Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More on prepperism and manual labor, if we lose our civilization


Intellectual Takeout, a conservative site to say the least, has a lecture by Annie Holmquist, “Want to Raise a Capable Adult? Have Your Child Do These 5 Activities”.  
  
Again, there is a rising populist sentiment that people should not go out and pretend to be leaders in a digital world without some hands-on survival skills in case we lose a lot of our civilization.  Prepper stuff?

The point on doing your own oil changes is interesting.

Some of the points seem to work better for families that own their own homes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I find my own "amateur" sites blocked in another workplace


Today I was at an office for a business matter.  I had brought my ASUS laptop and Verizon hotspot. When I didn’t have the Verizon password with me, I had to use the office wi-fi.

I found that Sophos security under “officedefender.com” (which is not reachable) blocked my own “doaskdotell.com” site under category “politics/opinion” and blocked two of my own blogs (Blogger) with their own domain names under “uncategorized.”

It did not block CNN or the Washington Post.  I wonder if it would have blocked Brietbart.
It did not block Facebook or Twitter (even Donald Trump’s Twitter page).

It did not block blogs of mine that don’t have their own URL’s and are accessed by Blogspot (with https). Yet these would elicit politics or opinion.


There seems to be a question as to how workplaces should block “amateur” sites. 


  

When I worked at ING (to the end of 2001) my sites were not blocked. When I worked as a substitute teacher, school libraries did not block my sites.  When I worked as a debt collector in 2003, there was no web access through the company’s P2P access to its own servers (Unix terminals).

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Severe shortage of laborers in Houston hampers homeowners, exacerbated by Trump's immigration crackdown


It seems like manual labor (a great virtue with my own father during my own upbringing) is a real virtue now in Houston, as there is a severe labor shortage as homeowners struggle to repair homes from flood damage.


CNBC has a typical article here 
  
A major irony is that Trump’s immigration crackdown has reduced the labor pool available. A lot of homeowners would be glad to have the help of undocumented laborers (Chicago Tribune story). 
  
By Zereshk - Own work, CC BY 3.0, Link