Friday, March 24, 2017

Protecting our privacy

Now that congress has deemed that our privacy means nothing does not mean we can't defend ourselves. The NY Times has an excellent piece with links to great resources like Tor, a browser yours truly has used with great success.

Terrific article well worth reading. I learned a lot, you will too.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Without our permission

Truly excellent, the Verizon's of the world will soon be able to share our browsing data in order to sell ads without our permission, forever. What can possibly go wrong?

It gets better.

4th Amendment anyone? The corporate kleptocracy strikes again. The Water Thief looms. 

The image says it all.

Our eye in the sky

Combine this with NSA surveillance, AI and face recognition and we have a problem Houston.

I'll have one too :)

Now you're talking. :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trump was wiretapped

Well this is interesting. Not in love with Trump by any stretch of the imagination but Trump was, in fact, wiretapped if Nunes is telling the truth. End of story, for now.

Update: House Intel Chairman Nunes spoke to reporters when he left the briefing at The White House and had some more stunning things to say:

And the punchline: there are "multiple FISA warrants outstanding against Trump" Nunes also told reporters:

Bloomberg's take is spot on.

The Intelligence Committee chairman is taking a risk in providing a measure of cover for the president. His committee is one of the congressional panels that’s supposed to be providing oversight of the investigation by the FBI and other agencies into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential campaign. Nunes -- who served on Trump’s transition team -- said the surveillance that picked up Trump’s associates wasn’t aimed at Russia.

Schiff said Nunes has to decide whether he’s going to lead the Intelligence Committee or “act as a surrogate of the White House. He cannot do both.” The Democrat said an independent investigation is needed to investigate Russia’s interference and any contacts between those around Trump and the Russian government.

Any questions?

Event Horizon

Another wonderful graphic, this time describing the event horizon of a Black Hole, the point of no return for all things related to matter, photons and all things inbetween. :)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Detecting Exoplanets

There everywhere. Here's how to find them.

The Worm Moon & The Ides of March

Changeable weather is the watchword for this short clip with wet and dry snow, biting cold and a clear night for the Worm Moon. The Ides of March were originally keyed to religious rites and, you guessed it, to the Worm Moon. Go figure. :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Jimmy Breslin RIP

Another giant is gone, Jimmy Breslin, the plain speaking journalist who touched the hearts of millions as a reporter for the NY Post.

The lesson is, if you want truth, you have to leave your desk, step away from your computer, and must certainly ignore your Twitter feed.

“Breslin hardly ever came to the office. He just sent his stuff in,” said Anthony Mancini, a journalism professor at Brooklyn College who worked at the New York Post in the late 1960s when Breslin wrote for the then-liberal paper.

“Jimmy got up in the morning, and put on his shoes. He never learned to drive, so he walked, took the subway, a cab, whatever,” said Denis Hamill, a former New York Daily News columnist and friend of Breslin’s.

“He wouldn’t sit at a desk and think up what to write. He would form his opinion based on the legwork that he did,” Hamill said. “He went out and really did the work.”

He will be missed, big time. RIP

George Carlin on Euphemisms

George Carlin, in his own amazing way is like George Orwell as both are masters of concise and clear language. A very close friend of mine turned me onto this gem. Awesome to a fault. :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pig in a Poke

Pig in a Poke, you know, means that something is sold or bought without the buyer knowing its true nature or value, especially when buying without inspecting the item beforehand.
is exactly what has happened regarding the so-called benefits of GMOs in terms of increased crop yields and reduced pesticide use, concepts Monsanto endlessly touts when selling said GMOs to farmers in the US but unsurprisingly, these claims don't jibe with reality.

To whit

But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.

Crop yield pix one, see any increase?

Or this?

On pesticide use, this claim is also refuted.

End result, Monsanto, in effect, owns the food supply through intense enforcement of patents due to genetic engineering while farmers in the US continue to buy a Pig in a Poke. Makes sense, right?

"What the real owners of the country don't want is people capable of critical thinking."
- George Carlin.