This article is not based on anything resembling fact, so it cannot be used to form an opinion about illegal immigrants. It was written by someone (or probably a combination of people over the years) with a strong bias against immigration in general, legal or otherwise. It tries to incite hatred against people from other countries. According to FactCheck.org, it claims to use as its source several articles from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which itself has a strong bias against immigration, but even CIS denounces this article as “a chain email that is in no way scientific”. Furthermore, the original article was published in 2007, so it should have been taken down many years ago since it has been thoroughly discredited.

The intention of this article is to make people believe that immigration in general is bad. It constantly combines statistics about legal and illegal immigration and tries to paint all immigrants with the same brush. And the reason it does that is because it is trying to make a bigger point. This article is not about illegal immigration, it is about encouraging nationalist and xenophobic thinking. Look at how it says that most of these illegal immigrants are from Mexico and then says that public schools have “thousands of students speaking 41 different languages” and later “over 100 languages”. In my experience, people from Mexico speak Spanish. Who is speaking the other 40 to 99 languages this article refers to?

The gist of this article is that people from other countries are bad. They are probably terrorists. Languages besides English are bad. Foreigners cause all the problems in the US. Therefore, if you just deport all of them, everything will be fine. Everyone who remains will be nice and white and law abiding.

The point of this article is not to educate you about illegal immigration, it is to incite you to hate foreign people. Therefore, it cannot be used to start a reasonable conversation about illegal immigration until and unless all participants in the conversation agree on that point.

My cellphone (Android, HTC J-One) started giving me the following error every time I tried to follow a link to an external site from the official Facebook app.

Something went wrong
Sorry but there was a problem with this link
[insert link here]
You can now continue to this website or go back to the page you were on before. Remember: Only follow links from sources you trust.

I found out that the reason this happened was because I was not logged in to Facebook in my browser. The links in FB are often masked with a different address that includes the FB domain and by jumping from the app to the browser (where I wasn’t logged in), Facebook somehow thought someone was up to no good. Once I opened my browser and logged in there, I could click on links in the FB app and be taken to them without this error popping up.

Some sites will mention that deleting the Facebook Pages app will fix this problem. It didn’t in my case.

I have recently started learning how to be a square dance caller. The learning curve is very steep as there are so many factors to keep in mind at once. I decided to make a website to store resources that will help me improve my craft. I called it “Square Your Dance“.

I don’t like the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby. I don’t like the fact that Japan’s prime minister has not learned anything from history about the dangers of a heavily militarized Japan. And I don’t like the idea of a caliphate being created in Syria and Iraq.

Am I just getting old and crotchety, or are there some seriously bad things happening in the world right now? I mean, bad things are always happening, but these three things seem particularly ominous because they all point to a regression in our collective intelligence as humans.

Why are we going backwards?

I have a Windows 7 laptop and recently the fan has started to run loudly whenever I open Chrome. This made me think that Chrome was using up too much memory. I was able to narrow it down to Chrome because it happens even if there is nothing else open.

I noticed in the Task Manager (ctrl+alt+delete, then select “Task Manager”) that Chrome had launched several processes. I wondered why that was the case and whether that was what was causing the problem. This post on Reddit gave an idea of how to proceed.

  1. Use shift+esc while you are in Chrome to see what processes are currently running.
  2. Have a look (on the settings page) at which extensions you have enabled and delete any ones that you don’t use very often.

This seems to have fixed the problem, so far.