Link list: Friday, June 13 2020

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s comments edition.cnn.com/2020/06/1…

Talk is cheap. What are you going to do about it, Zuckerbergs?

The Zuckerbergs appear to be using the Republican Congressional playbook here: Denounce Trump occasionally, but support Trump when it matters.


Most COVID cases don’t spread virus—it’s the superspreaders we need to stop arstechnica.com/science/2…

Most people who get covid don’t infect anybody. But a few infected people in crowds can do a lot of damage.

Avoid (1) Closed spaces with poor ventilation, (2) Crowded places, and (3) Close-contact settings, such as close-range conversations.

That’s been my thumb rule for weeks. Recently, I’ve done a couple of outdoor social visits with friends. I walk around the neighborhood daily and stop and talk with people – at 20-25 feet distance (this is one time my big New York voice helps, after decades of embarrassing people in restaurants!). When I go inside somewhere other than home, the place is well-ventilated.


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

“Unauthorized water:” GE refrigerators are booby-trapped to block you from using third-party filters. “ … when business apologists talk about the sanctity of property, they mean the sanctity of corporate property.” You own the refrigerator, you should be allowed to use whatever filter you want in it.

“Remote portraiture:” Portrait photographer Fran Monks “is shooting “socially distanced portraits” using videoconferencing tools.”

Monks’s work is mostly wide frame, capturing her subjects in the spaces to which they are confined; she sets up the shot over videoconferencing, then photographs her screen with a traditional camera.

“HBO Max, a monopolist’s parable:” AT&T abuses its monopoly to push HBO Max.

“NY repeals 50-a: “New York repealed a law that permitted police to conceal information on police disciplinary hearings. The NYPD posted reports from the proceedings to a clipboard in its public information office, but abruptly stopped in 2016 to save paper. “No, really.”

Orgs that provide cover for police misconduct are wetting their pants over this, with a coalition of “law enforcement groups” publishing a statement warning of “unavoidable and irreparable harm to reputation and livelihood” of cops if misconduct is reported to the public.

pluralistic.net/2020/06/1…


Is this the second wave? Vox’s Dylan Scott says it’s hard to tell because the United States is riding 50 different Covid-19 waves. www.listennotes.com/podcasts/…


Georgia’s troubled primary elections this week may be a preview of bigger problems to come in the general election. www.nytimes.com/2020/06/1…

You mean where Bunker Boy and the Republicans try to steal the election? Count on it.


One Thing Newsrooms Can Do: Capitalize “B” When Reporting About the Black Community amsterdamnews.com/news/2020…

It’s a good idea and I’m going to start right away. We capitalize the names of other ethnic groups; we should capitalize Black as well


A new tool in Workplace, Facebook’s workplace chat (Slack competitor) allows employers to suppress words like “unionize.” theintercept.com/2020/06/1…

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner