It’s interesting how opinions can be shaped from a simple title and a seemingly well-meaning article. The Guardian ran a headline yesterday saying Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising. The article was carefully framed so as to pointedly remark on Trump’s victory via the influence of “fake news”. They kindly included the link to the article, hoping you, the dope, wouldn’t bother reading it. Of course, if you actually clicked on the link to the article, you’d find the “regulation” call was a possibly-but-not-really implied suggestion buried under the heading Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding. And there was no mention of political elections. None. Big difference. No misquotes, just misrepresentation. But on that topic…
I don’t know about you, but when I sign up for a mailing list or some subscription, paying for it or not, I expect that they will send me content as they labeled it. I don’t expect to see news about dog shows in mailing list about electronics. I don’t expect to see endorsements for drugs in a magazine about what’s happening in the field of aviation. (And of course, when you read this blog, you can expect anything, because it’s freestyle.) I understand ads are necessary to support magazines and website hosting, but it seems when it comes to politics, people take exception. Not only that, they may employ the most round-about ways of tying it in to the labeled subject matter. Believe me, I can relate the price of tea in China to anything, but we need to draw the line somewhere. I guess people like Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NanoWrimo thinks he can stretch it.
Life is kind of funny. If you stick around, sometimes you get to see it’s little bonuses. I recall staying late at a fireworks show once and seeing the grand finale, followed alittle later by some extras. Movies are supposed to have a climax at least three-quarters of the way in if not later. Dessert comes after dinner. On that note, the same can be said with ideas.
America: Land of the free, home of student debt. We love telling people they can do anything, but then we segregate like typical bias human beings. But honestly, if the doors are wide open and we still have a “deficiency” in “diversity” in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, how much of it is actually exclusivity and how much of it is based on misunderstandings of real human beings?
It is unfortunate that language tends to be polluted as time goes on. I’d like to discuss this, as well as the consequences. But first, let’s start with some meandering….
This evening, I started thinking about my situation on the internet (as if I could have a situation “on” the internet; there may be plenty of chairs online, but you can’t sit on any of them). My internet adventures have brought me into contact with many people and brought many more people into contact with me. On one hand, it’s somewhat unnerving to think thousands of eyes are seeing things I posted – some of which would probably be nice to go and erase. But since many people don’t go digging through internet records unless their actually trying to dig up dirt on people, it has become easier to rewrite one’s appearance on the net. On the other hand, thousands of people actually care to see what I’ve posted online. I’ve become a member of various forums and miscellaneous websites, and I have blogs several people follow. What would happen if I just “left”?
This morning I happened to notice a bag for holding candy. On it, created with a gel pen, was the image of a scary jack-o-lantern seated on top of a gravestone with the letters “R.I.P.” – the usual acronym that has, for many years, always put a small chill in me. But in recent years, my fear has changed into more of a reflection. I’ll get to why this is in abit, but first, let’s consider this candy bag. I’m sure many people would think of the irony that scary things are now associated with candy and events to tease little kids. After all, shady activity happens around the year, so why should Halloween be special?
When people think of the word “poverty”, it usually has negative connotations. You might think of starving children in Africa or the slums of Calcutta. The idea that people have in mind is that one has less than one needs. But even more important, a person has less than he or she wants. When we relabel the word as “simplistic life” or “minimalism”, it is viewed in a more positive light because it is a choice. And yet, there is something very akin to this minimalism while still being entirely within the realm of poverty; it’s what the religious call “holy poverty”. But before I get into what that means for the religious, let me first address what it simply means to humans in general.
Table of Contents
- Theory and Practice
- Why Then Capitalism?
An exercise in economic debate.
Table of Contents
- History for the Common Man
- What Matters with the Templars
- Painting Stripes
- I Don’t Believe You
- Appendix: Other Templar Details