📖 Read: Firefox Privacy: A Guide to Better Browsing (PrivacyTools)

“Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers around, and for good
reason. It’s fast, secure, open-source, and it’s backed by an organization that
actually respects your privacy. Unlike many other Chrome alternatives and forks,
it has a massive development team behind it that publishes new updates on a
constant, regular basis. Regular updates doesn’t only mean shiny new features,
it means you’ll also receive security updates that will keep you protected as
you browse the web.”

PrivacyTools

📖 Read: Finally, the Supreme Court Agrees to Review the Federal Circuit’s Dangerous Decisions in Oracle v. Google (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

“Good news! The U.S. Supreme Court has finally agreed to review the Federal Circuit’s dangerous decisions in the long-running case of Oracle v. Google. The Supreme Court now has an opportunity to reverse the damage done by the Federal Circuit. The Court can explain why copyrighting Application…”

Electronic Frontier Foundation

📖 Read: Tories 'misled people' with factcheck re-brand - Twitter (CommonSpace)

“Conservatives accused of misleading the public during ITV leaders debate with press account re-branding”

CommonSpace

Twitter:

We have global rules in place that prohibit behaviour that can mislead people, including those with verified accounts. Any further attempts to mislead people by editing verified profile information – in a manner seen during the UK Election Debate – will result in decisive corrective action.

That statement doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence. When was the last time Twitter carried out “decisive corrective action” about pretty much anything?

📖 Read: Boris Johnson can’t be found out: we all know he’s bluffing | Fintan O’Toole (the Guardian)

“The new PM’s rise to No 10 is the carefully managed product of three decades of a show stage-managed by and about himself, says author and columnist Fintan O’Toole”

the Guardian

Insofar as he has a strategy, Johnson’s plan is all based on the power of a lie, or to use the polite term, a bluff. The bluff is a no-deal Brexit. The basic belief of Johnson and those around him is that the way to get a great deal out of the EU is to pretend that you are quite happy to crash out without one. But bluffing only works if you do not already have a reputation as one of the world’s biggest bluffers. In this poker game, Johnson doesn’t have a tell. He is the tell. To put him into No 10 is to erect a neon sign over Downing Street that says: “Don’t believe a word of it.” The knowingness that Johnson has exploited to such great effect works within a circle of collusion.

📖 Read: Dumbest 'Gotcha' Story Of The Week: Google, Genius And The Copying Of Licensed Lyrics (Techdirt.)

“You may have seen this story in various forms over the weekend, starting with a big Wall Street Journal article (paywall likely) claiming that Genius caught Google “red handed” in copying lyrics from its site.”

Techdirt.

There’s a separate issue here worth noting as well: all of this demonstrates just how idiotic the whole “licensing of lyrics” business is — considering that what everyone here is admitting is that even when they license lyrics, they’re making it up much of the time. Specifically, what people are noting is that they license lyrics from the publishers, but the publishers themselves rarely even have or know the lyrics they’re licensing, so lyrics sites try to figure them out themselves and “create” the lyrics file which may or may not be accurate.

But… if the publishers don’t even know they lyrics they’re licensing, then what the fuck are they licensing in the first place? The right to try to decipher the lyrics that they supposedly hold a copyright on? Really?

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📖 Read: 'You can't have green growth': New Enough! Project to launch ‘Degrowth Commission’ (CommonSpace)

“Project seeks to combine ecological political and economic analysis with movement building”

CommonSpace

“It’s developing a political analysis of the climate crisis. An understanding that its an economic system that is in crisis and that you can’t have green growth, you can’t have a green capitalism. Ameliorative changes aren’t really going to cut it

📖 Read: Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance by Jason Hickel

“Note: [Jason Hickel] expanded this post into a full article, published in Real World Economic Review in 2019.”

Jason Hickel

When orthodox economists first encounter the idea of degrowth, they often jump to the conclusion that the objective is to reduce GDP. And because they see GDP as equivalent to social wealth, this makes them very upset.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

There are many pieces to this argument, but I want to focus on one here in particular. One of the core claims of degrowth economics is that by restoring public services and expanding the commons, people will be able to access the goods that they need to live well without needing high levels of income.

📖 Read: Scotland’s Degrowth Commission (Bella Caledonia)

“On Thursday we launched Scotland’s Degrowth Commission at the venerable Pearce Institute in Govan. With a delicious irony and timing that can’t be ignored, that very day saw New Zealand…”

Bella Caledonia

Degrowth is a challenging idea that goes against the grain of everything we’ve been led to believe; that we could and should produce more, buy more, consume more relentlessly, and that such activity creates wealth. Supporters of the growth model (previously everyone) have suggested somewhat miraculously that this idea is also compatible with “sustainability”.

In light of the IPCC climate realities this seems at best implausible.

In simple terms, growth is incompatible with our survival.

As Tim Jackson, Juliet Schor and Peter Victor write in Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era: “The foundational theses of degrowth are that growth is uneconomic and unjust, that it is ecologically unsustainable and that it will never be enough.”

📖 Read: Keanu Reeves Is Too Good for This World (The New Yorker)

“Refreshingly inscrutable, Reeves seems like a considerate man who moves through the world mostly alone; he’s aware of his celebrity status but doesn’t take advantage of it, and he’s generous but careful with his presence.”

The New Yorker

Keanu Reeves really does seem like a genuinely nice, thoughtful, guy. See also here and here.

📖 Read: Apple is Listening ( Marco.org) by Marco Arment

“It’s hard to tell when Apple is listening. They speak concisely, infrequently, and only when they’re ready, saying absolutely nothing in the meantime, even when we’re all screaming about a product line as if it’s on fire. They make great progress, but often with courageous losses that never get reversed, so an extended silence because we’re stuck with a change forever is indistinguishable from an extended silence because the fix isn’t ready yet.”

Marco Arment ( Marco.org)

📖 Read: Why conservatives are winning the internet (Vox)

“A new book explains why digital activism helps conservatives more than liberals.”

Vox

In terms of the actual ideology itself, I do think there’s something about the nature of conservatism that makes it easier to promote online. Conservatives tend to focus on simple, clear messages around freedom in particular. The left tends to focus on this general idea of fairness.

Conservatives are generally monolithic in their attacks on, say, Obamacare. The left wants a diverse array of voices. The left tends to want to include a lot of different people and a lot of different issues, and the result is a more muddled message that is just harder to communicate.

📖 Read: Fake news writer: If people are stupid enough to believe this stuff… (Naked Security)

“…then maybe they deserve this drivel, says a Macedonian copy-paste/turn-it-into-clickbait-bile writer who says it’s all about the money.”

Naked Security

… it’s all about the clicks. It’s all about the ad revenue. It doesn’t matter how preposterous the content is: what matters is that somebody – or many somebodies – open the articles and generate ad impressions.