Facebook will use data… 🔗

If you trust Facebook with a camera and microphone in your house, I’d love to have you at my table in a poker game.

Fb has become a parody of itself. 🙄

Abstract: Fixing Social Media’s Grand Bargain | Jack M. Balkin 🔗

But this essay also emphasizes a second approach: new fiduciary obligations that protect end-user privacy and counteract social media companies’ bad incentives.

Haven’t read the article, but looks interesting!

Humans Aren’t Really Toxic | Dave Winer 🔗

For fuck’s sake, Winer, do you really have to defend Lindsay Graham from accusations of male toxicity?!

Winer is so deep in his bubble of privilege, he can’t comprehend others have to deal with more shit. We play on easy mode, Dave. 😡

Well Then | Atrios 🔗

Gavin McInnes has set himself apart from the current crop of professionally outraged right-wing pundits, not only for being able to spout aggressive rhetoric, but also for being willing to get physical at times.

—@NYTMetro Oct 17, 2018

For Fuck’s Sake!

Lady Gaga pegged her powerful Women in Hollywood speech to her suit. She didn’t need to. | Rebecca Jennings, Vox 🔗

Nothing like one woman telling another that she’s doing feminism wrong.

Gaga: “In this suit, I felt like me today.”

Yes, she didn’t need to, she wanted to.

Facebook Lied, Careers Died | Scott Lemieux, LGM 🔗

Remember when one news organization after another fired people en masse to PIVOT TO VIDEO….Facebook just used bad data to massively inflate video viewership and then lied about it:

Such an ethical company!

This parody is from way back in 2011, but it’s still quite satisfying. 🔗

That’s why I would push for legislation that gives every American a revenge voucher and one you have this voucher, you would be allowed to kick anyone from Wall Street right in the balls.

Now that the UK is stockpiling food, maybe it’s time to admit Brexit is a mistake? | Dylan Matthews, Vox 🔗

And in spite of the fact that the country is having public discussions about the propriety of using the fucking air force to airdrop food to people, no one in power wants to stop this process!

You know, despite our country’s fucked up politics, the gov is not choosing to create a national food and medicine crisis (even though we do create those crises after hurricanes). I guess it’s good to know we can still clear that bar.

I hope no one was playing a “Pelosi” drinking game during Dave Brat’s debate performance. 🔗

I would have definitely died of alcohol poisoning.

Abigail Spanberger is amazing at the end of the video.

I’m proud to be a member of the generation that killed a condiment. 🔗

“We were founded as the Mayonnaise Products Manufacturers Association. … ”

And had to change your name to stay relevant. Okay, Association for Dressings and Sauces. I see how it is.

The NBA Now Feels Like the Future and the NFL the Past. But It Wasn’t Destined to Work Out That Way. | Will Leitch, NYMag. 🔗

I don’t think @ablaze would call this a small issue, but our discussion did make this article about how it is impossible to separate “identity politics” from our world today pop out to me.

Remember what Trump said to LeBron after the future Hall of Famer called him “U Bum?” Nothing. He said nothing. It’s much easier to bat around someone as weak and wishy-washy as Goodell. Goodell has essentially become Trump’s Jeb Bush.

Proportional representation could save America—Vox 🔗

But the bigger useful change is that under proportional House elections, third parties would win at least some of the seats.

This is the first argument for 3rd parties in the US that I think makes sense.


This is the grave of the vile traitor Robert E. Lee.

I wonder how Loomis really feels. 👍

Dave Winer Really Needs to Look in The Mirror. 🔗

Winer has some serious blindspots around gender. He has a ton of privilege as straight white man and, for the most part, does not examine it. As long as he complains that he has it so hard (I’m sure his rage-filled responses pale in comparison to the harassment women and POC have to deal with), that the way to gender equality is gender blindness, he is going to be yelled at. Winer needs to take some time figuring out why his allies may jump down his throat, how he could be a better ally.

We all know Twitter is not a place for reasoned debate and to expect people on the margins to calmly explain his blindspots is not a reasonable.

In Louisiana, You Can Be Sent Away For Life Even If Jurors Say You’re Innocent: That could change this November.—Mother Jones 🔗

It’s a cause liberals and conservatives can get behind, Tarpley says, for different reasons: The former see it as a chance to right the wrongs of a criminal justice system that unfairly targets people of color, while the latter see it as an opportunity to defend constitutional rights.

Another sign of hope.

Inside the Unlikely Movement That Could Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians—Mother Jones 🔗

While this is somewhat a story of a Republican discovering civil rights after being denied them, there’s also hope that there are some people working for justice across the partisan divide.

When it comes to support for Amendment 4, he said, “bloodlines are thicker than party lines.”

Another Reason Not To Worry About Gamble and Pardons: 🔗

Popehat points out that the underlying issue, Dual Sovereignty, doesn’t break down along partisan lines. In the last case dealing with the issue, the two justices who seemed willing to get rid of the doctrine were…Ginsberg & Thomas. So who knows how the votes would break down.

This is in addition to the more important point that Gamble wouldn’t prevent prosecutions for state crimes which don’t have corresponding federal prosecutions. Like all the state level fraud Trump & co. have committed in New York.

There are plenty of reasons that Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed, but this isn’t one of them.

What Happens When Workers Realize That Rich People Got the Entire GOP Tax Cut? 🔗

I agree with Drum. The Dems should be running this ad constantly.

GOP delenda est.

The US Has a Concentration Camp for Children—Slog 🔗

Children staying at standard shelters around the US are being bussed there in the middle of the night. Immigration officials rudely wake the boys and girls up and force them into the dark unknown.

GOP delenda est.

Democratic Rising Star Jason Kander Drops Out of Mayoral Race to Seek Treatment for PTSD 🔗

Last week, his [Kander’s] campaign broke a fundraising record for Kansas City. “But instead of celebrating that accomplishment, I found myself on the phone with the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line, tearfully conceding that, yes, I have had suicidal thoughts,” he wrote. “And it wasn’t the first time.”

I’m really heartened by his choice to speak truthfully about his struggles with mental health. And admitting that it is more important to heal than to pursue his career.


I don’t know any guy who didn’t feel up a woman when he was 18.

How could anyone say the patriarchy is alive and well? Clearly the femi-nazis have emasculated our entire culture! 😡

“I don’t use my anger as a strategy,” she replies. “And I think that’s what he was doing. That was a strategy. I don’t even know how real it was.”

-Anita Hill on Clarence Thomas 🔗

The Kavanaugh hearings show who we afford a second chance and who we don’t. 🔗

One world:

“I do not understand why the loutish drunken behavior of a 17-year-old high school boy has anything to tell us about the character of a 53-year-old judge,” said conservative commentator Rod Dreher.

“He was an immature high schooler. So were we all,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

“I wouldn’t disqualify anyone from higher office because of anything they had done as a minor,” said Washington Post opinion writer Megan McArdle.

And another:

The first time the police stopped me I was 11 years old and they stopped me ‘cause I was playing water balloon fights, with my friends, during the summer. And, um, they handcuffed all of us, they paraded us in front of the community, they had the helicopter on us, and this was like a group of 11 year olds. Like, nobody was older than 13. And, like, they had guns on us, like they pointed a gun to my head, and they threatened our lives … afterwards, even though we were kids, like, the entire communities [sic] thought that we were up to something bad.

The Backlash to the Backlash at The New York Review of Books—NYMag 🔗

The low expectations for straight white men. Buruma fucked up big time: bypassed the normal editorial process*, pissed off the staff, and shoved his foot so far down his mouth that it emerged from his anus. That’s being a bad editor, a bad manager, and a PR disaster. That’s plenty of reason for anyone to lose their job.

* Guilty conscious much? If he thought the essay was solid, why did he hide it from the editorial team?

Eyes on the floor: 🔗

As Flake looked down, the woman continued, “Look at me when I’m talking to you. You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter. That what happened to me doesn’t matter.” Soon after, the elevator shut and Flake headed to the committee vote.