Five Star Mixtape 397: Six Great Blog Posts and a Yuval Noah Harari Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by a prison planet, privacy concerns, white lady insecurity, fake markets, circles and infinity, an example of not really doing the right thing, and Yuval Noah Harari:

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by TED Conference [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

"Consistency is the playground of dull minds."
— Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Happy reading!

"Voyage to the Prison Planet" by Sam Kriss at Idiot Joy Showland:

Paul Joseph Watson stares through the tiny weeping mole-eyes half-buried in his face, and is afraid. You would be too. He lives on the prison planet, encased in a thick concrete shield twenty miles above sea level: you think it’s night and it’s always been night, but those stars are just a fluorescent buzz through the gaps in the barbed wire, each constellation has its tangled wiring and a strange cloudy liquid that slowly drips from one corner, and you’ve confused the moon with a searchlight your entire life. You think the clouds are gathering, but tear gas is leaking through the mildewed firmament to disperse the population. You think it’s God you’re praying to, but the guards have their snitches everywhere.

"I'll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you." by Quincy Larson at Medium's freeCodeCamp:

A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password…

And a few weeks ago, that’s precisely what happened to a US citizen returning home from abroad.

"Why You So Obsessed With Me: How Beyoncé Exposes The Insecurity of White Women" by Lex Luther at Sublime Zoo:

Hell hath no fury like a White woman who is insecure.

This is fairly a blunt ass way to start this piece off, since I haven’t seen y’all in like two months.

To be fair, The Orange™ has been fucking so much shit up that it’s been giving me whiplash and simultaneous fatigue as a writer.


One thing I can never pass up is the opportunity to assert Beyoncé’s right to be a Bad Ass Bitch™ …and the opportunity to slap White feminists down with a sparkly ass fly swatter.

"Tech and the Fake Market Tactic" by Anil Dash at Medium's Humane Tech:

What we have in ride sharing or content publishing is a rapid move to locked-down systems controlled by one, or at most two, privately-held corporate players. But even in these fake markets, there are currently multiple providers offering their services within the ecosystem. The providers are those Uber drivers or Facebook publishers being lauded as independent entrepreneurs thriving on the platform.

"I Had To Have A Sleepover At My Uncle Stevie's House Last Night Because My Soul Couldn't Make Its Way Home." by Eden Riley at Edenland:

I did a meeting last night in Springwood partly because I was terrified of drinking, mostly because I was so lonely and sad that I just needed to be around people who sit in circles and talk about their real shit. After the meeting I'm sitting in my car looking at my phone, hesitating calling Stevie even though he lived five minutes away. For over a year now he's said "Edie, come down here anytime you need to. Our house is always open." So I called and went over to his house, my bulging problems could hardly fit through the door but I got there, on his couch, talking.

"All I Really Need to Say" by Roxane Gay at Roxane Gay:

In canceling Milo’s book contract, Simon & Schuster made a business decision the same way they made a business decision when they decided to publish that man in the first place.

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