ukpol, johnson 

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Love when capitalists claim that life under socialism would mean no one actually owns anything, then they turn around and create subscription services for furniture.

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A piece about the specific ways transphobes target trans men 

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Thank you for applying, as you know we’ll be doing the CGI for Cats.

Question one: have you ever seen a person or a cat?

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God: you’re black and white.

Orca: like a penguin?

God: yes but you’re not a penguin.

Orca: oh.

God: you swim in the ocean.

Orca: like a penguin!

God: you are not a penguin!

Orca: oh.

God: you eat fish.

Orca: [gasp].

God: [sigh].

Orca: i’m the chubbiest penguin!

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Gross.

Investigating sources of PII used in Facebook’s targeted advertising

We develop a novel technique that uses Facebook’s advertiser interface to check whether a given piece of PII can be used to target some Facebook user, and use this technique to study how Facebook’s advertising service obtains users’ PII. We investigate a range of potential sources of PII, finding that phone numbers and email addresses added as profile attributes, those provided for security purposes such as two-factor authentication, those provided to the Facebook Messenger app for the purpose of messaging, and those included in friends’ uploaded contact databases are all used by Facebook to allow advertisers to target users. These findings hold despite all the relevant privacy controls on our test accounts being set to their most private settings.


https://mislove.org/publications/PII-PETS.pdf

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So the cats trailer might be the worst thing ever. I have two (main) questions.

1. WHY?

2. What kind of hold do these people have over the famous people who are appearing in this monstrosity? Are there reasons other than blackmail why this assortment of people would agree to do something this demonstrably awful?

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"Illium" was another name for the city of Troy

"-ad" is a suffix that can be used to mean "the story of"

Therefore "The Illiad" is properly translated as; drumroll please...

Troy Story

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Kindness is not an inherent personality trait. To struggle, to love, and to be kind are active states of being. You have to go against much social conditioning to be kind. Its a choice. Make the choice to be kind.

But also, be reasonable.

You're not going to love the hate out of a Nazi.

Choose to be kind but understand not everyone is worthy of your kindness. This is being kind to yourself. You deserve kindness, too.

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don't be that cis person in queer spaces who writes "human being" on your nametag instead of your pronouns you don't get to decide "labels aren't important" if yours is already considered the default.

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boost if someone calling you a radical leftist is a compliment

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tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism 

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