An Engineering Argument for Basic Income

Scott Santens:

We wouldn’t create a life support system on a space station where in order to receive oxygen, one would need to work to obtain it. Life support is life support. Dead people can’t work. So make sure people get oxygen so they can stay alive. Living people will do much more work than dead people.

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I Lived Through A Stupid Coup. America Is Having One Now

Indi Samarajiva:

This is the point. You have taken an orderly system balancing a whole lot of chaos and fucked with it. I don’t know how it’s going to explode, but I can promise you this. It’s going to explode.

This is precisely why we have elections, and why both sides accept the results. To keep the chaos at bay. The whole point is that you have a regular, ritual fight rather than fighting all the time. Once one side breaks ritual then you’re on the way to civil war. Once you break the rules then chaos ensues. What exactly happens? I don’t know. It’s chaos.

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Once You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine, Can You Still Infect Others?

FiveThirtyEight:

Even if a vaccine has trained your immune cells to kick the butt of any SARS-CoV-2 viruses they spot, they might not be able to neutralize the ones resting in your nose, on the other side of your mucous barriers. Those COVID-19 viruses wouldn’t hurt you, but they still might be able to replicate and shed — coughed back out of your nose and mouth and into the community, where they could encounter your unvaccinated friends and loved ones.

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Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

David op Raptitude:

Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

Vier-vijfde werken is de beste beslissing die ik ooit nam. Een beslissing in eerste instantie om meer in bijberoep te doen en om wat flexibeler te zijn voor de dochter. Maar mentaal is dat echt een gigantisch verschil. Ik leef meer dan ik werk. En hoewel ik minder verdien, hou ik meer over op het einde van de maand, zowel financieel als op andere vlakken.

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Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.

Bonnie Kristian op The Week:

I do not think my older family members understand the extent to which the content they encounter is tailored by algorithms to set their lizard brains on fire. Like the majority of their peers, as a 2019 survey showed, they probably don’t understand an algorithm is involved at all. They insist they do understand, but their behavior tells me they do not.

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Clean advertising

Jeremy Keith:

The greatest trick the ad tech industry has pulled is convincing the world that contextual relevance is somehow less effective than some secret algorithm fed with all our data that’s supposed to be able to practically read our minds and know us better than we know ourselves.

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It has led to the ludicrous situation of an ethical argument being made to allow surveillance and tracking! It goes like this: websites need advertising to survive; if you block the ads, then you are denying these sites revenue. That argument would make sense if we were talking about contextual advertising. But it makes no sense when it comes to behavioural advertising …unless you genuinely believe that online advertising has to be behavioural, which means that online advertising has to track you to be effective. Such a belief would be completely wrong.

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Gaining Back Our Time

Ashley Willans van Harvard Business School in een kort interview in de Campaigns & Elections Creative nieuwsbrief:

One of the types of time that goes missing in the work-from-home environment is the casual conversation. These spontaneous mechanisms are what drives innovation.

Hier heb ik de laatste weken echt serieus last van. Zowel op ’t werk, als communicatiemedewerker, maar zeker ook op politiek en persoonlijk vlak. Ik zit in een soort onderhoudsmodus: bordjes draaiende houden, zonder ook maar enige spark om na te denken over andere bordjes of zo.

Misschien moet ik maar weer afleveringen van Praat beginnen maken.

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Why the Election Wasn’t a Biden Landslide

Annie Lowrey in The Atlantic:

Many voters were buffered from the financial repercussions of joblessness, unequal in terms of their experience of the downturn, and polarized in terms of their understanding of who was responsible for it and how bad things were. That helped Trump in 2020. Just not enough.

Interessant perspectief. Hoe staten die op Trump stemmen grotendeels gespaard zijn gebleven, hoe kiezers hem het Coronavirus niet helemaal kwalijk nemen, hoe mensen gespaard zijn gebleven in hun huishouden van de grote economische crisis in het hele land. Alles is altijd genuanceerd, zegt.

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