Charles W. Moore

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  • Cartoon: Li’l Don Trump and how the cookie crumbles

    Posted on September 28th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

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  • 500 generations to Us

    Posted on September 28th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    500 generations isn’t enough time for evolution to do too much. So the Primitive Mind—a hardwired part of us—is still stuck in the world of 11,000 BC. Which means we’re all like computers running on the highly unimpressive Windows 11000 BC operating system, and there’s no way to do a software update.

    But humans have something else going on as well—cognitive superpowers that combine together into an enhanced center of consciousness we’re calling the Higher Mind.

    The Higher Mind and his magical thinking abilities helped the human species transform their typical animal hunter-gatherer world into undoubtedly the strangest of all animal habitats: an advanced civilization. The Higher Mind’s heightened awareness allows him to see the world with clear eyes, behave rationally in any environment, and adjust to changes in real time.

    So while our Primitive Minds are still somewhere in 11,000 BC, our Higher Minds are living right here with us in 2019. Which is why, even though both minds are just trying to do their jobs, they’re in a fight most of the time.

    Sometimes, the fights are about what’s best for us—a practical conflict.

    The full story can be found here

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  • What does this mean??

    Posted on September 25th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    Gaslighting is a term often used by mental health professionals (I am not one) to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they’re crazy.

    The term comes from the 1944 MGM film, Gaslight, starring Ingrid Bergman. Bergman’s husband in the film, played by Charles Boyer, wants to get his hands on her jewelry. He realizes he can accomplish this by having her certified as insane and hauled off to a mental institution. To pull off this task, he intentionally sets the gaslights in their home to flicker off and on, and every time Bergman’s character reacts to it, he tells her she’s just seeing things. In this setting, a gaslighter is someone who presents false information to alter the victim’s perception of him or herself.

    Whataboutism gives a clue to its meaning in its name. It is not merely the changing of a subject (“What about the economy?”) to deflect away from an earlier subject as a political strategy; it’s essentially a reversal of accusation, arguing that an opponent is guilty of an offense just as egregious or worse than what the original party was accused of doing, however unconnected the offenses may be.

    The tactic behind whataboutism has been around for a long time. Rhetoricians generally consider it to be a form of tu quoque, which means “you too” in Latin and involves charging your accuser with whatever it is you’ve just been accused of rather than refuting the truth of the accusation made against you. Tu quoque is considered to be a logical fallacy, because whether or not the original accuser is likewise guilty of an offense has no bearing on the truth value of the original accusation.

    Whataboutism adds a twist to tu quoque by directing its energies into establishing an equivalence between two or more disparate actions, thereby defaming the accuser with the insinuation that their priorities are backward.

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  • Email 2 Me: From Firefox

    Posted on September 25th, 2019 cwmoore No comments
    Top 5 podcast episodes about online privacy
    Over the past five seasons, Firefox’s IRL: Online Life is Real Life podcast has delved into what privacy violations are happening on the internet, who they’re happening to, why they keep happening, and importantly, how we can all take steps to reclaim our privacy online.

    Below, we’re pleased to share a staff-curated list of the top 5 IRL podcast episodes we’ve produced about online privacy.

    1. The “Privacy Policy” Policy
    Privacy policies are generally long and dense. Why do they exist in the first place? Do they actually protect you? What can we do to make them better?
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    2. Making Privacy Law
    Explore the recent history of Big Tech regulation in Europe and learn about what’s on the horizon for privacy law in the U.S. and around the globe.
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    3. Privacy or Profit – Why Not Both?
    Is the choice — privacy or profit — a false dilemma? Meet the people who have built profitable tech businesses while also respecting our privacy.
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    4. Your Password is the Worst
    We should hold companies accountable for better security, but we also need to hold ourselves accountable for good password hygiene. Learn why passwords matter, and what makes a good one.
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    5. The Surveillance Economy
    Big Tech companies collect so much personal data for profit that they’re changing the fundamentals of our economy and even our way of life.
    Listen now »

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  • Climate Crisis Illustrated.

    Posted on September 25th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    by SIERRA Staff

    Ahab straddles the tip of a gliding whale. A lone fisherman sits on a bed of dissolving ice. Into an endless sea of bobbling plastic, a young boy casts out a line into a suffocated sliver of water. These are just some of the disturbing climate renderings from Barcelona-based street artist Pejac. In these provocative drawings, human and natural worlds collide with absurd and destructive consequences that reveal an all-too-inexorable truth: The Anthropocene will spell the unraveling of both if we don’t act now.

    By Charlie: There is Yin – Yang that can help one visualize as well. This is one for those that lack imagination or are in denial. Or how about “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

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  • Nihilism

    Posted on September 8th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    What is nihilism any way?  Well, simply put it is a negative view of life.

    • ni·hil·ism
    • the rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.
      synonyms: negativity, cynicism, pessimism; More
      rejection, repudiation, renunciation, denial, abnegation;
      disbelief, nonbelief, unbelief, scepticism, lack of conviction, absence of moral values, agnosticism, atheism, nontheism
      “he could not accept Bacon’s nihilism, his insistence that man is a futile being”
      extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence.
      the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900 which found nothing to approve of in the established social order.

    For the record, I do not adhere to Nihilism. I do, on occasion, dispair and then Acts 4:29-31 applies.

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  • RVillage RV Repair Group

    Posted on September 1st, 2019 cwmoore No comments

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  • How We Live

    Posted on August 20th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    I do not support this Idea and it is here just as a reminder to myself so as not to forget.


    Boas was trained as a physicist. His student work was in psychophysics, the science that measures things like sensory thresholds, and his dissertation was an effort to determine the degree to which light must increase in intensity for people to perceive a change in the color of water. This might seem an utterly sterile topic for research, but Boas reached an unorthodox conclusion: it depends. Our perception of color is a function of circumstances. Different observers have different perceptions depending on their expectations and experiences, and those differences are not innate. They are, consciously or unconsciously, learned. It made no sense, Boas decided, to talk about a general law of sensory thresholds.

    It’s an academic adage that a scholar’s career consists of footnotes to the dissertation, and, in a way, this was true for Boas. He was an empiricist: he collected facts, and he was not inclined to theoretical speculation. But he thought that the basic fact about human beings is that the facts about them change, because circumstances change. Our lives may be determined, by some combination of genes, environment, and culture, but they are not predetermined.

    Boas’s revolutionary work was a study, undertaken for a congressional committee and published in 1911, on the bodily form—head size, height, hair color, age at pubescence—of the children of recent European immigrants. The impetus was public anxiety that immigrants from southern and eastern Europe would, through intermarriage, dilute the racial stock (sometimes identified as “Nordic”). Boas’s finding, which was that the cranial index of children born in America differed from that of children of the same background born in Europe, rocked the field. It upset long-believed claims that racial differences, including what we would now call ethnic differences, are immutable. The evidence proved, Boas said, “the plasticity of human types.” It also showed that variations within groups are greater than variations between groups.

    In 1911, this was not what most white scientists and politicians wanted to hear. Boas’s career spanned an exceptionally active period of Aryan supremacy. Boas witnessed the legalization of Jim Crow; the widespread acceptance of social Darwinism and eugenics; imperial expansion, including the American occupation of the Philippines; drastic restrictions on immigration; the rise of the second Ku Klux Klan; and the coming to power of Adolf Hitler. (Boas was Jewish.) Often, science was invoked as a justification for colonization, segregation, discrimination, exclusion, sterilization, or extermination. Boas devoted his life to showing people that the science they were relying on was bad science. “He believed the world must be made safe for differences,” Ruth Benedict wrote when Boas died. END QUOTE.

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  • A Sea Story

    Posted on August 17th, 2019 cwmoore No comments
    GREAT SEA STORY The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LONG 179 30′ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”. Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ship’s position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed.
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    The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many: The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer. The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900. This ship was therefore not only in: Two different days, Two different months, Two different years, Two different seasons But in two different centuries – all at the same time!

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  • AARP Immunization knowledge test

    Posted on August 16th, 2019 cwmoore No comments
    AARP Picture and Test

    Score: 100%

    You answered 8 out of 8 questions correctly.

    1. How often do adults 65 and older need the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) or Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster vaccine?

    Your Answer: Once for Tdap, then a Td booster every 10 years

    Correct Answer: Once for Tdap, then a Td booster every 10 yearsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every adult receive a Tdap vaccination, then a Td booster every 10 years. Also, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant.

    2. What is pertussis?

    Your Answer: Whooping cough

    Correct Answer: Whooping coughThe highly contagious respiratory disease, for which there is a vaccination, can affect people of all ages but can be fatal in babies under a year old, according to the CDC.

    3. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends this vaccine for shingles.

    Your Answer: Shingrix

    Correct Answer: ShingrixThe two-dose vaccine protects against the painful rash of shingles, which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

    4. Who is at increased risk for meningitis?

    Your Answer: Someone with a damaged spleen

    Correct Answer: Someone with a damaged spleenVaccinations are available for meningitis, which is a bacterial infection that causes swelling around the brain and spinal cord. The spleen plays an important role in killing bacteria in the bloodstream, and people with damaged spleens are more vulnerable to many infections, including meningitis.

    5. How often should most adults over 65 get the pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia)?

    Your Answer: There are two vaccines, and each should be given one time, a year apart

    Correct Answer: There are two vaccines, and each should be given one time, a year apartThe CDC currently recommends a vaccine called PVC13 first, then a dose of the PPSV23 vaccine a year later. The vaccines protect against different strains of pneumococcal bacteria.

    6. Who should be sure to talk to a doctor about their heightened risk of a reaction before getting the influenza vaccine?

    Your Answer: Those who are allergic to eggs

    Correct Answer: Those who are allergic to eggsThe flu vaccine has egg protein in it, but the CDC now considers the risk of a severe reaction in people allergic to eggs to be low. It still, however, recommends that people with a history of severe egg allergies be given the vaccine under the supervision of a medical professional who can recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.

    7. The risk of this side effect from a flu vaccine varies from season to season, but the CDC estimates it is very low in the population as a whole.

    Your Answer: Guillian-Barré syndrome

    Correct Answer: Guillian-Barré syndromeThe immune systems in patients with Guillian-Barré syndrome attack and damage their nerve cells. Most patients recover fully within a few weeks, although death has been reported in rare cases.

    8. Why are people born before 1957 usually immune to measles and mumps?

    Your Answer: Nobody was vaccinated before 1957, so those born before are likely to have had the disease and already have immunity.

    Correct Answer: Nobody was vaccinated before 1957, so those born before are likely to have had the disease and already have immunity.Note, however, that if you were born before 1957 and don’t know your immunization status, you should ask your doctor if you need to get the vaccine.

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