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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?

The Federal Reserve Be Like...

Monday, January 9, 2017

15 Pictures Of Famous Politicians Throwing Up Middle Fingers


From The Richest:

"Politics is a dirty business, and although politicians have to appeal to a broad section of society including straight-laced, buttoned-down squares who would never curse or lift their middle finger even when provoked, most politicians have pretty severe potty mouths behind closed doors. It’s part of the political culture.

But sometimes a swear word slips through on a hot mic. Or when they’ve hit the limit of their patience, even the following famous politicians will brazenly put up a middle finger and flip off their interlocutors. On camera. Other times they’ll try to sneak one in and play it off as an articulating gesture or a scratch of the cheek. But you might be surprised which one flipped off the camera just for a laugh."

Check out this list at The Richest to see one of Rand Paul flipping off the media. Hahahaha.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Louis CK's Libertarian Observation



Love this.

The end part where Louis says there's always some genius who creates something beautiful and some asshole who copies his idea but makes a shittier version then takes the first guy to court in every state in America to keep his beautiful product out so the shitty imitation can rule the market...

It's capitalism that would reward that brilliant first guy, and it's coercive government interference that rewards that second guy.]

I was also triggered when the radio panelist said the car industry is horrible now because of all the outsourcing.

Instead of saying it's horrible now because of all the unions.

SNAP: Forbes Notices Legal Marijuana Sales In US Bigger Than Dot-Com Boom


This week, Forbes shocked readers with the observation that legal marijuana sales in the United States for 2016 were larger — and growing at a faster pace — than the dot-com boom of the early 2000s.

The news is based on findings by Arcview Market Research, the leading industry data researcher for the burgeoning regulated marijuana market in the United States.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Why There Are So Many Dead Libertarian Blogs Out There


When The Humble Libertarian was at the height of its activity in 2009 - 2011, I would occasionally surf the blogosphere and find myself in graveyards littered with dead blogs.

Not officially retired, everybody thanked for reading and supporting, reasons given for why the blog would no longer be active, and what not... just dead.

Fell off a cliff.

The most recent blog post would be 10 months old and about some specific topic or event and then just nothing else after that.

Just nothing.

If it was a somewhat popular blog there might be some speculation in the comments. Did the blogger "Go Galt?" and give up on all this?

Life is busy and blogging is time consuming. Maybe they just got to carried away by other things in their life, but why didn't they even leave us a note??

Because of DENIAL.

It starts off you miss a post because yes things are very busy.

But that's okay, you'll make it up. But you skipped that blog post and now you've lost your rhythm. You miss the next one.

Then what happens: you feel terrible and anxious about not keeping up with your blog. Now in addition to other stressors in your life, your blog, which you love to write has become a source of discomfort to you when you think about it.

That discomfort adds another reason not to update in addition to the ones that have already caused you to miss two updates.

There's a snowball effect, but you don't leave a note and say hey I'm taking a break, because you are NOT TAKING A BREAK, GOT SLAMIT you are going to update it tomorrow!!

But you don't. And now it's like the pressure's on for real. The stakes feel so high, and what kind of sickness is this that all you have to do is snap your fingers basically and break the spell by updating your damn blog, but you're frozen?

And now it's been half a month without an update but you can't admit that your blog is definitely on a hiatus. You WILL update it this week! Denial is a very powerful force of nature.

So you don't leave a note because you're going to update tomorrow, so why would you leave a note. And when it's finally two months without an update, the truth settles in, but it would be awkward now to leave a note. You feel embarrassed or something.

Besides it's hardly on your mind anymore, other than a little uncomfortable whisper that comes to you now and then and makes you cringe. You've changed in the last two months. You're not a blogger anymore. You're not the kind of person that updates their blog.

How many days do they say it takes to form a habit? Fourteen? Yeah, this is who you are now. Or who you are not. You're not a blogger anymore. You stopped feeding the fire.

And now your blog is a floating corpse frozen in an exact moment like one of those bodies on the way up to the peak of Mount Everest without so much as the courtesy of a vague and creepy hint like CROATOAN.