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Ban the Ban

As three of you know, I’m a writer. As such I use words to convey ideas. As others may attest, I’m also an adult. As such I sometimes wish to discuss things that may, or may not, be salient to other adults. Some of those things are violent (read the news for reasons why), others may be sexual (surf the internet to see why), or some may be just about food. I happen to like food. Click that link if you like food too. But, and this is important, if…

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Super Soap Operas

Nothing is more fun than yelling at the internet. People do it every day as though there was some catharsis involved instead of the stress induced migraines they usually suffer. Wrapped in their cloaks of righteous indignation they rail, IN ALL CAPS, at some perceived injustice. And, sometimes, such indignation is called for. Ghost in the Shell was vilified for not only casting a white actress to play the part of a Japanese legend but, because you can never insult a race enough, adding in a backstory claiming she was…

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Stuff We’re Paying Attention To

Researching, and then writing, every article up here is a time consuming process. Not only do we verify the links we post here, we ensure that any links contained in the original articles we cite also lead readers to credible sources and not just some blog run by an intellectually challenged penguin. additionally, we answer all emails from readers and people who listen to my weekly guest shot on The Big Wake Up Call. Follow that up with the fact that I’m a professional sci-fi writer, and you can see…

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Don’t Heal Thyself

Steve Jobs was one of the wealthiest men in the world. A brilliant visionary who changed the way people communicate, learn, and work. His innovations altered everything. He was also a bit of a prick, but that only mattered to those closest to him and is not relevant here today. What is relevant is that, despite his brilliance, he was also a moron. You see, in 2003 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was caught early, had over a 90% survival chance if treated traditionally, and it killed him.…

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Life As We Don’t Know It

I recently was informed that many of my titles and images amounted to nothing more than clickbait. When I asked the person if they’d read any of the articles they informed me they’d read all of them. When I asked if they were directed to purchase something or otherwise were misdirected, they said no. I asked if the content was significantly different than what they expected. I received another no. So I asked what made them think I was using clickbait? Their answer was amazing; they have to read it…

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Intelligence – X

Lately I have been deluged with links to a site called Science Vibe. It purports to be a hip way to get people to understand science. It is anything but. It is exactly the problem with what people think is science. Vague generalizations, quotes taken wildly out of context, all festooned with a combination of fabrications and repeatedly debunked nonsense. One article quoted a scientist I know well. He had written a piece as an introduction to a brand of scientific study. It was well written, clear, and fun. At…

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