My Thanks to Designer Disguise

My thanks to Designer Disguise for sponsoring the website this week. The band just released their new single, “Whisper,” and I’d love if everyone would give it a listen. You can tell the band put a lot of effort into this video.

Designer Disguise will be releasing their new EP this spring. Follow the band on social media to be keyed in on show dates and release dates, as well as special giveaways: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nathan Fielder to Open Summit Ice Pop-Up Shop

Nathan Fielder will be opening a Summit Ice pop-up shop in Vancouver:

As part of his trip, Mr. Fielder will be opening Summit Ice’s first retail pop-up store at 138 East Broadway, in Vancouver’s historic outdoor apparel district. Greater Vancouver residents are encouraged to come down and trade in any Taiga jacket they have in exchange for a free Summit Ice soft-shell jacket and “Deny Nothing” pin. Donations will also be accepted in exchange for other Summit Ice clothing while supplies last. (Please note: any Taiga jackets collected will be disposed of in a manner deemed appropriate by Mr. Fielder.) The pop-up store will only be open for this one-day event, which will take place on Sunday March 26 from 11am-5pm.

If you haven’t been watching this show, you really should be. The Summit Ice episode is as good a place as any to start.

Senate Republications Vote to Lift Internet Privacy Protections

Hamza Shaban, writing for Buzzfeed:

The Senate voted Thursday to make it easier for internet service providers to share sensitive information about their customers, a first step in overturning landmark privacy rules that consumer advocates and Democratic lawmakers view as crucial protections in the digital age. The vote was passed along party lines, 50-48, with all but two Republicans voting in favor of the repeal and every Democrat voting against it. Two Republican Senators did not vote.

Passed by the Federal Communications Commission in the final months of the Obama presidency, the privacy rules prohibited internet providers like Comcast and Verizon from selling customer information, including browsing history and location data, without first getting consent. The rules also compelled providers to tell customers about the data they collect, the purpose of that data collection, and to identify the types of third party companies that might be given access to that information.

Who is asking for this? Is there literally anyone that’s like, “fuck yes, sell my data, please!”