The Truth About Facebook’s Fake Quest to Connect the World

  by NOAM COHEN Wired Dec 3, 2018 FOR ITS FEARSOME size and confident leadership, Facebook seems strangely precarious. Maybe it’s my feeling that something that can grow so big so fast might disappear swiftly, too. Or the sense that the world is revving up to take on Facebook. A hearing last week by a grand committee … Continue reading The Truth About Facebook’s Fake Quest to Connect the World

Donald Trump’s “inverted totalitarianism”: Too bad we didn’t heed Sheldon Wolin’s warnings

A political theorist envisioned the flawed machinery of our democracy giving rise to an authoritarian regime by Chauncey deVega Salon After World War II, historians, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, political scientists and other researchers tried to understand how the madness of Nazism infected and engulfed an entire country. Many of them also pondered the unimaginable: Could … Continue reading Donald Trump’s “inverted totalitarianism”: Too bad we didn’t heed Sheldon Wolin’s warnings

Democratize Intelligence: Join the Borg

Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines by O Society Nov 26, 2018 This thought leader guy. Elon Musk. People love him, right? I mean, he put a car in space to advertise his own company, and we cheered! https://youtu.be/2P2WRF3Znsw   Why? I don't know. We cheered because we follow "brands." It's a religion. Anyway, … Continue reading Democratize Intelligence: Join the Borg

U.S. Spent Six Trillion Dollars On Wars and Killed Half a Million Human Beings Since 9/11, Report Says

by TOM O'CONNOR Newsweek Nov 14, 2018 The United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars that directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 people since the 9/11 attacks of 2001. Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs published its annual "Costs of War" report Wednesday, taking into consideration the Pentagon's spending and its … Continue reading U.S. Spent Six Trillion Dollars On Wars and Killed Half a Million Human Beings Since 9/11, Report Says

Forget Jim Acosta. If you’re worried about Trump’s assault on the press, news of a Wikileaks indictment is the real scare story.

Why You Should Care About the Julian Assange Case   by Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone Nov 23, 2018 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London since the summer of 2012, is back in the news. Last week, word of a sealed federal indictment involving him leaked out. The news … Continue reading Forget Jim Acosta. If you’re worried about Trump’s assault on the press, news of a Wikileaks indictment is the real scare story.

The Watchers

"Who Will Watch the Watchers?" or  Who will guard the guards? (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?) ~ Juvenal (Satire VI, lines 347–348) The Watchers: Assaults on privacy in America by Jonathan Shaw Harvard Magazine DO PEOPLE BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY when they think they are being watched? When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the mass surveillance … Continue reading The Watchers