One of the benefits of the soon-to-be-old job is we have Presidents Day off. So I got to sleep in and feel almost rested. The first time since Thanksgiving. There are several panics just at the periphery, but so far I'm holding them off. So, sorry (not sorry) this is late getting out.
Ragnarok, it's the end of the world as we know it, and Neil Gaiman is telling us all about it.
For your world building writing efforts, and article on compartmentalization and how to run a rouge twitter account. "Basically, it’s impossible to be completely secure all the time, so we need to prioritize our limited resources into protecting what matters the most first. The most important piece of information you need to protect in this case is your real identity." There are many more tips that could be added here, but this is a good start. Personally I don't recommend using a personal computer that can be tied to you, but buying even a tablet with cash could seem suspicious. The main this is to realize that everything can be tracked. As they state in the article, even your language use patterns can be used to find you. One trick for that (but it's annoying as hell) us using online translation services and run what you want to say through a few languages (again using the tor browser). And the best piece of advice? It's buried in a bullet near the end, "Don’t brag." Don't get cocky, don't get mad, don't use it drunk or incapacitated. No matter how much you want to. Do not brag with your anonymous account, don't believe you can taunt others. Using your emotions against you is a well researched subject. More career criminals get caught when they brag and taunt the police because they feel invulnerable. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
"But critics say even some of the most successful high-risk pools that operated before the advent of Obamacare were very expensive for patients enrolled in the plans, and for the people who subsidized them — which included state taxpayers and people with employer-based health insurance."
"CEO Bill Phelps (Wentzel’s Pretzels),… worried increasing wages for his employees would cut into profits and that if he raised prices to compensate, fewer people would come eat and sales would drop. But something else happened entirely. Sales at his California stores immediately shot up… The same exact pattern happened in 2016, Phelps said: A wage increase by the state led to a bump in business. Now Phelps is convinced that minimum wage increases aren’t bad for the fast food business. They’re great." Funny how reality doesn't conform to conservative principles.
"Yet despite all that — an email trail, a confession, and an admission from the (Gamergate) suspect that he knew he was breaking the law — the FBI let him go after the suspect said it was a 'joke'" Gee, why don't women report harassment when it happens? (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
Trump says he inherited a mess. So let's look at the numbers, shall we?
"This much is clear: Protesters with a group called Indivisible Orange County turned up at Rohrabacher's Huntington Beach office to deliver Valentine’s Day cards urging him to hold a town hall. Finding the door locked, they shoved the cards underneath it. The 2-year-old daughter of one of the protesters was attempting to add one to the pile when a staffer abruptly opened the door, hitting the child in the head. The staffer, 71-year-old district director Kathleen Staunton, fell in the ensuing commotion as another demonstrator tried to keep the office door open… The accounts then diverge wildly." Rohrabacher claims a mob attacked, the police said it was all an accident. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
So how did the visit to Jefferson Middle School go after Sec. DeVos finally got in? "'I find it very interesting that the chancellor saw teachers that were pushing rigorous learning, students asking each other high-level questions and cultivating high-level responses, and teachers who take initiative and give their lives to the education of these children,' said Jefferson teacher Caroline Hunt. 'DeVos saw something so different. … Maybe if DeVos knew more about education she would realize just how amazing the students, teachers and staff are.'" (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)
How's that businessman running the government idea turning out? "Newly leaked audio from a November party at President Trump's Bedminster, N.J., golf club reveals then president-elect Trump touting to guests his scheduled interviews on premises with potential cabinet members and White House staff." (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
"Mr. Trump’s son Eric, in an interview on Friday, rejected suggestions that his family was offering access to his father and profiting from it. First, he said, only 20 to 40 new members are admitted per year, and second, the wealthy business executives who frequent the club, among others, have many ways to communicate with the federal government if they want to." The Mar-a-Lago connection.
"'You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this?'"