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I do product strategy and new product development for companies like the BBC, Yahoo, Time Out, Nokia, Jawbone & Eero and have founded a couple of things too.
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6 Sep
I’m interested to get a sense of what people who follow me think is normal at the moment, so I’m going to put a few questions below. Would love to get your thoughts…
If the opportunity was there, would you currently be comfortable spending time outside with friends and family?
If the opportunity was there, would you currently be comfortable spending time hanging out with friends and family indoors?
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6 Sep
@VivekGRamaswamy This in fact is *not* what 230 does.
- It says that they are not liable for the speech of their users and cannot be sued for it (except in enumerated circumstances)
- It says they are free to run their own services how they choose and allow people in or ban them as they choose
@VivekGRamaswamy In *no way* is there *anything* in the bill or ruling that says that certain kinds of speech are unacceptable and that the companies should censor that speech *because that would be against the first amendment*.
@VivekGRamaswamy It is NOT THE SAME IN ANY WAY. You may argue that Twitter and Facebook are choosing to censor the right more than the left. That would not be my experience, but you can argue it. However, Gab and Parler are free in turn to censor the *left* if they choose.
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5 Sep
I’m still loving this season of #tedlasso, even though it’s going into some pretty complicated and emotionally difficult areas. I think Nate’s journey is particularly complicated and tricky to deal with.
My interpretation of his arc is that he’s filled with self-loathing. He looks in the mirror and sees someone weak and pitiable, rather than sweet and insightful. He thinks to be strong he has to reject that person completely. It’s why he spits at himself in the mirror.
It’s why he clings so desperately to any piece of positive enforcement, and why he lurches out of control and lashes out like a total dick when anyone treats him like his ‘former’ self, or disrespects him.
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14 Aug
I find it very hard to have any respect for pure anti-state libertarianism, much as I find it borderline impossible to argue for pure capitalism or communism. The world and its people are too messy and complicated to fit beautifully into one easily expressed political philosophy.
All human society is a trade-off between aspirations that are fundamentally in tension - your individual freedom can be maximized but at some point it will collide inevitably with the freedom of others.
Everyone benefits from collaboration - humans are inherently collaborative animals. It’s why we have language. It’s how we do more together than we can do apart. Structures of collaboration help us reach higher, but can also constrain us individually.
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7 Jun
Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1936 after Mexico emancipated all the slaves. 95% of Texas’ economy came from cotton production maintained by slaves.
Here is some text from the 1836 Texas Constitution which makes it quite clear what kind of state they wanted: "All persons of color who were slaves for life previous to their emigration to Texas, and who are now held in bondage, shall remain in the like state of servitude.."
"Congress shall pass no laws to prohibit emigrants from bringing their slaves into the republic with them, and holding them by the same tenure by which such slaves were held in the United States; nor shall congress have power to emancipate slaves; nor shall any slave owner..."
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7 Jun
@GregAbbott_TX What makes Texas exceptional in 1836 is seceding from Mexico in order to preserve slavery. Vicente Guerrero emancipated all slaves in Mexico in 1829. 95% of Texas’ economy was based on cotton production picked by slaves. google.com/amp/s/www.texa…
@GregAbbott_TX Here are some snippets from the 1836 constitution: “All persons of color who were slaves for live previous to their emigration to Texas, and are now held in bondage, shall remain in the like state of servitude provided the said slave shall be the bona fide property of the person”
@GregAbbott_TX “Congress shall pass no laws to prohibit emigrants from bringing their slaves into the republic with them … nor shall Congress have power to emancipate slaves; nor shall any slave holder have the power to emancipate his or her slave or slaves without the limits of the republic”
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4 May
Jesus. I'm just reading the Platformer piece on Basecamp and it is ... fuuuuuuuuucked up. The highly conservative chief product officer who shared Breitbart articles internally denied the very existence of implicit racial bias.
Not only did they dismiss the idea of white privilege—and this is *after* the discussion about whether politics should be mentioned in the office—but he was explicitly *thanked* by Fried for doing so, while people of color in the team yelled at their screens.
This is *explicitly* what we've been saying from the beginning - that being banned from bringing up issues surrounding racism, sexism, homophobia etc. at work is stopping conversations that *need to be had* to make a better workplace and world.
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25 Apr
@sabotagebeats @TARDISDatabanks Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. Obviously you’d have to figure out what their profit was first. That would be the price it sold, minus the closing costs, selling costs, the original purchase price, any capital improvements, minus all depreciation, minus insurance payments
@sabotagebeats @TARDISDatabanks Minus pre-paid points on their interest. All of those things reduce the amount you will be taxed upon significantly. If after *all* of this their *profit* was under $500,000, then they wouldn’t pay *anything* because as a married couple they have a substantial allowance.
@sabotagebeats @TARDISDatabanks Now if they made more *profit* than $500,000 then they would be asked to pay capital gains tax in the amount *above* that.
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23 Apr
Don’t Stop Movin’ by S Club 7 was released twenty years ago today. #fuck
I’m just saying:
(1) It’s clearly the best of their extensive oeuvre
(2) Obviously most Americans have never heard of them
(3) It is not okay that this was twenty years ago
(4) Fuck
(Presses play on song for the tenth time in a row)
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7 Apr
Because I am a spiteful, terrible person with no love in my heart for the beautiful people, I have rewritten this quite extraordinary Vogue article: vogue.com/slideshow/kell…
"Kelly wrote about denim for a living, which is a real job, and she was hosting a party about jeans, which is something people do."
"Noah had been invited to the jeans party and thought Kelly was really hot, but they didn’t get together because she was attached. Instead he got her aunt’s number. Which is apparently fine."
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4 Apr
Even a year into this damn virus I still get people trying to explain to me how I’m deluded to think that lockdowns have any effect. I generally still try to engage with them because I want to stop them spreading disinformation, but it is *exhausting*.
Mostly now I just ask them to show me one of the following:
(1) Two neighboring, roughly similar areas where one has done a lockdown and one has not and where there is no difference between their cases / deaths
(2) A country that has put in place a lockdown and hasn’t seen a drop in cases within 3 weeks or
(3) Some kind of explanation of how a virus spread by close proximity between humans would spread just as well when there was less contact between humans.
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2 Apr
@GovKemp @MLB The voting law means that the Georgia Secretary of State is no longer the chair of the state elections board. You will remember that the (Republican) Georgia Secretary of State defended the conduct of the elections and says there was no voter fraud.
@GovKemp @MLB Instead now, the law lets the state legislature (Republican controlled since 2005) appoint a ‘nonpartisan’ chair. And if the new board decides that a county’s election officials do their jobs poorly, the board can suspend them and replace them with one person with all the power.
@GovKemp @MLB It’s hardly surprising that Democrats view this as making it easier for Republicans to steal elections, since these bodies were the ones specifically making untrue allegations about 2020.
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1 Apr
Oakland drive through vaccination twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
If you’re in the Bay Area and wondering about doing the drive through, it’s very efficient, relatively quick and strongly recommended. Took us about half an hour to get to the injection point from arriving.
We got our appointments via myturn.ca.gov and it was for the J&J one dose vaccine. So any second now we’ll be done.
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31 Mar
Four years of jokes about Trump's infrastructure week never coming and Biden outlines his in under two months. And it is substantial and looks superficially well-targeted. nytimes.com/2021/03/31/bus…
A few highlights from the infrastructure plan:
• Modernize 20,000 miles of highways and roads
• Repair 10,000 bridges
• Built 500,000 EV chargers by 2030
• $200bn in tax credits and grants for affordable housing
• $85bn towards public transit
• $50bn in disaster resilience
• $25bn towards improving airports
• $20bn towards transit for underserved communities
• $100bn for national high speed broadband
• $100bn to improvements to electric grid and green energy
• $100bn to improve buildings of public schools
• $45bn to eliminate lead pipes in US
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17 Mar
1/ I know it’s easy if you live in America to think that the world revolves around you but when Trump in particular takes credit for the vaccines, it’s worth getting the various origins of these vaccines straight.
2/ The Pfizer vaccine was developed in Germany (Mainz) by German company BioNTech, who partnered with Pfizer for support with clinical trials, logistics and manufacturing.
3/ In March 2020, BioNTech got a $135m investment from Fosun in exchange (in part) for rights in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In June, it got 100m euros from the European Commision and European Investment Bank. In September 2020 the German government gave them $445m.
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8 Mar
I want to restate this a day later. There’s a reason why the traditionally anti-monarchist British publications like the Guardian aren’t leaping on H&M and it’s not because they’re “destroying the monarchy”. It’s because they evidence some mildly liberal views.
A couple of decades back, they were doing the same thing to Prince Charles, whose views on environmentalism, organic farming and the built environment (while being often pretty clumsy) were widely derided by the right-wing press as “weird”.
I mean think about that. This is Prince Charles we’re talking about! He’s not a bastion of liberal values. He’s pretty far from an icon of the left. But expressing views like that was revolting and anathema to a right-wing Briton that fundamentally thinks royalty belongs to them.
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8 Mar
I’m British. I live in America. I am generally pretty uninterested in the monarchy. I used to be pretty hardcore anti-monarchist. That’s changed a *bit* because I do think there’s something stabilizing about heritage and institutions (as long as they can evolve), but not much.
My general position is that they’re massively over-privileged, rich, unnecessarily powerful people who deserve effectively none of it, but are also part of a chain that has some meaning, and neither deserve the praise nor most of the opprobrium they receive.
I don’t watch royal weddings. I don’t watch royal interviews. I genuinely do not spend a lot of attention keeping up with what’s going on with them. For the most part, I simply do not care.
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12 Jan
@GMB @piersmorgan A bunch of people will hear "gay roles for gay actors" and say it's stupid or hypocrisy. But there are a few areas to consider:
(1) Do gay actors get roles?
(2) Can straight actors accurately portray gay people?
(3) Can gay actors accurately portray straight people?
@GMB @piersmorgan The first one is I think pretty clear - while it has become considerably easier for gay actors to get ahead in Hollywood, they still don't generally have access to the most common or most popular roles and it can be an impediment to their careers.
@GMB @piersmorgan The same is true in the UK. It is often the case that actors who are out and well-known as gay simply don't get given straight roles in movies or TV. They're considered 'not believable'. Whereas when a straight actor plays an LGBT role, they're (now) considered 'brave'
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26 Nov 20
If you want to know what the Trump administration has been about, then read this list of ‘midnight regulations’ that they’re trying to implement in their final days in office. I’ll post a few of them below. projects.propublica.org/trump-midnight…
The Trump administration is expected to move forward plans to make families of noncitizen immigrants ineligible for subsidized housing.
The Trump administration is expected to move forward plans to increase the speed at which chickens may be slaughtered by putting workers at higher risk of amputations.
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24 Nov 20
I may be in a minority here, but I don’t think there’s *any* way to do an investigation of the Trump administration’s abuses that is coordinated or organized in any way from a Biden appointee.
Do I think his administration needs or requires investigation. Absolutely. Without question. Yes. Do I think he did appalling things. Absolutely. Without question. Yes. But if a Biden appointed AG starts it, it will *always* be viewed as a partisan attack ...
... and it will necessarily increase the sense that the AG and the Federal government is a tool that you can use to attack your political enemies.
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24 Nov 20
Right-wing media is now absolutely completely consumed by anti-voting machine hysteria. I have to tell you, I’m okay with this! If their anxiety results in more thorough audit trails and a determination to keep these machines updated and with paper verification, it’s good!
It is, as always, basically impossible to search Google for any subject that’s currently in the news and be able to find any historical record, but tech professionals, civil rights organizations and democrats have been raising concerns about abuse for years...
... stating that it’s important to have clear auditability, the ability for people voting to be able to check their votes on paper slips before they submit them (the benefit here being that it’s faster to machine-count machine-created ballots) ...
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