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Quickly documenting some different behaviors when reading articles on the Washington Post:
1. Firefox 42.0a2, Tracking Protection turned on: article obscured, "To keep reading, please enter your e-mail address."
2. Firefox 42.0a2, Tracking Protection turned on, private browsing mode: article obscured, "Your ad blocker is on."
In both cases, it asks for an email address to continue. In both cases, the email submission form fails to work with a vague error message when I enter a mailinator.com address. With a spam GMail address (that is, including "+spam"), WaPo thanks me and lets me click through to the article.

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Is there an English translation (or better yet, a cover) of this banned Chinese song about the challenge of finding a quiet place to study?

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Via @shepazu, see this detailed (and well-researched) map of tribal nations of North America:
http://schepers.cc/pix/tribal-nations-map.jpeg
http://schepers.cc/bordering-on-factual

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Should the technician be a servant to politicians or does the craftsman herself learn from engagement with material?
https://npdoty.name/writing/craftsman/

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What would it take to get an "Idaho stop" right-of-way policy for biking in Oakland?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/san-francisco-lawmaker-announces-idaho-stop-style-bike-yield-law/

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"What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and coffee?"

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"Democracy is an act, and each generation must do its part to move this nation toward a more perfect union." http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-john-lewis-voting-rights-act-20150807-story.html

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John Lewis, whose skull was fractured leading the Selma march for equal voting rights, today calls for restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

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Quotes I interpret as about the Internet, from Hannah Arendt's 1950s political philosophy

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We often talk about computer-mediated communication, but there's also an important sense in which the Internet provides for communication with less mediation and context than we're accustomed to, with a shock to the participants because of the lack of relation they have to one another. See, Reddit.

The weirdness of this situation resembles a spiritualistic seance where a number of people gathered around a table might suddenly, through some magic trick, see the table vanish from their midst, so that two persons sitting opposite each other were no longer separated but also would be entirely un-related to each other by anything tangible.

I especially like this for anticipating the challenges of archiving as necessary for the Internet to be a "public space":

If the world is to contain a public space, it cannot be erected for one generation and planned for the living only; it must transcend the life-span of mortal men.

Quotes from: Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. University of Chicago Press,

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Replied to a post on werd.io :

I started using ggautoblocker a few months ago (while discussing anti-harassment tools in a class) and it's been amazing just not seeing any of this hate in my feeds. Nonetheless, I do appreciate your occasional reminders that apparently they're still at it.
http://blog.randi.io/good-game-auto-blocker/