A convenient liberal interpretation of the recent presidential election would have it that Mr. Trump won in large part because he managed to transform economic disadvantage into racial rage — the “whitelash” thesis. This is convenient because it sanctions a conviction of moral superiority and allows liberals to ignore what those voters said were their overriding concerns. It also encourages the fantasy that the Republican right is doomed to demographic extinction in the long run — which means liberals have only to wait for the country to fall into their laps. The surprisingly high percentage of the Latino vote that went to Mr. Trump should remind us that the longer ethnic groups are here in this country, the more politically diverse they become.
Finally, the whitelash thesis is convenient because it absolves liberals of not recognizing how their own obsession with diversity has encouraged white, rural, religious Americans to think of themselves as a disadvantaged group whose identity is being threatened or ignored.
NBCSN is showing a few Big Bash League games this season live (read: middle of the night in North America). I woulda never followed the BBL; if do bother being up at weird hours to watch Twenty20 it’s usually the Indian Premier League. But I feel like it’s my patriotic duty to support cricket in the U.S. I heard Melbourne was kind of like San Francisco and the Renegades have Trinis Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, so I think I’ve found my team.
Do you approve the text of the constitutional law regarding "Provisions for surmounting equal bicameralism, reduction of the number of members of parliament, containment of institutional operating costs, elimination of the National Council for Economics and Labor and the revision of Title V of Part II of the Constitution", approved by Parliament and published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale No. 88 of April 15, 2016?
Not all Italians speak fluent Italian, especially when it comes to complex and nuanced policy discussions. So it’s been somewhat difficult to be fully participate in the conversation surrounding the upcoming referendum this weekend. But I have run across a few helpful English-language resources.
There are a couple “everything you need to know” guides—of course, though, these are mostly predicated on the idea you’re a worldly interested foreigner, not a voting citizen.
Surprisingly for a pro-free-market publication you’d think would oppose anything that threatened the euro or EU membership and support anything streamlining government and cutting down on bureaucracy, but The Economist has endorsed a No vote.
I also remembered this graphic, which I ran across a while back:
However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all this, and straining your Italian skills watching Telegiornale trying to follow along, a recent survey found that 9 out of 10 Italians have not understood the upcoming referendum—and while frightening, at least we’re in good company.
…although maybe not the NFL you were expecting
I have thought about blogging my ordeal trying to unlock a Sprint iPhone 5 on T-Mobile, and I may well do that. But right now, since I have yet to successfully get this out-of-contract, paid-for phone off its software-tethered carrier, I need to deactivate the teeny-tiny SIM card I got for the iPhone, and reactivate the same old SIM I was using in my Android phone, the same one I’ve had for 10 years, so I have some phone to use.
When I called customer support, however, I was told it couldn’t be done. I asked if they had a way to look up my SIM cards and just use whatever they showed the previous one to be; I was asked for the number so they could look it up. (It’s still unclear whether they have access to those records; I assume not.) I wasn’t sure which number they were asking for, since there is one printed horizontally and one vertically, but assumed the 6-digit code was too short to be any kind of unique identifier. So I read off the other number that was printed. “I’m sorry, sir, the system won’t let me activate a card with fewer than 19 digits.” The SIM card I had had three groups of four digits and one group of three at the end. Searching for images of T-Mobile SIMs, I saw three groups of five digits followed by one group of four. “Well, then put four 0s in front of it,” I suggested. “If that doesn’t work, put four trailing zeroes.” Still no luck. The computer wouldn’t accept it. “That’s ridiculous!” I screamed in protest. “This card was working just a week ago! If it worked then, there has to be some way to make it work now!” I even bugged the poor kid till he put his manager on. No dice, I was told. Finally, I hung up in defeat. I vowed to call again in the morning and harass their American customer support, who of course would be able to connect me to a tech who actually knew what they were doing.
However, after I mulled over “the code will start with 8901,” for a few moments, looking at those pictures online, a lightbulb went off. I called back and said I wanted to reactive my old SIM card. “No problem, sir,” I was told. “Could you please give me the number off the back of the card?” “89012…” I read off. The old 15-digit code starts with a 2, so I just read off the following digits in groups of five, followed by the last four digits. “OK, sir, that SIM card has been activated. Is there anything else we can help you with today?”
TL;DR: To use an old T-Mobile SIM, just give them the old number prefixed with 8901, giving you a total of a 19-digit code.
I can’t lie, I kind of feel like a bad-ass hacker right now.
Can you imagine how petty it would look if the U.S. said, “We’re tired of sharing a currency sign with Canada and Mexico. Even though $ is a perfectly good symbol with historical pedigree, it’s too easy type in ASCII, and we’re special. We’re going to make up a new one, just for us, and then because we have a consumer market of 30 crore, manufacturers and standards-making bodies will be forced to implement it.”