How soon after waking up do you check your phone? Do you compulsively refresh your Twitter feed? Can you find your way around without Google Maps? There are many obvious and tactile ways in which Silicon Valley has its hooks in our everyday lives. And as we see Big Tech face increased scrutiny, people are becoming more conscious of their interactions with their products: limiting screen time, quitting Facebook, shopping locally. But fully divorcing yourself from these companies is a lot harder than you may think, as journalist Kashmir Hill discovered. Because besides our obvious interactions with Big Tech, there are many more invisible ways these products and innovations touch our lives. This is Kashmir’s story of what happens when you shine a light on those unseen encounters. KASHMIR HILL: I turn off my phone at night, like at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. I just turn it off, which I used to never do. My phone would be on until the battery died. And that would be a very traumatic event. … [Read more...] about Why Is This Happening? How to block Big Tech with Kashmir Hill ǀ View
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Minnesota’s senior U.S. senator, 58-year-old Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, is widely expected to announce Sunday that she’s running for president in 2020. From a chilly stage on snow-covered Boom Island in Minneapolis to the national stage, she’s about to be Googled, talked about, loved and hated like never before. Here’s your Klobuchar cheat sheet. KLO-bush-AR? First, pronunciation: KLŌ-bush-AR. That “ch” is pronounced like an “sh.” And in Minnesotan, the “bush” is really quick. JUST GO WITH ‘AMY’ Klobuchar doesn’t have any real nicknames. “Klobo” sounds too robo, and how would you pronounce “Klob”? In political circles in Minnesota, there’s only one Amy these days.WHAT’S HER STORY? The name Klobuchar is Slovenian, and her grandfather worked in the mines on the Iron Range — a fact you can expect Klobuchar to note repeatedly in the coming days, months … [Read more...] about Who is Amy Klobuchar, what’s her story — and why is she so popular in Minnesota?
Signs with slogans like “We Support Mining” are pretty much permanent fixtures in this part of the state, where mining has been an important pillar of the economy for well over a century. The signs may be numerous, but the number of people actually employed in mining in Minnesota isn’t: Mining is directly responsible for about 0.2 percent of Minnesota’s jobs and less than 3 percent of its economic output, according to state data. Despite making up a relatively small share of Minnesota’s economy by those measures, mining is a big political issue in races for Minnesota governor, Senate, and Congress. What makes this relatively small industry such a big political deal? A big impact in Northeastern Minnesota Mining has a long history in Minnesota, beginning in the 1800s when prospectors looking for gold in the northeastern part of the state struck on something different in the region’s reddish landscape: iron ore. At first, they passed up the mineral to … [Read more...] about Mining is a small part of Minnesota’s economy. So why is it such a big political issue?
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: August 1, 2018 at 10:02 am | UPDATED: August 1, 2018 at 2:54 pm First of all, Eres is doing fine. The 14-foot python became something of a rock star this week up in Redding when he/she went missing as the Carr Fire closed in on the Northern California town. Sandra Dodge-Streich, owner of Redding Reptiles where Eres hung out, says the snake was placed in a plastic bin and brought to a home as flames moved closer. And then, a few days ago, the lavender albino reticulated python slithered out of the bin and went AWOL. With authorities warning residents of South Redding to keep their pets indoors while the search for Eres unfolded, Dodge-Streich insisted that the only animals with anything to fear were chickens, for which Eres apparently has a sweet fang. On Monday, searchers found Eres coiled up in a milk crate. With that happy ending to our story, let’s look at some other snake-and-wildfire stories … [Read more...] about So what is it with snakes and wildfires?
Philip Bump, The Washington Post Published 10:22 am PDT, Friday, July 20, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Matthew Lloyd. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Donald Trump drives a golf cart at Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, on June 25, 2016. President Donald Trump drives a golf cart at Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, on June 25, 2016. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Matthew Lloyd. Trump says golf is his 'primary form of exercise' but is it effective? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery President Donad Trump did something unusual last weekend. It wasn't that he played golf on both days; he's done that on 31 of the 78 weekends he's been in office, by our count. It was that he admitted he was playing golf. Trump was in Scotland, spending a few days at the Trump Organization … [Read more...] about Trump says golf is his ‘primary form of exercise’ but is it effective?