The DMV Is Selling Your Data to a Vast Array of Third Parties (Chris)
From Techdirt: “Some of the data [is] sold to the usual suspects (auto insurance companies being the most obvious), but much of it is routinely sold to more dubious third-party outfits and private investigators. And while some of the data is in bulk and ‘anonymized,’ we’ve long noted that doesn’t mean what you think it does. … Granted all of this is perfectly legal due to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), a 90’s law that critics say is in dire need of an update.”
Dare We Dream of the End of the GOP? (Russ)
The author writes, “Toward the end of his new book, R.I.P. G.O.P., the renowned Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg makes a thrilling prediction, delivered with the certainty of prophecy. ‘The year 2020 will produce a second blue wave on at least the scale of the first in 2018 and finally will crash and shatter the Republican Party that was consumed by the ill-begotten battle to stop the New America from governing,’ he writes.”
Explaining the Democrats’ Healthcare Plans, in Plain English (Reader Steve)
The author writes, “When asked about an issue on the campaign trail, Warren often responds that ‘I’ve got a plan for that.’ But she doesn’t have a health care plan. She said, ‘I’m with Bernie on Medicare for All’ in the first debate. But she has also said that when it comes to achieving universal care, there are ‘lots of paths for how to do that.’”
Fewer Americans Are Moving to Texas (Reader Steve)
From the Houston Chronicle: “Texas may be losing one of its biggest bragging rights. While the state ranks second in population to California, it’s not the same bastion of economic growth it once was. In fact, it’s no longer much different from any other state.”
Former ‘Donkey Kong’ Champ Threatens to Sue Guinness Over Record Removal (Chris)
The author writes, “Last April, in response to a dispute raised by Donkey Kong Forum’s Jeremy Young, Twin Galaxies determined that a number of Donkey Kong score tapes submitted by [Billy] Mitchell were not achieved on an ‘unmodified original DK arcade PCB [printed circuit board] as per the competitive rules.’ The scoreboard management thus decided to remove all of Mitchell’s scores from its listings.”
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