Saturday, January 2, 2016

Great example of why it's best to ignore trolls

There are plenty of offensive people on all sides of the current political scene, so I am especially reticent to shine the light on anyone who posts abusive, offensive, or ignorant comments. Occasionally, others use some of these random extremists to make a point. I think that's a mistake. If an influential person, such as a celebrity, a political leader, or other person with a significant following posts extreme or offensive comments, that's a far cry from someone who has fewer than 200 followers on Twitter. Watch what happened when I raised this point to someone who called attention to one of these inconsequential commenters earlier today on Twitter.

First, here is the original tweet that I saw:

Next, here is my tweet in response. I was careful not to tag the poster who made the racist comments: But that individual chimed-in with this classy response anyway: Perhaps I should have ignored him and his fewer-than-200 followers from the outset. Lesson learned.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mississippi forbids local laws on nutrition, super-size drinks

I suppose it should be no surprise that Mississippi wants to protect its post as the USA's obesity capital. What strikes me most in the statements by politicians and lobbyists about the issue is that they are using exactly the same language and positions as opponents of such things as indoor air regulations, workplace safety and workers rights measures, and a long list of consumer protections. They are using a script perfected by the tobacco industry, which worked behind the scenes state by state to pass "pre-emption" laws like this that block individual communities from enacting reasonable measures through the democratic process. Once again, business interests and campaign donors defeat the public welfare.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

NowThis News: Aspen Smells!

Definitely worth keeping an eye on NowThis News... A professionally run digital news organization aimed at today's media consumers, who are mobile and social. This report on a sewage problem in Aspen shows how a blend of MTV and CNN production elements might make news fun again. 

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