Friday, April 29, 2016

This just in ...

This crime wave is just out of hand.


Casual Friday: Sultans of Swing

“Keep your nose to the grindstone; it sharpens your booger.” ~ Steven Tyler

Don't read this and go out for a walk instead

My life's work has included stints at The Associated Press and The Reader's Digest. Both organizations specialized in sorting through all the newspaper, magazine and book writing out there to bring you only the most important.

Most of my nearly quarter of a century at those two jobs came before cable TV, Netflix and the Internet. It was hard enough then. Now these new sources have flooded us with more stuff than anyone can absorb.

Users upload more than 400 hours of video to YouTube every minute. Instagrammers post more than 80 million photos daily. During one weekend of Coachella, people tweeted 3.8 million times. (Presumably they also listened to music.) Netflix accounts for more than a third of US Internet traffic, and Facebook basically is the Internet for many people. Such enormous numbers communicate one thing: You could never read and see everything online. Not in 100 lifetimes. 
Today there are 1 billion websites and more are added every second. Today there are 291.7 million blogs. You're reading one of them. (Thank you. Please send money.)

The Internet's capacity seems infinite. For example, I suppose this post you're reading could go on forever. I don't know if there are any limits on a page of html, the programming language of the Internet. Moreover, I can create a new blog in the time it has taken me to type this sentence.

As capacity expands, so does the amount of stuff to fill it. What that means, of course, is that the value to you of any one piece of the stuff has declined. You can judge for yourself if this particularly piece of stuff you're reading was worth it.

All of this is changing even as we complain about it. Jim VandeHei, a co-founder of the website POLITICO, writes:
Just like the Web destroyed the newspaper world; mobile will destroy the desktop world and on-demand video will destroy the TV and cable world. But from the rubble will emerge a much better, more eclectic, more efficient way for all of us to watch, read and listen. It will be brimming with content we can be proud of—and happily pay for.
I doubt it. What I think is that you should stop reading this and go out for a walk.

Morning Rush: Bring on the high fat ice cream, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, April 29, 2016:

"Hey there, Mabel."
Why do sharks glow for each other?

A brief history of the telegraph

Bring on the high fat ice cream

Unlucky names that break computers

Science isn't working anymore

Obama's backdoor refugee plan

We're learning more about SIDS

It's impossible to be a vegetarian

What government rules cost you

Rich people have these manners

Rome was a pervert's paradise

Man Up: Look who has HIV

Turn your photos into fine art

A gratuitous assault on Christianity

Twelve everyday stretches

Your Justice Department hard at work

Mental: Connecticut Democrats

Apps: Detect body odor

Today's Word: belligerent, combative

Hahaha: Nurses now chart charting

The Talkies: DARPA's 24-prop plane takes off:

Anna Quindlen: work

"Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That's what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's bad all over

Not only that, but either Donald or Hillary will be president! Look at the headlines! Yikes!
This will not turn out well.

~ The  Drudge Report

On the tip of my brain

New research has revealed the brain uses a highly organized system for storing words based on their meaning and context.
Scientists  have produced a 'semantic atlas' that pinpoints where in the brain definitions of individual words are stored, in stunning detail, and it could lead to a map of the brain that helps experts decode people's inner thoughts. Their mesmerizing atlas shows the words in vivid colours and multiple dimensions and it has been dubbed 'brain's dictionary.'
The model shows that rather than every word having its own chunk of brain real estate, networks of words are grouped together. 
Different parts of the brain are given over to different tasks, such as the vision, hearing or emotional processing. 
As volunteers listened to two hours of audio stories, their brain activity was captured through functional MRI scans. 
The scans showed increased blood flow to different regions of the brain which coincided with when words were spoken, indicating that this was where the brain was going to for the definitions and context.
Here's a video:

Give me a bow! Give me a wow!

A real dog.
From Instapundit:
Scripps ‘Unofficial Survival Guide’ claims ‘hatred of white people’ is ‘legitimate response to oppression.’ 
Cost of attending Scripps: $62,740 per year.
The news hit hard on the University of Washington campus. The students can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Can you believe it? Cheerleaders, it turns out, are expected to have a certain look.
Cost of attending University of Washington: $34,278 per year.
Meanwhile, at the University of Massachusetts, she is eliminated from the cheerleading squad:

Cost of University of Massachusetts: $26,445 per year.

Morning Rush: Good reasons to quit your job, and more

Here and there on the Web this Thursday, April 28. 2016:

A spark of light.
The moment when life begins

A brief history of courtship

Why dogs sniff each other's butts

The CIA is coming after you

You can tell your teen how to dress

Why we sneeze in threes

Good reasons to quit your job

A Democrat's open letter to the FBI

Immunotherapy vs leukemia

Create the ultimate home office

It's okay for cheerleaders to look hot

Just one minute of exercise

Your State Department hard at work

Obama's economy is killing people

Don't send your kid to Mizzou

Apps: Your devices are spying on you

Today's Word: artistic comedy that ridicules

Hahaha: A padded bumper lane for drunks

The Talkies: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-ectomy:

Theophrastus: time

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New parents' first epiphany

Parents realize child's first birthday party is total waste of time

A CHILD’S first birthday was marked by his parents going out for a meal, they confirmed.

Family friends say Kyle Stephenson was happy with his parent’s decision as there was a babysitter there to dangle a Spongebob toy in front of him and clean his bottom when required.

Kyle’s mum Nikki said: “We wondered what would be the perfect gift for a kid who’s still startled by his own farts and decided it would be tapas.

“A party he’d never remember with other kids we don’t like would have cost about £300, so we were even able to order wine from the middle of the list.”

Kyle’s parents plant to celebrate his second birthday by going to Majorca or Crete while he remains at home with his grandparents.

Nikki added: “You can’t put a price on your child’s happiness, but £10 for a helium balloon with a ‘1’ on it is definitely above that price.”

Always look for the beauty

We can't always see the beauty around us. Tracy Johnson, a singer and amateur photographer in California, has seen it in the hummingbirds in her backyard.

Here is some of what she has captured:

God does nice work.

If God is dead, and other heretical ideas

Here are some thoughtful and provoking pieces on issues of the day, which I found worth the time.

Galileo faces the Roman Inquisition.
Female Trouble: One of the more obvious aspects of the modern lynch mob is it is almost always composed of women. Sure, there will be men tagging along, maybe throwing in some shots of their own, but the organizers are always women. Maybe a homosexual male will start it with a point and shriek, but 99 times out of 100, the person organizing the lynch mob is going to be a woman. She will sound the alarm and the rest of the coven will arrive, ready to set fire to the wicker man.

If God Is Dead ... As European elites ceased to believe in Christianity, they began to convert to ideologies, to what Dr. Russell Kirk called “secular religions.” For a time, these secular religions—Marxism-Leninism, fascism, Nazism—captured the hearts and minds of millions. But almost all were among the gods that failed in the 20th century. Now Western Man embraces the newer religions: egalitarianism, democratism, capitalism, feminism, One Worldism, environmentalism.

The Suicide of Venezuela: National suicide is not the product of any one moment. But instead one bad idea, upon another, upon another and another and another and another and the wheels that move the country began to grind slower and slower; rust covering their once shiny facades. Revolution – cold and angry. Hate, as a political strategy. Law, used to divide and conquer. Regulation used to punish. Elections used to cement dictatorship. Corruption bleeding out the lifeblood in drips, filling the buckets of a successive line of bureaucrats before they are destroyed, only to be replaced time and again.

Sow Rape Culture Hyperbole, Reap Transgender Bathroom Paranoia:  ... the incomprehensible public panic over kids playing in parks by themselves, walking to and from school, and waiting in cars. Paranoid moralizers, busybodies, authority figures, and local news reporters have all played a role in drumming up bizarre support for the idea that an unsupervised child is an endangered child. The American public—and in many cases, local law enforcement—have bought into the notion that sociopaths are lurking around every corner, ready to abduct any child left alone for more than a second.

From Slavery to Freedom: The slavery of the present is a more subtle thing. It grips the mind more tightly than the body. It still remembers that men enslave themselves best. It knows also that true power comes from making all complicit in its crimes so that they are also complicit in their own degradation. The system only asks that each man enslave himself and kill his own children. And once he has done that, he will only feel it right to demand that everyone else do likewise. Do it for the environment, for social justice, for the Pharaoh of every age and his ideology. Enslave your mind. Kill your children.

Beware those Eskimo juvenile delinquents

Eskimo juvenile delinquents.
Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as "thoughtcrime". ~ Wikipedia

Roger Clegg noticed:
I’m not sure, but I suspect that once upon a time “juvenile delinquent” was a liberal euphemism for “young criminal.” As often happens, however, eventually even the euphemism is thought to be too harsh, and so a better one has to be found. And so one has: This Obama-administration press release yesterday talked a lot about “justice-involved youth.”
John Hinderaker comments:
“Justice-involved youth” is really Orwellian, in that what it means is “crime-involved youth.” But I don’t suppose anyone will be deceived. Loretta Lynch gets the coveted Euphemism of the Decade Award!
And what the heck are we going to call Eskimo juvenile delinquents?

Morning Rush: Let baby hear the music, and more

Here and there on the Web this Wednesday, April 27, 2016:

And it's under a million.
The most baddest plane ever made

Let your baby hear the music

How to eat more healthily

Scarf tumeric, stay sane

Eat Mediterranean, live forever

Global warming strikes Britain

Mistakes job applicants make

Meet the real Harriet Tubman

You simply will not live forever

How NASA forges the data

Are you sure you're pilot is sober?

All the trash you can click on

Facebook's plan for domination

"Feminism has failed my daughter"

How government healthcare works

Why birds sing the same song

They're coming for your neighborhood

Apps: Everyone's using ad blockers

Today's Word: a person who hoards books

Hahaha: UN to deny Egyptian connection to pyramids

The Talkies: How Steely Dan composes a song:

Franz Kafka: within

"Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Too much sake

Here are pages from a new guide for native Japanese speakers who would like to learn English as it is actually used in conversation in the Anglosphere. The book describes ordinary people in daily activities, using both English and Japanese.

Do as I say, not as I do

Will probably be arrested by federal agents.
Did we really create the federal government so that it could tell us what to eat? Really? We just accept this fact of life today.

For instance, who is alarmed over this:
New rules stemming from the school lunch law championed by first lady Michelle Obama are banning popular children’s cereals like Frosted Flakes in daycare centers. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a final rule Monday that will affect more than 3 million kids in daycare centers across the country. The regulation will only allow daycare centers to serve juice once a day, will ban fried foods, and encourages centers to not add honey to a child’s yogurt.
Please don't confuse the questionable nutritional value of Frosted Flakes with the right of First Lady of the United States to tell us we can't eat them. The long arm of The State is now resting on your table.

Especially given Michelle's penchant for pizza and French fries. She told a group of kids that her favorite food is "Hands down, pizza. Pizza! And I like french fries.”

Here's your role model, boys and girls:
You want ketchup with that?

One extraordinary delusion

Care for some tulips?
"One of the best catalogues of human folly is the 19th century book by Charles MacKay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. MacKay chronicles a host of scams, superstitions and mass frenzies, including the South Sea Bubble, Tulipomania, Alchemy and Witch Mania. 

"To this roster, some future historian may someday add the full tale of the early 21st century Climate Mania, in which a throng of politicians, United Nations bureaucrats, film stars and whatnot promised that if they were just given enough power over our use of lightbulbs, cars, planes, ships, oil, gas, electricity and energy in general, they would -- for the greater good of mankind, mind you -- arrange to control to within a few decimal points the temperature of the planet."

Seemed like a good idea at the time

Breaking: Treasury throws founder of the Democratic Party off $20 bill, replaces with gun-toting Republican

Morning Rush: Why men grow beards, and more

Here and there on the Web this Tuesday, April 26, 2016:

Fish, look out!
Harvesting the waves for power

The real reason men grow beards

What exercise does for your bones

The all season guide to curb appeal

Do you really need an Apple Watch?

Let's tell the truth about Islam

Your car is just a hackable computer

The man just has no shame

The sleep / cholesterol connection

Immigrant kids do pretty well

Hey, put me on the $20 bill 

Can we control mosquitos?

Block the sounds you don't want

We're living paycheck to paycheck

And the suicide rate soars

The federal speech police are at it again

Should we allow ex-cons to vote?

Today's Word: a recurring line in music

Hahaha: It's a colonoscopy video game

The Talkies: Drones inside a large river cave:

Bruce Lee: knowing yourself

"To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person."

Monday, April 25, 2016

This just in ...

 Al Gore: ‘Global Warming Will Cause 
Millions of People’s Heads to Explode’

Gore goes first.
NEW YORK – Former Vice President Al Gore issued a joint statement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this morning warning that unless drastic measures are taken this year to curb global warming, millions of people’s heads are going to explode. Speaking to U.N. delegates at the One World Economic Forum, Gore said the cumulative effects of drought, famine, global civil wars and eroding national monuments will spark what scientists call “homocranialcombustible” – or in layman’s terms, exploding human heads.

“The calamitous effects of global warming will soon begin making people’s heads explode,” Gore told reporters afterward. “The scientific community has yet to discover exactly how this is going to happen but make no mistake, regardless of what the deniers say, it’s going to happen unless we act.”
After the announcement Gore boarded a private helicopter that transported him to South Hampton, Long Island where he lunched with Barbra Streisand, Dan Rather and Jerry Springer. A few hours later he helicoptered back to mid-town Manhattan.

The church singing shootout

One of the timeless tensions in Protestant churches is between traditional music and the new "praise songs."

I'm of a traditional bent, so this post is biased. Everything on this blog is biased. I am biased, but objectively so.

Josh Buice, someone I respect a great deal, because he agrees with me, says these new fangled song things are one reason music is dying out in our churches.

Here he is:
There isn’t anything wrong or sinful in the use of new praise songs in worship. Praise God for the ministry of modern hymn writers such as Keith and Kristyn Getty and others who are writing new songs. Most of the songs we sing from the hymn book were once upon a time considered new songs to be used in worship. All extra-biblical songs are written by pastors, theologians, scholars, and musicians rather than apostles. So, for us to limit ourselves to older songs would be a tragic mistake. However, it can be said that many of our good theologically rich songs that contain both weighty lyrics and an appropriate musical arrangement are largely being replaced by lighter praise songs that certainly don’t have the theological depth necessary for use in a worship service. 
We’ve reached a day where “And Can It Be” has been replaced with “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” and Charles Wesley has been replaced by Chris Tomlin. Just because a song is on the top 40 Christian music chart doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for a worship service. We should think critically about the theology we’re communicating when choosing a song for worship. Hundreds of good hymns sit in books as unsung choruses each week while the latest new praise song remains in perpetual use.
Isn't he great? Don't you just agree with him? Well, not the sinful part -- I'm pretty sure these praise song things are sinful.  Here's why:
Many new songs used in worship have awkward arrangements, progressions, and extremely high climactic peaks that make them difficult to sing – especially for men. If the church is distracted by the arrangement and musical expression that points to a climax more than the gospel, that’s a big problem that must be addressed. We want people to sing, but we want our minds involved in the whole process so that it’s not merely an emotional exercise, but also a discipleship and learning tool each week. 
Modern praise songs have created a new genre often referred to as 7-11 songs. These songs often use the method of repetition to a degree that’s well beyond healthy. If a 7 minute song contains only 2 main lines that are repeated multiple times, it’s most likely not a good song for worship. One of the things lacking in many modern praise songs is the element of poetry. If you read the Psalms in the Bible and if you reflect upon the hymns of church history, they are often using some grammatical element of poetry that enables the song to connect with the congregation. Poetry and well arranged lyrics have a natural progression that enables people to sing freely rather than worrying about missing some transition. Songs full of disorder can’t lead us to worship an orderly God in Spirit and truth.
As I said, sinful.

Waiting outside the women's room

I am amazed by the speed with which this frenzy of depravity has overtaken our society. I refer to the desire to allow men to use women's bathrooms. Someone is coordinating all this.

Whoever, it is a tyranny of a tiny minority:
The most frequently cited estimate is that 700,000 people in the United States, or about 0.2 to 0.3 percent of the population, are transgender.
The New York Times, bless its heart, tries its best:
Since the Social Security Administration started in 1936, 135,367 people have changed their name to one of the opposite gender, and 30,006 also changed their sex accordingly, the study found. Of Americans who participated in the 2010 census, 89,667 had changed their names and 21,833 had also changed their sex.
Somebody figure the percentage for me, which, you will note, the NYT doesn't do, because it would hurt its idealogical message: what percentage is 89,667 of 319 million people?

Oh, all right, I got Google to do it: .028108777 percent. Did I get that right?

What do we do about this? Matt Walsh offers one thought:
What I want to talk about today is how we — particularly we men — should respond to this new gender fluid dystopia. You may think it’s far fetched to consider, but one of these days, fellas, you’re going to see a very dude-looking dude walking into a bathroom or locker room right after your wife or daughter just went in. And when that happens, what will you do? What should you do? 
Do we respect the law, which in many states, and soon across the entire nation, says men have the right to invade the privacy of women and girls, or do we ignore that law in favor of observing the higher laws of nature, morality, decency, and truth? 
Allow me to be the first to come down firmly on the latter side. Maybe the law will not enforce sex segregation in public restrooms, but, if my wife and daughter’s safety and dignity are at stake, I will.
If you're a man, you have probably experienced this universal: You're in a public place with your wife and you both decide to use the restroom. You finish first, and so you wait outside the women's room. You've been there, right?

What are you gonna do when a perv wants to go in there?

Note to deviants and perverts: If you assault one of the women in my life, I will come after you. And I will hurt you.

The friendly skies

(Comically Incorrect via Instapundit)

Morning Rush: You're the parent -- act like it, and more

Here and there on the Web this Monday, April 25:

I can't see anything.
Japan is developing an invisible train

You're the parent; act like one

North Korea's two satellites over us 

One reason it's so hard to save: taxes

Meditate for a much younger brain

But smoke pot and cut your life short

Is your school spying on your kid?

And is the DOJ spying on you?

They're testing altered mosquitos

It's more like farm to fable

Chelsea is coming for your guns!

What we can learn from trailer parks

Muscle mass vs heart disease

He let the 9/11 hijackers in

Now correcting grammar is racist

Over the top sunset descriptions

An implant to fight Alzheimer's

Good guy with guns saves the day

There won't always be an England

How To: improve your gardening

Today's Word: victory won at too great a cost

Hahaha: Satellite church launch canceled

The Talkies: Your skin as an LED screen:

Benjamin Franklin: restraint

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Vespers: Missa Solemnis in D major

This is the Dresden State Opera Chorus performing Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis ("solemn mass") in D major."

One reviewer describes the piece this way:
The Missa Solemnis of Beethoven, in D major (his second mass) is a monumental work, not only in its length, nearly 80 minutes, but above all by its content, absolutely stupefying. 
With the Mass in B minor of J. S. Bach, it is one of the two summits of all sacred music. Note the difference between the two, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis does not have one air for soloists: it is essentially a choral work, with active participation of the soloists. 
This complex work is not easy for the listener, unlike other works of Beethoven, such as the concertos and symphonies. Its approach and its comprehension require a number of hearings. Fortunately, today’s listeners have the privilege to listen to, and re listen to the recordings made by the great conductors, with prestigious singers, choirs and orchestras of the highest level. 
It is seldom played in concert, much less than it should. As for its performance in church, at the time of the mass, it is even rarer.
Beethoven dedicated much of his time and energy to the composition of this work: it was nearly four years before he finished it. 
Beginning in April 1819, it was originally intended for the instillation of the Archduke Rudolph, as Archbishop of Olmutz, anticipated for March 1820. 
In fact, the work did not achieve its premier until March 1823. The long labour resulted in an incredible work, remarkable for its thematic, harmonic, rhythmic, vocal and orchestral plan. 
The first partial hearing (Kyrie, Credo, Agnus Dei), was all that was heard at the concert on 7 th May 1824. The concert also included his opus 124, the overture “Consecration of the House” and the opus 125, the 9 th Symphony. The first edition dates from 1827. At the start of the Kyrie, which opens the work, Beethoven wrote: “Vom Herzen, möge es wieder, zu Herzen gehen!” which can be translated as: “From the heart, may it go further, to the heart!” or better: “Arising in the heart, may it return to the heart!”.

Get out there and play in the dirt

This is against the law.
We know that gardening makes us feel better, and now scientists are coming to understand why.
Mycobacterium vaccae has been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress.
Lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar problems. The bacterium appears to be a natural antidepressant in soil and has no adverse health effects. These antidepressant microbes in soil may be as easy to use as just playing in the dirt.

Antidepressant microbes in soil cause cytokine levels to rise, which results in the production of higher levels of serotonin. The bacterium was tested both by injection and ingestion on rats and the results were increased cognitive ability, lower stress and better concentration to tasks than a control group. 
Gardeners inhale the bacteria, have topical contact with it and get it into their bloodstreams when there is a cut or other pathway for infection. The natural effects of the soil bacteria antidepressant can be felt for up to 3 weeks if the experiments with rats are any indication. So get out and play in the dirt and improve your mood and your life.
Since we now arrest parents for letting their children play outside, we may be raising a whole generation of crazies.

By the way, if your boss wants you to run through a maze, it's important than you play in the dirt first.

I am the Alpha and Omega

"Last Judgment," Michelangelo
From The Lectionary:

Revelation 21:1-6

21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

21:2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;

21:4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."

21:5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

21:6 Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

Ralph Charell: independence

"Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece."
~ Ralph Charell

Friday, April 22, 2016

Casual Friday: The Boys Are Back in Town

Just two working days til Monday!

"I saw that show, 50 Things To Do Before You Die -- I would have thought the obvious one was 'Shout For Help'." ~ Jimmy Carr

Google's candidate for president

We know from experiments that Google has the capability of affecting election results, and that Google and its executives favor the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton.

Here's more on their interest:
Former Google executive Stephanie Hannon is the Clinton campaign’s chief technology officer, and a host of ex-Googlers are currently employed as high-ranking technical staff at the Obama White House. Google CEO Eric Schmidt, for his part, is one of the most powerful donors in the Democratic Party—and his influence does not stem only from his wealth, estimated by Forbes at more than $10 billion.
Now, Schmidt chairs a new company that provides the technology background for Hillary's campaign.
The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election. And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs.
If you think this doesn't matter, consider:
Although Obama’s technology staff downplays credit for his election victories, there’s no doubt they played a crucial role. One former Obama staffer, Elan Kriegel, who now leads analytics for the Clinton campaign, suggested the technology accounted for perhaps two percentage points of the campaign’s four percent margin of victory in 2012.
This theme came up in a fictional TV series, "House of Cards." This show pits current president Frank Underwood against challenger Will Conway. Conway has control of a popular search engine, Pollyhop.
We learn that "Ben Grant owns Pollyhop. And [Conway] own[s] Ben Grant." Conway's association with Ben Grant and Pollyhop gives Conway access to users' search information, which allows him to campaign directly to Pollyhop users based on their specific search habits and any other information that Pollyhop may have collected. 
A real-life equivalent would be if a presidential candidate teamed up with a popular real search engine and was using people's search habits to alter their own platform, allowing themselves to appeal to what they know to be the most popular ideals for that user. This effectively turns the candidate into whatever version the user is most likely to want to elect. It's an incredibly powerful tool for someone running for office to already know what the people want them to say — and that's just the surface level of Pollyhop.
Remember: Bill Clinton told star Kevin Spacey that, "Kevin, 99% of what you do on that show is real."

The end of Western Civilization

(The Federalist via Instapundit)

Morning Rush: Why you can't sleep in a new place, and more

Here and there on the Web this Friday, April 22, 2016:

A gel surrounds gold nanowires.
Batteries that last 400 times longer

Why you can't sleep in a new bed

Are you living paycheck to paycheck?

Here comes a new housing crisis

Walk your dog, live forever

Oh that pesky minimum wage

How dirty is your yoga mat?

Why you order unhealthy food

Planned Parenthood's pure profit

How to survive a plane crash

So where are the drowned cities?

Correcting bad grammar be racist

You can master the art of poise

Still shopping at Target?

Why you should ditch PayPal

Just spewing jet fumes everywhere

Today's Word: to burst with pride

Hahaha: 2016 to end early

The Talkies: Paralyzed man moves his fingers:

Charles A. Dana: opinions

"Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth."