Saturday Links: Sunday, October 8

Zucktown, USA - The Baffler

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Learning to Live With A Changing World Map - The New York Times

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How Computers Do Genocide - Nautilus

"From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide."

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Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is? - New York Magazine

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School buses: A massive mass transit system in need of a tech upgrade - Curbed

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Confronting Canada's Ugly History of Blackness - Maclean's

"One of the things I found the most intense to realize was ... how many times, especially Black writers, have been working so strongly to disrupt that narrative. It really does seem that it’s something foundational in Canadian history, to the present day—an embrace of this benevolent narrative of racial diversity and tolerance that has never been the case."

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The Latest Populist Craze in Britain: An Unabashed Elitist - The New York Times

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Liberalism is Dead - The New Inquiry

"Rather than invoke Herrenvolk principles and citizenship based on blood and soil, ... left fascists will build nations of “choice” built around brand loyalty and service use. Rather than citizens, there will be customers and consumers, CEOs and boards instead of presidents and congresses, terms of service instead of social contracts. Workers will be policed by privatized paramilitaries and live in company towns. This is, in fact, how much of early colonialism worked, with its chartered joint-stock companies running plantation microstates on opposite sides of the world. Instead of the crown, however, there will be the global market: no empire, just capital."