Nov 182020
 

WILMINGTON, DE—Assuring supporters that the transition process would continue apace regardless of the White House’s decision making, President-Elect Joe Biden insisted Wednesday that a lack of cooperation from the Trump administration would not interfere with the upcoming four years of total political inaction.…Read more…

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Nov 182020
 

Richard Stengel, the top state media appointee for US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, has enthusiastically defended the use of propaganda against Americans. “My old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the chief propagandist,” Stengel said in 2018. “I’m not against propaganda. Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population. And I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.” Richard “Rick” Stengel was the longest…

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Nov 182020
 

In 2017, the city of San Diego began installing around 3,000 sensors and hidden cameras into streetlights. The so-called “smart streetlights” were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.  Now, what began with local opposition to the controversial technology is driving an effort that could give the city one of the strongest sets of local privacy…

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Nov 182020
 

GitHub recently reinstated the repository for youtube-dl, a popular free software tool for downloading videos from YouTube and other user-uploaded video platforms. GitHub had taken down the repository last month after the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) abused the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s notice-and-takedown procedure to pressure GitHub to remove it. By shoehorning DMCA 1201 into the notice-and-takedown process, RIAA potentially sets a very dangerous precedent. The removal of youtube-dl’s source code caused an…

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Nov 182020
 

KANSAS CITY, MO—Acknowledging that she had seen all the warnings about holiday travel on the news, local mom Mary Simpson announced Tuesday that she completely understood that coming to Thanksgiving would be risky for all involved and that you didn’t love her anymore. “No, no, don’t apologize, honey—if it isn’t safe…Read more…

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Nov 182020
 

Photograph Source: Senate Democrats – CC BY 2.0 Corporate Democrats got the presidential nominee they wanted, along with control over huge campaign ad budgets and nationwide messaging to implement “moderate” strategies. But, as the Washington Post noted, Joe Biden’s victory “came with no coattails down ballot.” Democratic losses left just a razor-thin cushion in the House, and the party failed to win a Senate majority. Now, corporate Democrats are scapegoating progressives. The best members of Congress are pushing back — none…

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Nov 162020
 

From Calgary to Los Angeles, everyone knows that sports arenas are a bad deal for cities. But the problem isn’t just the use of public subsidies for private profit: the whole multibillion-dollar sports venue industry is built on the backs of poorly treated, underpaid workers. Scotiabank Saddledome, the home arena of the NHL team the Calgary Flames, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Wikimedia Commons) The North American sports market, worth $71 billion, is limping forward…

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Nov 162020
 

Plan calls to link government data across jurisdictions, even sharing airline records to track outbreaks and people who may be at risk of infection Australia will develop the capability to use payment records in the service of coronavirus contact tracing.…

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Nov 162020
 

For the 34th straight week, over 700,000 people filed for unemployment in the US according to the Department of Labor’s latest report. The 709,000 state claims coupled with an additional 298,154 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance brings the weekly total once again to over 1 million new claims. Nearly 67 million claims have been filed since mid-March as the worst economic crisis to befall the working class in the United States since the Great…

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Nov 132020
 

Alaska still has many postal ballots to count, and as of the evening of November 12, the vote is virtually tied. See the results here. The postal ballots have been much more favorable to Measure Two than the other ballots. The measure makes it likely that minor party candidates will never qualify for the November ballot for Governor, U.S. Senator, or U.S. House. But it makes it easier for members of unqualified parties to get…

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Nov 122020
 

Massachusetts Democratic Party leadership lied to The Intercept when it denied involvement with a College Democrats of Massachusetts effort that undermined the insurgent congressional campaign of Alex Morse, a new internal report produced by the party has found. Among other damning revelations, the report paints a portrait of a party that at best mishandled the situation from start to finish, and at worst deliberately stoked a homophobic smear to undermine Morse’s challenge. The report is…

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Nov 122020
 

Sure, I’m completely comfortable with clicking “share my medical data with a multinational advertising conglomerate and their partners and subsidiaries”, why do you ask?Once the test was complete, the fan would instruct the lab to deliver the results to their health pass company, like CLEAR or IBM. If the tests were negative, or the fan was vaccinated, the health pass company would verify the attendee’s COVID-19 status to Ticketmaster, which would then issue the fan…

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Nov 122020
 

This rare, original Futuro home in Christchurch, New Zealand is up for sale. The good news is you can ship it anywhere! (Unfortunately, it doesn’t fly on its own though.) No price is listed. Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, there were fewer than 100 of these prefab tiny homes (50 square meters) were constructed with little more than half surviving to this day. — Read the rest

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Nov 122020
 

Enlarge / Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on November 10, 2020, in Houston, Texas. (credit: Getty | Go Nakamura) More people in the United States are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before in the pandemic, and hospitals in numerous states are on the brink of being overwhelmed. Around 62,000 people in the US are now in…

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Nov 122020
 

On Tuesday, the incoming Biden team announced its personnel to assist in the transition from the Trump administration. Predictably, tech industry executives, insiders, and Obama administration alumni are overrepresented.  Agency review teams do just that: they review federal agencies, facilitate a smooth transition, and eventually recommend policy reforms or proposals for the incoming administration. These teams offer insight into the type of personnel Biden and his inner circle prefer, especially as many of these individuals…

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Nov 122020
 

A recent article on phoronix has some commentary about sharing code between Windows and Linux, and how this seems to be a metric that Intel likes.I’d like to explore this idea a bit and explain why I believe it’s bad for Linux based distros and our open source development models in the graphics area.tl;dr there is a big difference between open source released and open source developed projects in terms of sustainability and community.The Linux…

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Nov 122020
 

Dear Lazyweb, I am told that the Linux folks have been “improving” things again, and by “improving” I mean “deleting 25 year old APIs without providing a compatibility layer.” Specifically:I’m told that some distros have stopped shipping gdk-pixbuf-xlib.I’m also told that libglade is on the chopping block, and that there is a migration tool, and also that said migration tool does not work.It would be great if someone were to send me a patch that…

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