06 December, 2016

The Digest—Tuesday, 6 December, 2016

[The Digest is a collection of articles, videos, and other media I've viewed and found significant throughout the day. It is a way to divest myself from other social media that is more reliant on likes, click-bait, and peer-approval rather than quality, intelligence, and diversity of opinion, which are the qualities I find important. It is also a way to devote myself to daily contributions to this space...at least in theory.]

-=Summary: Fake news, tax on CEOs, Michigan's broken recount system, Satellite timelapses, and yes, words actually matter=-


Fake news, real violence: 'Pizzagate' and the consequences of an Internet echo chamber
Brian Stelter from CNN

The people who promulgate this stuff either don't care if there are consequences or, worse, want there to be consequences like this. They want violence and armed insurrection. They want their "enemies" killed. Unfortunately, those they consider enemies are fellow citizens with whom they disagree. Such as driving all the way across the country to fire a gun in a pizza parlour. And now our nation is set to be governed by a cadre of such people, with the Asshole-Stunter-in-Chief, well, chief among them. 

Portland to vote on taxing companies if CEO earns 100 times more than staff
Nicky Woolf from The Guardian

Finally, some elected officials willing to do something about this, if only bring attention to it. 

US election: broken machines could throw Michigan recount into chaos
Sam Thielman from The Guardian

Isn't part of the point of the recount making sure the number of electronic ballots matches the number of paper ballots? Yet Michigan's system tosses recount results if the numbers don't match up. What kind of idiot wrote that law? (I'm not looking it up.)

Google's satellite timelapses show the inconvenient truth about our planet
Jonathan Jones from The Guardian

This will just prove to stalwart nonbelievers that Google is in on the "conspiracy" of global warming and is probably a Chinese puppet.

Actually, Paul Ryan, the President's Words Do Matter
Dahlia Lithwick and Robert L. Tsai from Slate

THANK. YOU. Someone had to make this plainly explicit. Not that anyone who buys into that bullshit will read it, or would believe it if they did. 

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