No Updates to My Privacy Policy

Hello <contact of Fred>,

I am not updating my Privacy Policy as of May 25, 2018. Here are some of the changes you won’t see:

  • I haven’t updated the Policy to reflect changes in data privacy laws, specifically the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union.
  • I’ve added no new details about your ability to manage the information you share with us, and no tools to help you do that.

This non-updated Policy gives you no more control over your information and does not explain more clearly how I use it. My core commitment regarding your privacy hasn’t changed.

I am not making any  related changes to our Terms of Use and Cookie Policy so everything will remain out of sync.

As always, thanks for writing me , and please  let me know if you have any questions or feedback.


Eagle eye!

I downloaded a data set the other day for curiosity, opened it up, and immediately found a probable error: the population of Paris went from 9M in 1975 to 2M in 2000.  Confirmed today by provider.  I’m actually kind of a crappy proof reader — I tend to miss things — but I’m a great spot inspector.  Made my day!

Rhinoceros killed & butchered in Philippines by humans 709Kya

That is a long time ago. History keeps getting deeper.

About 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable — except that humans weren’t supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago.

Before this discovery, the earliest indicator that early humans, or hominins, were even on those islands had been a single foot bone from 67,000 years ago, uncovered in the Callao Cave on Luzon. That’s quite a time jump.


Pakistan May Have Just Set a World Heat Record

Temperatures reported to have cracked 50.2 degrees Celsius (122.3 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday in Nawabshah, located about 127 miles northeast of Karachi. If confirmed, that could make the measurement not just the hottest ever recorded for April in Pakistan, but the hottest ever reliably recorded for April anywhere on Earth.


Source: Pakistan May Have Just Set a World Heat Record

Democratic political scientist: Rs are smarter than us, time to fight dirty

An article where political scientist David Faris argues (correctly, I think) that the Republican party has been much better at taking advantage of structural advantages in the Constitution than the Democrats over the last 25 years.  My headline is because he fails to draw the obvious conclusion. 😉 I think he’s also right to conclude that the Democrats should try to respond in kind, but, they are going to have a hard time generating electoral supermajorities when they have a hard understanding what 51% means in the existing constitution.