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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Perspective

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If he were more sensible, he'd realize people who disagree with him are actually just possessed by the devil.

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Welp, that's the end of book preorders for Soonish. We've laid it all on the line for this one. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

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Monuments and History

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Below, Jim writes about the Virginia governor’s race and Confederate monuments. I would like to make a point, or re-make it. Those in favor of the monuments like to talk about “history” and the importance of not erasing history. “Eradication” is another word they use. Eradicating history. Beware this argument. This rhetoric. This trick. You’re not against history, are you? What are you, a Soviet-style air-brusher? Some monuments are meant to record history, it’s true. I think of memorials to the dead. They are very important. Other monuments -- probably most of them -- are meant to honor the person depicted. He
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webshit weekly

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An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the second week of September, 2017.

Equifax Faces Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Hack
September 08, 2017 (comments)
The lawyers have the statisticians surrounded. Hackernews steps up to the podium to lecture about the reasons a society might choose to implement a justice system. The depths of Wikipedia are plumbed so that Hackernews may sound informed about mass tort law. In keeping with Hackernews tradition, someone suggests writing an app, someone compares everything to Facebook, and someone expresses sympathy for the noble webshits whose fault this definitely isn't.

Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You
September 09, 2017 (comments)
Boilerplate advice is posted to a blog by a bronze medalist in the Hackernews Echo Chamber Olympics. The commenters trample each other in the stampede to the altar, in hopes their adulation will be noted by the sages. The author of the article insists he is not a lawyer. It's for the best.

Equifax Lobbied to Kill Rule Protecting Victims of Data Breaches
September 10, 2017 (comments)
Some assholes gave money to politicians. Hackernews is outraged, and sets about planning to replace the entire financial and political sectors of American society with blockchains. Google, Facebook, and Amazon each spent on lobbying, in a single year, more than ten times as much as these assholes did over a span of five years. Hackernews did not notice. The topic is not investigated.

Facebook, You Needy Sonofabitch
September 11, 2017 (comments)
A webshit doesn't like getting popup notifications from a website. Great care is taken to detail the many ways in which this webshit feels harassed. A conclusion is reached: the webshit will continue to use the website, and will make excuses for it. Hackernews decides "I deleted my Facebook account" is the "I don't own a television" of the 2010s, and the same three comments recur as usual: "I deleted Facebook and now I am Kahlil Gibran ," "I cannot stop using Facebook or else I will be struck dead by a physical God," and "I use Facebook but have been working hard to move my personal information to another surveillance platform instead."

iPhone X
September 12, 2017 (comments)
Apple releases their implementation of the Nokia N9. The primary new feature involves mass collection of incredibly accurate biometric information, which they're pretty sure will be fine. Hackernews unleashes a litany of complaints about Apple hardware, software, and business practices, culminating in a widespread agreement that life is completely unlivable without Apple. Some Hackernews spend several hours complaining that logging into iPhones is too hard, too easy, and just right. The bottom third of the comment page is a mass grave of Suppressive Persons who did not exude sufficient enthusiasm for a cellphone.

Sublime Text 3.0
September 13, 2017 (comments)
An internet shits out a text editor, resulting in an internet thread about text editors that is completely indistinguishable from the previous sixteen million internet threads about text editors. The Hackernews twist: there are still apparently people on earth stupid enough to pay money for a text editor.

Face ID, Touch ID, No ID, PINs and Pragmatic Security
September 14, 2017 (comments)
An internet spends just under four thousand words rambling about logging into cellphones. The only interesting part is complaining about how security introduces complications, then praising a feature that allows users to manually increase complications. Hackernews reconstructs US border protection law from first principles. Then they reconstruct Apple security practice from first principles. Then they reconstruct Dropbox security practice from first principles. There are more comments about security practice on this thread about a blog post than there were on the thread about some webshits losing the personal information of basically everyone in America.

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President of the Confederate States of America

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President of the
Confederate States of America
Seal of the Confederate States of America.svg
Style His Excellency
Term length
  • One year
  • Six years
  • February 18, 1861
  • February 22, 1862
First holder Jefferson Davis
Final holder Jefferson Davis
Abolished May 10, 1865
Deputy Vice-President of the
Confederate States
Salary CS$25,000 per annum

The President of the Confederate States of America was the elected head of state and government of the Confederate States. The president also headed the executive branch of government and was commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy, and of the militia of the several states when called into Confederate service.[1]

Article II of the Confederate States Constitution vested the executive power of the Confederacy in the president. The power included the execution of law, alongside the responsibility of appointing executive, diplomatic, regulatory and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers with the advice and consent of the senate. He was further empowered to grant reprieves and pardons, and convene and adjourn either or both houses of congress under extraordinary circumstances.[1]

The president was indirectly elected by the people through the Electoral College to a six-year term, and was one of only two nationally elected Confederate officers, the other being the Vice President of the Confederate States. On February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis became president of the provisional government. On February 22, 1862, he became president of the permanent government and served in that capacity until being captured by elements of the United States Cavalry in 1865.[2]

Powers and duties

The constitutional powers of the President of the Confederate States of America were similar to those of the President of the United States of America. The permanent Confederate States Constitution made him commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy, and of the militia of the confederated states when called into service of the Confederate States. He was also empowered to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the Confederate States. He was authorized to make treaties; to nominate and appoint diplomatic representatives, judges, and other officers of the Confederate States (including the heads of the executive departments) by and with the consent of the Confederate States Senate; and to remove such representatives and officers. He could fill vacancies during a recess of the Senate, but he could not reappoint, during a recess, persons previously rejected by it. He was to supply Congress with information, recommend legislation, receive ambassadors and other public ministers, see that the federal laws were faithfully executed, and commission all officers of the military and naval forces of the Confederate States.[2]

Election and oath

Confederate election ballot,


, November 6, 1861

On February 9, 1861, the provisional congress at Montgomery unanimously elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. Stephens, who was a delegate to Congress from Georgia, was inaugurated on February 11. Davis was inaugurated on February 18 upon his arrival from Mississippi, where he had gone upon his resignation from the U.S. Senate. Davis and Stephens were elected on November 6, 1861, for six-years terms, as provided by the permanent constitution. The Capital had been moved in June 1861, to Richmond, and the inauguration took place at the statue of Washington, on the public square, on February 22, 1862.[2]

Before Davis entered on the execution of his office as President of the Confederate States, he was constitutionally required to take the following oath or affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the Confederate States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution thereof."[1]


In 1861, the President of the Confederate States earned a CS$25,000 annual salary, along with an expense account, and a nontaxable travel account.[3] The President's Office was located on the second floor of the Custom House on Main Street, a structure which also housed the Cabinet Room and the State and Treasury Department. The City of Richmond purchased the Brockenbrough house for presentation to the Confederate government for use as an executive mansion. Davis declined to accept the gift, but the mansion was leased for his use. Referred to as the "White House of the Confederacy" or the "Grey House," the mansion was used by President Davis throughout the existence of his presidency. Later it became a repository for documents, relics, and pictures, and in 1896 it was redesignated the Confederate Museum.[2]


Late on the evening of April 2, 1865, President Davis, his aides, and members of the Cabinet, except Secretary of War Breckinridge, departed from Richmond on the Richmond and Danville Railroad. The Cabinet stayed at Danville, 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Richmond, until April 10, when, hearing of Lee's surrender, it continued farther south. At Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 12 the Cabinet met with Generals Johnston and Beauregard and discussed surrender of Johnston's army to General Sherman. As the railroad south of Greensboro had been destroyed, the flight from that location was on horseback and in ambulances, wagons, and carriages. The last Cabinet meetings took place at Charlotte, on April 24, and 26, and on May 4; when Davis left Washington, Georgia, the party consisted only of his aides and Postmaster General Reagan. Elements of the United States Cavalry captured Davis and his companions at an encampment near Irwinville, May 10, 1865.[2]

Jefferson Davis was imprisoned at Fort Monroe, Virginia, until his release on bail on May 13, 1867. During his confinement, the United States Government prepared to bring him to trial for treason and for complicity in the assassination of United States President Abraham Lincoln. He could not be tried in Virginia until the Federal court was reestablished there, but by the time the circuit judges were prepared in May 1867, the United States Government decided the outcome of a trial before a local jury was far too uncertain and dropped the proceedings. In November 1868, Davis was brought to trial under a new indictment, but the judges disagreed and the case was referred to the Supreme Court. President Johnson issued a general amnesty in December 1868 and the Supreme Court entered a nolle prosequi, thus freeing Davis.[2]

List of presidents

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Apache Struts Statement on Equifax Security Breach : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

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It's a bad day when you have to write something like this, but not as bad a day as Equifax is having explaining why the C-suite sold a bunch of shares before announcing the breach, I guess?

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Plaque To The Future

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These are all amazing
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