Paul Krugman puts his finger on the reason for Republicans' refusal to hear evidence in the impeachment trial: it's become a habit of mind.
"Think about what is now required for a Republican politician to be considered a party member in good standing. He or she must pledge allegiance to policy doctrines that are demonstrably false; he or she must, in effect, reject the very idea of paying attention to evidence."
How Zombies Ate the G.O.P.’s Soul https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/opinion/republican-party-trump.html
Wow. Didn’t get this until I saw the picture.
“The money necessary to implement a Green New Deal or provide health care and jobs is there — it’s simply being given away to the Wall Street casino.”
—Nicole M. Aschoff, “No Rational System Would Value Tesla at $100 Billion”
“Give counsel, grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon; hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive; let the outcasts of Moab settle among you; be a refuge to them from the destroyer. ...
"Then a throne shall be established in steadfast love in the tent of David, and on it shall sit in faithfulness a ruler who seeks justice and is swift to do what is right."
This is cool: generate a random 63-character password for your wireless access point, and encode it in a QR code.
I somehow missed this Peter Wehner column, which is very good.
"Those of us of the Christian faith believe that Christmas Day represents the moment of God’s incarnation, when this broken world became his home. But it was not an entrance characterized by privilege, comfort, public celebration or self-glorification; it was marked instead by lowliness, obscurity, humility, fragility."
NYTimes: Christmas Turns the World Upside Down
Christmas Turns the World Upside Down https://nyti.ms/2Qhy1vL
I left my #openbsd laptop in my office, not realizing I had kicked out the cord from the AC adapter. I came back hours later to find it powered down, but was pleasantly surprised to start it up and see it un-hibernating: apmd automagically did the right thing when the battery level was critically low and suspended to disk. w00t!
Cultural commentary with applications to politics
Gaslighting considered harmful... to the gaslighter. On the other hand, the gaslighters seem to be running things right now, so YMMV.
The switcheroo | Fred Clark
This is... unexpected.
The Case for Bernie | Ross Douthat
Fred Clark reviews the story of Josiah, which is often tied up as a self-congratulatory morality tale, but actually doesn't make much sense, and ultimately concludes: "An important part of our task as modern readers, then, is to admit and accept that we are bewildered."
Children’s Bible stories | Fred Clark