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bigtuffal, to random
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@pluralistic appreciated how many details you got right about the paper bans in the USA Carceral system, excepting one

when drugs got in 2014-2020 it was almost always just guards bc absolutely nobody gave a shit about pretense because of the power imbalance you mostly describe, laws are only there to hurt captured people in my experience

pluralistic,
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@bigtuffal Thank you.

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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: Rebecca Roque's "Till Human Voices Wake Us"; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/16/dead-air/

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pluralistic,
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I'm touring my new, nationally bestselling novel The Bezzle! Catch me TOMORROW (Apr 17) in CHICAGO, then Torino (Apr 21), Marin County (Apr 27), Winnipeg (May 2), Calgary (May 3), Vancouver (May 4), and beyond!

https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/16/narrative-capitalism/#bezzle-tour

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pluralistic, to random
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"Till Human Voices Wake Us" is Rebecca Roque's debut novel: it's a superb teen thriller, intricately plotted and brilliantly executed, packed with imaginative technological turns that amp up the tension and suspense:

https://www.blackstonepublishing.com/till-human-voices-wake-us-gn3a.html#541=2790108

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If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/16/dead-air/#technorealism

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pluralistic, to religion
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Mustard seedism

charliejane, to random
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It should be illegal to send anyone an email

pluralistic,
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@charliejane But consider: it should also be illegal to make anyone's phone go beep-beep-here-is-a-message when you aren't 100% certain that the recipient isn't deep in some thoughtful or imaginative reverie.

pluralistic, to random
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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: How to screw up a whistleblower law; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/15/whistleblown/

#Pluralistic

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pluralistic,
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I'm touring my new, nationally bestselling novel The Bezzle! Catch me THIS WEDNESDAY (Apr 17) in CHICAGO, then Torino (Apr 21), Marin County (Apr 27), Winnipeg (May 2), Calgary (May 3), Vancouver (May 4), and beyond!

https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/16/narrative-capitalism/#bezzle-tour

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pluralistic, to random
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Corporate crime is notoriously underpoliced and underprosecuted. Mostly, that's because we just choose not to do anything about it. American corporations commit crimes at 20X the rate of real humans, and their crimes are far worse than any crime committed by a human, but they are almost never prosecuted:

https://pluralistic.net/2021/10/12/no-criminals-no-crimes/#get-out-of-jail-free-card

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pluralistic,
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If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/15/whistleblown/#lisa-monaco

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pluralistic,
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@janisf It's literally the way that every whistleblower reward program has worked since the LINCOLN ADMINISTRATION. I think the "political ramifications" have been thoroughly worked out over the ensuing 159 years.

pluralistic,
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@janisf No one has claimed that this will change precedent.

The argument is that this is a defective program because it eschews the practice of literal centuries of whistleblower bounties.

You said that this practice would be unworkable due to "political ramifications."

When I pointed out that these ramifications have not surfaced in 150 years, you raised the seeming non sequitur that this doesn't invalidate those older programs.

Again, that's not the concern.

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@janisf Thank you.

pluralistic,
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@janisf I think the Dems are riven, broadly, into a finance-friendly faction - the Manchin-Synematic Universe - and a left/progressive coalition led by Warren/Sanders. Biden's trying to serve as broker between the two and pleasing no-one:

https://pluralistic.net/2023/06/17/pizzaburgers/

pluralistic, to random
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Your periodic reminder that Steve Gibson and the Red Caps' "It's so good good good" is lowkey one of the horniest songs of the era and also a banger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzk1cCDNBNc

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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: Twinkfrump Linkdump; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/13/goulash/

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pluralistic,
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I'm touring my new, nationally bestselling novel The Bezzle! Catch me in Chicago (Apr 17), Torino (Apr 21) Marin County (Apr 27), Winnipeg (May 2), Calgary (May 3), Vancouver (May 4), and beyond!

https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/16/narrative-capitalism/#bezzle-tour

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pluralistic, to random
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Welcome to the 17th Pluralistic linkdump, a collection of all the miscellany that didn't make it into the week's newsletter, cunningly wrought together in a single edition that ranges from the first ISP to AI nonsense to labor organizing victories to the obituary of a brilliant scientist you should know a lot more about! Here's the other 16 dumps:

https://pluralistic.net/tag/linkdump/

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pluralistic,
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If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/13/goulash/#material-misstatement

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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: No, "convenience" isn't the problem; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/12/give-me-convenience/

#Pluralistic

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pluralistic,
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I'm touring my new, nationally bestselling novel The Bezzle! Catch me in Chicago (Apr 17), Torino (Apr 21) Marin County (Apr 27), Winnipeg (May 2), Calgary (May 3), Vancouver (May 4), and beyond!

https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/16/narrative-capitalism/#bezzle-tour

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pluralistic, to random
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Using Amazon, or Twitter, or Facebook, or Google, or Doordash, or Uber doesn't make you lazy. Platform capitalism isn't enshittifying because you made the wrong shopping choices.

If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/12/give-me-convenience/#or-give-me-death

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cpereira, to random French

Hey @ploum
Hey @pluralistic
Just a thought.

As we talk about enshittification, we should also talk about shiternet.
WDYT ?

pluralistic,
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@cpereira @ploum "enshitternet"

kegill, to random
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WTH, @pluralistic !

Didn’t you write Beezle early(ish) in the pandemic? You saw the enshittification that is the SPAC even then?

Oh. Right. Trump’s SPAC adventures started publicly in October 2021. Damn. (I’ll read what he’s reading.)

The Bezzle: A Martin Hench Novel (The Martin Hench Novels) by Cory Doctorow
https://a.co/9tUNC8J

pluralistic,
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@kegill about 18 months in, if memory serves

pluralistic,
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@kegill Thank you!

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