Breaching the Public Trust – Facebook is the Beginning

Last night I was chatting with a friend while waiting for my daughter. She told me her phone now informs her when her bills are due.  Now, that may not seem like a big deal, but it is when you realize that she never told her phone to do that. Her phone is scanning her … Continue reading Breaching the Public Trust – Facebook is the Beginning

Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Why Hell Isn’t Other People

I spend some time expounding on ideas in yesterday's blog post about how the writers of NBC's The Good Place takes Sartre's No Exit and turns it on its head.  But, more than that, how important it is for us to remain positive in the face of a vicious Culture War we neither asked for nor want to fight. … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Why Hell Isn’t Other People

No Exit from “The Good Place”

If you haven't been watching NBC's The Good Place you are missing out on one of the shrewdest take downs of modern liberalism in recent memory. What was likely sold to NBC execs as an excoriation of religious, conservative "Fly-Over" Deplorables, turns out, in it's grand twist at the end of Season 1 to be … Continue reading No Exit from “The Good Place”

Things Must Be Serious, Everyone’s Lying

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a moment of clarity once.  He famously said, "When things get serious, you have to lie." Given the state of affairs in his beloved European Union right now Mr. Juncker and company are doing a lot of lying. It is rare in politics to get that kind of honesty … Continue reading Things Must Be Serious, Everyone’s Lying

AI Censorship and the Power of Steem to Preserve Truth

Just read a great article by Caitlin Johnstone over at Medium where she discusses the automation of censorship tools by companies like Twitter and Google. Putting paid Julian Assange's warning last year on this, Ms. Johnstone details just some of the abuses that Twitter and Google engaged in to subtly and not-so-subtly shift public perception of major … Continue reading AI Censorship and the Power of Steem to Preserve Truth

A Simple Primer on Guns for Self-Defense

While the name of this blog is Gold Goats 'n Guns, I rarely talk about guns, if at all.  And with good reason, it's a subject that ensures vigorous debate without any practical conclusions. I just read a very good, albeit long-winded, article by The Saker on the right gun for self-defense.  And, as always, The … Continue reading A Simple Primer on Guns for Self-Defense

Review: The Last Jedi – The Success of Failure

WARNING: MILD SPOILERS AHEAD! Watching Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi this afternoon for the second time I got to that moment near the mid-point turn when the movie finally showed its hand.  Up until that point we thought we were watching a Star Wars film that was going to answer a bunch of our questions … Continue reading Review: The Last Jedi – The Success of Failure