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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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:34:47 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"To the state, no lives matter. Only power." -- Bill St. Clair

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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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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 15 Mar 2020 10:56:16 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"I wanna be defined by the things that I love. Not the things I hate. Not the things I'm afraid of, I'm afraid of. Not the things that haunt me in the middle of the night. I... I just think that... You are what you love." -- Taylor Swift

At the end of "Daylight" on the album "Lover".

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 15 Feb 2020 14:34:52 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"You don't have to do anything on this planet except be who you are." -- Bill St. Clair

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 06 Feb 2020 20:19:45 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Lincoln killed the Constitution, and FDR cut its heart out. It's been necrophilia since then." -- Bill St. Clair

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 01 Feb 2020 09:21:55 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Government doesn't work. Never did. Never will. Can't. But there are lots of good people. Love them." -- Bill St. Clair

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Hemp BC

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:28:54 GMT  <== Drugs ==> 

Many years ago, I sampled an electronic copy of Jack Herer's The Emperor Wears No Clothes, electricemperor.com. My mirror is at billstclair.com/ElectricEmperor. Jack died in 2010, but somebody is keeping the site alive, and has added more information since I pulled my mirror.

I got an email from Alan Wood, the proprietor of weekendgardener.net, notifying me about a broken link to hempbc.com. I don't fix broken links in archived web sites, but I will link to his account of What Happened to Hemp BC? The Hemp BC Story.

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My Prayer to Jesus

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 26 Aug 2019 22:34:43 GMT  <== Philosophy ==> 

On Taylor Swift's new album, Lover, there is a song entitled, "Soon You'll Get Better". It features The Dixie Chicks.

In the song I heard, "... so, Jesus, now I pray to you..."

That line got me thinking about my prayer to Jesus today. I can find only one prayer, "Thy will be done."

Standing here, palms open to the sky, tears streaming, "Please, Jesus. I'm here. This body can move things. I can love people. Use me, as thou whilst."

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