We are beset by—and immersed in—apps and devices that are quietly reducing the amount of meaningful interaction we have with each other…

Date: June 09, 2019

01) Eliminating the Human

“I have a theory that much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has an unspoken overarching agenda. It has been about creating the possibility of a world with less human interaction. This tendency is, I suspect, not a bug—it’s a feature. We might think Amazon was about making books available to us that we couldn’t find locally—and it was, and what a brilliant idea—but maybe it was also just as much about eliminating human contact.”

Making Sense with Sam Harris #159 – Conscious (with Annaka Harris)…


Date: June 08, 2019

01) Making Sense with Sam Harris #159 – Conscious (with Annaka Harris)

“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with his wife, Annaka Harris, about her new book, CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind.

Annaka Harris is the author of CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind. She is an editor and consultant for science writers, specializing in neuroscience and physics, and her work has appeared in The New York Times. Annaka is the author of the children’s book I Wonder, a collaborator on the Mindful Games Activity Cards, by Susan Kaiser Greenland, and a volunteer mindfulness teacher for the Inner Kids organization. All of her guided meditations and lessons for children are available on the Waking Up app.”

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BJS fuels myths about sex offense recidivism, contradicting its own new data…


Date: June 08, 2019

01) BJS fuels myths about sex offense recidivism, contradicting its own new data

“A new government report reinforces harmful misconceptions about people convicted of sex offenses. Here’s our take on how to parse the data.

A new report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics should put an end to this misconception: The report, Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-2014), shows that people convicted of sex offenses are actually much less likely than people convicted of other offenses to be rearrested or to go back to prison.

But you wouldn’t know this by looking at the report’s press release and certain parts of the report itself, which reinforce inaccurate and harmful depictions of people convicted of sex offenses as uniquely dangerous career criminals. The press release and report both emphasize what appears to be the central finding: “Released sex offenders were three times as likely as other released prisoners to be re-arrested for a sex offense.” That was the headline of the press release. The report itself re-states this finding three different ways, using similar mathematical comparisons, in a single paragraph.

What the report doesn’t say is that the same comparisons can be made for the other offense categories: People released from sentences for homicide were more than twice as likely to be rearrested for a homicide; those who served sentences for robbery were more than twice as likely to be rearrested for robbery; and those who served time for assault, property crimes, or drug offenses were also more likely (by 1.3-1.4 times) to be rearrested for similar offenses. And with the exception of homicide, those who served sentences for these other offense types were much more likely to be rearrested at all.

Unfortunately, this BJS report is a good example of how our perception of sex offenders is distorted by alarmist framing, which in turn contributes to bad policy.”

The government is one of the biggest propagandists out there, where it comes to “sex crimes”.

They contradict their own findings, as a matter of regular course.

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The Impact of “Extremist” Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) The Impact of “Extremist” Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content

“Today, EFF is publishing a new white paper, “Caught in the Net: The Impact of ‘Extremist’ Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content.” The paper is a joint effort of EFF, Syrian Archive, and Witness and was written in response to the Christchurch Call to Action. This paper analyzes the impact of platform rules and content moderation practices related to “extremist” speech on human rights defenders.

The key audiences for this paper are governments and companies, particularly those that endorsed the Christchurch Call. As we wrote last month, the Call contains several important ideas, but also advocates for measures that would undoubtedly have a negative impact on freedom of expression online. The paper details several concrete instances in which content moderation has resulted in the removal of content under anti-extremism provisions, including speech advocating for Chechen and Kurdish self-determination; satirical speech about a key Hezbollah figure; and documentation of the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Ukraine. We also hope that our allies will find these examples useful for their ongoing advocacy.

As more governments move to impose regulatory measures that would require the removal of extremist speech or privatize enforcement of existing laws, it’s imperative that they consider the potential for collateral damage that such censorship imposes, and consider more holistic measures to combat extremism.

Caught in the Net: The Impact of Extremist Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content

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Mall of America attacker Emmanuel Aranda gets 19 years in prison…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) Mall of America attacker Emmanuel Aranda gets 19 years in prison

“Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was sentenced to 19 years in prison on Monday for throwing five-year-old Landen Hoffmann off of a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota in April. Aranda showed little emotion at his sentencing in Minneapolis. He pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack. Authorities say Aranda told investigators he went to the mall ‘looking for someone to kill’ and he threw little Landen off a 40-foot-high balcony at the shopping center.”

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Vox’s Carlos Maza v Steven Crowder – Adpocalypse 3.0 & YouTube’s New Crackdown…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) Vox’s Carlos Maza v Steven Crowder – Adpocalypse 3.0 & YouTube’s New Crackdown

Does anyone else remember when YouTube was just a really awesome website you could go to, in order to watch and share neat, interesting videos?

Today, it’s infested with drama, money grubbing “creators” and train wrecks galore…

…I really wish they’d have never started the partner program.

The Knives Come Out: #VoxAdpocalypse…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) The Knives Come Out: #VoxAdpocalypse

“YouTube have decided that they take marching orders from Vox, and so noose shall be tightened and warned nobody in advance. YouTube deleted a bunch of channels and demonetised a dozen more.”

I still think this is primarily YouTube’s own fault, for creating a pay structure which rewarded people for stalking, harassing, abusing and threatening other people…and allowing their own platform to devolve into a lawless atmosphere.

We now have this mass of “creators”, who feel self entitled to money…for setting in front of a camera and saying whatever they want to say…who are now angry, because YouTube is finally doing something [anything at all] to curb the noxious atmosphere it’s allowed to flourish all these years.

Don’t get me wrong…It’s fine when people self elect to engage in a community structure, where this type of behavior is understood as the norm by all who participate, and before anyone enters into it…

…I’m talking more about the YouTube sociopaths who pounce on everyone else, who just happens to be on the platform doing their own thing.

Yes…some of the reasoning behind current changes seems wonky and slanted…

…But I’m thoroughly convinced that YouTube was better, before it started paying people money.

What we have now, is this platform [and subsequent platforms that have opened up], where people get into this cycle of vomiting out “content”, and treating it like it’s a job…They’re just chasing after the money, and often aren’t terribly concerned over what they “need” to say and do to get it.