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Tucker Carlson Must Go

As the New York Times details, Tucker Carlson echoed the language and ideology of the El Paso and Christchurch shooters in his April 8th FOX News rant about White Replacement. Carlson says Democrats are replacing American white people with “third world” immigrants who will vote for them and disenfranchise whites. The Anti-Defamation League published an open letter calling for Carlson to resign or be fired. The ADL’s open letter details Carlson’s long pattern of broadcasting white supremacist hatred.

The Daily Show spliced together Tucker Carlson’s rant with the El Paso and Christchurch shooter manifestos, making it easy to see that he’s parroting and amplifying murderous white supremacist rhetoric.

Assigning Critical Tasks In a Non-hierarchical Team

I’m currently part of a cooperative/non-hierarchical team. We have a program manager but no technical leads. On a very busy and essentially leaderless team like ours, you can’t just throw an essential task out and hope someone will pick it up and get it done before the deadline.

We follow an agile process and adding a task to the backlog and getting it assigned and done the usual way works fine for much of our work, but not so well for tasks that seem like red tape, are unpleasant, or are outside normal development work. With this team dynamic, when you need something important done, it’s best to assign it to a specific team member and give them the option to suggest someone else if they don’t think they’re the best person to work the task.

Optimal Window Sizing on Windows RDP

If you use Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) on multiple machines with different screen resolutions, you’ve probably had an RDP window that’s too small (hard to see details) or too large (requires you to use scroll bars) for your current display. Microsoft has long had an option for handling this – called smart sizing – but it’s not available in the RDP config GUI. You can turn it on or off by right-clicking the RDP window border and checking/unchecking the smart sizing option or you can set it as the default for an RDP config by opening the RDP config file in a text editor and adding the line “smart sizing:i:1” anywhere in the file.

Microsoft has the smart sizing option in its documentation but I didn’t see any official how-to docs on it. This 2012 blog entry covers smart sizing in a little more detail.

Hume’s Combination of Atheism and Virtue

This essay on the 18th century philosopher David Hume illustrates the difficulty 18th century and later Christians had accepting his combination of atheism and virtue. They considered it an offense and challenge to their beliefs. Here in the US, we’re in the early 21st century and dealing with much the same religious fear and intolerance.

My Body Is a Confederate Monument

“I am a black, Southern woman, and of my immediate white male ancestors, all of them were rapists. My very existence is a relic of slavery and Jim Crow.”

brilliant and moving, an excellent response to those who want to preserve Confederate monuments out of some misplaced sense of honor and tradition.

 

On Tattoos

I gave the following advice to one of my children, who’s now 18 and itching to get a tattoo because some of his friends and others he admires have them and he attributes coolness and other intangible qualities to tattoos.

“Tattoos are a quick and effective means of changing your external appearance, decorating yourself with symbols to enhance your social standing or remind yourself of certain human/non-human relationships or ideas. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this and many people enjoy their tattoos with few or no regrets.

I have one major concern with the easy availability of tattoos – the widespread practice of young people, who often lack the life experience to understand the long term consequences of their actions and the patience to wait out their impulses, getting tattoos as a means of quickly changing who they are, making easy but long lasting changes to their external appearance rather than doing the long and difficult work of changing themselves.”

I’m not sure whether my thoughts helped my son think more deeply about why he wants a tattoo. So far, he hasn’t gotten one. I hope if/when he does, he does so after having reflected on what he hopes to gain by it.

 

Victor Blackwell on Trump’s Racist Attacks

Racist Donald Trump has been a racist his entire life and he used that racism to help him win the 2016 election. A cowardly press has avoided calling Trump racist directly, but hopefully that will change given how openly Trump is now attacking non-whites.

When Trump attacked Elijah Cummings and his district in Baltimore, MD, characterizing Cummings and his district the same way Nazis characterized Jews to dehumanize them, Victor Blackwell spoke brilliantly in response. Here’s that video.

Sources

Trump’s History of Racism

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trump-racist-meme/

https://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12270880/donald-trump-racist-racism-history

Trump’s 27 July 2019 Attack on Cummings and Baltimore

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/27/trump-lashes-out-rep-elijah-cummings-baltimore-district/1845890001/

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-elijah-cummings-tweets-dangerous-filthy-baltimore-2019-7

Video

https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1155128232322187265/video/1