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A Tune for the Times 0

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

[Panel 1: Elvie is talking to Bob, who suddenly breaks off, mid-word]  Elvie: I hear you've got a new job at Alphabet.  Bob: Yeah, I'm working for *YouTube*, helping to train the algo--  [Panel 2: Close-up of Bob, who has switched into an alter-ego. His speech bubble is a different colour and there are speed lines in the background to indicate him flipping into another

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“The” Stupid 0

It burns.

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The Crypto Con 0

Man starring a computer which shows a rapidly plunging graphic labeled

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The Grift That Keeps on Grifting, Reprise 0

Redhat holding sign reading,

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Facebook Frolics 0

Metastasized frolics.

I doubt her suit has a prayer in the courts, but the discovery phase might be interesting.

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The Grift that Keeps on Grifting 0

Donald Trump says,

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The Scofflaw 0

Laws are for little people.

Afterthought:

No surprises here.

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The Privatization Scam, Medicare Disadvantage Dept. 0

“Medicare Advantage” was nothing but a Republican ploy to let insurance companies skim profits from the public purse. Thom explains the con.

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The Snaring Economy 0

A very small glimmer of hope for the ensnared.

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

“Social” media isn’t.

For example.

Aside:

As I have said before, the landscape of the internet has changed drastically since the Communications Decency Act was passed almost three decades ago. I agree with Dan Romer in the article at the link. “Social” media outfits that manipulate content so as to attract “eyeballs” and increase “engagement” are not impartial platforms for their users’ statements, unlike, for example, my most excellent hosting provider, which provides me a platform, but does not manipulate my content in any way.

Section 230 of that act sorely needs updating to reflect the reality of today’s internet.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Well-regulated Slap-on-the-wrist frolics.

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A Case of Piles 0

Thomas Bass wonders what can be done about our mounting mass of nuclear waste. An excerpt:

Nuclear energy produces nuclear waste, and 80 years into the nuclear age, we still have no idea what to do with these lethal byproducts.

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The Crypto-Con 0

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The Crypto-Con 0

Writing at the Tampa Bay Times, University of South Florida professor Murad Antia writes that he has little trust in crypto-currency. A snippet; follow the link for the full explanation of his reasoning.

So why do some people believe in cryptocurrencies? Why invent a currency outside the purview of the government and the Federal Reserve Bank? It is a horrible idea. There needs to be a central control of the money supply to prevent and control speculative excesses. It is reminiscent of the shadow banking system collapsing during the 2008 financial crisis, which worsened the economic downturn.

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The Crypto-Con 0

Man sitting at computer wearing a H. O. D. L. tee shirt watching the value of his crypto currency drop off the scale says,

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Facebook Frolics 0

The things that you’re liable,
To read in the Bible Facebook,
They ain’t necessarily so.

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Suffer the Children, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Dept. 0

Sam and his crew foresee an effort to return to the days of child labor and sweatshops.

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It’s All about the Benjamins 0

The Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson follows the money.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Steven M. does a deep dive into the marketing methodology of the merchants of politeness.

Also, too.

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