Friday, November 05, 2021

Why the Julian Assange case is the most important battle for press freedom of our time

 New Deloitte report explains how Facebook and all tech companies have to change to be more ethical - Tech Republic: “A new report from Deloitte highlights the choice many tech companies are facing when it comes to business ethics. Is it possible to hold onto business as usual or is it time to make ethics at least as important as profits. The report released on Wednesday, “Beyond good intentions” spells out the contradictory forces at work.  In a survey of tech professionals, 82% strongly agreed that their company was ethical. In the same survey, only 24% strongly agreed that the tech industry takes an ethical approach to the products and services that it creates. Another Deloitte survey of Millennials and Gen Z found that 70% of both groups think corporations focus more on their own agenda than the impact on society. ..”

The biggest gamble of Prince Andrew’s life will either save him… or sink him: In exposing his accuser’s alleged past, even the Duke’s supporters were lamenting the absence of any sign of remorse, writes RICHARD KAY Daily Mail

Why the Julian Assange case is the most important battle for press freedom of our timeSalon. Chris 


Bus Drivers Saga Lays Bare the Divide Between Unionized and Non-Unionized Public Sector Workers Capital & Main

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT: Yes, China Could Invade Taiwan.

“This really is the grimmest time I’ve seen in my more than 40 years working in the military,” Taiwan Minister of Defense Chiu Kuo-Cheng recently said. He went on to predict that, though an invasion now would exact a high—and presumably unacceptable—price from Beijing, the time will come when China’s military modernization drive will produce a capability that will lower that cost to a level Chinese leadership will judge acceptable.


CITIES ATTRACT KOOKS:  Adults at risk for mental health disorders drawn to city living, study finds.


This Is The Second Most Popular Talk Radio Show In America (You May Never Have Heard Of It)

"Like much of talk radio, The Ramsey Show sits in a murky zone between journalism and entertainment. It is not quite a news program, religious service, reality show, infomercial, or financial advice; it is somehow all five." - Columbia Journalism Review

Philosophy of Well-Being: A “Dysfunctional” Situation?

A “responsible definition of wellbeing,” says Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge), “needs to be appropriate to the goals of the project—epistemically accessible, reasonably simple, in other words fit for purpose… Philosophers of wellbeing in the analytic tradition think very differently.” (more…)

The axolotl: critically threatened in Mexico, but a popular pet in China Dialogo Chino

[FREE] An Interview with Mark Zuckerberg about the Metaverse Stratechery

Meta’physics The Heisenberg Report

Inside the Alec Baldwin Shooting: A Dysfunctional Set and a Fatal Mistake WSJ

WitchTok: the rise of the occult on social media has eerie parallels with the 16th century The Conversation


Among the 455 new words and definitions: “Oobleck, air fryer, whataboutism, FTW, and fourth trimester. Just as the language never stops evolving, the dictionary never stops expanding. New terms and new uses for existing terms are the constant in a living language, and our latest list brings together both new and likely familiar words that have shown extensive and established use…”

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Current market rates for scholarly publishing services [Free version 2; peer review: 2 approved] F1000 Research, 1 July 2021. Alexander Grossmann, Björn Brembs. – “For decades, the supra-inflation increase of subscription prices for scholarly journals has concerned scholarly institutions. After years of fruitless efforts to solve this “serials crisis”, open access has been proposed as the latest potential solution. 

However, also the prices for open access publishing are high and are rising well beyond inflation. What has been missing from the public discussion so far is a quantitative approach to determine the actual costs of efficiently publishing a scholarly article using state-of-the-art technologies, such that informed decisions can be made as to appropriate price levels. Here we provide a granular, step-by-step calculation of the costs associated with publishing primary research articles, from submission, through peer-review, to publication, indexing and archiving. 

We find that these costs range from less than US$200 per article in modern, large scale publishing platforms using post-publication peer-review, to about US$1,000 per article in prestigious journals with rejection rates exceeding 90%. The publication costs for a representative scholarly article today come to lie at around US$400. These results appear uncontroversial as they not only match previous data using different methodologies, but also conform to the costs that many publishers have openly or privately shared. We discuss the numerous additional non-publication items that make up the difference between these publication costs and final price at the more expensive, legacy publishers.”