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Site Maintenance Redux (Sticky) 0

I’ve migrated to a new virtual private server and glitches happened. Follow my progress below the fold.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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The Idiocy of Isolationism 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., suggests that the spread of the coronavirus bears a message for wall-eyed pikers everywhere. A snippet:

History has frequently conspired to show us the folly of believing we can wall ourselves off from the world’s woes. But it has seldom produced a reminder as elegantly ominous or insidious as this.

Aside:

The one bright spot is that the illness the virus causes could be much worse than it is. As warnings go, it could have been a lot worse.

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We’ve Gone App Sappy 0

We are a society of electronic stupid.

Kari Paul, a reporter for the Guardian U.S., said in a Twitter post that her Gig Car Share vehicle lost cell service Sunday on the side of a mountain near the Mendocino County town of Gualala. When she tried to restart the car with the app, she found she did not have enough cell service to power it.

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After Paul says Gig Share suggested that she and her companion sleep in the car overnight on the side of the road, she called for a tow truck “to move us three miles down the road where there is cell service so we can start our car[.] The future is dumb.”

Follow the link. You may find this difficult to imagine, but it gets stupider.

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The Acolyte 0

Title:  Barr Googles.  Image:  Donald Trump and William Barr sitting a bar.  Barr says to Trump,

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Meet Deputy Trumpler.

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Behind That Curtain 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Susan Krauss Whitbourne offers a guide to Trump and Trumpism Machiavellian manipulators.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite to animals.

A Clearwater-area (Kansas–ed.) woman is looking for answers after two of her horses were shot outside her home last Sunday, (Feb. 9).

One of her horses, Jack, died from his injuries.

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QOTD 0

Leo Tolstoy:

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

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The Disinformation Superhighway 0

At Science 2.0, Hank Campbell explores the role of “social” media in fomenting untruth and the sometime complicity of journalism in perpetuating the disinformation.

Methinks that “distrust but verify” is a good guideline as regards “social” media.

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A Misdirection Play . . . 0

. . . of monumental proportions.

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“An Informed Electorate” 0

Ed from Gin and Tacos reports.

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Stray Thought, Textual Interpretation Dept. 0

Judging from the activity of my telly fones, the “Do Not Call List” is thoroughly castrated, so I reckon that my wish for a “Do Not Text List” is a lost cause. But, honest to Betsy, I’m sick of unsigned texts from unknown phones asking me to support/contribute to/vote for this or that pol/cause/campaign.

If they signed their names, I might feel more charitabl–On second thought, no.

Obnoxious and intrusive is obnoxious and intrusive, signed or unsigned.

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The Rule of Lawless, Get Out of Jail Free Dept. 0

Methinks David understates the situation.

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The Rule of Lawless 0

David Frum explains the theory and the action.

Via Field Negro.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite to your friends.

Police said officers responded to a 911 call about the shooting around 4:40 p.m. and found 21-year-old Joshua Allen dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to report, the 911 caller said “I need an ambulance fast, my brother was messing with a gun and it went off accidentally hitting his best friend”.

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QOTD 0

Len Deighton:

When old men decided to barter young men for pride and profit, the transaction was called war.

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And Now for a Musical Interlude 0

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

NJ.com’s Jerry Schneider is reclined (figuratively) to give Delta’s CEO a lecture.

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Race Coarse Callers 0

Cartoon lampooning the hysterical horse-race coverage of the Democratic presidential nomination process.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Do you want a side of fries with your politeness?

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