“Heterosexuality is seen as neutral and harmless, while queerness of all varieties is considered obscene — and not just by people who are openly bigoted. Even many who purport to be allies find it difficult to separate queerness from sex.”

Made me recall some conversations 20 years ago during which, guilty as charged. My attitudes have changed since, not sure when because this is the first time I’ve considered it. So yes, by all means, had Bert and Ernie been gay sooner (emphatically *not* what I was told in 1972), maybe I would have been less ignorant. Why it matters that Bert and Ernie are gay, which they are

There’s been buzz about the “new” Trump-can-text-everyone thing, but so far it’s not big news that: 1) this thing is getting tested in two weeks; 2) it sets off the phone ring equivalent of an air horn; most importantly 3) IT’S GOING TO DO IT TO EVERYONE’S PHONE SIMULTANEOUSLY.

Put simply, I suspect most people will freak the fuck out just from the coordinated alert, let alone that it’s supposed to sound like an air raid. Freaking people the fuck out is, in fact, the point of the system. But given the number of people driving on highways, walking in dense crowds, or carrying firearms at the time of the alert, I’m not going to be too surprised if FEMA causes an emergency this time around. How to Avoid an ‘Unblockable’ Presidential Alert

Okay, quick summary of why this is horrific:

1) Encryption is a solved problem for 40 years. Block companies in five nations from implementing it well, and you guarantee that everyone *but* those using products from those companies can get it.

2) There’s no such thing as “backdoors for good guys.” A backdoor is identical to a security vulnerability. The only difference between the good guys and the bad guys is that the good guys will know how to get there, and the bad guys have to figure it out (possibly by bribing a good guy—unless it’s ridiculously easy to find, which is often the case).

3) Depending on how broadly this is interpreted, say goodbye to secure bank connections and other Internet traffic, most of which (and obviously, all US) routes through the US.

4) Agreements and enforcements by these supernational organizations are typically secretive; you won’t know who’s implemented it until either there’s another Snowden, or someone publicizes they’ve open a backdoor.

5) Likewise, such agreements are very difficult to affect politically, as any one nation can respond to political pressure with, “the alliance has asked us to do it.”

‘Five Eyes’ governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else

Seth Goren likely knows about this (or maybe signed it) but tagging him anyway First ever: 40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating antisemitism with criticism of Israel

If you are considering a movie subscription service, I recommend: figuring out a way to make it a legitimate business expense. Oh, and other stuff in the article.

Exploring Sinemia and Other Movie Subscription Service Alternatives to MoviePass – TidBITS

I know a book this guy needs to read

Man On Cusp Of Having Fun Suddenly Remembers Every Single One Of His Responsibilities

Genuinely wondering whether to include this on a list of suggested Pugwash chapter discussions.

PLEASE DO NOT FUCK THE ROCK

Thought this said “surgery drinks,” making me wonder what those might be Penn Medicine Removes Sugary Drinks From Its Hospitals

Joel Avery, Christine Henry, and other architectural experts will find this story highly amusing after their eyes stop bleeding long enough for them to read it.

Betsy DeVos’s summer home deserves a special place in McMansion Hell

Worst story ideas ever, part 4

I have to read headline pitches. It’s boring. I mock the worst ones.

The current state of wood pulp in food

your diet is too high in fiber

Why Humans Feel Connected to Dolphins and Whales

we are increasingly overweight and incomprehensible

Fortnite Coach wanted to tell all

especially why your job exists

CEO’s looking to Public Speak (book)

cause good speak make big image, and exposure to illiterate writers is always good

What documents do you need for a business loan?

mostly green ones, approximately six by two inches

Will B2B Sales Ever Pass The Turing Test?

your question doesn’t

How Does Cooking Help Mental Health?

burns and cuts temporarily distract from existential despair

If your partner is a lot older or younger, please share how you make your relationship work

large estates to bequeath

Bathroom Habits That Can Add Years To Your Life

stop holding it for weeks at a time

What’s the single most effective way for organizations to track high-value assets?

call the A-Team, they can find anybody

Looking for cannabis entrepreneurs

check outside the 7-11, man

What have you done to get a deal?

flew to Helsinki and Singapore and met with monsters, but then I forgot to ask for anything in return