W.O.O.D. – 26 April 2019


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:

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:

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?”

What’s Going On?

It must be gremlins on the solar wind… 2 cars in the shop, my main workstation monitor down, so I’m on a secondary “serial port” to it that only works with an old Pentium. And a few more things that have suddenly gone off. Hopefully soon this will have run its course and things can start to take a turn for the good.


Now it’s becoming a party… A party that is in the lead in the polls for the EU Elections. One hopes the people speak loudly. Here’s a video of the “Leave Means Leave Rally”. At 1 hour 41 minutes it has a wide variety of speakers. Nigel shows up at about 1:09:00 but those before him are good too.

I suspect that The People are getting a bit fed up with it all. One hopes the Ministers and MPs realized what that means. There about to have “The voters have spoken, Damn It” in their grill.


God Only Knows if this thing is ever going to end.

The Weather:

Over at Iceage Now he’s got a list that looks like a cold spike is hitting parts of Eastern Europe and a bit of Australia.


Russia – Record cold threatens crops
April 24, 2019 by Robert

“Such low temperatures in the south of Russia (far, far below freezing) are very dangerous, since at the end of April there is an active vegetative period of plants, gardens are blooming, the first crops are sprouting,” warns Meteo-TV.

Record snowfall in Anchorage
April 23, 2019 by Robert

23 Apr 2019 – Anchorage boasted another record daily snowfall yesterday, April 22,

Record cold in several parts of Russia
April 22, 2019 by Robert

IA “Meteonovosti” / Sunday, April 21


Turkey – Surprise snowfall in Central Anatolia Region
April 21, 2019 by Robert

Surprise snowfall in many cities. Almost a foot of snow in some areas.

Snowfall this weekend in parts of Morocco
April 21, 2019 by Robert

Snow falls are expected on Saturday and Sunday in some provinces of the Kingdom, the National Meteorological Path (DMN) said in a special bulletin.

Snowing in Mt Mitchell,NC today
April 21, 2019 by Robert

With freezing temps (at 5,800ft)

Earliest recorded snow event ever in Western Australia
April 20, 2019 by Robert

Good Friday cold blast in Albany brings April snow.

Return of winter in Central Russia
April 19, 2019 by Robert

In Kashira snow depth was 19 cm!

That’s looking a mite cold over there…

Other Stuff:

Facebook is looking at massive fines for invasion of privacy.

The Dimocrats can’t stand the idea the the Muller Probe was a flatulent nothing, so are doing their best to keep doing the same failure for the next 2 years. Maybe it’s time for Trump to let loose the dogs of war and start prosecutions of those Democratic Luminaries who are known to have been conducting a Private Coup using Public Agencies. Speaking of the voters being fed up with it…

Creepy Uncle Joe Biden has surprised absolutely nobody by announcing he is running for President. Saw a very slick add by him. That guy can act! So much Faux Concern. Did you know that Trump’s campaign to return to our roots is Biden’s (recycled) “Trump will fundamentally transform America”? Yeah, now NOT embracing Barak Obama’s “Fundmental Change” done to America is to fundamentally change America. Welcome to Upside Down Clown World! Honk Honk!

There’s now about 20 official candidates for President on the Democratic side. Anyone think we can hit 3 dozen before the primary? Yet so far it looks like it is shaping up to be a choice between The Old Corrupt & Creepy Guard vs. The Young New Stupid Socialists. Not one centrist pro-American among them.

Frankly, I’m so fed up with the lot of them I can’t stand watching the news anymore. Then CNN / MSNBC et. al. are getting ratings down in the mid-hundred thousands. That’s about at the “relatives of staff + airports & bars” range.

Then George Soros continues his efforts to create chaos in the world. Funding tens of thousands to assault the US Border. His organization now funds the organizations positioning themselves as the ones that will determine what is “Fake News” (no surprise all the stuff they find is “true” is his talking points…) More on this when I get a chance. I made some notes “somewhere’ before the computer troubles showed up.

There’s more, but that’s what I have for now. Little things like simmering war in Ukraine, USA butting heads with China in the South China Sea, the Israeli moon lander crashing, and then the Dragon Capsule blowing up catastrophically. That one is going to set back SpaceX for a good while. Not Good when your emergency escape system turns you into hamburger… Those are 3-D printed engines and soaked in the ocean for a while. I wonder if they are just porous enough to trap enough moisture to make as steam explosion on subsequent use? Originally intended for land, not water, landings… 14 minutes.

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182 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 26 April 2019

  1. jim2 says:

    The Dimowit party leaders want Biden because they see him as the best chance to beat Trump. Some unions have endorsed Biden and unions = heartland manufacturing, Trump’s target also. Obviously, they are coming up with wild ideas to get more votes, so I believe we will see the “impeach Trump” movement slow because the Dimowits don’t want to alienate blue collar workers and independents. And, for what it’s worth, Biden is ahead at the polls. It is ironic that Trump has done more for workers than anyone else lately. Hopefully, the rank and file will see that, but union members have voted as a block before, against conservative.

    But in political time, we are centuries away from the election, it will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Biden will be posturing to appear like the heartland people the Dimowits need. Hopefully, some bright political, conservative operatives will dig into Biden’s long past and dig up dirt to expose his disingenuousness and hypocrisy, of which there will be plenty.

    And then there are those like Candice Owens, a black, conservative woman. She is claiming blacks are finally waking up to the Dimowit scourge on their lives. So there is a ray of hope there.

    Hispanics? I don’t have a clue.

    Independents? We’ll have to wait and see.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    That Dragon capsule explosion certainly will set back their certification for human flight approval.

    I am thinking since that system is probably a simple pressure driven system as he described it that they may have had an over pressure event or tank failure on pressurization resulting in catastrophic release and mixing of the propellants, or failures in the piping that dumped large quantities of the propellants via large leaks.

    Interesting thing going on with Brave browser and twitter, I suddenly cannot post comments in twitter in the normal manner, what I type is invisible. (it appears that you type a character and then it backspaces over it or changes the character color to the same as the background so you cannot see what you are typing, but the character counter goes up and if you hit submit it actually posts what you type. Best solution is to use cut and paste. Problem does not appear here on wordpress or on twitter with other browsers so something twitter does is not playing nicely with brave browser)

  3. H.R. says:

    jim2: ” And, for what it’s worth, Biden is ahead at the polls.”

    As you well know, the polls are worth exactly zero. They are designed, conducted, and the results reported solely for the purpose of influencing the sheeple towards an outcome that the GEB Uniparty wants. Polls don’t measure opinion, they are a tool to shape opinion.

    According to the 2016 pre-election polls, Hillary is the President.

    Oopsies! That didn’t turn out well. People are catching on.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well what ever was going on with twitter and brave browser went away after I sent a tweet about it to both of them. Have no clue what was the cause. At home I even tried a re-install of brave in case it had gotten clobbered some how with no joy. When I got to work no problem. Will wait and see if still happens at home tonight.

  5. Another Ian says:


    Speaking of browser things – Netscape, WordPress, Other things??, and Chiefio.

    The back arrow situation – I couldn’t find anywhere to winge so worked around it – via your RHS sidebar mostly. Then it started working on one click first try, then not. Then multiple double clicks till the X became a circular arrow and then would work. And now works on single click like it should. For how long we’ll see.

    Sometimes patience seems to work.

  6. Larry Ledwick says:

    I assume you folks have heard about the huge accident here in Denver on I70 west of town, info starting to come out. Looks like a driver who should not have been on the road, the hill west of Denver on I-70 is a killer if the truck driver burns out his brakes, I am astonished he did not choose a better place to crash he obviously had better choices once it was obvious he was in a runaway truck.



  7. Pouncer says:

    If you are called by polling agencies, please lie. Tell them you just love Elizabeth Warren or something. Tell them how concerned you are about restricting silencers for fire arms. Explain how the US should adapt to climate change by growing coffee domestically rather than relying on foreign imports.


  8. Ossqss says:

    So, would this site be accessable with Windows 95? I really am just curious. Would Netscape work?

    I know, I doubt it, but how could we test in now?

    Remember the good old days when everything was analog? LOL

  9. Another Ian says:

    Brexit update by Pointman

    “The Brexit betrayal, a new political landscape in Britain and meet ze monsta.”


  10. beththeserf says:

    EM says ‘George Soros continues his efforts to create chaos in the world. ‘ Yes, an attack on the individual, his diversity and liberty, politicks imbedding each of us in a collectivist-thinking-herd, whether skin colour, racism, creed or sexuality but where some are more equal than others apropos top down gurus politicks of control.

    This interview btw Rubins, a gay man ex-progressive and advocate of free speech, and Tommy Robertson, branded a racist, tho’ his friends are multi- national, spanning 3 continents. Hope yer like it.

  11. rhoda klapp says:

    Pointman, linked by Another Ian, is correct. The political class here have no idea of what is going on. They have such a sense of entitlement to rule that they withdraw into their own safe space when things are not going their way. In the case of Brexit, they think it will all blow over once we have failed to get out. It won’t.

  12. cdquarles says:

    @Rhoda, the same is true here in these United States. That reminds me of something …

  13. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well the saga of weird posting behavior on twitter is over (for now).
    Recap, out of the blue my system here at home suddenly started to misbehave only on twitter and only on the brave 64 bit browser. One minute I could post normally and the next time I tried to post a tweet it was bollixed up (in a very interesting way.

    As I typed I would momentarily see a character display then the cursor would backspace over it and it would disappear. It was not really backspacing because the character count would increment as I typed, and if I posted the tweet it would publish a tweet with exactly what I typed.

    Next I found that other browsers on this same system behavior was normal, going back to brave to try to figure out what was going on, I found that if I typed a single period in the window, it would remain visible, then if I clicked in the + for a second tweet in a series that window would pop up and behave normally. Once I opened that window I could go back up to the original window and type normally too, but only while the second tweet window was active.

    After fiddling with settings to see if I had accidentally changed a setting and did not recall it, followed by multiple reboots, full system virus scans from my zone alarm plus malwarebytes and spybot S&D (which all came back with nothing spooky) and even a couple uninstalls and re-installs of Brave 64 bit, I did a bit of google searching and not only uninstalled the 64 bit browser but then went into %appdata% local and roming and deleted the complete brave browser folders.

    In spite of all that, – – – – when I re-installed the 64 bit browser it would already have all my settings and book marks installed (mental note Brave keeps data someplace else than in %appdata%)

    I have no idea where! ( did not muck around with the registry as I avoid that at all cost )

    So after multiple attempts to make sure I did not miss anything I did the full uninstall again, plus nuke the appdata folders then down loaded and installed the 32 bit Brave version.

    It came up bare with no book marks and default settings like the 64 bit should have, and now twitter works normally on twitter. I have no idea what or how the 64 bit version got clobbered but the only fix was to install a different version of Brave browser.

    I think I am going to stay with the 32 bit Brave for a while, I suspect the 64 bit has some goofy bug that they have not identified yet, and the behavior is so bizarre I am not sure they could trace it down unless they had a system which was actually doing it.

  14. ossqss says:

    Try deleting the temp folder in windows or any cache folders Larry. They may be cloud caching your info via MAC address too?

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    I’d not heard of the crash. When panic mode hits, he may well have thought he could get it down the mountain and didn’t choose his crash site, it chose him…

    Per Brave:

    Sound list the typical sort of type mis-match or overflow bug to me.

    I’d guess someone took the 32 bit version, did a compile at 64 bit, then fixed the errors it tossed, did some minimal testing and called it done. Along the way ignoring some “typical warning” like, oh, “assiging wrong type” where what had been a 32 bit pointer was now 64 bit and stuffed into something else that wasn’t ready for it.

    Might even work in a lot of cases, and it may well be that only in a strange case does that become a problem (like maybe after it is handed off to some other window code…)

    That kind of bug ( int and pointers changing sizes) is why the ARM64 has taken so long to get “stable enough” IMHO. They toss the 32 bit code at the compiler, get “enough works” to ship it (often with many things still as 32 bit armhf versions) then start taking bug reports. When “enough” of the bug reports are stamped out, they call it “stable” and “ship it”… and take more bug reports.

    I’ve often had to drop back to 32 bit code (on AMD64 and ARM64) during the early stages of a given port. It’s just in the way of things…

    Sidebar On Updates:

    I’m fooling around with the Evo as “No. 2 Station” and couldn’t get Maria DB to install (wrong library level) so updated to Jessie. Still no joy so did an update to ASCII (Debian 9 base)… that promptly AGAIN ran out of disk space. This in a 5 GB /usr partition. I’d gotten used to the sizes listed for ARM chips, I guess. So as of now I’ve copied /usr to a 10 GB partition, mounted it over the first one, and done an apt –fix broken-install that seems to have mostly worked. A few more cycles and I can likely reboot with and unmount of that first /usr. It is one of the fun things a sys-admin can do: Just mount a different file system right on top of the old one and press on.

    USUALLY, if I’m at all worried, I’ll copy the old partion prior to an update onto the new partition, mount it over, and do the install. Then on any failure, just umount it and you are back where you started. Didn’t do that this time as “Hey, it’s 5 GB, no /usr could ever need 5 GB…” Guess bloat is growing faster than I’d realized ;-)


    I have a video I’m going to post IFF I can find it. A Sky News interview related to that one ;-)


    It is theoretically possible a site could still work with Win95, but as a practical thing, it’s essentially impossible.


    The encryption / security changes, flash, HTML5, etc. etc. So much has changed that unless you found a very old out of date web site, it just won’t go. Certainly video won’t go. Any encryption (https) will fail (there was a pretty much forced upgrade a couple of times in TLS / SSL / etc. levels that caused a lot of folks grief about 5 years back) and all the Certificates will be expired (and unlikely they can be updated on that old a system…)

    There’s more, but….

    How to test it? Well, believe it or not, I have a Red Hat 7.2 box still (from about 20 years back) and THAT FireFox no longer works with the rest of the world, AND I can reboot the Evo to Windows XP and IIRC last time I did that about 4 years ago it was having issues for many sites. So I could test it, and if it’s crap dice, Win95 browsers would be toast….


    I call screen. Since their number is never in my phone book, I never get polled. LACK of that data is also a polluting of their conclusions…

    @Rhoda & CDQuarles:

    It seems to be a constant of most of the Political Class. They are soooo busy butt sniffing the Lead Dog in front of them, they don’t notice the Public Bear about to chew off their own ass… They don’t realize they “woke the bear” until it is way too late. THEN they think if they lie to it, everything will be OK. It won’t. What’s that quote:

    “Revolution leads to war, unless war leads to revolution”…. and We The People, globally, are stirring for a revolution against the Globalists.

    They are hoping that with one more propaganda push they can get over the 50% goal line and dominate forever. They can’t see that the more they push, the more folks see what they are doing and start digging around in the closet for that “Yellow Vest” or “NRA Membership form” or “Tor Browser install disk” or…

    @Another Ian:

    Oh Boy! More stuff to read ;-) but maybe after I get my foot out of it on the Evo upgrade ;-)

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yeah there is a video of the guy partway down the mountain near Genesey and he drove right past a run away truck ramp, obviously fighting for control (erratic driving – probably trying to get the truck to down shift when he burned up the brakes) He was likely unfamiliar with the road but some how got past the last sharp bend (often called dead mans curve because it is run away trucks usually go over the side. He must have used all lanes plus shoulder to get around that curve. Beyond that point there is a short upgrade where he could have made a planned wreck on the shoulder and had a reasonable chance of survival, and a little be farther down the road he could have gone cross country off the right shoulder but thought he could run it out.

    Plowed into a stack of cars at 80+ mph from the video some how he survived but killed a bunch of people and closed the highway for over 24 hours to clean up the burned out rigs and cars.

    That is a deceptive hill for drivers not familiar with it, several times you think it is getting ready to level off then you top a small rise and hit another 5% plus grade for a mile or two.

    You can coast several miles at 55 mph plus with foot off the throttle in a car.

  17. Another Ian says:


    I 70 west of Denver is my example of where Australian heavy 3-trailer road trains would NOT be a good idea

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, at long last, having started a few days back with the failure of the HDMI cable / connector and trying to swap to a very old ( Devuan 1.0 but not via fresh install… via upgrade of whatever Debian had been there before), then running the disk out of space (2 times… you think I’d learn, but noooo….) doing update / upgrade cycles:

    As of now, it is a Devuan ASCII (so based on Debian 9.0) fully up to date installation AND has Mariadb installed.

    I now have my two workstation setup running again (admittedly with one of them NOT an ARM based SBC as is my preference…). I also can now do some “A/B Speed Testing” of an old Pentium 32 bit vs some various SBCs. My general sense of it is that this box is about as fast as a medium speed SBC. It’s definitely more sloth-full than the Odroid N2, the RockPro64, and probably even than the Odroid XU4. It does seem somewhat faster than the R.Pi M3, Rock64, and Alpine64… but not exactly dramatic… though the browser is more smooth.

    BUT, that will be after I get the Australia / Pacific Anomaly set done and posted. I’ve got about 1/2 dozen of the graphs done and in, but that leaves about 60+ to go 8-{ so I’ve got some work to do.

    Having discovered that Weird Stuff (our local tech company junk attic) has folded up shop last year, that Halted and Haltec (two others) are gone, that a fourth is listed as existing but not at the address given (so probably also gone), etc. etc.: I will NOT be picking up a used HDMI monitor at one of them for some low price like $40 and “moving on”.

    I don’t know if it is just that The Valley (as folks in Silicon Valley tend to call it) has lost the hardware hacker / garage startup culture (often furnished and built with the cast offs of a prior startup from those “junk shops”) or if it is a consequence of the “E-Waste recycle fee” making it more lucrative to just let folks crush the old stuff. Whatever it is, I grieve for it.

    For decades it has been a fundamental part of the culture here to go hit those shops, pick up obsolescent, or just “gone out of business” parts, computers, radios, test gear, you name it; and then build your own lab (or your own company…). I can’t remember how many times I’ve gone there for parts, whole chunks of gear, or complete systems. My only 64 bit PC was bought at Weird Stuff (for $60 IIRC).

    Oh Well…

    So, with some adjustment of brightness, contrast, etc. the HDMI TV is “good enough for now” as a display for the SBC based systems (currently using the R.Pi M3 for making the graphs ;-) and this display works on the Evo and that’s the way it will stay until I have time and money to find a monitor I like.

    I always kinda liked the Evo anyway. Very quiet. The only real complaint I had about it was that the video driver was lousy and buggy. That looks to be fixed now. So, OK, I’ll use it for a while as “Station number 2” and all is right with the world again.

    With that, I’m going to take a couple of hours “away from keyboard” and dig in the garden…

    There’s some neglected “things in pots” that ought to be in the dirt, and I need some non-tech time to let the brain do a “reality reentry” ;-)

  19. jim2 says:

    Looks like Weird Stuff sold out to a company in the SF area, but I don’t see monitors for sale there. Didn’t hit their eBay page though.



  20. l says:

    Australian heavy 3-trailer road trains would NOT be a good idea

    Yes very definitely, it is interesting enough to watch the UPS triples up on I-80 in cross winds and pulling the grades in western Wyoming, and those hills are no where near as long as the run from Eisenhower tunnel to US 6 & 40 junction on I 70

  21. philjourdan says:

    @Pouncer – They call often (between state and local elections), but I never answer them. I do not answer calls I do not recognize the numbers of. But sometimes I check the number at 800-notes and find out who they are

  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    I wonder how many companies like Dick’s Sporting goods and Levi’s need to wreck their profitability before these marketing geniuses figure out that customers don’t like political preaching by the companies they buy products from, especially if they effectively taking customer dollars and working against the interests of the customers.

    These folks just have no clue that it is not a good marketing tactic or they think they are so superior they are willing to shoot share holders in the foot to make a political point.

    Perhaps being sued for failure of fiduciary responsibility to share holders or a crash in stock prices will get their attention.

  23. corsair red says:

    I’ve never owned blue jeans; I prefer the look of black jeans. I’ve never considered owning a pair of Levi’s simply because the price is exorbitant. When a company starts with the ” SJW we must save society” attitude, they have lost my business forever.

    On the other side, if I ever buy another new guitar, I will have to seriously consider a Gibson after Obama’s persecution of them.

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    The marathon Australia Pacific Anomalies Graphs posting is finally done. I worked on it until 4 am, then again today. It may well have typos ;-)

    take a look, or several, as it is way too long. Make your observations and let me know if I’ve missed anything. There’s lots of “Dig Here!” fodder in it. Islands next to each other, one with a hot 1930s, the other with a cooler one (or conversely, the current data is cooked in one place and not in another so the anomalies are way different).

    I’m off for another garden break now ;-) I’m a bit “fried” after making all those graphs, evaluating them, and writing it all up. So “back later” and there’s more than enough stuff there to keep you busy while I play in the dirt ;-)

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video on steganography encoding which I think you will like.

    Steganography video discussion

    Interest in this has spiked because James Comey has been posting some truly bizarre images on twitter lately, and people are “speculating” that he is actually using Steganography encoding to send messages to others.

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting article and transcript of a speech by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein


  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm interesting article here and final paragraph – I wonder if they are anticipating some high profile detainees at GITMO???


  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    Reuters Top News
    ‏Verified account
    35 minutes ago
    U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein resigns – letter to President Trump

  29. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Gee a “time capsule” being opened after 20 years….

    I’m fascinated…

    That means my office and the garage are not a “collection of old junk” but time capsules!


  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    Really interesting solution to standing up Stonehenge blocks.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    The oil boom the media is ignoring:


  32. Ossqss says:

    20 year time capsule? Heck, I have socks older than that!

    @Taz, that was quite interesting about Cherry’s.

    Was perusing my Space weather sites tonight and stumbled on to this tidbit.

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the fuse is getting really short in Venezuela!

    Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏
    7 hours ago
    #Breaking: just in – interim president Juan @jguaido is asking the Venezuelan military to join him to overthrow the Maduro regime as of from today! And calls for every citizen of the country to join with him in #Venezuela.

    Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏
    7 hours ago
    #Update: Just in – speculation in #Venezuela that around 10.000 to up to 15.000 military personnel have sided with, interim president Juan @jguaido to overthrow the Maduro regime today.

    Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏
    7 hours ago
    #Update: Just in – Reports that the defected soldiers and police officers who defected across the border to #Colombia and #Brazil, are willing to return back in #Venezuela to help to overthrow the Maduro regime.

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    One hopes the Venezula situation resolves soon and without too much suffering.

    I also hope the “4 way” of Venezuela, USA, China, & Russia doesn’t blow up.

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this gives you a warm fuzzy feeling about bit coin.


  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well it looks like Venezuela is finally having its shot heard round the world moment.

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmmmm –

  39. ossqss says:

    The first X of the year in the ATL.

  40. ossqss says:

    Well this was interesting. I wonder if they will alter the credits now that we know electric cars, in total, account for more CO2 than diesel cars in that study from last week. I guess it is kinda like not counting the CO2 from burning wood pellets in the EU against their CO2 counts? Why don’t we get a cut out of those taxpayer funded credits anyhow?


  41. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Tesla… OUCH!

    Musk may be a genius but he doesn’t have a clue how to make money without that money pouring out of a government spigot. Once the government money spigot is turned off, Tesla will dry up like a raindrop hitting a tin roof in the desert.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Frexit is also on the horizon as subtle signs are showing up that the French are done with the EU.

    I get the feeling with the yellow vest marches in France the hub bub over Brexit, and the revolt in Venezuela that the general public world wide are getting “Trumped” and starting to say “I’m Mad as hell and not going to take it any more” the tag line from the movie Network (1976).

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting item from Barr vs Feinstein. He just pretty much tosses out the whole basis for their attacks on the Presiden.

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Finally found the full OANN report on the special security sweep at the white house.

    It appears that during a routine security sweep they discovered some (electronic ? ) emissions which should not have been seen, presumably due to some breach of emissions security or a bugging device.

    It also sounds like they are using the brute force solution of replacing hardware to be sure they are using uncompromised devices.

    (would love to be a fly on the wall as this develops and know what is really going on)


  45. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    I’ve been involved in security sweeps… (the guy we had do it ran music to his headphones and the sweep-gadget would bugger the music if something was found. Pleasant AND effective as you notice more when a favorite song suddenly goes all buzzy-wrong…).

    One of the things you can do, if something is found, is leave it in place and feed it staged bogus info to see where that story shows up / who gets excited.

    After a while, you then simply remove all devices and replace with known-good fresh ones as that both makes the fix more definite AND lets you take apart the found ones for forensic analysis. A nice little “2 fer”. (Well, 3 fer really as sometimes you learn neat tricks to use yourself… like that C.I.A. device where the CABLE was bugged. Go ahead and replace the machine, who cares! ;-)

    We were just an industrial facility and ran regular emissions sweeps. Were I running security at the White House I’d do a full sweep every weekend and modest / partial sweeps after many / most key “Visitors”… (And on ALL “gifts”…). I’d also have an emissions monitor running 24 x 7 from a space very near the President – to find things like that Russian “wooden carved seal” that had a bit of metal in it, where they were reading the metal vibrations with microwaves and thus picking up sounds from the Embassy…

    “Bugs” have reached the point where something as small as a wedding ring can be a bug, and if they do compression / burst mode, they only transmit very intermittently, so you can’t just sweep on a schedule anymore.

    I expect POTUS is well aware of all this and may have been collecting “counter intel” on folks for a while that way. Simple things like “Talk dirt about Nancy” in the oval office then see how long before Nancy is scowling at you… then plot a contact trace between those two times and align the dots… Then do it with Little Chucky Shumer and repeat until done… Like planting a slightly different wording in each copy of a document and seeing which one surfaces, only by “playing with emotions” instead ;-)

    (I’ve occasionally thought, were I POTUS, I’d every so often, randomly, in deep sonorous serious tones, say something like “Get me the Galactic Federation on the Lunar Phone, I need to talk to the Ambassador from Proxima B” and then watch for things to go bump in the night ;-) Ain’t I a stinker? ;-)

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    The other interesting thing to know is if his personal security professionals or the USSS or military intelligence found the unplanned emission.

    Like you say a spectrum analyzer running all the time would be a good move against RF, but you also have newer technology that uses spread spectrum so only transmits on a given frequency for fractions of a second, and alternative methods like laser illuminated windows and reading the sound modulated vibrations in the glass.

    I understand the latter is now countered with multi pane windows and I recall the did a big window retrofit on the white house a few years ago (ballistic blast protection among others)

    With some of the new high end electronics you can have a system that listens on a million frequencies at the same time (radio telescopes use similar system for seti at home monitoring)

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some Barr and Congressional committee Out takes


  48. Ossqss says:

    I will not expand, but Bleachbit should come forward soon. No Loretta, just sayin…..

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Merciless satire Democratic campaign commercial.
    (don’t drink soda or other beverages while watching this clever video)

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    New Presidential Executive Order issued today May 02 2019 on cyber security.


  51. jim2 says:

    A string theorist’s opinion of the intelligence of E. Musk. (I’ve often thought Musk’s greatest talent is planting all four feet in the Government trough! Just about every “company” depends on feed from the People.) From the article:

    You know, I am amazed by the people who say that Musk is unusually intelligent because the man whom I can observe is clearly a poseur who is near-average in intelligence. And I am rather confident that this mediocrity is one of the basic traits that makes him so popular among certain people.


  52. jim2 says:

    The Masters of the Universe at Facebook have banned multiple conservative personalities from both Facebook and Instagram, including Infowars host Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos.


  53. E.M.Smith says:


    The “banning” is just such epic stupidity. Ban a person with 200,000 followers, those followers will end up going to the competitive platform too. Eventually Faceplant and Instagrim will end up an echo chamber of the left, influencing nobody, and then wither. (“cause listening to the same old talking points every day gets old fast… See “The Incredibly Shrinking Audiences” at CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WashPost, etc.)

    They are probably thinking that they are just playing for the 2020 election and can take the loss as long as it shifts the vote, but missing the point that the 200,000 followers are now all Royally Pissed At The Left and are NOT going to have their opinions “Framed” by CNN or Ms. Maddow.

    Heck, I don’t even DO Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, and I’m pissed at them!

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    Really interesting (and very long) thread of tweets on twitter. The guy weaves and interesting story of world history and who really is being manipulated by whom and who owns whom.

    Even if you don’t find it all believable he ties together some very old history into a coherent whole.

  55. beththeserf says:

    The Ted Cruz video: Mueller requests release of his 19 page summary to Congress ‘ to fully capture the context, nature and substance’ of the Report. So what captures the context, nature and substance’ including the 19 page summary, better than presenting the full report itself, your primary material, I’d ask?

  56. Another Ian says:

    “The early Dem candidates for 2020 – part 2. The turnips in tutus.”


  57. cdquarles says:

    Wedding ring as a bug? They’re smaller than that these days (think the emission from any computer chip, where the clock rate is 1MHz to 4GHz these days or the quartz crystal in the old radios .. they were tiny even then; it was the vacuum tubes and potentiometers and capacitors that were big).

  58. E.M.Smith says:


    Note I said “wedding ring” not “engagement ring”. I.e. just a thin metal band. Yes, the active guts are smaller, but you do more range with an antenna and the band gives space for a bigger battery. As you make them much smaller than that, transmission power / range and duration fall off dramatically. You start to need a “bluetooth like” connection to a larger re-transmitter just outside the room…

    Per Thermometers:

    Yup, me and a few dozen other folks (most of them bigger and wider heard than my little site). That they found nighttime shifts greater matches my finding that they have “cold excursion clipping” in the modern record.

    What we have in the Official Temperature Data is a great little concrete and jet exhaust detector, nothing more.

    The range compression alone (shown in those various GHCN country series I’ve done) pretty much shows that, and that it is NOT CO2 related.

  59. E.M.Smith says:


    One of Musk’s “greatest assets” is simply that he is a pig headed aggressive ass (per the accounts I’ve read). That often is found in folks who “Dream Big!” and are “driven”. They manage to drive others to greater performance (and occasionally to worse self destructive behaviours and to ruin). You see this in the turnover at Telsa and the number of “burnout cases” he’s left in his wake.

    So he has a dream: A Mars Colony.

    Everything he does is in furtherance of that dream, and as a consequence we get various “oddities” and quirks in what his companies do. Not the least of which is the deception about the actual goal and the consequent need to suck up huge amounts of OPM – Other People’s Money. In this case largely Government (subsidy) and Investors.

    Solar City: To have a power system on Mars via solar collectors and large batteries.
    Telsa: to have a transport system on Mars without oil or nuclear or natural gas or bio or…
    The Boring Company: To have the tech to bore habitat structures into the Mars surface.
    SpaceX: To get all that stuff, and some people, to Mars.
    etc. etc….

    So what kind of person is that fanatically devoted to a dream of a Mars Colony? That’s the kind of person he is. Obsessive Compulsive.

    Yes, he is a smart guy. But only as it advances his obsession… Everything else is just obstructions to be removed or distractions to be ignored (and a tiny bit of “rubes” to be exploited).

  60. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Per “turnips / tutus”: Nice ;-)

    Saw Hillary on some news blurb yesterday.

    My immediate reaction was “Will you never Go Away?!?”

    She was clearly “rested and ready” and eager and likely on some strong drug cocktail to be as bright and functional as she was… for the couple of minutes of filming…

    One Really Big Question: Given the clown car special of 20+ midgets currently in the crop, what are the odds Hillary blackmails the DNC into a “3rd Time’s The Charm!” Do Over? I’d really really like it if the Clintons just took their bribe money and their graft bucket and retired on some private island in the Pacific… but they seem compulsively drawn to the slime light of politics…

    IF she does keep sticking her nose into things, folks need to start playing “How can I miss you if you won’t go away” when she takes the stage…

  61. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Per the Feinstein / Barr video:

    Am I the only one who thinks Barr is reminiscent of Deputy Dawg? (In a good way ;-)

    Not just the “hang dog face” aspect, but the low key “just the facts, mam” but keeps coming out on top…

    Per Cyber Security:

    Looks to me like a light spanking of Office Of Personnel Management… and a little bit of “need to improve security processes”. They could start with just not putting EVERYTHING on line and then season with limiting routing to only US IP addresses. (Yeah, I know, VPN and pwned boxes get past that, but it adds a layer…) We’re talking the most basic of the basics here.

    Every company with PII (Personal Identifying Information) has to run 2 networks, essentially, to keep the PII secure. It’s old hat SOP now. We’re talking cutting edge 1990’s tech… so why isn’t the Government? Oh Well…

    I’d love to be Trump’s Man on running the Cyber Security stuff, but I know It isn’t worth trying. Too much “Government Red Tape” between me and there. They will want a paper trail of “certs” and degrees, not somebody with decades of winning in the trenches. I’d be seen as a “grunt”, not an ‘executive type’. Besides, I’m “old and retired” so clearly out of date ;-)

    I wish them well…

    FWIW, since you can get a very nice Chromebook [and replace the OS with Linux ;-) ] for about $150, I would simply start by having every single government office have ALL the desktop machines on an isolated network with ZERO internet connectivity. Anyone who had a job that needed “the internet”, I’d give a second laptop with wifi to the internet AND NOTHING ELSE connected to it. A hard wall between the inside and outside worlds… We did that at Apple for the secure project I ran. Worked great. Though both were wired, not wifi then. And it was Mac desktops, not a laptop…

    There’s nothing like “You can’t get there from here” to make things more secure.

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    My personal feeling is that they are pushing Biden knowing he will get totally destroyed by President Trump (Biden is not bright enough to realize he is the sacrificial lamb).

    That will totally saturate the media and hopefully push Hillary stuff to page 5 bottom of the sheet in the internet world (ie you will need to click 5 links to get to it). Meanwhile she will be dodging subpoenas and trying to stay out of jail. I see this all as dog and pony show to protect the Queen, and the agenda at all cost. They think they can throw a few under the bus but keep a few undercover operatives active in the govt to give them a step up for next time.

    I suspect President Trump will take down Soros once his backing of the coup becomes provable, which could pull the rug out from the whole team, and set them back 20-30 years if he takes a hard enough fall.

    I see him as the puppet master and Trump will go for the big score to get him.

  63. Larry Ledwick says:
  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at protecting the digital public square.

  65. Another Ian says:


    I guess he isn’t likely to vote democrat

  66. ossqss says:

    They actually got something through that will help.


  67. Power Grab says:

    Here is my update on the car story. I decided to let them take the Buick. It makes me sad, though. When I went to the body shop and removed my personal belongings from the Buick, one of the workers asked if it was for sale. ;-) And the guy who drove it into the big shop building so I could keep dry while moving my stuff to my other car…it was raining…he said it really drives nice! I said, “Yeah! I know. That’s why I kept it so long…”

    But for the same money I would have had to spend to fix it and still have the weathered paint job and worn out gaskets, now I have a nice-looking Toyota Avalon that rides so nice it might just put me to sleep! It’s functional now, but my mechanic found more than $2,400 in thing that needed fixing. For example, the front brakes are at 1/32 inch. I’m getting them fixed Monday. Also, the driver’s door handle was broken off. It can be opened now if you use the right technique, but on an icy day, I doubt I could manage it. So I’m getting it fixed Monday, too. I need to have my tire guy take a look at it, too. There isn’t much tread on the tires.

    I have several pages of detailed items to be fixed. I’m used to chipping away at stuff like that, so I will probably do the same thing with that list. And the seller dropped his price from $2,000 to $1,500, so that’s OK, too.

    I wanted to spend $1,500 to $3,000, and will probably have at least $4,000 in it, but I’m OK with that. I’d rather have $4,000 in it and feel like the “gotcha’s” are well in hand, instead of spending $4,000 or lots more, and still have to find the money to fix the hidden “gotcha’s”.

    Most of the other cars I looked at were more than an hour away. The Avalon was local. I decided that having my mechanic inspect it was really important to me. I’m sure I couldn’t have kept driving the $1,000 Buick for 12 years without a good mechanic. Also, I drove Cressidas from 1985 to about 2006, I thought I’d enjoy an Avalon.

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another key Democratic trope shot down in flames.
    No one either in or out of the White House applied pressure or influence to get Jared Kushner his security clearance and they have a very good idea who leaked information on his SF-86.

    Sounds like someone is under investigation and about to run up big legal bills.


  69. H.R. says:

    @Powergrab – Thanks for the update.

    That Avalon should serve you well, particularly since your mechanic went over it and you know the plusses and minuses right up front. $1,500 down from $2,000 sounds good, so you can think of that $500 as a “free fix” for one of the items on the list.

    It’s always a roll of the dice when you are buying cars in that price range, but in my opinion, it’s the same risk for cars that run about $10,000 to $12,000. The same things are going to need repair on the $12,000 car as your $1,500 car, but the savings is available for repair and not sunk into the price of the car.

    Oh… what year is it and how many miles on it?

  70. Power Grab says:

    @ HR: Yes, I agree about its being a roll of the dice. In fact, I know too many cases where people shelled out for a brand new vehicle and it spent more time back in the shop than out. Even if they say that stuff is under warranty, it still rankles to think you went into that kind of debt and have to keep taking it back in to the dealer.

    It’s a 1998 Avalon XLS. IIRC it has 186K+ on it. That’s only a little more than my Buick had when I gave it up. So this one is 21 years old (instead of 28 years old) and averaged less than 10K a year.

    Even with all the stuff it needs work on, it runs and drives really nice even now, and the AC is nice and cold. It has both CD and cassette in the dash(!) and someone installed a 6-disc changer in the trunk.

    I will get the maintenance done because I like to minimize the chance that I’ll have a break down.

    I feel like, no matter how much you shelled out for a vehicle (especially if it was BIG BUCKS), if it breaks down, you feel like a chump. And no matter how little you paid (or how rough it might look), if it is reliable and has minimal cost to use, you feel like a winner. :-)

  71. llanfar says:

    Re: HRC running again. Best reason I can think of is that it might delay any unsealed indictments against her.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    What you mean where are the car keys?
    People scramble to move cars as a Levee gives way on the Mississippi.


  73. Another Ian says:

    “Checkmate. How President Trump’s legal team outfoxed Mueller”


  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Best public service announcement on immigration !

  75. Steve C says:

    Well, the UK’s local election results are in. The Conservatives did even worse than their worst pre-ballot forecast, and have lost over 1300 councillors, and control of over 40 councils, across the country. Labour lost overall, though here and there in their stronger areas they picked up a seat or two.

    UKIP, sadly for them, lost 80% of the council seats they had, presumably largely due to the hostile media coverage following their acceptance of “extremists” T*mmy R*bins*n (obfuscated lest the online campaign against even mentioning him by Fascistb**k and the like spread to WP) and “Sargon of Akkad”. The Liberal Democrats, along with independents and (alas) Greens benefited from the protest vote and picked up a number of seats as a result. Nigel’s new Brexit Party was formed too late to stand.

    There were also thousands who turned out to vote and spoiled their papers with “Brexit messages” – encouraging, given the knowledge that spoiled papers do not count and are not (usually!) analysed in any way afterwards. For me, voting for 3 seats, there were only 3 Cons, 3 Labs and 3 LibDems to choose between, so with no interesting candidates I went LibDem, on the secure ground that they stand no chance. Nottingham has been a one-party state for years: the outgoing council was 53/55 Labour and 2 Conservative, while the incoming one is 50/55 Labour, 2 Conservative and (in Clifton East ward) 3/3 “Nottingham Independents Putting Clifton First”. (Bravo Clifton!)

    The Euro elections (assuming they are allowed to take place) should be more fun. I’ve mentioned before that my local MP is the dreadful Christopher Leslie; well, the compensation is that that means I’m in the area to vote for Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Nigel’s star player. She should get in OK – our last MEP was a UKIP man.

    The general consensus is that the UK’s politics is broken from top to bottom. “We live in interesting times” – and oh, a week or two’s holiday from them would be nice.

  76. Another Ian says:

    “A Modest Proposal For US Slavery Reparations”

    “Since most of the Democratic Presidential aspirants have come out in favor of at least studying reparations for slavery, I wanted to offer a common sense proposal. I propose that slavery reparation be paid for by the single organization that had the most to do with the existence and protection of slavery in this country: the Democratic Party.”


  77. tom0mason says:

    I note that Europe is in for some cold weather.
    Snow forecast for Sweden and Scotland, and Sunday night should see widespread frosts across UK and the European lowlands. http://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/topkarten.php?map=1&model=gfs&var=5&time=0&run=6&lid=OP&h=0&mv=0&tr=3
    UK may get the coldest May day on record if the forecast holds up.
    So where’s all this Global Warming hiding? No much in the Northern Hemisphere currently. No doubt 2019 will be the 3rd or 4th hottest on record despite all the actual broken cold records.

  78. H.R. says:

    @tom0mason – Your comment has me visualizing something like Baghdad Bob; a weather guy or babe standing in front of the face of a towering glacier that has half-covered Edinburgh, speaking into the mic, “And today is the second-hottest day ever this year. This glaciation could turn out to be the hottest glaciation ever.”

    Anyhow, your ending comment gave me a chuckle because you’ll probably be shown to be correct.

  79. cdquarles says:

    Here in the old South, we have had a few really nice days after the last cold spell and bad weather that marks pretty much the end of the spring tornado season here. It is slightly warmer than average. It can still get cold. Back in the 60s, we got snow around this date. A few years later, in late May 1974, we had bad weather followed by a cold snap that saw early morning temperatures get to near water’s freezing point. It was windy, too; so it really felt cold. The strong May sunshine had it tolerable when school let out. By Memorial Day, it was back to ‘normal’ ca 60 at night, 88 in the afternoon. A day with highs in the 70s may be seen throughout the year. 80s may be seen from February through November. 90s from April through October.

    There is no “global” warming. There is the “globe’s cities getting warmer”, but that is what you’d expect. Just like a bee hive is warmer than its surroundings, a city will be, too. Locally, it has been getting slightly cooler than it was in the late 19th Century and definitely cooler than it was in the 1930s. During the last “Heat Wave”, it was mostly Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery. Away from the cities, I don’t think it got above the mid 90s at all; and mid 90s in summer is something seen nearly every year.

  80. Another Ian says:

    Some listening advice

    May 4, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    If Bruce Jenner can be a girl, Anna can be a Republican.

    May 4, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Good point. I’ll wait until Bruce Jenner is pregnant, then I’ll listen to Ana Navarro.”


  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    Darwin award winner here –

    Ooops I was not paying attention

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    How to confront the Left.
    – – – – BBQ power!

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting question Chief – given the current uproar on de-platforming of conservatives on Facebook and Twitter, what would happen if a few hundred thousand conservatives bought one share each of both companies and then confronted the management inside their stock holder meetings? – or – block voted by proxy?

    Not sure how to find total shares available to make a guess regarding how many shares would be needed to get management attention?

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is an interesting tweet on the current cold weather in the north east.

  85. Ossqss says:

    Well, the Roku Premium + remote bit the dust. We shall see how their customer service and 1 year warranty is now. Something fried in it that smelled like garlic. LOL

    I tore it apart and cannot trace anything down on the microcircuitry. We shall see.

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article on the shifts in political viewpoints over the last few decades.


  87. jim2 says:

    I got a Roku Premiere. The IR thermometer showed it was running about 112 F on the outer plastic case, near the HDMI3 connector. I collect parts from old circuit boards, so strapped it to a heatsink bigger than it was, mated with silicone heat conduction grease. So far, so good.

  88. Another Ian says:

    “A Senate Democrat Poll Goes Horribly Wrong”

    Results in comments when you find the link has gone ack willie


  89. Another Ian says:

    “When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal”

    “Smell of fear”


  90. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Shareholder meetings happen in one place. Unless you have a LOT of folks willing to travel to “wherever”, it’s hard to pack a meeting. Then you must somehow get on the agenda. IIRC it is not a requirement to have an open Q&A…

    I think it wold be far more effective to just have Conservatives all pick a different platform and move. Even if just 1/4 to 1/3 of the customers “moved”, it would cause ousting of management and likely some board members…

    I really like the BBQ approach ;-)


    It does look like central Europe might just frost over next week. Something to keep an eye on.

    @Steve C:

    After the losses by Tories & Labor that ought to send a chill up their…. I was going to say “spine” but as they don’t have one “backside” will do… I’m sure T.May will now claim it means they need to pass Her Treaty-not-a-deal pronto, missing the real point that it means “Leave, just leave.”.

    @Another Ian:

    We’re going to see a full on assault on Barr. Hope he is up to the task. The Swamp Dwellers nee d to take him out to survive, so they’ve already started the “Recuse Cacophony” along with assertions they will have him arrested for contempt of congress and then impeached.

    We’ve got a full on coop attempt in progress via “lawfare” and fraud. How it ends, nobody knows.

  91. Bill in Oz says:

    A nice story about an American woman playing Aussie rules footy. Enjoy !

  92. Bill in Oz says:

    It’s may 6th here. Supposedly Autumn.
    But this morning there was a frost.
    Now that’s the earliest frost Evah !
    Here in the Adelaide Hills.
    Where the bugger is All’s Gorebull
    When we need it ?


  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting video of a lecture held in 1968 regarding the Communist party plan for American.
    The scary thing is you can see the elements he out lined in 1968 in today’s political environment.

    The Communist Revolution outline for America circa 1968

  94. Steve C says:

    Some interesting dot-joining details about the Huawei story (UK Chapter). Strange to say, our MSM have not been dwelling on these aspects of the situation, but turpitude will out.

  95. beththeserf says:

    Re MSM non-investigative churnalism, al-gor-ithms ‘n censorship’ . James O’Keefe and primary evidence rocks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eabirN7QkCk

  96. H.R. says:

    @Ossqss – Right off the bat, from that JC link about intolerance on colleges (my bold):

    I use the terms left (leftwing, etc.) to refer to anyone from center-left people who vote mostly Democratic all the way to radical Marxists. I use the term right (rightwing, etc.) to refer to anyone from center-right who votes mostly Republican all the way to fascists and white supremacists.

    That right there tells me the article is written by a Regressive (Democrat, Marxist, or both).

    Anyhow, the intolerance comes from the adherence to and strict enforcement of Political Correctness. Just because you can find a few professors who voted Republican once and a lot of professors who just teach a subject (such as Accounting, maybe) where there is no need to bring up the Regressive propaganda, that doesn’t mean the overwhelming influence on today’s students isn’t full bore to the left.

    Just my opinion, but this article was written to lull the conservative-leaning reader into thinking our college campuses are not lost to the Regressives; calm down the opposition so they will stop rattling the cages. It read more like an apologia than a critical look at the Marxist inroads into academia.

  97. Another Ian says:

    Clayton Cramer notices something odd about the San Diego synagogue shooting last month: “Somehow a 19 year old bought a gun 11 years before he was born.” ”


    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2019/05/06/cold-dead-hands/#comments

  98. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm Germany is beginning to see some push back – in this video clip a procession by German Catholics. If anyone is fluent enough in German to give a bit of context it would be appreciated.

    Looks like the protesters to the march are of the hard left flavor (bunch of topless women so presumably pro-abortion folks).

    Not sure if this protest is some specific event protest or generic yea for our side march, or focused on some local political issue.

  99. jim2 says:

    Ossqss and HR. RE: left-wing in academe. I read Lubos Motl’s blog not because I understand particle physics (although I read those posts out of curiosity), but because he is fighting a battle against the influx of “physicists” who are getting positions due to their gender or other identity, including some lesser lights who quarrel with the building of colliders because they believe string theory is a dead end. He is fighting the very PC in physics that has permeated just about all the rest of the culture. I salute him!

  100. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Well, it is, per the Polish caption, a Catholic procession in Germany, but my ears are not good enough to hear any words in the cacophony of noise.

    That the “protesters” signs are about “choice” I would guess the whole thing is about baby killing, or not…

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and one other thing on shares and voting:

    Due to massive stock grants to officers, and more massive blocks owned by institutional investors (i.e. banks, insurance companies, retirement funds) any “protest vote” by a mob of individuals is lost in the error band / counting noise of the uber-stock-holder votes…

    Just a fact of things. Few of us have enough money to buy a $100 Million of a company stock, but many institutions do…

  102. Serioso says:

    I assume, possibly incorrectly, that because you are not a subscriber to the NY Times, you missed this, which shows, I think, why you should be. I’d love to see your comments. It’s past time you read a newspaper that aspires to greatness!

    BTW, the ‘Notify me of new comments via email’ checkbox and the ‘Notify me of new posts via email’ checkbox do not work for me.

  103. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sort of old news really, they have been talking about theft of hacking tools from other hackers since 2017 or so. Not at all surprising, which is one of the reasons the Trump Administration just pushed an over haul of out cyber infrastructure for these sorts of problems.

    A year ago they were talking about the fact that using high end hacking tools is basically sharing them with other world class groups because once it is deployed it can be reverse engineered or analysed if code it sniffed off the network while it is in use.





    The Chinese have been a major IT treat for years this item is from 2011

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    So here we have Antifa testing limits on intimidation.


    Why wouldn’t a chain saw be seen as every bit as dangerous / threatening as waving around a big sword, and qualify for at least a Felony Menacing charge, and if the folks being threatened feared for their safety, in the situation as a legitimate threat to their safety a threat with a deadly weapon?

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like China is clearly taking the big step to produce a deep water Navy for control and dominance in the eastern Pacific.

    Another step toward their often stated future goal of taking back control of Taiwan. Once they have complete dominance of the South China Sea assured Taiwan can be threatened with being starved into submission as an island nation like GB was in WWI and WWII by the Germans, it also puts South Korea and Japan’s independence at risk.

    I expect to see Japan begin the move back toward a traditional Naval Power as this process matures and abandon the self defense force as they flesh out a significant naval presence to counter China’s dominance.

    The next 20 years are going to be very interesting in that part of the world.

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the Dems are shifting to the “guilty by consensus” strategy (ie global warming 97% agree strategy applied to a President), trotting out a list of Federal Prosecutors who are signing a letter asserting that President Trump is guilty of crimes.

    View at Medium.com

    Hilary is still claiming the election was stolen from her and now this will be regurgitated by the Left for 20+ years to claim a grievance, and victim status (which is the default Democratic position on all questions they do not agree with).

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    Infowars video feature – basically an open letter to the President about the social media manipulation and sensor ship. Right now getting errors (probably due to heavy viewer load)
    But has Attorney Robert Barns on to discuss the legal background regarding what the administration can do to force social media to live up to their obligations to provide an equal opportunity public square for comment without blatant censorhip and de-platforming conservatives and others who do not fit their hard left world view.


  108. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. I sent this to WaPo sunday.

    BUSTED ! I was arrested 10 Apr 2019 in Thailand and spent 20 days in the immigration detention center, IDC (a jail).

    How much would a first person expose be worth? You have the right of first refusal.

    Here is an example of my writing:


    Sincerely,Pearce m. Schaudies
    5 May 2019

    x x x x Details …

    I overstayed my visa 81 days, through a misunderstanding on my part, and was deported 30 Apr. For the last 9 yrs i have renewed my visa on time. The rules got changed without my knowledge. I am now staying with my son in Lubbock, TX. He is bipolar and has not worked for a year. My SSI, $1620, is my only income, and trying to requalify for a 1 yr visa has required borrowing from neighbors in Thailand, who need regular repayments themselves. The immigration rules say if the overstay is less than 90 days, i may return to thailand and take care of my wife of 23 years and her family. At the airport they gave me a document saying i was blacklisted for 5 yrs. I have 90 days to retain a thai lawyer and appeal. When it rains it pours, i was recently given a preliminary diagnosis of C.O.P.D. and have been in wheelchair last month, and need portable oxygen, which i dont have yet.

    Could you run a private go fund me on your website and help me raise $1000 ? Of course i will need more, but i dont want to drain the well at one gulp. with no phone or notes, gmail locked me out.

    Sincerely, Sandy sandy6x6x6@protonmail.com
    Minister of Future
    7 May 2019


  109. llanfar says:

    Don’t remember where I got this long screed (207 tweets – @Larry?), but it’s a very interesting read…


  110. E.M.Smith says:

    Just a short note on my status:

    I got the entire outline of the Asia GHCN comparison done, and then got side-tracked into questions about running the reports / graphs on other platforms. After proving to myself that it wasn’t my fault (leaving out bits in yrcastats table on the Odroid N2) and then getting the XU4 all up to snuff and having it give me an old Python error that seems to show up on large data size transpose operations:

    It’s 2 days later and I’m back using the R.Pi M3 to actually run the Python and make the graphs.

    Oh Well. It was an interesting learning experience about the individual quirks of various release levels of Operating System, Python, and matplotlib. Kinda…

    I have several fund posting ideas queued up to make into postings, but I’m also a bit “seat tired”, so I’m likely to run out into the sun for a few hours before facing it all again.

    As the saying goes “Oh Well”… Part of what you get with “THE Newest Hot Box” or SBC, is the latest round of new compatibilities and bug reports. When doing this kind of thing for a living we had a general rule to only buy a new system after the first year of operation (or, if essential to have it, 6 months and a support contract) and to only install odd software releases. (Even, and especially even with a zero like 2.0 are generally “feature releases” meaning “all new bugs included!” where the odd releases, like 2.3 were the “bug fix releases” where they fixed all the stuff broken in the even release ;-) I don’t know that that still holds as folks have gone to different kinds of release schedules. Then “open source” and “rolling release” are very different from commercial products.

    So that’s the nature of things right now. I’m going to drive around, buy some groceries, look at the world and THEN think about computers again. Later.

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    llanfar says:
    7 May 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Yes I posted a link to the twitter thread that came from, you might have picked up the rollup from there. As you say a very interesting read – he weaves an interesting story line there.

    I am genetically predisposed to not buy into big long running conspiracy theories as many are more easily explained as similar minded people all going in the same direction but it does provide a lot of food for thought. When you look at the long running manipulations of the extremely rich (ie Dupont, John D. Rockefeller etc. It is not impossible that generational execution of a long term agenda is not out of the question.

  112. E.M.Smith says:

    Well that was fun…. sorta…

    The grocery run got turned into a “pick up the car” run. Seems the mechanic called last week to tell me it was ready and my phone only decided to give me the message today… So $500 later it has a new BOSCH brand official starter with 3 year warrantee… (seems that the choice was that, or the Dodgy Rebuilder and no “Reliable Rebuilder” in between). I’m OK with that as the starter on a Mercedes is held on with a 17 mm Hex Allen Wrench bolt… that’s a royal pain to remove… especially when it’s the OEM install and has 23 years of settling in / pressure welding working for it… Usually about a 3 or 4 foot “extension” is used too…

    Let’s just say that I’ve changed an old air cooled VW starter and I’ve changed a GM V8 pickup truck starter and I’d happily do it again; but I won’t try to change the Mercedes starter… When you see mechanics who have effortlessly changed the front half shafts (LARGE nuts on the end) swearing at the starter, well…

    These seem to have the brushes wear out about 160,000 to 200,000 depending on amount of freeway vs short start / stop in town. This was 185,000. I’ll be lucky to put 5,000 / year on the car, so that’s about 32 years minimum. I doubt I’ll be driving in my late ’90s. Heck, we all may have robot driven cars by then… FWIW, my Diesel had a new starter a year or two back… at about 170,000 miles. Figure about another 40 years for it ;-) I think I’m set for a while…

    The rest of the drive train on these tends to go to about 300,000 to 500,000 miles, depending. So I’m most likely to have paint and upholstery issues before a motor rebuild. The Diesel already needs paint…

    FWIW, I’m pretty much certain that I’ll never buy another car. Certainly nothing newer that 2002 or so. Don’t need, or want, all the automation and tracking and such. Then the costs are crazy high. I’ve mentioned before I allow about $2000 / year for repairs and tires and such. That holds fairly well. On this gas car, I’ve spent about $1400 over the last year, including this starter, so I’m ahead of expectations. (And that after a 5000 mile coast to coast… twice!) That also includes 2 new tires about 3000 miles ago.

    The Subaru is running much less. About $1000 / year and that’s with catching up some delayed maintenance issues. It may well end up down at $500 / year.

    So I’ve got probably about 2 cars more than I really need. But as they are sunk cost, and registration is near nothing and one car was $100 more for insurance as it was clearly not getting driven often, there’s no real need to dump them. “Whenever” one of them suddenly suffers something catastrophic (sad memories of the SLC / deer incident…) I’ll just hand it to whoever wants it and drop one. I hope to eventually end up at the Subaru, the Spousal wagon, and the Diesel.

    So, I had my excitement for the day. I’m now out of money until the next check arrives. And I’ve got about a month worth of food in the fridge / cupboards and 2 months of gas between the various cars. It is an interesting feeling to look at empty pockets and think “Yeah, and I don’t care. We’ve got plenty.”

    So, with my “Emergency Prepper Supplies” in hand… (Tequila & Tang on ice ;-) I’m off to do the mindless task of running 60 programs to save their graphs… Asia, here I come!

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    Finally have some background on the shooting here in Colorado this afternoon, 2 in custody, senior students apparently tackled the shooter. 1 dead several injured no details on that although the person killed was supposedly an 18 year old boy.

    The shooter – looks like a hard core leftist who hated Christians and Trump.


    News black hole count down 3 – 2 -1

  114. E.M.Smith says:


    I don’t get hacking news from the NTY, I get it from the hacking conventions and the tech media who not only know how it works, but describe the technical aspects correctly as they have often been the ones to discover them.

    Anyone for whom it is “news” that hacking tools can be reverse engineered or that China has been all over inside our Government and major companies has been asleep since the 1980s… and knows nothing about Dianne Feinstein’s staffing…

    BTW, my information was part of the haul the Chinese got from the OPM (Office of Personnel Management) hack and that was long enough ago that my “free” credit watch subscription they gave to us all as a pat on the head has now expired.

    So probably in a couple of days, when I have time to waste and my next batch of graphs is done, I’ll read your NTY link / content. I Strongly Doubt it will have any news in it, at least for those of us who spent decades in the trenches fighting cyber attacks.

    Why do I rail so much and so often against built in weaknesses and built in backdoors (PRISM Program, NSA weakening encryption, USA laws against exporting strong encryption, push to make phones open to LEOs, etc.) is the simple fact of security and hacking:

    Security by obscurity is very weak security, and The Other Side WILL find your back doors, weak encryption cracks, and security exposures.

    The ONLY way to have real security is to make ever single step, bit of software, piece of hardware, network design, as secure and proven as possible. Because any weakness WILL be found and WILL be exploited. (Often first by the White Hats who gives talks at the Black Hat conferences about what they found… just after they passed the patch to all the big players).

    So China discovered the places our guys wanted things to be weak, saw what we were doing to them, and proceeded in good GO (the board game) fashion, using it against us. All while they tightened up their own systems. ( I have no idea if that’s what’s in the NYT article, it is what I know happened at least 15 years back and continues to today).

    Many times I’ve pointed out that the Kylin operating system is done the right way
    and is based on BSD as that was THE most secure place to start. (And why I’ve used BSD or derivatives for most of the servers I’ve installed at commercial sites over the years). Note that the wiki points out it was developed 18 years ago:

    Kylin (Chinese: 麒麟; pinyin: Qílín; Wade–Giles: Ch’i²-lin²) is an operating system developed by academics at the National University of Defense Technology in the People’s Republic of China since 2001. It is named after the mythical beast qilin. The first versions were based on FreeBSD and were intended for use by the Chinese military and other government organizations. With version 3.0 Kylin became Linux-based, and there is a version called NeoKylin which was announced in 2010.

    A separate project using Ubuntu as the Linux operating system was announced in 2013. The first version of Ubuntu Kylin was released in April 2013.

    Looks like they have ported to the Linux Kernel now. The Linux Kernel runs on a lot more hardware and is itself fairly secure (it is typically the GNU Userland where things are attacked) so moving onto Linux for the general distribution is a reasonable thing to do. (Though I would also suspect they might be playing a “two eyes stone” (in Go gaming…) with their Military & Government staying on a fully secure platform while putting out a slightly weaker one to the public with their own backdoors… which is why I don’t run it… well, that, and I don’t do Chinese characters ;-)

    So figure it takes a couple of years to make a new clean port, that means they likely started on it in about 1998 or 1999. That’s how long they have known they were being hacked and were inspecting the tools used and finding countermeasures (including a whole new OS for their official use).

    BTW, I was watching that all happen while it happened. It was part of my job then…

    Later, at Disney, I took part in “penetration testing” where you run a suite of all the known attacks against your own systems, it reports the exposures, and then you close them all. Like ALL major corporations, this is done on a regular basis. That includes a sweep for clandestine Hot Spots folks might have installed at their desk or in their labs… Here’s an article about running Kali Linux (a pen testing platform) on the R. Pi:
    FWIW it is better run on faster hardware… but you can DIY and it is a very good thing to do. Also, your network monitor ought to squawk about each attack Kali runs, if it doesn’t, that’s a weakness in it that needs a fix.

    So even in the 2014 to 2015 range “that was my job” to be on top of security stuff. One of the things that was caught was a batch of USB drives made in China that had about 1 in 10 with a built in virus. Part of why I mostly use SD cards in an adapter… (Little to gain from a pre-buggered SD card as they are mostly in cameras and phones and not networked – though that is changing) It is also why I don’t run Microsoft software or Android if I can avoid it. (Android isn’t too bad. I have it on a tablet where nothing of importance is done, and on a “burner phone” where I also don’t care). Since 90%+ range of all virus / penetration attacks attempt to exploit MS weaknesses and their hardware / software choices, just avoiding them gets you a 90% protection level.

    BTW, with MS now running on ARM chips that will change. There are now ARM chips as fast as Intel, and a lot cheaper, so “watch that space”. But for a while still being on an ARM family chip adds some “security by irrelevance”… Layer on top of that a BSD or Linux, you are up to about 99% secure with mostly “Zero Day” and configuration errors as your exposure. Run Pen-testing and you can catch the config issues. Run network monitoring and close routes to known attack origin sites / countries and you are pretty much locked down. Oh, and isolate ALL web browsing / email stations from ALL corporate internals servers. Yes, for some folks that means 2 machines on the desk, get over it. You want your financials, personnel and engineering secrets secured, do NOT connect them to any network with internet facing nodes. (For somewhat less critical things you can set up a very hardened DMZ that only allows FTP file transfers to move data or software in / out.) As ARM becomes mainstream those same techniques will still work, but your basic exposure will go up as the population of attacks shifts with the base machine types.

    So that’s my general view on security stuff. But like I said, I’ll read the NYT stuff when I’m in need of a break from more challenging things.

    Two other points:

    I have no idea why your notifications are not working. As I never use them, I can’t say if they work for others or not. I’ll check the WordPress config panel and see if there’s an on/off switch and if so how it is set.

    Then “It’s past time you read a newspaper that aspires to greatness!”:

    And here I thought the NTY was aspiring to not go out of business with their incredibly shrinking audience… Like CNN… And MSNBC… (and a long laundry list of other left leaning publications referenced in the video here:

    So how many times in the last 2 years did the NTY run the Fake News that Trump colluded with the Russians? How many times have they sided with Hillary over the election being “stolen”? Hmmm? I don’t think lying to your readership is the way to “aspire to greatness”…

    FWIW, I read very broadly. Thanks to the internet and global search engines, I usually get to survey a dozen sources for any given topic, and from global sources (so not US centric, nor New York Bubble afflicted. I do tend to be mostly limited to English Language publications (with the odd bits of French and Spanish if I search with those languages), but that includes India Times, a couple of Israeli papers, and the usual collection of Canadian, New Zealand, Australian, and a few dozen other nations “English Language Services”. Oddly, for accurate news about The Middle East and “dirt” on the EU & USA: I have found RT and Al Jazeera (both video and print) are pretty good. Their patent and obvious bias shows up in NOT ever talking dirt about their own back yard… If sometimes the NTY shows up in the search, I’ll take a look. So far not that impressed. (AND, IIRC, they limit me on times / month I can visit so I tend to not burn those on most days… otherwise I can’t read your links ;-)

  115. E.M.Smith says:

    BTW, if you want relevant and newest reports of what is being hacked, how, and how to defend, the “must read” is the CERT Advisories. Usually there’s one guy assigned to read it every day in a major professional shop:



    By the time anything is in the general circulation news, it is already over… We’ve often finished installing the patches for a “zero day” or “few day” event and THEN seen it being reported in the “news”… But I guess that’s for “home gamers” and not for commercial shops…

    The current top list looks like a lot of automation and “home smart devices” are being hit:

    ICS-CERT Advisories
    Advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits.
    [change view]: Advisories by Vendor | Advisories by Vendor - sorted by Last Revised Date
    View Advisories Feed
    ICSA-19-122-01 : Orpak SiteOmat
    ICSA-19-122-02 : GE Communicator
    ICSA-19-122-03 : Sierra Wireless AirLink ALEOS
    ICSMA-19-120-01 : Philips Tasy EMR
    ICSA-19-120-01 : Rockwell Automation CompactLogix 5370

    ICSMA-19-113-01 : Fujifilm FCR Capsula X/Carbon X
    ICSA-19-113-01 : Rockwell Automation MicroLogix 1400 and CompactLogix 5370 Controllers
    ICSA-19-106-01 : Delta Industrial Automation CNCSoft
    ICSA-19-106-02 : WAGO Series 750-88x and 750-87x
    ICSA-19-106-03 : PLC Cycle Time Influences
    ICSA-19-099-01 : Siemens SIMOCODE pro V EIP
    ICSA-19-099-02 : Siemens Spectrum Power 4.7
    ICSA-19-099-03 : Siemens Industrial Products with OPC UA
    ICSA-19-099-04 : Siemens SINEMA Remote Connect
    ICSA-19-099-05 : Siemens RUGGEDCOM ROX II
    ICSA-19-099-06 : Siemens CP, SIAMTIC, SIMOCODE, SINAMICS, SITOP, and TIM
    ICSA-19-094-01 : Omron CX-Programmer
    ICSA-19-094-02 : Rockwell Automation Stratix 5400/5410/5700 and ArmorStratix 5700
    ICSA-19-094-03 : Rockwell Automation Stratix 5400/5410/5700/8000/8300 and ArmorStratix 5700
    ICSA-19-094-04 : Rockwell Automation Stratix 5950
    ICSA-19-092-01 : Advantech WebAccess/SCADA
    ICSA-19-087-01 : Rockwell Automation PowerFlex 525 AC Drives
    ICSA-19-085-01 : Siemens SCALANCE X
    ICSA-19-085-02 : PHOENIX CONTACT RAD-80211-XD
    ICSA-19-085-03 : ENTTEC Lighting Controllers

    And some folks wonder why I have exactly NO “Smart” devices in my home, nor will I. Nor will my car be connected to the internet. Steering, brakes, engine, transmission all under manual control of the driver, no computer need apply… (with the minor exception of a small engine management computer on some engines as they have become unavoidable. But at least 2 of my cars have zero computers. I’ll be keeping them a very long time.)

    Tesla offered a prize to a hacker community of one free Tesla to anyone who could break their extreme security… IIRC the teams had a day or maybe two. The winners were happy with their new car… And everyone said they could crack it better next time as now they know it will be “in play” so can prepare…

    So that’s the cutting edge of security issues…

  116. Larry Ledwick says:

    Speaking of security leaks – little article here on how the Clinton email server was hacked and the Chinese company that did it planted code that sent “courtesy copy” emails of all her correspondence to the hackers in real time.

    The Chinese were getting HRC emails instantly as she got them, in fact they likely were reading them first since she was like most people busy doing daily life stuff and only checking email periodically, where the hacker/Chinese intelligence would have had someone tasked to monitoring those emails and screening them for higher ups 24×7.


  117. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    That HRC was so stupid as to think she could run her own server and not be hacked is just stunning. It takes a crew of about 1/2 dozen dedicated 24 x 7 to run a secure commercial shop. Heck, we had one guy just dedicated to SPAM & Phishing prevention. Another guy was All Email All The Time. Then there were 2 high end systems guys keeping the systems patched and secured / pen-testing, and one guy on networking keeping the routers, switches, firewalls, and network monitoring running.

    Put an “occasionally serviced” PC email server on the internet, you will be hacked in about a week, best case. I’ve seen boxes hacked inside hours of their first connection (WBPC in a home running Linux. Had not been “locked down” and was direct connected without a firewall – came back the 2nd day and it had been recruited into a hacking bot. Then scanned the “cable” network it was connected to and found dozens of machines constantly probing with automated warz. Took two days more to get it all cleaned and locked down enough to try again.)

    All that and it was a nobody nowhere. Any “Executive” in the government will be under directed attacks by professionals and will need TLA grade protective services.

    It is just criminal negligence to have a personal email server in her position.

  118. Another Ian says:

    Sounds a good reason for the “OFF” switch

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more background info regarding the recent school shooting incident here in Colorado.
    It appears that the message is getting through to kids that when confronted by an active shooter in school aggressive counter action by the students can save lives.

    Unfortunately one of the students who tried to take down the shooters was shot and killed.


  120. Bill in Oz says:

    E M I wonder if the Chinese and others are here reading to get tips on how to bust security on computers etc

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    Nothing to see here folks – please move along.


  122. jim2 says:

    I’m loving how the Dimowits have gone full frontal Moron. And then, every day, they have to wake up to taunts from President Trump.

  123. philjourdan says:

    Serioso – you heard about Wolters Kluwer? What page of the NY Crimes?

    Nuff said.

  124. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bill In Oz:

    I don’t think I’m interesting enough for the Chinese. Also note I mostly talk about how to secure systems, not break into them. Occasionally I’ll have to illustrate a system crack approach in order to explain the fix or prevent; but those are all already well know “in the wild” so not of much help to TLAs of adversaries. Watching CERT will tell them a whole lot more, as would attending the hacker conferences or watching the YouTube proceedings of them.

    I know a couple of news agencies are ‘followers” (no I won’t out them). Unfortunately, despite occasionally linking to RT, they are not known to be reading here. Only US Domestics.

    FWIW, there are also “hacker boards” where warz and tool kits are exchanged. That would be a much better place to pick up kit than here. Pen Testing gear can often break into poorly secured systems (That’s why you run them…) so just running the common PenTesting programs is a better first hack attempt than anything I’ve mentioned.

    @Larry L:

    The idea of moving the US Government IT in total to the Amazon Farm is just chilling. All that information in one spot and in the hands of people who hate Republicans….

  125. Larry Ledwick says:

    moving the US Government IT in total to the Amazon Farm is just chilling.

    Yes they were obviously not paying attention when their mothers explained the concept of not putting all your eggs in one basket.

    The very concept of it violates the principle of segmentation and separation – it is like the Internet of Things applied to national security. You just know that there will be some back door using a diagnostic connection on a printer, accessing a switch which has a back door which gives the root on the whole damn thing. It is just inevitable when data enterprises get that big it is simply impossible to anticipate all the possible combinations of routes and methods that could be used to gain access.

    Then throw in the possibility of someone accidentally misconfiguring something and 10-20 years from now there will be books on how the Chinese, Russians and Iran stole petabytes of classified documents and we will have thrown away decades of technological lead because we wanted to go to the lowest bidder and not be bothered with walking across the room to access the “other network” via a dedicated path.

  126. E.M.Smith says:


    OK, in my after dinner sloth, I read the NYT article. It is, surprisingly, not all that biased. It does try to color things as “look how bad it is that the NSA makes hacking tools, war and weapons bad”, but not too heavy handed.

    The story content is not news. It was news in about 2016 (and I followed it then when the exposures were new) . It also is sorely lacking in any technical details, but that’s sort of expected in a general circulation rag. There’s a whole lot of tech info that matters in that set of “Banked Exposures”. They do touch on the issue of “To Bank, or Not To Bank” exposures. Note that they refer to handing them to Microsoft for patching… That’s the advantage of BSD / Linux systems in that there are thousands of folks reading the code, finding exposures, and closing them rapidly. I also wonder how many of those banked exposures had been inserted under PRISM in the first place…

    Yes, you can get a “zero day” on BSD or Linux. OpenBSD had a horrible one in, IIRC, OpenSSL code. Once discovered it was very rapidly closed. But it had been in the wild for years. Similarly the recent exposure found in the Linux Kernel. The hope is that no bad guy found it first, and there were no known cases of an exploit using either one in the wild. So it isn’t enough just to use them, but it does get you a long way to secure. Using them, with someone monitoring CERT & Related and doing rapid patches gets you almost done. Then having someone assigned to watch your network traffic (with clue…) using a network sniffer of some sort (IDS/IPS Intrusion Detection System / Protection) lets you see attacks unfold in real time, so you can shut down if needed.

    Had Hillary had a proper IDS on her network, it would have flagged that when email came in, more email went back out, and that ought to have caused someone to alert on it. But I digress.

    Back at the NYT: The article seems mostly to be a retrospective for the purpose of denigrating the US Cyber Security effort and apparatus. So I must wonder “Why?”. It is well known that EVERYONE doing computer security tries to capture and reverse engineer (and fingerprint) any warz found being deployed against them. It is an essential part of how you defend against it (and identify if it is an old attack or a ‘zero day’ and you need to advise CERT). It is part of why I said that finding “Russian Code Fingerprints” on various hacked servers (was it DNC or UEA where that was the hot button talking point?) is a stupid thing to say. Those codes are already known by everyone and almost anyone can get a copy and run them and put on a Russian Costume. That they were a several year old version just screamed at me “NOT the real Russians” (who by definition have the newest versions).

    What is stupid is thinking that anyone expects such Exploits to remain secret forever, or to expect that using some warz will not expose them to capture. The whole model of Unix / Linux security method is to open the source code to the world and let everyone find the exposures, so you know what to close. Yes, this also creates an inventory of warz to demonstrate those exposures. But so what? As soon as the exposure is found, it is closed.

    That is why so many computer security guys install BSD / Linux systems and run all the warz in the world against them. That is essentially the definition of the standard security procedure of Tiger Team Attacks and Penetration Testing. It is what works best.

    Is that enough to keep out the NSA? Probably not. I would slow them down, though. Then, if your IDS/IPS is good enough you will see the attack in progress, and can start counter measures that would have a high chance of being enough.

    But the reality of most companies and governments is that nobody really cares enough to do all the right things. It is a hard sell to get the headcount and $$ Equipment budgets to do it right. It’s the light switch problem. NOBODY wants to hear about the need for backup generators or staff or protective power conditioning equipment; all they want to to have the light come on when they flip the switch. “I don’t have that expense at home and the lights still work!? ” I’ve fought that battle many times over the decades. Only when the lights don’t come on, will you be heard. And only once a company has been hacked will they pay the money to prevent it again. (With a few exceptions. Disney was one that was doing it right. Though after I left they announced they were laying off the whole building and outsourcing to India… After a big press exposure of that, they backed out of 1/2 of it. No idea where they are now.)

    Essentially “Computer Security” is seen as raw G&A Overhead and an evil expense to be minimized. (General and Administrative overhead is all classed as bad and to be shrunk). It’s an accounting rule. It ought to be classed as infrastructure investment. Oh Well…

    So a NYT article that explored how accounting rules drive companies and governments into bad decisions to layoff their security staff and outsource it to a foreign country with who knows what staff vetting would be more interesting; but you will never see it.

    A story about a 3 year old event that’s way in the rear view mirror and trying to make it sound like the USA Cyber Security folks are more threat than benefit is not all that interesting. Maybe it would be for Mom & Pop at home who have no clue about all this stuff, though. The view from a guy in the trenches is “Old news and somewhat biased; leaves out all the interesting issues of the war in front of me.”

    But it was easy to read and likely something I would have my wife read to get a bit of understanding of ‘what I do’… and then from that base, work into a conversation about what is really important in computer security.

  127. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    My approach would be the desktop attack surface in some irrelevant agency. Find something like, oh, the Rice Commission manager, or their secretary (or even their HVAC system).

    Once in (phish attack to the people or pentest their infrastructure hardware) you then piggy back on their AWS connection. Once you have their creds for it, now you are in AWS. Then it’s just a question of leveraging credentials, permissions, etc. until you can spread out through the whole thing. Simple escalation of permissions. Simple human factors or “irrelevant and ignored” infrastructure exploits.

    At that point, it all comes down to the internal security systems of Amazon. I’m sure they are pretty good, but good enough to keep out TLAs of the world? I doubt it.

    The other approach I’d take as a TLA is just inserting my staff into Amazon server rooms. Will Amazon have enough staff vetting to assure every one of the people they hire is completely trustworthy? Not subject to blackmail or payola? Not subject to, oh, say, Democrat Loyalty Urges or FBI Corruption? Think if Bezos said “Put this guy on the security team and give him full access” anyone would say no? Think Bezos is not subject to partisan games?

    It WILL become a fiasco. The only question is how soon and how bad.

  128. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some interesting info coming out of California – makes you wonder – safe houses for unnamed groups or just people who are hoarders and have too much money?

    Your imagination can really fly with this – undercover operatives, safe houses for organized crime or organized (govt) crime like Holders Fast and Furious or just some local hoods who squatted on an abandoned house in a neighborhood so exclusive people don’t cause trouble or ask questions because you never know who’s toes you are stepping on.


  129. Larry Ledwick says:

    ATF is now saying the occupant of the house was a squatter.

    If true likely some fence or gun runner using an unused house as an untraceable store house. Makes you wonder how many other similar operations might be going on.

    Also provides a proof of concept about how difficult it would be to get rid of all guns. Little weapons stashes like this would be showing up for decades. I recall a news story a few years ago of a home owner in the UK doing some remodeling and finding a bunch of guns plastered into a wall where a previous occupant had hidden them.

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile this will complicate coverage and the Left’s narrative on school shootings.

    One suspect in Colorado STEM school shooting is transgender (female > male).


  131. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very important read here on how the left is literally involved in a massive mind control experiment with out young adults and children.


  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    As counter point to the above, a irreverent and slightly risque discussion of how brain washing works in politics and at the used car dealer and while watching the super bowl or trying to shame your buddies into getting pizza rather than a bucket of chicken for take out.


  133. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is going to leave a mark, Students at Colorado school walk out on an assembly when they realize they were being used to further the gun control agenda rather than to actually deal with the problem. Video ends with the students chanting “mental health”.

    They know the transgender kid involved in this shooting had issues that needed to be addressed it appears & are tired of being used by politicians.

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to above local media is also discussing actions of a security guard. This is of course getting picked up by the likes of the Daily Beast.


  135. cdquarles says:

    Spotted this: https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/08/star-trek-discovery-reminds-us-masculinity-good/. The article is interesting, in that “woke” has induced me to avoid any TV/Hollywood production. I am old enough to remember Star Trek: the Original Series when it was first released. I do remember that episode showing Captain Pike and yes I do remember the 60s, especially ca 1963 and later. If what has been said is true, I would be willing to give Discovery a second chance.

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes the ambulance chaser politicians and politically motivated action groups are getting really obnoxious. Hopefully this will send a message to them to back the H*** off on these things and let the grieving process and investigations to complete before they start stirring the pot for political action.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    Just an FYI:

    I’ve completed all the graphs for Asia. Now it’s just a matter of pasting 70 of them into the posting outline, looking at them all, and commenting on them, then hit POST. Yeah, that’s all… /sarc;

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more on the STEM student walk out

  139. H.R. says:

    Re the Colorado students walking out:

    Hmmm… it seems to me that the YSM is losing its grip on the ability to establish and push a narrative. Pretty tough to get the narrative going when your chosen poster children pretty much say “FU” and walk out.

    I wonder if a few of the students and their parents will take a cue from Covington and sue the pants off of the local station and the Pollies. Oh wait… the YSM have some clue now as they quickly issued that apology… which had better be prime time or front page.

    I take it as a sign that only the thirstiest of the Kool-Aid drinkers remain as the YSM consuming audience and now a huge swath of the American public is NOT buying what the YSM is selling. They never had the Conservatives, but now the YSM have lost the Independents.

    There’s a phrase Sundance uses that I first ran across on his Treehouse blog. “Once you have seen the strings, you can’t unsee them.” I am impressed with how many of the Colorado kids can see the strings.

  140. E.M.Smith says:

    Lots of interesting stuff here that I’d like to comment on… but I’ve spent all day uploading graphs and such. So it will have to wait for tomorrow. I’ll just note in passing that kids are not as dumb as Democrats think. Raise your kid to think independently and they will always be free, even if suffering chains…. The worst thing you can do is tell them to “go along to get along”… I love my little rebels ;-)

    FWIW, I’ve now completed all the graph uploads for Asia. (Yeah, it takes that long). Now I’m down to looking at them and trying to figure out what, if anything, they mean. I expect I’ll be hitting “post” in a few hours or early tomorrow… Tequila permitting ;-) (Hey, Costco had 1.5 L for $15 and you expect me to pass that by? No way!) Besides, it is a mindless task to upload graphs just matching on the 2 letter abbreviation and typing either “difference” or “anomaly” after the country name. So it turns out that doing it 1/2 snockered is not so boring and my quality goes up as the mind doesn’t wander so much… being mired in Tequila Molasses… ;-)

  141. cdquarles says:

    Wasting away in Margaritaville, looking for my shaker of salt, were you, our most gracious host? ;p

  142. Bill in Oz says:

    Off Topic or On topic ? just a weather update : We’ve been waiting for rain here in South Australia.. We waited from December 14th till May 3rd when we got . nice soft warm drenching. As the Irish say “soft rain”.

    But the last 3 days we’ve had an Antarctic blast from the far South..Cold wet and windy as hell.with snow in the mountains. Winter has moved in 3 weeks early ! And Ms Global warming has fled our shores.. Probably sunning herself on the beach at Kuta in Bali, or maybe Phuket..


  143. E.M.Smith says:


    Didn’t have the fixings for a Margarita… so I made something from my “camping and survival” stuff. Tequila & Tang. It’s not all that bad. Some of us, as high school kids, invented this drink for camping out of “sloe gin & tang” and this a variation on it.

    I know, Tang has no business in a mixed drink. Write it 10 times on the blackboard… but when it is that or the jug of condensed lemon juice…

    @Bill in Oz:

    Well, here in “sunny” California we’ve had persisten overcast and cold nights, barely warm days. The cloud cover only burns off in the later afternoon. Enough that I’ve done BBQ twice now (including last night – chicken marinade of soy sauce and artichoke heart pickling juice once the artichokes are gone ;-) A few days back, a nice rack of St. Louis Ribs with Sweet Baby Ray’s)

    But usually by this time of year it’s hot and Air Conditioner Time, at least some of the days.

    If feels more like The Great Pacific Climate Shift of about 1975 has shifted back to “you don’t need air conditioning in the Bay Area” like it was then. We’ve had to use the heater in the car in the mornings instead…

    On my nearly infinite “to do” list is to splce the present decade or so of readings from the latest GHCN onto the prior history from V1 (before it was so horribly cooled in the past) and see where we really stand. As I already have v3.3 and v4 in the database, it ought to be a case of just loading up v1 and v2, then making reports/graphs that say “use v1 if before 1990 and v4 after” or something similar.

    There was supposed to be a freeze in Europe this week, but I’ve not had time to follow up on the predictions of last week to see if it happened.


    Looks like Iceagenow has your situation recorded:
    And snow in Scandinavia:

    Then north America too:

    But I’m sure it’s boiling hot at the bottom of the ocean where we can’t measure it and that this must be a very “warm snow” /sarc; so it is still the “Hottest Year Evah!!!!”

  144. Another Ian says:


    “A Looming Crisis in the Mideast”


  145. jim2 says:

    Another Ian: When is there NOT a looming crisis in the ME?

  146. Another Ian says:


    But this might be a “different loom”

  147. Bill in Oz says:

    Meanwhile in Victoria folks are praying for more Global Warming
    “Please Mother Gaia send us more more warming ! No More ‘cold’ warming please ”

  148. Larry Ledwick says:

    For those who have seen nothing of this in the major media – huge gun stash uncovered in ritzy neighborhood of California (same area as the Play Boy Mansion).
    Reports are that a squatter had been using the house owned by a Getty Mistress but little coming out on if these were stolen guns or purchased guns. From the looks of the wildly assorted guns, I would suspect a gun fencing and black market gun sales operation.

  149. philjourdan says:

    @Bill in Oz – Join the group! http://www.m4gw.com/

    @E.M. – Whenever my wife and I go to visit relatives in Imperial Valley, we always go down to Los Algodones and pick up bottles of Tequila. Top shelf stuff (Don Julio and Don Roberto). Goes for about $20+ a bottle. we give them as gifts to friends (we also get relatives to act as mules). Well, we have gotten so many, we have some spares. So my wife opened a Don Julio Silver (smooth!). And mixed up some of it with Limeade (nothing else). That is her Margarita.

    My daughter loves Tequila, but cannot stomach the store stuff here in the Old Dominion. She only drinks what we bring her from Mexico.

  150. Ossqss says:

    FWIW, Roku is sending me a new remote after the garlic smelling failure earlier. All I had to tell them is it smelled like garlic when it failed. Obviously not their first rodeo with a failed non-IR only remotes.

    For those that have the Smithsonian Channel, the Aerial America show, is quite good. Just wish I thought of doing a drone imagery project over the country when I first got my DJI Phantom 3 pro-drone several years ago. In fact, I need to bust that out this weekend and exercise those batteries :-)

  151. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the STEM shooting in Colorado just got more complicated and less useful to the Left.


    Now it is clear why this is getting sucked down a black hole in the media.

  152. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more on the STEM shooting:
    Looks like the school has some problems – The county is one of the wealthiest countys in the country and with all high status communities, pressure to be high achievers, leads to high pressure on the kids.



    Median income in is in the 88K range, it is ranked as #5 in the nation for income

  153. E.M.Smith says:

    The Asia Anomaly processing posting is done! Just in time for Friday Night & the weekend! That was a chunk of work, and I’m taking a day or two to NOT do any more graphs for a while ;-)

    I’ll now proceed to catch up my reading all of your comments and pointers to interesting stuff 8-)

  154. philjourdan says:

    @Larry L – notice that the source is not American.

    And that is why I read other sources. It will not be carried on this side of the pond.

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    Right! That is why I love cruising twitter I find bits and pieces I would never ever stumble on in my normal browsing habits.

    Speaking of lost info – interesting old article linked on twitter by Steve Goddard


  156. E.M.Smith says:


    The crisis inn’t “LOOMING” when it is a hot full on war, then it is an engaged crisis ;-)

    The M.E. is a simple oscillator. Looming / hot / looming / hot / looming / hot…

    (Or, as the Koran advises… Battle / truce to re-arm / battle / truce to re-arm / battle…


    I took one of my Roku + remote to Florida. Remote was DOA after the ride. I now use my Samsung phone or my tablet. The Roku Remote App works great! I like it better than the remote itself.


    This is Jose Quervo Gold made with Blue Agave. I have no idea if it is really good or not. Most of the Tequila I’ve ever had has been the general run of the mills stuff. Jose Q. Suaza? Something like that. I’m not a connoisseur of it… I did briefly get drawn to $60 / bottle Scotch… and then thought better of the impact on my wallet ;-) So it might not be a Good Thing for me to have some really good Tequila and then be disappointed the rest of my life ;-)


    That article per STD (Star Trek Disappointment, er Discovery) does point out that for a few scenes they have a positive male character roll (remembering the past, really). It leaves out the obligatory every episode emotive-gushing-angst of the 2 Gay Guys (one of whom is a doctor and the other one the magic sauce that makes the ship go anywhere on his ‘spore drive’), nor the time the Woman Engineer goes to see the Doctor with a hangnail excuse and proceeds to give him advice about getting back together with his husband as SHE had missed her chance with her wife… Nor does it mention that almost ALL the “strong leadership rolls” are women with most of the men “having issues”. Even Pike gets “advice” from them that causes him to change his decisions / orders.

    So yeah, IF you can accept 30 minutes of that, you sometimes will get 10 minutes of “Not all the guys are evil, stupid, or oppressive”. (Only the straight white token authority figures… who often get killed off or, like Pike, horribly injured and disfigured).

    FWIW, I’ve watch every episode. Originally with high hopes. After the 2nd episode from a desire to maintain my “Seen every Trek” badge… After the first 1/2 season from morbid curiosity and a love of watching disaster unfold…

    Vulcan with heavy rain and red tree forests? Spock with mental health issues and locked up in a loony bin for a few episodes? How much of the Cannon can they just rip up and replace with non-sequitur insanity? It’s like trying to NOT look at a train wreck…

    As an avid Trekkie for all things Trek, I strongly advise against it… The writers have a mental health problem and it might be contagious… Besides, they made the Klingons so ugly with huge dental appliances so all their Klingon is full of lisping and you can’t understand it. 8-{

    They are also prone to long periods of rambling moralizing where everyone just stands and talks at each other. Rather like in plays from the 1500s or old Greek Plays. Often during “Running out of time crisis!!!”…. So you get “We are going to blow up in 30 seconds!” and…. cut to two people analyzing their feelings about each other and why they didn’t get back together when they had the chance and… for about 2 minutes… While I think the intent is to try to raise the emotional pitch, the effect is to think “MY GOD these are the stupidest people in space if that’s what they do in a crisis.”

  157. E.M.Smith says:

    Why gun removal can never work. A DIY shotgun made from plumbing supplies.

    With a few more tools and a bit more skill, much better can be made. Remember that gun technology is from the 1500s to 1800s. Not a lot of “impossible” in that.

    The STEN Gun was a full auto sub-machine gun designed to be fabricated by any bicycle or muffler shop… Plans are all over the place.

    Then there’s just the point that blowing things and people up with bombs is way way illegal and that doesn’t seem to be stopping it. We had less of it when you could buy dynamite at the hardware store OTC than we have now. Then again, a lot more folks were packing iron then and if you did try something you were assured of a swift response / end…

    Oh, and notice how well that whole “War On Drugs” has done with preventing folks getting drugs…

    Make guns illegal and it will be EASIER for me to buy a gun as I won’t need to deal with all that paperwork and waiting period; just talk to the local dope dealer about what’s in inventory in his new side business…

    BTW, there’s a guy selling a very small automated milling machine specifically designed to finish out pistol receivers. IIRC it was about $3000. Now since a good gun can run about $1000 to $2000, that’s not that bad a deal for a machine that would let you make dozens in your garage. Were I working for a living with a fat paycheck again I’d have one on the Christmas List.

    The notion that you can stop crimes by controlling access to stuff is just broken.

  158. Another Ian says:

    “A scrimmage in a Border Station-
    A canter down some dark defile
    Two thousand pounds of education
    Drops to a ten-rupee jezail.
    The Crammer’s boast, the Squadron’s pride,
    Shot like a rabbit in a ride! ”


  159. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on the struggle in Italy to keep the vineyards from suffering cold damage during this cold spring weather.


  160. Larry Ledwick says:

    Warning that winenews.it link is getting blocked by my malewarebytes program with following error.

    Secure Connection Failed
    An error occurred during a connection to winenews.it.
    SSL received a record that exceeded the maximum permissible length.

    May want to break that link Chief!

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  162. Larry Ledwick says:

    Text grab from the winenews(.)it site

    The frost over Europe, during a cold spring, continues to keep the winegrowers of the Old Continent in alarm, although the situation is not as serious as in 2017, when the spring frosts fell on the vineyards of France, Italy, Spain and beyond, like a real scourge. And everywhere, to counteract the temperatures and prevent them from falling too much, at a time when the vine is in the middle of its vegetative phase, fires are lit in the vineyards, with charming images. And if in the last few days, in mid-April, the protagonists had been those from Germany, in particular from Saxony, and France (hit right now by a new wave of frost, which could have caused the loss of 10% of the Bordeaux harvest, with an even worse situation in Charente, after the damage of recent weeks in Champagne and Loire), the fires were also lit in Italy. And not only in the highest vineyards of South Tyrol (after the snow that in recent days has covered the rows in Trentino), as shown, among other things, by the images spread via social cellars as the history of the Abbey of Novacella. The vineyards of Tuscany, and in particular those of the Tenuta di Trinoro, in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, were lit up and warmed up with fire, as the winemaker of one of the most awarded by international critics Italian wineries told to WineNews. “We waited until the temperature reached 1 degree Celsius and was falling – says Pizzolato – it was a fight against time because the temperature kept falling but we managed not to go below 0. So 10 hectares of vineyards were saved at 450 meters above sea level, the lowest of the company, while the higher vineyards did not suffer damage”. Stories and images that tell, albeit beautifully and evocatively, how much effort and attention there is in the work of those who, every day, cultivate the vineyard and look up to the sky, to produce great wines.

    Copyright © 2000/2019

  163. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Looks more like a mis-configuration error to me.

    I’ve extracted the URL as a stand alone (so not indirect via the twitter link).

    Can you see if as a stand alone it still errors like that?

    BTW, that “Signs” video has me really laughing out loud. Just could not help it.

    In my photo collection are a bunch of photos of signs. One in Dallas with the same highway N and S point the same direction as another highway W… Another from New Zealand with “Beware Of Train” (hiding in the bushes one presumes?) and one that said “Read the next sign”… New Zealand has a sense of humor I suppose ;-) So I ‘have a thing’ for silly signs ;-)

  164. cdquarles says:

    That reminds me of a sign on old US HWY 231 north of Montgomery, in Coosa County pointing to two communities nearby. One side pointed to Richville, the other to Equality. Yeah, there are such communities. I’ve driven through Equality ;p, but not been to Richville ;).

  165. Larry Ledwick says:

    I extracted the text by going to the site using a “view anonymous” window, that gave no error.
    I suspect you are right either a false positive or some advertising script that malwarebytes does not like.

  166. cdquarles says:

    Oh, noticed the “Gandalf” sign. LOL

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  168. E.M.Smith says:

    Had a chuckle at a sign with “Leavenworth” one way and IIRC “Smithville” the other ;-)

  169. E.M.Smith says:

    I put the extracted naked link in your original comment.

  170. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here you go, build a green house that completely surrounds your home (would not work well in summer in Florida).


  171. Larry Ledwick says:

    FYI – I just finished a deep scan of my desktop with 3 different software packages – no problems found from that wine link.

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