Month: March 2019

YouTube is majorly screwed up

Nearly every video I watch on YouTube I see the following message:

“Restricted Mode has hidden comments for this video.”

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In the image above you can clearly see I have Restricted Mode turned off yet YouTUbe says “Restricted Mode has hidden comments for this video. ”

I try registering a complaint on their support site and it tells me it violates community standards. What the bloody fuck? I know they updated YouTube and I think they really screwed it up this time. I wonder if it’s time for a new video site.

 

Will the wonders never cease

I say that with some sarcasm, or facetiously.

On this very blog I’ve ripped into RI Governor Gina Raimondo and he appointing political hacks to reform the Health Insurance Portal in Rhode Island. And how they bungled the UHIP program – the one HP Enterprises walked away from in disgust.

What lands in my email today – now that I’ve relocated out of Rhode Island and into the state of Georgia:

Job Title: Linux Administrator

Job ID : NTTJP00017505               

Duration : 8+ months

Location : Providence, RI

 

  • The Rhode Island UHIP Project is seeking a talented Linux Administrator to join our project team to provide development and sustainment services for our clients, both pre and post-implementation.

  • This candidate will be a key software developer for the implementation and/or support of various client applications.

  • Responsibilities include working with System Architects and Business Analysts to understand business requirements and solutions architecture.

  • Not only will candidates be joining a project team, they will be joining a team of resources dedicated to delivering client engagements from an off-site location focused on common tools, technologies, and methodologies.

 
I’ve also gotten job postings for Oracle DB’s on the UHIP project. So now I know what they used for an OS and what DB platform they used. Very interesting.

Uh oh Google having issues

So I note YouTube is fucked up. Being it’s a Google property as is the Chrome browser I’m using it indicates that Google is having bigtime issues today. I’ve tried in Chrome, Edge, etc. to no avail. Cannot watch YouTube videos. Also note commenting is in restricted mode on YouTube.

My thoughts on the Green New Deal

So I saw a video on youtube that talked about the Tactical Framing of the Green New Deal by mostly republican mouthpieces. So of course I had to go read the resolution. If you’re unclear a resolution is go here and look. It’s pretty interesting to see the cogs of government get exposed.

Now for the actual resolution text you can read it here.

I’ll summarize now. I’ll start with the final paragraph of the text:

(O) providing all people of the United States with—

(i) high-quality health care;

(ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing;

(iii) economic security; and

(iv) clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and access to nature.

All of the above are laudable goals. Though I’m not certain what among them other than clause IV has to do with it being Green.

However earlier on in the text it says:

(B) repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States, including—

(i) by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible;

(ii) by guaranteeing universal access to clean water;

(iii) by reducing the risks posed by climate impacts; and

(iv) by ensuring that any infrastructure bill considered by Congress addresses climate change;

(C) meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources, including—

(i) by dramatically expanding and upgrading renewable power sources; and

(ii) by deploying new capacity;

Let’s take it by point – ok I agree eliminating pollution – that is in fact a very tall order. It will suck up billions or perhaps trillions of dollars. And corporations aren’t going to play ball on this.

I do like universal access to clean water. The universe only knows that water systems in the U.S. are hodge podge of little fiefdoms. But it doesn’t say HOW we’re going to get to universal access to clean water.

Reducing risks posed by climate change is laudable too – just how do we pay for that?

Now meeting renewable energy goals of 100% – not so much. That is unless we figure out very quickly how to do nuclear fusion, and perhaps make truly safe fission plants. Those are green technologies too.

But all in all this section isn’t too offensive.

Now as to how we pay for all the proposals in the bill, I see a lot of leveraging and investing mentioned but no specific funding sources. That’s what people are focusing on.

Reading: The Nazis Next Door – How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitlers Men

So let me be clear, what the Germans did during World War II in my opinion is indefensible.

But one thing bothers me about the entire book. One is the vengeance thing. The Bible is littered with prohibitions on vengeance.

For example in Proverbs 20:22 it says:
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

Go here to see more on the prohibition of vengeance in the Bible. 

That is the message I remember from when I was a Catholic. Vengeance isn’t mine to deliver. That part stuck in my morality.

It got to the point where the U.S. Justice Department started getting sloppy in their prosecutions of alleged Nazi’s in the U.S. I’m in the section where John Demjanjunk – he went through our justice system, was extradited to Israel, tried there and sentence to death. But at the eleventh hour they discovered the Demjanjunk wasn’t Ivan the Terrible but just a cog in the machine.

And in the case of others whom the Justice Department focused its attention on certain Nazis in the U.S. I think they went a bit too far in their persecution. In one case someone started using pipe bombs against those the department had targeted.

Look being a Nazi is abhorrent to me. But people do in fact change. I’ve seen it so much in my life. The zeal of the Nazi Unit in the Justice Department just irritates me.

 

 

Discussing Evolution of Humanity today

So my very good old friend and I were talking earlier. We were getting at why lots of African-Americans and even Native-Americans are lactose intolerant. It was then I mentioned how Native-Americans got here – when there was a land bridge connecting Asia with North America.

So I started thinking – the cow it’s main evolution occurred in Europe of all places. So it makes sense that the states in Africa never adapted to that. Then we got on the evolution of mankind, up out of Africa and into Europe and across the Caucuses region into Asia.

For example – I can tolerate lactose. In milk, cheese etc. But my old friend cannot tolerate the lactose. Plus she can’t tolerate pork.

But then we hit on it, in many places in Africa they had chickens, goats, sheep etc. Those are meats that my friend has no problem with.

I find the whole thing fascinating.

One thing about living in Georgia

Even though I don’t believe in god anymore I do know we are coming up for St. Patrick’s day and the Festa di San Giuseppe aka St. Joseph’ Day. Now the key about that latter Zeppoles a little puff pastry with boiled cream, whipped cream and a cherry. Delicious.

Trying to find an Italian bakery in the Atlanta area is a challenge though. I guess I’ll have to ask around.