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Oh noessss!  Tell Hollyweird that their felgercarb won't play here.

They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace. - Jeremiah 6:14

They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. "Peace, peace," they say, when there is no peace. - Jeremiah 8:11

They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace. - Ezekiel 13:10

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. - 1 Thessalonians 5:3
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Negotiation before extirpation.

I'm glad to see that the real monopoly had to step back from the brink.  In this case, the real monopoly is the union.  Unions believe that they have the sole right to negotiate for wages  

Why doesn't the DOJ go after this self-aggrandizing monopolist?
 
Verizon workers who threatened to strike have agreed to work without a new contract as negotiations continue: http://on.nbc10.com/kRfGtBp
Unions representing Verizon workers in nine states say their members will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled with the wireless carrier.
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Worried about Windows 10 privacy? You should be.

Why is Microsoft giving away their new operating system?  To answer that, you need to remember one thing: Microsoft is a publicly traded company.  So their goal is to make money - or they will go out of business.  

Why is Microsoft giving away their OS?  To make money.

First, they want to give their customers a sloppy wet kiss to ask forgiveness for Windows 8.  So they are trying to woo back folks who were disillusioned by the most recent OS.  

Second, they definitely want to gain a share of advertising revenue.  After all, Google can't have all the fun (and money), can they?  All you need to do is look at the general screen in the Settings -> Privacy dialog.  And there are thirteen more options, just like this one.*

So what is my task for today?  I'm going to find any tools that will help me to lock down my privacy.  Kudos to Microsoft as the options do seem to be available.  But there ought to be a tool with three-to-five levels of security ranging from Paranoid to Commercial Target.  In the meantime, I think one of the best short summaries of the situation can be found on BGR @ http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/
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Amen.  
 
and preferably painlessly... lol :)
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The Planned Parenthood story is tragic. And the linkages are frightening.

Whatever you believe about government intervention in the personal tragedies of abortion, you must admit that PP is now in a horrible position. Consequently, they've hired spin doctors. But look at who they've hired. Hillary Rosen is now the PR specialist on their case.

That name should ring a bell. She is the same person who once led the RIAA in their targeting of file sharers. She used ambulance chasers to extort money from individuals whose crime was not understanding technology. Now, she is claiming that hackers are destroying PP.

So why did I post this story? I think that it is exemplar of the "connections" that exist between Democratic water-bearers and those who empower them. If there was once "a vast right-wing" conspiracy, I think that there is ample proof that both ends if the spectrum are willing to use tragedy to extend the power of their friends.

Lord Acton was right.
Planned Parenthood proclaimed on Thursday that its websites were not available because of an extremist attack, but seemed to change its story throughout the day after many people pointed to inconsistencies about the alleged hack. At around noon, the message on the group's homepage was changed to read that our normal site is currently undergoing maintenance. At the start of the day, Planned Parenthood claimed it was the victim of a cyberattack. 20...
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Are you a Chrome user and have you just installed Windows 10?

If so, you may be experiencing some dreadful Google Chrome performance.  If that is indeed your case, then try and uninstall Chrome, reboot and then reinstall Chrome.  That seems to be the best strategy that people are coming up with so far.  
There is absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. True, anything would seem like a huge improvement compared to the disaster that was Windows 8. But ...
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I'm hunting wabbits.

Well, I got the second system upgraded.  This one was a Windows 7 laptop.  And the process outlined by Microsoft for upgrading the device seemed very simple: download the installer, then install.  Unfortunately, I tried the easy path, twice.

Figuring that the problem was in downloading the files, I decided that a full download and a clean install was in order.  Do NOT do this!!!

- I tried to download and create an installable image on my BIG usb drive.  The download went simply.  But it couldn't mark the drive as bootable.  

- After dusting off my old disk partitioning chops, I broke out diskpart and configured my USB stick properly.

- Installing from a USB stick works, but it isn't the best path.  There are a lot of reboots.  So you have to be aware when the reboots occur so that you can pull out the USB key. You wouldn't want to boot from the USB device in the middle of the install.  Yes, it works.  No, it's not trivial.  Oh, OK.  It is trivial.  But I really don't want to babysit installs any longer.

- Now it was time to install the OS onto the hard drive.  After prepping the device (i.e., saving what I needed onto appropriate storage media), I decided to perform a clean install. DO NOT DO THIS - unless you know that your product key works.  In my case, I got through the install only to find out that mine didn't work.  

- After much storming about (in my head), I decided that I wanted this product.  I also decided that I needed to do a clean install on this system.  Finally, I wanted to send MSFT a signal: good coding should be rewarded.  So I decided to buy a copy of the tool.

- I am disappointed that I bought the tool.  Don't get me wrong.  I wanted/needed it.  But when most of my systems get the software for free, I did feel a little frustrated as the product is not so much of an upgrade that it merits +$100.  

- If you pay for the software, you should be able to have an ad-free (or spyware-free) instance of the code.  But nope.  I have the same invasive version that everyone else got for free.  

So after hours of labor.  I have bought a version of a product that contains spyware as part of the OS.  Maybe the EU is right about MSFT and GOOG.

And my first act after installing the OS (on this machine) is to replace the browser.  My second act was to post on G+.
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After a few false starts, I've finished the first Windows 10 upgrade at Chez Roo West.

The first (of three) was a new HP Envy device that had Windows 8.1 installed.  I tried installing Windows 10 on Wednesday.  But the "easy path" version failed to install.  So I went with the "not much more difficult" path; I downloaded the files first and then I ran the installer tonight.  The install went very smoothly. 

So what are my first impressions?

So far, it looks like what Windows 8.1 should have been.  But if you had done Windows 8.1, this update is not that big.  Don't get me wrong.  The UI tweaks are tremendously appreciated.  But is there a game changer?  Not that I've found yet.  But I have a lot of spelunking to do this evening.
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Started torrenting right away?? Good ,good!!
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Keys to evangelical success: hope, work, and involvement.
Chuck Colson was the classic American success story. His life and subsequent career provide three ways forward for evangelicals in politics.
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What gives us the right?

I am a strident supporter of the state of Israel.  I believe that they are the rightful stewards of what is called the Promised Land.  Please note the words that I have chosen.  The Jewish people are "stewards" of the land.  They are not the "owners" of the land.  God is the owner of the Land.  

I say this because I accept the biblical story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  And I see this world as a cherished gift from God to all of His children.  So I see this Land - and all land - as evidence of the Creator of this world and evidence of the grace that He freely showers upon us.

For these reasons, I am really opposed to what Iran is threatening to do.  And I object to anyone (Iran) that would terminate the lives of another people (Israel) simply because they (Iran and the Arab states) feel that they (Iran and the Arab states) are "entitled" to possess the Land.  Bottom line: Iran should be prevented from achieving the means to impose its will upon Israel.

But here is where I diverge from just about everyone in Washington.

What gives us the right to impose our will upon Iran (or Israel)?  Are we technologically superior?  Yes, we are technically superior to Iran (though we are not technically superior to Israel). But we certainly are not morally superior to anyone.  Just look at the insanity of a system that cheerfully slaughters its own children while mourning the senseless death of a thirteen year-old cat.   Fundamentally, we have no moral superiority that entitles us to dictate nuclear morality to anyone.

Understand what Washington is saying.  They are saying that because we had nukes first, we have the right to impose our will upon others.  And what gives us that right?  Do we have the right simply because we got there first?  An alternative - and equally appalling view - is that we have the biggest stick.  Hence, we have a duty to wield it against those that would act contrary to our will. Um, has anyone heard of manifest destiny?  And are we not acting as we have such a mandate?

But the real error in this line of reasoning is that it is so relativistic.  We threaten violence against those who disagree with us.  We should really have the moral decency to say "why" someone should be precluded from having heinous weapons.  Basically, we are saying that we will preclude Iran because they have shown incivility and a lack of restraint (both in their rhetoric and in their support of international terrorism).

By the way, I do think that we have a selfish interest in ensuring that the historical enmity between the children of Isaac and the children of Ishmael does not erupt into a global conflagration.  

However, do we have unlimited dominion (or the right) to do whatever it takes to secure our own safety - up to and including military intervention?  I do think that Israel can make that case.  But can we?  What makes us the international police?

This is not an idle question.  Because we have a degree of dominion earned thought the trials of the twentieth century.  Does this mean that we have the moral responsibility to be the world's patriarch and defender. I believe that we do not have the right to impose our will upon another people.

But if we do have some responsibility to foster and maintain peace, then what will be our measuring stick to determine if someone else's behavior is inconsistent with promoting peace?  Do we get to create our own measuring stick?  Or should we use a more immutable set of standards?  [Note: I think that the only moral imperatives that we should impose would be established in some immutable/eternal context.  To use an ever-shifting standard just enables the tyrant who would yield power for his/her own ambitions.  

I need to boil this down a bit.  

1. Do we have the duty to prevent one nation from developing technology within its own borders.  I don't think that we do.  But I do believe that we can and should prevent the materials that are required from ever arriving in the hands of Iran.  Of course, what our President has done is to remove any barriers to research within Iran.  

2. Should we develop standards of conduct that we will enforce in international situations?  If we are to ever impose our will, the reasons must be clear and unmistakable.  And our will to enforce these standards must be resolute.  If we set standards and if we outline penalties for deviation, then I think we can and should do so.   
The best reason for rejecting the agreement is to rebuke Obama’s long record of aggressive disdain for Congress.
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Two wrongs do not make a right. The world is upside down right now.  God's word is to pray for Israel and we must.  Yes God owns everything on earth  we are just stewards.

Bless you. Was just passing through on your post and just passing through in my life on earth. One day I'll be home again.
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