Monday, 21 August 2017
quote [ Initial reports indicated the USS John S. McCain sustained damage to its port side, U.S. authorities said.
Search and rescue efforts were underway and 10 sailors were missing Monday morning local time after the USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship, the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a notice.
The ship, a guided-missile destroyer, was involved in the collision while on its way to Singapore for a routine port visit, the notice said. The incident happened east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, the 7th Fleet said. ]
This shit has got to stop.
Sunday, 20 August 2017
quote [ Dick Gregory, pioneering comedian, author and civil rights activist, died Saturday at the age of 84.
In the early Sixties, Gregory became a fixture of the Civil Rights Movement: He marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. at Selma, where he and his wife were briefly jailed, he told the Chicago Tribune. He was friends with Malcolm X and Medgar Evers and ran for mayor of Chicago in 1967.
During the tumultuous time around the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Gregory ran for President as a write-in candidate; Hunter S. Thompson was among those who voted for Gregory, as the gonzo journalist revealed numerous times in The Great Shark Hunt. Gregory wrote Write Me In! in 1968 about his presidential bid. ]
He was on TV a lot until his humor got too close to the truth.
Friday, 18 August 2017
quote [ Stephen K. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.
Mr. Bannon’s dismissal followed an Aug. 16 interview he initiated with a writer with whom he had never spoken, with the progressive publication The American Prospect. In it, Mr. Bannon mockingly played down the American military threat to North Korea as nonsensical: “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.” ]
Now Bannon is free to say what he really thinks.
Text of NYT article in extended.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
quote [ President Trump’s planned infrastructure announcement unraveled into chaos as he all but erased any credit he got on Monday for condemning white supremacists for the deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Va.
“What about the 'alt-left' that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right'? Do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump said. “They came charging with clubs in their hands,” he said of the counter-protesters. ]
A truly stunning public statement - Trump says what the Klan wants to hear.
Pretty much guarantees there will be more deaths.
It's all about that base.
Monday, 14 August 2017
quote [ Google yanked its web domain support for The Daily Stormer three hours after the neo-Nazi website moved to the search engine’s registry system.
The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, moved its web domain registry to Google after GoDaddy Operating Co. pulled its services on Sunday. GoDaddy cited Daily Stormer’s support of the "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that ended in at least one fatality as violating the company’s terms of service. ]
GoDaddy gave them 24 hours to clear out, Google said nonono, but I'm sure they'll find a host. They'll be fine.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
quote [ Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India.
The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country.
A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved.
They list 2,650 websites that a judge ordered internet providers to block. Most are file-sharing services, but the Internet Archive is also included.
The San Francisco-based non-profit is best known for its Wayback Machine - an online tool that allows the public to see old versions of websites. It contains more than 302 billion saved web pages. ]
I'm kind of surprised this isn't a regular thing.
quote [ North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury". ]
Trump issues off-the-cuff nuclear red-line threat, Kim crosses line immediately.
Thursday, 3 August 2017
quote [ An erotic modeling micro-economy is growing on the crowdfunding platform
Michelle is just one of dozens of women who use Patreon to sell nude photos, videos, and other prizes to willing — and paying — fans. As a full-time Patreon creator, she’s on the more successful end of erotic content makers. Some of her contemporaries see Patreon as a side-hustle on the way to more lucrative gigs; others want to go full time, but haven’t quite figured out how. There’s no set career path here, but for these women, those paths all converge on Patreon. ]
Another way to make money on the internet. Looks like a get-rich-slow scheme, and a lot like "work".
Monday, 31 July 2017
quote [ In recent years, there has been an influx of games centered on social and political issues from sexism to racism to the refugee crisis. In one of the latest, you rescue animals in a slaughterhouse.
If you don't have time to call your senator, stage a protest or partake in a rescue mission at a slaughterhouse, you can at least save some chickens on your phone. Thanks to the new animal rights app Paintball Hero, created by 17-year-old game developer Skylar Thomas, animal liberation is now as easy as click, swipe, win. ]
If I thought games could create changed behavior outcomes IRL, I'd have to never play GTA or its ilk.
I don't want that result, so that makes me pretty skeptical.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
quote [ Much of the criticism directed at HBO has been at the potential dangers of portraying modern slavery in a way that might inflame real-life race relations. Bloys insisted that the portrayal will be nuanced.
“The producers have said they’re not looking to do ‘Gone With the Wind’ 2017,” Bloys said. “It’s not whips and plantations. It’s what they imagine a modern day institution of slavery would look like.”
“Confederate” will begin shooting after production wraps on the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” next year. ]
Sometimes really smart people have extra dumb ideas. Like, what if the South didn't lose the Civil War?
Another alternative history idea: what if we stopped being a bunch of racist fucks?
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