Uber And Lyft Are Net Polluters
Ride-Hailing's Climate Risks report
Tom Swiss Wed, 02/26/2020 - 12:57

Besides being Ponzi schemes that get drivers to pay for the privilege of giving people rides, Uber and Lyft are contributing to CO2 pollution by displacing mass transit.

Bloomberg Calls For Technocracy Over Democracy, Says "Defend the banks... these are my peeps."
photo of Michael Bloomberg
Tom Swiss Mon, 02/24/2020 - 17:05

One simply cannot kick Michael Bloomberg enough. On Twitter, Walker Bragman posted video from 2010 where Michael Bloomberg argues, in the most literal possible sense, against democracy and for authoritarian technocracy without checks on the executive.

Prominent Clintonist Literally Calls For Bloomberg To Buy The Election
article image from CNN
Tom Swiss Sat, 02/22/2020 - 21:17

Joe Lockhart was White House press secretary to impeached President and accused rapist Bill Clinton. For some reason CNN gives him a platform, which he is now using to call for racist Islamophobic authoritarian billionaire Michael Bloomberg to buy the primary election out from under frontrunner Bernie Sanders, long one of the most popular politicians in the nation.

Tesla Remotely Deactivates Features From Used Car

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2020 - 20:42 By: Tom Swiss
article image from Jalopnik

Jalopnik reports on Tesla removing software-controlled features -- valued at $8,000 -- from a used car, bought by a dealer at auction from Tesla and then sold to a customer.

1. Tesla must be destroyed. 2. Software for safety-critical systems (including vehicles) should never be updatable over-the-air. 3. The "first sale" doctrine must apply to software and software-controlled products.

The Census Helped Put Japanese-Americans In Concentration Camps

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:35 By: Tom Swiss
Japanese internment instructions from WWII

February 19th is the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, FDR's order to put Japanese Americans into concentration camps. At this time when anti-immigrant sentiment is rising and we are preparing for the US Census, it is worth pausing to remember how census information was used in this state kidnapping of our fellow Americans, to consider how it could be so used again, and to resolve to answer the census only with a count of people and not with any further information, in accordance with the Constitution's provision for an "enumeration", not an interrogation.

Profiteering From Prisons: The Cost of Reading

Posted on: Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:05 By: Tom Swiss
prisoner reading

Incarceration is a racket. We've heard a lot the past few years about how awful privately owned prisons are, but an underexplored issue is the profiteering of vendors of inmate services. From telecommunication companies that charge outrageous fees to let inmates speak to their families (or lawyers!), to charging inmates by the minute to read books, it's a wealth transfer from the bottom to the top. Capitalism at its finest.

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