I was a day off in what I posted last night. Once again, good discussion with friends about various youthful exploits, and what’s happening in the tech world.

I am seeing others arriving at the same conclusions as I have about the theings you must do to be an IT practitioner in good-standing.

I’ve probably said here before, but it’s worth repetition — before my vision really started going, I was a shitty Minesweeper player. I did do marginally-well on the SAT when I was a kid, but that wasn’t the sort of tests you commonly see these days — multiple choice, but there’s an unknown nummber of correct responses. On Question One, there’s six answers provided, and only two of them are correct. If you only select one, you get the entire question wrong. If you select the correct two answers, but also select a third incorrect one, you miss the whole question.

With barely-functional eyes, and a brain that’s slightly affected by MS, it often just ends up as an exercise in frustration.

But I have to do those things if I want to keep working. Along with paying the certification agency’s protection racket fee.

Fuck that. I really don’t need to do it anymore.

I also don’t want to do it anymore.

But on to what I promised to do — news.

Portland sounds absolutely insane at this point. I am paying attention, though not terribly closely. I heard Andy Ngo on a podcast or radio show. I started following on Twitter. Incredible.

I also saw something, last week maybe, where these “peaceful protesters” beat the living hell out of an East Asian guy because they thought he was Andy Ngo.

There was widespread outrage early this week that there were Federal officers just arresting people wearing no ID, and travelling in unmarked vehicles. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that these are the same folks who spent two years talking about how the President worked with the Russians to be elected.

So what to do? I don’t know. Governments are established to protect individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property.

Government is failing in Portland.

That’s the biggest thing I see. I am biased, and I admit that. Still, shit’s burning, and people are getting hurt.

How do you stop that, who does it, and when does it happen?