Mammon category archive
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.
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.
*A distinction without a distinction, methinks.
David explains how tariffs work. It’s not how Donald Trump claims they work, despite the Trumpettes’ spin.
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.
Thom and Jesse Hirsch discuss why romaine lettuce seems to be the subject of perpetual warnings and recalls.
David describes the pressure being put on his podcast to allow his listeners’ and viewers’ data to be tracked.