September 29th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] otw_staff at 10:47am on 2016-09-29
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Posted by Barbara Sostaita

“Calling the border crossers, footsteps mourning lost homelands. Calling beautiful black men, beating hearts stilled by police bullets. Calling incarcerated mothers, milk souring behind bars. Calling the forgotten bodies, seeping sorrow into the Mediterranean. Calling indigenous peoples, displaced in their own lands . . .”

Released last week, the Declaration of Unity is an urgent call for solidarity between movements for racial justice and migrant rights. Written by NoViolet Bulawayo and commissioned as part of Until We Are All Free, an arts and culture-based racial justice initiative launched last year, the Declaration is available in multiple languages and has been signed by artists and activists such as Teju Cole, Junot Díaz, Roxane Gay, Janet Mock, Angelica Salas, and Jose Antonio Vargas.

There is overwhelming context underscoring the need for this call to action: just recently, police brutality took the life of Keith Lamont Scott while he was reading a book and waiting for his son after school, the Obama Administration announced it will expedite the deportation of thousands of Haitian asylum seekers, and a federal appeals court ruled that Central American refugee children do not have a right to a court-appointed lawyer. As hate crimes against American Muslims continue to rise at alarming rates, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiments are fueled by the Trump campaign, and the criminalization and dehumanization of communities of color continues through violence against black women and girls, raids and deportations, and police brutality, the Declaration of Unity reminds us how to envision a world where we are all free.

The Declaration’s author, a Zimbabwean writer and Fellow at Stanford University, asks: what would it mean “to see and acknowledge and invest in the other(s)?” Drawing from experiences in her homeland, Bulawayo writes:

I am reminded that the Shona people of my beautiful Zimbabwean homeland answer to the greeting, ‘How are you?’ With ‘Tiripo kana muripo-o’ which literally translates to, ‘I am well, if you are well.’ It means, I see you; you are not invisible to me. It means, I am interested and invested in your well being, it means I recognize your humanity, and it is connected to mine.

In their book, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political, gender scholar Judith Butler and social anthropologist Athena Athanasiou argue that this recognizing and investing in the other(s) is an ethical and political responsibility. “I am not the only one who suffers and resists,” Butler argues, “and without you, I cannot conceive of my own struggle as a social and political struggle; without him or her, or even ‘we,’ I risk becoming restrictively communitarian, including only those whom I already belong as worthy of consideration.”  The liberation of the “I” then is inevitably bound up in the “we.”

The Declaration echoes this sentiment. It reminds us that when we are radically vulnerable and open to/with one another, we reject the neoliberal impulse of individualism. When we see the other as worthy and valuable, we reject the idea that some of us are expendable, that some of us do not deserve to enter into or exist in this country. It encourages us to follow in the footsteps of groups such as #ArabsforBlackPower—who recently released a Movement for Black Lives Solidarity Statement—and Black Lives Matter, who included a call to end all deportations in their 10-point platform. The Declaration not only reminds us that we can make another world possible, it teaches us how. It’s website features artwork and the Racial Justice Art & Story Sessions curriculum for sharing with community groups, classrooms, organizations, and on social media.

I know that the world the Declaration for Unity calls on us to envision does not yet exist but in times like this, it is helpful to be reminded that we can create ita world where as Bulawayo writes: “all chains are broken. And they take down the fence and dismantle the bars. And erase the lines and open the borders. And shatter the ceiling. And justice comes to our neighborhoods.”

I signed the Declaration. Join me and consider reading through the curriculum this week.

Header image by Mar Pascual.

Posted by Cory Doctorow


Marcell Shehwaro's magnificent, sarcastic, angry essay in Global Voices expresses her gratitude for her Syrian passport, because it has allowed her to see how states are willing to punish the already brutalized out of rage and fear. (more…)

Posted by Cory Doctorow


Erich Ashbargar's weird, laser-engraved dice are a tour-de-force: a pair of D6s for figuring out where to go for dinner in NYC; another D6 to figure out which die you should roll; an all-20s critical hit D20; Sicherman D6s that have different faces to a normal D6 pair, but the same probability distribution; punctuation mark dice (I've had students who were definitely using these); dice for indecisive people, and so on. (more…)

Posted by Cory Doctorow


Tech anthropologist Genevieve Bell (previously) delivered one of the keynotes at last week's O'Reilly AI conference in New York City, describing how you could do anthropology fieldwork on an AI -- specifically, how you could do an ethnographic interview with one. (more…)

Posted by Cory Doctorow


Following from Wells Fargo's 2,000,000-account fraud against its own customers -- part of a decade-old pattern -- the state of California has imposed sanctions on the bank, freezing it out of bond issues, brokerage business, and suspending all investment in Wells Fargo-issued securities. (more…)

Posted by Jason Weisberger


Unable to sit idly by while Trump brags about not paying taxes, Joe Biden gets angry.

This nearly brought me to tears. I love this guy.

Posted by Cory Doctorow


2600: The Hacker Quarterly -- a venerable and storied source of hacker mischief and wonder -- has publicly offered a bounty of $10,000 (payable in "dollars, bitcoin... or rubles") for the first look at Donald Trump's tax return. (more…)

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posted by [personal profile] sibylle at 05:28pm on 2016-09-29
... is a test. This is only a test.
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posted by [personal profile] jadelennox at 11:10am on 2016-09-29 under ,
Many of you have probably already seen this, but I urge you to read this completely straight-faced review of Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939, by Volker Ullrich in the New York Times, by my new hero, [ profile] michikokakutani.

Obvious content note is obvious.
Mood:: 'impressed' impressed

Posted by Cory Doctorow


Correlation is not causation, and the data-set is awfully small (39 incidents), but computational epidemiologist Maimuna Majumder is working with what's available, because the federal government won't fund research into gun fatalities, and does not require states to gather data on police use of force. (more…)

posted by [syndicated profile] boingboing_newfeed_feed at 02:47pm on 2016-09-29

Posted by Rob Beschizza

Shoop: Beschizza - Painting: Bacon

My favorite Francis Bacon painting, Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pepe The Frog, has taken on new meaning what with all the memes lately.

When asked why he was compelled to revisit the subject so often, Bacon replied that he had nothing against Pepe, that he merely sought "an excuse to use these colours, and you can't give ordinary skin that green colour without getting into a sort of false fauve manner".

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posted by [personal profile] the_rck at 11:01am on 2016-09-29 under , , ,
I gave myself a bit of an RSI yesterday because of how I was sitting while using my laptop. I got my right shoulder and the right side of my neck hurting pretty badly. I’m trying to do everything left handed today, but my trackpad doesn’t seem to like my left hand.

I didn’t make it out to the school yesterday because of rain. It’s raining even harder today and is still supposed to be raining tomorrow, so I don’t know. I did manage a bit of a walk during a lull in the rain, but it was an hour after the school day ended, so the office wasn’t likely to be open any longer.

I’m having mixed feelings about Agents of SHIELD. Scott and Cordelia adore it, so it’s something that we watch as a family, but I keep wanting to leave while it’s on and just generally feeling cranky and trapped. I’m not even sure why I want not to watch.

I need to go into the basement today to make sure I can find two books that I want to offer for Yuletide. I know I own them, but I want to be absolutely sure that I know where they are so that I’m not scrambling to find used copies after matching on one of them. For one of them, I want to reread to make sure I’m willing to offer all the nominated characters because, while I recognize the names, I don’t remember who is who. It’s a very short book, so rereading it shouldn’t take even an hour.

I’ve figured out what I’m requesting for Yuletide and more or less what I’ll be offering. For the three fandoms I nominated, I’m only going to offer them if someone else also requests them. I don’t actually expect that anyone else will, but who knows?

Posted by Cory Doctorow


Wang Jianlin made billions speculating on Chinese real-estate; now that he's diversified into buying Hollywood movie studios and chains of movie theaters, the richest man in China is prepared to say what many have known: the Chinese property market is a huge, deadly bubble that's ripe to burst. (more…)

Posted by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin


By Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous)

The tables have turned, now here’s your chance to “dig in like an Alabama tick” when you serve up this Pie-redator apple-strawberry pie at your next movie marathon night. (more…)

Posted by Cory Doctorow


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn -- re-elected in an unprecedented landslide despite back-stabbing from party grandees and MPs -- inaugurated his new term with a hell of a conference speech. (more…)

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posted by [personal profile] kaffyr at 09:04am on 2016-09-29 under , , ,
Happy Birthday [personal profile] strannik01 !

It's a delayed birthday wish, but I definitely want to send it, to a fellow Chicago area journalist and astute observer of the area's political and social milieu, and someone whose gently acerbic ruminations on both are always a pleasure to read. Knowing someone who is part of two of my worlds - fandom and reporting - is a wonderful privilege. Glad I "know" you!

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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I ended up seeing Sarah’s doctor, because that was faster and a better idea than sitting around in some New York City emergency room waiting to be seen for a non-emergency. He confirmed I probably had a concussion and said the main thing to do was to avoid things that might aggravate it, including hitting my head on anything else, vigorous physical activity, brights lights, and loud noise.


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posted by [personal profile] eoforyth at 02:33pm on 2016-09-29
Okay, my eyes are nowhere near perfect, or even good, these days, and this causes me all sorts of unexpected problems. Just now, semi-reclined and post-prandial, I looked to the foot of my bed, which has a pile of half sorted stuff on it, and spotted a GIANT BLUE SLUG!!!

My meal wasn't as well settled as I'd like so I didn't shoot off or anything, but I stared hard at this unlikely thing.

My field of focus is limited and I have little depth perception, plus I sometimes get colour bleed/ My mind often fills in what it can, but leaves me with a visual effect rather like Autocorrect. So I saw a large (about the size of a lounging cat) blue slug, head and horns up proundly while the rest of the body curled back and round. It glistened in what little light shone through the window.

In fact, it was a blue carrier bag with dull silver writing on it, half on its side with the handles pulled up, giving the impression of horns, with another clear bag behind it with sheets of blue and green tissue paper.

Posted by Gareth Branwyn


Nerdist found this wonderful fan-edit mashing up scenes from Stranger Things in a style of the opening credits from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Posted by Gareth Branwyn


The always-engaging George Pendle (Strange Angel, The Remarkable Millard Fillmore) has a fascinating piece on Atlas Obscura on the history of space art and NASA's (and the government's at large) current awkward relationship with the art world.

Yet when the NASA scientists asked the attendant artists to refrain from posting pictures of the meeting on social media, it seemed to sum up both a generational and a temperamental mismatch. (In an email, a NASA spokesperson said that "participating artists are free to discuss their attendance.")

From a NASA perspective, the secrecy was a budgetary imperative. In 2003, the renowned performance artist Laurie Anderson was appointed NASA’s first “artist-in-residence” with the remit of creating art about the agency’s exploration of space. Republican congressmen quickly seized on the move as a sign of wanton profligacy. “Mr. Chairman,” sputtered Representative Chris Chocola of Indiana on the floor of Congress, “nowhere in NASA's mission does it say anything about advancing fine arts or hiring a performance artist.” There has been no artist-in-residence since and the reverberations were no doubt part of the reason why NASA’s workshop at Grace Farms seemed tentative and vague.

In the not-so-distant past, though, space and art intermingled happily. Artists were crucial to NASA’s development, at times outpacing the science of space travel itself. What happened?

The above illustration is NASA concept art of a moon landing, from 1959.

Posted by Andrea James


If you want to let people know you care but don't have time to send thoughts and prayers every time there's a tragedy, the new Thoughts & Prayers app can help! (more…)

Posted by Andrea James


At this week's London Design Festival, design firm Uniform displayed Solo Radio. Stand in front of the device and it scans your face for input into software that assesses your emotions. Then it plays a song via Spotify algorithms with the appropriate mood. (more…)

Posted by Andrea James


Even if you don't have a VR headset, Chris Milk's Evolution of Verse hints beautifully at the future of immersive entertainment. Go fullscreen, don headphones, and get close! (more…)

Posted by Rob Beschizza


Amos Yee, a 17-year-old blogger in Singapore, is to spend six weeks in jail for "wounding religious feelings." It is his second such jail term: he spent a month in jail last year for criticizing Christianity.

The teenager's latest trial was closely watched by rights groups, who argue that the case threatens freedom of expression.

Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch said Singapore now needs to review its approach in dealing with cases like Yee's, who is likely to benefit from the publicity.

"Every time the authorities go after him, it just adds to his online audience," said Mr Robertson in an email.

Here's his blog, written in English. It's mostly teenage edgelording about religion and politics, but the boy's evidently got prospects—and adapting to the international audience his government has given him!

Posted by Rob Beschizza


Prompted by allegations made against celebrity Bill Cosby, California is ending its 10-year statute of limitations on rape.

Current California law requires prosecution for rape to begin within 10 years of the alleged offence, with some exceptions. Under the new legislation, SB813, there will be no time limit. The change will also apply to crimes for which the statute of limitations has not expired as of 1 January 2017.

Senator Connie Leyva, who introduced the bill, said it told victims of sexual assault that they could seek justice "regardless of when they are ready to come forward".

"Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired."

Historical cases (such as many of Cosby's victims) are not addressed in the bill, as it will not apply retroactively to crimes that reach the 10-year-limit before Jan 1, 2017. Which is to say, Dec 31, 2006 is the last date for crimes to escape the new legislation.

The U.S. has a patchwork of state-level sexual assault laws, with 43 applying a statute of limitations to rape. The lengths differ widely: Minnesota has the shortest, at 3 years, whereas Ohio's is 20 years.

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posted by [personal profile] camwyn at 08:53am on 2016-09-29
This is something of an accomplishment as I got sick this weekend and had to take Monday and Tuesday as sick days, and worked from home on Wednesday. I'm still making horrible noises every so often but not often enough to be a real hazard, so as long as I don't have to work in close proximity to humans I'm all right. And since I'm in IT, that helps.

At least I got sick after seeing Ben-Hur on the big screen at the Somerville Theater. I'd never seen the movie before, just the standard clips and snippets you get as references in other pictures. This was a full-on technicolor print assembled from about three different prints of the film, taken from the original master before it started to fade. Really impressive stuff even if the sound did periodically produce an awful high-pitched squeal that made the entire back of my skull ache. It was worth it, though.

Posted by Rob Beschizza

Photo: Michael Salter

This to That does one thing: it asks you for the two things you need to stick together, then tells you exactly what sort of glue to use. The next time you need to glue styrofoam to glass, you'll have options! [via Cryptovariable] (Pictured is Styrobot, by Michael Salter)

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posted by [personal profile] nanila at 01:29pm on 2016-09-29 under
It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

posted by [syndicated profile] daily_coyote_feed at 12:00pm on 2016-09-28

Posted by Bruce Schneier

Interesting research from Sasha Romanosky at RAND:

Abstract: In 2013, the US President signed an executive order designed to help secure the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. As part of that order, he directed the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a framework that would become an authoritative source for information security best practices. Because adoption of the framework is voluntary, it faces the challenge of incentivizing firms to follow along. Will frameworks such as that proposed by NIST really induce firms to adopt better security controls? And if not, why? This research seeks to examine the composition and costs of cyber events, and attempts to address whether or not there exist incentives for firms to improve their security practices and reduce the risk of attack. Specifically, we examine a sample of over 12 000 cyber events that include data breaches, security incidents, privacy violations, and phishing crimes. First, we analyze the characteristics of these breaches (such as causes and types of information compromised). We then examine the breach and litigation rate, by industry, and identify the industries that incur the greatest costs from cyber events. We then compare these costs to bad debts and fraud within other industries. The findings suggest that public concerns regarding the increasing rates of breaches and legal actions may be excessive compared to the relatively modest financial impact to firms that suffer these events. Public concerns regarding the increasing rates of breaches and legal actions, conflict, however, with our findings that show a much smaller financial impact to firms that suffer these events. Specifically, we find that the cost of a typical cyber incident in our sample is less than $200 000 (about the same as the firm's annual IT security budget), and that this represents only 0.4% of their estimated annual revenues.

The result is that it often makes business sense to underspend on cybersecurity and just pay the costs of breaches:

Romanosky analyzed 12,000 incident reports and found that typically they only account for 0.4 per cent of a company's annual revenues. That compares to billing fraud, which averages at 5 per cent, or retail shrinkage (ie, shoplifting and insider theft), which accounts for 1.3 per cent of revenues.

As for reputational damage, Romanosky found that it was almost impossible to quantify. He spoke to many executives and none of them could give a reliable metric for how to measure the PR cost of a public failure of IT security systems.

He also noted that the effects of a data incident typically don't have many ramifications on the stock price of a company in the long term. Under the circumstances, it doesn't make a lot of sense to invest too much in cyber security.

What's being left out of these costs are the externalities. Yes, the costs to a company of a cyberattack are low to them, but there are often substantial additional costs borne by other people. The way to look at this is not to conclude that cybersecurity isn't really a problem, but instead that there is a significant market failure that governments need to address.

Posted by Xeni Jardin

From the study.

We know that pigeons are capable of becoming crafty drug smugglers or connoisseurs of fine art, but now we know they can kind of tell when we're making up words.


posted by [syndicated profile] tillyandthebuttons_feed at 12:00pm on 2016-09-29

Posted by Tilly

Kitty Rosa shirt - Tilly and the Buttons
Kitty Rosa shirt - Tilly and the Buttons

One can never have enough kitty print handmade clothing IMHO.

Remember my cat print Carolyn PJs? When I bought the lovely cotton lawn fabric on my Japan trip in January, I couldn't resist getting the same print in black and white too. Before I made the PJs, I'd already put the B&W fabric to good use for this shirt version of the Rosa sewing pattern.

The pattern is a great showcase for a cute print like this, and I've been wearing the shirt to death these past few months with jeans and dungaree dresses (you can see me wearing it in the Sew Your Own Shirt or Shirt Dress workshop videos). I love it!

Kitty Rosa shirt - Tilly and the Buttons
Kitty Rosa shirt - Tilly and the Buttons

Because it's a busy print, I decided to highlight the lovely yoke seams on the pattern with black piping. You could also add piping to the collar, princess seams and/or pocket edge if you want to. I didn't bother with this one, partly because I wanted to try a more subtle look, partly because it was a speedy sample made during the pattern development phase and I had a deadline!

For the same reason, I didn't bother pattern matching the pockets (let alone the seams - cripes!) like I did on my PJs - sorry to disappoint those of you who admired the PJs pockets, but life's just too short for pattern matching sometimes - and hopefully no one's going to get close enough to my chest to notice, hehe :)

Kitty Rosa shirt - Tilly and the Buttons
Kitty Rosa shirt - Tilly and the Buttons

What fabric are you making your Rosa shirt or shirt dress in? I'd love to see! Share your makes or your works-in-progress with us on Instagram @TillyButtons #SewingRosa.

PS. The Sew Your Own Shirt or Shirt Dress online workshop starts this weekend! You can join whenever you like - if you sign up before midnight GMT this Sunday 3rd October 2016, you can save £10 in the pre-sale. There are no deadlines for finishing the workshop - take it whenever it suits you :)

Posted by Rob Beschizza


People close to Trump are admitting he got thrashed by Hillary Clinton on Monday. But they're doing so on condition of anonymity and pharaoh is displeased.

In a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican nominee is upset that his allies publicly acknowledged they pushed him to change his preparation and tactics before his next bout with Hillary Clinton.

And he wants them to stop it immediately.

The message was "not subtle," a source familiar with the call said.

Trump wants his supporters to make an energetic defense of his performance and refuse to concede that he didn't nail it.

The hope among his aides was that the shellacking (YouGov had her 57/30 percent, CNN 62/27 and PPP 51/40) would convince him to study for the next one, but in Trump's view, the only debate poll that mattered is the javascript clicker and it had him way ahead.

Accompanying this lurid shitshow is a) the suspicion it's all a ruse and that Trump really is going to prepare for the next one, and b) the knowledge that none of it matters anyway.

Posted by Cory Doctorow


The first thing to know about Trudeau's Trump strips is that they're funny as hell. As Trudeau writes in his introduction, Trump is a "gift beyond imagining" to comedians (everyone knows this now, but Trudeau recognized this fact when Trump was still in larval form, still developing his ovipositors and tentacles), and Trudeau does not waste one dram of the comedic potential of the thin-skinned, self-regarding, self-unaware blowhard alleged billionaire who is now in the running to gain control of the world's largest nuclear arsenal.

That's the second thing you need to know about these strips: they're definitely in the ha-ha-only-serious realm. Trudeau has an unerring nose for Trumpian bullshit (years before the tax-return business, his characters were wryly noting that the billions Trump claimed in his net worth surely included billions for his "brand"). He spotted the Trump University scam from day one -- and mercilessly slammed it with the comic-strip equivalent of John Oliver's best Trump material -- and years before that, he was making great hay out of Trump Airlines. (more…)

Posted by Xeni Jardin


A group of some of the most powerful technology companies on the planet have formed a partnership on artificial intelligence.


Posted by Xeni Jardin

Yahoo logo at Mobile World Congress in Spain. February 24, 2016. REUTERS

So, that huge hack of 500 million Yahoo user accounts last week that Yahoo blamed on a "state-sponsored actor"? A private internet security firm is calling bullshit on the "state-sponsored" part.


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