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The Threat - a review

Besides being a great police procedural tale of the FBI in action after the Boston Marathon Bombing, McCabe’s tale also warms the hearts of those of us who still believe in duty, fealty to the Constitution, honesty, and the rule of law. In a world where few believe in “unselfish service to the nation,” McCabe’s descriptions of the FBI’s processes and policies are gratifying to those of us who still believe in service.

Circe

Inspired.  Lyrical.  Erudite.  Fun.

I have both Madeline Miller's Kindle version and the ASTONISHING companion audible book narrated by Perdita Weeks.  In truth, you will really want both.  I followed along in the Kindle as I listened.  I frequently stopped the narration to luxuriate in one of Miller's translucent passages, reading it over and over again.

My New Year's Self-Change Project

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.5.4– 5
The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t.

Expecting the Impossible from Charlottesville PD

As soon as U.S. District Court Judge Glen E. Conrad issued his decision to allow racist rally protestors to use tiny Emancipation Park, in the heart of Charlottesville's business district, instead of moving the protest and counter-protest to the more rural, larger and more controllable McIntire Park, the Federal Court set the stage for Saturday's disaster.  

Review — On Tyranny:

It's easy to feel despair about America, that everything is coming apart at the seams.  Despair leads to helplessness, and that helplessness leads to Tyranny.  These books are the antidote for despair, a recipe for fighting back against Tyranny and making ourselves into better citizens and the nation a better nation.  

Federalist Society gets it Backwards on the March for Science

Tracinski's proposition regarding a modern citizen's relation to "Science" mirrors the Church's pre-Enlightenment view of a citizen's relation to the deity: mediation through the Church, acceptance of received wisdom, belief in priestcraft and superstition.  If Franklin, Jefferson and Priestley represent the first revolution of Citizen Science, The second revolution in Citizen Science revolution is upon us, jump started by the pioneering work of Carl Sagan.  

This is why what the NSA is doing, now the police are doing: "just collecting metadata" when they sweep up all the cellular telephone and internet data is so dangerous:

By collecting "just metadata" what the NSA is actually creating is a deep, permanent database of the intertwined relationships of American culture. In the trade, the practice is called Signals Intelligence, a craft the military and spy agencies around the world have been perfecting for hundreds of years.

Trump Could Still Lose

Courts have ruled that while states can require Electors to take a pledge of loyalty, Electors of the Electoral College are free agents.  Electors breaking their pledge or refusing to vote is not unheard of (the term for such an Elector is a Faithless Elector