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February 04 2015

[DPR's defense attorney] Dratel argued that Ross Ulbricht had been set up—that his computer was vulnerable to being hacked while torrenting an episode of the Colbert Report through the library’s public Wi-Fi, and that Mark Karpeles, CEO of [now-defunct Bitcoin exchange] Mt. Gox, had the means and the motives (financial benefit by manipulating the bitcoin market). Dratel also argued that the USB thumb drive on Ulbricht’s nightstand that prosecution claimed contained backed-up copies of files from Ulbricht’s computer wasn’t a backup, but rather the origin of the files on Ulbricht’s laptop—that the thumb drive had been given to him by the real DPR as part of the set-up.
— The Silk Road Trial is fun.

February 03 2015

Facts and evidence [...] simply aren’t that effective, given how selectively they are processed and interpreted. Instead, why not focus on presenting issues in a way keeps broader notions out of it—messages that are not [...] in any way a reflection of who you are?
I Don’t Want to Be Right - The New Yorker
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February 01 2015

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The myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes
Tags: learn racism
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We are all so busy judging our own bodies that there is little energy left over to judge other people’s.
Searching for Sex - NYTimes.com
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People are told things about the language in school that are demonstrably untrue, and they think anyone who doesn't follow along with those beliefs is stupid or wrong.
Irregardless of what you think, "conversate" is a word - The Atlantic
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January 29 2015

The charge of "political correctness" is often used by those in a position of privilege to silence debates raised by marginalized people — to say that their concerns don't deserve to be voiced, much less addressed.
The truth about "political correctness" is that it doesn't actually exist - Vox
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January 13 2015

Der wahre Feind der Islamisten und der wahre Feind der Rassisten – das ist die atheistische, säkulare, plurale, liberale, demokratische 68er-Welt. Diese befindet sich in einem Zangengriff.
Je suis Charlie – Isolde Charim
Tags: wonder news
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January 11 2015

Defending free speech is always easy when you like the content of the ideas being targeted, or aren’t part of (or actively dislike) the group being maligned.
In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons - The Intercept

January 10 2015


January 09 2015

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The Only Thing We Know About Cyberspace Is That Its 640x480: Geocities archeology from 31c3
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The default mode for any character is male, so to make the characters female is an additional detail on top of that. This thinking is stupid and wrong and self-perpetuating unless you actively work against it.
Boring Old Raphael
Tags: wonder gender
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January 07 2015

To recover our privacy and make democracy safe, we need to redesign digital systems so that they do not collect information about people in general.
Richard Stallman: Reasons not to use Uber
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December 22 2014

3D printed masks which were algorithmically evolved to be detected as human faces by face recognition algorithms – to "show the machine what it’s looking for". (by Sterling Crispin)
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December 21 2014

Beliefs about the future are so rarely correct that they usually aren't worth the extra rigidity they impose, and that the best strategy is simply to be aggressively open-minded.
How to Be an Expert in a Changing World
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December 20 2014

1. Small individual bias → Large collective bias.
2. The past haunts the present, being unbiased is not enough.
3. Demand diversity near you.
Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society
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December 18 2014


December 14 2014

In einer Postdemokratie richtet sich die Politik nach der Berichterstattung. Um Politik zu gestalten kann man also zuerst Nachrichten machen. Das politische System reagiert dann darauf.
Michel Reimon
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What we think of as "good" English is the English historically spoken by people with the most power. ...

"Standard English" is a loose assortment of idiolects like any other dialect, and valuing one over the other is a social construct that has nothing to do with linguistic merit. As long as we [do that], we're not ...more enlightened and less bigoted than our ancestors.
Arguing over language: Everyone has an idiolect, standard English prescriptivism is overrated
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December 12 2014

As our culture progressed and became more and more willing to study racism and misogyny, and how they both operate systemically within our culture, ... the definition of “good guy” changed.

It was no longer just a public declaration that you weren’t bigoted and a lack of active oppression of women and people of color. Being a “good guy” now meant engaging in a difficult and complex process of understanding privilege, including your own privilege, acknowledging that, and understanding how racism and misogyny are created and disseminated, how much of that we’ve internalized, and how we work to end that.... Most of us are still struggling with these issues and our place within them every day.

But some people are LIVID... [They] cannot comprehend ... the idea that someone else’s narrative could be just as important, or, possibly, for even just a moment, more urgent and important, as anything but a MASSIVE injustice against them. They’ve been first in line for so long THEY NEVER EVEN KNEW THE LINE EXISTED, and they believe that being asked to wait in line like everyone else is bigotry against them. ...

They BELIEVE they’re the victims of a culture that changed behind their backs and deprived them of being the well-liked “good guy” without meeting new qualifications; ... the victims of a culture that suddenly “doesn’t care” about their issues because the issues of other groups are starting to be seen as equally important; the victims of a culture that no longer posits “white guy” as the one human in constant possession of the benefit of the doubt.
The White Guy Problem | Bitter Gertrude
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