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The world finally has an approved vaccine against Ebola

"Regulators in Europe have granted the world's first approval of a vaccine against Ebola—and health officials are wasting no time in rolling it out."


Are We People or Parts?: Chronic Illness and Employer Wellness Programs
The corporate focus on "wellness choices" is a shiny polish on a toxic attitude.

RIAA Delists YouTube Rippers From Google Using Rare Anti-Circumvention Notices

"Unlike regular DMCA takedown notices filed with Google, these notices do not appear in Google’s Transparency report. However, Google has acted on them by delisting the homepages of all five platforms from its search results. Other URLs for the platforms still appear, but their homepages are all gone."

Sci-Hub & Libgen Blocked By Austrian ISPs Following Elsevier Complaint

"Late last week, Austrian ISP T-Mobile revealed that it had begun blocking several Sci-Hub and Libgen related domains following a supervisory procedure carried out by local telecoms regulator TKK."

YouTube says it can delete your account if you're not 'commercially viable - Mashable

"In its most basic terms: if YouTube isn’t making money off you, the company can delete your account. The platform’s current terms of service do not include this language."


Just in time for Veterans Day, Donald Trump Jr compares himself to dead soldiers in his new book

"So he's comparing his monetary sacrifice to dying in armed combat and didn't even lose any money."

Hospitals Impacted By Data Breach Have Increased Death Rate: Study

"In the study, it was concluded that hospitals and medical institutions that were impacted by a ransomware attack or data breach witness 36 additional deaths per 10,000 heart attacks annually."

Great apes pass a false-belief test, hinting at a theory of mind

" it suggests that other primates may use their own perceptions and recollections about the past, rather than an actor's behavior, to anticipate how that actor will act."

Improve Your Minecraft With These Texture Packs
Resource packs can do a lot, and are really easy to install. There's several great resource packs that do a lot to tweak the experience, and I want to highlight a few here.

The Death of the Apology - The Atlantic

"But forgiveness is difficult to discuss when justice is so unevenly distributed—when there’s no meaningful consensus about who deserves redemption, or under what conditions.

And when humility gets confused with humiliation, defiance becomes a point of pride."


These Hugely Popular Local News Sites In The US And Canada Are Fake - BuzzFeed News

"The most popular news site in Albany has a simple secret to success: Fake just about everything and rake in the advertising dollars."

gun control 

The NRA doesn't want Florida to vote on an assault weapon ban, so it's going to the Supreme Court | Editorial

"The NRA is contending in written arguments to the state Supreme Court that the term assault weapon was “coined by anti-gun activists as a derogatory and pejorative term...”

Someone tell that to, an online site that lists assault rifles for sale."


Three Litanies For Life From Sci-Fi
These are three quotations from science fiction that kept me going. (Spoiler free)

The Validity of Libido as a Love Language
When "physical touch" gets called "libido", a whole different set of assumptions and judgements gets pulled into the mix.

Krispy Kreme forbids student from reselling its donuts

"Jayson Gonzalez has learned that if you buy a donut from Krispy Kreme, you don't actually own it."

The Internet Archive Fights Wiki Citation Wars With Books

"Last week, the Internet Archive announced that it’s been filling out Wikipedia’s book citations with links to two-page previews of scanned books, so that the cited passage can be viewed with a bit of surrounding context."

uspol, sexual assault 

E. Jean Carroll, Who Accused Trump of Rape, Sues Him for Defamation - The New York Times

"Ms. Carroll, a journalist and columnist for Elle Magazine, has sued Mr. Trump for defamation, saying in a lawsuit filed in state court on Monday that Mr. Trump had damaged her reputation and her career when he denied her allegation in June."

Is Publishing Too Top-Heavy? -

"“There used to be a lot more books that could sell 40,000–50,000 copies. Now more sell fewer than 10,000 copies.” It seems, he said, that “it’s either feast or famine.”"

I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can, Too. - The New York Times

"I got mine, and I found it shocking: More than 400 pages long, it contained all the messages I’d ever sent to hosts on Airbnb; years of Yelp delivery orders; a log of every time I’d opened the Coinbase app on my iPhone."

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Faith Collapsing

Faith Collapsing is a host set up by me (Steven Saus) with the same sensibility of the BBS I ran back in the 1990s - I set it up for me, but folks I personally know are welcome to join if they like.