@marksherman You know about teaching. Are elementary school teachers really trying to teach reading by osmosis? https://www.apmreports.org/story/2018/09/10/hard-words-why-american-kids-arent-being-taught-to-read
More stories of irregular elections / ballot tampering in the United States: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYXvLb_fhPY
After all the dumb things the EU has decided this week, at least they're getting one thing right: https://www.dw.com/en/eu-to-stop-changing-the-clocks-in-2019/a-45495680
Interesting thought: "Free will" is a bad model of the world, and targeted propaganda exposes the weaknesses of that model. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/14/yuval-noah-harari-the-new-threat-to-liberal-democracy
Here's an interesting discussion of how moving off centralized platforms in response to their reprehensible actions doesn't really work out:
I have a new mathematical model for evaluating investments. It says that mailing me cash in an envelope will give you the best returns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQHs8SA1qpk
The UBI argument has been the same for 50 years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtpgkX588nM
The "market based" health care system in the US costs an extra $6000/family/year for bureaucracy compared to the Canadian system.
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Today, whistleblower Reality Winner was officially sentenced to 63 months in prison, the longest sentence for a journalist's source in federal court history.
Shortly after her plea deal last month, the Mueller investigation used some of the same information that she revealed to the public to indict 12 Russian military intelligence officers for conducting "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
re: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/21/countries-arent-businesses.html - Why do private financial firms get to earn interest as a side effect of government spending?
It's not clear that the US drug approval process exists primarily to serve the public good.
If the US were even slightly interested in democracy, this would have passed by now: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2261
I claim to know something about computers, and I approve this message: https://xkcd.com/2030/
Alex Jones vs. Facebook, and the question of free speech in privately owned public forums: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/08/size-matters.html
Glenn Greenwald tweeting about the #AlexJones banishment/#censorship from social media
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