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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

How We Get Universal Healthcare by Hari Kondabolu

quote [ Hari Kondabolu has a radical plan to get the healthcare we all deserve. Go to www.harikondabolu.com to sign my e-mail list and to find tour dates. ]

This has been my plan for like 6 years now!
[SFW] [humor]
[by steele@9:06pmGMT] [0 comments]

A Brief History of the Music Video

quote [ From 'Starman' to 'APESHIT', Simran Hans chronicles the 50-year history of contemporary pop culture's greatest format ]

Nicely put together. One of the highlights is you re-watching Janet Jackson's “Rhythm Nation” video from 1989 (see extended).

[SFW] [music]
[by Paracetamol@8:05pmGMT] [0 comments]

Former CIA Agent John Stockwell Talks about How the CIA Worked in Vietnam and Elsewhere

quote [ John R. Stockwell (born 1937) is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving seven tours of duty over thirteen years. Having managed American involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies. ]

Alan Macleod describes finding much of this sort of thing still going on when he was researching the misinformation campaigns around Venezuela in western news media. In one case talking directly with a Bloomberg journalist (Anatoly Kurmanaev) who bragged about starting a false claim regarding condoms costing $750 per box that went viral through US news media.

Buying Venezuela’s Press With U.S. Tax Dollars
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+1 Classy Pr0n]
[by steele@5:54pmGMT] [0 comments]

The Big and the Small (and the things that are bigger or smaller than both of them)

quote [ If we could walk around on top of our US-size Milky Way, we wouldn't see very much. Most stars would be invisible to the naked eye. ]

An infographic about really big and small things. I wanted a distraction from thinking about the ordinary-sized problems around me, but this was even more terrifying.

The sparseness of the Milky Way really shocked me.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by Franger Sanger@7:16amGMT] [4 comments]

The Disgrace of Gijon: The Match That Changed World Cup Football

quote [ For the first time in the history of FIFA World Cup, the 1982 edition of the tournament in Spain saw 24 teams take part instead of the usual 16. There were a lot of new faces, such as Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait, and New Zealand. Some of the regulars like Netherlands, Mexico and Sweden also failed to qualify, and this left a lot of vacancies up for grabs. Belgium, Czechoslovakia, El Salvador, England and the Soviet Union were all back in the field after more than a decade of absence. ]

vuelve pronto a Gijón
[SFW] [sports]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:05amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Iranian Hackers Found Way Into Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

quote [ Reports reveal that hackers have been secretly gathering intelligence on opponents of the Iranian regime, breaking into cellphones and computers and outsmarting apps like Telegram. ]

Found this together with snarky slashdot comments pointing out that the chat was not technically hacked. It's quite an orchestrated effort nonetheless. Full in extended.

[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@9:10pmGMT] [1 comment]

Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote

quote [ Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly raised more than $16 million in an effort to help convicted felons in Florida register to vote.  ]

The people voted to restore felon voting rights, Florida legislature stymied them with a poll tax. Now Bloomberg has made himself useful. Yay.
[SFW] [politics] [+5 Good]
[by HoZay@5:38pmGMT] [9 comments]

Ivo Zdarsky Is Waiting Out the End Times in His Own Utah Ghost Town

quote [ The Iron Curtain escapee, DIY aviator, and thriving entrepreneur is ready for anything. ]

Wait for the end times, the end times
[SFW] [people] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 21 September 2020

Can you Spot the Troll?

quote [ This quiz tests users’ ability to identify which accounts are genuine and which are professional trolls. Along the way, advice is provided for what to look for and how to be a better consumer and producer of social media. ]

Found this more interesting than I thought it would be.
[SFW] [people] [+9]
[by Paracetamol@7:44pmGMT] [12 comments]

Secret Documents Show How Criminals Use Famous Banks To Finance Terror And Death

quote [ Thousands of secret “suspicious activity reports” offer a never-before-seen picture of corruption and complicity — and how the government lets it flourish. ]

Dirty the money, laundry, had to wash it (yeah)
[SFW] [business] [+1 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [0 comments]

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