The role of jobs in select audiences

via The New Yorker – May 30, 2017 Issue


The question of jobs in America has always been central to our political discourse.

This week’s Fiction Issue gets at the heart of what a job can be and mean through both fiction and nonfiction. For a reported piece, Margaret Talbot traveled to West Virginia, […]

Cosmic distance



In Cosmology by Brian Koberlein – 28 May 2017 2 Comments

Recently the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has completed the largest map of the universe thus far. The map focuses on the positions of quasars. These […]

Q&A on Nuclear Power

Question: Why are many countries eliminating nuclear power plants from their energy mix, especially given the environmental hazards of burning fossil fuels? […]

Trump’s praise for Duterte’s underscores their shared contempt for human rights

Trump’s praise for Duterte’s drug war underscores his contempt for human rights

via Washington Post’s: Daily 202 – by James Hohmann with Breanne Deppish – May 24, 2017


THE BIG IDEA: It’s one thing to not “lecture” foreign governments who abuse human rights. It’s something else entirely to praise them for it. And […]

Malwarebytes “Operation Fingerprint” working paper

Note: Here is a May 2017 working paper from Malwarebytes discussing ad-based malware

Ethics, and Laws regarding transfer of “privileged” information

by Richard @ Flexible Reality & Other Contributors – May 2017

in reference to: Could journalists be prosecuted for leaking presidential campaign intel? – National Constitution Center


In general, journalists can’t be prosecuted for publishing such “privileged” information, but the person providing it can. Also remember Judith Miller was incarcerated for three months […]

FICO scores mischief

The once-vaunted FICO credit scoring system is now being blamed for failing to flag risky borrowers. via Bloomberg News – by Dean Foust and Aaron Pressman February 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EST ************************

From humble beginnings in 1956, Fair Isaac Corp.’s credit score— developed by engineer Bill Fair and mathematician Earl Isaac to help […]

In reply to ‘is capitalism dead’ ?

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – May 16, 2017


IMHO the problems we are seeing have some relationship to our political systems; but much more to do with the failure of Capitalism to progress favorably beyond where it was in the mid 70’s.

In the US, in Western Europe and Japan the ‘Corporate […]

Blasphemy is the topic

Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter – No. 81

May 17, 2017


The Global Madness of Blasphemy Laws

For most of those who are reading this, laws against blasphemy seem like anachronistic, vestigial restrictions on free expression that no longer apply in our modern world. Recent months have reminded us, however, that blasphemy […]

Where is the money going?


Over 75% of total private sector active employment in the U.S. is in “small businesses” defined as 1-500 employees, and less than 25% are employed in large corporations From a working-age population of 243.3 million people, approximately 111.3 million are employed The chart uses different scales of each element divided by GDP to […]

Growing up in America from ‘dirt’ to ‘glass’

An observation – by Richard @ Flexible Reality – May 14th, 2017

In the space of two generations America’s children have gone from a culture that viewed them as “dirt” to one that treats them like “glass”.

To the boomer generation, a classic example could be detected in Johnny Cash’s 1969 song: “My Name […]

Exposing the manipulation methods of narsissists and sociopaths

20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You

via Thought Catalog – by Shahida Arabi – June 2016

photo by: Danielle Drislane

Toxic people such as malignant narcissists, psychopaths and those with antisocial traits engage in mal-adaptive behaviors in relationships that ultimately exploit, demean and hurt […]

Clean HP/Conexant keylogger

Keylogger discovered in audio driver on several HP laptops

Lazy coding.

Dozens of HP laptop models have been found to contain an audio driver that silently logs users keystrokes, according to Swiss security firm ModZero. There does not appear to be malicious intent behind […]

Ivanka’s dreamworld

Ivanka Trump’s life of privilege undermines the credibility of her new book’s message

BY JAMES HOHMANN with Breanne Deppisch – May 7th, 2017


THE BIG IDEA: Ivanka Trump’s new book unwittingly reveals just how out of touch she is with the lives of the working women who she believes she speaks for.

— President […]

How to explain to children why the media is biased against Donald Trump

Question: How do I explain to my kids why the media is so biased against Donald Trump?

Answered May 1st, 2017 by Gary Puckering on Quora: works at Prep Your Data Software

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I’d start by explaining that appearances can be deceiving. Is there a lot of negative news coverage […]

Lightweighting predictions

How lightweighting has shaken up the electronics stream

Posted on May 4, 2017 by Colin Staub -via Resource Recycling **************************************

A recently released study quantifies the massive shift in device composition over the past 25 years. Researchers tackled the task with an eye toward predicting where materials usage is headed in the […]

The World was well-developed long before the appearance of the Bible

The focus of this article is concerned with the disreputable claims, made mostly by devout Christians, that the Cosmos was an undifferentiated mass before the appearance on Earth of a God some 6,000 years ago. Or alternatively, that “civilization” only appeared courtesy of ‘ancient’ Hebraic culture. Both claims are demonstrably false.

The stele of Hammurabi […]

How Trump could get fired

The Constitution offers two main paths for removing a President from office. How feasible are they?

By Evan Osnos via The New Yorker – May 8th, 2017 Issue


Hours after Donald Trump’s Inauguration, a post appeared on the official White House petitions page, demanding that he release his tax […]

The intricacies of the First Amendment protection on speech

Trump’s Lawyers Prove They Have No Idea How the First Amendment Works by Elura Nanos | 3:35 pm, April 21st, 2017

Yesterday, Donald Trump’s lawyers filed a motion in an ongoing case brought by three Trump protesters who allege they were roughed up and thrown out of a Trump campaign rally in 2016. During the […]

What do we mean by publicly acknowledged facts

“…the best obtainable version of the truth…” – Carl Bernstein – Apr. 2017