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  1. Comment on These caves shouldn't exist. Or, at the very least, we can't yet explain them. in ~humanities

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    Thanks! That is pretty cool, and I hadn't heard of these. When I do feel compelled to learn about something from a Youtube video, I will definitely try this because I also have a pet peeve of...

    Thanks! That is pretty cool, and I hadn't heard of these. When I do feel compelled to learn about something from a Youtube video, I will definitely try this because I also have a pet peeve of having to watch a 5, 10, 15+ minute video when I could otherwise read the transcript faster and non-linearly.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on These caves shouldn't exist. Or, at the very least, we can't yet explain them. in ~humanities

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    That might work within the context of Youtube, but I'm more concerned about the concentration of content in the dominion of a single for-profit corporation rather than spread across a diversity of...

    That might work within the context of Youtube, but I'm more concerned about the concentration of content in the dominion of a single for-profit corporation rather than spread across a diversity of hosts. And I'm not even sure I believe the approach fully works within Youtube. Youtube is already known for suppressing videos that are not advertiser-friendly and promoting those that encourage impulsive video watching and further engagement with the platform, two hallmark poisons of corporate social media. In my view, the more we support any content on Youtube, the more we enable the suppression of non-Google-approved content. There certainly is great content on Youtube, but I prefer to support the existence of alternate platforms (including text-based!) that will give equal weight to views that are skeptical of corporate power.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on These caves shouldn't exist. Or, at the very least, we can't yet explain them. in ~humanities

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    I'm not a purist about it, but I'm just really opposed to the attention mill economy and to the increasingly dominant role of giant for-profit corporations in social media and internet media...

    I'm not a purist about it, but I'm just really opposed to the attention mill economy and to the increasingly dominant role of giant for-profit corporations in social media and internet media generally. I think it has an incredibly corrosive effect on democracy and society so I try to make a base practice of avoiding products owned by Google, Facebook, et al. And, for me, finding and supporting alternate forms of internet information is part of the resistance. But like I said, it's tough being a purist. Just a few days ago I watched a Youtube video about replacing a carburetor on my lawnmower. :)

    5 votes
  4. Comment on These caves shouldn't exist. Or, at the very least, we can't yet explain them. in ~humanities

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    Thanks! Based on your response I also searched for “carthaginian temples azores caves” and see a few additional references. I also just found this one (which I’m assuming is related, although the...

    Thanks! Based on your response I also searched for “carthaginian temples azores caves” and see a few additional references.

    I also just found this one (which I’m assuming is related, although the coins weren’t found in a cave, and the whole thing could have been a hoax): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carthaginian_coins_of_Corvo

    1 vote
  5. Comment on These caves shouldn't exist. Or, at the very least, we can't yet explain them. in ~humanities

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    Tangential request related to Youtube posts: if anyone is ever willing to provide enough of a keyworded summary that Youtube shunners like me can use to find alternate coverage outside of Youtube,...

    Tangential request related to Youtube posts: if anyone is ever willing to provide enough of a keyworded summary that Youtube shunners like me can use to find alternate coverage outside of Youtube, you would be a hero. A Wikipedia link would always be fantastic, but anything would be nice. These teaser titles kill me, but I'm not... going... to... give in and... watch.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - August 11 in ~news

  7. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - August 11 in ~news

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    I never would have predicted this. The tweet points to this WSJ article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/henry-kissinger-is-worried-about-disequilibrium-11660325251

    I never would have predicted this.

    Kissinger has changed his mind on Ukraine. After seeing what this war has been like, he no longer thinks the problem was Ukrainian alignment with the West. He now thinks it’s the solution.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/MacaesBruno/status/1558534988144017410

    The tweet points to this WSJ article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/henry-kissinger-is-worried-about-disequilibrium-11660325251

    4 votes
  8. Comment on OnlyFans bribed Meta employees to put thousands of porn stars on terror watchlist, suits claim in ~tech

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    I was going to say the same thing. But I was going to also add the caveat that government funding without government control is, unfortunately, increasingly difficult in today's polarized...

    I was going to say the same thing. But I was going to also add the caveat that government funding without government control is, unfortunately, increasingly difficult in today's polarized political climate with actors like Ron DeSantis on the rise. However, there are a few examples of non-government funded organizations, like Wikimedia, that survive on donations from users and philanthropic organizations. And it looks like they're doing it pretty well. According to that linked page:

    By 2021, [Wikimedia] employed over 550 staff and contractors, with annual revenues in excess of US$160 million, annual expenses of around US$110 million, and a growing endowment, which surpassed US$100 million in June 2021.

    I don't know why such non-corporate social platforms fail to take off but, again, I think a big part is that platforms like Facebook have a frequency dependent stickiness that disincentivizes individuals from leaving. And until a lot of people decide to leave, it's unlikely to happen.

    @sleepydave, I found on the Wikipedia entry for WT.Social that they are looking into ActivityPub. That remark was from 2019 and I'm not sure what has happened since.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on OnlyFans bribed Meta employees to put thousands of porn stars on terror watchlist, suits claim in ~tech

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    There can be alternatives to government and corporate run e-town squares, such as ones run by transparent non-profit organizations. One example is WT.social. I haven’t really used WT.social so I...

    There can be alternatives to government and corporate run e-town squares, such as ones run by transparent non-profit organizations. One example is WT.social. I haven’t really used WT.social so I can’t comment about it, but Facebook doesn’t seem to be losing much traffic it. I think the unfortunate reality is that not only does a good platform need to exist, but something also has to click in a lot of peoples minds that corporate-owned social media is by nature bad and that looking elsewhere is worth the effort.

    Edit: ironically, WT.social allows users to login using Facebook single sign on. :|

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Facebook helped arrest a 17-year-old for having an abortion in ~tech

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    In June, before Roe was overturned, Facebook gave the police department in Norfolk, Nebraska, access to private messages that Jessica Burgess and her 17-year-old daughter shared about how to obtain abortion pills. According to Motherboard, law enforcement sought information extending back to April 15. Burgess and her daughter have been charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors, and the 17-year-old will be prosecuted as an adult.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - August 4 in ~news

  12. Comment on Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate in ~news

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    Some reports are highlighting this: https://mobile.twitter.com/marceelias/status/1556794749377454080

    Some reports are highlighting this:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/marceelias/status/1556794749377454080

    "having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States,"

    16 votes
  13. Comment on Alexandria Search is a open source ad free nonprofit web search engine in ~comp

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    The ‘about’ page says Alexandria uses Common Crawl data. If you’re not familiar with Common Crawl, it’s pretty interesting.

    The ‘about’ page says Alexandria uses Common Crawl data. If you’re not familiar with Common Crawl, it’s pretty interesting.

    Common Crawl is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a copy of the internet to internet researchers, companies and individuals at no cost for the purpose of research and analysis.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - August 4 in ~news

  15. Comment on Citizen future: Why we need a new story of self and society in ~misc

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    This article introduces concepts behind a book called Citizens, by Jon Alexander and Ariane Conrad. The book examines societal narratives that have channeled how individuals now and in the past...

    This article introduces concepts behind a book called Citizens, by Jon Alexander and Ariane Conrad. The book examines societal narratives that have channeled how individuals now and in the past viewed their role in society, whether as “subject” in an authoritarian regime or as “consumer” in most modern democracies. The authors propose an alternative model (narrative) based on a meaning of the word “citizen” that they formulate in the book. It involves a redefinition of the concept of societal leadership and depends on pervasive, meshed engagement of individuals in communities. I haven’t read the book, but it sounds interesting.

    I will say that I am highly skeptical of the remarks about corporations choosing to do the right thing (e.g. the examples of Unilever, GE and The Body Shop). No one should ever trust for-profit corporations to do the right thing for society, and I think it is dangerous to suggest so. But the other examples and described visions are very interesting.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 25 in ~news

  17. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of July 25 in ~news

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    Group of Republicans and Democrats form new political party to appeal to moderates https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/28/politics/andrew-yang-forward-party-whitman-jolly/index.html

    Group of Republicans and Democrats form new political party to appeal to moderates
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/28/politics/andrew-yang-forward-party-whitman-jolly/index.html

    A group of former Republican and Democratic officials are forming a new political party called Forward, in an attempt to appeal to what they call the "moderate, common-sense majority."

    "Political extremism is ripping our nation apart, and the two major parties have failed to remedy the crisis," David Jolly, Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday. "Today's outdated parties have failed by catering to the fringes. As a result, most Americans feel they aren't represented."

    The group cites issues including guns, climate change and abortion as those that could benefit from a moderate approach. The new party will also advocate ranked-choice voting and open primaries, the end of gerrymandering, and nationwide protection for voting rights.

    7 votes