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Islamic doughnuts

Möbius strips, Klein bottles and other religious taboos

So the ridiculous hoax about Muslims and doughnuts has resurfaced? For four years this has been discredited but it continues to reappear periodically.

So let’s take it a little further. Read more

When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal

And it’s not a Trump quote

President Donald Trump has shown disdain for due process and democracy since his election. More like a dictator than a democratically elected and accountable public servant, he has tried to ride roughshod over anybody and anything that gets in his way, whether that relates to his political agenda or his own personal business agenda. And in the opinions of many people, he has already performed several impeachable activities.

During his short tenure, he has shocked people multiple times.

And his recent comment that he has an “absolute right” to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and flight safety” might lead readers to suspect that President Trump is the source of the title of this post. But he is not.

In fact the source is another president that courted substantial controversy. Namely, Read more

Word of the year 2016

Nothing to do with the ice caps

It’s that time of the year when various bodies such as the American Dialect Society and Global Language Monitor nominate the word of the year (WOTY).

Not to be outdone, at VoxSapiens we would like to nominate our word of the year.

Our thinking is along the lines of the Oxford English Dictionary’s nomination of post-truth and dictionary.com’s nomination of xenophobia. We see Brexit, Trumpquake and woke, all contenders for WOTY, as key arenas for use of both the OED’s nomination and ours.

But we see the issue as more than post-truth. We see a fundamental change in the world developing.

For that reason, we nominate Read more

Donald Trump ate my hamster

And Freddie Starr beat Max Clifford to win the US Presidency

So the unimaginable did happen. The Donald came from behind and now he is President-elect.

Trump’s unexpected triumph intersects perfectly with the recent spate of false news stories garnering higher positions in search engine results than genuine news stores. I say this because many of the false news stories are related to Trump. Indeed, some people believe that they are major contributors to his triumph, even, perhaps, the “edge” that he needed to pip Hillary to the post.

This disconcerting trend has even evoked comments from the current US president, Barack Obama, who has denounced the spate of misinformation across social media platforms but without getting drawn into the specific cases of stories related to the presidential election. (One might compare this statesmanlike approach to Trump’s cries of “foul” even before the polls were tallied.)

Whilst fake election stories are the current vogue, the fake news phenomenon extends much further into may other realms. For example: Read more

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