April, 2019 archive
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
Some persons are driven to politeness.
Deputies say a black SUV stopped abruptly in the right-hand lane near the stop light in Boones Mill. The woman moved into the left lane to avoid an accident and continued driving. The black SUV then began driving in front of and behind the woman. She says a woman was driving the SUV and a man in the back seat shot rounds at her vehicle, flattening the tire.
After reviewing video from a local business, deputies were able to identify the suspect vehicle as a black Nissan SUV.
Make TWUUG Your LUG 0
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.
When: Monthly TWUUG meeting at 7:30 p. m. on the first Thursday of the month (May 2, 2019). Pre-meeting dinner at Chicago Uno, JANAF shopping center, 6:00 p. m. (map)
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 (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.
Michael A. Andrews:
Mythreading History 0
In The Roanoke Times, Jeff Thomas takes a scathing look at the myths that white Southerners, particularly Virginians, have created to shield themselves from their history. Here’s a bit:
Money is the root of this. Virginia was founded as The Virginia Company of London, and the same people who owned the state also dominated the state’s politics. The nature of political power over four centuries has not changed even as capitalism transformed the seats of economic wealth from dynastic families to immortal corporations.
How did this happen?
Virginia’s ruling class invented a state religion about the myths of Saint Jefferson and General Lee to control the population. The myth and reality are symbiotic. If everything is great, then why change?
The Dearth of Expertise 0
Paul Krugman explains why “Republican expert” is an oxymoron.
Rationalizing the Irrational 0
How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design?
Not just Texas, folks.
The Misinformation Highway 0
At Psychology Today Blogs, Ira Hyman wonders whether we will be able to save ourselves from drowning in falsehoods. A nugget:
In our discussion, everyone valued the right to free speech. But everyone was also concerned about how much people are inundated with misinformation. Your social media feed undoubtedly contains links to news stories with false claims and memes portraying misinformation. If you search a topic, you are often only one or two clicks from conspiracy theories. Most social media companies have algorithms designed to keep you engaged. And those algorithms find that people respond to click-bait; links that seem more and more unusual. Thus, the quick and easy connections to extreme views and conspiracy theories.
I’m optimistic because people in various disciplines see and understand the problems of misinformation in social media and the news.
But I also remain pessimistic.
Follow the link to learn why his emotions are mixed.
Giving America the Business 0
The flaw in the foolish notion that “government should be run like a business” is that government is not a business. The purpose of government is manage the affairs to the state and the polity, not to make and sell a product.
Llewellyn King suggests that Donald Trump is the logical outcome of said notion.
Trump’s view of the presidency as a proprietorship, the wholly owned property of the CEO, is seen in his actions and even more in his frustrations. If he were sitting atop a giant corporation, his word would be law; he could hire and fire at will, dictate a course of action and maybe retract it. The boss gets what the boss wants, particularly if it is a privately held outfit, like the Trump real estate empire.
Clearly, Trump thought that was what he would do when he took over the United States. His attempts to govern by fiat illustrate that frustration.