The Dems killed.

Michelle Obama's speech was a work of art. Everything about it.

And Sanders was a masterpiece of politics.

3 more days.

File this under clouds with silver linings.

If you support Hillary Clinton, as I do, you're becoming familiar with all the disadvantages women have when they compete with men.

I saw it in the debates with Bernie Sanders. He would talk over her, wave his hands at her, and it was clear she couldn't object. There were so many things we would never tolerate from a woman that are seen as commanding or signs of strength in men.

And it's happening again in the competition with Trump.

He's pouring a waste dump full of garbage into the political commons this year, while Hillary has dropped a few bits of litter here and there. Trump has said he doesn't plan to uphold the First Amendment. He might use a nuclear weapon in Europe. He wants to withdraw from our international commitments. He has declared war on Mexico. 

Hillary used a mail server to send and receive classified documents. An exec at the DNC suggested doing something evil to Sanders (the idea didn't go anywhere).

But it's second nature I guess to examine every nook and cranny of Hillary's humanity, repeatedly, while letting Trump slide. Everyone makes mistakes, we might say about him. But this is a job where even one mistake can lose us human civilization. 

With such extreme differences, the thing we're learning, if we come out the other end with an intact culture, is that we need to consciously treat women as equals in every way. There's no doubt the woman in this election is the only one who we can trust to do the job. Yet for reasons that are mysterious to me, we could go the other way.

We now have a howto for running 1999-server on Docker.

This is great because Docker has become the standard for "container" services.

Thanks to Don Park for getting this started, and showing me how Docker works. Having a patient, friendly expert around to help makes all the difference on projects like this.

If you have questions, post a message on the 1999-server mail list.

A radical idea to start the week -- nationalize Twitter, give the shareholders a decent exit, open it up to competition. 

Our whole political system flows thru Twitter, and the limits of Twitter have become limits of our politics. 

The company is struggling to find a business model that has nothing to do with its central role in our political life. 

Let it become the backbone, with lots of user experiences, a central station of the interactive Internet, a clearing house, and the next-level-up name service.

We need to shake things up. If we wait for the company to do it, it'll never happen. 

I went to two DNCs, in 2004 and 2008.

Both times I heard what the cable news networks were reporting, scandals and controversies, but didn't see any of it on the floor. 

I think some people perform for the cameras, and say things that'll get them more coverage. I saw almost no dissent either time, though the media were making the most of divisions.

I try to remember that as I see them trying to make it sound like the Dems are in trouble. It probably isn't very real.

If we built a wall between Russia and the US, would it go thru Donald Trump?

Thanks to Joan Walsh, I read this piece by Thomas Dewar on Facebook, and felt strongly this point of view should be more widely circulated. He said it's okay to cross-post, so here goes. DW

My favorite two Democrats are Elizabeth Warren and Russ Feingold. I'm not a DNC-cheerleading company man who waves the blue pompoms at anything with a (D) next to it, and have said plenty of critical things about the Clintons, their ethical shortcuts and their transactional approach to politics.

What distinguishes Warren and Feingold isn't simply where they are on the progressive spectrum, but their rare integrity, honesty, intelligence, and competence at the job. And Tim Kaine possesses the latter four qualities in spades.

When I met the man, the first thing that struck me was his utter humility, and the complete absence of the "do you know who I am?!" airs that are ubiquitous in this town. He couldn't care less what it says on his business card, and actually uses his offices to help people who don't have many advocates in the corridors of power.

You don't use your Harvard Law degree to help people of color facing housing discrimination, and poor people in Honduras, if you're the Corporate Lucifer cartoon peddled by the Bernie-Or-Busters who don't have a clue about the man.

Do I trust the recent, alleged conversion to an anti-TPP position by Clinton and Kaine? Nope! And neither should you. They're saying the right things about it now, but I fear after the election they'll change a couple of commas and try to weasel this thing past us. It's why I'm glad there's an ascendant progressive Senate caucus of Warren, Sanders, Feingold (bank it), Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley et al. It will be incumbent upon us to contact our legislators when the time comes and keep the pressure on.

But that's how the fuck politics works. You elect people who are mostly great but need an occasional boot in the ass. The perfect, fully formed candidate who does everything we want on every issue, never needs any prodding from us, and can actually get elected doesn't exist. Even Feingold and Warren have occasionally caught flak from the left over things like Ashcroft's AG confirmation or support for Israel.

For that matter, Tim Kaine has shown far more courage and consistency in taking on the NRA--which is headquartered in his own state--than Bernie Sanders has in Vermont. That didn't keep me from voting for Bernie in the primaries, but let's get a fucking grip. Virginia is the home of the NRA, Big Tobacco, and the Falwell-Robertson religious right, and Kaine has taken on all three, every time, without batting an eye.

The stuff about reproductive rights? Ask yourself why advocates call ourselves "pro-choice" instead of "pro-abortion" (a right-wing tag we object to), and you have your answer. I guarantee you Cecile Richards has done more to defend women's health than you and I put together, so if she says the dude scores a 100% with Planned Parenthood and gives him a ringing endorsement, it's a tad obnoxious to suggest she doesn't know what she's talking about.

You have every right to use your vote as you see fit. But please don't use disingenuous, bullshit arguments to justify something you were going to do anyway. If you think the self-aggrandizing opportunist that is Jill Stein does anything but pop her head up once every four years to shake down the gullible for a vanity "campaign," you certainly have the right to help her elect Donald Trump.

But know this: Tim Kaine does more in a day here on Capitol Hill to help the people you claim to care about than Jill Stein has in her entire fucking "career."

What people don't get about Trump is that he's made his case to Republicans and independents and Bernie supporters. That's what the convention was for. That's it. We were worried it would be dark and ugly, and it was. And we're all still here. 

The man can sneer, but can he field an army? Really, seriously even the delegates are having second thoughts now that they're back home in their own reality. Conventions are a bubble. Reality feels very different.

And for the rest of us it was a TV show. I'm looking forward to watching Bojack Horseman. And a bunch of HBO stuff. And of course the DNC next week. I expect some great emotional politics coming out of there. Trump threw a fat pitch. Based on what we saw at today's rally the Dems know how to hit that pitch, and no one is going to help Trump get over that. Not the Republican Party, not the TV shows. He can rant and rave, but you know -- that was last season's hit. He needs a new thing.

Back in the late 90s we had a publishing system called ManilaThis was around the time Google was starting, and they weren't yet indexing blogs. We needed to have search working for our sites, so we wrote a search engine that ran inside Manila. It worked the way "real" search engines do. It crawled the pages and created an index. So it didn't have to do any actual searching when you queried it. 

Eventually we came to depend on Google, but now in 2016 Google is not very good at finding stuff in my archives. And it seems to be getting worse. Phrases I used many times over the years come up with zero hits. I know how to use Google, it became part of my publishing system. I still use it for lots of stuff, but it's getting ineffective at searching my blog.

So all this leads me to the question -- has anyone made a simple easy to set up search engine for Node? It should crawl sites over HTTP. It should have a ranking algorithm, so it returns more relevant hits first. Launch the app in Forever and use a browser-based interface to tell it what to crawl. Access the search engine through the web, of course.  

If it doesn't exist, we should create it. We need to have an existence independent of Google. Strategy taxes on our web, not good. 

Update: Simple-search.

Tim Kaine's intro speech was fantastic.

If you get a chance to watch it, do.

But one thing's for sure, the DNC is going to be incredible.

The Dems are prepared.

And of course Trump threw a huge fat pitch

Last week's RNC was a horror show.

It was certainly depressing to see all those Republican elite, Americans every one of them, signing on to third world politics. I don't want to repeat all that they said, but as a good American who has voted Republican more than Democratic, they had nothing to offer me. I would vote for anyone if the other choice is Trump. So Hillary has my vote. 

Next week a lot of Republicans will watch the DNC, esp good Americans who can't stand for what the Repubs are offering this year. And that's why the choice of Tim Kaine was so smart.

It's not him personally that's so impressive, but the Clinton/Kaine product. Because not only will the team appeal to Democrats, it's designed to make sense to Republicans too. 

And that's how you can understand it, if you're having trouble.

There's an opportunity to do more than win an election in 2016, although the Dems surely have to do that. There's an opportunity to create a governing party. One that might last past the mid-terms in the first Clinton/Kaine term. A chance to run the country intelligently for once, after the lunatic years of Bush and the deadlock years of McConnell. Not in the aftermath of a huge financial meltdown. And not for only two years.

There's a chance for the equivalent of Nixon's Southern Strategy, but not geographically, demographically. A chance for a lot of weary Republicans to decide that the Democratic Party is a better baseline for American government than the split government we've been trying to make work.

Smart Democratic strategists are thinking in terms of the state houses, governorships, gerrymandering, the courts, both houses of Congress. Governing. 

So when you see them on stage, imagine you are a Republican who just saw the nightmare in Cleveland, and imagine how good Clinton/Kaine must look.

As a user of Twitter, I appreciate that there are lines you can't cross and stay on Twitter. Leslie Jones is a great comedian, and actress, and more remarkable because of her vulnerability. She's an easy target for predators on Twitter, and I like that Twitter is keeping it safe for her to participate. 

On the other hand..

It highlights why we need an open alternative to Twitter.

Back in the beginning of the web, we observed its power was that it was the platform without a platform vendor. That's a defining characteristic. 

  • If there's a platform vendor, it's not the Internet.
  • If there is no platform vendor, it is.

So we need an Internet version of Twitter.

An individual with proper backing can do a Twitter, however it takes at least a small group of designers, architects and developers to create the Internet version of Twitter.

I would very much like to be part of such an effort. 

I want it to be friendly to Twitter, because as a user and a shareholder, and a developer who uses their platform, I want to see it thrive. But I also strongly believe we need the open system, the Central Park to Twitter's condo buildings on Fifth Ave and Central Park West.

If you agree, write a blog post on your vision for the Internet's Twitter, and send me a link. I look forward to reading it. 

Update: John Biesnecker says use XMPP. I've always wanted a simplified API for XMPP. Send a message, get a message. 

I didn't think last night after watching the Trump acceptance speech that there would be a post-convention bump for Trump in the polls. 

I thought it was a miserable speech. I kept thinking how people who know him say he has no attention span or curiosity. And there was a point in the speech where you could feel that he lost it. He had gone in pumped up. His coaches told him to take a long big breath between each sentence or phrase. You could hear him do it. 

It sounded like panic.

It felt to me as if a Little League player showed up at a World Series game. They gave him the ball and said "You pitch." 

There was no passion, no enthusiasm or presence or even a sense that he understood the words he was saying. He was reading off a teleprompter. Yes, he was better than he usually is, obviously he spent a lot of time practicing this speech. He was disciplined, for Trump, didn't veer off very often, when he did, I hoped, out loud "This is it" -- now he's going to show us True Unhinged Crooked Donald, but he got himself back on course. He either wants the job now, or he doesn't want to go crazy in front of all these people.

Ivanka's speech was masterful. She'll be back, win or lose in the fall. The Jon Voight commercial was beautifully produced, but was such an incomplete profile of a person. It felt like the newsreels in Zelig or Citizen Kane. Look here's Trump building the NY skyline (what bullshit) -- here's Trump with cute animals and with NYPD on 9/11. 

There's that moment at conventions where old friends stand up for the candidate and tell you about his or her heart. Mitt Romney, who felt stiff and awkward had lots of people to speak for him. As did Obama, and the Bushes. Presidents are gregarious people who touch a lot of people's lives. Not DJ Trump. It was remarkable how few people would speak for him, and when they did it was pretty arm's length stuff. You have to wonder, does he have any friends who will speak for him?

I want Trump to fail and fail big. Get this fascist thing out of the American system. We didn't see that last night. But he threw a really fat slow pitch down the middle. The Democrats know what they're doing and they're motivated. They know how to do conventions. I've been to two of the last three DNC's. I drove from Denver back to Berkeley after the 2008 convention. I stopped by the side of the road to hear John McCain introduce Sarah Palin and thought she must be a pretty amazing person. She gave a good speech. But after that, on the long drive across Utah and Nevada, I listened to the speeches from the DNC. They were gorgeous and poetic and make my eyes well up just to think about how beautiful they were. They have great writers, and they can deliver a great story. And they're going to pull out all the stops, because they totally get how impossibly bad it would be to elect the government that would come with Trump.

The Repubs have great writers too. Good at whipping up the emotion. I don't think Trump is Batman, as has been said elsewhere, I think he's The Joker. We need James Taylor, Carole King and Chuck D, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Jon Stewart and Uncle Sam. We need hope, love, humor, humanity, to come out, and provide the contrast. We're Americans and we're full of honor, hope, empathy, ambition.

It's a serious election but we're up to winning, so let's get out there and win. 

There's a big fat pitch coming over the plate... 

PS: I gave another $100 to Hillary last night after Ivanka's speech. I find it helps me feel better. You should try it too, if you're so inclined.. 

Early yesterday evening I pushed a picture to Twitter of two people, one black and one a cop, holding signs that respect each other.

Respect in the sense that each listened to and accepted the other's point of view. I know from listening to cops that they feel they live with danger every day in their jobs, and aren't appreciated for the risks they take. And that blacks are at risk of being killed by cops, and live in fear, and want people to hear them, and help them.

I wrote "Problem solved" on the picture. 

Not a good title because it could be misinterpreted to mean there is no more work to do. I don't believe that. 

What it actually meant is that this problem is solved, the one illustrated in the picture. 

In no way did I mean to say that the problem was solved or all problems are solved. 

It's not going to be that easy.


The first step on the road to equality, fairness, and support for those who live with extraordinary risks, is listening to and acceptance of other points of view. This picture is the answer to people who when they hear Black Lives Matter, come back with something inane that indicates they aren't listening. Not even going to repeat what they say.

There are many cops who take their jobs seriously and feel as strongly about black lives mattering as the people who rally around the slogan. Some because they are themselves black, and some because they have a strong sense of mission and right and wrong. The road to understanding and to solving the problem is recognizing them for their support. If you can't do that imho, then you're going for something other than acceptance and to make America safer for black people.

Thanks for listening.

I liked what Ted Cruz did last night at the RNC.

I had been turning the convention off and back on all evening, too grossed out by people who pretend that Crooked Donald Trump is fit to be President. I imagined on Election Day, with a Trump victory these people all feeling a huge hangover caused by Buyer's Remorse

The Joker caught the car. What's next?

So Crooked Ted Cruz gets up, gives a hellacious disgusting Ted Cruz speech. Then it turns. He talks about his father coming to the US with nothing, from Cuba, and I thought this is a sign. Remember in the last days of the campaign Trump was saying that Father Cruz was part of the JFK assassination. Maybe payback is coming. And it sure as hell did. Good for you Ted.

This morning the analysts are trying to figure out if this is good or bad for Cruz. They make it so complicated, when it isn't. Of course it's good for him, because he did something honorable and good for our country. 

Trump as President is a loss for everyone including Republicans. Either way win or lose, Cruz wins. At least he did something good for America when he had the chance. Who thought he had it in him. It took guts to do what he did. 

To people who say he's the only Repub to stand up for America, please. There are many. People I have trouble praising, but they deserve it. Notably John Kasich and Mitt Romney, who stuck their necks out earlier and more consistently than Cruz, who may well be self-serving. He's going to run in 2020 whether or not Trump is President. His speech last night was a classic declaration of a candidacy. A speech people will talk about as long as they talk about conventions (which is forever, they are historic events). The quieter protests, from Crooked Kasich and Crooked Romney and the Crooked Bush family, those are footnotes. Cruz grabbed the spotlight. Good for him, and good for America.

PS: Earlier in the evening an astronaut was supposed to endorse Crooked Donald, but didn't. So Ted's non-endorsement was not a first at this convention. 

PPS: As long as Repubs use the title "Crooked" for Hillary Clinton I'm going to use the title for Republicans. I encourage you to do it too. It's fun! And it might just possibly get someone's attention in RepubLand. They should grow the fuck up and stop playing stupid 5th grade games with people's reps. 

Crooked Donald Trump.

Crooked Melania Trump.

Crooked Mike Pence.

for (var i = 0; i < republicans.length; i++) {

console.log ("Crooked " + republicans [i].name + ".");


I'm using "Crooked" as if it were their title.

This might be fun!

I'm trying to think but nothing happens!

The Repubs ought to be ashamed of themselves.

It's one thing to nominate a grade school bully from a racist family with a potty mouth and an emotional age in the single digits. That's pretty bad, but to call for the other party's candidate to be jailed, that's over the top. To let those words come out of your mouth, even as an anonymous person in a crowd, you all have crossed a line that will be hard to come back from. You said those words Mr and Ms Republican Elite. You have to own them. You have to live with yourself. It's time for you to wake up and get a grip.

That was your chance to make a statement, with your feet. When the chants start, get out of your seat and get out of the room. Let them see your back. There are lines you won't cross. They want you to march in a fascist parade, and you said "Let's go!" 

What's next? Sending Jews to the gas chamber? Would you chant that too?

Someone needs to kick these people in the ass and remind them that they're Americans. Respecting the other guy is a central part of self respect. You all hopefully will wake up one day from this bad dream and realize you have behaved very badly. Behavior you would never in a million years tolerate from your children.

Wake the fuck up Republicans. 

What usually does it is being objectified -- spoken to as if I don't exist.

Muting has become an option on Twitter, but sometimes it doesn't work.

The take-away is this -- everyone is a person. Don't "speechify" at people.

If you have something to say to the world, say it to the world. If you put my name on it, then I have to read it whether or not I follow you. If it's sufficiently annoying, I use the tools I have to shut off the channel.

This is how I keep from getting mired in online "wars," which from my point of view are people wanting to get closer than is comfortable. Often in an abusive way. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about whether or not to use the tools, I just use them. 

Obviously Melania Trump was lying when she said she wrote her own speech. The speech she delivered, quite well, was obviously professionally written. It was written by someone who doesn't like Trump very much and wanted to embarrass him.  (The embedded Rickroll was a very good clue.)

What it said, cutting through all the bullshit, is that the Republicans are lying about President Obama. He a competent President, running a competent administration, fairly, and he's not a Muslim and he's not "leading from behind" nor is he destroying the military or the health care system. 

It's the worst possible news for the white supremacist Republican Party. A black woman, the President's wife, spoke words at a DNC that were so good that they stood up and cheered when a white woman from Slovenia who married the candidate said them on stage at the RNC eight years later.

So which is it? Are the Republicans inspired in admiration of Obama, or do they deride him as an inferior black man elected by weak liberals who don't love their country and secretly want to destroy it? 

If the Repubs had some truth on their side they might answer that question. But they're so corrupt, so dishonest, such easy liars and cheats, and are so far from the truth, so mired in their own incompetence that such questions simply don't have answers. 

Obviously some Republicans have a sense of honor, but you have to wonder how much of it will be left after the humiliation of the Trump candidacy.

PS: I would like to meet the speech writer and shake his or her hand. 

Here's proof that the 140-char limit is crippling Twitter.

In 2014 I wrote a blog post about why "coding" is the wrong word for what we do. This was at the beginning of a huge marketing campaign by the government and tech companies to teach "coding" to lots of young people. I said please, let's have them understand at the outset that there's romance where they're headed. A chance to be a maestro, or a creative star. A maker of history. Not a person who codes other people's ideas. Feh. If that's all it were, I probably would still have made it my profession, career, creative outlet, because I love the puzzles and the arrangement of the ideas so they flow more efficiently inside the computer. But there I go off on a flight of fancy, because a coder just codes up other people's ideas. 

I'm sure the execs at the big companies who write the checks hope that developers are so containable, manageable, docile. I've met many of them, and they seem to think that I shouldn't have ideas. Just do that thing we wanted you to do.

Mitch Kapor, a colleague of mine in the early days said we were like Morris the Cat to the VCs and managers. Morris says something, the execs say "nice kitty," give him some cat food and continue with the meeting

Anyway, back to my story.

When I wrote that post two years ago, nothing came back. Because even then no one clicks links. No. One. Clicks. Links. I didn't make that up, I don't wish it would be that way. It just is that way.

So then I had the idea to take a screen shot of a copy of that post, written in a plain text editor in a monospace font to make it look computerish, like an IETF draft or something. Maybe it would look ancient or wise? :-)

It worked. Damn it worked. It's got velocity. People are RTing. It's still nowhere near as famous as the puff pieces about new coders wearing cute hats "hanging" with President (also with a nice hat) being photographically interesting in a TV sitcom way. "Coders" may look like that, but I promise you developers do not. Please. 

Just want to say that Twitter has bottled lightning. The day  it can carry short stories, vignettes, gracefully without screen shots, really exciting things will happen. 

Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) and I have very different politics, but I have to say I'm glad he's standing up for the country this week and staying away from the RNC, I hope as a way of signaling to other Republicans that support for the Republican nominee is not automatic.

I have already confessed to having voted Republican in most Presidential elections as long as I've been able to vote. I voted for Reagan twice. Bush I, Dole, Bush II. But then, after seeing what the Republicans did in Iraq, I worked hard for Kerry in 2004, and after wrecking the economy, for Obama in 2008 and 2012. I am not a Democrat, but will not consider voting Republican again until the party starts behaving responsibly. 

And btw, people who blame HRC for the war in Iraq are wrong. Colin Powell, a man we trusted, went to the UN and told the world that Iraq was about to get nuclear weapons. They talked about mushroom clouds. What are you going to do when the President, Secretary of State, head of the CIA and National Security Advisor all say this is the beginning of WW III? Say no? I guess that's one possible answer. But most people, myself included, shrugged and said we don't have a choice but to believe them. That's what HRC and a lot of other Senators, did when asked to give the President authority to go to war.

They were lying. I don't get why people still trust Colin Powell. He personally cashed in his chips when he did that. He should apologize and then disappear from national politics. 


Trump is so far over the line that I think any Republican who stands by and does and says nothing must have a very bad spiritual disease. 

There's nothing wrong with Hillary Clinton. She's totally prepared to be president. She's a standard US politician, but quite a bit smarter and more curious that most. We will get a competent continuous government. Sure it'll have all the problems American governments have. Too closely tied to big companies. An impulse to use military might, projecting our power in a way I often don't approve of. Spying on us. I believe we need to change. But Trump isn't change, Trump is madness. Trump will destroy what's left. And no one who's sane will like what comes from that.

So while Kasich might be under some pressure to make an appearance at the RNC in his own state, I am glad that at least one Republican American is willing to stand for America first. That's what it really means. We're better than that. We really are. We must be.

"Do what makes you happy. But if we end up in an American Auschwitz, I'll get to say I Told You So."

I saw the tech industry wrote a collective essay about Trump. 

Stars of the NBA at an award ceremony said that athletes should do more.

I wonder if that's the extent of their involvement?

For example, would Melo, LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul be willing to lead a one-week strike by NBA players in October, to make it clear that we have to get to the polls and make sure Trump doesn't get elected. Would the NBA be willing to go along with it?

Would the tech industry be willing to do something similar? Not sure what. I don't think Facebook should shut down for a week. But we should be willing to give up something to make sure the depth of your commitment is felt. 

Open letters and speeches at awards ceremonies are nice, but easy. 

What are you willing to give up?

At least 40% of Americans say they'll going to vote for Trump. 

That's a big story that needs to be covered. A phenomenon I want to understand. Another elephant in the room.

Maybe reporters should stop covering campaign events and instead do a Charles Kuralt type thing and drive around the country and get to know people and introduce us to them.

Let's take Fox out of the loop and make it two-way not just one-way.

We might find the bug?

There's certainly some kind of story out there, and it's not "people are angry." Imho of course.  

I'm going to say something to you that you might not like.

So be prepared!

People don't help spread the word.

An old friend the other day said he was sad that my outliners are gone.

I thought this really sucks, because I'm working on the outliner every day now. It's the current thing I'm doing. I'm writing about it on my blog. Yet no one knows.

I hear all the time people wish I would do another outliner.

And those people are weird too. Because it's pretty clear they don't actually mean what they say, because when I send them a link to LO2, they don't use it. So what was that all about? 

I have always tried to help friends promote their work. But I think most people don't do that.


Try an experiment. Next time you're going to Like something on Twitter, instead RT it. What really do you have to lose? 

Or on Facebook, share it. If it's worthwhile or if it's someone you like, or someone who's done you a favor. That's one way to have a positive impact on the world and it doesn't cost a thing.

Help your friends! These days that seems to be a foreign concept. Let's fix that. So many things we can't fix, but this is one we can. 

PS: I want to shout out to Joe Trippi. Now there's a man who RTs. It figures, he's in politics. So he understands that people remember a kindness. They really do. And Joe if you read this don't feel you have to RT, you've already done that so many times. Thank you.

PPS: Also to Jay Rosen. A champion RTer. Muchos gracias. ;-)

The truth about terrorism is that if you're willing to give up your life, as the truck driver in Nice was, there's not much anyone can do to stop you.

That's the nature of civilization. It depends people's basic goodness and their individual will to survive. If both those things go away all bets are off.

And the more advanced our civilization gets the more at-risk we are. If we didn't have trucks we couldn't be killed by trucks. If there were no jets they couldn't be crashed into skyscrapers. Etc. 

We have a lot of vulnerabilities that we simply can't safe-up. And we can't know who all the potential suicide drivers are. 

It's not a great idea to elect despots to solve the problem. You trade one problem for an even worse one. Although I'm sure they're thinking about exactly that in France, and we already know a fair number of Americans are thinking it too.

The first time the Message-of-the-Day feature in and LO2 snuck up on me, when I wasn't looking for it. Funny thing happened. My mind jumped immediately to the emoji for pile-of-poo.  :poop:

Obviously that's not good. Going to start thinking about other options. The bell is out. 

Update: I went with a star. Unlike the alternatives I considered it doesn't look jarring or puzzling. Doesn't mean a whole lot other than maybe "look here for something star like?" Whatever. There aren't a huge number of choices.

Listening to the B52's singing The Love Shack.

That song was out when I was in fantastic shape, spent a winter skiing in Utah and Colorado. This was before mobile devices, so I used my Walkman to listen to this song while schussing beautifully at Park City and Vail.

"The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get toooogether!"

A wonderful skiing song, when I was on top of the world in every way.

Lay Down Sally

Another song that really tugs at the heart is Lay Down Sally from Eric Clapton's Slow Hand album. I was in love, very young, and while I didn't know it at the time, this song was the theme song of that love affair. 

There's something wonderful about being young and in love. You have no idea what can go wrong. You're high on all kinds of great body chemistry. The world is beautiful, we can do anything. 

The feeling doesn't seem to last, however you can call it up with all the great rushes and goosebumps just by listening to the right song. 

Marc Benioff posted something on Twitter that's worth quoting.

No one I know predicted the @Pokemon/AR phenom. That's what I love about our industry: You never know what's next.

That's right.

That's like something I used to say as the web was first taking root.

None of the titans of the software industry saw it coming. 

I remember demoing blogging on Sand Hill Road in 1999 to blank stares. Why would we want to edit our own websites? Our secretaries do that. We hire designers, and programmers. 

So when they tell you they know for sure that the web is dead, or that everyone wants to host their blogs in locked-up silos, or that you can't build a great open social net on RSS, you might want to lower your glasses down your nose and look out over the top and ask Reallly? Are you sure?? ;-)

I've been through a bunch of generations of over-confident tech icons, and they all end up wrong in the end. They're never as smart as they imagine they are.

It struck me listening to NPR this morning when they talk about Donald Trump they ask questions about him as if they didn't know what was at stake. This is how they do their job. They're neutral. 

Does being neutral allow you to discard your intellect, to put aside your education, forget your humanity. We know what's going on. We're losing our minds as a country. And it's business as usual.

Wouldn't it be great if:

There were a lapel pin you could wear that simply meant Black Lives Matter.

Everyone could wear it. All races. All walks of life.

I'm not a lapel-pin designer but so I can't do the design, but here's what I had in mind. 

It should be small but not cheap. Not a tin button, something solid like the American flag lapel pins people wear. I could be an American flag lapel pin, with #BLM superimposed. 

We would wear where Americans congregate. On the subway. In baseball stadiums, on airplanes, when we go for a bike ride or a run in the park or a hike. At a company picnic. In the squad room and when we're on patrol. Everyone would wear this, ideally, to get it out of the realm of protest, to integrate the idea into all aspects of American life.

It's a way of saying thanks to our black brothers and sisters for putting up with the racist insanity of post-slavery US. A way overwhelm the problem with love, not just from the victims, but from everyone. To stand with our friends and fellow citizens, with dignity for everyone, to insist on there being no question of patriotism and civic pride. 

Putting America's racist past in the past is something every American should want. Someone not wearing the lapel pin should stand out as much as someone not standing for God Bless America at a baseball game (something I do, I detest that ritual).

There's a new Message of the Day feature in

When a new message is available -- an update, a review, an interesting application -- the bell icon goes black. The bulletin pops down like menu. As you can see it can have links.

BTW, it's possible, no matter how bad the RNC is, Trump's numbers will improve. Remember the only poll that matters is the one in November.

Like others I was fascinated by President Bush's dance at the funeral for the assassinated police officers in Dallas. 

I find it hard to watch. His wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, clearly didn't approve. Michelle Obama, who was holding his other hand, tried to play along. I watched his face, he seemed genuinely happy. Enjoying himself. I can't really blame a guy for feeling good. It is what it is. If he felt sad, that would have been okay too.

I wondered if perhaps he wasn't suffering from a form of dementia though, to be perfectly honest. He's aged a lot, doesn't look quite himself. He's been out of the spotlight for eight years, I guess. It's a lot of time. 

I wonder if he sees the connection between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Iraq-like sniping incident that claimed the police lives?

There was a historic context to this event that has been, from what I've heard, largely unexplored. I wrote a piece on Monday about the connection between the war and the unrest in the US in the summer of 2016.

It's because the Supreme Court is the least political branch that Justice Ginsburg can say what everyone knows about Trump, including all Republicans. 

They can't say it, that's understable. 

She can, that's good. 

He's an incompetent phoney who isn't up to the most trivial job. He can't even read off a teleprompter. He's a total narcissist. It would be hard to imagine someone less up to the job than Donald Trump

Bless her for speaking the truth. 

He isn't even equal to the most corrupt and mentally ill President we've probably ever had. 

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