Photo 19 Oct 43 notes emergentfutures:
Not sure that this is due to ‘album’ sales or just a change in distribution from being album centric to song centric?

No one has a platinum album in 2014


The decline in album sales is certainly nothing new, thanks to the smattering of streaming options now available to eager listeners. However, 2014 looks to be particularly awful. Forbesreports that nearly 10 months into the year, no release since January has yet to reach platinum status — a release that sells 1 million copies.


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emergentfutures:

Not sure that this is due to ‘album’ sales or just a change in distribution from being album centric to song centric?

No one has a platinum album in 2014

The decline in album sales is certainly nothing new, thanks to the smattering of streaming options now available to eager listeners. However, 2014 looks to be particularly awful. Forbesreports that nearly 10 months into the year, no release since January has yet to reach platinum status — a release that sells 1 million copies.

Full Story: endgadget

Link 19 Oct 51 notes Great day for equal rights in same-sex marriage ruling»

Gov. Jan Brewer sounded the loudest, most sour note on the subject, issuing a statement that read in part,

"In 2008, Arizona voters approved a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Now, with their rulings, the federal courts have again thwarted the will of the people and further eroded the authority of states to regulate and uphold our laws. It is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling, that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states, create rights based on their personal policy preferences and supplant the will of the people in an area traditionally left to the states for more than two hundred years."

Actually, courts have been making decisions exactly like this — when a law is unconstitutional — for more than 200 years.

The governor can look it up.

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Link 19 Oct 69 notes Only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan named as al Qaeda members»

As the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan hits 400, research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that fewer than 4% of the people killed have been identified by available records as named members of al Qaeda. This calls in to question US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim last year that only “confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level” were fired at.

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Quote 13 Oct 837 notes
…if you look at almost all of the Congress and the media, there is no sense whatsoever that any of this is happening because we invaded an innocent country. Yes, it was a country innocent of the charges of having WMDs. The Iraq of back then was guilty of other things, but not of harboring WMDs to be used against the USA, not of supporting Al Qaida, not of exporting terrorism to other parts of the Western World. There is no sense that we could have, in any way, been one of the causes that triggered this horrific counter-reaction by the jihadists. No, there is only talk of how we should have stayed longer in Iraq, how we should have been militarily tougher, how we should have taken over Syria (and maybe even Saudi Arabia), how we should be wiling to put boots on the ground. There is no self-analysis; there is no concern for changing our interventionist national attitude; there is no sense of reevaluation. If anything, as parts of Islam have become jihadist, so have many of our countrymen (and Orthodox clergy) become jingoists. Violence seems to be the only answer increasingly given by both sides. Jihadist or Jingoist, what a choice this world has!
Quote 12 Oct 91,637 notes
Why do police have quotas? If a doctor went around intentionally sneezing on people to get more patients, that would be seen as a travesty to their profession. But police, can sit around and wait for someone to turn on a red light or commit other mundane ‘offenses’ because they have quotas to meet. Quotas are all the proof we need that policing is not a public service vocation; it’s a business and a subsidiary of Wall Street.
Link 11 Oct 43 notes The Future of Work is "Turking for Uber" and you Won't Like it»

Here’s a simple reality that’s important to come to grips with.

80-90% of the work that is currently being done will be automated in the next 20-30 years.

In other words, bots (autonomous software) will do the work people used to do to earn a living.

Nobody seems to have a clue as to what most people will be doing for work when bots take their jobs.

I have a pretty good idea what they will do (and I have a pretty good track record on this type of stuff). I can be sure of one thing. It’s not going to be pretty. In fact, I believe it is going to be damned ugly.

Here’s what you and your kids will be doing for work in the future, and you won’t be alone.

It’s what billions of people all over the world will be doing to earn their living.

NOTE: This is what happens when you let an amoral marketplace and an incompetent government bureaucracy dictate your future instead of deciding it for yourself.

Most work will be turking.

What is turking? It’s when human beings do the work that bots aren’t able to do yet, but they do it in a way a bot would do it.

I lean to the Phillip K Dick future myself

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xkcd: Marriage
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Photo 9 Oct 2,953 notes science-junkie:

NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble
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NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble

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