Server Updated

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 28 Jun 2020 08:28:08 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

I updated Ubuntu on the Digital Ocean droplets that run my web sites. They were running 16.04, support for which runs out in April of 2021. Now they're running 18.04.

Next, I need to upgrade impeccable.social with version 2.0.x of Pleroma. Currently running 1.1.x. Though I see no real reason to upgrade. It's rock-solid stable. That machine has only booted once, and it was a Digital Ocean problem, not done by me.

I wrote a nifty Bash CGI-BIN script, so that I could easily verify which web site I was talking to during the transition. It shows the hostname, the version of Ubuntu (/etc/issue), and uname -a. It has a source/script toggle link at the bottom of the page, so you can see how it works.

http://billstclair.com/cgi-bin/uname.sh

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April 19th 2020

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 19 Apr 2020 19:30:28 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

It's April 19th again. Time to remember historic happenings on this day. The big one for Americans, of course, is the shot heard round the world, in Concord, Massachusetts on the morning of April 19, 1775. It was named and immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1837 in his poem, The Concord Hymn. It was begun when the British attempted to seize weapons and ammunition from American colonists. If today's government wishes to foment a civil war, that's still a sure way to start it.

Today is also the twenty-seventh anniversary of the day when Slick Willy and his boys killed 82 people at Waco--22 of them innocent helpless little children. I am still waiting for Waco Justice.

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Time to Get America Back to Work

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 16 Apr 2020 18:19:26 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Dr. David L. Katz says to get America back to work. 59-minute video.

https://youtu.be/VK0Wtjh3HVA

Dr. Katz is known for his March 20 New York Times Op-Ed, "Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?" (archive.is/Y1HGp)

More evidence that Sweden got it right. Protect those at risk, and let the rest of the population go about their lives.

If the Vermont governor doesn't lift the stay-at-home order by May 1, I intend to begin wearing a high-visibility yellow safety vest when out in the world, as a warning that the government response to the virus is now worse than the virus itself. I ordered it yesterday from Amazon, who told me to expect delivery next Wednesday.

Since I live alone, and telecommute to work, the stay-at-home order has had very little effect on me personally. But it has put millions out of work, and will permanently destroy thousands of small businesses if it continues.

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Waco Justice 2019

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:18:37 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

It's April 19, 2019, the twenty-sixth anniversary of the mass murder by US government agents at Waco, Texas. There has still been no Waco Justice:

I had an idea a while back that I almost wrote down, but couldn't bring myself to share, but it's back with a vengeance, so I've gotta get it off my chest. I doubt I can let Waco rest until every federal agent on the ground on April 19, 1993, and everyone in each chain of command, including Janet Reno and William Jefferson Clinton, is tried for crimes against humanity, and until those who are found guilty by a jury of twelve are executed for their crimes. I'm not going to hold my breath for this to happen, but there's no statute of limitations on murder, so we've got 20 or 30 years before the vermin die of natural causes. I can wait.

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So what's the normal way to execute war criminals? A firing squad of course. And we can very easily turn it into a fund raiser for the survivors and family of the victims. Sell $100 raffle tickets to choose the riflemen and riflewomen who off the scum. I'd pay that in an instant for a chance to put a bullet into one of these baby killers. I'll bet there are at least 100,000 others who would join in. A cool $10 million. Give each shooter an army surplus rifle with an engraved label commemorating the festivities ("This weapon was used to execute Janet Reno on April 19, 2003"), and one cartridge to fire on the joyous day. Imagine showing your grandchildren one of these.

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Wolverines

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:58:07 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

A blog reader clued me in to a chapter of Mike Vanderboegh's book, Absolved, that I had missed, since it wasn't in Codrea's index. I added it, and named it Chapter X: Wolverines.

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GOV 2018 Vermont Candidate Report

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:37:10 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Gun Owners of Vermont has published their 2018 Vermont Candidate Report, rating each candidate running for election in November on their stance on guns. For us one-issue voters, it makes the choices very simple.

I saved a copy here.

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Stopping School Shootings

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:59:11 GMT  <== Politics ==>   <== RKBA ==> 

Want to stop school shootings? Cold? A gun locker at every high school, secured by the local national guard. Daily classes for every student with parent permission, and guard approval, preparing them for armed response.

Twenty trained, rifle-wielding 17-year-olds could stop even a team of invaders.

Bill St. Clair

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Gun Control Is Treason!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:55:04 GMT  <== RKBA ==>   <== Politics ==> 

The Nature of Science

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:54:22 GMT  <== Politics ==>   <== Science/Technology ==> 

Most people have no idea what science is. NOTHING is ever certain to a scientist. Scientific models are ALL theories. They claim causality in certain domains to specific tolerances, until somebody proves otherwise.

Science is NEVER settled, and consensus matters not, only repeatability of experiments.

If you're attempting to force somebody to go along with you by saying, "science says", you do not understand science. That's politics, not science.

Scientists are always uncertain, always looking for holes in their theories, always looking to make their theories better. They always know that no matter how good a scientific theory, it is still only a meager approximation of reality.

-Bill St. Clair

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St. Clair's Corollary to Godwin's Law

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:02:25 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

As an online discussion between statists and anarchists grows longer, the probability of a statist inviting an anarchist to move to Somalia approaches one.

-- Bill St. Clair, 28 February 2018

Alternate name: The Move to Somalia Canard

Godwin's Law

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