this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.)
Just a little playful politeness . . . .
Witnesses told police that 22-year-old Zachary Shipley accidentally shot 22-year-old Christian Price in the head while Price played a video game. Shipley told police he removed the magazine from the gun thinking it wasn’t loaded but forgot to take out the round.
Guns and stupid, guns and stupid,
They go together like love and Cupid.
Let me tell you, brother,
You won’t find one without the other.
At AZCentral.com, Warren Stewart explores the motive for the Arizona Senate’s noaccount recount:
Follow the link for his evidence.
AL.com’s Kyle Whitmire asked an Alabama legislator who submitted a bill to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in primary and secondary schools (where it is not taught, by the way) to define “critical race theory.”
I’m a Southern boy.
I lived through my own whitewashing in my segregated school, where what I was taught about Virginia’s history was, shall we say, less than objective. Then I trained to be an historian . . . .
Hell, I was taught that 1619 was the “red letter year,” because it saw the arrival of a significant number of English women
to satisfy the lust of the colonists (lust was not addressed in the third grade) (that part seems questionable, but that’s what I was taught when I was eight years old), the creation of the first representative organ of government in the English colony, and the first arrival of African slaves.
Yes, I was taught that the establishment of slavery was a good thing, a red letter thing.
I guess you can call that “uncritical race theory,” the sort of “race theory” that the Republican Party now advocates.
The Republican Party has become the party of racism.
We Americans do not have a civilized society.
Bruce Schneier reports that TikTok has changed its terms of service to include a provision that it may now collect biometric data.
One more time, “social” media isn’t.
Mary Roberts Rinehart, in the voice of Letitia Carberry:
I’m a Southern boy. I use the term “cracker” will full knowledge that it is applicable in all its permutations.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Sebastian Ocklenburg explores how “fear of missing out,” often referred to as FOMO, sucks people into “social” media and keeps them there. A nugget:
The results show that FOMO and social media use, as well as problems due to social media use, are linked. Since this was a correlative study, no clear statement regarding whether or not FOMO causes social media use can be made.
On the one hand, it could be assumed that people with high FOMO check the social media feeds of their friends and family to not miss out on what happens in their lives.
On the other hand, the association could also go the other way around. If someone constantly checks the social media feeds of other people, they may develop FOMO because they see other people doing all these awesome things all the time. That these pictures often look better than the actual experience was is often ignored.