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Food for Thought: 2017-06-12

Posted on June 6th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Experimental Theology suggests the rainbow is theodicy: https://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-rainbow-as-theodicy.htmlSMBC asks “Do you think we should acknowledge the difference between ‘should’ and ‘can’?": https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/pressPictures of awesome Australian spiders: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/jun/06/close-encounter...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-05

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Intercept reminds us that war is hideous, and Memorial Day tries to make us feel better about it: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/29/we-need-memorial-day-to-obscure-the-unbearable-truth-about-war/Cory Doctorow advertises for his latest book, but also talks about how technology can both aid and combat inequality: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/may/31/technolog...

Food for Thought: 2017-05-29

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:One step closer to duress modes for software: 1Password introduces travel mode: https://blog.agilebits.com/2017/05/18/introducing-travel-mode-protect-your-data-when-crossing-borders/Susan J. Fowler takes on workplace discrimination in tech companies from an unusual-but-critically-important angle: https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/5/20/five-things-tech-companies-can-do-bet...

Top Links for 2017-05-22

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:The Restorative Justice movement is key (see my recommendation of Changing Lenses) to a more just society. This detailed essay gets into some of the political considerations and implications: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/Related: Slate Star Codex talks about the tactic of focusing on Bail Reform: http://slatestarcodex.com/20...

Top Links for 2017-05-15

Posted on May 9th, 2017

Waging Nonviolence discusses the tactics and principles of nonviolence: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/moral-nonviolence-healing-king/Major online companies are engaging in Internet colonialism: https://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/862990067073265664Poorly Drawn Lines reminds us of one of the troubles of immortality: https://www.poorlydrawnlines.com/comic/everyone-lives-forever/Reminder: task-switching and interruptions are very expensive: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunda...

Top Links for 2017-05-08

Posted on May 4th, 2017

'Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies"’: https://backchannel.com/melinda-gates-and-fei-fei-li-want-to-liberate-ai-from-guys-with-hoodies-17f058889a4cEdited to add: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.htmlSURJ has a really solid Values document: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/aboutExistential Comics had good twitter comments about biases: https://twitter.com/existentialcoms/status/86018857281...

Food for Thought: 2016-04-18

Posted on April 18th, 2016

The New Inquiry ponders the “viral virus" and whether society benefits "from a world in which everyone is anxious about having anxiety". Your first SMBC of this post: In TV and movies, it is a common trope to track someone to an exact location using only their IP address, often even to a specific spot in a specific room! Naturally, you are skeptical of that, as you should be. This excellent story shows some of the really interesting things that happen with IP-to-physical-address mapping at...

Food for Thought: 2016-03-11

Posted on March 11th, 2016

Caution: a heavy set of articles, today. Indiana senate votes unanimously to allow Law Enforcement to withhold body cam and dash video, by default. You have to explicitly challenge each instance. Wanna guess how well those challenges will go? Consider this your reminder that outward-facing taxpayer-paid cameras are justice theater. (I think I’m coining that term for this context.) Is it better to fight bad laws or the enforcement of them? Which presidential candidate do you tru...

Food for Thought: 2016-03-07

Posted on March 7th, 2016

When you spend a lot of your political efforts trying to scare people, they tend to get scared. Scared people tend to not be great long-term thinkers, and often sacrifice their values in the name of “safety and security". Read American Authoritarianism. Of course, this does not give a pass to the American authoritarian left, either, who have also spent political capital to incite fear and hate, but usually towards different (more “internal") targets. What Makes Good Teams? Well, looks like...

Food for Thought: 2016-02-16

Posted on February 16th, 2016

Really good article about Bernie Sanders, and more generally, voting: Don’t Change the Players, Change the Game. This is why I want you to read Changing Lenses by Zehr: "The simple fact of the matter is the criminal justice system is meant to punish, not protect. I don’t care about seeing him punished - I would rather he get better. And they’ve done nothing to protect me - it’s only made things worse and become another weapon in his arsenal, and the arsenal of the people out there way sca...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist