friday giant linked list: LiveJournal, Venezuela, Barry Bonds

Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying – so, yeah…probably time to ditch LiveJournal if you haven’t already 😦

How Does Populism Turn Authoritarian? Venezuela Is a Case in Point – scary stuff.

What if Barry Bonds had played without a baseball bat? – I clicked on this because, hey, baseball! But this video was both wildly entertaining and really interesting. I was very impressed by the way he did a bunch of work with data and then did a bunch of work to make an interesting story out of it. Then I started looking up the rest of the Chart Party series which led me to SBNation’s Pretty Good series by the same guy and now I’m hooked!

Film Crit Hulk Smash: P.C. Culture Vs. The Big Joke – this is the best description of “PC culture” and 4chan, Breitbart, and Milo I’ve read. (thanks Ben L!)

TrumpBeat: ‘I Realized It’s Not So Easy’ – so yeah, this is an easy thing to (rightfully!) make fun of, and it’s not a good thing if Trump really just agrees with the last person to talk to him, but I find it hopeful that he is willing to listen and change his mind when he’s wrong. (you know, sometimes)

Our Dishonest President – speaking of Trump, this is a pretty remarkable series of editorials from the LA Times.

Trump Threatens Health Subsidies to Force Democrats to Bargain – also speaking of Trump, here he is threatening to make health insurance unaffordable for millions of people to gain “leverage” over the Democrats. Pretty terrible!

Justice Thomas’s Doubts About Civil Forfeiture – this is promising!

I Went to the ‘Contact’ Radio Telescope with the Astrophysicist Behind Twitter’s All-Time Sickest Burn – reads like hyperbole but that may, in fact, be Twitter’s sickest burn. Anyway, good interview and I followed her on Twitter!

Want to pay off a student’s lunch account in Austin? Here’s how – honestly not sure how to feel about this: happy that people are helping out kids, or angry that this is necessary in the first place?

A.I. Versus M.D. – What happens when diagnosis is automated? – interesting look at how AI may or may not help doctors.

– This is a pretty great website for a copywriter – just move the slider from left to right!

Texas plans to designate official state gun along with other weapons – oh, Texas! (thanks Stephen!)

United Passenger “Removal”: A Reporting and Management Fail – a good look at some aspects that haven’t been covered much. (also worth noting: “Calculated misery”: how airlines profit from your miserable flying experience – thanks David!)

Windows 10 gets major update as Windows Vista reaches its end of life – a good look back at Vista here and why it was (somewhat) unfairly maligned. (thanks Adam!)

Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones – compassion and kindness FTW!

How to Find Your Missing Keys and Stop Losing Other Things – very practical advice. I used to lose things pretty often, but I’ve gotten better at tending to put things down in the same places, so it’s easy to exhaustively search them.

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