DEVRA DAVIS ~ DISCONNECT ~ 2010

~ CCPBU? ~ Could Cell Phones Be Unsafe?

~ S-WEWTB-TOTB-IW ~ Sometimes – What Everyone Wants To Believe – Turns Out To Be – Inconveniently Wrong

~ CAGUIASORFRTDNEEFYA ~ Children Are Growing Up In A Sea Of Radio Frequency Radiation That Did Not Exist Even Five Years Ago

~ WW-OTPB-O-ITL-DNATOSEI-RL ~ What Works – On The Planning Board – Or – In The Lab – Does Not Always Turn Out So Well In – Real Life

~ A-RFSAI-A-TCPUIANEIMADEIATCW-ITHB ~ All – Radio Frequency Signals Are Invisible – And – They Can Pass Unobserved Into Anything Not Encased In Metal And Deposit Energy Into Anything That Contains Water – Including The Human Body

~ WLITAOTM ~ We Live In The Age Of The Microwave

~ TIGETEOMRAUOT ~ There Is Growing Evidence That Effects Of Microwave Radiation Add Up Over Time

~ WHTOB-AHAYOUACP-TWALTOWOP-B-ATSFAAO? ~ What Happens To Our Brains – After Hours And Years Of Using A Cell Phone – That Works At Less Than One Watt Of Power – But – At The Same Frequency As An Oven?

~ SLAWANUOCPWSICMB-TEAT-MEFMPANC-BFTRIAD ~ So Long As We Are Not Using Our Cell Phones While Standing In Closed Metal Boxes – Think Elevators And Trains – Microwave Exposures From Mobile Phones Are Not Confined – But Free To Radiate In All Directions

~ BCPPNH-IWATTIWDNH ~ Because Cell Phones Produced No Heat – It Was Assumed That Their Invisible Waves Did Nothing Harmful

~ TAS:”IPONPC”-IOW-WHMSHB-BWDTIII ~ The Added Sentence: “Is Probably Of No Physiologic Consequence” – In Other Words – We Have Made Something Happen Biologically – But We Don’t Think It Is Important

~ TNFMRITFIOFUWAPHUA-TAORHBPOTRFMNCITM ~ The Need For More Research In This Field Is One Fact Upon Which All Parties Have Usually Agreed – The Absence Of Research Has Become Part Of The Rationale For Making No Changes In The Meantime

~ B-IIPTTPUOCPICAHO-S-C-HP-T-DOATHHCACL-TRTOBAB?-TFTWDNHCATTQATPITHOETINAA ~ But – Is It Possible That The Pervasive Use Of Cell Phones Is Causing A Host Of – Subtle – Chronic – Health Problems – Today – Damaging Our Ability To Have Healthy Children And Creating Long-Term Risks To Our Brains And Bodies? – The Fact That We Do Not Have Clear Answers To This Question At This Point In The History Of Electronic Technology Is Not An Accident

~ OC-SILBMT-BIIEMLB-PAEC-TDWQAA-WGTAT-WFR-A-WAWTWBP ~ Of Course – Science Is Limited By Measurement Techniques – But It Is Even More Limited By – Political And Economic Circumstances – That Determine What Questions Are Asked – Who Gets To Answer Them – Who Funds Research – And – Where And When That Work Becomes Public

~ CBABMATAMMATTOA-AFTEWCHCADOMTRFEOAH ~ Children’s Brains And Bone Marrow Are Thinner And Much More Absorptive Than Those Of Adults – A Fact That Explains Why Children’s Heads Can Absorb Double Or More The Radio Frequency Energy Of Adult’s Heads

~ TFOALATATPASHPINEU ~ The Filing Of A Lawsuit Alleging That Any Technology Produces A Serious Health Problem Is Not Easily Undertaken

~ DL-RISUW-NOCBOTR-AA ~ Decades Later – Research Is Still Under Way – No One Can Be Opposed To Research – After All

~ AAA-CBASAALTAMRFRATOA-TAIOUOTYBHNHAIOTWTCPATOR-Y ~ All Are Agreed – Children’s Brains And Skulls Absorb At Least Twice As Much Radio Frequency Radiation As Those Of Adults – These Advances In Our Understanding Of The Young Brain Have Not Had Any Impact On The Way That Cell Phones Are Tested Or Rated – Yet

~ OC-TBINOSE-BACOP ~ Of Course – The Brain Is Not One Simple Entity – But A Complex Of Parts

~ ‘DNHOTBD’ ~ “Do Not Hold Directly On The Body”

~ SAR ~ Specific Absorption Rate

~ SHN-FMTFY-TMRDNUMTOHAT-TWTFMOB-BSP-LOPU-TS-TTKRTF ~ Scientists Have Known – For More Than Forty Years – That Microwave Radiation Does Not Uniformly Move Through Or Heat Any Thing – That’s Why The First Microwave Ovens Bombed – Burning Some Parts – Leaving Other Parts Uncooked – The Solution – Turntables To Keep Rotating The Food

~ TBFNSD-TBICFHOP ~ The Brain Feels No Sensation Directly – The Brain Itself Cannot Feel Heat Or Pain

~ OC-N-TINMFIRAA ~ Of Course – Now – There Is No Money For Independent Research At All

~ HM-D-IG-A-HMIMMBTSTPD-CEBDATP ~ How Much – Debate – Is Genuine – And – How Much Is Mostly Manufactured By Those Seeking To Prolong Doubt – Cannot Easily Be Determined At This Point

~ GHBCPSNPOWO-TCS-A-ASDAOMC-WDWFATUGTCRA? ~ Given How Broadly Cell Phone Signals Now Penetrate Our Worlds Of – The Coffee Shop – Airports – And Some Downtown Areas Of Major Cities – Where Do We Find Any Truly Unexposed Groups To Compare Results Against?

~ BCPUHGSFATCEY-IIAIWATTSTCIWWAD ~ Because Cell Phone Use Has Grown So Fast And Technologies Change Every Year – It Is As If We Are Trying To Study The Car In Which We Are Driving

~ B-WYLATFSTIPWHUPFADOM-TRSTHCPUCBT ~ But – When You Look At Those Few Studies That Included People Who Had Used Phones For A Decade Or More – The Results Show That Heavy Cell Phone Use Causes Brain Tumors

~ TNOP-UAF-WCTYJHH-BC-I-HBGITUSFTPTD ~ The Number Of People – Under Age Forty – Who Can Tell You Just How Horrible – Brain Cancer – Is – Has Been Growing In The United States For The Past Three Decades

~ THOOCAGBINAMTSBPOHWWCTDTM ~ The Health Of Our Children’s And Grandchildren’s Brains Is Not A Matter That Should Be Put On Hold While We Continue To Debate Technical Matters

~ TEOSCOTSIILPAROTSEOSTMSD ~ The Existence Of Scientific Conflict On This Subject Is In Large Part A Reflection Of The Successful Efforts Of Some To Manufacture Scientific Doubt

~ TINVIWUIITL ~ There Is No Virtue In Waiting Until It Is Too Late

~ OBPOTPIT-MSHBDFTSAPOT-TFAIROBT ~ One Big Part Of The Problem Is That – Most Studies Have Been Done For Too Short A Period Of Time – To Find Any Increased Risk Of Brain Tumors

~ TSFCP-WSI-1993-BOAMTU-AVLHM-WAE-PH-TFSM ~ Today’s Standards For Cell Phones – Were Set In – 1993 – Based On A Model That Used – A Very Large Heavy Man – With An Eleven-Pound Head – Taking For Six Minutes

~ TSOLRTT ~ Texting Sends Out Less Radiation Than Talking

~ C-TDIOCMOG ~ Coltan – The Devastating Impact Of Coltan Mining On Gorillas

~ Y-WDNH-AEOBTICTHUCPHFALMTAD-B-TYACGTBHS-WADNHAEOLC ~ Yes – We Do Not Have – An Epidemic Of Brain Tumors – In Countries That Have Used Cell Phones Heavily For Little More Than A Decade – But – Ten Years After Cigarettes Began To Be Heavily Smoked – We Also Did Not Have An – Epidemic Of Lung Cancer

MURRAY CARPENTER ~ CAFFEINATED ~ 2014

~ MX ~ Methylated Xanthine

~ B-IIA-D-ASOAT-ATAITOOC-IAGSDFAHU-AQTWLTBU-RH/S/AA-ATW-K ~ But It Is A – Drug – A Sixteenth Of A Teaspoon – About The Amount In Twelve Ounces Of Coffee – Is A Good Solid Dose For A Habituated User – A Quarter Teaspoon Will Lead To Bodily Unpleasantness – Racing Heart / Sweating / Acute Anxiety – A Tablespoon Will – Kill

~ CSTM-EFPWA-S/T/S-WTUIRON-IWAN-ELBTTCIV ~ Caffeine Sharpens The Mind – Especially For People Who Are – Stressed / Tired / Sick – Whether They Use It Regularly Or Not – It Was A Neuro-Enchancer Long Before The Term Came Into Vogue

~ CW-I-RAU-OI-H/MP/W/A/D ~ Caffeine Withdrawal – Is – Real And Unpleasant – Often Including – Headaches / Muscle Pain / Weariness / Apathy / Depression

~ ATEOTD-TACDM ~ At The End Of The Day – They Are Caffeine Delivery Mechanisms

~ ASM-IEHT-B-BB-TM-BTUOANC-A-ATTBWAD-B-C-DNLTBGTM

~ A Small Molecule – It Easily Hurdles The – Blood-Brain Barrier – The Molecule – Blocks The Uptake Of A Neurotransmitter Called – Adenosine – Adenosine Tells The Brain We Are Drowsy – But – Caffeine – Does Not Let The Brain Get The Message

~ INF-C-C-WSB-JAS-GITHONA ~ If Not For – Caffeine – Coffee – Would Still Be – Just A Shrub – Growing In The Hills Of North Africa

~ TIWP-TBTP-DTPA-TC/BKA-TGDT ~ The Insurgents Who Planned – The Boston Tea Party – Drafted Their Plans At – The Coffeehouse/Bar Known As – The Green Dragon Tavern

~ HTCDS ~ High Technology Caffeine Delivery Systems

~ SOT-SD-M-QA-HTCDS ~ Some Of Today’s – Soft Drinks – May – Qualify As – High Technology Caffeine Delivery Systems

~ AC-SON-MHI-TICBHOH-OTCSBS-SC-SG ~ Any Caffeine – Synthetic Or Natural – Might Have Impurities – Those Impurities Could Be Healthful Or Harmful – Or They Could Simply Be Strange – Synthetic Caffeine – Sometimes Glows

~ I-WGO-SCF-F-C ~ Increasingly – We Get Our – Synthetic Caffeine Fix – From – China

~ RSTCMPARISO-P-A-A ~ Research Suggests That Caffeine Might Play A Role In Staving Off – Parkinson’s – And – Alzheimer’s

~ TL-LOA-‘PEB’-TIC-NWOKHM ~ The Label – Listed Only A “Proprietary Energy Blend” – That Included Caffeine – No Way Of Knowing How Much

~ CWS ~ Caffeine Withdrawal Syndrome

~ CISOOTS ~ Caffeine Is Stepping Out Of The Shadows

30-11-2018

~ TYFL ~ Thank You For Listening

~ UYSFG ~ Use Your Superpowers For Good ~ Pamela Slim ~ Body Of Work ~ 2013

~ DNGOALFASPADI ~ Do Not Go Out And Look For A Successful Personality And Duplicate It ~ Bruce Lee ~ 1972

~ IHWP-EWBH ~ If Honour Were Profitable – Everybody Would Be Honourable ~ Thomas More ~ 15??

~ PWTBTTEIGTBAR ~ People Want To Be Told That Everything Is Going To Be All Right ~ Michael Spector ~ Denialism ~ 2009

~ EC-REP ~ Extraordinary Claims – Require Extraordinary Proof ~ Carl Sagan ~ Cosmos ~ 1990

~ BTV ~ Blaming The Victim ~ William Ryan ~ Blaming The Victim ~ 1971

~ IIWT-EIIFM? ~ Is It Worth Trying – Even If It Fails Miserably? ~ Pamela Slim ~ Body Of Work ~ 2013

~ FMC-ITUBTIP-O-TLS-IATSSITCWTI ~ Far More Concerning – Is The Use By Those In Power – Of – The Legal System – In Attempts To Silenced Scientific Information That Conflicts With Their Ideology ~ John Grant ~ Denying Science ~ 2011

~ TIYBO-JA ~ This Is Your Brain On – Jane Austen ~ Corrie Goldman ~ Stanford University News 07-09-2012

~ NRCKPWTWOTA ~ No Reading Can Keep Pace With The Writing Of This Age ~ Charles Lamb ~ Against The Grain ~ 1753

~ TCP-WRS-HBAWLCU-A-OC-NFA ~ The Countless People – Who Read Self-Help Books And Whose Lives Continue Unchanged – Are – Of Course – Never Featured Anywhere ~ John Grant ~ Denying Science ~ 2011

~ UL ~ Undemocratic Liberalism

~ WAF-TR-O-TVOSSTCTF? ~ Which Arose First – The Regulations – Or – The Violation Of Societal Standards That Called Them Forth? ~ Paul Hawken ~ The Ecology Of Commerce ~ 1993

~ BUMMER ~ Behaviours Of Users Modified And Made Into An Empire For Rent ~ Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts – Right Now ~ 2018

~ IE ~ Industrial Ecology ~ Robert Frosch + Nicholas Gallopoulos ~ Strategies For Manufacturing ~ 1989

~ DOI ~ Declaration Of Interdependence ~ Will Durant ~ 08-04-1944

~ AOO-NEE-ET-EF-NM-TA-FA-FB ~ All Of Old – Nothing Else Ever – Ever Tried – Ever Failed – No Matter – Try Again – Fail Again – Fail Better ~ Samuel Beckett ~ Worstward Ho ~ 1983

~ YCHA-PLIM-W-SMA ~ You Can Have A – Public Life In Media – Without – Social Media Accounts ~ Jaron Lanier ~ Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts – Right Now ~ 2018

~ WHGW? ~ What Has God Wrought? ~ Samuel Morse ~ 24-05-1844

~ S-VFL ~ Social-Validation Feedback Loop ~ Sean Parker ~ 09-11-2017

~ HMP-DACHTH-BWQIIOTE? ~ How Many People – Does A Company Have To Harm – Before We Question If It Ought To Exist? ~ Paul Hawken ~ The Ecology Of Commerce ~ 1993

~ DYMR? ~ Did You Mean Recursion?

~ WTSHTF ~ When The Shit Hits The Fan

~ TEOTWAWKI ~ The End Of The World As We Know It

~ GOK-WIDT-OCB ~ God Only Knows – What It’s Doing To – Our Children’s Brains ~ Sean Parker ~ 09-11-2017

~ TTASIT-TAWA ~ The Truth About Stories – Is That – That’s All We Are ~ Thomas King ~ The Truth About Stories ~ 2005

~ I-HMF-B-TRS ~ Idealists – Have Many Faults – But – They Rarely Steal ~ Arthur Schlesinger Junior ~ The Cycle Of American History ~ 1986

~ ES-IOOT-MC-PD-A-CFTRG ~ Executive Secrecy – Is One Of The – Monarchical Customs – Plausibly Defended – And – Certainly Fatal To Republican Government ~ John Taylor ~ An Inquiry Into The Principles And Policy Of The Government Of The United States ~ 1814

~ WAWIITLOM-O-NTHAM-IBVW-HTTI ~ What A Waste It Is To Lose One’s Mind – Or – Not To Have A Mind – Is Being Very Wasteful – How True That Is ~ Dan Quayle ~ 09-05-1989

~ AITFSTF ~ Awareness Is The First Step To Freedom ~ Jaron Lanier ~ Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts – Right Now ~ 2018

~ TS-T-D-DFL-WCADHSW-NCD-NC-M-M ~ The Short-Term – Dopamine-Driven Feedback Loops – We’ve Created Are Destroying How Society Works – No Civil Discourse – No Cooperation – Misinformation – Mistruth ~ Chamath Pailhapitiya ~ [The Guardian] ~ 12-12-2017

~ PIIAUT-TTLOLAHITBCTPAD-ROP-FA ~ Perhaps It Is A Universal Truth – That The Loss Of Liberty At Home Is To Be Charged To Provisions Against Danger – Real Or Pretended – From Abroad ~ James Madison ~ 13-05-1798

~ HPT-D-DNGOO-SASG-B-OOWAHO ~ History Proves That – Dictatorships – Do Not Grow Out Of – Strong And Successful Governments – But – Out Of Weak And Helpless Ones ~ Franklin Roosevelt ~ Fireside Chat ~ 14-04-1938

~ CEC ~ Concealed Electronic Complexity

~ D-IA-V-A-VAC ~ Denialism – Is A – Virus – And – Viruses Are Contagious ~ Michael Spector ~ Denialism ~ 2009

~ AEOD ~ An Excess Of Democracy ~ The Crisis Of Democracy ~ Trilateral Commission ~ 1975

~ WCBSAA-CBSC-A-WWCSA-WMPOIS ~ What Can Be Said At All – Can Be Said Clearly – And – What We Cannot Speak About We Must Pass Over In Silence ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein ~ Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus ~ 1922

~ T-NTBR-IATSGCOASITW-WOAPOGL-BTMYR-YMBD-MSOSEW-ANWTBW ~ The – Need To Be Right – Is Arguably The Single Greatest Cause Of All Strife In The World – Whether On A Personal Or Global Level – Because To Make Yourself Right – You Must By Definition – Make Something Or Someone Else Wrong – And Nobody Wants To Be Wrong ~ Tania Kotsos ~ The Adventure Of I ~ 2013

~ D-TEAA-TSAWOTFM-MOBTH-OWTRRC ~ Despite – The Endless Arguments About – The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Free Market – Markets Operate Beneficially To Humankind – Only When They Reflect Real Costs ~ Paul Hawken ~ The Ecology Of Commerce ~ 1993

~ IYAFYL-TAY ~ Argue For Your Limitations – And – Sure Enough – They’re Yours ~ Richard Bach ~ Illusions ~ 1977

~ C-HHB-EWCAR-B-TCTWTB-NU-CAI-HTBW-DAD ~ Commons – Have Historically Been – Extremely Well Controlled And Regulated – By – The Communities To Which They Belonged – Not Until – Colonization And Industrialization – Have They Been Widely – Degraded And Destroyed ~ Paul Hawken ~ The Ecology Of Commerce ~ 1993

~ TTDO-IC-[TC]-TT-HI ~ Tired To Death Of – Intellectual Charlatanry – [The Citizen] – Turns To – Honest Imbecility ~ Henry Mencken ~ In Praise Of Gamaliel ~ 18-10-1920

~ SC-AN-OF-OF-HB-TA-P ~ Social Concerns – Are Not – Optional Features – Of The – Human Brain – They Are – Primal ~ Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts – Right Now ~ 2018

~ B-TI-CWMIASHAHTRCOTAR-N-TDBO-A-AOTAATW-JLAN-N-ATFLR ~ Before – The Internet – Crackpots Were Mostly Isolated And Surely Had A Harder Time Remaining Convinced Of Their Alternate Realities – Now – Their Devoutly Believed Opinions – Are – All Over The Airwaves And The Web – Just Like Actual News – Now – All The Fantasies Look Real ~ Kurt Andersen ~ Fantasyland ~ 2017

~ TWTDW-S-I-NTBPTI-B-TTIWAA-ASRI-CI-A-MIFIAR ~ The Way To Deal With – Superstition Is – Not To Be Polite To It – But – To Tackle It With All Arms – And So Rout It – Cripple It – And – Make It Forever Infamous And Ridiculous ~ Henry Mencken ~ [Baltimore Evening Sun] ~ 1925

~ TEAOULAAFP-DNF-TDO-AVMCI-C-ITM-NWTTNTF-BW-TU ~ The Early Advocates Of Universal Literacy And A Free Press – Did Not Foresee – The Development Of – A Vast Mass Communications Industry – Concerned – In The Main – Neither With The True Nor The False – But With – The Unreal ~ Aldous Huxley~ Brave New World Revisited ~ 1958

~ FFI ~ Fugitive From Injustice ~ Farley Mowat ~ Michael Harris ~ Party Of One ~ 2014

~ FTTTTYST ~ Finding The Thread That Ties Your Story Together ~ Pamela Slim ~ Body Of Work ~ 2013

~ AN ~ Authoritarian Neoliberalism

~ IR-C-A-F-IR-M-A-DFC-WCGB-C-ETWTA-ETWRAE-P-C ~ I Regard – Consciousness – As – Fundamental – I Regard – Matter – As – Derivative From Consciousness – We Cannot Get Behind – Consciousness – Everything That We Talk About – Everything That We Regard As Existing – Postulates – Consciousness ~ Max Planck ~ 25-01-1931

~ AE-VP-MPA ~ All Evil – Visibly Personified – Made Practically Assailable ~ Herman Melville ~ Moby-Dick ~ 1851

~ PST-MOTBOPTAROLT-WLIPBTAOAS ~ Psychology Suggests That – Most Of The Beliefs Or Programs That Are Running Our Life Today – Were Locked In Place By The Age Of Around – Seven ~ Tania Kotsos ~ The Adventure Of I ~ 2013

~ ANSB-QM-HNYUI ~ Anyone Not Shocked By – Quantum Mechanics – Has Not Yet Understood It ~ Niels Bohr ~ Karen Barad ~ Meeting the Universe Halfway ~ 2007

~ WSFTUPWWD? ~ Who Speaks For The Unknown People Who Will Die? ~ Paul Hawken ~ The Ecology Of Commerce ~ 1993

VIRGINIA EUBANKS ~ AUTOMATING INEQUALITY ~ 2017

~ P-P-A-P-T-P ~ Profile – Police – And – Punish – The – Poor

~ YA-NAOTMDTSOL-WMBHB-T-WHCMOTD-MPT-SM-AES-RA-A-PRM-C-WNGP-WFANR-WIS-LFE-AWIIFF ~ Years Ago – Nearly All Of The Major Decisions That Shape Our Lives – Were Made By Human Beings – Today – We Have Ceded Much Of That Decision-Making Power To – Sophisticated Machines – Automated Eligibility Systems – Ranking Algorithms – And – Predictive Risk Models – Control – Which Neighborhoods Get Policed – Which Families Attain Needed Resources – Who Is Short-Listed For Employment – And – Who Is Investigated For Fraud

~ H-CFIARP-TTGMOIICB-P-N-C ~ Health-Care Fraud Is A Real Problem – Though The Great Majority Of It Is Committed By – Providers – Not – Consumers

~ TTTABTBAA:YGASOAPITDN-AEETTY-BYCPYFOEWA ~ That’s The Thing About Being Targeted By An Algorithm: You Get A Sense Of A Pattern In The Digital Noise – An Electronic Eye Turned Toward You – But You Can’t Put Your Finger On Exactly What’s Amiss

~ TIN-SL-TCCTRT-ID-OT-DFDS ~ There Is No – Sunshine Law – That Compels Companies To Release The – Inner Details – Of Their – Digital Fraud Detection Systems

~ WTNEO-CR-WHRLAT-T-E-A-A-M-TSO-LC ~ With The Notable Exception Of – Credit Reporting – We Have Remarkably Limited Access To – The – Equations – Algorithms – And – Models – That Shape Our – Life Chances

~ DSG-CIAU-MIAOB-A-CATR-TASDWITFOSLT-MOTTWDENWABWAA ~ Digital Security Guards – Collect Information About Us – Make Inferences About Our Behavior – And – Control Access To Resources – They Are So Deeply Woven Into The Fabric Of Social Life That – Most Of The Time We Don’t Even Notice We Are Being Watched And Analyzed

~ PP-L-NITW-IWIT-HSOSP-A-RTCNTTWAPAA-C/L/S-A ~ Performative Politics – Legislation – Not Intended To Work – It Was Intended To – Heap Stigma On Social Programs – And – Reinforce The Cultural Narrative That Those Who Access Public Assistance Are – Criminal / Lazy / Spendthrift – Addicts

~ DTAD-MHBRI-P-PF-M-CR-CS-BM-F-A-TAOPP ~ Digital Tracking And Decision-Making Systems Have Become Routine In – Policing – Political Forecasting – Marketing – Credit Reporting – Criminal Sentencing – Business Management – Finance – And – The Administration Of Public Programs

~ TNROD-CPAW-CP-O-DTPO-LTM-A-UTHR-TDRBANFSM? ~ The New Regime Of Data – Constricts Poor And Working-Class People’s – Opportunities – Demobilizes Their Political Organizing– Limits Their Movement – And – Undercuts Their Human Rights – How Has The Digital Revolution Become A Nightmare For So Many?

~ PAW-CP-ATB-NTODPM-A-FL-TCAAR-AES-DTFCPRTTNTSAT ~ Poor And Working-Class People – Are Targeted By – New Tools Of Digital Poverty Management – And – Face Life-Threatening Consequences As A Result – Automated Eligibility Systems – Discourage Them From Claiming Public Resources That They Need To Survive And Thrive

~ AD-M-STSSN-CTP-ID-A-CODNV-IR-SSDAWWAAWWWTB-A-SEP ~ Automated Decision-Making – Shatters The Social Safety Net – Criminalizes The Poor – Intensifies Discrimination – And – Compromises Our Deepest National Values – It Reframes – Shared Social Decisions About Who We Are And Who We Want To Be – As – Systems Engineering Problems

~ AWTMSDD-MTATIWCBC-‘LRE’ -WTAFEO-PAAT-SFDF-TP-WE-BUOE ~ And While The Most Sweeping Digital Decision-Making Tools Are Tested In What Could Be Called – “Low Rights Environments” – Where There Are Few Expectations Of – Political Accountability And Transparency – Systems – First Designed For – The Poor – Will Eventually – Be Used On Everyone

~ WHF-A-DP-F-D-A-A-RM-IPTETRAROETCB ~ We Have Forged – A Digital Poorhouse – From – Databases – Algorithms – And – Risk Models – It Promises To Eclipse The Reach And Repercussions Of Everything That Came Before

~ WM-TIP-IOTEO-SR-F-EP ~ We Mange – The Individual Poor – In Order To Escape Our – Shared Responsibility – For – Eradicating Poverty

~ O-NDT-SF-P-M-VOP-A-CASOH-TCAI ~ Our – New Digital Tools – Spring From – Punitive – Moralistic – Views Of Poverty – And – Create A System Of High-Tech Containment And Investigation

~ TDP-DTPFAPR-PTL/S/S/P-TTPTFB-A-PACTWDNCWID ~ The Digital Poorhouse – Deters The Poor From Accessing Public Resources – Polices Their Labor / Spending / Sexuality / Parenting – Tries To Predict Their Future Behavior – And – Punishes And Criminalizes Those Who Do Not Comply With Its Dictates

~ WMS ~ Welfare Management System

~ WMS ~ Workflow Management System

~ HMIS ~ Homeless Management Information System

~ CAWH ~ Crimes Associated With Homelessness

~ OASOS-R-IA-TTHTBIBTWCS-IC-I-ND-BS-TTOEFTD-TTCATDC-NB ~ Older Analog Systems Of Surveillance – Required – Individualized Attention – The Target Had To Be Identified Before The Watcher Could Surveil – In Contrast – In – New Data-Based Surveillance – The Target Often Emerges From The Data – The Targeting Comes After The Data Collection – Not Before

~ MAOIAC-OAWVOIAG-T-TDIM-A-A-S-IOTIPTFMTS ~ Massive Amounts Of Information Are Collected – On A Wide Variety Of Individuals And Groups – Then – The Data Is Mined – Analyzed – And – Searched – In Order To Identify Possible Targets For More Thorough Scrutiny

~ WPTPIAPATHOTATMOPP-DIEAE ~ We Pretend That Poverty Is A Puzzling Aberration That Happens Only To A Tiny Minority Of Pathological People – Denial Is Exhausting And Expensive

~ T-OPL-ARATCBEAB-BD/IB/CP-IF-PIAO-TS-EC-BAHNOP-FWDBDANIROB ~ The – Official Poverty Line – A Regrettable Anomaly That Can Be Explained Away By – Poor Decisions / Individual Behavior / Cultural Pathology – In Fact – Poverty Is An Often-Temporary State – Experienced Cyclically – By A Huge Number Of People – From Wildly Different Backgrounds Displaying A Nearly Infinite Range Of Behaviors

~ WPPOAFFTRAS-TW ~ When Poor People Organize And Fight For Their Rights And Survival – They Win

~ TDPIHTU-T-S/A/M-TPI-ACAOS ~ The Digital Poorhouse Is Hard To Understand – The – Software / Algorithms / Models – That Power It – Are Complex And Often Secret

~ TTTOTPWEBUOE ~ Technological Tools Tested On The Poor Will Eventually Be Used On Everyone

~ A-NC-OA-PRC-MJ-TDOTDPFSC-ATCS ~ A – National Catastrophe – Or A – Political Regime Change – Might Justify – The Deployment Of The Digital Poorhouse’s Full Surveillance Capability – Across The Class Spectrum

~ AIHUA ~ Automated Inequality Hurts Us All

~ H-TT-HAB-IAAPOO-TOLUTBTTDALDTTMBH-B-BII-T-PC-DS-A-PM ~ High-Tech Tools – Have A Built-In Authority And Patina Of Objectivity – That Often Lead Us To Believe That Their Decisions Are Less Discriminatory Than Those Made By Humans – But – Bias Is Introduced – Through – Programming Choices – Data Selection – And – Performance Metrics

~ TDPHPP ~ The Digital Poorhouse Preempts Politics

~ WCDTDP ~ We Can Dismantle The Digital Poorhouse

~ TMISI-DTDP-ICHW-T/T/F-AP-ACAIMS-TBCFTMOBDITBS ~ The Most Important Step In – Dismantling The Digital Poorhouse – Is Changing How We – Think / Talk / Feel – About Poverty – As Counterintuitive As It May Sound – The Best Cure For The Misuse Of Big Data Is Telling Better Stories

~ TBSPOAP-IIYWBP-BPITQOY-E-TRIYN-YETVAT-A-YH ~ The Best Single Predictor Of Adult Poverty – Is If You Were Born Poor – Because Poverty Impacts The Quality Of Your – Education – The Resources In Your Neighborhood – Your Exposure To Violence And Trauma – And – Your Health

~ TGNITTMIAWUW-BIMTEP-LBTP-HBOTR ~ The Good News Is That This Mission Is Already Well Under Way – Broadbased Inclusive Movements To End Poverty – Led By The Poor – Have Been On The Rise

~ T-RA-TWUWWROCS-IA-E-ST-V-F ~ The – Righteous Anger – That Wells Up When We Recognize Our Common Suffering – Is An – Earthshaking – Structure-Tumbling – Visionary – Force

~ WTTBTIIWTAN-PP? ~ Would The Tool Be Tolerated If It Was Targeted At Non-Poor People?

~ DND-BSTOAELROTP ~ Design No Data-Based System That Overturns An Established Legal Right Of The Poor

~ ETVOTDPWRAGDOC ~ Exposing The Violence Of The Digital Poorhouse Will Require A Great Deal Of Courage

GUY HARRISON ~ HOW TO THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST ~ THINK BEFORE YOU LIKE ~ 2017

~ RLAS-PATBMADIM-AGIATATATM-AASSWSYWOSM ~ React Like A Scientist – Pause And Think Before Making Any Decisive Intellectual Moves – Avoid Granting Immediate And Total Acceptance To Anything That Matters – Adopting A Scientific Stance Will Serve You Well On Social Media

~ DYR-THTITHBCBTUWICTSI-PL;PBC;AETMSAHAUOGFW ~ Do Your Research – The Hard Truth Is That Human Beings Cannot Be Trusted Unconditionally When It Comes To Sharing Information – People Lie; People Become Confused; And Even The Most Sensible And Honest Among Us Often Get Facts Wrong

~ CUWYOHOT-TTEHACMBTOF-S-IPEFAIOC-TNTDTDWOTIMLTBT ~ Come Up With Your Own Hypothesis Or Theory – Try To Explain How A Claim Might Be True Or False – Speculate – Image Possible Explanations For An Idea Or Claim – Then Narrow Them Down To Determine Which Of Them Is More Likely To Be True

~ CYOEOT-FOHTTACCBD-BIIDMOTN-FOIOHATOITT ~ Conduct Your Own Experiment Or Test – Figuring Out How To Test A Claim Can Be Difficult – But It Is Doable More Often Than Not – Find Out If Others Have Already Tested Or Investigated The Topic

~ SYC-NITTAOPTLFEIYR-SYCW-TS-MS-PYK ~ Share Your Conclusion – Now It’s Time To Ask Other People To Look For Errors In Your Reasoning – Share Your Conclusion With – The Smartest – Most Sensible – People You Know

~ LO-C-C-APA-YCOD~ Let Others – Consider – Challenge – And Pick Apart Your Conclusion Or Decision

~ F-IIVTYCWIYRFOABWTCYMIN ~ Finally – It Is Vital That You Consider Whatever Input You Receive From Others And Be Willing To Change Your Mind If Necessary

~ IS-POAMOAF-IYR-DBTIOO-BGTYHBGTCTMALCT-TAR ~ If Someone – Points Out A Mistake Or A Flaw – In Your Reasoning – Don’t Be Too Irritated Or Offended – Be Grateful That You Have Been Given The Chance To Move A Little Closer To – Truth And Reality

GUY HARRISON ~ THINK BEFORE YOU LIKE ~ 2017

~ AWB’ESOO’?~ Are We Becoming – “Efficient Shadows Of Ourselves”?

~ FAS-FM-DOD ~ Fleeting And Soon-Forgotten Micro-Doses Of Dopamine

~ WWMP? ~ Will We Miss Privacy?

~ YOASNDYAAP-B-I-TD ~ Your Online Activities Should Not Define You As A Person – But – Increasingly – They Do

~ WD-‘F’-C? ~ What Does – “Free” – Cost?

~ ATMAMOTTCBBFU?-WCK-BTCTBITSWOPTAADHTTUWTK-O-WTTTK-AU-WDHTLRTCT ~ Are There Misinformation And Misinterpretations Out There That Could Be Bad For Us? – We Can’t Know – Because The Companies That Barter In The Shadows With Our Private Thoughts And Activities Don’t Have To Tell Us What They Know – Or – What They Think They Know – About Us – We Don’t Have The Legal Right To Check Them

~ WCPTH-HEAMC-WWDEKTTE ~ We Can’t Petition To Have – Harmful Errors And Misjudgments Corrected – When We Don’t Even Know That They Exist

~ TRONWBD ~ The Renaissance Of Nonsense Will Be Digitized

~ TPV-BPN-WUB-CA-C-A-TSD ~ The Positive Features – Become Powerful Negatives – When Used By – Con Artists – Crackpots – And – The Sincerely Deluded

~ TLSM ~ Terrorists Love Social Media

~ SPB-SMWDNLTSTWBUIANAOC-O-H-WTSMMHTFDUAIASCO-F/H/S ~ Some People Believe – Social Media Will Do Nothing Less Than Save The World By Ushering In A New Age Of Connectivity – Others – However – Warn That Social Media Might Help To Finally Drown Us All In A Sad Cesspool Of – Fear / Hate / Stupidity

~ SOTWMVADGCUSMTOAGTRIPODG ~ Some Of The World’s Most Violent And Destructive Groups Currently Uses Social Media To Organize And Grow Their Ranks In Pursuit Of Dark Goals

~ WT-YVO-C-B-B-O-PR-M-AL ~ Welcome To – Your Very Own – Customized – Biased – Bubble – Of – Psychological Reinforcement – Manipulation – And Lies

~ ROTA ~ Rise Of The Algorithms

~ OTA-CB-TCBSEIT-EHI-A-EUI-C-BHIAHAIEOMYMVTTPO-CB-RTLV ~ One Thing About – Confirmation Bias – That Cannot Be Stressed Enough Is That – EVERYONE HAS IT – And – EVERYONE USES IT – Counterintutively – Being Highly Intelligent And Having An Impressive Education Often Makes You More Vulnerable To The Problem Of – Confirmation Bias – Rather Than Less Vulnerable

~ TRB ~ The Reality Bubble

~ IYWTAALDITVOT-TYMBHETBH ~ If You Want To Always At Least Dwell In The Vicinity Of Truth – Then You Must Be Honest Enough To Be Humble

~ WWDKITLDUARNHFSMTBAFEIWTT ~ What We Do Know Is That Lies Dressed Up As Respectable News Have Found Social Media To Be A Fertile Environment In Which To Thrive

~ HCSWBAKN? ~ How Concerned Should We Be About Fake News?

~ FN-I-DN-THBCAPFTSPOM-R/L/V-WKFI-TGCIA-F-GCFP-T-MPG ~ Fake News – Is – Dishonest News – That Has Been Crafted And Published For The Specific Purpose Of Misleading – Readers / Listeners / Viewers – With Knowingly False Information – That Goal Can Include Anything – From – Garnering Clicks For Profit – To – Making Political Gains

~ HNNBACIAWAFN ~ Humour Need Not Be A Casualty In Anyone’s War Against Fake News

~ CFOF’ ~ Contradictory “Fountains Of Facts”

~ WBTS? ~ Who Believes This Stuff?

~ ACCASIINSAAAOF-TFTBF ~ Accepting Crazy Claims And Stupid Ideas Is Now Seen As An Aspect Of Freedom – The Freedom To Be Fooled

~ BSOE ~ Be Skeptical Of Everything

~ CTS ~ Consider The Source

~ DSG ~ Don’t Spread Garbage

~ O-B-FATGP-ASFAGS-AEI-CL-OJPOG ~ Our – Brains – For All Their Glorious Powers – Are Suckers For A Good Story – An Exciting Image – Convenient Lie – Or Just Plain Old Gossip

~ FNM ~ Fake News Matters

~ DLTD ~ Delusions Lead To Danger

~ SOCTIHGUC ~ Scarcity Of Critical Thinking Is Humankind’s Great Unrecognized Crisis

~ WHWYDKWYDK? ~ What Happens When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know?

~ CINTSTAK ~ Confidence Is Not The Same Thing As Knowledge

~ WCYDTAG?-BDSN ~ What Can You Do To Avoid Groupthink? – Build Diverse Social Networks

~ BTB-CCBW-PINARMOTAR ~ Beware The Bandwagon – Crowds Can Be Wrong – Popularity Is Not A Reliable Measure Of Truth And Reality

~ A:TFITHYSMAATYANRFWSTSFYCTADAI ~ Anchoring: The First Input That Hits Your Subconscious Mind About A Topic You Are Not Reasonably Familiar With Sets The Stage For Your Conscious Thoughts And Decisions About It

~ OAMEFTIA ~ Others Are More Easily Fooled Than I Am

~ WASC-WTTSNOOPBWTAUBEODTAFAW ~ We Are Social Creatures – We Tend To Synchronize Not Only Our Physical Behavior With Those Around Us But Even Our Deepest Thoughts And Feelings As Well

~ AB-TT-TTIABIBSPTBAAF ~ Authority Bias – The Tendency – To Trust In And Be Influenced By Someone Perceived To Be An Authority Figure

~ ABIAATTB ~ Authority Bias Is An Amazing Thing To Behold

~ AEIOTINAEIE ~ An Expert In One Thing Is Not An Expert In Everything

~ SIAT-AHI-ATAOU-TUDITTOODL ~ Science Is A Tool – A Human Invention – Available To All Of Us – To Use Down In The Trenches Of Our Daily Lives –

~ NOWBATDTNFGTITWIDIL ~ No One Will Be Able To Deny The Need For Good Thinking If The World Is Drowning In Lies

~ NMWYAOWYD-TAAALAFTYWRKOOTROARSOSWDLYAMECYG ~ No Matter Who You Are Or What You Do – There Likely Are At Lest A Few Things You Would Rather Keep Out Of The Reach Of A Random Stranger Or Someone Who Doesn’t Like You And Might Enjoy Causing You Grief

~ HI-TET-FC-A-I-PAI-E-THETD-S-A-AS-IOT-MAJT ~ Humans In – The Early Twenty-First Century – Are – Ill-Prepared And Ill-Equipped – To Have Everything They Do – Surveilled – Analyzed – And Stored – In Order To – Manipulate And Judge Them

~ AT-A-TMODW-T-I-C-H-S-JIT-DR-DR-DE ~ A Tried-And-True Method Of Dealing With – Trolls – Is – Cold – Hard – Silence – Just Ignore Them – Don’t React – Don’t Reply – Don’t Engage

~ DBD ~ Defined By Data

~ E-BPT ~ Emotion-Based Precision Targeting

~ ASMUABUAGP ~ All Social Media Users Are Being Used As Guinea Pigs

~ TDYSMI-VIS ~ Trim Down Your Social Media Identity – Vague Is Safer

~ AQ-NBYOICATN-B-BWNTBTATN ~ Ask Questions – Not Because You Or I Can Answer Them Now – But – Because We Need To Be Thinking About Them Now

~ WCLTI-GTW-O-W-DACTBTAU ~ We Can’t Let – The Internet – Go To Waste – Or – Worse – Degrade And Corrupt The Best Things About Us

ARLENE DICKINSON ~ ALL IN ~ 2013

~ TBA-E-ITPADWEYHAATYA-TANH-M-YHTB-AI ~ To Be An – Entrepreneur – Is To Pursue A Dream With Everything You Have And All That You Are – There Are No Half-Measures – You Have To Be – All In

~ GUTBM ~ Get Used To Being Misunderstood

~ LTF-VO-TOTTNYALYW-WB-TFIYB ~ Light The Fire – Very Often – The Only Thing To Nourish You And Light Your Way – Will Be – The Fire In Your Belly

~ ARH ~ A Rebel Heart

~ FCBAEM-TTITMIYFIOYE-A-FWTHIGP-NBPBI ~ Fear Can Be An Excellent Motivator – The Trick Is To Make It Your Friend Instead Of Your Enemy – And – Find Ways To Harness Its Galvanizing Power – Not Be Paralyzed By It

~ MTTR:R/R/R ~ Mastering The Three Rs: Roadblocks / Rejection / Resilience

~ H-‘N’-OAO-CBS-D-O-ICBTMOY ~ Hearing – “No” – Over And Over – Can Be Soul-Destroying – Or – It Can Be The Making Of You

~ POTLC-IDAKFDBPWAO-OALGBTO-CC-ATHVN-SAAFOEOBS ~ Part Of The Learning Curve – Is Developing A Knack For Distinguishing Between People Who Are Offering – Or At Least Genuinely Believe They’re Offering – Constructive Criticism – And Those Who View Nay-Saying As A Form Of Entertainment Or Blood Sport

~ DF-TCP-TDSR-EWWYDIPAD-MAOOO ~ Departing From – The Conventional Path – To Do Something Risky – Especially When What You’re Doing Is Pursuing A Dream – May Alarm Or Offend Others

~ CAZO(TYRATA) ~ Cultivating A Zen Outlook (Though You’re Really A Type A)

~ DBBPALP-NIMITP-SDODSFMW ~ Distinguishing Between Big Problems And Little Problems – Nothing Is More Important Than Perspective – Survival Depends On Developing Strategies For Managing Worry

~ WICU-ISNAAPD ~ Worry Is Completely Useless – It Solves Nothing And Actually Promotes Dysfunction

~ LTETM ~ Learning To Embrace The Mess

~ TNCLTCTCFRHCSYF ~ There’s No Confidence Like The Confidence That Comes From Having Confronted Something You Feared

~ TMHIAWM-TSMTG ~ The More Honest I Am With Myself – The Stronger My Team Gets

~ TMOW/LB ~ The Myth Of Work/Life Balance

~ SD-TIT ~ Slow Down – Think It Through

~ BTIO-A-TTUO ~ But There’s Informed Optimism – And – Then There’s Uninformed Optimism

~ DYHYJ?-ODYWTBANL?-IAR-R-BITTTSABWYPGITETHYIN ~ Do You Hate Your Job? – Or Do You Want To Build A New Life? – It’s A Really – Really – Bad Idea To Try To Start A Business When Your Primary Goal Is To Escape The Hell You’re In Now

~ CYHC? ~ Can You Handle Criticism?

~ DYHFIY? ~ Do You Have Faith In Yourself?

~ TBWITWTWBFY ~ The Best Way Is The Way That Works Best For You

~ TTATALOFIT-YJITU-TNPWTF-100%R ~ The Thing About Taking A Leap Of Faith Is That – You’re Jumping Into The Unknown – There’s No Possible Way To Feel – 100 Percent Ready

~ F-A-S-O-A-GAA ~ Feeling – Afraid – Stressed – Overwhelmed – And – Going Ahead Anyway

~ ETE-AH-N-O-H-H-M-BYGTA-Y ~ Expect To Encounter – A Hundred – No’s – Or – Half-Hearted – Maybe’s – Before You Get To A – Yes

~ U-YARE-NS-DNVA ~ Unless – You’re A Raging Egomaniac – Nagging Self-Doubt Never Vanishes Altogether

~ SEPT-‘G’-Y ~ Stop Expecting People To – “Get” – You

~ MSWFY ~ Make Your Schedule Work For You

~ BPARS ~ Business Partnerships Are Rarely Simple

~ JL-TBM-TBP-ABO-T/MR/CS/P/AAHWTWTAAD ~ Just Like – The Best Marriages – The Best Business Partnerships – Are Based On – Trust / Mutual Respect / Complementary Skills / Personalities / And A Healthy Willingness To Work Through And Address Differences

~ R-R-R-B-D-TWINWYHD-WAHIBL-BHYHTWYD ~ Really – Really – Really – Really – Bad – Days – The Question Is Not Whether You’ll Have Days – When All Hell Is Breaking Loose – But How You’ll Handle Them When You Do

~ LWAE-OLOBBPAPLCBVHOOF-WAIDIAABOBC ~ Living With An Entrepreneur – Our Lack Of Boundaries Between Personal And Professional Life Can Be Very Hard On Our Families – Who Are Inevitably Drawn Into And Affected By Our Business Choices

~ TP-OC-IT-YNARUIBSTGTJD-B-FT-IOASHTB-ALIYOM ~ The Problem – Of Course – Is That – You Need A Ramped-Up Internal Belief System To Get The Job Done – But – From There – It’s Only A Short Hop To Becoming – A Legend In Your Own Mind

~ YCEEAYTBAPAYBAYA ~ You Can’t Expect Everyone Around You To Be As Passionate About Your Business As You Are

~ SFAPOYT ~ Seeing Failure As Part Of Your Training

~ IOTTKT-F-CTYAL-B-IYDTYTGCWTT-YNBATFTLEIYF ~ It’s One Thing To Know That – Failure – Can Teach You A Lot – But – If You Don’t Train Yourself To Get Comfortable With The Teacher – You’ll Never Be Able To Face The Lessons Embedded In Your Failings

~ IYCRYEFTE-YSMCTOVAAP-A-YM-WBOF-L-N-S-P ~ If You Can Remove Your Emotions From The Equation – You’ll See More Clearly That Other Variables Are At Play – And – Your Mistakes – Will Become Opportunists For – Learning – Not – Self-Punishment

~ T-T-A ~ Try – Try – Again

~ BCWYWF ~ Be Careful What You Wish For

~ FPWTYTTA-ETYNNTHIMTE ~ Fewer People Will Tell You The Truth Anymore – Even Though You Now Need To Hear It More Than Ever

~ WYBOTSTCAWS-WI-MOAOP-YCWUFB-YSE ~ When You Binge On The Stuff That Comes Along With Success – Whether It’s – Money Or Admiration Or Power – You Can Wind Up Feeling Bloated – Yet Somehow Empty

~ IWYTBOL ~ I Wish You The Best Of Luck