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Short Memory & Data Overload, Colltalers

The digital technology explosion has given a boost to the U.S.’s self-appointed ‘leader of the world’ role . But that’s been quickly undermined by the dizzying multiplication of means to capture information, which have far outpaced any ability of processing it.
This collision of mere data collecting with its purpose has also widen the gap between what needs to be historically kept, and what gives meaning and relevance to our collective memory. The past week may have further enhanced this disconnect in the U.S.
Take last Wednesday’s revelation, for instance, that the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration secretly collected billions of calls, anticipating in years the NSA’s even more massive surveillance program that mirrored it. But they did not prevent 9/11 from happening.
Or the 150th anniversary, on April 9th, of the end of the Civil War – by sheer number of casualties…

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/13/15

English: Track near Badlesmere Court Farm The ...

English: Track near Badlesmere Court Farm The northern edge of the square coincides almost exactly with the horizon here. The tree tops in view above it are in the next square. There is a bridleway off to the right (out of shot) and a loud smell of cow manure all around. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Street smarts meets book smarts.

CROPH  =  PORCH,  RAVLA  =  LARVA,  DIRALA  =  RADIAL,  WORDSY  =  DROWSY   —   Giving us:  OCHLRRAADOS

Clue/Question:  He graduated with a degree in street building which made him a – – –

English: Manure rotting facility The ultimate ...

English: Manure rotting facility The ultimate re-cycling – all this came out of the back end of a cow and once rotted will be spread as fertilizer to encourage growth of grass to go in the front end of a cow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ROAD SCHOLAR

(Easing us into the workweek with an elementary Jumble.  None of the clue words are new, and only one jumble is new.  I don’t see that we’ve ever used today’s jumble for “larva”.  Fine job on the answer letter layout.  The answer makes for a fun pun, but I can’t imagine too many of the regulars struggled in getting it.  Fine cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PSZemanta is only returning pictures owned by Getty . . . and I think that stinks!      YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/13/15

English: Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thu...

English: Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunders at ARCO Arena. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”   —   Kevin Durant

(Such is the major problem with talent.  Very often it goes to one’s head.  It can become a kind of arrogance, that can lead to a sense of entitlement.  When one feels entitled they lose that drive.  Let’s not be too full of ourselves, folks.  Someone more talented is just around the corner.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 


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