Hillary Clinton’s server

It was wiped, they say. What’s puzzling is why go to all that trouble? It would have been easier to just install a new blank hard drive. Then take it down to the FBI office: “Here’s the server, as requested.” I mean, it would be a lie, but…

Or, get a new hard drive, and write it full of random data. Tell them it’s encrypted, and Bill lost the keys. Bill says Hillary never gave him the keys? Then it’s he said/she said. Plus, that nobody can break the “encryption” shows the material was well secured.

Thought for the day

“Then it came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said, and however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a slave.” — Faithful, in Pilgrim’s Progress.

Random Updates

The upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 went okay. It took a minute or two to go though “custom” settings and select more sensible options than “express” offers. The only thing so far is the mouse pointer often goes into its “working” blue-circle state, and it’s even more pesky and intrusive than 8.1; just now it was bugging me about logging onto their X-box scheme so I could play solitaire. On my other machine I have Lubuntu, which has been trouble-free.

I’ve been using SpiderOak in preference to Dropbox for a while now. It works well and has better privacy features, though it is a bit slower. They say everything is encrypted, but I don’t think all of the source code is available for audit and review. They also have a password manager, Encryptr, but I’ll stay with Keepass for now.

Finished Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. It’s solid hard science fiction, mostly excellent, but I kept thinking to myself, “five thousand years is a long time.” I have no complaints about the physics or biology, but the anthropology and sociology strained my capacity to believe.

This gingerbread was not hard to make, and came out well.

The exercise program for the summer has mostly been swimming laps, lifting weights, and mowing the yard every four or five days. Last winter I hit a heavy bag once or twice a week. It’s a good cardio and strength workout, but too hard on my hands to do year round.

Bees have built a nest out back, in the underground remains of a tree stump. They haven’t caused any trouble except when I have unknowingly run the mower over them. I’d rather not exterminate them if there’s a way to live with them.

Doc Rampage has a thought-provoking post up about anti-Christian religion, Science and the post-Christian trinity. Lately I’ve been going the Baptist church, with occasional visits to the Episcopal church. This suggests some incoherence in my understanding of theology. Maybe next week I’ll see what the Methodists are up to.

Here’s something to think about: Look at the schools, the federal government, the mainline churches, the news, the movies: except for the UN, have liberals made every institution what they said it was in 1968?

There’s a federal program called “Secure Communities”

It works about like you would think

This is a damning report if you read it, though I am of course a hateful xenophobic bigot for pointing that out.

It is utterly wrong that the people responsible for the state of affairs that made this murder more likely, will themselves never be held to account. It’s a continuing failure of our society that the voters keep electing to office basically those same people.

UPDATE 4 July 2015: Why the pro-illegal lobby owns Wednesday’s murder in San Francisco, by J.E. Dyer

The Russian social contract

Then the deal was peace in exchange for freedom:

“… The USSR suffered from intense war trauma: the war that had been a subject of idle chatter in the 1930s became a reality when the Soviet Union was attacked from the West by Nazi Germany, which advanced all the way to Moscow and the Volga River; 20 to 30 million classmates, loved ones, and co-workers were killed. Soviet leaders promised their people that this would never happen again. There would be trade-offs: some shortages perhaps and some restrictions, but no one would kill their loved ones and classmates again.

“Peace was part of the post-war, late Soviet-era social contract between the authorities and the people: the population was ready to sacrifice prosperity and even freedom for peace. …” — Ever So Great: The Dangers of Russia’s New Social Contract

The new deal may be greatness in exchange for freedom. That’s more dangerous. The link is from The Pergelator, here.

Science! and Progress!

and progressive scientists

“…the force of these ideas in popular culture — that is, the authority of science, the imperative of progress, and the soundness of [xxxxxx] — conspired to create a social environment that conditioned the people to [xxxxxx]. Had not science instructed us that [xxxxxx]? Were not the leading white progressive clergymen of the era telling us that God smiled on [xxxxxx]? — Ota Benga: Victim of Science & Progress, by Rod Dreher

See how many ways you can fill in the blanks.

UPDATE: New Article Blasts Feds’ ‘Pseudoscientific Methods’ For Establishing Dietary Guidelines.

Most things the government says about food, sex, and religion are either false or were obvious to our great grandparents.

In particular, scientists don’t have any idea what people should eat or aovid, except in extreme cases like “don’t eat sand.” Or rather, they have lots of ideas, but they all turn out to be wrong in a few years.