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EFF and McSweeney’s have teamed up to bring you "The End of Trust" (@mcsweeneys 54), the first all-nonfiction McSweeney’s issue, focusing on technology, privacy, and surveillance: eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
It’s a smart, thought-provoking, entertaining collection, featuring writing and interviews from EFF’s Executive Director Cindy Cohn, @maassive, Soraya Okuda, @doctorow, and board member @schneierblog, as well as @Snowden, @JuliaAngwin, @trevorpaglen, @culturejedi, and @MykeCole.
The hardcover edition, with design by @sunrararara, will look terrific on your bookshelf. store.mcsweeneys.net/products/mcswe… A photo wearing of a person wearing an EFF hoodie and holding the hardcover copy of The End of TrustA photo of the back of The End of Trust, listing the included authors: <br />
Edward Snowden<br />
Jenna Wortham<br />
Cory Doctorow<br />
Malkia Cyril<br />
Douglas Rushkoff<br />
Julia Angwin<br />
Trevor Paglen<br />
Gabriella Coleman<br />
Virginia Eubanks<br />
Ethan Zuckerman<br />
Hamid Khan<br />
Ken Montenegro<br />
Bruce Schneier<br />
Jennifer Kabat<br />
Alvaro Bedoya<br />
Cindy CohnA copy of
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1/ Dear friends, here is a long fiery thread on "shit VC's do that makes founders angry" -- as expressed by founders 😡

Because, you know, look in the mirror.
2/ THE CARDINAL SIN: ARROGANCE.

"As a founder, you’re putting your heart on the line. You want to work with people who care!"

Arrogance is by far the most cited word in the thread.

One from the archives (the more things change...) : freddestin.com/2009/12/the-ar…
3/ SAYING NO.

Or rather, NOT saying no.

And all that relates: Lack of insight into the VC process/timing/ slow 'no's. No transparency on real timelines for decision making. Failure to give honest feedback after passing on a deal.
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Is the big #brexit climbdown beginning?

Are the Brexiteers about to decide to 'buy into' the idea that Mrs May can fix the Irish border with technology? That unicorns *do* exist?

Mad? Let me explain... 1/Thread
First @tnewtondunn reports Brexiteers like Iain Duncan Smith and co are 'biting' on a No 10 briefing that "special arrangements" could fix the Irish border - ie 'technology'



Then FT's Laura Hughes says 'Gang of Five' are too /2

@tnewtondunn Wow. Amazing....suddenly, after all these months of negotiating it seems like Number 10 has put it's hand down the back of the sofa and found a 'fix' for the border issue that has bedevilled these talks for all this time.

I love this quote particularly... /3
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Science and Space
.@NatGeoChannel "Mars" just did a crazy abortion shame in S2E2. Amelie, a physician who was an original colonist, recognizes she is suffering psychologically after many years away from earth. She arranges to return on the next ship back, but she doesn't inform her lover Javier
until a few weeks before her scheduled departure. He doesn't take it well, & they separate. In a final predeparture physical examination, she discovers she is pregnant. She informs Javier, who indicates that he is happy to father a child. She tells him she is thinking of
terminating the pregnancy. He throws a tantrum, saying, "why r u asking me? U make all the decisions anyways." They both note that medical science hasn't determined if a human can conceive, carry and bear a healthy child in Mars's low gravity. She says, "But we do know that a
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T1: Thread on data analysis & representation emerging from cognitive bias associated with research studies involving serious malpractice in #altmed #naturopathy #ayurveda #AYUSH research, i.e. no placebo controlled, no blinding, incorrect statistics, no error bars on mean data.
T2: From the recent article published at @AltNews Science on dengue and papaya extract pill called Caripill altnews.in/is-caripill-th… we evaluated the two clinical trial studies in India given by pubmed
T3: The first study had serious misrepresentation of data : while there is no way to find out the raw data & conduct statistical analysis, I replotted the figure using Mean +_ standard error of mean given in the results section. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27739…
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Since we're smashing brahminical patriarchy, I thought we might need to categorize pārpaṇa paradēsis (PPs) that need smashing. Timely reminder once again that PP is not my coinage but @/hawkeyeview's. So here's a list of PPs:
1. Rebel PP
Easiest to define. This PP thinks drinking & eating meat is rebellious. Though for what they rebel is best known not even to them. They are clearly not aware that there are brahmin communities that eat meat but they rebel nonetheless.
2. Justifier PP
Almost exactly same as Rebel PP. The only difference is (s)he will quote scriptures to justify their degeneracy. Shukra drank brah. Kannappa offered meat brah. But if you ask Kannappa also plucked his eyes out how about you, you will be showered with abuses.
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Culture and Books
Krugman is, of course, right about this. BUT, note that universities can do a lot to revitalize declining and rural regions.
See this thing that @lymanstoneky wrote: medium.com/migration-issu…
And see this thing that I wrote: bloomberg.com/opinion/articl…
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Hello, writers! How about a thread on LITERARY AGENTS? How to get one, how to talk to one, how to keep one happy. Spoiler alert: I am 100% pro agent and can't imagine not having one on my side. 1/
Why would you want a literary agent?
* you want to be traditionally published
* you want someone experienced to help guide your career
* you want to learn how to edit like a pro
* you want to sell foreign and movie rights
* you want answers to your newbie questions 2/
Why you might *NOT* want a literary agent:
* you want to self publish
* you're not willing to compromise on your edits
* you don't think their expertise is worth 15% of your advance
I... can't think this way. Literary agents have been crucial to my career. 3/
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Analogies between how things are made in the software world and how things are made in the non-software world are fraught. Software is different, and an analogy that shares one common aspect subtly makes you think that there are other aspects in common, but this is rarely true. 1
This is particularly problematic when developers compare building and shipping products made of software to products made of atoms. Their respective creation processes are dramatically, radically different, even though they do share a couple of aspects. 2
Unlike atom-based products, there is virtually no marginal cost in manufacturing software. Once you’ve made one, you can make a billion for no additional cost. 3
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Politics
Shocked and horrified. That is our feeling after reading this bizarre statement by @realDonaldTrump that excuses the murder of Jamal #Khashoggi and seeks to justify the intentional starvation of up to 13 million people in #Yemen. Let’s unpack this. 1/8
whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat…
It is telling that the statement starts by placing blame Iran, not on Mohammed bin Salman, front and center in the defense of murder and lawlessness. Conflict with Iran is both a prized goal for the administration and an lazy appeal to Trump’s base. 2/8 lobelog.com/trumps-march-t…
Trump then turns to the key issue, money. He has signaled time and again that no atrocity is too great for him to pass on the riches of Saudi Arabia. The children of Yemen and the activists of Saudi Arabia are the unwilling sacrifices to the his deities of profit and avarice. 3/8
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Twice divorced. Evicted from his office over $231k in back-rent. Owes millions in federal taxes. Owes millions in backpay to a business associate. Allegedly abused his 20-something-y/o live-in girlfriend. Says that only a white male political neophyte like him can defeat Trump.
He constantly plays victim and gets defended by liberals who can't see the irony in how he's a lot more like Trump than they think. I don't care about losing followers over these criticisms.
Google it. He wants to run for president. Yet he hasn't been seriously vetted. People shouldn't talk up his potential presidential candidacy without vetting him.
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Trump called Mar-a-Lago the "southern White House." He touted "tremendous" election results, citing Florida, Georgia and Ohio.
On the Khashoggi situation, Trump told reporters: "It's a shame, but it is what it is."
Trump repeats three times that his position on Saudi Arabia is an "America First" stance. He calls Iran a "terrorist nation" and says that the U.S. needs "a counterbalance."
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