cf previous notice:
Reason why I'm not a believer in "the free market cures all": Just because something sells doesn't mean it's morally/ethically OK, and yes, we as a society can define our morals in safe and non-stupid-fundamentalist-religious ways.
2015-04-24T07:21:38Z via AndStatus To: PublicIt's been a while since I've been up at 12:20am still. My 5:45am alarm will come too quickly.
2015-04-22T22:42:52Z via AndStatus To: PublicWhew, that made up conversation in the shower was getting a little too intense, glad the hot water ran out.
Yes! Submit your company's info!
Well, a few back and forth emails with WMF HR got me to this point:
True story: I was sitting in the "public space" in front of the CBS Interactive building in SF a week or so ago and a trio of dudes (talking dude-like) were chatting in an ease-dropable way near me. One of the quotes that's stuck with me:
I know it sounds bad, but, when I found out that hurricane wasn't going to hit land I was sad. You know the saying "if it bleeds it leads" is true.
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2015-04-20T23:00:21Z via AndStatus To: Public"Are your cyber defenses strategic?". Fucking RSA conference.
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The next two weeks I need to remember to breathe. A lot.
News stories I see today that reaffirm my bias that big corporations should, plainly, be illegal.
Monsanto Employee Admits an Entire Department Exists to “Discredit” Scientists
The Chevron tapes
From the description:
In 2011, Amazon Watch received a mysterious package from a Chevron whistleblower. No return address, just dozens of DVDs and a note: “I hope this is useful for you in the trial against Texaco/Chevron! Signed, a friend from Chevron.”
Chevron, which bought Texaco in 2001, had just been found guilty for one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet in Ecuador’s rainforest. Ordered to pay $9.5 billion to clean up their contamination, Chevron instead fled the country and sued the communities in the U.S. for extortion.
The tapes are internal company videos documenting Chevron’s efforts to hide contamination during the trial. All were titled "pre-inspection" with dates and places of the former oil production sites where Chevron sought to plan its sampling strategy to mislead the Ecuadorian court during the judicially-supervised site inspections. Presented here is a small sampling edited for time.
After legal efforts by Chevron to keep these from seeing the light of day, here they are for the first time.
Chevron technicians are secretly surveying the company’s former oil fields and well sites it allegedly cleaned up in advance of a site visit by the presiding judge in the Ecuador trial.
They hope to find areas free of crude waste so on the day of the judicial inspection Chevron can take “clean” soil and water samples to submit to the court as evidence.
The task was harder than they had thought.
Chevron also conducted interviews with residents living on or near contaminated sites that the company claims to have cleaned up in 1998.
After 22 years of litigation, Chevron has vowed to fight the Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities until “hell freezes over” and then “fight it out on the ice.” Meanwhile, the affected people continue to live with the pollution and lack potable water and health care
Douglas Perkins shared this.I'm sympathetic to your bias. I've wondered about whether restricting the size of a company would be enough. We deliberately create institutions with what many people would consider an immoral foundation: profit is the highest virtue, socialize all risks, privatize and extract as much value as possible, stretch the boundaries of the law, and constantly try to change the law to tilt things in your favor, and employees are required to adopt these values or leave. Even the smallest companies contain the seeds of a giant monster.
However, having said all that, I do realize that small companies tend to not demonstrate the worst tendencies of large corporations. I assume it's because small companies are basically individual efforts, and most individuals are decent moral people. Therefore the small company reflects that. On top of that, small companies have fewer resources to cause damage. In a large corporation, the nasty nature of the corporate machine is revealed, and individual efforts cannot contain it. Corporations are just machines made of people. The machine does what it is designed to do. Let's change the design!
I seem to have made it everyone. This year I ended up owing on my Federal tax return (still got a refund from CA, but less than what I owed the Feds). First time ever for me. This might deserve a celebration.
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2015-04-04T17:56:54Z via AndStatus To: PublicThe Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong http://io9.com/the-most-popular-antidepressants-are-based-on-a-theory-1686163236 via DuckDuckGo for Android
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Well, the current state of the article seems more accurate than the original, more sensational version. It still seems a bit of a strawman argument though. I would say “Media criticism of psychiatry is based on the assumption that we haven't learned anything since the 60s, while at the same time using what we have actually learned as basis for the criticism”.
I went to Target, Ross, Kohls, Michaels, and Kmart tonight. Not one of them had more than 10ish shoe laces to pick from, including about 5 or so that were neon colors. This means they had about 1 per size. And that was for the stores that had any at all.
This. This is why Amazon is "winning".
Flickr now offers CC0 and PD options(!)
But we’ve heard from our community that we’re missing two important designations: Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 (CC0). Many members of our community want to be able to upload images that are no longer protected by copyright and correctly tag them as being in the Public Domain, or they want to release their copyright entirely under CC0.Wow, that only took how many years? But great that it finally did. "Changed license on 740 of 18,855 items..."
This will take awhile. Of course I have on profile page said for many years to consider everything in public domain.
Of course of course it is sad that I am still using Flickr. :-/
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I already have the roadtrip bug pretty hard right now, and then I see this (via Carl Malamud):
A (proposed) road from London to NYC.
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Remind me again what the right choice is for checking/not checking the $3 Presidential Election Campaign Fund on my federal taxes?Show all 5 replies@dper: Checking the box does not increase your tax or decrease your refund.
@greg: You'll come to your own conclusion, I hope. I am not convinced that the amount of taxpayer support given to campaigns is enough to displace what lobbyists give (and therefore reduce lobbyists' impact on public policy).
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Here's the thing about whistleblowing: the person doing the whistling should be able to be completely anonymous BUT, the person they share the info with, well, probably shouldn't.
Reasoning: Why should I trust https://bayleaks.com ? Who is it? A whois doesn't help (privacyguard registration). Which "variety of media partners" do they work with?
Trust man. It's important. If you want anyone to take a chance on you, you need to show them they can trust you.