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Journal Journal: Cruz won't even worry about truth this early 26

Did Ted Cruz gin up Iowa voter histories?
That is actually one of the kinder reviews of the campaign mailers that the Cruz campaign sent out. One of my favorite bits so far on this is that apparently the campaign arbitrarily picked either "55%", "65%", or "75%" as a voting "score" for the people they mailed these out to (some say this may have been in part because the state voting records don't have enough information to calculate this number).

The reply from Cruz himself is interesting:

Cruz himself said in Iowa: "I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote."

User Journal

Journal Journal: A draw 20

I'm thinking actually the Iowa results are the way the country should go. What we actually need is for Clinton and Sanders to share the presidency.

Sure, the constitution says nothing about presidential sharing. But it doesn't actually contain any language that rules it out either, limiting the presidency to one person (er, it probably does actually, it does say "Natural born citizen" which would probably be interpreted as singular by those fussy pedants at the supreme court, but I'm a true American, and like most strict constitutionalists, I say the constitution means whatever I can twist it to mean that I think would be good), so rather than continue with this wholly unnecessary primary nonsense, which is divisive and will just end up with us fighting each other, why don't we have Clinton and Bernie run together.

As equals, I mean, not as President/Vice President.

Think about it. Bernie can be the ideas person, the person who says "Look, let's get rid of that stupid hack Obamacare BS and bring in single payer, and also let's take all the Koch brother's money away.", and Clinton can use her honed political skills to get these policies actually passed.

We can make Ted Cruz vice president, nominally to be bipartisan, but actually so we have something to threaten the Republican establishment with if they don't do what we ask them to. "Oh, you wouldn't want us to resign and have your favorite Canadian become President would you?" "OK, OK, you win Hillary, improved infrastructure spending it is!"

What do you think?

Democrats

Journal Journal: Though we laugh at the choice before serious Republicans... 4

...as a Democrat I increasingly don't like the options available to us too.

Sanders will get nothing done. Nothing. Four years of no government in the middle of what will probably be a repeat of the 2008 recession. He'll be even more ineffectual than Obama. And Clinton will head in the wrong direction with what she does get done.

I actually wonder if a third party would stand a chance of actually winning in this climate - at least for Clinton vs Trump anyway. Unfortunately I can't really think of anyone who'd win who'd be good, though they might be mildly better than the party candidates.

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Journal Journal: and you're gonna like it, too

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Journal Journal: GOP operatives celebrating their own stupidity 15

Republican Operatives Try to Help Bernie Sanders

Apparently some of the GOP brass have drank enough Jesus Juice that they believe they can beat Sanders, in spite of

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds him leading Trump nationally by 15 points, while Clinton leads Trump by 10 points.

The GOP fail spin is indeed quite amusing to watch. It's unclear how they will ever make it back out of the woods a second time. If Sanders won the nomination, the GOP would need more than their usual strategy of voter obstruction to keep him out of the white house. If he won the white house, they would only make themselves look even more ridiculous and hypocritical to keep with their strategy of congressional obstruction as a platform.

User Journal

Journal Journal: de-militarize the police 8

One good idea from the Dem debate tonight, from Bernie, was to de-militarize the police. I don't recall there being much in the way of specifics, beyond something about them not looking like an occupying force. But it got me thinking, thusly:

1) Make it illegal for the federal government to sell military gear to non-military entities, and make it illegal for civilian police forces purchase surplus military gear. (Whatever private individuals are allowed to buy would be unaltered.)

2) Remove SWAT teams from police forces and transfer them to each state's National Guard. Police would request SWAT assistance from them, with the idea that deployments would require more justification.

3) Remove military gear from non-military federal government agencies such as the DEA, ATF, and whichever others have them. I would include in this the overstocking of bullets; massive stockpiling of ammunition is quasi-military to me.

In short, no military-style operations on US soil. I don't care if it's under the guise of the WOT or the War on Drugs or any other war. All law enforcement business should be conducted as civilians dealing with (fellow) civilians.

An explicit, strict "Separation of Military and Police" doctrine. A separation between the two needs to become one of our national values. Maybe such a consciousness would change mindsets in police forces and cut down on brutality and lethality.

p.s. I think it was in a George Will column around Christmas where it was said that more monetary value was stolen by law enforcement in the country in 2015 than by criminals. So asset forfeiture laws are also obviously corrupting influences on police/policing forces and deserve to be looked at.

p.p.s. From the I-Told-You-So Dept.: "The Democratic [sic] Party in the United States worked since Harry Truman to get the Affordable Care Act passed. We finally have a path to universal healthcare." -- Hillary Clinton tonight

p.p.p.s. Currently playing in my head these days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOrXKiSy8ZY

Republicans

Journal Journal: Nope, the GOP has no problem getting women in to the tent... 2

Report: Cranston seniors director resigned after having man dress as woman for press conference

Cranston's director of senior services stepped down last week after she had a male bus driver for the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center masquerade as a woman to improve visuals at a press conference.

The man was wearing a dress, earrings, lipstick, and a wig, according to the report.

Stenhouse's last public appearance (the one featuring the man dressed up in drag for the conference)?

an initiative that Stenhouse had put together: the creation of a student snow-shoveling brigade to help poor and infirm older people. Students receive high school community service credits for their efforts.

There was an announcement at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, in which some students gleefully shoveled snow from a pile Stenhouse arranged despite the lack of snowfall.

But, of course, Republicans wouldn't waste money like this, would they?

Stenhouse, 56, of Warwick, is a former Republican member of the Warwick City Council and a current member of the Warwick Planning Board. She was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Rhode Island secretary of state in 2006 and was an aide to Donald L. Carcieri when he was governor.

Ooops, scratch that one.

Ubuntu

Journal Journal: My hard drive crashed and I'm kinda happy about it 9

I'm not happy about the data I lost, though it could have been a lot worse. The file system is mostly accessible and more files than I first thought are recoverable. I'm also fairly sure the really important stuff is in multiple places.

But... I ordered a replacement, which was an SSD. I had the choice between a HD of approximately the same size as the one I was replacing, or an SSD of 2/3 of the size for the same price. Given the likely cause of the crash was that my laptop had been pulled onto the floor a few times by my toddler, and probably not helped by it bouncing on my lap over the last four years, SSD seemed like a good idea.

And it was. My machine is completely silent, and feels a lot faster. Which makes me happy.

So then, because Ubuntu hasn't been entirely going in the right direction lately, I did some experimenting with alternatives. Fedora was... unstable enough during installation and set up for me to feel it probably wasn't the way to go. So then I tried Mint. Have you tried Mint? Mint is Ubuntu. No, really, it is, the repositories are the same with one addition. But that one addition? That's a bunch of packages designed to fix Ubuntu.

With Fedora I tried GNOME Shell (not really my thing), GNOME Classic (God awful, what the hell is wrong with these people?), and Cinnamon (what GNOME Classic should have been - wonderful.)

And so I installed Mint with Cinnamon. And it installed without any problems, and made it easy to set up the proprietary drivers for my laptop, and "just works" because it's really Ubuntu in disguise, and it all works. Which makes me happy.

But I missed having Mac style menus at the top. And found there was a plug-in/applet/whatever for Cinnamon that does just that. And it turned out all you had to do to install it was download a zip'd snapshot from Github, and unzip it to a directory inside .config, and install some Ubuntu packages, and then enable it and reboot.

And it worked. Which makes me happy.

And finally I reinstalled Steam. And checked which games I had were capable of being installed under GNU/Linux without Wine. And Saints Row IV was one of them. Which makes me happy.

So, I could get upset about the missing data. But I'm hopeful I haven't lost anything important that isn't backed up somewhere else. And obviously I'd have rather not paid money for a new drive and a USB SATA adapter.

But somehow I seem to have ended up with a much nicer computer at the end of it. Sometimes the Universe balances itself out.

The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: Macy's to Close 40 Stores nationwide 4

This week a list of 40 stores that Macy's will close in 2016 was announced :
  • Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, Calif.
  • Country Club Plaza, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Westfield Century City, Los Angeles (This store will be closed in January 2016 and replaced with a new, larger store to open in this same shopping center in spring 2017)
  • Enfield Square main store, Enfield, Conn.
  • Enfield Square furniture/home/men's store, Enfield, Conn.
  • North DeKalb Mall, Decatur, Ga.
  • Kailua, Hawaii
  • Palouse Mall, Moscow, Idaho
  • Northwoods Mall, Peoria, Ill.
  • Cortana Mall, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Valley Mall, Hagerstown, Md.
  • Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough, Mass.
  • Eastfield Mall, Springfield, Mass.
  • The Shoppes at Stadium, Columbia, Mo.
  • Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, N.J.
  • McKinley Mall main store, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • McKinley Mall home store, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Arnot Mall, Horsehead, N.Y.
  • Hudson Valley Mall, Kingston, N.Y.
  • Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Cary Towne Center, Cary, N.C.
  • Chapel Hill Mall, Akron, Ohio
  • Midway Mall, Elyria, Ohio
  • Quail Springs Mall, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Pony Village Mall, North Bend, Ore.
  • Roseburg Valley Mall, Roseburg, Ore.
  • Suburban Square, Ardmore, Pa.
  • Century III Mall, West Mifflin, Pa.
  • Ridgmar Mall, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Chesapeake Square, Chesapeake, Va.
  • Virginia Center Commons, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Peninsula Town Center, Hampton, Va.
  • Military Circle Mall, Norfolk, Va.
  • Regency Square main store, Richmond, Va.
  • Regency Square furniture/home/men's store, Richmond, Va.
  • Downtown Spokane, Spokane, Wash.

This little snippet is interesting as well:

Macy's also announced Wednesday that it has engaged Eastdil Secured in conjunction with Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs to approach potential interested parties to form joint ventures to utilize the company's mall-based properties as well as its flagship real estate in Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Is slashdot mangling underscores in user names now?

It's entirely possible that I didn't notice this before. What I see today is odd, though. If we look at my friend smitty we see that for some reason the underscores in his name are no longer recognized. I say no longer as my browser still remembers looking at his JEs or comments with underscores (ie, smitty_one_each) even though if I try to do that now it comes up telling me that user does not exist.

Equally peculiar, the underscore in my user name still works. Is it something with the fact that his name has two underscores, and mine only one? Was this part of the "fix" to the login problems we were having over the past two (or so) weeks?
Bug

Journal Journal: I see I'm not the only one with login problems here... 1

Back on Monday I mentioned a problem with the comment system , which I'm pretty sure is actually coming from the login system more specifically. Interestingly others are also bringing it up in the front page story on predictions for 2016 .

For as much as makes no difference, my prediction is that this site won't make it to Dec 31 of 2016. Leadership is gone, there is no sign that any actual programmers still work here, the editors have been phoning it in for years, and the site has been up for sale for some time now. New bugs keep popping up, and old ones just remain.

If you haven't had the bug yet - and in my case it comes up in both firefox and chrome - it works like this. When you first load the page, you find that it doesn't show you being logged in. Then you hit F5, and you are logged in. Then you go to a front page story, and you are logged in. However you try to post a comment or reply in that story, and suddenly you are no longer logged in.

One new feature with this one is now when I try to post a comment (even though it will only allow me to do that as AC) the submit and preview buttons are eventually not rendered. This makes it particularly difficult to finish posting the comment.

Whoever leaves last, I hope you remember to turn out the lights. It would be a shame to keep wasting all that electricity.
User Journal

Journal Journal: RIP Ian Murdock

And what the hell has happened to Slashdot? It seems the jerk quotient at Slashdot hit near infinity when Gamergate happened.

Bug

Journal Journal: Anyone else having problems with the comment system? 5

Not sure if there is something wrong with my browser or what, but I've had a few times where I've gone to send a comment and found that slashdot has mysteriously logged me out in the process. Then I start a new tab and things are OK again. A few times the main page has shown me not logged in as well, only to refresh and find myself logged in. It seems that stories are still be posted as usual right now, so the whole system doesn't seem to be down as it was last time...
Republicans

Journal Journal: Conservative tactic of the day: Anger Wherever you Can 35

I was reading through google news when I came upon a Reuters article about Ted Cruz claiming the media is "taking aim" at this children . It was mentioned that the cartoon he is up in arms over was in the Washington Post, but had been removed, so I looked briefly for it.

The first hit for it in a google images search came from Breitbart , pretty well guaranteeing the least-favorable depiction possible of the cartoon.

The response from the cartoonist is that indeed they were depicting Cruz's kids as being manipulated by him for his campaign. I will say, though, that before seeing it I didn't even know he had two kids. Had I seen it before the outrage I would have thought it was saying he was manipulating the GOP electorate as if they were a couple of small monkeys.

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