2 April 2018

The evacuation of Virginia

On 2nd April 1865, Jefferson Davis and Confederate troops fled Richmond, Virginia and fled south, abandoning what had been the capital of the Confederate states. As they left, troops were ordered to set fire to bridges, the armory, warehouses and other supplies. The New York Times reported: The evacuation of Richmond commenced in earnest Sunday night, closed at daylight on Monday morning with a terrific conflagration, which, was kindled by the Confederate authorities wantonly and recklessly applying the torch to Shockoe warehouse and other buildings in which was stored a large quantity of tobacco. ... Read more

1 April 2018

Robert E Lee on Confederate memorials

To begin Union Victory Month, I choose to quote Robert E Lee on the subject of erecting memorials to the Confederacy: I think it wiser, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered. Unfortunately his wishes were ignored, and he even himself became a popular subject of statuary. ... Read more

31 March 2018

Union Victory Month

Texas is one of the southern states which has declared that April is “Confederate History and Heritage Month”. As Texas law puts it: RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 76th Legislature, hereby recognize April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in the State of Texas and encourage all Texas schools and citizens to join in efforts to become more knowledgeable of the role of the Confederate States of America in the history of our country. ... Read more

24 March 2018

The Facebook data dump game

People have been downloading their Facebook data and discovering just how much Facebook knows about them. I decided to do the same. Sifting through, it looks as if my privacy practices have basically worked — they have very little information of any significance. They don’t have a log of all my phone calls, as they do for some people. They don’t have any messages of significance, because I never trusted Facebook Messenger. ... Read more

24 March 2018

Is it time to leave Facebook?

The movement to abandon Facebook seems to have gathered some steam. If you’re potentially interested, this is a summary of your best options. Let me start with the criteria I’m using. 1. No advertising-based business model As I’ve written before, the fundamental problem with Facebook is the business model. Any other site with the same business model will end up as bad. So that eliminates Google+ and Blogger, particularly since Google are funding neo-Nazis. ... Read more

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