Ring Ring!

Added a Ring Pro Video Doorbell to our arsenal of home security.  Took all of 20 minutes to install it, mostly waiting for paint to dry.  If you have several doors, a home can have up to 4 Ring Pro devices connected.   

Review — On Tyranny:

It's easy to feel despair about America, that everything is coming apart at the seams.  Despair leads to helplessness, and that helplessness leads to Tyranny.  These books are the antidote for despair, a recipe for fighting back against Tyranny and making ourselves into better citizens and the nation a better nation.  

Federalist Society gets it Backwards on the March for Science

Tracinski's proposition regarding a modern citizen's relation to "Science" mirrors the Church's pre-Enlightenment view of a citizen's relation to the deity: mediation through the Church, acceptance of received wisdom, belief in priestcraft and superstition.  If Franklin, Jefferson and Priestley represent the first revolution of Citizen Science, The second revolution in Citizen Science revolution is upon us, jump started by the pioneering work of Carl Sagan.  

Trump Could Still Lose

Courts have ruled that while states can require Electors to take a pledge of loyalty, Electors of the Electoral College are free agents.  Electors breaking their pledge or refusing to vote is not unheard of (the term for such an Elector is a Faithless Elector

Why I Care About #BlackLivesMatters (and Why You Should Too)

One of those sets of tools and limits is the tacit understanding that reasonable lawful decisions made in the performance of their official duties that happen in an instant on the street will generally be adjudicated in favor of the officer.  Otherwise, no one would take the job. 

However, if that understanding is abused by the police, as minority communities have complained for decades, and which they can now prove with video, then all the people have a responsibility to take notice.