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Favoriting January 20, 2020: Jonathan Fischer, Slate's tech editor, on "The Evil List"

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Tonight: Jonathan Fischer, technology editor, Slate.com

The Evil List (Jonathan Fischer, Slate.com, Jan 15, 2020): a ranking of the "30 most dangerous" tech companies in the world.

@jon_fischer - Jonathan Fischer on Twitter

Items for today:

• From Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug 28, 1963: "When the architects of our Great Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. . . . It is obvious that America has defaulted on this promissory note." - Dr. King

• Second sentence of the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The Future of America's Contest with China (by Evan Osnos in the New Yorker, Jan 6, 2020):
Xu told me she is “pro-China,” and I asked what she meant. “Most people who are within the sphere of the West kind of reflexively look at China and see, ‘Oh, wow, totalitarian dictatorship, oppression, no human rights, suffering.’ Just evil, right? To be ‘pro-China’ is simply to realize that’s not right; there is much more going on. It’s not perfect, but it’s just simply an alternative system.” She went on, “I would say that the ideals of human rights are not bad to aim for, but it’s not a universal, God-given thing. It was something that was consensus-driven at a certain point in Western history. If you look at Chinese social progression, things are genuinely getting better for most people, despite the problems. It’s more of a battle of narratives about values.”


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Listener comments!

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ultradamno:

Hello Mark! Super-Techillains
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John from Florham park:

Hello fellow technoids
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listener james from westwood:

Evening, Mark and all!
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Handy Haversack:

Tonic Time! Hi, everyone.
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Buffalo's Tom:

Hello, everyone!
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BigCat:

Hey, fellow Tek Chronics!
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melinda:

Hi all
  6:03pm
Carmichael:

Heya Mark and IT folks.
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chresti:

Hello T-time!
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Bas NL:

Hi Mark! Hi all!
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Webhamster Henry:

Hi Friends!
  6:06pm
Cabbage:

Hellooo
  6:09pm
David in London:

Evening Techniks.
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Fredericks:

Have you guys seen this? img.buzzfeed.com...*&output-format=auto&output-quality=auto
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ultradamno:

You know, Dracula made much the same points about rights. So, good company.
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Webhamster Henry:

"Human rights - how quaint" - super vilain Dick Cheney
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TDK60:

Hello Mark and tekniks.
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The Count of Al Dente:

China is a different country, culture and has views of their own that go back thousands of years. It's not proper to compare them to us.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

This is what I'm always saying :
We need a Digital Bill of Rights.
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slugluv1313:

i have communicated with animal rights activists in China over the years -- they are totally driven and dedicated, but i have never forgotten what one woman expressed to me (approximately 12 years ago): human rights are basically non-existent, so getting people to care about "non-humans" is really difficult -- yet, they press on and keep fighting, for ALL beings' rights
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

... ~ Bill of Digital Rights...
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TedfromSouthSlo:

scary piece about Scary: Clearview AI. very scary: www.nytimes.com...
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Megaroni:

What an inspiration to hear such courage! Keep it going Techtonic !
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melinda:

@Rabbit I agree
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ultradamno:

Is there a 12 Chan yet?
  6:36pm
JakeGould:

What about 13 Chan?
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Handy Haversack:

Good article in the Jacobin about SpaceX and Musk and Bezos and how they imaginatively paint continued worker exploitation into the space future while also perpetuating it in the here and now. Short version: Bezos loves but fundamentally doesn't understand _The Expanse_.
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ultradamno:

err, too.
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JeffBeckTapeLoop1:

Hi Mark - Enjoyed your discussion on US vs. China, but wondering how you favor US, but disparage US capitalism which is at least as important to our values as the Declaration of Independence. These companies, right or wrong, are doing what America encourages and rewards...whatever you can get away with. Quite the values system!
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JakeGould:

“These companies, right or wrong, are doing what America encourages and rewards...whatever you can get away with. Quite the values system!” Part of the problem we have nowadays is the system is massively broken. So talking about the American ideal is not a bad thing. Especially on a day such as today; aka: MLK Jr. day.
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Handy Haversack:

"America" doesn't encourage capitalism. Capitalists exploit America and all other countries. Did *you* choose capitalism? Did I?
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JakeGould:

@HandyHaversack: The discussion of the American ideal versus the American reality is a long and ugly one. The reality is the American ideal is still noble. Sometimes it just feels exhausting and hopeless.
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JeffBeckTapeLoop1:

"Part of the problem we have nowadays is the system is massively broken." Is it really broken, or is it perfected? Other than a system like China, how will we possibly deal with global enviro destruction? Half our population believes they should have "freedom" to do whatever they please.
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ultradamno:

I had also mentioned earlier that Dracula had made much the same observations about rights as the woman quoted re: China, so good company.
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JeffBeckTapeLoop1:

New Dracula series on Netflix is awesomee!
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Handy Haversack:

I saw your comments and appreciated, @ultradamno!
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JakeGould:

@JeffBeckTapeLoop1: Well, I don’t disagree. But there is still more of a chance for freedom in the U.S. than elsewhere. Hope stinks at times.
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Webhamster Henry:

I want to hear the acceptance speeches!
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ultradamno:

Can't take that guy to a convent, on a boat, to a vacation to the UK. He's always causing trouble.
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JeffBeckTapeLoop1:

Fair enough, where is there a chance to make change, here rather than there.
  6:49pm
Curly Ray:

eBay must still be safe?
  6:51pm
JeffBeckTapeLoop1:

Regulation = Government control = China
  6:52pm
Curly Ray:

Craigslist too?
  6:56pm
mike:

This would be listenable if you passed and thought for a second instead of saying y'know once or TWICE every sentence! Monsanto isn't even on there?????
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Cool Runnings:

Thank you mark
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Handy Haversack:

Thanks for this service, Mark. It is invaluable.
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chresti:

Thanks Mark!
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JakeGould:

Thanks Mark!
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Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Mark. Boosting our Techtonic Social Credit scores.
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Bas NL:

Thanks Mark!
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Mark Hurst:

Hi everyone, thanks for the comments tonight. I did some pruning - as some of you noticed - due to uncivil comments cropping up. Disagreement is fine, but anything rude (name calling etc.) gets an immediate mute. Appreciate everyone tuning in tonight!
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