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After bouncing around the Web, Daily Stormer lands a new CDN provider

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This article originally appeared on ProPublica on August 18, 2017.

The neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer was back online Friday with help from a small company whose founder said he wanted to defend free speech and raise the commercial profile of his new venture.

The Daily Stormer was dumped by several Internet service providers this week after it posted a story mocking the appearance of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed last Saturday in Charlottesville. By mid-week, the site was accessible only through what is known as the dark web, a corner of the Internet that is not easily accessible to ordinary users.

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steingart
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I'm no constitutional scholar but it's pretty obvious service providers cutting services is not a first amendment violation: it protects the ability to speak, but it does not guarantee the ability to be heard
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Wisconsin lawmakers vote to pay Foxconn $3 billion to get new factory

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Enlarge / House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, greets Terry Gou, president and chief executive officer of Foxconn, before President Donald Trump announces the first US assembly plant for electronics giant Foxconn, in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (credit: Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The Wisconsin Assembly voted 59-30 on Thursday to approve a bill to give incentives worth $3 billion to Taiwan-based Foxconn so that the company would open its first US plant in the state.

Foxconn, best known for supplying parts of Apple's iPhones, will open the $10 billion liquid-crystal display plant in 2020, according to Reuters. The bill still has to be approved by a joint finance committee and the state Senate.

Both houses of Wisconsin's legislature are controlled by Republicans, and the deal is supported by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican who negotiated the deal.

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steingart
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Winning so hard it hurts
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ARKit’s A-Ha Moment

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Really impressive stuff.

Makes me think about this passage from today’s WSJ profile of Jony Ive:

In other technologies, from digital assistants to driverless vehicles to augmented and virtual reality, Apple seems to lag other tech giants, including Google, Amazon and Tesla.

Who exactly is Apple lagging in AR?

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steingart
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that hand is creepy AF
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What is it like to be white?

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Here’s Fran Lebowitz talking about race in the US in a 1997 Vanity Fair interview:

The way to approach it, I think, is not to ask, “What would it be like to be black?” but to seriously consider what it is like to be white. That’s something white people almost never think about. And what it is like to be white is not to say, “We have to level the playing field,” but to acknowledge that not only do white people own the playing field but they have so designated this plot of land as a playing field to begin with. White people are the playing field. The advantage of being white is so extreme, so overwhelming, so immense, that to use the word “advantage” at all is misleading since it implies a kind of parity that simply does not exist.

It is now common — and I use the word “common” in its every sense — to see interviews with up-and-coming young movie stars whose parents or even grandparents were themselves movie stars. And when the interviewer asks, “Did you find it an advantage to be the child of a major motion-picture star?” the answer is invariably “Well, it gets you in the door, but after that you’ve got to perform, you’re on your own.” This is ludicrous. Getting in the door is pretty much the entire game, especially in movie acting, which is, after all, hardly a profession notable for its rigor. That’s how advantageous it is to be white. It’s as though all white people were the children of movie stars. Everyone gets in the door and then all you have to do is perform at this relatively minimal level.

Additionally, children of movie stars, like white people, have at — or actually in — their fingertips an advantage that is genetic. Because they are literally the progeny of movie stars they look specifically like the movie stars who have preceded them, their parents; they don’t have to convince us that they can be movie stars. We take them instantly at face value. Full face value. They look like their parents, whom we already know to be movie stars. White people look like their parents, whom we already know to be in charge. This is what white people look like — other white people. The owners. The people in charge. That’s the advantage of being white. And that’s the game. So by the time the white person sees the black person standing next to him at what he thinks is the starting line, the black person should be exhausted from his long and arduous trek to the beginning.

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cinebot
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“We have to level the playing field,” but to acknowledge that not only do white people own the playing field but they have so designated this plot of land as a playing field to begin with. White people are the playing field."
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steingart
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StunGod
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This is so completely true. I wish there were some visceral way for regular white people to experience being on the other side for a while. I've learned a great deal from my non-white friends, and have a pretty good level of awareness of it, but it would be such a powerful lesson to experience being outside of the house for a while.
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Police: Route 1 boat mystery solved

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For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton.

Police in South Brunswick have uncovered the mystery behind the 37-foot boat that was abandoned on the side of Route 1 on Thursday afternoon. The boat had recently been sold and was being transported from Mamaroneck, New York to Maryland by a company called Otter Creek Marina and Boat Transportation. The truck that was carrying […]

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15 years of Radiolab

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Radiolab recently turned 15 years old and to celebrate, they made an episode that replayed portions of the very first show (when it was called The Radio Lab) and a podcast from the first season (which was about time and featured Oliver Sacks).

15 years ago the very first episode of Radiolab, fittingly called “Firsts,” hit the airwaves. It was a 3-hour long collection of documentaries and musings produced by a solitary sleep-deprived producer named Jad Abumrad. Things have changed a bit since then.

Kudos to them for 15 years…I had no idea it had been that long.

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steingart
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15 years of superficial think pieces and annoying audio cuts
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steingart
47 days ago
Like that one about the woman in the shifted reality. Oof
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