The Humble Libertarian

Building a small army to take over the world and... leave everybody alone.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stanford Java Lectures: Programming Methodology with Professor Mehran Sahami [Video]



Watched 1 - 3 of these today. I imagine I'll be watching all 28.

If you like to understand the fundamentals of computer programming as you learn to code, this feels very grounded, and the lecturer's style is very engaging and entertaining.

Also has a lot of student participation in the form of question asking (into mics throughout the lecture hall so you can hear their questions). Fantastic stuff for beginners learning to code.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Julian Assange's Reddit AMA Literally Leaves More Unanswered Questions



After playing an historic role in the 2016 US presidential election by publishing the Clinton campaign's internal emails, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has gone on a media blitz that started with a press conference Monday and a Reddit AMA interview Tuesday.

In the Monday press conference, Assange stuck by his assertion that the source of the leaks did not originate from hacking by the Russian government, and went so far as to say that US intelligence reports to the contrary are politically motivated and "quite embarrassing to the reputations of the US intelligence services."

On Reddit the following day, the Australian computer programmer and controversial journalist was grilled by commenters along the same lines in his AMA (Ask Me Anything) group interview.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Donald Trump Treated That Reporter With More Respect and Dignity Than Meryl Streep


Stop yelling at me.

You don't even know what I'm going to say yet.

Look, this isn't because I support Trump. Because I don't.

So there, now that I've made everybody hate me, let's just look at this and consider a new idea that hasn't occurred to you and maybe you can think about it.

I'm just calling it like I see it...

At the Golden Globes Meryl Streep took a moment that was all about honoring her and her lifetime achievement, and gave it away to Trump for more free publicity. His worst detractors just can't help themselves. They're actually his biggest fans.

Meryl Streep said:

"There was one performance this year that stunned me.

It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.

It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.

It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life."

Streep put the disability before the person. 

Meryl Streep literally broke the number one rule of respect when talking about someone with a disability and did more than Trump to disrespect that New York Times reporter.

#1 on DiversityInc's list of 6 Things NEVER to Say About Disabilities is:

'Never say "a disabled person" or "the disabled." Say a person or people "with disabilities." Put the person first. A disability is what someone has, not what someone is.'

The way Streep talked about Serge (that's the man's name by the way) his defining characteristic is "disabled." In her way of talking about him, it's what he is, not something he has.

See Streep thinks of Serge in a class of people, a delicate, pitiable class of people "outranked" by people like her illustrious self and Donald Trump.

Trump put the disability first too, mocking Serge's lack of muscle control due to a chronic condition, saying "you gotta see this guy," and then doing a mean impression of him.

But you know-- and try to just open your mind here. You'll be safe. I promise:

Trump treated Serge with more respect than Streep did.

In some perverse way Trump elevated Serge to equal footing with himself and everybody else in Trump's universe by ridiculing him with the same vicious measure of force he lets fly at every other person who criticizes him.

Trump didn't pull any punches and imply as Streep does that this guy is too weak to handle what Trump dishes out to everybody else. Again-- in a warped way-- that's more respect than he got from Streep. Trump dignified him by not tip toeing around this guy and treating him as different.

You think Serge doesn't know how he looks? Or what unique challenges he faces every day? You think after he saw the speech he went to check himself out in the mirror and went, "Oh... no!"

I'm not saying Trump was respectful to this guy, but I'm trying to get you to think critically about what you heard Streep say before you reflexively pick your side along the same partisan battle lines and start yelling.

They both disrespected Serge Kovaleski.

Both put the disability first.

But there is something so much worse, so insidiously condescending in the way Streep talked about him, insidious because of how easily it flies right under everyone's radar and just because of how damnably condescending it is.

The Russian That Hacked Hillary's Emails Be Like....

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Why Does Humble Libertarian Link To Crazy Conspiracy Stuff That Undercuts Libertarianism?"


A Humble Libertarian reader messaged me on Facebook to ask:

Dude is Alex Jones still on the 911 truth "Bush did it" train?

reason I ask is I see that you listed them as a top 10 Libertarian site but I think crazy stuff like that undercuts pretty much everything he/Info Wars does

I responded:

oh yeah, but he's worse than that in a lot of ways

i think with his antics, he riles up a lot of angry people with mental illness

then again, i can also say that i think he reports news that MSM won't report and reports fair points about it that MSM won't make

and i think the same criticism can be made of MSM (riles people up to be angry and worsens mental illness)

Then he said:

his Bohemian Grove stuff "Look! they are worshiping an owl!"

nah it''s just a bunch of rich pricks doing some fraternal bullshit.

Messamore:

^love that he had the balls to just walk up to their party and take video of it. def deserves props for that

it's a tough call for sure.

last time i edited and revised that list was 2013. i gave an explanation for it at the time saying more or less that my latest version of it was the most robust and diverse version with a lot of people in the libertarian world that are very different and don't consider it an unqualified endorsement, just information about who's big in libertarianism

THL Reader:

I understand that it's not all in a vacuum

Alex Jones can believe that Hillary Clinton is possessed by a demon AND make some salient points against the MSM at the same time

Not sure why Libertarian sites seem to attract crazies

which is why I like "Reason"

most of the stuff I've read from them seems

well

reasoned

(And here's what I most wanted to share with y'all) Messamore:

not sure why we always get the bad rap for attracting crazies. you see 'em all over the Republican and Democratic Parties in many different forms.

i bet even by percentage, the more conventional political groups have more crazies.

THL Reader:

Republicans attract religious fundamentalists. Democrats attract those weird super libs with their 27 gender pronouns

Libertarians attract the type that want UFO and alien disclosure

I like those types better than the fundamentalists and the gender pronoun people actually

Hahaha. The truth is out there.

Anywho-- the Humble Libertarian list of top 100 libertarian websites and blogs is outdated (last update being 2013) and is in disrepair again. Do people read libertarian blogs anymore? Is anyone interested in an update?