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It’s Time to Drop the β€˜LGBT’ From β€˜LGBTQ’
– The case for a new term that describes all sexual minorities
by Jonathan Rauch
'...And so the unwieldy four-letter acronym reigned. It had its advantages. It signaled factional inclusion to those inside the movement, and factional solidarity to those outside the movement. In that sense, it was good politics and good symbolism. But it wasn’t stable. Factionalism rarely is. As activists and theorists sought to cover every base, they recognized asexuality and intersexuality and various other identities by coining LGBTQIAA+, LGBTTIQQ2SA, and other telescoping designations. Lately seems to have become the norm, on the assumption that Q, for queer, can stand in for all the rest...'

Inside 'cult-like' Facebook, where employees only pretend to be happy all the time
'...Several former employees likened the culture to a β€œcult.” [....] mployees don’t complain in the workplace.

β€œThere’s a real culture of β€˜Even if you are f---ing miserable, you need to act like you love this place,’” said one ex-employee who left in October. β€œIt is not OK to act like this is not the best place to work.”

[....] β€œYou have invisible charges against you, and that figures mightily into your review,” said an employee who left in October. β€œYour negative feedback can haunt you for all your days at Facebook.”...'

Why are 200 million workers on strike in India?
'...India has a workforce of over 520 million, only 6-7% of whom are employed in formal enterprises, of which barely 2% of are unionized. Most of the unionization is limited to public sector employees, with very few instances of a formal union being active within the private sector or informal sector. In the last Employment and Unemployment Survey to be conducted by the government in 2012, over 62% of the employed were estimated to be daily wage workers, making their source of income seasonal and very vulnerable to market fluctuations. There is very little to indicate that things have changed radically in the past seven years. If anything, the very nature of unorganized labor has changed...'

@jd That last line is really something:

"...who he is legally obligated to tell the truth to..."

Tim Cook to Investors: People Bought Fewer New iPhones Because They Repaired Their Old Ones
– Apple finally says that repair hurts its bottom line.
'...Apple has never clearly articulated why it doesn’t want people to fix their own iPhones or to have independent experts repair them. It has previously said that iPhones are 'too complex' for users to repair them, even though replacing a battery is pretty easy and is done by average users all the time.

But the fact that repair hurts Apple’s bottom line came out in Cook’s official communication with shareholders, who he is legally obligated to tell the truth to...'

Hackers Threaten to Dump Insurance Files Related to 9/11 Attacks
– The Dark Overlord appears to be trying to capitalize on conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks.
'...β€œPay the fuck up, or we're going to bury you with this. If you continue to fail us, we'll escalate these releases by releasing the keys, each time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you,” the extortion note reads...'

Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns?
'...more guns are being stockpiled by a small number of individuals. Three percent of the population now owns half of the country’s firearms... but not just any white guy.

These are men who are anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market, and beset by racial fears. They tend to be less educated. For the most part, they don’t appear to be religiousβ€”and, suggests one study, faith seems to reduce their attachment to guns. In fact, stockpiling guns seems to be a symptom of a much deeper crisis in meaning and purpose in their lives. Taken together, these studies describe a population that is struggling to find a new storyβ€”one in which they are once again the heroes...'

/ Guy Standing speaks:
The Precariat: A Disruptive Class for Disruptive Times.
Why and How the Precariat will define the Global Transformation to save our planet.
'The combination of the ongoing technological revolution, globalisation and what are usually called 'neo-liberal' economic policies has generated a global system of rentier capitalism in which property rights have supplanted free market principles and in which a new global class structure has taken shape. The 20th century income distribution system has broken down irretrievably, and a new mass class, the precariat has been growing dramatically fast in every part of the world...'

@krruzic @jd at some point bots will complain about human spoiling their internet.

@jd now realize how much Internet commerce (mostly ads) is fake. Totally fake money being 'traded' between bots claiming humans are clicking their ads.

Plus the whole "political influence" bullshit the media has been spreading. It's bots yelling at bots.

Creepy youtube videos? Made for bots to consume for ad revenue.

@jd Given how wacky recommendation/TOS/etc algorithms have gotten on a lot of the larger sites in the last couple of years I'm actually a little surprised we haven't seen at least a few incidents of one site or another getting real and fraudulent traffic confused and enforcing accordingly.

I wonder if that's an 'if' or a 'when' sort of thing.

^^^^ '...what would real human traffic look like? The Inversion gives rise to some odd philosophical quandaries: If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view β€œreal”?

Not only do we have bots masquerading as humans and humans masquerading as other humans, but also sometimes humans masquerading as bots, pretending to be β€œartificial-intelligence personal assistants,” like Facebook’s β€œM,” in order to help tech companies appear to possess cutting-edge AI...'

^^^ '...My favorite statistic this year was Facebook’s claim that 75 million people watched at least a minute of Facebook Watch videos every day β€” though, as Facebook admitted, the 60 seconds in that one minute didn’t need to be watched consecutively. Real videos, real people, fake minutes...'

'the Inversion'

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.
'...How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was β€œbots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event β€œthe Inversion.”...'

'Donald Trump, answering a phone call about Santa Claus from a child, 7, on Christmas Eve:
"Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?"
Trump sat in front of a roaring fireplace with his wife Melania.'

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