Reduce Your Vulnerability to Fraud by Listening to More Stories

There is measurable vulnerability in people who lack experience outside a single story. We documented this in terms of who falls victim to Advance Fee Fraud (419 scams) but it also applies to the AntiFa and BLM scams spreading lately. A story-teller on TED may explain it far better than I ever could: Army Captain … Continue reading Reduce Your Vulnerability to Fraud by Listening to More Stories

Devil’s Punchbowl of Natchez Was a Confederate Disaster and Propaganda Campaign

One of the more annoying post-Civil War propaganda campaigns started by the Southern Confederacy is to blame their own humanitarian disasters on liberating armies. “Devil’s Punch Bowl” in Natchez, Mississippi is one such example. Many thousands of slaves intentionally malnourished and denied basics like clothing or education were pushed upon Union forces, then fraudulently written … Continue reading Devil’s Punchbowl of Natchez Was a Confederate Disaster and Propaganda Campaign

Tesla CEO Gaslighting Autopilot Safety Failures

Update April 22, 2021: A statement from Consumer Reports’ senior director of auto testing, Jake Fisher confirms that the Tesla vehicles lack basic safety — fail to include a modern-day equivalent of a seat belt. In our test, the system not only failed to make sure the driver was paying attention — it couldn’t even … Continue reading Tesla CEO Gaslighting Autopilot Safety Failures

Forensics on America’s “Patriot” platform crash

Nobody cares about sailing but if you’re nobody… I’m happy to explain exactly why “Patriot” is a great metaphor for American extreme-right politics: Winless and when it starts to get ahead it self-destructs from easily predictable yet careless abuse of power. Did you know “Patriot” platform was a thing? Now here is a video with … Continue reading Forensics on America’s “Patriot” platform crash

Visualizing Coronavirus Spread: Many Tools, Results Vary Widely

In our much-hyped age of big data and analytics, one might expect to find a plethora of useful virus tracking tools to help us all stay safe. Do you know which global map this one is from? Now that the deaths in Seattle officially are more than Beijing, and it’s believed virus carriers moved about … Continue reading Visualizing Coronavirus Spread: Many Tools, Results Vary Widely