It’s so sad & pathetic that newrooms & reporters refuse to be original

Newsrooms nationwide
are regurgitating crap every day

But the meltdown regarding Trump is amusing

Newspaper conglomeration has been continuing apace for many years. And cutbacks at individual operations have put a damper on graphic design and solid reporting.

This has created an odd spiral downward, perhaps a death spiral for most, as most newsrooms become even more insular. Reporter bias is hurting the bottom line because their monopoly on the news has been busted up by talk radio, the demise of the Fairness Doctrine, and the Internet.

Many newspapers I read, such as The Seattle Times and The Oregonian, routinely reprint stories from The New York Times, The Washington Post and on and on. So only mistakes and biases infect the landscape nationally. It’s not just local to New York City or DC.

That’s why anyone who only gets his news from the mainstream media is often so anti-Trump. Because the coverage is anti-Trump.

It’s such a disservice to the people that I think Congress should have hearings on it. The media have an obligation to be fair and upright in reporting. And they aren’t. They aren’t living up to their obligations.



He was considered by his family to be part fish

Patrick was considered by his family to be part fish.  His love for the water began as a boy on North Lake, in Wisconsin. As the family moved, that love for the water didn’t waiver, and he could often be found with friends on the waters of Lake Kampeska in Watertown, South Dakota or White Bear Lake in Minnesota. He loved snorkeling and scuba diving to explore the ocean on family sailing vacations in the Caribbean. The past few years, he could be found in his boat on the waters of Lake Waubesa and Lake Monona in Madison.”

Dead at the age of 37. Sad.


Twitter is working hard to push the Russia collusion nonsense

I’ve been catching up on my email and came across this bizarre notice from the Twitter Overlords. I have never received anything like this from Twitter before. The emphasis on key phrases by bolding the text is mine.

Dear ᴀᴀʀᴏɴᴊʜɪʟʟ,

As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency.

Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related to a security concern for your account.

We are sharing this information so that you can learn more about these accounts and the nature of the Russian propaganda effort. You can see examples of content from these suspended accounts on our blog if you’re interested.

People look to Twitter for useful, timely, and appropriate information. We are taking active steps to stop malicious accounts and Tweets from spreading, and we are determined to keep ahead of the tactics of bad actors. For example, in recent months we have developed new techniques to identify accounts manipulating our platform, have improved our process for challenging suspicious accounts, and have introduced new measures designed to identify and take action on coordinated malicious activity. In 2018, we are building on these improvements. Our blog also contains more information about these efforts.

People come to Twitter to see what’s happening in the world. We are committed to making it the best place to do that and to being transparent with the people who use and trust our platform.


Once I get a complete screenshot of the message, I will post a link to it.