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

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

NAOMI BARON ~ WORDS ONSCREEN ~ 2015

~ EFC-IIOTTLASF-IATA-WEAGFK ~ Ebooks For Children – It Is One Thing To Look At Sales Figures – It’s Another To Ask – Whether Ebooks Are Good For Kids

~ TMTK-TMTR ~ Too Much To Know – Too Much To Read

~ TL;DR – Too Long; Didn’t Read

~ ATWTWDTP-PTTV-LAL-OWIO-TRHS-E-TAOPWII-TLL-HC ~ As They Work Their Way Down The Page – People Tend To View – Less And Less – Of What Is On – The Right-Hand Side – Essentially – They Are Only Processing What Is In – The Lower Left-Hand Corner

~ RSA-80%-OTT-RWIO-TIP ~ Readers Spend About – 80 Percent – Of Their Time – Reading What Is On – The Initial Page

~ YDWTSOCFAWTDPO-AS-T-BR-WB ~ You Don’t Want To Shell Out Cash For A Work That Doesn’t Pan Out – And So – The – Book Review – Was Born

~ Tl;DS – Too Long; Didn’t Scroll

~ WSAECAY ~ What Should An Ebook Cost Anyway?

~ WHTAWCDDEP? ~ What Happens To Authors When Competition Drives Down Ebook Prices?

~ IT-33P-OM-TM-ASE-CW-2/3OAP-TMAPB ~ It Takes – 33 Pounds – Of Minerals – To Make – A Single Ereader Compared With – 2/3 Of A Pound – To Make A Printed Book

~ PAE-R-100K-HOFF-WP-66POCO2-CW-2KH-A-1OOTLIGG-FAB ~ Producing An Ereader – Requires – 100 Kilowatt-Hours Of Fossil Fuels – Which Produce – 66 Pounds Of Co2 – Compared With – 2 Kilowatt-Hours – And – 100 Times Less In Greenhouse Gases – For A Book

~ ‘R’ AE-TEIPM-IGDIPC-OBC-WWAETEHRFT ~ “Recycling” An Ereader – To Extract Its Precious Minerals – Is Generally Done In Poor Countries – Often By Children – Where Workers Are Exposed To Enormous Health Risks From Toxins

~ P-UMCIDD-AARR ~ Paper – Unlike Many Components In Digital Devices – Is A Renewable Resource

~ A-30BWOE-ACWB-DDW-TAEOTOO-30NPP ~ About – 30 Billion Watts Of Electricity – Are Consumed Worldwide By – Digital Data Warehouses – The Approximate Equivalent Of The Output Of – 30 Nuclear Power Plants

~ TJIDSOO-WDROP-IN-OWB-MEF ~ The Jury Is Definitely Still Out On – Whether Digital Reading Or Paper – Is Now – Or Will Become – More Environmentally Friendly

~ PA-TIAL-IAMC-TNOAFPLIAFR ~ Public Access – To Information And Learning – Is A Modern Concept – The Notion Of A Free Public Library Is Also Fairly Recent

~ CB-IYGITTS-YCHTN ~ Centuries Back – If You Gathered In The Town Square – You Could Hear The News

~ MOOC ~ Massive Open Online Courses

~ WCTSSASAFPP ~ We Continue To See Stories About Students And Faculty Preferring Print

~ ASWTDCRITM ~ A Surefire Way To Disrupt Careful Reading Is To Multitask

~ TMPRGF-E-IF ~ The Most Popular Reading Genre For – Ebooks – Is Fiction

~ IADW-OISAQE ~ In A Digital World – Once Is Seen As Quite Enough

~ HSIR? ~ How Social Is Reading?

~ RA-TTWWNAT-WACO ~ Reading Aloud – To Those Who Were Not Able To – Was A Common Occurrence

~ T-TFMOPCTFTPOR-IF-T-FRGOO-AW-A-TBTR-O-A-F ~ Today – The Fast Majority Of People Coming Together For The Purpose Of Reading – In Face-To-Face Reading Groups Or Online – Are Women – And – The Books They’re Reading – Overwhelmingly – Are – Fiction

~ EST-CBU-B-STMTTTW ~ Electronic Search Tools – Can Be Useful – But – Sometimes Take More Time Than They’re Worth

~ SHUA-PIUTL ~ Screens Hastens Us Along – Print Invites Us To Linger

~ HR ~ Hyper Reading

~ SMFAOHC-EC-BL-T-T-A-BC-AMFIVOSN ~ So Many Fundamental Aspects Of Human Communication – Eye Contact – Body Language – Tone – Timbre – And – Bodily Contact – Are Missing From Interactions Via Online Social Networking

~ TIATIO-WHYCDD-RTTWT-HDOTCS ~ There Is Also The Issue Of – Whether Handing Young Children Digital Devices – Rather Than Talking With Them – Hampers Development Of Their Communication Skills

~ CW-RO-P-TTLD-AAR-IEMF ~ Compared With – Reading Onscreen – Print – Tends To Limit Distraction – As A Result – It Encourages Mental Focus

~ MCTBUTDWWAD-EM-AGS ~ Modern Communication Technologies Beckon Us To Drop What We Are Doing – Even Momentarily – And Get Sidetracked

~ Y-WCSHACWSPOC-B-TLOVOIR ~ Yes – We Can Successfully Hold A Conversation While Shelling Peas Or Crocheting – But – The List Of Viable Options Is Restricted

~ ETU-EWU-T-SM-IEAM ~ Experts Tell Us – Even Warn Us – That – Successful Multitasking – Is Essentially A Myth

~ YA-23TML-TCWD-IYAT-TIYN ~ You Are – 23 Times More Likely – To Crash While Driving – If You Are Texting – Than If You’re Not

~ NWSMYPAI-OK-TUTPWD-GTBTSMBA ~ No Wonder So Many Young People Assume It’s – OK – To Use Their Phones While Driving – Given The Behavior They See Modeled By Adults

~ YBOM ~ Your Brain On Multitasking

~ T-DSMMD-‘IUD’-DNMTFC-T-‘IGD-D ~ The – Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders – “Internet Use Disorder” – Did Not Make The Final Cut – Though – “Internet Gaming Disorder” – Did

~ OTR-6,000-LIUT-HAETDO-BTEOTT-FC ~ Of The Roughly – 6,000 – Languages In Use Today – Half Are Expected To Die Out – By The End Of The Twenty-First Century

~ WATTMCDTRO?-DF-DS-DT ~ What Are The Three Most Critical Drawbacks To Reading Onscreen? – Distraction First – Distraction Second – Distraction Third

~ SASAYTD-AI;MD-IAIHS ~ Short Attention Span And Yielding To Distraction – Are In; Mental Discipline – Is An Increasingly Hard Sell

RUTH SOUKUP ~ LIVING WELL SPENDING LESS ~ 2014

~ TGLINWWTII-MINE-DYGL ~ The Good Life Is Not What We Think It Is – More Is Never Enough – Define Your Good Life

~ CIAC ~ Contentment Is A Choice

~ KWMM-IIWTDT-WWPRMF? ~ Knowing What Matters Most – If I Were To Die Tomorrow – What Would People Remember Me For?

~ AAOG ~ An Attitude Of Gratitude

~ ET-SFCIASACTSCOTTTCUTS-IMSAFATTTMUFUOLWJDHE ~ Eliminating Temptation – Sometimes Finding Contentment Is As Simple As Choosing To Steer Clear Of The Things That Cause Us To Stumble – It Means Staying Away From All Those Things That Make Us Feel Unworthy Or Like We Just Don’t Have Enough

~ WAHASS-FYSS-WIYP? ~ We All Have A Sweet Spot – Finding Your Sweet Spot – Where Is Your Passion?

~ BWYA-MTMOWYARN ~ Bloom Where You Are – Make The Most Of Where You Are Right Now

~ IOG ~ Identifying Our Gifts

~ WG-CCYL-WTDMTR-A-OTAR-YCIT ~ Written Goals – Can Change Your Life – Writing Them Down Makes Them Real – And – Once They Are Real – You Can’t Ignore Them

~ PYR-BCAYO-GYADD-BDLG-TYP-CA-CYS ~ Planning Your Route – Be Clear About Your Objective – Give Yourself A Due Date – Break Down Large Goals – Track Your Progress – Create Accountability – Celebrate Your Success

~ S-TS-F-L-TG ~ Short-Term Sacrifices – For – Long-Term Gain

~ WAGTS24H ~ We All Get The Same Twenty-Four Hours

~ ETU ~ Eliminating The Unessential

~ LSEMJ ~ Less Stuff Equals More Joy

~ STF-IYTWTLCF-YMSBMS ~ Stop The Flow – If You Truly Want To Live Clutter Free – You Must Stop Buying More Stuff

~ VQOQ ~ Value Quality Over Quantity

~ PYES ~ Purge Your Excess Stuff

~ WNTSLTWTWD ~ We Need To Spend Less Than We Think We Do

~ RTAOL ~ Retail Therapy And Other Lies

~ SIASOM ~ Saving Is A State Of Mind

~ CAB-AST-ARB ~ Creating A Budget – And Sticking To – A Realistic Budget

~ SMOOS-HOA-TIIQSTRHMPEFCB-EOTTWN ~ So Much Of Our Spending – Happens On Autopilot – That It Is Quite Shocking To Realize How Many Possibilities Exist For Cutting Back – Even On Those Things We Need

~ SFTF-SAMFTFINAL;IIAN ~ Saving For The Future – Setting Aside Money For The Future Is Not A Luxury; It Is A Necessity

~STS-S-S-S- ~ Shop The Sales – Stockpile – Stockpile – Stockpile

~ GYO ~ Grow Your Own

~ ACHIAHH ~ A Clean House Is A Happy House

~ TBTILAF ~ The Best Things In Life Are Free

~ NYF ~ Nurturing Your Friendships

~ CC ~ Cultivating Creativity

~ WGMWWG ~ We Get More When We Give