Charles W. Moore

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  • IRL: Tech Worker Revolt

    Posted on July 29th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    There’s a movement building within tech. Workers are demanding higher standards from their companies — and because of their unique skills and talent, they have the leverage to get attention. Walkouts and sit-ins. Picket protests and petitions. Shareholder resolutions, and open letters. These are the new tools of tech workers, increasingly emboldened to speak out. And, as they do that, they expose the underbellies of their companies’ ethics and values, or perceived lack of them.

    In this episode of IRL, host Manoush Zomorodi meets with Rebecca Stack-Martinez, an Uber driver fed up with being treated like an extension of the app; Jack Poulson, who left Google over ethical concerns with a secret search engine being built for China; and Rebecca Sheppard, who works at Amazon and pushes for innovation on climate change from within. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn explains why this movement is happening now, and why it matters for all of us.

    https://irlpodcast.org/season5/episode4/


    Here is Jack Poulson’s resignation letter to Google

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  • Mississippi Dance

    Posted on July 29th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    Over the last 3 millennia the Mighty Mississippi has changed course and this is her dance:

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  • Impeachment Cannot Heal This Divided Nation

    Posted on July 29th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    By Cynthia Tucker (copied from: https://www.troyrecord.com)

    There are two Americas, and they are at war.

    In one, every word uttered by President Donald J. Trump is the golden gospel, swaddled in larger truths if hostile to simple facts. In the other, Trump is a habitual liar — a con man who has run the Oval Office as a criminal enterprise. To one America, Trump is a leader trying to salvage a nation set on a course of moral decay, attempting to turn it back to a time of purer values.

    To the other America, the president is a flagrant reprobate, a lecherous narcissist with no moral fiber.

    To one America, Trump is a strong defender of traditional Western mores, with their emphasis on Euro-centric values, “Father Knows Best” families and Caucasian cultural standards. To the other America, the president is an unrepentant racist, a bigot who vilifies racial and religious minorities, a demagogue who would turn back the progress of the last 50 years.

    How will those diametrically opposed views of the Trump presidency ever be reconciled? Can they be?

    There was nothing in the halting and reluctant testimony of Robert Mueller that could repair the breach, and it was foolish for anyone to expect there to be. Evidence of Trump’s perfidy has long been abundant and public. Any partisans willing to reconsider have had ample opportunity to do so.

    But faith in Trump isn’t a rational exercise. It’s tantamount to a religion — or a cult. Trumpists have an existential fear of a browning America, a primal sense that their hegemony will be lost, and the president gives profane voice to their basest impulses. He is, he tells them, riding to their rescue. Neither rational arguments nor mounds of evidence can overcome that.

    This is the backlash to the election of Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. For racially resentful white voters, it was a harbinger of things to come, a reminder of inexorable demographic change.

    The fear of a browning America has been brewing for decades. In his 2011 screed, “Suicide of a Superpower,” the ultraconservative politician and commentator Pat Buchanan predicted a swift decline for a nation that, in his view, was being overrun by people of color. Writer Peter Brimelow — an immigrant himself, albeit a white one — penned a similar tract, “Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster,” back in 1995.

    Follow the link at top above for the complete excellent article: Thank you Cynthia Tucker & The Record

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  • An Increasing Concern

    Posted on July 27th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    This will not be a great treatise on the subject but as a place holder for new events that I come across. The increasing concern relates to the insecurity of the electronic ballot system. I have two reasons for saying this.

    The Russian hacking event proves that they can interfere, at the very least, the process. Perhaps they can actually change ballot numbers or maybe even individual ballots. TB Continued but in the meantime here is a Senate bipartsian report: http://www.charleswmoore.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Senate-Intel-Report-On-Election-Interference.pdf

    A few years ago, I had a problem with the electronic machine while absentee voting. It was in a very secure courthouse. As I voted the machine came up with an error. So I called the monitor over to look at it: they said “may I view the screen” and I said yes. They fiddled with it and, in the process, viewed my voting. Then they said ” Yes go ahead with process” However, when I reached the end the red error light existed but so did situation to register the ballot. The said register the ballot and I did this. I left the courthouse. Later, concerned, I called the courthouse and told them what happened and they said they would check into it. In a few minutes they called back and told me to come in and vote absentee paper ballot and I did this. I n casual conversation they said they would negate my vote on the electronic machine and my precinct would vote the paper one. Is it so easy they can negate a vote on the electronic machine? This is what concerns me!

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    I will probably add to this thread.

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  • Good times with relatives and friends

    Posted on July 25th, 2019 cwmoore No comments


    Circa 1959-1964

    Thanks Marc for saving these from oblivion. And thanks to all my relatives and friends that have made my memories. I am old in years now but I was young then and mentally still feel like a Spring chicken.

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  • Chickens and Eggs

    Posted on July 24th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    When I was young my grandpa had a couple thousand chickens. He would get these in the early March and they sell them in November. It was one of our great joys as a kid when he set up a short cylindrical pen about 6′ diameter that had a gas fired heater and go to the hatchery and get the chicks. Soon it was warm and cosy in the multiple hen house(s). The cylinder kept getting bigger until the small birds did not need it anymore. Then came the eggs and de-beaking the chickens. Finally it was off to “somewhere” and that was the end of the season until next year.

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  • Pleosi vs The Squad vs Trump

    Posted on July 20th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    The media circus: Masters of trying to be relevant

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  • Unverified Incarceration Rates

    Posted on July 3rd, 2019 cwmoore No comments

    This is straight from DailyKos and unverified so you be the Judge and jury:

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  • The USA Eagle Today

    Posted on June 29th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

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  • Disappointments

    Posted on June 25th, 2019 cwmoore No comments

         Disappointment can be a bitter experience. Certainly, there are various levels of the disappointments that affect us. I am not referring to the disappointment that we can overcome in a few hours or a few days.

         There are disappointments that go very deep, such as the betrayal of a friend… or a wife or husband… these are disappointments that pierce to the very depth of our being.

         Some people are affected less than others by these events in life. Those who are deeply disturbed by such losses, find it difficult to recover and regain stability mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

         I have met people who were disappointed in God. They believed He had failed them. I have met people who were disappointed because a friend failed them. And I have dealt with people who felt like their life was over because of marital betrayal.

         Disappointment leads to discouragement. Discouragement can lead to despondency. Despondency can lead to despair!

         Betrayal could be heartbreaking. It does not have to be outright betrayal. It can be having someone, in whom you’ve placed confidence, let you down or fail you by whatever means.

         This is not to enable you to wrap yourself in a “pity blanket” and make everything about yourself. But when deep disappointment hits, it can be like being stabbed with a fiery hot blade with jagged edges. It seems the pain from it will never dissipate.

         You must not let disappointment drag you down into darkness. In the midst of the storm, there is a “peace from God, which surpasses all understanding, that will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7). Give it to the Lord so that he can replace your disappointment and the bitter fruit it bears with His restful peace.

         You cannot allow your disappointment to be greater than your God. He will accept all of the cares that you cast upon Him because He deeply cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) Even if great disappointment has brought a darkness over you, Jesus is the light that casts out that darkness. 

    Pastor Bill – Fleming Island Assembly of God. 6865 Pine Avenue Fleming Island, Florida 32003 (904) 284-3030

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