Fox host lambasts Trump over 'most sustained assault on press freedom in US history'

(www.theguardian.com)

A leading host on Fox News, a conservative network notorious for its loyalty to the White House, has lambasted Donald Trump for mounting the most direct attack on press freedom in American history.

Press freedom? The number of blatant lies “the press” has propagated over the last decade shows that these large organizations of king makers don’t deserve the respect they’ve squandered over the last quarter century. I’m not at all a fan of Trump or his government, but I’d trust him over most news organizations. At least he’s predictable and honest about being a lying piece of shit.

Backlash after Hamilton Coun. Brad Clark says white people can have lived experiences with racism

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"It's important for white people to understand that they might not feel the impacts of racism so then when they are engaging in anti-racism work, they need to understand when to step back and when to listen to things that might make them uncomfortable," said Damptey.

This whole argument is racist. When will people settle down and understand that people can understand things that may not directly affect them personally? Sure, there will be a gap in understanding, but beating people down because of their genetic makeup is just as asinine as holding people down because of their genetic makeup 🙄

Swedish telecom Ericsson agrees to pay $1 billion over U.S. bribery allegations | The Japan Times

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Prosecutors say that between 2000 and 2016, the company engaged in a scheme to pay bribes, falsify its books and records and ensure company officials turned a blind eye to the corruption, according to the Justice Department statement. […] Alleged corruption occurred in Djibouti, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Kuwait.

That’s quite a fine America is levying on a Swedish company for actions in areas that are not part of the United States. Who gets the money?

Japanese man, 71, arrested for 'making 24,000 complaint calls' | The Japan Times

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A Japanese retiree has been arrested after ringing a phone company 24,000 times to complain they had violated his contract, police and local media reported

Ahahahaha! To be completely fair to the older gentleman, KDDI’s customer service is pretty awful. It’s just slightly better than SoftBank 😆

Star Trek writer and Hollywood trailblazer D.C. Fontana has died

(arstechnica.com)

Her career included numerous episodes, plus deep explorations of Vulcan society.

Oh no. I’ve read every one of her Star Trek books, some as many as three times 😕

Long-term damage from logging hits ability of Canada's forests to regenerate

(www.theguardian.com)

'Logging scars' blight up to 25% of formerly logged areas presenting problem for Canada which partly relies on forests to capture carbon

This is so misleading that it’s absurd. There is more forest in Canada today than at any point in the last 150 years. The “scars” they’re talking about are paved and unpaved roads.

I do not deny that our climate is changing. I do not deny that the pollution we’ve spread across the globe is an unfortunate consequence of progress. I do, however, deny news organizations the privilege to lie like fuck to push an agenda, regardless of how “good” it might appear on the surface.

Letter on How to Advise a Teenage Daughter on Climate Change | Armstrong Economics

(www.armstrongeconomics.com)

After our daughter of fifteen years of age was moved to tears by the speech of Greta Thunberg at the UN the other day, she became angry with our generation "who had been doing nothing for thirty years." So, we decided to help her prevent what the girl on TV announced of "massive eradication and the disappearance of entire ecosystems."

Angry parents … and an even angrier teenage daughter 😮

Developer faces prison time for giving blockchain talk in North Korea

(arstechnica.com)

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea. The US government considers his presentation to be a transfer of technology—and therefore a violation of US sanctions.

But Griffith's defenders, including Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, describe the arrest as a massive overreaction. Griffith worked for the Ethereum Foundation, and Buterin called him a friend.

Seeing as how the US is still technically at war with North Korea, and seeing as how the guy sought out permission from the US State Department ahead of time and was denied permission to enter North Korea, he deserves whatever punishment will be doled out. Just because we don't agree with a set of rules does not mean we can knowingly circumvent them without consequences.

Speaking of gender: A National Post debate about gender identity and free speech

(nationalpost.com)

Jonathan Kay and Mercedes Allen discuss the issue, including how the concepts of biological sex and gender identity collide

This is, by far, one of the most illogical discussions I've ever read on the subject. Two people talking about two different things, disagreeing the whole time with what the other person is saying despite the fact it has fuck all to do with the points raised by the previous speaker.

The subject was supposed to be about gender identity and free speech but seems to focus a great deal on everything but. It's unsophisticated, irrational "discussions" like this that make most activists come across as deluded and/or psychopathic.

Super Mario Maker 2 becomes Super Zelda Maker with playable Link

(arstechnica.com)

New enemies, blocks, and Nintendo-made speedrun courses also coming in free update.

Here is what will be doing for the next couple of years 😉