I got stopped by one of those "end of the world" folks the other day. I patiently listened to him and politely said that I practice freedom from religion.

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That's gorgeous.
Without the 360 view, I would have no idea how much of the sky the aurora covers.

Is there anyone even vaguely connected to Donald Trump that's not a criminal?

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As for the original post, my first thought was that any relative managing finances could be suspect - elder abuse is not unusual. But the story painted a much more callous situation.
Yeah, a nasty bitch she is. She'll have fun in prison.
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I would say that culture was created by redlining and forcing people into ghettos, where they didn't have access to other forms of employment. I was reading somewhere that there was a period when there was more integration, but then the tide turned and people were pushed into more concentrated neighborhoods.

Mini PC ?

Do any of you have experience with so-called mini PCs? Any caveats to watch out for? Things to avoid? Mistakes made?

I run a ThinkPad with a quad core, 8 GB, and SSD, and am very happy with it. However, I run it with a large external monitor, external Unicomp keyboard, external mouse. I boot the laptop, then turn the brightness down, close the lid, and never look at it again. It seems the only advantage of using a laptop is the built-in UPS.

I'm looking to add a second computer, for various reasons, which is why I'm looking at a mini PC.

Any thoughts?
Hadn't heard of Puppy Linux before. Man, there are a lot of Linux distros. I tried Ubuntu a couple of years ago and it irritated me. I'm really happy to have discovered Linux Mint this year. Before Linux Mint I didn't consider Linux a viable option for desktop machines.

I haven't gotten into my "distro experimentation" phase, but I can tell it's going to happen someday. I'll tell you why. I had a terrible experience that turned out to be a wonderful experience. I'll explain. I installed Linux Mint on my laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad), and I forget exactly why but I was trying to change which commands required sudo and which you could use without sudo. And I screwed the machine up so that sudo itself didn't work. And I needed sudo to fix the problem. I realized I'd fundamentally broken the machine. I felt like the stupidest person ever. I felt terrible. But then I wiped the machine and reinstalled Linux and copied my files back on it. And suddenly I realized, wow, this machine isn't like my Windows and Mac machines, where you have to be super-careful not to break things, because if y... show more
Yes, indeed. All true. And if you'd had Puppy on a USB stick, you could have booted that, gone in and repaired your machine -- if you knew what was wrong. Puppy is my standard tool for putting a Windows machine under the microscope and dissecting it. Lol.

Puppy is also useful for forensic work. You can get into any machine, examine everything, and when you're done there's no trace you were ever there.

"Cerebras's giant chip will smash deep learning's speed barrier." "When IEEE Spectrum visited Cerebras's headquarters in Los Altos, Calif., those customers and some potential new ones were already pouring their training data into four CS-1 computers through orange-jacketed fiber-optic cables. These 64-centimeter-tall machines churned away, while the heat exhaust of the 20 kilowatts being consumed by each
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Ya but does it play Tetris :)
It will if you let it watch you play first. ;-)

Rare snowfall in the California desert.

How did NORAD come to track Santa Claus?

Happy 72nd Birthday to the Transistor!

"Trump is on a Roll!!!"

This is an interesting phenomenon here in Greater Appalachia, where Trump is seen as a god. I'm now getting bombarded with targeted ads for everything from car insurance, medical insurance, to mortgage loans, cellphones, you name it, that headline with "Trump is on a Roll!!!".

The ads basically go like this: "Trump's brilliant work now makes it possible for us to offer you XYZ at a lower price than ever before...etc., etc."

So Trump's name has now become a sales buzzword like "more", "extra", "cheaper", "better", "new and improved", "economical", and so forth, and people are putting his name on product ads. I'm sure it's sucking in millions of Trump fans.

I think P.T. Barnum would have a chuckle over this.


" It is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda.. When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the Soviet response would often be 'What about...' followed by an event in the Western world As Garry Kasparov noted, it is a word that was coined to describe the frequent use of a rhetorical diversion by Soviet apologists and dictators, who would counter charges of their oppression, 'massacres, gulags, and forced deportations' by invoking American slavery, racism, lynchings, etc. It has been adopted by other politicians and countries."

Steve doesn't like this.

Always the man in the shadows, but Led Zep would not have been nearly what it was without him.

...not to mention the Crusades...!
And, the French Wars of Religion. And, Europe's invasion of the Americas.

"Yo, Hernan Cortez, what are you doing here?"
"We're bringing these savages to Jesus."
"But the King of Spain states thge purpose of your mission is to find the Fountain of Youth, and vast amounts of gold and silver."
"Oh, that was just a cover story to get funding. We're actually here for Jesus."
"Murdering millions?"
"Yeah, these people won't submit to us."
"Hmm, Jesus never said anything about murdering people who refuse to believe."
"Uh, I'm just following orders."

The truth in front of our noses: Donald Trump’s behavior is disgustingly corrupt and impeachable, whatever his defenders do or say

The GOP techniques on display are quite familiar to me, having spent so much of my life inside the propaganda bubbles of the Soviet Union and Putin’s Russia. It was therefore ironic to see the GOP accusing the Democrats of "Soviet-style” hearings when it’s the Republicans who are taking cues from the KGB playbook.

I think the blow-up he gets is going to be more of the Wile E. Coyote variety.
I hope. The Attorney General wields a lot of power.

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I’ve seen it in action. Women with an opinion about men on the internet getting bomb, death, and rape threats, fixed, and run out of their homes. I once called my local police station and asked them what they had done to prepare themselves to handle online crimes and threats. They really didn’t understand what I was talking about. I volunteered to point them to the kits that others have made for law enforcement and victims. And they seemed like they would have taken me up on it but they didn’t know who in their department to put me in touch with for something like that. It has had the intended effect: When I feel tempted to openly express an opinion about such things, I think more wisely of it and stick to dog photos.
Jeez, yeah. That's a topic you need to talk to the chief about.
..that's mostly the reason I couldn't continue on failboat...I'm an older, redheaded woman with an education and strong opinions....the reactions were never very positive..

I think the strongest unifying force for any movement is music. Words can be carried by music.

I think the strongest, unifying, force-multiplying factor in my generation's resistance to the Vietnam War was our music.

And where is the music for this new generation? There's isn't any. Ever noticed that? There's NONE. That's because our media, radio stations, etc. are all owned by a couple of corporations that control what goes out on the air. Political songs are eliminated.

For What It's Worth
The Fish Chant
Machine Gun
...on and on.

Where are this generation's songs? They're erased, eliminated from the playlist.
Distribution of music today is somewhat less dependent on the label and radio gatekeepers, though they still exert some level of control.

Such a song would need to "go viral" nowadays, I suppose---and I imagine Youtube would put the kibosh on that in a hurry. (officially old, can't name another distribution portal!)

Twitter is doing nothing about this?
Apparently not, but I don't know.

I think that long-term, all anonymous social media will die. Once artificial intelligence develops sufficiently, there will be a sea of nonsense. Social media can only survive in the future if every user is positively identified as a real person.
The S.O.B. finally conceded, so there's that.
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