📺 The Facebook Dilemma (Part 2) | Frontline | PBS

Watched The Facebook Dilemma (Part 2) from FRONTLINE | PBS

A major, two-night investigation of the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

SEASON 37: EPISODE 4: The promise of Facebook was to create a more open and connected world. But from the company’s failure to protect millions of users’ data, to the proliferation of “fake news” and disinformation, mounting crises have raised the question: Is Facebook more harmful than helpful? On Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, FRONTLINE presents The Facebook Dilemma. This major, two-night event investigates a series of warnings to Facebook as the company grew from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room to a global empire. With dozens of original interviews and rare footage, The Facebook Dilemma examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

This documentary focuses on just one of the major failings of Facebook and its attendant effects on society. If you’re using Facebook, you should watch both parts before continuing to support them.

I’m not quite sure what to label this particular type of failure. Tragedy of the commons? It’s painfully obvious that Facebook not only has no real idea how to solve this problem, but it’s even more telling that they don’t seem to have any desire or drive to solve it either.  The more I watch what they’re doing to their product and their users, the more I think that they have absolutely no ethics or morality at all. In particular Mark Zuckerberg  is completely tone deaf in these areas, and as a result the entire fish stinks from the head.

The only solution may be massive regulation. The sadder part is that with both their financing and lobbying power, not to mention their social influence power which could be leveraged completely via dark posts, they could have a painfully out-sized influence on elections to get their own way.

I’m really worried that things will get far worse before they get better.

📺 Face the Nation 11/4/18: Pompeo, Warner, McDaniel | CBS News

Watched Face the Nation 11/4/18: Pompeo, Warner, McDaniel from cbsnews.com
This week on “Face the Nation,” moderator John Dickerson interviews Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Mark Warner, and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. With just two more days until the crucial midterm elections, a new CBS Battleground Tracker previews what to look for on Election Day.
If you missed it, here are slides with links and resources for my IndieWeb and WordPress presentation at WordCamp Riverside 2018. Video coming soon. Thanks to everyone who came and participated. I’m happy to answer any additional questions.

📺 Meet the Press: 11/04/18 | S71 E7105 | NBC

Watched Meet the Press: 11/04/18 | S71 E7105 from NBC

Vaughn Hillyard, Morgan Radford, Catie Beck, Garrett Haake, GA Dem. Candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams, Sen. Chris VanHollen, Gov. Bill Haslam, Tom Brokaw, Cornell Belcher, Savannah Guthrie, Kasie Hunt and Hugh Hewitt

👓 Two Charts Show Trump’s Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama’s Presidency | Forbes

Read Two Charts Show Trump's Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama's Presidency by Chuck Jones (Forbes)
When you look at the numbers (and graphs) the gains in employment under President Trump are essentially a continuation from President Obama‘s last six years in office.

📺 "Cooks vs. Cons" Pumpkin Thumpin’ | Food Network

Watched "Cooks vs. Cons" Pumpkin Thumpin' from Food Network
Directed by Luke Riffle. With Geoffrey Zakarian, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone. Pumpkin is added as a surprise ingredient to the dishes; in round 2, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone scrutinize dishes accented with ice cream toppings.

📺 Chappaquiddick (2017)

Watched Chappaquiddick (2017) from Apex Entertainment
Directed by John Curran. With Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern. Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Stunning cast here, but would you expect otherwise from Mary Vernieu? Jason Clark is fantastic. I notice he was born the day before Chappaquiddick. I had to look it up to see that Bruce Dern played papa Joe–stunning. This happened well before I was born, and other than urban lore, I’ve never looked into it much. I’m curious what the generally known facts of the case were and how much was speculation on the part of the film. I’m surprised they didn’t sensationalize more of the potential romantic aspect.

👓 We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage | Buzz Feed News

Read Nuns Killed Children, Say Former Residents Of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage (BuzzFeed News)
Millions of American children were placed in orphanages. Some didn’t make it out alive.
Finally getting back to read the second half of this harrowing article. People can be horrid, but it really pains me that the Catholic Church could have been this violently horrible. This makes the Inquisition look like a field day.

🎧 The Daily: The Trump Voters We Don’t Talk About | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: The Trump Voters We Don’t Talk About by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

New data offers a more nuanced look at this group beyond “white men without a college degree.”

👓 "Little Foot" hominin skeleton from South Africa will finally be open to other scientists | Michael Balter

Read After more than 20 years in the hands of one researcher, the nearly complete "Little Foot" hominin skeleton from South Africa will finally be open to other scientists at the end of November (michael-balter.blogspot.com)
In 1994, Ron Clarke, a paleoanthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, was looking through some museum boxes filled with fossil specimens from the Sterkfontein caves, located about 40 kilometers northwest of the city. Beginning in the 1930s, a number of hominin fossils had been found there, mostly australopithecines, in what South Africans call the Cradle of Humankind. Clarke quickly realized that four of the fossils, all small toe bones, had been misidentified as belonging to monkeys. They actually belonged to an early hominin, most likely another australopithecine. It quickly became known as "Little Foot."