Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon

What time is it? Race time.

North Shore Turkey Trot

What time is it? Race time.

5k this morning.

Trojan horses

It’s not just Facebook, it’s not just memes, it’s not just trolling.

“The Russians know that, in political warfare, disgust is a more powerful tool than anger. Anger drives people to the polls; disgust drives countries apart.”

Ideological subversion, active measures, and crisis

On the heels of deleting my Facebook account this weekend, it’s worth bringing this back to the top again.

“What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.”

“The process of demoralization is complete and irreversible…then it only takes 2-5 years to destabilize a nation…the next stage is crisis, and it may only take 6 weeks…and after crisis, with a violent change of power, structure and economy, you have the period of normalization. That lasts indefinitely.”

Broken bargain for media publishers

Another dangerous new phase for the news industry. No indication publishers will be any smarter this time around. “Regardless of labels, what remains constant is the distribution of power. There are those who make the rules and those who adapt to them.”

[from the Columbia Journalism Review]

The race to zero

And they’re probably much better at it than most adults.
[from Nieman Lab]

No fly

Had only been to one, and only had one other on the list. The rest don’t matter to me.

[from Fodor’s Travel]

Too big not to fail

There was an even stronger article in Financial Times a couple of days ago, but it’s behind a paywall. This one is fine as far as it goes.

[from Tim Karr on Medium]

The Electoral College: the ultimate gerrymander

The Electoral College should have ended with the Civil War. That it didn’t haunts us today.

“What’s clear is that, more than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern whites, the Electoral College continues to do just that. The current system has a distinct, adverse impact on black voters, diluting their political power. Because the concentration of black people is highest in the South, their preferred presidential candidate is virtually assured to lose their home states’ electoral votes.”

[from The Atlantic]

Cowardly outlaws with badges

They put the public at great risk because they’re too afraid to do their jobs and they refuse to enforce the laws designed to protect the public.

[from CBS 60 Minutes Overtime]

Vegan Corn Dogs

Your holiday guests will never know.

Sweet Brown

“America is addicted to hurting black people. America is addicted to watching itself hurt black people. The internet didn’t invent this kind of spectacle, nor is it the source of the disease, but rather collaborates with the country’s disregard for the black lives without which it wouldn’t exist. Black people taught the internet how to go viral. But when virality became enterprise, black people were seldom to be found.”

[from The Paris Review]

Holding Patterns

Long, worthwhile read if you have some time.

“We all hate our parents for not acting as we would, and my hatred in this moment is particularly intense. When she plays the victim, I end up playing the parent, and I am boxed into the role of keeping up appearances. I can’t figure out how to break out of it—to authorize myself to not function—to be sad in a way that is disruptive. To do that would be to take the starring role in my mother’s sickness. I want someone to recognize that what I need is a dog bed to loll in, day in and day out. At another time, the person who would have bought me the dog bed was my mother—the witness to the child’s suffering. Now, she is the star, and I the coddler. When our food comes, she gets exactly her order and they fuck mine up.”

[from N+1 Magazine]