W.O.O.D. – 5 Dec 2017

This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/w-o-o-d-20-nov-2017/
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/

So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”

For this week, I’m deep in ponder over Climate Models and Parallel Computing. I note in passing the CF of mutual “Investigations” (read “Witch Hunts”) in Washington DC and the persecution of anyone with a natural level of sexual “motivation” continues in full flush. Can’t say I have any sympathy for any of them. Swamp rats all, IMHO. Better they are grabbing each other by the “private parts” than going after us.

On local broadcast TV I’ve found CGTN – China Global Television Network. So now I have Yet Another Alternative Bias to offset our native stations suckage, biases, and Patrons. They stress commerce and economic advantages more than the crap ours covers. While the US TV had one of the Dims (old sourpuss woman from San Francisco who’s name escapes me at the moment – used to hang out with Babs Boxer…) opining that This Time For Sure they would get Trump on the Russian Deal with some kind of process crime (due to his tweets constituting “obstruction of justice”…) the China coverage at the moment from: https://www.cgtn.com/ is saying:

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Senior White House officials have confirmed that US President Donald Trump will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a speech at 18:00 GMT on Wednesday.

So literally “Tomorrow’s News Today!” ;-)

Though one must again ask: IF RT must register as a “Foreign Agent” then why not CGTN and Al Jazeera and the BBC and DW and…

Oh Well. I can still sift all of them for some hint what our “Leaders” are really doing (as opposed to the Democrat Cheering Section in the DC Pissing Match that is the domestic Network News…)

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78 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 5 Dec 2017

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    It was Dianne Feinstein…

  2. philjourdan says:

    Franken 0-10 in the Senate. He is gone. A shame. He is providing a lot of ammo for the other side. I guess they will have to go back to the rantings and graft of the ladies of the house.

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    The fact that this story even got published in a major news media site, says a lot.
    I think the tide is beginning to ebb slightly. Hopefully after the turn it goes out quickly.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/12/06/fewer-deaths-more-greenery-and-other-global-warming-benefits/DgYdJLE1zv4zAZ84BPMOvO/story.html

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the above story the comments are universally negative and dismissive, as the pro AGW folks try to bury the obvious in BS.

    Related:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/06/tidalgate-climate-alarmists-caught-faking-sea-level-rise/

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    If any of you have folks in the north LA area:

    Fire plumes are showing up on weather radar, this image from Weather Tap

  6. Power Grab says:

    They’re saying they’ve found damage to the white matter in the brains of the diplomats that were in Cuba.

    I saw one comment that said you can’t damage white matter without damaging grey matter. But they’re not saying they found damaged grey matter.

    Another commenter asked about a cyberknife-type device. Is that a plausible explanation?

    It reminds me of the fellow who was returned in damaged condition by the NK, and then he died shortly after he returned.

    I believe they’re saying that in both cases symptoms included loss of eyesight, loss of hearing, balance problems, etc.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    No confirmation of this yet so far only one twitter source:
    World-Events Live‏ @IdeologyWars 24 minutes ago

    Reports are coming out of a possible SLBM launch from North Korea possible coming soon (Gage)

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Al Franken resigns, Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel (and all the usual suspects are having a pants wetting contest), Democrats are stunned to discover the whole Sexual Harassment Hammer is landing on their own heads, what’s the world coming to? It’s senses?

  9. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. – Correction: Al Franken SAYS he will resign. I am betting even money right now that he reneges.

  10. jim2 says:

    On all this sexual “harassment,” which in at least some cases is simply normal behavior, when will the tidal wave hit the women? Some took the quid pro quo and got a promotion. Others actively pursued powerful men and got a promotion. When will these women be outed and the demand made that THEY step down. Justice isn’t served until this happens!

    While I wouldn’t agree with Roy Moore on many issues, the accuser with the year book has admitted to “adding notes” to the entry there. I don’t trust her any further than I could throw her.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Well, I remember a time when women actively sought out “workplace romance”. With all my siblings being female and older than me, there was lots of “girl talk” with me around. Much of it about how to get a man to express interest and how to ‘flirt’ in the workplace.

    So what I’m waiting for is the “Ah Ha!” moment when the women going home from work lonely and wondering “what’s wrong with me” come to realize that women have made it a crime to have a man interested in them.

    IMHO, what’s happened is that a few women (likely the most attractive and so most “hit on”) have gotten tired of it, so made it “socially unacceptable” by a variety of means to have anyone express interest. Unfortunately, that means those who are waiting for “Mr. Right” are going to be waiting a Loooonng time. Realize I’m NOT talking about forcible contact. That is clearly wrong. I’m talking about not saying anything like “You look nice today”.

    Why?

    Well, just where and when is it now OK to “express interest”?

    Not at work where you spend 1/2 of your waking life.
    Not going to happen during the commute.
    Not going to happen when shopping ( I don’t want to be shouted at and accused in a Mall…)
    Not going to happen while at home (about 1/4 of my waking life when working).

    So just where?

    Thus, IMHO, all the adverts for “computer match making”. ‘Cause it’s now a career ending legal nightmare if you say “I like the way you look. Want to get dinner?”

    No, I’m not exaggerating. I’ve had “Managers And The Law” training every 2 years when at Apple – as did all managers. Specific emphasis on California Sexual Harassment law. Specifically called out was ANY statement about “looks” or any personal attributes along with “elevator eyes”. That last one involves just looking at someone’s shoes and back to their eyes. The notion being you are “checking them out”.

    I had an employee try to entrap me with that one. She showed up in my office with bare midriff and a tight top and ‘hip hugger’ slacks and proceeded to slightly ‘wiggle’ while talking to me. I, however, never had my eyes drop below her chin. – I lip read a little sometimes . (I also have trained good peripheral vision – what in martial arts is called “splatter vision”) Later found out she had a “sexual harassment” suit open against another of my employees and was likely trying to get me sucked into it as a “generally harassing environment” based on “elevator eyes”. She was a bit frustrated with my “no look” and “profoundly job focused” comments.

    So now I give NO COMPLIMENTS EVER. I express NO INTEREST EVER. If approached, I would politely ignore it. And I only look at eyes and the occasional lip read if noise level is high. So good luck to the ladies wanting some human connection.

    BTW, one of our case studies was a club manager who was a professional at work – no off behaviours. One of the ladies was at a (bar or party away from work, there were two cases and I’m not sure which this was) and he politely “expressed interest”. She expressed mutual interest. They “hooked up” – all off hours and off site. She then won a suit. Why? Because it does not matter that it was off hours and off site, he still had “positional authority” and it did not matter she was “agreeable”. She asserted that she felt pressured by his being a manager (despite his NOT saying anything at all along the lines of pressure and him asking if she was interested and him saying he was OK with her saying ‘not interested’). It did not matter that she did not at any time express any dissatisfaction or uncomfortable feelings; due to his positional authority being enough to “intimidate” her…

    So, even after work, away from work, even if the counter party says “Sure, I’d like to!”… you still lose.

    So good luck getting someone to show “interest” in that context. Enjoy those long lonely nights staring at the walls.

    It’s only slightly better for two peers… then the issue of “rank” or “positional authority” is removed, but the rest of it pretty much stays. In the case of my two employees, they’d had a “hook up” and then a falling out; and then Ms. Midriff Wiggle decided to sue him and the company… So guess what happens to corporate “policy”? You guessed it: Non-Fraternizing clauses abound…

    It is also just as bad for a customer or vendor visiting a company. “Harassment in the workplace” applies if you are a customer and say to a clerk “I like you, want to see a movie?”…

    Yes, California is nuts. But it’s coming to a Progressive Courtroom near you next…

    What galls me most is that my Mother and Sisters all “taught me” to “be a gentleman” and compliment ladies on their hair, looks, clothing… So if I just “do as I was told to do by women”, I’ll be sued by women… Go figure.

    Now women wonder why I pay absolutely zero attention to them at all times. Good luck with that Ladies. You are up against the legal system you built. Once you-all figure out the rules you want, let us all know. We’ll wait. (and wait and wait and…)

  12. philjourdan says:

    After my divorce, I was too old for the “bar scene”, and did not fancy spending the rest of my life as a bachelor. But the one thing I refused to do was date any women I was working with. I once was in a position of authority and had to “talk to” one of my employees due to some complaints (they were unfounded). Because the talk was private, rumors started flying! But the women was a professional (and the discussion was about the incident and nothing personal), nothing ever became of it (she did not allege any inappropriate behavior).

    Still, tongues wagged. And that is why I never tried an “office” romance even when I was a consultant.

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    @Phil:

    That sad thing about all this is that the only folks left “expressing interest” are going to be just the insensitive boorish don’t give a damn sorts that women supposedly like least. So what the net effect will be is that fewer “nice guys” will be available and more clods will be setting the agenda.

    Oh Well. Not my problem.

    Oh, and the other fun bit is going to be when women get frustrated at being ignored enough decide to be proactive and “express interest” and then some guy who’s got a grudge from having been slapped around by stupid rules decides to enforce the same rules back at them. I’ve seen it happen at least once already. While most guys most of the time “do nothing and don’t care” there are a few, and it’s likely to get worse over time.

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    I agree I also find myself being very careful about even minor compliments in the work place.
    Women do not realize that they have created a hostile work place for men in that regard, the few female predators who try to get guys fired out of spite have made it impossible for guys to be nice guys.

    Sooner or later some enterprising lawyer will file a hostile work place environment on that regard against women for a man and establish some case law but until then guys are walking on eggs all the time if they are smart.

    Even back in the 1990’s I had a female co-worker who literally ran down the hall giggling to tell folks she had gotten some guy fired like she had just bagged a trophy buck in deer season.
    This has been going on for a long time. And the women wonder why the only guys who come on to them are creeps – it is because the non-creeps have no clue what the rules are any more and no universally accepted signal for women to indicate the “attention” is unwanted.

    We should have a rule book when we turn 12.

  15. jim2 says:

    Also, on the Roy Moore situation, it wasn’t uncommon back then in Alabama and elsewhere around the country for a sharp, attractive, but poor, teenager to troll for a better-to-do, even older, man. This was a route out of poverty for many and worked to the advantage of both parties.

    Having the law pervade every area of life sucks in ways many don’t even comprehend.

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Given recent events in North Korea, perhaps a little review is in order.

    This is a few years old but still does a good job of summarizing the current state of affairs.

    21 minute video on the current state of missile defense
    Video produced by Heritage Foundation

    Short animation video showing full flight sequence with timer
    This is a nicely done video assembled from official video clips.

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    Funny read here, Frank Lutz can’t quite understand why Alabama voters will likely vote for Roy Moore.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/09/flabbergasted-frank-luntz-shocked-as-alabamians-back-roy-moore-in-vice-news-focus-group/

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    New source on twitter, have no info on reliablility but if this item checks out it would verify the feeling I have held for some time that Iran and N Korea are deeply intertwined in a strategic alliance, and NK is acting as a surrogate for Iran and likewise Iran is providing significant assistance to N Korea. (so where did the pallet load of cash we gave to Iran go? – payment to NK for war heads?? (site has a popup which disappears if you do a page reload)

    http://www.eurasiareview.com/10122017-us-intelligence-community-claims-north-korea-transferred-3-nuclear-warheads-to-iran-oped/

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    Was there ever any doubt N.K. and Iran were working together?…

    FWIW, I’m pretty sure that within 1/2 decade and likely sooner either Iran or N.K. is going to try an EMP attack on the USA; unless Trump flattens them first.

    I’m planning that sometime in early next year (only weeks away!) I’m going to review my prep gear and do a reload / restock on some of it. Also doing to dump my tire chains out of the iron “ammo can” i carry them in (as I’ve not gone to snow country in years since I stopped paying outrageous prices for ski lift tickets) and put a “minimal computing and phone” kit in it. My old “burner phone” and a R.Pi of some sort… Oh, and tune up the generator and restock the gas cans.

  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit from twitter this afternoon – I wonder what was urgent enough to break supersonic prohibition restrictions?

    NORAD & USNORTHCOM‏Verified account
    @NoradNorthcom
    19 minutes ago

    The loud noise reported Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of Tampa was likely the result of a sonic boom caused when 2xF-15s from the 159FW, operating under the direction of #NORAD, went supersonic to meet mission requirements. An investigation of the event is currently underway

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like there may be some “issue” with FUSE (File System in User Space) sometimes making a corrupted strange file/directory ( .gvfs ) in your home directory.

    I’d not used FUSE recently (i.e. nothing was mounted nor unmounted during this boot cycle) yet I had a strange directory I could not enter, remove, nor do anything with despite being SU to root. (SuperUser).

    I discovered it when using a command to compare two versions of my home directory, which I call “lsdiff”, that does an ls of both dirs, then diffs them, then does a “more” on the diff output for me to inspect. Useful when you move your home directory around a lot, or any set of files, really. I also have a version that does an ls -alR to look at ownership and datestamps, but it is used gingerly as the output can be large… In any case, using it I got this error message that there was a .gvfs I could not enter for “permissions”… Needless to say, when “root”, being told you don’t have “permissions” is a big red flag.

    Digging into “what is .gvfs?” I found this page:

    https://askubuntu.com/questions/492813/what-is-the-gvfs-file

    showing someone else having the same “issue” but on Ubuntu. And, thankfully, dampening my rising paranoia that someone might have hidden a ‘kit’ of abuse in my home dir in some directory even root could not inspect… It was not in the old home dir and I was pondering blowing away the system image, this copy of the home dir, etc. etc. scorched earth reset…

    What is even stranger is that I cannot determine the owner of the file:

    drwxrwxr-x  2 martin martin 4096 juil.  6 17:48 .gstreamer-0.10
    d?????????  ? ?      ?         ?              ? .gvfs
    -rw-rw-r--  1 martin martin   68 nov.  16  2013 .hgrc
    

    Same strange bunch of ??? I had…

    EDIT2:
    After reboot, the item disappeared.
    […]
    asked Jul 7 ’14 at 16:26
    Martin Drozdik

    In 12.04 it’s an empty folder. – Parto Jul 7 ’14 at 16:31

    It is not a file, but a directory which should be a FUSE mount handled by the gvfs-fuse-daemon process and in your case it seems to be corrupted. – Radu Rădeanu Jul 7 ’14 at 16:51
    […]
    It serves as mount point for GVFS-Fuse.

    gvfs is a userspace virtual filesystem where mount runs as a separate processes which you talk to via dbus. It also contains a gio module that seamlessly adds gvfs support to all applications using the gio API. It also supports exposing the gvfs mounts to non-gio applications using fuse.Ubuntu Packages

    OK… so I did a reboot and it was fixed:

    dr-x------  2 chiefio chiefio     0 Dec 12 08:15 .gvfs
    

    OK… so a temporary mount point / directory used by the system for user file space but NOT put in /tmp? OK…

    In any case, just be advised it seems to occasionally “have issues” and it has nothing to do with someone breaking in… AND it is across multiple distributions from Debian to Ubuntu to Devuan to ???

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Could be something important, or could just be some HotShots off shore (but not far enough) in an exercise and getting “ambitious” once they found they were a couple of minutes out of position in their role and not wanting to “fail” the exercise… and maybe wanting to go super for a bit of fun…

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    Well… That’s a bother…

    “ntpdate” is not installed in Devuan by default. Sigh. OK, to set your clock (that you need to do often with the Raspberry Pi as it has no hardware clock running between boots…) you need to do an ntpdate command, that isn’t there. IF a particular system image is “shutdown” for “too long” (somewhere around a day or two) the clock is too far “off” and ntpd will NOT sync due to the “drift” being too far so you get screwed clock forever…

    You can set it “long hand” with “date 12121234” (at the moment… “date MMDDHHminmin”) or you could just do an ntpdate server… IFF ntpdate is there… that works much better in a startup script than the long hand version.

    OK, add to the build script a check / build of ntpdate…

    root@DevuanPiM2:/home/chiefio# apt-get install ntpdate
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree        
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
      liblockfile-bin liblockfile1 lockfile-progs
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      liblockfile-bin liblockfile1 lockfile-progs ntpdate
    0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 111 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 306 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
    Get:1 http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged/ jessie/main liblockfile-bin armhf 1.09-6 [17.7 kB]
    Get:2 http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged/ jessie/main liblockfile1 armhf 1.09-6 [14.3 kB]
    Get:3 http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged/ jessie/main ntpdate armhf 1:4.2.6.p5+dfsg-7+deb8u2 [69.0 kB]
    Get:4 http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged/ jessie/main lockfile-progs armhf 0.1.17 [10.3 kB]
    Fetched 111 kB in 2s (50.2 kB/s)           
    Selecting previously unselected package liblockfile-bin.
    (Reading database ... 104571 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to unpack .../liblockfile-bin_1.09-6_armhf.deb ...
    Unpacking liblockfile-bin (1.09-6) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package liblockfile1:armhf.
    Preparing to unpack .../liblockfile1_1.09-6_armhf.deb ...
    Unpacking liblockfile1:armhf (1.09-6) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package ntpdate.
    Preparing to unpack .../ntpdate_1%3a4.2.6.p5+dfsg-7+deb8u2_armhf.deb ...
    Unpacking ntpdate (1:4.2.6.p5+dfsg-7+deb8u2) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package lockfile-progs.
    Preparing to unpack .../lockfile-progs_0.1.17_armhf.deb ...
    Unpacking lockfile-progs (0.1.17) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.0.2-5) ...
    Setting up liblockfile-bin (1.09-6) ...
    Setting up liblockfile1:armhf (1.09-6) ...
    Setting up ntpdate (1:4.2.6.p5+dfsg-7+deb8u2) ...
    Setting up lockfile-progs (0.1.17) ...
    Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.19-18+deb8u10) ...
    

    then you can set the time via a time server:

    root@DevuanPiM2:/home/chiefio# ntpdate 0.debian.pool.ntp.org 
    12 Dec 12:41:11 ntpdate[6375]: step time server 192.154.108.74 offset 14.980936 sec
    

    NOW I can put that in my rc.local file and not have scrogged time at boot anymore…

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    So I’m running the (new small) TV on my desk as I’ve not got the second system booted at the moment so don’t need it to be a monitor… watching channel 54 (local PBS. Public Broadcasting Service. That had been San Jose local until they sold out to KQED from San Francisco some years back.)

    Well, they run this PSA Public Service Announcement that they are changing frequencies on Dec 15th. I’ve mentioned before my annoyance at the decision to keep the same channel identifiers while playing musical frequencies in reality – as it’s a bother to antenna making guys like me… and changes the actual propagation behaviour of a channel as low frequences propagate further and go deeper into buildings than very high frequences. Meaning that the move away from ‘real’ channels 2 to 13 in the VHF band into ‘real’ channels 14 to {whatever it is now that the top end was stolen but it used to be 83 or some such).

    So, OK, it isn’t just a “one off” swap from back ‘whenever’ but looks like an ‘ongoing’. Got it.

    They list a web site for more information:

    https://www.kqed.org/tv/help/54move.jsp

    Get Help With December 15, 2017, KQEH TV Channel Changes

    KQED will be removing the KQEH over-the-air television signal from the Monument Peak Tower, located in the San Jose area, on Friday, December 15, 2017. We will now broadcast our full suite of channels (KQED 9, KQED Plus, KQED World and PBS Kids) on Channels 9 and 54 from Sutro Tower in San Francisco, and on Channel 25 from Fremont Peak Tower in the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz area. This change will affect a small number of households, predominately located in the eastern Bay Area, that still depend on antenna reception. It has no impact on residents who receive their television via cable, satellite or the Internet.

    If you’re using an antenna and are experiencing reception problems, you may need to rescan your television.

    Simply tune your television to channel 30. Once your antenna finds a signal there, it should reassign KQED 9 to Channel 9 and KQEH to Channel 54 on your television or converter box.
    Additionally, you may also have a rescan option on the remote for your converter box or digital TV. Select “scan” or “autotune” from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. You can usually find instructions by pressing the “set-up” or “menu” buttons on your television or digital antenna remote control. If you have difficulty, consult the owner’s manual for more detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan, or contact customer service for your TV or converter box manufacturer.

    If that fails, direct your antenna towards the San Francisco (Sutro) or Salinas (Fremont Peak) towers, if possible.

    If you have a roof antenna, we recommend hiring an antenna installer to make these adjustments to your antenna.

    Oh, the things wrong with this …

    First off, the actual broadcast location is going much further south. That means worse signal for me. It is no longer local to San Jose.

    Second, the San Francisco centric mind set just reeks. Sutro Tower IS central to the S.F. / Oakland urban metroplex. It is an alien distance away from San Jose. At about 65+ miles, well outside the easy to get range for UHF (though inside the easy for VHF – that is now deprecated…)

    OK, they are improving their reach for folks “way south” in Salinas. But ignoring Silicon Valley. Why?

    “This change will affect a small number of households, predominately located in the eastern Bay Area, that still depend on antenna reception. It has no impact on residents who receive their television via cable, satellite or the Internet.”

    “East Bay” is a euphemism for “poor black and Mexican folks” in many contexts. Sure, there are very rich folk living up on the higher hills in Berkeley, Oakland, and even some more south. But that remark about “still depend on antenna” is clearly marking them as not included. It’s a back door way of saying “this only hits the po-black and hispano-poor in the east bay cheap seats, so who cares.” Clearly they think everyone in Silicon Valley is up to their eyeballs in money enough to have cable or satellite so can be ignored.

    Unfortunately, I’m running on an antenna too. ATM a cheap folded dipole in the window, but it gets channel 54 (and the sub channels) fine as it is a local station. But in a few days, it’s going to evaporate for me. Sure, I can get that “round tuit” and plumb a better antenna into the office. But I’m not. I’m not using the TV in here as a TV all that much. I’ll just go to the ROKU instead.

    Sorry KQED / KTEH (that is now KQEH since the takeover) I’m just not going to bother.

    Screw around with things enough and you just lose customers.

    But I guess you only really care about the rich Donor Class Customers on cable not the poor minorities or even the “old white guy”…

  25. jim2 says:

    Hmmmm … Roy Moore 77% … take that CNN!!

  26. jim2 says:

    “Hmmmm … Roy Moore 77% … take that CNN!!” errr … ahh …. hmmmm …

  27. Power Grab says:

    @ jim2 says:
    9 December 2017 at 5:47 pm
    “Also, on the Roy Moore situation, it wasn’t uncommon back then in Alabama and elsewhere around the country for a sharp, attractive, but poor, teenager to troll for a better-to-do, even older, man. This was a route out of poverty for many and worked to the advantage of both parties.”

    Yes. I’ve been a fly on the wall for this discussion and cannot fault any of the posters for the sentiments expressed.

    I find myself repeating my most recent complaint, though: I blame the media. If they aren’t quite the entire problem, they are a HUGE part of the problem.

    Case in point:

    Watch a video of “Fancy” by Bobbie Gentry or Reba McEntire.

    There’s your problem. Also, the complicity of the media in promoting the behavior described in that song/video (the song won several industry awards) has to bear much of the blame for the glamorization of the incidents that are being trumpeted by the media these days.

    IMHO, the media created the problem, and now they’re pretending to be alarmed by it. I guess it’s the only way they can re-gain the audience they have lost by being so crooked.

  28. llanfar says:

    ToddWhiskey has been doing a great job archiving the MagaAnon 4chan posts here. Of note is her latest today on Moore…

    https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/search/uid/Lcb3lr6v/order/asc/

  29. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    I actually wince when watching typical TV / Movies. My spouse hates it when I can’t keep quiet any more and let slip a “But THAT would get them sent to HR and / or fired!”

    Flirting in the workplace commonly on display. Bosses hitting on employees, workmates hooking up in the workplace, underlings trying to ‘work the boss’ in relationships. The stuff of all sorts of Hollywood Product, but ALL forbidden by law. (At least in California where Hollywood is located).

    The media promote things like the older guy “rescuing” the young cute girl and them getting involved, or the two “agents” for an Agency being “on the road” and sharing a hotel room, despite being of the opposite sex – and then having a close relationship. Heck, even NCIS has the ex of an agent supervising him and them having ‘sexual tension’ at times. Then a former wife having a ‘hook up’ with her other ex while both are on assignment for Agencies. Cringe. Off to HR with you all…

    Oh Well.

    With the successful take-down of Moore via a Bimbo Eruption you can now expect that to be the preferred tool “going forward”. Expect to see a dozen women crawl out of the woodwork asserting things from long enough ago that there is no practical defense nor evidence gathering possible, all asserting Trump Did It! Expect to see ANY truly conservative voice confronted with a constant barrage of bimbos. Just the assertion is enough, no evidence needed, no proof required.

    BLM didn’t take off. Russia Did It! was a big nothing-burger. But Attack-Of-The-Bimbos! has worked. So that’s where the emphasis will move.

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    Note on my shop:

    I’ve spent the last 2 days doing a “User ID Conversion”.

    For a variety of reasons, over the last couple of decades, I’ve ended up with a few different user ids on my different systems.

    Long ago, I’d chosen 1000 as the number I liked. Typically on single user systems, things for various administrative ids are all in low single digits, added services in the double and low triple digits, and 1000 is where user space begins. That was fine until I started using the Pi and related.

    The Pi user name “pi” is assigned UID 1000. Then on Odroid and Ubunto and… well, let’s just say I ended up with some 1000, some 500 some “other” (like 1001). When moving data around, that can be a bit of an annoyance.

    So, while I was moving all the physical hardware around, and deprecating some systems and chips, I also decided it was time to “bite the bullet” and change UIDs. Do that wrong, you fail to log in or fail to get root or fail to have access to your data or… so care is important in the doing.

    After about a 24 hour day, I’ve converted a half dozen of my main systems chips, and about 12 TB of data. Everything seems to be working fine.

    I do still have some old compressed archives with the old UIDs in them as backups (some dating back to my old Vectra / Red Hat 7.2 machine) but there is no reason to deal with them until / unless I ever need to unpack them for some reason. So just a “note to self” that old UIDs will not match the present and “some conversion required”.

    The good thing is that now I’ll be less bothered with UID mismatch between systems and the need to deal with it on the fly when moving data around. The other good thing is that I’ve also now got my two main systems ( Pi M3 / Odroid XU4) working cleaner with each other and my main data archive with compatible UIDs. I’ve also pruned out a 1/2 dozen system image chips as “no longer of interest” and set them aside. (Things like C2 OS chips where I just removed any data from them – since the C2 seems dead; and the Ubuntu XU4 generic build where I just have no need for it.)

    So a simpler cleaner environment and more cleanly integrated.

    Now that’s out of the way I can get back to other things like new postings ;-)

  31. philjourdan says:

    Sexual harassment is the new version of “you’re a racist”.

  32. cdquarles says:

    @EM, be aware that the election is not over yet. Being very close (some 20,000 vote margin) and that absentees have not been counted yet, which includes military votes, there is more to come. Judge Moore has not conceded.

    About bimbo eruptions and pedophile allegations; well, two can play that game. For the most part, Rs don’t go there, while Ds do. That’s got to change.

  33. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm…

    Is that warmth coming from Alabama the absentee bonfire? You know, given the Senate margin of 2 votes, the Dems will do ANYTHING to win… We’ve seen their playbook in their emails… It would be very interesting to audit the voting in this one.

  34. jim2 says:

    Looks like the SJWs have taken a life. I don’t know this guys story, if the allegations are true or not. Also, hoping this isn’t fake news, but I have to run:

    Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson died of ‘probable suicide’ on bridge in Mt. Washington

    http://www.wdrb.com/story/37062873/rep-dan-johnson-commits-suicide-on-bridge-in-mt-washington

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    SJWs and The Progressive Left have forgotten this truth:

    “We can agree to disagree, without being disagreeable”.

    They can not agree to disagree,and are always looking to be as disagreeable as possible.

    That tactic will work, right up until the point when “Good people have had enough” and then it will be tar and feathers all around. If our society can not step away from the “court of public opinion” and back into rule of law, then we will descend into chaos and a world of “might makes right”. One I’d rather not have, as the 51% will exterminate the 49% on just about every cause and condition and the strongest will squash the weakest.

    In a world where I, not particularly skilled with the tools, can fabricate an “authentic” email and include with it photo-shopped “evidence” where the fudge is hard to detect; anyone can be hung out to dry. Want a picture of {insert name of famous person here} having sex with a minor? That’s about 5 hours work to make a good one. Want an email from his known friend saying “Took this at the party last night, thought you might want a memento.” – that’s about 2 hours more to make it reasonably authentic and include a transit history. When folks will lie just to get on YouTube, giving them $1000 and 15 minutes of fame can give anyone a “Bimbo Eruption”.

    So either the Democrat Machine gets some morals and rule of law back, or the Republicans are NOT going to stay out of that game for much longer. Then, once everyone is in the fraud and deception business, how long until physical means are employed? We really are just the worlds biggest Banana Republic In The Making…

  36. cdquarles says:

    Also be aware that the most common method of election fraud here, that has been demonstrated and successfully prosecuted, is via absentee balloting.

    We are already a banana republic, I am afraid, since we started down that path two centuries ago (yep the 1820s); though the pace only picked up a bit over one century ago (the 1890s).

  37. Power Grab says:

    @ EM “BLM didn’t take off. Russia Did It! was a big nothing-burger. But Attack-Of-The-Bimbos! has worked. So that’s where the emphasis will move.”

    I am sure you are correct. :-/

    As usual, it is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    I saw a 5 minute video yesterday with example after example of Joe Biden (Democrat!) fondling young girls that he placed directly in front of himself during photo ops. You can tell from the expressions on their faces that they were annoyed…so to speak.

    There was one little 5- or 6-year-old Asian girl with silky black hair that he literally rubbed all over her head. I kept watching her parents to see if they would express any concern, but they kept their happy faces on all through the entire thing.

    I guess as long as parents fail to protect their young girls from predators even in situations they know are compromising, it won’t stop.

    In fact, I was thinking about a situation where a girl’s dad did, in fact, leap on top of a gang girl who was beating up his daughter…yet the same daughter had 2 miscarriages with her boyfriend…before they got married. Where was her dad then?

    When the girl’s dad tore into the gang girl and drove her off, the daughter said she had never felt “so loved”.

    But what about the unmarried, unprotected relations the same daughter was engaging in, but apparently her dad didn’t feel the need to take action on?

  38. jim2 says:

    @Power Grab says:13 December 2017 at 3:46 pm
    Just to be clear no should mean no and that should be enforceable somehow. Beyond that, bad taste, such as Franken’s clown pic, shouldn’t be a reason for severe punishment.

    At any rate, I’ve had thoughts similar to yours on who’s fueling this. Mainstream media, most of the biggies, and the liberal elite for political gain – just more typical identity politics for them. But that seems to be all they got.

  39. jim2 says:

    There is a direct tv offering of 60 channels for $35/mo. It includes (live) DIY network, Discovery Channel, Fox News, CNBC, ComNN, HGTV, and a bunch more. I’m thinking about it.

  40. Power Grab says:

    @ jim2:

    re “Beyond that, bad taste, such as Franken’s clown pic, shouldn’t be a reason for severe punishment.”

    Maybe the minimum punishment should be a shame picture like people have been putting on the web for their pets. You know, stuff like the cat with a placard in front of it that says something like “I can’t be trusted around a Christmas tree”…

    They could force the perp to stand for a picture with a placard that says something like “I can’t be trusted to act like a gentleman around women and children!”

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    If this source is accurate (info true) the Alabama election could get very interesting soon.

    https://theblacksphere.net/2017/12/hold-off-roy-moore-may-get-victory/

  42. cdquarles says:

    Larry, I’ve already mentioned that absentee ballots had not yet been counted here. Military ballots are among those. Also here, absentee ballots have been the demonstrated and successfully prosecuted means of election fraud here. [Sessions himself prosecuted one such case, if I am remembering correctly.]

  43. cdquarles says:

    I just checked the Secretary of State’s site. The unofficial count has not been updated yet. Certification is still pending. If the link above turns out to be accurate, then the margin would then be small enough to trigger the automatic recount. It may be well into January before this is settled.

    I also note that Virginia’s state results are still pending.

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Oh, that could be interesting…. At the point where they’ve only got to come up with a couple of hundred (or maybe even thousands) of votes, the dirt digging could be a wonderful daily soap ;-)

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    I’ll just throw this out here for everyone’s reading enjoyment.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-delivering-deregulation/

  46. Another Ian says:

    Pointman’s latest

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/pointmans-look-back-at-the-year-2017/

    And Hillary leads by 2 in the Pratties

  47. jim2 says:

    After matching his face against the database, Dragonfly Eye sent his photo to a policeman, who made an arrest. In the following three months, 567 suspected lawbreakers were caught on the city’s underground network.

    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/12/16/2036225/facial-recognition-algorithms—-plus-18-billion-photos—-leads-to-567-arrests-in-china

    The student’s friends think he joined the thousands — possibly tens of thousands — of people, rights groups and academics estimate, who have been spirited without trial into secretive detention camps for alleged political crimes that range from having extremist thoughts to merely traveling or studying abroad. The mass disappearances, beginning the past year, are part of a sweeping effort by Chinese authorities to use detentions and data-driven surveillance to impose a digital police state in the region of Xinjiang and over its Uighurs, a 10-million strong, Turkic-speaking Muslim minority that China says has been influenced by Islamic extremism.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/17/surveillance-cams-face-scans-help-china-make-thousands-vanish/959047001/

  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Denver will get down in to record cold range over Christmas. This from a local weather man.

    FOX31 Denver KDVR Retweeted

    Matt Makens‏Verified account
    @MattMakens
    1 hour ago

    I’m showing you this for a reason. And, that reason? Well, prepare for one of the coldest Christmas Days ever recorded in Denver. Here’s the list of coldest 15 and we may end up on this list, or else very, very close.

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Snow fall in Alaska increased due to “global warming” since the 1800’s

    http://www.france24.com/en/20171219-alaskan-snow-more-doubles-due-global-warming-study

    No evidence CO2 did this, any cause of warming would have the same result, confirmation bias alarm is ringing.

  50. Another Ian says:

    Larry

    But in comments

    But in comments there


    RH
    December 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Interesting that snow in the mountains has increased while winter precipitation statewide has stayed relatively unchanged since about 1926.
    https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/us/50/0/pcp/4/3/1895-2017?base_prd=true&firstbaseyear=1901&lastbaseyear=2000&trend=true&trend_base=10&firsttrendyear=1895&lasttrendyear=2017&filter=true&filterType=binomial
    Reply
    Ian Magness
    December 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Fantastic RH! A PaulHomewoodian standard graph of data (rather than fantasy modelling) showing damn all change over the supposed period of CAGW. But, hey, why let a few facts get in the way of the greatest story ever told?

  51. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm interesting:

    Tim Pool‏Verified account
    @Timcast
    1 minute ago

    Seems like all hell is breaking loose on Coinbase as BCH explodes in value.

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Seems it is going ballistic right now –

    https://www.tradingview.com/symbols/BCHUSD/

    Based on comments seen another angle to bitcoin came to mind, and reminded me of a post I made not too long ago.

    Being an entirely electronic medium, what happens if you lose your password to your bit coin wallet?

    At least if you lose your account information for a bank account you can go down to the bank and restore access to your money after jumping through the appropriate number of hoops. Not so much with high security encrypted accounts.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11362827/The-625m-lost-forever-the-phenomenon-of-disappearing-Bitcoins.html

    https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/05/i-threw-away-4-8-million-in-bitcoin/

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/12/08/people_who_can_t_remember_their_bitcoin_passwords_are_really_freaking_out.html

    Given the rate at which people lose track of passwords in time all most all of bitcoin will be lost in never never land – it is like a La Brea Tar pit slowly sucking up wealth never to give it back.

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    At what point do hackers start trying to mine zombie bit coin accounts by brute force password attacks. Although the raw numbers say it will take longer than the life of the universe, some users will pick crappy pass phrases and by random chance some crackers will hit on those accounts so although unlikely in a purely mathematical sense, human nature being what it is some early adopters who bought bitcoins on a whim likely used pass phrases like “this is my money”.

    Suppose they have 1000 bit coins which had an original value which was just a few cents each?

    That account could be worth millions, well worth the effort to tray a random brute force attack of the most common password/pass phrases.

  54. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – Re: Lose your password

    My aunt lost her gmail password and had moved. So the old phone numbers did not work. She lost control of her email account and had to set up another. I suspect most places have a stop on brute force hacking (after x number of tries). So even weak passwords may be inaccessible.

    You are right, that is the difference between brick and mortar and cloud. One place you have real people where you can prove your identity. The other, you have nothing.

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    Look what was going on behind the curtain. The real investigation into HRC and company was apparently being done by the IG!

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/941414700960636928.html

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Regarding cryptocurrency
    From twitter:
    Breaking911
    ‏@Breaking911
    45 minutes ago

    JUST IN: Bitcoin falls below $15,000 on Bitstamp exchange, down more than 5 percent on the day – Reuters

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    This looks like a brawl in the back room is going on in the digital currency world.

    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/12/20/bitcoin-coinbase-surprise-launch-bcash/

  58. jim2 says:

    So, the DC world has delivered an example of a real virtual cluster-F?

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    The bitcoin collapse appears to be continuing – from twitter today:
    Jacob Wohl

    @JacobAWohl
    13 minutes ago
    More
    Bitcoin now down 27% for the day, trading below $12K. This move wiped out more than $100B in market-cap in just one day

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    How the Obama administration intentionally blocked a major investigation into Hezbollah money laundering and drug operation to avoid blowing the Iran deal.

    https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obama-hezbollah-drug-trafficking-investigation/

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to above item about Hezbollah drug trafficking.
    Hezbollah Generating Millions Through Drug Trafficking in Latin America

  62. philjourdan says:

    Larry you are just too fast! I was hopping over here to comment on the Bitcoin collapse. Is this just a correction? Or has the bubble burst? I think a correction in the short term. The bursting will happen later.

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Makes you wonder what Sweden is really concerned about, Russian aggression or internal uprisings?

    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.4041/the-swedes-are-told-to-prepare-for-war.html

    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.4032/sweden-in-panic-wants-nordic-civil-defense-cooperation.html

    I just found this site (speisa.com) it appears to be strongly focused on reporting the Islamic invasion of Europe issues. I have not been able to get much background info on it yet, but it is clearly reporting stories the mainstream sterilized media will not. I don’t know what level of credibility to give to it at this time but perhaps worth watching for a while to see if it is a legitimate alternative voice to the major media on what is going on in Sweden and related parts of Europe.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    This from speisa regarding a recent march in London that got black holed by the BBC, anyone from the UK can confirm if this is a legitimate report?

    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.3987/massive-march-in-london-the-bbc-ignores-it.html

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    If true these stories indicate that Europe is about to blow up. Those who will see are making preparations as best they can, but I fear it is too late to save classical Europe.

    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.2527/norwegian-government-we-will-abandon-international-law-if-sweden-collapses.html

    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.2241/france-close-down-3-mosques-334-war-grade-weapons-found-223-arrests.html

    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.3265/biker-clubs-violently-attacking-muslim-immigrants-in-germany.html

    http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.3726/the-swedes-welcome-the-hells-angels.html

    ===================
    whois lookup shows the domain appears to be in DK and has existed for 4+ years

    Domain Name: SPEISA.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 1835765793_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
    Registrar URL: http://www.enom.com
    Updated Date: 2017-10-19T00:57:06.00Z
    Creation Date: 2013-11-17T08:51:06.00Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2018-11-17T08:51:00.00Z
    Registrar: ENOM, INC.
    Registrar IANA ID: 48
    Domain Status: ok https://www.icann.org/epp#ok
    Registry Registrant ID:
    Registrant Name: RUNE HAUGE
    Registrant Organization:
    Registrant Street: SALTBAEKVEJ 35
    Registrant Street: FLADE
    Registrant City: NYKOEBING M
    Registrant State/Province: DK
    Registrant Postal Code: 7900
    Registrant Country: DK

  66. catweazle666 says:

    “anyone from the UK can confirm if this is a legitimate report?”

    Yes, the report is 100% correct.

  67. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Bitcoin looks like nearly 50% drop from peak. Now back at the SMA stack. MACD says be ot and DMI is setting up for it. IFF it crosses undercthe SMA stack, lok out!

    http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/kaavio.Webhost/charts/big.chart?nosettings=1&symb=XX:NYXBT&uf=0&type=4&size=3&sid=19467116&style=320&freq=1&entitlementtoken=0c33378313484ba9b46b8e24ded87dd6&time=8&rand=269955201&compidx=aaaaa:0&ma=4&maval=23&lf=65536&lf2=4&lf3=1024&height=820&width=720&mocktick=1

    Classic thin volume bubble action, like penng stocks.

  68. p.g.sharrow says:

    A Merry Christmas to all that post here!
    You are all a most valued contribution to my day, both in knowledge and entertainment.
    Thank you one and all….pg

  69. jim2 says:

    I think Cuomo has it bass ackwards. The truth is that it was other states financing states like New York and California. Now, those people can finance their socialist utopia by themselves, as it should be.

    ““This is now red vs. blue. They are using New York, California and the other blue states to finance the tax cuts in red states,” said Mr. Cuomo.

    He said some people may think the executive order was designed to “circumvent” the tax bill President Trump just signed.

    “You are damned right,” Mr. Cuomo said.”

  70. jim2 says:

    A user friendly, secure and freedom respecting OS for your daily usage.
    With PureOS, you are the only one in control of your digital life.

    https://pureos.net/

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting – unfortunately it looks like PureOS is using systemd
    https://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Census/Purism

  72. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    Looks like it’s mostly just a Debian with some added security in the browser and a removal of any “proprietary” (i.e. “non-free”) bits like some codex and related. It uses Gnome (Gnome 3) so will be high visual graphics load on a processor – and tightly tied to systemd as Gnome is prone to more integration with it than most.

    Seeing as I’m not fond of Gnome, but like lighter weight desktops like LXDE, It’s no big loss to me.

    Security and Privacy

    PureOS takes the guesswork out of protecting your privacy and helps you surf the web safely, without being tracked by advertisers or marketers. It comes with the best Free/Libre privacy and security software and apps for privacy “out of the box”—including the Tor browser, the Duck Duck Go search engine, EFF Privacy Badger, and HTTPS: Everywhere bundled into our official web browser, PureBrowser.

    That’s basically the real “value add”. It would be really easy to put that into a Devuan release.

    Don’t know what their browser is based on. Some get anchored into SystemD, others not so much (one of my complaints about SystemD – why on God’s Earth ought my browser give a damn AT ALL what init system is used? Too much crap being made into one big ball of yarn dipped in grease to be able to assure it is secure…) But if not too tightly bound to SystemD, one could likely do a Devuan upgrade on the OS and then patch the browser to match.

    But at least someone is looking at security as important…

    BTW, I’m still running a couple of boards as SystemD based. It isn’t like I’m opposed to every using it for anything. Just realize it will almost certainly be NSA backdoored (as they buy enough Red Hat in government to assure “compliance” and SystemD has those kinds of odors about it…) and not enough eyes are looking at that code to assure it is sound and secure. (vis the “anyone can crash your system” bugs already found…)

    So I’d happily run it on an occasional US PC for misc. browsing and stuff and not worry. It would beat the pants off 90% of everything out there. But if you think the TLAs are interested in you, I’d find a different choice than an EUFI boot loader with SystemD runtime “fingers in all the pies” on a Management Engine chipset…

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