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The administration excluding press from conferences is a bit disturbing.

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Onward... I guess.
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If anybody doesn't already follow (and donate to) the ACLU, it might be a good time to start.

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I don't know if there are other people who prefer doing things in a terminal.

I've gotten a decent amount of use out of this.

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Journalism is really important, and this is kind of understated. 

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Fighting climate change in the Trump era

There's some good news and some bad news. 

Read this article and you'll see - we have our work cut out for us!   Not only Trump but also Republicans in the House and Senate have repeatedly stated they want to:

1) Kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan
2) Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement
3) Dismantle US environmental rules around coal power
4) Weaken fuel economy standards for cars and trucks
5) Open up new public lands to oil and gas drilling
6) Scale back federal support for wind and solar power
7) Limit the Environmental Protection Agency
8) Reverse the White House’s climate guidance to federal agencies
9) Make the Supreme Court hostile to environmental regulation
10) Pack the executive branch with carbon dioxide lovers

These things aren't inevitable - we can fight them.  So this article is worth reading.  You'll learn a lot about the battle to come.

So what's the good news?

California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have signed onto a spinoff of the Paris Climate Agreement.  It's called the Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding, or Under 2 MOU for short.   

"Under 2" stands for two goals:

under 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, and
under 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted per person per year.   

These states have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050.  We've also agreed to share technology and scientific research, expand use of zero-emission vehicles, etc., etc.

And the Under 2 MOU Coalition includes more than just US states:

http://under2mou.org/coalition/

It includes regions and cities around the world!   I'll list a few near me.  If you go to the link you can find out exactly what each of these 'sub-national entities' are promising to do.   Maybe you can help get your local region to join.

CANADA
British Columbia
Northwest Territories
Ontario
Québec
Vancouver City

UNITED STATES 
Austin City
California
Connecticut
Los Angeles
Massachusetts
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New York City
New York State
Oakland City
Oregon
Portland City
Rhode Island
Sacramento
San Francisco
Seattle
Vermont
Washington

There's more good news, but I'll dole it out a little at a time, since you'll probably keep wanting more.

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Today is the 25th anniversary of the Linux-0.01 release, I do believe.

Normally the anniversary is counted from the announcement email (August 25), because that was the actual public statement of intent. The 0.01 code drop happened a couple of weeks later, and wasn't publicly announced.

I'm thinking about switching linux distributions...

I'm just starting to look at some of the others out there and what the differences are. I'm not entirely concerned with systemd or not. I know a couple distributions forked udev to keep init systems that are more modular (Funtoo/Gentoo), but as long as it works I'm less worried about the architecture. I think I can avoid running rm -rf /.

I think there are a couple things I might need to build from source, but honestly the less, the better. Things I definitely can't do without are... decent fonts, xmonad, a true-color terminal, zsh, tmux, mutt, weechat, git, nvim (vim), llvm, python, and qemu which shouldn't be that esoteric.

If some distribution has an existing way to backup the list of packages manually installed, that's definitely something I can use. Also, if someone knows a way to build profiles akin to Funtoo's mixins, that would be useful. I'm not sure if puppet or chef entirely fit the bill, but I wouldn't mind hearing from someone with more experience.

I'm sort of hoping there is a distribution that isn't dependent on glibc as well, but I'm guessing those are probably embedded distributions.

Any suggestions?

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