I’ve been “YatPundit” on the Internet since the 1990s. @YatPundit is my primary account on Da Twittah. When I joined the Book of Zucker, YatPundit became my political presence, as a “page” under my main account, which is my name. While this works for my writing, it didn’t work for interaction.
The original page concept wasn’t bad, but the d00ds went public and needed to provide a return to shareholders. That’s when they started extorting page owners. Post something on your page, and you got “notifications” suggesting you “boost” the post for a fee. Then came the notifications that sounded like a protection racket in New York. “That’s a nice page you got there. Pity nobody’s going to read your posts.” The d00ds limited the reach of page posts. Even if thousands of users “like” the page, it may only be visible to hundreds. Unless you “boost.”
Page owners pushed back. They asked their friends to set “get notifications” for the page. Page visibility increased. Still, it wasn’t a good situation.
The last US election cycle exposed Zuckerbook as a bad actor in the process. One of the steps taken by the d00ds to rehab the image was to shift focus from pages to groups. They clam to have tightened up pages, so Petrograd bot farms can’t just create them and spread misinformation. The effectiveness of this move remains to be seen.
To improve user interaction on the platform, “groups” now have a bigger role. The d00ds want users to stay on the platform as long as possible. With pages taking a back seat, groups offer users gathering places. Post visibility increased. Group owners set their own rules. While they’re not quite “safe” spaces, it’s an improvement.
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YatPundit’s Pub 29-May-2019
Two brews on tap today for geek night in YatPundit’s Pub 29-May-2019. First, we review personal continuity and backup. Then, we pour the first brew of a flight on Personal Virtualization.
Western Digital Passport USB Drive
Hurricane season starts Friday. We add our contribution to the media blitz with a discussion of backup. Backup strategy these days starts with a 128GB USB stick. From there, advance to a USB hard drive, 1-4TB in size. A thumb drive requires you to manually drag-and-drop files for backup. Many of the portable hard drives now include utilities for backup. Run the utility, copy your computer hard drive to the portable.
Portable hard drives start around $60 in price. Western Digital offers solid basic options. While that may be all you need, advanced possibilities include solid state drives.
Cloud backup offers scheduling and off-site protection. Services like Dropbox and Apple’s cloud service provide CDP – Continuous Data Protection. Install the cloud service’s utilities on your computer. When you save files to the designated folders, the utilities save it to the cloud simultaneously. Cloud storage also offers wider availability. While you can do what you need on your regular computer, files backed up to the cloud can be accessed from other systems. Use the utilities offered. Other computers maintain copies of your data.
Computer virtualization extends the availability possibilities. So, with your work computer as a virtual machine, it’s easy to get back up and running after a hardware failure.
Which strategy is right? Consider Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) requirements.
We begin a 4-part flight on computer virtualization. Before virtualizing, set your goals. So, what do you want to accomplish?
Windows on a Mac
Running Linux on a Windows PC (or vice versa)
Keeping older versions of Windows on a new system
Examine your needs and consider your approach to virtualization. Other brews in this flight explore the resources required to virtualize, and the software options.
They’re firing the entire staff at TP/NOLA.com. This wasn’t a merger, it’s a purchase of intellectual property and physical assets. The humans that made NOLA.com what it is are on the street.
When Newhouse delivered their last big round of cutbacks at TP, I felt like something should/could be done to develop a platform in the market that offered a place for some of those laid-off writers to publish and get paid. Folks told me there was no way it would work. A discussion group on the subject failed miserably. Fortunately, Lamar developed the idea for TBB delivered big time in its first year.
TP employed a lot of talented people. Many of them know New Orleans is home, in spite of this setback.
The “digital era” of the Times-Picayune spans over twenty years. While Da Paper struggled, management and staff found a “digital voice.” Forays into video produced good, thoughtful discussion between writers such as Tim Morris and Jarvis Deberry. The bumps in the road were large, though. The first massacre at TP was when Newhouse fired all of the “digital” staff at NOLA.com. That staff operated separately from T-P. Unifying the dot-com with the newspaper offered the organization an opportunity to take charge. All this now shifts to history.
The stories of how NOLA.com grew, then shrunk, then merged with T-P connect with New Orleans’ larger stories in the early aughts and teens. T-P struggled like everyone else during Katrina. They rose above the #shitshow.
We must preserve these stories and memories.
I’m thinking this through, but we have to move quickly. People pack up and leave as soon as other opportunities present themselves.
Work with me to preserve the stories of the last twenty years.
The floodgates of accusations against Democrats in Virginia are related to the 2019 state elections. This November, both houses of the Virginia Legislature stand for election. The House of Delegates stands every two years, and the Senate every four. There is a very real possibility that Democrats can capture a majority in both houses. Since the governor is also a Democrat, the party can gain full control of both branches of government.
This is a big deal on two fronts. With the 2020 Census on the horizon, legislators elected this year will re-draw the state’s Congressional districts. Democrats can correct extreme gerrymandering if they gain control.
Democratic control of Virginia’s government mobilizes the crazy wing of the Republican Party. Anti-abortion activists follow a scorched-earth policy in their attempts to stop changes in restrictive abortion legislation. The disinformation attacks on are all-out and intense. This is where attacks on top Democratic elected officials originate.
I’m not sure what we can do for the men in charge now, but Democrats should be aware of the lengths these people will go to get their way. We need to push back against Republican activists as hard as we can.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders put forward a number of solid and thoughtful positions on many issues. It would be easy for the Sanders Cult to simply assert that these positions and policy proposals still apply, should Bern try again this cycle.
That’s not what his True Believers argue, though. Instead of making the case for Sanders, they make a case against Harris, O’Rourke, and even Warren. They lost their minds over last weekend, when the media toyed with the notion of Hillary Clinton running again.
Why not just push what works for Bern?
The biggest problem Sanders has is he’s not the default opposition to a popular front-runner. The bar is much higher this time. Multiple candidates push positions we heard from Bern in 2016. Elizabeth Warren made opposition to Wall Street a cornerstone of her kickoff. Her Iowa “retail” campaign will hit this hard. Harris and O’Rourke (assuming Beto’s in) will siphon off the student-loan constituency. Labor support will be fractured. In this environment, Bern’s just another voice.
What we’ve learned about Bern since 2016
He has a #metoo problem
He is willing to parrot Republican and Russian propaganda
He has a solid pro-Russia voting record
He’s still not a Democrat
When faced with a strong woman, it was easy for Bern surrogates to go full-misogynist. They’re trying it this year, with early attacks against Harris. They’re going to need more than that to move up past fourth or fifth in the polls, though.
“She’s a Cop” is an ill-advised attack on Harris by #nonpartisanprogressives
“She’s a Cop”
Senator Kamala Harris wants to be President of the United States. She’s going to be a formidible candidate, and that makes folks supporting lesser candidates nervous. Those folks now chant “she’s a cop” on social media, in an effort to discredit Harris. It’s a racist, misogynistic attack.
Supporters of Senator Sanders have issues with discussion and discourse. “We don’t want a coronation” was a common trope in 2015, as the Democratic candidates for President lined up. Secretary Clinton’s massive advantages in popularity and fund raising meant they had to go on the attack early.
The “we don’t want a coronation” line appealed to discussion and debate. We aren’t an organized political party, after all. We’re Democrats. We put ideas out in the street and talk them out. That was fine, but then the Sanders folks moved to brutal attacks, some of which were long-standing Republican tropes. That’s because their candidate was losing. The Clinton campaign had a better ground game, and Super Tuesday proved that.
In the 2020 cycle, there’s no coronation. A number of candidates are testing the waters. Sanders isn’t the “or” in an either-or equation. So, his disciples attack what they think is an easy target, Senator Harris.
Attorneys General aren’t cops
“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”
–Introduction to the television show, “Law & Order”
Before going to DC as a Senator from California, Kamala Harris was that state’s Attorney General. Before that, she was a district attorney. She’s not a police officer, any more than the DAs on the teevee show were police officers. They were officers of the court, and part of the process, but they were separate.
Those saying “she’s a cop” know that.
The “she’s a cop” attack is a cynical tactic. Those saying it believe they can appeal to the general distrust of law enforcement in minority communities. It’s a dogwhistle. They’re saying, “forget the fact that Harris looks like you. She doesn’t represent your interests.”
Nobody says “she’s a cop” when discussing Letitia Jones, Attorney General of New York. Nobody mistakes Louisiana Attorney General (and highly-visible racist) Jeff Landry for a cop. None of the other 99 members of the United States Senate are referred to as “cops.” Lindsey Graham was a Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force. Nobody says “he’s a cop.”
Sanders supporters go after the woman. They need to tear down candidates who look more like the Democratic Party than the old white guy they advocate. In Kamala Harris, they give the misogynistic tactics used against Clinton a one-two punch, adding racism to the mix.
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