Author Archives: Jeff Miller

The folks in charge are not your friends, and are lying to you about basically everything, including Ugandan coffee.

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” George Orwell, from “1984”         August 19, 2016 – Uganda expects 2016/2017 coffee export crop to increase 13.5 pct helped by favourable weather in a major growing area, July… Read more »

December, 2017: Unprecedented Seagrass Abundance in the Chesapeake – “We are at numbers that we have not seen in—ever.”

“Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty.” George Orwell, from “1984”     February 16, 2017 – Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change  April… Read more »

It’s December, 2017, and the Great Artificial Drought has been broken.

‘I think that there are certain crimes which the law cannot touch, and which therefore, to some extent, justify private revenge.’ Sherlock Holmes, from “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton“, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1904           It’s December, 2017, and the Great Artificial Drought has… Read more »

The folks in charge are not your friends, and are lying to you about basically everything, including rapidly-rising suicide and mortality rates.

‘What one man can invent another can discover.’ Sherlock Holmes, from “The Adventure of the Dancing Men”, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,1903           Did you know that the rate of death from Alzheimer’s disease increased by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014? And did… Read more »

The folks in charge are not your friends, and are lying to you about basically everything, including the general state of marine life around the globe.

“What is out of the common is usually a guide rather than a hindrance. In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practice it much.” Sherlock… Read more »

It’s November 2017, and we’ve passed Peak Consumption

“Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty.” George Orwell, from “1984”       April 4, 2017 – U.S. gasoline consumption flattens as fuel economy improves:… Read more »

“Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty.”

“Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty.” George Orwell, from “1984”   October 29, 2015 – Every Day I Want To Quit Social Media – BuzzFeed… Read more »

The folks in charge are not your friends, and are lying to you about basically everything, including internet addiction

September 5, 2014 – “Feeling a need to be socially connected hardly seems like an addiction to me,” Ira Hyman, Ph.D., in “Psychology Today” February 3, 2015 – Chinese teenager chops off own hand to cure internet addiction. September 25, 2016 – A Chinese teenager tied her mother to a… Read more »

The folks in charge are not your friends, and are lying to you about basically everything, including self-driving cars.

February 25, 2016 – Why You Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Drive | TIME – Time Magazine   March 7, 2017 – Maybe Americans Have No Idea What They Want In Self-Driving Cars   May 16, 2017 – How Reckless Pedestrians Could Ruin Self-Driving Cars.   August 2, 2017 – Congress… Read more »

Self-driving cars, 2017 – the technology no one wants

September 23, 2013 – Most Consumers Say They’ll Steer Clear Of Self-Driving Cars, Survey   June 30, 2015 – Just Say No to the Driverless Car   January 14, 2016 – Auto trackers not worth car insurance discounts, most say | Pew   March 1, 2016 – Three-Quarters of Americans… Read more »