Opinion | Is Mark Zuckerberg a Man Without Principles?

A long time ago, I was very close to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. They both were happy to be bazillionaires. They both were megalomaniacs, in certain ways. They could be very unpleasant, but they had some principles. They had a red line. In my encounters with Mark Zuckerberg, I’ve never been able to discover any principles.

— Walt Mossberg

Wow!

How can I be happy?

WANT TO RAISE WAGES? REBUILD OUR UNIONS

Blaming migrants is politically cheap but socially costly. It diverts our attention from the real causes of low pay and holds us back from taking the kind of collective action necessary to defend living standards.

Want to improve wages? Don’t scapegoat immigrants. Don’t create shortages. Rebuild our unions.

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The origin of SARS-CoV-2, revisited

Since early in the pandemic, scientists have overwhelmingly concluded that the evidence makes a natural origin for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a far more likely explanation for the pandemic than a laboratory origin. Over the last three weeks or so, however, there has been considerable chatter about the “lab leak” hypothesis, and President Biden even ordered US intelligence agencies to…

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Public oppose bishops in the Lords by more than three to one – new poll

A new survey has shown that the British public is against the House of Lords continuing to have places for Church of England bishops by more than three to one. The YouGov poll found that 53% of adults favour removing the bishops, with only 16% favouring keeping them. The result was consistent across supporters of […]

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Vaccine Effectiveness

Invasive apps – The pCloud Blog

Which apps are sharing your details with others? Our report finds out, looking at the information they collect, store and share for their own gain.

 

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Barefoot at the Keyboard

Like many people, I have spent extra hours surfing the web during the lockdown. During one excursion, I stumbled across the German rock group, AnnenMayKantereit (AMK for short). They hail from Cologne; a city for which I have fond memories, having worked on a project there for a year or so some time back.

AMK sing mainly in German, but there are some great covers to be found on YouTube. You can also find their songs on Apple Music. The band’s lead singer is Henning May who has a marvellous, gravelly voice as evidenced in this video.

I don’t speak German. The little tourist competence I acquired while working in Cologne has pretty much evaporated. I can remember, “Noch eins Kölsch, bitte”. With the aid of Google Translate and Wiktionary, I offer this English translation.

And I’m sitting again
Barefoot at the piano
I dream love songs
And sing about you

You and I, we were strange
Not for me, for those who were bothered
If you could hear us at night
I sat around lonely with you and in silence
I remember best lying lonely together, every morning
Then with you, you naked in bed and I barefoot at the piano

And I’m sitting again
Barefoot at the piano
I dream love songs
And sing about you

You and me, it didn’t work that way
You wanted to know everything and that drove me away
Actually you, you didn’t stay longer with me
So to live I prefer to sit barefoot at the piano

And I’m sitting again
Barefoot at the piano
I dream love songs
And sing about you
You and me, that was not enough
I dream about you

And I’m sitting again
Barefoot at the piano
And dream about you
I dream about you
I dream about you

A “not antivaccine” antivax pediatrician asks how we will know a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective

Dr. Liz Mumper is associated with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s antivax organization Children’s Health Defense. She recently gave a presentation asking: How will we know that a COVID vaccine is safe? It’s a presentation that provides an excellent example of how to identify if someone is antivaccine.

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The American Abyss

America will not survive the big lie just because a liar is separated from power. It will need a thoughtful repluralization of media and a commitment to facts as a public good. The racism structured into every aspect of the coup attempt is a call to heed our own history. Serious attention to the past helps us to see risks but also suggests future possibility. We cannot be a democratic republic if we tell lies about race, big or small. Democracy is not about minimizing the vote nor ignoring it, neither a matter of gaming nor of breaking a system, but of accepting the equality of others, heeding their voices and counting their votes.