Bookmarked by @pre: Hedges: No Way Out but War

The opposition to permanent war should have come from the tiny progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which unfortunately sold out to the craven Democratic Party leadership to save their political careers.

Bookmarked by @pre: Brexit & Beyond: Britain is being choked by the knotweed of Brexit lies

The Tories are too invested in Brexit to be honest about it, and Labour are too scared by Brexit to be vocal about it. So we stagger on, choked by the same old lies, and daily adding new ones, a spreading knotweed first suffocating all other plants in the garden and then undermining the very foundations of the country that used to be our home.


Bookmarked by @pre: ‘There Is No Way To Fool Physics’: Climate Breakdown And State-Corporate Madness – Media Lens

Last month was India’s hottest April in 122 years and Pakistan’s for 61 years. Jacobabad hit nearly 50C with night-time temperatures often staying above 30C. Exhausted and dehydrated birds fell from the sky, an apocalyptic portent if ever there was one. A UK Met Office study has concluded that global warming makes record-breaking heatwaves in northwest India and Pakistan 100 times more likely.

Bookmarked by @pre: Follow The Money #1 - Bitcoin in El Salvador - YouTube

Pete Mccormack's film about Bitcoin in El Salvador.

Bookmarked by @pre: You Are Not Where You Think You Are - YouTube

Kurzgesagt video illustrates the tilt of the earth and the tilt of the solar system's plane and the tilt of the plane next to the galactic plane and more.

Bookmarked by @pre: What Might A Ukraine Peace Agreement Look Like? - Craig Murray

Ukraine to cede Crimea to RussiaRussia to hand back all other occupied Ukrainian territoryA devolution settlement for DonbassRussian again to be an official language in UkraineUkraine to be acknowledged as a sovereign state free to join NATO or EU if it choosesAn Arms Control Treaty restricting weapons systems in Ukraine and neighbouring RussiaAn end to all EU and US sanctions on Russia imposed following the invasionA joint War Crimes Commission, and Truth and Reconciliation process, but immunities for agreed persons (including Putin)An international fund for reconstruction, including provision for relocation assistance for Russian speakers wishing to leave Donbass or Ukrainians wishing to leave Crimea.

Bookmarked by @pre: The persecution of Julian Assange | Middle East Eye

Jonathan Cook's review of a book on Assange's case by Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur..--At first, this appears to have chiefly involved depriving Assange of almost all contact with the outside world, including access to the internet, and telephone and launching a media demonisation campaign that portrayed him as abusing his cat and smearing faeces on the wall (p207-9).At the same time, the CIA worked with the embassy’s security firm to launch a sophisticated, covert spying operation of Assange and all his visitors, including his doctors and lawyers (p200). We now know that the CIA was also considering plans to kidnap or assassinate Assange (p218).Finally in April 2019, having stripped Assange of his citizenship and asylum – in flagrant violation of international and Ecuadorean law – Quito let the British police seize him (p213).

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6 Covid mysteries experts hope to unravel - STAT

The good news is that the state of emergency created by the pandemic allowed researchers to quickly develop multiple different types of vaccines, effective treatments for the virus, and new types of rapid tests. The bad news is that new alternatives to this first rush of technologies may be more difficult to bring to market — unless major changes are made to the way society funds research, or SARS-CoV-2 evolves so much that existing remedies no longer work.

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Elon Musk Isn’t a Threat to Society’s Health. All Billionaires Are.

Jonathan Cook:Liberals, because they distrust the deplorables, want to stamp out the chaos of populism and ensure that nice, philanthropic billionaires like Gates decide what is best for us.And conservatives, because they distrust liberals, want to let a maverick, more brashly self-aggrandizing billionaire like Musk decide what should be allowed.Team Musk vs. Team Gates.We are now deep in the trenches of an information war. Who should be allowed to speak? Whatever we might imagine, the victors will once again be the billionaires – until we stop recruiting ourselves to be their footsoldiers.

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The Doom Loop by Arthur Hayes | Apr, 2022 | Medium

Arthur Hayes explores what happens as energy prices and inflation and the weaponisation of the west's money systems play out and he reckons it looks bad for everyone who isn't a bitcoin or gold holder.

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NY times on staff reaction to musk buying Twitter.

If the company is private, what about staff share options?

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THE BATMAN, but with Goofy Batman - YouTube

60s batman in modern movies mashup.

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big tech advertising cory link blog

Corey doctorow on Obama on tech mind control.

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The oatmeal doing exploding kittens on Netflix

I found the original card game pretty disapointng. But this could be much nicer.

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[2204.06974] Planting Undetectable Backdoors in Machine Learning Models

Everyone's talking about the paper in which the researchers prove that if you let someone else train your AI classifier models, that person doing the training for you can backdoor it such that they have a secret code they can send to make your classifier declare your input whatever class they want.Too dense for me to have done much more than read the abstract for now, bookmarked coz maybe I'll need it later.

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Frontiers | What Neuroscientists Think, and Don’t Think, About Consciousness | Human Neuroscience

Long and quite long-winded description of "Electro-magnetic" theories of consciousness.Minds are made out of atoms and atoms are pretty much entirely described by electro-magnetic fields (except the tiny fraction that's inside the protons or negligible effects of gravity). That electromagnetic field fills the brain and even extends outside it. Therefore theory of consciousness must be electro-magnetic. I'd agree the functioning of brains is made from interactions of electro-magnetic fields, but still reckon consciousness is more about the things which that electromagnetic-fields are modelling and only an understanding of the model will explain consciousness, not a description of the fields.Like trying to understand a computer-program in terms of the flow of flux through it's circuits. I mean, sure, that's how it runs, but to understand the software you need the source-code not a wiring diagram or understanding of electronics.

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NY times long form on neural language models.

You notice that the writer has, seemingly deliberately, omitted the very last word of the first .The missing word jumps into your consciousness almost unbidden: ‘‘the very last word of the first paragraph.’’ There’s no sense of an internal search query in your mind; the word ‘‘paragraph’’ just pops out. It might seem like second nature, this filling-in-the-blank exercise, but doing it makes you think of the embedded layers of knowledge behind the thought.

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war analysis

The "slowdown" that our "experts" attribute to poor logistics is only the consequence of having achieved their objectives. Russia does not want to engage in an occupation of the entire Ukrainian territory. In fact, it appears that Russia is trying to limit its advance to the linguistic border of the country.

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