I want to motivate you to keep trying to switch to Linux

I understand its easy to backtrack. I understand that frustration may become so great that patience is lost and then we switch back. I understand that we just “want things to work” and so forget about the true importance of freedom – we forget to cherish it as deeeply as we should – and we switch back.

I understand about “showstopper” bugs or issues which seem insurmountable and frustrating and then we feel there is no alternative but to switch back.

All these are valid reasons. But the reasons to switch to Linux, to choose freedom are even greater. So much greater. We have to make the effort. Over and over.

And I’m here to tell you something: You’re not alone! There is help out there. There’s a huge community of people with the highest intentions, dedicated to freedom and Open Source software, available to help you. You just have to reach out to them. Find them. Connect with them.

Knowing how to connect, where to connect is just as important as everything else. The communities – the ecosystems – are what make free software great. The particulars of free software – the applications, operating system, programs, tools, etc. that we use are always changing – but the communities are always here, will always be here.

Resources & Help With Troubleshooting
Logs are your friend, and above all others is the “syslog” which is at /var/log/syslog. You can either view it with the less command, or you can “tail” it and watch it scroll by as new entries get added.

As I wrote previously, I highly recommend opening a terminal and tailing the syslog just to keep an eye on things and make sure nothing’s going crazy. I wrote about a serious bug with KDEConnect. Before I knew that it was causing problems I just knew that my system was experiencing a critical problem which completely stopped me from being able to use it.

The difference between not knowing the source of a problem and knowing is everything. The two things you can do is look in syslog or possibly other logs to find any error messages, and then use a search engine.

There’s a bit of an art to how to search for things you see in a log file. You want messages about errors, but you obviously don’t want to search for strings of text that are unique to your situation like perhaps your computer’s name or entry dates in the log file. Try to look at error messages in logs and what seems like the most reasonable text related to some component. You may be surprised what you find.

I’ve often tried more general searches for things that were having problems only to find lots of forum posts that basically went nowhere and had a lot of uninformed responses. But then if you find an exact phrase relating to some detailed component in an error log message you can sometimes hit exactly on a forum post – usually in a bug-tracking system – that deals with the issue directly.

This – log file error messages and using a search engine – is probably the most powerful thing you can do because it can take you directly to information related to the source of a problem.

Next to that, you can search on forums. You can try searches with specific information about a problem and hope that there exists an answer.

You can also go to online chat forums where a lot of developers and knowledgeable people hang out and ask questions.

Two important chat networks are freenode and oftc. A really good IRC client is Hexchat which I know exists for Linux and Windows. When you connnect to either of these networks you can open a list of channels and search for specific channels. There are a lot of channels but some of the major ones are ones like #ubuntu.

Finally, there are also bug-tracking systems. Ubuntu and KDE both have their own bug-tracking systems where you can search for bugs and report them. If you are serious about using Linux you may want to consider getting accounts with these and other bug-tracking systems and get more involved. Instead of just being helpless when you experience a problem, you can start to become part of the solution, and provide vital feedback to developers who are working to make free software the best possible.

Excellent video on the AltRight

[Yes I’ve watched the entire video multiple times. Yes, I’m transsexual but I don’t automatically shit my pants when someone expresses an opinion about the cultural/political aspects of transgenderism: I openly welcome it. Perhaps this is one of the biggest changes which #AltRight represents – a critical opening-up of dialog, an emotional and intellectual maturity in which all the PC, name-calling BS no longer works. This I really think is what the oligarchy sees as a major threat – people who are refusing to be cowed by fear of transgressing these sanctified laws about what is correct/incorrect. In this respect Hilary’s appalling “racism” speech represents a disgusting, tired, last-gasp-attempt to invoke the fear, indignation associated with the whole PC thing. What makes it truly sickening is that she’s a complete lying snake and never really ever was a liberal to begin with. This is all just a ploy on her part as everything she does is.]

In California there is an entire month dedicated to Hispanic appreciation. Another one for Asian appreciation, and yet another for African American. There are Hispanic cultural centers across the state with names like “La Raza”. At every college campus there is always a Hispanic student union, a Black student union. Sometimes they are even more particular and dedicated to specific countries.

Yet if a person of European descent professes their love for their culture openly it is called racist. The person is condemned as a white supremacist. That person is vilified, threatened, and often attacked. Children are literally indoctrinated since grade school that white people are bad, that they should not be proud of their culture, and that to profess love for their culture openly amounts to racism.

They are told that a multicultural, color-blind society is good, yet then they are subjected to the extreme cognitive dissonance as to why – if we are color blind – that white cultures, and only white cultures, are too white and must be mixed.

This is how atrocious and appalling thing have become. Finally – thank God – things are starting to break. People are finally waking up from this delusion yet its still completely shocking the extent of the delusion and manipulation.

As a really good example of this type of delusion – a case-in-point if you will – is an article that just appeared on CNET about the “social media echo chamber [which] fuels migrant backlash in Sweden, Finland”. Just look at the comments to the article to understand, nearly all of which are written by intelligent, thoughtful people – most of whom seem to live in these countries – which basically call out the article as total BS.

And its important to never forget that Clinton is a lying, hypocritical, vile manipulative scum:

Here’s another great video which completely takes apart Hilary’s “racist” speech and lays bare how tired, lame, and manipulative she is:

One thing I love about the above video – this really represents a huge, an enormous progression of activist media. In watching the two speaking, I am reminded of another popular activist media broadcast from the left called “Democracy Now” which I used to occasionally watch.

It just seems to me like the two speakers here are so much more mature, so much more insightful. Their worldview is so much larger than what I remember on Democracy Now and the entire tired left which has reached a point – as he says in the video at the top – where its ready for the trashbin. Even their personalities are so much more developed and nuanced in comparison with the tired, old, often perpetually resentful left.

This is why the #AltRight is already being targeted at the highest levels by the oligarchy. It really represents new things emerging: Things which the oligarchy wants to stifle and destroy.

Hilary Clinton’s Version of Racial Inclusion

blackface

Donald Trump’s may be gritty and hard to swallow, but at least its real.

Donald came from Brooklyn. He’s a New Yorker. He knows how to live with people. That doesn’t mean always pandering to every type of BS and always kissing ass.

People have a choice between Clinton’s kissass pandering and Trump’s realness and core integrity.

Clinton & racism & hypocrisy

Be racist when it serves her interest, decry racism later. Fucked up hypocrisy of a vulgar, lying snake.

Essential workhorse USB flash drive

USB flash drives are so essential and ubiquitous. One thing I love is that they have almost completely replaced optical media as installation media. That means that most Linux distros and other apps can now be installed via USB flash drive. They are easier to store and because they are flash devices the installation process is usually vastly faster than with optical media.

For this reason as well as others its good to have some workhorse USB flash drives in your arsenal of stuff. My current favorite workhorse USB flash drive is the Kingtson DataTraveler 4G 8GB.

Kingston DataTraveler 8GB

These are not the only drives I have. I do have some high-capacity ones that I use for backup and storing multimedia files. But I like these 8GB ones because they are large enough to hold DVD-size installation images with room to spare but not too large that I would be wasting space. They are perfect for installation media, live Linux distros, or anything else.

While this particular model is not the smallest form-factor drive available, that’s exactly why I like it: They are easy to handle, can be easily labeled, and they are less easy to misplace.

I highly recommend having a few of these drives on hand. You can stick some in your glove compartment, backpack, purse, office desk, anywhere. They are always useful to have.

Practical, Svelte, Women’s Daypacks Suitable for Ultraportables

After having my main backpack which I had used for years stolen I was in the market for something new. The nice thing about my favorite old one was that it was small but just large enough to hold a Thinkpad Carbon X1 which is similar to a Macbook Air in size.

I went to a few stores to survey the available inventory and was surprised to find that there actually are not a lot of options when it comes to svelte-sized daypacks. One of the criteria for my search was to find a pack under about 18 liters. Anything over that is just way too huge.

But most backpacks seem to be rather large, well over 18 liters in size. Here are a few smaller ones I found while looking around:

lowe alpine airzone z

Lowe Alpine Women’s AirZone Z ND18 Pack An obviously well-made, sturdy pack from Lowe Alpine. I did see one of these in a store and the only thing that I didn’t like was the lack of suitable compartments for pens and the little knickknacks that one usually wants to have. Unfortunately it really is not intended as a pack that a student or office-worker would want to use regularly.

mountainsmith clear creek 12
Mountainsmith Women’s Clear Creek 12 WSD Backpack Again, a nice size and minimal, but unfortunately too minimal with really no compartments suitable for what a student or office worker would need to hold pens and other things.

Arcteryx Pyxis 12
Arcteryx Pyxis 12 Pack Again, cool size and design, but too minimal and not suitable for a student or office worker. No compartments for pens or other items.

Camelback_Day_Star_18
CamelBak Day Star 18 Hydration Pack This pack is definitely the best of the lot. While the fact that it is actually a hydration pack may seem like a negative thing, actually its a positive thing. Because you can remove the bladder if you want and just use it like a regular pack or, when you so desire, you have the option of using the bladder when you need hydration. The bladder compartment size is perfect for a Thinkpad X1 Carbon and probably any other similar-sized laptop. In addition, it has one other large main compartment with sufficient room to pack a bunch of books or to stuff a jacket into, plus the critical front compartment which includes pockets and netting suitable for pens and other items.

Not only that, but the design is excellent. As a bicyclist I’m especially fond of the waist strap. If you happen to be in a situation where you are doing more intensive, fast-paced walking or hiking, this is where this pack excels because you can adjust and tighten all the straps so that the pack fits snugly with your body.
Kudos to Camelbak for such an intense design for a daypack including waist and sternum straps.

One last thing that puts the Day Star 18 over the top are the extremely convenient side nets (not clearly visible in the pic above) for holding water bottles or hot beverage containers.

This is the pack I eventually got and am really loving it. Its the perfect size and design for a daypack. The only improvement would perhaps be more compartments for pens and other small items. The Day Star 18 is a seriously intense, svelte, well-designed backpack ideal for the lightweight tech commuter/student who is active.

KDE Plasma with Kubuntu – Setup, notes, ideas.

Notes
These notes are for Kubuntu 16.04 “Xenial”.  They may also apply to Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE version and to Debian.

One reason I’m doing this is because its really time for everyone to start moving to Linux.  I understand that we are all accustomed to our non-free operating systems, but it is vital that we at least start acquainting ourselves with free software and make earnest attempts to use it for our daily activities.

While this may involve some sacrifice, such sacrifice is more than worth it.  There’s no price that can be put on freedom.  The direction that things are going with forced data collection, telemetry, tracking, and what often amounts to embedded malware makes it all the more critical that we take steps immediately to select freedom in our lives.

To use KDE Plasma you just install Kubuntu.  Plasma will be the default desktop.  Note that if you install either of these you also have the option of installing other desktops such as Gnome, Cinnamon, Xfce, and many others.  Other Linux distros also provide an option to install KDE Plasma.

Conversely, if you’re using standard Ubuntu you can install the kubuntu-desktop meta package to get Plasma.

Setup Notes, Ideas, and Issues Related to Setting up a System Running Plasma:

Hard Drive
Active Protection
Enabling hard drive active protection – something that’s essential for laptops with spinning disk drives – is as simple as sudo apt-get install hdapsd and then sudo systemctl start hdapsd.service. More info can be found at archlinux.org’s site.

Hard Disk Power Management
Put a hard drive into standby: sudo hdparm -y /dev/sda
Check the power status: sudo hdparm -C /dev/sda
Set the standby timeout to 20 minutes: sudo hdparm -S 240 /dev/sda
Very nice graphical disk management utility: gnome-disk-utility

Connecting
Connecting to Windows/Samba Shared Drives
Make sure cifs-utils is installed. This page at wiki.samba.org has good information on how to mount a Samba share.
TODO: Setup some type of network-related script that will detect when the laptop is connected to a specific network and have it automatically mount the share. Have it unmount when disconnected from the network.
Too bad there doesn’t seem to be a configuration utility for this in Plasma 🙁

Connecting to other Linux systems

If you have already set up SSH pre-shared key login between Linux systems then you can quite easily connect to the other Linux system by entering the following in the address bar of Dolphin file browser:

fish://hostname

Seriously. Its that simple!

Graphics & Display
For an Nvidia graphics card I went to the Nvidia Driver Download site to lookup the Linux driver version for my Quadro 1000M graphics card, which as of this writing is listed as version 367.44.
I added the Ubuntu Graphics Drivers Team PPA and installed the driver:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-367 nvidia-settings bumblebee-nvidia primus mesa-utils
Then if you run the NVIDIA X Server Settings app it should list detailed information for the Nvidia card.

Read more about Bumblebee.

Fonts
The font installer under Plasma is as of this writing unfortunately buggy and crashes if you try to install system-wide fonts. However fonts can easily be copied directly into /usr/local/share/fonts/”x” where “x” is the first letter of the font name. So, for example, segoeui.ttf would go under /usr/local/share/fonts/s.

Make sure the permissions for fonts are set to 644. It is necessary to run the command fc-cache -fv to rebuild the font cache after manually installing fonts.
See the wiki.debian.org fonts page for more info.

Windows Key
Not having the Win key working is an annoyance. There’s a cool little Open Source utility called ksuperkey which enables the Win key in KDE Plasma to open the start menu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mehanik/ksuperkey; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install ksuperkey

Once installed it can be set to autostart in System Settings -> Startup and Shutdown -> Autostart. Due to bug I had to manually create the directory ~/.local/share/applications which is where Plasma apparently tries to store the config file.

Thinkpad Trackpoint configuration
The Trackpoint sensitivity can be set manually with the following:

echo -n 160 |sudo tee /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/sensitivity

128 is the default value and 248 is the maximum value for sensitivity. One laptop I had which seemed to have extremely low sensitivity actually just needed a replacement of the little red rubber Trackpoint cap.

There’s an excellent page at archlinux.org regarding the Trackpoint and Linux. Most importantly, it provides the following custom udev rule which can be used to set the Trackpoint sensitivity and enable the press-to-select function:

/etc/udev/rules.d/10-trackpoint.rules

ACTION==”add”, SUBSYSTEM==”input”, ATTR{name}==”TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint”, ATTR{device/sensitivity}=”160″, ATTR{device/press_to_select}=”0″

To enable press-to-select then change its value from “0” to “1” in the above code.

Sound
To deal with the audio volume from laptop speakers being too low there’s an excellent utility called PulseAudio Volume Control and can be installed with the command sudo apt-get install pavucontrol.

PulseAudio Volume Control actually lets you crank the speaker volume above 100% 🙂

I also installed VLC media player and in its settings under Effects and Filters under the Audio section you can set up custom eq, compressor, and spatializer settings which kind of mimic what you can do under Dolby Audio in Windows. After spending some time tweaking these settings I was able to get excellent sound quality from laptop speakers.

Themes/Look & Feel
With Plasma you get access to excellent commmunity-based themes directly from the configuration panels. There are desktop themes, icon themes, workspace themes, and color themes. These are a way to connect with the global community of digital artists who create and provide this free artwork.

Too much unfamiliarity at once with an interface can be overwhelming. If you want to install icons similar to those in Windows there is a Windows icon set available. Note that the official download link on that page is not working but someone posted a working download link in the comments. When you unzip the download it will create a Windows folder that then needs to be copied to /usr/share/icons.

Apps
Photoshop
Photoshop CC is listed with a “Gold” rating at WineHQ.org. See my page Install Photoshop and other Windows apps and games in Ubuntu for detailed info on installing Photoshop using the very latest Wine.

Dolphin File Manager
There are a few keyboard shortcut customizations that I use for Dolphin: show/hide menu: F9, show/hide toolbar: F8, create new folder: Shift-Ctrl-N (same as Windows File Explorer).

Gimp
Lifehacker.com has a good page How to Make GIMP Work More Like Photoshop which is very helpful.

7zip
Check out p7zip GUI for Linux which is a project someone did to enable 7zip context menus for Dolphin. This is truly excellent!

Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader is available for Linux although I still prefer Okular. You can get it here. If you run the install as root then it will install under /opt and the app will be available to all users.

One extremely annoying thing about Foxit is that if your screen is only displaying part of a page, which is actually normal on most screens like laptops, and you press Page Down, it doesn’t scroll to the remaining part of the page but rather scrolls to the next page, skipping the remainder of the page you had been on.

Another extremely annoying thing is that every time Foxit opens it asks if you want to create an account and setup this connected PDF thing which I never want.

With Okular I like to edit the keyboard shortcuts to be similar to Acrobat: “browse” which is the same as hand tool in Acrobat is the “h” key. “Select text” is “v”. Show menu is F9 and show toolbar is F8.

One thing I don’t like about Okular is that it won’t restore a previous session when it starts up, meaning if you had multiple documents open in tabs you have to re-open each one individually.

Skype
There’s now a 64-bit alpha version of Skype available. Up until now there was only a 32-bit version available which on 64-bit systems required a messy install of a bunch of 32-bit libs.
To install:
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https curl; curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -; echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skypeforlinux.list; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux

Adobe AIR
Just read that Adobe AIR is also available now. Search and you will find.

Adobe Flash Player
News was also out this past week that the Flash Player NPAPI plugin for Firefox, for which development had ceased a few years ago, is being developed again.

Google Earth
Go to the Google Earth website and download the either the 64- or 32-bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu). Obviously 64-bit if you have a 64-bit system.
Then: sudo apt-get install lsb-core lsb-invalid-mta lsb-security; dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb
This is the way to install it as of September 2016. There are a number of other sites with obsolete information.

Copying Your Data to Linux
Probably the two most essential applications with data that I need and use are Thunderbird for e-mail and calendaring, and Firefox for web-browsing. Unfortunately due to a bug in Firefox copying over a profile directory between Windows and Linux does not work. With Firefox its best to start fresh on a new Linux system and let Firefox’s sync feature copy over stuff.

For Thunderbird I found that it is possible to copy the profile folder between Windows and Linux and have it work although I cannot guarantee it.

Firefox and Thunderbird: Improve appearance
Customizing the appearance of the interface of Firefox and Thunderbird requires creating a userChrome.css file in the profile directory.

Here is what I do to improve the appearance of the interface of Firefox and make it look like it does with Windows:
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer (installs Arial and some other fonts)
in userChrome.css I put:

/* Global UI font */
* { font-size: 12pt !important;
font-family: Arial !important;
}

/* Bookmark font */
#personal-bookmarks .bookmark-item menupopup * {
font-size:12pt !important;
}

/* Bookmark toolbar font */
.toolbarbutton-text {
font-size: 10pt !important;
}

/* Remove Live Bookmark icons */
.bookmark-item[livemark=”true”] > .toolbarbutton-icon {
display:none!important
}

/* Remove bookmark toolbar dropdown arrows */
#PersonalToolbar .toolbarbutton-menu-dropmarker {
display: none !important;
}

And for Thunderbird I use:

/* Global UI font */
* { font-size: 12pt !important;
font-family: Arial !important;
}

You may need to tweak the font sizes according to your display’s resolution.

There are also Firefox themes available which match some of the themes of Plasma including Breeze and Oxygen.

Bugs
In addition to the above mentioned serious bug with the Font Management utility, I found another very severe bug with KDEConnect which is a feature that enables a computer to connect with a mobile device and other computers and share information. It seems like an excellent idea however it caused complete crashing of the desktop session under both Kubuntu and Linux Mint. For this reason I recommend not using it and to be safe even completely uninstalling it with sudo apt-get remove kdeconnect kdeconnect-plasma.

Another serious bug was with KScreen which contains the modules to support multiple monitor support. Even on a laptop with only one screen it was constantly causing error messages in the system log “Primary output changed from…” I also noticed a few times that suddenly the frames around application windows on the desktop would just suddenly disappear making it impossible to move, minimize, or close windows and causing a failure of the desktop session. Not sure how or whether there was another way to remedy the issue I simply uninstalled it with sudo apt-get remove kscreen which resulted in the errors no longer occurring.

I recommend keeping a close eye on your system, especially after installing the system, to make sure everything is behaving well. You can do that by tailing the system log: sudo tail -f /var/log/syslog. Its normal to see occasional messages in there, but keep an eye out for things spewing out a lot of warning or error messages.

Thoughts and Conclusions
So I’m using Plamsa right now writing this and the amazing thing is that I’m actually starting to forget that I’m using Linux. The system is essentially so close to what I’m used to (with Windows) that I don’t even notice a big difference.

There are so many things that are truly excellent about using free software and Linux. I love the fact that there is built-in access to literally thousands of free software packages that can be installed effortlessly via either command-line or graphical package managers. I love that virtually all the software is truly free and Open Source, developed by people with the noblest intentions, and that I don’t have to worry about garbage-y “app spam” which is what you get in the crappy app “stores” in Android (and I’m guessing probably also with Apple).

References & Notes

Ok. I don’t get this.

There’s another article in the news about Female Arab athletes under attack no matter how they dress with an accompanying photo of an arab volleyball player dressed – well, ridiculously.

But WTF? I mean there have been arabs for a long time. And I never remember this kind of shit happening at sport matches, the olympics, public swimming pools, etc. It never happened.

Now suddenly there’s this issue, and suddenly there are all these people who care about it.

I mean, yes for years you would always maybe see a person occasionally dressed with arab gear. No one really noticed or cared about it.

Now suddenly its this big thing. WTF?

All I can say is: If an adult – over the age of 18 – freely chooses to wear whatever the fuck they want – that’s totally their own prerogative. But no child ever should have to wear arab gear. It should be a law that children not be permitted to wear it. If you live in the west, that is our cultural value. If you don’t like it, if you want to force your kids to do that shit, then start your own culture somewhere.

And as for adults wearing it – the full face-covering gear should definitely be illegal. I see people like that around where I live and can only say its completely fucked up. It is abuse of the women. Whether the women are so messed up that they want to keep wearing it, that’s really unfortunate.

But more than that, people dressing like that have an effect on others. People have been killed – there have been mass killings and horrific crimes – perpetrated by people dressing the same way – hence anyone dressing like that causes unnecessary distress to others.

Wearing that kind of gear is not that different than wearing an SS uniform would have been in some village where a lot of concentration camp survivors lived.

Mass immigrant labor swarm: Unsustainable and damaging

The idea of importing huge swarms of cheap immigrant labor to fill jobs “nobody wants” – an argument which can easily be torn apart as complete BS – is unsustainable and damaging.

Think about going to a cafe. When you go to get your coffee or herbal tea there are employees there. If you are in an upscale community where people making the wages that employees at coffee shops make, that is obviously unsustainable. No one can be unaware of this unsustainability while they are buying their tea.

Anywhere you go, in any city, there is always going to be a spectrum of jobs. At the lowest end there will be people working in jobs like retail where the rate of pay is usually minimum wage or close to it. Then there is the high end and what can be considered the average or median.

When the median income in an area is so disparate with the lowest, it creates a huge problem. Its not just a practical problem of there being a potential shortage of labor due to unaffordability. While that is precisely the argument taken by a lot of deluded “liberals”, its actually a quite inhumane and extremely narrow one in terms of the actual effects on the lives of human beings and on the culture. Its kind of sick that the more important social, cultural, and other elements just get thrown out in favor of arguing based on “pure economics”, which is basically BS.

When the disparity between the lowest-earning and middle- or highest-earning people in a community becomes high, it rots away at the community. Importing a lot of cheap labor to work at low-paying jobs is exactly the wrong thing to do. What needs to be done, desperately I would add, is to reduce disparity. By not bringing in cheap labor. Not flooding the market with huge swarms of immigrants (most of whom are illegal which causes many other problems).

Its shocking the extent to which people either don’t get this, or else that the oligarchy’s Big Media is so consistently pushing a big lie about immigration that its not being discussed.

Perhaps I’m lucky to have grown up in a part of the midwest during a time when the income disparity in my home town was much smaller than it is today. And there was not cheap, imported, mass illegal immigrant labor. Those jobs were filled – by us. By me. By my friends. By my parents. By my relatives. By everyone I knew. We were not unlucky because of this, we were lucky.

There was a kind of unity, a cohesion that bonded us all together in a way that is very absent in other places. When that cohesion is lost, a community is fucked. It becomes twisted.

Another major problem is that – we are supposed to be innovators. When demand for labor drives up wages, that’s supposed to fuel innovation. Again, this is something that is being completely missed by people or else quite deliberately dropped from the radar of what needs to be discussed. Demand for labor, after the Black Death had swept through Europe in the middle ages, is what created the renaissance. It led directly to the creation of a well-off middle class which completely transformed European society. The effect of that vast transformation is still being enjoyed today, and like no other time is under grave threat due to insane policies of greedy, manipulative oligarchs who are intent to fuck over their own peoples en masse in order to line their pockets.

This is the number one reason why the Democrats – and mainstream Republicans – are insane. They are advocating policies which destroy communities at their core and which are profoundly unsustainable in the long term.

Unfair attack on Clinton

So there have been videos about Hillary Clinton supposedly having serious medical problems, seizures, weird movements, etc. One of the most if not the most prevalent clips is taken from this:

I say “taken from” because the videos I’ve seen never include what fully happened and never show it from this angle. That is a key point. Because basically the people putting together these videos are making false claims based on clips from videos out of context. Personally I do not condone nor ascribe to such conduct.

If you don’t like a person for political reasons, that’s one thing. But to deliberately take their actions out of context for the sake of making a damaging argument against them – that’s taking the low road. In my philosophy, whenever you take the low road you’ve lost.

So clearly what happened in the video is that Ms. Clinton is speaking to a group of reporters. She made a comment about one thing and, as she finished it, a barrage of 3 or 4 female reporters to her right all asked her questions at the same time, as reporters are wont to do.

From Ms. Clinton’s viewpoint it was kind of like being hit by a wall of questions, and she made a funny gesture with her head and rolled her eyes. She was being playful and innocent.

In another clip she is shown standing alongside Bill Clinton on a stage when quite obviously something must have appeared above where they were standing, either in the air or on a screen, and they both looked up to witness it, and again Ms. Clinton made a kind of playful expression.

Far from being an indication of illness, its an indication of someone who is intelligent enough to be playful.

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