The Prodigal Techbro | The Conversationalist:

Ex-Google lobbyist Ross Lajeunesse left the company in 2019 over its censored search engine for China and also because of homophobic, sexist and racist work practices. He’s now running for a Democratic senate nomination, and recently wrote a classic of the ‘scales have fallen from my eyes’ genre, called “I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.” Its lede is “The company’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.” Things have changed.”

Really? Has Google really changed? Lajeunesse joined in 2008, years into Google’s multi-billion dollar tax avoidance, sexist labor practices and privacy hostility and continued to work there through the years of antitrust fines, misuse of personal health data, wage fixing, and financially pressuring think tanks. Google didn’t change. It just started treating some of its insiders like it already treated outsiders. That only looks like radical change if you’ve never thought too hard about what you are doing and to whom.

Via: https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/03/the-prodigal-techbro/

Daring Fireball: The Obituaries of Republicans Who Opposed Nixon’s Impeachment
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2020/01/30/republicans-who-opposed-impeachment

I wish I thought this would cause some GOP senators would think this through, but I suspect they’re in an endgame where they know they have no future, and only want to do what they can while they have the reins.

Daring Fireball: The New York Times’s Hypocrisy on Ad Tracking and Privacy
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2019/12/27/nyt-ad-tracking-hypocrisy

Anti-Impeachment Democrat To Switch Party; Dispute Could Upend Democratic Debate — The NPR Politics Podcast — Overcast
— Read on overcast.fm/+Ht-QwB4T0

Jeff Van Drew – Pro-gun, anti-choice, anti-climate… How was he a dem anyways?

Contract for the Web: Tim Berners-Lee calls on world governments (and us all) to make the web a force for good / Boing Boing:

Governments that sign on are asked to promise to “ensure everyone can connect to the internet,” to “keep all the internet available all the time,” and to “respect and protect people’s fundamental online privacy and data rights.”

Corporate signatories promise that they will “make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone,” “respect and protect people’s privacy and personal data to build online trust,” and “develop technologies that support the best in humanity and challenge the worst.”

Individuals are asked to “be creators and collaborators on the Web,” “build strong communities that respect civil discourse and human dignity,” and “fight for the Web.”

My changing gears from Facebook to WordPress and other outlets started before this contract was posted, but absolutely in that spirit.

I don’t know that anyone is noticing, but I know…

Bloomberg’s $34m presidential campaign ad-buy is 1.1% of the taxes Bernie, Warren and Steyer want him to pay / Boing Boing:

Bloomberg is running in part because he opposes the progressive candidates’ “extreme wealth taxes” which would see him paying $3.7b under a Sanders presidency, $3b under a Warren presidency or $512m under a Steyer presidency — per year.

That $32m that Bloomberg has dumped into his ad-buy? It’s 1.1% of the tax bill he’d owe under Warren in the first year.

Bloomberg’s attempt to stop left wing candidates is a business expense.

Minnesota school threw out hot meals of students with over $15 lunch debt, then apologized:

Richfield High School came under fire Monday after around 40 students had their hot lunches taken off their trays, thrown out, and replaced with a cold lunch when cafeteria staff saw they had lunch debt of more than $15, NBC Minneapolis affiliate KARE 11 reports.

Not the greatest way to make the national stage…