mootly scanning the internet for troll alternates

I HAVE ADDRESSED the issue of “internet trolls” in separate articles several times; give this one a read if the topic interests you: “Too Many Immoral People Are Trolling More Effectively Than Ever Before.” It’s the last one I wrote and probably the last one I will write. The word ‘troll’ has joined others such as ‘scan,’ ‘moot’ (try to figure out how to mootly scan something) and ‘alternate’ that are now so misused by so many people—including writers on the Internet—I really don’t know what most writers mean when they use the term. It’s become so diluted that people refer to… Continue Reading mootly scanning the internet for troll alternates

godzilla meets the dog soldiers on cloverfield lane

WE DON’T WATCH TV IN OUR HOUSE. Oh, we have a television, but it’s not hooked up to cable and neither Berni nor I remember where or how to find the few local channels available locally. But we do get a lot of use out of our DVD player, watching lots of movies and television series. One recent title that I watched in the middle of a sleepless night was 10 Cloverfield Lane. It’s a decent movie with a little psychosexual tension that kept me guessing as to where things would lead. Unfortunately, it eventually ended with a whimper due to a problem… Continue Reading godzilla meets the dog soldiers on cloverfield lane

get your yaw-yaws out! (syphilis, mad monks, and sailors)

SAY YOU WANT A BRIEF BUT COGENT EXPLANATION of the contemporary interpretation of the Big Bang Theory—where do you go? And—notice I didn’t say “or”—you want to know why Yellowstone National Park is both one of the most beautiful preserves in the world and one of the most potentially catastrophic areas in the world—where do you go? Plus you need some background on where syphilis and yaw-yaw and mad monks. Where do you go? On top of that, you also want a list of science’s most innovative thinkers—which includes some of its most eccentric personalities—and you want it all in one… Continue Reading get your yaw-yaws out! (syphilis, mad monks, and sailors)

wine snobs got doctor conti while the rest of us get two buck chuck

FORGERY IS A TIME-HONORED TRADITION in the world of art. Roman artists made copies of Greek sculptures, although whether the purchasers of these fakes were aware of their origin is unknown. Forgers have taken on new importance since the 19th century, as the name of the artist often has more meaning to a customer than the actual quality of the painting. Of course, making an exact copy of a painting, document, or even a signature and passing it off as the real thing is a crime. Some forgers who were caught in the act became famous for their skills as a copyist… Continue Reading wine snobs got doctor conti while the rest of us get two buck chuck

too many immoral people are trolling more effectively than ever before

TOO MANY IMMORAL PEOPLE are trolling more effectively than ever! This statement is taken from Jenny Pierson’s “Don’t Feed the Trolls: How Outrage Fuels Sickening Careers.” The article is subtitled “The guy who wrote the book on trolling has some tough-to-swallow suggestions on combating the worst of it.” It appeared on AlterNet on February 11, 2017. This is part of my ongoing series of articles on the malevolence of internet trolls, but this time I am letting Ms Pierson do all the talking. All text between the horizontal lines is from her article. 1 Note that I have made… Continue Reading too many immoral people are trolling more effectively than ever before

rumor and speculation can look like alternative facts

EVERY TROLL IS RIGHTWINGED, or least seems to be. Every fake news site and every blog passing on alternative facts also seems to be far right of center. Of course, this is based on my experience on the freewheeling worldwide web of fact and fiction, opinion and assessment, rumor and speculation, and everything else a human can do with words, images, and symbols. The freedom of the Internet has given us millions of blogs for bloggers to express opinion or research facts. It has also given us websites with “reporters” who have never taken a single class in Journalism, and with… Continue Reading rumor and speculation can look like alternative facts