Why we should put 'basic' before 'universal' in the pursuit of income equality | John Quiggin | Opinion | The Guardian
Providing a basic income to all that’s not enough to live on makes no sense. The first order should be a guaranteed minimum income for those who need it The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has been around for a long time. via Pocket
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20 minutes ago
The Only Thing That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe - The Atlantic
Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities. Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. via Pocket
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20 minutes ago
BBC - Capital - Why open offices are bad for us
Four years ago, Chris Nagele did what many other technology executives have done before — he moved his team into an open concept office. His staff had been exclusively working from home, but he wanted everyone to be together, to bond and collaborate more easily. via Pocket
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No Award goes to the movies: Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures tells the story of how African-American women helped put the United States in space. Margot Lee Shetterly’s book was optioned for film before it had even been published, so clearly I’m not the only person who was very excited by this concept. via Pocket
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Free exchange: Economists are prone to fads, and the latest is machine learning | The Economist
WHAT is the collective noun for a group of economists? Options include a gloom, a regression or even an assumption. In January, when PhD students jostle for jobs at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, a “market” might seem the mot juste. via Pocket
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The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump | Foreign Policy
In 2016, a senior Russian official explained to a group of visiting foreigners why the government had decided not to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. via Pocket
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2 days ago
Housing affordability: How did we get here, and do first-time buyers ever stand a chance? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Housing affordability ideas range from dangerous to disastrous Related Story: Let renters buy without a deposit, Government MP suggests Related Story: Are there ways to make houses more affordable? There's a nasty little secret about housing affordability. via Pocket
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2 days ago
End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? | New Scientist
Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet Try, for a moment, to envisage a world without countries. Imagine a map not divided into neat, coloured patches, each with clear borders, governments, laws. via Pocket
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2 days ago
Why we think terrorism is scarier than it really is (and we probably always will) - Vox
I am arriving in Brussels. The train from London is full of the usual Chinese tourists and bored businesspeople. The city doesn’t, contrary to the impression given by CNN, resemble Kabul. Rows and rows of untouched houses scream bourgeois calm (actually, they gently whisper bourgeois calm). via Pocket
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12 days ago
The Feminist Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club - The New Yorker
Not long ago, I found a homemade flyer inside my mailbox. “Got a kid?” it read. “Need a break? Available on weekends and during school vacation. via Pocket
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12 days ago
Parents Can Monitor Their Babies’ Sleep, Heart Rate, and Mood—But Should They? - The Atlantic
Parents can remotely track infants’ heart rate, their mood, and their every move—but should they? Going through pregnancy, an obstetrician once told me, is a little like cooking a rotisserie chicken: “You just set it and forget it. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Against Bargaining | Laurie Penny
What does it mean to be mentally healthy in a world gone mad? Sirens are blaring, lights are flashing, and we have been whisked out of the territory of metaphor onto the hard ground of fact. The rise to power and election of Donald J. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them. - Vox
In 2016, researchers stumbled on a radical tactic for reducing another person’s bigotry: a frank, brief conversation. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Overcoming Bias : This AI Boom Will Also Bust
Imagine an innovation in pipes. If this innovation were general, something that made all kinds of pipes cheaper to build and maintain, the total benefits could be large, perhaps even comparable to the total amount we spend on pipes today. (Or even much larger. via Pocket
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14 days ago
You Don’t Need More Free Time
AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of quantity: We simply do not have enough free time. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Europe's racist far right is not on the rise. It’s always been there.
For how long does Europe’s racist right need to “rise” before it is acknowledged that Europe is racist and this is not the by product of recent social discontent? via Pocket
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14 days ago
Playing with History: What Sid Meier’s Video Game Empire Got Right and Wrong About ‘Civilization’ : Longreads
The pleasure of Sid Meier’s Civilization series is that it is at once tantalizingly grand and endearingly granular. The game’s approach to the past has always been playful. Abe Lincoln can lead war-bands against Mahatma Gandhi’s phalanxes. The Aztecs can build the first nuclear bomb. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Job Interviews Are Useless
Employers, like most people, tend to trust their intuitions. But when employers decide whom to hire, they trust those intuitions far more than they should. Suppose that you are considering two candidates for a job in sales, Candidate A and Candidate B, and have interviewed both. via Pocket
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15 days ago
To Less Efficient Startups - Anil Dash
Most of the technology world, especially the traditional venture funding infrastructure, is justifiably proud of the extreme efficiency of modern internet startups. via Pocket
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15 days ago
The Oppressive Gospel of ‘Minimalism’
It has become an ostentatious ritual of consumerist self-sacrifice; people who have it all now seem to prefer having nothing at all. And, as with watching birds or going Paleo, talking about the material purge is just as important as actually doing it. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Self-Care: How to Take Care of Yourself When You Have Depression | The Mighty
In social work, “self-care” is one of those terms that is so overused, it has ceased to mean anything. Typically when self-care is referenced, the speaker is referring to activities and experiences that bring you pleasure. “The work in this field is really tough. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Thomas Friedman-style globalization has failed. We need internationalism | Leon Fink | Opinion | The Guardian
Many on the left like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn advocate greater protectionism. But there are better alternatives to our problems Rightwing populists from Donald Trump to British Brexiters to French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen are all playing the nationalist card. via Pocket
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15 days ago
What's Wrong With #FirstWorldProblems - The Atlantic
If you use Twitter, you are no doubt familiar with the hashtag, #firstworldproblems. It's used to convey a sense of ironic perspective as in "Ever since getting my iPhone 4S, I keep trying to talk to my iPad. #firstworldproblems. via Pocket
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16 days ago
The Real Name Fallacy – The Coral Project
People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names. It sounds like it should be true – surely nobody would say mean things if they faced consequences for their actions? via Pocket
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16 days ago
After the Death of Her Father, a Woman Reconnects with a Language She Hasn't Spoken in Years
Several years ago, my father died as he had done most things throughout his life: without preparation and without consulting anyone. He simply went to bed one night, yielded his brain to a monstrous blood clot, and was found the next morning lying amidst the sheets like his own stone monument. via Pocket
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16 days ago
How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby? - The Atlantic
Deep anxiety about the ability to have children later in life plagues many women. But the decline in fertility over the course of a woman’s 30s has been oversold. Here’s what the statistics really tell us—and what they don’t. via Pocket
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16 days ago
I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.
Twelve years ago, I penned an essay for a Salon series called “To Breed or Not to Breed,” about the decision to have children or not. It began this way: “When I tell people that I’m 27, happily married and that I don’t think I ever want children, they respond one of two ways. via Pocket
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16 days ago
John Quiggin » Workless, or working less?
That’s the title of my review of Tim Dunlop’s excellent new book, Why the Future Is Workless, published at Inside Story. It’s over the fold. Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency has brought to the fore issues that have been simmering for some time. via Pocket
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17 days ago
‘By whatever means necessary’: The origins of the ‘no platform’ policy | Hatful of History
Recently the concept of ‘no platform’ was in the news again when there were attempts to cancel a talk by Germaine Greer at Cardiff University. via Pocket
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17 days ago
Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore.
In January, Medium founder Ev Williams announced that despite his company’s efforts to better the news industry, it would refocus. The reason? At its inception, Medium likely thought what many well-intentioned startups and news outlets do. via Pocket
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19 days ago
Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations | Australia news | The Guardian
Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and think tanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate camps 00.13 EST Last modified on Friday 3 February 2017 00. via Pocket
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19 days ago
Australia needs to adapt to the new circumstances of Trump’s America | James Curran | Opinion | The Guardian
Malcolm Turnbull was right to stand his ground over his refugee deal with the US but the episode reveals the limitations of his interpretation of the new administration In the wake of the dramatic revelations about the weekend phone conversation between the American president and the Australi via Pocket
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19 days ago
Dumping Adrian Piccoli shows conservative leaders just don't care about public schools | Maralyn Parker | Opinion | The Guardian
Conservative governments forget that the majority of Australians send their children to public schools. They are wilfully ignorant about public school values, and have no vision via Pocket
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20 days ago
On refugees, Trump and Turnbull compete in a race to the bottom | Oliver Laughland | Opinion | The Guardian
As the former Australian immigration minister said about Trump’s border plans: ‘Really, the rest of the world is catching up to Australia’ The fall-out between President Donald Trump and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on the resettlement of refugees is not only an extraordin via Pocket
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20 days ago
Impartiality or diversity. Pick one. | Fusion
Every media company claims to value diversity in its newsroom; most of them also lay claim to some kind of impartiality. Well, I’m sorry, but: This is one of those things where you have to choose. You can have one or the other, but you can’t have both. via Pocket
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20 days ago
May Bartlett moved into this Rozelle cottage 90 years ago, when life was very different – Domain
This is old news, but many of you won’t have heard it before. In fact, most readers weren’t born when May Bartlett moved into 1 Callan Street Rozelle as a 7-year-old. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Trump is only finishing what Hollywood and the media started
For a brief moment, it was almost as if they were people. They were scientists working on new treatments for HIV/AIDS or whose research had helped contain the spread of that Ebola outbreak a few years ago. They were engineers who led NASA deployments of rovers to Mars. via Pocket
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21 days ago
How to Listen to Authoritarians (Without Losing Your Mind)
Nobody seems to know: should we believe them, or not? Should we take authoritarians literally, but not seriously — or vice versa? But if we can’t get the answer right, this state of affairs will only get worse. via Pocket
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21 days ago
Stumbling and Mumbling: Is the centre-left dead?
Branko Milanovic raises a question: is liberalism (or centre-leftism) dead? There’s a precedent here. via Pocket
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22 days ago
Weak and Incompetent Leaders act like Strong Leaders | Tom Pepinsky
An essay by Yonatan Zunger entitled “Trial Balloon for a Coup?” is making the rounds. Such essays are frightening to many. And yet they must be read critically. via Pocket
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22 days ago
the internet is my prosthetic brain - Basically a tractor rolling in slow motion in front of a sunset with the American flag superimposed
06:27 pm - Basically a tractor rolling in slow motion in front of a sunset with the American flag superimposed Quoting with permission from a locked post and discussion, because sapote's phone scripts are works of manipulative genius -- and I say that with the most heartfelt admiration -- in which t via Pocket
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23 days ago
Fasten your seatbelt, Peter Thiel, it’s going to be bumpy for Trump in Silicon Valley! - Recode
So I thought my column this week would be a fun one, focused on the what-the-f
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23 days ago
Does your job contradict your beliefs? · Code Without Rules
As an employee your work is chosen by the owners and managers of the company: you choose the means, they choose the ends. Becoming an employee doesn't mean abdicating your moral responsibility, however. Even if someone else has chosen the goals you are still responsible for your own actions. via Pocket
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23 days ago
The First Lesson Of Trump’s America For Australia: Take The Far-Right Seriously - New Matilda
US voters and pundits have been insulated by the assumption Donald Trump could not be taken literally. That’s proving to have been a dangerous mistake, writes Max Chalmers. For the sceptical viewer of reality television, the genre can never quite wow in the manner of documentary. via Pocket
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23 days ago
The new black: The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common. | The Monthly
Tomoe* flew home to Japan in November after a two-year working holiday in Australia. She had six employers in that time. All bar one of them had either underpaid or not paid her, or had avoided tax and other obligations by paying cash. via Pocket
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24 days ago
One Nation, Australia's portal to Trump and the alt-right
Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer View text version of this page Help using this website - Accessibility statement Canberra Times NSW Login Sign-up Become a Canberra Times member today Join today and you can easily save your favourite articles, join in the conversation and comm via Pocket
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24 days ago
Trump’s un-American self-destruction | Fusion
With a single, 153-word sentence, Donald Trump has managed to transform the United States from a beacon of liberty into a fortress of hate and intolerance. via Pocket
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25 days ago
The Guardian printed a ridiculous, fake 1984 quote · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club
In this new era of fake news and alternative facts, writers are desperate for any sort of poignant phrase or literary reference to sum up the helplessness they feel looking at the world around them. via Pocket
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26 days ago
The Australian history boom has busted, but there's hope it may boom again
This is the first in a series examining Australian national identity, especially around the ongoing debate about Australia Day. Last month, my wife and I took our ten-year-old daughter to Sovereign Hill, that colourful re-creation of gold-rush Ballarat. via Pocket
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26 days ago
Why I don't support changing the date of Amnesia Day - Eureka Street
19 CommentsCeleste Liddle I don't know many activists within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who don't experience a feeling of dread each January. via Pocket
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26 days ago
'West Wing syndrome': is our obsession with US politics doing us harm?
Foreign policy is intimately connected to culture. This is why young Australians need their own pop culture pivot to Asia Last week, I boarded a flight to south-east Asia while scrolling on my phone for the latest US politics news. via Pocket
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26 days ago
Why we should all have a basic income – World Economic Forum – Medium
Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is deposited into your bank account — because you are a citizen. via Pocket
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26 days ago
Social skills for autonomous people. — You can only fight evil as the person you really...
When you’re fighting evil, it’s important to be aware of your limitations. You can only fight evil as the person you really are. Trying to ignore your limitations will not make you a better activist — it just crushes you. Fighting evil is a lot of hard work. via Pocket
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27 days ago
How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind – The Coffeelicious – Medium
Since the election, a lot of people not previously involved in activism have jumped in with both feet. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have been inundated with donations, mostly from first-time givers. via Pocket
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27 days ago
Pando: Lean Out: The deafening post-November silence of Sheryl Sandberg
When I moved here, female leaders didn’t want to look female, be called female, or even be congratulated for climbing the corporate ranks while female. The mantra was that it was somehow sexist to talk about them as women, rather than people who had achieved. via Pocket
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27 days ago
Pregnant Refugee On Nauru May Die If She Isn't Brought To Australia Now, Doctors Say - BuzzFeed News
Doctors are pleading for a heavily pregnant asylum seeker with known health complications to be flown from Nauru to Australia immediately to give birth. via Pocket
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29 days ago
Tech workers aren't known for political activism. But that may be changing - LA Times
Ayelet Bitton never thought she’d get involved in politics. Like many of her Silicon Valley peers, the 25-year-old software engineer cared about social and political issues, but didn’t think it was her place to speak up. This changed Nov. 8. via Pocket
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29 days ago
So you’re surrounded by idiots. Guess who the real jerk is | Aeon Essays
Picture the world through the eyes of the jerk. The line of people in the post office is a mass of unimportant fools; it’s a felt injustice that you must wait while they bumble with their requests. via Pocket
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29 days ago
Australia's housing affordability is much more complex than the headlines | Stephen Koukoulas | Opinion | The Guardian
There is no doubt that house prices in Sydney and other parts of Australia are expensive, but Demographia’s global report has several shortcomings Demographia has again hit the headlines in Australia with its seemingly comprehensive report on International Housing Affordability “Sydney af via Pocket
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29 days ago
If Fake News Fools You, It Can Fool Robots, Too
Uninformative as fake news may be, it's shedding light on an important limitation of the algorithms that have helped make the likes of Facebook and Google into multi-billion-dollar companies: They're no better than people at recognizing what is true or right. via Pocket
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29 days ago
Malcolm Is Not So In The Middle When It Comes To The Trans Pacific Partnership - New Matilda
In his attack on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for not supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is playing into the hands of isolationists and protectionists, writes Ian McAuley. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Jobs for the girls: the silent revolution in Australia's workforce
Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer View text version of this page Help using this website - Accessibility statement The Sydney Morning Herald News site of the year Business Subscribe Login Sign-up Become a SMH member today! Join today and you can easily save your favourite arti via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
I have no advice for Gladys Berejiklian but I do have some for the media | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian
Gladys Berejiklian is an experienced political operator. She doesn’t need my advice just because I’m a woman who has done the job before For the past 48 hours I’ve been inundated with interview requests seeking my advice for Gladys Berejiklian, the next New South Wales premier.Look, I get it. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Busting Black Myths: The Truth About Our First Peoples. - New Matilda
You could get drunk this Australia Day, or try something different… learn about the real history of this nation. Amy McQuire helps you dip your toe in the water. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Malcolm Turnbull’s biographer turns on the PM | The Saturday Paper
Like millions of Australians, I fear I may have overestimated Malcolm Turnbull. In my case, call it biographer’s remorse. I spent the best part of a year trying to understand the man, and now… If I was too kind, it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Why Sydney's urban sprawl is making us sick: Committee of Sydney report reveals
Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer View text version of this page Help using this website - Accessibility statement The Sydney Morning Herald News site of the year National Subscribe Login Sign-up Become a SMH member today! Join today and you can easily save your favourite arti via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
tim | REVERSED.
Nóirín Plunkett died a year and a half ago. At the time of their death, their ex-spouse Michael Schwern was busy abusing the court system to terrorize Nóirín, suing Nóirín because their friends (of whom I am one) talked online about Schwern's arrest for domestic violence. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The Alt-Right’s Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama - BuzzFeed News
Things have gotten bumpy for the alt-right online movement since the election. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
In Response to Guardian’s Irresponsible Reporting on WhatsApp: A Plea for Responsible and Contextualized Reporting on User Security | technosociology
You recently published a story with the alarming headline “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.” This story included the phrasing “security loophole”. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Why Are We Fighting Islamophobia At The Expense Of Indigenous Australians? - Junkee
Earlier this week an Australia Day billboard sponsored by the Victorian government featuring an image of two young, Muslim girls was taken down after an Islamophobic backlash on social media. The sad but predictable reaction to the billboard, and the decision to take it down, was not met quietly. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Australia Day and the Enduring Power of White Supremacy –Opinion –ABC Religion & Ethics(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Joanna Cruickshank is Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin University. This week, much to my surprise, I found myself in firm agreement with white supremacists. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Our Nuclear Procedures Are Crazier Than Trump | Foreign Policy
Donald Trump and the bomb are back in the news. This week, talk show host Joe Scarborough claimed, on air, that he had learned the Republican presidential nominee asked a foreign-policy expert, three times in a one-hour meeting, why, if the United States has nuclear weapons, it can’t use them. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
SeeLight: Editorial Work Is HARD, Asshole!
I wasn't gonna mix into this discussion (in fact, I've said pretty much all I thought I wanted to say before) but dude. Come on. We're back to the stupid argument about whether editors just take what's coming in through the transom vs. what writers whom they've invited to submit have sent them vs. via Pocket
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