Follow-up: The iPad 1 as daily driver | Riccardo Mori
>Assembling a good and extensive-enough set of apps on my iPad 1 took some time and a bit of patience, required by the trial-and-error process, but the end result was not disappointing. Naturally, you have to expect a certain lack of variety in some departments (for example, I searched in vain for a third-party email client that could work under iOS 5, but Apple’s Mail works well after all), but at the moment my iPad 1 has a total of 77 third-party working apps installed, and it’s still a surprisingly capable tool for several tasks.
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Jordan Peterson, explained - Vox
>What happened in the fall of 2016 is that Peterson inserted himself into a national Canadian debate over transgender rights — specifically by refusing to refer to a student by their chosen gender pronouns.
>“I’ve studied Nazism for four decades. And I understand it very well. And I can tell you there are some awful people lurking in the corners,” Peterson says. “They’re ready to come out. And if the radical left keeps pushing the way it’s pushing, they’re going to come.”
i.e. Stay in your place lest you provoke the bigots to violence. Clearly the Jews were responsible for the Nazi's atrocities as well.
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2 days ago
for Thanos so loved the world – Samantha Field
>There’s a gaping hole in both Thanos’ plan and penal substitionary atonement theory. Thanos and God are predestining everyone in the universe to death—or worse, eternal conscious torment, being tortured forever in a lake of fire—when with all their power they could choose another option if they wanted to. With all the Stones in the Gauntlet, granting Thanos the ability to shape the entire universe however he sees fit, he could double the universe’s resources. He could give every planet a renewable energy source capable of meeting any conceivable need. He holds the power and life and death in his hands, and he’s deliberately choosing death.
>The same is true of penal substitionary atonement theory’s god. He could have decided that Adam and Eve were responsible for their own sin and that their descendants wouldn’t inherit their repercussions. But he didn’t. He could have decided against punishing Adam and Eve, along with the rest of us, with Hell. But he didn’t. He could have decided to simply forgive everyone’s Inherited Sin that he saddled us with in the first place. But he didn’t. He could have made Jesus’ sacrifice enough for everyone instead of Electing only a cosmic handful—or without requiring a Sinner’s Prayer from a scattered few.
>But he didn’t.
>In evangelicalism, Jesus’s death on the Cross is framed as the greatest act of love and sacrifice that has ever occurred in the history of the universe. Without Jesus dying for our sins, God would supposedly be forced to let everyone burn forever.
>I’m sure Thanos felt the same way about throwing Gamora over a cliff.
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2 days ago
Meet Virginians who would be helped by a Medicaid expansion - The Washington Post
>Gallows humor is about all White has left. Since his descent from the scaffolding, he has been unable to work. Along with the crippling osteoarthritis, White also has been diagnosed with diabetes, congestive heart failure and prostate cancer.
>He needs a walker to get around but is still considered “able bodied” by the standards of the federal government; his application for Social Security disability has been denied repeatedly since 2008. That makes him ineligible for Virginia’s existing Medicaid program, which is not available to able-bodied adults no matter how poor, unless they are caring for small children. White’s four children are adults.
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2 days ago
Two Americans were detained by a Border Patrol agent after he heard them speaking Spanish
>“Ma’am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here, and I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here,” the agent can be heard saying in the video.
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2 days ago
Pompeo Denies Iranian Existence – Shooting Irrelevance
>The stupidity and venality of this is overwhelming. It brings us back to the days where we’d sign treaty after treaty with native nations, and then break them, running roughshod over their land, simply because we could. Because we had the power.
>It’s no different. After treaty-breaking our way across the continent, we expanded worldwide, treating distant locals the way we treated the nations in this land. In the last generation, the world sort of accepted that this wasn’t the way to do things, that smaller countries had rights as well.
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2 days ago
Sanders to run as a Democrat — but not accept nomination - POLITICO
>The move makes it virtually impossible for another Democrat to seek the party’s nod. And it allows Sanders to loom large in the party primary in August, but still preserve his independence.
It's so *confusing* why the Democratic Establishment doesn't like Bernie.
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2 days ago
MTA Country, a game about the NYC subway
>...the goal of MTA Country is to guide Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, and celebrity straphanger Gregg Turkin past hazards like track fires and stalled trains to their destination.
In other words, the goal is an impossible dream.
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2 days ago
Mulvaney Wants Ryan to Step Down - Political Wire
Said Mulvaney: “I’ve talked with Kevin about this privately but not as much publicly. Wouldn’t it be great to force a Democrat running in a tight race to have to put up or shut up about voting for Nancy Pelosi eight weeks before an election? That’s a really, really good vote for us to force if we can figure out how to do it.”
Oh noes! Please Republicans, don't do this and allow the *evil* Nancy set the House's legislative agenda!
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3 days ago
Mapping Who Lives in Border Patrol's '100-Mile Zone' - CityLab
>So what criteria do agents use to decide to stop a motorist or traveller? Can they use a person’s race or ethnicity? Yes, as long as it’s not the only factor, according to one Supreme Court ruling from the 1970s.
>*It’s worth taking all the numbers provided by CBP with a grain of salt because the GAO also found “inconsistent data collection practices at checkpoints.”
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5 days ago
The Human Cost of Spanish Conquest - Lawyers, Guns
187,000,000 people died. And it’s not like those deaths ended in 1592 or 1621; as any student of the United States and Canada knows, those genocides were just beginning. And the deaths of Africans from slavery would grow and grow and grow.
The European colonization of the Americas is probably the single worst thing to happen in human history. And yet it is almost never discussed in this way.
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5 days ago
How Corporations Have Destroyed Our 20th Century Literary Heritage - Lawyers, Guns
I would point out the great resource of the Gutenberg Project as an example. That nearly endless supply of pre-1923 books (and a few after) is incredibly valuable to historians and other scholars, or just the curious. If I want to find an 18th century travel writing of the Caribbean or the American South, it’s probably there. If I want bad novels of the post-Civil War era, I can find them. But after 1923, forget about it. If I want to explore some minor writing of the Depression Era, nope. If I want literary materials from the 1950s, I have to find somewhere else to get them. There is likely no money to ever be made on 99.99% of this material. But thanks to Disney, it’s simply not available to you.
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5 days ago
White Woman Calls Security on ‘Suspicious Man With a Baby’ at Park in Washington, DC
> This time, a black father was pushing his son in a Washington, D.C., park, and a white woman saw fit to notify park security about “a suspicious man walking the bike path with a baby.”
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7 days ago
Here’s how big a rock you’d have to drop into the ocean to see the rise in sea level happening now
Put another way, it’s a volume of earth equivalent to taking the top five inches of every one of the United States’ 9.1 million square miles of land area and using it to coat the bottom of the world’s oceans. That would push sea levels up by 3.3 millimeters.
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7 days ago
OKC Schools May Have Reduced Suspensions, But It’s Still Mostly Black Kids Getting Sent Home – Mother Jones
* In 2012-13, black students were supended at a rate 144 percent higher than white students.
* In 2016-17, black students were supended at a rate 133 percent higher than white students.
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7 days ago
"Far Left" - Lawyers, Guns
Anyway, what are these “far left” candidates proposing? Nationalizing the means of production? Liquidating the Kulaks?
In Nebraska, a liberal social worker and political neophyte who built her campaign around “Medicare for All” scored a shocking upset…
Eastman advocated for universal background checks to buy guns, raising taxes and decriminalizing marijuana.
Is our Democratic Party learning?
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8 days ago
Federal judge accused ICE of making up evidence to prove that Dreamer was “gang-affiliated.”
Martinez, a *George W. Bush* appointee, was plainly incensed by the agency’s lies. ICE’s “conclusory findings,” he wrote, have “been contradicted by experts and other evidence.” The government “produced no evidence” to contradict multiple experts’ testimony discrediting ICE’s bizarre interpretation of Ramirez’s tattoo. And its claims are “completely contradictory to the government’s own previous findings after extensive background checks that were meant to uncover evidence of ‘known or suspected gang association.’ ”
[Abolish ICE](http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/05/abolish-ice.html)
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8 days ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - New Twitter APIs and Pricing
It's a little sad/ironic that so many of the complaints on being made via tweets. If Twitter wants to kill the third-party apps you love, the answer is to move.
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8 days ago
Some Good News: Investors Balk over ANWR Drilling – Shooting Irrelevance
So today’s rare burst of good news is that capitalism can potentially work when capitalists realize that the destruction of human civilization is bad for the bottom line. Baby steps are better than sprinting backwards.
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8 days ago
'Black Panther' is amazing. Why are its CG models so terrible?
So what can be done about the systemic issues facing the visual effects world? It's a long shot, but our source suggests that plenty of issues could be solved if VFX studios unionized and worked together. That's not something Hollywood wants, since it would probably end up making visual effects work cost more and take longer.
The rest of the industry is unionized. They should be too.
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8 days ago
The decimation of decency | Teri Carter's Library
“This is not who we are,” I often hear. And yet, our president’s own public appearances prove otherwise.
We (White America) have never really been the story we like to tell ourselves.
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9 days ago
Twitter Shares Pricing on New Account Activity APIs
Premium API access, which provides access to up to 250 accounts, is priced at **$2,899** per month, while enterprise access is more expensive, with pricing quotes available from Twitter following an application for an enterprise account
Looks like the end is here.
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9 days ago
"The problem is that the voters don't want another path" - Lawyers, Guns
I’ve said this before and have gotten pushback, but it remains true: the people in whose hands the future of this part of the world lies are not Americans or Palestinians, but Israelis. And that’s a very bad thing.
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9 days ago
Controversial Carnivore Researcher Is Out at WSU - Slog - The Stranger
With the settlement, Wieglus is free from WSU, but this episode is a reminder that while it is, perhaps, easier to argue about mobs of students silencing speakers on campuses across the U.S., it's often the institution itself that cracks down on free speech and even scientific research.
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9 days ago
The spectacular power of Big Lens | The long read | News | The Guardian
The lenses in my glasses – and yours too, most likely – are made by Essilor, a French multinational that controls almost half of the world’s prescription lens business and has acquired more than 250 other companies in the past 20 years.
I just don't see how gobbling up 250 companies can be a good thing.
There is a good chance, meanwhile, that your frames are made by Luxottica, an Italian company with an unparalleled combination of factories, designer labels and retail outlets. Luxottica pioneered the use of luxury brands in the optical business, and one of the many powerful functions of names such as Ray-Ban (which is owned by Luxottica) or Vogue (which is owned by Luxottica) or Prada (whose glasses are made by Luxottica) or Oliver Peoples (which is owned by Luxottica) or high-street outlets such as LensCrafters, the largest optical retailer in the US (which is owned by Luxottica), or John Lewis Opticians in the UK (which is run by Luxottica), or Sunglass Hut (which is owned by Luxottica) is to make the marketplace feel more varied than it actually is.
At least [Fabulous Fanny's](https://www.yelp.com/biz/fabulous-fannys-new-york) is not owned by them.
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14 days ago
Gynecologist Dr. Drai can use name, even if Dr. Dre doesn’t like it, judge says | Ars Technica
Given that Dre has made a career with hits like "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," while Drai has made a career practicing medicine and self-publishing tips about male and female genitalia, it's very unlikely that a consumer would confuse one for the other.
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15 days ago
Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien shoved out of Nordic Museum after-party | The Seattle Times
“We told him if he didn’t leave he would be criminally trespassing and he didn’t leave, so we had to forcibly remove him,” Dixon added. “We told him finding his wife had nothing to do with him being there or not.”
Museum spokesman Mark Murray said the incident shouldn’t distract from the debut of the new art, heritage and cultural center.
What lovely people.
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15 days ago
Eschaton: Good Dumb Movies
One I wondered out loud on this sucky blog, as I do, why Keanu got so much work. I actually like Keanu but he wasn't *obviously* a box office draw based on numbers at the time I wondered this. Someone who said they were in the biz (probably true! can't verify) responded, basically:
He's nice to everybody, shows up on time, learns his lines, doesn't problematically drink or do drugs.
This restores my faith in humanity just a little bit.
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17 days ago
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With this mining facility, POTN is able to help its investors tap into both the cannabis and crypto markets.
Such synergy between these businesses. ;)
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17 days ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - What Happened to Apple’s Whimsy?
Or, to take a specific example, Time Machine’s restoration interface no longer has a star field. Other than some additional colors (more complexity) it works pretty much the same as before, so I don’t see how you can make the case that the star field is no longer “needed.” It just seems like a change in fashion.
The star field was silly, but wonderful.
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17 days ago
Scripting News: Contract with America 2.0
I'd vote for this, but I doubt enough people in enough places would.
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17 days ago
field negro: Next time wave to the nervous white lady.
The cops admit that the woman’s reason for calling the police was because we didn’t WAVE to her as she looked at us putting our luggage into our car from her lawn.
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18 days ago
Webrecorder
Webrecorder is a web archiving service anyone can use for free to save web pages. Making a capture is as easy as browsing a page like you normally would. Webrecorder automatically archives the page, along with any additional content triggered by interactions.
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21 days ago
Patients face expensive ER bills even when they don’t receive treatment - Vox
Pell left the ER when she discovered the plastic surgeon who would see her was out of network for her insurance. She decided to go to an in-network facility instead. She thought this was a smart way to avoid the costly fees that came with seeing a provider that wasn’t included in her health plan.
This is *insane*. We have people avoiding immediate treatment because of insurance networks. How is that a good thing in the long run?
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24 days ago
Scores of Palestinians have been shot in their legs, and some face amputation - The Washington Post
Mohammad al-Ajouri is a lanky teenager who loves to run, a medal-winning track star with ambitions to compete abroad.
But last month, while participating in a protest along Gaza’s border, he was struck by a bullet fired by an Israeli soldier. It penetrated his calf, shattering his leg before exiting the shin. Doctors tried to save the limb, but an infection soon spread. The leg had to be amputated.
The occupation is a moral abomination. Every day it goes on, it degrades Israel further and destroys Palestinian lives.
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26 days ago
Starbucks Apologizes Following Outrage Over Controversial Arrest Inside Store « CBS Philly
“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They did a service they were called to do,” he said.
They couldn't have used discretion and *not* arrest two men for doing nothing illegal?
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5 weeks ago
Bitcoin Futures Quotes - CME Group
This may actually be the <em>stupidest</em> thing one could possibly buy.
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7 weeks ago
Your Kids Aren’t An Excuse to Suck | First Draft
As a parent who owns a modest home in an Orange County neighborhood, I join the outrage that we are assuming responsibility for homeless people, taking care of their basic needs…
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7 weeks ago
Texas Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Voting Illegally
Why are the penalties so harsh for making an honest mistake?
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8 weeks ago
iOS 12 Concepts — MacSparky
They mocked up a home screen with no app names, and it looked so much better than a home screen with app names. When is the last time you actually read the name of an app on your home screen? I honestly can’t remember ever doing so.
This definitely seems like a power user point of view.
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11 weeks ago
NPF: BAD IDEAS GONE GOOD | Gin and Tacos
Searching in vain for a way to remove toxic plutonium from hundreds of miles of pipes snaked around the complex, one cleanup employee asked (extremely Scottish accent) “Did we try Cillit Bang?” That’s Scotland’s most popular all-purpose household cleanup spray. Turns out Cillit Bang worked vastly better to safely dislodge the plutonium, which was processed out of the wastewater. Score one for Mr. Clean.
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12 weeks ago
Jerry Jones will be penalized $2 million by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league - The Washington Post
What a bunch of assholes. Fining someone for publicly criticizing an organization that he is a part of.
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12 weeks ago
Eschaton: Why Do You Get Arrested For Fare Jumping
But not for stealing much more expensive parking?
Good point. We don't criminally prosecute people for not paying the meter.
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february 2018
Amazon Health – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
This is certainly ambitious enough — basically intermediating U.S. employers and the U.S. healthcare industry — but in fact this only sets the stage for the wholesale disruption of American healthcare. First, Amazon could not only open up its standard interface to other large employers, but small-and-medium sized businesses, and even individuals; in this way the Amazon Health Marketplace could aggregate by far the most demand for healthcare.
In the rest of the developed world, the government does this.
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january 2018
Eschaton: Always Ahead Of The Curve
As I've said a million times, I don't really think safety is the issue, but I also don't get the widespread belief that they'll necessarily be safer.
Because humans are selfish and put their comfort, time, etc before the safety of others. Also, humans can get tired, drunk, distracted, etc.
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january 2018
Eschaton: Guilds
Guilds are different than unions, because unions are about either gross uneducated dirty blue collar dudes or people doing women's work like nurses or teachers.
USA has a tension between being a guild and an union. Hold high standards to only represent skilled designers or let everyone in for more bargaining power?
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january 2018
Things I Failed At
That project is still going but as a step along the way I came up with a list of my failures.
Gabe is being *way* too hard on himself.
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january 2018
Best Served Cold: Responding to the Iranian Protests - Lawfare
Maybe so. But to tell the truth, right now, all I really want is for the Iranian government and its murderous stooges to know that sending a few of Iran’s EFPs back home is on our list of options.
So let's not look at the consequences like giving the Iranian government an excuse to crack down extremely hard, showing the rest of the world that we will supply what are basically land mines, and blow up our tenuous deal with Iran.

***Ugh.***
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january 2018
Recourse, redemption, and a touch of revenge. – The Establishment
But you know what? In lieu of your understanding I will take your fear. In place of you being a good person I will take your worry. Gladly.
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december 2017
The Truth About the Biggest U.S. Sex Trafficking Story of the Year - Reason.com
TRB reviews included in police documents further indicate that K-Girls had their own motivations for staying or going. A June 2015 review of "Ace K" says "she will be leaving the 29th… The weather is getting her down ('I'm an LA girl') so she said she will restrict her visits to the warmer months in the future." A TRB post from user "ItsMe" states that he asked "Angel" when she would return to Seattle "and she said she doesn't like this cold, wet weather, so it might be later when the weather gets nicer." A December 2015 email from "Spider Rico" to some other League members claims K-girl "Asuka" told him she didn't like Dallas because it has "bugs the size of dogs. She is slow but wants to stay in Bellevue because it's clean, she said."
"If there was evidence that Mueller and Durnal were really like physically restraining or assaulting these women, we would have taken a more aggressive approach," Richey, the King County deputy prosecutor, says. "But instead the evidence was more that [they were] providing a place" and "promoting the prostitution of numerous foreign nationals."
But even if the FBI's Lim had been more helpful, Kim's interrogation wouldn't have passed legal muster. The law requires a neutral interpreter to be present, and the FBI was one of the partnering agencies in this investigation.
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december 2017
Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked | TechCrunch
bigotry is easy and those who cherish it are lazy. Make it difficult and many people may find it more trouble than it’s worth to harass, shame, and otherwise abuse online those different from themselves.
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december 2017
Disambiguation of Net Neutrality
Companies should be free to innovate, bundle, and offer all types of services to different types of customers. It’s everywhere in the non-internet world, and there’s no reason it should be different for internet companies.


Except internet access is a utility and we certainly have stricter regulation of them than you have for the rest of the private sector. Moreover, with the current state of antitrust law, it's unlikely that it will be a path to ensure competition. Practically, Net Neutrality is the way forward to provide an open Internet.
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december 2017
Quick Tip: Fix disappearing Login Items (mostly) - Six Colors
Another day, another bug to address. This morning I opened up my MacBook Air after having installed the 10.13.2 update yesterday and noticed that a bunch of the apps that usually load at startup were missing from my menu bar.
It would be more complicated, but maybe it's worth it to move my login items to launchd via Launch Control. Perhaps less likely that an update would slip through that breaks launchd. Right, Apple?
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december 2017
The utter failure of male apologies in 2017 - Vox
Oh, poor, put-upon, Dave. Women, of all creatures, judging men. Perhaps, in finding the path to equality, those who have been oppressed have something to teach those who have benefited from their oppression.
The new art form, and media critics, women judging the quality of male apologies. Why don't we all just apologize for existing and be done with it.
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december 2017
Don't Romanticize Science Fiction: An Interview with Samuel Delany | Literary Hub
The second phase, no less intense than the first, is to refuse trying to categorize his black queer art because what he has done is, in fact, so much more interesting, diffuse and multifaceted than the rhetoric of genius, the confines of genre. Delany isn’t simply, or at all, a master of this or that form so much as he refuses everything straight white literary culture has been trying to niche and market all along.
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december 2017
A week of change | Vincent Ritter

A simple “follow” without not knowing more… I don’t know… seems a bit meaningless. I guess if you are interested in what the person writes, you’d like to follow to know more. But does that create a real relationship with someone? Maybe… maybe not. It depends I guess. Most likely not though.
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december 2017
Harassment and Bullying Allegations Rock WNYC After Departure of Celebrated Host - WNYC News - WNYC

a noticeable decline in his skills as an on-air talent — he sometimes missed interviews, arrived unprepared, and even fell asleep on the job.
Something tells me this is what prompted action, not the years of bullying and sexual harassment.
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december 2017
Attracting Mainstream Users to Micro.blog
One thing I miss is discussion of social issues.
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november 2017
Self-Driving Trucks Are Now Running Between Texas and California
As if it will be a good thing to dump all those "meat bags".
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november 2017
White Supremacists Call Taylor Swift An Aryan Goddess : Code Switch : NPR
As we've seen time after time, individuals can have the most progressive views possible about race and still live in a world that is veritably drenched in segregation. The fact that Taylor Swift operates, at least publicly, in predominantly white spaces doesn't really suggest anything notable about her politics.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't press for celebrities and ourselves to actively search for more diverse social circles.
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november 2017
In Silicon Valley, Working 9 to 5 Is for Losers - NYTimes.com
People tell us we’re not ambitious enough. We’re not trying to change the world
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september 2017
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