Euan reminds me of something. Bear with me.
We, here in the casa, often wake up here at 5 or 6 am, make tea, sit and watch dawn ... or I pull out my iPad and start my daily news-troll.
I don't have my RSS feeds on my iPad. Sure, I could hook up to the web version of Newsblur, but I don't have simple methods of blogging from the iPad, so I just use it like I would a large daily magazine. I simply don't enjoy typing on it. I might push an article or three to Pocket or Evernote, but that's it.
Long lead in. Sorry. Well, I was thinking, given Euan's post ... on iPad, I use Apple's NEWS feature, and I also use Flipboard. NEWS tries to be smart, Flipboard tries to be customizable.
I have to say it: both rot at what they do. I use them, because all the others I've used rot MORE. And they've rotted for as long as I've used them.
So what did Euan remind me of? In the earlier days of blogging, we had a direct line to the programmers of these systems. We'd make suggestions, they'd respond. Better tools, faster.
We need that 'modification vector' back again. These services are not iterating for the user - they're iterating for the broadcasters.
Once upon a time, readers were the audience.
I'd like to see that again.
Analysis showed that both Nakht-Ankh and Khnum-Nakht belonged to mitochondrial haplotype M1a1, suggesting a maternal relationship. The Y chromosome sequences were less complete but showed variations between the two mummies, indicating that Nakht-Ankh and Khnum-Nakht had different fathers, and were thus very likely to have been half-brothers.
When new technologies work, it's a beautiful thing.
I think I saw this on Reddit. I can tell you, and you'll be surprised you never noticed. Parents who push their strollers into crosswalks. You'll see them do this constantly. They push their kids into traffic while they wait for the light to change, or to force cars to stop.
You wanna see me get mad? Watch me when I catch someone doing it. Oh, parents get outraged that a stranger is telling them what to do. I have no compunction about yanking a stroller out of the street. They're busy getting outraged; I'm saving a life. Cops side with me.
... many of the problems that have emerged in Western democracies today are not the result of “hyperdemocratization”—but the exact opposite. Over the past decades, democratic institutions and elites have become increasingly out of touch with and insulated from the people, contributing greatly to the anger, frustration, and resentment that is eating away at liberal democracy today.
No footnotes, so tread carefully here. I smell post-2016 election framing of past history.
While administration officials often condemn violence against reporters abroad, Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit. The phrase "fake news" — granted legitimacy by an American president — is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens.
If you've been elected to be a statesman, be a statesman.
Let’s be clear. The only reason this statement was issued is because people were outraged at USAG’s behaviour toward Ms Maroney and her family. So outraged that people were kindly offering to pay the six-figure USAG penalty so McKayla could speak. Everyday Americans get that no one should be silenced about child molestation.
We quibble about the influence of social media constantly; take a moment and note this positive use. No other media could have done this so quickly.
They are just 0.1 microns across, between a tenth and a twentieth of the size of the bacilli most often associated with pneumonia. It’s moot whether they are even alive: viruses are simply packets of protein and fat, together with some nucleic acids to encode proteins.
On flu. Definitely worth your time to read; spare the moments to do so when you can.
There is a feedback loop here, and it seems to have been operating on an industrial scale: so far, quite sufficient to keep the fear gauge seemingly stuck at the bottom of the scale, no matter what the antics of the occupant of the White House. Many people in the markets suspect as I do that a loop of this kind explains why the VIX remains low. But we can’t be entirely sure.
The exuberance of Wall Street may be OK. Or it may be out of whack. Your guess is as good as the experts'.
The failure of the UK infrastructure firm Carillion demonstrates that “public/private partnership” means private gains and socialized losses.
Oh my God, that phrase is perfect. "... private gains and socialized losses." That - going off-subject for a minute - is the ENTIRE HISTORY of mineral and oil extraction in the American West. I'm going to borrow that. You'll hear it again (and again, and again), until I feel you'll remember it.
I believe that in order to have civil and human rights for women there have to be civil and human rights, period, including the right to fundamental justice, just as for women to have the vote, there has to be a vote. Do Good Feminists believe that only women should have such rights? Surely not. That would be to flip the coin on the old state of affairs in which only men had such rights.
Emotions are still running high; kudos to her for challenging the overexuberance. A male cannot do so successfully at this time. I still deem it best for men to just listen and hear the experiences, rather than point out obvious issues; let those affected make up their own minds (something they've not been allowed to do previously).