Exhibit A of how San Francisco is not a liberal city: vice.com/en_us/article/7x57mb/ The Bay Area is made up of vicious capitalists who love get-rich-quick-schemes and tech-libertarianism but agree that climate change is probably happening and don’t really care if a couple of men get married but that is far from a left-wing utopia.

Today in depressing journalism news: deadspin.com/inside-themavens- This has everything: pivots to video, content mills, unpaid labor, underpaid labor, bosses claiming to be friends, serial abusers, sexual harassment, and the tarnishing of multiple long-lived publications. Truly despicable.

I have seen a few pieces about ecofascism and debunking the tragedy of the commons but none as succinct and with historical perspective as this one: thebaffler.com/latest/first-as They veer in the wrong direction regarding a pro-life and environmentalist axis but this is otherwise an excellent overview

Hereticon seems like it could be a good gathering. Could also be a backdoor for alt-rite garbage but based on the questions posed here, I am cautiously optimistic: medium.com/@foundersfund/heret Thoughts?

I realized several years ago how bad social media is for mental health, genuine relationships, and democracy, so it is encouraging to see the next generation coming to the same conclusions: nytimes.com/2019/10/01/opinion My use of social media is now relegated to Mastodon instances and disapora* and I have a lot of personal rules about how I use them that keep me from the addictive tendencies.

A huge study of the impact on Net Neutrality on telecom expansion finds that there is no negative effect on the ability of Internet service providers to become established or function: academic (assets.documentcloud.org/docum), popular (techdirt.com/articles/20190927) All claims otherwise are from regulatory capture, lies, and useful idiots.

In regulatory capture news, an industry group that includes members of or that has defended the practices of Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Monsanto, and the tobacco industry is doing their best to kill non-Americans, too by sitting on government advisory panels worldwide in direct conflicts of interest: nytimes.com/2019/09/16/health/

Factors that encourage obesity: genetics, a sedentary lifestyle, macro-nutrient ratio (dubious?), total calories consumed, presence of existing fat, aesthetic preferences, gut bioeme, and ultra-processing: scientificamerican.com/article Any others?

On predatory pricing and counterfeit capitalism: mattstoller.substack.com/p/wew “Across the West, the basic problem of a corrupted productive process is becoming a quiet crisis. The reason is simple. The people that do the work in organizations are increasingly excluded from the decision-making about the work.” Easily the best take-down of gig economy/Silicon Valley scamming that I have seen.

Opinions are often based on tribal affiliation and accidents of history: science.sciencemag.org/content (academic) arstechnica.com/science/2019/0 (popular) This comes as no real surprise to anyone following American politics but it is good to show it empirically.

American law enforcement needs to stop deputizing companies and universities: washingtonpost.com/opinions/no I have felt strongly about this for awhile but this op-ed really puts it into perspective how we have to protect the intellectual freedom and political neutrality of the college campus.

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