Recent American history

Busing; Something to think about; or not.

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Links

  • Population Transformation in Pittsburgh and Chicago, by Aaron M. Renn
  • Gang members admit to firebombing black families in Boyle Heights housing development. How is this not ethnic cleansing?
  • “I don’t expect your average Muslim to be any clearer on the long-term implications of their faith than the average Christian. They may embrace a world-conquering, infidel-slaying eschaton with all the vigor and clarity with which the typical Christians accepts the admonition to die to ourselves or not commit adultery in our hearts.”

    My example of this (at second hand) is the tale of the bad Klansman: an old guy from back in the day. Nominally commited to the Ku Klux Klan, but didn’t really get to meetings as often as he should. In favor of prohibition, but after all a man likes a drink now and then; racist, but the only black man he’d known well (not many around here anyway…) had been a real good fellow; anti-Catholic, but, you know, gotta live and let live, like the Book says; judge not, lest ye also be judged.

  • “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today.” Thomas Sowell said that in 1998. What’s the label now, twenty years later?

UPDATE: Like the man says, Heh: “If you are frighetend by what Trump says about immigrants, you should see what the New Yorker says about people from their own country.” Yes, “people from their own country.”

Fretting about Chik-fil-a opening a restaurant, the writer of the article in the New Yorker doesn’t really consider me to be his fellow countryman. The central questions are, Who is “us?” and Where is “here?”

Unclogging a toilet

This procedure for unclogging a toilet worked for me. It involves pouring in hot water and dish soap. It seems risky, but there have been no apparent problems. After pouring in the hot water it might be good to wait half an hour or so before flushing, to avoid the stress of a sudden temperature change.

Well, one problem: putting the plunger in the hot water caused the rubber cup to shrink and distort, so the plunger is now useless.

Homeostasis

From the graphs here it looks like alcohol-related deaths have gone up every year since 2009. The linked author, Spottedtoad” wonders

“if physiologically, Americans are, due to interactions with other drugs compromising their livers and obesity, greater inactivity and general ill-health, less able to metabolize alcohol. To go back to Winston Churchill, perhaps whiskey and cigars were a more sustainable combination than the whiskey and prozac, whiskey and oxycodone, and whiskey and adderall combinations we subsidize now.” — Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?

It’s a good not-too-long read with a lot of data.

Firefox and Tor security tweak

Look-Alike Domains and Visual Confusion

The suggested fix for Tor and Firefox: “If you’re a Firefox user and would like Firefox to always render IDNs as their punycode equivalent when displayed in the browser address bar, type ‘about:config’ without the quotes into a Firefox address bar. Then in the ‘search:’ box type ‘punycode,’ and you should see one or two options there. The one you want is called ‘network.IDN_show_punycode.’ By default, it is set to ‘false’; double-clicking that entry should change that setting to ‘true.'”

The same fix worked for Palemoon, which I’m using right now.