For the Holidays, the Gift of Self-Care - The New York Times
"When we regard our difficult emotions as a problem and try to overcome them, we only struggle more. In contrast, when we accept them, strangely enough our mind stops struggling and suddenly grows quiet. Rather than trying to change or control difficult emotions from the inside, allow them to be there, and your mind will rest."

The “Great Cannon” has been deployed again | Alien Labs
"The Great Cannon is a distributed denial of service tool (DDoS) that operates by injecting malicious Javascript into pages served from behind [China's] Great Firewall... The Great Cannon is currently attempting to take the website LIHKG offline. LIHKG has been used to organize protests in Hong Kong."

Former Go champion beaten by DeepMind retires after declaring AI invincible - The Verge
"For years, Go was considered beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated computer programs. The ancient board game is famously complex, with more possible configurations for pieces than atoms in the observable universe."

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Instead of a Generational Culture War, Let’s Fight the Rich | The New York Times (opinion)
"This is the sort of coalition we need to build a better future — not Gen Z fighting boomers, but a coalition of 16-year-olds and 30-year-olds and 78-year-olds joining together to demolish the rich who run the world today. The stakes are too great; we can’t afford to have any generation sit this one out."

Activists’ phones targeted by one of the world’s most advanced spyware apps
"Mobile phones of two prominent human rights activists were repeatedly targeted with Pegasus, the highly advanced spyware made by Israel-based NSO, researchers from Amnesty International reported this week."

In Pictures: Hong Kong's Lion Rock 'final resting place' for Lady Liberty democracy statue
"The statue depicts a female protester in a gas mask, protective goggles and helmet, an umbrella in one hand and a black flag in the other, proclaiming the protest slogan 'Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.'"

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A Stellar Jewel Box: Open Cluster NGC 290

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble; Acknowledgement: E. Olzewski (U. Arizona) #APoD

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Image description: a robed figure with a scythe looks over a precipice at blue-shadowed, crumbling architecture and statuary.

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