Category Archives: information Technology

National distractions: Does draconian democracy deconstruct the administrative state

By ann summers Like Caliguila’s horse, Draco (not the Harry Potter one) ordered death penalties for cabbage theft, but had no cure for a leader who also had the mind of one. The Trump Cabinet continues to surprise us with … Continue reading

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disinformation as misinformation and malinformation also involves framing

By ann summers Excellent Mother Jones article on disinformation that offers an opportunity to remind us that the interpretive tools are there, but they get misused or disused. Disinformation is false information that is deliberately created with the intent to … Continue reading

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Looking at Jeff Flake’s anti-Trump speech on the media

  By ann summers The collective false consciousness that is US democracy has many manifestations, so without casting aspersions on Arizona GOP senator Jeff Flake’s motives, his speech on the floor of the US Senate is useful if only to … Continue reading

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Still no smoking gun, still more like a smoldering arsenal

  By ann summers The retreat to the #TrumpRussia bunker continues and the mashed potatoes are not yet ready. Experts don’t think the trolls behind Russian Facebook accounts could have determined who to target on their own, but the question … Continue reading

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“The Declaration of Independence is an ‘Enlightenment-era rule written by anti-government extremists’” and other FCC pay toilet fictions

  By ann summers If the @FCC kills #netneutrality, everyday people lose. It’s not good for science because it puts up barriers to accessing information and spreading ideas. This isn’t a partisan issue — it’s about keeping the playing field … Continue reading

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#TrumpRussia … Trump says he knows nothing about something except that it is a hoax

  By ann summers Argument from fallacy is the formal fallacy of analyzing an argument and inferring that, since it contains a fallacy, its conclusion must be false. Generalization from fictional evidence: Using a fake story to make a general … Continue reading

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Hacking the Vote: Part II

I recently wrote about how voting machines could be hacked. There is a second way the vote can be hacked with no one finding out, if cleverly done. Today, the web site Mother Jones published an article that someone is … Continue reading

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