DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein there is more press about the corporate control of SF's live music.
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jwz mixtape 193

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 193.

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Current Music: as noted

In space, no one can hear you soft-rock.

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Growth At Any Cost

Top Facebook executive defended data collection, and warned that Facebook could get people killed:

So we connect more people. That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people. [...]

That's why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it. [...]

We do have great products but we still wouldn't be half our size without pushing the envelope on growth. Nothing makes Facebook as valuable as having your friends on it, and no product decisions have gotten as many friends on as the ones made in growth. Not photo tagging. Not news feed. Not messenger. Nothing.

"Subtle language that helps people stay searchable" means "dark patterns that trick people into exposing data that they didn't want to."

This is your irregularly-scheduled reminder:

If you work for Facebook, quit.

It is morally indefensible for you to use your skills to make that company more powerful. By working there, you are making the world an objectively worse place. I'm sure you can find a job working for a company that you don't have to apologize for all the time.

You can do it. I believe in you.

If you aren't quite ready to delete your MySpace Facebook account, you might as well delete as much of your old data as you can. Social Book Post Manager is a Chrome extension that lets you delete your years-old posts and comments in bulk (since of course Facebook does not provide that option). It's flaky, and very slow, but mostly gets the job done.

It's a certainty that "deleting" a post doesn't actually delete it; Facebook likely stores every revision of every post, every draft, and maybe even every keystroke you've made while composing it. (Which is why poisoning your posts instead of deleting them is a waste of time.) But flagging it as deleted means that any apps you are exposed to in the future will no longer be able to read those posts. Unless they have super-secret internal access, which, you know, Cambridge Analytica probably did.)

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"We are concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country."

Here are the manipulative ads Sinclair forced local anchors to read, now airing across the country:

Apart from disparaging statements about non-Sinclair news outlets, the ads mostly contain trite and inoffensive statements supporting responsible, "balanced" journalism -- and that's part of the problem. As Stelter noted, "On its face, some of the language is not controversial. But that's precisely why some staffers were so troubled by it. The promo script, they say, belies Sinclair management's actual agenda to tilt reporting to the right." One staffer told CNN they "felt like a POW recording a message."

A Media Matters search of the iQ media database found that between March 23 and March 27, at least 62 Sinclair stations reaching 29 states and D.C. have now run their own versions of the scripted segment. In the clips, local news anchors say things like, "I'm concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country."

I stacked the three videos from that article side by side, but unfortunately the anchor-drones do not have Industry Standard Cadence, so it gets out of sync right away:

This short one from @bubbaprog is fun:

Really we need an Emergency Broadcast Network or Eclectic Method remix of these.

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Battlecrab

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Teen Boss

I know I already posted about this, but this article has some sick burns.

The Very Unnerving Existence of Teen Boss

Nearly every headline ends in an exclamation point, as does nearly a quarter of the text! Reading the magazine feels like watching a wall of YouTube videos inside a Claire's jewelry store while a tween-age life-style coach screams at you to double your net worth. [...]

The first issue's real-teen headlines include "my idea snowballed into something bigger!" and "i sold out in less than a week!" (The latter refers to a young person's ice-cream inventory, not her soul.) [...]

Each issue lists ways that young people can make quick money, some of which (walk dogs, sell snow cones) are classics and some of which (sew princess costumes, build a laser-tag course) remind you that bringing in money when you're very young is cute only when it's optional. Tween tycoons have seed money, laptops, and parents who'll keep the books; Teen Boss is a tribute to precocious hustle and also to the life-changing magic of already being rich.

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Federal Building

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Finally, ICE finds someone they won't deport.

He confessed to being a concentration-camp guard and was stripped of his citizenship. But the U.S. government still won't kick him out of the country.

During the first three months of ICE's 2018 fiscal year, the agency deported 56,710 people, 46 percent of whom had not been convicted of a crime. This year, ICE expects to deport 209,000 people. It is highly unlikely that Palij will be among them -- even though Palij is a war criminal, the last Nazi war criminal living in the United States.

Palij served as a guard during World War II at the Trawniki forced labor camp, which also trained those participating in "Operation Reinhard," a plan to exterminate every Jew in German-occupied Poland. He entered the country in 1949 without divulging his past and was later awarded citizenship, of which he was stripped by a federal judge in 2004 and ordered deported. [...]

"[Germany has] done a pretty good job the last few years in pursuing individuals for Nazi atrocities who were found in Germany," said Drimmer. "What they have not done a good job of is taking guys like Jakiw Palij, who were found outside of Germany, but are every bit as culpable, if not more culpable, than the individuals found inside Germany's borders." [...]

According to ICE statistics, 8,275 people with deportation orders remained in the U.S. between 2012 and 2015 because no other country would take them; the agency says it "does not have the authority to force removals upon a sovereign nation". An ICE spokesperson said nine countries are currently classified as "uncooperative": Burma; Eritrea; Cambodia; Hong Kong; China; Laos; Cuba; Iran; and Vietnam. Germany, Ukraine, and Poland are not on the list.

ICE declined to comment and said to speak to the State Department, which also declined to comment.

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Today in Panopticon News

Jaywalkers under surveillance in Shenzhen soon to be punished via text messages

Intellifusion, a Shenzhen-based AI firm that provides technology to the city's police to display the faces of jaywalkers on large LED screens at intersections, is now talking with local mobile phone carriers and social media platforms such as WeChat and Sina Weibo to develop a system where offenders will receive personal text messages as soon as they violate the rules [...] along with the fine. [...]

Facial recognition technology identifies the individual from a database and displays a photo of the jaywalking offence, the family name of the offender and part of their government identification number on large LED screens above the pavement.

In the 10 months to February this year, as many as 13,930 jaywalking offenders were recorded and displayed on the LED screen at one busy intersection in Futian district, the Shenzhen traffic police announced last month. [...]

The system will also be able to register how many times a pedestrian has violated traffic rules in the city and once this number reaches a certain level, it will affect the offender's social credit score which in turn may limit their ability to take out loans from banks, Wang said.

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