Frances Haugen’s explosive CBS 60 minutes interview

9 October, 2021

On the one hand, Facebook has united so many people on Earth. It has helped people to stay in touch, and share their memories with their friends. But social media has a dark side too. The algorithms behind Facebook and Youtube are geared towards maximizing user engagement and look for ways to make the users stay longer on their platforms. This is a tricky situation which quickly weers the platform to promoting violent, abusing, and hateful content.

Frances Haugen is a long time tech insider who has previously worked with other big guns of the industry, including Google and Pinterest. She has now quit the company and has filed a complaint with SEC for regulation of Facebook. Here is her interview with CBS’ flagship 60 minutes program.


[Podcast] Danny Trejo: The ex-con who cracked Hollywood

September 11, 2021

This is an excellent podcast episode I listened to recently. You may have seen Danny Trejo in Sons of Anarchy, Machete, or in scores of action flicks he has done. His on-screen macho, bad-guy persona is pretty idiosyncratic. I mean, he just “looks” like NOT a nice guy to know 🙂 🙂

What is not known is the horrible childhood, bad influences and horrible influences in Danny’s early life, which led him into a downward spiral of crime, robbery, and drug addiction. His true story of redemption and rehabilitation is quite emotional and inspiring.

Listen to the episode here.

Here is the BBC’s summary of the episode. Do give it a listen, and read the book if it picques your interest.

Die, go insane or go to jail: these were the options Danny Trejo saw for himself as a young man growing up in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Pacoima. Under the wing of his career-criminal uncle, Danny became addicted to heroin and spent most of his twenties in and out of high-security prisons across California.

A decade after being released from prison for the last time and whilst working as a drug counsellor he had a chance encounter that set him on a path to the highly-successful Hollywood movie career he now has.

Danny Trejo has over 400 on-screen credits, the record for the most on-screen deaths and has starred alongside some of the biggest actors in the business. He still lives in Pacoima and now gives back to the community he once terrorised.

He’s written a book about his life and career called Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood.