i hear[d] the bells

i hear[d] the bells, but they adamantly refused to reply, while my glass-spirit continued to vibrate despite it being shattered by the elements over time, it’s like staring not in, not into, but through a moving, tangible, floating mirror-object which promises good things, per its own thoughts which do not match the needs and desires of real, living things. meanwhile, time still causes my glass-spirit-pieces to continue to shake on its own, but does time induce the shaking, or do (or did) the bells?

Been a while since I’ve posted here

I used to blog all the time. Weird.

As the weather is changing, so am I, my views of the world and views of other people. I guess you can say I’m fed up with people’s need for cult leaders, and how patriotism has turned conservatives into liberals, the Tea Party into the Ted Party or Trump Party.

As you may have noticed from the sidebar links these days I’m embracing the anarchism of my college years again, giving the “left market” variants a look this time while I glanced over them last time.

Unfortunately everyone continues to move toward government as savior from corporations, including many libertarian groups who have moved considerably pro-government over the past several years, as well as the insane political correctness.

But worst of all, people no longer question authority or demand to be treated with basic human dignity anymore, as we continue to become government-tagged cattle with medieval-style complacent minds.

My terrible experience with Windows 10

Thought I’d take advantage of the “free upgrade” on my 7 machine. Bad idea. Took 12+ hours to install (on my self-built high-end heavily-upgraded Haswell-Refresh-based system!) and the search bar just didnt work at all! Either it devolved into an unusable white box, and clicking on the “Search my stuff” didn’t work, making me unable to search indexed documents. Bye bye. Think I’ll put it off for a few months, or wait until I built my next computer.

I also have a Franken-machine I recently put together from the “best” parts of 5 ancient Dell machines (Pentium Dual Core/Core 2 Duo era) a local nonprofit gave me. Maxed out the memory, threw a 2 TB hard drive in there, and you have a great Slackware machine (though using X is rather slow, even with XFCE).

God I need a life.

Net Neutrality: Eight Quotes Proving Internet Regulation During Obama/Boehner Era Dangerous

Column originally published at LibertyColumns.com on May 17, 2014. Reproduced here per the shutdown of LibertyColumns.com.

It’s everywhere. All over Twitter, #OccupyFCC. Even on the discussion boards of Tea Party Nation. There is no avoiding the fact that the world supports new Internet regulation in light of the FCC’s decision that companies are permitted to pay ISPs for priority access.

I have warned several times on my blog about how regulation of the Internet right now is a bad idea. In fact, my entire blog is full of examples on regulation of anything right now is a bad idea.

Rather than repeat my comments, I will list eight quotes proving what happens when we let Congress and the FCC come up with their definition of “neutral”. While you read these quotes, keep in mind what “net neutrality regulation” is – regulation.


“With the FCC already promising exceptions from net neutrality for copyright-enforcement, we fear that 2010 could be the year when the FCC’s idea of an ‘Open Internet’ proves quite different from what many have been hoping for.”

     -Electronic Frontier Foundation, 2010 (source)

“And, you know, that typical politician smile he [an unnamed US senator] had suddenly faded from his face, and his eyes started burning this fiery red. And he started shouting at me, said, ‘Those people on the Internet, they think they can get away with anything! They think they can just put anything up there, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them! They put up everything! They put up our nuclear missiles, and they just laugh at us! Well, we’re going to show them! There’s got to be laws on the Internet! It’s got to be under control!'”

-Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) (source)

“Thanks to important bipartisan compromises, we’ve put together a strong bill [to protect “real reporters”] that balances the need for national security with that of a free press.”

-Chuck Schumer (D-NY), 2013 (source)

“…the U.K. Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit has been using its ‘super flagger’ authority to seek reviews – and removal – of videos it considers extremist. The news sparked concern that Google lets the U.K. government censor videos that it doesn’t like, and prompted Google to disclose more details about the program.”

-Wall Street Journal, 2014 (source)

“When Private Bradley [aka Chelsea] Manning put his conscience ahead of his personal well-being by allegedly releasing important information to the world’s public via WikiLeaks, he was put into an inhumane solitary confinement and is now facing charges that carry the possibility of him spending the rest of his life in prison.”

-Ray McGovern, Antiwar.com, 2011 (source)

“By harboring this known cybercriminal [Edward Snowden] they pose a clear and present danger to the American people. I don’t want to hear about extradition or rendition or any of that nonsense. This man is a traitor and if we don’t get him within 24 hours I say we need to start bombing the hell out of Hong Kong…We could probably destroy their infrastructure and occupy the entire country by the end of the week.”

John McCain (RINO-AZ), 2013 (source)

“The medicine prescribed by the Messenger of Allah is the execution of those involved [in the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” Facebook protests of 2010.]”

-Anwar al-Awlaki, Al’Qaeda terrorist (1971-2011) (source)
And to sum it all up, Number 8 (emphasis mine):

“A Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block Web content and wrest control of allotment of Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body. The proposal, co-signed by China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates…to rewrite a long-standing treaty on international communications…a leaked draft of the Russia-led proposals would give countries equal rights to manage the Internet including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of Internet numbering. This could allow governments to render websites within their borders inaccessible, even via proxy servers or other countries. It also could allow for multinational pacts in which countries could terminate access to websites at one another’s request.”

-Reuters, December 9, 2012 (source)