How Vladimir Putin Helped ‘Nazify’ Modern Germany

How Vladimir Putin Helped ‘Nazify’ Modern Germany

Rainer Sonntag was a far-right vigilante. He was also a Communist spy.

via Longreads: https://longreads.com/2022/07/06/follow-the-leader-neo-nazi-communist-spy-atavist-magazine/

Throughout the evening, far-right youth—some with shaved heads, others with the feathery mullets still fashionable in the Eastern Bloc’s dying days—gathered in nearby bars and outside the boarded-up Faun Palace porn cinema, just down the street from the brothel. From behind the wheel of a parked car, Sonntag waited to give the signal to attack. The Sex Shopping Center was run by a Greek pimp named Nicolas Simeonidis and his business partner, Ronny Matz.

End-to-End Encryption's Central Role in Modern Self-Defense

End-to-End Encryption’s Central Role in Modern Self-Defense

With abortion set to be criminalized in more than half the US, encryption has never been more important for protection—and civil disobedience.

via Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/end-to-end-encryption-abortion-privacy/

“Effective, uncensorable, secret communications are certainly far more valuable to resistance movements than small arms are,” says computer security consultant Ryan Lackey. “If you had magic, secure telepathy between everyone in your organization, in a civil war or resistance scenario where some of your allies were inside the opposition, you wouldn’t need a single gun to win.”

Nazi Tapes Provide a Chilling Sequel to the Eichmann Trial

Nazi Tapes Provide a Chilling Sequel to the Eichmann Trial

Sixty years after the execution of Adolf Eichmann, the logistics chief of the Holocaust, an Israeli documentary airs his confessions in his own voice.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/04/world/middleeast/adolf-eichmann-documentary-israel.html

Exposing Eichmann’s visceral, ideological antisemitism, his zeal for hunting down Jews and his role in the mechanics of mass murder, the series brings the missing evidence from the trial to a mass audience for the first time.

Haiti a Year After the Presidential Assassination

Haiti a Year After the Presidential Assassination

Justice evades Jovenel Moïse’s family and the rest of the country.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/haiti-a-year-after-the-presidential-assassination

In June, a social-media-savvy gang known as 5 Segonn—Five Seconds—took over one of Haiti’s largest courthouses using military-type weapons and drones. The attackers burned documents and seized computers and safes filled with evidence in cases before the courts, further weakening the country’s already enfeebled judiciary. Soon afterward, the nearby National Port Authority locale was attacked; one person died and two were wounded.

On Conservative Radio, Misleading Message Is Clear: ‘Democrats Cheat’

On Conservative Radio, Misleading Message Is Clear: ‘Democrats Cheat’

Election fraud claims from 2020 are widespread on talk radio, contributing to the belief that the midterm results cannot be trusted.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/05/business/media/conservative-radio-democrats-cheat.html

“You don’t get as specific as a particular company so they can’t come back and sue you,” said Jerry Del Colliano, a professor at New York University and publisher of Inside Music Media. He added that the shift in strategy toward vaguer cheating claims “allows them to continue with this misinformation that their audience just loves” without risking serious consequences from companies or their syndicators.

The Water Wars Come to the Suburbs

The Water Wars Come to the Suburbs

A community near Scottsdale, Arizona, is running out of water. Amid the finger-pointing, the real question is: how many developments will be next?

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-the-southwest/the-water-wars-come-to-the-suburbs

They accused one another of lowering the water table and drying up neighboring wells. “I am so sorry for your well trouble but it has nothing to do with us,” one neighbor replied to an accusation. “The pool is to swim the horses.” Members of both pro- and anti-dwid factions reported being threatened. “People say things like, ‘You watch. In five years, you’re going to be begging me for water, and you ain’t getting it,’ ” Jackman said. Someone threatened to share Nabity’s address in an anti-dwid Facebook group. “I called my neighbors and we all sat on my patio, waiting, in case a mob came down to burn down my property,” Nabity said, tearing up at the memory

Joseph Smith and the Birth of Mormonism

Joseph Smith and the Birth of Mormonism

The cartoonist Noah Van Sciver explores the life and times of an American prophet.

via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/joseph-smith-and-the-birth-of-mormonism

His latest book, the graphic-novel biography “Joseph Smith and the Mormons,” will be published at the end of July. It is a nuanced and complicated portrait of Mormonism’s founder. Using Smith’s short life, from his childhood in upstate New York to his violent death when he was thirty-eight, at the hands of a mob in Illinois, Van Sciver tells his interpretation of the religion’s early years. Van Sciver’s Smith is a would-be prophet, driven by faith yet full of human frailty, who rose from humble beginnings to build a quintessentially American religion in the expansionist years of the eighteen-hundreds. We talked to the author about what compelled him to take on this book.

Jason Brassard Spent His Lifetime Collecting the Rarest Video Games. Until the Heist.

Jason Brassard Spent His Lifetime Collecting the Rarest Video Games. Until the Heist.

The porn trilogy for Nintendos. Atari games from the 1980s. Pristine nostalgia, potentially worth millions, gone in a night.

via Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/06/rare-nintendo-atari-games-stolen

On the rainy evening of November 6, a man and a woman arrived in a beat-up car. The man was wearing a Nike baseball cap, the bill obscuring his face. He held a large fountain soda in his left hand, frustratingly disregarding the sign asking visitors not to bring food or drink inside. The woman seemed younger, in jeans and some kind of poncho, with a wet grocery bag in her hand. The two of them walked to the register, where the woman opened the bag to reveal some of the rarest games the staff had ever seen, then arranged them on the glass checkout counter, hoping to make a deal. One of the clerks, Spidey sense triggered, called the Voegeles at home. Mandi came in.

The Accidental Media Critics of YouTube

The Accidental Media Critics of YouTube

One of the most popular genres of videos online is to comment on other videos online. Are they comedians or media critics?

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/29/magazine/youtube-critics.html

Kolodziejzyk and Miller and others like them — YouTubers like Drew Gooden and Danny Gonzalez — don’t just inform you about internet ephemera; they also reveal the shady online courses, moneymaking conventions and NFT hype that some of the internet’s influential celebrities have had their hands in. (Celebrities whose audiences, it must be said, consist largely of teenagers.)

Abortion Ruling Poses New Questions About How Far Supreme Court Will Go

Abortion Ruling Poses New Questions About How Far Supreme Court Will Go

The decision overruling Roe v. Wade exposed internal divisions among conservative justices about reconsidering other rights.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/25/us/supreme-court-abortion-contraception-same-sex-marriage.html

“One of two things must be true,” they wrote. “Either the majority does not really believe in its own reasoning. Or if it does, all rights that have no history stretching back to the mid-19th century are insecure. Either the mass of the majority’s opinion is hypocrisy, or additional constitutional rights are under threat. It is one or the other.”

‘An Invisible Cage’: How China Is Policing the Future

‘An Invisible Cage’: How China Is Policing the Future

Vast surveillance data allows the state to target people whose behavior or characteristics are deemed suspicious by an algorithm, even if they’ve done nothing wrong.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/25/technology/china-surveillance-police.html

They can warn the police if a victim of a fraud tries to travel to Beijing to petition the government for payment or a drug user makes too many calls to the same number. They can signal officers each time a person with a history of mental illness gets near a school.