Conspiracy Theories: A Secret Plot?

June 22, 2018

More:

“Conspiracy Theories: Why More Educated People Don’t Believe Them,” Teodora Zareva, Big Think

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The 2020 census is in trouble.

June 21, 2018

The 2020 census suffers from lack of administration support, and the GAO has determined it has a high risk of failure. An inaccurate count of the population would threaten the integrity of many government programs and basic democratic functions, and the Department of Justice has has proposed changes to the 2020 form which would further undermine the census process and put everyone in America at risk.

A Vox video.

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American Ritual

June 21, 2018

“A Unique American Ritual: The School Shooting,” a short video from the New York Times.

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Don’t Talk to Space Aliens!

June 20, 2018

Physicist Michio Kaku agrees with Stephen Hawking: Don’t talk to space aliens. A short video from Big Think.

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More Than Half the World Is On the Internet

June 19, 2018

More Than Half the World Is On the Internet

Today more half the world’s population uses the Internet, says venture capitalist Mary Meeker in her 2018 Internet Trends report:

“At 3.6 billion, the number of Internet users has surpassed half the world’s population. When markets reach mainstream, new growth gets harder to find — evinced by 0% new smartphone unit shipment growth in 2017.”

Other takeaways:

Adults average 5.8 hours per day with digital media, 3.3 hours of that via mobile phones or tablets.

“Google, in effect, is evolving from an ad platform to a commerce platform”; Amazon is doing the reverse.

More:

“More than half of world population now uses the Internet,” Dan Primack and Ina Fried, Axios

“Here’s Mary Meeker’s essential 2018 Internet Trends report,” Josh Constine, Techcrunch

“Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis,” By Rani Molla, Recode

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Pruitt Family Values

June 18, 2018

Pruitt Family Values

Recent discussion of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s brilliant Washington career has concentrated on his abuses of science, taxpayer dollars, and the power of his office, but he’s not so selfish that he neglected the Republican love of Family Values. Mr. Pruitt assigned EPA aides to try to get his wife a job with a conservative group and a Chick-fil-A franchise, and his daughter a White House Internship and a place in a good law school.

More:

“Why Scott Pruitt’s effort to get his wife a job could be his most consequential scandal,” Amber Phillips, Washington Post

“For Pruitt Aides, the Boss’s Personal Life Was Part of the Job,” Eric Lipton, Steve Eder, Lisa Friedman and Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times

Background:

“Scott Pruitt’s [dirty] laundry list,” Mike Allen, Axios

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The Other Side

June 17, 2018

” The Other Side,” by The Meltdown. Written by vocalist Simon Burke. Great band out of Melbourne, Australia.

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Don’t Bring Me Down

June 17, 2018

“Don’t Bring Me Down,” written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, recorded by The Animals in 1966.

Eric Burdon (lead vocal), Dave Rowberry (organ), Hilton Valentine (guitar), Chas Chandler (bass), Barry Jenkins (drums).

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Atomic Number

June 17, 2018

“Atomic Number,” by case/lang/veirs (Neko Case, K.D.Lang, and Laura Veirs. Lyrics here.

case/lang/veirs website

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Cooking Breakfast For the One I Love

June 17, 2018

“Cooking Breakfast For the One I Love,” written by Henry Tobias with lyrics by Billy Rose, recorded by Annette Hanshaw, 1929. Fannie Brice had a bigger hit with the tune.

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