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By fnord12 | May 31, 2017, 11:29 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Guess i'd better keep up with updates after all

I'm so terrified of Windows 10's Creators Update that i've taken some extraordinary steps to block it. I know that's a bad idea because it means that i'm also blocking any security patches that Microsoft releases, but it seemed like it was worth the risk at least until Microsoft gets its act together.

But reading about the history behind the WannaCry virus, which was in part possible due to people not keeping up with their patches, is making me rethink that.

(There's a lot more to the story than that, though, and we can blame the NSA for part of it.)

Update: Ten minutes after posting this, Min got the new Android update - which destroys its UI - and i am scrambling to block it on my phone.

By fnord12 | May 18, 2017, 1:18 PM | Liberal Outrage & My stupid life | Link

God forbid we let new people into the party

Politico has solicited a number of ankle biters to grouse about Sanders possibly running for president in 2020:

Former DNC chair Donna Brazile warned party leaders against relying on Sanders, unless they're willing to give in on opening the party to more independents like he wants.

By fnord12 | May 16, 2017, 1:07 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

He was almost president

I know we are busy watching the latest in Trump drama but Bernie has just introduced a pair of bills that would make it possible for workers to take ownership of a workplace if the owners offshored their business.

By fnord12 | May 12, 2017, 11:49 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Thomas Friedman lectures you about the Hell he deserves

This is from a guy who can barely string a sentence together and has been writing the same article and books over and over again for decades.

The notion that we can go to college for four years and then spend that knowledge for the next 30 is over. If you want to be a lifelong employee anywhere today, you have to be a lifelong learner.

And that means: More is now on you. And that means self-motivation to learn and keep learning becomes the most important life skill.

By fnord12 | May 10, 2017, 11:47 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

It's funny because it's sad

But true.

By fnord12 | May 10, 2017, 10:41 AM | Comics & Liberal Outrage | Link

Low turnout among black voters

One of the most important post-mortems that i linked to after the election was this one, which showed that a decline in the participation of black voters was a big part of Hillary's loss. It's a factor that has been mostly ignored because it doesn't fit the bullshit narrative that Bernie's solution is to "ditch identity politics" and focus on the "white" working class. The truth is that the decline of good paying union factory jobs has affected everybody, not just white people.

An analysis in the Washington Post has more data on the decline in the black vote:

Voter turnout among whites -- the racial/ethnic group most strongly in Trump's corner -- increased by 2.4 percentage points in 2016 compared to 2012. In stark contrast, turnout among African Americans -- the group most loyal to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party -- fell by 4.7 percentage points nationally.

...These national averages obscure important patterns. Here's what stands out: while the decline in black turnout was stark across the board, it was sharpest, on average, in the states that determined the outcome of the election.

...in Michigan and Wisconsin -- two key Midwestern states where, to analysts' surprise, Trump won -- black turnout fell by more than 12 points.

Hillary Clinton had nothing to offer people whose jobs were lost to NAFTA and other such factors, especially after eight years where Obama failed to do anything for them. You can go back to the previous post (linking again) to see some quotes from people saying exactly that. Sanders has a solution, but the Democratic party is still resisting it. I'm hoping that the Washington Post analysis will raise the topic again.

By fnord12 | May 10, 2017, 8:10 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Happy Friday

There are diseases hidden in the ice, and they are waking up.

By fnord12 | May 5, 2017, 1:22 PM | Liberal Outrage & Science | Link

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