Snapchat’s decline and the secret joy of internet ghost towns - The Verge
Perhaps more than anything else, what has sucked all of the joy out of the social internet in its current form is its exhortation to be useful. We have arrived at a version where everything seems to be just another version of LinkedIn.
4 weeks ago
The Campaign: George's General - TIME
For months, George Wallace had been casting about for a running mate, often in pretty strange waters. He considered "Colonel" Harland Sanders, the fried-chicken king ("It's finger-lickin' good").
WTF  politics 
5 weeks ago
The only good online fandom left is Dune | The Outline
As corporations take control of nerd culture, science fiction’s most esoteric epic remains gloriously untamed.
film  books 
5 weeks ago
The GeoCities Animated GIF Search Engine
web1.0  gallery 
6 weeks ago
How Far-Right Campaigns Are Pressuring Universities to Censor Speech - Pacific Standard
Since he was accused of "attacking conservative students," Tariq Khan has faced harassment and death threats.
how  politics 
6 weeks ago
Jewish Currents | Good Riddance to Anthony Kennedy—Now #PackTheCourts
If you want a halfway sane campaign-finance system or strong public-sector unions or for those married gay couples to be treated equally as a practical matter, you now have to organize a nationwide campaign in three-fourths of state legislatures (which is what it takes) because Anthony Kennedy weaponized the First Amendment to kill them. What Kennedy took from us, over and over, were things we can’t easily organize to get back; what he gave us were things we didn’t need him for.
politics  meatheads  law 
6 weeks ago
Google and HTTP
Google is doing what the programming priesthood always does, building the barrier to entry higher, making things more complicated, giving themselves an exclusive. This means only super nerds will be able to put up sites. And we will lose a lot of sites that were quickly posted on a whim, over the 25 years the web has existed, by people that didn't fully understand what they were doing.
google  web 
10 weeks ago
Is Wikipedia To Be Trusted Anymore? - TruePublica
A Wikipedia editor called Philip Cross (Andrew Philip Cross and later “Julian” on Twitter) has a long record of editing the entries of many anti-war figures on the site to include mostly critical commentary while removing positive information contributed by others.
wikipedia  troll 
12 weeks ago
Propaganda 101: How To Defend A Massacre | Current Affairs
I put these words in quotes because each serves a particular function: “customary” makes it sound as if regret over deaths is mere arbitrary tradition rather than a humane reaction to suffering, “instinct” suggests that being saddened by suffering is irrational sentimentality, to be contrasted with cool reason.
media  language  politics 
12 weeks ago
Deadpool Can Fuck Right Off
All of the above offer a post-punchline approach to jokes, one that places far greater emphasis on the joke existing rather than its execution, delivery, or writing. They just kind of rapidly sputter out like nervous tics, and often at the expense of boring features like narrative coherence or rhythm.
may 2018
I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore
And then, one day, I think in 2013, Twitter and Facebook were not really very fun anymore. And worse, the fun things they had supplanted were never coming back. Forums were depopulated; blogs were shut down. Twitter, one agent of their death, became completely worthless: a water-drop-torture feed of performative outrage, self-promotion, and discussion of Twitter itself. Facebook had become, well … you’ve been on Facebook.
may 2018
Carl Beijer: Socialism and loneliness
Should we be surprised, then, when people are unable to form healthy, mature relationships? When they view each other as commodities and entitlements, or when they think of their social lives as an oppressive competitive market?
may 2018
His property his rules - Page 1 - AR15.COM
RT : this fuckin idiot bought a helicopter and was teaching himself to fly it
thread  lol  from twitter
may 2018
Stolen Sumerian Tablets Come from the Lost City of Irisagrig
Most of them are legal or administrative texts– meaning that they contain records such as contracts and inventories of goods that made it easier for private citizens and the city’s government to run their affairs – while a few contain a form of magical spells called incantations, the statement said
may 2018
Nancy Has Been in the Comics Since 1933. Now She Uses Snapchat. - The New York Times
Olivia Jaimes is a pseudonym, and the cartoonist requested the email interview for fear that a conversation might reveal clues to her identity. “I’m a pretty private person and I want to be insulated from the whole ‘Big Thing’ that a classic comic strip is,” she wrote. “The pseudonym lets me do that, and I’m really grateful for it.”
nancy  nyt  pseudonyms 
april 2018
ZAP! Lightning, Gods, and Mushrooms :Cornell Mushroom Blog
I'm reading this thing about how farmers in Japan considered thunderstorms to be good luck because they’d make more mushrooms grow so some Japanese scientists created this lil electrical machine that they wheeled through the forest administering shocks to the ground to simulate lightning strikes and the areas that they shocked yielded twice as many mushrooms as unshocked plots of land ⚡️🍄
april 2018
Trump’s must-see TV: Judge Jeanine’s show and her positive take on the president - The Washington Post
Aides sometimes plot to have guests make points on Fox that they have been unable to get the president to agree to in person. “He will listen more when it is on TV,” a senior administration official said.
news  wp  prez  trump 
april 2018
The Batman Universe – The Depths of Continuity in Batman #44
A few years ago, Tom King put some continuity easter eggs in Grayson #12. Donovan Grant did a great article here at The Batman Universe about the links from continuity. Once again, Tom King has given longtime fans some continuity goodness. In Batman #44, various scenes from Batman and Catwoman’s relationship are showcased. Let’s take a look at what pieces of history Tom King drew from.
april 2018
The Only Washington Scandal I Care About is the Nap Incident
RT : The Only Washington Scandal I Care About is the Nap Incident
politics  sa  from twitter
april 2018
The Great Comics Switcheroonie | Troubleshooting Comics
On April 1st of 1997, that day's newspapers gave a jolt to regular readers of the comics when they saw their favorite strips being drawn by many wrong artists. Some strips had guest stars crossing over from other strips, while others tried to pass for the usual strip but just looked, well, off!
march 2018
Fellow Travelers
– foreign policy. from the left.
politics  blog 
march 2018
Donald Trump's secret data reversal - POLITICO
Yet the company’s services do not receive high marks from all former clients. Cruz’s data operation, which was seen as the class of the GOP primary field, was disappointed in Cambridge Analytica’s services and stopped using them before the Nevada GOP caucuses in late February, according to a former staffer for the Texas Republican.

“There’s this idea that there’s a magic sauce of personality targeting that can overcome any issue, and the fact is that’s just not the case,” said the former staffer, adding that Cambridge “doesn’t have a level of understanding or experience that allows them to target American voters.”
march 2018
How Democrats can wipe out the GOP and fix America
Below, I will outline a draft platform that would both accomplish worthy goals and provide political benefits.
march 2018
The Modern Moloch - 99% Invisible
Automotive interests banded together under the name Motordom. One of Motordom’s public relations gurus was a man named E. B. Lefferts, who put forth a radical idea: don’t blame cars, blame human recklessness. Lefferts and Motordom sought to exonerate the machine by placing the blame with individuals.
march 2018
The Market Can't Solve a Massacre
Our political rhetoric, like our moral imagination, uses the vocabulary and logic of the market, of assets and investments, of incentives and innovation.
politics  gun's 
march 2018
Shashi Tharoor: In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer - The Washington Post
Many of us will remember Churchill as a war criminal and an enemy of decency and humanity, a blinkered imperialist untroubled by the oppression of non-white peoples. Ultimately, his great failure — his long darkest hour — was his constant effort to deny us freedom.
people  wp 
march 2018
How to crush Trump
Jeff Stein: Lets call it "The Cooper Doctrine:" @ryanlcooper's 5-point plan for when Ds retake power:

1) Statehood for DC & PR;
2) Make Election Day a holiday;
3) Free universal health care;
4) Giant tax hikes on rich/corporations;
5) Stop listening to Ben Wittes
how  politics 
february 2018
Even As a Student Movement Rises, Gun Manufacturers Are Targeting Young People
At the Bank of America Leveraged Finance Conference in November, the CFO of one of the largest companies involved in gun accessories and ammunition was explicit about the video-game appeal to young gun enthusiasts. “It has become a recreational shooting market, partly driven by the Xbox generation coming of age,” said Stephen Nolan, of Vista Outdoor.
gun's  games 
february 2018
Cinco 2.5
paul's computer (tayne, celery man)
february 2018
Random Name Generator
Behind the Name is a website for learning about all aspects of given names. Its scope is broad: all given names from all cultures and periods are eligible to be included in the main name database. Names from mythology and fiction are also eligible. There are currently 21100 names in the database, a fraction of what the scope entails.
via:cosmic  tool 
february 2018
Whoever Built the Boston Marathon Bombs is Still on the Loose, Able to Kill Again
Bomb-making materials were discovered in the bedroom of Daniel Morley, above, who had ties to Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
WTF  news 
february 2018
Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First
The bad news for grassroots activists is that the Democratic Party’s leaders cannot be reasoned with. But they can be beaten.
january 2018
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