Daily Archives: October 7, 2021

“Appalling and Unacceptable”: Leak Shows Facebook Knew Its Algorithms Spread Hate & Harmed C hildren

Democracy Now!Oct 5, 2021
An unprecedented leak at Facebook reveals top executives at the company knew about major issues with the platform from their own research but kept the damning information hidden from the public. The leak shows Facebook deliberately ignored rampant disinformation, hate speech and political unrest in order to boost ad sales and is also implicated in child safety and human trafficking violations. Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen leaked thousands of documents and revealed her identity as the whistleblower during an interview with “60 Minutes.” She is set to testify today before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. “​​​​Their value system, which is about efficiency and speed and growth and profit and power, is in conflict with democracy,” says Roger McNamee, who was an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.” He says Facebook executives are prioritizing profits over safety. We also speak with Jessica González, co-CEO of the media advocacy organization Free Press and co-founder of Change the Terms, a coalition that works to disrupt online hate, who says this demonstrates Facebook is “unfit” to regulate itself. “We need Congress to step in.”

Anthropology and Caribbean History: A Conversation with Sidney Mintz

Duke Franklin Humanities Institute– Apr 30, 2013

Sidney Mintz, who has profoundly shaped Caribbean Studies, reflects here on his intellectual trajectory, his life and his fieldwork. Duke’s HAITI LAB on FB: https://www.facebook.com/haitilab?ref=hl Follow us @DukeHaitiLab. Other participants in this conversation include Eric Mintz (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Laurent Dubois (Romance Studies and History; Haiti Lab), and Deborah Jenson (Romance Studies; Haiti Lab).

Sweetness and Power by Sidney Mintz (Summary) — Place of Sugar in Modern History

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When talking about sugar, what comes to mind? Most of the snacks we consume today contain sugar. Since childhood, we’ve become so used to sugar that it’s almost as if our lives are inseparable from sugar and its sweet taste. Nowadays, sugar is so common that we often take it for granted. However, before the 20th century, sugar was not only a luxury sought by nobles but also an important factor in advancing the course of history. After the discovery of the New World, sugar was nearly as valuable as gold and silver in the emerging world trade system.

The emergence of sugar even led to the birth of new trade chains. Sugar not only became an “international commodity” popular among the upper class in Europe, but also facilitated capitalism and economic development in Europe. How did sugar make such a huge impact in history? Why did it gain such a high status? You will find the answers to these questions in this book, Sweetness and Power.

Caribbean Journey: Conversations With Sidney Mintz

The Online Sociologist– Aug 15, 2020

In a series of conversations, distinguished anthropologist Sidney Mintz reflects on his research experiences in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Haiti. He argues here for the parallel histories of Caribbean societies. Pioneers in modernity, Caribbean peoples built new cultural meanings while coping with slavery, the plantation, and colonial rule. Mintz weighs historical commonalities against individual uniqueness in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Haiti, considers the Caribbean regionally, and enlarges upon his distinctive approach to anthropology in today’s world.

This conversation is presented and produced by Dale Tomich, with cinematography and editing done by Ryan Mead.

This was a joint collaboration of The Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University, The Sidney W. Mintz Collection at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, and the Laboratório de Antropologia e História, Museu Nacional – UFRJ, Rio de Janerio, Brasil.

Abel Buell: Mapping a New Nation — Terra Incognita


Abel Buell: Mapping a New Nation

Library of Congress


On September 3, 1783, American and British representatives signed the Treaty of Paris that formally concluded the American Revolution and recognized the United States as an independent nation. In March 1784, only six months later, Abel Buell, an engraver from Connecticut, produced his New and Correct Map of the United States of North America, which is recognized as the very first map of the newly independent United States compiled, printed, and published in America by an American.

In this interactive program—positioned directly next the Abel Buell’s original document—visitors to the Library of Congress can explore details of the map in high resolution. They can also uncover Buell’s sources by comparing his map with six earlier maps.

One of the highlights of the interactive is “Across a New Nation,” which takes visitors on an expedition through the western frontier of the early United States with two American envoys, Ephraim Douglass and George McCully.

Solar Panels Plus Farming? Agrivoltaics Explained

Undecided with Matt Ferrell – Oct 5, 2021

Solar panels plus farming? Agrivoltaics explained. Could combining solar panels plus farming be a viable solution to the growing demand for food production and energy demand? Let’s take a closer look at electrifying our crops (not literally electrifying crops) … well, adding solar to our farm land as well as some of the side benefits and challenges it creates. Watch 28,000 Year Nuclear Waste Battery?

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The End of Oil, Explained | FULL EPISODE | Vox + Netflix

Vox– Sep 30, 2021

Oil led to huge advancements — and vast inequities.

As the planet warms, why is it so hard to turn away from fossil fuels, and can we do it in time? This is “The End of Oil, Explained” an episode narrated by Ethan Hawke from the current season of our Netflix series.

Why nuclear plants are shutting down

Vox – Oct 1, 2021

The nuclear power dilemma, explained.

The infamous Indian Point nuclear plant, located roughly 30 miles north of Manhattan, shut down earlier this year. To some, the shutdown was a victory following decades of protests about safety and environmental concerns. Here’s the problem: When operating, Indian Point provided more electricity than is produced annually by all solar and wind in New York state. And Indian Point is not the only plant closing. Cleo Abram explores why so many nuclear plants are shutting down – by taking a closer look at Indian Point.

Yale and the Politics of Slavery in the 19th Century with Ben Parten – Mondays at Beinecke,

Beinecke Library at Yale– Oct 6, 2021

Ben Parten is a Ph.D. student in history at Yale and a lead researcher with the Yale and Slavery Working Group (https://yaleandslavery.yale.edu). His research interests include the histories of race, slavery, abolition, and emancipation. He received his B.A. at the University of Georgia and M.A. from Clemson University. His Mondays at Beinecke talk focuses on highlights of research-in-progress about Yale and the time before the Civil War.

Germany puts 100-year-old on trial for Nazi crimes • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 English – Oct 7, 2021

A 100-year-old former concentration camp guard became the oldest person yet to be tried for Nazi-era crimes in Germany as he went before the court on Thursday charged with complicity in mass murder.