Yesterday I read a mystery novel in which a person who suffered a blow to the head was asked questions like what day it was and who the current president was. My response would have been, "The president is ... er, never mind, I'm sure I've suffered brain damage."

There was a multi-vehicle collision on Route 2 in Randolph, NH, something like 20 miles from Lancaster. There were 7 deaths and 3 injuries requiring hospitalization. I don't know if any PorcFest people were involved or affected.
wcvb.com/article/multiple-fata

Meant to say "the first time in a long while."

Just logged in to minds.com for the first time. It said there are new terms of service and I had to accept before continuing. So I clicked on the ToS link. I have to accept the ToS before I can view them!
Goodbye, Mindless.

Trump's threat of millions of arrests may be a gross exaggeration, but the ICE is planning massive raids. Be extra careful if strangers ask you questions about your neighbors. nytimes.com/2019/06/18/us/poli

The expression "steep learning curve" always annoys me. If a learning curve plots learning (y axis) against time (x axis), then a steep one signifies that you learn quickly.

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Should Congress have the power to compel people to testify? It isn't a criminal court. Does it make a difference when the people it subpoenas are government employees? Your thoughts, please.

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Psychologist and academic Dr. Jordan Peterson announced a new alternative to #Facebook and #Twitter called #ThinkSpot. Beta testing is currently in progress.

Unlike those platforms that now heavily censor content contrary to leftist political positions (e.g. pro-life, traditional marriage, etc.) -- ThinkSpot will allow free speech / free thought. Content moderation will be in the hands of each user, not decided for them against their wishes.

I hope all efforts like this succeed. Google, Facebook and Twitter (among others) are now aggressively suppressing speech contrary to their politics. We have finally reached 1984 but the "Ministry of Truth" is ran (for the most part) outside of government.

newsbusters.org/blogs/techwatc

A student at a Concord, NH school allegedly was suspended for reporting concerns about abusive behavior by a teacher. concordmonitor.com/Concord-NH-

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Social media companies often block content and suspend accounts in arbitrary and ridiculous ways, and they deserve protests and boycotts when they do.

Social media companies have a right to set their own standards. They should be answered by personal choices, not governmental force.

Even some libertarians have trouble these days remembering that both of these are true.

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The unwillingness to engage with trolls does not prove one a snowflake, it proves that one has developed the skills needed to recognize trolls and the self-discipline to not get trapped by their manipulations.

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Serious question: Are there people who refer to themselves as "woke," or is it just a term of mockery?

Department of etymological irony: The term "bigot" was once an insulting ethnic term. etymonline.com/search?q=bigot

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The irony is, this is exactly the kind of speech/activity Citizens United protects.
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One of the unforeseen effects of GDPR: I'm in Europe now and discovering that some of my favorite news sites back home are blocked here. The value they lose from doing that is less than the cost of compliance.

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