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Should I upgrade to OS X 10.9.2?

In the past, I would have upgraded automatically. Now, I'm not so sure. OS X has stability and quality problems it didn't use to have, basically since iOS features began to invade it. Read below the fold...

Paul Krugman, not knowing what he's saying, says it

Krugman writes:

One thing I learned from reporting on the Madoff affair was the term “affinity fraud”: people are easily duped by con men who seem to be like them, to be their kind of people.

Look, I don't have to point out why this is so funny, right? Read below the fold...

"I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical"

Not that I'm qualified by experience to speak, except to note that this is an excellent rant. Re-arranged slightly:

Today, parents are being fed the idea that it benefits children to constantly be hand in hand, face to face, "What do you need my precious darling? How can I make your childhood amazing?" You can't walk through Pinterest without tripping over 100 Indoor Summer Craft Ideas, 200 Inside Activities for Winter, 600 Things To Do With Your Kids In The Summer. 14 Million Pose Ideas For Elf on The Shelf. 12 Billion Tooth Fairy Strategies. 400 Trillion Birthday Themes.

This is how I remember childhood too: Read below the fold...

To the NSA on #heartbleed: Any way you look at it, you lose

This seems to be my day for quoting Kevin Drum:

Heartbleed is a Sucking Chest Wound in the NSA's Reputation
I'm honestly not sure which would be worse. That the NSA knew about this massive bug that threatened havoc for millions of Americans and did nothing about it for two years. Or that the NSA's vaunted—and lavishly funded—cybersecurity team was completely in the dark about a gaping and highly-exploitable hole in the operational security of the internet for two years. It's frankly hard to see any way the NSA comes out of this episode looking good.

"Looking good"? Read below the fold...

Common Household Remedies Request

Back in Thailand and, heck, here, although less urgently, I had a Sweat Management project, of which a task was tracking down bacterial odors. The armpits were one subtask of that task:


And a much-loved pair of boat shoes was another: Read below the fold...

Declaring victory in the culture wars

I rarely quote Kevin Drum, but I think he's got hold of something:

ver the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can't be displayed in courtrooms. Catholic hospitals are required to cover contraceptives for their employees. Gay marriage is legal in more than a dozen states and the number is growing rapidly.

Needless to say, I consider these and plenty of other actions to be proper public policy. I support them all. But they're real things. Conservative Christians who feel under attack may be partly the victims of cynical politicians and media moguls, and a lot of their pity-party attempts at victimization really are ridiculous. But their fears do have a basis in reality. To a large extent, it's the left that started the culture wars, and we should hardly be surprised that it provoked a strong response. In fact, it's a sign that we're doing something right.

As far as I'm concerned, the culture wars are one of the left's greatest achievements. Our culture needed changing, and we should take the credit for it.

Fair enough. Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: ObamaCare doesn't play well in Peoria (well, Pittsburgh)

Riverdaughter is posting again; too bad she has time, but good for us:

I recently attended a younger cousin’s birthday party. My relatives sat around and compared plans. This group was a mix of ages, employment situations, number of dependents, personal wealth. The bad news for the Democrats is that no one likes Obamacare. Not one of them. In Pittsburgh, the effect of Obamacare is pronounced because two major insurance carriers in the region are battling and one of them, UPMC, refuses to contract with Highmark BC/BS. That leaves Highmark customers scrambling to find new doctors and praying that if they do have an emergency, they don’t get carted off to one of the ubiquitous UPMC hospitals where they will get socked with a massive out of network price structure. They played nicely before Obamacare but no more.

The problem of insurance plans is particularly acute for those of us who fall into the precariat class and Obamacare falls severely short there.

As we say, read the whole thing. Read below the fold...

I had no idea the Sex Pistols lifted the riff for "Pretty Vacant" from Abba

Glen Matlock interviewed in the Guardian:

Did you really steal the riff for Pretty Vacant from Abba?
Yeah, from SOS. Being at art school and being hip to the Dadaists and Marcel Duchamp, you'd nick something and make it your own. If I hadn't come clean no one would have ever spotted it.

I think a world where this can happen is a wonderful world. Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Democrat hack Joan Walsh makes Ezra Klein look like a paragon of integrity

It wasn't easy! Yeah, I subscribe to Salon's news feed, so every once in awhile I hold my nose and click through to Joan Walsh, "progressive":

Ezra Klein trolled the right by declaring that it means “Obamacare has won,” which is pretty funny given that he helped lead the national freak-out over Healthcare.gov’s troubles back in October.

Read below the fold...

Shocker: NSA exploited #heartbleed bug for at least two years

Nobody could have predicted:

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

Sure! "Critical intelligence!" I mean, how likely is it the NSA would just Hoover up everything and store it on some humongous server in case they "needed" it later? Read below the fold...

Re-entry...

I said I'd look up at the sky:

(That's the Bangor Mall, complete with dead snow.) Contrast: Read below the fold...

And so what about Colbert and his one schtick?

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama throws Sebelius under the bus, brings in a Rubinite

Politico:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning six months after a disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health law, according to administration sources.

On Friday, Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her.

Sebelius, 65, gave no hint of her imminent departure as she testified Thursday before a Senate panel.

So, did she fall or was she pushed? I say pushed: Read below the fold...

Bounced mail for subscriptions, messages, password resets, new accounts

If you have not been getting mail from Corrente that you would expect to get -- for example, email at registration or email from a post that you have subscribed to -- this is why:

Over the last 48 hours the Yahoo.com domain has implemented a change in its DMARC policy. DMARC, which stands for “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance” is an email authentication policy record that aims to prevent from address spoofing.

The change in this policy implemented by Yahoo means that any email message that uses a from address in the message headers of @yahoo.com must originate from Yahoo’s own mail servers. Messages sent through.... any other source outside of Yahoo using a @yahoo.com from address will be rejected by any mailbox provider that has implemented DMARC. This includes almost all major mailbox providers like Gmail, Outlook, AOL, Comcast and others.

The site address has been "lambert_strether.corrente@yahoo.com"; that's the Sender for subscriptions, message reminders, password resets, and new accounts. Unfortunately, mail from the Corrente server obviously does not originate from "Yahoo’s own mail servers," and so it bounces. You don't get the mail you expect, and my mailbox gets clogged with it. Read below the fold...

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