How the Manx Government used sneaky tricks to sell its budget

After I was interviewed by Paul Moulton at Manx Telecom TV the other day about the Manx Government’s sneaky budget, I spoke to him off-camera about how the Manx Government uses some pretty simple but sneaky moves to manipulate the public by fiddling with graphs in its public communications campaign.

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Mass Databases Create Personal Surveillance Risks

I shared a post yesterday about a new effort to enable people to better secure their personal information. I think there is an obvious benefit to people having access to information about themselves: being able to record my weight, for example, has helped me to better manage it.

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A tunnel from the Isle of Man to Britain makes no sense

Every now and then, various people seem to take the idea of a tunnel between the Isle of Man and Great Britain seriously. The idea makes no sense, it’s completely nonsensical, and it will never happen. This is why. The “Possible” Routes Point of Ayre to Whithorn (~30km) This route makes no sense because there is such a small population in South Western Scotland, and … Continue reading A tunnel from the Isle of Man to Britain makes no sense

Online Gambling Predictions for the Year Ahead (and beyond)

Since it’s the fashionable thing this time of year, here are some personal predictions for the online real money gambling world. Some of these are not particularly constrained to 2018, but reflect a broader, long term, view. Keep in mind that I’m just some random schmuck on the internet, and these are my personal views which are worth what you’re paying for them. Since I’m … Continue reading Online Gambling Predictions for the Year Ahead (and beyond)

Man Accused of Manslaughter Cashes in World Series of Poker

A man accused of manslaughter in Florida, Paul Senat, has finished in 70th place in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, cashing for $101,444.  Senat, who has pled not guilty to manslaughter charges, is accused of firing a semi-automatic rifle through the wall of Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret in Palm Beach, Florida, on 21 April. The victim, Darryl Rudolph, is the father of promising young NFL … Continue reading Man Accused of Manslaughter Cashes in World Series of Poker

Australia Day is a Day to be Proud: in Australia and these Isles

While I participated in a recent conversation about Australia Day on a local radio station in the British Isles, a listener asked a common but offensive question: “Is Australia Day a celebration of the genocide of Australian Aboriginals?” The question is pretty terrible on two levels: firstly, it reveals an ignorance of what Australia Day celebrates literally, and secondly, it reveals an offensiveness of what … Continue reading Australia Day is a Day to be Proud: in Australia and these Isles