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Science and scientists do all kinds of wonderful things. But when they venture into the social and political world they tend to get bent the way the ideological wind is blowing.

Once it was to support politicians trying to expand their power by remaking society. Now - in an age of individualism - it is to keep us in our place by promoting the idea that we should just focus on ourselves and our bodies. And not think about the wider problems of growing inequality and the unfairnesses that brings.

The scientists are saying - just go and eat another banana or cabbage and you’ll be alright. They are loading everything onto the isolated individual.

Such reports - and there are many - keep us locked inside the anxieties of the “risk society”. While the truth is that you might have a better chance of living longer if you banded together and used that collective power to change society. It would also be a lot more fun than laboriously counting vegetables.

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To Siri, With Love. How Apple’s Siri Became One Autistic Boy's B.F.F.

  • Gus:  “Siri, will you marry me?”
  • Siri:  “I’m not the marrying kind.”
  • Gus:  “I mean, not now. I’m a kid. I mean when I’m grown up.”
  • Siri:  “My end user agreement does not include marriage.”
  • Gus:  “Oh, O.K.”

The Muppets X Guy Debord (as envisaged by Amy Collier)

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_muppets_go_situationist

paxmachina:

'You are free to do what we tell you.'
Enjoy your weekend. paxmachina:

'You are free to do what we tell you.'
Enjoy your weekend.

paxmachina:

'You are free to do what we tell you.'

Enjoy your weekend.

(Source: facebook.com)

"The CIA itself does not seem to know the affiliation of everyone they kill. Secret CIA documents recording the identity, rank and affiliation of people targeted and killed in strikes between 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2011 were leaked to the McClatchy news agency in April 2013. They identified hundreds of those killed as simply Afghan or Pakistani fighters, or as “unknown”."
"In short, then, and in hope of answering Kelly’s rhetorical question: the reason it is no longer possible/easy to write believable technological utopias is that we’ve had enough historical and personal experience with previous technologies failing to deliver on their utopian promises that we are no longer willing to take them at face value; we no longer believe that new technologies are an unalloyed good in and of themselves, and there have been sufficient charlatan futurists that we’ve started to assume they’re all charlatans until proven otherwise."
"Every one of these buildings has at least one of these rooms, known as a SCIF, for sensitive compartmented information facility. Some are as small as a closet; others are four times the size of a football field. SCIF size has become a measure of status in Top Secret America, or at least in the Washington region of it. “In D.C., everyone talks SCIF, SCIF, SCIF,” said Bruce Paquin, who moved to Florida from the Washington region several years ago to start a SCIF construction business. “They’ve got the penis envy thing going. You can’t be a big boy unless you’re a three-letter agency and you have a big SCIF.” SCIFs are not the only must-have items people pay attention to. Command centers, internal television networks, video walls, armored SUVs and personal security guards have also become the bling of national security. “You can’t find a four-star general without a security detail,” said one three-star general now posted in Washington after years abroad. “Fear has caused everyone to have stuff. Then comes, ‘If he has one, then I have to have one.’ It’s become a status symbol.”"
brucesterling:

*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl brucesterling:

*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl

brucesterling:

*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl

(via wolvensnothere)

"There is confusion among the good guys on the internet between anonymity and privacy. I don’t think they are the same. I think that you have right to privacy but that doesn’t mean that you have the right to anonymity,” he said. The increasing trend towards greater encryption of online communications is not acceptable, he said. “Imagine in the physical world if you were not able to open the trunk of a car if you had a suspicion that there were weapons or drugs inside… we would never accept this. “I think that should also count for the digital world. I hate to talk about backdoors but there has to be a possibility for law enforcement, if they are authorised, to look inside at what you are hiding in your online world."
"Other Politika-participating artists look to disrupt not the visual landscape but the financial. Jan Ritsema from the Finland-based Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative explained how their hedge fund uses the tools of the financial centres of power to “parasite on the rich and give it to the poor.” Using an algorithm to identify and invest in high-performing stocks, the cooperative generates wealth to support social projects which open up common space between people, be it a public space initiative or an alternative school. "
From importantcool’s write up of Manchester’s new ‘Politika’ exhibition.
duttyspaceship:

occupy dot here #nyc  (at Governors Island National Monument) duttyspaceship:

occupy dot here #nyc  (at Governors Island National Monument)

duttyspaceship:

occupy dot here #nyc (at Governors Island National Monument)

"A woman in Albany is suing DEA because — after she permitted DEA to conduct a consensual search of her phone — DEA then took photos obtained during the search, including one of her wearing only underwear, and made a fake Facebook page for her with them. They even sent a friend request to a fugitive and accepted other friend requests. They also posted pictures of her son and niece, on a site intended to lure those involved in the drug trade."
Marcy Wheeler at Emptywheel. A Good Reason to Encrypt Your iPhone: To Prevent DEA from Creating a Fake Facebook Account (via protoslacker)