Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything

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The Verge: “Google is announcing even more Workspace features today, part of an increased cadence of changes to the company’s office and communications software suite over the past year or so. Today’s announcement is a bit of a milestone, however. Although there is still the smattering of smal...

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LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop

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The Guardian: “The Los Angeles police department (LAPD) has directed its officers to collect the social media information of every civilian they interview, including individuals who are not arrested or accused of a crime, according to records shared with the Guardian. Copies of the “field inte...

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Study – Safety net helped prevent widespread hunger during the pandemic

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Washington Post: “Despite a world-altering pandemic, the number of American households struggling with hunger remained nearly constant last year, buoyed by significant federal safety net programs, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Agriculture Department. However, food assist...

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“Chesterton (who hated the conservatism of his own day) has…

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“Chesterton (who hated the conservatism of his own day) has good remarks in this vein. ‘It is futile to discuss reform,’ he says, ‘without reference to form.’ He complains of ‘the modern and morbid habit of always sacrificing the normal to the abnormal,’ and he criticizes socialism on the ground t...

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After Chiding Apple On Privacy, Germany Says It Uses Pegasus Spyware

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"Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) purchased access to NSO Group's Pegasus spyware in 2019 after internal efforts to create similar iOS and Android surveillance tools failed," reports AppleInsider. The news comes less than a month after the Digital Agenda committee chairman of Germany's...

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Cultural Offering 2021-09-08 20:10:37

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serpentinesheldonserpentine:

Part of the reason

I was driven towards jazz was when the radio stopped playing Chuck Berry and Little Richard…I noticed that something was wrong with the music after a while… that playing white singers like Frankie Avalon…I like black music essentially.

— Donald Fagen

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Cold Turkey

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I’ve made the break, cut the cable and put the TVs away. As rates increased, my wife and I watched less and less to the point where we agreed to drop the service. It’s been a week now  and I’m surviving just fine, listening to that old iPod and remembering some great songs I forgot...

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