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Zuckerdorsey’s Monster 0

Frames One and Two:  Mad Scientist pushes button and Frankenstein-like monster sits up and says,

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At Psychology Today Blogs, Phil Reed offers some thoughts. A snippet:

Multinational companies and corporations are set up for a clear purpose—to make money. The rest, such as facilitating expression and communication between people, is just advertising and marketing.

(Syntax error fixed.)

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False Warranty Claims 0

David Lazarus explores the “your car’s extended warranty is expiring” robocall scam.

Even if you already know the calls are a scam, his explanation of the nuts-and-bolts of the con is enlightening.

Aside:

We sometimes get two or three of these a day on our cell phones and land line (yes, we still have a land line).

Per his article, the number of such calls in the United States this year is projected to be in the neighborhood of 13 billion. That’s about 40 calls for every man, woman, and child and about 120 for each registered vehicle.

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“But There’s No Other Possible Explanation” 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Eugen Dimont, Bella Ren, and Maurice Schweitzer explore why persons use “social” media to “share” conspiracy theories which they do not actually believe. A snippet; follow the link for the complete article.

It turns out that when many people share information they care about broadcasting information that will boost their social engagement. We found that when the social rewards (such as the number of “likes” people received) were high, many people were willing to share conspiracy theories that they knew to be untrue.

Remember, “social” media isn’t.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

Caption:  The era of commercial space flight begins.  Image:  Voices coming from space capsule:

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The Elephant in the Room 0

Der Spiegel interviews evolutionary biologist Victoria Herridge on biotech company Colossal’s intention to genetically engineer woolly mammoths, which have been extinct for millennia. She is, shall we say, at best lukewarm to the endeavor. Here’s a snippet:

DER SPIEGEL: Those who believe they can revive animal species may also not be doing a good enough job of saving other species from extinction.

Herridge: Of course! When you have tools like that in your hand, you think less about your own behavior and its consequences. It worries me that we humans prefer to be interested in such shiny, high-tech projects as with the mammoth rather than in pragmatic species conservation projects that, if managed well, can actually make a difference.

Follow the link for the rest. It is worth your while.

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The Disinformation Superhighway 0

PoliticalProf.

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Image of Rod Serling saying,

Image via All Things Amazing, an image site (some images NSFW).

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Facebook Frolics 0

Diet of worms frolics.

The stupid. It metastasizes.

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A Toon for the Times 0

Sir Rodney is reading a note attached to a cannon ball that has crashed through the side of the castle.  The note says,

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The Disinformation Superhighway 0

Do not forget, “social” media isn’t.

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I’m Watching an Episode of The Addams Family . . . 0

. . . and it reminds me of my internet friend (who I once had breakfast with in Newark, Del.), Shaun Mullen.

He is still missed.

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Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.

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Virology Vacation Land 0

Post card showing Ron DeSantis sawing the Florida peninsula off from the panhandle while saying

Via Job’s Anger.

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“. . . So Why Should I Care?” 0

PoliticalProf,

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The Wall-Eyed Piker 0

The rain came, and the wind blew, and the wall came tumblin’ down.

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Fingerprints Don’t lie . . . 0

. . . or do they?

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Recommended Listening 0

Bob Cesca’s interview with John Amato, accomplished saxophonist and founder of one of the most important websites you can add to your bookmarks, Crooks and Liars.

Aside:

I admit, it takes me a while to catch up with my podcast listening list.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Unchecked twits.

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Recommended Listening 0

The Clock Struck One, by Fergus Hume.

It starts off slow, but, by fourth chapter, quickly picks up speed.

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Maskless Marauders 0

School rage marauders.

Story via Delaware Liberal.

Aside:

That’s the school district where my kids went to school. Back then, it showed no signs of insanity.

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