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Postby shark week » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:31 pm

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Postby blurst of times » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:13 pm

jeez, i duno if i can read that.

this is (slightly) more upbeat and v good/interesting: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/portland/stanichs-closed-will-it-reopen-burger-quest#. covers a lot of ground about food(ie) culture, media responsibilities, and #content production
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Postby OLD SAINT RIXX » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:45 pm

i saw a headline about that story and thought about rentboy here on the board, didn't he do the whole silicone in the balls thing? i was too squeamish to look at any of the pictures in that thread
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Postby OLD SAINT RIXX » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:46 pm

by the way this has always been my favorite thread on the board so thanks to all who contribute
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Postby Merciel » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:25 pm

I think rentboy just used saline, which is the way less harmful temporary version.

iirc he was always pretty safe in setting his boundaries, and did stuff that looked extreme but not a lot that actually was.
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Postby madness and chaos » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:47 pm

mascotte wrote:Some of you guys might be interested in this

https://longreads.com/2018/11/19/an-oral-history-of-detroit-punk-rock/


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Postby alaska » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:54 pm

shark week wrote:crying for the first time in three years reading this

https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/how-to-help-someone-who-is-suicidal/


yeah i stumbled on this one a couple of nights ago right before bed and skimmed it because i couldn't handle fully reading it that late. thanks for reminding me to go back to it, even the bit i read was incredibly moving
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Postby mascotte » Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:24 pm

An interesting scientific paper on Russian bots heating up the vaccination debate in the US

We report the results of a retrospective observational study assessing the impact of bots and trolls on online vaccine discourse on Twitter. Using a set of 1 793 690 tweets collected from July 14, 2014, through September 26, 2017, we quantified the impact of known and suspected Twitter bots and trolls on amplifying polarizing and antivaccine messages. This analysis is supplemented by a qualitative study of #VaccinateUS—a Twitter hashtag designed to promote discord using vaccination as a political wedge issue. #VaccinateUS tweets were uniquely identified with Russian troll accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency—a company backed by the Russian government specializing in online influence operations.20 Thus, health communications have become “weaponized”: public health issues, such as vaccination, are included in attempts to spread misinformation and disinformation by foreign powers. In addition, Twitter bots distributing malware and commercial content (i.e., spam) masquerade as human users to distribute antivaccine messages. A full 93% of tweets about vaccines are generated by accounts whose provenance can be verified as neither bots nor human users yet who exhibit malicious behaviors. These unidentified accounts preferentially tweet antivaccine misinformation.


https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304567
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Postby madness and chaos » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:00 pm

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Postby incoherent grunting » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:54 am

This is weird and good
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... .html#ch-4

Part I: Zooming Out
Recently, one of my students at Stanford told me a strange story. His parents, who live in Palo Alto, Calif., had been receiving mysterious packages at their house. The packages were all different shapes and sizes but each was addressed to “Returns Department, Valley Fountain LLC.”

I looked into it and found that a company called Valley Fountain LLC was indeed listed at his parents’ address. But it also appeared to be listed at 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, in downtown San Francisco. So were 140 other LLCs, most of which were registered in 2015. The names of many of these other companies were baffling and surreal. They included Bropastures, Dreamlish and Your Friend Bart LLC.
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Postby Barthes Starr » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:03 am

can't recommend that nyt article highly enough. it is both so utterly baffling in scope but also unsettlingly prophetic as a distillation of the times, yet it somehow nonetheless reads as practically banal. i love it
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Postby coop » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:09 am

blurst of times wrote:jeez, i duno if i can read that.

this is (slightly) more upbeat and v good/interesting: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/portland/stanichs-closed-will-it-reopen-burger-quest#. covers a lot of ground about food(ie) culture, media responsibilities, and #content production


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Postby guy forget » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:12 am

I may have seen this posted here before and it’s not that long but

https://qz.com/1153516/americas-wholeso ... supremacy/
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Postby blurst of times » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:04 pm

coop wrote:
blurst of times wrote:jeez, i duno if i can read that.

this is (slightly) more upbeat and v good/interesting: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/portland/stanichs-closed-will-it-reopen-burger-quest#. covers a lot of ground about food(ie) culture, media responsibilities, and #content production




i saw that and came here to post it. gross that he would gloss over the owner strangling his wife (among other things). i should've been more critical about something so navel-gaze-y to begin with tbh!
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Postby blurst of times » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:12 pm

incoherent grunting wrote:This is weird and good
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... .html#ch-4

Part I: Zooming Out
Recently, one of my students at Stanford told me a strange story. His parents, who live in Palo Alto, Calif., had been receiving mysterious packages at their house. The packages were all different shapes and sizes but each was addressed to “Returns Department, Valley Fountain LLC.”

I looked into it and found that a company called Valley Fountain LLC was indeed listed at his parents’ address. But it also appeared to be listed at 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, in downtown San Francisco. So were 140 other LLCs, most of which were registered in 2015. The names of many of these other companies were baffling and surreal. They included Bropastures, Dreamlish and Your Friend Bart LLC.


also, just read this story and it's nuts. i'm a big fan of stories involving internet sleuthing and unraveling conspiracies, and this delivers on both.
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Postby shizaam » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:52 pm

odell is so good. check out her instagram watch piece: https://www.topic.com/there-s-no-such-t ... free-watch
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Postby neely o'hara » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:20 pm

wow i could read that jenny odell article forever
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Postby Merciel » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:23 pm

blurst of times wrote:gross that he would gloss over the owner strangling his wife (among other things). i should've been more critical about something so navel-gaze-y to begin with tbh!


I guess those were the unspecified "family troubles" that the author of the original piece alluded to but didn't want to elaborate on. I just assumed it was somebody in the family being addicted to something... which I guess is true, sort of, but obviously far from the whole story.

I don't know if you should blame yourself for not zeroing in on that right away though. The Stanich's surface story is hardly unique. There actually are plenty of little obscure restaurants that have gotten destroyed by suddenly being crowned "best of" whatever, and as far as I know, in those cases there wasn't a subplot of abuse and alcoholism going on in the background.
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Postby deadbass » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:09 pm

shark week wrote:crying for the first time in three years reading this

https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/how-to-help-someone-who-is-suicidal/


This was incredibly heartrending and good. Thank you for sharing it.
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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:15 pm

last night i had insomnia and reread this great ricky jay profile i found some years ago: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1993 ... -the-magus

really good to revisit in light of his death

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Postby Julius Sumner Miller » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:57 pm

shizaam wrote:odell is so good. check out her instagram watch piece: https://www.topic.com/there-s-no-such-t ... free-watch


damn this was good.
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Postby Franco » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:43 pm



This will be a twisty turny podcast or Netflix doc at some point
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Postby black mamba » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:25 pm

two interesting articles about sex work

https://warontherocks.com/2018/08/al-shabaabs-mata-hari-network/

The strength and depth of this sex worker-militant network surprised me and many terrorism experts in the West I spoke with, but it’s an open secret among Nairobi residents. My first interview subject didn’t understand why I wanted more details — surely everyone knew about it? Many of my interviewees were neighbors of, or otherwise friendly with, the sex workers involved. They described an arrangement in which al-Shabaab offered money to women who picked up interesting information in the course of their regular sex work — pillow talk from politicians, police officers, and businessmen. One local memorably opined: “Of course! Half the reason these men go to [sex workers] is to complain about their lives. Why not get paid for listening?”

The co-option of sex workers as intelligence officers suggests that al-Shabaab is a rational actor willing to circumvent its highly public ideological stances when there is significant operational benefit to be gained. This calculating, bottom-line mentality runs counter to much of the international narrative about the group. The “Mata Hari” network also shows that al-Shabaab is an innovative organization that looks for unconventional solutions and is actively seeking to survive and expand, despite the long-running efforts by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and its international military partners.


https://knowingless.com/2018/11/19/maximizing-your-slut-impact-an-overly-analytical-guide-to-camgirling/

I made a rough calculation chart to see where your hourly earnings might be in about six months of consistent work. This is extremely general and no guarantee and sometimes random chance just makes everything go crazy, but if you’re trying to make a decision about whether this is worth it, then this might help.

Rate your business acumen potential (sales, reading people, general intelligence, marketing, emotional labor capacity) on a scale of 1-10. Multiply this number by two, and add to the number of hours you plan on camming per week. We’ll call this number X.

If, on the traditional 1-10 beauty scale, you’re:
1-2, multiply X by 0.3
3-4, multiply X by 0.8
5-6, multiply X by 2.5
7-8, multiply X by 4.5
9-10, multiply X by 8

So, for example – if you consider yourself about a 6/10 businessperson, and if you plan on camming 25 hours a week, then 6*2 + 25 = 37.

If you’re 6/10 attractive, multiply 37 by 2.5, and you get a $92.5/hr estimate within 6 months, on MFC. This is the take-home amount after the MFC 50% fee.

None of this applies if you appear male. If you appear male, god help you.
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Postby Merciel » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:34 pm

That last quote, in light of all the research showing that people are terrible at rating their own competence and abstract qualities (apart from attractiveness, where you get continual feedback whether you want it or not), is pretty hilarious.
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