Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Great Democracy Scam of 2016

Some Great Quotes

Rather than a democracy, we increasingly have an elective dictatorship. People are merely permitted to choose who will violate the laws and trample the Constitution.

— James Bovard, in The Great Democracy Scam of 2016, September 29, 2016.

Election results are often only a one-day snapshot of transient mass delusions.

— James Bovard, in The Great Democracy Scam of 2016, September 29, 2016.

But the Constitution has long since vanished from the campaign trail, replaced by competing promises of new handouts and fiercer attacks on imagined perils.

— James Bovard, in The Great Democracy Scam of 2016, September 29, 2016.

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John Adams: “There is nothing I dread So much, as a Division of the Republick into two great Parties…”

There is nothing I dread So much, as a Division of the Republick into two great Parties, each arranged under its Leader, and concerting Measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble Apprehension is to be dreaded as the greatest political Evil, under our Constitution.

— John Adams, in letter to Jonathan Jackson, October 2, 1780.

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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.