<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8930" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/truth.jpg" alt="truth" width="886" height="336" />Over in the <a href="https://twitter.com/makemeaningfulw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>Make Meaningful Work</strong></a> discussion group, we got into a dialogue this past week about Fake News. Won't go into everything here, suffice to say that the following is an <strong>edited</strong> version of the email I posted into the group and now sharing to a wider audience.<!--more-->

I suggested that we could look to maps as a metaphor for truth. For context, take a read of this. Essentially, the author is expounding on an increasing problem that Google and other global cartographers are facing.

I would summarize the challenge as a global context versus a national context … which I would suggest is akin to the ‘bubbles’ we live in.

If you are brought up in the UK, you have a history that you are taught. In France, likewise. In the USA – again. Here’s the question – are all those histories identical? I would suggest not. There are subtle differences and perspectives even in how things are worded.

Inside a nation, your bubble if you will, there is a truth that you generally hold to be absolute. But when you compare to other histories, discrepancies start to appear.

Maps are perfect to demonstrate the challenge.

  • is Kashmir part of India, Pakistan or its own separate state?
  • is Northern Ireland part of Eire or the UK?
  • is Taiwan part of China or an independent sovereign state?
  • is Hawaii the 50th State of the USA, or a sovereign nation under occupation?

…. you see, what I mean? Let’s extend it further.

In the USA, particularly during the 70s and 80s, large numbers of people in the USA, particularly Irish-Americans, supported the IRA. Wikipedia on NORAID. And whether or not Wikipedia is right or wrong about NORAID, it, there is no dispute that USA support for the IRA in their struggle to ‘liberate Northern Ireland’ as strong. All good. Let’s agree that Ireland belongs to Eire – and should be returned.

Now let’s head over to the other Ocean and ask whether Hawaii should also be liberated and returned to the status of sovereign state, as its had been for hundreds of years, complete with a monarchy.

Say what?

It isn’t really taught in US history books, but Hawaii existed as a sovereign nation for centuries until, in 1893, the USA  overthrew the Queen in what today we would call a coup and annexed the islands to the US.

Take a read. And if that peaks your interest – pop over and have a read of the  The Blount Report.

The Blount Report “first provided evidence that officially identified the United States’ complicity in the lawless overthrow of the lawful, peaceful government of Hawaii.” Blount concluded that U.S. Minister to Hawaii John L. Stevens had carried out unauthorized partisan activities, including the landing of U.S. Marines under a false or exaggerated pretext, to support the anti-royalist conspirators; that these actions were instrumental to the success of the revolution; and that the revolution was carried out against the wishes of a majority of the population of Hawaii.

but then

The Blount Report was followed in 1894 by the Morgan Report, which contradicted Blount’s report by concluding that all participants except for Queen Liliʻuokalani were “not guilty”.

Which is right?

I don’t know. But truth is not only about what you want. Or what you believe. And it is consistent.

We all have out own truths, out beliefs, our prejudices, more often than not based on how we were brought up … and where. It is hard in the mists of history to right wrongs. And even if you could – for who’s benefit? Case in point … should Northern Ireland be removed from the UK? As recently as last year nearly two thirds of the people in Northern Ireland wanted to remain as part of the UK. (Though admittedly – since Brexit, that might have changed.)

See, It’s complicated.

What is not complicated is to point out to anybody that just because whatever truth you have about some aspect of the world, you almost certainly hold a contradiction. And I think that’s because we all have our own truths that we are taught from the beginning in our schools. And the truth we are taught are dependent on where in the world those schools are – and who is controlling what we are taught.

Truth? Can You Handle The Truth? …. and at least keep an open mind.

            It is Friday. The end of the week - but not the end of the world. This is my third post on the 'Topic of Tuesday' .... and (for now at least) will be my last.

I will explain why I am stopping at the end, but first, if you only read one link through this post – this is it. And as you read it, know that it is dated July 23rd. This not a Monday Morning Quarterback piece – it is a well written thoughtful opinion piece by Tobias Stone as to what might be going on in the world, even before last Tuesday.

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Gizmodo on Facebook

In the hours since Hillary Clinton conceded the race to Donald Trump, some have faulted Facebook for its role in disseminating false stories that may have affected the election, but the website’s founder urged Americans to take a much longer view of history.

Mashable on Facebook

has a different view:

Every employee at Facebook should be ashamed of what their product became this year: a tangled mess of bizarre falsehoods and outdated information used as ammo to help people scream at one another.

It has failed our bitterly divided country through its News Feed, which has weighed legitimate, reported information from good news organizations against propagandistic junk written by trolls and found there is no difference. Posted to your News Feed, a Pulitzer-winning New York Times report looks just the same as a blog post from The Right Stuff, an anti-Semitic content factory of the so-called “alt-right.”

I agree with Mashable – then again – I left Facebook years ago.

Brent Simmons @inessential

on leaving Twitter

The company has not dealt with harassment. It has treated its third-party developers shabbily. And, at best, it was just quips and outrages — a diet of candy.

And then it was part of the system that helped elect a fascist President. This tipped it over for me: it’s no longer worth my participation. The shitheads can have it.

That’s kinda why I am ‘paused’.

On Losing World War Two [Link]

Our electorate just repudiated the American dream — the real dream, the idea that we can build a nation dedicated to liberty where all people are created equal.

Instead we decided that we’re a nation like any other. A nation with a ruling ethnic tribe. Nothing special anymore.

It feels like finally, in the end, we lost World War II.

Michael Moore @ Alternet

Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that’s about to begin.

An Open Letter From Moby 

as a life long progressive i’m supposed to be diplomatic and understanding, but america, what the fuck is wrong with you?
 but then i ask myself, very sadly, why am i surprised?
 this is the same america that eats at burger king and is baffled as to why it ends up obese and cancerous and dying. 
this is the same america who thinks that granting health care to 20,000,000 people is somehow treasonous.
 and this is the america who has now elected a dim-witted, racist, misogynist.

a dim-witted, racist, misogynist who has ruined businesses and has no policy proposals other than ‘build a wall’. 
i guess there will be some cold, bitter schadenfreude in spending the next 4 years watching middle america wake up to the fact
that donald trump is an incompetent con-man.

the rust belt jobs won’t come back. the wall won’t get built. and hillary won’t get locked up.

On Gun Control

… don’t hold your breath.

According to an analysis of FEC records by the Center for Responsive Politics and The Trace, the [NRA] poured some $50 million into supporting Trump and six Senate candidates—only one of whom, Nevada hopeful Joe Heck, lost.

Rewriting History

Reince Priebus trying to rewrite history.

He said that it wasn’t a matter of banning a particular religion from the United States but it was making sure that if immigration was coming from countries that were harboring terrorism, that we were going to look at the country and perhaps suspend temporarily immigration from that country,” Priebus continued. “He’s not calling for mass deportation. He said, no, only people who have committed crimes and only until all of that has been taken care of do we look at what we do next.

but actually – he DID say that, here : Donald Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S. (CNN December 8th, 2015 and here:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” said his campaign, which Trump himself reiterated on camera, stressing the “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Meanwhile – Over at The Huffpost

The Huffington Post is removing its editor’s note that called Trump a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’


The thinking is that he’s now president and we’re going to start with a clean slate,” Grim wrote, according to Politico. “If he governs in a racist, misogynistic way, we reserve the right to add it back on. This would be giving respect to the office of the presidency which Trump and his backers never did.

… my take is that ‘Trump has demonstrated that he is a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’. The onus is on him to prove that he isn’t. Oh – and because he doesn’t govern as a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’ – doesn’t mean that he isn’t a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’.

I thought Robert De Niro’s take was much more logical (on punching Trump in the face )

“I can’t do that now he’s president,” the actor replied. “And I have to respect that position … I just have to see what he’s going to do and how he’s going to follow through on certain things. And as we even see now in a lot of cities, there’s a lot of people getting very upset and protesting.”

In other words separating the man from the position. The man needs to be held accountable. After-all – hasn’t he said he would be – in a way that everyone before him isn’t?

Wondering About Tech ?

Venturebeat :

 a self-described “law and order” president will attempt to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information.


Trump has also threatened antitrust action against Amazon and demanded that tech companies such as Apple build their products in the United States.


 Trump is going to be a guy who is probably going to mandate back doors,” said Hank Thomas, chief operating officer at Strategic Cyber Ventures and a veteran of the National Security Agency. ”I don’t think he’s ultimately going to be a friend to privacy, and the fearful side of me says he will get intelligence agencies more involved in domestic law enforcement.”

Apple Insider

However, Trump has garnered support from operatives in the Federal Bureau of Investigations, who used their positions to influence the election by teasing the prospect of an ongoing investigation into Clinton’s email use.

Last winter, when the FBI sought to force Apple to write code exploiting the security features of its own software, Apple pushed back while Trump, on the campaign trail, built a case for government interference in encryption tools. FBI director James Comey has a vast public record of desperately wanting to break encryption


Trump’s plan to add a 35 percent tariff on imported goods “would sink this country into a recession,” – Meg Whitman (Republican)


Trump doesn’t exactly have a stellar record on internet privacy so far. He has proposed reauthorizing the Patriot Act and the previous, less restrained NSA mass surveillance that took place while the Act was in force. He tends to “err on the side of security” over privacy, even if he’s not especially fond of it.

Engadget again – Under Trump the future of Net Neutrality and broadband is uncertain

it’s pretty safe to assume that the rules instituted by the FCC in 2015 will be gutted by a Trump administration. In 2014, he described the concept as a “top down power grab” that “will target the conservative media,” and compared it to the Fairness Doctrine — referring to the FCC rule eliminated in 1987 that required broadcasters to present contrasting views on topics of public interest.

The Information …

The movement that catapulted Donald Trump into the presidency Tuesday was heavily rooted in concerns that immigration and trade was hurting the U.S. job market. But a future version of Mr. Trump will rail against robots rather than immigrants, according to Andrew McAfee, the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

and we need to do nip that in the bud because If you’re upset with the election results, Canada is making it easy to move there if you work in tech … we have already been left behind in tech, training and education … which is why so much tech work is outside of the US. Trump could add making it impossible for Tech business to even work here.


Other Interesting Reads On The Topic of Trump

Robert Reich

Despite the fact that Roger Ailes helped pave the way for Donald Trump’s victory – I personally haven’t hears Aisles’ name come up as part of the new world of Trump – maybe this is why? More Women Accuse Fox News CEO of Sexual Harassment

It’s not so much that Trump won – as much as Hilary lost

Hate Crimes In America on the very first day after the announcement.


Hilary Lost. We delivered on the request made in the video. Everyone got it wrong. I am not going to bother to comment on broad issues here – enough places are doing that already. Not my job. I want to write this sort posterity as an observation.

I truly hope that I am wrong about what I write below. But everything and anything we have all seen to date is that it won’t be. Here is hoping. I am now paused. I am now just watching. (With possible occasional updates to this single post, as things change.)

I would just like to say that

I am sorry for America

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            Yes. It's A Word. It's not a word I like. But I track it. It's what you do. And one of the places I track it is on a site called <a href="http://www.chiefmartec.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ChiefMartec</a>.

Scott Brinkler introduced an interesting concept today, which is discussed in detail on his blog. Namely that Marketers shouldn’t beat up on themselves as much about ‘keeping up with tech’, because the fact is they 1) will never be able to keep up with technological change anyway and 2) they should consider how they are doing against their competitors. Do that and life will look a lot better.

You can read the whole article here.

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            Not my first time to see the man. Won't be the last. First saw him around 14 years ago - shortly after buying my first album by his band Porcupine Tree. In Abstentia. Since then I have acquired close to 50 of his albums (no exaggeration - I just checked) and seen him maybe 10 times. Yes - I am a fan.

The Set List

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True Story


Sitting at the bar, I found myself talking to a couple of old white guys (so of course – we had a lot in common). One of them was in ‘Corporate Communications’, the other was a writer – both were ex journalists. They both seem to have got out of journalism before the ‘rot’ set in.
They seemed angry about the state of journalism … “Nobody investigates things any more.”“Journalists have just become mouth pieces of what people in power want to say.”“They just regurgitate press releases.” … and many other comments that seemed to indicate that they thought the world had gone to ‘hell in a hand basket’ – and was being manipulated. Continue reading