This is pretty damn good.
Today I learned about White v. Lee 227 F.3d 1214 (2000).
Its a lawsuit filed against HUD for first amendment violations stemming from a Fair Housing Act investigation. Sounds mundane, but actually, the initial HUD complaint is really fucking weird!
An affordable developer applied to convert a hotel into affordable housing in Berkeley. The neighbors rallied against it and spammed propaganda that it would benefit people with mental illness.
Berkeley ended up denying the permit. So someone filed a Fair Housing Act complaint with HUD to investigate the neighbors, claiming their propaganda led to the project's denial. Not against the city, but *against the neighbors who merely published flyers and pamphlets*.
I mean... the hard truth that no one wants to admit in America is that a lot of people don't mind being exploited for the sake of convenience.
People know how bad Google, FB, Twitter, etc are when it comes to respecting their rights. They don't care. Why? B/c it's easy.
Being more responsible for your online persona means learning more and putting in a bit more effort to stay on top of it.
Most people just don't care.
Google's popularity is reflection of our national attitude towards work
Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions for alternatives, if you have any more suggestions (or feedback on these alternatives) please reply to this post.
@aredridel if I may add something on the same line of thought.
Tompkins Square Park, June 2015, anonymous
World: Google, you are so smart, impartial, and benevolent, please write all our protocols and standards.
Google: Oh yeah, btw, we don’t think you should be able to protect yourself from being tracked on our browser.
Google to break uBlock Origin on Chromium.
We are not going to compete with the mainstream car industry by promoting engine replacements. We are going to compete with the mainstream car industry by building better cars that are safer and more sustainable. But those cars aren’t going to grow on trees. We must fund the organisations that will create them from the commons for the common good.
“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.
Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.
Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.
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