This day in history

2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2022.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readDec 2, 2023

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Next Tuesday (Dec 5), I’m at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC, with my new solarpunk novel The Lost Cause, which 350.org’s Bill McKibben called “The first great YIMBY novel: perceptive, scientifically sound, and extraordinarily hopeful.”

#20yrsago Dell won’t help customers remove spyware https://yro.slashdot.org/story/03/12/03/0257238/dell-to-techs-dont-help-customers-remove-spyware

#15yrsago Spider Robinson reads John Varley’s “The Persistence of Vision” https://web.archive.org/web/20111215214809/http://hw.libsyn.com/p/b/f/e/bfea9a6569a591aa/SOTW057.mp3?sid=669e18ee3a02e91b0ddc3bc71878673a&l_sid=21159&l_eid=&l_mid=1970776&expiration=1323992876&hwt=f3158434ea94dcfa536ce7d3b1a49107

#15yrsago Atheism Song — Adam Sandler’s Hannukah Song, but for nonbelievers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFqSNpK9vm8

#15yrsago Interview with Harvard law prof who’s challenging the constitutionality of the RIAA suits https://archive.blogs.harvard.edu/mediaberkman/2008/12/02/radio-berkman-the-pay-us-hotline-fines-and-the-riaa/

#10yrsago RIP, Roy Trumbull: happy mutant, TV/radio engineering legend, podcaster https://memex.craphound.com/2013/12/02/rip-roy-trumbull-happy-mutant-tv-radio-engineering-legend-podcaster/

#10yrsago Leaked UN document: countries want to end War on Drugs and prohibition https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/30/un-drugs-policy-split-leaked-paper

#10yrsago How big corporations and government spy agencies surveil and sabotage activist groups https://web.archive.org/web/20131121063549/http://www.corporatepolicy.org/spookybusiness.pdf

#10yrsago 84% of stocks owned by richest 10% of Americans https://money.com/stock-ownership-10-percent-richest/

#1yrago How tech changed global labor struggles for better and worse https://pluralistic.net/2022/12/02/not-what-it-does/#who-it-does-it-to

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