Attended Providence Democratic Socialist Meeting this evening

Ok, my first time out as a Democratic Socialist. Meeting was supposed to run from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. It didnt’ get started until sometime around 7:15PM and wrapped up at 9:00PM.

I need to buy them or print off a copy of Roberts Rules for Order.

Second – almost all their efforts be it $15 minimum wage, health care for all, Utility re-regulation, etc. are far too dependent upon Unions which as we all know are a declining entity in the United States.

I’m more for direct action. If you’re in Rhode Island first go the Voter Information Center on the web and find out who your elected representatives are, like city councilor, state representative and state senator.

And in Rhode Island you can contact most at rep-lastname@rilin.state.ri.us for representatives, sen-lastname@rilin.state.ri.us for senators.

There were at least a few people who clearly identified the problem with bills for progressive more socialist bent in Rhode Island – and that’s house Speaker Mattiello. One gentleman recommended we picket Mattiello’s home. I like that one.

The crowd was by and large a younger one. Had maybe a dozen of we older folks but the majority were younger people. I get the idea they got turned off by International Socialist Order  – basically the communist party in the U.S.

I didn’t speak up at this one though. Had to get the lay of the land.

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Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened”

I’ve seen numerous reviews but I see one thing missing as to her loss of the run for presidency.

No mention of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz the leader of the DNC – who colluded with Clinton to steer the electoral wrangle away from Bernie Sanders and toward Hillary Clinton. That my friends smacks of entitlement.

Hopefully she’ll never be President of the United States.

8 Questions for Atheists

Gad I love answering questions like those below. Love it. The pure illogic of the statements is astounding.

QUESTION 1
Is Atheism a LACK of Belief in God or a BELIEF that there is no God?

Actually in my case it’s the lack of belief in this particular god and a certainty that there is no god.

QUESTION 2
If God Exists Would You Become A Christian?

Um – this one is a bit on the illogical side. It makes the assumption that god does not exist and then tries to be all clever in asking if x then y. See my answer to question 1, I don’t believe in god, and I’m certain the Christian god, along with all gods don’t exist.

 

QUESTION 3
How Do You Determine What’s Right & What’s Wrong?
It’s a little thing called empathy – imagine how things would be perceived and act accordingly. For example, I’m flippant when answering stupid questions like these for a reason.

 

QUESTION 4
How Do You Deal With Guilt & Sin in Your Life?

Well since there’s no god, then there cannot be sin. As to guilt, it’s generally better to fess up and take the lumps.

 

QUESTION 5
Do You Act According To What You Believe or According To What You Lack In Belief?

I try to be a nice guy and it grates my nerves when apologists try to conflate belief with act. See my answer to Question 4.

QUESTION 6
Can You Prove HOW the Universe Was Created?

Can you prove that your god is the true god out of the hundreds and thousands of gods in the past?

That said, the big bang – I think the apologist who created these questions has no inkling of what may have been before that event. For example, string theory taken to it’s optimal configuration says there’s more than one universe. So who’s to say the spark for the big bang wasn’t an event that occurred in one of those other universes. The stupidity of this question makes my head hurt.

QUESTION 7
Can You Prove That God Does Not Exist?
Oh the proof  – simple if God exists may he strike me down right this moment for blaspheming his name. Haven’t been struck down yet. Therefore God does NOT exist.

And in addition, let’s think for a moment. God also created evil in that he create the Angel who fell from heaven and became what we know of as the Devil, Satan, Bellzebub, Asmodeus, El Diablo, etc. And did you know the the concept of Hell does not exist in the Old Testament? Yes boys and girls.

Then there’s Genesis 4, after Cain slay Abel. He goes east into the land of Nod and finds a wife. So who were those other people in Nod? Let’s just say whoever wrote Genesis, they weren’t good at logical leaps.

 

QUESTION 8
Do You Know Where You’re Going When You Die?

To a crematorium? And from there scattered in a little town in Italy. So yes, I know where I’m going.

God damned windows updates

So I’ve been running Windows 10 for a long time now. Tonight it dunned me about a new update. So I ran it.

Took 30 minutes – 4 reboots, all the find out the update couldn’t be applied. What the hell is Microsoft’s problem?

 

Amateur Radio is Declining in the U.S.

I know how the ARRL likes to cite that membership in the Amateur Radio community is up. But I know that the Amateur radio  in my community of southeast New England is dying very slowly.

Case in point, a radio club I’d belonged to 20 years ago.  It had over 50 members now it’s down to 17. Lots of the membership are silent keys (SK) now. So the clubs dues which were $50 annually went up to $150 annually.

A fellow amateur and I have been discussing what could be done. We realized that a bunch of us are Extra class and hold our volunteer examiner credentials. So we were saying the club should do some test sessions.

I went further said we should do classes – and the thing is you can charge for classes. All of us have gobs of experience in RF, InfoTech and InfoSec. In fact it struck me, back when DefCon 401 was active many of us had our licenses. So why not a blending of the two – I also mentioned in the classes we could do more than just teach to the tests, we could delve into the theory. And it hit me, since DefCon401 is pretty much defunct – maybe start that up again and do presentations at the clubhouse.

But alas, DC401 was mostly alumnus of Verisign/SecureWorks/Dell. Maybe time to get new blood in there.

Why I believe North Korea is doomed

It can be summed up just in this image, it’s a nighttime shot of North and South Korea. North is obviously at the top of the frame. Notice it’s completely dark.

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And note also that South Korea is  brightly lit.

And I’ll add more – despite the saber rattling coming from both the U.S. and North Korea, the latter is no closer to getting an ICBM to reach the United States. I’ll explain why. First it’s not in China’s best interest to have a nuclear North Korea. Second there has been what is referred to as a brain drain from North Korea into South Korea and into China over the past few decades. What’s left is a country of 25 million people, mostly impoverished. And then to it’s south is of course a population of 50 million. And it’s main perceived enemy the U.S is 330 million. You get the point here.

And it’s a twisted culture in North Korea. For example earlier today I saw a video of some North Korean defectors – and the story they tell is astounding.

First the indoctrination that the U.S. is in my words the great Satan starts in Kindergarten. Then at age 15 everyone is supposed to join the North Korean armed forces.

But then they mention they’ve seen western movies like Titanic, Die Hard, etc. And when UN aid has been sent into North Korea the bags of food all have U.S. Flags on them, and say U.S.A.

But they didn’t know what U.S.A. was – one kid mentioned he wore a t-shirt to school with U.S.A. on it, nobody knew what it stood for until an administrator forced him to take it off.

So basically North Korea is doomed. Couldn’t happen to a less likable dictatorship. And it also tells me we have nothing to worry about from North Korea and that prior the election of the Orange Goblin we were taking the right course – sending aid when needed.

 

The Sourdough Experiment Part II

So I decided to try a sourdough starter. The science behind it is quite fascinating a brief synopsis: In the first couple of days the good bacteria is establishing it’s dominance over the bad bacteria in the mix. And the mix is quite simple, flour and water.

I started it on Friday – and by today when instructions say to remove half the mass and replace with 70g of flour, and equivalent amount of water. It was all puffed up very nicely. I’ll do this for a few more days and then bake a loaf  of sourdough bread.

The photo below is day 3, just after removing the half and re-adding 70g of flour and water. This is the end result.

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