Saving Buildings with Social Media | The New Yorker


The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe.

Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures. Rather than tidy before-and-after images, it’s far more shocking to see the amount of work needed to take down a building, and the sprawl of material contained in its walls.

via Saving Buildings with Social Media – The New Yorker.

The Fall of Facebook | The Atlantic


Social networking is not, it turns out, winner take all.

In the past, one might have imagined that switching between Facebook and “some other network” would be difficult, but the smartphone interface makes it easy to be on a dozen networks.

All messages come to the same place—the phone’s notifications screen—so what matters is what your friends are doing, not which apps they’re using.

via The Fall of Facebook – The Atlantic.

The Shazam Effect | The Atlantic


.. not only are we hearing the same hits with greater frequency, but the hits themselves sound increasingly alike.

As labels have gotten more adept at recognizing what’s selling, they’ve been quicker than ever to invest in copycats.

via The Shazam Effect – The Atlantic.

THOMAS Top Ten for 11/16/2014 | THOMAS Library of Congress

  • H.R. 5682 [113th]
    To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
  • H.R. 2 [113th]
    American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act
  • S. 744 [113th]
    Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
  • H.R. 4194 [113th]
    Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014
  • H.R. 4 [113th]
    Jobs for America Act
  • H.R. 1821 [113th]
    Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013
  • S. 1086 [113th]
    Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014
  • H.Res. 748 [113th]
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5682) to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
  • S. 649 [113th]
    Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013
  • H.R. 3547 [113th]
    Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014

via THOMAS Top Ten for 11/16/2014 – THOMAS Library of Congress.

How Everyone Gets Pavlov Wrong


Pavlov entered the intellectual world of St. Petersburg at an ideal moment for a man eager to explore the rules that govern the material world.

The tsar had freed the serfs in 1861, helping to push Russia into the convulsive century that followed. Darwin’s theory of evolution was starting to reverberate across Europe. Science began to matter in Russia in a way it hadn’t before.

via How Everyone Gets Pavlov Wrong.

On Obamacare, the G.O.P. Lays a Trap for Itself | The New Yorker


What a victory for the plaintiffs in King would do is create two classes of citizens when it comes to Obamacare.

For people who live in one of the fourteen states that have set up their own exchanges, like California and New York, things will remain as they are now.

via On Obamacare, the G.O.P. Lays a Trap for Itself – The New Yorker.

China, Australia strike major free-trade deal after Obama leaves | Washington Times


Hours after Mr. Obama flew home to Washington, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the signing of the pact in Canberra, which is expected to give Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from the U.S., Canada and the European Union.

via China, Australia strike major free-trade deal after Obama leaves – Washington Times.

10 hottest IT skills for 2015 | Network World


“Our access to free-agent talent, it just doesn’t exist.”

“You’re gently poaching from others, and protecting your turf.”

via 10 hottest IT skills for 2015 | Network World.

Time for civil-forfeiture reform | Washington Times


The greatest growth of civil forfeiture has taken place since President Obama moved into the White House with seizures nearly doubling from 2008 to today.

Loretta Lynch, Mr. Obama’s choice to succeed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and has emerged as one of the nation’s chief prosecutorial advocates of civil forfeiture. As The Wall Street Journal noted on her selection, she has bragged that in 2013 alone, her office accounted for more than $904 million in such seizures.

A car here, a house there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money, much of which is extorted from innocent victims.

via EDITORIAL: Time for civil-forfeiture reform – Washington Times.

The menace of civil forfeiture | Washington Times


Civil forfeiture was one clever way of attacking the problem.

Rather than targeting the thugs through criminal prosecution, the civil approach targeted the instrumentalities that facilitated crime and the assets that were its proceeds — either cash or the things that money can buy. Although government prosecutors brought the cases, they were civil in nature, not criminal.

via ANDREW C. McCARTHY: The menace of civil forfeiture – Washington Times.