Today is the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency, which means it's time for anyone and everyone to weigh in with their assessments. That includes, naturally enough, the President himself. He sat for several interviews in the past two days, along with giving his weekly address, and he gives himself very high marks, declaring, "I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history. Our country is going up, and it's going up fast."Click here for full story
It was a strange evening - with fog just out to sea making the coast rather dreamlike:
OK, very dreamlike:
When I got up to the top of the hill I was completely engulfed in cloud and there was no view at all, but then I came out again and could see the fog rolling into Back Cove from above:
I also had a pretty good run and bought myself a morning off tomorrow!
A pretty good look at the history of Republican tax cuts, in reference to Trump’s tax cut proposal (if a one-page description can be called such): http://ritholtz.com/2017/04/republican-
It's been a bad week for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On Tuesday, it was revealed that he took payments from the Russian and Turkish governments and did not disclose them. On Thursday, things took a turn for the worse when it came out that Flynn was specifically warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency not to take money from foreign governments. Consequently, the Pentagon has now begun its own investigation, independent from the Congressional investigation that revealed the wrongdoing in the first place.Click here for full story
We would all be better off if everyone had paid more attention to Jimmy Carter when he was president. He’s still worth paying attention to now: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-
In related news, I’m planning to start using the “image” and “link” post types for sharing photos and links.
All appear on my website as well as in my microblog (which is really the point).
I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.
To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!
If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to changelog and changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.
We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
The Trump administration unveiled its much-ballyhooed tax plan on Wednesday. Apropos to something that could remake the entire American economy, and have trillions of dollars in impact, it took up almost an entire sheet of paper (though some of that was the snazzy-looking bullet points).Click here for full story
In his time, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has had dealings with Russia and with Turkey. Those dealings, we learned on Tuesday, resulted in Flynn being paid many thousands of dollars by the governments of those two countries. Flynn did not see fit to mention these payments in the paperwork he filed when requesting a security clearance. That is a violation of federal law. If he also failed to declare the income on his tax returns, that's an additional problem.Click here for full story
We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours exploring outside:
Exile #4 is investigating one of the "hot shot furnace" designed to heat cannonballs so that they would set fire to ships that they hit (alas, in keeping with the theme of the fort, the cannons that were eventually installed were of a different bore - so these furnaces could not have been used in any case).
And also inside:
The passageways on various levels around the central courtyard were quite amazing spaces. We discovered that it took eight people to fire one of the cannons and that "A" battery is not a misuse of quotes but we were not sure until we discovered the "B" battery.
In four days, the government will no longer be funded. Congressional Democrats and Republicans had been making progress on that problem until the Trump administration gave Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a surprise: The President wanted a funding bill with money for the Mexican wall. There was no chance that the Democrats would allow such a bill to pass the Senate, so GOP leaders were left with a pair of unpleasant options: defy the President, or allow a shutdown at a time when their party controls the entire government.Click here for full story