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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

quote [ According to new data analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures, rising seas and changing rainfall will profoundly reshape the way people have lived in North America for centuries. ]

Not going to be long before real estate markets in the most afflicted areas start collapsing.

Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration — ProPublica
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Sad]
[by steele@9:29pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

U.S. govt-linked PR firm ran fake news networks for right-wing Latin American regimes

quote [ US firm CLS Strategies spread propaganda on Facebook & Instagram for the Bolivia coup regime and right-wing opposition in Venezuela and Mexico ]

Good thing there's no chance of this sort of thing happening in the US. Definitely not a bunch of ongoing campaigns of misinformation against other nations saturating our news cycles.

U.S. commander: Intel still hasn't established Russia paid Taliban 'bounties' to kill U.S. troops

A Reddit AMA Claiming To Be A Uiyghur Quickly Exposes A CIA Asset Slandering China
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+1 Interesting]
[by steele@5:52pmGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 14 September 2020

Where White People Are Scarier Than Monsters: The Hidden Black History of Lovecraft Country

quote [ On Sept. 16, 1968, 51 years before HBO aired the first episode of its groundbreaking horror series, Carol Jenkins found herself in Lovecraft Country. ]

Disappointed to find that it wasn't a show about the Lovecraft adult store, but it's still a pretty good show.
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+3 Good]
[by steele@5:48pmGMT] [6 comments]

Thursday, 3 September 2020

David Graeber, anthropologist and author of Bullshit Jobs, dies aged 59

quote [ On Thursday Graeber’s wife, the artist and writer Nika Dubrovsky, announced on Twitter that Graeber had died in hospital in Venice the previous day. The cause of death is not yet known.

Renowned for his biting and incisive writing about bureaucracy, politics and capitalism, Graeber was a leading figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement and professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics (LSE) at the time of his death. His final book, The Dawn of Everything: a New History of Humanity, written with David Wengrove, will be published in autumn 2021. ]

Damn, that's a shame. My ToRead list still has a number of his titles on it. Wink, wink. Nudge nudge.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+2 Sad]
[by steele@8:31pmGMT] [4 comments]

Saturday, 29 August 2020

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43

quote [ Chadwick Boseman, who played Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown with searing intensity before inspiring audiences worldwide as the regal Black Panther in Marvel’s blockbuster movie franchise, died Friday of cancer. He was 43. ]

Damn, this is hitting a lot of my friends pretty hard. :(
[SFW] [obituaries] [+9 Sad]
[by steele@1:40pmGMT] [12 comments]

Monday, 24 August 2020

Someone left plaques around Toronto that tell the slave-owning pasts of prominent historical families

quote [ Temporary plaques exposing the history of the families behind Toronto's street names have been spotted around the city.

But who's behind it? Well, they're choosing to remain anonymous.

Essex County Black Historical Research Society president Irene Moore Davis was sent a photo of these plaques by an acquaintance who noticed Davis was quoted on them.

"They wanted me to be aware of it because my name was on it," she said.

The plaques give a brief history behind the name of the streets, emphasizing the relationship between the name and Black history. ]

Lmao, nice. Hoping more of these pop up.
[SFW] [history] [+8 Good]
[by steele@11:51amGMT] [13 comments]

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Black Newborns Are 3 Times More Likely to Die When Treated by White Doctors

quote [ In the United States, race is a disturbing factor in infant-mortality rates: Research shows that Black newborns are three times as likely to die as their white counterparts. But according to a sweeping study published earlier this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the race of the mother’s doctor could also have a bearing on her child’s survival. ]

"How surprising," he deadpanned.

Black, Hispanic mothers report more pain after delivery but get less pain medication - Reuters

[SFW] [health] [+4 WTF]
[by steele@6:30pmGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

New Oculus Users Required to Use Facebook Account Starting in October, Existing Users by 2023

quote [ As Oculus becomes increasingly merged with parent company Facebook, new users will soon be required to sign into their headset with a Facebook account. Existing users will be able to use their separate Oculus accounts until the end of 2022, after which “full functionality will require a Facebook account.” Facebook says the changes are being made to make it easier for users to find and play with friends in VR and to enhance moderation. ]

lmao, imagine being one of the suckers that didn't see this coming the day they announced the sale.

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+7 Funny]
[by steele@10:53pmGMT] [9 comments]

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Mad John Brown & Oliver Cromwell - Christopher Hitchens Pt6

quote [ John Brown - the catalyst to the American Civil War and first terrorist, Inspired by a romanticized version of Oliver Cromwell.
By a strange twist of fate, Robert E Lee, Stone Wall Jackson and John Wilkes Booth were all at Brown's Execution ]

So there's a show on Showtime coming out in October centered around John Brown, but the trailers are really hammering on the 'people thought John Brown was insane' button. Which was basically white supremacist propaganda that didn't emerge until 1890, about 40 years after his death...

We'll just have to see if it's any good.
The Good Lord Bird (2020) Official Trailer | 'My Name Is John Brown' Teaser
'The Good Lord Bird' is a twisted take on an abolitionist's story - Los Angeles Times

The Dollop also did a great 3 part series on John Brown just recently.
Part 1 | Part 2: Bloody Kansas | Part 3: Harpers Ferry
[SFW] [history] [+4 Interesting]
[by steele@7:23pmGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Yakko Warner sings the nations you can currently travel to from the US without restrictions.

Another in the saga of Yakko Warner's Nations of the World edits.
[SFW] [humor] [+7 Funny]
[by steele@5:23pmGMT] [1 comment]

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