Yearly Archives: 2016

Odd Bedfellows

In my effort to avoid starting grading, I followed a link from Lifehacker to Amazon’s sale of a white-noise machine. I was somewhat surprised to see what Amazon paired it with:

I suppose sleeping better makes you a better worker/investor/whatever thus perhaps increasing your odds of becoming a billionaire from almost zero to …. still almost zero?

Didn’t buy the machine as I don’t think it makes a good gift, although the $35 price seemed very reasonable.

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500+ UM Faculty Stand Against ‘Hate and Intimidation’

I’m one of the more than 500 signatories to this letter in which UM faculty take a stand against hatred, intimidation, and a “post-truth” world. The letter was written by members of the English Department.

Media coverage in Miami Hurricane and Miami Herald.

Text of the letter is below.

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I Expect We’ll Get Crap Like this Daily

Donald Trump wants to ‘close up’ the Internet:

In a speech at the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Monday, Trump referenced the use by ISIS of social media as a recruitment tool. He recommended a discussion with Bill Gates to shut off parts of the Internet.

“We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet,” Trump said. “We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”

Well, count me as one of the foolish I guess. Although not quite so foolish as to think Bill Gates runs parts of the Internet.

PS. To those offended by the headline: what else am I supposed to call it? Bullshit?

Posted in Law: Free Speech, Law: Internet Law, Trump | 5 Comments

This is What an Informer Society Looks Like

Miamians Are Going on Twitter to Ask Donald Trump to Deport Their Exes.

According to the New Times, “dozens of folks,” many in the Miami area, are tweeting addresses and photos, some cc’ing the police, in the hopes of getting their revenge. They have screenshots of examples.

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Find Out if You are Among 1 Million Android Users Whose Gmail Got Hacked

Check here.

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The Most Disturbing News Article of the Week?

And it isn’t even directly about Donald Trump. Or then again maybe it is.

Across numerous countries, including Australia, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, the percentage of people who say it is “essential” to live in a democracy has plummeted, and it is especially low among younger generations.

— Amanda Taub, How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’

This graph says it all:

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Posted in Civil Liberties, Politics: International | 2 Comments