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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-19

"It didn't matter, back then, that most of us were US citizens and had never even been to Japan. We were presumed guilty, and held without charge for four years, simply because we happened to look like the people who had bombed Pearl Harbor. For that crime, we lost our homes, our livelihoods and our freedoms.

[...]

"I cannot help but hear in [talk of a Muslim registry today] terrible echoes from the past. The internment happened because of three things: fear, prejudice and a failure of political leadership. When the administration targets groups today, whether for exclusion from travel here on the basis of religion and national origin, or for deportation based on their undocumented status, I know from personal experience that these are not done, as they claim, truly in the name of national security.

"No, instead they are intended to strike fear into communities, to show the muscle and 'toughness' of a new president, and to divide the citizenry against itself. These are the acts of a despot, not an elected leader.

"I have dedicated my life to standing against our nation's impulse toward demagoguery and tyranny by the whipped-up masses. The answer lies not just in education, but in empathy. The false narrative -- that there are those who belong here and those who do not -- is designed precisely to divorce us from the truth that we are all here and in this together."

-- George Takei (b. 1937-04-20) "On this Remembrance Day, I hear terrible echoes of the past", 2017-02-18 [bold emphasis added]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-18

"I've found that all it usually takes to draw out an engineer is to ask a couple of technical questions and then remain calm while listening to the answers. Most people tend to take on a blank, frightened look as soon as they realize that a technical explanation is under way; if you can resist giving this reaction and simply listen, your engineer will open up and tell you everything you ever wanted to know." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, 2015

[Not just engineers. In general, you poke a geek the right way, and knowledge falls out. Knitting, weaving, beadmaking, math, astrophysics, music -- find someone who loves the subject you want an intro to, ask a 'how' or 'why' question, and keep looking interested until your brain is full.]


Happy birthday to [info] - personal silmaril!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-17

"the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-16

"Americans have this idea that comes from Jefferson and the American Revolution that you have to rebel every so often. And they sometimes don't make the distinction between a rebellion against injustice and the extinction of the whole political system, which is what Bannon says that he is after. The American Revolution actually preserved ideas from Britain: the rule of law being the most important. The whole justification of the American Revolution was that the British were not living up to their own principles, were not including Americans in their own system. In a broad way that that was also the argument of the civil rights movement: the system fails itself when it does not extend equal rights to all citizens. So there can be resistance and even revolution which is about meeting standards rather than about simple destruction. What Bannon says correctly about the Bolsheviks was that they aimed to completely destroy an old regime. We can slip from one to the other very easily, from rebelliousness to a complete negation of the system. Most Americans had a rule of law state for most of their lives, African Americans are an exception, and so most Americans think this will be there forever. They don't get that a 'disruption' can actually destroy much of what they take for granted. They have no notion what it means to destroy the state and how their lives would look like if the rule of law would no longer exist. I find it frightening that people who talk about the destruction of the American state are now in charge of the American state." -- Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder, in a 2017-02-07 interview by Matthias Kolb

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-15

"The worst thing about getting older is watching knowledge die." -- Charlie Gibbs, alt.folklore.computers, 2017-01-13 (Message-ID: <o598ga12b98@news7.newsguy.com> Subject: Re: {wtf} Tymshare SuperBasic Source Code)

context, if you want it ... )

[If your browser doesn't handle news: URLs or doesn't have a news server configured, but does play more nicely with Google Groups than mine does, the discussion should be available there.]


On a more cheerful note (if perhaps a somewhat stinging one, depending upon one's historical accuracy in celebrating): happy Lupercalia!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-14

"Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart." -- Washington Irving (b. 1783-04-03, d. 1859-11-28)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-13

"This is radical anti-Americanism--not simply illiberalism or anti-cosmopolitanism--because America is not only a nation but also an idea, cleanly if not tightly defined. Pluralism is not a secondary or a decorative aspect of that idea. As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 51, the guarantee of religious liberty lies in having many kinds of faiths, and the guarantee of civil liberty lies in having many kinds of people--in establishing a 'multiplicity of interests' to go along with a 'multiplicity of sects.' The idea doesn't reflect a 'weak' desire for niceness. It is, instead, intended to counter the brutal logic of the playground. When there are many kinds of bullied kids, they can unite against the bully: 'Even the stronger individuals are prompted, by the uncertainty of their condition, to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves.'" -- Adam Gopnik, 2017-02-13

[Happy birthday to [info] realinterrobang!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-12

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-02-04:

"Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very much the same way. In order to understand the world, they have no choice but to regard it via an "us and them" mentality, which they use to create a fearful image of "them" and inflict fear in the people of their own countries.

"This is not just limited to the United States; in my country hardliners are the same. For years on both sides of the ocean, groups of hardliners have tried to present to their people unrealistic and fearful images of various nations and cultures in order to turn their differences into disagreements, their disagreements into enmities and their enmities into fears. Instilling fear in the people is an important tool used to justify extremist and fanatic behavior by narrow-minded individuals."

-- Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director, from a letter discussing his not attending the Oscar award ceremonies this year.

[ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/movies/trump-immigration-oscars-iranian-director-asghar-farhadi.html?_r=0]

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-11

"Penetration is a phallocentric metaphor for the violation of the integrity of Mother Earth by implanting heavily encultured objects into her sacred ground. Missile silos, skyscrapers, Stonehenge, and cathedrals are all phallocentric objects designed to destroy the natural feminine worldview. So are palm trees." -- [info] wordweaverlynn in a sarcastic mood, 2008-03-26

[Happy birthday to all the trees! Or at least the fruit trees?]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-10
Hannelore:   I don't understand how you can bear to look at all those horrible images.
 
Pintsize:   Think of it as extreme anthropology. Internet fetish art is the modern equivalent of cave paintings.

-- from Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques, #1435, 2009

Today is:
Gregorian: 2017 February 10
Julian: 2017 January 28
Hebrew: 5777 Shevat 14 -- tomorrow (starting at nightfall tonight) is Tu B'Shevat
Islamic: 1438 Jumada I-Ula 13
Persian: 1395 Bahman 22
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.4.3.12
Indian: 1938 Magha 21
Coptic: 1733 Meshir 03

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-09

On science and borders:

[...] Publishing and sharing kowledge became a material benefit, and the behaviors were soon supported by a value, a norm.

The norm was so strong that European nations at war allowed enemy scientists to cross ther borders freely in pursuit of knowledge. In 1780, Reverend Samuel Williams of Harvard University applied for and received a grant from the Massachusetts legislature to observe a total eclipse of the sun predicted for 27 October. The perfect spot, he ssaid, wa an island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, Wiliams and his party would have to cross Penobscot Bay. The American Revolutioary War was still on, and the bay was controlled by the British. The speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, John Hancock, wrote a letter to the commander of the British forces, saying "Though we are politically enemies, yet with regard to Sciece it is presumable we shall not dissent from promoting it." The appeal of one "civilized" person to another worked. Williams got his free passage.

-- H. Russell Bernard, Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 2012

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-08

"No no no no no....please, Canada, stay your amazing and civilized selves where disputes are best left to slamming people in ice hockey and eating maple cookies...I love that the stereotypes of Canada are of absolute politeness and dignity. Don't let the fear, anger, violence and ignorance of the US be your biggest imports. Be better. Do better. Love and appreciate one another. We are in desperate need of all Canada stands for in the world; no one can generate more joy, love, and appreciation for all quite like you do." -- FB user Hildegard von Bingen (I'm guessing probably not the 11th C. one) [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-07

"We polled on dozens of demographics, but only African American knew that rate of police officers dying in line of duty declined under Obama. Violent crime rate plummeted under Obama, but only 17% of Americans know it went down at all. predictwise.com/blog/2017/02/d..." -- David Rothschild, 2017-02-02 ( two tweets)

[Stats exclude 9/11. Decline in line-of-duty deaths would be even more dramatic if 9/11 were included, but for obvious reasons that wasn't deemed an apples-to-apples comparison.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-06

"Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are." -- attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-05

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-02-02:

"Shut up, you fools! You lie like the Devil! You're all as dumb as stones!...I know what lying means. The weakling -- and whoever is a parasite to his own weakness -- they both need lies. But the man who is free, who is strong-he needs no lies. Truth is the religion of the free man..." -- Maxim Gorky, from The Lower Depths.

(submitted to the mailing list by Patsy Wang-Iverson)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-04

"Wingnuts crack me up with their accusations of socialism. By their definition Reagan was a socialist." -- Guy Chapman [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-03

A tweet thread by @sazza_jay, 2017-01-30 (bold emphasis added):

We need to talk about these 'lone wolf' white terrorists who turn out to belong to online white supremacist & MRA communities.

They are not 'lone wolves'. They are radicalised. Their violence & hatred has been nurtured, and directed by their online communities.

(When I say 'directed', I don't necessarily mean they've received instructions to attack, to be clear)

This is not a problem authorities can't understand when it comes to ISIS. They understand the impact of online communities in ~that~ context

'He's a loner' they say, after asking around his neighbourhood. But this is a new age. Where we live extends beyond geography now.

They aren't 'lone wolves', they're a pack. They egg each other on, strategise together and they're always recruiting for their cause.

Calling white terrorists with deep connections to online white supremacist &anti-women communities is wilfully incompetent &highly dangerous

This isn't just sloppy, it's an outright refusal to tackle terrorism as long as it's wearing a white face.

It's a wilful disregard of public safety. When they call these people 'lone wolves' they're saying they aren't gonna do a thing to stop them

If you've ever been unfortunate enough to be targeted by these online communities you know that they're not an oddball working alone.

Tell Leslie Jones or Anita Sarkeesian that they were just victims of a 'lone wolf' and understand the level of ridiculous we're being fed.

'That's a bad analogy!' - I'm not making an analogy. These are the SAME GODDAMN PEOPLE IN BOTH.twitter.com/jacremes/statu...

Failure to acknowledge the links between right wing terrorism and Reddit/twitter/FB communities is gonna get more and more people killed.

One thing: what's happened in Quebec is still unravelling. What I've said here tonight might be irrelevant to that particular case. We are still awash with a swamp of information and still sorting truth from rumour. This applies beyond yesterday's awful attack.

'Oh yeah? Give me names!' Anders Breivik. Dylan Roof. Elliot Rodgers. Richard Poplawski. Daniel Cowart. Wade Michael Page.

(As with yesterday's, the link to the first tweet should display the whole thread. Here are links to the other tweets just in case ... # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # )

A slightly different emphasis from @JAZonyaMINE's tweets from a month and a half earier (yesterday's QotD) in that one looks at larger culture (the "self-radicalization" is a perhaps-inevitable expression of threads present in our culture that we don't want to admit are that dangerous) ... and the other looks at radical communities (even in the transition from absorbing these memes from our culture to wanting to act them out, the "lone wolf" is usually part of a pack that we could see -- maybe even in time to prevent some of the violence -- but are mostly unwilling to see and label). Not even different sides of the problem, really. More like two flashlights shining on the same side of the same thing, one lighting the top half and the orgwe illuminating the bottom, and both beams overlapping in the middle.

(As a commenter replying to one of these threads pointed out, see also "stochastic terrorism".)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-02

A tweet thread by @JAZonyaMINE, 2016-12-15:

Self. Radicalized. White. Supremacist. No such thing. pic.twitter.com/QtjJSeyrDL

Whole ass Nazis are running a political party. David Duke ran for office. Steven Bannon is the White House Chief Strategist. No. Such. Thing

Churches have burned over and over since 2014. There's no such thing as a "self radicalized white supremacist"

White people are assaulting Muslims all over the country. No such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist

4 muslims in NC were murdered by a white man over a parking spot. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A SELF-RADICALIZED WHITE SUPREMACIST @nytimes

9 Black people were massacred in their church. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A SELF-RADICALIZED WHITE SUPREMACIST . @nytimes

What u think they meant when they said "Make America Great AGAIN." There's no such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist . @nytimes

Darren W. compared himself to Mike Brown as "a 5 y.o. holding onto Hulk Hogan." There's no such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist

Millions of $ were raised for George Zimmerman & Darren Wilson's defense teams.There's no such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist

FL & MS are wasting tax dollars for SNAP & TANF to have mandatory drug testing to eliminate welfare queens from the system. Say it wit me...

THERE. IS. NO. FUCKING. SUCH. THING. AS. A. SELF. RADICALIZED. WHITE SUPREMACIST.

Dylan Roof testified to be on record & radicalize the next MF to harm MY PEOPLE. There's no such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist

Yall comparing BLM to the KKK, but not calling "A*t R*ght" the fucking N*zis. There's no such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist.

Same folks yellin "The South will rise again" chant "Make America Great Again" too. No such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist

Portraying WM as lone wolves perpetuates terrorism of Black & Brown ppl in the US. No such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist

.@nytimes described Blk ppl as "parishioners" as if these folk were killed bc they were in church & not bc they were BLACK PEOPLE. #TNSTAAWS

They walk. They are found guilty. It still hurts. We die. We died. We're dying. There's no such thing as a self-radicalized white supremacist

(The link to the first tweet should display the whole thread. Here are links to the other tweets just in case ... # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # )

[On a more cheerful note, a good Candlemas and Groundhog Day to everyone cebrating those!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-02-01

"We know that you're gone
 But your dream it lives on
 Through the hearts of the ones
 Who were there all along
 
 
[...]
 
 When you're just 16 minutes from home
 Know with us you are never alone
 We will always remember the ones
 Lost just 16 minutes from home"

  -- from "16 Minutes From Home" by Kyle Breese, 2013

[2003-02-01: Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry. Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon]

A blessed Imbolc to those celebrating it today! Or tomorrow.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-31

"Last year NASA's total budget was less than the cost of air-conditioning for troops in Iraq." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, 2015

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