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The New Know-Nothings 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., finds the Republican disdain for knowledge and information to be somewhat disturbing. A nugget:

Who can forget Rick Santorum’s 2012 complaint: “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.”

Pass lightly — again — over the fact that Obama never said any such thing. What’s more fascinating is that Santorum — holder of an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law — would identify higher education as a mark of elitism.

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Pest Control 0

In a stunning act of sanity, my city has taken action against Silicon Valley’s latest pestiferous scheme.

More than a month after allowing scooters on Atlantic Avenue’s trolley lanes, the City Council backtracked on its decision, further tightening the rules on the rides.

The council voted 6-5 on Tuesday to ban them in most of the Oceanfront resort area and along streets with speed limits above 25 mph — effective immediately.

We’ll see how long sanity holds sway.

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Snakes (Almost) on a Plane 0

The TSA says he ain’t getting his snake back.

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Facebook Frolics 0

The hoax that will not die.

We are a society of stupid.

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“The Information Superhighway” 0

Not so fast, Bucko.

Ewan Morrison argues persuasively that the world wide web has become an instrument for inculcating ignorance.

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(Anti-)Social Media 0

Writing at the Hartford Courant, Barth Keck argues that Americans’ apparent willingness to believe anything they read on a computer screen is inimical to the polity. He uses the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide as a starting point.

In no time, an abundance of similar posts (conspiracy theories about Epstein’s death–ed.) appeared on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. When I tried to debunk those claims with facts from credible sources — a time-tested strategy I teach in my English classes — I was met with scorn and ridicule: “How dare you question the idle and speculative theories we formulated within 24 hours of a story breaking!”

Social media, simply, is poisoning American minds.

Follow the link for the rest.

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The New “Enemies List” 0

Trump Administration Endangered Species Act Endangered Species.  Images:  Bald eagle, right whale, moderate Republican.

Click for the original image.

Personally, I think its already too late for the elephant.

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Dishing the Dirt 0

Of course this happened in Florida.

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Phoning It In 0

More stuff you can’t make up.

We are a society of stupid.

(Misplet wrod correxed.)

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Twits on Twitter 0

A truckload of twits.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

More stuff you (wish you) couldn’t make up.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Copycat frolics.

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Audience Participation 0

More stuff you couldn’t–or wouldn’t want to–make up.

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Snowflakes, Reprise 0

What’s in a name?

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A Plague of Brocusts 0

"Lime" scooters left carelessly about the parking lot of a local shopping center.

And this was just a few of the two-wheeled hazards we saw on the two mile trip to the grocery store. There were others in that same parking lot, as well as some left in the middle of a sidewalk in front of the local thrift store.

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Phoning It In 0

More stuff you couldn’t make up.

Aside:

They should call them “stupid phones,” for they facilitate the stupid.

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Unleashing the Stupid 0

More stuff you can’t make up.

We are a society of stupid, and “social” media is encouraging us to unleash the stupid.

And, natch, this happened in Florida.

Afterthought:

Also, too.

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Internet of Things Easy Marks 0

Why the hell does a light bulb need to connect to the internet in the first place?

Words fail me.

Via Le Show.

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Truckin’, Like the Doo-Dah Man 0

After all, it’s his truck.

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An Historical Trumpling 0

Take the quiz.

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