“What I Learned in 40 Years of Doing Intelligence Analysis for US Foreign Policymakers” (PDF)

So here’s an interesting thing, particularly for my friends in the journalism universe. It’s an article from a former high-level CIA officer about how to produce high-quality intelligence analysis. It’s a really good read, though, for anyone who produces (or consumes) intelligence of any kind, including news. One of the best things — the notion … Read more

The nice thing about the “Rule of Law” framing for an argument …

… is that it’s a really easy way to get people to ignore thinking about the ramifications and consequences of the particular situation, focusing their attention instead on the general opprobrium for the principle of order. The mind gets caught thinking about whether laws, in theory, are good on the whole, and forget to think … Read more

October Horror Movie Challenge, part 4

I’m up to 17 so far. Sublime (2009) Somehow, without trying, I acquired two copies of this movie in my DVD collection. Hospital horror. Guy checks in for a routine colonoscopy, and never checks out. Thanks, Obamacare death panels. I see what these guys were going for, and it’s not a bad idea, but there … Read more

October Horror Movie Challenge, part 3

I’m up to twelve so far. Almost halfway there. Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) Anakin Skywalker keeps running out of flashlight batteries. Croatoan. The ending was good. The Dead (2010) Hey, have you been reading about how the Ebola dead are resurrecting in West Africa? So this is pretty much like what it would look … Read more

October Horror Movie Challenge Part 2

Update on the October Horror Movie Challenge. I banked a few extras over the weekend. At this rate, I’ll finish up all 31 with a week to spare! The Midnight Game (2014) Sort of a bloody mary, candyman urban legend kind of story. It’s based on one of these creepypasta things, like slenderman. Felt very … Read more

October Horror Movie Challenge, Part 1.

Ok, so I’m trying the October Horror Challenge — watching 31 horror movies in October. The caveat being they have to be ones you haven’t seen before. So far, I’ve watched two. Oct. 1 – Man From Deep River [AKA Sacrifice! AKA Deep River Savages] (1972). Billing itself as the “first cannibal movie”, it’s more like … Read more

Ok, who wants in on my homeopathic ebola vaccine scam? I’m going to be so rich …

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Gambling on horse races.

Out at Arlington.  I managed to win a few bucks, too.   from Facebook via IFTTT

Best blog spam comments: Offers to join the Illuminati

So my favorite thing I’ve seen so far today is blog-spam comments that are come-ons for joining the satanic Illuminati conspiracy. Seriously. Check it out (email address removed to thwart their schemes): my name is michael i really want to share my testimony on how i became an Illuminati member, through my friend. i was … Read more

H.R. Giger died yesterday.

  I’ve always found his work extremely inspiring, and he had a huge impact on the way I think about visual art. RIP.  Click here for the full story. Wikipedia on HR Giger from Facebook via IFTTT