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Pic taken at the Zymoglyphic Museum, Portland OR

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Bay Area Residents Who Live in Vans Not to Travel, but to Contend with Housing Costs:

The threat of a “knock on the door” looms constantly for those who live in their vehicles, and it can inspire paranoia. A recent discussion in a Facebook group devoted to local RV lifers quickly became split between those excited to share their stories and those hesitant to do so for fear of police crackdowns.


China Will Ban People with Poor ‘Social Credit’ from Planes and Trains:

Starting in May, Chinese citizens who rank low on the country’s burgeoning “social credit” system will be in danger of being banned from buying plane or train tickets for up to a year, according to statements recently released by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission.


Restricted by YouTube, Gun Enthusiasts Are Taking Their Videos to Pornhub

InRangeTV, which has some 144,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel, has chosen to publish videos on an adult website called Pornhub, Bloomberg reported. A search on the site yields five videos currently uploaded by InRangeTV. Visitors can watch a video where hosts compare a Glock 19 and a Hudson H9, just as it appears on YouTube.


Jordan Greenhall on the problems with social media:

We need to get our heads around the fact that this kind of relationship, a relationship between humans and AI, is simply novel in our experience and that we cannot rely on any of our instincts, habits, traditions or laws to effectively navigate this new kind of relationship. At a minimum, we need to find a way to be absolutely dead certain that in every interaction, these gods of social media have our individual best interests in mind.

Michael Krieger: The Only Reason We’re Examining Facebook’s Sleazy Behavior is Because Trump Won:

Mainstream press and “resistance” pundits have finally decided to care about the pernicious practices of a platform monopoly only because the wrong guy won. I’m fine with this, since I don’t really care why we decide to address serious societal issues, as long as we do address them.

That said, the danger is scores of dishonest actors are trying to hijack the narrative and make this only about Trump and Cambridge Analytica, versus a long-standing systemic issue of predatory practices that have always been central to Facebook’s business model.


A very young Anton LaVey appears on The Joe Pyne Show


Justin Raimondo at AntiWar.com on Donald Trump as a disruptive global force:

The outlived conflicts of yesteryear – the detritus of the really awful twentieth century – continue to rise up like ghosts, haunting our present and standing in the way of peace. Yet Trump seems to have the vision and the boldness to bat them away and inaugurate a new era, despite everything. He is the Great Disruptor who is challenging the conceit at the core of US foreign policy: the idea that it is somehow in America’s interest to police the world and enforce the rules of the “liberal international order.” Whether he has the stamina to succeed remains to be seen.


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