There is life after Facebook. (I include a plug for Liberdon.) https://medium.com/@gmcgath/5-ways-to-escape-social-media-2640824ffaad
Rand Paul sinks to new depths of cynicism. He says no Republican Senator will vote for impeachment because they put their careers first. He's a Republican Senator, so he's including himself and saying he puts his career ahead of principle. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/16/trump-impeachment-rand-paul-said-senators-have-made-up-their-minds/4493419002/
I misspoke a bit. VT hasn't banned it, but has a real bill proposed to ban it. I was rushing to get a show started half an hour late. Still insane.
Neil Peart of Rush dies at age 67.
"The Man in the White Suit" is a great Alec Guinness movie. It portrays the innovator vs. entrenched interests. But how economically accurate is it? https://medium.com/@gmcgath/the-economics-of-the-man-in-the-white-suit-6a61991146b9?sk=a21e39921360f7bed21ba3ae8102f538
Here's another gem from USA Today's brilliant physicists: "Below deck, only red light is used because it doesn't travel as far as white."
Those constant Firefox update reminders may be annoying, but this one is important. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/01/firefox-gets-patch-for-critical-zeroday-thats-being-actively-exploited/
It doesn't matter whether you're pro- or anti-Smollett. What matters is to remember that if you use Google (or some other big service) for everything, the government can do this to you.
@gmcgath From the article: "Unexpectedly, Trump chose that option, the official said, adding that the president’s decision was spurred on in part by Iran hawks among his advisors."
All I've heard Paul say regarding Trump's decision was that he "got bad advice," which would be consistent with the statement above. Has he weighed in more strongly than that?
Rand Paul excused Trump by saying his advisors made him do it. This wasn't the case at all. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/how-trump-made-the-decision-to-kill-suleimani
Notice that the Democrats in Congress are implying that by default, the president can attack countries without Congressional approval. They want to make sure anyone they get into the White House has that power. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-congress/for-u-s-democrats-little-recourse-over-trump-iran-actions-idUSKBN1Z510F
Iraq is kicking US troops out. Maybe this could be a net win in spite of Trump's best efforts to create a disaster. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/iraq-calls-for-foreign-forces-to-leave-after-u-s-killing-of-iran-commander-idUSKBN1Z409A
What will the impact of this be on open source software? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-artificial-intelligence/u-s-government-limits-exports-of-artificial-intelligence-software-idUSKBN1Z21PT
Stack Exchange tried using cancel culture techniques on Monica Cellio. They backfired completely. I discuss the reasons. https://medium.com/@gmcgath/the-cancel-culture-of-stack-exchange-3b90186cabd6?sk=70016e108508d6ca4a7310e498313e5e
Trump has revived Obama's policy of assassination. And we seem to be at war with Iran today. https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-02/trumps-biggest-foreign-policy-gamble
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