That doesn’t mean you should lie, it just means that conversations will breakdown

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I held my head low as I moved my mouse and wondered my pointer over to the drop-down menu. I hesitated for a moment before I clicked, “Unfriend.” I was tired. My feelings were also mixed about what I had just done. We’d started hanging out through a circle of mutual friends where we’d met a decade ago. We’d spoken, we’d hung out, we’d shared laughs, and had some pretty great times.

But I was at my breaking point.

Over the past several years, I’ve watched people go off the deep end with political movements that turned them into an…


Concerns about Doge, Bitcoin, r/WallstreetBets, and the changing nature of our economy

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I woke up this morning to the loud and unmistakable sound of a woodpecker thwacking away against a tree. Opening my eyes as I stretched myself awake to greet the day, a cardinal began to sing outside of my window. It was the perfect way to start my day, with the sunshine pouring in from my Southeast facing window, raining through the sheer white sheets I’ve set up for this very purpose. The first thing I did, of course, was to check my phone.

Once my iPhone unlocked, it took me directly back to the place I’d left off. The…


Ron DeSantis and the Army Corps of Engineers reached an agreement on Florida’s beloved Everglades

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It was announced two weeks ago that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Army Corps of Engineers have reached an agreement to help restore the Everglades, a beloved staple of the Florida landscape that’s been embattled by environmental crises.

The Everglades span over 1.5 million acres of South Florida and is home to countless wildlife species. Many of those species, like our beloved alligator, who might as well be the Florida state mascot, reside in the watery swamps that span the southern portion of the state.

It’s the only place on planet earth where two similar creatures, the American alligator…


Politics

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces $1,000 bonuses for all police in Florida

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At noon today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference with an unmistakable sign out in front of the podium, facing the cameras and audience, a sign that read, “Defund the Police,” with the red strikeout symbol around the “De” portion of the “Defund.” The sign was clever, if not tacky. Don’t “Defund” the police, it suggests, but “Fund” the police. It was then that the governor announced a bonus that will be paid to police officers to the tune of $1,000.

The $1,000 bonus will be issued to every single sworn police officer in Florida.

The Florida Governor…


The Florida legislature has approved a measure that significantly limits voter access

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The law extends the current deadline for voter registration from 48 hours to 14 days. This is very good.

Former Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law several years ago that levied fines for anyone who turned in their voter registration and it arrived at the Supervisor of Elections later than 48 hours after the voter filled out the application. Thankfully, assuming Governor DeSantis signs the bill into law, that deadline will be raised to a much more reasonable 14 days instead of 48 hours.

The fine is $50 for individuals and $250 for organizations, such as local…


The case following the alleged murder of George Floyd has come to a conclusion

It was the case to end all cases, a year’s worth of justice wrapped up into a few short weeks of testimony and a few short hours of jury deliberation. All of us remember the chaotic mixture of feelings that welled up inside of us last year, in May of 2020, when we watched the video that appeared to show the murder of an unarmed black man under the knee of a police officer named Derek Chauvin. We all now know that man’s name is George Floyd.

It was horrific to watch. It seemed to anyone that this was the…


The Company is Taking an Unusual Path That Might Pay Off

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There are big moves being made in the attention economy, the free and open marketplace that sometimes resembles the old wild west in digital form. Personally, I’ve long been a fan of Snapchat. Even with new competitors on the scene, Snap’s ability to maintain its hold captivating younger users shows me that Snapchat is in it to win it and likely to be around for a long time — and it’s got the stock price to show for it.

Snapchat, like other social media companies, has weathered the pandemic fairly well. It’s grown its user base significantly this year, rising…


It’s no surprise millions of people voted for him in this bizarre nation

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If you’re anything like me and all my friends, you keep circling around the drain of confusion, wondering how this all happened. It doesn’t make any sense. Trump is a madman and, for another month and some change, is the President of the United States, for better or worse. How did we get here? How is this the reality we Americans all share as the world watches on in a profound mixture of shock, horror, sadness, and bemusement?

I have my theories. Some of which have to do with the way those who supported Trump have responded to the internet…


Coming Soon: to a Touchscreen Near You

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It seems like forever now that people have been predicting the fall of Facebook. You all know the adage, the internet never forgets. Jumping back to 2010, 2011, and beyond, people were talking about the possible looming collapse of Facebook after each one of its changes. In a weird way it feels like we’ve all been waiting for this looming catastrophe that never came. This is especially true if you talk to any of its more disgruntled users who begrudgingly sign in every day or almost every day hoping, praying for something better.

It’s like an end-of-times religion with people…


Election 2020

Voter suppression Texas style

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Just a few hours ago, on Halloween afternoon, State Republicans have asked a federal judge to oversee a case where, if they proved victorious, the state would be allowed to throw out 100,000 Texas ballots in Harris County, Texas — ballots that have already been cast.

For those unfamiliar, Harris County is a Democratic stronghold that’s undeniably blue in the otherwise red state of Texas.

Texas is now a close race and without Harris County and its strongly democratic votes, it’s safe to say the Republicans can rest a little easier at night in what will likely be another victory…

David Lee Hill

I like to talk about serious things: science, philosophy, politics, and life. Sensible Liberal.

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