From Pine View Farm

Twits on Twitter 0

The bullies’ pulpit.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Suffer the children.

Sucklers at the Public Teat 0

What Noz said.

Iran Contrary 0

Via Mediaite, which has commentary.

QOTD 0

Neil Simon:

If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.

Facebook Fakebook Frolics 0

Heh.

Consumer champion Martin Lewis, Britain’s Money Saving Expert, has declared he is suing Facebook for defamation over fake adverts featuring his face that repeatedly appear on the under-fire social network.
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“Within the last year, the social media site has published over 50 fake Martin Lewis adverts which are regularly seen, likely by millions of people, in the UK,” complained Lewis. “The most prevalent are get-rich-quick schemes currently titled ‘Bitcoin code’ or ‘Cloud Trader’, which are fronts for binary trading firms based outside the EU.”

More at the link.

Everybody Must Get Fracked 0

Well, almost everybody.

White Coffee (Updated) 0

The Des Moines Register’s Daniel Finney tells a story. Here’s how it starts:

A tall, fat man walked into the Starbucks at Clive off of University Avenue near a Half Price Books at 6:16 p.m. one day last week.

He wore a gray hoodie, baggy pants, a ball cap pulled down to cover his eyes and about five days’ worth of growth on his face.

He picked up two newspapers — retail value: about $5 — and sat down at a table. He purchased no food.

A Starbucks employee cleaning countertops and taking out the trash said, “Hello.”

The man nodded but did not speak.

He proceeded to read the newspapers he had not paid for.

Follow the link to see how it ends.

Addendum, Later that Same Afternoon:

At Psychology Today Blogs, Stephen Greenspan offers some thoughts.

Facebook Frolics 0

Sunday’s New York Times had another article about Facebook and its effects on the discourse. The article focused on ethnic and religious divisions in Sri Lanka and a series of hate crimes and lycnhings.

As the briefest thumbnail, the authors examine how Facebook’s algorithm, designed to promote engagement with Facebook and consequently more on-line time for users, has a side effect of promoting hate speech; the authors theorize that this is because posts that incite strong negative emotions tend to be the posts that generate the most views. )To put it another way, hate sells.) They also discuss the obstacles Sri Lankan authorities encountered in trying to get Facebook’s attention to the issue.

The article is quite long, but I think it is worth your while. An excerpt:

We came to understand that Facebook’s algorithm-driven newsfeed, by pushing out whatever content drew the most engagement from users, does more than amplify existing prejudices or boost extremists.By pushing out content charged by negative, primal emotions like anger or fear — which, studies show, perform best on the algorithm — the platform can change how people see the world and relate to one another. In countries with weak institutions but where Facebook use is widespread, that can allow misinformation to run rampant. And in societies with histories of deep social distrust, it can turn deadly.

The Cone of Sleazence 0

Man shouting at Scott Pruitt:  Building a $43,000 sound-proof phone booth is a violation of the law and a waste of taxpayer money!  Pruitt, inside the booth, says,

Click for the original image.

Mything the Past 0

I think that Cheryl Rofer is onto something.

The actual “Old West” lasted about two or three decades.

The “Old West” that Hollywood created never existed. It was no more real than the South of Gone with the Wind.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

One must practice politeness so as to keep one’s hand in.

The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. at the Morr Indoor Range and Training Center along Willow Street in West Lampeter Township, according to township police.

“One person sustained a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the left hand. Investigation revealed the gunshot was accidental,” police said.

QOTD 0

Jonathan Coe:

As soon as you start writing about how human beings interact with each other socially, you’re into politics, aren’t you?

Not the Mainstream, Just a Pathetic Eddy Off to the Side 0

No, Kyla Mandel, Mitt Romney is not the “GOP Mainstream.” Donald Trump is.

The stream has moved far to the right as a direct result of Richard Nixon’s southern strategy, which has come full circle and consumed the party, to the extent that it doesn’t even try to pretend any more.

Those who continue to give lip service to the mythical “moderate Republican” are living in a fable of their one creation. Worse, they are perpetuating the myth to the detriment of reality.

Ryan’s Derp 0

Paul Ryan say,

Via Juanita Jean.

“Dear Leader” 0

Brian Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun, finds the fanatical loyalty of Trump supporters to be disquieting. Here’s bit of column, in which he discusses a “focus” group after George Stephanopoulos’s interview with James Comey:

The first was a discussion with a group of Trump supporters from Charleston County, S.C. Admittedly, the conversation was about Comey, his veracity, reputation and credibility, but the overarching subject matter was their belief that Trump could do no harm and has done no harm, and anyone who suggests otherwise is weak, mean, untruthful and (insert your own adjective). In other words, anything that challenges their own view of the president is, by definition, wrong.

Follow the link for the complete article. It’s worth the three or four minutes it will take you to read it.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

If the other fellow had been holding his weapon, no doubt this would not have happened.

Police say the friend, who is also from French Lick, believed he heard something in the woods at the Shirley Creek campgrounds. He drew a gun and pointed it toward the trees.

The gun discharged when he attempted to holster it, with one shot striking Allbright in the back of the head.

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

The play’s the thing with which to Trumple–the cast?

The Environmental Protection Pollution Agency 0

QOTD 0

Cindy Crawford:

The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned.