How Facebook Is Killing Comedy
Reminds of the fact that I added a PGP key to my email account back in 2016 and I still haven't used it yet.
Hindsight is a good thing.
How do you end up in a situation where even the replacements are bad?
Things have never looked so hopeless for the youth of today, as they do now.
To say this is scary would be under-selling it.
Given the increasingly oligarchic nature of our economy, it’s not surprising that for many young people, capitalism looks like the god that failed.
Chuck gets it.
Read this. Then read it again next month. Then the month after that.
apparently irrational impulse from the limbic system, an ancient and anxious voice from the deepest recesses of the brain telling us to avoid a shortcut across a graveyard after dark or to keep the feet inside the bed covers when we’re alone? Not that we believe in ghosts or monsters or zombies, naturally, but ... better safe than sorry, right?
These are all harbingers, the way a dropping barometer signals a coming storm—not the possibility of a storm, but the inexorable reality.
The irony in this. And the fact that it's all real.
He said he was going to bring back the steel mills.
“You’re never going to get those steel mills back,” she said.
“But he said he was going to,” I said.
“Yeah, but how’s he going to bring them back?”
“I don’t know,” I said, “but it’s what he said, last year, and people voted for him because of it.”
“They always say they want to bring the steel mills back,” Frear said, “but they’re going to have to do a lot of work to bring the steel mills back.”
He hasn’t built the wall yet, either. “I don’t care about his wall,” said Frear, 76. “I mean, if he gets his wall—I don’t give a shit, you know? But he has a good idea: Keep ’em out.”
He also hasn’t repealed Obamacare. “That’s Congress,” she said.
And the drug scourge here continues unabated. “And it’s not going to improve for a long time,” she said, “until people learn, which they won’t.”
“But I like him,” Frear reiterated. “Because he does what he says.”
Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.
Of all the most polluting nations – US, China, Russia, Japan and the EU bloc – only India’s carbon emissions are rising: they rose almost 5% in 2016.
Let that sink in.
The crisis has been worsened because the US Congress this year insisted that a backup sea-ice probe had to be dismantled because it did not want to provide funds to keep it in storage.
The shadow of this monster will occasionally still appear today, such as when a child asks why multiplying two negative numbers together produces a positive one.
A week like any other, during the opioid crisis. This story is why we need journalism, to report on actual human stories.
The surprising conclusion is that you can undergo a fundamental transformation of character and still be judged to be the same person, provided that the transformation is in the right direction.
No words can do justice to the anger and pain I felt when reading this. Why is a system like this allowed to exist anymore?
Internet-connected washing machines, espresso machines, juicers, fidget spinners and toasters will ALWAYS be overkill, no matter what you tell me.
Finding terrestrial-style bacteria on Mars would tell us we’re not alone. Finding methane-swimming organisms on Titan would tell us, even more profoundly, that ours is not the only way to make life.
A year ago, I would mock Hitler: Reloaded’s ignorance whenever I passed it. But now, with the Richard Spencers and Jason Kesslers of the world giving power to Nazi iconography back home, the misguided ignorance of the store is somehow comforting. Hitler, to Pakistanis, doesn’t conjure images of violence and blind hate.
Nothing in this story could be more ominous than this line.
The company could indeed claim, as it did on its site, to have “the internet’s favorite mattress.”
It had made very sure of that
Not only were we part of nature as we evolved,’ Wolf says, ‘but we were dependent on it. We had to rely on our senses, our intuition, and our responses in order to find food, water, shelter – the absolutely important things. We hunted or grew our food; we carried it back to the tribe.’