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Inside: McKinsey and Providence colluded to force poor patients into destitution; and more!

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My latest Medium column is "Oil is Bankrupt (If We Want It): Alberta’s Oil Companies Are the Walking Dead"


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My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.


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My ebooks and audiobooks (from Tor Books, Head of Zeus, McSweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."


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My book "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is a critique of Big Tech connecting conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies (proposing a way to deal with both) is now out in paperback:

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My latest book is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books, now in paperback, wherever books are sold.

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Trump DoJ nominee Jon Adler loves Scientology’s bogus, occasionally lethal “detox” program

Deloitte got comprehensively hacked in March and didn’t tell anyone

John Oliver on monopolies, anti-trust and the death of real competitive markets

RIP Kit Reed, brilliant giant of science fiction


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Cyclists are safe and courteous, and your disdain for them is grounded in cognitive bias

64,000 drug-bust samples in Mass. were processed by a dirty lab tech who tampered with them, altered weight, faked positive tests for illegal substances

David Byrne and St Vincent performing each others’ songs together


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Laptop rental companies reach cash-free, pointless settlement with toothless FTC for taking secret naked pictures of customers having sex, harvesting medical records and banking passwords and more

EU working group produces the stupidest set of proposed Internet rules in the entire history of the human race

Debunking the NYT feature on the wastefulness of data-centers


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Pranksters crash final speech of corporate tax avoidance taxman, posh hilarity ensues

Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection: four discs of New Orleans jazz with guest appearances from Tom Waits, Pete Seeger, Del McCoury and others

Study: Republican state voting laws “will disenfranchise 10,000,000 Hispanic US citizens”


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Hey look at this

* Framework’s new Chromebook is upgradable and customizable

* 20 Mechanical Principles combined in a Useless Lego Machine (h/t Boing Boing)

* Five Walled Gardens: Why Browsers are Essential to the Internet and How Operating Systems Are Holding Them Back (h/t Tech Crunch)


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