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Journal Journal: Chronicle: Geting a server to run FF Sync 1.1

Steadfastly keeping to FF 28 has now made me out of Sync. Unfortunately, new Sync is not backwards compatible, so i will probably have to run my own Sync server.

I really ought to use the FF variants. Chromefox stinks. But, as i use a mac at home, FF seems to be the only choice. And, with all the amazing plugins, plus some actual security, FF and its variants are the only ones that interest me.

So, i should be getting a Linode again, unless i very soon find some other reliable server out there. Not that i have searched much. And, i kind of want my own server (again) anyway.

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Journal Journal: When Did Karl Rove Take Over The FBI? 2

The FBI's probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton's account.

Didn't the FBI get the "nothing to see here, move along" memo?
It's blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer that:
1. Her Majesty is wholly innocent, and
2. Any violations of Axiom #1 are driven by a sad little konservative konspiracy kabal, except where such violations are motivated by a #WarOnWomen.

What this country needs is a pleasant camp someplace where all these pesky troublemakers can be sent.

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Journal Journal: When The Big Lie Runs Out Of Gas 56

White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked several questions about gun control during his press briefing today. Breitbart summarizes his responses, which were more of the same: endless references to "common sense" reforms which are never specified. Earnest wants to keep firearms out of the hands of "criminals and others who shouldn't have them"; so do we all, but how?
To state the blindingly obvious, mass murder is, and always has been, illegal. All mass shooters violate any number of laws, including, by definition, laws relating to firearms. The burden is on anyone who proposes adding new laws to the many that already exist to show why they would be any more effective than the laws already in place.

It may be the case that Earnest is in earnest and not lying per se. But gun control is part of the overall Lefty platform of collapse. What non-gibbering idiot remains who believes this noise?
Should America survive the current Commie infestation and recover (which I think likely, as an affirmed optimist), such an exceptional recovery shall have been partially predicated upon rejecting just this sort of dedication to failure.
It's not as though people who're paying attention don't know precisely why #OccupyResoluteDesk is flogging this particular dead horse.

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Journal Journal: A Conspiracy So Vast They'll Have To Surgically Remove The Smile From d_r's Face 2

Like Markopolos, Ortel has a background as a financial industry executive in addition to a successful track record of identifying economic trends and systemic problems within companies, most notably General Electric.
Throughout 2015, Ortel has carefully studied and documented a decade's worth of domestic and global fraud, theft, corruption and violations of strict IRS rules being perpetrated by a prestigious multi-billion dollar charitable organization known as the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Unlike Markopolos, who went to the SEC and was largely ignored because of incompetence, Ortel believes that the IRS is actively in collusion with the Clinton Foundation.

Let's stipulate that:
- Her Majesty is pure as the driven snow.
- No one has a subpoena, much less a conviction that has been sustained at SCOTUS.
- This is all just so much right-wing poo-flinging of old news.

Guys, do I pass my Indoctrination Course?

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Journal Journal: Sane, But Impossible 39

If they freeze the budget, we almost balance the budget by 2017. If federal spending is capped so it grows 1 percent each year, the budget is balanced in 2019. And if the crowd in Washington can limit spending growth to about 2 percent each year, red ink almost disappears in just 10 years.

How are you going to buy re-election in such a hostile, austere, un-American environment?

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Journal Journal: Chronicle: Friend asked me to sell a few blades and comics

A friend of mine moved to another country and asked that a friend and i sell a sword, some knives, and a bunch of comic books for him, basically all in very good to excellent condition. We agreed, i waited, the friend never came through. So now, on a whim, i decided i had to take care of this already. While ebay shows me prices, it can be misleading and discouraging. So, i'm treading slowly.

Of the 4 knives, i'm not sure one of them is legal in my state. The other 3 seem fine:

The Crusader sword was made by Ye Silver Castle and comes with papers describing it and the like. It cost over $1000.

The comics include Spawn Book 1 (iirc, all the way through book 12, i have not inventories the comics yet, and there's quite a bunch), Superman, and other comics from the 90s. They all look like they were handled carefully.

But how do i sell these? On ebay, each of these have many that sell and many that do not, with prices varying all over the place. Further, are there any laws that apply to the blades? This is someone else's stuff, and although i've been lazy, i want to get him as much as he can get, or at least make a best effort to do so. How do you go about this?


Side note: Text formatted does not like <UL> lists. Sheesh! Had to HTML format this. Why do they insist on breaking things here?

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Journal Journal: a good debate 16

Very surprisingly, CNN actually put on a pretty darn good GOP debate. (I didn't seen the JV's, earlier in the day.)

Sure, CNN is still a Left-wing network of course, so there were a few questions about things Right-wingers don't recognize or care about, like Global Warming. Which would be fine in a D vs. R candidate debate, but completely doesn't belong in a GOP-only debate.

And of course they're still trashy/sensational like FNC, so it started out with several "so-and-so said this about you, take a moment to react" questions. Which might only be marginally useful to voters, as far as seeing how, both accusor and accusee, cope with aggression and pressure.

But what was fabulous about it is two-fold:
1) The thing was about 3, blessed, hours long. To a political junkie, that's not long, considering there were 11 (why not the "top 10"?!) candidates participating.
2) The moderator(s) did less talking, and there was responses and re-responses and re-re-responses from the candidates (vice just a bunch of interrupting with "we gotta move on"). In fact, the two co-questioners didn't get to ask hardly any questions, so their role was dubious. (Which is fine by me.)

Readily apparent was that everyone came with more energy this time, to the point of making Trump look somewhat demure. He's going to have to start coming out with details now (I think he said he'll have specifics of an economic plan to release in the next couple of weeks) to stay competitive. Everyone has ideas that are cringe-worthy (like Carly's "I won't talk with Putin, I'll just arm up" brinksmanship strategy for foreign policy), so it should be safe for Trump to start getting specific. (That is, I don't think something akin to mere "hope and change" -- his "I'll make America great again" -- will work, for a Republican.)

So what made this debate a gazillion times better than the FNC's is that I actually learned some things about the candidates' positions on things, and a little on how they differ. Unfortunately that's probably the best one there'll ever be.

p.s. It was good to see Rand Paul back to being his thoughtful and articulate self, unlike the prior debate where he didn't talk issues, just got into petty tit-for-tats with Trump and Christie.

p.p.s. I'm absolutely elated to have heard something to the effect that the three "outsiders" in the race are the top three in polling right now for the GOP.

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Journal Journal: Crucial matters 127

The Codpiece Media must circle the wagons and maintain the blackout of the Planned Parenthood videos.
Absolutely nothing--not even Iran nuking Tel Aviv--must be permitted to threaten the most crucial media priority of all: Jenner/Kardashian coverage.
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Journal Journal: SQL Server ERD 7

I've signed on to take over a smallish .Net/SQL Server project.
Bought the MSDN Universal, so I'm running the good stuff.
Stunningly, there is no easy way to produce a database ERD anymore. I guess I could install an older Visio.
The real reason seems to be these capitalist swine want me to buy still more little tools.
Well, up that noise. Generate the DDL scripts via SQL Server, pull it into Emacs, massage the DDL so that it will work as Jet DDL within Access, and create a shell database for diagrams.
Bunch of jerks.
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Journal Journal: Global Warming: Challange Accepted and Complete 2

So, as part of my PhD C&EE studies into distributed multi-modal alternative energy systems, using alternative energy power sources to mix and develop stable non-fossil-fuel entire energy networks, I decided I should probably put my money where my mouth is, at least personally.

Over the last year have been slowly replacing all my household lights (which were about 60 pct CFL 30 pct incandescent 10 pct halogen) with 100 pct LED lights. The modern ones are way brighter. And knowing my entire bathroom lighting uses 12 watts and my kitchen uses 40 watts (I have a lot of lights) is kind of cool. So now the amount of lights I have on is never more than 100 watts in the whole house (and that's for parties). Bought all the lights on sales at Fred Meyer and Costco, so they cost like $2 to $4 instead of $12 or $16.

Also replaced the 42 inch HDTV that blew (70 watts) with a new 32 inch HDTV that uses 7 watts. Had already done the computer devices, and now unplug the modems and other vampire devices.

Bought 4 solar units (basically, a solar panel, but they are part of large building arrays at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, and a low income housing project, so they cost $300 total to buy instead of $3000 if you install on your property due to inspection, electric upgrades, permits and labor - cheaper in large 100-400 solar panel bulk as part of a new project, and my townhouse is north facing).

Had already been on 100 percent green energy - basic Seattle City Light electric, plus $24/month for 100 percent Green Up (buys wind power).

Replaced my 1999 fridge, washer, dryer with new energy efficient (Homburg? made in Germany, and Fisher for the fridge) ones. Surprised at how much that saved.

End result? Think I spent at most $6000 total for everything. But my current electric bill (and only just installed a bunch of this, and only got partial solar credit) is $6 instead of $104 (not counting solar units bought) on last bill.

Mission Accomplished.

Net result. Quieter, brighter, works better.

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Journal Journal: "Mythology" 55

The Devil's mythology believed:
"Life starts *after* one's conceived"
By a mystic moment received
At some judge's behest.

It's true there is no "standing" room
When one's gestating in the womb
But is that space just so much tomb
Based on a legal test?

For those with the hardened hearts
Conception hunting season starts
Selling offspring for the parts
In our "enlightened" West?

God have mercy on these souls
Blighted by the murder's tolls
As on to Hell a holocaust rolls
While they make it a jest.

Let the conscience be the guide
Before man's essence goes inside
Adding to humanity's tide
The truth remains the best.

"Lead us in a few words of silent prayer." -- Bill Peterson, former Houston Oiler football coach