Sat. Jan. 9, 2021 – so much bad stuff coming down the pike

Cold, and maybe wet too.  Can’t wait to find out.

Cold all day Friday.  I wore long pants and a fleece jacket except when I was active.  Chilly willy.  39F when I went to bed.

I did make my drop off.  I’ve made arrangements for another load of stuff on Monday or Tuesday too.

Today I’ve got all the usual weekend stuff, plus taking down the Christmas decor if it’s not wet out.  I’ve got a couple of pickups too.  They are radio related items so they do still fit into my new restrictions on what I’m buying.  It needs to contribute to our survival, or be immediately re-sellable to contribute to our economic survival.  I’ll probably stretch those rules but that is my new baseline.

I don’t know what the timeline is but I feel like it’s getting shorter.  The cries for retribution against the right will not get quieter after the inauguration.   If anything they’ll get louder.  They have already called for Trump’s resignation, arrest, prosecution, and have shut off his access to the social media that was his counter to the MSM and a way to go directly to the people without filter.  There have been calls to expel the congressmen who supported OUR SITTING PRESIDENT.  There are calls to go after their families- with law-fare at this point.  There have been calls to ‘cleanse’ America of Trump supporters.  To re-educate them.   To deplatform, hound out of work, and attack in their homes.  THAT MEANS ME by the way.

I’m taking this very personally.  I didn’t LIKE Trump, but I SUPPORTED him.  That means that it’s ME and MY family that they are howling for.  Many of you  too.  It’s not some straw man or the imaginary boogie man, it’s YOU- Trump supporter.  And demagogues rarely indulge in subtlety.  They are really more ‘all or nothing’.    If you showed ANY support at any time for any reason, they mean YOU.  Sure, it’s not all of them, but you don’t have to worry about the ones that DON’T hate you, there are plenty that do.   And a whole bunch of people are going to hate you when the economy collapses because you supported the bad man who DESTROYED AMERICA ON THE WORST DAY EVER.  I sure hope I’m wrong, but I haven’t lived here on the Gulf just ‘hoping’ the hurricanes wouldn’t come.

The flip side of this howling for blood from the left is 70 MILLION voters who think their votes were negated, and an election stolen.  IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT’S TRUE.  I see elsewhere and even here people still going back and forth over this point.  It’s DONE and it no longer matters that YOU don’t think there was fraud.  A REALLY BIG percentage of those 70 million DO.  THEY ARE GOING TO ACT as if it IS TRUE.   I really can’t emphasize enough that the time for debate is over.  Accept the fact the election was stolen or don’t, it doesn’t matter.   What matters NOW is the continued belief that it was, and the actions of the left as they seize any opportunity to attack the right while they have a chance.

We’ve already seen that the left has boots on the ground that are willing and able to commit violence.  We’ve seen neighborhoods destroyed, buildings burned, cops attacked with projectiles, fire, blinding weapons, chemicals, and explosives.  In 2018 we saw them occupy the very same capitol building, only with hundreds of people, to intimidate lawmakers.  They have been gearing up for this time for YEARS.  They see this as the culmination of their hard work and sacrifice.   They WANT this craziness.

What you may or may not understand is the way a large number of those 70 million Trump voters feel.  In addition to seeing the left attack everything they hold dear and GET AWAY WITH IT, they feel like this commentor over at Aesop’s…

DeWalt said…

Watched a young Air Force vet, a woman and mother get executed by some coward because she thought she should stand up for her country, for her oath.

Four tours of duty and she died drowning in her own blood on the floor in the nations capital that she Honorably served. Words escape me.

If you are more prepper, or programmer than “patriot” (here on the web) you might not know the history and ideas that are prevalent in the ‘patriot movement’, 3%ers, Oathkeepers, militia, or other parts of the ‘liberty-sphere’.   If you can’t discuss Randy Weaver and Ruby Ridge, David Koresh and the ATF at Waco (without mentioning religion or the word ‘cult’), and Ammon Bundy and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge; and you don’t understand why the deaths in these places, by the hands of our government, ENRAGE those people, you need to do some reading.  You need the context.  You need to at least be aware of the Venn diagram for these groups and their shared narrative.   Otherwise, you might not believe the warnings. 

One guy had all of LA county’s LEOs running around like their pants were on fire, shooting up innocents.   Two guys had the DC area living in fear of catching a random sniper round.  One guy in Dallas killed five cops and injured 9 others and two civilians.  Two guys and some fireworks packed into a pot killed 3, wounded over 250 more and triggered authorities to throw any notion that the people of Boston were citizens with rights into the trash.  I could go on in this vein for PAGES.

If ONE TENTH of ONE PERCENT of that 70 million decide to act, all hell will break loose.  Do the math.  It’s nearly 1 in 10 for every  sworn law enforcement officer IN THE ENTIRE NATION.  So, what’s 1% of 70 million?  Think there won’t be violence?  How long will it be, before those numbers start to sink in for the people inclined to act?

When I hear people calling for me and my neighbors to be hounded out of work, school, and the public square; to be ‘cleansed’ from America; to be denied a representative in government; I BELIEVE THEM.  I BELIEVE THAT IS IN FACT WHAT THEY WANT.  I believe that they will DO IT if they have the power.

That’s the question then.  Do they have the power?  If not, can we count on them not getting it in the future?

This has focused my mind tremendously.  On top of all the other cr@p that 2020 dumped on us, now we have this.  Think HARD about what it means to you personally to be a potential target of the howling mob.   Get yourself ready.  Decide what you need and keep stacking it.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

66 thoughts on “Sat. Jan. 9, 2021 – so much bad stuff coming down the pike”


  1. @pecancorner, I was quoting someone, “When the elephants dance, the mice get nervous”. I might be quoting incorrectly. I recently saw another blogger use it as “When the elephants dance, the grass gets trampled.” I like the image and have used the quote before.

    Ah, thanks Nick… I looked it up. Good grief, it is a Clapton song, a Martin Sharpe, Eric Clapton song to be precise: an old Cream song, but I don’t think I ever heard it:

    Anyone For Tennis

    Twice upon a time in the valley of the tears
    The auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years
    And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice.
    Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?

    And the ice creams are all melting on the streets of bloody beer
    While the beggars stain the pavements with flourescent Christmas cheer
    And the Bentley driving guru is putting up his price.
    Anyone for tennis, wouldn’t that be nice?

  2. Apple and Google say they are taking down the Parler app to remove users access to uncensored social media. The wife is recommending we return to email distribution lists to avoid left wing censors. Too many people use Gmail or MS controlled mail platforms that can be instructed to black-hole conservative email lists.

    Android phones can “side load” apps downloaded directly from web sites … for now.

    Apple doesn’t allow users to install binaries outside of the app store, but too much censorship will play into the hands of the class action lawsuits sponsored by Steam and others seeking to crack open the walled garden so they don’t have to share revenue with Cupertino.

    Secure, decentralized communications tech is out there but will have to be relearned. Depending on a service provided by an app requiring corporate level resources to develop and deploy is asking for trouble. The big downside of Apple opening their install process to “side load” apps is that the current process also screens out garbage written by clueless developers.

    It isn’t a dark age until we forget that we could do certain things … and without smart phones.

    Parler’s web site isn’t going anywhere.


  3. Parler’s web site isn’t going anywhere.

    At least not until 1/20/2021, or maybe the day after. I see the incoming administration cracking down on any messaging that is in conflict with their strategy. The press and main stream media is on board and suppress any context not to their liking. Reporting the facts has long gone the way of the Dodo as now only opinions are reported.

    When Biden promised everyone in Georgia that voting for a democrat would put $2,000 in peoples pockets that was buying votes. Using money to bribe voters to vote a certain candidate. That should have been immediately ruled illegal and Biden charged with bribery to influence an election. Instead the media applauded his statement saying how wise he was to make such a statement.

    The fix has been in for some time. The COVID was the kickstarter. Restricting people’s activities. Determining what business’ can open and those that cannot. Facebook removing posts they did not like. Putting people in FB jail for saying something some clod at FB disagreed with. Now Twitter is shutting down accounts of people they don’t like. Parler being told to install socially correct thinking moderators or lose support on major platforms.

    Freedom of speech has been effectively destroyed. One of the foundations of the constitution shredded on the alter of liberalism. Right thinking (their way) is rewarded, wrong thinking is being banned.

    The USA that I grew up in, where people enjoyed freedoms envied by the world. freedoms for which I fought for and put my life on the line, freedom where my brothers placed their lives on the line, freedoms for which my family members were injured, freedom for which many others paid the ultimate sacrifice, are now being ripped away by the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Robert Schumer.

    Joe Biden is not in charge, Nancy Pelosi or someone else (or many people) are yanking his chain, manipulating the puppet strings, making his lips move with their hands up his anal orifice. The warped vision of America where these people become worshipped, live in absolute luxury, while telling their peasants and serfs that life is good while living on breadcrumbs. Where these people have assumed power over others to fulfill their dreams of lordship status.

    These people have long forgotten that the USA does not elect leaders. The USA elects representatives. These elected people are abusing their elected leadership status by lording over everyone else. “Do as I say, not as I do” has become the motto of politicians. Many of them have never worked a day at hard work in their entire life.

    Joe Biden has spent 47 years in government roles and has accomplished nothing. His employee reviews would be enough to get him fired from any real job. Now he will become the most powerful (gaaack, I had that term) person in the U.S. Showing the signs of senility. Showing the signs of physical issues. He is not long for this world. He may soon depart this earth on the Hillary Plan.

    Soon Kamala Harris will become president. She will attempt to restrict all weapons, confiscate anything beyond the power of a BB gun. She will attempt to equalize income among everyone regardless of effort. Those that work will have their pay confiscated and given to those who don’t work and don’t want to work. Guaranteed yearly income is the fancy term. It is stealing by normal terms. Those that don’t work, the lazy, the incompetent, dazzled by shiny baubles dangled in front of their faces to get them to vote for the free stuff. The Free Stuff Army (FSA) will become the largest voting block in the USA. They will vote themselves money from other people.

    I may not be alive in 10 years. Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe this is a good time to check out before the destruction of the USA is complete. The liberal whining class will have effectively won, then will complain about what they have won. They will have turned the USA into the shirthole(-r) of the world.

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  4. When Biden promised everyone in Georgia that voting for a democrat would put $2,000 in peoples pockets that was buying votes. Using money to bribe voters to vote a certain candidate. That should have been immediately ruled illegal and Biden charged with bribery to influence an election. Instead the media applauded his statement saying how wise he was to make such a statement.

    “Walkin’ ’round” money is an old trick. I don’t think the promise of $2000 checks made any difference among the few undecided voters. What happened in Georgia this week is that 200,000 Republicans and ~ 120,000 like-minded Libertarians simply didn’t show up at the polls to repeat their votes against Osoff and Warnock from November.

    The bribery that probably was effective but perfectly legal was the noise about the potential Dem-initiated SALT deduction cap repeal that starting floating around this week. That is a *huge* deal in the suburbs of DC and tech hubs like Atlanta. Even here in Austin, where homeowners 800 yards from my front door pay almost double my property taxes since they live in the city proper, giving the deduction back *and* leaving the current personal exemptions in place would be a significant boost to a lot of wealthy Prog households’ bottom lines.

    That reminds me — the CA relations still haven’t paid the second half of their property taxes for 2020. We got a mini-shakedown Christmas week, but, being the good Progs that they are, maybe they will get emboldened to work my mother-in-law again after what happened over the last few days. One upside of open hostility between left and right is that I don’t have to be polite anymore when the relatives work the angle of being “good Chinese boys and girls” with the oldsters.


  5. Same for everyone else. Anyone can cheaply start a web site and post anything they choose. If there is enough public interest, it will be read.

    Sure, post away, until GoDaddy, or whomever hosts your site decides otherwise. I guess off-shore hosting is also an option, as is setting up your own ‘datacenter’, maybe?

  6. Sure, post away, until GoDaddy, or whomever hosts your site decides otherwise. I guess off-shore hosting is also an option, as is setting up your own ‘datacenter’, maybe?

    I’ve seen a lot of lazy admins using the 8.8.8.8 and 1.1.1.1 DNS services provided by Google when installing servers.


  7. The wife is recommending we return to email distribution lists to avoid left wing censors. Too many people use Gmail or MS controlled mail platforms that can be instructed to black-hole conservative email lists.

    I suggest folks check out protonmail as an email option.

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  8. Apple’s threat to ban the parler app was in the works for a long time, I think. Emboldened by plugs’ election steal, the ProgLibTurds of corporate America are going to ban, silence and threaten any alternative to the *narrative*. It’s for the children, you see.

    I didn’t think I would live to see the final throes of the FUSA. The promotion of *hate crimes* rhetoric has led to *hate thought* which will destroy the 1st Amendment. How long before plugsy McSpongeBrain goes after the 2nd Amendment? You don’t have to look far at Twitter and FaceCrack to find violent rhetoric, yet Apple has no plan for banning their apps. It’s been pointed out, Iran constantly threatens the World on Twitter, but is not permabanned like THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    I don’t want blood on the streets, but it is coming from the crazies. How else can you fight giant corporations backed by the HARRIS/plugs admin. There have been numerous *riots* against the capitol and federal buildings. The goobermints response, yawn. Now the full force of the goobermint has been exposed on how they are tracking down citizens using powerful technology. Think these people will get any semblance of a fair trial? Now that Merrick Garland is being rewarded, he’ll work lockstep with plugs to “get the mofo’s who desecrated Stretch’s office”.

    The Redumblican party might just as well merge with the Dumbocrats. Even McConnell is crumbling by saying “the earliest we could have impeachment hearing is Jan 20”, he should have said “there will be no impeachment hearing”.

    Sheeple, wake up.

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  9. Folks, calm down a little and think about strategy. Take a page from the old Mob. In many communities, the good people seriously outnumber the bad. What did organized crime do when threatened? They counter attacked and made hideous examples of some enemies, while quietly disposing of most others. If it comes to it, I have no doubt this could happen in many communities.

    That doesn’t make such actions right, but they can be effective. Wish OFD were here to lend his wisdom, may he RIP.

  10. Apple’s threat to ban the parler app was in the works for a long time, I think. Emboldened by plugs’ election steal, the ProgLibTurds of corporate America are going to ban, silence and threaten any alternative to the *narrative*. It’s for the children, you see.

    The Parler ban won’t stick at Apple. Other ProgLibTurd organizations such as Steam, Facecrack, and Amazon would love to have the App Store exclusive on iPhone binaries lifted so they can do even creepier things on the iPhone than they ever dreamed of doing on Android.

    Apple’s antitrust hall pass is that the App Store is open to anyone as long as the app passes technical review and plays by Apple’s rules regarding revenue streams. Start censoring apps, and the class action suits will fly, even more than they do now.

    Think Google wouldn’t love to have a real binary of Chrome installed on iOS instead of wrapping Safari?

    Facecrack went as far as installing a VPN on the iPhone with a version of their app distributed through their corporate developer license as a direct download. All network connections went through Zukerberg’s tunnel servers, even Apple’s own app data connections, and only threats of revoking the developer license forced “The Social Network” to back down.

    Tim Cook is playing with fire.

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  11. I just deleted my Facebook account. This told me how https://askleo.com/delete-facebook-account/
    I left twitter several years ago.

    I had over 21,000 people in my Ford FE Big Block group which I passed to a new owner. I’m now on Parler as BobSprowl and MeWe as Bob Sprowl. I’m hoping my family does the same but who knows. I am the only surviving parent-grandparent.

    More later.

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  12. It is typical of “lawmakers” to act as quickly as possible during times of turmoil to get as much done as they can before stuff stabilizes and people start looking a bit harder. Then it’s a fait accompli and ‘nothing can be done’.

    The deep state is ramming thru as much change in law and opinion as fast as they can.

    While everyone is looking at the ‘impeachment’ distraction, what else is going on?

    n

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  13. scanner has 2 surveillance ‘tailing’ operations in motion.

    One is local, involving surface streets as they are following a van across town.

    The other is interstate, with DEA and Louisiana LEO following someone from LA to here, involving at least 4 DEA vehicles, air support (plane from Houston DEA) and Houston LEOs. Houston’s team doesn’t approve of the DEA’s technique….

    n

  14. Question for the hive, apropos of the time. Some of us have never been on social media (except maybe for the now discontinued Google whatever that all Android users once had by default.) At the same time, we have relatives or maybe businesses who are only practically reachable on FB. Finally, we are experienced computer users with spare hardware and software available. Would it be pratical to take a “sterile” computer, and use, say, a Linux demo session to set up an account using a pseudonym?

    I am reluctant to do any general searches on this topic. I would also understand if anyone here would be reluctant to discuss this. Any links to sources and methods appreciated. Not asking for a friend.

  15. @jimb, I had intended to set up a sterile lappy to do FB Marketplace to sell stuff that isn’t selling elsewhere. Less likely to do that now.

    My understanding is that you can’t be anonymous on FB unless you are a business or performer.

    My wife originally only used her FB to keep track of cousins and family. She had to ‘unfriend’ almost all of them for political reasons as they just kept spamming her with memes. Unfortunately, if you use it at all, it’s designed to suck you further in. School, Girl Scouts, swim team, Mom’s club, local neighborhood groups, etc all have pulled her further into it. There is a ton of casual selling on the platform too.

    I’ve never understood the ‘liberty sphere’ blogs and sites that would have all the social media sharing/tracking buttons on them. WTF? “That’s where my audience/market/whatever is”. Yeah, then you aren’t a serious person in my book.

    I have a twitter account that was set up many many years ago and never used, but don’t know anything more about it. The desire to be interrupted by strangers every few minutes is not something I share with a surprisingly large part of the US. You can use an alias on twitter. No interest AT ALL in using or being a part of twitter.

    Since I don’t use twitter, I had no need of Gab or parlar either.

    n

  16. While everyone is looking at the ‘impeachment’ distraction, what else is going on?

    The Senate is out until 1/20 unless 100% of the Senators vote to reconvene.

    In addition to repealing the SALT deduction cap, I’ve seen stories about student loan forgiveness going up to $50,000 instead of the $10,000 Plugs promised by EO before the Senate changed hands.

    They won’t talk about wealth taxes and the other crazy stuff until safely ensconced in power and Trump impeached as the afternoon tea time activity in Congress after the Inauguration speech.

    The Castro brothers are calling for Ted Cruz to be removed from office. Still no Se Habla, boys? Senor Cruz Se Habla.

    Oh, and the Texas Legislature is back in session. God only knows what Abbott is giving away this year for more abortion restrictions. Texas Republicans need to give it up — not only has Ann Richards been dead for 15 years, her daughter no longer runs Planned Parenthood.


  17. Freedom of speech has been effectively destroyed

    Only if you are equating it with FB and Twitter. People communicated and congregated in groups before the internet. The 1st Amendment doesn’t apply to ‘private’ (and I acknowledge the behind the scenes government connections) actors. Be part of the movement to move to Parler or some other alternative platform. If history repeats itself some day (maybe my yet to be conceived great-grandkids will see it) perhaps FB, Twitter and Google will join MySpace, Yahoo, Napster and others in the internet graveyard by companies yet to be started in someone’s garage.

  18. Ah yes, marketplace might be of interest, but I would have to figger out how to connect IRL. We don’t have Craig’s List here, so all sellers are a hundred miles away. Isolation also has downsides.

    As for Twitter, Daniel Rutter shut down Dan’s Data and moved to Twitter. Worthless. I agree with you. I would have to have the attention span of a gnat to be interested in Twitter.


  19. While everyone is looking at the ‘impeachment’ distraction, what else is going on?

    Ummm, this???
    “US sees record 310K new cases
    NJ reported nearly 20K new cases
    CA reports 50K cases
    UK, Germany daily deaths top 1K
    UK tops 3MM cases
    UK deaths top 80K
    Portugal reports 9K+ cases
    Japan may extend emergency order
    China moves to expedite vaccinations”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/us-reports-another-daily-case-record-covid-deaths-uk-germany-top-1k-live-updates
    Or on a lighter note, this “war”:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/crispy-chicken-sandwich-wars-heat

  20. “MySpace, Yahoo”

    –still going strong. Yahoo has a ton of users, mostly I’d guess over age 60. Myspace users last time I checked were mostly Central and South American…

    Napster was lawyered to death, like replay, wasn’t it?

    n


  21. scanner has 2 surveillance ‘tailing’ operations in motion.

    How long before all emergency services (PD/FD/EMS) transmissions are digitally encrypted and scanners will go on the junk pile?

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    I’m headed out the door so can’t elaborate now, but it isn’t happening in the next 10yrs. Local and limited encryption is a thing in some places right now, but there are good reasons why it wont go to everything any time soon.

    n

  23. There is stuff online, keyword search, include sdr hackRF motorola encryption

    n should get some reading

  24. Napster was lawyered to death, like replay, wasn’t it?

    Napster *was* illegal.

    The semi-underground torrent sites pretty much supplanted Napster, and the quality of the rips on Napster pales in comparison to what became available legally on iTunes.


  25. There is stuff online, keyword search, include…

    Are we close to the point where we should be concerned with searching for those keywords?
    FWIW I have though switched to duck.com rather than the blue/red/yellow/green guys.


  26. There is stuff online, keyword search, include…

    Are we close to the point where we should be concerned with searching for those keywords?
    FWIW I have though switched to duck dot com rather than the blue/red/yellow/green guys. But does it really matter these days?

  27. @nick/RickH – do I have a reply pending moderation? If so, can you let me know the cause. Thanks.


  28. @alan do I have a reply pending moderation? If so, can you let me know the cause. Thanks.

    There were two that Akismet caught as spam. Not sure why – another mystery of Akismet. (Or maybe a three-letter agency …)

    Released them both from their purgatory.


  29. Would it be pratical to take a “sterile” computer, and use, say, a Linux demo session to set up an account using a pseudonym?

    Yes, but… If you are semi-serious about anonymity there’s more to it. And there is no perfect anonymity, there just isn’t.

    First, either use a live USB stick that saves no data, or a VM that you can reset to a clean snapshot. Second, use a VPN. Third, install plug-ins on your browser that restrict tracking and fingerprinting. Fourth, again, realize that this is all imperfect.

    If I may ask, why? Just use a pseudonym, that’s likely enough unless you’re doing something you shouldn’t… And in the latter case, well, risk is part of life :-/


  30. Released them both from their purgatory.

    @RickH; thanks…got a little nervous there for a second given the discussion topics of late.

  31. If you are semi-serious about anonymity there’s more to it. And there is no perfect anonymity, there just isn’t.

    Of course, you are right.

    Just use a pseudonym, that’s likely enough unless you’re doing something you shouldn’t…

    I was under the impression that FB didn’t allow pseudonyms, and had fairly sophisticated ways to detect real identities. I resent that. Folks here respect handles, and there are many whose real names I don’t know. I respect that. After all, this is a public forum.

    As for not doing anything I shouldn’t do, I would never do that. Seriously. 🙂

    @Mark W, thanks for the reminder. I know Brave has that, and have been putting off trying it. I really like Brave.


  32. The 1st Amendment doesn’t apply to ‘private’ (and I acknowledge the behind the scenes government connections) actors.

    I realize that. Freedom of speech only applies to the government. I suspect there were some government entities, pressure from some official, for the social platforms to shut down dissenting views. The platforms can control what is allowed, same as this site.

  33. No controls on comments/commentors here, at least from me.

    Although there is this automatic process to forward everything to certain three-letter-agencies….

    (That’s a ‘sarcasm’ tag up there, for those that didn’t know.)

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  34. Would it be pratical to take a “sterile” computer, and use, say, a Linux demo session to set up an account using a pseudonym?

    That’s probably carrying things too far. The fact that you would use a sterile computer would probably be of value to some of their advertisers.

  35. Would it be pratical to take a “sterile” computer, and use, say, a Linux demo session to set up an account using a pseudonym?

    They’ll still have your IP address. Easier to flush the cache and delete cookies.

  36. The fact that you would use a sterile computer would probably be of value to some of their advertisers.

    So? I would only use this occasionally, and would not care about ads.

    Anyway, as I said, just curious. I akso remember when our former host used to answer required demographic questions with contradictory data. I have done that. /chuckle 🙂


  37. I akso remember when our former host used to answer required demographic questions with contradictory data.

    I’m usually a Feather Indian from Samoa Lesbian into BDSM. I seem to get very little spam from the sites that ask. 🙂


  38. They’ll still have your IP address.

    “Borrow” some public wi-fi. Of course, dress appropriately for the CCTV cameras.

    I seem to get very little spam from the sites that ask.

    But the spam you do get must be quite interesting. LOL

  39. There seems to be a bit of fussing to get a Proton Mail account. Because it’s encrypted end to end. And the Evil Demoncrats are going to come after you and they can shut down your GMail or Yahoo or whatever Microsoft’s free mail is called now.

    A free e-mail account and what did you expect Sparky? Beyond ALL of your mail scanned for keywords to trigger advertisements? With the added bonus of they keep all of it forever and ever Amen.

    Maybe Awoman, too.

    And that’s a tangent. Pelosi or whoever had decreed a list of gender words to be verboten. Maybe the guy doing the prayer was jerking everyone’s chain? I would have.

    Anyway.
    I’ve my domain since 2002. Dream Host after a few bumps in the road does a good job. They have unlimited discussion lists… but if we have to go to that, well, this site and domain are dead. So much for that plan.

    Someone said Usenet is still out there. Newsgroups? Full of smut spam? Seems usable. Is IRC still a thing? It’s been a long time since I tried using mIRC.

    And it all goes through various choke points.


  40. But the spam you do get must be quite interesting.

    Not a problem. I use Nancy Pelosi’s email address.


  41. There seems to be a bit of fussing to get a Proton Mail account.

    @paul; How so?

  42. I go away for a couple hours and the cats come out to play 😉

    SO, wrt encrypting public safety radio transmissions and rendering scanners useless…

    The public as a whole owns the airwaves… so anything on them belongs to us. They have rammed thru some unconstitutional laws restricting that, because their own ox got gored. There are regulations, and (mostly) everyone agrees that setting limits on who gets to use what frequencies is in everyone’s benefit. What they are not supposed to be able to do is restrict what you can receive. Of course, the scanner companies enforced their illegal rules when it came to phone calls, ie. wireless phones and cellular. One of the ways that is clearly illegal is that some of the blocked frequencies are no longer used for telephony and yet you can’t restore your scanner to full capability… denying you the ability to listen. Anyway IANAL but there was a whole lot of argument and some suits based on the above. See also ‘Cincinnati Microwave’ and the attempt to ban radar detectors.

    Other places and people have successfully sued agencies to remove or halt encryption because of the public’s interest in monitoring the police. That precedent exists now and could be taken up against anyone using full time encryption. There were exceptions carved out for personal info (under the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ theory) and however they ended up phrasing it, SWAT can use encryption under extraordinary circumstances.

    In Houston, SWAT is pretty much the only users of encryption.

    If you searched, there are several research projects involving SDR (software defined radio) that have made progress to the point where some stuff can be decrypted in real time. The legality of that under the DMCA might be questionable.

    There are practical issues too. Encryption is hard to manage. When you have thousands of radios, with hundreds of channels programmed, key management and authorization gets complex. Cross agency it gets even more complex. If you want people to be able to communicate, you usually end up dropping encryption. In fact, FEMA recommends plain english and no crypto for interop channels by default. Even the 10-x codes vary from dept to dept, so FEMA says, just say it so it’s clear to everyone.

    Finally there is the issue of time. These systems will be in use for decades. The design of the crypto has to hold up for a LONG time, across generations of hardware. There are still places that haven’t adopted the new plan (and moved frequencies, gone digital, narrowbanded, etc) after a decade of trying and metric tons of cash from Homeland to make the change.

    Now the move from analog to digital is another story. You definitely want a modern digital trunking scanner. There are still plenty of uses for analog scanners, but in most metro areas, the good stuff is going to be digital.

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  43. Like rats from a plague ship….

    “Tennessee’s influx of do-it-yourself movers during a turbulent year marked by the coronavirus pandemic means that a state other than Florida and Texas tops the growth rankings for the first time since 2015 when North Carolina led the way,” the report said.

    Texas and Florida were the top two other destinations. For three consecutive years, Texas had the largest net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks before Florida displaced it for the number one spot last year.

    Before the pandemic, Americans fled liberal-run states and metro areas because of high taxes to conservative states that were business-friendly, such as Texas and Florida. The pandemic certainly amplified the exodus.

    Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia made up the rest of the top ten states with a net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks.

    On the flip side, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Oregon were the top five states with the most significant net loss of U-Haul trucks.

    Jeff Porter, U-Haul Company of Nashville president, said his company is “seeing a lot of people from California move (to Tennessee) because they’re attracted to our lifestyle.”

    Porter pointed out, “Tennessee has no income tax and is very business-friendly. There are plenty of jobs. People and companies are taking note.”

    —they’re coming right for us!

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  44. Interesting is that the totally out of character video speech by Trump was a deep fake, because Pence did replace him on the day as EMPHASIZED several times by others and praised for acting bravely (wtf?) while calling out the Guard… And we won’t be seeing him on the Inauguration because of how they took him out. That’s ‘interesting’.

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    not that I believe that, but the business with Pence and bravery and command of the Guard is VERY strange.

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  45. DHS S&T’s Master Question List for COVID-19 offers scientifically informed guidance for government decision-makers

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has aggregated a Master Question List for COVID-19, offering scientifically informed briefs in response to the most common public health questions about what is currently known about COVID-19, and what additional information is still needed. The information is intended for use by those with a non-medical, non-scientific background, but is also rigorously cited by the most current publicly available scientific studies.

    –if you want the latest ‘official’ info

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  46. This pdf has a crapton of info about VBIEDs like the one in Nashville.

    FedGov is using your money to pay for this stuff, you might as well look at it.

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  47. “The information is intended for use by those with a non-medical, non-scientific background*, but is also rigorously cited by the most current publicly available scientific studies**.”

    * aka “the gullible”
    ** carefully cherry-picked

  48. For those looking for some heartening news, Tom Brady has just become the oldest man to throw a touchdown pass in an NFL game, eclipsing George Blanda’s mark set more than 50 years ago.

    I saw both passes, so everyone owes me a cookie.

  49. Well I’m not giving you any nookie..

    I mean COOKIE. COOKIE!

    Not getting one of those either I’m afraid, it wouldn’t travel through the aether I fear…

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  50. AWS decision to ban Parler should lead to the immediate migration OFF the platform of every other business that has any sense.

    And there is definitely a ‘first they came for the jews, but I did not complain because I’m not a jew” vibe to this.

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  51. And there is definitely a ‘first they came for the jews, but I did not complain because I’m not a jew” vibe to this.

    Critical Race Theory is warmed-over but less-coherent Nazi racial horse hockey, with white males substituted for the Jews.

  52. —they’re coming right for us!

    As seen in the Costco parking lot in North Austin this afternoon — Late model Subaru. Bellvue, WA dealer licence plate frame. California license plate. I assume the Texas plates are pending.

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  53. AWS decision to ban Parler should lead to the immediate migration OFF the platform of every other business that has any sense.

    And there is definitely a ‘first they came for the jews, but I did not complain because I’m not a jew” vibe to this.

    AWS is a Hot Skillz. Everyone wants it on their resume whether or not it makes sense for their employers.

    Amazon is playing with anti-trust fire too.

  54. For those looking for some heartening news, Tom Brady has just become the oldest man to throw a touchdown pass in an NFL game, eclipsing George Blanda’s mark set more than 50 years ago.

    I saw both passes, so everyone owes me a cookie.

    Against The Washington Football Team. “Redskins” is too non-PC, but the marketing droids couldn’t come up with something better before the NFL’s deadline.

    The Jameis Winston era in Tampa seems like it was decades ago.

    Jimbo Fisher owes Tom Brady. With all the celebrating tonight, the Yucs front office lost the keys to the vault doors, but they’re still tallying the financial losses in Tallahassee.

  55. You guys are still giving the sports ball your attention…?

    I know old habits die hard…

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  56. Any CEO that stays on AWS after this should rightfully face shareholder lawsuits. Your entire business model can disappear at the whim of a small group of your ‘service provider’s’ EMPLOYEES, who technically and actually should be working for YOUR interests, not their own.

    This trend of whining about the customers of their company should be STOMPED on. The company EXISTS to make money for the owners. It does that by having CUSTOMERS, not employees. Customers come first. But in this brave new world, the inmates are running the asylum. That can’t last.

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    What Bezos should have said, if it didn’t align with his own desires so closely, was “Sorry you don’t like working here for our customer. I’m sure you’ll find a place where you can be happier. Bye.”

  57. I’ve not used Parler, but I find it really disturbing that AWS is going to pull their hosting. If Twitter, Facebook & Co. don’t want conservatives on their platforms – well, that’s a problem, but the answer from the left was “so build your own platforms”. But if the infrastructure providers prevent that, then???

    Just out of curiosity, I went and made a Parler account. I find some old friends there, like Volokh, Zero Hedge, and the Babylon Bee. If I go to the “discover” section, which I assume shows me a wider selection of what’s currently out there, well, there’s just nothing at all objectionable. I made some effort to search for calls for revolution or violence – nothing, nada. Maybe in some of the comments sections there’s some people saying things they shouldn’t but I sure didn’t find anything.

    Freedom of speech is only meaningful, if there is a place where you can speak. Today, that means the internet, but the entire internet is in the hands of private companies. Who claim that they are not subject to the first amendment, because they are private. So there is no public square.

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  58. The problem, as I see it, is that there is a shadow government, composed of the big tech firms, whose power comes from their gatekeeper role in modern technology. And this power is, arguably, greater than those “governments instituted among men”, because it’s global. As witness, one of the more extreme equivalents of Reddit has bee shut down, because its German webhost declines to provide service any longer.

    Maybe there is a need for restrictions on the power of “Big Tech”, a la the US First Amendment’s restrictions on the US government (and I repeat , the First Amendment only applies to the US government, and only within the US. I say this because some Americans (no-one here, I hasten to add) seem to think that they have First Amendment protections worldwide). But that’s a slippery slope. It is very easy to extend such restrictions, once they have first been instituted.

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  59. With regard to the “one-time use” Linux question, look at the TAILS linux operating system. It can be run from a USB stick, and saves nothing unless you specifically set it up to save it. It also sends all of its networking through TOR, so the IP address for anything you send out isn’t going to be obvious to the recipient.


  60. Why wasn’t one of the most important and secure areas of our government guarded on this day of all days?

    What I don’t understand is if Pence was in the Capitol wouldn’t there have been an appropriate Secret Service presence outside the building? If a similar crowd had tried to breach the White House there would have been a different outcome. Or does Pence not have the same level of SS coverage as Trump?

  61. Pence should have the same coverage in personal protection. They are body guards though, and their first and only obligation is to their “primary”. GTFO is their appropriate response under threat.

    Capitol police protect FedGov buildings on federal property.

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