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The best doesn’t exist.

The best doesn’t exist. A psychologist explains why we can’t stop searching. by Rachel Sugar You want the best — meaning the most capable, the cutting edge-est device, because who knows how you’re going to use it next week, or next month? But the weird thing, to me, is that “the best” sounds really objective. There can be only one best. And that’s nonsense. That’s complete nonsense.…

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when your communication vehicle is being used to promote propaganda that leads to violent events

YouTube’s conspiracy theory crisis, explained by Jane Coaston (Vox) “The point at which it becomes a matter of serious public interest is when your communication vehicle is being used to promote propaganda that leads to violent events.” He was alluding to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory which led to an armed gunman showing up at a DC-area pizzeria in 2016 — a conspiracy theory spread, in part, on YouTube.   Raskin asked about another especially strange conspiracy theory that emerged on…

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White threat in a browning America

White threat in a browning America by Ezra Klein The government predicts that in 2030, immigration will overtake new births as the dominant driver of population growth. About 15 years after that, America will phase into majority-minority status — for the first time in the nation’s history, non-Hispanic whites will no longer make up a majority of the population. That cross will come in part because America’s black, Hispanic, Asian, and mixed-race populations are expected to grow — indeed, the…

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Jeff Sessions tries to beat back Nazi comparisons, gets literally everything wrong Border Patrol officers have apparently been telling parents that they’re just taking their kids away to bathe, only for the parents to realize hours later the kids are never coming back. This is the exact same thing concentration camp guards told people before being taken to gas chambers to stop them from panicking, which has led to a lot of Nazi comparisons in the press.…

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Bringing Out the Worst In Us

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( ) This is one of the reasons why I no longer “surf” Facebook and twitter. I've defaulted to the old ways of the web. Back to a reading from a controlled list of bloggers and news sites. I have a list of photography, lifestyle, and security bloggers and web sites in my RSS reader. I recently culled the list to remove dead sites or sites whose focus had changed. When Trump won the election I added a filter for…

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