Newsletter #175: Keeping Vaccines Cold

Hello Recompilers,

For updates about the Portland protests, Audrey is still maintaining a blog about what’s going on there.


For those of us who’ve been isolated or are especially vulnerable, vaccines are on our minds. How will the infrastructure be created to vaccinate millions of people? How do we convince people it’s safe–or at least safer than Covid? In one of the best science explainers around, Popular Science goes over exactly how a “cold chain” keeps the Pfizer vaccine cold enough by comparing it to the cold chain that keeps Dippin’ Dots cold enough. Meanwhile, we ought not to forget the union drivers at UPS who are delivering the vaccine to hospitals.

The Teamsters are also trying to get a full disclosure about lobbying efforts from Uber and Lyft. Oh and remember how those companies promised that Prop 22 would prevent price hikes? Nah, they’re hiking prices anyway.

Oh, right, and the DOE got hacked.


Cyber: My First Hack: Emily Crose
On this new series on Cyber, hackers talk about how they got into it. Emily Crose got into it by hacking herself with Back Orifice by accident.

Talk of the Week:

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Fun With FOIA

Former NSA hacker Emily Crose talks at DEF CON about how to just walk right up to the government and ask for information


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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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