Jacob Barkdull email@example.com
Apple Valley, United States
I'm a musician with an interest in Free Software. I write tech, science, and political articles for multiple publishers, online and in print
- There was a time not too long ago when perfectly honourable people believed slavery was fine.
None of the things I mentioned are on the same level as human bondage. I used to make the mistake of making that comparison to modern issues. It's a mistake.
I'm reminded of when Alan Keyes says that USA's income tax is the same as slavery.It's not a question of equivalence, but attitude. When slavery was permitted by law, many reasonable law abiding citizens accepted it. Still, you might want to rethink what constitutes "human bondage." Many years after American abolition of slavery, your civil rights movement was still necessary.Citizens require protection from the state ~ Civil Rights ~ because the state can't be trusted. Certainly not to interpret nuance. Even with civil rights written in law, we've seen how quickly they can be done away with. Erosion of civil rights and constant surveillance strips people of the human right of privacy, and imposing its own form of bondage. At minimum, constant surveillance puts a chilling effect on freedom.From what you wrote, I am quite sure your father sees himself as one of the good guys, just as I am quite sure he has never yet had personal cause to fear the state. How many Americans can say that, I wonder?Has he considered what country he would be living in today if the British Government had had NSA capabilities in 1776? Or if Adolph Hitler had had the capability to do what the NSA is doing today?Even if you Americans are fine with being watched by your own government, many citizens of foreign nations don't appreciate it.
Here in Canada we have enough to worry about from our own government. Up here, Canadian activists, environmentalists, First Nations people and copyright lawyers get labelled "radical extremists" and are very likely subject to government surveillance.Our countries are not so different, so I expect you are considered a radical in some government circles. It might be an idea to ask your dad if you are on any government watch list.
Stockholm Pride 2013Stockholm Pride 2013This is something I didn't fully grasp until I thought about what the early pride parades in San Francisco were like, and what the Russian non-straight population is going through right now. Though, I think there would be less confusion if it were explicitly about defiance and lack of shame, than pride in something you can't control.
- OK - I've got a fragile but barely-working pump-to-RSS bridge going at https://pump2rss.com/ .
It's about as rudimentary as possible -- put in a pump handle, and it will spit out the last N activities as an Atom feed.
It tries to be smart about which activities should be shown as objects and which should be shown as activities -- any help would be welcome on that score.
I still have a few things to add to the feeds -- attachments would be great. And at some point I'd like to PubSubHubbub-enable the feeds.
The code is here: https://github.com/e14n/pump2rss If anyone wants to help out, please let me know!Show all 11 replies
- or a homo-erotic special move by a big penis for 45 seconds. I guess that makes sense. Another example would be "a user"Show all 8 replies
- @speeddefrost Now would be so easy to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not widely recognized as a feature
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- What's this newfangled dadbummed bitcoin thing all about?
- nice Stallman quote on Linus' indifference to tivoization "His rejection of GPLv3 is why most !Android phones are jails." !linux
- Microsoft is making IE9 available today; please upgrade by clicking here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ @tnorthcutt !remix !fsf