linked list friday: lots of Amazon products are unsafe, Mayor Pete and religion, Google’s excuses on tracking protection

  • Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products – This is a pretty damning article. (and good investigative journalism by the Wall Street Journal!) Having shopped on Amazon, it is really not obvious that a lot of their products are from third-party sellers. It makes me happy that we’ve been trying to avoid Amazon when we can. Also, this is really bad:
    At one point in 2013, some Amazon employees began scanning randomly selected third-party products in Amazon warehouses for lead content, say people familiar with the tests. Around 10% of the products tested failed, one says. The failed products were purged, but higher-level employees decided not to expand the testing, fearing it would be unmanageable if applied to the entire marketplace, the people familiar with the tests say. Amazon declined to comment on the episode.
    I would have really liked to see the results for Target and Walmart’s websites, but it sounds like they keep a much tighter rein on things.
  • How Pete Buttigieg found God – good article, and I’m happy to see Democrats not shying away from religion. We gay Episcopal Democrats exist, you know!
  • Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection – I’m glad to see tracking protection taking off. And this is another good reason to switch from Chrome to Firefox! (or Safari, I guess…)
  • The Man Who Couldn’t Take It Anymore – a look at General James Mattis (former Secretary of Defense), who sounds like a pretty stand-up guy. Hopefully he’ll tell the world what he thinks of Trump before the 2020 election. This is a nice thing he told some soldiers in 2017: “Our country right now, it’s got problems we don’t have in the military. You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”
  • Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’ – not a surprise that something like human sexuality is complicated!
  • Those Hurricane Maps Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean – helpful guide for “reading” hurricane maps

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