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  • Old Guy Student 12:55 am on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Democratic Party, , Jill Stein, , Presidential Election 2016, Primary 2016, Republican Part, the original political mosh pit   

    Hillary vs Trump vs Horrible Presidents 

    So, now that it has been proven that the entire Democratic Primary process was patently dishonest and that the agreement they made with Bernie Sanders to not run as an independent was nullified by the conspiracy of Debbie Wasserman Shultz to ensure that Hillary was favored by the party from the outset.  The not so subtle favoritism was seen by many Bernie Sanders supporters from the outset and when they mentioned it on social media or news websites the paid DNC Hillary shills branded them conspiracy theorists, vapid, crazy and bordering on violent without providing any real evidence.  Instead they gained in the methods usually used by bigots and white supremacists by saying most or many of them in regards to his supporters.  They even created a cutesy sounding, extremely degrading level of condescension, Bernie Bros as if only immature, college frat-boys support Bernie Sanders, as if he is the epitome of the white, over privileged male demographic taking a play out of the Republican playbook where they use shame and ridicule to silence those that disagree with them.  All while the news media counted super delegate counts from the beginning while making it look and sound like Bernie Sanders was out of the race from the beginning.  Calls about supporting Hillary if she wins the nomination came well before the midway point with hints of Bernie dropping out and supporting Hillary.  Dishonest and possibly illegal, it has led to the current situation where the majority of one major parties are against both candidates from both parties as are a majority of the independent voting block which truly are the movers and the shakers in the red states.

    Hillary supporters and the Democratic Establishment who orchestrated the conspiracy to favor Hillary over Bernie sanders believed they would be able to swing the Bernie supporters who were from that independent voting block even though their conspiracy involved mentioning over and over and over that Bernie Sanders was an independent and had just chosen to run as a Democrat and that he wasn’t a real democrat and therefore he should be discounted.  Good job people, you just told that majority voting block they should pick a side, not ride the fence or some bullshit and alienated them by overselling the Independent angle to the Independent block!  You just added them to the #NeverHillary group, the #BernieOrBust movement.  They outnumber the #NeverTrump movement because you continue to piss off Democrats too.  Nevada was a joke and proved the lies and bullshit the party and Hill Humpers led by Ms. Shultz that stated someone threw a chair and violence erupted when video clearly shows exactly what happened and it was dishonest and fraudulent while it slandered and libeled all those who disagreed with the events that took place.  There were Hillary supporters that changed their support because of it.  She made #NeverHillary soldiers that day.

    There is a clear majority in congress that dislike Donald Trump as president and many who only support him because politics says they have to or be shamed and humiliated by someone who I think deserved it but for other reasons.  I have seen what Hillary accomplished while Secretary Of State and it scares me.  I watched her set herself up for scandal, after scandal, after scandal.  I don’t care if they were witch hunts, I care that she made decisions that placed her in the predicament where they could use them in the way they used them.  Benghazi is not a red herring, Congress is just looking at the wrong angle.  What should have been asked is was the State Department or any clandestine organization involved at all with the civil war that broke out in that country and what, if any, role did the Ambassador have in it?  Was this why he returned to the country?  Was he acting in a duplicitous role while publicly serving in the role as the US Ambassador?  You know, stuff that can cause international incidents and basically embarrass our country and make our ambassadors targets.  There is amazing amounts of evidence that shows her State Department, the one she has stated Henry Kissinger has praised her on its accomplishments and how she ran it, caused the Arab Spring.


    The current narrative coming from the DNC Hillary Shills is that we can’t let Donald Trump have access to all that power, he might launch nuclear warheads.  Yes, they seriously make these comments.  As if Donald Trump would just order the Department Of Defense to nuke North Korea.  That if he did, that everyone in the chain of command would just go along with it because the President ordered it.  I just can’t understand this level of  stupidity.  See, I believe in the Constitution because it will stop him when necessary/.  The idea that the checks and balances doesn’t or won’t keep him in check  is bullshit.  But this ignores that close to 2/3 of the congress appears to be #NeverTrump and that’s bipartisan.  Many of them are also #NeverHillary which means there is a super majority which gives them far more options then any congress in recent history has truly had because consensus between parties and independents which provide a super majority can propose constitutional amendments.  All it requires to write a law to stop Donald Trump is a super majority.  All it takes to stop his is a majority out of the 8 Supreme Court justices.  The fucking constitution works.

    Some try to use George W. Bush and what him and Dick Cheney did as proof Donald can fuck some shit up.  Problem is that Bush clearly had a majority of congress supporting him and enabling him to fuck shit up.  Hillary Clinton was one of those who voted to enable him to invade Iraq.  The reason they were successful is they had one major party almost completely behind them and a large portion of the other major party scared shitless that they would be made to look unpatriotic, liberal, anti-war and weak.  Fuck them, look at what they fucking started and where we are now and a shitload of this falls directly on Hillary Clinton’s shoulders.  Don’t come at me like that brah.  I am a Bernie Bros.  I will fucking destroy you in how fucking wrong about us you are and in doing so prove how fucking wrong you are about politics completely.  Both parties created this bullshit shit fest scenario and now we have to all deal with it.  Fuck you for trying to make the comparison about Al Gore and voting for a third party.  Where was your outrage when they stole the election from him?  How was the corruption and seeming conflict of interest in the person in charge of something major in Bush’s election and in counting the votes was in charge of his campaign in  that state.  This happened in many states in that election with him  Same seems to have happened in multiple states in the primary this year.  Don’t brah.  You called us conspiracy theorists and wing nuts back then.  You, Democrats who were supposed to have our independent backs.  Fuck you.  Suck it.  Another white guy is going to be president before a woman does because you chose to lie, cheat and steal to get it.  Fuck you.

    I am an American and all I am loyal to is the process and the country, parties don’t mean shit to me.  Neither does the lesser of two evils and that masturbatory mind fuck doesn’t work with me, I love dystopian fantasy..Personally, I would love to see Bernie use this conspiracy to nullify his support of Hillary and his promise not to run as an independent and that he should announce his running as an independent.  He should get his grassroots campaign to ensure he is on the ballot in all 50 states and US Territories.  Then he should ask Jill Stein to be his Vice President and take her offer of the Green Party nomination for President.  They would poll high enough that they would have to be allowed in the debates.  Bernie could set the tone and dominate the debates.  Jill Stein could handle her own in debates against any of the other candidates in the Vice Presidential Slot and she brings a bunch of support to Bernie that he wouldn’t already have.  Add to it that there are half of the seats in congress are up for grabs this cycle that the Green party could potentially take enough seats to control the house by relegating one of the other parties to the minority and the remaining one to being inconsequential in the power structure.


    Even if that isn’t possible, Trump wont be the end of the world, the end of this country or any worse then we have had since Kennedy was assassinated or since Roosevelt died.

    • Invisible Mikey 1:34 am on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just a small correction. The DNC did not make up the term “BernieBros”. Robinson Meyer, a writer for The Atlantic, coined the term in an October 17, 2015 article, to describe young progressive men who were hectoring their friends on FaceBook.


  • Old Guy Student 1:53 am on July 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Placed County, , , Rocklin, , , ,   

    Blunt Strangers 

    I have a T-shirt that came from Carl’s Jr when they introduced Hardee’s Breakfast Biscuits that says “We wake and bake every morning!”. I got it a few years ago when the Ravens and 49ers played in the Superbowl together hosted in New Orleans and the power went out.  I went an hour before kickoff to get food and got home right after kickoff and the order was totally screwed up.  I complained and when asked what I wanted, I named the shirt and the District manager located one for me.

    I wear it to school frequently and I can tell when walking around who understands the shirt and who doesn’t.  I usually get a knowing smile, nod or comment.  It has led to sessions with complete strangers and as most stoners know, that can lead to amazing conversations.  I love talking to and meeting new groups of stoners, the pot smokers sub-culture is diverse, regionally unique and as diverse as the American culture.

    This week, I met a classmate who rolled and offered to smoke a blunt with me after class.  So I went to the parking lot and we drove to a nearby park and met a few of his friends.  For the next twenty minutea we talked and passed the blunt.  It was the perfect social bonding experience as we each tried to make the others laugh.  Being silly.  Being self deprecating and making jokes about each other.  Then we stood around for another ten minutes talking but the heat and cotton mouth cut it short.  I was quickly dropped off at my car and left to do homework.  All in all, not a bad day.

  • Old Guy Student 5:57 pm on July 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Cyanogen Mod & Pure Android, Why? 

    So last summer, I purchased a ZTE Zmax when my phone was stolen as it had a great recommendation from a nerdy friend in my speech class.  My first six months of ownership were amazing and I was extremely happy with the device except I desired root access which wasn’t available.  Somewhere along the way, I installed an application that was a system optimizer and it ran and munged things up.  Then I found root and just waited for the time to wipe and reinstall.  This day arrived on Thursday and I started by rooting and installing a custom recovery partition.  Then I found an ADB command to turn off the write protection in the boot loader thus making the system partition writeable when booting a custom ROM.  Next I downloaded nandroid backups of the factory ROMs for this device and placed them all on the SD card.

    Meanwhile, I had already used the recovery program to factory reset the phone and had installed and added most of the APPs that I regularly use.  I made a nandroid backup before I wiped and then again once I had everything perfect.  I then proceeded to install the CM 31.1 nightly that I found on an Android Nerd Website, Android Authority, I think.  There is that moment when you flash a ROM and reboot when it’s finished and your heart seems to stop beating as the boot-up process begins.  I find myself holding my breath until I see the Android desktop.  Everything seemed to work fine and I immediately set about flashing the proper Gapps from Open Gapps.  There are multiple packages based on what you want to install and I screwed up multiple times which meant I had to re-flash the ROM to ensure it was all installed properly. 

    Somehow, the permissions did not get set properly and that seemed to be a habitual problem as a total re-flash didn’t fix the problem. So, with the help of Google and the million member Android Army, which is where I found all of the information to do everything I have described here, I slowly found out how to resolve each pop-up error about a Google service failing that prevented me from using the device or doing anything else but clicking on the OK button.  There was a video on YouTube of another user with the same problem on another device and his fix was to painstakingly fight to bring up the Android Settings and then Applications and then locate each offending application and give the proper permissions.  Needless to say, this took a while and when I was done, Android 6.0 is so much nicer then the 4.4.4-Kit-Kat that I had been using that it was rewarding to have successfully fixed the permission issue even though it was frustrating.

    Everything seemed to work but the LTE wireless data and the 3G and 2G data seemed spotty at best as did cellular calling.  Remember I did most of my setup over Starbucks Wi-Fi and my home Wi-Fi and not Carrier data.  Googling the issue indicated the problem stemmed from the Radio ROM I was using so, I downloaded the correct radio.  Further research indicated it was more then just the radio, so I downloaded a ROM that flashed all of the necessary changes to make the radios work properly with CyanogenMod and AOSP based ROMs.  On first reboot everything appeared to work as I wanted.

    Now, it may sound like all of this was trivial, it wasn’t and required a significant investment of time to read forum posts and get to the correct solutions.  Then add in my relative n00b status in Android hacking and the time compounds exponentially.  My Google contacts weren’t syncing and that took a bit of time and effort to get working properly.  Then add to that the problem didn’t go away until I rebooted my device and only then did everything seem to work properly.  Flashing the proper modem files was a nightmare as every copy failed the signature check and only through Google did I find that this was because they couldn’t be signed.  Turned off the signature check and crossed my fingers and flashed.  When it rebooted and appeared to resolve the problems, I took a deep breath.

    So, why did I do this?  I like the idea of a pure Android phone and my next device will be as close to pure Android as possible because that increases the likelihood of frequent updates and almost guaranteed compatibility with the next version of Android.  Nexus devices are pure Android with the addition of Google’s applications for accessing their services.  Motorola offers a purer version as well and ultimately even if the manufacturer doesn’t make an update available, as I have shown with the ZTE Z-Max, the community will step in and do it on it’s own.

    Updates are important and Apple has one of the next track records in this regard, with ensuring that older devices receive updates for a guaranteed period of time and security patches for even longer.  I bought a phone for my wife from Motorola back around the time of the first Galaxy Note, the N-7000 and it never got an updated that I could find even though it was a business class device with a fingerprint reader.  We just recently replaced it with a Blu device purchased from Best Buy because she had a gift card.  Her Motorola device was acting peculiar because of the heat and most of the developers had stopped supporting her version of Android including her browser.  So, she had to upgrade to continue to use the device for anything more then a dumb phone with an iPod built on.

    This is scary on multiple levels because it forces people to upgrade in order to continue using the device the same way they always have.  It is also scary because there have been major security flaws in Android that have been discovered that were never patched.  Imagine if a defect was found in a modern car and the manufacturer didn’t issue a recall or tell anyone who had purchased one from then new?  When it was discovered, there would be a Senate enquiry to find out the details of who, what, when, where, how and why.  This is becoming more of an issue as more and more personal data is contained on devices and users begin to use them for more and more purposes in their daily lives.

    Now that everything is working properly, I am going to slowly begin blogging about each application I install and use regularly along with why I use them.  I am doing this as a guide for some of my friends who are less technical, to help them be able to make the move from a proprietary version of Android like that produced by Samsung or HTC where their overlays often delay and or prevent the release of updates for devices.  One of my primary functions is to show how security can be implemented in a manner that adds to and enhances the existing security.

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