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Millstones 0

I went to college a long time ago, when parents were often able to pay most, if not all, tuition and fees, before student loans became a self-perpetuating scam.

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It’s All about the Algorithm, All the News that Fits Dept. 0

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No Place To Hide 0

At the San Francisco Chronicle, Joseph W. Cotchett note the efforts of Big Data to weasel out from under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Here’s a snippet (emphasis added):

At first glance, the CCPA looks like it is finally wresting control of our private information from these companies and returning it to the users. However, we shouldn’t feel totally empowered yet. Some companies have expressed their intent not to follow the CCPA. It’s been reported that Facebook claims it is not subject to the CCPA because it does not sell information, but instead, “shares” information.* This is typical of the anything-goes attitude of the internet and the power that flows from personal information. This follows a $5 billion penalty and new restrictions on Facebook in July for violating consumer privacy.

Face, we have admitted–nay, invited–these parasites into our most private lives and now, like electronic bed bugs, they have no intention of leaving.

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*A distinction without a distinction, methinks.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Shorter Facebook press release: Fact? What is this thing you call “fact”?

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Spin Cycle, Tariffs Dept. 0

David explains how tariffs work. It’s not how Donald Trump claims they work, despite the Trumpettes’ spin.

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Facebook Frolics, It’s All about the Benjamins Dept. 0

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The Squeeze 0

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The Canary in the Coal Mine 0

Two miner coal miners wielding picks in the

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Facebook Frolics 0

Facebook on drugs.

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“The Rich Are Different from You and Me” 0

Paul Krugman describes how.

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A Sellers’ Market 0

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All the News that Fits, Facebook Frolics Dept. 0

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Oenophilesspelunkers 0

Persons holding wine glasse in a cave beneath a fancy chandelier.  One says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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“Hey, We’re the Victims Here” 0

The owners of the “wine cave” who feted Pete Buttigieg are nursing a set of hurt fee-fees over being called out for their over-the-top self-indulgent extravagance having been noticed.

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Range Wars Redux 0

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The Business Cycle 0

El Jefe offers a theory.

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The Fault of the Romaine Empire 0

Thom and Jesse Hirsch discuss why romaine lettuce seems to be the subject of perpetual warnings and recalls.

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Cookie Cutting 0

David describes the pressure being put on his podcast to allow his listeners’ and viewers’ data to be tracked.

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Facebook Frolics 0

What is truth?

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Rewarding Honest Work in These Trumpled Times 0

Department of Agriculture says to woman,

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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