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Links » Saturday September 18, 2021

“When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

» Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Mar 15, 1933 – Sept 18, 2020)

 

 

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  • It has come to Subscription Tacos » The Atlantic / CNBC
  • A certain orange haired ex-US President writes to Georgia Secretary of State demanding the 2020 election be decertified, or “whatever the correct legal remedy is”. Like a spoiled three-year old child who cannot accept he lost his lollypop  ⤵️

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years

Christia Spears Brown, Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky

Christia Spears Brown does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a Sept. 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report.

Facebook’s policy of pursuing profits regardless of documented harm has sparked comparisons to Big Tobacco, which knew in the 1950s that its products were carcinogenic but publicly denied it into the 21st century. Those of us who study social media use in teens didn’t need a suppressed internal research study to know that Instagram can harm teens. Plenty of peer-reviewed research papers show the same thing.

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Links » Thursday September 16, 2021

On This Day

September 16, 1974

Thirty-two women, the first female cohort, join the ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Today, women make up around one fifth of the police officers in the RCMP.

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Members of the Proud Boys were involved in multiple violent demonstrations in California and Oregon, the majority of which were against abortions. Proud Boys also participated in numerous anti-vaccine and anti-mask demonstrations. Every demonstration event in which Proud Boys participated throughout August in Oregon and California turned violent or destructive, including one violent demonstration that involved an exchange of gunfire. Nationally, nearly 50% of all demonstration events in which Proud Boys participated included violence, accounting for nearly 70% of all violent demonstrations in August (for more, see ACLED’s Actor Profile on the Proud Boys). Multiple militias and militant social movements including the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys, Three Percenters, III% Security Force, QAnon adherents, and the Virginia Citizens Defense League participated in armed demonstrations last month.


Today is National Guacamole Day 2021 in United States. Please side-dish responsibly.

Links » Wednesday September 15, 2021

Prince Harry turns 37 years old today

Prince Harry turns 37 years old today

On This Day

September 15, 1916

Canadian 🇨🇦 troops capture the ruined village of Courcelette in France 🇫🇷.

For the first time, Canadians use tanks in combat.

Canada will suffer 24,000 casualties during the four-month Battle of the Somme.

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“Surgeries to remove brain tumors have been postponed. Patients are backed up in the emergency room. Nurses are working brutal shifts. But at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., the calls keep coming: Can Idaho send another patient across the border?”

 

  • 50 percent of ICU patients in Alabama have COVID-19.

Community transmission levels by state as of Sept. 14, 2021.

Community transmission levels by state as of Sept. 14, 2021.

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  • To be fair, their presentation was made of of many flying drone shots. (Note » Apple doesn’t sell any drones.)

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Links » Tuesday September 14, 2021

On This Day

September 14, 1907

Jasper Forest Reserve, which covers 13,000 square kilometers in the Canadian 🇨🇦 Rockies, is established.

In 1930, Jasper will become a national park under the National Parks Act.

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Canadian Election T -6 Days » Election day is September 20

Fresh concerns over WhatsApp privacy and encryption

“Encrypted” WhatsApp messages sent between users can be read by Facebook’s content review contractors.

End-to-end encryption would prevent a 3rd party from reading the message.

Peter Elkind, Jack Gillum, and Craig Silverman, ProPublica »

Zuckerberg’s vision centered on WhatsApp’s signature feature, which he said the company was planning to apply to Instagram and Facebook Messenger: end-to-end encryption, which converts all messages into an unreadable format that is only unlocked when they reach their intended destinations. WhatsApp messages are so secure, he said, that nobody else — not even the company — can read a word. As Zuckerberg had put it earlier, in testimony to the U.S. Senate in 2018, “We don’t see any of the content in WhatsApp.”

Those assurances are not true. WhatsApp has more than 1,000 contract workers filling floors of office buildings in Austin, Texas, Dublin and Singapore, where they examine millions of pieces of users’ content. Seated at computers in pods organized by work assignments, these hourly workers use special Facebook software to sift through streams of private messages, images and videos that have been reported by WhatsApp users as improper and then screened by the company’s artificial intelligence systems. These contractors pass judgment on whatever flashes on their screen — claims of everything from fraud or spam to child porn and potential terrorist plotting — typically in less than a minute.

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