Link list: Wednesday, June 10 2020

When I’m not wasting my time switching to-do managers, I like to waste my time trying different read-it-later services. www.macstories.net/reviews/g…


Cory Doctorow’s Pluralistic pluralistic.net/2020/06/1…

“How cops spy on Black journalists: Writing in Propublica, reporter Wendi C Thomas describes how she discovered that the cops in Memphis, her town, were spying on her…. It’s the most petty, inane, paranoid bullshit imaginable, an indictment of a thin-skinned city government cowering in its basement, jumping at shadows, terrified of truth-tellers.”

“Teen Vogue on surviving rubber bullets: Less lethals are still lethal.”

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor “The quest to transform this country cannot be limited to challenging its brutal police alone. It must conquer the logic that finances police and jails at the expense of public schools and hospitals.”

“Appeals court rejects judge who wanted $65m for lost pants: After 15 years, former administrative law judge and committed vexatious litigant Roy Pearson, Jr has met with another setback in his quest to sue his dry cleaner for $65,000,000 for losing a pair of his pants in 2005.”

“Earlier this week, 1,000+ people marched on the courthouse in Compton, LA; they were joined by the Compton Cowboys, a Black riding club, along with friends who formed a procession of 100+ riders.” 1 in 4 American frontier cowboys was Black.

“Wargame based on the 1968 Chicago police riots”


Dutch company in deal to buy Grubhub www.nytimes.com/2020/06/1…

I would love it if this deal resulted in Grubhub being less predatory of restaurants and delivery people. The app and service works fantastically, but the business practices are obscene.


Leslie Furcron’s lawyer says police shot her in the face for calling them “murderers.” timesofsandiego.com/crime/202…

She was shot during demonstrations and rioting in La Mesa, California, the otherwise sleepy suburb of San Diego where Julie and I live. The rioting was 2-½ miles from our house; we could hear it from our living room window (though we didn’t know what it was at the time – we thought it was just highway noise!)


Navy to Ban Confederate Battle Flag from Installations, Ships and Aircraft timesofsandiego.com/military/…

Loyal Americans shouldn’t fly the flag of an American enemy that fought a war to protect slavery.


Trump opposes efforts to remove Confederate commanders’ names from military bases www.cnn.com/2020/06/1…

Trump tweeted, in his usual semi-literate fashion: “These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a… ….history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.”

Actually, no, they’re monuments to losers who fought against freedom. But whatever. You be you, Donald.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner