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Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

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Bullet Train (2022) - Four Lady Bugs Out of Five (imdb.com)

What a crazy and over the top movie. A neon lit, Tarantino-ver-the-top, and with an incredible soundtrack. A good way to spend my already altered mental state of sickness this morning, cuddling with dogs, and watching it on Netflix.

1/11/2023 11:13 am | |
Tags: movie, review

"The Spaceballs Argument for Unconditional Basic Income" (scottsantens.com)

An entertaining and very good read.

1/11/2023 12:19 pm | |
Tags: economics, universal basic income

Sounds like corrupt file to blame for FAA's flight stoppage today (thehill.com)

I can't help but wonder about the backend of the system. I have to assume it is arcane and too expansive to simply update, however if a single corrupt file can cause today's issue I grow very concerned over redundancy and general stability.

1/11/2023 8:17 pm | |
Tags: technology, flying

The Recruit - 1 out of 5 (imdb.com)

Was checking out The Recruit on Netflix and have immediately ejected a few minutes into episode 4 because it involves a B-plot regarding a CIA developed AI-driven torture robot used for interrogation which, in testing, ripped an agent's arm off.

Just, the most confoundingly dumb and absolutely enraging plot line for the show to suddenly introduce. Up to this point, the show had been largely technologically grounded. I cannot tell you the last time a show I've watched took such an absurd hard turn in it.

1/11/2023 8:44 pm | |
Tags: review, television

ProPublica reporting on repatriation of Native peoples remains and artifacts (propublica.org)

The Repatriation Project by ProPublica has been excellent reporting, with the most recent piece looking at the museums and quantity of items being held by non-Indigenous museums.

The above link looks at what has gone into this investigation and how they have worked with native peoples.

Repatriation can be a sensitive topic. Museums, universities and agencies in the United States hold the remains of more than 100,000 people and several hundred thousand funerary objects, a legacy of looting and the displacement of Native Americans during North America’s violent colonization.

“In life, they were not respected. They were forced to march. Removed,” said Danelle Gutierrez, the tribal historic preservation officer for the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley. “Even in death, they aren’t respected.”

We heard similar sentiments from many Indigenous people. In May, we published a post inviting people to share what they knew, and sent it to hundreds of tribal leaders and historic preservation officers, as well as museum workers. We also showed tribal representatives an early version of our interactive tool and collected their feedback.

In it, they later refer to HR 5237, "Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act", passed during the Clinton era, as a reason for this reporting - to see how that act has been fulfilled.

Important stuff and simply excellent reporting by ProPublica, well worth supporting them for future reporting.

1/11/2023 9:24 pm | |
Tags: us history, first nations, museum

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1/11/2023 10:45 pm | |
Tags: mastodon, social media, automated

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