Jeff Weitzel

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The myth of the online echo chamber

Contrary to popular belief, we now hear more diverse voices than ever before – studies suggest that most people do not live in Facebook or Twitter echo chambers and 'filter bubbles'. So why is global politics still so divided?<p>Back in the early 2000s many commentators were still marvelling at the …

Social Media

Robert Mueller’s brilliant strategy for outmaneuvering Trump pardons.

<i>A version of this piece was</i> <i>originally published</i> <i>on</i> <i>Shugerblog</i><i>.</i><p>Some have wondered: Why is special counsel Robert Mueller bringing so few charges against …

Donald Trump

Inside The Experiment That Is Tacoma's First Legal Tent City

Tacoma City Council members voted Tuesday to allow up to six legal tent cities or other temporary shelters to open throughout the city.<p>That could …

Homelessness

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Recipe w/ Pistachios, Cranberries & Parmesan

Shares 80.2K<p><i>Healthy shredded Brussels sprouts recipes make for colorful and easy Thanksgiving side dishes. Pistachios, dried cranberries and salty</i> …

Food

Can Big Tech Be Tamed?

San Francisco MagazineGary KamiyaPhoto-illustrations by Clark MillerAs the tech industry grows to unfathomable proportions, San Francisco needs to …

San Francisco

When you walk into the valley

On allies asking to be taught about race<p>Writing about race is a double edged sword. The edge I focus on is the one that cuts through our cultural …

Social Justice

The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized

What does it take to succeed? What are the secrets of the most successful people? Judging by the popularity of magazines such as <i>Success</i>, <i>Forbes</i>, <i>Inc.</i>, …

Self-improvement

Distraction is the New Censorship

In today’s attention economy, ideas don’t need to be deleted or redacted to be silenced. They can be drowned out privately, screen by screen, by …

Internet

Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s

Energy execs sound more like wild-eyed hippies every day.<p>It is difficult to exaggerate just what a sea change has taken place in the discussion of renewable energy in recent years.<p>Oldsters like me remember when the idea that (unsubsidized) renewable energy would be able to compete directly with …

Renewable Energy

Naadam Festival

In Mongolia, the national festival is called Naadam, and is the traditional display of strength, horsemanship and marksmanship. The three Games of …

How the Doomsday Clock Could Help Trigger the Armageddon It Warns of

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>As of Thursday January 25, …

Doomsday

How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing

The science of breathing stands on quite ancient foundations. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, the most basic of things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it’s also easy to ignore. A brief review of the latest science on breathing …

The Brain

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Says Heavy Metal Singers Can 'Learn An Awful Lot' From Screaming Babies

During a recent appearance on the <b>"BBC Breakfast"</b> British morning television news program, <b>IRON MAIDEN</b> frontman <b>Bruce Dickinson</b> spoke about how heavy …

Guitar

The Truth About Those 'Alien Alloys' in The New York Times' UFO Story

Is the government really stockpiling materials in a Nevada building that scientists cannot identify?

Paranormal

Buckle Up for Year 2 of Trump

It may sound strange to say, given that Donald Trump has been the least popular first-year U.S. president on record, but he has been extraordinarily …

How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked

Russia

Why I Changed My Mind On Net Neutrality

Long time readers of Techdirt may know (as I've noted several times), that in the mid-2000s when the net neutrality debate was first heating up, I …

Net Neutrality

The case for eating steak and cream

<b>The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.</b> By Nina Teicholz. <i>Simon & Schuster; 479 pages; $27.99.</i> Buy from …

Ajit Pai's Shell Game

<b>I’ve got bad news</b> for everyone who is working overtime to protest Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai’s campaign to eliminate net …

Apple is sharing your face with apps. That’s a new privacy worry.

Poop that mimics your facial expressions was just the beginning.<p>It’s going to hit the fan when the face-mapping tech that powers the iPhone X’s cutesy “Animoji” starts being used for creepier purposes. And Apple just started sharing your face with lots of apps.<p>Beyond a photo, the iPhone X’s front …

Apps

Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II

<i>Note: This post was previously titled “Why Ajit Pai is Right.” I have changed it to reflect my interest in a substantive debate, not flame-throwing.</i> …

Net Neutrality

An On-device Deep Neural Network for Face Detection

Deep Learning

100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

Books

Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government

Skooter McCoy was 20 years old when his wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a son named Spencer. It was 1996, and McCoy was living in …

Income Inequality

Global catastrophe is just two melted glaciers away

In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization …

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met

In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from …

Social Media

Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity

“It takes a special energy, over and above one’s creative potential, a special audacity or subversiveness, to strike out in a new direction once one is settled.”<p><i>“And don’t ever imitate anybody,”</i> Hemingway cautioned in his advice to aspiring writers. But in this particular sentiment, the otherwise …

Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue

Oct 30, 2017<p>38 Min read time<p>“The intake process begins with dismantling her personal space, one mantle at a time.”<p><b>This short story is featured in</b> …

On Minimization as a Patriarchal Reflex

The explicit minimizations I can verbalize are grounded in countless somatic reflexes that have been trained into me. I believe that before …

Feminism