Why in the world can’t I make sense?

In the world, I can’t make sense!

Low & High Pressure Cyclones

classical music

heard Danse macabre, Op. 40 thanks to GPAT and their airing of Classic Arts Showcase.

At least 70k rape kits remain untested in U.S. police depts

“police departments in 34 states have never taken an inventory of evidence lying untested on shelves, and police in 44 states lack guidelines of when to test rape kits.” pbs.org/newshour/bb/report/

Flight

Flight with Denzel Washington is actually a good movie!

Camus: The Absurd Hero

Suddenly, philosophy seems like a fine career. Before dying in a car crash, Camus wrote, if humans must continuously repeat an absurdity, the best they can do is enjoy the freedom of a struggle towards meaning: youtube.com.

All Along the Watchtower

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief”
“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke”

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Philosophy

Buber — a religious philosopher — believed that our perceptions of ourselves as small people are our worst enemies: Buber in Ten Minutes. He also believed that relationships take us closer to God and that using people takes us farther away. Secularly, using people also only partially engages ourselves while we get more out of symbiotic relationships. For example, in the former, we are not present in the moment.

Lobbying

Peter Schweizer says it’s not just lobbying that influences politics but the pressure to raise money to stay in particular groups.

The Free Software Foundation’s User Liberation video

Here is a larger version, subtitles, and source files.

Kayaking

I found out about the GetExploring! Greenville Meetup Group and their paddle down the Tar River. Then, I just happened to find out about Knee Deep Adventures kayak rentals, so today, I had a great time, saw some beautiful landscapes from the surface of a body of water, saw a muskrat and a beaver, learned some anthropological history about the early settlement on the flood-prone bank of the river, and met some friendly people.

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Scientists think the next medicine that solves antibiotic-resistant bacteria will come from undersea volcanoes at the bottom of the ocean!

Free software and Zionism

Freely-licensed software

I received a good letter from the Free Software Foundation, today. They need help to bring more computing under the control of the users in this world that is flooded by products that are designed to take advantage of each user, so if you are “confused and even a bit frightened by the daily parade of technology horrors — data leaks, spying, backdoors, lock-in, arbitrary restrictions”, the FSF would like you to take your first steps towards a solution by using software that is free for the world to study and fix.

1913: Seeds of Conflict

pivotal pre-WWI years in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” — looks like a good historical video because it has so much detail that I could watch it several times. What I learned in particular was that during the Ottoman Empire of the ninetenth century, nationalism was emerging in Asia Minor (if not Europe as well, and this undermined the empire). To me, as the video almost makes explicit, this nationalism caught on with settling Jews in the form of Zionism.

Encrypted email, USA in Puerto Rico, ISIS, and offshore drilling

GNU Privacy Guard

Please learn to use encrypted email. You may test your configuration by emailing me, using my key ID in the footer. (Search for it using Enigmail or GPG)

FBI involvement in Puerto Rico

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

A message from Americans fighting ISIS

asking for airstrikes and weaponsDaesh is yet another name for ISIS.

Offshore Drilling Opposition

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