Civil Wars Are Not Civil | Links & Comments | 3.7.2016

There is often some bizarre connection to adjacent items in my RSS news reader or Twitter stream. The following three stories all appeared about the same time in my RSS feed. They seem related. But none reference the other, so I guess they are just coincidence. However, as any New York Times reporter knows when you see three items that mention “civil war” the same day, it’s enough to justify a trend story. However, I looked at when I saw these items earlier today and saw nothing referencing a mutiny, civil war or Bin Laden warnings.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 6.20.08 PMNPR | Osama Bin Laden Warned Of Civil War Between Jihadi Groups | Video Shows Dozens of Fighters “Deserting” ISIS in Syria
Jerusalem Post | ISIS gunmen stage mutiny, kill local commander in de facto capital

Here is NPR’s 4-minute story about the predictions of  civil war among competiting groups of jihadists found in Bin Laden’s compound during the raid by the Navy Seals:

donald-trump-michael-bloombergFormer Mayor Bloomberg says he won’t run an independent race for President because if could potentially help Trump.


“(Trump) has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears. Abraham Lincoln, the father of the Republican Party, appealed to our ‘better angels.’ Trump appeals to our worst impulses.”

04-trump-chait.w529.h352Speaking of excoriating Trump, this quote today in an essay by Jonathan Chait on the New York Magazine’s website is near poetic:

“Whether or not Donald Trump the human being is intelligent, there’s no question that ‘Donald Trump,’ presidential candidate, is not. His entire campaign operatestrump4well below the level of rational thought — it’s all boasting, absurd promises, repetitive sloganeering, and abuse. Just as email scammers intentionally salt their messages with typos in order to weed out anyone educated enough to see through their swindle, allowing them to focus on the most gullible, Trump seems to consciously repel anyone possessed of a brain.”

Links & Comments | 3.6.2016

Things I ran across on 3.6.2016. | Ran across this site while looking up information for the previous post. It looks very old school, but the stats related to the primaries are kept-up-to-date and the total delegate counts (the stat that actually matters) aren’t obscured in infographics and interpretation.

@obit | Raymond Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email and selector of the “@” symbol, has died. Raytheon Co., his employer, on Sunday confirmed his death. (via

Chiapost – Thursday, August 29, 2013

The post that grows.*

Video: Nike :90 second commercial – Just Do It: Possibilities

  • My 2¢: Either I’m officially “get-off-my-lawn” old or I’m just not getting this Nike ad /video. I love the production value, direction, editing and the attitude. But I don’t get the message. It’s “just do it…more.” I liked it when the message was just “just do it.” Or, maybe I’m reading too much into it. Maybe it’s just the same old, “just buy our shoes and pretend you are great.”

Observation: I just opened my spam folder as is my custom once every month or so. Google Apps for Business does a great job of filtering out most of the spam, but once in a while there will be some false positives (or whatever one may call a non-spam email that gets filtered to spam, or vice versa). Anyway, I’m glad I checked my spam filter as a Bank in Hong Kong that is called Bank of America informed me they had $10 million to deposit in my account. Wow. And to think I could have missed that email if I hadn’t checked my spam folder.

Link: The Verge: Instapaper gets a Redesign

  • new-instapaper
  • My 2¢: I like it. Nice responsive design that works across all screens. Don’t know why they’d need a native app with this web-app design, but during founder Marco Arment’s era, Instapaper was a trendsetter for simple media native-app design, so it will be worth watching.

*I am experimenting with a post format I’m calling a “ChiaPost.” I’m envisioning these posts as tweet-like — mostly links with comments. However, I may also use them during live events or breaking news. Why such a format? I often want to say more than the 140 characters of a tweet and would like to capture and archive these items on my blog to make searching for them later easier. I’m using the web-app outliner to manage these posts.

River of Rex for March 2nd

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Thanks, @jasonfried – I needed your ‘give it five minutes’ post
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[RT @jasonfried] @R Thanks Rex. Always great to see your name pop up. | Sorry, I had to RT this for my scrapbook. ; )
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Hey @danielrmccarthy, you need to change your avatar photo to one that looks as skinny as you’ve become. You’re amazing.
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It was a dark and stormy morning in Nashville…#nashvillewx
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[via @reuters] Facebook seeking bigger credit line (to help pay down national debt after its IPO).
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U.S. wants you to hunt fugitives w/ Twitter @wired | Wait. I thought Twitter was just for personal brand building.
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I’ve watch too much TV: Breitbart’s father-in-law was To Tell the Truth’s Orson Bean who’s married to Kevin’s mom from The Wonder Years.
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RT @fraser: a site dedicated to documenting the absurdity of QR codes: hallelujah.
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Pretty scary in my part of Nashville now.
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Hailing like rocks in Belle Meade, like window busting kind.
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Hail now has reached 3322 West End.
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Hale on ground at 3322 West End, #nashvillewx

River of Rex for March 1st

Apologies for some technical difficulties that caused the auto posting of this item that was, before I removed it,  some old tweets and other randomness. I was experimenting with a daily post from the WordPress plug-in that provides the sidebar content of my tweets and posts to services like Flickr and YouTube. If I can tune it a little better, I may try again.