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Don’t Give Up Your Contacts

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

When you give an app or social network access to your contacts, you are giving it access to your friends. You owe it to your friends to protect their privacy as best you can and hopefully they’ll do the same for you. Yes, there are some apps like email, messaging, and voice or video calling which have a legitimate need...

Say No to Government Censorship - Always

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:53:46 PDT

Jeff Jarvis' (@jeffjarvis) twitter description reads: "#resist @BuzzMachine blogger and j-school prof; author of Public Parts, What Would Google Do?" He is almost always right on issues to do with journalism. But I'm afraid his antipathy to Donald Trump (to put it it mildly) may be influencing his judgment. We had the following twitter exchange (btw, I consider Jeff a...

Very Bad Web Page – Kill Your Browser!

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:18:02 PDT

If you see the web page below on your computer, do not click anywhere on it! It will also talk to you and say your computer is infected. Do NOT call the 855 number given! Do not believe that it comes from Microsoft! You won’t be able to close the window. It is trying to infect you with a virus....

What Should Tower Over the Square?

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

THE SQUARE and the TOWER: Networks and Power, from the FREEMASONS to FACEBOOK by Niall Ferguson brilliantly explodes the myth that if we just had a big and open enough network, the world would be a wonderful place. If you haven’t read the book, you may want to read my post last week about it before reading this post (The...

The Economist Is Right; It Would be a Mistake to Take His Advice

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:20:16 PDT

In a New York Times op ed Donald J. Boudreaux, who is is a professor of economics and a senior fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, repeats the economic truisms that free trade is a more than zero sum game (total gains are more than total losses) and that trade wars are less than zero sum game....

The Square and the Tower and Cambridge Analytica

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Niall Ferguson’s book, THE SQUARE and the TOWER: Networks and Power, from the FREEMASONS to FACEBOOK, was published before Facebook’s Cambridge Analytical debacle; but Ferguson clearly predicted the dangers posed by cyber-oligarchies. From the book: “‘I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,’ said Evan Williams,...

Oil Prices Are Going Down: The Wickenburg Indicator

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Only a fool would predict commodity prices, so I’ll do that. I’ve been to Wickenburg and I know oil prices are headed down Wickenburg’s in Arizona, a little more than an hour northwest of Phoenix. It’s on the Hassayampa River. Most of the time you can drive on the river bed, but the cottonwood still flourishes on the banks because...

Proposed Alternative Town Meeting Resolution on Climate Change

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 08:07:16 PST

Thursday I posted my reasons for objecting to the 350VT resolution proposed for Stowe and other town meetings. Far below is my proposed substitute resolution. Immediately below is a summary of the changes I am proposing. I changed the whereas clauses to make them more science-based. The call to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure including gas pipelines is removed since...

Renewables Are a Means, Not an End

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:05:11 PST

Especially if the goal is to reduce greenhouse gasses. An organization called 350VT has caused an advisory item to be placed on the town meeting agenda for my town of Stowe and many other towns around the state whose first plank is to “Halt any new or expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, including but not limited to pipelines”. It also...

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A Surprising Letter from David Koch

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Recently we got a letter from David Koch. As you would guess, it is a request for support for Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which he co-founded. What I wouldn’t have guessed before reading is that there is nothing in the eight pages I disagree with and much which is compelling. Some of the letter could’ve come from the left as...