when the news is an attack on you personally

largely apropos of nothing given the state of things these days. the article is primarily interesting to me given the author author and the candor. Op-Ed: I called Arizona for Biden on Fox News. Here’s what I learned Having been cosseted by self-validating coverage for so long, many Americans now consider any news that might suggest that they are in error or that their side has been defeated as an attack on them personally....

February 1, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

oh, you're saying it's going to require work?

a useful reminder as to how young and anomalous democracy actually is and that the tendency is towards authoritarian rule. What We Get Wrong About America’s Crisis of Democracy The way to shore up American democracy is to shore up American democracy—that is, to strengthen liberal institutions, in ways that are unglamorously specific and discouragingly minute. The task here is not so much to peer into our souls as to reduce the enormous democratic deficits under which the country labors, most notably an electoral landscape in which farmland tilts to power while city blocks are flattened....

January 1, 2021 · 1 min · steve ulrich

reading - does facebook use private data for ads?

ACM article: does facebook use sensitive data for advertising purposes? (DOI:10.1145/3426361) answer: yes. #reading...

December 31, 2020 · 1 min · sulrich

reading: how greenwich republicans learned to love trump

How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump Leora Levy, who called him vulgar in the local paper, took to applauding his “leadership” and quoting him on Twitter, where she adopted some of his rhetorical style. “AMERICA WILL NEVER BE A SOCIALIST COUNTRY!!!” she posted. “WE ARE BORN FREE AND WILL STAY FREE!!!” Last fall, Trump nominated her to be the American Ambassador to Chile. i’m always a bit amused by these “we are born free and will stay free” assertions....

August 10, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich

when the conservative libertarians start freaking out ...

Portland and the Paramilitarization of the Border Patrol “Indeed, few people realize that the court system has upheld CBP’s claim that the “border zone” should extend 100 miles from any national or coastal boundary, a line that encompasses nearly two‐​thirds of all Americans. Within that zone and regardless of whether you are an immigrant, CBP agents can search you without a warrant, detain you without probable cause, and even deport citizens without due process....

July 25, 2020 · 1 min · steve ulrich

folks talkin' 'bout taxes (err stimulus?)

economists discuss the impacts or merits of the AOC tax comments/proposal. i’m inclined to agree with the assertion that the AOC proposal is largely symbolic. however, it will be interesting to see if there’s practical discussion around the notion of deregulation of building in large cities. (ref: SFO and MSP debates on this) if there’s anything wealthy, white “liberals” hate, it’s folks messing with the value of their homes....

January 15, 2019 · 1 min · sulrich

20161231 - misc. quotes

zadie smith A talk given in Berlin on November 10 on receiving the 2016 Welt Literature Prize. I did not understand that I was “championing” multiculturalism by simply depicting it, or by describing it as anything other than incipient tragedy. ​… Racial homogeneity is no guarantor of peace, any more than racial heterogeneity is fated to fail. ​… I find these days that a wistful form of time travel has become a persistent political theme, both on the right and on the left....

December 31, 2016 · 1 min · steve ulrich

an actual party of the people

if the DFL’s really being honest … this is dark, but pretty much nails it. ...

November 29, 2016 · 1 min · steve ulrich