Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Friday, March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Stephen Hawking spent many of the last years of his life fighting to save the NHS. He knew that his own story was as much about social supports and healthcare as it was about his genius. https://t.co/Uh7B7no2g4— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) March 15, 2018
By the way, his drift late in life into futurological nonsense about AI risks and lifeboats to Mars was all terrible.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Powerful demonstration at Oakland Tech where speakers ask for silence as they list victims of gun violence nationwide, including 2014 shooting at Oikos University in Oakland. pic.twitter.com/xRmfLryTw7— Scott Morris (@OakMorr) March 14, 2018
PreRegistering to vote at Oakland Tech walkout. pic.twitter.com/ntvx7lUfPY— Michael Ubell (@mike_ubell) March 14, 2018
All that said, do remember:
No in fact they are not going to *save the world.* What a burden to put on them! They need grown folks to stop fucking up the world so there's a chance for a viable future. And they need representatives who fight harder for them than for their corporate donors. https://t.co/gsMDSgb15O— #Prisonculture (@prisonculture) March 14, 2018
Love and solidarity with all the students who walk out today — those who organize, those who protest, those who write and speak and fight for a better future— Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) March 14, 2018
53 years ago today there were solidarity marches across the country after Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. Young people led the protests, then and now pic.twitter.com/2gjYYhGABp— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) March 14, 2018
One point here: We keep forgetting this, but the GOP tax plan was also about holding on to educated white GOP-leaning suburbanites by getting them to suppress their gag reflex over Trump and vote on taxes instead.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 14, 2018
Last night's results show this, too, may be failing: https://t.co/JEpVWJSip5
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Thursday, March 08, 2018
— With less than a week to go, the PA-18 special election moves from Leans Republican to Toss-up.(NB: This "good news" is not the prediction of a sure thing, it is not an excuse for complacency, it is not a guarantee against disenfranchisement schemes or digital/media manipulation shenanigans, nor is any of this a shorthand for saying Democrats, even at their best and certainly not at their worst, are love's young dream even if they are clearly preferable to Republicans in ways that matter more than pretty much anything else at a time like this.)
— In addition to that ratings change, we are making 25 other changes in the House, all in favor of Democrats.
— No Democratic incumbent is now rated worse than Likely Democratic, a nod to the reality that in a Democratic-leaning environment it will be difficult for Republicans to dislodge many or perhaps even any Democratic incumbents, though there are a handful of Democratic open seats that are more viable Republican targets.
— After these ratings changes, for the first time this cycle we have fewer than 218 seats (the number needed for a majority) at least leaning to the Republicans.
— Making his debut in our competitive House ratings is the chamber’s most powerful member, Speaker Paul Ryan (R, WI-1). While his district is competitive but clearly Republican-leaning on paper, this shift mostly reflects uncertainty surrounding his future.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Nixon --> Reagan --> Gingrich --> W. --> Trump --> It's Vile Criminal Bigot Idiot Con Artistry All the Way Down
Bush lied to the world and then destroyed an entire country for no reason at all. Which then destabilized the region and created ISIS. And that’s just his foreign policy. https://t.co/m2gSe5KgMp— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) March 6, 2018
Monday, March 05, 2018
Veiled threats by armed extremists against members of the media, actors, comedians and popular athletes sounds like something a far right wing party in a country requiring election monitors would do. https://t.co/RkHwzbTNWd— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 5, 2018
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Imagine the President of the United States rolling around the West Wing, disoriented, ranting, angry, carrying on and paranoid, dreaming up public policy -- it's a dangerous thing for America. Get ready for impeachment!— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 4, 2018
Friday, March 02, 2018
Games I'm uninterested in playing:— Shaenon K. Garrity (@shaenongarrity) March 1, 2018
1. Give Me One Example. Not That One. Or That One. Or
2. You Can't Prove It Was Us
3. Let's Rationally Debate Your Humanity
4. I'm the Victim Now That People Are Mad
5. Watch These 40-Minute Videos Where a Beard Mumbles Into a Webcam
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
A person with neo-Nazi sympathies shot up a school with a high-powered rifle, and we're talking about arming teachers and imprisoning people with mental illness.— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) February 28, 2018
How about: Get rid of the guns, go after white supremacists.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
A new USA Today survey finds just 38% of Americans now approve of the job President Trump is doing as president while 60% disapprove. “What’s more, the intensity of feeling is hardening against the president. Now, the percentage who ‘strongly disapprove’ of him is more than double the percentage who ‘strongly approve,’ 39% compared with 16%.”
A new CNN/SSRS poll finds President Trump’s approval at 35%, down five points over the last month to match his lowest level yet. “The slide follows a January bump in approval for the President, a finding that appeared connected to a bullish stock market... His new rating matches a December poll, which marked his lowest approval rating in CNN polling since taking office in January 2017.”
Thursday, February 22, 2018
I'll give you hypothetical. Let's say that somebody invents a medical procedure that would allow humans to live about a thousands years. What would you say to that?
My personal life extension strategy is not to waste another minute of my life taking people who utter that sort of line seriously, because every one of those minutes is a minute I won't get back.
I thought that such wishes were intrinsically pathological and evil. You know, somehow related to racism, misogyny, eugenics, corporatism, heteronormativity, militarism, manspreading, etc.
Death denialism indeed tends to lodge somewhere between the simply sad and the truly pathological in my experience, but if you manage to be an exception I am happy for you. In my past writings I have exposed endless rationalizations for right wing politics, racist and eugenicist attitudes, and the rest among the transhumanist futurologists, and critiques of now prevalent VC-tech discourse (of which the tranhumanists are just an extreme and clarifying variation) documenting such connections are everywhere these days. Nobody needs to read my old writings to discern these connections nowadays, and frankly it's been a while since I have written about any of this.
Your insinuation that these extensive arguments of mine and so many others with far wider audiences than I ever had amount to unsupported declarations of a connection "somehow" between "tech"-talk and racism, misogyny, militarism, corporatism and the rest reveals you to be a troll, but we both knew that already anyway, didn't we? It's all so predictable and tiring, this is why I don't do this anymore. By all means, go ahead, believe in your techno-immortalist dreams for all the good it does you. I just hope that if and when you indulge in actual fraud there will be laws to make you pay for the harm you do, and that citizens are waking up in time to the damage done in the name of deregulatary tech disruption and platform monopolies and the re-feudalizing dismantlement of public education, social supports, and the rest for upward failing sociopathic assholes drawn to futurological fictions in the first place.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
To which I replied (willing to give this about two minutes of effort, no more):
1. To the extent that real medicine cures disease and extends the lives of those with access to it, clearly I don't say (or "insinuate") such things are impossible at all, indeed I advocate strongly for wider access to healthcare and more public investment in legitimate medical research. Most of what futurists mean by life extension is con-artistry about digital uploading and nanobotic wish-fulfillment and overpromising based on fraudulent extrapolations from qualified research results in various biomedical fields, etc. Con artists don't extend lives.
2. It has already occurred to every child of two that a healthy life is better than an unhealthy one and that curing diseases and improving quality of life are good things -- futurists like to pretend that those of us who do not fall for their scams somehow disapprove of obviously good things like healthcare and living well. The thing is, futurists contribute little to nothing to good things like healthcare or living well and disapproving of their scams is hardly the same thing as claiming good health and efforts to facilitate it are undesirable or immoral, rather than suggesting that con-artistry is undesirable and immoral.
3. I don't care how many of the eighty or so years of life you will likely live (if you are lucky enough not to be poor or marginalized or living in an over-exploited region of the world) wishing you could live a thousand years instead -- but if you lie about the likelihood of your wish coming true or about the scientific status of your faith-based pronouncements about magic sooper-techs rendering the likelihood estimates of your living a thousand years plausible (or, even more hilariously, inevitable) don't expect me fall for it or to congratulate your (at best) credulity or (at worst, and much more likely) willingness to deceive to score some quick cash or be self-deceived for fear of the fact of your mortality.
These days I don't spend much time explicitly decrying futurological bullshit -- the useful idiots of transhumanism have by now mostly been discredited and banished back to the alt-reich and other cul-de-sacs, while the VC tech-bazillionaires have distilled that sad sub(cult)ure to its money-grabbing re-feudalizing sociopathic essence for the whole world to see and recoil from... Possibly it is too late to halt the reactionary "technoprogressive" march to that dreary death-dealing re-feudalizing result, which constitutes the actual historical substance of "the singularity" with which you seem to want to identify -- but I am beginning to think not. The days of free passes for the digital disruptors, VC-heroworship, racist eugenicists, neoreactionary clowns, and the rest of the futurological garbage posse seem, at long last, to be in eclipse.
Have they left no sense of decency? Why, no. Why do you ask? https://t.co/tqQLDfUczs— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) February 20, 2018
Evidently, “not wanting to be killed while going to school” is a left-wing position...https://t.co/LMCbbWQUK5— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) February 20, 2018
The glee with which so many Republicans are attacking the teen Parkland survivors makes my stomach turn. Remember how often they've claimed LGBTQ people are a threat to children? "Think of the kids!" What a lie. They're perfectly fine with attacking kids if need be. pic.twitter.com/WxgjV8lPe3— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) February 20, 2018
Nearly four million students will be old enough to vote for the first time in November and the GOP is working very hard to make them lifelong Democrats.— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) February 20, 2018
we tried the civility thing and all we had to show for it was more dead kids and innocent people all around. so do something different. be rude.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 20, 2018