Showing all posts tagged #theothics:


5 Dimensional Political Compass

Posted on November 14th, 2017

I tried this quiz. Like others, it has some coherency problems. If you take it, post your results! Items in italics are my own notes.You are a: Socialist Anarchist Isolationist Bleeding-Heart Progressive Collectivism score: 50% Authoritarianism score: -83% Internationalism score: -67% Tribalism score: -100% Liberalism score: 50% Explanation key: Collectivism refers economic intervention, whether the society or state should intervene in the economy to redistribute wealth from the more to the ...

Food for Thought: 2017-11-07

Posted on November 7th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently:In the latest strange development in the realm of intellectual “property", a pharmaceutical company is holding a patent with a Mohawk Tribe, in order limit litigation accessibility.Ad-driven media and algorithm-based sites are creating some really nasty incentives. This article describes adversarial attacks against machine learning."Part of the horrors emanating from Trump involves style, and some involve substance. President ...

Food for Thought: 2017-10-17

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:Quick hit: the new Google Security Checkup is personalized for your account. Do it. In addition, if your account is high-risk or you are heavily-targeted, you can opt-in to Google’s Advanced Protection Program.Good essay about ongoing manipulation in the modern data economy. This hits a lot of the points I made in my Indy Big Data talk (ref: http://indybigdatasecurity.com/). We need to build i...

Food for Thought: 2017-10-05

Posted on October 5th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:Hacking attribution is very difficult and often impossible to do with high certainty. People who claim to know for sure who did something usually have an agenda. This article explains one of the reasons attribution is so difficult: https://theintercept.com/2017/10/04/masquerading-hackers-are-forcing-a-rethink-of-how-attacks-are-traced/Simple disabling of TouchID is a good duress mode precautio...

Food for Thought: 2017-08-28

Posted on August 28th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:Responses are widely discussed in the follow-on from the neo-fascist gathering in Charlottesville. My opinion: the strategies we use to prevent future fascists may often be different from the tactics we use to limit harm from current fascists:I’m a big fan of satire and humor, as it interrupts minds and forces people to consider different perspectives: https://wagingnonviolence.org/fea...

Food for Thought: 2017-08-14

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Here’s a quick quiz for you to take re: White People Discrimination: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/white-people-discrimination-a-quizUpdating tactics on nonviolent direct action: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/manual-new-era-direct-action/Over on McSweeney’s a Google Robot writes a manifesto: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/im-a-google-manufacturing-robot-and-...

Food for Thought: 2017-07-31

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Wikitribune (which you should support!) is discussing how they chose that name "Speaking truth to power, representing the voice of the people, and driving out darkness by shining a light on the truth. A free press is the tribune of the people." https://medium.com/@wikitribune/why-are-we-called-wikitribune-dc53ae7802cdCourt affirms right to record law enforcement officers: http...

Mennonite Future Church Summit Results

Posted on July 23rd, 2017

The Mennonite Church USA engaged in a “Future Church Summit" as part of the national convention. This was a great activity, and the theme reports (combined together at the end of this post) received a high confidence vote by the delegates (see: https://twitter.com/toddgrotenhuis/status/883677101995544576). The delegate body also voted to affirm the following: This is a much weaker version of the original resolution, but as has happened in past conventions, the moderator rushed movement on t...

Food for Thought: 2017-07-03

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Really sad: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/fox59/2017/06/27/disability-advocate-injured-during-health-care-sit-sen-youngs-office/430752001/I was really challenged these Plough articles that challenge the value of Curiosity: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/faith/discipleship/saving-silence and http://www.plough.com/en/topics/community/education/giving-god-our-attention. Quo...

Food for Thought: 2017-06-25

Posted on June 26th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:How to preserve land from development? Collectively buy it! (this would be even better if the DNR wasn’t one of the buyers): http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/06/23/land-trust-raises-enough-money-preserve-land-overlooking-white-river/423248001/Kevin Carson has a 4-step plan to address “cost disease": https://c4ss.org/content/48039 Quote:Destroying all unnecessary waste o...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist