Trump and his buddies are right about the unjustness of flipping witnesses. Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing
“Democratic establishment figures … insist that the only way for Democrats to win is to make themselves into less-racist Republicans who still want to loot the country and hand its wealth to a mostly white elite.” Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing
“Amazon has developed an unnerving, Stepford-like presence on Twitter in the form of several accounts of definitely real on-the-floor workers who regurgitate talking points and assure the world that all is right in the company’s infamously punishing warehouse jobs.” Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch
In the wake of the Arab Spring and Barack Obama’s election, it looked like social media would lead us to a new golden age of peace, freedom and diversity. Now, it’s increasingly a weapon for authoritarians and racists. Zeynep Tufekci walks through how we got from there to here, and how to fix the problem (spoiler alert: All we have to do make our major institutions trustworthy and restore people’s trust in them so that won’t be a big job at all):
Power always learns, and powerful tools always fall into its hands. This is a hard lesson of history but a solid one. It is key to understanding how, in seven years, digital te`chnologies have gone from being hailed as tools of freedom and change to being blamed for upheavals in Western democracies—for enabling increased polarization, rising authoritarianism, and meddling in national elections by Russia and others.
“No one knew what happened to 61-year-old Mary Cerruti.” A haunting, true story. Emily Foxhall/HoustonChronicle.com
Drafts is a quick text capture and automation app for iPhone and iPad. If I want to write something, I open Drafts and start typing. Later I figure out where to send it. Email? Article? Text message?
Drafts is one of my most used apps. I’m very pleased it’s coming to the Mac.
I use SwiftText now for quick text capture on the Mac. Fantastic app, and I use it even more often than Drafts. But it doesn’t handle multiple documents well at all. And it doesn’t sync to iOS. I anticipate Drafts for Mac will nicely fill a hole in my workflow.
I’m typing this in Drafts now.
Yup. That’s what they are. Rusty Blazenhoff/Boing Boing
Ace of Cups, an all-women band that opened for Jimi Hendrix, is releasing its debut album in November. They’re in their 70s now. Rusty Blazenhoff/Boing Boing
That moment when your Internet mysteriously disappears three minutes before an important conference call, and then just as mysteriously returns a minute later.
With Jeff Sessions, David Pecker, Michael Cohen and maybe Paul Manaford turning on Trump, it’s looking like the beginning of the end. Of course, Trump has survived near certain doom before, but this time it’s looking maybe more likely.
The Trump Paradox: It was always inevitable that his administration would end in disaster and disgrace, and yet he survives every crisis and comes out stronger.
And, paraphrasing Churchill, getting rid of Trump isn’t the end. It isn’t even the middle. It’s just a first step. He’s the figurehead of a toxic culture.
Hannah Fry, LA Times:
Santa Clara County firefighters were critically hindered by inadequate internet service while they helped battle the massive Mendocino Complex fire in July after Verizon slowed the speed of their wireless data, the county’s fire chief wrote in a federal court filing this week.
While the agency believed it had paid for an unlimited data plan, the Santa Clara County Fire Department discovered its data connection had been “throttled” down to 1/200 or less than previous speeds as it fought the largest fire in modern California history. Verizon Wireless representatives told the department it had exceeded its plan limit for data and suggested the agency purchase a plan at more than double the cost, according to court documents.
“This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services,” Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote. “Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding county fire’s ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services.” …
Katharine Trendacosta, a policy analyst with the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the situation undercuts the argument that net neutrality rules hindered emergency services by not allowing internet service providers to prioritize their data.
“They’ve often said if we’re allowed to throttle some and not others then we can give better service to emergency responders. We’re seeing here that’s not true,” she said. “It wasn’t net neutrality that prevented them from doing it. It’s clearly their own policies.”
New fathers taking child care course, Sweden, 1957. Via Reddit
The inventor of the Super Soaker, early 1980s. Via Reddit
Missouri couple, 1898. Via Reddit
The Auto Wash Bowl, Chicago, 1924. Via Reddit
Frank Sinatra, photographed by Yul Brynner, 1964. Via Reddit
Late 1890s. Via Reddit
The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. Linda Kinstler/The Guardian
China is striving to change the internet to make it a better tool for governments to use to control citizens and reduce individual freedom. They’re making good progress. Foreign Affairs
Facebook has set up a physical war room to fight election tampering. Recode