A few key questions will help you distinguish winners from losers
Adding to the last posting (The Most Contentious Election in US History) I ran cross the history of the Redeemers. A good read on how the south ended up with Jim Crow even after the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. It also uses the term “Corrupt Bargain” for the deal that ended the election of 1876. Things I never learned in school. Of course, I went to school in the Deep South.
Was reading Robert Penn Warren‘s 1961 “The Legacy of the Civil War” written on the centennial of the start of the US Civil War. Robert Penn Warren is a three time Pulitzer Prize winner, one for fiction (“All the King’s Men”) and two for poetry. One of my favorite writers. I was curious what this southerner had to say a half a decade ago about the divide in the US and how things might have changed. One thing I ran across was the Presidential election of 1876, which sounds strangely familiar. The sad part of the story is Reconstruction ended as part of the deal to swing this election. From the Wiki:
The United States presidential election of 1876 was the 23rd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 7, 1876. It was one of the most contentious and controversial presidential elections in American history, and is known for being the catalyst for the end of Reconstruction. Republican nominee Rutherford B. Hayes faced Democrat Samuel Tilden. After a controversial post-election process, Hayes was declared the winner.
To date, it remains the election that recorded the smallest electoral vote victory (185–184) and the election that yielded the highest voter turnout of the eligible voting age population in American history, at 81.8%. It was also the first presidential election since 1856 in which the Democratic candidate won the popular vote.
The compromise which settled this election was called The Compromise of 1877. Warren keeps referring to it in his book as the “Big Sell Out”, but that may be his own term, since Google doesn’t show up anything on one. The result, according to Wiki was “By 1905, most black men were effectively disenfranchised by state legislatures in every southern state.”
From the Washington Post Wonkblog:
Some of the most interesting tech news I have seen in a long time. I was expecting Apple to do this first (oddly, Apple uses the same naming convention for their ARM chips). Breaks the stranglehold Intel has on the server market.
Found out the Beatles “White Album” is having its 50th anniversary. I was never a big Beatles fan, but I cannot say why. I think it was just a bit before my time. I ran across this Jan Wenner review of the White Album from Rolling Stone. Worth a read, even 50 years on. Will have to give the old white Album a listen.
Our take on the 1968 double album from the Fab Four
From the New York Times:
The platform has been used to disrupt elections, disseminate propaganda and promote hate. Regular users should ask if they are implicated in these failings.
By S. Matthew Liao
Dr. Liao is a philosopher.
Nov. 24, 2018
Last Februaury US troops and a group of Russian mercenaries, perhaps just a covert Russian military unit, engaged in Syria. A story that would have been huge in just about any other time.
Dumped Facebook for good a few weeks back. Since then Facebook has come under more scrutiny for its business practices. Of course, it didnt have to be this way but there is lots of money in doing things the way they are doing them, that is, unethically. Or at least aethically, if that is a word.
On the practical side, I miss maybe two witty friends (Ash and Tina, by name). There are other people I hadn’t seen in a very long time that I enjoyed catching up with. But in the modern world I can always find these people if, say, I end up travelling to their towns and want to get together.
I guess in a nutshell that is it. I am becoming an active (as opposed to passive) participant in my own social life again. Facebook was always a poor substitute for engagement in the real world. It is so easy, effortless really. And therein lies the problem, I think. Some things ought to take a little effort.