What could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border? | Ars Technica

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DHS says agents are in the right to ask for passwords, decryption help.

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Trump’s F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening | Bloomberg

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Kellyanne Conway Sparks Media Debate About Interviewing Trump Advisers | Fortune.com

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Some news programs have said they will no longer interview Kellyanne Conway because she isn't credible.

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📺 PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 17, 2017

Watched PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 17, 2017 from PBS NewsHour
Friday on the NewsHour, President Trump touts his economic plans at a Boeing plant, while the Senate approves Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, to head the EPA. Also: An update on the fate of an Iraqi translator, two Texas cities offer a microcosm of the nation's deep political divide, Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the week's news and a new film about a controversial love story.

PBS NewsHour’s reporting on the political divide is really interesting. The fact that they’re going into middle America and bringing stories that others aren’t covering is laudable. It helps explain the divide, though I still see a tremendous disconnect between these people’s lives, their desires, their education and how the political theater is playing out with the current administration’s lack of ability and any semblance of logic.

🔖 Post filtering fixes at Homebrew Website Club | Colin Devroe

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Last night Tucker Hottes, Den Temple and I held the first Homebrew Website Club at The Keys in Scranton, PA. I really appreciate that HWC will force me to set aside some time to work on my personal site since it is often neglected for more pressing projects.

Nota bene: Colin is dogfooding his IndieWeb friendly WordPress theme on Github! It’s a beautiful, simple, and very clean theme for a personal website/blog.

Colin, do you mind if we provide a link to your theme on https://indieweb.org/WordPress/Themes for others to potentially use and/or improve upon? (See also discussion at https://indieweb.org/WordPress/Development#Themes.)

Pulling the plug on @tumblr, and why is @feedly so hard to use?

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I’ve now unfollowed everyone on Tumblr. It’s been turning into a dust bowl for me, people I followed haven’t been posting in years. Since the ads made the app annoying for me to u…

📺 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sally Field S2, E96

Watched The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sally Field S2 E96 from CBS, 16 February 2017
These turbulent times remind Sally Field of the unrest from the 1960s. That, and the fact that polka dots are trendy again.

Nice coverage of the Trump press conference today.

Camerawork on the Furry Hat segment was shaky and made the moderate jokes there even shakier.

Sally Field has still got it after all these years and her analysis of Tennessee William’s Glass Menagerie was quite interesting.

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 16, 2017

Watched The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 16, 2017 from Comedy Central
President Trump holds a turbulent press conference, Jordan Klepper talks to New Jersey residents living on Dick Street, and Ezra Edelman discusses "O.J.: Made in America."

The opening five minutes was about as compact as you could make the craziness of today’s press conference. Holy Crap!

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 15, 2017

Watched The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 15, 2017 from Comedy Central
Trevor reflects on having a president with grandpa tendencies, Donald Trump weighs in on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Mark Mazzetti discusses Russia's election hacking.

The Trump “Old Guy” opener was about as good as it gets for political satire lately.

The capper: http://maketrumptweetseightagain.com/

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 14, 2017

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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns and Republicans don't know how to handle questions about it, and Laverne Cox discusses the TV show "Doubt."

“That guy gets so much poutine.” -Trevor Noah on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s good looks.

The Mike Flynn “cartoon” was an interesting method of storytelling.

There was a nice portion just before the interview in which Noah shows several examples of the ways in which the Trump administration tries to have things both ways, and then denies that they’re not telling the truth. Why must they waffle? Why can’t they just stand up and say “this is who we are.” We couldn’t do anything but respect them for that, but lying just ruins it all.

A map of Russia on the episode makes me wonder why I haven’t seen any pundits or comedians take the map and turn Russia’s highlight into Trump’s hair and then superimpose his face over South Asia. This image may help others with the idea:

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 13, 2017

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President Trump meets with Japan's Shinzo Abe, Trevor profiles Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller, and Elaine Welteroth and Phillip Picardi discuss Teen Vogue.

Interesting to see what’s happening at Teen Vogue. The Stephen Miller portion actually went pretty easy on his performance on the Sunday Morning shows this week. Not quite as funny as most episodes, but still interesting and relevant within the overall political environment.

The “Moment of Zen” at the end with Trump shaking hands with Abe was truly hilarious.

📺 "Suits" Admission of Guilt, S6 E14

Watched "Suits" Admission of Guilt, S6 E14 from USA Network, 15 February 2017
Directed by Michael Smith. With Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle. Harvey and Mike walk a fine line when they partner on a class action. Louis needs Rachel's help impressing a client during an annual presentation. And Donna and Benjamin refine their product.