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The Baffler,  February 12, 2015

Daily Bafflements

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• Your uncle with all the conspiracy theories are right; the Department of Homeland Security does have a secret “kill switch” for the Internet, and a D.C. court has just ruled that it can remain secret.

• You may have seen the news this week that the vile “Thought of the Day” pop-up ad that greets visitors to the Forbes website was used by Chinese hackers to distribute malware for three days in November. But we think that the worst thing about Forbes is, you know, everything that’s past the ad. The “Most Popular” posts on the site as of this writing are as follows: “The Uberpreneur: How An Uber Driver Makes $252,000 A Year,” “Hyperloop Is Real: Meet The Startups Selling Supersonic Travel,” and “My Picks For The Top 10 CHROs [Chief Human Resource Officers], And Why They Matter.”

• We’re all for company-sponsored childcare, but…ew. Wired reveals the extremely low vaccination rates at Silicon Valley tech companies’ daycare facilities: the vaccination rates among kids at Pixar’s and Google’s facilities are under 50 percent. (Via Christopher Mims.)

• Damaris Colhoun points out in the Columbia Journalism Review the sad fact that the word “storytelling” now almost always refers to advertising.

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Or, put it this way: Paul Ryan went out onto the tightrope. The crowd, so long adoring their golden child, cheered. But a jester got the best of Ryan.