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We live in a country full of turmoil, under largely incompetent leadership. Part of that is the pace of change, part is the pandemic, and part is deferred maintenance on the social contract. Take this weekend to remember how much worse things used to be.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man In April of 1995, McArthur Wheeler covered his face in lemon juice and robbed two Pittsburgh area banks. He reasoned that the lemon…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterThis article totally explains our current political situation. 'The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.' Recognize this?
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Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterSocialism! Bring it on.
Photo-sharing app Instagram is set to overtake Twitter as a news source, research suggests. The 2020 Reuters Institute Digital News report found the use of Instagram for news had doubled since 2018. The trend is strongest among young people. It…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterWhat does it say that young people are getting their news from Instagram? It means the good reporters MUST learn how to use it.
It was a big news day for bans: Twitch temporarily banned Donald Trump, Reddit banned The_Donald, YouTube banned a group of far-right creators, and India banned TikTok. But I still haven't written about the Facebook ad boycott, which accelerated…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterIs Facebook too big to succeed? I think so. It's impossible to moderate.
Christopher de Bellaigue
– Jun 17, 10:00 PM
The long read: The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say 'good riddance' to overcrowded cities and rubbish-strewn natural wonders. Is there any way to reinvent an industry that does so much damage?
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterYou must read this over the weekend. I had no idea how much damage tourism does, especially cruises. It is also an environmental nightmare.
The ex-Obama aide's willingness to help Trump—whom he once dubbed among the “worst people ever born”—has drawn the ire of liberal allies while gaining him fans in Jared and Kimye. CNN star Van Jones has a habit of…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterWhen you refuse to leave out the other side of any issue, your own side could come down on you. Van Jones seems to be able to negotiate all this very well.
When it comes to the big four consumer tech companies — Microsoft's decision to close its retail stores was the culmination of a step-back from the consumer space five years in the making — Google and Amazon have always had moats that…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterThis is a pretty detailed article about how Facebook might suffer from Apple's IOS 14 privacy policies. In the business it's called the 'cookie apocalypse.' I'll define it for you some other time.
Spencer Donnelly, who goes by TheRussianBadger on YouTube, has cultivated an audience of nearly 2.7 million subscribers for his gaming videos. For years, business has been rosy. YouTube shares a percentage of the ad revenue on each of his videos…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterThis is not only a clever idea, but a way to give credit to members of the 'new' economy.
Telemedicine — the delivery of care by a clinician in one location to a patient in another — is seen as a vital component of the nation's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterWhen Medicare starts permanently reimbursing for it, doctors will use it again. Me, I love it. It's why I pay extra for One Medical as a PCP.
Age of Awareness
– Dec 3, 2019, 3:25 AM
Dec 3, 2019 · 10 min read Paradigm shift as supreme court caps job center penalties, effectively removing the legal requirement to seek employment. Germany just got itself a universal basic income through the back door. We'll never know if…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterNow we get to see how this works.