What the British are really laughing about
In this elite culture not all corruption is financial. When it comes to the top of British politics, sound character and a clean record do not make you an asset. You’ll have a hard time joining unless they can confirm that you are scum – and can make sure that the public don’t know about it.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
It’s about England, but the same scum rule America too.
“Driving While Black” has been an expression.
Today I introduce a new one: “Being Stupid While White.”
Irving 9th-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school: ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’
So stupid, they failed even this simple test:
The money thing part 1: there is none in writing about comics
This stands in stark contrast to a piece that ran a few days ago on the Atlantic by Olga Khazan called Can Mommy Bloggers Still Make a Living? that showed CPMs circling the drain at an alarming rate. One mommy blogger who once made enough to support three people and pay for an assistant has now all but moved on[.]
I know I’ve said this before — just a few days ago in fact — but without my own Patreon campaign I couldn’t even keep this site running. For some insane reason, I live in NYC, where working two jobs 14 hours a day to pay for a room in an apartment with three other people living in it is pretty common. A 260-sq. foot apartment built from Legos in the middle of a park full of homeless people across the street from a mental hospital rents for $2000 a month here. (This is a block from Stately Beat Manor, BTW.)
… will it end in Greece too?
Or will The New West begin there?
Huge Loss For Free Speech In Europe: Human Rights Court Says Sites Liable For User Comments
The ruling is about as bad as you can imagine. It is absolutely going to chill free expression across Europe. Things are a bit confusing because the EU Court of Justice has actually been much more concerned about issues of intermediary liability, and this ruling contradicts some of those rulings, but since the two courts are separate and not even part of the same system, it’s not clear what jurisdiction prevails. It is quite likely, however, that many will seize upon this European Court of Human Rights ruling to go after many websites that allow comments and free expression in an attempt to block it. It is going to force many sites to either shut down open comments, curtail forums or moderate them much more seriously.
For a Europe that is supposedly trying to build up a bigger internet industry, this ruling is a complete disaster, considering just how much internet innovation is based on enabling and allowing free expression.
I agree with this Comment over there:
This is just the rotten cherry on top of a huge pile of shit that has been building all over the world. We are fast approaching totalitarianism everywhere. Disguised yes but totalitarianism. You can’t have strong dissenting opinions from the established norm or you are a radical, a terrorist, an extremist. Just imagine a few key actors from the past in the environment of today. Or rather we don’t need to imagine since them too suffered from the same maladies. Still, the current environment is rapidly becoming much worse because at the same time there’s a generalized crackdown onto the open, spreading nature of the internet (that would have greatly helped such past characters) and at the same time technology and surveillance are advancing in an alarming pace. Technology per se is not an issue but the use of such technology to slash free expression and privacy that were conquered not long ago is simply terrifying.
Filed under Collapse, Stupid
First, some tech.
This is not good:
Keyboard vulnerability may have put millions of Samsung devices at risk
This is a dilemma for users because even if they don’t use SwiftKey as the default keyboard it can’t be uninstalled from the device and Welton says that it can still be exploited even when it’s not the default keyboard.
This sounds like the death of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3:
Galaxy A8 pictures leaked
Specifications accompany the pictures, the Galaxy A8 is said to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot, a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1920×1020 pixel resolution display, 16-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera, fingerprint reader in the home button, 4G LTE support and a 3,050mAh battery. It will run Android 5.1.1 straight out of the box.
Off the Grid in a Florida Suburb, Fighting Municipal Code
An extraordinary story of one very, very stubborn woman against a bunch of government officials unthinkingly doing their jobs.
Whether or not the woman is on an even keel is beside the point. But we’re all in trouble when a reporter writes something like this:
Those who crave disconnection the most may often carry the most baggage, and only a zealot will fight the government indefinitely.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
That reporter wouldn’t be able to write those words if zealots hadn’t fought King George!
Our Founding Malcontents
11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard. CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.
One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.
They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.
It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.
Same-day update: Story above has an update. Trouble Not Over for Florida Parents of 11-Year-Old Taken in CPS Dispute
Contrast: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot has Changed
Additional (thanks to Moriah Jovan):
Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights
When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime