The Hippie Aesthetic of the 60s Is “Art Nouveau on Acid”
— Read on kottke.org/19/11/the-hippie-aesthetic-of-the-60s-is-art-nouveau-on-acid

It proves men like him are more willing to perpetuate the fantastic narrative of negro neighborhoods needing more role models and briefcase-carriers than make the people in power stare into the sun and see the blinding light of racism. Get-along moderates would rather make shit up out of whole cloth than wade into the waters of reality. Pete Buttigieg doesn’t want to change anything. He just wants to be something.
— Read on www.theroot.com/pete-buttigieg-is-a-lying-mf-1840038708/amp

“If you pay them, Facebook will run any ‘political’ ad you want, even if it’s a lie. And they’ll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect,” he said.
“Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem’.”
— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50525884

These crimes took place at different times, in different places across our country, but they share much in common. They were intended to create fear. They were motivated by hate and bias. And they are incompatible with our values and have no place in American life.
— Read on medium.com/@teamwarren/fighting-back-against-white-nationalist-violence-87b0c550f51f

White Nationalism – are we surprised that Warren has a plan to deal with it?

He understood the darkness in children’s lives and gave them — and all the damaged Lloyds and Freds of this world — a way to grow into adults who understand that being good is endlessly renewable hard work. 
— Read on www.mprnews.org/story/2019/11/21/npr-a-beautiful-day-in-the-neighborhood-can-you-say-sincere-and-heartening

How to recognize AI snake oil / Boing Boing:

Princeton computer scientist Arvind Narayanan (previously) has posted slides and notes from a recent MIT talk on “How to recognize AI snake oil” in which he divides AI applications into three (nonexhaustive) categories and rates how difficult they are, and thus whether you should believe vendors who claim that their machine learning models can perform as advertised.

Over the decades the Kurds have been inspired by, allied with, relied upon and betrayed by the United States. This week we explore who the Kurds are, who they are to the United States and what, if anything, we owe to them.
— Read on www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776794310/no-friend-but-the-mountains