio-Cortez is a woman of color in America, so there’s no shortage of grotesque assumptions and biases in the collective psyche to mine.
usa  politics  people 
9 weeks ago
Salon: Slow motion civil war
th cases, they were young, and they were white, and they were male, and the actions they took started civil wars.

In 1861, they were cadets from the Citadel Military Academy in South Carolina. The shots they fired that day, along with the bombardment of the fort by the Confederate States Army, are generally considered by historians to be the first shots fired in what became the American Civil War.

In 2017, they were members of the so-called “alt-right” — white supremacists, neo-nazis, neo-confederates, white nationalists, and neo-fascists who were in Charlottesville for the so-called “Unite the Right” rally. When they reached the statue of Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia, they clashed with a group of students who had surrounded the statue. The alt-right demonstrators swung and threw their torches and used pepper spray against the counter-protestors, injuring several.
usa  politics 
9 weeks ago
The Hill: Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation | TheHill
For White House legal counsel, it may be the most chilling five words uttered thus far in the long Russia investigation. President Trump said he has finished working on the questions submitted to him by special counsel Robert Mueller, declaring, "I answered them very easily."

If there is one universally accepted fact in this political morass, it is that nothing is easy about this investigation, let alone "very" easy. Reports indicate that Trump was given a couple dozen questions that focused on Russian collusion allegations and other matters before his inauguration.
uselection2016  crime 
9 weeks ago
Salon: Political correctness is rampant on the right wing — but no one ever admits it
Conservatives always talk about "political correctness" as if it's a concept that only liberals and progressives use when, in fact, they're just as likely to deploy political correctness whenever it suits their purposes.

At the same time, of course, their commitment to enforcing certain norms of respect even regarding veterans is not absolute. We know this because President Donald Trump famously insulted the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a Vietnam war veteran who spent five years as a prisoner of war.
communication  politics 
10 weeks ago
NPR: The Cost of Courage: The 2 Couples Who Rescued My Family From The Nazis
In recent months, I've learned that my life is bound together with two families who took enormous risks to save my father and my grandparents from the Nazis.

What I have discovered about the rescuers is both wondrous and bleak. One family, the Furstenbergs, has thrived; another, the Mynareks, is gone, seemingly without a trace.
people  history 
10 weeks ago
Vox: Period-tracking apps are not for women
In the past three years, an estimated $1 billion of investment has been poured into women’s health technology. This has nothing to do with the tech industry becoming pro-woman.

The “femtech” market is estimated to be worth $50 billion by 2025, but globally, only 10 percent of investor money goes to women-led startups. At Apple, women hold 29 percent of leadership positions and 23 percent of tech positions, and almost all of those women are white. This is very much the industry standard — if anything, slightly better than it. Because “femtech” is everywhere these days, it’s easy to forget that when Apple Health debuted in 2014, senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi told users, “You can monitor all of your metrics that you’re most interested in.” This did not, for nearly a year, include period tracking.
app  gender  health 
10 weeks ago
Slate: Democrats Are Poised to Wipe Out Republicans’ North Carolina Gerrymander In Time for the 2020 Election
North Carolina Republicans have spent the last eight years ruthlessly undermining democracy in their state. The key to their extraordinary success is a series of partisan gerrymanders that dilute the power of Democrats’ vote, allowing the GOP to maintain a firm grasp on the state legislature. But Republicans failed to subvert the one institution capable of reversing this damage to fair representation: the state judiciary. Now voting rights advocates are poised to score a legal victory in North Carolina that could wipe out the GOP’s legislative gerrymander—with the help of civil rights attorney Anita Earls, who was elected to the state Supreme Court last week. The case could give Democrats a real shot at retaking the legislature in 2020, or at least contesting it on an even playing field.
usa  politics 
10 weeks ago
The Atlantic: Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?
These should be boom times for sex.

The share of Americans who say sex between unmarried adults is “not wrong at all” is at an all-time high. New cases of HIV are at an all-time low. Most women can—at last—get birth control for free, and the morning-after pill without a prescription.

If hookups are your thing, Grindr and Tinder offer the prospect of casual sex within the hour. The phrase If something exists, there is porn of it used to be a clever internet meme; now it’s a truism. BDSM plays at the local multiplex—but why bother going? Sex is portrayed, often graphically and sometimes gorgeously, on prime-time cable. Sexting is, statistically speaking, normal.

But despite all this, American teenagers and young adults are having less sex.

To the relief of many parents, educators, and clergy members who care about the health and well-being of young people, teens are launching their sex lives later. From 1991 to 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds, the percentage of high-school students who’d had intercourse dropped from 54 to 40 percent. In other words, in the space of a generation, sex has gone from something most high-school students have experienced to something most haven’t.
sociology 
10 weeks ago
The Needle and the Damage Done | FAIR
On Election Night, what’s the proper role for political journalism?

Of course, it’s easy to say: Just report the election results, and put it into context. But what happens when corporate media—in their zeal to give the public the big picture (and to draw eyeballs)—get too far ahead of the actual facts?

Projecting winners in individual races based on official returns, exit polls and precincts left to report is one thing. But extrapolating early results to make broad leaps in logic about what will happen hours later, across dozens of states where polls haven’t even closed yet, is quite another. That can be a reckless gambit, one that doesn’t take much to turn supposedly “objective” data journalism into flawed, rank speculation, as anyone closely following the whipsawing Election Night media narrative on Tuesday can attest.
politics  journalism 
10 weeks ago
The Hill: Is a world war coming, 100 years after the first? | TheHill
One hundred years ago on Nov. 11, the First World War ended. But instead of living up to its promise of being "the war to end all wars," it laid the foundations of fascism, Nazism, communism and a second, much more bloody world war. It wasn't just the defeat of Germany and its humiliation that paved the way for the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich. In the 1920s and 1930s - similar to what we see happening today - the entire world became more tribal and authoritarian. This eventually led to the Second World War, just as this could bring about a new war soon.
military  history  future 
10 weeks ago
Bloomberg: These Products Show How Hard It’ll Be to Beat China in Trade War
The U.S. and China are on the brink of a new Cold War, with experts such as former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson warning of a new “Economic Iron Curtain” between the world’s two largest economies if they cannot resolve their strategic differences.

Ahead of a meeting with China’s Xi Jinping at the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Group of 20 summit, President Donald Trump has signaled his willingness to cut a deal. Yet, even if the two sides’ deep differences can be overcome, any peace is likely to take months to wrangle and is unlikely to bring immediate relief for companies from the tit-for-tat tariffs that have hit almost 60 percent of goods traded between the U.S. and China.

As a result, companies around the world are being forced to re-examine where they make and buy components and products, with one eye fixed on what has become a new long-term risk to their business models. And, as they do so, an awkward reality is emerging: Any decoupling is likely to take longer and be more disruptive than Trump’s “America First” protectionists argue.
usa  china  market 
10 weeks ago
CNN: A poisoned memorial to World War I: The forests of Verdun
Verdun, France. The guns of World War I fell silent 100 years ago here, but a quiet battle still smolders on in this forest. Roots of trees and arms of ivy grapple with the legacy of four years of war, fighting to reclaim the landscape from the scars of a past conflict.

WWI left behind a broken landscape: shell holes, trenches and soil sown with years of unexploded bombs. Today a forest blankets the battlefields. But it cloaks perhaps millions of dud shells, tens of thousands of bodies and one of the most toxic sites in France.
military  france  history 
10 weeks ago
Slate: Falls Like Ginsburg’s Don’t Seem Like a Big Deal. They Are.
As Ruth Bader Ginsburg has aged, she has earned a certain notoriety, thanks to her formidable career and, let’s face it, her celebrated workout routines. Her boxing, in particular, is evidence that she is a fighter in both the intellectual and physical sense. But she is also human, and sometimes humans, due to advanced age or bone density, fall. Ginsburg is reported to have fallen in her office Wednesday night, and per her doctor’s visit Thursday morning, she cracked three of her ribs in her fall. Given this, her age, and the fact that she likely takes blood thinners (standard practice for patients with cardiac stents, like the one she had placed in 2014), it must be acknowledged that, statistically speaking, her risk of developing dangerous and even deadly complications in the short term is alarmingly high, perhaps exceeding 50 percent. (I am not her doctor and have not evaluated her personally.) Fortunately, Ginsburg has a good track record of beating the odds. I am confident she has nothing but the best medical care and that she and her physicians are doing everything possible to maximize her chances for a swift recovery. But falls are also serious medical events, even though they seem trivial. The challenge for patients, their families, and their doctors is recognizing how serious such injuries can be and figuring out how to properly treat them before complications develop.
people  health 
10 weeks ago
The Atlantic: What Beto Won
You could fill a book with the differences between the Texas Democratic Party in 2018 and the state GOP in 1960, just as you could fill a book with the caveats necessary to write any article that suggests there’s anything at all of interest to national observers about Texas Democrats. Many of those caveats have real weight, and I don’t think I’d put any meaningful amount of money on the proposition that the Texas Democratic Party is going to start seizing the levers of power anytime soon.

But while the strong results the party scored across the board in Texas this year aren’t the end of the status quo, they just might be the beginning of the end. If we’re going to ask whether Texas might “turn blue”—the wrong question anyway, but let’s entertain it—it makes sense first to think about how Texas “turned red,” and how the state’s Democratic party got this weak in the first place. What happened in the state on Tuesday, from the marquee Senate contest between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz down to the election for Harris County tax assessor, reflects that broader history. But the way many talk about Texas does not.
politics  history  people 
10 weeks ago
NME Live: ‘Fake band’ Threatin just played a UK tour to… pretty much no-one
Bands buying Facebook likes is nothing new. The (very silly) practise has been going on for as long as Facebook pages have existed, businesses and bands alike using bots to up their stats in the hopes of improving their social media standing. One LA band, who go by the name of Threatin, appear to have taken this mantra to its most baffling extreme.

Twitter users pointed out that Threatin’s seemingly well-sold UK tour wasn’t all it seemed. Sharing a Facebook post that referenced a Threatin show at Bristol’s The Exchange, the story unfolds thus: “We were expecting it to be a busy night because the promoter had supposedly sold 180 tickets.” But all was not as it seemed.
crime  music 
10 weeks ago
National Geographic: Under poaching pressure, elephants are evolving to lose their tusks
The oldest elephants wandering Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park bear the indelible markings of the civil war that gripped the country for 15 years: Many are tuskless. They’re the lone survivors of a conflict that killed about 90 percent of these beleaguered animals, slaughtered for ivory to finance weapons and for meat to feed the fighters.
biology 
10 weeks ago
Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide : NPR
A team of researchers peered inside bumblebee colonies and spied on insects individually labelled with a tiny tag to figure out exactly how exposure to a common insecticide changes their behavior in the nest.

They found that the insecticide — from a controversial group called neonicotinoids — made the bees more sluggish and antisocial, spending more time on the periphery of the nest. It also made them less-attentive parents, according to research published Thursday in the journal Science.
ecology  biology 
10 weeks ago
The City of Seattle Accidentally Gave Me 32M Emails for $40
The work done throughout this post has led to a massive trove of information that ought to be enormously useful in understanding the dynamics of one the US's biggest cities. A big hope in making this sort of information available to the public is that it will help in changing the dynamic of understanding what sorts of information is accessible.

That said, this is just one city of many which have given me email metadata. As more of it comes through, I’ll be able to map out more and more, but the difficulty in requesting those records continues to get in the way.

Once I get some of these bigger stories out of the way, I’ll start writing fewer stories and write more about public records requesting fundamentals – particularly for digital records.
opendata  bug 
12 weeks ago
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