Was “1984″ an Instruction Manual?

By: Friday December 6, 2013 2:00 pm

What if Google, the most widely used search engine in the world, could just make people and information “disappear”? What if Google “disappeared” all of the NSA documents Edward Snowden released, his interviews, the carefully documented evidence that our national security state is wildly out of control? What if this inconvenient information, or Snowden himself, could “disappear” down a memory hole?

 

Late Night: On the Road to Dystopia

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 8:00 pm

A couple of things that always struck me about the writings of Asimov et al is the inherent optimism each of these authors showed in their writings. It seems, in their “future histories” that there is/will be a dystopian interlude that humanity has to struggle through, maybe even more than one. I have always found these to be optimistic that we will reach the stars and do so before we kill ourselves and all living creatures.

Tech Bytes, Monday January 28

By: Monday January 28, 2013 2:05 pm

Welcome to Data Privacy Day! To celebrate the fact that, well, we don’t have very much….

Sunday Late Night: George McGovern Saved My Life

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 8:01 pm

Thanks to George McGovern’s advice (“Three words: Never. Give. Up.“) my parents helped me to get alive again. Thank you, Senator McGovern, for all your leadership for America, but most of all: thank you for saving my life.

The Party Line – May 6, 2011
Spoiler Alert

By: Friday May 6, 2011 9:45 am

If you have not read 1984 and don’t want to hear about the ending. . . or if you don’t want to feel anything but elated over the killing of Osama bin Laden. . . then maybe you want to skip this one.

In the Kinetics of Libya, A Constitution Destroyed by Catch Phrases

By: Friday March 25, 2011 1:59 pm

I suspect our founders feared the Constitution might be shredded by military coup, civil war, foreign invasion or dictatorship, but I doubt they ever suspected it would be ruined by semantics.

We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

By: Saturday January 1, 2011 8:10 am

Too many New Year’s Eves will come and go before humanity drinks from that Cup of Kindness Robert Burns spoke of in his classic poem, Auld Lang Syne. When that day comes, it will be because people in this degraded world finally listened to writers, poets, singers and songwriters, who’ve been the conscience of humanity ever since the lies of the first kings ignited the first wars and four thousand years of killing for gold and power began on the ancient battlegrounds of the Middle East.

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