Lieutenant, is there a six-foot bat in Gotham City? These days we could use both the reporter who posed the famous question in the 1989 film and the Batman. 2016 saw thousands stirred to civic duty; the resulting two years have stirred still more people to dig deep for truth as emotions become opinions and opinions become ideological foundations and ideologies become campaigns. The truth might seed a return to civility; civility does not benefit today’s campaigns and faces a deadly resistance.

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What began as a declaration of known threats and vectors was more recently described by those on the outside as a “dumpster fire.”

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Bad vibes sell. There are articles, studies and today, a full-color full page ad to prove it. Long thought to be the most (insert your opinion here) newscast, FOX gets us rolling with a reminder of their sales superiority. It’s not that FOX makes us an unhappy opinionated public, I’m pretty sure that like some art, the news is working hard to market ‘the hate you sell’ (almost the title of this episode) back to us through newscasters, opinion pieces and tone. It only fails if we cheer up, and here’s a way to cheer up…

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Righteous motivations steer massive entities to the strangest ends! A quick visit to add on to episode 34’s net neutrality with some new information that came in last night and a longer look at Google’s funny actions. The DOJ and Google both work to appeal to the base consumer but in different ways. Their individual and different-pointing tacks both find an appeal to the masses as the way to go with furthering knowledge of their quests. Google’s march on such grassroots like behavior strikes me as an oddity I can’t shake.

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Back to a long form on this visit to three bears in the news. The California State flag is mostly the unmistakable image of a bear; also appearing is a star and some words, but it’s the bears in the news that caught my attention and after an unpublished episode about the passions stirred by US Senate hearings last week, I thought it best to nab that energy and direct it here, to Net Neutrality since California just passed SB 822. Other bears include Tim Berners-Lee and Russia in the classic sense, as the bear who played with our power grid infrastructure. We cover some good ground!

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What does it take to get a break from technology? Technology (sometimes). It’s not entirely strange; decompressing on a rainy day or when time is limited can use the aid of hardware to make the livin’ easy. Techxiety, remember, revolves a great deal around the intangibles that were previously private unto us that software is exploiting. So a look at hardware undoing some of that stress also seems a fitting revenge.

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In an exercise of putting the shoe on the other foot, a haphazard talk at what one might do to keep Amazon out of the witch hunt fires brought on by cries of “Monopoly!” Certainly those trials are coming, but could ducking the charges or appeasing the torch-bearers be as simple as out-zigging and out-zagging the other thinkers? It’s what Amazon has always done and to the reward of billions. Siding with the big guy isn’t an easy experiment but wouldn’t it be interesting if what saved us from the size and reach of Amazon were another, different threat to the future? What if it were some kind of A.I. that came to the rescue?

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Although I can argue for and against Chrome’s ditching of privacy when moving from site to site, I’m exhausted at the prospect of having to switch browsers.

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From a Facebook post with a recent brainstorm, a podcast is brewing about saving Amazon from scrutiny.

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Some good weather and future-proofing around the cafe have me busy as a bee and thinking about the smartest layouts for the flow of technology and information which is exactly the filter recent technology news needs. Mainstreaming items at the cafe is a fundamental reason for the cafe! In this episode, I find a soap box to climb upon in the last third with the first and second thirds reminding you what technology is lurking for the tech-lurkers to help develop and promote toward the flow of mainstream acceptance so we can party!

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