Archive for August, 2019

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Peter Fonda, star of 'Easy Rider,' dies at age 79 - CNN

Actor Peter Fonda, the star of "Easy Rider," has died, his manager, Alan Somers, told CNN on Friday. Somers, told CNN on Friday.

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/08/16/entertainment/peter-fonda-death-trnd/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F

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How YouTube Came to Promote Fascism

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to do a short issue, a bit of the backstory on this terrifying New York Times article on how YouTube radicalized Brazil.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/how-youtube-came-to-promote-fascism?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyOTg5NjgyLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo4NDQzMCwiXyI6InBndythIiwiaWF0IjoxNTY1ODg3MDgzLCJleHAiOjE1NjU4OTA2ODMsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0xMTUyNCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.xINwDSNPxjbZL5O

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A Field Guide To The 'Weapons' Of Hostile Architecture In NYC - Gothamist

'There are these battles of access that often play out through architecture and urban design. They seem neutral at first, but then they become political.'

https://gothamist.com/2019/08/14/hostile_architecture_nyc.php

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‘Close’ Proximity, ‘End’ Result, and More Redundant Words to Delete From Your Writing

Much repetition in writing comes under the heading of Two Words Where One Will Do. Some may strike you as obvious — though that doesn’t stop them from showing up constantly. Others are more arcane.

https://forge.medium.com/close-proximity-end-result-and-more-redundant-words-to-delete-from-your-writing-3258be693a3d

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‘No One Saw a Thing’: When a Small Midwest Town Banded Together to Kill the ‘Town Bully’

The new docuseries “No One Saw a Thing,” premiering Aug. 1 on SundanceTV, explores the 1981 killing of Ken Rex McElroy, a local menace executed in front of 60 townsfolk.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/no-one-saw-a-thing-when-a-small-midwest-town-banded-together-to-kill-the-town-bully

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The Soft Cavalry: The Soft Cavalry Album Review | Pitchfork

Though the ethereal presence of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell is unmistakable, the UK band’s self-titled debut is often tedious.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/the-soft-cavalry-the-soft-cavalry/

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Google's War on Publisher Paywalls

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about Google’s change to its Chrome browser, which is ruffling a few feathers in the publishing world.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/googles-war-on-publisher-paywalls

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MLB leans on longtime mud supplier, not Rawlings, to coat balls | SI.com

MLB still leans on its longtime mud suppliers who harvest the secret sauce needed on every baseball.

https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/08/07/baseball-mud-rawlings

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Facebook Hit by Apple’s Crackdown on Messaging Feature — The Information

Apple is taking a swipe at Facebook and other messaging apps by making a small but significant change to its mobile operating system.The change will restrict a feature that apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp used to make voice calls over the internet. Right now, the calling feature in ...

https://www.theinformation.com/articles/facebook-hit-by-apples-crackdown-on-messaging-feature

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Australia Strips Google/Facebook to Their Underwear

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… A few weeks ago, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) dropped a giant report on the power of Google and Facebook, the result of an eighteen month investigation known as the

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/australia-strips-googlefacebook-to?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyOTg5NjgyLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo5OTAyNCwiXyI6InlIVGtIIiwiaWF0IjoxNTY1MTAzMzU3LCJleHAiOjE1NjUxMDY5NTcsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0xMTUyNCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.JSrx4fTEc8InJvCH

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The evolution of Stereolab's analogue-inspired record sleeves

Often taking motifs from record sleeves or film posters, Stereolab's cut-and-paste aesthetic has provided a wealth of compelling cover art.

https://thevinylfactory.com/features/the-evolution-of-stereolabs-analogue-inspired-record-sleeves/

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Adactio: Journal—Navigation preloads in service workers

A little performance boost for your network-first service worker strategy.

https://adactio.com/journal/15588

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Is There Anything Private Equity Doesn't Own?

Hi, Welcome to Big, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to do a bit of follow-up on private equity, the force taking over global business. In the last issue of Big, I wrote about the history and philosophy of PE, and why it’s such a remarkably impactful trend. Here’s one reaction, which I think hits at something important.

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/is-there-anything-private-equity?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoyOTg5NjgyLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo5NzA4OSwiXyI6ImIxR2J3IiwiaWF0IjoxNTY0NjcyNDAzLCJleHAiOjE1NjQ2NzYwMDMsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0xMTUyNCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.20BIlojzLD1XkJBEwM