This really did make me laugh so hard I cried

This is one of the funniest videos ever:

I also found this one which is really hilarious:

“Indoctrinating them at this young age…”

Indoctrinating them at this young age at the expense of real academic learning is child abuse. It really is.

I fully, 100% support Ayla and what she stands for and I admire her greatly for having the courage to speak out on imporant topics. Thank God for people like her. I’m glad that there are signs of awakening in response to the outrageous level of collapse that is occurring.

I like the end when she says to bypass all the brainwash crap they are trying to program kids with and put on a Bach CD. Amen!

If you want one of the coolest mobile smartphones on the planet

This is the coolest custom ROM for the T-Mobile (and MetroPCS) Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

TEKXodus HYBRID N4

Here is a list of new features in the latest “N5R9” release which was made on February 17. Ok, so someone who doesn’t know may read this list and wonder “What? What is all this?”

What this all is is *cool*! Waay cool! There are a lot of features from the more expensive Note 5. Basically this ROM supes up the Note 4 so much that its almost like having a completely different device. This happens because Samsung is always updating features in its newer devices while its older ones remain stagnant. So what developers like TEKXodus do is take a lot of these newer apps and features and create a custom build for older devices. And they also add a bunch of other cool features which are not included in Samsung’s releases.

– NEW Exclusive S7 Edge Wallpapers
– NEW Note 5 Setup Wizard
– NEW Note 5 Gallery
– NEW Note 5 Wallpaper Picker
– NEW Note 5 E-Mail
– NEW Modified Camera 4
– NEW Further Note 5 Enhancements
– NEW Fast/Accurate Fingerprint Service
– NEW Marshmallow Launcher – mods
– NEW Floating Messages Toggle
– NEW Invert Colors Feature Added
– NEW Invert Colors Toggle
– NEW Material Design – TEKXControl
– NEW Xposed Updated – v80
– NEW Tapatalk Updated
– NEW Note 5 S-Pen – Scroll Capture
– NEW Settings – N5 Air command option
– NEW NO Edge Activator required
– NEW Settings – Kernel Adiutor option – if installed
– NEW TEKXodus N4 @560DPI – Note 5 DPI
– NEW SystemUI Updated to 560DPI
– NEW All apps updated to 560DPI
– NEW Nearly all Apps are Note 5 Apps
– NEW Stock TW Hybrid Launcher Updated
– NEW Settings – Testing Mode Enabled
– NEW ROM Fully Compatible – N910T/T3/N915T
– NEW 2 More S7 Wallpapers Added

One thing to be aware of when installing this ROM is that you also have to install a kernel with it. You can find the link for the BeastMode kernel in the forum.

Migrating to this new ROM is trivial if you use TitaniumBackup Pro and do a batch backup of all apps + data (available from the menu under batch actions). Then after the ROM is installed you install TitaniumBackup again and select batch restore of all apps + data.

However I don’t actually restore ALL apps. I selectively restore only the actual apps that I need and use which contain my important user data. I also restore SMS messages, the phone log, bluetooth pairings, and accounts.

You can find information about all this from many other places online including TitaniumBackup’s own website but its pretty straightforward to use.

After the restore is complete you will still have to do some minor tidying up. For example after my owncloud account is restored I still need to go into the settings and reselect the calendar to sync. I also have to go into language & input settings and re-enable the alternate keyboards I use.

The entire process of backup, flashing the ROM, restoring apps, and final tidying up takes less than a half hour.

Amazing video discussing social dynamics behind a lot of BS going on

First of all I think Wife With A Purpose is a really brave person for making this video. She has a lot of guts especially in the climate we are in.

Second, I think she’s a genius. She has intense insight and a way of looking at things which transcends a lot of the programming which people inherit and which basically self-perpetuates in cultures.

Here is another highly thought-provoking video I just saw:

Maybe transsexuals are the answer 😉

Here is one more shocking video about some of the insanity that is going on:

I just found this video and its clear that this 16 year old girl is vastly more intelligent than many of the “leaders” in Europe:

IMHO this beats cloud storage

This is an old-school command, but I find that it is still way better than cloud storage for sharing a directory between two or more systems:

rsync [options] source destination

If you’re using Cygwin under Windows, then the command would most likely be:

rsync -rv --size-only --delete spectra:~/edu/ ~/edu/

Explanation:

On my other machine, called spectra, which I was doing homework on earlier today at the cafe, I have a directory under my home (C:\Users\me) named edu. I also have a directory named edu on my home system.

After working at the cafe, when I come home I want to sync the edu directory with my home system.

Now of course one way to do this would be to use a cloud storage system like Dropbox (or even much better would be Owncloud). But the thing is, I have found that actually for something like basic syncing of a directory, cloud storage is way overkill. You have to have a client running all the time on both systems, constantly monitoring the filesystem, and I’ve just seen too many slowdowns because of this when working heavily in synced directories.

Another serious issue is sync latency. Ok you may have a directory set up under cloud storage, but how often does the client running on your machine actually sync it with the cloud? Its not instantaneous. It can be intervals of time as long as 15 minutes. And what if it didn’t sync before you need to access it on the other computer? Also, how do you even know if it already synced, without checking the log of the sync client?

And one final consideration is network traffic. If you’re at a cafe working, do you really need to be pushing syncs to your cloud while you’re working, using up bandwidth? I don’t need to sync until I’m actually done working. In fact I don’t really even want to sync before then. Its kind of silly because I’m still working on files, editing them, creating or deleting them. Its kind of a waste to sync until I’m actually finished with my work.

All of which thus leads to: rsync. rsync is oldschool and is a really clean, highly efficient, and basically the most excellent tool for syncing directories between two machines.

To repeat the above command:

rsync -rv --size-only --delete spectra:~/edu/ ~/edu/

let me explain what’s going on.

First, I’m using the -r and -v switches. -r means be recursive, that is sync everything below the current level. This is necessary when syncing a directory. If you are only syncing one file, then you don’t need -r. Otherwise you do.

-v means be verbose. Whatever is being synced will be listed on the screen. When syncing a really large directory then sometimes -v can be omitted, but otherwise its nice to actually see what the command is doing.

–size-only is specific to Windows. This has to do with the way rsync compares files to determine whether or not they need to be synced, which is different on Linux filesystems than Windows. Under Linux –size-only would not be necessary because rsync can effectively compare the local and remote files to determine whether or not they are the same. But with Windows it can’t so easily. It needs the –size-only option unfortunately. I wish this were not so, and it does represent a slight degradation of rsync, but it still works.

Now let’s say that I’m about to go out to do my homework, and I can’t remember if I synced the edu directory of my home system with spectra. Then I can easily do a test run of rsync to see if it would actually sync anything:

rsync -rvn –size-only –delete ~/edu/ spectra:~/edu/

The -n switch means do a dry (test) run. No files are actually transferred but, because the -v switch is used, it will show if any files actually would be transferred.

There is one final important aspect of the syncing which I did not yet cover, which is indicated by the –delete switch. The –delete switch is potentially dangerous but also powerful. It tells rsync to delete any files on the destination which are not on the source.

Think about this: If I’m at the cafe working and I decide to rename some documents, then when I get home I am going to sync spectra to my home machine. If I don’t use the –delete switch then it will sync the renamed copies of the documents, and the copies with the old names will still remain on the home system. This would not be good. So using –delete it will delete the non-renamed copies of the files and make sure that the contents of the edu directory on both machines is exact.

And of course if you haven’t set up Cygwin then you definitely should. (If you’re on a Mac then you don’t need Cygwin and can install rsync fairly easily in a console.) You will also need to have ssh (OpenSSH) setup on both systems since that is used for the file transfer.

It may seem cumbersome to many people to set this stuff up and learn how to use it, but there are certain basic operations related to information processing which it turns out are most efficient when done via a command line. This is related to the fact that we humans use words and that the way we perform functions on data is based on text.

Nothing is more powerful, flexible, and efficient as using rsync to keep directories in sync, and the benefit of knowing how to use it will extend into many other things.

Laissez-faire vs. fascist

Laissez faire, telle devrait être la devise de toute puissance publique, depuis que le monde est civilisé … Détestable principe que celui de ne vouloir grandir que par l’abaissement de nos voisins! Il n’y a que la méchanceté et la malignité du coeur de satisfaites dans ce principe, et l’intérêt y est opposé. Laissez faire, morbleu! Laissez faire!![4]

(Trans: “Let it be, that should be the motto of all public powers, since the world was civilized … That we cannot grow except by lowering our neighbors is a detestable notion! Only malice and malignity of heart is satisfied with such a principle and our (national) interest is opposed to it. Let it be, for heaven’s sake! Let it be!)

wikipedia.org: Laissez-faire

There is news recently about how the FBI has obtained a court order to force Apple Inc. to provide them with a custom firmware for the iPhone 5s which does not contain built-in protections against password cracking.

Today it is in the news that Donald Trump is criticizing Apple over its decision to fight this court order.

What is going on here is that the government is trying to force Apple to essentially give a master key to the FBI which will be possible to use on millions of devices, not just the one in question. That is wrong. The government is trying to force Apple to deliberately severely cripple one of its products.

I don’t understand what is in the mind of Donald Trump on this. I thought the Republican party was supposed to represent laissez-faire market values, not fascism. It seems like a Democrat thing to try to force Apple to deliberately break its products so that the FBI can attempt to break in to a phone of someone who is already dead.

Yeah, that’s another thing. As someone mentioned in another forum, the people who committed the crimes are already dead. Now they are thrashing the corpses. It seems like their real motive in doing so is not for justice but as a convenient tool for a power grab.

By the way, if you follow this line of action on the government’s part to its full conclusion, it reaches a point of complete absurdity. It goes like this:

Company makes a phone which provides encryption security.
Government tries to force company to deliberately weaken or destroy the encryption feature.
Company makes new products which it is impossible to even be able to weaken the encryption.
Government makes that illegal.

Now we are into black market territory or territory where people find some ways to mod their devices.

What the government does next could be a couple of things: They could forbid any phone carrier to allow a black market device to be activated on their networks. Or, going a step further, they could force all phone manufacturers and carriers to only create and allow activation of whitelisted devices.

And if it reached that point, you’d have to ask what the fuck is the government doing? Is this what government is supposed to do? Is this what people expect their government to do?

No rational human would think so. Its absurd. But that is the logical endpoint of where this cat-and-mouse game goes.

The basic bottom line is that one person has the right to create and give a device to another person and the government has no business whatsoever getting involved in it. What the government is saying is “We have a right to know X, because it exists. Furthermore, if device A contains X, we have a right to force the manufacturer of A to alter A to enable us to access X. Because X exists.”

That kind of logic is purely grotesque and sick, and represents an utter disregard for some of the most basic, universally accepted human rights. It is an abject disregard for basic freedoms which our government should be upholding, not destroying.

So, fuck you to the government and fuck you to Donald Trump and other politicians for thinking and acting like fucking fascists. Your job is to uphold freedom, not destroy it.

Humans split from chimps 8 MYA not 6 MYA

A new paper has come out which announces the finding by a team of paleoanthropolgists who studied the age of sediments surrounding fossils of the common ancestors between humans, chimps, and apes. The date at which humans split from chimps has been pushed back by 2 million years to 8 million years ago. The date at which humans and chimps split from apes has also been pushed back by 2 million years to 10 million years ago.

lanl.gov: Fossil analysis pushes back human split from other primates by two million years

Ecotopia got invaded

I was just reading this Wikipedia page about the book The Nine Nations of North America. It describes the different regions and one of them is called Ecotopia:

Ecotopia — the Pacific Northwest coast west of the Cascade Range and the Coast Mountains, as well as several Alaskan Pacific Coast Ranges, stretching from Alaska down through coastal British Columbia, Washington state, Oregon, and into California just north of Santa Barbara. Capital: San Francisco.

Then there is another region called, ominously, Mexamerica:

Mexamerica — the southern and Central Valley portions of California as well as southern Arizona, the portion of Texas bordering on the Rio Grande, most of New Mexico, northern Mexico, and the Baja California Peninsula. Capital: Los Angeles.

Ecotopia and Mexamerica are about as opposite as its possible to get. One culture venerates macho dumbfucks who want to drive around in oversized pickups with holes drilled in the mufflers, while the other is about having a light footprint and living consciously.

One culture has perverted lowlifes who stalk, sexually harass, and rape women. The other is about evolving to levels of self-actualization where there is respect for the sanctity of all living things.

These cultures do not mix well. An ecologically-conscious person who is riding a bicycle along a street does not like getting blasted out by the outrageously loud noise of some macho dumbfuck in a pickup with holes drilled in the muffler.

People hanging out together at a nude beach on a sunny day do not like to have a group of disgusting perverts in the distance constantly ogling them as they booze it up.

There is even the issue of the drugs that the Mexamericans bring in such as meth, cocaine, and crack, vs. the more holistic drugs like LSD and psilocybins that are part of Ecotopia. And while one group may appreciate its ganja, the other is busy ecologically raping public forest lands to set up military-style guerilla growing operations and spewing toxic chemicals into streams.

At least the southern part of Ecotopia has since been severely invaded and taken over by Meximerica and by an entirely other thing: Asia. Its really sad to see it lost, and people should stand up against the oligarchy’s complete betrayal of Ecotopia.

Presently there is only one candidate running for President of the United States who is advocating policies which would protect Ecotopia against the oligarchy’s betrayal: Donald Trump.

Many people, including myself, are reluctant to support a Republican, but the betrayal by the Democrat party has been so severe. We do not know what Mr. Trump’s stand would be for key environmental issues – such as support for organic agriculture, labelling of GMO’s, and limits on fracking and shale oil mining. His policies could be horrendous. Or not. As far as I know no one has really asked him about these issues and he has not spoken about them at length as he has other issues.

On one hand he could allow things to continue more-or-less as the status quo. Whether that would be acceptable or not I don’t know. But it is also possible that he could enact policies which were much worse. Or he might even enact policies which were better. Perhaps he would recognize that the campaign to trample on organics is part of the oligarchy’s plan and put a stop to it.

Unfortunately we are in a terrible position. America is really being methodically ripped apart by the oligarchy and its heartbreaking to watch. I am still going to support Donald Trump because the swarms of illegal immigrants invading America is absolutely outrageous and he is at least standing up against the oligarchy.

There are so many illegals in America that students – myself included – cannot enroll in courses they want at community colleges. Businesses are hiring illegals with impunity and city governments are openly violating federal law.

Its sad, but its like people in Ecotopia are in some kind of delusional state and not standing up to protect what they have. They are not standing up against the invasion because they’ve swallowed the lies that illegal immigration is humanitarian when if fact the opposite is actually true.

People have to stand up and take responsibility to create the kind of world they want. That world will not just happen due to natural forces. It must be created, shaped by actions. Humans are now like engineers of Planet Earth – whether the like it or not, whether they want to accept it and admit it or not. Humans now have the responsibility of engineering the planet and they are going to have to make decisive choices about how Earth should and should not be.

Presently, their lack of responsibility is creating a slow-moving catastrophe which gets worse every day. They are finding out the hard way as things collapse. Even while they often claim to ascribe to noble values, they are watching the actualization of those values in reality get decimated.

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