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The Insulin Racket (prospect.org)
by Patrick on 25 Jun 2019  2 comments, latest 18 minutes ago
https://prospect.org/article/i In the United States, drug companies have near-unilateral power to name their own price, and insulin manufacturers don’t face significant competition that might compel them to lower prices. In...

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Trump aide: How we're aiming to stop surprise medical bills (cnn.com)
by Patrick on 14 May 2019  11 comments, latest 21 minutes ago
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/10 At the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his principles to solve a huge problem facing our healthcare system: surprise medical bills. Present at the event were...

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Get started making sounds in a browser (learningsynths.ableton.com)
by Patrick on 25 Jun 2019  2 comments, latest an hour ago
https://learningsynths.ableton If you don’t hear anything, make sure your sound is on and the volume is turned up. And please use headphones for the best experience!

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Freedom to Offend
by Patrick on 9 Feb 2015  541 comments, latest 2 hours ago
Patrick.net is a mostly-unmoderated anonymous forum where the fundamental human right to offend is protected. Freedom of speech is nothing but the freedom to offend. Speech which offends no one...

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At least 133,000 migrants were arrested in May crossing the border illegally (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 22 Jun 2019  9 comments, latest 9 hours ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne During a hearing in front of congressional leaders with the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington, CBP chief Carla Provost said that through the first six months of 2019,...

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Philadelphia pulls SEVENTY TWO cops off the street amid probe into claims officers posted more than 300 racist and anti-Muslim comments on Facebook (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 21 Jun 2019  12 comments, latest 11 hours ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne Police Commissioner Richard Ross says 72 Philadelphia cops have been placed on administrative duty amid an initial investigation into a national group's accusation of officers in at least five...

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Has anyone tried using a cellular access point for home internet? (snikt.net)
by Patrick on 23 Jun 2019  12 comments, latest 15 hours ago
Here is someone talking about hacking one up:https://snikt.net/blog/2019 Can you just buy good quality internet access from your mobile carrier now? By good, I mean better than 10 mbps throughput...

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Deepfakes: A Threat to Individuals and National Security (lionbridge.ai)
by Patrick on 23 Jun 2019  9 comments, latest a day ago
https://lionbridge.ai/articles What are Deepfakes?A combination of the terms “deep learning” and “fake”, deepfakes are synthetic media created using deep learning technology. Synthesizing images, video, or audio, may have no obvious...

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Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire (fortune.com)
by Patrick on 24 Jun 2019  Posted a day ago
http://fortune.com/longform/si Choosing homes there is the job of Amherst’s highly automated purchasing system. In its 19th-floor office on New York City’s Madison Avenue, a dozen buying specialists screen leads on...

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List of people and sites banned or demonetized for political reasons from Wordpress/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Google/YouTube/Pinterest etc (alexjonespodcast.com)
by Patrick on 8 Jun 2019  96 comments, latest 2 days ago
The requirements to be listed are:1. to have been banned or demonetized from Wordpress/Twitter/Facebook/You or other anti-free-speech sites2. to have a website which is not on one of the intolerant...

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Bernie Sanders faces mounting opposition from moderate Democrats (theguardian.com)
by Patrick on 21 Jun 2019  1 comment, latest 4 days ago
https://www.theguardian.com/us From the guy who sent me the link:see, it's just the opposite of what this guy Jon Cowan thinks: unless they NOMINATE a candidate who is willing to strike...

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Britain broke law in allowing arms exports to Saudis: court (reuters.com)
by Patrick on 20 Jun 2019  2 comments, latest 4 days ago
https://www.reuters.com/articl Britain broke the law by allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia that might have been deployed in the war in Yemen, an English court ruled on Thursday after activists...

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Four reasons why Trump is cruising toward re-election (theguardian.com)
by Patrick on 21 Jun 2019  14 comments, latest 4 days ago
https://www.theguardian.com/co Remarkably, given the traumatic experience of 2016, many Democrats have still not learned the key lesson of US democracy: elections are not won by passive majorities but by mobilized...

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Amazon plans for neighborhood patrol drones spark fears they could be used to collect data Big Brother-style (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 21 Jun 2019  1 comment, latest 4 days ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sc Amazon is considering launching drones that patrol neighbourhoods and could even call the police if they spot something amiss, according to a patent.The company may set up a subscription...

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Leading Oxford academics blast LGBT charity Stonewall for pushing 'tendentious and antiscientific claims' (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 16 Jun 2019  8 comments, latest 5 days ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne More than 30 Oxford academics have blasted Stonewall for pushing 'tendentious and antiscientific claims' in the trans awareness training it gives to universities.The group have taken issue with compulsory...

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New report from UN expert says evidence suggests Saudi Crown Prince was liable for Khashoggi murder and should face sanctions (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 19 Jun 2019  Posted 6 days ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne UN report finds 'credible evidence' that Mohammed bin Salman was to blame It calls for a probe to see if the 'threshold of criminal responsibility was met' Investigator heard...

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First Amendment constraints don’t apply to private platforms, Supreme Court affirms (theverge.com)
by Patrick on 18 Jun 2019  3 comments, latest 6 days ago
https://www.theverge.com/2019/ In a case closely watched for its potential implications for social media, the Supreme Court has ruled that a nonprofit running public access channels isn’t bound by governmental constraints...

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Record number of African migrants are caught trying to cross the Mexican border illegally - with Border Patrol rounding up 500 in a week (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 18 Jun 2019  2 comments, latest 6 days ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne In one recent week, agents in the Border Patrol's Del Rio sector stopped more than 500 African migrants found walking in separate groups along the arid land after splashing...

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Why Merkel should be in prison (defendevropa.com)
by Patrick on 19 May 2019  16 comments, latest 7 days ago
https://www.defendevropa.com/2 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/ A machete-wielding Ghanaian refugee forced a 26 year old German man to watch whilst he raped his 23 year old lover.The attack happened at 12:30 am last Sunday...

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Meetup in Redwood City: Conservatives Who Code discussing "Platform Access as a Civil Right" (meetup.com)
by Patrick on 9 Jun 2019  4 comments, latest 7 days ago
https://www.meetup.com/bayarea Topic: Digital Public Square, Platform Access as a Civil RightWe'll be discussing the idea that Social Media platform access should be a civil right. For background, see these articles:Pro:https://humaneven...

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The joys of "diversity" in France (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 17 Jun 2019  5 comments, latest 7 days ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne French rapper who was fined for music video called 'Hang White People' sparks fury with new song containing the lyrics 'I F*** France until agony' where he acts out...

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Ted Cruz defends Freedom of Speech
by Patrick on 16 Jun 2019  2 comments, latest 9 days ago
I'm not a huge fan of Ted, but this is quite rational and praiseworthy:Btw, the foreign language is Irish Gaelic. I have my computer set to prefer Irish so that...

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US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free media (theguardian.com)
by Patrick on 13 Jun 2019  13 comments, latest 9 days ago
https://www.theguardian.com/co Whenever you read about journalists harming national security, massive alarm bells should start ringing. Think no further than Richard Nixon trying to prosecute the Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg,...

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De-Googling My Life (nrempel.com)
by Patrick on 12 Jun 2019  5 comments, latest 11 days ago
https://nrempel.com/de-googlin Recently I've spent some time changing my habits and changing the online services that I use so that I am less dependent on Google to participate in the internet....

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Trump has brought us much greater peace and prosperity than any other president in decades (magapill.com)
by Patrick on 23 Mar 2019  158 comments, latest 11 days ago
No matter what you think of Trump the person, he has so far led us to much greater peace and prosperity than we had before him.* No new wars. In...

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Italy proposes tax on savings hidden in safety deposit boxes (reuters.com)
by Patrick on 14 Jun 2019  3 comments, latest 11 days ago
https://www.reuters.com/articl MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s government may tax cash and other valuables locked away in safety deposit boxes held with banks, Italian newspapers said on Wednesday, quoting Deputy Prime Minister...

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The surprising benefits of talking to strangers (bbc.com)
by Patrick on 12 Jun 2019  24 comments, latest 11 days ago
https://www.bbc.com/news/world Most people spend part of every day surrounded by strangers, whether on their daily commute, sitting in a park or cafe, or visiting the supermarket.Yet many of us remain...

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Google’s Chrome Becomes Web ‘Gatekeeper’ and Rivals Complain (bloomberg.com)
by Patrick on 29 May 2019  4 comments, latest 12 days ago
https://www.bloomberg.com/news Once underdog, browser now labeled ‘spyware,’ ‘monopolist’ Company accused of stalling approvals for rival browsersWhen Samuel Maddock built a browser that lets friends watch an online video at the...

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Maine Governor Signs Strictest Internet Protections in the U.S. (govtech.com)
by Patrick on 12 Jun 2019  6 comments, latest 13 days ago
https://www.govtech.com/policy The new law, set to take effect July 1, 2020, would require Internet service providers to get permission from their customers before any data could be sold to a...

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Georgia professor’s immigration comments cause stir on social media (ajc.com)
by Patrick on 12 Jun 2019  4 comments, latest 13 days ago
https://www.ajc.com/news/local A Georgia Gwinnett College professor’s online comments about illegal immigrants have prompted some, including a state lawmaker, to say he should be reprimanded or fired.The professor, a Chinese legal...

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Many good alternatives to Google's invasive ReCAPTCHA (kevv.net)
by Patrick on 12 Jun 2019  Posted 13 days ago
https://kevv.net/you-probably- Google’s ReCAPTCHA is often the first tool that many webmasters reach for when confronted with the need to stop spam and automated malicious traffic from harming their services. In...

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It isn’t Trump who’s a big baby – it’s Sadiq (spiked-online.com)
by Patrick on 10 Jun 2019  1 comment, latest 14 days ago
https://www.spiked-online.com/ If you want to see just how entitled and arrogant Britain’s chattering classes have become, look no further than their indignation over Donald Trump’s tweets calling London mayor Sadiq...

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The restaurant owner who asked for 1-star Yelp reviews (thehustle.co)
by Patrick on 9 Jun 2019  19 comments, latest 14 days ago
https://thehustle.co/botto-bis In 2014, chef Davide Cerretini advertised a special that would forever change his fate: Anyone who left his restaurant a 1-star review on Yelp would get 25% off a...

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Let's make them pay for using our personal data (amortizedcost.net)
by Patrick on 10 Jun 2019  2 comments, latest 15 days ago
http://amortizedcost.net/make- Probably already everyone knows or at least suspects that companies on the internet are using for free our personal data. Do you remember when you were looking for good...

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Always Own Your Platform (alwaysownyourplatform.com)
by Patrick on 10 Jun 2019  Posted 15 days ago
http://www.alwaysownyourplatfo You know, it wasn't that long ago.There was RSS.There were blogs.There were sub-groups and communities. The weirdos found each other. The non-weirdos found each other. It wasn't perfect. But...

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Google abusing its monopoloy position to force proprietary code into Android apps, slow down Firefox users (reddit.com)
by Patrick on 10 Jun 2019  Posted 15 days ago
https://www.reddit.com/r/frees Android now forces apps to include proprietary code for push notificationsFOSS messaging apps such as Telegram-FOSS, riot.im, and other free software apps that need push notifications, are facing a...

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Researcher says there is gender divide on college campuses over free speech, diversity (thehill.com)
by Patrick on 1 Jun 2019  2 comments, latest 15 days ago
https://thehill.com/hilltv/ris Researcher Evette Alexander told Hill.TV this week that there is a gender divide on college campuses when it comes to prioritizing free speech versus inclusion."Men and women felt quite...

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Google blocking right-leaning individuals from thousands of websites? (tickets.mvcpa.com)
by Patrick on 9 Jun 2019  Posted 16 days ago
I have found recently that when a site doesn't work correctly (for example this one) it's usually because I have all Google domains blocked with Little Snitch (an absolutely wonderful...

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Platform Access Is A Civil Right (humanevents.com)
by Patrick on 8 Jun 2019  4 comments, latest 16 days ago
https://humanevents.com/2019/0 Private property rights are great. But that does not mean that we, as a society, had to let private restaurant owners and private hotel managers turn away customers because...

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"Sanctuary" policy directly results in murder of a woman US citizen, and yet upheld in Santa Clara county anyway (dailymail.co.uk)
by Patrick on 8 Jun 2019  3 comments, latest 16 days ago
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne California county upholds sanctuary policy that critics say prompted the release of an illegal gang member 'before he killed a woman' Supervisors in a Northern California county have refused...
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