Month: August 2017

Trying to buy Bitcoin for new currency purchases with Simplex

So I’ve recently decided to buy a new crypto currency. But to do so you need to purchase bitcoin. This particular site uses Simplex or Simplexcc to do the credit/debit transactions. And even more delicious, the CEO of Simplex is Nimrod Lehavi. Yeah you see the humor there.

The reason Simplex exists is because up until last year when the company formed, you could buy bitcoins with a credit card, then dispute the charge and they couldn’t rescind the bitcoin you’d bought.

Now Simplex requires a high level of verifying information. You must use a PIN sent to you via text message to activate, then your full name, card number, expiration and CCV. Then you upload a photo of you holding the card with the middle eight digits obscured.

So we’ve tried, two different accounts, computers, operating systems, browsers – and the verification step never occurs. So you get an email saying thanks for the transaction and then 30 to 60 minutes later you get the decline email.

And of course the decline email just says it’s declined – not why. But a little deduction goes a long way. It’s because it never asked us to upload the image while holding the card and obscuring the middle eight digits.

Emails to their support essentially equate to RTFM – which if you know me if you start saying that it means I’m reaching out to Nimrod and asking him what the fuck is going on. I’ve follow his ass on LinkedIn. I’m sure he and I will have a nice little chat.

Because I’ve found through experience – embarrassment of a company is somewhat effective, notifying the CEO gets a fire lit under someones ass to fix the problem.

Question Atheists can’t answer? Really?

It’s the following with my annotations in bold.
Dear Christians,

Are you tired of atheists claiming they are more intellectual and smarter that Christians? Do you want to continue the good fight against the satanic secular machine that has hijacked this nation from being Christian? Look no further! Here are a bunch of clever questions you can ask atheists. When they fail to answer these questions, show them the truth from the Bible and watch as they are lead to the light.

1. If creationists can’t do science, then why do Kent Hovind and Duane T. Gish, who are creation scientists, have professional degrees in science?

Perhaps because they got them at religious schools that really don’t jibe well with actual science.

2. If dinosaurs turned into birds, why are we not afraid of them?

Birds can be pretty nasty. Ever been attacked by a Blue Jay? Shit on by a Pidgeon?

3. If homosexuality is right, then how come two people of the same sex not produce a child?

{sigh} The old the parts don’t fit argument. To quote moralist John Corvino, Yes they do. However technology is marching along and all we’d need for two guys is a host mother and even she might be irrelevant in the future.

4. What purpose do we have if evolution is real?

None whatsoever. Well wait – live, love and enjoy. That’s all.

5. You say Jesus never existed, but have you heard of the Shroud of Turin?

Which of course has been debunked many times over.

6. Why do we not see humans being born in the zoos from monkeys if we came from monkeys?

That is because there are many transitional species and your understanding of genetics is astoundingly dimwitted.

7. Why do we go to church if God is not real?

Because someone told us to do it. Some of us realized that someone was a false god.

8. How did the Grand Canyon form?

A whole lot of water is what did it. And not the biblical flood story.

9. Do you know that Jesus loves you?
If he existed I’d be a monkeys uncle. Unless of course he’s a cute Latino and well hung.

10. If Christianity is false, then why is it popular?
Because by and large the populace is stupid. And I do mean mind boggling stupid. 

11. If you say Christianity is not true, then why do hundreds of people continue to become saved every day?

Maybe it’s the need for community. But by and large it’s because they don’t have the cognitive ability to have a finely tuned bullshit meter. 

12. Why do we not see half trees and half carrots, fronkeys, and crocoducks if evolution is real?

Because again the author of these questions doesn’t understand evolution. It’s not a linear process but a branching process.

13. Why is Richard Dawkins afraid to debate Ray Comfort?

Because he knows he’d be unable to prevent himself from laughing out loud at some of the things coming out of Ray Comfort’s mouth. Come on, ever see his video explaining how the banana proves God’s existence?
14. Did you know Christopher Hitchens was saved before death?

Not aware of that, and if it was done it wasn’t’ with Hitchens consent. 

15. Are you aware Ray Comfort disproved atheism with a banana?

I’m aware he tried. It was the most awkwardly laughable segment I’ve ever seen. 

16. Why do people laugh at evolutionists?

People don’t laugh at evolutionists, for the pure humor it takes creation. 

17. How did the planets form when the Big Bang explosion all of a sudden happen? After all, you don’t see round objects form when something blows up.

And the author proves he’s a nitwit. When the Big Bang happened it was a hot, dense soup of quantum. It took 9.3 billion years for the laws of gravity to pull enough gas together and form stars and the remaining matter formed into the rocky bodies that are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars. Further out are the gas giants like Neptune and Saturn. 

18. If evolution is real, how can it explain gravity, angular momentum, human emotions, and why we worship God?

Whoa – this one is a total apples to oranges comparison. You see gravity and angular momentum belong in the physics realm, human emotion and why we worship are int eh domain of the nuerobiology. 

19. How did pond scum make living things appear out of nowhere?

Well how did some e coli bacteria in a  lab at Brown University evolve to eat the growth medium instead of the food? 

20. How can evolution be true if we don’t see pocket watches or airplanes form by themselves?

I’d ask how do you know there’s not a universe where this might be the case? I mean really, you’re thinking a sky fairy will just pop them into existence. Far as I know the sky fairy of the Bible could only do animate matter. 

21. Did you know that dinosaurs and man lived together?

More like no. All that was around at the time of the dinosaurs were mammals about the size of a rat, yes they are one of our ancestors. 

22. If evolution is real, then why do caring people like Rick Santorum argue that it must be challenged in the classroom?

Because Rick Santorum is in so many words a moron. 

23. Why are youtube atheists like AronRa and Thunderf00t afraid to debate Ray Comfort?

See my answer regarding Richard Dawkins. Same applies here – the humor factor. 

24. Why do we celebrate Christmas if Christianity is not real?

Because Christians hijacked the holiday from the pagans, I mean come on the tree, the light, the yule – all pagan symbols. 

25. If creationists can’t do science, then why does the website Answersingenesis have proven science articles from creationists that do science?

See my answer about biased education and you’ll understand that creationists don’t have a leg to stand on. 

26. If evolution is true, then why can’t white people compete to be good in basketball like black people? After all, white people can’t jump!

Well so far as I’m aware, homo originated in Africa and then the diaspora out from there into Europe and Asian happened. 

27. Where do you decide to fit God in your everyday life if you don’t believe in him?

I don’t fit him in at all. I know he doesn’t exist. 

28. Why is Christianity the fastest growing religion if it’s false?

Because the globe is filled with stupid people. 

29. Do you feel free to commit murders, homosexuality, go to strip bars, steal, commit adultery, and do other sins since you believe there is no God?

Sort of a mixed bag there, sure I’d like to kill people but the frontal lobe stops me. As far as homosexuality, I practice on a regular basis. Dumb ass loaded questions. 

30. Why do the fossils say no to evolution?

What fucking planet are you from? 

31. Why did Darwin admit that how the eye formed is impossible?

Darwin was a product of 19th century education – 20th and 21st century is barely better. 

32. Where did everything come from if there is no God?

Well Dorothy there’s the quantum world, and maybe even string theory. All of it posits many worlds and universes. 

33. If there is no God, then why do we have laws that govern us, such as speed limits?

Dear non existent deity – the further I get in these questions the more amused I get. Speed limits? Set by civil authority for the revenue enhancement.

34. Do you know where you are going when you die?

Nope I don’t have any idea where I’ll die – a fair idea of when though. 

35. Why do we not act like monkeys if it is true we came from monkeys?

Every watch chimps and monkeys? I mean really watch them? We’re more like them than people would believe. 

36. Why do we display The Ten Commandments in the courtrooms if you say the Bible is not real?

Because at least here in the United States there is in fact separation of church and state. So those ten commandments do not belong in a courtroom. 

37. Why should be it wrong to rape if God is not real?

If you really want to ask that question I say go read your Bible – plenty of raping going on in those texts. 

38. Why is The Passion of The Christ very high on the Box Office?

Because America loves a snuff film. I watched it, gory as fuck. 

39. How can America not be a Christian nation if there are way more churches than mosques?

Um where I live we were the first state with a Baptist, Muslim and Jewish centers for worship. 

40. How is the bible not real if it’s the most popular book read by man?

Well – just look at how many different VERSIONS of the Bible are out there. 

41. How did the moon form?

A collision with another rogue planet perhaps? 

42. Did you know that famous scientists like Newton, Sir Richard Owen, Einstein, Galileo, and Copernicus were creationists?

How fucking presumptuous of the author. Einstein pretty much didn’t think God existed. 

43. Why do we not see black people come from white people?

The author of these questions is really a dumb mother fucker. You see there are some ‘white’ people who have had a child with darker skin. And vice versa. 

44. Why are fruitflies still fruitflies in the lab experiments if they are claimed to prove evolution?

I did the fruit fly experiment in high school. It was the eye color. I suppose if we’d allowed the experiment to go longitudinal we’d see the fly themselves start to change in other ways. 

45. Did you know that the Piltdown Man was a hoax used for Darwinist propaganda?

No I did not know this. I know it was a hoax though. 

46. Why do we not see frogs turn into birds?

Because the frog has adapted to its environment? 

47. Why is Fox News dishonest if it is a network run by truthful Christians?

Well because we cannot accept that one calling themselves a Christian are honest. 

48. Why did Hitler fail to make a superior race if evolution is true?

Because Hitler believed in pseudo science. That’s why. 

Yours in Christ,

Martin Baker

White Supremacists, Neo-Nazi’s et al – they’re all nuts

I came across this video on Digg.

First of all the spokesman for the alt-right – one Christopher Cantwell is certifiably insane. There’s a portion of the video when he talks about Trayvon Martin, and a few other black men who were murdered by police. He says they were and I’m paraphrasing, animals. When the interviewer brings up the Oklahoma City bombing, Dylan Roof etc he tries to downplay their acts.

And I note a lot of anti-Semitism in that group too. Someone like me would probably make their heads explode. Plus I’m gay and pretty left liberal. So that would make me a big old target.

And these White Supremacist pukes are coming to Boston. I’m debating whether to go and can I get a 500W LASER in time to inflict some damage on the bigoted fuckers. Just slice them in half. Or blind them. Just load it in a van, say a Ford Connect and just drive down the road slicing and dicing.

But then the old frontal lobe took over instead what I’d like to do is make enough money to buy a few hundred thousand DNA tests. And then run it on those White Supremacist assholes. Now a bunch would likely test out lily white, but I bet a fair number might pop up with some African, Jewish, etc. ancestry. I was surprised to see I had Ashkenazi ancestry myself along with European ancestry. But I’d love to see the looks on some of their faces when they find out their ancestry has either African or Jewish patterns. I would be laughing my ass off were that the case.

70 Things Millenials have killed and my answers

1. Beer
Well yeah, beer is ok, but ales rock. At least that’s what I’ve found as I’ve reached my rather advanced age.

2. J. Crew

Cant’ say I ever shopped there.

3. Department stores

Well WalMart and Amazon are still around, Target too.

4. Motorcycles
Yeah I was reading how Harley Davidson is heading for the skids. I think part of it is the love of the internal combustion engine is fading. Even in cars it’s been so automated and computerized – the cars actually tell you when to do things like change oil, etc.

5. Diamonds

Well that’s because of DeBeers and the whole blood diamond. I’ll buy man made diamonds – you know, take a lump of carbon and heat and compress it.

6. Golf

Alas, something I never got into was golf. Couldn’t see the point of whacking a tiny little ball around the green.

7. Bar soap

Well yeah – even this old codger has switched to liquid soaps.

8. College football

Football in general for me has always been boring. So ymmv.

9. Lunch

Now lunch – that’s a necessity. Millennials just don’t know it yet.

10. McDonalds

Agreed – they lost their way a long time ago. And now McDonald’s is trying to make up for lost time.

11. Vacations

Well that’s because corporate interests have beaten the union guaranteed notion of time off out of the current generation.

12. Napkins

Well yeah – paper towels work just fine.

13. Cars

When a car is $20,000 or more you can see why. Ten you have things like Zipcar, Uber, Lyft etc.

14. Crowdfunding

I’m not so sure on this one.

15. Wine

If only they haven’t been taught which wines are good, which are so-so and I’ll let you in on a secret – a 750ml bottle is about $10. And sometimes for that price you’ll find a fantastic bottle of wine, sometimes an OK bottle. You have to find out what you like.

16. Wine corks (almost!)

Well yeah I find screw tops highly suspicious.

17. The Toyota Scion

Well Scion missed the mark. They had intended the Xa and Xb to appeal to youth, but instead it appealed to septagenarians because it was easy to get in and out of. This is what happens when you let your marketing division and accounting division have control.

18. Fabric softener

This one doesn’t make sense to me. They want their clothes to have static cling and feel rough on their skin?

19. Marriage

Think about it – more than half of marriages aren’t successful. And the kids from those unions are now our millennials. So that explains it.

20. The McWrap

The reason being they couldn’t sell them. Look, as I said earlier they lost it a couple decades ago.

21. Handshakes

Yeah fist bumps pretty much fixed that.

22. The Canadian tourism industry

I’ve been to Canada – looks very much like the U.S. And there are some sights that are worth a visit. But with the bureaucracy over crossing international borders was put in place, it’s too much of a hassle.

23. Light yogurt

24. Gambling

I’d hope better understand of mathematics and statistics are responsible for that.

25. Hotels

Well yeah – connectivity is key.

26. Relationships

Well because they were part of the wreckage of the until death thing in marriage.

27. Marmalade

Oh jelly, jam, marmalade is awesome.

28. Running

I believe it was Oscar Wilde who said “Why stand when you can sit, why sit when you can lounge about.” or some such.

29. Cereal

Maybe not cereal – I went away from it some time ago. Some nuts, yogurt etc. Eggs etc.

30. The anti-aging industry

Aging is part of the genetic lottery and there’s not much you can do to change that although CRISPR/CAS9 holds some promise.

31. Buffalo Wild Wings

We rarely eat at places like this ourselves. Look, I’ve embraced home cooked meals. They’re in many cases less expensive too.

32. Focus groups

Well – it’s just the technology that changed everything.

33. Travel marketing

I did a few months with a travel place that catered to the over 50 crowd. They can pretty much afford the travel, kids can’t.

34. Working

Well they were brought up as special little snowflakes. That’s a big deal.

35. Credit

Yeah credit is a losers game. Save, budget and then it’s easier for you. Learn the patience and wait for the good stuff.

36. Trees

This one boggles the mind. I went the opposite way – electronic books rock.

37. The American Dream

Well see answers on cars and credit and you have the answer.

38. America

I don’t think they’re killing America. Old white men are killing America.

39. Democracy in general

Well because we’ve never had true democracy. We’ve had a representative republic since the founding of the United States.

40.  Home Depot

Well they are owned by a bigoted family. So that might explain it.

41. Self-pity

Well yeah – doesn’t surprise me. My parents generation got the most, I got squat.

42. The 2016 presidential election

Well being that the Democratic party wants to play bait and switch, and the Republicans are for the most part assholes, who the hell wants to vote for any of them? See my answer about old white men.

43. Consumerism

Ahem, their elders did that. I strongly support fix and not dispose.

44. Suits

Suits – here’s what I know. Put a suit on and you can pretty much get away with anything.

45. Dinner dates
Well yeah – this one doesn’t surprise me at all>

46. Movies

Actually Hollywood is killing the movie business. There hasn’t been a movie worth paying for this year so far.

47. Sex

Well this is sort of similar to the wine thing. They don’t know what to do.

48. Gyms

With increasing evidence saying that dietary sugar is responsible for most of the ills we suffer you can see why.

49. Serendipity

Serendipity will always exist. Millennials just haven’t the life experience yet.

50. Loyalty programs

Well yeah cheapest rooms rule.

51. Loyalty in general

Perhaps because companies haven’t been loyal to their employees for some time.

52. Taking risks

Risk is a funny thing. We’re all pretty much risk averse.

53. Patriotism

Of course jingoistic patriotism is fading.
54. Cruises

Being captive on a boat isn’t generally my cup of tea.

55. Applebee’s

Lots of repeats on this list.

56. Fashion

Oh child, lots of us don’t get fashion.

57. Hangout sitcoms

Because they’ve not had the experience themselves.

58. The Big Mac

See answers on McDonalds.

59. Stilettos

See fashion.

60. Romance

Most generations don’t have romance down.

61. The 9-to-5 workday

This one reeks of extreme horse shit. Let them have a kid or three and see how they feel about the 9 to 5.

62. The NFL

Well this goes along with the college football thing. Boring.

63. Gen X’s retirement

Yeah well 401(K) is pretty much a ponzi scheme.

64. The Olympics

Yeah – who wants to deal with the hassles to be honest.

65. Brunch

Again, it’s because they haven’t learned about it yet.

66. The European Union

The EU has been doomed from the start.

67. Baby names

Well the special snowflakes want their spawn to be even more special.

68. Banks

Well since the 1970’s banks have gotten increasingly greedy. So this make sense.

69. Oil

Well only driving when one has to has changed things. It accounts for the price of oil below $50 per barrel for almost a year now. And it’s not going to get any better as the price of electric vehicles comes down.

70. Everything

This one is just a catch all. Much of this is horse shit anyways.

Car Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza

So the other day I had to run a couple of errands and got a 2017 Subaru Impreza to drive.

The car in question was the exact style and color as in this image. Very nice color.
CR-Cars-Inline-2017-Subaru-Impreza-Hatch-ATC-f-11-16

The car performed adequately – they’ve managed to keep body roll to a minimum and it does have get up and go.

But the stunning part is the dashboard. This particular car was fully loaded and had this dash, heated seats, the whole nine.

2017_subaru_impreza_dashboard
First thing you might notice is the amount of glass on the dash.

They start at about $19,000 USD. Now as a general rule I’m not one for Japanese cars. I prefer German. However this one was interesting.