a public notebook

The rise of data and the death of politics

Evgeny Morozov details dystopia.

Coke Talk of the Day


I woke up this morning in a fog thick as soup, an extended version of that final stage of sleep where dreams still have more clarity than whatever reality you’re facing. Some part of my conscious mind had latched onto a key phrase that seemed very important, and I had to memorialize it…

I dreamt I was in a distant city, somewhere warm, with an old man - some sort of colonial relic who asked me questions about which countries were which now and who ruled them. Some of them were easy, and I wondered if he was testing me. ‘Let’s go out, it’s a lovely day!’ he said, so we got in his car and drove. We chatted; he kept on asking me questions. The city was all white streamline moderne, with broad boulevards, and as we were driving along one, in the traffic, he urged me to appreciate how good it was to be here. I stretched my legs out across the back seat into the sunshine, and thought to myself, yeah. This is pretty sweet.

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich


In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.”

In reality, most of America’s poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.

The real non-workers are the wealthy who…

I don’t often say NO WAR BUT CLASS WAR, but when I do, I do it after reading this.

Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet - The Intercept

This shit should be banned with extreme prejudice. I can see the need for a certain level of surveillance in the future, due to the extremely destructive potential of GM bioweapons, but manipulating public discourse should be unambiguously outside the remit of the state. (And of private corporations, for that matter. Think of the power of Google and Facebook as propaganda machines.)

The next two or three feet of sea-level rise that we get will do away with just about every barrier island we have across the planet. Then, when rises get to four-to-six feet, all the world’s great river deltas will disappear and with them the great stretches of agricultural land that surrounds them. People still have their heads in the sand about this but it is coming. Miami is just the start. It is worth watching just for that reason alone. It is a major US city and it is going to let itself drown. (via worsethandetroit)