The Mini Ice Age: “Oh my God, we’re all gonna die!!”

Low sun spot activity – it’s all the rage today in the hysterical global news media.  Lots of terms are being tossed about like “Mini Ice Age”; it’s going to get “very very cold”, and of course every idiot’s favorite: “Climate Change!”.  The quasi historical reference used to surmise that global temperatures will get frosty Read More …

Julian Assange Charged: Will likely be extradited to the U.S.

I confess to having varying opinions of Julian Assange. My initial reaction toward his actions several years ago, was that he was an egotist trying to make a name for himself by revealing classified information that was not at all protective of American citizens or the public interest.  His association with Brad/Chelsea Manning wasn’t helpful Read More …

The World’s Economy Needs the U.S. but the U.S. Economy Doesn’t Need “The World”

Global Economy Shows Strain as U.S. Steams Ahead China, Japan and Germany show signs of stress, posing a risk to the U.S. should the trends persist Export-based economies like Germany and China suffer, whereas resource-rich nations like the U.S. with robust internal consumption prosper.  Peter Zeihan calls this the beginning of the “Great Divergence”. “Posing Read More …

Gartner Technology Hype Cycle 2018

My all-time favorite emerging technology analysis, presented as a simple curve, largely without comment (as it is pretty self-explanatory). For non-techies, we see technology “hype” which leads to all sorts of unreasonable expectations (thanks to corporate PR, government money parasites, retarded MBAs, and news media wonks), then suddenly, the rug gets pulled out – “you Read More …

Social Media is a Sewer: Thoughts on Dumping Twitter & Facebook

UPDATES at bottom. On Sunday I was temporarily “banned” from Twitter for tweeting a response to “Creepy Porn Lawyer” Michael Avenatti. This is the second time Twitter has banned me in the last year – forcing me to delete tweets and further coercing me into divulging my cellphone number as “punishment”. The contents of my Read More …

Data Integrity and Election Recounts

Updates below the fold. With all of the controversy swirling among both Republicans and Democrats on the recounts underway in Florida and Georgia, I feel that there is something important missing from the debate. Democrats are screaming “Every vote must be counted!” while Republicans yell “Voter fraud!”.  The real question is one of data integrity. Read More …

Fake Xanax Abounds Online – Now if they’d only take a hard look at generics

A WSJ article describes the campaign against fake pharmaceuticals – both through online pharmacies and the “Dark Web”. Summary: only about 5% of the Xanax purchased via the Dark Web was found to be authentic (not really a big surprise there). There was more railing against online pharmacies by none other than the National Association Read More …