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Information Overload; and how to Counter It. There is too much shit going on right now. I can't get my mind around it all. Buzz. Click. Information overload. Until a minute ago, I would have attributed the term "Information overload" to Alvin Toffler. I read his Future Shock in high school, and for reasons I can no longer remember, I still count it as one book that strongly influenced me. Curious as to whether "Information overload" had earned a place in today's lexicon, I googled it, only to discover that Toffler was not the originator of the term. /quote/ The term is popularized by Alvin Toffler in his bestselling 1970 book Future Shock, but is mentioned in a 1964 book by Bertram Gross, The Managing of Organizations.[4] Speier et al. (1999) stated:[5] Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overl…
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Intelligence Vs. Knowledge​​ I had my picture taken with Ezra Levant during a talk he did a few years back in Toronto. The man is, IMHO, quite brilliant, notwithstanding the horseshit he, and some of his Rebel Media associates, put out to support the Uber taxi brokerage. It only goes to show that, no matter how razor sharp a mind you have, you can still be lulled into talking absolute nonsense if you lack sufficient knowledge. The flip-side of this coin, of course, is the so-called "knowledgeable fool." I have known many of these in my lifetime - people who seem to have encyclopedic knowledge of every subject under the sun, but remain nevertheless, utter fools. ​​ I am sure you all know such people. ​​ Then we have, on occasion, spectacular exceptions, like those who lack both knowledge and intelligence, like our current Prime Minister, yet who are taken seriously by dangerously large numbers of people.... including those who like his hair. ​​ I liken it to a computer. A …
Once again, the members of Hamilton City Council demonstrate their lofty devotion to principle, and their statesmanlike courage, by boldly supporting Matthew Green's motion to condemn a form of mental illness, namely "Islamaphobia." Here is the report I got from Hamilton's CATCH newsletter,Islamophobia A motion by Green to recognize January 29 as the Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and to ask the province and federal government to do the same was approved unanimously. It also reaffirms council’s “strong opposition to Islamophobia, like all forms of racism, hate, xenophobia and bigotry." At City Council, January 24 Minutes p9-10 (16-0) For: Collins, Conley, Eisenberger, Farr, Ferguson, Green, Jackson, A Johnson, B Johnson, Merulla, Partridge, Pasuta, Pearson, Skelly, Vanderbeek, Whitehead Against: none Right off the bat, the faliliar rat smell ought to be tickling your nose. Why single out one out of a long list of phobias for condemnation? Is…
Interesting Hitler stuff. Personally. I think the guy was full of shit, just like most politicians. I'm confident that, had I been alive at the time, I would have ended up in one of Hitler's gulags. Or maybe on the Russian front. Or maybe not. I might have caved in to popular opinion, kept my thoughts to myself, bowed and scraped, and hoped for a job or posting that didn't actually involve blood, and guts, and killing. I remember the time I saw a dead guy lying in the street. I had just finished a taxi shift, when the gas guy pointed down the street and said to me, "dead guy over there." I then walked up to the yellow tape to get a closer look. A detective came up to me and shooed me away. He said, "you don't want to see this." But he was wrong, because I want to know about this world I live in. I don't see an advantage in denying to oneself full knowledge of the situation we are all in, nor hoping to glean some insight into the question…
The Right to be Racist I just had a brand new thought. I haven't had much time to mull it over yet, but I think I'll just throw it out there in its raw form. (and wait for any hateful invective it might generate.) Racism is a normal, and natural human characteristic. That is why it is such a useful political tool. Since almost everyone is a racist, almost everyone is guilty. Guilty people are easy to control. Socialism (and religion) loves guilty people. (So does Kathleen Wynne.) The politically correct position is that everyone is the same regardless of the superficial attribute of skin colour. Anyone who questions this belief is automatically considered evil, a fascist, a Nazi, a KKK Dragon etc. etc. even as the left continually tries to use race as a primary determinant of one's success and happiness in life. (Duh!) The result is that everyone feels a need to publicly oppose racism, while privately practicing it. Why do they privately practice it? Because they kn…
Haha! There is still time. Having watched the Corbett Report's "5 Privacies You Didn't Know You Lost," I decided to do an experiment. I've been active on the internet for some time now. And various different photos of me, including me with a butt hanging out of my mouth have been uploaded to the internet. For example, there is this one, And others, So I took a new photo using my personal tracking device and did a google image search on that photo. Sidetrack For those unfamiliar with how to do this stuff here is a short tutorial. How to perform a Google Image search. Step one: Pick an image you would like to search for, for example, Step 2 Save the image you want to use in your search by hovering your mouse cursor over the image. The pointer will turn into a little hand with the index finger pointing upward. I would have chosen a different finger for this example. Then you simply click the right mouse button once and a drop down menu should appear. Selec…
The Human Cost of Uber and Lyft: Life in the Dying Taxi Industry The article I have linked to below details some of the destructive impact that has resulted from the cowardly, opportunistic, malicious, and often just plain ignorant decisions lawmakers have made by radically revising the taxi bylaws. Some of the terminology used in the report is misleading. For example, the title itself is misleading. The taxi industry is not dying. Uber and Lyft are taxi companies that are exempt from most taxi regulations because of their political pull, and they are quite definitely not dying. It is not Uber and Lyft that are killing the drivers of non-exempt taxis, it is their local politicians. The politicians in most North American jurisdictions have slyly, and dishonestly revised their taxi bylaws in order to give Uber and Lyft a massive competitive advantage over smaller operators with less pull. Here is the report from KQED in California. Despite their nauseating virtue signaling over …