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dontkillmyapp.com is a web site about Android phone vendors who make their phones kill your apps when you don’t want them to [1]. One of the many reasons why Pine and Purism offer the promise of better phones.

This blog post about the Librem 5 camera is interesting [2]. Currently the Librem 5 camera isn’t very usable for me as I just want to point and shoot, but it apparently works well for experts. Taking RAW photos is a good feature that I’d like to have in all my camera phones.

The Russian government being apparently unaware of the Streisand Effect has threatened Wikipedia for publishing facts about the war against Ukraine [3]. We all should publicise this as much as possible. The Wikipedia page is The 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine [4].

The Jerusalem Post has an interesting article about whether Mein Kampf should be published and studied in schools [5]. I don’t agree with the conclusions about studying that book in schools, but I think that the analysis of the situation in that article is worth reading. One of the issues I have with teaching Mein Kampf and similar books is the quality of “social studies” teaching at the school I attended, I’m pretty sure that teaching Mein Kampf in any way at that school would just turn out more neo-Nazis. Maybe better schools (IE not Christian private schools) could have productive classes about Mein Kampf

Vanity Fair has an interesting article about the history of the private jet [6].

Current Affairs has an unusually informative article about why blockchain currencies should die in a fire [7].

The Nazi use of methamphetamine is well known, but Time has an insightful article about lesser known aspects of meth use [8]. How they considered meth as separate from the drugs they claimed were for the morally inferior is interesting.

George Monbiot wrote an insightful article comparing the 2008 bank collapse to the current system of unstable food supplies [9].

JWZ wrote an insightful blog post about “Following the Money” regarding the push to reopen businesses even though the pandemic is far from over [10]. His conclusion is that commercial property owners are pushing the governments to give them more money.

PsyPost has an interesting article on the correlation between watching Fox News and lacking knowledge of science and of society [11].

David Brin wrote an interesting paper about Disputation and how that can benefit society [12]. I think he goes too far in some of his claims, but he has interesting points. The overall idea of a Disputation arena for ideas is a really good one. I previously had a similar idea on a much smaller scale of having debates via Wiki [13].

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