Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

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New York Times endorsement cop-out
Senator Warren is a gifted storyteller.” — duh

Why news organizations should not be public companies
Alden’s strategy of acquiring struggling local newsrooms and stripping them of assets has built the personal wealth of the hedge fund’s investors.” — a mirror image of what Tribune did when it was a media conglomerate.

Republicans and Democrats are bathing in the same water
Democrats, too, have made up their minds, and that would be equally upsetting but for the mountain of actual evidence on which their judgment rests.” — Sometimes I feel like I’m standing between dimensions.

They know who you are and you can’t stop them
When people can be identified and their data correlated at a speed and scale previously unseen, we need new rules.” — I’ll start worrying when ads online stop asking me to buy what I just purchased.

Intentional Communities… as opposed to unintentional communities?
According to Sky Blue… ” — Yes, there is a person named Sky Blue. The article was the best ad for nut butters I’ve ever read.

America’s parallel universes are taught in school
The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.” — Maybe… just maybe if they taught the facts and leave the nuances for college our kids would learn more.

The return of SARS
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus—part of a class of pathogens that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS—has more than tripled to 218 cases, according to Chinese state media and health authorities.” — 218 cases? Let me know when it’s 10,000. Then I’ll worry.

I wish I understood monetary policy
Global banks’ use of funding from markets rather than from customer deposits has grown rapidly in recent years, mostly in the form of short-term funding, which was a central problem of the 2008 financial crisis, according to a body that monitors global financial risks.” — I need a bigger mattress I think.

Were we better off when our life expectancy was 46?
The bad news is that the aged are too often degraded as irrelevant, useless, burdensome, ugly if not grotesque—or, not to put too fine a point on it, a pain in the butt.” — So I’ve got that to look forward to.