UK Prime Minister’s position on illegal immigration

Watching a video now of British Prime Minister David Cameron. Below is an excerpt:

Interviewer: You described it as a “swarm”. Would you still describe it as that? Do you regret the use of the word?

Cameron: I don’t regret what I said. I was simply trying to explain that a lot of people were coming… and I think people watching and people who have responded to me about this… have understood that that’s what I was staying. But I think what’s more important frankly than the words is the actions that we’re taking and I want people to know that the government’s doing everything it can to stop people breaking into our country illegally, and making sure that we have all those proper border checks and inspections that people would expect.

…and then there are also illegal migrants, people who are in search of a better life, they’re not fleeing persecution, and they’re trying to get into our country to sort of jump the queue as it were in terms of people coming to live in Britain and its quite right that we say to those people that “No you can’t come in. We have orderly migration procedures and jumping on the back of a lorry or trying to get through the tunnel isn’t a part of that.”

America’s governments at federal, state, and local levels are facilitating the swarm for the sake of private business interests.

Mr. Cameron is entirely correct: These are people who have broken in to the country, who have jumped the queue, and we need to be stopping it and reversing the process immediately.

What I See

hispanic woman with kids next to guys selling stolen car items on disgustingly gross Mission St in SF

people selling stolen car items on Mission St in SF

Hordes of vagrants filling the city everywhere. Behind every corner there they are. Some are just collapsed. Some are aggro. Many are crazy. There is no behavior that is too bizarre, crazy, or aggro to not expect. I have seen almost all.

I have been the victim of theft and other crimes yet when I witness the sheer scale of the problem I can understand why law enforcement simply cannot come to grips with it. The magnitude is enormous. In this situation, if you still have ten fingers and ten toes, count your blessings because things could be far worse.

Things are getting markedly worse, and from what I hear from people in other parts of the country, this is happening all over.

It makes me realize that our politicians are lying and they are taking things in the wrong direction. The more they seem to speak about sanctuaries and dreams, the worse off things get.

Breathtaking image of Earth & dark side of the Moon

NASA Deep Space Climate Observatory dark side of moon 2015.07.16

NASA Deep Space Climate Observatory dark side of moon 2015.07.16

“This was taken around one million miles from Earth. We don’t normally get that perspective.

“Because of its mission, this spacecraft is in a sweet spot [1 million miles from Earth monitoring solar wind] directly in the direction of the sunlit Earth, meaning it’s seeing a completely sunlit moon, too. You get a whole new perspective on the moon. It looks very different from the side we see from Earth.”

Imagine a photo like this being taken during a total solar eclipse and being able to see the moon’s shadow being cast on the Earth behind it.

Reaching New Levels with Windows 10

Ok, maybe not actually. LOL.

Conclusion (if you don’t want to read the rest of the post): Don’t upgrade. You lose the ability to control when updates occur, the interface is ugly as shit, and most of your apps will get removed during the upgrade. Oh, and there’s more of the same of MS cramming their shit down your throat only worse. Windows 10 is clearly a downgrade!

I upgraded one of my Thinkpads running Windows 8.1 Pro x64 today to Windows 10 via Windows Update and will now report some of the basic things about it. More will be coming later. I have a lot of screenshots. But for now here are the major things:

1. A LOT of apps got removed. Therefore this seems much less like a smooth upgrade and more like a total system reinstall, although the following apps are among those which remained: Firefox, Thunderbird, Office (upon the first time of opening Word it ran through a setup but then it ran regularly as before), Acrobat, MediaMonkey, Google Earth Pro, Kindle, VLC Media Player, VMWare Workstation, BleachBit, Malewarebytes, VirusTotal Uploader, Manageability Commander Tool, uTorrent.

Some of those that didn’t remain: Photoshop CC 2014, Canon MP Navigator, Canon My Printer, OpenOffice, HexChat, Vuze, Cubase, Finale, Kontakt, Audiograbber, Winamp, Premiere Pro CC, XNView MP, CPU-Z, Console, Daemon Tools Lite, Defraggler, Hard Disk Sentinel, Nero, Speccy, TCPView, Process Explorer, Ultimate Windows Tweaker, Classic Start Menu, USBDeview, CCleaner, KMSpico, PatchMyPC, 7Zip, Lenovo System Update, Revo Uninstaller Pro, Avast AntiVirus, RealVNC.

2. If you create custom shortcuts to any apps that got wiped they also will be deleted. Fortunately they are still available in the following location: C:\Windows.old\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu so they can easily be copied back. Personally I prefer to have the dangling (pointing to non-existent apps) shortcuts present so I know what I’m missing and need to reinstall.

3. During install it will ask if you want to disable all these privacy-compromising things and you can disable them all or if its for someone like your mother or neighbor you can leave them all enabled.

4. It will install a bunch of Microsoft apps which you don’t ask for or want and there’s a customize option during the initial setup to customize the apps meaning remove or at least disable as many as possible, unless of course its for your mother or neighbor who might want or use some of them. I noticed that a lot of them seemed to not be uninstallable which I will have to investigate further.

5. If you don’t install Classic Start Menu (from Classic Shell above) the new start menu is basically like a smaller version of the Windows 8 Start screen, crammed with all those MS apps you didn’t choose to install but which they want you to have. Personally I don’t want Photos, Media, Music, Weather, Calendar, Sports, Travel, Mail, or any else of it. Get it off my system. If it was for my mother or neighbor maybe it would be convenient for them.

6. Notifications. In the settings there will be options to have all these different apps send notifications to the lock or other screens. Because I don’t want any of these apps anyways and besides it would be a total waste of time, I disabled all/removed as much as I could. I also think on a regular laptop that that would just be confusing to my mother or my neighbor.

7. The new interface looks like shit. I cannot understand how in the progression of Windows with each new version the interface gets worse and worse. Its almost like they’ve become this big, cynical, draconian company that can’t be bothered to even provide a decent and customizable interface because all the stupid masses deserve is the most basic level of shit.

8. Windows Update settings. I understand why Microsoft wants to kind of force everyone to just automatically get updates all the time, but honestly it can be a major pain in the ass if you are working on something critical on your laptop somewhere and then it just starts going through some resource-hogging update. Professionals may not want or need that.

With the Windows 10 Pro version there is an option to “defer” updates which I think is what I want but I haven’t had time to read up about this. Nonetheless, this is something that many professionals will want to enable if they don’t want their machine to bog down suddenly while working. On the other hand, for fast desktop systems such updating may not be a real problem.

9. Fingerprint login is not working. I reinstalled Lenovo Thinkvantage Fingerprint Software from Lenovo’s support site for the Thinkpad W520, the most recent version of which is for Windows 8.1, but it doesn’t run. This is a big disappointment as one of the big things promoted for Windows 10 was that it would flawlessly support fingerprint login.

10. Under File Explorer options in Control Panel there is now an option “Open File Explorer to” with the following two choices only: Quick Access or This PC. I would like to have seen an option to open to Favorites also.

Furthermore, a lot of my folder views got messed up with the upgrade and have now reverted to detail view instead of list view which I usually prefer.

11. Nice or neat new things: If you right-click on the computer icon on the desktop there’s now a Manage option. It is a fast way to get to Device Manager and computer management tasks.

That’s it for now. This was just a very quick run-through of the most salient things from a Windows 10 upgrade and I will write more in-depth later.

Basically the biggest news, something that I didn’t really see being discussed in any of the many Windows 10 upgrade-related forum posts I’ve been reading, is that it removes a lot of apps. In fact it also wiped a couple shortcuts to PDF books that I had in my custom menu.

Overall despite having to reinstall a lot of apps I guess I’m happy with the upgrade so maybe there will be new levels with Windows 10. Or maybe it will be kind of the same.

Update: Today I reverted the system back to Windows 8.1, which is an option available if the upgrade has been less than one month ago.

Emojis and twits, I’m sick of the shit

At a critical time when human consciousness desperately needs to be advancing, not regressing, the mass beguilement with soundbite reality is sickening.

Bernie Sanders 2016

Please vote for Bernie Sanders to become our next President of America in 2016. Please remember to participate in his campaign, to spread the word to everyone you know, and to make contributions.

By spreading the word I mean talk with people honestly and openly about why he should be our President. Don’t be afraid as an American citizen to tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances why Bernie Sanders is not only the best-suited candidate for this election, his will be the best leader that America has needed in a very, very long time.

Bernie Sanders will help America become strong. He will protect American citizens and workers and not cave in to corporate interests. He will speak truthfully and represent all the people of America, not just the rich and privileged.

When Bernie Sanders becomes President of the United States he will lead America to a major role to bringing peace, freedom, and sustainability to this aching planet which has only suffered under the corporate ass-kissing politicians including Hilary Clinton who are selling out the American people and destroying the dreams of millions.

I detect another masterpiece!

The new season of jdramas has just begun and I’ve only just seen a couple but already there’s one which appears to be a masterpiece: Risk no Kamisama (God of Risk). Brilliant script. Brilliant acting. Excellent cinematography.

Will make another post later when I’ve had a chance to sample the rest of the new jdramas of the season.

By the way, for this drama I found it necessary to alter the subtitle .ass file to improve the fonts which are too tiny. To do this, open the file in a text editor such as Notepad+ and in the section [V4+ Styles] change the following:

Directly above the following line:

Style: small,century,15,&H00FFFFFF,&H000000FF,&H00000000,&H00000000,0,0,0,0,100,100,0,0,1,2,2,2,10,10,10,1

Insert this line:

Style: Default,Arial,26,&H00FFFFFF,&H000000FF,&H00000000,&H00000000,0,0,0,0,100,100,0,0,1,2,2,2,10,10,10,1

And then change the font size of the other two Style: lines so that they look like the following (changes marked in bold):

Style: small,century,20,&H00FFFFFF,&H000000FF,&H00000000,&H00000000,0,0,0,0,100,100,0,0,1,2,2,2,10,10,10,1
Style: Big,Century,28,&H00FFFFFF,&H000000FF,&H00000000,&H00000000,0,0,0,0,100,100,0,0,1,2,2,2,10,10,10,1

I don’t know what type of screen the subber set the font size for but on my laptop they are way too small.

Update: It appears that the font issues are fixed with Ep02.

Tip if Lastpass Autofill Stops Working on a Site

If you use Lastpass then you may notice occasionally that its autofill feature may suddenly stop working with a particular website. I have noticed this with several sites recently. Investigating this, I found the following advice at

LastPass won’t save or autofill my data for a particular site – is there a workaround?

1. First check that:

Your LastPass Icon is red (in Safari, the * will turn black instead of red)
Your Preferences are enabled to autofill by going to the LastPass Icon > Preferences > General > make sure that “Automatically Fill Login Information” is enabled.
The site is not ‘Flash’ or ‘Silverlight’ – LastPass doesn’t support these sites. Right-click on the site’s login fields and look at the context menu information to check

2. Still doesn’t autofill? Re-save the site by deleting the entry and logging in as if for the first time.

3. Check that you didn’t add the site as a ‘Never URL’. Check in your LastPass Icon > My LastPass Vault > Settings > Never URLs.

4. If you still can’t save or autofill, force-save the site with the Save All Entered Data feature.

5. If your site uses a multiple-page login, use the Save All Entered Data function on each page to save your information for each page separately.

6. If you still have trouble, submit a support ticket by clicking the link at the bottom.

I would say that 1. above are the obvious things: Make sure you are actually logged-in to Lastpass and that the appropriate option for autofill is actually enabled in the Preferences.

Given that, 2. is actually interesting advice which is to delete the site in Lastpass (make sure you copy the logon credentials somewhere first!) and re-save it by logging in to the site again. This in fact has worked for me several times.

I think this happens because websites do evolve over time. The logon pages may change significantly enough that Lastpass no longer recognizes them and hence its best to delete the site and start over.

Beyond that, I simply cannot understand how anyone in this day an age could not be using Lastpass or something similar. Now most browsers have their own autofill features and these browsers also have sync capability which means the autofill data saved on one device can be available on others. But I still like Lastpass because it is not tied to any one software vendor and is truly cross-platform and cross-browser compatible. Also, I like the fact that they are a professional business whose sole focus is on the provision of this product and making it as secure and functional as possible.

Really useful tool to clip anything on the screen

Today I was trying to clip some clothing images from retailer websites so that I can later print out a page with all the items I want when I visit the stores. But the images were in Flash and thus could not be copied. Finally though I found a cool tool which is actually integrated with Windows which performs this exact task really well. Its called Snipping Tool. Just press the Win button and start to type snipping and it will come up.

Now its easy to copy anything on a screen and save it as a .jpg file and paste it into a document.

The Iranians Are Our Brothers and Sisters

Persia is a great land and its people are great people. Its about time that Iran is treated with respect, that the sanctions against it are lifted, and that it is allowed to exist like any other free nation in the international community.

I understand that China played an important role in helping get the agreement reached. How much better things go in the world when we all learn to cooperate.

I also hope that Iran and Turkey can one day join the European Union.

Israel needs to be de-nuclearized and de-weaponized.

America and the EU need to send in armored vehicles and tanks to protect Palestinians, and bulldozers to tear down those damn walls.

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