Amid Coronavirus fears, hope for cure emerges in two existing drugs

isolate from first case of COVID-19
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Image by Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

When a new virus makes its rounds, morphing into a pandemic, it’s hard to have hope. Even those of us who don’t scare easily can be fearful over the wellbeing of our children and loved ones. This morning, quite by accident, I heard confirmation of claims I saw on the page of a Facebook friend yesterday. Continue reading “Amid Coronavirus fears, hope for cure emerges in two existing drugs”

Flagged by Facebook for an AP article, by AI rubes

Flag notice/FacebookCan a country bumpkin’s naivete be replicated by artificial intelligence? Yep. Last night, post after post on my Facebook page was flagged for breaking rules on SPAM. I couldn’t figure it out. Today I understand it all, and that’s enough for me to classify AI on social media as a bunch of tech rubes, regardless of the fact they aren’t human. Continue reading “Flagged by Facebook for an AP article, by AI rubes”

Death and destruction fell on Nashville as Super Tuesday dawned

Downtown Nashville before 2020 tornado; picture by Rebecca Day
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) took this photo of downtown Nashville on a previous trip there.

In the small Southern town where I grew up, stories of tornadoes abounded. My grandmother’s house actually burned during a tornado, so when I heard the news this morning, I had an idea of the fear people must have felt in Nashville early this morning. Continue reading “Death and destruction fell on Nashville as Super Tuesday dawned”

Crazy politics put Flavor Flav and Garth Brooks fans at center of Sanders dustups

Post on Garth Brooks and Sanders controversy @jasoncvincent on Twitter
Post from @jasoncvincent on Twitter regarding the dustup between fans and Garth Brooks over his Sanders jersey.

If you’ve followed politics as long as I have, to stay sane, you have to learn to laugh at the craziness. Dustups over presidential wannabe Bernie Sanders are the latest in crazy, and fans of both Flavor Flav and Garth Brooks have had enough. Continue reading “Crazy politics put Flavor Flav and Garth Brooks fans at center of Sanders dustups”

“Hate speech” term emerges in Facebook group; serious danger to free speech

Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.
Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.

To say I was shocked is an understatement. On a page I follow at Facebook, there was an announcement about actress Susan Sarandon coming to a small town to advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders who is vying for Democrats’ nomination to run for president. The page itself isn’t political—it’s a page for businesses and others in the small town in South Carolina to promote their goods, services, and the town itself.

I know that little town well. I grew up there. Florida may be my now home, but that town is my forever home.

So what shocked me about a run of the mill event announcement? Continue reading ““Hate speech” term emerges in Facebook group; serious danger to free speech”