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Sohail Mirza
IAmA passionate technologist, adventurer, family man, and khadim (servant) to humanity. AMA.
IAmA passionate technologist, adventurer, family man, and khadim (servant) to humanity. AMA.
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Why we should all quit watching CNN

With Trump's rise to the presidency, the bar of absurdity and and levels of nonsense we're willing to tolerate have risen so much higher. In that environment, media outlets like CNN have also ramped up the absurdity that they are willing to expose us to.

I have to admit to being swept up in the Trump coverage and taking some pleasure in the combative punditry for a while, but reached a point where I was just annoyed that the same absurdists kept appearing on the air.

This +Vox video essay exposes the reality of CNN's political coverage strategy. Political coverage is reduced to sport so that viewers can be entertained by pointless argument and the perception of two sides fighting a battle.

Are you not entertained?

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President Trump's war on the environment (and common sense) continues as the EPA's Open Data web service is set to be shutdown by Friday.

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President Trump's war on the environment (and common sense) continues as the EPA's Open Data web service is set to be shutdown by Friday.

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As Noam Chomsky gets older I often find myself wondering whether we have the same calibre of intellectual ready to replace him and to deliver articulate and honest analysis of geopolitics.

In this video (10 mins), Chomsky discusses Trump's bombing of Afghanistan and Syria, yielding an informative conclusion: that America prefers the use of force to more peaceful solutions.

The relationship between politics, media, and the public feels like a deal with the devil. We want to know what our politicians are doing since it grants us knowledge with which to affect change, but this subjects the political class to scrutiny, and all of this through the eye of the media where policy becomes theatre. It's a special circle of hell we (and much of the world) are being subjected to. 

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+Google Earth 😞 Can't believe this is still going on.

#firefox
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I'll summarize the points made here but this article is worth a read as it captures some nuance for each piece of advice.

1. Embrace change
2. Create new markets, not just new products
3. Embrace lifelong learning
4. Invest in skills that the future will value

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"We believe that the legal advice given to [President Donald Trump] by your partner [...] is not just simplistic and ill-founded, but that it empowers and even encourages impeachable offenses and undetectable financial conflicts of interest by America's highest official, and thus is an unprecedented invitation to corruption and an assault on our democracy."

https://thinkprogress.org/investment-fund-fires-lawyers-trump-kleptocracy-a20e5312c989
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These days TV is the lesser distraction. The Internet, on the other hand, is pervasive and virtually always accessible. Disconnecting from distraction is harder than ever.

#InternetAddiction

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It happens for the first time. A president calls a reporter who live tweets the conversation. 
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Typically false...
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