Link: After summit pullout, South Korea and China have little appetite for Trump’s ‘maximum pressure – Washington Post

After summit pullout, South Korea and China have little appetite for Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’

From here, Kim looks like the levelheaded leader who was trying to build confidence — releasing American detainees, blowing up the nuclear testing site — while Trump looks impetuous and unreliable.

Some days it’s hard to comprehend just has manifestly incompetent our president is at his job.

h/t Dave Winer

Federal Right to Try

…(3) opening up unproven therapies could lead to a moral hazard, where it becomes lucrative to put useless-but-harmless “drug candidates” into “clinical trials” so you can charge desperate patients at “cost”. I mean every quotation mark in that last sentence. I am not the only person who thinks this way. My own suggestion for the last point has already been made: antioxidant phytonutrients – i.e., dried grape juice pills – for Alzheimer’s. Won’t do a thing, but hey, you have the right to try ’em.

h/t Macdrifter

Techcrunch, Engadget and cookie gore

The GDPR Reveals All!

Clicking the small manage link shows you to a separate our partners page which looks interesting.

Just amazing.

Link: Jordan Peterson, explained - Vox

Jordan Peterson, explained

“I’ve studied Nazism for four decades. And I understand it very well. And I can tell you there are some awful people lurking in the corners,” Peterson says. “They’re ready to come out. And if the radical left keeps pushing the way it’s pushing, they’re going to come.”

i.e. Stay in your place lest you provoke the bigots to violence. Clearly the Jews were responsible for the Nazi’s atrocities as well.

What a schmuck.

Link: for Thanos so loved the world (spoilers)

for Thanos so loved the world

The same is true of penal substitionary atonement theory’s god. He could have decided that Adam and Eve were responsible for their own sin and that their descendants wouldn’t inherit their repercussions. But he didn’t. He could have decided against punishing Adam and Eve, along with the rest of us, with Hell. But he didn’t. He could have decided to simply forgive everyone’s Inherited Sin that he saddled us with in the first place. But he didn’t. He could have made Jesus’ sacrifice enough for everyone instead of Electing only a cosmic handful—or without requiring a Sinner’s Prayer from a scattered few.

But he didn’t.

In evangelicalism, Jesus’s death on the Cross is framed as the greatest act of love and sacrifice that has ever occurred in the history of the universe. Without Jesus dying for our sins, God would supposedly be forced to let everyone burn forever.

I’m sure Thanos felt the same way about throwing Gamora over a cliff.


Link: Two Americans were detained by a Border Patrol agent after he heard them speaking Spanish

Two Americans were detained by a Border Patrol agent after he heard them speaking Spanish

“Ma’am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here, and I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here,” the agent can be heard saying in the video.

The scary part is that it was legal for the agent to profile them.

So what criteria do agents use to decide to stop a motorist or traveller? Can they use a person’s race or ethnicity? Yes, as long as it’s not the only factor, according to one Supreme Court ruling from the 1970s.

Also, CityLab has this wonderful footnote:

*It’s worth taking all the numbers provided by CBP with a grain of salt because the GAO also found “inconsistent data collection practices at checkpoints.”

h/t @gruber

This would just be terrible! Such a dastardly plan!

Mulvaney Wants Ryan to Step Down

Said Mulvaney: “I’ve talked with Kevin about this privately but not as much publicly. Wouldn’t it be great to force a Democrat running in a tight race to have to put up or shut up about voting for Nancy Pelosi eight weeks before an election? That’s a really, really good vote for us to force if we can figure out how to do it.”

Oh noes! Please Republicans, don’t do this and allow the evil Nancy set the House’s legislative agenda!

Copyright is so broken!

How Corporations Have Destroyed Our 20th Century Literary Heritage

I would point out the great resource of the Gutenberg Project as an example. That nearly endless supply of pre-1923 books (and a few after) is incredibly valuable to historians and other scholars, or just the curious. If I want to find an 18th century travel writing of the Caribbean or the American South, it’s probably there. If I want bad novels of the post-Civil War era, I can find them. But after 1923, forget about it. If I want to explore some minor writing of the Depression Era, nope. If I want literary materials from the 1950s, I have to find somewhere else to get them. There is likely no money to ever be made on 99.99% of this material. But thanks to Disney, it’s simply not available to you.

As I put it in an unpublished blog post, we are burning our seed corn. Shakespeare could not write his plays today.

All of the nations in the Western Hemisphere were conceived in sin.

The Human Cost of Spanish Conquest

187,000,000 people died. And it’s not like those deaths ended in 1592 or 1621; as any student of the United States and Canada knows, those genocides were just beginning. And the deaths of Africans from slavery would grow and grow and grow.

The European colonization of the Americas is probably the single worst thing to happen in human history. And yet it is almost never discussed in this way.

Really? Really?

This time, a black father was pushing his son in a Washington, D.C., park, and a white woman saw fit to notify park security about “a suspicious man walking the bike path with a baby.”

I am in awe of the insight of our Republican leaders.

“Far Left”

Anyway, what are these “far left” candidates proposing? Nationalizing the means of production? Liquidating the Kulaks?

In Nebraska, a liberal social worker and political neophyte who built her campaign around “Medicare for All” scored a shocking upset…

Eastman advocated for universal background checks to buy guns, raising taxes and decriminalizing marijuana.

Is our Democratic Party learning?

Enjoying spending some time on Haven’t done so in a while. :)

Federal Judge accused ICE of making up evidence

Martinez, a George W. Bush appointee, was plainly incensed by the agency’s lies. ICE’s “conclusory findings,” he wrote, have “been contradicted by experts and other evidence.” The government “produced no evidence” to contradict multiple experts’ testimony discrediting ICE’s bizarre interpretation of Ramirez’s tattoo. And its claims are “completely contradictory to the government’s own previous findings after extensive background checks that were meant to uncover evidence of ‘known or suspected gang association.’ ”

What lovely people.

Abolish ICE

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

“We utilize the same technology used to enable emergency assistance and this includes cell tower and cell sector location, assisted GPS and cell tower trilateration,”

Why the fuck are they bragging about this?

LocationSmart also said it allows some customers to obtain “implied” consent, used on a case-by-case basis, when “the nature of the service implies that location will be used.” The company said one example could be when a stranded motorist calls roadside assistance, and the event implies the person is “calling to be found.”

Yeah, I’m definitely opting in to continuous real-time tracking when I get a flat tire fixed.

These companies are scum.

h/t mjtsai

New Twitter APIs & Pricing It’s a little sad/ironic that so many of the complaints on being made via tweets. If Twitter wants to kill the third-party apps you love, the answer is to move.

Well, MarsEdit is scriptable, no? Would that make life easier?

Easy Blockquoting?

How about a link.

I lied about going to bed.

More good news about lighting in the EU

The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre estimates it could cost an estimated £1 billion to replace all the lighting equipment in theatres across the UK.

Good thing our industry is rolling in dough. What’s a million here or there for London’s equivalent of Here or PSNY?

Browing History too

Safari uses iCloud to keep your browsing history the same on all your Mac computers and iOS devices that have Safari turned on in iCloud preferences.

Apple seems to be walking the walk

The zip file I eventually received from Apple was tiny, only 9 megabytes, compared to 243 MB from Google and 881 MB from Facebook. And there’s not much there, because Apple says the information is primarily kept on your device, not its servers. The one sentence highlight: a list of my downloads, purchases and repairs, but not my search histories through the Siri personal assistant or the Safari browser.

Looks like Apple is being truthful when they say that they don’t want our information. Good to know. (Sorta funny that the headline reads “It was eye openning” and the surprising part was the lack of gathered data).

ht Michael Tsai

…Though I don’t know how to reconcile this article with iCloud Bookmarks & Tabs