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The Arizona Republic: How do we respond to threats after our endorsement? This is how.

After endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in their 126-year publication history, The Arizona Republic has gotten a number of threats against their staff, from the reporters who know that this sort of thing comes with the territory to the kids who are selling subscriptions door-to-door who shouldn’t be dragged into editorial matters unless you’re a freakin’ monster. Mi-Ai Parrish, the president of the paper, responds to these threats in this editorial with a reminder that the First Amendment is kinda crazy-important.

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WIRED: Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

Jigsaw, Google’s think-tank, has used Google’s search advertising algorithms to help dissuade people searching for information on joining ISIS to, y’know, not join.

The program, which Jigsaw calls the Redirect Method and plans to launch in a new phase this month, places advertising alongside results for any keywords and phrases that Jigsaw has determined people attracted to ISIS commonly search for. Those ads link to Arabic- and English-language YouTube channels that pull together preexisting videos Jigsaw believes can effectively undo ISIS’s brainwashing—clips like testimonials from former extremists, imams denouncing ISIS’s corruption of Islam, and surreptitiously filmed clips inside the group’s dysfunctional caliphate in Northern Syria and Iraq.

That’s brilliant and an actual display of courage. Google deserves all the high-fives.

Source: Wired.com

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Ted Cruz: Not “Going to Come Like a Servile Puppy Dog”

After not endorsing the sentient Cheeto of Hate that is running for President of the United States last night, Ted Cruz doubled down this morning by saying he’s “not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father”.

I’m getting this weird feeling in my brain.

It feels like… respect.

Respect for Ted Cruz.

…we live in a weird-ass world, you guys.

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The New Yorker: Trump’s Boswell Speaks

The New Yorker has a piece on “The Art of The Deal” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz’s feelings on a Donald Trump presidency. It’s only slightly horrifying.

Starting in late 1985, Schwartz spent eighteen months with Trump—camping out in his office, joining him on his helicopter, tagging along at meetings, and spending weekends with him at his Manhattan apartment and his Florida estate. During that period, Schwartz felt, he had got to know him better than almost anyone else outside the Trump family. Until Schwartz posted the tweet, though, he had not spoken publicly about Trump for decades. It had never been his ambition to be a ghostwriter, and he had been glad to move on. But, as he watched a replay of the new candidate holding forth for forty-five minutes, he noticed something strange: over the decades, Trump appeared to have convinced himself that he had written the book. Schwartz recalls thinking, “If he could lie about that on Day One—when it was so easily refuted—he is likely to lie about anything.”

This is fine.

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Delete Your Account

Delete Your Account

The only thing that annoys me about this is that they didn’t include a GIF of Hillary dropping a mic because that’s what she just did you guys.

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Should All Locks Have Keys

Given the hullaballoo over the idiotically-dangerous “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” that was released in draft form today, I thought it might be wise to remind people why strong encryption is a good and necessary thing. Fortunately, this video does all the legwork for me, which is really rather considerate of it.

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Make America Groot Again

Make America Groot Again

Finally, a candidate we can believe in.

Source: TeePublic || h/t: Dominique

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Last Week Tonight: Encryption

As will likely become tradition around these parts, here’s last night’s “Last Week Tonight” main story, which focuses on encryption, Apple, and the FBI. I think I’ve made my stance on this whole thing clear but, if you’re still on the fence, hopefully this will make why this is such a hornet’s nest of bad hoodoo clearer.

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Senator Lindsey Graham Questioning Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Apple v. FBI: War of Buttholes

Would’ja look at that, a politician that actually seems to get this whole “bad guys will find other ways to encrypt their nasty regardless of if Apple makes some GovtOS for you clowns” argument. Good job, Senator Graham!

I was actually so happy about this I went and wrote the guy a note telling him how awesome a job he did there. If you feel like doing the same, here’s the contact page from his official website.

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Last Week Tonight on Donald Trump

John Oliver’s main story on “Last Week Tonight” was about America’s Cold Sore Given Human Form, Donald Trump. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this to happen, and it does not disappoint.