SQLite Code Rules

https://sqlite.org/codeofethics.html

The Founder of SQLite I heard was forced to put up a “Code of Conduct” and put up an interesting one. I had never heard of this. I was reading at PJMEDIA how a knitting site Ravelry has decided to take all things Trump from their site because it was deemed to be too unwoken. In the discussion a reference was made to SQLite founder’s code. It surprised me. How did he ever get away with this?... [Read More]

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Conrad Black Writes a Manifesto

Mark Steyn interviews Conrad Black on his new book,  Canadian Manifesto. It’s a fun interview with a lot of historical references. Conrad Black posits that if the US would have stayed with Britain, the US could have controlled the British Empire. He also shared that Canada was offered the British West Indies after World War I but said no thanks. The interview is about an hour.

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This Week’s Book Review – My Enemy’s Enemy

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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Our City Council’s Strange Decision

I noticed it the first few late evenings after my move to a different town last fall. How could I not? It was a loud, wailing, siren, foreboding and impersonal. Unlike friendly chimes of a city clock, this signal made me want to look for the nearest bomb shelter. My daughters said it went off at 9:58 each night.

We speculated often. Was it some kind of curfew signal? This got us talking about dystopias, about gangs on the street each night. You weren’t safe unless you were indoors. The sound never failed to startle visitors in our home. One thought it must be the end-of-shift siren for the workers at the nearby train yard. I accepted that explanation, until one night, I happened to be driving through downtown right at ten pm. The siren suddenly blasted, and there was no mistaking its origins. It most definitely did not come from the train yard, but wailed deafeningly from some building near me.... [Read More]

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2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Slogans

These are real. 

  1. Bennet “Building Opportunity Together”
  2. Biden “Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead”
  3. de Blasio “Working People First”
  4. Booker “We Rise”
  5. Bullock “A Fair Shot for Everyone”
  6. Buttigieg “A Fresh Start for America”
  7. Castro “One Nation. One Destiny”
  8. Delany “Focus on the Future”
  9. Gabbard “Lead with Love”
  10. Gillibrand “Brave Wins”
  11. Gravel “No More Wars”
  12. Harris “For The People”
  13. Hickenlooper “Come Together”
  14. Inslee “Our Moment”
  15. Klobuchar “Amy for America”
  16. Messam “Wayne for America”
  17. Moulton “Seth Moulton for America”
  18. Beto “We’re All in This Together”
  19. Ryan “Our Future is Now”
  20. Sanders “Not Me. Us.”
  21. Swalwell “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good.”
  22. Warren “We Will Rebuild the Middle Class. We Persist. Win With Warren.”
  23. Williamson “Join the Evolution”
  24. Yang “Humanity First”

Please pick the “Gold”, “Silver”,  and “Bronze” of the slogans. If you can please explain what some of the mean because I don’t get some of them.

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Spiritual Question 3

Is there such a thing as sin?

Which is to say, is there any real meaning to our understanding of how people ought to behave? We talk a lot about right and wrong, or about good and evil. This Question 3 is to explore the spiritual question of sin v. righteousness. Are our ideas about how people ought to behave just conceptual? Is there any reality to the concept of sin? Are there any real spiritual consequences, other than logical life consequences, involved with sin?

Before we get very far with this, we have to have a definition for what we mean by “sin.” It is clear that there are Ratburghers who think of “sin” as a personal shortcoming, like a lack of musical talent or poor eyesight or weak willpower. However, I mean something very different. Here is a dictionary definition:

an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.

Continue reading “Spiritual Question 3”

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Who will win the first Democratic Presidential Debate?

There are so many candidates and the only way I see for the lesser known ones to get recognised is by attacking Biden. I also think there will be an outrage Olympics. They will vie for the position of most indignant. Slavery will be on the ballot in 2020 so that will be covered. I think they will be against it.

Can anyone think of one candidate who has the experience of running anything big? I don’t think being a part of a group on the outs is enough. The first whatever president shouldn’t be the real issue but it is.... [Read More]

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Book Review: Billion Dollar Whale

“Billion Dollar Whale” by Tom Wright and Bradley HopeLow Taek Jho, who westernised his name to “Jho Low”, which I will use henceforth, was the son of a wealthy family in Penang, Malaysia. The family’s fortune had been founded by Low’s grandfather who had immigrated to the then British colony of Malaya from China and founded a garment manufacturing company which Low’s father had continued to build and recently sold for a sum of around US$ 15 million. The Low family were among the wealthiest in Malaysia and wanted the best for their son. For the last two years of his high school education, Jho was sent to the Harrow School, a prestigious private British boarding school whose alumni include seven British Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill and Robert Peel, and “foreign students” including Jawaharlal Nehru and King Hussein of Jordan. At Harrow, he would meet classmates whose families’ wealth was in the billions, and his ambition to join their ranks was fired.

After graduating from Harrow, Low decided the career he wished to pursue would be better served by a U.S. business education than the traditional Cambridge or Oxford path chosen by many Harrovians and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School undergraduate program. Previous Wharton graduates include Warren Buffett, Walter Annenberg, Elon Musk, and Donald Trump. Low majored in finance, but mostly saw Wharton as a way to make connections. Wharton was a school of choice for the sons of Gulf princes and billionaires, and Low leveraged his connections, while still an undergraduate, into meetings in the Gulf with figures such as Yousef Al Otaiba, foreign policy adviser to the sheikhs running the United Arab Emirates. Otaiba, in turn, introduced him to Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, who ran a fund called Mubadala Development, which was on the cutting edge of the sovereign wealth fund business.... [Read More]

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