Thur. Jan. 17, 2019 – I’m beginning to suspect brain damage, not malice

52F and damp, after misty drizzle upgraded to drizzle in the evening yesterday.

Weather like this HURTS for us older folks, with some accumulated injuries. Youth is wasted on the young.

I see headlines like these, and I’m beginning to apply the ‘never attribute to malice what is adequately explained by ignorance’ dictum….

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-16/merkel-offering-pay-one-years-living-expenses-if-refugees-leave-europe

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-16/denmark-one-generation-our-country-has-changed

Because, “DUH! WTF did you THINK was going to happen?”

Perhaps they weren’t worried because they thought “they are just like us, only with different food”? A couple of generations of multi-culti brainwashing would do it, I guess. But MERKEL wasn’t that soft-headed surely?

It looked to me like they were wrecking the place intentionally, although to what end still isn’t clear.

So are they smart manipulative psychopaths or did they really not understand what people were telling them would happen?

n

46 thoughts on “Thur. Jan. 17, 2019 – I’m beginning to suspect brain damage, not malice”

  1. Finally, Butto goes full Commie. I bet he has never even read the Constitution.

    Robert Francis studied English Literature at Columbia. So, no, he hasn’t read the Constitution.

  2. Plus, why should he care? Wasn’t he born, raised and comes from Mexico?

    Fourth generation Irish American, son of a judge and a socialite who owned a furniture store. His step-grandfather actually worked for the Kennedys as Secretary of the Navy. Old money.

    Easy mistake.

  3. Oh. My. Goodness.

    No, he doesn’t say we should ditch the constitution. He questions whether we can function as a country with ideas that were put to paper 230 years ago. The implication is that we should ditch the constitution, without actually saying it.

    The part that pisses me off is the statement “Can an empire like ours…”. We are not an empire even though we sometimes act like one. And our next move should be like our last move – pull out. Would that his father had made the same move 47 years ago.

    Yes, he’s a politician. No, I don’t want him anywhere near any government body that makes decisions about our nation’s functions.

  4. It’s like the video of Obammaa saying he wishes that the Constitution didn’t get in the way of things he wants to do…

    It’s been my contention for a while that the “elites” (especially progressives) will tell you exactly what they want to do, at Davos, other conferences, in their online mission statements, or in candid moments. Ordinary people just don’t believe them.

    If a man says “I’m gonna kill you” you don’t say “No you won’t, you’re nothing but a loudmouth pussy.” You take him at his word, and deal with it in an appropriate manner.

    Same thing for the progs who would kill our culture, society, and people.

    n

  5. But…but…we meant well. Seriously, I think that’s the explanation for the entire progressive agenda – they mean well, and don’t consider the consequences. Lots of poor people in Africa? We have food! Slowly, slowly, they they realize what being African poor means: no education, few skills, no idea what values Western civilization expects of its residents, and little interest in adapting to those values.

    So: paying migrants to leave? There we go again, not thinking through the consequences. What a great way to encourage the next wave of illegal migrants, who want their payoff too. The only solution is the hard solution: here illegally? Sent home with no more than the clothes on your back. Discourage the next wave. And the review process for determining someone’s legality and asylum status needs to be finished in a couple of days, not many months.

    People like Merkel? Either she is (or, perhaps, was) a progressive, or she wanted power and let herself be pushed to the front of the progressive parade. Either way, the damage she has done wasn’t planned, it was simply incidental.

  6. It’s been my contention for a while that the “elites” (especially progressives) will tell you exactly what they want to do, at Davos, other conferences, in their online mission statements, or in candid moments. Ordinary people just don’t believe them.

    Robert Francis would be just another Prog pol, but he does a masterful job of selling the possibility of “Camelot” redux, right down to his TV makeup which hints at Addisons disease genetic tendencies.

    That hooks the oldsters who really believe that Bobby Kennedy would have been the difference in the direction of the country post 1968, especially those who voted for the first time 50 years ago.

    The Texas US Senate election last year was much closer than the Governor’s race despite the Governor being arguably much more conservative than the Senate incumbent.

  7. That hooks the oldsters

    Anyone old enough to have voted in 1968 is a good bit older than I am. And I’m old enough that I look at Robert Francis and don’t see enough gray hair. He’s clearly trying to look even younger than his mid-40s, and just on principle that puts me off.

    But then, I never did understand what people saw in the Kennedy family. Politics aside, the adulation was like people wanted them to be the American version of royalty. When I lived in MA, I quickly learned that one did not criticize anything any Kennedy did. So the whole Camelot thing – I just don’t get it…

  8. All of a sudden this morning at 10am, we are having peer to peer networking issues on our Windows 7 x64 network of 15 PCs. We can reach the internet just fine. All of our PCs have file sharing turned on including our two file servers for backups.

    I am beginning to suspect a Windows update related to the KB4480970 “fix” from last week. The peer-to-peer networking is working but incredibly slow. Very incredibly slow.

    We are NAT’ed against the intertubes access and my NAT box does not support IPv6.

  9. On another subject – to get away from political and social issues…

    There was a massive email/password breach (another one…) called “Collection #1”. Rather than re-hashing it here, this is a good article about it: https://lifehacker.com/how-to-secure-your-accounts-after-the-massive-collectio-1831835847 .

    In the article, there is a way to check if your email has been compromised via Troy Hunt’s excellent “Have I Been Pwned” web site. Enter your email, and check if it is on any breaches. It’s an excellent place; been around for years, and has a good security reputation.

    And I noticed that he has a page that will check if your passwords are on any of the pwned lists. Note that each page is separate; on one you check your email, and on another check for passwords.

    I would have submitted this to Jerry for inclusion in Chaos Manor. But…sadly…

    The LifeHacker article has a good explanation of it all, including the links to Troy Hunt’s site. And I trust the Troy Hunt sites; been following his stuff for years. I see no risk in trying out his sites to test your email and any passwords you might use.

  10. “KB4487345: Description of the update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2: January 11, 2019”
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4487345/update-for-windows-7-sp1-and-windows-server-2008-r2

    “This update resolves the issue where local users who are part of the local “Administrators“ group may not be able to remotely access shares on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 machines after installing the January 8th, 2019 security updates. This does not affect domain accounts in the local “Administrators” group.”

    This is the problematic security update: “January 8, 2019—KB4480970 (Monthly Rollup)”
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4480970/windows-7-update-kb4480970

  11. “Microsoft Releases KB4487345 Update to Fix Windows 7 Share Issues”
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-releases-kb4487345-update-to-fix-windows-7-share-issues/

    “Last week Microsoft released the January 2019 Patch Tuesday updates and included in the release were two updates that caused problems connecting to ntework shares on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. On January 11th, Microsoft has released a a stand-alone update that resolves this issue.”

    “The two updates that caused this problem are KB4480960 and KB4480970 and when installed caused local users who are part of the local “Administrators” group to not be able to connect to remote shares on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 Machines. Microsoft added the following information to the update’s release notes:”

    “To resolve this issue, on January 11th, 2019 Microsoft released the stand-alone update KB4487345 which makes it so local users who are also in the Administrators group can access remote shares again.”
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4487345/update-for-windows-7-sp1-and-windows-server-2008-r2

    “When users first encountered this bug, it was suggested that they make the following registry changes in order to be able to connect to shares again.”

    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system /v LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    “This key created an elevated, or administrator security token, which is no longer needed or wanted now that the fix has been released. Therefore, if you added these registry changes, please delete the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy or at least change it to 0 so it uses default behavior.”

    Lovely, just lovely.

  12. And I’m old enough that I look at Robert Francis and don’t see enough gray hair. He’s clearly trying to look even younger than his mid-40s, and just on principle that puts me off.

    Robert Francis needs the younger Progs to perceive him as a Millennial.

    My generation kinda dropped the ball when it came to politics. The Millennials see X-ers as being in the way, and the Boomers have always viewed us as being useful only as milch cows — as long as we don’t mind them being in charge and cover their retirement, they won’t send us to be turned into hamburger.

  13. @Lynn: I realize it may be something you don’t want to get into, but: With 15 PCs I think you are past the point where you should have a Windows domain and domain server. No more peer-to-peer.

    It’s been a few years since I ran a Windows domain for my wife’s company, but we only had 5-6 PCs and it was already a borderline benefit. I stopped, because I personally moved to Linux, and took the servers with me – leaving only 2-3 Windows clients.

    Running a domain means that you can control most things via group policies, managed on the server. There’s no risk of trashing something on someone else’s PC, because no one has any access to anyone else’s machine. You can (mostly) have centralized and automatic backup/restore. Probably there are a lot of other services that you could centralize as well – printing, for example.

    I’m hardly a Windows fan, but running a Windows domain is surprisingly easy. Might solve some of the problems, and simply others…

  14. Well, the pwned tool says my primary account appeared 2x, my gmail appeared 2x, my flandrey aol acct appeared 1x and my ham radio aol account was not listed. I rarely use the ham one, and never on websites.

    All passwords changed for those, from this pc but everything else will need updating too.

    Bugger me, I’ve got a lot of devices with saved logins, and I’ll have to change them all…

    The aol recovery tool said the last time I used it was 19 YEARS ago, so I’ve had it and my recovery email that long…

    n

  15. out of curiosity, I checked my normal “strong” passwords and they were fine, but abc123 got this message:

    This password has been seen 2,834,058 times before

    That’s almost 3 million complete idiots.

    n

  16. @Lynn: I realize it may be something you don’t want to get into, but: With 15 PCs I think you are past the point where you should have a Windows domain and domain server. No more peer-to-peer.

    Our peer to peer networking worked awesomely until last week. Windows 7 x64 allows up to 20 SMB clients.


  17. This password has been seen 2,834,058 times before

    That’s almost 3 million complete idiots.

    Democrats, all of them.

  18. Our peer to peer networking worked awesomely until last week. Windows 7 x64 allows up to 20 SMB clients.

    My newish Lenovo laptop would not connect to my home’s Samba (Linux SMB) server using the boot OS “out of the box”. After a restore wouldn’t resolve the problem, I installed Windows 10 Pro clean from a Microsoft ISO, and it worked perfectly when I mapped my Linux drive to the laptop.

    I’ve long suspected that Microsoft wants to cripple Samba but, for now, has to support legacy Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 customers.

  19. I’ve never bothered with a domain here except to play. Peer-to-peer works fine.

    I don’t share C:\. Just “Desktop” on each machine with read/write. It gives privacy. I don’t want someone poking around my drive. You want to share a file? Toss it onto my desktop.

    I would have to dig out my Network Essentials book but I’m pretty sure NetBEUI was once touted as enough for 150 PCs. Yeah, 386s with a network printer. Then the rating dropped to 50 PCs.

    I liked NetBEUI, non routable… not going through the router. Sort of like a firewall for your network.

  20. whoohoo, but $16 for the KINDLE version???

    The MSRP on the hardback is $35.

    I paid $15 for “Seveneves” on Kindle IIRC. That was painful.

  21. I won’t pay that much for a book on Kindle.

    I did, however, pay for Rick H’s book on Kindle, even though he offered it “for free”. I’ll support authors. I won’t pay usurious prices for books, no matter how good they are.

  22. Oh to be a fly on Pelosi’s wall. Who’ll crack first. I think the Dumbo’s will deal. I had to run an errand and turned on FNC on satellite. Shemp Smith squawking about ORANGE MAN BAD. Cut to a commercial to sign up for TSA preCheck. lol! Perfect goobermint timing.

  23. Oh to be a fly on Pelosi’s wall. Who’ll crack first. I think the Dumbo’s will deal. I had to run an errand and turned on FNC on satellite. Shemp Smith squawking about ORANGE MAN BAD. Cut to a commercial to sign up for TSA preCheck. lol! Perfect goobermint timing.

    Trump knows that the freshman Dems will need to start bringing home the pork … and soon. The way modern politics works, the solicitations for campaign donations for 2020 have already started.

  24. OK, our local area network peer to peer file sharing network is back up. We have 11 PCs on the network, I am not sure how I got to 15 PCs. The procedure was:

    1. remove the Windows registry patch from last week:

    reg add HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciessystem /v LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    2. Check Windows Update and make sure that “January 8, 2019—KB4480970 (Monthly Rollup)” is installed:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4480970/windows-7-update-kb4480970

    3. Install secret patch “KB4487345: Description of the update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2: January 11, 2019”
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4487345/update-for-windows-7-sp1-and-windows-server-2008-r2

    Sigh. I can’t take this crap much longer from Microsoft.


  25. Can’t a man have dreams and aspirations ?

    Yeh, and I want to be thin, young, rich and handsome. So far it is not working out well.

  26. @ray, if you’re rich you don’t have to be young or handsome….

    PTA meeting tonight. Presentation is about how they’re changing the way they teach, again.

    N


  27. @ray, if you’re rich you don’t have to be young or handsome….

    That’s what Hugh Hefner told me just before he stole my idea about a playboy club with bunnies.

  28. If you can only afford one, which video-streaming service is worth your cash, Netflix or Hulu? ”

    Neither. The entire point of dumping DirecTV was getting rid of a $142 monthly bill.

    Yeah, got a Roku and paying for Sling Orange and Blue. $50 a month. But I since college football is over I can turn Blue (I think) off.

    pita. Put it up to me, no Sling. Just whatever free stuff is on the Roku. The local stations have plenty of stuff to watch on the sub channels.

  29. You guys are so judgemental. All butto wants is to be Emperor with absolute power. Can’t a man have dreams and aspirations about enslaving the rest of us ? Apparently you have never lived until you walk everywhere on the backs of slaves.

    Robert Francis married a billionare’s daughter. Maybe the marked increase quality and quantity of the toadying by the servants went to his head. Things are better when you’re the King.

  30. That’s what Hugh Hefner told me just before he stole my idea about a playboy club with bunnies.

    Hefner basically “borrowed” the key club concept from the Gaslight Club in Chicago. The waitresses even wore similar corset-style costumes except without “ears”.

    To make sure no one “borrowed” from him, Hef registered the bunny waitress uniform concept with the Patent and Trademark office.

  31. “Is Beto O’Rourke’s Wife Really A ‘Billionaire’ Heiress? Not Likely.”

    Regardless, her family has a ton of money to the point that they want for nothing. When Robert Francis hits the campaign trail and talks about the two of them knowing what its like to sweat payrolls running their “small business”, he’s full of it.

    I’ve had to defend voting against Robert Francis to out-of-state friends. That “Kennedy” stuff dies hard outside of Texas. Everyone wants to believe, including many Republicans.

  32. I ran the Kennedy thing by my in laws, lifelong inmates of Mass…. and they never heard of him basically, and had no feelings one way or the other. They saw no Kennedy link.

    But something is there, and I’m willing to accept that as a working hypothesis, despite my data set.

    n

    (an exhaustive data set, just like the global temperature records, accurate, complete, and fit for purpose)

  33. I ran the Kennedy thing by my in laws, lifelong inmates of Mass…. and they never heard of him basically, and had no feelings one way or the other. They saw no Kennedy link.

    They have the real deal family members in MA, and they know the truth about Ol’ Joe and Rose, regardless of party affiliation.

    Inmates.

  34. For whatever reason, the shutdown has been making headlines again here. Trump cancelling Pelosi’s trip is just hilarious. Of course, that’s not what the talking heads say, but seriously – hilarious! Translates as “dear Nancy, no, you are not in charge.”

    Somehow, due to the shutdown, it makes sense to give all Snap recipients double money in January. Um…say what? Anyway, we can see what’s going to happen. There will be parties in January! So much money! And then – shutdown or no – riots in February, because the money will have already been spent.

    Did anyone else come across the essay from the unnamed official? He wrote that his agency was working much more efficiently, with all the deadwood on furlough. That’s a truth that no one will want to hear, but making the furlough permanent would be a great start on putting the federal behemoth on a diet. Next, furlough at least half of the military – women in ground combat units, at least half of all general officers, most of the Pentagon bureaucracy, 90% of the purchasing departments, etc..

    So, the shutdown continues. What essential government services are you missing?

  35. Similar to the question I ask when they scream about budget cuts… Were people dying in the street last year? The year before? Then why do you need so much more money?

    n

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