Markets, Ideas, and Democracy

Markets, Ideas, and Democracy

Tyranny of the minority demonstrates that an overemphasis on individual liberty without a sense of a community WILL fail. The blood of the last century demonstrates that central control will be seized by the psychopathsI really don't know the source of the quote - I think it was inspired either by a comment or a podcast and summarized by me, but it's pithy, and it's true. It encompasses both the failures of an overemphasis on atomic individualism, and an overemphasis on defaulting to the government as the source of power. Atomic individuals are susceptible to the tyranny of the intolerant…

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Boomers

Boomers

The level of hate has increasing - to the point where SNL even did a skit pissing on boomers and their narcissism. Owen Benjamin did a video talking about boomer dads - and then had to explain that no, if you were a decent dad and a boomer, then he wasn't talking about you.And if you were taking it personally, maybe you weren't the great dad you thought you were.Brian Neimeier over at Kairos also had a few things to say: Dear Baby Boomers, Millennials may be immature, lazy snowflakes. They may have made poor life decisions. But…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

For those who had idiots for CWP instructors, or idiots giving advice at the local gun store, Cataline has an excellent post on how to deal with the aftermath of a shooting. Now the lights have gone out of his eyes. You have just killed a man in the comfort of your own home. Your life has changed for-ev-er. You will never be the same man you were before you pulled that trigger. Old you is as dead as the now cooling lump of meat at your feet. You have called the cops. They will be there any minute. What…

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Backups Done

Backups Done

I've not only gotten the site restored to a new server instance, but re-established backups, pulling them down off the new server. It only took editing a few settings in my backup scripts to get the backups rolling again, and one CRON job/script on the new server.Things should be returning to normal around here.Thank you.…

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Lessons Learned - Followup

Lessons Learned - Followup

Now I know why the NodeBB integration broke.Short version: the official method to export and import involves dumping to a JSON file. Despite exporting the unique ID numbers of each post, when they are imported, it generates a new set of unique ID numbers - which do not match up with the entries on the NodeBB side.I believe the next time I do this, instead of importing a JSON file, I should follow the backup / restore procedure I'd already tested, namely, replace the database. The ID / verification numbers in the JSON file are also stored in the SQLdump,…

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Changes

Changes

First, my apologies for the downtime the last couple days.Second, why?Went to access my site and write a post, and nothing, zip. Not even an nginx-based "nothing to load here", no IP ping reply, nothing. So I went to the instance management panel - yes, it was powered on. Local console? Unresponsive. Soft reboot? Nothing. Log files for the instance were showing a series of input/output errors. So I pulled the virtual plug. Annoying - but crap happens. Even more annoying and less likely that it de facto wouldn't even give me a basic POST on start…

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