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2.9 When Out Tools Create Knowledge That Can Hurt:
Supporting Villainy By Telling Them How To Hurt Worse

April 14, 2008

As any learning organization can tell you, the tool they most need is:
      "it is all about feedback: knowing what worked, what didn't"

There are times when we seen to be sadistic voyeurs:
when the popularity of "blood, guts, and gory" can provide feedback to villainy and
allow it to hurt more people.

An example in the news today were the articles about how a roadside bomb in Iraq damaged an armored vehicle. From the US to Iran to China, the news was splashed on the web sites.

So, who really cares about this bit of mundane trivia?

Yes, some people will object to my categorization of "trivia", but compared to the disasters of worldwide food shortages (due to diversion to bio-fuels) and the world wide financial crisis, it is trivia. It is not even trivia that we can do anything about, which makes it mundane trivia.

Apart from the titillation of blood/guts/gory, the only people who "care" are
     a) those where this is a minor straw that helps their political agenda, and
      b) those who set the bomb and want as much feedback about how to "do it better"

So, are the people killing random civilians the people we want to help?

This brings up the old adage: with "freedom" comes "responsibility".
so I guess I will hold the news outlets who include gratuitous, "educational" details to be "responsible" for killing people.

I am sure some will respond "freedom of the press" and "all the news all the time", which is, of course, total BS (since they don't publish anywhere near "all") and substitutes for that most difficult commodity: thinking.

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2   Random Elucidatons
  January 01, 1997
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2.2   Rewarding Accomplishing Goals
    February 17, 2013
2.3   Banana Slugs: The Law of Unintended Consequences: Protect and Lose
    August 02, 2009
2.4   Computer ate my Sbx Reward
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2.5   The End Of Innovation or How To Lie With Statistics?
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2.7   Everything Old is New Again
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2.8   Topical: just like Sub-Prime => Commodity Greed
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2.9   Tools: Spreading Knowledge That Can Hurt:
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2.10   Tools: Trying to Help While Still Selling Corn
    February 27, 2008
2.11   The Game is Rigged: Attacking with Speculative Analysis
    January 06, 2008
2.12   Getting your "Eyes On" to see ATV Damage
    November 26, 2007
2.13   US Forest Service - "Leave No Trace... or you will do Trail Maintenance with a Trowel!"
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2.14   Act Locally, Destroy Globally: Cultivate Disease Resistance
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2.15   Joisting with Self-Glorifying Windmills
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    April 06, 2013
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3.3   Qualifying Experts
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4   Finches: Urban Ones Smart??
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6   BBC Propaganda, again
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7    Why did Agriculture Start 13,000 years ago
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8   Ice Core TimeLine Munge
  September 22, 2016
9   Ice Age Survival
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