Newsletter #174: More Sketchiness from Tech Companies

Hello Recompilers,

Things are heating up again in Portland. For updates about the Portland protests, Audrey is still maintaining a blog about what’s going on there.


This week we learned more about Google’s firing of Timnit Gebru, the ethicist, and what it means for the argument that “a seat at the table” is enough. This week, three different podcaster unions performed a work stoppage at Spotify. This week, we’ve learned that Uber Eats lets anyone label their business as black-owned. Cyberpunk isn’t something that happens in 2077. It’s happening now.

Despite how much people claim it pays to be marginalized in the media, publishing continues to be an incredibly white field. Here’s a breakdown of why that is and the money involved.

Oh, and, to no one’s surprise, Baltimore police have been misusing information from spy planes.


Behind the Bastards: The Worst Police Union in History
When I lived in Portland years ago, organizing against the Iraq war, the police were pretty unhinged. Listening to this podcast helped me understand why.

Talk of the Week:

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Quantum Tunneling Explained

Maryam Tsegaye, a teenager, explains quantum tunneling more clearly than I’ve ever imagined it possible. It’s less than three minutes and incredibly well done.


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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