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Protest Twitter’s Support For Theocratic Censorship

Today, a coalition led by the Ex-Muslims of North America is organizing a day of protest against what it calls Twitter Theocracy.

Instead of standing up for free speech, Twitter has agreed to censor user accounts that the government of Pakistan regards as blasphemous. Twitter has issued statements that it’s preferable to comply with theocratic [...]

How to be a Girl, How to be a Boy: Tips from the Vending Machine

Lessons from a vending machine:

How to be a Girl How to be a Boy Fly Glitter brightly Be a butterfly Dream Be mystical Wear sparkly jewelry Expose your cleavage and midriff Get nautical, but in a loving way Be sweet and fruitful Smell sweet like a rose Admire flowers Be two inches tall [...]

What Is And Is Not Newsworthy

Made the news today: Two 12 year-old girls claimed to be motivated by legends of a mythological character called Slenderman when they stabbed a friend of theirs in an attempt to murder her.

Did not make the news today: U.S. Senator Carl Levin introduced legislation, S. 2410, that would pay for programs designed to give [...]

In Process: A Report On Surveillance By The 2016 Presidential Candidates

This report, which we will update several times during the primary campaign and general election, will summarize what actions the different declared and likely presidential candidates are taking to incorporate surveillance software into their own political web sites. [...]

Opt Out of Creepy KissMetrics Surveillance

When the internet was founded, the use of the technology for pecuniary gain was a banishable offense. Now spying on people is considered the norm.

Take Kissmetrics, which tracks people and connects their common browsing of websites across different computers and tablets so that people can be profiled and monetized. Even when two people use [...]

Are WordPress And Automattic Purposefully Sneaking Surveillance Bots Into Jetpack For Self-Hosted Bloggers?

Despite earlier promises that Wordpress would be secured, Kissmetrics tracking software has been placed by Wordpress onto a huge number of independent web sites without their permission. [...]

Oh, All Right: I Admit I Am Actually Quite Amazing

This morning brings a bouquet of admissions to my eyes:

Some admissions regard other people:

Scaredhuman of Daily Kos on Hillary Clinton: “Hillary Rodham Clinton understands issues from the most visionary and abstract level right down to the most detailed level. Admittedly, a ‘policy wonk,’ she achieves an in-depth understanding of every issue so that [...]

Practical Action: Reset the Net June 5

A coalition of activist groups, including Fight For the Future, CODE PINK and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee have announced June 5 as Reset the Net day. This is a very practical action day with a teach-in/do-in aspect to it. As you can read here, the plan is that on June 5, individuals and [...]

Monday Likes

451 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Rules.

2,069 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

6,676 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

4,491 Facebook users like the Republicans alone on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services [...]

So Proud of My Son

Just accessed my middle schooler’s blog, where he writes:

guys if you need to get around website restrictions at school or whatever go to google and type in cache:[url]. it brings up googles cache of the website and they probs haven’t blocked that one

So proud.

Fact Check: Malcolm Gladwell’s Mythic South

As I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers over the last few days, I’ve been accumulating a sense of hokum as Gladwell tells stories and spins out anecdotes. My B.S. detector finally hit the limit with this claim (p. 169):

The triumph of a culture of honor helps to explain why the pattern of criminality [...]