At the Boston Review, Andrea Mammone sees the British Brexit vote and similar expressions of a national turning inward in other Western countries as not unprecedented. He traces part of their lineage. Here’s a bit:

Since the (Brexit–ed.) vote, I have found myself contemplating what for me—a seasoned émigré—is a quite uncustomary question: I cannot help but wonder, “Do they really want me here?” In this I finally have an inkling of how refugees must feel, constantly barraged by the likes of Marine Le Pen and Viktor Orbán, Donald Trump and Geert Wilders, being told over and over you are not wanted here, you are a potential subversive, a radical Islamist, a welfare-state parasite—in sum, you are not and will never be “us.” The experience contains echoes of when some Western governments of the early 1900s fretted about “alien immigration”—by which they meant Eastern European Jews—and of course the ensuing fascists with their scapegoating of Slavs, Roma, and, once more, of Jews. After studying the history of European far-right and nationalist politics for about a decade, I find that I am now living it.

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Horace Greeley:

Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.

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/dev/null is your friend.

This screenshot captures part of my .procmailrc file showing how I send spam and other unwanted email to the bit bucket. The .procmailrc file is in the right pane of the Terminator window; the left pane is my Mutt inbox. (The music player is qmmp, currently streaming KCEA.)

All the “From” addresses listed in the right pane go to /dev/null, and that’s a small portion of those so designated. Since I refined my .procmailrc file to filter the junk before it lands in Maildir, Mutt has been ever so much more responsive.

Peeking out from the back is Ktorrent, which is seeding downloads for the recently-released Slackware 14.2 so as to take some of the load off other Slackware mirrors.

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The window manager is, natch, Fluxbox.

Oh, yeah. You can’t do this on Windows.

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Mock news headline:

Via Juanita Jean.

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Privacy schmivacy.

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Boy to Danae:  Let me get this straight.  You want me to cherry-pick science to use as evidence that the stuff you just made up is factual?  Danae:  Yes, please.  Boy:  Well, the science community has a word for that kind of practice, Danae.  Danae:  Mainstream?  Boy:  I was going to say intellectual dishonesty, but that works too.


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Whoops.

Subscribers to the AuroraWatch UK mailing list were sent a “Red Alert” yesterday; informing them that it would be possible to view the aurora borealis from anywhere in the UK.

Unfortunately, this extraordinary alert was withdrawn just four hours later when it was discovered that a groundskeeper driving a sit-on lawnmower had disturbed the readings of a local magnetometer.

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People asked for favors. (Guess what? They didn’t get them.)

Via Noz.

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Dick Polman calls out the hypocrisy of Republicans who are against the evul Fed’rul guvmint except when they aren’t, that is, when they want its (that is, our) money.

The letter, signed by three Louisiana Republican lawmakers, is addressed to “The Honorable Barack Obama.” You gotta laugh. Now that they need umpteen billions in federal aid to cope with a major climate disaster, now that they’re pleading with hats in hand, all of a sudden Obama is “Honorable.”

This is an old behavioral pattern, freshened anew by the latest infusion of hypocrisy. It’s always amazing how Republicans’ ideological hatred of “big government,” their abstract nanny-state boilerplate, gets trashed in a flash when real life floods in.

That’s just the beginning. Follow the link–it gets better.

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Entertain your guests politely.

Belgrade (Montana–ed.) Police are clarifying more details on the accidental shooting death of a 9-year-old boy. The child, Greydun Flinn Stockinger didn’t live at the house where the accident took place.

He was visiting someone at the home. No adults were present, but another boy was there.

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Two men standing at door to computer lab.  One says to the other,


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John Lennon:

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

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Who would have possibly guessed that “McDonald’s” and “fitness” don’t mix well?

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Via Raw Story.

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