STEVE KRUG ~ DON’T MAKE ME THINK REVISITED ~ 2014

~ KFLOU-DMMT ~ Krug’s First Law Of Usability – Don’t Make Me Think

~ AAR-PDLTPOHTDT ~ As A Rule – People Don’t Like To Puzzle Over How To Do Things

~ TFTTPWBTSDCETMTO ~ The Fact That The People Who Built The Site Didn’t Care Enough To Make Things Obvious

~ WDMOC-W-S-WCTFRO ~ We Don’t Make Optimal Choices – We – Satisfice – We Choose The First Reasonable Option

~ KSLOU-IDMHMTIHTC-ALAECI-M-U-C ~ Krug’s Second Law Of Usability – It Doesn’t Matter How Many Times I Have To Click – As Long As Each Click Is – A – Mindless – Unambiguous – Choice

~ KTLOU-GROHTWOEP-TGROHOWL ~ Krug’s Third Law Of Usability – Get Rid Of Half The Words On Each Page – Then Get Rid Of Half Of What’s Left

~ TMTYNTKAIITNOIGTRT-ALNUARAA-‘MT’-HF ~ The Main Thing You Need To Know About Instructions Is That No One Is Going To Read Them – At Least Not Until After Repeated Attempts At – “Muddling Through” – Have Failed

~ NBAGT!(TM) ~ Nothing Beats A Good Tagline!(TM)

~ ‘OT-ICTO-CEO-IAD-S-WHTAI’ ~ “Oh That – It Came To Our – CEO – In A Dream – So – We Had To Add It”

~ T-BSVOTT-TWSPCATFOWIIAHTUI-TNSFI ~ Testing – Build Some Version Of The Thing – Then Watch Some People Carefully As They Figure Out What It Is And How To Use It – There’s No Substitute For It

~ YACBTROTT ~ You Actually Can Be Too Rich Or Too Thin

ARLENE DICKINSON ~ PERSUASION ~ COLLINS ~ 2011

~ PIAAR ~ Persuasion Is All About Relationship

~ A/H/R ~ Authenticity / Honesty / Reciprocity

~ P-IT-H-S-PO-MS-I ~ Persuasion – Is The – Honest – Shared – Pursuit Of – Mutual Self-Interest

~ YSAFFTAQ ~ You Should Always Feel Free To Ask Questions

~ ATTBWO:APTI-OAT-O-WTEITBACLTWOO ~ Another Thing To Be Wary Of: Any Process That Isn’t – Open And Transparent – Or – Where The Expert Is Tucked Behind A Curtain Like The Wizard Of Oz

~ TFT-PYRHBIS-CBAPS-B-INAATYCS-DD ~ The Fact That – People You Respect Have Bought Into Something – Can Be A Promising Sign – But – It’s Never An Indicator That You Can Skip – Due Diligence

~ A-SMC-IT-SQN-O-DB-A-WO-YDHMHOBMP ~ A – Strong Moral Compass – Is The – Sine Qua Non – Of – Doing Business – And – Without One – You Don’t Have Much Hope Of Becoming More Persuasive

~ TBY-YHTKWRMTY-A-WYW ~ To Be Yourself – You Have To Know What Really Matters To You – And – What You Want

~ AIR ~ Authenticity Inspires Respect

~ TAWTTAOV:NAWBAPOETIEC-ATAP-SOP ~ There’s Another Way To Think About Our Vulnerabilities: Not As Weakness But As Points Of Entry That Invite Emotional Connections – And Therefore As Potential – Sources Of Power

~ OPSAIWWA-BIDLWWCB ~ Our Past Shapes And Influences Who We Are – But It Doesn’t Limit Who We Can Become

~ GAD-ATEO-PP-B-WYWONSTM-ICCYJ ~ Greed And Desperation – Are The Enemies Of – Principled Persuasion – Because – When You Want Or Need Something Too Much – It Can Cloud Your Judgment

~ ENTHCDLTWNC-NMWOTOS ~ Everyone Needs To Have Clearly Drawn Lines They Will Not Cross – No Matter What’s On The Other Side

~ Y-H-ETY-HAC-APAC-A-IHIATTOP-TIITH ~ Your Honesty Establishes That You’re – Human And Confident – A Pretty Appealing Combination – And If Honesty Isn’t Appealing To The Other Party – That’s Important Information To Have

~ BYCPAE-YHTPY-F-WHCARWPOWCDT ~ Before You Can Persuade Anyone Else – You Have To Persuade Yourself – Frequently – We’re Highly Creative And Resourceful When Persuading Ourselves We Can’t Do Things

~ YCTYT-LFO-IOTYYFIO ~ You Can Train Yourself To – Look For Opportunity – Instead Of Telling Yourself You Face Impossible Odds

~ YCPYTC-OP-NP ~ You Can Persuade Yourself To Concentrate – On Potential – Not Problems

~ YCVSA-ACTDD-NAPTYDHWITTS ~ You Can View Setbacks As – A Challenge To Dig Deeper – Not As Proof That You Don’t Have What It Takes To Succeed

~ BALHOWMYPOBYEEOYM-BYUAW-YNTP-YNTFOWDTOP-WMT?-WDTW? ~ But At Least Half Of What Makes You Persuasive Occurs Before You Ever Even Open Your Mouth – Before You Utter A Word – You Need To Prepare – What’s Motivating Them? – What Do They Want?

~ TPOP-INTCOAA-K-I-A-TPI-TGYECTOYMAKYMSACMITPOP ~ The Point Of Preparation – Is Not To Come Off As A – Know-It-All – The Point Is – To Give You Enough Confidence To Open Your Mind And Keep Your Mouth Shut At Crucial Moments In The Process Of Persuasion

~ L-ITKTUWOPWAN-AT-TFOTPOP ~ Listening – Is The Key To Understanding What Other People Want And Need – And Therefore – The Foundation Of The Process Of Persuasion

~ A-P-INA-SS-IA-C-A-TPIT-EAL-NTTAS ~ A – Pitch – Is Not A – Sales Spiel – It’s A – Conversation – And – The Purpose Is To – Engage And Learn – Not To – Talk And Sell

~ LT-L-I-TSMISYNTMIOTBMP ~ Learning To – Listen – Is – The Single Most Important Skill You Need To Master In Order To Become More Persuasive

~ TASBTSWYN-YNTLAOSFAM-WEFAWAWTMOC-ASAYBE-YRTYPTNF-TLYRS-TMLTOPITC ~ There’s A Significant Benefit To Silence When You’re Negotiating – You Need To Let An Offer Sit For A Minute – Without Explaining Further And Without Appearing Willing To Move Or Compromise – As Soon As You Begin Elaborating – You Reveal That You’re Prepared To Negotiate Further – The Longer You Remain Silent – The More Likely The Other Person Is To Compromise

~ CYEATD-YFTOTDAIMC-IMETUWDOPATFOHTMTGCWY ~ Check Your Ego At The Door – You’re Free To Observe The Dynamics And Interactions More Closely – It’s Much Easier To Understand What’s Driving Other People And To Figure Out How To Make Their Goals Compatible With Yours

~ IYCTA-P-IA-D-YGITLOCTKOCTWHYBMP ~ If You Can Turn A – Pitch – Into A – Dialogue – You Greatly Increase The Likelihood Of Creating The Kind Of Connection That Will Help You Be More Persuasive

~ LTTW-ATTHTS-STASDB-WBS-A-WTPSIIRTA ~ Listen To The Words – And Try To Hear The Subtext – Sometimes There’s A Significant Difference Between – What’s Being Said – And – What The Person Saying It Is Really Thinking About

~ FOTEDTC ~ Focus On The Emotion Driving The Conversation

~ EINANITW-DWMPB ~ Empathy Is Not A Negative In The Workplace – Despite What Many People Believe

~ ITAEITR? ~ Is There An Elephant In The Room?

~ RWYH-YWAL-BO-A-IYTOTS ~ Recap What You’ve Heard – You Were Actually Listening – Be Objective – And – Include Your Take On The Situation

~ FO-B-TTOP-NF ~ Focus On – Benefits – To The Other Party – Not Features

~ KIS-MTSMCDNMYSMI ~ Keep It Simple – Making Things Sound More Complicated Does Not Make You Sound More Intelligent

~ AGPTPOAJ ~ A Great Pitch Takes People On A Journey

~ DSOYOM-WYKPI-YWTBVSYHETTSI-BSTSOBRATS ~ Don’t Step On Your Own Message – Whatever Your Key Point Is – You Want To Be Very Sure You Have Enough Time To Say It – Be Sure To Spell Out Benefits Right At The Start

~ S-WAWSS-IGNR-B-TML-WAMSTEST-ISATACOAIS ~ Sometimes – When A Woman Says Something – It Gets No Response – But – Two Minutes Later – When A Man Says The Exact Same Thing – It’s Suddenly As Though A Choir Of Angels Is Singing

~ YNTMSTYPIABHAU ~ You Need To Make Sure That Your Pitch Is Actually Being Heard And Understood

~ KYM-SAC-GIOE-A-FOTBTTOP ~ Keep Your Message – Simple And Clear – Get It Out Early – And – Focus On The Benefits To The Other Party

~ LYPST ~ Let Your Personality Shine Through

~ YMHMTOTYT ~ You May Have More To Offer Than You Think

~ TGU-YNTBWTTR ~ To Get Unstuck – You Need To Be Willing To Take Risks

~ TSO-WWR-WWW-A-WYCDDNT-BMPIAOPWYALACAI ~ Taking Stock Of – What Went Right – What Went Wrong – And – What You Could Do Differently Next Time – Becoming More Persuasive Is An Ongoing Project Where You’re Always Learning And Can Always Improve

~ BAGL-EIIWAFF ~ Be A Gracious Loser – Even If It Wasn’t A Fair Fight

~ DPF(EWIP)-DTITH ~ Don’t Personalize Failure (Even When It’s Personal) – Don’t Take It To Heart

~ MM-IMHT-AND ~ Making Mistakes – Is More Honourable Than – Attempting Nothing Difficult

~ HYTAYMIFP-VMALORTF-YWAPBLT ~ How You Think About Your Mistakes Influences Future Performance – View Mistakes As Learning Opportunities Rather Than Failures – You Will Actually Perform Better Long Term

~ IYCAT-YMAM-YMMAEBO ~ If You Can’t Accept That – You’ve Made A Mistake – You May Make An Even Bigger One

~ TWBOO ~ There Will Be Other Opportunities

~ DODAFWHYWNT-FOLL ~ Dwelling On Disappointment And Failure Won’t Help You Win Next Time – Focus On Lessons Learned

~ WYW-YSGTTS-P-MP-YDWYL-WWW?-WWW?-WCUDEB? ~ When You Win – You Should Go Through The Same – Post-Mortem Process – You Do When You Lose – What Went Well? – And – What Went Wrong? – What Could You Do Even Better?

~ P-DCWAC-A-YBBSYD ~ Persuasion – Does Come With A Cost – Accountability – You’d Better Be Sure You Deliver

~ OYM ~ Own Your Mistakes

~ IYHTE-DSG ~ If You Have To Exit – Do So Gracefully

~ INTLTCYL-B-THPTSOTIOYPIAAY-WIW-APSW-Y ~ It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Life – But – The Hardest Person To Sell On The Idea Of Your Potential Is Almost Always Yourself – Which Is Why – All Persuasion Starts With – You

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