Posts

Showing posts from 2019

Russian Troll Talks

Editor's note: Given the distractions and confusion caused by social media trolls we cannot confirm the authorship of this opinion piece, but we find its analysis interesting and at times insightful.

Zdravstvuj, I am one of those people you read about. We are phantoms to some who think knowledge is stable and real, we know better. First a little history. When the online comment and communications boards began most people had no idea of the power and influence they would eventually create. AOL chat was an early participant as was Yahoo, it was often childish and its format not open to propaganda and idea dissemination. Anyone remember Yahoo answers, it too was occasionally interesting, but the audience wasn't wide enough and we needed better directing and focusing, we needed to target an audience that would believe or even just doubt.

But something else was going on and had been going for a long time. Think Tanks (TT) formed a model for the control of information. RAND and H…

Fact Paradox and Random Musings

Edit 04/2019 - I left lots in, removed a few items, and as always used few words so as to create questions, perplexity, and thought. Take in small doses for words can provoke thinking, even wisdom.

The birth of time and space as we understand it occurred some 15 billion years ago.
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." Bill Clinton when asked about having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky.
Dick Cheney, a four time draft dodger justified the Iraq invasion, claiming 'Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDS).'
If opinions are only opinions what are opinions.
Certainty is unscientific.
Imagine bacteria from a space probe starting life on another planet.
Some scientists claim humanity has a 50/50 chance of surviving this century.
The Mosuo are the only known significant matriarchal society.
A nation of great wealth disparity is an un-freedom nation.
Thousands of Americans and it is estimated over a million Iraqis have died so far over these WMDS.

JM's favorite, mostly short, quotes in alphabetical order.

Posted 02/2019 edit 06/04/19

"A book is a mirror: When a monkey looks in, no apostle can look out."
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." Charlie Chaplin
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." William James
"A man is what he thinks about all day long." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see." Roland Barthes
"A rational person cannot seek to confirm their beliefs, only to test them." Chris Hallquist
"A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James
"Actions speak louder than words." mom
"All generalisations - perhaps except this one - are false." Kurt Gödel
"All good art is abstract in its structure." Paul Strand
"Always strive to excel, but only on weekends." Ri…