If we’re all supposed to take the president at his word that he’s a Christian (and that seems like a reasonable thing to do), why shouldn’t we take Abubakar Shekau‘s word that Abubakar Shekau is a Muslim? Because no true Muslim would do the things he does? Maybe the leader of Boko Haram is somehow a Muslim who practices another religion.
President Obama routinely denies that people are Muslims, in spite of their emphatic declarations to be so; but at the same time it’s supposed to be a big outrage when someone says she doesn’t know whether Barrack Obama is a Christian. Not only is Barack Obama the only man who can say whether Barack Obama is really a Christian; apparently he’s the only man who can tell if anyone is really a Muslim.
“We’ve trained ourselves to think we’re safe if we see that little lock in our browser window, but what Lenovo did was load software that does an end-run around your web browser, making it impossible to tell if someone else had subverted HTTPS. Very few people check that, but that doesn’t make it right to take the option away. As long as Superfish is running, it’s impossible to tell if anyone has gotten between Superfish and your bank, or Amazon. So someone could empty your bank account while serving up a web page that shows you still have money, or hijack your Amazon purchase, running off with your money while Amazon never gets your order and you never get your product, and it will be next to impossible for you to even know what happened.” — Lenovo’s preinstalled Superfish spyware: A post-mortem, by David L. Farquhar
I’d rather build my own (difficult if you want a laptop), and install the OS myself, but sometimes you need something right now — I’m typing this on an off-the-shelf Dell, and there’s certainly software on it that’s useless and a nuisance. There’s nothing malign – as far as I know.
Tangentially, this Chromebox sounds interesting.
Measured, proportional response? No.
“Get a real coalition together. Exterminate Islamic State in Libya, with a ruthlessness and thoroughness that would terrify the foes of ancient Rome. Impose order on Libya. Take sides. Shoot until the bad guys stop moving. Sign a paper and take some pictures. Keep a head-busting squad on standby. Recognize that peace doesn’t keep itself, and do what’s necessary instead of complaining about it.
“No, Barack Obama isn’t capable of any of that.” — Now Egypt joins the air fight against Islamic State – in Libya, by J.E. Dyer
Can’t see any of that happening.
“I’ll miss the stores, but, realistically speaking, it’s been a very long time since they’ve even vaguely resembled what they once were.”
“The use of automatic instruments and machines, such as the automatic organ, phonograph, radio, tape or wire recorders, and other similar machines, is absolutely forbidden in liturgical functions and private devotions, whether they are held inside or outside the church, even if these machines be used only to transmit sermons or sacred music, or to substitute for the singing of the choir or faithful, or even just to support it.” —
Show Push the Video
So I guess Youtube is right out.