How to Steal $75,000 from the Poor in One Day’s Work

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How to Steal $75,000 from the Poor in One Day’s Work

By Jeffrey Tucker

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The new liberality concerning marijuana possession in the United States is long overdue, but let’s not exaggerate how much progress we’ve made. Users might not be ending up in jail as frequently as they did 10 years ago. But cops, judges, and courts still exercise arbitrary power to ruin people’s lives, and they continue to do so at astonishing rates, all over the country.

I recently saw this firsthand. I sat in a municipal traffic court from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., awaiting my own time with the judge for a petty moving violation. I was there with 150 other people, gathering cobwebs as the judge took his sweet time and shamed people as they stood at the bench and humbly submitted to his rule.

No phones or computers are allowed in court. My iPad was not allowed, either. Once you enter through the metal detector, you are trapped for the duration. There is no contacting anyone. For most people today, this would be the only time in their lives when such contact is forbidden. This rule contributes to the feeling of being controlled by and subjected to power.

You just have to wait your turn, even if it takes eight hours. So there we sat.

Not one person in this courtroom had harmed anyone. Not one. They had not stolen anything, had not mugged anyone, had not caused any car wrecks. And yet there they were, facing torment at the hands of a judge drunk on power and a criminal-justice system that is out of control.

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Cave Johnson: “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade…

“When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I’m gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!”

— Cave Johnson, founder and CEO of Aperture Science, in Portal 2

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Emulating the Linux tail Command Using Windows PowerShell

This post is still in progress.

If you’ve ever developed software on a Linux system, you’ve no doubt used the tail command to print out lines as they are added to the end of a log file. The tail command is used something like this:

$ tail -f /var/log/mylogfile.log

You can accomplish the same task using Windows PowerShell. At the shell prompt, use the Get-Content cmdlet. (Cmdlets are what commands are called in the PowerShell environment). The syntax is fairly simple.

> get-content mylogfile.log –wait

Get-Content is …

mylogfile.log is the name of the log file.

-wait is …

You can also use gc, cat, and type as aliases for Get-Content.

> gc mylogfile.log –wait
> cat mylogfile.log –wait
> type mylogfile.log –wait

You can also filter the log right at the command line using regular expressions:

> get-content mylogfile.log -wait | where { $_ -match "ERROR" }

More Information

Using the Get-Content Cmdlet”. Microsoft Technet.

Today in History: August 25

Every
Year
August 25 is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 128 days remaining until the end of the year.
1967 Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page hears Jake Holmes play “Dazed and Confused”.

Jake Holmes’ ‎Dazed And Confused (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

Jake Holmes’ ‎Dazed And Confused (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

On August 25, 1967, Jake Holmes played “Dazed and Confused” when he opened for The Yardbirds at the Village Theater in Greenwich Village, New York. Jimmy Page, then of The Yardbirds, liked “Dazed and Confused” so much that he later recorded it and the song appeared on Led Zeppelin’s debut album released on January 12, 1969.

In the early 1980s, Holmes wrote a letter to Led Zeppelin and said, “I understand it’s a collaborative effort, but I think you should give me credit at least and some remuneration.” Led Zeppelin never responded.

Jake Holmes’ ‎Penny’s (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

Jake Holmes’ ‎Penny’s (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

In June 2010, Holmes filed a lawsuit against Jimmy Page for copyright infringement, claiming to have written and recorded “Dazed and Confused” two years before it appeared on Led Zeppelin’s debut album. In court documents Holmes cited a 1967 copyright registration for “Dazed and Confused” which was renewed in 1995. This case was settled out-of-court in January 2012.As Led Zeppelin’s version of the song evolved over the years, it also incorporated parts of Gustav Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War”.

Woman Dies after Prophet Puts Heavy Speaker on Her Body to Demonstrate a Miracle

At the Mount Zion General Assembly church in Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa, an unnamed woman died from internal injuries after Pastor Lethebo Rabalango put a heavy speaker on her body to demonstrate a miracle.

“The pastor, however, blamed the girl and accused her of having little faith for she could not withstand a very simple task.”

Woman Dies after Prophet Puts Heavy Speaker on Her Body to Demonstrate a Miracle

At the Mount Zion General Assembly church in Polokwane, South Africa, an unnamed woman died from internal injuries after Pastor Lethebo Rabalango put a heavy speaker on her body to demonstrate a miracle.

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Vomiting, Barfing, Puking, …

I found this comment on a Facebook post:

I wish there was a barfing emoticon…

I wish there was a barfing emoticon…

It got me thinking, somewhere there needs to be a collection of barfing images you can paste into the comments section on Facebook and other places, even here if you want to.

So I went to Google Images and did a search. Here are a few that I found, cleaned up, edited, and resized, and some that I made myself.

Vomiting 001. Artist unknown. Found on Google Images.

Vomiting 001. Artist unknown. Found on Google Images. Click image to open it in a new window.

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Today in History: July 16

Every
Year
July 16 is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 168 days remaining until the end of the year.
622 Epoch (beginning) the Islamic calendar.

Day one of the Islamic calendar corresponds to July 16, 622 CE in the Julian calendar.

Cool Characters for Facebook, Etc.

𝕃𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕒𝕥 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕀 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕕𝕠!   Lᴏᴏᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴡʜᴀᴛ I ᴄᴀɴ ᴅᴏ!   Lоок дт шндт Ї cди dо!

I can make fancy characters to put in Facebook posts and other places where I’m limited to characters with no formatting options.

This is your basic set of alphanumeric characters: the capital letters A–Z, the lower-case letters a–z, and the digits 0–9. The conversions only work on alphanumeric characters.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789

Most of the double struck letters are mathematical symbols, but they look cool.

𝔸𝔹ℂ𝔻𝔼𝔽𝔾ℍ𝕀𝕁𝕂𝕃𝕄ℕ𝕆ℙℚℝ𝕊𝕋𝕌𝕍𝕎𝕏𝕐ℤ 𝕒𝕓𝕔𝕕𝕖𝕗𝕘𝕙𝕚𝕛𝕜𝕝𝕞𝕟𝕠𝕡𝕢𝕣𝕤𝕥𝕦𝕧𝕨𝕩𝕪𝕫 𝟘𝟙𝟚𝟛𝟜𝟝𝟞𝟟𝟠𝟡

With the conversion to small caps letters, only the lower-case letters get converted to small capital letters.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ᴀʙᴄᴅᴇғɢʜɪᴊᴋʟᴍɴᴏᴘǫʀsᴛᴜᴠᴡxʏᴢ 0123456789

The fake Cyrillic writing is just what it says: fake Cyrillic writing. It doesn’t really mean anything in Russian, Ukrainian, or any other language.

ДBCDЄFБHЇJКLMИОPQЯЅTЦVШЖЏZ двcdєfgнїjкlмиоpqяšтцvшжуz 012З456789

Type your message in the box below and click the Convert My Message button. Your message will be converted to all three styles.


 

Double Struck:

Small Caps:

Fake Cyrillic: