Giving up on the Apple Watch: “I decided to do the easiest and simplest thing and use Apple’s trade-in policy. I’ll get a $140 Apple gift card for it.”

Link. I didn’t know you could do a trade-in for an Apple gift card!

My only Apple Watch use case is directions and notifications when I ride my bike and a Garmin seems a much better choice for that. For now I have a $14 Casio that keeps perfect time and battery lasts 1-2y.

How Psychiatric Labels became tribal identities – when everyone has autism and ADHD

Link. “Steven Hyman, who directed the National Institute of Mental Health from 1996 to 2001, told the Times that he considered the manual an “absolute scientific nightmare.”

Key insight: DSM IV labels were bad to begin with, utterly crap now, are used way outside of their original context. (Researchers and many clinicians know they are crap, but they’ve been embedded in payment rules and accounting so are almost impossible to fix.)

Death 2.0: “using Google is now akin to a video game, where the challenge is to craft a search query that avoids ad spam”

Link. Noah has a good* summary of how Google’s Internet died along with Google. I don’t think Google recovers.

The vulnerability of many voters to deep fakes is a huge problem for democracy; William Hearst did similar things a century ago but Russia and China are far more subtle and capable.

* Noah is a Twitter person still, so less credible than he used to be. Also, why the heck is he still using Google?

Jan 6 attack on Congress: “What caused the hours-long delay in deploying the D.C. National Guard”

Link. It wasn’t conspiracy, it was incompetence —but also the Trump effect.

“military had adopted a particularly cautious approach to deploying the Guard … because of concerns that President Donald J. Trump could misuse the Guard … “Department of Defense came under harsh criticism for its response to the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd”

GOP House investigation validates Dem investigation and adds details like this.

“Students for Justice in Palestine but also others — support the overthrow of the current Israeli state and the expulsion of at least some substantial percentage of the current Jewish Israeli population.”

Link. Josh Marshall explains why American Jews should feel threatened. Hamas also has significant responsibility for 30,000 dead but that is an awkward fact.

He doesn’t get into the 20y history of Israel’s voters repeatedly enabling Netenyahu and his brutality.