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Americans Are Losing Faith in the State

Lew Rockwell Blog - Thu, 2013-11-14 09:51

Therefore the state is losing its power over us. Obamacare may be the final nail in the regime’s coffin, as Larry Summers agrees with Gary North.

Categories: Politics

King Canute Says That Barack Obama Is An Unworthy Ruler

Lew Rockwell Blog - Wed, 2013-11-13 17:56

“…with the greatest vigor he [King Canute] commanded that his chair should be set on the shore, when the tide began to rise. And then he spoke to the rising sea saying ‘You are part of my dominion, and the ground that I am seated upon is mine, nor has anyone disobeyed my orders with impunity. Therefore, I order you not to rise onto my land, nor to wet the clothes or body of your Lord’”.

This, in effect, is Obama’s executive order on climate change, which is equally ludicrous and actually worse since the climate change is not predictable as the tides are. In any event, coping with weather and climate changes is a perfect job for markets.

Now, the rest of the story in which Canute deems Obama unworthy:

“But the sea carried on rising as usual without any reverence for his [Canute's] person, and soaked his feet and legs. Then he moving away said: ‘All the inhabitants of the world should know that the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws’”.

“Therefore King Cnut never afterwards placed the crown on his head, but above a picture of the Lord nailed to the cross, turning it forever into a means to praise God, the great king. By whose mercy may the soul of King Cnut enjoy peace.”

The source of this quotation is here.

Categories: Politics

Don’t Get Stopped for Drugs in New Mexico

Lew Rockwell Blog - Wed, 2013-11-13 15:47

The police will literally look inside you for drugs. This is also another reason not to be a custom and border patrol agent–you might be assigned to watch people defecate and look for drugs they might be carrying. The drug war is evil. The DEA is evil. The US government is evil. And so is every Republican politician who supports the drug war no matter how much he talks about lower taxes and less government.

Categories: Politics

Richard Cohen in Trouble Again

Lew Rockwell Blog - Wed, 2013-11-13 15:40

Richard Cohen, the left-liberal WaPo columnist, has the entire thought police jumping up and down on his head over this. But my favorite Cohen incident involved gender. Right after ‘When Harry Met Sally” debuted 1n 1989, with its famous fake orgasm scene in Katz’s delicatessen, women in the WaPo newsroom were bragging about how easy it is to fool men, while thinking about other things. So Cohen wrote–in a column apparently not online–that men also find it easy to fool women. “We only pretend to listen to you,” he said, and have a well-practiced routine of um, un-huh, mmm, etc. to disguise that we’re really thinking about football or something else interesting instead of you. Well, as you can imagine, the feminists were unhinged, and he had to crawl on his belly like a reptile, say he didn’t really mean it, etc. to keep his job.

Categories: Politics

A New Birth of Tyranny: Lincoln’s “Entirely Fraudulent” Gettysburg Address

Lew Rockwell Blog - Wed, 2013-11-13 15:20

Today’s essay by Kirkpatrick Sale brilliantly illustrates the “entirely fraudulent” nature of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  The “nation” was not founded in 1776, as Lincoln weirdly asserted, but years later when the Constitution was ratified; it was not founded on the principle of egalitarianism(“all men are created equal”) either; the founders did not revere democracy (“government of the people, by the people, for the people”) but feared it; and the War to Prevent Southern Independence was not fought over any of these things, as Lincoln falsely claimed in what has to be the Biggest Political Lie in American history.

The great H.L. Mencken recognized this decades ago.  The late Joe Sobran also demolished this lie while pointing out that the entire purpose of the existence of such neocon propaganda mills as Harry Jaffa’s Claremont Institute is to perpetuate this Big Lie since it is the “rhetoric of continuing revolution” (a.k.a., the rhetoric of perpetual war for perpetual peace).  Most of the rest of Lincoln’s rhetoric about the American founding, about which Sobran thought he knew next to nothing, is properly characterized as a “spectacular absurdity” by Donald Livingston.

Categories: Politics

The Invisible Bike Helmet

Lew Rockwell Blog - Wed, 2013-11-13 12:45

Capitalist girls in Sweden invent it. (Thanks to Malcolm)

Categories: Politics

Veterans Day Is Misnamed

Lew Rockwell Blog - Wed, 2013-11-13 11:50

And I don’t mean because it began as Armistice Day. A reader suggests that it be called Worship the Veterans Day. Can’t believe I never thought of that.

Categories: Politics

Wearable Tech Is Just an Expensive Joke

Dvorak Insights - Wed, 2013-11-13 08:03
Propelled by the Quantified Self movement, wearable technologies are little more than a waste of money.
Categories: Computers

Talking Tom Woods…

Lew Rockwell Blog - Tue, 2013-11-12 20:04

It’s funny that Secretary of State John Kerry dropped everything to rush to Geneva as the P5+1 talks between the US/allies and Iran seemed to be moving inevitably toward a breakthrough agreement. Then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s teeth-gnashing became deafening and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius carried his water to scuttle the agreement, tossing in demands that the Iranians cease construction on the Arak heavy water reactor among other impossible demands.

The US Congress is poised this week to intensify its subservience to the war party and its Israeli and Saudi chapters by passing new sanctions on Iran — their way of tossing an IED into the negotiating room.

I was really happy and privileged to join Tom Woods yesterday to discuss the latest on Iran and related issues like Syria. If you like, please listen to the Tom Woods Show to hear more.

Categories: Politics

Hanging Out At The Ron Paul Channel…

Lew Rockwell Blog - Tue, 2013-11-12 19:38

I was down in Texas with Ron Paul this weekend to hand over Ron Paul’s famous 1979 Chevette to the lucky auction winners — and generous RPI donors — and to tour the fantastic set of the Ron Paul Channel.

I was so thrilled when Dr. Paul asked me to be a guest on his program while I was there! The episode, where we discussed the US Africa Command and the US militarization of Africa — as well as reflected on the “old days” in the House — aired today on the Ron Paul Channel. There is a teaser at the link, but to view the entire program it is necessary to subscribe to the Ron Paul Channel. I know I am biased, but I was one of the first subscribers and I love having a real alternative to the mainstream, corporate garbage that is constantly shoveled down our throats.

Categories: Politics

The Icon of Truth-Telling,

Lew Rockwell Blog - Tue, 2013-11-12 14:21

Bill Clinton, has advised President Obama to tell the truth to the people about insurance coverage (or lack thereof). The network news-babblers who report this must either have either a tremendous sense of humor, or blockheadedness, to be able to pass this on to us with a straight face. “Tell the truth?” In the words of that great stand-up philosopher, the late George Carlin, the entire political structure would collapse if truth-telling really caught on.

Categories: Politics

Long Live the Dell Dude

Dvorak Insights - Wed, 2013-11-06 08:02
After dropping its brilliant advertising campaign, Dell declined and the company hasn't been able to bounce back.
Categories: Computers

From Microsoft, more Windows fail

Steven J Vaugn - Mon, 2013-11-04 18:30
Computerworld - Having seen Windows 8.1, I have a question I’d like to ask Microsoft: “Is that the best you could do?” My assessment: Windows 8.1 doesn’t suck as much as Windows 8. If you felt, when using Windows 8, as if you were banging your head against a brick wall, Windows 8.1 might feel […]
Categories: Computers

Taming The Iguana.....

Helios Blog - Sun, 2013-11-03 23:17

There doesn't ever seem to be a good time for behavior-changing events.  Sometimes stuff happens that we simply cannot control.  Maybe someone backs out of helping you at the last moment...maybe an accident has you tied up in traffic and you are going to miss an important event.

Stuff happens.

So as it was with us, we found ourselves without a clear future for the Linux distribution used for our Reglue computers.  There is a wide assortment of educational software and games that goes into making these computers viable for our Reglue Kids.

Any ol' distro won't do.

Since the previous LTS of our Ubuntu derivative ran out the time clock, we've been using two different ones off the bench.

Good friend +Randy Noseworthy put us together a nice educational respin of Linux Mint 13/Cinnamon.  We also used the 6.4 release of Zorin Educational Version.

Both work great.  Both are well done distributions.

And both projects are led by one man. One man shows so to speak.

A good friend of mine found himself in an untenable position a couple of weeks ago.  With his work schedule and the amount of promised support now wavering, he was left with a hard choice.  +Ikey Doherty read the writing on the wall.  He wasn't going to be able to move forward with his vision of what SolusOS should be.

Sure he could have went back to being another Child of Debian, but that was just where he came from...

He wasn't going back.  The same problems that plagued him then would be there to meet him when he returned.

So he took the only viable option open to him...and the one that caused him the most pain.

He walked away from his creation, SolusOS.  The same SolusOS that would have been used for our official educational distribution.

There doesn't ever seem to be a good time for behavior-shifting events......

So we found ourselves on unsure footing.  While I am sure that the developers of Mint and Zorin are confident in their longevity within the the community.....

It's simply a risk we cannot take.  They are both some of the best examples of what Linux is and should be on the desktop.  Both of these distributions will be used in our Reglue computers, as each of them has a specified purpose, depending on the power and size of the computer being installed.

We just need to know that something with longevity will be there if one or both of the others fail.  I think we've covered our bases well.

And yeah, there's nothing to promise that any company, firm or organization  will be here tomorrow.  But you can look at the organization and see what chances you think they have.

That's why we've chosen OpenSUSE:Education-Life for our official Linux operating system at Relgue.

We honestly would have remained with a Debian-based structure but with the horrendous problems we've had with UCK and Reconstructor this past week, it simply became unreasonable to waste any more man-hours on the project.

I was able to construct and ready a Suse Studio image in three hours.....

We need to have the ability to move quickly...to respond to the needs of our kids on the spot.

The tools we struggled with this past few days are an example of how Open Source Software can have critical fail points.  Both software projects are amazing when they work, as proven by our use of them in making our first LTS within 10.04.  But getting timely support has always been hit and miss in the Linuxsphere.

It took me better than three days to get a response for one of the problems we were having with UCK.  And that's understandable.  As users of FOSS, we should accept the fact that the people who produce much of the codebase we use, are not beholden to us or any particular timetable...other than their own.

So we moved on to a more stable base.  For this coming year, we've budgeted for $2000.00 in donations to open source projects.

And our donation dollars follow us where we go.  If you cannot get answers to your question or problem in 24 hours, then maybe the problem isn't in the software...it's in the support.

 We have a lot of people who donate to Reglue on a monthly and yearly schedule.  They feel that we are in this for the long run.  And they are right.  We've been active in the FOSS Community,  at one level or another since 2005.

We've been rewarded for that effort.

We'll go to the various OpenSuse forums and introduce ourselves in the next few days.  The OpenSuse Ecducational version will work for us nicely and if anything, we'll use the Studio services to trim it down...a lot of the stuff they include we don't need.  Not yet anyway.

All-Righty Then...

Categories: Computers

Was IBM's Watson a Publicity Stunt From the Start?

Dvorak Insights - Wed, 2013-10-30 08:02
For the supercomputer's next trick, it will solve all your healthcare woes.
Categories: Computers

Mavericks: The end of Macs in the enterprise?

Steven J Vaugn - Thu, 2013-10-24 21:36
Macs have never been that popular in the enterprise office. Sure, people love their MacBook Airs and their MacBook Pros, but CIOs usually frown at their price-tags. Still, the shiny Macs laptops have induced some big businesses, including ZDNet’s own parent company CBS Interactive, to buy these high-end laptops and, thanks to the Adobe Creative […]
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Arbor Networks, Google draw digital-attack map

Steven J Vaugn - Wed, 2013-10-23 21:32
How bad are Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks getting on the Internet? Arbor Networks, which specializes in DDoS defense and mitigation, has found that so far in 2013 the average DDoS attack now stands at 2.64Gbps, up 78 percent from 2012. Now, in concert with Google Ideas, a Google think tank, the two have […]
Categories: Computers

What Can Burberry's CEO Do For Apple?

Dvorak Insights - Wed, 2013-10-23 08:02
Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is heading to Apple to oversee store development and after taking a closer look, the move makes perfect sense.
Categories: Computers

The Linuxsphere - Benevolent Dictators Need Not Apply

Helios Blog - Thu, 2013-10-17 10:42
I'm trying to remember when it was...

last year maybe?  No, longer ago than that.  I hadn't gotten sick yet, so it had to be closer to two years ago.

In all, it's really not important when.

It's the "what" that needs to be addressed.  At least in my mind.

I was privy to an exchange in a distro forum between the powers that be.  A certain conversation caught my attention because it discussed something of interest to me personally...

They were discussing some UI changes to Nautilus.

I wanted to see how it played out in the thread before I interjected my two cents.  Lots of times, things like this get sorted out and the less people involved, the better.

At least usually.

The issue was improving Nautilus by bringing back the ability of adding color and texture to the background.  For as long as I can remember, Gnome/Nautilus users have been able to set a background in this file manager.

Something other than the normal white background.  Often it's simply a matter of aesthetics...other times it can be an issue of medical or physical need.

Because radiation and/or chemo therapy messed up my eyesight, I have a hard time focusing on a stark white background.  Sometimes, when the ambient lighting is less than the light of the monitor, I have to wear dark glasses in order to make sense of what is on the screen.  If it's too bright or "noisy", then I have to change contrast and even sometimes, not focus on the screen for a few seconds in order to unscramble things.

It's a problem dealing with refraction, reflection and noise in the sight field.

So yeah, any surface I can change that lessens the light and perceived noise of the background field is helpful.  That's why I took an interest in this ongoing thread.

Unfortunately, the conversation took a Thelma and Louise turn.

The UI development member of the team announced that all discussion for this topic was closed.  If people wanted alternative backgrounds in the file manager, they could obtain it from a particular theme.....

With the complete mess that is Gnome/shell theming, good luck with that.

 Car flies off a cliff.

Roll credits.

There would be no more discussion of this topic in the thread.  Have a nice day...now go away.

For the past several years, this itself has been a reoccurring theme in the Linuxshpere.

Developers, whether they are on a small team, or working on large projects like Gnome...sometimes they just can't be bothered.

"But, but...that feature was in Nautilus before.  And so was mouse-over previews. why can't we have those things back?"

"I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."

This has been covered and discussed since KDE decided on their massive UI change. Many users feel they are in a buffet line.  Take as much as you like, but don't ask for anything not on the menu.  Be happy with what's in front of you.

And sure...this is Linux.  Don't like it?  Then change it.  

Change it....


That's like asking a mechanic to give themselves a facelift or remove their own appendix.  If we don't possess the ability to make changes like this, we are left with asking for help.  Summarily dismissing a user out of hand is just bad business.

It comes down to simple communication...two way communication.  In our little world, two way communication is possible and it often yields results that both sides like.  It is far and away better than trying to affect change in a proprietary software world.  Far and away better...

But summarily executing a proposal in public isn't winning you any new users.  Had I not known that the original creator of this distro would indeed affect this change on his own...

Myself and my donation budget for the year would have walked away and probably not returned.  I might have even used my blog as a bully pulpit, heaping piles of molten slag upon the project.  

"Any publicity is good publicity" isn't always the case.

Distro developers have to walk a thin line dealing with their dev team and their users.  Sometimes it's in the best interest of the main developer to pull some dev team members to the side and discuss civil discourse.

I am fairly sure in this case that the UI developer probably meant that his workload was already crazy.  Asking for other features just added another brick to his load.  He may have just been feeling the pressure of getting his job done.

Forums are a public place, where we come to find answers or just hang out and spend time with people we like, admire or trust.  Had I been a new user, perusing the forums to scout a new distro, that statement would have resulted in me walking away and probably never returning.

With doors slammed in a user's face when asking for a feature...that is the probable outcome.

And that's just plain bad for business.

All-Righty Then...

Categories: Computers

Where Have All the Techies Gone?

Dvorak Insights - Wed, 2013-10-16 11:30
The public's technology knowledge is deteriorating and I see no way to reverse the trend.
Categories: Computers
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