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Hey, don't I know you from some other life?
You were wide-eyed and green and a little bit taller
And you didn't look away when spoken to
Do you still take two sugars? you seem a little tense
And I can't help but notice how hard you appear
When I look into your eyes of violent blue

Was it sudden? was it clean?
Were there a lot of shades in between?

Step away
Let off
Throw it down
And lose yourself

Hey, are you in there? or don't you recall
When the perfume of belief was all we needed
It was all we needed to set our sights
So when did you throw out the rest of the world
Deaf from the din of your self-righteous babble?
I think you've been blinded by your own light

Was it hatred? was it pride?
Or did you just have a lot to hide?

Come away
Throw down
Let it burn
And lose yourself

Passion to ashes
To smouldering ruins
Bathed in your violent ...
Are you in there?
Are you in there?

Am I boring you? I could say more
We were headed for somewhere
But that was before you traded in your peace sign for a finger
And I don't believe that's the way you were raised
Or the cards you were dealt, or a poor self-image
I think you love yourself too much

You want to rule some sovereign state?
You want to smother in all that hate?

Get away
Lay down
Strip it off
And lose yourself
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Dear Internet,

If you love science so much, then stop pretending it's magic. Treat it with respect and skepticism as you would anything else that is real.

This means, among other things, that you must recognize and accept its limitations. Science cannot tell us what to do, it can only inform our decisions. And the scientific method -- which is a philosophical, and not scientific, construct -- operates through our fallible practices, which means science is always prone to all kinds of error.

If you love science, love it for what it is, and not for what you want it to be.
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Gene Cernan, the 11th and last man to walk on the moon, has died. However, the 12th man to walk on the moon, Harrison Schmitt, still lives.
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For those defending Rep. John Lewis, do you care more about facts and substance, or feelings? Lewis is a dishonest ass. The fact that he has done some great things doesn't mitigate this, nor shelter him from legitimate criticism.

Watch Lewis' assault on Sen. Jeff Sessions in the hearing last week. Tell me, in the entire attack, what one actual piece of evidence or logical argument Lewis brought against Sessions. There was none. It was guilt-by-impression. It was entirely dishonest and disgraceful from beginning to end.

Lewis accused McCain in 2008 of being like George Wallace. He accused Romney in 2012 on idiotic race charges, too. This is what Lewis does, and he deserves to be smacked down for it, regardless of what he did in the past, and regardless of this being Martin Luther Kin Jr. Day Weekend.

Trump's response to Lewis was typically stupid. I won't defend the words Trump used. But I am glad that he stood up to the deplorable crap that spews from Lewis' mouth, that he gets away with year after year after year.
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I saw a Homeland commercial the other day where someone says to Claire Danes at the end of the spot, "Stand down!" She responds, "No, YOU stand down!" Powerful stuff.

Today I saw another Homeland commercial, and at the end of the spot, someone says to Claire Danes, "I don't think you understand how vulnerable you are." Her response: "I don't think YOU do." Wow. Just so ... powerful.
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John Lewis has done courageous things. And I know I am not allowed to criticize him ... but his testimony against Sessions today was dishonest and repulsive.

Having no argument against Senator Jeff Sessions, he simply uses equivocation fallacies to make his case: "Those who are committed to equal justice in our society today wonder whether Senator Sessions' calls for 'law and order' mean today what it meant in Alabama when I was coming up. ..."

He then goes on to talk about all sorts of terrible racist things that happened in Alabama those many years ago, trying to -- with no argument of any kind -- imply that somehow this reflects negatively on Sessions.

He didn't actually say a single negative thing about Sessions. He brought forth no evidence, no argument, of any kind. It was entirely repugnant and despicable. I wish I could say I expect more from Lewis, but I don't. This is nothing new for him.
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I watched Senator Cory Booker testify against Senator Jeff Sessions. He spent a long time not explaining why he was testifying against Sessions, and when he finally got around to explain it ... he didn't give any good reasons.

His argument against Sessions boils down to that he disagrees with Sessions about what the laws should be. But he had no argument that Sessions would not effectively uphold and defend the law, which is really all that matters. He wants the Attorney General to "bring hope and healing to the country," which is not the AG's job, last I checked.

By Booker's standard -- disagreement on the issues -- every Democrat should oppose every Republican nominee, and vice versa.

Booker's testimony was a complete waste of everyone's time, except in that it helps show that the Democrats have no serious complaints against Sessions.
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Trump is being attacked because he broke all of Obama's WH web links. But Obama did the exact same thing.

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I like the music part of the inauguration festivities. The rest, I don't care so much for. I was planning on skipping all the speeches ... but then I remembered, I watched Obama's inauguration speech, and I learned a lot about him from that speech (in particular, he asserted in his first inaugural address that he had no intention of working with the Republicans, a promise he kept).

Might the same thing happen with Trump? Could we learn something? I doubt it, but I've been surprised before.

Maybe I'll watch his speech, as painful as that could be. His speaking style is just awful to my ears. But I might do it anyway.
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If you're on the left and planning to boycott the inauguration because the result is "illegitimate" due to "Russian hacking," we all know that you're lying. If Russia had "hacked" to help Clinton and she had won, you would not be boycotting her inauguration.

You're just exhibiting childish classlessness, is all it is. No one is fooled. And yes, that includes John Lewis. And anyone who thinks it is "patriotic" for Lewis to dishonestly claim he is boycotting because the result is "illegitimate," you're not fooling anyone, either.
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The Democrats need the Republicans far more than the Republicans need the Democrats. Not one single vote from a Democrat is needed to roll back President Obama's Executive Orders. Democrats shall segregate themselves at their own peril.
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I dare you to watch this whole thing.
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FOXBOROUGH, MA—Insisting that it is the furthest thing from their minds at this point in their season, members of the New England Patriots told reporters Thursday that they are not allowing their upcoming game against the Houston Texans to become a distraction.
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Work
Occupation
Musician, Writer, Journalist, Software Engineer, Malcontent
Employment
  • Marchex
    Principal Software Engineer I, 2010 - present
  • Slashdot
    Senior Developer, 2000 - 2010
  • Peterson's
    Code Monkey, 1995 - 2000
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
pudge, pudgenet
Story
Introduction
I like Perl, work, politics, guns, music (writing, playing, and listening), movies, video games.  I love my friends and family.

I love arguing, but I don't like fighting ... but I will fight you if you want me to.  Your call.  :-)

Bragging rights
I ran use.perl.org, wrote much of Slashdot's code, and have written tons of code, books, and articles about Perl. I wrote and performed a song that opened the YouTube/CNN GOP Debate in November 2007. An episode of "Sports Night" was based on me. I have had the same beard for more than 20 years.
Education
  • Biola University
    Journalism, 1991 - 1995
  • Amador Valley High School
    1987 - 1991