In the News


Yeah, I wasn’t sure if racist is the right word, but he’s definitely got some very strange notions, especially about Americans.


Well, keeping in mind the fact that I’m not the most knowledgeable on the topic and I still have plenty to learn, the argument comes down to it being, on one hand, someone making broad generalizations and discriminating on the basis of race, which generally, we’d call racism. On the other hand, it’s also somewhat accepted that racism requires privilege and power in the societal sense, meaning that as a mixed-race immigrant(or at least, resident, I don’t know his personal situation in that regard), he doesn’t have the societal power to actually be racist against groups which do have that privilege and power.

That’s really just the broad strokes description of it, and I can’t say I’m behind either one of them, not for lack of care, but not knowing enough to get behind one or the other wholeheartedly.


Ted Cruz liked porn on twitter. Now there is nothing necessarily wrong with liking porn, but kind of a bad move when you are such a public figure and even worse when you argued that people do not have a legal right to masturbate.

People say this is the first evidence that Ted Cruz has human feelings. I say that it doesn’t really distinguish him any further from what I believe he is: a skin spy.


Mass shootings in America have now become so common they are just background noise in tragic world news, the same as weather disasters in non-western countries, ferry boats capsizing, earthquakes in South America, etc. I don’t even bother searching for more information when gun control memes start showing up on twitter. I just can’t bring myself to care more anymore.


I forgot when shootings fell off of my radar but it has been a while. There have been at least 4 shootings that I can recall with 1+ victims within a mile or two of where I live. Violence is just the background radiation you live with living in America. Your sympathy is appreciated, but if the only thing we needed to mitigate the violence of American life was sympathy we would have solved this problem a long time ago.


Nah, that’s my point. I don’t even feel sympathy any more. I feel nothing.


I understood. I messed up my tenses and voice it seems. I know people hate it when their thoughts and prayers aren’t given their credit. I hope the point of the rest of my post about people caring, doesn’t not by itself matter, came across.


After an offsides decision negated a goal for his team, the president of greek football club PAOK Salonika ran onto the pitch yesterday while carrying a gun on his belt. Just wtf. The Greek Government has in response suspended the running season of the top tier greek football league indefinitely.


What country do they think they live in?! America?!


So yeah, there has been a series of bombins in Austin, Texas. Today a bomb inside a package destined to Austin exploded in a FedEx distribution center in San Antonio. And somehow this has received almost zero coverage by news orgs and no statements by the government.


I’m tired of not covered by the news meme, it’s being covered by the major newspapers that I follow, it is true that the white house isn’t saying anything but I’m sure texas local news is going nuts.


It’s the top story on Google news. I think the “not in the news” meme is an idea propagated by Twitter to promote itself.

Better get your news on Twitter because the newspaper isn’t covering this!


It’s not, it’s been a thing across all social media for a long time. It’s a common sentiment, even among people who don’t use twitter, who have an issue they heard about from someone, but they didn’t come across in their news intake. Usually because they don’t really have one.

It’s also a common sentiment among alt-media outlets - the now (thankfully defunct) UsUncut was particularly fond of it. Usually while also simultaneously cribbing story details and photos from the same outlets they said wern’t covering it, because they knew the majority of their audience didn’t actually read those outlets.


You and your more reasonable explanations. Stop ruining the fun.


A nuance to this is FOX News. There are regular instances of them not covering, or minimally covering, stories like this. Their audience is the audience that needs to know.

#36 Always wondered what happened to uncut :-p



Twitter’s algorithms are running rampant.


Remember that all algorithms follow the same basic rule: garbage in, garbage out.

If the data used to prime the algorithm is trash (which it seems most of them seem to be these days), and we shouldn’t be surprised if the results are also trash.