[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my diigo]
My cousin just posted this picture of his son. Look how excited and proud he is of where he put all the carrots. I'm cracking up pic.twitter.com/fVETR5FXZU
— $HMADI (@madddiiison) December 3, 2016
My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates – “A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next”
#istrumpafascistornot? the debate is on
Counterpoint: Yes, Trump Represents Fascism – “Achille Mbembe and others have shown how the creation of whiteness and the state of exception through American and European slavery foreground fascism on a more subtle and pervasive level. I am not certain if fascism would be possible without white supremacy; but white supremacy thrives under other systems of government, and I believe anarchy is likely the only thing that can fully eradicate it. What is clear is that white supremacy and fascism are as much bosom friends as Trump and Steve Bannon.”
Does Trump Represent Fascism or White Supremacy? – “How should we understand the impending presidency of Donald Trump? What should we be prepared for? While some have framed Trump’s victory as a sign of resurgent fascism, our guest contributor argues that we should see it as the latest development in a much older phenomenon, which is not an interruption of democracy but intimately interlinked with it.”
Short Film: Find my Phone – English Subtitles – “After my phone got stolen, I quickly realized just how much of my personal information and data the thief had instantly obtained. So, I let another phone get stolen. This time my phone was pre-programmed with spyware so I could keep tabs on the thief in order to get to know him. However, to what extent is it possible to truly get to know someone by going through the content of their phone?”
ANOHNI: OBAMA – “If you leave Chelsea Manning in prison for whistle blowing
You send the final message to our nation
that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage
in these unforgiving United States.”
Honoring Those Lost to the Oakland Warehouse Fire – “Thirty-six lives were lost in the Oakland Warehouse Fire on the night of Dec. 2, 2016. They were artists, musicians, sound engineers, DJs, events organizers, activists and more.”
Bohemian Rhapsody With Footballers – “Performed by Anthony Richardson and Mark Davison of @exploding_Heads”
Continuing the Beginning: Lessons from France’s Nuit Debout – “Radical media crew Doc du réel bring us this short film on the lessons on street confrontation from the wave of revolt that spread across France in Spring 2016 in response to neoliberal restructuring of national labor laws.”
Seeing Your Mind | Joscha Bach – “Artificial Intelligence is our best bet to understand the nature of our mind, and how it can exist in this universe.”
Battery Basics – “Pick up the important points of battery basics as Collin takes a tour of the major types of power cells available, highlighting their notable quirks & characteristics along the way.”
THE REAGANS SPEAK OUT ON DRUGS – “Find out what Ron and Nancy really think about psychoactive drugs in this uniquely edited version of a real televised address to the American people! By Cliff Roth.” Was published 30 years ago.
2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony – Patti Smith performs a Bob Dylan song, and what a performance.
Washington Post automatically inserts Trump fact-checks into Twitter – “Chrome plug-in comes 6 months after Trump revoked Post’s campaign press credentials.”
Malicious tweet gives journalist Kurt Eichenwald a seizure – “It’s not the first time he claims to have been attacked with an epileptogenic message.”
Apple, Google and Others at Trump Tech Summit Have Stashed $560 Billion in Profits Overseas – “U.S.-based multinationals are currently holding $2.4 trillion in profits overseas to avoid paying taxes on them. Remarkably enough, the 11 technology companies represented at Wednesday’s summit with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York account for about one-quarter of that total — a staggering $560 billion — all by themselves.”
Facebook will outsource fact checking to fight fake news – “Seven U.S. fact-checking groups become Facebook News Feed’s new de-facto gatekeepers”
Best Memes 2016: Harambe, Arthur, Dat Boi and More – “Whatever else you might say about 2016, it was the greatest year yet for meme culture.”
Valley of the dolts – “The rigged contracts and wage suppression, the racism and surveillance collusion (soon to be playing voluntary footsie with Donald Trump’s NSA, with further chicanery to follow), all these sins of Silicon Valley have come about and been overcome before in the short history of American capitalism. They require only the same weapons as before. Organization and agitation. Strikes and labor laws. The ordinary practice of radical politics.”
Patti Smith on Singing at Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Ceremony – “Looking to the future, I am certain that the hard rain will not cease falling, and that we will all need to be vigilant.”
Pardon Snowden on Periscope: “#AskSnowden Q&A hosted by @Jack” – “The central problem of the future is control of user data”
Apocalypse Whatever – “The making of a racist, sexist religion of nihilism on 4Chan”
Fight Club’s dark fantasies have become an even darker reality – “Chuck Palahniuk’s novel once seemed far-fetched, but two decades on its ugly vision of violent, paranoid men seems all too close to the world around us.”
‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’ – “Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days.” “The right way” according to T®^µp.
The Putin Paradigm – “Both Trump and Putin use language primarily to communicate not facts or opinions but power: it’s not what the words mean that matters but who says them and when. This makes it impossible to negotiate with them and very difficult for journalists to cover them.”
Twitch AutoMod now blocks trolls and hatespeech in real-time – “Streamers will be able to vary how much comments are filtered in new anti-abuse system”
Why I Wanted To Fuck Donald Trump* (*Apologies To Ballard) – “How do you shame somebody who’s constantly shaming himself? How do you eerily sexualise somebody who’s always eerily sexualising himself? How do you put somebody in a sick erotic context and surprise anybody when they already exist in one?”
Methane is growing at a faster rate than any other time in the past 20 years – “Gas levels are growing at a faster rate than any other time in the past 20 years” Oops.
Eric Garland on Twitter: ” I’m now hearing this meme that says Obama, Clinton, et al. are doing nothing, just gave up. Guys. It’s time for some game theory.” – “THREAD” Until he goes all patriodiotic, it’s a pretty straight on description of what just happened in the US.
What Anarchists Have Been Saying For Years, and What Liberals Need to Start Hearing – “The political, ecological, and economic forces and crises aimed against us means that time is not on our side. The state continues to become more and more repressive. The ecological situation, more and more dire. The economy continues to make us more and more impoverished and precarious. The far-Right grows strong while “the Left” in it’s institutional form, weaker and weaker. The movement that we need doesn’t look like a carbon copy from the past, nor is there a “scientific” program of revolution that we can adhere too. We are entering into territory that is new and different from any other time in history. What we do know is that we need a dynamic, fighting, and combative movement. We need networks of defense, support, and offensive capacity that can not only fight in the struggles that lay all around us but can begin to build new worlds. The Left, as defined by the ‘rules’ of social change and revolution and put forward by everyone from Marxist-Leninists to Bernie-Bros to bumper sticker liberals is over. We are the ones in the street. We are the ones who are fighting. From indigenous warriors, anti-fascist fighters, black liberation militants, and anarchist revolutionaries, we are all part of a growing force that is building something new.”
Porn May Have Forgiven James Deen, But His Accusers Are Still Suffering – “One year later, the adult industry’s biggest male star has received a combined 20 award nominations. And many of his sexual assault accusers are beside themselves.”
Make America Kittens Again – Chrome browser extension turns all photos of Trump into kitten pics.
Google is not ‘just’ a platform. It frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world – “something has gone terribly wrong with Google’s algorithm”
Die sehen was, was du nicht siehst – “Gewaltvideos und Hasskommentare werden auf Facebook mal gelöscht, mal nicht. Nach welchen Kriterien? Und von wem?”
Die Schweiz als Avantgarde des europäischen Rechtspopulismus – “Die Schweiz ist seit Jahrzehnten die Avantgarde des Rechtspopulismus in Europa. Nirgendwo sonst haben fremdenfeindliche Parteien mit populistischen Parolen gegen die “Elite” eine so lange Tradition wie in der Alpenrepublik. Und nirgendwo sonst waren sie so erfolgreich.”
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