Our right to free speech is threatened most often not by government or laws. It’s threatened by fear. Legitimate, real fear that merely expressing an opinion that isn’t shared by all will be met with reprisals.

The Sad State of Journalism

US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Caroline) had a nice series of Tweets on today’s quite sickening White House press conference which I’ve embedded below.

In my opinion, Senator Graham nails it. Mainstream media journalists in the US have deluded themselves into thinking that they should be, and are part of the Resistance.

What I saw today was so-called journalists trying to make themselves the story rather than doing their jobs. They have the distinct privilege of being able to ask questions of President Trump and instead of asking questions that everyone might want to hear the answers to, they’ve decided to turn this into their own soap box where they ask loaded, partisan questions that serve only to elevate their own agendas.

You are journalists. Do your job.

Midterms

It’s finally election day in the US. Sadly, in spite of the fact that the campaigns for _this_ election are now over, the campaigning for 2020 is just beginning. The US election campaign is never-ending and a permanent fixture.

Will the Republicans hold onto the Senate and the House? Will Democrats make gains and start the push back against the Trump Presidency? We’ll find out tonight…

No matter what happens, it will be more of the same political games for at least two more years.

Housekeeping

I decided that since I rarely update my running blog anymore, that it would make sense to roll all that content into this blog. Thanks to the WordPress import/export feature, I was able to easily combine the two sites into one.

Posts that aren’t running related (like pics and short posts) will be in the Notes category. All the former runnerjames.com posts are now in the Runner James parent category with the old subcategories underneath.

I’m using Cloudflare’s super cool Page Rules to serve up 301 Permanent Redirects from old runnerjames.com URLs to the new jameskoole.blog URLs.  For example, this post on the old blog – https://runnerjames.com/2016/01/03/getting-the-most-out-of-strava/ automatically redirects to it’s new home here and the redirect alerts the search engines that the URL is moved so they will update those links over time to point to the new URL.

I’ve also updated the theme to handle full posts a bit better. And I added an Instagram widget to the sidebar since I’m using that service a little bit more these days despite the Facebook connection. Request a follow there if you want.

In Cleveland this week to learn more about the craft of Product Management.

Off to Cleveland tomorrow for Industry Conference. Looking forward to a few days of learning and socializing with a few thousand product managers.

They can’t be trusted. DELETE your Facebook. And yell at your friends who upload YOUR contact data to services like Facebook and LinkedIn that then use it to build out a profile on you whether you use their service or not.

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-is-giving-advertisers-access-to-your-shadow-co-1828476051

Why is podcasting failing? It’s not. Podcast networks are failing because you can’t monetize the network! https://www.cjr.org/the_new_gatekeepers/podcast-bubble-burst.php

Firefox Multi-Account Containers is probably the greatest privacy-related extension out there right now. Combine this with Cookie AutoDelete and you can severely limit cross-site tracking by the likes of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and even Amazon.

It basically allows you to completely segregate sites within their own containers. Stay logged into your Google G Suite account in a separate container from the rest of your browsing and Google can’t track you. Same for all the social nets.