February, 2017 archive
Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do. Learn how to use GNU/Linux and its plethora of free and open source software to get stuff done with computers.
It’s not hard; it’s just different.
What: Monthly TWUUG Meeting.
Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.
Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room. See directions below. (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.
When: 7:30 PM till whenever (usually 9:30ish) on Thursday, March 2.
Lake Taylor Hospital
1309 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, Va. 23502 (Map)
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A doctor describes the results of being mean for the sake of mean.
I work at a health clinic in South Seattle, where the majority of patients are immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Recently, I had a 5-year-old come to my office whose mother was complaining that he was urinating on himself at home and at school. She also reported episodes of inconsolable crying and outbursts of rage, including kicking and punching other children. Upon further questioning, it was discovered that all of his symptoms started the week after his father was arrested in front of him and deported to Mexico. I was diagnosing a 5-year old with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Follow the link for more.
Donald Trump, in a fit of pique (does he have any other kind of fits?) is skipping the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Dick Polman thinks this is a good thing. Here’s a nugget from his article:
In short, Trump and his propagandists want to break a constitutionally-protected institution that seeks to hold them accountable. This is a bid for unchecked power, the likes of which we’ve never seen before; this is why I warned all last year that Trump posed a clear and present danger to democracy.
Trump’s game plan (sold to him by his tutor, Steve Bannon) is to delegitimize the press. Attending the dinner would’ve legitimized it. Playing the good sport, being the butt of jokes about Russia (and so much else) would’ve legitimized the revelatory stories.
Do please read the rest.
Pamela Grundy sees a parallel:
Enslaved African Americans (before the Civil War–ed.) were escaping a violent and immoral system that defined them as property. Those in bondage were required to peacefully accept their servile status. Today’s undocumented immigrants are escaping dead-end, often violent situations by coming to a country that needs their labor, but that has a broken immigration system that makes it virtually impossible for most of them to enter legally.
Follow the link for the rest.
Friends are polite to each other.
Deputies were told the 15-year-old was handling the gun when it accidentally fired. A 17-year-old was struck in the arm. His injuries weren’t life-threatening.
The 15-year-old boy panicked, Ireton said. He dropped the gun and ran.
And another gun that fires itself . . . .
The number of reports of gratuitous cruelty, mixed with a large dose of bigotry, by those charged with patrolling the nation’s borders during the last month has been staggering; I’ve noted a few of them in these electrons.
Innocent citizens and non-citizens, distinguished personages and ordinary persons alike have been detained solely because of the sound of their names or the color of their skin.
Will Bunch writes of this today; here’s a snippet from his article.
“The men and women who reportedly handcuffed small children and the elderly, separated a child from his mother and held others without food for 20 hours, are undoubtedly ‘ordinary’ people,” American University professor Chris Edelson wrote. “What I mean by that, is that these are, in normal circumstances, people who likely treat their neighbors and co-workers with kindness and do not intentionally seek to harm others. That is chilling, as it is a reminder that authoritarians have no trouble finding the people they need to carry out their acts of cruelty. They do not need special monsters; they can issue orders to otherwise unexceptional people who will carry them out dutifully.”
It was a striking piece, but now a few weeks later the situation seems actually worse than what he wrote, with these so-called “unexceptional people” actually finding “fun” in carrying out brutal policies for America’s new strongman in the White House.
Read the rest.
Addendum, Later That Same Day:
Yes, it can happen here.
Charles M. Schwab: