Not Voting Doubles the Value of Someone Else’s Vote
In his Rolling Stone article on John McCain’s failed campaign for the 2000 Republican nomination for President, David Foster Wallace wrote about how not voting…
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october 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Discovers the Unfairness of the World - The Atlantic
The Supreme Court nominee and his defenders proved unable to extend their awareness of injustice into empathy with Christine Blasey Ford.
culture  politics  2018 
october 2018
The Kavanaugh Accusations: What Teens Think - The Atlantic
“They just keep saying ‘Boys will be boys.’ But I’m in high school—I don’t want that to happen to me.”
culture  politics  2018 
october 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof - The Atlantic
The question isn’t whether he can win confirmation—it’s whether he can defend against the charge he faces in a manner that is both persuasive and honorable.
politics  2018 
october 2018
Conservative Women Stand by Kavanaugh After Hearing - The Atlantic
Local- and state-level leaders across the country say they’re ready to lash out against Democrats in the midterm elections.
2018  culture  politics 
october 2018
Devin Nunes's Family Farm Moved to Iowa, Employs Undocumented Workers
Devin Nunes has a secret. I went to Iowa to investigate it. Things got weird.
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october 2018
‘The trauma for a man’: Male fury and fear rises in GOP in defense of Kavanaugh - The Washington Post
Reflecting widespread conservative sentiment, Donald Trump Jr. says he worries more for his sons than his daughters in the #MeToo era.
politics  2018  culture 
october 2018
‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team
C hris Christie noticed a piece in the New York Times – that’s how it all started. The New Jersey governor had dropped out of the presidential race in February…
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september 2018
If Your Chair Hurts Your Back, Blame Technology, Then Try These Hacks : Shots - Health News : NPR
Chair design shifted dramatically about a hundred years ago, and it hasn't been good for our backs. Our daily lives are filled with chairs that make our posture worse. Luckily, we've got hacks.
ergonomics  health  2018  advice 
september 2018
Scientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was Profound
When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal can be. The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were “unbelievable.”
science  psychology  2018 
september 2018
Mary Meeker, the legendary internet analyst, is leaving Kleiner Perkins - Recode
from Daring Fireball

Theodore Schleifer, reporting for Recode:

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the premier Silicon Valley investors at one of its premier venture capital firms, is leaving her position in an abrupt, high-profile splitting of the firm she helped lead.

Meeker is leading an exodus of late-stage investors from Kleiner Perkins in its most dramatic shake-up since legendary investor John Doerr stepped back from his role more than two years ago. Meeker’s exit — she, along with three of her partners, will form a new firm — will undoubtedly deal a hard blow to Kleiner Perkins, given her high profile in the business community and her stature as by far the most senior woman in venture capital.

Here’s how you know this is a huge deal:

“I don’t think it’s a huge deal,” Ted Schlein, who succeeded Doerr as the de facto head of the firm, said in an interview.

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september 2018
Steve Bannon, in His $1,400 Hotel Suite, Rails Against the ‘Elite’
Simultaneously pathetic and infuriating.

I can’t even tell if he’s dossembling or just a sycophantic husk. “Brown nosing” doesn’t begin to describe the submissive hypocrisy.
culture  psychology  politics  2018 
september 2018
Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent’s Stealth Takeover of America
Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions, argues Duke historian Nancy MacLean

This article is Terrifying.
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august 2018
Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf
‘We need to cultivate a new kind of brain: a “bi-literate’ reading brain’Illustration: Sebastien Thibault L ook around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the…
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august 2018
Opinion | The Full-Spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump
There’s never been any confusion about the character defects of Donald Trump. The question has always been just how far he would go and whether other…
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august 2018
Glenn Greenwald, the Bane of Their Resistance | The New Yorker
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Self righteous Bernie Bro is self righteous, holds impossible and ill defined ideals, and is very much do as I say, not as I do.
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august 2018
My Affair With the Intellectual Dark Web – Great Escape – Medium
The sky was heavy with waiting snow that night. I left the meeting and walked up lower Fifth Avenue in the darkness. There were few people on the street save a handful of last-minute shoppers gathering rations before the storm. School had already been canceled for the next day, street cleaning suspended, offices closed. It had been, I realized, more than three years since I’d hunkered down for the snowpocalypse in that Brooklyn apartment, watching Bloggingheads and grieving over my imminent divorce. Amid this thought came a devastating epiphany: Over these years, I’d weaned myself off the long conversation of my marriage by switching over to the conversations of Free Speech YouTube. It wasn’t just political loneliness I’d felt—it was the loneliness of a partnership ended, a dialogue converted to an interior monologue. Having lost my human intellectual ally, I’d tried to rig up a new ally — or a whole group of allies — via internet videos.
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august 2018
Are Baths Too Hot for Testicles?
Do Men Enter Bathtubs on Hands and Knees, So Their Balls Hit the Water Last?
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august 2018
Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism - Open Future
Populism, pointless work and panicked youth: an interview with David Graeber of LSE
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august 2018
Election-Hacking Lessons from the 2018 Def Con Hackers Conference | The New Yorker
Sue Halpern on the 2018 Def Con hackers conference, where hackers were invited to try to infiltrate several types of widely used vote-counting machines.

(tag really should read “Advice”)
politics  2018  technology  espionage  advice  security 
august 2018
Opinion | America is slouching toward autocracy
President Trump at the White House on Aug. 17. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Columnist In their book, “ How Democracies Die ,” political scientists…
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august 2018
How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?
An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc.—has sprung up around sleep. Give or take a contrarian or two, the message of most of this stuff seems to be that sleep is good, and that if you’re not sleeping seven or eight hours a night, you should be. And since you’re probably not sleeping seven or eight hours a night—since, in all likelihood, you can barely focus on this sentence, having sacrificed one or two or all of your needed eight hours to soothing your newborn, or streaming bad TV, or snorting cocaine—what all this stuff is really saying is: sleep more.
sleep  health  advice  2018 
august 2018
How three conspiracy theorists took 'Q' and sparked Qanon
In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded…
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august 2018
Oscillating brain goes regular before migraine pain hits | Ars Technica
Brain goes from chaotic-happy to regular-ugh to chaotic-painful as migraine hits.
2018  health 
august 2018
Small nudges add up to big electric savings | Ars Technica
Utility does a randomized trial with 42,000 customers to cut peak energy use.
energy  2018  psychology 
august 2018
What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused? - The New York Times
Avital Ronell, a superstar professor, was found by N.Y.U. to have sexually harassed a male grad student. But his charges have met disbelief from some feminist scholars.
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august 2018
'People You May Know:' A Controversial Facebook Feature's 10-Year History
In May 2008, Facebook announced what initially seemed like a fun, whimsical addition to its platform: People You May Know.
culture  2018  technology  web  facebook  espionage 
august 2018
Handle secret credentials in Ruby On Rails — Varvet
Suggestions on storing credentials for Ruby; suggestion is a YAML file that is never checked into source control. But no actual encryption at play.

Seems dated?
security  ruby  how-to  yaml 
july 2018
Use keyring to store your credentials – alexwlchan
Using Python's Keyring library to secure credentials in scripts.
python  security  how-to 
july 2018
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American life. She’s blonde. Her husband is a veteran Marine. Her two children, a boy and a girl, joined the military as adults. She sells houses—she’s a real estate agent at Re/Max—helping others realize their own American dream.
2018  culture  internet  law  privacy  security 
july 2018
Stormy Daniels Arrest in Columbus Was Seemingly a Planned Hit Job
Earlier this month, adult film star Stormy Daniels was arrested while performing at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio. She was accused of touching patrons while performing, which is illegal under Ohio law. The next day, the charges were dropped.
politics  2018  espionage  culture  law 
july 2018
God, Trump and the meaning of morality - The Washington Post
- “Paul had murdered Christians and he went on to minister to many, many people,” Sheila said. “I think he’s being molded by God for the role. I think he’s the right man for the right time. It’s about the survival of the Christian nation.” “We are in mortal danger,” Linda said. “We are in a religious war,” Sheila said. Linda nodded. “We may have to fight and die for our faith,” Sheila said. “I hope it doesn’t come to that, but if it does, we will.”
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july 2018
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