Happy birthday, James Baldwin.

“Life is more important than art; that's what makes art important.”

(he's said many profound and heavy things; any video of him I see, I watch)

Digital Exorcism

Don't use Google, use @duckduckgo

Don't use iMessage or SMS or FaceTime or WhatsApp, use @signalapp

Don't use Zoom, use Jitsi.

For email, use Fastmail or Protonmail.

For blogging, use @write_as

Instead of Instagram, use @pixelfed

Instead of F*ceb**k, talk to your friends.

And if you're reading this, you know what to use instead of the Birdsite.

Google continues to abuse its market power, says @adrjeffries & @LeonYin.

“If Google can train you, don’t go to Genius, don’t go to TripAdvisor, don’t go to the restaurant’s website, just come to Google—always come to Google—then they win.”

themarkup.org/google-the-giant

Original tweet : twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/

I’ll never not find it funny that Americans discovered the word ‘bourgie’ then dropped the ‘r’ so now it looks like they’re complaining about candles

Facebook inadvertently brings humor to 2020 with the news they're going to sue the EU for… wait for it… invasion of privacy! 🤣

bbc.com/news/business-53558947

Original tweet : twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/

“We examined more than 15,000 recent popular queries and found that Google devoted 41 percent of the first page of search results on mobile devices to its own properties and what it calls ‘direct answers,’ which are populated with information copied from other sources, sometimes without their knowledge or consent.”

themarkup.org/google-the-giant

US politics: GOP covid relief $ to include Trust Act 

GOP coronovirus relief package to include Mitt Romney's Trust Act bill that would 'fast-track social security and medicare cuts'

commondreams.org/news/2020/07/

here is the bill, S. 2733:

congress.gov/bill/116th-congre

Gestapo is an abbreviaton of Geheime Staatspolizei, which means Secret State Police. So, in Portland, Oregon (my home from 2012-2017) the Border Patrol Tactical Unit is literally the Gestapo.

One hour ago the Mayor of Portland, OR called for a meeting to ask for a cease fire so the federal government will stop attacking the locals. Man this is wild. This is supposed to be...not a war zone?

Snap dragons are very pretty, but when the flowers die, their seed pods turn into creepy little skulls! 💀💀💀

Damn, John Saxon died. Time to rewatch Enter the Dragon.

the National Audubon Society has released all of John James Audubon's magnificent watercolors from his classic work Birds of America (1827-1838) as free, high-resolution downloads for printing. woo!

audubon.org/birds-of-america

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