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June 6 2020

I discuss masculinity in light of Tom Cotton’s recent op-ed, announce a new MaraDNS release, and now have “free beer” eBook versions of all of my blog entries available to download.

==Tom Cotton: Toxic masculinity==

Tom Cotton recently wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times saying, in so many words, that we should have our own military attack US citizens:

One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers.
This is toxic masculinity at its worst. The idea of using an “overwhelming show of force” to handle “lawbreakers” is the language used by despots to silence opposition.

It is the method that, when taken to its inevitable conclusion, ends up with the 1968 massacre in Mexico of by and large peaceful protesters as well as the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Indeed, the former world chess champion Kasparov has made a similar comparison.

This kind of toxic masculinity is not limited to Tom Cotton; a similar kind of toxic masculinity can be seen with the harmful “Red Pill” movement, which sought to exploit women for men’s selfish sexual satisfaction. This movement was very popular in the mid-2010s, but is fortunately waning here in the 2020s.

76 years ago today, our brave troops landed at Normandy on D-Day to counter the inevitable results of the out of control toxic masculine thinking which dominated the Nazi movement. To not let that kind of fascist “masculine” thinking take control of our society requires constant vigilance.

Healthy masculinity, as practiced by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and others, is about compassion and care, about empathy. It is not about using force to oppress and silence voices nor is it about exploiting others for our selfish desires.

==MaraDNS 3.5.0005 released==

I have released MaraDNS 3.5.0005:

  • MaraDNS is now fully supported in Cygwin
  • Windows port of MaraDNS no longer includes maradns.exe; we instead tell people how to compile MaraDNS in Cygwin. Note: We continue to fully support Deadwood for Windows, which is a proper Windows service (unlike the old maradns.exe).
  • Dockerfile now creates Docker image with working instance of MaraDNS. This is still a work in progress; one currently needs to enter the Docker container to change MaraDNS configuration files.
  • Version number fixed when compiling a MaraDNS release.

My plan now for MaraDNS 3.5.0006 is to flush out the Docker support.

==My blog is now available as a free eBook==

It is now possible to download all of my blog entries as a free eBook, either in Kindle (mobi) or ePub format. I have an automated process for updating the eBook with the new entry every time I publish to my blog, so this eBook will remain up to date.

It can be downloaded here:

https://samiam.org/blog/ebooks.html
While one is free to download and read this eBook without charge, I remain its copyright owner.

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