I can’t wait to see the next permutation of “Yellow Journalsm”

Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts and pages for what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” generally networks of ostensibly independent outlets that were in fact controlled centrally by Russia and Iran. Some of these accounts were identified as much as a year ago. In a post by the company’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher,…

via Facebook and Twitter remove hundreds of accounts linked to Iranian and Russian political meddling — TechCrunch

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Smile, you’re on camera

“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a […]

via Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police State’s Panopticon Village — Desultory Heroics

Now what?

By Henry Cowles Source: Aeon Sales of George Orwell’s utopian novel 1984 (1949) have spiked twice recently, both times in response to political events. In early 2017, the idea of ‘alternative facts’ called to mind Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist and, as a clerk in the Ministry of Truth, a professional alternator of facts. And in […]

via Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us — Desultory Heroics

Indigenous American roots are easy to find

23andMe is beefing up its African, East Asian and Native American ancestry capabilities — something it has sorely lacked. Specifically, 23andMe has added to its database 12 new regions across Africa and East Asia. When I first tried 23andMe a few years ago, it told me I was 71 percent West African, which tells me…

via 23andMe’s ancestry tools are getting better for people of color — TechCrunch