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Last night's episode reminded me of this...



Loved it

Another sci-fi show that I just got into..

https://twitter.com/TheAVClub/status/1387349390491148292
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Kung Fu

The 2 Olivias..

https://twitter.com/oliviamunn/status/1377687603764338689
https://twitter.com/decider/status/1386787918346346497
https://www.democraticunderground.com/103715254
https://twitter.com/MaxJGao/status/1388645550761906182

Along with the Agents of Shield aint bad...

TV’s only Asian-American superhero opens up about the need for representation onscreen—and why her band of SHIELD agents totally belong in Marvel’s movies.

Four years ago, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD star Chloe Bennet was known professionally as Chloe Wang, aspiring actress and teenage dabbler in Shanghai pop stardom. In the states, however, Hollywood casting agents were less than welcoming...

https://www.democraticunderground.com/12503317

Billie Holliday - Strange Fruit



https://twitter.com/schneidercathy1/status/1388629977365688324
https://twitter.com/lelaballerina/status/1386346253185859590

Svengoolie: The Ghost and Mr Chicken

Very Scary


https://twitter.com/MeTV/status/1387876343052972042
https://twitter.com/MeTV/status/1388644406903799812

MacGyver Series Finale

CBS Tonight

Noel Casler

https://twitter.com/CaslerNoel/status/1386000365427036161

https://twitter.com/jimstewartson/status/1386432505830539265

https://twitter.com/Independent/status/1386053873085857793

"Eye-popping"

Even the non-traditional corporate media outlets manage to poison the well against taxes..

https://twitter.com/gabriel_zucman/status/1386038145247072263

Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon



Tribute to Elon Musk, who's in the news today, and Tupac Shakur.

Jim Belushi was hoping to turn Tupac on to Sinatra on the set of Gang Related. Of course Tupac never got a chance to dabble in that. Frank Sinatra on the other hand lived a couple years beyond Tupac.

Minutes before Trump left office, millions of the Pentagon's dormant IP addresses sprang to life

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1385958605699133442
While the world was distracted with President Donald Trump leaving office on Jan. 20, an obscure Florida company discreetly announced to the world’s computer networks a startling development: It now was managing a huge unused swath of the Internet that, for several decades, had been owned by the U.S. military.

What happened next was stranger still.

The company, Global Resource Systems LLC, kept adding to its zone of control. Soon it had claimed 56 million IP addresses owned by the Pentagon. Three months later, the total was nearly 175 million. That’s almost 6 percent of a coveted traditional section of Internet real estate — called IPv4 — where such large chunks are worth billions of dollars on the open market.

The entities controlling the largest swaths of the Internet generally are telecommunications giants whose names are familiar: AT&T, China Telecom, Verizon. But now at the top of the list was Global Resource Systems — a company founded only in September that has no publicly reported federal contracts and no obvious public-facing website...

The change is the handiwork of an elite Pentagon unit known as the Defense Digital Service, which reports directly to the secretary of defense. The DDS bills itself as a “SWAT team of nerds” tasked with solving emergency problems for the department and conducting experimental work to make big technological leaps for the military...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/04/24/pentagon-internet-address-mystery/

YouTube Videos Brainwashed My Father. Can I Reprogram His Feed?

https://twitter.com/Bruno_J_Navarro/status/1385925782967668737
For nearly his entire life, my 80-something-year-old father has been a quiet, gentle and deeply religious man who went to Mass and said the rosary daily. Although his political views have always been conservative, he has also always believed in kindness and fairness. Since the start of the pandemic, his social interactions have become severely reduced, limited to daily calls from me (I live across the country), weekly visits from my brother and the occasional shopping trips and church attendance. As our mother passed away before the pandemic, his one loyal companion has been his iPad and YouTube. Because of his viewing of religious programs, YouTube has increasingly steered him toward conservative media, so that he is now obsessed with right-wing extremist politics and is absolutely against taking the Covid vaccine. Every time my brother or I have a conversation with him, he talks politics and pushes his views, and even after we asked him to stop, he tries to get the last word in by sending us angry emails or texts. Now both of us try to avoid having any interactions with him. I have the password to his YouTube account from a year ago when I helped him with a tech problem. In order to preserve our relationship, I’m thinking about going into his account to delete and pause his viewing history, and perhaps put in some links to more wholesome entertainment such as music and soccer to counter the constant bombardment of extremism. My justification is that if he is being brainwashed by an algorithm, then I might as well use the algorithm to steer him back to his old self so that we can at least have a normal conversation. What is your view on this? Name Withheld

The phenomenon you’re describing has been widely discussed and reported on, including in this publication. There’s widespread concern that YouTube’s recommendation engine has had the unintended consequence of radicalizing certain viewers by offering them progressively more inflammatory takes on political, or politicized, topics. (YouTube says it has made adjustments in recent years to favor trusted journalistic outlets over sources of what it calls “borderline content and harmful misinformation.”)...

One of my wife’s friends of longest standing has been engaged with a cult. While it initially looked like a quirky pseudoreligious encounter, she is now exhibiting quite concerning behaviors, steeped in conspiracy theories. She has two children with her ex-husband: an older child who decided to live with the father, and a younger child who, when we last saw them, behaved strangely, acting out characters of what her mother called previous lives. We thought at first that this was a comedy act, but it turned out to be serious! Part of the belief system is a strange relationship to food and nutrition, and the child looked pretty slim, bordering on malnourished. The cult itself practices certain procedures that look sexually abusive to us, cloaked in the mantra of alternative healing.

My wife feels that she cannot keep up this friendship anymore; it is draining, especially with the insistent preaching about the cult, which borders on the emotionally abusive. I would go a step further, given our friend’s latest post on social media, and call her a fascist. The question for us is how can we ensure that her child is safe...

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/magazine/youtube-radicalization.html
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