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I was away from the computer most of the weekend, slowly getting the house back into shape after a summer of working more outdoors than indoors. I know how true this is:


  1. James
    James October 8, 2018 6:27 am

    Haven’t even looked at the links yet, but I love the Oreos thing! Applies to cats, too. And kids, although that’s in my past now.

  2. Claire
    Claire October 8, 2018 7:27 am

    Thanks, Skytrooper. I’ve updated the item — though I admit I’m still not 100% convinced.

  3. Mark Call
    Mark Call October 8, 2018 8:02 am

    What’s openly happening to what was once “open-sourced” is a bigger deal than most realize.

    MicroShaft and Apple operating systems are not only “public-private partners” but evidently compromised internally with “backdoors” and approved spyware (although since users can’t see the code anyway, most won’t know how or what.)

    Linux and all its variants (Redhat, Ubuntu, etc, etc) are one of the primary alternatives for those who don’t want to have computer systems that are known informants (although, yes, if Intel and AMD really HAVE succumbed to the same malady, and incorporated hardware threats, all bets are off, unless you have old 486 machines around somewhere…)

    …and the attack on open-source systems was arguably inevitable.

    Here’s the key line:

    “…An open-source project isn’t about “what is best for the community,” it is about what is best for the project. We are not your warm and fuzzy encounter group, here to validate your belief that you are a programmer. We are here to develop and improve software…and if that’s not your goal, kindly take yourself somewhere else. If you do something abysmally stupid, or blatantly contradictory to the project goals, expect to be told so, bluntly, without “welcoming and inclusive” language, or undue respect to your “differing viewpoint and experiences.”

    Save a copy now. (There are unix discussions about a ‘fork’ already. But the ‘spy-vs-spy’ battle is evidently on.)

  4. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal October 8, 2018 8:47 am

    I would love that Montana property even without bunkers. The bunkers (and searching for them) would just be icing on the cake. Anyone want to donate to the cause of putting me there?

    How to survive a traffic stop“? Are they also going to teach kids how to survive a rape? I mean, you wouldn’t want to do anything to upset the rapist. He might decide to kill you for his own safety. Don’t point out the evils of choosing to molest people, just make sure the victims are property slavish. #CopsAreLosers #LosersBecomeCops

    A 90 year old murderer? That’s got to be unusual.

    It may not have been a dog, but it is definitely canine. The tail doesn’t look coyote or wolf. But it does have a strangeness to its walk. Maybe the lights disoriented it a bit. Or maybe it was sick.

  5. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook October 8, 2018 9:05 am

    Interesting article about Cuban doctors in Brazil, but it begs the question: Why does Brazil need to import doctors from Cuba and other countries? What is the problem with Brazil in the first place?

  6. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook October 8, 2018 9:11 am

    I have found the answer. Since 1988, the Brazilian constitution has guaranteed that everyone in Brazil has access to health care. That would explain their problems. So one socialist/communist country is trying to get help from another socialist/communist country, in their efforts to overturn the laws of economics.

  7. larryarnold
    larryarnold October 8, 2018 10:16 am

    Note to YouTube poster: Saying, “Oh, look, there’s an animal” is not “ignoring a wild animal.”

    “Stay calm and keep talking” was a reasonable response, given the critter had already strolled past the camera operator, who got no credit for his or her composure.

    (Based on decades living with a reporter) Response before broadcast:
    “Really? They want me to stand on the side of a muddy road and talk about the county’s response? Like anyone will ever watch that.”
    Response after broadcast:
    “Out of all the cutting-edge work I’ve done, this has to be the one going viral.”

  8. Frank
    Frank October 8, 2018 3:45 pm

    On the dangers of Digital IDs: ‘They’ tell us it is for our convenience but it is to control us. Completely.

    From the last para of the article:

    “We cannot continue on the current path without stopping to build in necessary human rights protections to mitigate harm. Our civil liberties should be the foundation upon which digital ID technologies, platforms, and systems are being constructed.”

    Those who are pushing digital IDs, chipped driving licenses, etc. and those who want to get rid of paper and metal money (fiat and precious metals) do not care anything about human rights protections or our civil liberties and have no intention whatsoever of even trying to do so. The government has been planning ‘1984’ for decades and now with Goolag and Microsoft helping them Big Brother will not be stopped. Complete control. It is inevitable.

    Sad, but true.

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