Gongol.com Archives: December 2016

Brian Gongol

December 27, 2016

Computers and the Internet The next President will likely keep using Twitter in office

If it were being done for transparency, or to reveal his thinking, it might be a good thing. But he's demonstrated a breathtaking lack of depth with his activity on Twitter up until now. Why would that change? In an ideal world, the President of the United States would spend five minutes a day composing and sharing his or her thoughts with the world. That's a far different thing from tweeting in anger in the middle of the night. Clear thinking and clear writing go hand-in-hand.

The United States of America Persuasion still matters

Lots of people are taking to social media to decry "anti-intellectualism" as the cause of dysfunction in politics and society. It's not enough. It's safe and self-gratifying to decry anti-intellectualism. But in a democracy, you still have to persuade the "anti-intellectuals".

News China's first carrier enters the South China Sea

The future of power in the Pacific Rim is a lot less monolithic than the past. China's first carrier will almost certainly have a pile of troubles. Its fifth will have fewer.

Iowa Do what you can, with what you have, where you are

A former law-enforcement officer, seeing what happened to the children of people who committed crimes, decided with his wife to start adopting kids

Computers and the Internet If Verizon drops out, Yahoo "has no Plan B"

News of past security breaches may be making Verizon skittish about an acquisition, and that could be a catastrophe for the old Internet giant

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