Siri: Stop!

April 29, 2018

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We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. — Marshall McLuhan Sometimes Siri is a moron — it’s hard to use, misunderstands questions, and often gives useless answers. Siri — for those of you living under a rock — is a search agent built into the iPhone. You talk to it, requesting information […]

Fifth Amendment Brain Scan — a short story

April 22, 2018

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Could prosecutors armed with a search warrant compel an unwilling suspect to submit to brain scans aimed at exploring his or her innermost thoughts? — John Villasenor “The State wishes to introduce into evidence a set of scans made from the defendant’s brain, scans which will prove he was lying to investigators—” “Objection!” Defense counsel […]

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Political Discussion Pitfalls

April 15, 2018

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  People suppose they have the right way, and it is the only way. — Jeffrey Tucker “Political discussion” is an oxymoron. — Quippy Have you noticed how people in political discussions never, ever change their minds? You’d think public controversies ought to be talked out reasonably by the citizens — that’s the responsible thing […]

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Sinclair and the Zombie Newscasters

April 8, 2018

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The Red Tribe and Blue Tribe have different narratives, which they use to tie together everything that happens into reasons why their tribe is good and the other tribe is bad. — Scott Alexander Sinclair Broadcast Group owns more TV stations, roughly 200, than anyone else in America, and it’s growing bigger. This strikes terror […]

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What Difference Would It Make? — a short story

April 1, 2018

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Do you know who you are / In your robes of skin? / How many creatures live inside you? / Man is born forever free / But is everywhere in chains — Bruce Dickinson “Were you acquainted with your next-door neighbor?” “Only in passing. Now and then I’d chat with him, out in the parking lot. Just to be […]

Not the Same as a Rapist

March 18, 2018

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I have been sexually harassed, I have been sexually abused, and I have been date-raped. And, don’t tell me they are all the same, because they are not. They are not the same. . . . And, I don’t want to throw everybody on the same manure pile. Being a jerk is not the same […]

Needed to Risk More — a short story

February 25, 2018

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I had spent most of my youth attempting to gain my dad’s acceptance, when in reality nothing I could do would ever be enough. — Cory Cyr “Hello?” “Daddy, it’s me! I did it! I medaled!” “Yes, honey, you did.” “Did you see it?” “Yes, on TV.” “You weren’t in the stands?” “My bursitis kicked […]

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