Entries by Rayne

Forbes’ Flawed Report on NPR and Sourcing by Gender

Today saw a bumper crop of weak content masquerading as journalism. I’m really perturbed about one article in particular. Forbes—the business magazine led by zillionaire libertarian CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes—published an article noting that NPR’s reporting had a gender bias in its sourcing. The report was written by contributor Michael Howe, whose bio at […]

The Cost of Bullshit: Climate Change, National Security, and Inaction

While we’re waiting for Congress and the White House to do something productive together for once, let’s recap: •  The Department of Defense said climate change is a critical strategic concern with regard to its operations and its impact on defense efforts, based on its legislatively-mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) published two-plus years ago in […]

Monday Mess: Moar Dronz, Gen Killz, (Horse)Meatz, and Clownz

Happy Monday. Insert a picture of that cat here–you know which one. I resemblez it. •  Good gravy, people. When National Geographic Magazine covers drones, it’s way past time for a national dialog about their use domestically. Crop dusting, my backside; there’s nothing except for the subhead in this article to genuinely suggest the designers, manufacturers, […]

Enjoy A Valentine’s Day Sampler

It’s difficult lately for me to sit down and spend time on a blogpost. I manage a handful of minutes here and there to do reading or research. An email may take hours to draft. But there’s too much juicy stuff floating around deserving more attention. I’m going to gather content as I see it […]

Yet Another Edition of “You Were Warned”

Dear unnamed power company/ies: Thank you for providing me an opportunity to post one of my favorite videos. AGAIN. You were warned about the possibility of security threats to your systems. Repeatedly–the video above is just one such warning. What’s it take to get through to you–a clue-by-four alongside the head? A massive, lengthy power […]

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: the Real Cyber Attack on the Truth [UPDATE]

[UPDATE – see end of article.] One weaselly senator–with long-identified agendas and a pathetically thin understanding of technology–takes to the microphone. Suddenly, by virtue of wrapping his senatorial lips around a few scary words on topics about which he knows little, we citizens are supposed to quake in fear and plead for salvation. Screw that noise. […]

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