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Journal Journal: mostly hasta la pasta

Unfortunately the mix in the journal community long ago ceased being what it had been, so I've done the long-overdue thing and switched my new JE notification from web to email.


Journal Journal: Trump - a warning from the present 8

I don't believe for a second Trump believes a word he's saying.

What I am concerned about is that Trump could, very realistically, be elected because of the views he's espousing. That says something terrible about too many people at the moment, and also makes possible the frightening scenario whereby someone who believes what Trump is currently saying could be elected too.

In the mean time, Trump is also validating the opinions of many extremists.


Journal Journal: Conspiracy resets to ... conspiracy 29

It seems that some conservatives have finally looked at the calendar and realized that indeed the clock has run out on their previously strongly-held belief that President Barack "Lawnchair" Obama would institute single-payer health care during his administration. Now, some are taking that conspiracy and attaching it to their conspiracy about Hillary Clinton's campaign, claiming that she will implement what President Lawnchair was unwilling and unable to implement. This of course ignores the fact that Hillary has consistently been opposed to single payer, continues to oppose single payer, and is sponsored by Wall Street and the Insurance Industry (who also do better when single payer is repeatedly shot down).
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Journal Journal: circular economics, or sound 23

I haven't been regularly visiting /. these last several months. I got a dog, a 2 year old Golden Retriever, and have been breaking him in to life with me. That and I have to get up at a time in the morning that begins with a "4" lately, AKA "oh-dark-thirty", so I hardly ever even turn my computer on during the week. Pre-pooch, I must've just been doing it cuz I was bored. Okay, that didn't sound right. But then again, Slashdot really is mostly just people making faux-intellectual love to themselves.

Anyways, for some real intellectual stimulation, ponder the interesting notion ole Bernie (half-heartedly) offered in the last Dem debate: He was asked that wouldn't raising the minimum wage put some workers out of work. The interesting idea was, that the workers who got to keep their jobs would now have more disposable income, and buy goods and services that they are not now, that would then mean new jobs for those who lost them in the minimum wage hike.

I have absolutely no head/intuition for economics, and as such can't figure out for myself if there could be anything to that or if it's obvious (except to me) utter poop.


Journal Journal: GOP trolling succeeds again 14

When GWB was president, we were told that we could not reveal plans for defeating enemies because it would "embolden" them (we learned later on that the truth of the matter was that no actual plans existed). Now with very high probability of the GOP not winning the white house in 2016 either, they are - as they often do - pretending that such a restriction never existed before and demanding that the democratic candidates (and POTUS) immediately reveal their plans for defeating ISIS.

As usual, because the democrats are cowardly, they have already started to cave in to those demands. We can't possibly imagine what tack the republicans will take against that in the coming months...

Journal Journal: Capituation 17

Just a rather obvious observation that nobody seems willing to make. Responding to a terrorist event by banning people who are trying to escape those terrorists does not hurt the terrorists in the slightest. It's actually what they want.

And giving terrorists what they want generally doesn't stop terrorism.


Journal Journal: The Kevlar Kandidate Sounds Off On ISIS 50

Scott "Kevlar" Walker has boldly taken a stance to discriminate against all Syrians .

"The state of Wisconsin will not accept new Syrian refugees"

He was interestingly (and not unusually) countered by reality in the article:

Walker's office didn't clarify what authority the State of Wisconsin would have to block the entry of a legal resident of the United States to the state or how state officials would even know if a refugee moved to Wisconsin

But he certainly won't let that get in the way.

There is also a handy running tally of which governors are stepping in this so far - a current total of 26, of which 25 are republicans and at least two are officially running for the presidential nomination. It almost seems like the kevlar kandidate is actually trying to make his neighbor from Minnesota look better

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Journal Journal: There's a reason it's called Terrorism, not Endofcivilizationism. 30

For the next few days, weeks, months, the usual suspects will channel their fears and hatred towards both those who murdered in France two days ago, and those who disagree with them on how to tackle it. They'll whip themselves up into a hatred-filled frenzy against those who are unfortunate enough to share the same religion as the terrorists, and they'll blow the "threat" up out of all proportion.

These people are simply stupid. Don't get angry at them, ignore them. They're victims of terrorism in its purest sense - they're the people shitting their pants at what just transpired, in a way nobody in Paris, New York, or London is doing, or will do. They're weak, scared, and pathetic, and they're lashing out at everyone from ordinary Muslims to Liberals because ISIL just played them like a violin.

Tomorrow is another day. It'll be like Tuesday of last week, except there'll be 150 or so fewer people to enjoy it thanks to a group of religious extremists who represent nobody but themselves. We'll miss those who are gone, but life goes on. Dealing with those who cause such horrors involves reason and human decency. ISIL's plan involves us having neither. Their success requires we have neither.

But we're better than they are.


Journal Journal: Pale Moon

I broke down and installed Pale Moon as my default browser. For those who haven't heard of it, it's Firefox 3.x with updates.

Comments so far? Well, it seems snappy, but then most browsers do if they don't have any crud from a year's worth of browsing sessions. Compatability looks OK. Memory usage is not off the wall but not awesome either - I've suspected for a while that the out-of-control memory usage of Firefox has more to do with how Javascript is being used these days than anything Firefox itself is doing.

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Journal Journal: Operation Wetback II 7

At lunch time MSNBC was questioning Trump's idea to deport illegal immigrants. The questions raised that I'm able to recall are:
1) How can it be done humanely?
2) How can they all be found?
3) What about the separation of families?

What popped into my head was: Q: How is it done for any other lawbreakers?

A: We apprehend them, and then we transport them.

You put them in handcuffs, to keep them from trying to elude authorities once captured. If they spit or bite, you put a mask on them. If they kick, you hogtie them. Going back for a sec, if they resist cuffing, you taze or pepperspray them. We already know how to do this humanely.

Put them in a vehicle, tell them to watch their heads as they get in, make sure their feet are in before closing the door (i.e. what seems to be perfectly routine policy, for law enforcement agencies from all over the country, from watching the show "Cops"), and then drive them to where they're told to take them.

Imagine a crew of people who'd pulled off some bank robberies. We'd do the obvious; pick them up at home, at work, at the grocery store, or whereever we had the element of surprise/had more likelihood of successfully taking them into custody without them being more prepared to escalate it into more violence.

On rounding every last one up, for lawbreakers in general, we can't find them all now. It doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Or that we should legalize bank robbery.

And we already separate lawbreakers from their families. If we avoided doing anything at all that had any side effects or downsides whatsoever, we wouldn't do anything.

It seems like on a practical level we'd probably want to try to get a couple of things done first:

I) Settle the "anchor baby" thing, Constitutionally. The kids should be considered just as illegal as their parents, and better to deport the family as an intact unit, than the kids going to wherever the government puts them when there's no parent left in the home.

II) Build the wall. Whether that be a physical wall, or a virtual wall implemented via technology, or sections of both. But it makes less sense to begin seriously bailing water out of the boat before you've plugged its holes.

As to where to transport them to, what are we doing with Syrian refugees? Apparently we've picked out 190 cities in this country where they'll be dropped off at. So pick 190 cities in Latin America.

And give the deportees their choice, as presumably many would want to be placed at or near where they came from or where extended family is located. We don't owe them that, but we're a generous people, we just don't want to be taken advantage of anymore. Give them a few bottles of water, some military rations, and some pesos in their pockets.

And possibly, for some, literature on how to apply for legal citizenship (and some idea of how long the wait might take). But legal immigration is a topic unto itself. Such as the purpose(s) of it. And how much truth there is behind "jobs Americans won't do".


Journal Journal: Media bias 8

It has to be said, in defence of the whole "Lieberal media" nonsense, that the media has been telling a lot of lies about Ben Carson recently, albeit most of which sourced from his autobiography.

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Journal Journal: tomaaato/tomotto; either way, it's red 7

From http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/07/quentin-tarantinos-anti-cop-comments-came-revolutionary-communist-rise-event/, on one reason why no one mentioned that one little factoid:

Part of this is the legacy of the Leftâ(TM)s single-largest victory in the culture war: decades of attacks on âoeMcCarthyismâ have smothered criticism of communism.

By portraying the critics of communism as conspiracy theorists and fringe kooks, the Left has created a chill effect on an entire generation.

We see the impact todayâ"nobody wants to call out actual, avowed, self-admitted, proud communists, lest they be accused of being a right-wing nut job using McCarthyite tactics.

It's an excellent point. Smitty's in denial. Bill O'Reilly outright lies about it (he's smart enough, and connnected enough, to know). The Left has made it impolite to call a communist a communist. It's been made to be like saying someone is like Hitler.

We've been suckered into obeying an imposed cultural norm of not speaking truthfully about certain truths. The GOP tells us that Islamic terrorism is our greatest threat. Fox News happily reports things and blissfully leaves out what it all means or the why, as if no one knows/it's some big mystery of the universe.

The Right wing goes along with perpetuating the Left's equivalent of the Devil's greatest con. Even the emperor's rivals are afraid to admit the obvious. We are truly the Left's bitches. It's amazing what asses Americans have let them make of us.

And what are we really talking about here. Are we calling those who want to demolish the American system abruptly "communists", and those who are doing it slowly "socialists"? As if only the former are who we should be worried about?

Even breitbart.com wimpily avoids the real issue. Communist orgs are relatively small and a dime a dozen. I remember seeing, quite some time ago now, on C-SPAN ole Democrat Sen. Tom "we passed this right [to health insurance] for the American people" Harkin speak at a Communist Party of America rally. So Tarantino spoke at a Revolutionary Communist Party event. Whatever.

The vast majority of the Left know America won't be brought down via revolutionary uprising by the proletariat, or blacks, or any other. What's been eating away at America the last several decades is the work of Leftists *within* the system. But there's too much social pressure to point out what's happening, and certainly too much to talk about why/what's behind it.

"Independent" Sen. Bernie Sanders is at least honest about himself, and no one bats an eye about it. He got a question in the debate something to the effect of is America ready for its first socialist president. Since we're already having ours, what they really meant is our first openly socialist president. And what would be meant by openly in this case is not just openly acting and sounding like a socialist but calling themself that.

Obama won't call Islamic terrorists Islamic terrorists, and the Right wing won't call communists(/Leftists/liberals/Marxists/Progressives/whatever) communists. Both are full of shit.


Journal Journal: Ben Carson Shows How To Lie 37

Conservative sweetheart Ben Carson has a bit of a problem with the truth (not that this is atypical for his party). He recently admitted to an all-out lie:

Ben Carson's campaign on Friday acknowledged he never applied nor was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point - a tale he included in his autobiography and that he has repeated since then, POLITICO reported on Friday.

Carson's campaign said the account of receiving a scholarship offer from the prestigious military school was a fabrication.

But, of course, as he has the correct consonant after his name, this is all fine and dandy, right?

campaign manager Barry Bennett told POLITICO in an email. "They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission."


Journal Journal: No President Lessig 3

So Larry's dropped out of the race. This is because the Democratic Party are totally unfair, because they said someone needs to have more than 1% of the vote for a slightly more sustained period of time than Lessig could manage.

In other words, the Democratic Party didn't want to waste anyone's time with clear no-hopers who were only running to use their debates and a convention as a platform.

I'm with the Democratic Party on this, for two reasons. One is I agree with them. The other is quite simply that tech does not currently deserve a place in polite society when it comes to discussing the major social issues of our time.

If we're still throwing tantrums in 2015 because we can't call Anita Sarkeesian the C-word on a Go language mailing list, then as an industry we need some deep introspection, and we need to ask ourselves why the hell such a small band of lucky, privileged, individuals as ourselves (we're overpaid for work we love, be honest) are fundamentally incapable of dealing with people less fortunate than ourselves.

Lessig is the only Democratic Party candidate worthy of having his speeches interrupted by BLM. That's how terrible we are.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.