Communist-Era Anti-Semitism, Work Apprenticeships, Building Preservation, More: Friday Buzz, September 7, 2018


Radio Praha: New Website Documents Communist-Era Anti-Semitism. “Israel as the headquarters for Rothschild political power, kibbutzs as indoctrination centres and Jewish schools as centres of racist, militaristic teaching. These are just a few of the themes contained within videos and posters from the communist era now accessible via a website just launched by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, which oversees communist-era files and other materials.” The site is in Czech, but the automatic translation was easy to read.

US Department of Labor: U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Apprenticeship.Gov. “The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of a new digital platform, This innovative web portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state and occupation, as well as connects job seekers to high-skilled, high-paying careers.”

Getty Iris: Conservation and Technical Reports for Modern Buildings Now Freely Available Online. “Established in 2014, Keeping it Modern is an initiative of the Getty Foundation that supports the conservation of twentieth-century architecture around the world. Experimentation with materials and construction techniques during this era resulted in great architectural innovation, but they were often untested and have presented complex conservation challenges with age…. Now the Getty Foundation has launched the Keeping It Modern Report Library with the first 20 completed reports, free to download and use by practitioners in the field or anyone interested in cultural heritage preservation.”


Engadget: Paul McCartney will play a YouTube concert on September 7th. “Paul McCartney is no stranger to embracing technology, and you’re about to get further proof of it. The iconic musician is performing an ‘intimate’ YouTube concert on September 7th at 8PM Eastern as part of a YouTube Original production. It’s a plug for his new album Egypt Station, as you might have guessed, but he’ll also play tunes from his Beatles and Wings days.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1 . “Snapchat isn’t revealing sales numbers of version 2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses, but at least they’re not getting left in a drawer as much as the V1s. The company tells me V2 owners are capturing 40 percent more Snaps than people with V1s.”

ConsumerAffairs: Instagram reportedly working on building a dedicated shopping app. “Instagram is reportedly working on building a standalone shopping app that would allow users to browse and buy goods from merchants they follow directly, The Verge reported on Wednesday.”

BuzzFeed News: After Multiple Provocations, Twitter Has Banned Alex Jones And Infowars. “After weeks of equivocation, Twitter permanently suspended the accounts of Infowars and its founder Alex Jones on Thursday, following similar moves by other large tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify. The decision came after a series of provocations from Jones that Twitter deemed in violation of its ‘abusive behavior’ rules.”


From the terrific Mary Ellen Bates: Finding people through Facebook Graph Search. “Over the years, it’s gotten harder to conduct meaningful searches in Facebook. Sure… you can type in someone’s name and then browse through the profiles of everyone with that name (or something similar). But what if you want to find someone based on their profile—where they work, what degrees they have, and what their interests are?”

MakeUseOf: 13 Breathtaking Google Earth Virtual Tours You Must Explore. “For ages, Google Earth has remained people’s go-to service for browsing our globe. All from the comfort of their home and couches. Google Earth was completely overhauled in 2017. And that introduced more virtual tours to the world’s most exotic places and cultures. This gives you a chance to learn more about them. Here are the thirteen best virtual tours on Google Earth you should explore.” I thought I would know all of these but I didn’t. Good roundup.


The Local Denmark: Denmark’s plants and wildlife to get own website. “A new website entitled Danmarks Artsportal, to be launched in 2020, will provide nature enthusiasts with a guide to animals and plants in the Scandinavian country. The web portal, which will be produced by the Natural History Museum of Denmark and the Environmental Protection Agency, will collate public and private data on species of wildlife prevalent in Denmark, the Ministry for the Environment and Food announced in a press statement.”


CNET: More Americans taking a break from — or breaking up with — Facebook. “Forty-four percent of younger users, aged 18 to 29, have deleted the Facebook phone app in the past year, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday. And 42 percent of adult users have taken a break from checking the social network for a period of several weeks or more, the study says.”

Motherboard: Social Media Is a Weapon of War. How We Use It Is Up to Us. The following quote contains objectionable language which I have censored so this email newsletter has a chance of actually getting to you. “In the 24 hours that followed Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election on November 8, 2016, a data scientist monitoring global social media counted nearly eight million English-language exclamations of the word ‘f*ck.’ It’s a telling anecdote from LikeWar, the forthcoming book on the weaponization of social media by co-authors P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking.” Good morning, Internet…

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