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Month: December 2019

Journalism: Cable news is biased towards “drama and conflict”

Journalism: Cable news is biased towards “drama and conflict”

And as noted in the linked column, almost no one watches cable TV news: viewership is just 1% to 2% of the population. But its focus is on emotional click-bait creating shareable content for social media – and the perpetually outraged culture. Ultimately, cable TV news, say studies, leave you dumber and misinformed.

Privacy: Cell phone tracking data used to discover your political preferences, which could be used against you

Privacy: Cell phone tracking data used to discover your political preferences, which could be used against you

Location data may be used to discern the political interests and activities of the cell phone user. This information could be used in ways to intimidate those with political interests contrary to those with power to use this information against you.

Social Panic has moved to a new server

Social Panic has moved to a new server

On December 18, 2019, my Internet web hosting provider announced they are shutting down in February 2020. I am now in process of relocating my 5 web sites to a new web host (and once this is done, a 6th site located elsewhere will also be relocated).

This post you are reading right now is on the new web host, however, the final appearance of this page and some other key items still need to be updated. These final fixes will occur over the next week or so.

Social media: A tweet that caused a brain seizure

Social media: A tweet that caused a brain seizure

An appalling sick individual sent a flashing GIF pattern to a person with epilepsy, causing an epileptic brain seizure with long term after effects. The true weaponization of social media. The perpetrator is expected to plead guilty to aggravated assault. Sadly, others have used this method to target even more victims. Absolutely disgusting, appalling and sick.

Climate communications: Exaggerated, unsupported threats are destroying people’s lives

Climate communications: Exaggerated, unsupported threats are destroying people’s lives

Public climate communications has gone so far off the target that people now believe in apocalyptic end of life scenarios (in the near term!) that are not supported by any science at all (while telling us we must listen to the scientists). This then, is a summary and link to comments from another actual climate scientist. Because without listening, this is what we get: “I genuinely have the fear that climate change is going to kill me and all my family, I’m not even kidding it’s all I have thought about for the last 9 months every second of the day. It’s making my sick to my stomach, I’m not eating or sleeping and I’m getting panic attacks daily. It’s currently 1 am and I can’t sleep as I’m petrified.” – Young adult in the UK.