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So glad to see this conservative support for a carbon tax with the proceeds rebated to the public in the form of a Universal Basic Income. It would be great to take advantage of this political moment to rewrite the rules in a positive way.

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This account of a 1964 lecture by a neo-Nazi at UC Berkeley is an excellent explanation of free speech in action, and why “attend-listen-embarrass” is better strategy than violent protest for responding to extremist speech.

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Wow. Steve Bannon is reading Halberstam's The Best and The Brightest, the book about the impetuous policies that got us deeper into the Vietnam War, but has he learned its lessons? Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ignored all the people who actually knew anything about the situation in favor of high level ideas about what ought to work. Come to think of it, that's what happened with the Neocons in Iraq. And now with Trump's foreign policy... 

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This is a profoundly moving editorial from the Jordan Times about the parallels - and the differences - between the Arab Spring and what is happening in the US. "American citizens experienced in one week what several hundred million Arab men and women have been experiencing for the past half a century or so: power structures that are controlled by a small number of men, revolving around a single family, closely tied to corporate business interests, and taking decisions unilaterally with little interaction with or respect for the elected legislative branch of government, expertise in the scholarly and civil society worlds or the domestic and international rule of law."


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I understand Google's goal of dealing with problems algorithmically, but this is shameful. Danny Sullivan explains the reason behind the failure: "Google has changed its algorithm to reward popular results over authoritative ones. For the reason that it makes Google more money." 

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Design is a key strategic advantage in times of technological change. Connected devices and conversational UI are only two of many dramatic changes designers are coming to grips with. That’s why we introduced a new Design conference at O'Reilly Media. Best price ends today.

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I am in awe both of the depth of Ta-nehisi Coates' insight and the beauty of his writing. This is a must-read. Moving and important. 

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How cool is it that the Dept of Commerce (Census Bureau and more) has Alexa skills! Congrats to Justin Antonipillai for pulling this off. I love it when I can make a suggestion like this and someone just runs with it. 

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The tragic Oakland fire is a strong argument for the importance of Carl Malamud's work to make building codes freely available online. An informed citizenry is the best enforcement, yet states keep their building codes behind a paywall, and have sued Carl to keep them that way. Carl believes, rightly, that we should be able to freely read the laws that govern us - and are designed to help us. I'd also love to see more media coverage of "how to make your loft space safer" rather than just discussions of whether or not lofts should be shut down. This is a wakeup call to residents, not just building code enforcers! Help them do the right thing, don't just tell them it's someone else's job.



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"We need to show every American competent government services they can actually use, services that treat them with dignity, and actual economic opportunity." Jennifer Pahlka explains how that is just what we are doing in partnership with local and state government at Code for America (and at the federal level via services like USDS and 18F). 
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