This is a daily (?) list of links I found worthwhile. Some of them are news, some
are timely information, and some are things I should have known about a long
time ago, but only now had pointed out to me.
I’m very behind on link blogging (over a month! And the last one was very minimal!), so I’m just going to dump some things.
Politics Threat Modeling For Activists: Tips For Secure Organizing & Activism An intro to protecting what you need to protect.
Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence - The New York Times Another case where the cruelty is the only point.
What duelling can teach us about taking offence | Aeon Essays The right is currently using a model of “offense as [emotional] hurt”, while the left is using a model of “offense as harm”.
Web The Web is still a DARPA weapon. – Giacomo Tesio – Medium
A good article on a few loosely connected points. How centralization of the web tends to promote US government/business interests, as against those of internet users and other countries. A lot of it is nothing you haven’t heard before, especially about DNS.
Links for the past few days, no unifying theme.
The continuing crisis This is fine.
Democrats break with left on ICE | TheHill
This is expected behavior for the Democrats right now — avoid doing something that is both right and popular, because it would be disruptive. Beto O’Rourke’s position (abolish ICE through a reorganization of DHS, and moving their responsibilities elsewhere) should be the base position of Democrats, allowing progressives to stake out more radical positions.
Links for the last couple of days, focusing on the US police state, and companies that are complicit with it.
Microsoft tldr; Microsoft is providing cloud services to ICE. They claim that this support is not going directly to supporting child detention, but services are fungible, and the ethical thing would be to refuse to accept the contract.
Microsoft needs to pick a side in the ICE debate. The world is watching
This one is pretty dark, sorry. Turn back if you need to protect yourself, I’ll understand. The basic theme: our institutions are not capable of dealing with the threats we are faced with today, and we don’t have any other solutions waiting in the wings. Let’s get started.
The Super Wealthy Oxycontin Family Supports School Privatization With Tactics Similar to Those That Fueled the Opioid Epidemic Reporting by Sara Darer Littman about the Sackler family, who allegedly have used ethically questionable tactics to push oxycontin through FDA approval and onto doctors and patients. They are using the same forms of aggressive advertising to push a pro-charter-school agenda.
IBM Type IBM releases a set of fonts (Serif, Sans, and Mono) in a variety of weights.