May, 2023 archive
Thom offers a definition of fascism from the U. S. Department of War during World War II. A snippet;
Fascism is government of the few, for the few.
Computer security expert Bruce Schneier reports that fingerprint logins may not be as secure as they are portrayed to be.
At Psychology Today Blogs, the Hospital, Health, and Addiction Workers Group argues that, thanks to cell phones, tablets, 24-hour “news” channels, and the like, we are overloaded with news. Indeed, I would add that much of what passes for broadcast “news” coverage is not information about things that have happened–that’s news–it’s opinion and even mis- and disinformation (think Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems) masquerading as opinion.
They point out that
Follow the link for some suggestions for reaching a healthy balance between being informed and being panicked.
I avoid television news completely (except when there’s a snowstorm).
I read the local rag and visit various news web sites–mostly legitimate newspapers–and don’t subscribe to news alerts on my “devices” (I do subscribe to various RSS feeds, but they lie there quietly until I choose to look at them). I also spend large portions of the day away from news; heck, I don’t even like to listen to the one-minute hourly NPR headline summary on my local classical music station.
Being informed without being overloaded is depressing enough these days, thank you very much.
As someone–unfortunately, I forget who–pointed out, “woke” means aware.
Video via C&L.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gene Collier finds himself dismayed, but somehow not surprised, by the reaction of (some) Republicans to President Biden’s announcement of the “U.S. National Strategy to Combat Antisemitism.” He observes that
Follow the link for his reasoning.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Riccardo Dalle Grave discusses the association between “social” media and eating disorders in teens. He makes three main points; follow the link for his exploration.
- The use of social networks is associated with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating.
- Viewing and uploading photos and asking for negative feedback seem particularly problematic.
- The parental role in ensuring their children’s safe and helpful use of social networks cannot be understated.
There’s nothing healthy about a culture which values self-promotion above all else.
At Above the Law, Joe Patrice reminds us that, just because the machine said it, it ain’t necessarily so.
Attention, Walmart shoppers.
Sam and his crew talk with Will Sommer, politics reporter for The Daily Beast, about who buys into QAnon and why.
Michael in Norfolk has an interesting theory as to why Republicans have started to attack public schools and public school teachers.
Given the hype nay, absolute swooning over “artificial intelligence,” I believe you will find the thoughtful discussion of it and of its implications on the latest Bad Voltage podcast to be well worth a listen.