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Journal: this inexplicable ron paul phenomenon 18

Journal by bechthros

see, this is what i don't get.

i've got all these friends who are soooo totally, like, all into ron paul, you know? he's like, so totally radical! let's have a totally awesome money bomb dude! i'm stoked!

sure, he's for ending the war and bringing the troops home. 100% good on him for that.

but the guy's a fucking nutjob in every other aspect. he would repeal the civil rights act of 1964 and have black people at the back of the bus again (and let's not even discuss if they could get good jobs or vote). he would have NO government oversight of ANYTHING (kiss your overtime pay goodbye and say hello to child labor... oh, and i hope you weren't too attached to your lunch break and vacation time). and if you wanna chain a faggot to the back of your bumper and drag him down the road until he dies from lack of skin - well, he might not personally approve, but he certainly wouldn't want the government to intervene.

everybody i know that is a huge ron paul supporter are all decent, honorable people. that's why i'm friends with them in the first place. though none of my friends who are ron paul supporters are gay (gay people don't support ron paul for a reason), none of them give a shit what other people do as long as it doesn't affect them, and most of them have had friends and associates who are gay. though none of my friends who are ron paul supporters are women (women don't support ron paul for a reason), none of them would take any rights away from women, and most of them care deeply for their mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives. though none of my friends who support ron paul are black (black people don't support ron paul for a reason), none of them are racist, and most of them have had friends and associates who are black.

ron paul's policies, aside from the withdrawal from the catastrophe that is iraq, do not represent the viewpoints of any ron paul supporters that i know of.

i don't get it.

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Journal: i guess i'm back 10

Journal by bechthros

first and foremost, my band (which is me and my girlfriend) have a homemade "live in the studio" video on youtube. if you like neworder and stuff like that you should give it a view.

as for slashdot, i've moved and now have a new isp, and slashdot is letting me post again. so apparently i'm back.

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Journal: i am a moron and don't get this at all 2

Journal by bechthros

slashdot won't let me post anymore, says i'm on an open proxy. it then tells me what my ip is (correctly) but gives me a port number that doesn't show up via netstat -a.

it's 5 in the morning and i've already had to deal with losing my entire recording drive and all the work on all the music i've done in the past year. i really don't want to deal with this shit right now. can one of my smart friends tell me what the fuck is going on right now please? thanks.

the irony is that i have 5 mod points, but i can't even post.

UPDATE: i just ran a port scan on hackerwatch.org and it said nothing about this port being open.

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Journal: braindead media 3

Journal by bechthros

so i'm watching cnn this morning and soledad o'brien makes a comment that youtube was a "player" in the last election, referring to the "mukaka moment."

youtube is a MEDIUM. so to say that youtube was responsible for the "mukaka moment" is like holding the owner of a gas station responsible for the graffiti on the bathroom walls.

you could make the argument that whoever posted the video of the mukaka moment was the "player" - but you'd still be wrong.

the only person responsible for the word "mukaka" is the one who said it - george allen.

but to hold somebody accountable for the thing that they actually said, makes you somehow a "player"? can you even begin to imagine the hue and cry that would have gone up from the mainstream media if hillary clinton had made that comment?

but here we are again, watching a leading tv personality on a network owned by media megalith time warner attempt to portray as liberal the very MEDIUM used by someone who didn't even use their own words against a GOP candidate, but dared to simply publicize the candidate's own.

anybody else think maybe it's a good time for the people to take back control of the airwaves from the corporate elite?

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Journal: this multiply thing 5

Journal by bechthros

slashdot, where i created my account about seven years ago, is the last place online where i used the name "bechthros" (more properly rendered as "b. echthros"). all my newer accounts (like myspace) have been using the nick "ikediggety". seems a bunch of others have gone to newer nicks as well (i'm looking at you, ethelred). so, if you add me on multiply as part of this maybe-conversion, do me a favor and let me know who you are on slashdot.

and dammit, bethanie's actually kinda cute. i was hoping she'd be some hideous beast...

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Journal: an email to my dad about global warming 1

Journal by bechthros

plenty of people said the holocaust wasn't happening too, einstein. in fact, more informed people denied the holocaust than are denying global warming. don't be so alarmist, they said. they said it in the 30's when it was just getting underway. they said it in the early 40's when we were just getting into the war. they said it all the way until we stumbled upon the emaciated corpses of those we refused to believe were dying. after all, they said it wasn't true. at the very least, it was controversial.

and from the KKK to ahmedinijad, they're still saying it today.

global warming is scary, but it will be much less scary if we come to grips with it while there's still time to do something about it than it will be if we stick our heads in the sand until we're tripping over the corpses. again. we're saying the problem needs to be addressed. you're saying there isn't a problem.

and you have the balls to call US chicken little?

i'm 32 years old. i'm gonna have to deal with the repurcussions of what your generation has done to the planet we were charged with the stewardship of for the rest of my life. you'll be lucky enough to have escaped the consequences of your actions scot free. so it's all well and good for you to treat global warming as academic - for you, it is. you've stuck us with it. good job. pat yourself on the back. buck successfully passed, personal - and, more importantly, corporate - responsibility successfully avoided.

but do me a favor. if you, who are so unimaginitive to swallow that fallacy that all economic progress is inherently carbon-based, and who are so terrified of the consequences of your shortsightedness that you are willing to accuse those who seek to remedy your wrongdoings of the very cowardice you exemplify, can't be responsible enough to admit that overwhelming scientific consensus exists regarding global warming, and if you then insist on succumbing to the profiteering panderers who would soothe you into complacency and whisper into your cowardly ears the sweet, sweet nothings that you so long to hear, that the holocaust just isn't real... ...then SHUT UP. and may God have mercy on your soul. for those who follow you on the earth will have nothing but amazed contempt that you could carve the words "never again" into a stone monument, but lack the courage to believe them in your heart.

so forward that, o brave armchair Exxon warrior. you can quote me.

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Journal: multiply

Journal by bechthros

i am a hopeless follower. i've created an account there, but my name has changed - henceforth i shall be known as ikediggety. less obscure, but more me, since all my friends IRL call me ike.

anybody who wants in my network - holla at your boy.

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Journal: God bless russ feingold 1

Journal by bechthros

in milwaukee, in 1998, my girlfriend and i walked through sleet to the elementary school a block and a half away from our house. we figured that, being the closest public building, it was probably where we were supposed to vote. we were turned away and told that our polling place was in the public housing projects on locust and oakland - which meant we had to walk four more blocks south, then walk 2 miles across a bridge, then walk back again when we were done. it was sleeting the entire time, but we considered ourselves not only happy but lucky to be able to do what we were determined to do that day - cast a vote for senator russ feingold. feingold was the only senator to oppose the patriot act. feingold consistantly speaks form a position of uncommonly common sense and genuine intent to respresent the people of wisconsin.

here's what he has to say about the iraq study group:

The fact is this commission was composed apparently entirely of people who did not have the judgment to oppose this Iraq war in the first place, and did not have the judgment to realize it was not a wise move in the fight against terrorism. So that's who is doing this report. Then I looked at the list of who testified before them. There is virtually no one who opposed the war in the first place. Virtually no one who has been really calling for a different strategy that goes for a global approach to the war on terrorism. So this is really a Washington inside job.

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Journal: memes are for sheep 1

Journal by bechthros

1. What is your occupation?
audio-visual technician

2. What color are your socks right now?
mostly white

3. What are you listening to right now?
laptop fans and the a/c

4. What was the last thing that you ate?
a mixture of potatoes, cheese, sour cream, and pulled pork

5. Can you drive a stick shift?
boy can i.

6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
probably indigo

7. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
my drummer's voicemail

8. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
all four of them

9. How old are you today?
32

10. Favorite drinks?
really good beer, really good coffee, water in a glass bottle

11. What is your favorite sport to watch?
green bay packers mothafucka

12. Have you ever dyed your hair?
many, many, many times

13. Pets?
none

14. Favorite food?
that's a really hard decision. whatever it is probably involves bleu cheese

15. What was the last movie you watched?
borat

16. Favorite holiday?
thanksgiving

17. What do you do to vent anger?
bitchslap stupid libertarians on slashdot

18. What were your favorite toys as a kid?
Legos. i still have em too. i keep hoping it'll get me in good with a cute lady with a kid. so far, no go.

19. What is your favorite: fall or spring?
Spring.

20. Hugs or kisses?
yes please

21. Cherry or blueberry?
blueberry johnson

22. Do you want your friends to send this back?
a good chunk of them already did it.

23. Who is the most likely to respond?
no idea

24. Who is least likely to respond?
no idea

25. Living arrangements?
with my folks. it's actually more like they live with me.

26. When was the last time you cried?
February

27. What is on the floor of your closet?
some dirty clothes

28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you're sending this to?
i'm posting it, not sending it

29. What did you do last night?
drank beer and watched tv

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Journal: it's official

Journal by bechthros

I am now a circuit bender. I know, I know, it's been going on for years and I'm a johnny-come-lately wanna-be trendster.

Fuck it. I'm having a blast.

Check me out. I've since added two aleatoric triggers and a hard volume control for the line out. I still need to add a speaker bypass switch (I can be really annoying at parties with this thing).

The algorithm for finding the longest path in a graph is NP-complete. For you systems people, that means it's *real slow*. -- Bart Miller

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