Jul 15th, 2012 by Jennifer Lynn
A few bitty bobs from a Sunday evening scouring the inter-webs.
- New York Times (July 13, 2012) – That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker.
The device in your purse or jeans that you think is a cellphone — guess again. It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let’s stop calling them phones. They are trackers…Eben Moglen, a law professor at Columbia University, argues that they are robots for which we — the proud owners — are merely the hands and feet. “They see everything, they’re aware of our position, our relationship to other human beings and other robots, they mediate an information stream around us..
- Salon (July 15, 2012) – Big Banks Keep Ripping Us Off.
Earlier this year, researchers at the university of Southern California published the results of a study examining whether the wealthy – the mythical “engines of our economy” – display a better character than the rest of us. As it turned out, after conducting seven experiments they found that the narrow pursuit of self-interest at the top of the economic heap leads our elites to behave like complete dirtbags..
- Ev Bogue (June 27, 2012) – If you aren’t watching Bitcoin, you’re missing out.
I’m scared to write this piece. I’m scared because I believe I’m beginning to witness the collapse of the current dominant currency (USD), and the rise of a new one (Bitcoin) … When peer2peer technologies come into being, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them..
- Jacob Holdt (1965-1995 photo collection, Skyscraper forums) – Brutal New York
Being an undertaker is one of the surest ways of reaching middle-class status. For death is as ubiquitous in Harlem as the fear haunting everybody beneath the uneasy sporadic laughter. Yet I feel safer as a member of the ever-present invisible “Whitey” in Harlem than most blacks are, for as always in slavery, aggression is aimed towards fellow victims rather than towards the hated oppressor.
See everyone Monday morning. Same place, shall we? (ZzzZzz.)