Change Is Coming
I'm watching C-SPAN. Eddie Berniece Jackson & Sheila Jackson Lee both were ranting about the Tax Bill's impact on higher ed. Both claimed the bill will DESTROY higher ed. How about higher ed is going to be forced into a paradigm shift and be forced to adapt to new circumstances? Considering how higher ed costs inexorably rise in direct relation to increases in tuition supports on either end, this will drive change by ending the endless gravy train for endlessly multiplying administrators.
I have dreamt a dangerous dream...
When the US Government simply buys up a controlling share of the stock of Twitter on the open stock market through the DoD black budget, seats a bunch of lieutenant colonels on the board of directors of that company, and shuts the whole thing down for the sake of preserving our national security. Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt from Friday (see http://www.nationalreview.com/morning-jolt/453392/russian-influence-facebook-ads-scapegoat) under "Who Really Controls the President’s Twitter Account?" is truly a scary read. He does put forward a truly plausible way Twitter could help cause an atomic conflict.
Might as well shut down Facebook for safety's sake too. The nightmare only had Twitter getting that fate. There's no reason really to leave Facebook out or to leave Google+ standing.
Oh, wait, I still have my own blog?
Coming Towards The Last Two Months Of Trump's (First? Only?) Term
A refreshing change in the current presidency compared to the prior one is the lessening of the amount of unconstitutional orders to have to carry out. The validity of orders do not depend upon the character of the person issuing the order. I know "Trump Law" says otherwise but the US Supreme Court has been nuking that thoroughly every time a case gets that far.
Quite a bit of President Obama's second term was full of unconstitutional executive orders. How do I know this? The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010 was a poorly written piece of legislation that was hastily passed. President Obama issued several illegal orders to delay implementation of parts of the law when he had no authority to do so. President Obama paid money out of the Treasury without benefit of a lawful appropriation and engaged in "friendly litigation" at one point to try to cover that up so as to use the Judgment Fund so as to handle some cost shortfalls by insurers participating in exchanges. The IRS was given instructions without basis in statute to do things to promote the purposes of the act such as data-matching three times that otherwise would have required a massive notice and comment period coordinated by the OMB under the Privacy Act of 1974.
Even though President Trump seems to issue several orders per day, it ensures he is very transparent as to what his administration is doing. He literally gives instructions to subordinates in writing with appropriate citations to law to back up his orders. Obama-era orders were deficient in citations during the second term and left some of us feeling weird about legality at least in my employing bureau. He may be crude, he may be crass, he may be that man from the Bronx who ruled real estate...but he does do the job. I have more substantial ground on which to defend his orders than I ever did President Obama's.
And now that I finished up my parts order with Adafruit Industries, I'm going to shuffle off to bed now...
When criminals get caught by wildfires...
Cannabis industry hit hard by California wildfires https://youtu.be/4R3w_0xEwvM
United States Constitution, Article VI, Paragraph 2: "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding."
26 USC 280E: "No deduction or credit shall be allowed for any amount paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on any trade or business if such trade or business (or the activities which comprise such trade or business) consists of trafficking in controlled substances (within the meaning of schedule I and II of the Controlled Substances Act) which is prohibited by Federal law or the law of any State in which such trade or business is conducted. "
The Single Narcotics Control Convention (a treaty currently headed by a UN system organization but dates back to the League of Nations which is where the marijuana classification comes from), federal implementing legislation for that treaty called the Controlled Substances Act which conforms to the treaty putting it on Schedule I, and Section 280E of the Internal Revenue Code together all impair profits on a good day. The wildfires helped ensure that money was literally taken out of the economy in two ways. These criminals no longer have crop to sell. Since they're cash enterprises, there also literally was actual cash taken out of the economy as rather large amounts of treasury notes burned at these locations.
This will be yet another potentially flashpoint in the upcoming budget negotiations, oddly enough.
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Compare, Contrast, And Exit Question
Trump defends tweets as key to White House victory. (2017, October 22). Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tweets/trump-defends-tweets-as-key-to-white-house-victory-idUSKBN1CR00B
Bright, J., Hale, S. A., Ganesh, B., Bulovsky, A., Margetts, H., & Howard, P. (2017). Does Campaigning on Social Media Make a Difference? Evidence from candidate use of Twitter during the 2015 and 2017 UK Elections. ArXiv:1710.07087 [Cs]. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.07087
EXIT QUESTION: Does nation-state/culture matter?
This was prepared utilizing LaTeX2e. This allows me, in pertinent part, to go ahead and convert it to several formats. The original file will likely be lodged in a Gopher-based space while cross-posts can be made to Identica and other locations. The tool known as
pandocis good for powering actions like this.
I remain on furlough from my normal employment. Frankly I am unsure if I will be called to return. While my expectation is to be recalled to duty within 12 weeks, I always have my fears that the call will not come. Due to expansions in the “span of control” for managers as well as shifts in responsibility, several managers have been demoted all the way down to being line staff like myself. The batch of new hires that are soon posting to random fora seem to be slipping past the expected start date.
Class continues at Lakeland Community College. My sleep has been screwy since that’s all I have as well as mission work at the nursing home. Not having to get up at a defined time in the morning means my sleep time is a bit unfocused. I have a mid-term examination to take this. The degree should be done by December.
My brain feels better. There are far, far fewer headaches. That means I am not stressing out as badly as I was. Then again, people were having cardiac infarctions due to the stress at work. A little bit of psychiatric stress is nothing in comparison.
Life seems to have a lack of direction at the moment. The big goal is to finish things off at Lakeland. I have to find a new job expeditiously as returning to my current job is not beneficial. The search has not turned up many plausible possibilities that I can make work, so far.
Autumn is not a time of certainties, I suppose.
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TaxProf Blog: Lesson From Tax Court: The Downside of Easy Tax Exemption Approval http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2017/10/lesson-from-tax-court-the-downside-of-easy-tax-exemption-approval.html
You Know It Is Bad...
It has been weird with both Identica and Quitter.se down. Quitter.se is still down at the moment. I really do not want to fire up anything at mastodon.sdf.org even though I could as an ARPA member at SDF.
Otherewise, hello again everybody. My chief executive at work hasn't nuked the world this week so far.
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The Pending Podcasting Issue To Resolve
I've been tasked with restarting podcasting on the homefront.
I have a domain name and probably can get a cheap droplet on Digital Ocean or maybe Azure. AWS is not a vendor on the preferred list. Setting up a minimal Ubuntu server is possible with a static site.
ikiwiki would let me do that and supposedly it lets you podcast as stated here. I've never set up an ikiwiki blog before. My current one uses Pelican at skellat.freeshell.org/blog. Is there any advice that can be offered? @joeyh @sazius
Serious Thought To End The Week
Is there any interest in my putting together a Call for Papers to gather an oral history of the StatusNet world prior to pump.io coming on the scene? I feel like we're losing that history with the rise of Mastodon and the realm of the various Quitter.*. From the days of the Fabalanche/Wall of Fabsh to experimenting with different post lengths well before Bird Site just got there now, there are tales to tell.
Do we dare record those tales?
Do You See The Gopher-Related Item?
Anderson, M. (2015). Disciples, Exorcists, and the Power of God: Reading Acts 19:1-20 as a Literary Unit. Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.acu.edu/etd/5
Burgess, M. (2017, September 21). When a tanker vanishes, all the evidence points to Russia. Retrieved October 2, 2017, from http://www.wired.co.uk/article/black-sea-ship-hacking-russia
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Cameroon internet shut for separatists. (2017, October 2). BBC News. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41468149
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No, Trump Didn’t Botch the Puerto Rico Crisis. (2017, September 30). Bloomberg.Com. Retrieved from https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-30/no-trump-didn-t-botch-the-puerto-rico-crisis
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No, FEMA Isn't Santa Claus
While I feel for people who are suffering there is also the problem of expectations. When a disaster strikes, things don't immediately go back to normal. For the pictures leaking out of Puerto Rico, seeing people holding signs calling the response "inept" is flabbergasting. When the roads are destroyed, there are still flooded areas, no telecomms, no power...this is a logistical nightmare on par with an army invading a jungle. That federal response has moved as fast as it has actually has been better than expected. Department of Defense photography of their response actions so that they can build unit histories is available here: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/FSPRVI
A partially annotated look at links in unordered bibliography form:
Klein, B., & Liptak, K. (2017, September 29). Trump: US “will not rest” until Puerto Ricans are safe. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/29/politics/trump-puerto-rico-federal-response/index.html
President Trump brought up the island's debt. That is important. Most authorities under the Stafford Act only allow loans for rebuilding. Puerto Rico is already in the hole for $76 billion. The power company is in the hole for $6 billion by itself. Both are seeking protection from creditors. If the current creditors cannot be paid, who is going to accept money from another loan to rebuild the power system? Is the federal government going to have to step in to write off the island's debt that it ran up on its own so that it can make a fresh start with a new power grid? In that second instance, there will need to be an Act of Congress appropriating that money and it will probably have to be taken away from somewhere else in the budget pie.
Statt, N. (2017, September 29). Alphabet’s Project Loon may deliver internet to Puerto Rico with hot air balloons. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/29/16388104/alphabet-x-project-loon-puerto-rico-air-balloon-internet-connectivity
What good is Internet access for people who have no power, no food, and barely have shelter? Look at Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Internet is a nice goal at the top of the hierarchy. Things at the foundation level, which truly does not include Internet access, are barely even being handled at the moment.
“No good news in Puerto Rico” says mayor. (2017, September 29). BBC News. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41447187
While perspective matters, this is an awesome mobilization. I've got a book on the shelf about the mobilization responding to Sandy in the New York City area. That was a mess and was of smaller scale than this. Lessons were learned and seem to be applied.
Becker, R. (2017, September 29). Trying to communicate after the hurricane: “It’s as if Puerto Rico doesn’t exist.” Retrieved September 29, 2017, from https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/29/16372048/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-2017-electricity-water-food-communications-phone-internet-recovery
Again, there is a hierarchy of needs. Ham radio operators are passing shelter lists via radioteletype on high frequency radio to a central American Red Cross collection point so the names can be collated and determinations can be made as to who is where. 50 people volunteered within 24 hours of American Red Cross making the request of the American Radio Relay League. Although I have a high-enough class license, I don't have enough experience operating radioteletype.
McCarthy, K. (2017, September 28). At last, someone’s taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips. Retrieved September 29, 2017, from https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/28/fcc_chair_on_iphone_fm_chips/
And the response to the FCC was that any FM radio chips in the iPhone just happened to not be connected to anything. They wouldn't work even with a firware change. No FM chips in the iPhone 7 or later.
Panzarino, M. (2017, September 28). Apple would like to remind the FCC that it can’t activate imaginary FM radios that iPhones don’t have. Retrieved September 29, 2017, from http://social.techcrunch.com/2017/09/28/whose-fcc-is-this/
I tried this on my own Android phone and it isn't really that great. Whatever happened to having an actual radio that tunes the AM/FM dial?
Respaut, R., & Graham, D. (2017, September 28). With cell service crippled, Puerto Ricans look skyward for a signal. Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico-communication/with-cell-service-crippled-puerto-ricans-look-skyward-for-a-signal-idUSKCN1C30FA
People are lining up to make 30 second calls to the mainland. Why? There are higher priorities at hand.
Puerto Rico seeks extension in key deadlines in bankruptcy case after Maria. (2017, September 26). Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-maria-puertorico-extension/puerto-rico-seeks-extension-in-key-deadlines-in-bankruptcy-case-after-maria-idUSKCN1C101G
Again, most disaster response authorities consolidated under the Stafford Act are loans. Puerto Rico is in the hole for $76 billion already. Action by the Congress would be required to have the federal government directly pay for a new power grid. Puerto Rico being bailed out financially would be unthinkable as the consequence would potentially be the loss of the current form of local government and the imposition of a revised form of governance.
Did some test rebuilds on my PPAs
My PPAs on Launchpad should now support building for armhf which means if you run Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi you can get packages. I've only triggered rebuilds to armhf for packages on Xenial/16.04 because that's the only version you can really get on Raspberry Pi at the moment. My PPAs are full of many test packages so if you use them you will need to do a ton of pinning to ensure I don't break your system as random things may be tested for backporting that you might not expect as proposed upgrades on your system. There is absolutely no warranty let alone no support for these PPAs. They're as safe as being on Dugway Proving Ground, an extremely remote US Army base in Utah, where Chemical Weapons Command is still retiring its stockpile of materials.
The good news is that you'll find very recent versions backported of Pumpa and Dianara there.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skellat/tests
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skellat/flow1
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skellat/elptools
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