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White House Eliminates Cybersecurity Position

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The White House has eliminated the cybersecurity coordinator position.

This seems like a spectacularly bad idea.

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SteveRB511
62 days ago
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With collusion investigations, Russian hacking, emails, etc., why would the white House want cybersecurity people keeping an eye on things? ;)
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Posted by bloomcounty on Tue Nov 15 13:57:59 2016.


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SteveRB511
610 days ago
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It's going to take a lot of scrubbing...
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All Things Work Together For Good

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All Things Work Together For Good There’s a verse in Romans that says something like this: “All things work together for good”.

I had a teacher who didn’t like that verse. He thought it was saying that all things are already good—we just can’t see it yet. And, rightly I think, he was offended by that idea.

He was offended because it is obvious that the world around us is not one where all things are good. There is suffering, there is pain, there are horrors too unspeakable to want to mention here.

To say that all these horrors have a purpose, have some kind of benevolent reason behind them, seems wrong. In fact, it seems like a way of deadening yourself to the world, convincing yourself to turn away from the reality in front of you, and live in a sort of denial.

This is something that Christian thinkers have criticized in many forms of Eastern spirituality. Many times it seems like those forms of spirituality are simply trying to convince us that suffering doesn’t matter—that we should learn not to care about it, or that it’s an illusion, or that it would go away if we stopped desiring not to suffer.

There are branches of Christianity which do the same thing. Every time a tornado strikes a town, or an earthquake demolishes a village, there are people who will come out of the woodwork and declare this an act of God. In claiming that this event was all part of God’s plan, they convince themselves that there is nothing unjust happening, that they can safely turn their eyes away, and pretend that suffering never happens.

Even very sophisticated thinkers, who don’t resort to blaming the victims for their presumed sins, still often attribute some purpose or reason to the event. During a recent disaster, a well-known theologian tweeted something about God’s plan at work. On seeing the backlash from that statement, he replied that he had just intended to offer comfort.

This is telling. For him, this belief allows him to disengage from the suffering around him, convinced that it is already good.

Interestingly, this is not what the verse says. “All things work together for good” is not a declaration that things are okay. It is a declaration that the arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice. It is a declaration that all the chaos and disaster and destruction of life become the raw material for new good things which will emerge. It is a declaration that life itself is always in the process of overcoming evil with good, of picking up the pieces and building something even better, of adapting to new situations and circumstances to keep things moving forward.

In some ways, it is a statement of infinite play. The world is not pre-planned, but something we will engage with and adapt to. Every setback will be met with greater creativity, every destruction will be met with greater creation, every suffering will be met with greater compassion.

This is what we see in nature: every living thing, always growing and changing and adapting, not stopping for a second when things go wrong. Instead, life rushes in to fill the space, to use the raw materials of that destruction as seeds for the next generation, the next growth, the next forest.

Of course, it’s possible that the Calvinists and the Buddhists are right in their approach to suffering. It’s possible that all of this is pre-planned. There’s no way to disprove something like that.

But to me, the distinctively Christian notion seems to be that God is working in and through life, constantly meeting evil with compassion, constantly meeting destruction with growth and creation, constantly meeting death with resurrection—working all things together for good.

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SteveRB511
876 days ago
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Confusion comes from the partial quote: "all things work together for good..." The qualifiers are often left off: "...to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
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Keyboard Problems

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In the future, a group of resistance fighters send me back in time with instructions to find the Skynet prototype and try to upgrade it.
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SteveRB511
1017 days ago
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Resistentialism: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/21/magazine/21ONLANGUAGE.html
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chrisminett
1017 days ago
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My Dad
Milton Keynes, UK
Lythimus
1017 days ago
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I used to feel like complex computer issues followed around because I was doing things slightly out of my depth. Now it seems like I'm just able to fix other things which normal people would have to replace. So I guess what I'm saying is, it probably gets better... or you stop caring as much and just give up.
uvayankee
1017 days ago
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Recently, I installed a new network card so I could upgrade to Windows 10. The upgrade system refused to recognize this card for 2 weeks, then decided to use the old card after the upgrade (poorly). Normal people don't have these problems.
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tsuckow
1017 days ago
Note that in windows ten shutdown is like hibernate. You have to choose reboot if you change hardware. I changed my processor after upgrading to 10, it thought it was the old one. Surprised it ran at all
aaronwe
1017 days ago
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We all know this person.
Denver
minderella
1017 days ago
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I am the glitch finder.
lrwrp
1017 days ago
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This is how I feel around technology.
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alt_text_bot
1017 days ago
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In the future, a group of resistance fighters send me back in time with instructions to find the Skynet prototype and try to upgrade it.

Snakes….

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Snakes.. I hate snakes.

Yes, I have to say that I rather agree with Indiana Jones on this sentiment. No, as a young adult, I did not fall into a train car containing snakes in order to have this sentiment. What I did do, however, was grow up in the desert where rattlesnakes and red racer snakes were quite common. Knowing that these snakes can be deadly, I think I inherited a good healthy fear of them.

Although the king snake which I almost stepped on and probably frightened the pee out of this afternoon might argue that my fear is not totally healthy or rational. But first, let me set the circumstances. I have little problem with snakes when I come across them in their natural habitat. Like, when I’m out on a trail run, I might jump to one side if there is a snake on the other, but in general, it’s little more than that. However, in the event that I find one unexpectedly slithering (eww.. even that word makes me cringe) in my living room that I almost step on.. I might scream like a little girl and will never be seen moving across my living room in the opposite direction so quickly. And when I say I think I frightened the pee out of him, I’m quite certain that’s what the little damp spot was on the carpet where he was before I had the sense to open the door and let him out. Seriously.. I don’t live like the in the boonies and I have to let a snake out of the house??!?!

After the slight this slightly panic and compulsive shivers of “Eww gross!” subsided, I began to realize that perhaps I’m not quite cut out to be the mom of two boys. I can’t tell you the number of times my oldest has brought lizards, frogs, rolly pollies, into our house. In general, I try to feign interest that “yes, that lizard is so very cool!” all the while thinking that if it gets loose the first thing I’m probably going to do is grab the nearest heaviest object and throw it at it. Hence the reason that I’ve developed the rule “NO REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, RODENTS, OR INSECTS inside the house.” If one has a question if their creature of the day falls under this category, they are instructed to keep it outside until approval to cross the threshold is received.

Not that I’m always so girlie (but maybe tell that to my shoe collection in the closet…) There was another time involving a King snake where my instinct of how cool my child thought this would be to see completely (ok mostly, because I still said eww about a million times and even cringed a lot) overshadowed override my dislike of snakes. And this king snake was much bigger than the one I found in my house today. (Thankful the one today was little.) little) I had two friends over when I spotted the king snake on the patio and pointed it out to them. Both of them (a guy and girl) both jumped up to check it out, while I remained guard at the door to make sure it didn’t somehow know how to open the screen door and come charging at me. Both friends claimed not to be afraid of snakes, but after 20 minutes of both of them jumping around screaming like girls at the now rather agitated snake, I finally grew agitated enough to take matters into my own hands. After all, I had it clearly set in my mind that my kindergartner would love to be able to take this snake in for show and tell. Finding the biggest box I had on hand, which happened to be a hard plastic shoe box, I stepped out, past my still two giggling and wary friends and did the scoop and lid. Seriously, two seconds and I had that rather large king snake in the box. Of course, in the next seconds that followed, I equally was grossed out and proud of myself. I also duct taped the lid and placed a large rock on it to keep the snake from trying to push its way out. I may have also had nightmares that night about the snake somehow breaking out of the box and into my house, but hey, the joy on my child’s face when he got to carry that box into school was enough for me. And also, I will only catch a snake once in my life. The rest of the time, I will jump around all girlie like and perhaps utter a few profanities at it for being anywhere near me.

See.. clearly he wanted out as much I wanted him out. YUCK!!!Image


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SteveRB511
1831 days ago
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I enjoy this writer's insights on family life
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