Tag: Nonsense

The problem with blogging is not that it’s too easy or has been “made too convenient for the general population” (oh good: gatekeeping). The problem is that the form was taken over by content marketing. As for tinkering, there’s no shortage of tinkering, still. I mean, the most well-known blogging outfit there is (WordPress) to this day heavily depends upon the plugin — read: tinkering — community.

He’s right. Once again, Trump has led the US out of an international agreement that we used to dominate. Just two days ago, president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass said that Trump’s foreign policy doctrine should be called the “Withdrawal Doctrine.” Trump has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact designed to pressure China to meet international rules; the Paris climate accord; the 2015 Iran nuclear deal; the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, limiting nuclear weapons; UNESCO, the U.N.’s educational, scientific, and cultural agency; the Open Skies Treaty that allowed countries to fly over each other to monitor military movements. He pulled U.S. troops away from our former Kurdish allies in Syria, and has threatened to leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—NATO—that ties 30 North American and European countries into a military alliance.

From May 29, 2020 by Heather Cox Richardson

The woman running the Oregon group stoking false fears of voter registration shenanigans also says she believes the Secretary of State is paying the Facebook and Twitter’s fact-checkers who keep shutting down her campaign.

Mine Furor’s executive order “on preventing online censorship” is baffling, as primarily it orders a slew of agencies to “file a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission” — an agency which has absolutely zero statutory authority regarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The literal moment the FCC takes any action it will be swamped with lawsuits on that basis alone.

The methodology behind that state-by-state binge survey is totally nonsensical.

To determine each state’s favorite show during the COVID-19 outbreak, CableTV.com surveyed 6,852 people, asking what they were watching while sheltering at home. The most popular titles were then analyzed using Google Trends data to discover which shows each region of the US was searching between March 1, 2020 and April 21, 2020.

What does search activity have to do with this? Why didn’t the survey simply ask what state people lived in?

‪I’m abandoning the entire idea of self-references to build context over time in the blog until someone codes a plugin expressly for this. The entire process today was nothing but dashed hopes upon which I wish to spend not one jot more of my time and wherewithal.‬ This is a no-brainer blogging feature and the fact that it still doesn’t exist even a decade or more after I last was using WordPress this extensively is ridiculous.

Alan Jacobs has some very good questions about just what these re-opening churches believe about SARS-CoV-2, and I think any church insisting it can do as it pleases should have to state publicly which justification they are using.

For some inexplicable reason, the housing construction next door has picked this particular Sunday to be active when to my recollection it never had been active on any other Sunday. It’s so unusual that I literally had to double-check the day and make sure I had not somehow slept until Monday morning.

Nearly half of the GOP believes “that Bill Gates is plotting to use a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a pretext to implant microchips in billions of people and monitor their movements”. It’s the fucking 90s again.

The presumptive Democratic nominee for President apparently got up yesterday and thought to himself, “I’m going to tell a black person they aren’t black.”

If you subscribe to the daily digest email of posts to the blog, you’ve probably been wondering for weeks (months?) why the subject line referred to a day in December 2019 over and over. I’m not sure how it happened, but it should be resolved now.