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**Singular 'they' crowned word of the decade by US linguists**

"US linguists have picked the gender-neutral pronoun "they" as their word of the decade. The term beat a list of contenders that included "meme," "#BlackLivesMatter" and "'MeToo" to win the crown."

dw.com/en/singular-they-crowne

#news #bot

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By the way, yes, I know the world is burning and the president has started his reelection war. Can't do anything about it tonight. Tomorrow we keep doing our best.

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Don't forget that everybody is different! These toots are just suggestions - take the ones you think might help and leave the rest. Be kind to yourself.

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written on the top of the first page of my planner for january...

Hindsight is the delusion we use to plan the future.

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What kind of bullshit security advice is “don’t open word documents or spreadsheets from emails”

Everyone in an IT/corp environment does that EVERY DAY.

Don’t victim blame people for the failure of the IT industry to make that happen securely.

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Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Also?

Ghostbusters II is a New Year’s movie.

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"This psychological bias in favor of faceless surveillance may explain why Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker faced such a backlash after reports revealed that Amazon hired thousands of people to listen to the recordings. Few people had seemed bothered that Amazon could store conversations for eternity and using them for targeted advertising or other profitable ends. That feeling curdled only when Alexa users learned that real people were listening in."

Not a fan of the NYT in general, but this series on privacy and tracking is pretty good.

nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

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**Jair Bolsonaro pardons Brazilian police who used violence**

"Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has pardoned some police officers accused or convicted of using violence during operations and sometimes off duty. A record number of people have been killed by police in Rio this year."

dw.com/en/jair-bolsonaro-pardo

#news #bot

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ai, uspol 

(so we're agreed then that pretty much all "deep learning" research for the past decade has been an attempt on the part of whichever big tech company to somehow launder cheap toxic user data into profit and political influence?)

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Sometimes the best self care is doing that hard thing you've been putting off.

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A poem by my great uncle, who was a POW in WW2. Not clear if it was written then or later. Nobody left to ask.

He told his family later that he never got angry or frustrated in life back home because of that experience. I don’t know anyone who ever saw him lose his temper or raise his voice.

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