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October Open Thread

by Bjinse Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:57:23 PM EST

Pale amber sunlight falls across, the reddening October threads


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Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it's game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.

"We have to do it now," he says, displaying an intensity and urgency that is uncharacteristic for this soft-spoken academic. "It's a historical moment." Ever since revelations emerged that Facebook had allowed people's data to be misused by political operatives, Berners-Lee has felt an imperative to get this digital idyll into the real world. In a post published this weekend, Berners-Lee explains that he is taking a sabbatical from MIT to work full time on Inrupt. The company will be the first major commercial venture built off of Solid, a decentralized web platform he and others at MIT have spent years building.
A Netscape for today's internet

If all goes as planned, Inrupt will be to Solid what Netscape once was for many first-time users of the web: an easy way in. And like with Netscape, Berners-Lee hopes Inrupt will be just the first of many companies to emerge from Solid.

by Bjinse on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 08:00:30 PM EST
Good timing, Uncle Tim!

This might just be huge. Digital sovereignty is a thing.
I want the EU to provide the infrastructure for free.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 11:54:47 AM EST
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Has anybody here tried it out yet?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 12:06:05 PM EST
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I doubt the same people doing the same things using the same design tools writing the same software running on the same hardware architecture is going to be much different from what they did 25 years ago.  Plus we know any machine running an Intel processor is compromised.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 04:27:38 PM EST
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Why Real Change Won't Come From Billionaire Philanthropists - Citylab
In his new book Winners Take All, Anand Giridharadas argues that plutocrats have co-opted the language of social change while reinforcing their own power.
[...]

How do we get to the point in our society when the elite take it upon themselves to be, and are seen as, the remediators of our social problems?

It's a testament to just how unequal and angry and, in many ways, decadent the United States is. We have this situation where the extreme inequities of our time, on one hand, inspire elites to step up, do more, solve social problems. But at the same time, those same inequities have an equal and opposite consequence.

In a highly inequitable society, the price of not being on the top grows much higher. When the middle is not a nice place to be, you don't want to fall from the top. That's actually a very common culture in developing countries, where there's this real clinging to privilege and there's no middle, and either you're rich or you're poor. That has started to happen here. It's that strange dualism of wanting to make a difference and wanting to cling to one's privileges.

by Bernard on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 08:28:05 PM EST
Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom

Though "free will" was always a myth, in previous centuries it was a helpful one. It emboldened people who had to fight against the Inquisition, the divine right of kings, the KGB and the KKK. The myth also carried few costs. In 1776 or 1945 there was relatively little harm in believing that your feelings and choices were the product of some "free will" rather than the result of biochemistry and neurology.

But now the belief in "free will" suddenly becomes dangerous. If governments and corporations succeed in hacking the human animal, the easiest people to manipulate will be those who believe in free will.

by das monde on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:35:02 AM EST
"Liberalism is
is a myth inherited from Christian theology. Theologians developed the idea of "free will" to explain why God is right to punish sinners for their bad choices and reward saints for their good choices.
um exactly no.< wipes tears > But maybe the writer clicked on a 2-minute read about liberation theology?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 01:33:45 PM EST
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Somewhat according to Jordan Peterson (and perhaps not only), the genius of Judaism is in the invention of personal responsibility. That established the theology of "free will".

In order to survive and prosper in the 21st century, we need to leave behind the naive view of humans as free individuals -- a view inherited from Christian theology as much as from the modern Enlightenment -- and come to terms with what humans really are: hackable animals. We need to know ourselves better.

Of course, this is hardly new advice. From ancient times, sages and saints repeatedly advised people to "know thyself". Yet in the days of Socrates, the Buddha and Confucius, you didn't have real competition. If you neglected to know yourself, you were still a black box to the rest of humanity. In contrast, you now have competition. As you read these lines, governments and corporations are striving to hack you. If they get to know you better than you know yourself, they can then sell you anything they want - be it a product or a politician.

by das monde on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 01:54:19 PM EST
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genius of Judaism and personal responsibility.

Nope. Collective responsibility to god, Yaweh, the covenant, all the way down. What is arguably "revelatory" discipline in the context of "near eastern" antiquity is severability of punishments, admonishing, that the sins of the fathers' shall not be visited on the sons.

But we know from Palestinians' suffering today, that look hasn't survived well.

Also. Hellenic Judaism --expressed in the Septuagint, subsequently translated to Latin, subsequently amended with NT, subsequently translated to English-- probably prejudices this fellow Peterson's perception of rabbinic tradition. That's a whole lot of layers of Plato, of which the literary device, Socrates, Mr Responsibility-to-oneself (Georgias, etc), transmogrification (decidedly not judaic), and Republic (political virtues and natural history of a "good life", finessed by his boy Aristotle).

Enter 18th century Greek revival, epistemology of "Enlightenment", especially "natural rights."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 03:46:14 PM EST
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Suddenly, more people are following Peterson than Yale courses.

The Greeks were surely different, with less than omnipotent gods, human dramas of marginal free will, and critical attitude to authority and big questions. But it is debatable where the Enlightenment borrowed more.

by das monde on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 04:40:53 PM EST
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Classical Greek philosophy, not mythology, not judaism, is the bedrock of "christology" (cf. Timaeus). Dovetails nicely with American political flavors of self-reliance, individualism, and INNOVATION.

Plat. Gorg. 482: And yet I, my very good sir, should rather choose to have my lyre, or some chorus that I might provide for the public, out of tune and discordant, or to have any number of people disagreeing with me and contradicting me, than that I should have internal discord and contradiction in my own single self.

Joel.3.10: She may lose but she has to like who she sees in the mirror.

No God there!

This stuff is ubiquitous.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:03:49 PM EST
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Pol. Ham. 1:3: To thine own self be true

Where to look for platonists in "modern" european intellectual history, for example: It's not like pubic intellectuals of the 18th century  (Hume, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Paine, Voltaire, etc) were illiterate.

Like, yanno, meme-makers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:29:17 PM EST
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Somewhat according to Jordan Peterson

Does that mean that lobsters have free will?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 04:19:30 PM EST
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Alpha lobsters, maybe.
by das monde on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 04:42:47 PM EST
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< squint >
Are you talking about that movie, A ROMANTIC COMEDY?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:31:04 PM EST
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If you don't know what I'm talking about, count yourself lucky and don't try to find out any more.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 05:07:50 AM EST
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bliss

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 12:08:48 PM EST
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I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Oct 9th, 2018 at 01:44:48 PM EST
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I do eat lobster ... I felt some guilt until I read they do have a free will. Thank goodness.

Came across these two philosophers and "Do lobsters have a free will" ...

Daniel C. Dennett: The Man Who Changed the Way We Think About the Mind

Psychologist Jordan Peterson says lobsters help to explain why human hierarchies exist - do they?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 01:40:34 PM EST
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Nice. And we can easily conclude that it is the revealed preference of lobsters to be eaten.
by generic on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 02:40:24 PM EST
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I had to read up on ...

Jordan Peterson: On the so-called "Jewish Question"

The rightwing parties are certainly not all anti-semitic. Geert Wilders and his PVV are pro-Israel. Even the alt-right has gained support from Binyamin Netanyahu ... all support he can get to push his agenda down the throat of allies.

Christian Zionists Collude with Alt-right Trump

Oops ... not seriously this big a$$hole?

The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Lévy

I'm done with this topic :)

The following is a full list of signatories:

Ammar Abdulhamid, Dr. Robert Kagan, Elliott Abrams, Lawrence F. Kaplan, Dr. Fouad Ajami, James Kirchick, Michael Allen, Irina Krasovskaya, Dr. Michael Auslin, Dr. William Kristol, Gary Bauer, Bernard-Henri Levy, Paul Berman, Dr. Robert J. Lieber, Max Boot, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Ellen Bork, Tod Lindberg, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, Mary Beth Long, Matthew R. J. Brodsky, Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken, Dr. Eliot A. Cohen, Dr. Michael Makovsky, Senator Norm Coleman, Ann Marlowe, Ambassador William Courtney, Clifford D. May, Seth Cropsey, Dr. Alan Mendoza, James S. Denton, Dr. Joshua Muravchik, Paula A. DeSutter, Andrew Natsios, Dr. Larry Diamond, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky, Martin Peretz, Thomas Donnelly, Danielle Pletka, Dr. Michael Doran, Dr. David Pollock, Mark Dubowitz, Arch Puddington, Dr. Colin Dueck, Karl Rove, Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, Randy Scheunemann, Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Dan Senor, Douglas J. Feith, Ambassador John Shattuck, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Lee Smith, Abe Greenwald, Henry D. Sokolski, Christopher J. Griffin, James Traub, John P. Hannah, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, Dr. William Inboden, Michael Weiss, Bruce Pitcairn Jackson, Leon Wieseltier, Ash Jain, Khawla Yusuf, Dr. Kenneth Jensen, Robert Zarate, Allison Johnson, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, Ambassador Robert G. Joseph.

BHL? Just an ugly neocon with pro-Israel sentiment.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 09:52:16 PM EST
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ow! I didn't catch that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 4th, 2018 at 10:52:58 PM EST
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There are plenty of pro-Israel anti-semites. I still think half the reason that the founding of Israel was supported was to get rid of Jews from Europe and the US, the other half was the end-of-times types who want the new Temple or whatever other fucking bullshit so the Jews can be converted or burned alive or whatever other delightful outcome they have in mind for them during the resulting second coming.

I was recently surprised to read how much mainstream British political  sentiment in favour of a Jewish homeland was influenced by end-of-times thinking during the first half of 20th C.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 10:40:38 AM EST
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Such as Balfour being the Prime Minister who passed the antisemitic 1905 Aliens Act.

See also Herzl's Mauscheln (German; only partial English translation I ever found was on a Palestinian site...).

More recently, Israel's deputy foreign minister has revived the German Judenzählung libel, and Netanyahu's son has distributed a very antisemitic anti-Soros cartoon, without his father seeming to be bothered.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 10:53:04 AM EST
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George W. Bush a friend of Israel and of Iraq War infamy ... a new-born christian! [lower case because his "belief" has no connection with the teachings and life of Jesus Christ]

A Yale student and Skull & Bones fraternity (?). Later in life he sobered up and married a school teacher.

Once after he left the premises of the White House ...

George W Bush's new 'crusade': converting Jews to Christianity

Strategy to win the war against "Al Qaeda" in Iraq ...

Donald Rumsfeld's Crusade-like Messaging in Worldwide Intelligence Updates



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 01:29:33 PM EST
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An interesting story;-
During WW1, early reverses by the Allied forces were linked to a shortage of cordite caused by the lack of a vital ingredient, acetone, which had proved difficult to synthesize. This had become critical by the end of 1915.

CP Scott, then editor of the Guardain, was very aware of this shortage at a time when he met Chaim Weizmann at a garden party (or on a train journey - accounts vary). Weizmann explained that he had recently invented an entirely new process for synthesizing acetone.

This led to an improvement in allied fortunes on the battlefield and Weizmann was asked by the govt what reward he'd like and replied that he would like the British to openly support the Zionist cause. Whatever emnities still existed in Govt circles were over-ridden by gratitude for this vital contribution to the British military.

This eventually led to the Balfour declaration.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 12:34:27 PM EST
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Did the British government back then really function by petty arguments like this? This sounds more like the sort of thing that Boris Johnson would do. Do you have any evidence for this?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 9th, 2018 at 08:11:39 AM EST
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A rapid review of Internet sources leads me to suggest that this has acquired legend status among Zionists.

The enormous impact Weizmann had made became very helpful for influencing senior administration officials in London. Thanks to his position in the military industry he was close to Winston Churchill, who was the First Lord of the Admiralty, resigned and later appointed at end of the war as Minister of Munitions and David Lloyd George, who was Minister of Munitions and in 1916 was elected prime minister. Weizmann recruited to the Zionist cause Herbert Samuel, the Jewish Home Secretary, who later became the first British High Commissioner of Palestine. In July 1917, Weizmann worded the proposal of the statement, along with Nahum Sokolow, and submitted it to the British government.

Three months later, the government approved a limited and softened version of the proposal, which still contained the promise the Zionist movement longed for - the recognition of the right of Jewish people to establish their national home in the land of Israel.

When asked by UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour what he wished to receive in return for his contribution to the war effort, Dr. Weizmann boldly replied, "There is only one thing I want: a national home for my people." Duly impressed, Lord Balfour issued the famous Balfour Declaration of 1917.

However:

But the suggestion that Palestine was his reward was a figment of Lloyd George's imagination. As Weizmann commented:

I almost wish it had been as simple as that, and that I had never known the heartbreak, the drudgery which preceded the Declaration. But history does not deal in Aladdin's lamps.[3]



I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Oct 9th, 2018 at 09:56:47 AM EST
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A legend has grown up because of what Lloyd George wrote in his autobiography, that the Balfour declaration was a reward for Weizmann's work in biochemistry for the Admiralty.

...

But the suggestion that Palestine was his reward was a figment of Lloyd George's imagination. As Weizmann commented:

I almost wish it had been as simple as that, and that I had never known the heartbreak, the drudgery which preceded the Declaration. But history does not deal in Aladdin's lamps.

At least it is so if this website can be trusted: http://www.balfourproject.org/427/

Looks serious enough. But when it comes to Israel and Palestine questions there is so much disinformation floating around, hence the disclaimer.

by fjallstrom on Tue Oct 9th, 2018 at 10:08:17 AM EST
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An example of a prominent pro-Israel anti-semite is Jean-Marie Le Pen.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Oct 9th, 2018 at 09:58:48 AM EST
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Starting with religious fundamentalists.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2018 at 03:34:46 AM EST
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Diary -- Sheng Yun
Women are on the whole more qualified than men in the job market. In fact any HR expert from the big Chinese firms will tell you -- in private -- that it's difficult to find qualified men. So they have to improvise, which means lowering the standard of recruitment to get the gender balance they require. Some feminists see this manoeuvring as systematic discrimination against women, but if they look more closely they are liable to find that the story doesn't fit their narrative of oppression.
I always enjoy watching a Shanghainese colleague giving marital tips to young people. `Before marriage,' she says, `you lovebirds won't even think about the unromantic housework arrangement. After you get married, it will come naturally. Just remember, don't be the first one to clean up. Let the plates pile up in the sink, let the dirt accumulate on the floor, let the clothes stink, just hold your position. Because usually the one who yields first will clean up for the rest of his/her marital life.' We all laugh, and it sounds perfectly fair.
by das monde on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 08:07:33 AM EST
So why is the male-to-female birth ratio so high in China?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 08:11:01 AM EST
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A nature trap
by das monde on Fri Oct 5th, 2018 at 10:00:19 AM EST
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by generic on Mon Oct 8th, 2018 at 09:55:25 AM EST
wickedly accurate
It was a Pumpkin Spice Riot.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 06:04:01 AM EST
Spectator is a Right Wing propaganda sheet.  Cockburn pulls definitive statements out of his ass, e.g., that not confirming Kavanaugh would have been worse then confirming Kavanaugh.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 04:14:45 PM EST
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conclusory statement? Well, yeah. There's a lot of that circling the innerboobs. I need to know with whom I'm dealing, don't you?

Anyway, I pulled the one quote I find as amusing as the "women are niggers" claim --juxtaposed polemics, parallelism gone pear shape, presentations of "situational psychosis"

Here's another one from Counterpunch.
"The elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a catastrophe for women, workers, gays, Blacks, and Latinos."
C'mon. Even in the context of the article itself, this statement is a non sequitur. In itself, hyperbole. "Catastrophe" struck the uh 99% a long time ago. Where has this guy been hiding?!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 07:41:33 PM EST
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Technically, I suppose you're right - it's not a catastrophe yet.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 09:09:38 PM EST
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uh no.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 at 10:07:37 PM EST
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'Free Gaza' sprayed on sukkah at Manhattan park

The NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force launched an investigation into the incident.

"It's a slap in the face," Rabbi Ben Krasnianski, director of Chabad of the UES, told local media. "It's really very vicious. There is no room for this hatred in New York City."

 

One must recite this blessing during the weeklong festival of Sukkot ...

ברוך אתה ה' א‑לוהינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לישב בסכה.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Oct 12th, 2018 at 07:41:09 AM EST
Milder quotes of the probable Brasilian president:

There is no doubt. I would launch a coup on the same day [I becoem the president]

It's my advice and I do it: I evade all the taxes I can.

Competence? It's a problem for each deputy. If I want to hire a prostitute for my office, I'll hire her. If I want to hire my mother, I'll hire her. It'll be my problem.

Preta, I'm not going to discuss promiscuity with anyone. I don't run that risk because my children are well educated and they don't live in a promiscuous environment such as is, unfortunately, yours.

I'm a victim of prejudice against heterosexuals.

A policeman who doesn't kill isn't a policeman.

by das monde on Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 02:08:28 PM EST
Massive floods in the French South West. Anyone heard from John?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 05:21:56 PM EST
The areas affected are mainly in the Aude département (12 people killed), mostly along the eponymous river, and also in nearby Hérault. These areas are part of the Mediterranean seaboard and the violent thunderstorms have been formed over the still warm sea waters and are, unfortunately, poised to become increasingly violent.

John is in Ariège, further west, an area getting its weather more from the Atlantic ocean than the Mediterranean sea.

by Bernard on Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 10:58:11 PM EST
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Bloop! <coming up for air>

Delicious weather here on Sunday, warm sun and a foehn wind coming down the northern slopes of the Pyrenees. But you could see the massing rainclouds halted by the border ridges, meaning it was chucking it down on the southern slopes. And to the east, the wind off the Med was coming in strong by late afternoon. It rained here all night, but the really heavy rain fell on the Aude just north of Carcassonne.

These "Mediterranean episodes" have increased in number over the past thirty years, and are forecast to be more frequent and disastrous in the future. Something to do with higher temperatures entailing higher air humidity, but what would I know, not being a climate scientist?

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 12:40:11 PM EST
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good to hear you're okay

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 01:01:47 PM EST
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friend of mine who lives in Herault (just a couple of KM NE of Aude) says that everything between them and Carcassonne is awash. They literally cannot get down to Carcassonne due to road clsures.

They're fortunate as they're high up on the southern edge of the Massif, but everything belwo them is flooded.

Friends of theirs live on a canal boat in Carcassonne and they were away for the weekend. They came back to find that water levels had risen to the point of nearly capsizing the boat due to the mooring ropes. It's a mess down there

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 01:01:23 PM EST
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These things didn't work. He's considering crescents for next time.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 07:04:43 AM EST
I assume this is Lets Encrypt and some tool has to be set up on the server so that it automatically renews the certificate every 3 months.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 10:29:40 PM EST
Sorry. The certificate is up to date but my Windows doesnt seem to like it.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 10:56:53 PM EST
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Ah, https://www.eurotrib.com is fine.

But something in eurotrib1.eurotrib.com doesnt work.



Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 11:04:55 PM EST
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As a stupid user, I really don't know anything but this for www.eurotrib.com looks bad. And this for eurotrib.com looks good.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 11:14:32 PM EST
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When in doubt, blame MSFT? Win10 October update (v1, v2) has not received smooth reviews.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 11:32:28 PM EST
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My machine ...recovered... That's all I say.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 11:38:33 PM EST
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Mohammed bin Salman seems like the first prototypical millenial dictator (wannabe). With the mess he made of Yemen and the insane hit job he allegedly ordered on Khashoggi, he really looks like a stupid rookie.

It makes me a little ashamed of my generation. We should be able to produce professional tyrants from our midst. But here we have a guy, clearly ambitious, who is overestimating his abilities and getting his belated education on the world stage. Spoiled much? Is he going to learn? Maybe, being connected, getting your information everywhere, playing video games before important decisions (yes, he actually said that) is mushing up our brains.

At least Kim Jong Un is making up for some of the millenial deficit. An actual Stalinist dictator with ambition and some brain cells. But then again his upbringing was not really millenial.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 10:47:09 PM EST
His problem is that, having large amounts of oil as well as the willingness to buy ridiculous amounts of military hardware, most countries have been willing to indulge the strange domestic politics that surround the House of Saud.

The Saudis have previously not had to consider the consequences of their policies because there have never been any. That said, international condemnation from newspapers and the general public is one thing but tbh I don't see much real pushback from politicians.

Trump is making excuses for them as fast as he can, the UK continue to provide as much military hardware and expertise as they request. So, this is just a bad pr day, not a real problem imo.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 17th, 2018 at 06:41:06 AM EST
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Guess killing a Washington Post journalist was a step to far for journalists at influential papers and tv-stations. Much less outrage when Saudi Arabia stuck to killing domestic and Yemeni journalists. And of public people in general.

I don't know what it takes for Trump to care. Targeting his own family?

by fjallstrom on Wed Oct 17th, 2018 at 03:51:13 PM EST
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Targeting his business interests.
by Bernard on Wed Oct 17th, 2018 at 04:58:17 PM EST
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the syntax of your href statement is wrong

Done with () instead of < or >
(a href="https://www.anttone.com")voip phone(/a)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 19th, 2018 at 06:48:58 AM EST
I think you are giving advice to a spam-bot
by generic on Fri Oct 19th, 2018 at 07:01:05 AM EST
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ha, oh yea. Whooops. Sorry

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Oct 20th, 2018 at 07:46:26 AM EST
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by generic on Fri Oct 19th, 2018 at 08:21:52 PM EST
Only light injuries for the driver.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sat Oct 20th, 2018 at 12:36:11 AM EST
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Speaking of people being OK :

I visited Melenchthon yesterday in hospital. He has been there since early September, in a coma most of the time.

He is OK. He'll be back on his feet in due course.

He came back from a humanitarian mission in Chad the previous week, feeling unwell, then collapsed and was hospitalised. He was very insistent that people should not be alerted to his condition, at least until the prognosis was clear.

Which is why you, and plenty of other people, have had no news of him. But he's back on the social networks today.

It turns out he has a particularly virulent form of malaria, which has an 80% mortality rate. The doctors were very pessimistic for the first couple of weeks, keeping him in a coma while they tried everything. There were fears for his vital organs. But it turns out there is no lasting damage to anything; he has lost a lot of weight and all his muscle tone, but it's only a matter of physiotherapy now.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 21st, 2018 at 01:56:42 PM EST
Wishing him well :)

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Oct 21st, 2018 at 02:33:24 PM EST
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Wow, that's a relief. Tell him get well soon on our behalf.
by Bernard on Sun Oct 21st, 2018 at 02:34:46 PM EST
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great news that he's recovering.

Wish him all the very best from me please

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 21st, 2018 at 08:04:07 PM EST
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery!


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Oct 22nd, 2018 at 03:16:01 PM EST
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All the very best, Mélenchthon!

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2018 at 07:09:22 PM EST
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Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sun Oct 21st, 2018 at 04:50:30 PM EST
Is weirder than snake hips.

CW is the Dems will take the House and the GOP will hold the Senate.

EXCEPT ....

Voting in US midterm elections drops but this year indications are voting numbers will approach presidential year turn-outs. Generally speaking the 65+ demographic is the backbone of the GOP vote but early indications are they are going Democrat - which if it turns out to be accurate means toss any prediction based on previous history. Generally speaking 18-25 year olds sit out midterms but this year they are voting and that is a strong Democratic cohort. Generic Democrat is beating Generic Republican by absurd numbers. Independent voters, roughly 40% of all voters, are being polled at +35 for Democrats. The only group polling has going for the GOP is white males and that's not enough.  And even the polling experts are saying the pre-day polling is worthless.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 07:50:19 PM EST
....

 a n d  b r e a t h

......

keep youself super busy tomorrow, preferably with GOTV (at gunpoint if necessary).

Then, when the hysteria begins to overwhelm you, drink like prohibition is coming back

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 09:22:51 PM EST
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The last several times the Senate has flipped the seats have broke 6/3.  Oddly there are 9 seats in contention this year.  It looks like the Senate seat in Nevada is going to flip to Dem and so it will one the Dems to hold all of their seats and pick-up one or more of: Arizona, Texas, Tennessee.

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 01:40:19 AM EST
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Generally speaking the 65+ demographic is the backbone of the GOP vote but early indications are they are going Democrat

Could it be that health care is an important (as in "life and death") matter for this demographic?

by Bernard on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 12:54:13 PM EST
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So why wasn't it that important to the 65+ in previous elections?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 12:59:08 PM EST
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more money satisfices

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 01:58:26 PM EST
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Affordable Care (aka "Obamacare") is a relatively recent creation, no? Like many things, people realize it's important when there's a risk it will be taken away from them.

Yes, I know that seniors are covered by Medicare, but I understand there's GOP talk about "cutting entitlements", like health care expenses: those tax cuts aren't going to pay themselves; who knew?

by Bernard on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 02:06:44 PM EST
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Senate Majority Leader McConnell made a statement last week that they need to cut Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid to make-up for the tax cuts for the super wealthy so that very well could be it.

Or the early indications are anecdotal BS, something I should have made clear in the original comment.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 05:23:17 PM EST
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I wrote a rant about robot cars on another forum and I'll just copy and paste it here.
You'd win some capacity by going fully autonomous (and really only full, if you still need a back-up driver it doesn't help), but the big way this cuts back on total number of vehicles is if you put more people in each car. If you just have one car drive around more people, one after the other, you'd reduce the overall number of cars, but would increase km traveled and wear and tear for each car. No idea how that nets out. Optimizing pathing for your ride share system is a different problem, mostly independent from how the car is driven.
So, rideshare: You could do this since the invention of the automobil if you were willing to coordinate. You can do it better since the invention of cellphones and possible improve on it with matching algorithms if you are willing to coordinate with strangers. Having the car drive itself would be neat since driving a car is tedious and a waste of time and not having to designate a driver makes coordination somewhat easier. But in no case I can think of does the self driving increase the number of people per car.

Also, note that the great autonomous car Utopia only works if people are willing to sit next to a stranger, on a schedule they don't entirely control, using a route to their destination that is less than optimal, but with the added benefit that they don't have to drive themselves.
What is a bus?

by generic on Mon Nov 5th, 2018 at 10:37:49 PM EST
I have a bender of my own that I left at Metafilter.

It had been brewing since the days of "why do autonomous vehicles need steering wheels or headlights?'

Then the claim, "autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of vehicles on the road and the need for parking spaces," tipped the whole tea pot.

I like to praise cities and states that invest in EV ride sharing, but that's successful in China, sooo ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 12:25:50 AM EST
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by generic on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 03:23:19 PM EST


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