A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
Some time back I found myself discussing the fate of the Euro and the European Union with folks from academia-land. I was, and remain, rather confident that what is apparently an ill-conceived political shotgun polygamy will not survive another five years in any significant manner, at least not without some kind of military intervention. Multiple cultures with their own economies and their own sovereign debt… And Goldman Sachs lending a helping hand to fund it all. What could go wrong?
Anyway, academia argued the following point: Only by binding the nations of Europe and “controlling” them with a single currency could humanity be spared another World War.
Which at first sounds reasonable… until we look at what multinational central financial planning has wrought. Austerity, violent unrest, and talk of civilwar. I suppose convincing what remains of each nation state to commit suicide would prevent a “world” war, sure.
In my opinion, war — any war — is best prevented, not via centralized control, but organically through trends that have been evolving naturally: Increased travel and improved communication. Increasing freedom and understanding. It’s difficult to hate your neighbors, murderously, when you understand them, even dine with them. And since the second World War, technology has enabled a global renaissance in communication, travel, and as I see it, a trend towards a world of disparate yet harmonious cultures.
So how else would we prevent war? Allow cultures to communicate. Give them the freedom to self-actualize. And stop with the centralized meddling.
Every distro seems to have their own damn way of managing startup services. One of these days I should really sit down and figure out how runlevels work.
Or maybe I’ll continue to ignore them since Ubuntu’s simplified (and fairly intuitive) upstart seems to be make it easier to not worry about levels.
Anyway, since Ubuntu is a bit schizophrenic these days with some services using upstart and others not, here are some handy commands for adding/removing startup services. Comments welcome since this is the kind of thing I do only very rarely.
$ initctl list shows a quick list of startup services. I’m not really sure what’s happening under the hood here, which is why it’s often useful to…
…see what’s starting at various runlevels. Try this: