Faking It

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Although journalists would be loath to admit it, the “news” business is actually a lot like the fashion industry.  First off, reporters tend to glom on to whatever the meme of the day happens to be, the same way that fashionistas attach themselves to a hot trend.  In this, they reinforce their own sense of relevance while demonstrating to viewers how hip they are (though, in my humble view, in doing so they only end up looking like Dr. Evil ...

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Meet the Elite

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With all the furor surrounding the Wikileaks dumps of John Podesta’s emails, most of the energy on this side of the pond seems to be spent on finding some kind of a smoking gun–proof positive of anything scandalous, really, that could be used to either club his client Hillary Clinton or provide further proof of how much the “news” media are in the tank for her.  Over in the UK, meanwhile, Thomas Frank has taken to the pages of The Guardian ...

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Dick or Treat

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Election 2016 has been called a dumpster fire, a choice between being shot and being hanged, electile dysfunction, and the original creepy clown show–but even with all that, I doubt anybody could have foreseen Weinergate inserting itself into the proceedings at such a late stage of the game.

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, New York City prosecutor Preet Bharara (known as “The Terminator” to his friends, and God knows what else to his enemies), while investigating disgraced former ...

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Analog Dreams

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Hat tip to my writer buddy Neal Asher, who posted this article from Singularity Hub on his Twitter feed:

DNA already encodes information — “biological recipes,” if you will. Thus, the idea with DNA data storage is to repurpose that information storage capacity so that we can store our digital data — our selfies, movies, and documents — in DNA.

Click here to check out the rest of the article.  It’s pretty fascinating stuff.

Of course, I bring ...

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Opus Trek

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Back when I was a kid, I begged my mom to buy me what I thought of as the Holy Grail of Star Trek reference books, The Star Trek Compendium by Allan Asherman.  Of course, it didn’t help that I told her that the name of the book was The Star Trek Emporium–but eventually, trusty mom figured it out and it picked the book up just in time for my birthday.  Unwrapping that puppy, I couldn’t wait to jump in and read about ...

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Tripping the Fraud Fantastic

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With the “news” media getting their knickers all in a swivet over Donald Trump’s tweeting over a rigged election, Jim Geraghty over at NRO has a pretty reasonable piece on the reality of voter fraud, and how there’s scant evidence to prove that it’s widespread enough to tip a presidential election.  While I agree with the gist of his analysis, I do think that he misses the larger point–one that comes into pretty stark relief when you take ...

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