Today’s topics: France’s “Yellow Jacket” riots, a crime story, journalism, the Internet, and spambots.
Today’s topics include the death of George H.W. Bush, along with YouTube’s terrible recommendation algorithms, Tumblr kicking all the porn off their site (which basically means Tumblr’s dying), police violence, an interactive from CNN outlining the timeline of the Trump Tower/Moscow thing, and a huge, international Netflix stand-up series coming on New Year’s Day.
Today we’re talking about Sinclair Media, a great podcast about Oregon’s white supremacist history, the Portland burger joint that some food critic supposedly killed, Ammon Bundy’s mind-boggling opinion on the caravan at the border, and a book about fascism.
Lots to do and not much time to do it in, so I’ve cleaned out my linkdump folder and located a pile of good reading to check out.
Today I’ve got news about this year’s Doctor Who special, Jeff Merkley’s possible run for president, CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, and teaser trailers for the Arrowverse crossover in December.
Last week was a busy week, news-wise, but the Kavanaugh debacle swallowed everything else up. Here’s a quick handful of important stories you might have missed or forgotten about.
The Capital Gazette, one of the first newspapers to print the Declaration of Independence, was attacked by a lone shooter who was mad at the paper for their coverage of him stalking and harassing a woman. Five people died and more were injured.
The recent spurt of anti-vaping articles are part of a moral panic. Vaping is an excellent harm-reduction option for current smokers. If you smoke, switch to vaping. If you vape, don’t go back to smoking. If you don’t do either, don’t start. This isn’t rocket science, people.
People talk about “the news” like it used to be better than it is now. That’s not the case. “The news” has always been at least semi-unreliable.