Author Archives: Paul

Professional software engineer; enthusiast / advanced amateur photographer; (Apple) / Mac / iOS guy; partially omniscient, witty, tech geek; hooligan; user of 'adult language'; 37?!?; rock / blues / jazz fan; skeptic; and raconteur (...and ESRI).

R.I.P. Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried, the stand-up comedian with the shrill voice known for his performances equal parts chaotic, clever and crude, has died after a long illness, his family announced Tuesday. He was 67. Damn.

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CAUGHT: Marsha Blackburn nailed by Federal Election Commission for illegal donation

The ‘G’ in GOP often stands for Grift, and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) knows it all too well. Blackburn has spent 30 years in government. She just got caught taking from Tennessee families while enriching her own. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been funneled, from both Blackburn’s Congressional and Senate campaigns, into the accounts […]

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Those today who believe whatever nonsense they see on Facebook

John Gruber at Daring Fireball, nailing it as usual: Those today who believe whatever nonsense they see on Facebook are like the people who, a generation ago, believed the nonsense printed in supermarket tabloids like “The Weekly World News”. The difference is that instead of being crackpots who write letters to elected officials, a bunch […]

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Will Smith shows true colors, hypocrisy at Academy Awards

I suppose congratulation are in order for Will Smith — not for the Oscar® he so clearly deserves for his amazing portrayal of Richard Williams in the 2021 film King Richard, but for his recent admission to the Joke Police, a subsidiary of the Thought Police. You’ve all seen the clip. Rock makes the G.I. […]

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New study indicates populist attitudes are associated with gullibility.

Populism exists throughout the political spectrum as a political ideology that defines society as conflict between ordinary people and the elites. Many conspiracy theories fit populist ideals in how they hinge on the elites as responsible for ordinary people’s societal issues. New research, published in Political Psychology, found that populist attitudes are associated with conspiracy […]

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And that’s all cowboying is

And that’s all cowboying is, all right? It’s you and a horse doing a job, trying like hell to not let the other down. — Taylor Sheridan as Travis, Yellowstone S4E4, “Winning or Learning” (2021).

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Dan Rather on Dolly Parton

Any world that has Dolly Parton in it is one in which hope is possible. To be in her presence is to feel the power of a soul that radiates beauty, talent, and empathy. Happy Birthday Dolly, you represent the best of what we may be. — Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 20, 2022 I’ve said […]

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Science is more than a body of knowledge

[S]cience is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers […]

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Merry Christmas, and Remember…

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Tennessee court grants new trial for Black man after all-white jury deliberated in room with Confederate symbols

Unbeknownst to Gilbert or his attorney at the time of the trial, the jury considered whether Gilbert was innocent or guilty in a room where an antique Confederate flag and a portrait of Confederate President Jefferson Davis hung. The room, decorated with other related memorabilia, is also named for the United Daughters of the Confederacy, […]

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