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I look at a crowd of nearly all white people (judging by pictures) and I reflect upon Frederick Douglass:
“The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others. Such a man, the world says, may lie down until he has sense enough to stand up. It is useless and cruel to put a man on his legs, if the next moment his head is to be brought against a curbstone.”
The black community doesn't seemed too concerned about yet another young black man dead. Is there any way we can move forward as a society? Can white people do anything to "fix" a community that seemingly doesn't care about on-going injustice perpetrated upon it?
When I think about the black community, and how it demonstrates it’s culture to Americans, I again think of Frederick Douglass:
“Men are so constituted that they derive their conviction of their own possibilities largely from the estimate formed of them by others. If nothing is expected of a people, that people will find it difficult to contradict that expectation.”
I imagine that if we met Trayvon Martin when he was a very young lad, our estimates of a young black child might very well be jail time, food stamps, and death from a bullet. This is reflected within their community as well: even the young Trayvon might have known his fate was sealed, that injustice during his life was guaranteed. And yet, the black community does not stand on its legs, it does not fight, at least not with the same veracity or vexation as previous generations have demanded.
Then I think, if I were a black man (well, as a man regardless of my skin color) if I and my community were repeatedly denied justice, and I faced an entire uphill battle for the smallest amount respect, then how would I organize and fight against such an overwhelming oppressive society? Again, I find answers within Frederick Douglass:
“In your hands that musket means liberty; and should your constitutional rights at the close of this war be denied, which in the nature of things, it cannot be, your brethren are safe while you have a Constitution which proclaims your right to keep and bear arms.”
It is a shame that tools of liberation are now the modern tools of their own oppression. If only they turned their weapons on those who oppress them, until then....
With the O's history of DUII's, this is a bad night for Portlanders. I would hope some of that money will be used to off-set cab fare, but I doubt that is going to happen.
"We'll have a problem with not enough vehicles."
Yeah, they're called busses, and there's not enough of them in outlying and poor communities because of this hideous waste of money.
The 3D printing technology isn't up to par with making a functioning gun, only parts of a gun.
As a hacker and gun-nut, I've been extremely interested in this project and have been following it since DD was removed from Kickstarter. I plan to print my AR15 receiver and magazine in early March, hopefully. The schematics are irregularly posted around the web, and the makerbot I'm using may not be up to the task...
The printer only prints one component of the gun, the most necessary component: where the barrel and trigger and magazine all attach together, called the Receiver. This is the part of the firearm that is tracked by the government and requires a background check. But, without the rest of the parts, this product is useless.
Right now this is all a novelty, it's not something that could ever be used for the actual production of firearms. Maybe in a couple years, but not right now. Ironically, manufacturing of AR-15 Receivers is relatively simple in process, by far one of the easiest components to assemble, and the machines needed cost less than a MakerBot. It’s the springs and barrels that require the tight-tolerances.
Also: there is almost no regulation for the manufacture of firearms for personal use in Oregon.
You don't need a VPN, and I'm willing to bet that 1% of readers here actually use a VPN service outside of work. I've used VPN's for private use, and they're expensive without providing significant benefit over traditional encyption.
Just use SSL-encrypted services. SSL encrypts your connection so no one can read it. You can download SSL-encrypted torrent files by clicking "secure download" on most torrent trackers. Also, keep your bittorrent client current and install the updates regularly.
SSL is free.
VPN's cost money.
@Graham - Running torrents through Tor is highly discouraged. Easier option: find a torrent that supports SSL encryption. Secure Socket Layer prevents Comcast from seeing what you're downloading by encrypting your connection. Or, a VPN would work too, but that will cost money, it’s redundant to SSL, and unless you’re paying a couple hundred a year, you’re connection will be significantly slower. In a couple years just about every torrent will support SSL, in the meantime, look out for torrents that say "Secure Download" on your tracker and stay current with your torrent client apps (i.e. install those goddamn Vuze updates). “Secure Download” works on many of the largest tracker sites, use this. Don’t be afraid.
At peak times, 1/3rd of the data flowing on the internet is torrents. You have nothing to worry about. I'd bet there's an equal number of internet porn watchers as there is torrent users, so you're a needle in a haystack. Think about: who do you know that doesn’t use torrents? And, why haven’t you taught them how?
Read the Crypto Anarchist Manifesto. It explains why this is happening and what the reaction is. It was written in 1992, and we’re here, now. Cryptology is the zeitgeist of the time:
Next, ask yourself: What is a bitcoin? And, can I really buy marijuana with it?
All I need to know about Quartet is that it's owned by an asshole in Arizona who doesn't even give a shit about this restaurant. To him, this is all numbers on a spread sheet. This guy is not a Portlander, he's not even a Cascadian, so fuck him and his dumb fucking bougie restaurant. And, fuck the general manager and the high priced restaurants he’s managed: El Gaucho is for dickish elitists who wouldn’t know Portland’s culture if it was biting them in the ass. I’ve had better stakes from local meat at a food cart and it cost a quarter of what El Gaucho charges.
Not surprising, these same dickish asses are all pissy cause they got a shit review. Boo-hoo.
Fuck that place, fuck its clients, and fuck the reviewers who will suck up to a restaurant just to stay trendy and not rock the boat.
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