Headlines proclaiming the big success of this vaccine are ubiquitous. Write-ups virtually cut and paste across all corporate media. It's the same angle repeated a thousand times: 90% effective - what a triumph, millions of doses ready before year's end, billions of dollars next year... Something fishy is going on here. The results don't match the reporting. At all.
Joe Rogan Experience, the world's biggest and most influential podcast, migrated to Spotify on Sept 1st 2020. Dozens of the show's key episodes have been purged from the migration; and there's a sly opacity about the apparent censorship - a familiar authoritarian strategy. The media bogeymen and policed language episodes excluded follow a clear theme. Is it Spotify abusing corporate privilege, preying on Rogan's contract loopholes, or is Joe bending the knee and sacrificing his reputation for the big money payoff?
As the plutocracy's assault on the nation's social safety net intensifies, recent data shows that billionaires and corporations are refusing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars in owed taxes every single year. Criminal evasion on such a scale should put all the hand-wringing about recent George Floyd "looting" into perspective.
Google: "How do I use your laptop webcam as a camera for your smartphone?" It used to be an art, finding the best wording to put into Google, to narrow down results until they're on point, no matter how esoteric the info searched for. It's a major problem: corporatized tech the world over is devolving. It's the opposite of progress. Tech itself is improving but function is degrading. This must stop.
How did a mere academic movement of the mid 20th-century metastasize - over less than three generations - into a neo-identitarian phenomenon powerful enough to be assimilating venerable institutions whole departments at a time? Public opinion (and therefore policy) is being subordinated to a consensus mediocrity, hostile to talent, individuality and merit. Is society helpless against this confederacy of dunces; or is there a deeper more sapient power dynamic embedded in postmodernism's banality substrate?
All over the world, seemingly mild cases of COVID-19 rapidly morph into severe cases that involve the lower lungs. In a third or more cases this may be attributed to “the cytokine storm.” Find out more here.
"Nowadays opinions are like podcasts. Everybody's got one." Why do so many say they feel better staying ignorant, rejecting change, than embracing knowledge, learning expertise, accepting change as part of an evolving mind?
Big money populism - exemplified by Donald Trump and Boris Johnson - is just one side of the capitalist sociopath coin. The other side, maybe more important, is middle class disconnection. Populism fills the vacuum left by middle class retrenchment. Tribalism and social media are tools for this isolation, not causes...
The uneducated and the experts get a lot of flak from trained gatekeepers with big platforms but the antipathy is self-serving virtue signalling designed to cover up a degrading groupthink that's steadily retarding the progress of our society to a virtual standstill. The recent Dawkins Eugenics "controversy" is a case in point.
Nominations for the 2020 Oscars have been published to a chorus of criticism about lack of diversity. It's a neat illustration of equality of outcome, equality of opportunity and the cultural degradation caused by the continued breakdown of communication and truth.
As human beings we know that FREE WILL matters. It's one of our most prized possessions. It's the basis of our concepts of freedom and individuality and self-identity. But what is FREE WILL if we are conditioned to only make choices that suit conventional agenda? What use is FREE WILL unless it's exercising FREE CHOICE out of the whole TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH?
I don't like it when English is used badly (or lazily) in ways that - for whatever reason - get accepted into normal everyday usage. It's good when language grows but too often it's a case of importing one word, at the price of losing others.
For us human beings, born primate, bred storyteller, we are terribly mismatched with our technological future. Philosophy is the poetry and metaphor; Socio-economics is the play in which we all have our parts; but reality - its fundamental nuts and bolts to which science aspires to understand - must be sold by iambic pentameter soliloquy while in practice it's relentless, practical lingua franca prose.
It might seem like a media outlet with a 99 in 100 factually accurate strike rate is pretty good. But in a cross-referenced media landscape and a 24 hour news cycle, 99 in 100 right soon becomes 99 in 100 wrong.
Social media is a quixotic chain gang, prisoners shackled together by some antithesis of merit - failed wannabe artists, lazy scavengers of other people's renown - craving the recognition talent might have brought them, to fill the void of unfulfilled sociopath self-regard.