From Pine View Farm

December, 2018 archive

Sore Losers 0

Tony Norman points out that Republicans, unhappy with the recent election, want to take the ball so nobody else can play.

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Heeee’s Back 0

Well, that was fun.

The connectivity issue seems to have gone away on its own and you can’t troubleshoot something that’s not there. One of the truisms of troubleshooting is that intermittent problems and the hardest to track down.

It seems to have been what one tech I met in a previous incarnation called an “FM” problem. If he was at a customer site and the issue he was called to fix mysteriously went away and if the customer asked what it was, he would say, “Oh, that was an FM problem” and hastily make his escape (“FM” loosely translated means “freaking magic”).

The other problem I was dealing with had to do with the new version of WordPress. WP changed the default editor and, since I “upgraded” my WordPress late last Thursday, I have been unable to publish or revise posts. Clicking to publish or update resulted in a “Publishing (Updating) failed” error.

I found the solution at the WordPress support forums. The one I selected was to install the “classic Editor” plugin, which worked for me because it was quicker than calling my hosting provider to find out how to enable wp-json and I didn’t like that gol-darned newmangled editor anyway.

Now I’m going to run off to recuperate from being in Geek Purgatory for the weekend.

And another H/T to Shaun Mullen for his assistance in working this out.

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Russian Impulses 0

Shaun Mullen thinks push is coming to shove.

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QOTD 0

Benjamin Disraeli:

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.

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The Republican Coups 0

Mike argues that Republicans are winning their war on democracy. In his commentary, he also highlights the hypocrisy if tge self-styled “Christian” conservatives. (Warning: Language. Also, when I viewed it, the audio was fine, but the video wasn’t. It’s the audio that matters.)

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Respect the politeness.

Cousins who witnessed the shooting said one of them brought a legally purchased gun to the party – where attendees had been drinking – to “show it off,” according to Bellevue police reports. The owner of the gun placed the weapon on the kitchen table and Chavez Bedolla picked it up to admire it. He then became angry at the victim and told him, “You disrespected my wife” before shooting him twice in the chest, court documents indicate.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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QOTD 0

Vladimir Nabakov:

Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.

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The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Jay Bookman points out some real life voter fraud. Here’s a bit from his article:

This year, however, conservatives seem to have finally found the evidence of voting fraud that they’ve long sought, and they’ve found it in North Carolina of all places. A Republican political operative, hired by a Republican congressional candidate, has been accused of running a large-scale operation to submit fraudulent absentee ballots in favor of the GOP and to collect and destroy large numbers of absentee ballots in favor of the Democratic candidate.

Do please read the rest, in which he demonstrates that this is but one element in North Carolina Republicans’ steaming, fetid pile of duplicity.

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Batten Down the Hatch Act 0

Elie Mystal reports that the Trump administration has reinterpreted the Hatch Act, which bans Federal employees from partisan politics while on the job. A snippet:

This week, the Office of Special Counsel (not the Mueller people, the guys who say the President can torture people) issued “guidance” about the Hatch Act. They told federal employees that any talk of “impeachment” could violate the Act, as well as talk of “resistance.”

That’s right. Legal counsel to the President unironically conceded that trying to prevent the President of the United States from committing high crimes and misdemeanors, or merely discussing those crimes, was tantamount to working for the Democratic Party and should be prohibited. In TrumpWorld there is no country, only Trump, so anybody working with the interests of the country in mind must be working against Trump and should be subject to prohibitions against political activity.

Follow the link for the rest.

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Spreading the Sepsis 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Mike Wood explores how “social” media propagate misinformation and lies. A snippet:

This ecosystem consists of a variety of people and organisations that cultivate large followings on social media. Through sharing and cross-promotion, they amplify and spread bits of information that fit their particular worldview without fact-checking or basic due diligence. The actors that engage in this kind of practice create a massive, decentralized web of misinformation, one that traditional sources of news are hard-pressed to counteract.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Woman:  If you're so upset that your personal data was given to advertisers, then quit Facebook!  Man:  And give up seeing boring vacation videos, infuriating political comments, and stupid cat videos?

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite when dining al fresco.

According to the corporate general manager at Double Dogs restaurant off Kingston Pike near Cedar Bluff Road, a customer’s gun had unintentionally discharged while they were sitting outside on the patio.

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Trade War Games 0

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More of the Same 0

Werner Herzog’s Bear is not optimistic.

Methinks he has a point.

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QOTD 0

Abba Eban:

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

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Recommended Reading 0

Edmund Crispin’s Gervase Fen mysteries.

They are extraordinarily fanciful and so extraordinarily well-written that suspension of disbelief comes easily.

In an interesting contrast, the novels are long and rambling and full of side trips and digressions and peopled with quirky characters, whereas the short stories, with a few exceptions, are short and quite bare-boned.

A warning, though: The author takes no prisoners. The stories are replete with classical and literary allusions, so have a dictionary and encyclopedia, real or electronic, at hand. Not looking them up does not interfere with the story itself, but looking them makes it richer.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Jason330 makes a valid point:

I’ve said from the beginning that the press should not call them “tweets” but “statements.” We’ve given Trump’s statements through twitter a special status.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

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The Cycle of Strife 0

Title:  The Refugee Cycle.  Image:  Nations become destabilized, with the U. S. sometimes at fault--People flee for their lives--Conservative media distorts and scaremongers--Nationalist movement grows--Support increases for authoritarian regimes and war- and climate change denial, creating more refugees--Repeat until Doomsday--Repeat.

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(Syntax error fixed and that was a new one for me. If you use carets even surrounded by quotation marks in the alt-text for an image, they can still affect the markup.)

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“The Cheatin’ Side of Town the Aisle” 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

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