Category: Internet

Media silence on the NAACP bombing in Colorado

A bomb, broadcast silence, and a very confused FBI

From ThinkProgress: A Bomb Went Off At A Colorado NAACP. Where Is The 24-Hour News Cycle?

Two thoughts. First, along with many others, I wonder why this doesn’t get the television coverage it deserves.

Second: “although the FBI is investigating the motives behind the bombing and says domestic terrorism is still a possible motive [emphasis added].”

“Possible motive?!” WTH. It seems simple enough to me that if someone, citizen or otherwise, plants a bomb here or anywhere, unless that person is authorized by the State (capitalized to distinguish state as a principle), which has the monopoly on the use of violence, then there’s no other explanation necessary. Terrorists plant bombs. Full stop. This needs the full force of a federal investigation until the terrorists are caught, and they should have the book thrown at them. It’s not about whether or not there were injuries. The attempt is all that matters. That the attempt failed should make not a bit of difference.

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Signal Amplification: Don’t settle for one “side” of the news

Right, left, or otherwise, by now we should all be aware that all media frames the discussion

The framing is most apparent in what doesn’t get said. Correctly or otherwise, the left omits what the right thinks is important. Correctly or otherwise, the right omits what the left thinks is important. Correctly or otherwise, the center (read: the vast majority of the mainstream media) omits what everybody else thinks is important.

Truth should matter to us every day of the year. If you were on the stand facing harsh accusations, you would want everything told, not just what the accusers have to say. In a just society, the accusers would equally accept this perspective as just. There is no making a rational decision as to the best argument in the absence of the full argument. So if truth should matter every day, should it not matter perhaps even moreso at this time of year for those who maintain that Jesus is the Reason for the Season? I ask in this context, because, as with the rest of the year, there are political forces at work that would have us believe that conservative politics and Jesus go together like milk and cookies. Without truth, either the milk is sour or the cookies are stale. We can no more stomach lies of omission than we can stomach lies of commission. (more…)

The illiberalism of hypersensitivity

Cross-posted from elsewhere to further discussion

Having scratched my head and stared at my navel publicly elsewhere, I thought I should share what I found whilst scratching here as well. I would like to take a moment to share some observations about what is apparently a sensitive topic. The topic is so sensitive, however, that I feel I must preamble the [censored] [censored] out [censored] lest superior persons and others of highly refined sensibilities take this in the wrong spirit.

Point the first: I would like to express my appreciation for the people who conceived of, put into operation, and continue to maintain both with effort and money, this [well, that] website. (more…)

‘Tis the season to keep your powder dry

Another reason this hard-left dirty libtard is also a radical 2nd Amendment supporter, or Who Would Jesus Torture?

The hazard of attempting to keep up with the full spectrum of the news/infotainment/propaganda establishment is that one actually becomes aware of the breadth and depth of the opposition. On any given day, when I click the “All Articles” button in my news reader, the one that spits out articles from over a hundred sources all mixed together without regard to topic or political persuasion, I’m as likely to see lolcats next to the latest advances in science as I am to see liberal politics mixed in with CNN’s feeble attempts at news coverage mixed in with headlines from The Blaze. I’ll be honest, there are times I actually do find valuable information at The Blaze. No end of the spectrum has cornered the market on the full story of the world we live in. So this isn’t necessarily to say that I only look at The Blaze and other sites of its ilk solely for the sake of disparaging them. (more…)

Finally just pulled the Facebook plug

It took me a while and a measure of forgetfulness, but the deed is done

Since my last post on the subject of Facebook (see Goodbye, Facebook below), I’ve paid next to no attention to it at all, reminded of its existence only by the slow feed of occasional email notifications, an onslaught that slowed to a trickle once I stopped feeding the best. Once in a while I’d click a guilty click to see a picture, perhaps of a friend’s newborn. Other times I was curious to see if the powers that be at Facebook ever bothered to get back to me on my request to cancel my Ars Skeptica page.

A quick bit about that, as an aside:

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Leaving Facebook means this old dog needs to learn some new tricks

Facebook certainly has a dark side. Perhaps the darkest is its apparently indispensable nature.

For some folks, Facebook might just be indispensable.  Friends that I’ve talked to are actually flummoxed when asked what it would take for them to kick the habit. It’s their one stop shop. Believe me, I can see that. Days into the quit, and I’m feeling it.

Meanwhile, the blog must go on. While Facebook served up more than a heaping helping of suitable news every single day, I’ve got other resources, and I’m starting to add more.

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Goodbye, Facebook. Supporting anti-gay marriage, anti-human rights candidate was finally too much.

After all Facebook has done, there’s only so much a person can take.

And kittehs. Can’t forget about the kittehs.

By now, anyone who has been paying attention is well aware of Facebook’s general user-unfriendly shenanigans, with the possible exception of Facebook’s support for net neutrality, to say nothing of all the minor aggravations users put up with on a daily basis…continually refreshing advertisements, live video popping up in the news feed, a news feed that doesn’t show you everything you mean to see, a newsfeed that occasionally reverts to Top Stories in spite of your every wish and command. Oh, but hey, there’s kittehs!

What kind of user-unfriendly shenanigans, one might wonder?

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