I say what it occurs to me to say when I think I hear people say things, more I cannot say
How many different distros of Linux can I install on my laptop before I pass the fuck out. Here to assist me tonight is my trusty friend, Mr. Half-liter of Evan Williams. Don’t worry, I’ve already consulted a few varieties of rum and some rolling rock on how to best to approach this issue. I’ve got 5 different lini ready to go, and can find more if necessary.
I’m actually backing up my laptop before screwing around with OS’s.
The catastrophic dreams I have always wake me up. This time it was some girl with an exotic name calling me on my new phone in a living room I did not recognize, she said something like “this is just like them end time songs” I spent a few seconds trying to figure out who she was before a massive vibration shook me like a bomb going off or some astral body slamming into the ground.
Discrete drill got really intense.
Let S be the set of George, Sarah, and Bob, where George is 5’ 11”, Sarah is 6’, and Bob is 5’6”. Let T(x, y) be the proposition function of “x is taller than y and x ≠ y.”
Given the expression:
∃x ∀y, T(x,y)
the mess came from “and x ≠ y,” where some people, including the drill instructor, thought it to be a domain type of thing that excluded x = y, which made the statement true, while others thought it was a condition inside the function, which made it false.
The room was pretty evenly divided, with Domainers and Conditioners yelling at each other (the conditioners mostly deferring to the TA’s statements). 15 minutes of mathematical rage from a relatively mathematical audience (only one other math major in there). We’ll see what happens next Friday.
Internet has been acquired- bad ass connection. Celebrated by drinking with a room mate, discussing music, and watching netflix. Perhaps too much to drink, considering class that I leave for in about 7 hours, but hey, internet is something special. Also read something about some brainfuck programming language- cool. Esolangs always seem cool
Syria has been convulsed by civil war since climate change came to Syria with a vengeance. Drought devastated the country from 2006 to 2011. Rainfall in most of the country fell below eight inches (20 cm) a year, the absolute minimum needed to sustain un-irrigated farming. Desperate for water, farmers began to tap aquifers with tens of thousands of new well. But, as they did, the water table quickly dropped to a level below which their pumps could lift it.
In some areas, all agriculture ceased. In others crop failures reached 75%. And generally as much as 85% of livestock died of thirst or hunger. Hundreds of thousands of Syria’s farmers gave up, abandoned their farms and fled to the cities and towns in search of almost non-existent jobs and severely short food supplies. Outside observers including UN experts estimated that between 2 and 3 million of Syria’s 10 million rural inhabitants were reduced to “extreme poverty.”
The domestic Syrian refugees immediately found that they had to compete not only with one another for scarce food, water and jobs, but also with the already existing foreign refugee population. Syria already was a refuge for quarter of a million Palestinians and about a hundred thousand people who had fled the war and occupation of Iraq. Formerly prosperous farmers were lucky to get jobs as hawkers or street sweepers. And in the desperation of the times, hostilities erupted among groups that were competing just to survive.
Survival was the key issue. The senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Syria turned to the USAID program for help. Terming the situation “a perfect storm,” in November 2008, he warned that Syria faced “social destruction.” He noted that the Syrian Minister of Agriculture had “stated publicly that [the] economic and social fallout from the drought was ‘beyond our capacity as a country to deal with.’” But, his appeal fell on deaf ears: the USAID director commented that “we question whether limited USG resources should be directed toward this appeal at this time.” (reported on November 26, 2008 in cable 08DAMASCUS847_a to Washington and “leaked” to Wikileaks )
Whether or not this was a wise decision, we now know that the Syrian government made the situation much worse by its next action. Lured by the high price of wheat on the world market, it sold its reserves. In 2006, according to the US Department of Agriculture, it sold 1,500,000 metric tons or twice as much as in the previous year. The next year it had little left to export; in 2008 and for the rest of the drought years it had to import enough wheat to keep its citizens alive.
So tens of thousands of frightened, angry, hungry and impoverished former farmers flooded constituted a “tinder” that was ready to catch fire. The spark was struck on March 15, 2011 when a relatively small group gathered in the town of Daraa to protest against government failure to help them. Instead of meeting with the protestors and at least hearing their complaints, the government cracked down on them as subversives. The Assads, who had ruled the country since 1971, were not known for political openness or popular sensitivity. And their action backfired. Riots broke out all over the country, As they did, the Assads attempted to quell them with military force. They failed to do so and, as outside help – money from the Gulf states and Muslim “freedom fighters” from the rest of the world – poured into the country, the government lost control over 30% of the country’s rural areas and perhaps half of its population. By the spring of 2013, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), upwards of 100,000 people had been killed in the fighting, perhaps 2 million have lost their homes and upwards of 2 million have fled abroad. Additionally, vast amounts of infrastructure, virtually whole cities like Aleppo, have been destroyed.
This whole article on the Syrian crisis is worth reading, for its background on the civil war, the evidence for the use of chemical weapons, and the likely consequences of US action. If the above analysis is correct, we can probably expect a lot more civil wars like this in the future, as the climate changes and governments bungle their response.