Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

It’s Worse Than You Think: Tracking Apps


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There is a vast infrastructure of sneaky, nasty, deceptive code that is deployed by marketers to infect your browser so they can track everything you are doing. This reduces your ability to trust your browser tremendously, since you (naturally!) have no idea what it’s doing: it is not your browser. And, there is a similar vast infrastructure of evil running on your smartphone, sucking your battery life, tracking your location, monitoring the sounds around you, and eating your bandwidth and performance to transmit all that to dozens of companies: it is not your smartphone.

You’re just paying for it. …

stderr 2017/11/30 tracking-apps

Big-Brother mobile Phones


Aliens in the Mist


(Discover Blogs::Out There) – Corey S. Powell:

What would happen if we found an intelligent alien civilization that was less advanced than our own? I posed this as a hypothetical question in a recent blog post. But really, it doesn’t need to be posed as a hypothetical. The answer is playing out right now in the forests of Africa, and it doesn’t reflect very well on us. …

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Dian Fossey and mountain gorillas

Why Is Donald Trump So Obsessed With LaVar Ball?


(The Intercept) – Shaun King:

Have you ever done a good deed for someone? Can you think of something particularly generous you did to help someone who really needed it? I’m not just asking rhetorically: Put that deed in your mind.

Now imagine, after doing that good deed, you go on Twitter and say how grateful the person you helped should be — and even ask publicly if they are going to thank you for it.

That’s gross, right? …

theintercept 2017/11/23 lavar-ball

Donald Trump venting

Rape Culture


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

This is not an attempt to equivocate. The victim of an assault is the victim and nothing anyone ever says can or should reduce in any way the victim’s subjective assessment of what they’ve experienced.

That means nobody gets to come along and say “suck it up” or “it’ll be OK.” I’m afraid that the best you can do is help them heal however you can, and show them that you respect their choices and try to understand. …

stderr 2017/11/19 rape-culture

Rape victim

Original Sin


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

A new book titled Original Sin by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi exposes even more corruption in the Catholic Church and is bound to cause a stir. Even though the existence of rampant pedophilia and financial misdoings within the church are by now pretty well known, the new details are still shocking. Barbie Latza Nadeau describes some of the details revealed in the book. …

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Gianluigi Nuzzi: Peccato Originale (Original Sin)

Roy Moore’s Behavior is Perfectly Biblical


( – Valerie Tarico:

When it comes to relationships between woman and men, the contents of the Bible confront modern Jews and Christians with a difficult choice. …

valerietarico 2017/11/11 biblical

Roy Moore's 10 Commandments in stone

Intel’s Hidden In-Chip Operating System


(ZDNet) – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

Buried deep inside your computer’s Intel chip is the MINIX operating system and a software stack, which includes networking and a web server. It’s slow, hard to get at, and insecure as insecure can be. …

zdnet intels-hidden

Big Brother bug

Washing Whiter


(Economist::Economics) –

Increasingly, hunting money-launderers is automated. …

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Claudio Munoz: Fishing money-launderers

Excited Crowd Awaits First Arrest


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

A crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands has gathered outside the office of Robert Mueller in eager anticipation of the special counsel’s first arrest in the Russia probe. …

borowitz-report first-arrest

March on Washington

The JFK Files and Emergent Conspiracy


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

The JFK assassination archive has been scheduled to be opened since 1992, when George H. W. Bush established a deadline for declassifying them. That is supposed to happen this Thursday. Various people are speculating that it will drive conspiracy theorists wild, so I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity to be very wrong, by making some guesses what we’ll learn. …

stderr 2017/10/22 emergent-conspiracy

Moorman photo of JFK assassination