(via For Past Poets)
For years, Bloomberg News gave a limited kow-tow to complaints from Beijing. “In early 2011,” the Times reported, Bloomberg News carried stories “on an online movement in China to stage peaceful ‘Jasmine Revolution’-style protests modeled after the uprisings in the Middle East. Angry Chinese officials told top editors in Hong Kong that Bloomberg’s information distribution license permitted it to publish only financial news in China, not political news, according to employees with knowledge of the discussions. “Editors ordered the article in question deleted from the website, even though the site is global and not China-specific, these employees said. Word spread among Bloomberg journalists in China. ‘A lot of people were angry they would just cave in like that without much discussion,’ one employee said. “After the outcry,” the Times coninued, “editors reposted the article to the Bloomberg website, but as of Sunday, it could not be found using the site’s search engine. (It shows up in a Google search.)” To head off future trouble, the Times said, Bloomberg News found a digital fix: “Managers also created a function called Code 204, which can be appended to some articles to keep them off terminals in mainland China. But then, Bloomberg published “a report [by Michael Forsythe] about the fortunes amassed by family members of Xi Jinping, which won a Polk Award for foreign reporting…” But, the Times reported, ”Bloomberg paid a price: The purchase of terminals in China all but ceased, the Bloomberg News site was blocked and no residency visas were subsequently granted to its reporters.” When Forsythe struck again this month. His story on the political family connections of China’s richest billionaire passed through all the legal and editorial wickets, Bloomberg newspeople told the Times, until it got to Winkler. And there, until proven different, it seems to have died, and Bloomberg’s Beijing bow-down seems to have reached the head to ground stage.
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Street artist Banksy has been busy thsi October in New York City putting up public installations and
WIRED: The internet is integrated. Could it be conscious? Koch: It’s difficult to say right now. But consider this. The internet contains about 10 billion computers, with each computer itself having a couple of billion transistors in its CPU. So the internet has at least 10^19 transistors, compared to the roughly 1000 trillion (or quadrillion) synapses in the human brain. That’s about 10,000 times more transistors than synapses. But is the internet more complex than the human brain? It depends on the degree of integration of the internet. For instance, our brains are connected all the time. On the internet, computers are packet-switching. They’re not connected permanently, but rapidly switch from one to another. But according to my version of panpsychism, it feels like something to be the internet — and if the internet were down, it wouldn’t feel like anything anymore. And that is, in principle, not different from the way I feel when I’m in a deep, dreamless sleep. (via A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science)
"Gemini XII Mission Image - Major Aldrin’s Helmet, 11/12/1966"
from the series: Gemini XII, 11/11/1966 - 11/15/1966
From The New Yorker magazine.