From Pine View Farm

November, 2017 archive

Geeking Out 0

Virtual Machines of Windows 7 (licensed and activated) and Devuan Jessie with the MATE (that’s “Mah-teh,” not “mate”) desktop environment running in VirtualBox on Slackware 14.2 using the KDE desktop environment.


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Goldman’s Sacks 0

The Trumpled Essence 0

Josh Marshall explains.

Hucksterbee 0

Sarah Huckabee Sanders behind podium labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

“These Guys Are Idiots!” 0

Thom explains how the Republican tax plan counter-intuitive and destructive.

Of course, the Republican tax plan is powered by the Republican belief that their is no such thing as the common good.

Twits on Twitter, Reprise 0

Rat:  To improve the veracity of social media postings, I'm establishing firm journalist standards for all of my future tweets.  Goat:  Great idea.  What are the new rules?  Rat:  If it feels true, tweet is.  Goat:  Oh.  Good.  Rat:  And even if it doesn't feel true, tweet it anyways.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Extreme twits.

The Pusher Men 0

Richard French of the Regional News Network interviews Pap about the opioid epidemic.

Transcript here.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another gun with a trigger finger of its own:

A man suspected of carrying a gun that went off Sunday afternoon at a mall in Orange County is now in police custody (the mope turned himself in–ed.).


Investigators say a bullet ricocheted when a gun was discharged into the floor in front of an American Eagle store at the Galleria at Crystal Run mall in Middletown on Sunday.

Investigators say a 49-year-old Goshen woman and her 12-year-old son were hit in the legs. Police said it was unclear if the shooting was intentional or an accident.

Just another day in NRA Paradise . . . .


Rex Stout:

. . . bad blood is for lawyers what a bad tooth is for a dentist.

Stout, Rex, The Red Box (New York: Bantam, 2009), p. 92

“Pay No Attention to the Man behind the Curtain” 0

Republican Elephant hands out bags of money to rich persons, saying,

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All the News that Fits 0

Time Magazine has a Koch problem.

Flights of Fancy 0

Daniel Ruth goes off on a wing and a boondoggle.

Suffer the Children, One Moore Time 0

Man wearing MAGA hat and Confederate flag tee shirt embracing Roy Moore and saying,

Via Job’s Anger.

Tax Evasion 0

At The Bangor Daily News, David Farmer sums up the Republican strategy to tax the poor to enrich the rich:

How to pass bad tax bill: Move fast, lie about impacts, hope for the best.

Follow the link for details.

No Deviation (from the Party Line) 0

Persons sitting at lunch counter.  Man is reading newspaper with headline,

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Swan song.

The beloved Sunriver trumpeter swan ‘Chuck’ was killed Thanksgiving Day.

Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills says shooting swans is illegal because they are not considered game birds in Oregon. He also says the incident took place in an area where hunting is not allowed. “We do not believe that it was an accident. It does appear to be a very direct and specific shot, to and or at ‘Chuck,’ that caused his injury. I think it was just cruel, and intentional, and we’re certainly hoping that we can come to some kind of conclusion in the near future.”

Boys and their toys . . . .

Hacks Hacked 0

Man leaving holiday sale carrying parcels looks at messages on his smart phone:  From Uber,

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John Oliver:

Congress never loses its capacity to disappoint you.

Behind the Hoopla 0

Foon Rhee is concerned that Donald Trump’s daily trollish behavior is distracting the public and the media from the concrete effects he is having on government and governance. Here’s a bit:

While Trump’s setbacks on major legislation in Congress – health care and, maybe soon, tax cuts – get a lot of attention, he is quietly changing policy and regulations through his cabinet secretaries and other appointees. At the moment, he’s in a court battle to put his own director in charge so he can remake the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the few reforms after the Wall Street meltdown to help working Americans.

And while Trump railed against Obama’s executive orders during the campaign, he has issued nearly twice as many so far and is on the second fastest pace of any president in the last 50 years, behind only Dwight Eisenhower.