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Politics, Media 

The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face.

Alex Pareene says Conservatives are in trouble, and dragging the rest of us down with them, because they started to believe their own propaganda.

"Congressional Republicans went from people who were able to turn their bullshit-hose on their constituents, in order to rile them up, to people who pointed it directly at themselves, mouths open."

Note: this article is 2017, but holds up.

Politics, Trump, Hitler 

Hitler Was Incompetent and Lazy—and His Nazi Government Was an Absolute Clown Show.

Apparently Hitler was narcissistic and lazy, obsessive about what the press was saying about him, uncomfortable with actual expertise, tended to make 'gut decisions', and often made fun of others.

Basically, you could replace 'Hitler' with 'Trump' in this article and it would read exactly like one of those tell-all books coming out about Trump's Whitehouse.

You know, I used to believe that crap about, "If you raise the taxes the rich people will just leave and take their money."

But now that I've seen a good chunk of the world? I *really* doubt it. For one, most of the places with low taxes are what people who don't like taxes call 'shithole countries'.

For another? Pretty much all the nice places to live collect high taxes – as opposed to just having high taxes on the books but letting rich people skate.

Politics, Trump, Mueller Report, Polls 

I follow 535's aggregate Trump approval polling closely and try to match it up with current events. (Maybe some day I'll do an annotated version.)

The latest numbers say Trump and Barr's little 'summary' charade and strategic release of the real report right before a holiday weekend either didn't work or simply forestalled a bigger downward shift in Trump's approval ratings. Also, people are coming off the fence towards 'disapprove'.

This is beautiful and I've never thought about this before:

the convention we have in Unix to pass pre-opened stdin/stdout/stderr fds is not just a nice way to tell the program where to read its input from and output its result/logs to; it is exactly how capability passing should work in a capability-based system. This also is another reason why accepting an -o option (for "output file") is a bad idea.

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Politics, Mueller Report 

As people have pointed out, this bit is important, "[I]f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment."

Let me translate it in context with what comes before: "We cannot clear the President. In fact he did commit illegal obstruction, but DOJ guidelines won't let us indict him."

The North Cascades Highway is officially BACK! The 37-mile route through the Cascade range travels through Whatcom, Skagit, Chelan and Okanogan counties. Have you taken in the beauty before?

Politics, Mueller Report 

The (redacted) Mueller Report is now online.

I took a quick look at it, no time for a deep dive right now. But I did scan through the tables of contents and skim the summaries.

One thing I did read was the section on Erik Prince. I always considered the Seychelles meetings important to the overall plot, but now–from the way the report carefully phrases things–I'm convinced they were a smoking gun. Page 151 of volume one, if you are interested.

Sailing the practice boat Tom and I built for the Bodega Bay Wooden Boat Challenge. 3 hours, using hand tools (battery powered drills and screwdrivers are okay) and the provided materials, and then you race.

Xpra is an multi-platform persistent remote display server and client for forwarding applications and desktop screens.

"… allows you to run programs, usually on a remote host, direct their display to your local machine, and then to disconnect from these programs and reconnect from the same or another machine, without losing any state. It can also be used to forward full desktops, from servers, MS Windows, or Mac OS X."

Today I received the first 'poison pen' letter I've ever seen.

It was anonymous, of course. It wasn't targeted at me, it was addressed to my P.O. box, so everyone with a box likely got one.

The target of the letter was someone I don't know personally. (Small town, so I probably met her at some point.) The letter was an angry rant against this person, urging recipients to contact Child Protective Services on her.

I'm left feeling rather unsettled–I don't like this shit.

I'm beginning to think ALL wisdom is only learned the hard way, with much accompanying pain, and can never be taught like a skill. The most you can do is tell someone something and, years later, maybe that person sits up suddenly after experiencing a huge failure and goes, "That's what he meant!"

And that's my pearl of wisdom for you today…

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And, in the cases where the old people do have the necessary expertise and feel the young folk still aren't listening?

Well, that is often an entirely different problem: every learning curve looks shallow when you are standing on top of it.

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Speaking as an older person, I would be a lot more open to hearing other old people complain about young people not listening to their wisdom if those same old people didn't display a deep lack of wisdom by lecturing young people on things they have no expertise in.

For example, Global Warming…

Real wisdom avoids the Dunning/Kruger side of any debate.

When you take a look at one of your old stories, yet unfinished, and realize it is actually pretty good and you need to wrap it up and submit it somewhere.

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