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Israel has no more right to exist than any other nation

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The violence over Jerusalem is a fight over one religion’s invisible friend vs. another religion’s invisible friend both claiming that their deities gave them land. The truth is that there is no such thing as god(s) and Jerusalem is just another piece of dirt just like any other location on this planet. The violence and death this week following the ill conceived decision to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem reflects poorly on both the Israelis and Palestinians.

This is the 21st century and it’s time that we put to rest the ideas of old primitive religions and property claims attributed to deities. God did not give holy land to anyone and no nation has any more of a right to exist than any other nation. The time has come come that humanity lay down our weapons and come together to figure out how to live together in peace, live in harmony with Reality, and to take care of our common space ship, planet Earth, so that with every generation our future will always be better than our past.

I wouldn’t have found Cosby guilty

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I’m going to take the unpopular position of disagreeing with the guilty verdict of Bill Cosby. Cosby was on trial for 1 act of sexual assault, yet they let 5 unrelated women testify who had nothing to do with what Cosby was charged with. And the woman who did charge him was paid 3 million dollars already.

For the other 5 women they are now famous and making a lot of money off this Cosby fame.

There’s no doubt that Cosby is into a lot of weird sex and drugs. I personally have had sex with a lot of women while stoned. But Pot isn’t that big of a deal and I’m not famous, nor do I have millions of dollars. But for people like Cosby the is surrounded by opportunists who would have sex with him to advance their careers, and I’m sure Cosby took advantage of relationships that are sort of mutual exploitation where both people get what they want.

In a criminal trial the standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt”, and in my view when the witnesses have a strong financial incentive to lie then that is reasonable doubt right there. I’m not saying I believe Cosby is innocent, or guilty. I’m just saying that if I were a juror, I wouldn’t be able to convict.

I am also predicting this case will be overturned on appeal because I think the testimony of 5 unrelated women is unconstitutional, and the appeals court will strike down the case on that basis. And the jury asked for a definition of sexual assault and the judge didn’t give them a legal definition. So I don’t think you’re going to see Cosby doing jail time.

13 Truckers prevent man from committing suicide

Detroit truckers line up under a freeway overpass to help a suicidal man.

13 trucks lines up under an overpass to prevent a man from jumping off and killing himself. Story here.

(CNN)A man stood on a freeway overpass near Detroit early Thursday, threatening to jump. So thirteen tractor-trailers lined up underneath, ready to break his fall.

Troopers closed off both directions of Interstate 696 and asked for the truckers’ help, hoping to protect the man in case he fell or jumped, said Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police.
Asking truckers to help in such cases is not unusual, Shaw said, but “most of the time these events are (resolved) pretty fast, so we only get one semi.”

Trump – President for Life?

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At a political event in Florida Trump praised China’s president XI Jimping saying “He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great, And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.”

I’d like to see Trump be president for life. We haven’t done that in a long time. The last president for life America had was John F. Kennedy,

Now Monica Lewinsky is saying #MeToo

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Oh barf! She’s back. Last she was complaining about cyber bullying, now she’s trying to get in on #MeToo. Anything to get attention. I wish she would take responsibility for her own actions as she was the aggressor in her relationship with Bill Clinton. She seduced him. This one is on her. Take responsibility!

SpaceX to launch Falcon Heavy for the first time tomorrow

Go Elon Go! SpaceX will be launching the demo flight of the Falcon Heavy tomorrow. The Falcon Heave has 3 boosters and all 3 are going to land after launch. The 2 side boosters are already flown boosters. The rocket is world’s biggest and is will reduce the cost per pound of getting stuff into space even below the cost of the Falcon 9.

This rocket is sporting 27 engines and will be launching Elon’s Tesla Roadster into a heliocentric orbit following Mars around the Sun and is expected to drift through space for billions of years. I’ll be watching at 10:30 pacific time to see if it flies, blows up, or get’s delayed.

Tooth Fairy works for NSA to collect your DNA

I stopped believing in the tooth fairy when I found out she was working for the NSA to collect my DNA. Did you ever wonder how the tooth fairy got all the money to leave under your pillow? It’s from a black opts budget!

Apple Slowing Down Older Phones

Well, glad I’m not in the Apple cult. So Apple is slowing down older phones supposedly because they are worried about your battery lasting longer. Here’s the question, do you believe that? And if so – are you really that stupid? And why not have a setting where you can turn that feature off if, let’s say, you put a new battery in it?

Jerusalem is just another piece of dirt

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The Jerusalem controversy is just another example of how religion ruins everything. Trump, sucking up to his religious base, wants to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem to side with Jews and Christians against Muslims as to who God gave this land to. In the Reality based world however, there is no God and Jerusalem is just another piece of dirt like anywhere else in the middle east.

How much are we going to spend on wars and crazy stuff because one group’s invisible friend doesn’t get along with another group’s invisible friend? What are the consequences of turning our backs on Reality in favor of old stories that just are not true? I think more people should be focused on this world, this Reality, and what we can do to make this planet a better place to live. Reality matters, old stories don’t. Why don’t we focus on exploring the universe, electric cars, and curing cancer instead? Let’s do something useful with our limited existence.

Jerusalem is just another piece of dirt

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The Jerusalem controversy is just another example of how religion ruins everything. Trump, sucking up to his religious base, wants to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem to side with Jews and Christians against Muslims as to who God gave this land to. In the Reality based world however, there is no God and Jerusalem is just another piece of dirt like anywhere else in the middle east.

How much are we going to spend on wars and crazy stuff because one group’s invisible friend doesn’t get along with another group’s invisible friend? What are the consequences of turning our backs on Reality in favor of old stories that just are not true? I think more people should be focused on this world, this Reality, and what we can do to make this planet a better place to live. Reality matters, old stories don’t. Why don’t we focus on exploring the universe, electric cars, and curing cancer instead? Let’s do something useful with our limited existence.

EFF: FCC Poised to Gut Net Neutrality Rules

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In a new proposal issued last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set out a plan to eliminate net neutrality protections, ignoring the voices of millions of Internet users who weighed in to support those protections. The new rule would reclassify high-speed broadband as an “information service” rather than a “telecommunications service” (remember, the FCC is forbidden from imposing neutrality obligations on information services). It would then eliminate the bright-line rules against blocking, throttling, and pay-to-play (as well as the more nebulous general conduct standard) in favor of a simplistic transparency requirement. In other words, your ISP would be free to set itself up as an Internet gatekeeper, as long as it is honest about it.

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

I’ve made progress and I’ve written a how to guide for curing cancer.

There isn’t any magic in the process. In fact, I’m using standard procedures that oncologists are already familiar with. The radiation protocol is the strangest part but it’s actually easier to configure than a standard treatment and is also safer. And it uses standard immunotherapy drugs.

The fact that I’m alive and healthy right now is anecdotal evidence that it might be working.

What I’m looking for is to get some attention on this process as a way of speeding up cancer solutions development. I am definitely onto something here and I encourage you to run this method past any oncologist to get their opinion. It will probably be year and a lot of testing before I’m certified cancer free, if I am cancer free. But I decided that whether or not it works for me isn’t the test if this is a great idea. So I’m publishing it now in the hopes it will catch on and be improved. Sort of an “Open Source” cancer solution. I need more brains working on this because some time in the future I might need the improved version.

If you have a friend or relative with terminal cancer and you have run out of options you might want to pass this on to them. With this method the worse off they are the more likely it is to work. Any oncologist should be able to follow this guide easily and conclude it’s worth a try.

But – I’m looking for people who want to write stories about this. I give great interviews. So feel free to contact me if you’re interested.

Crazy Roy Moore accused by 4 women of sexual harrassment

Here’s the story. Today I feel the I’m Christian because I want to believe it. Roy Moore is a pig. And that was before this.

Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”

The big question is, should I go public about Taylor Swift harassing me for sex?

 

Was Ted Cruz father involved in Kennedy Assassination?

Tomorrow maybe we find out. They are releasing a lot of the JFK secret papers on the assassination.

So – will it reveal Trump was right? Or will they continue to cover it up.?

Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle sexual harassment claim

So here’s what I don’t get and maybe it’s because I can do math, but …

For $32 million you could pay several high priced hookers to have sex with you whenever you want. You could even swap them out as needed for variety. And you can do it without it technically being prostitution because there’s a lot of women looking for a sugar daddy. So what does he pay all this money just for an attempt at sex?

Google Chrome Browser doesn’t honor Certificate Revocation

Been testing out the free “Let’s Encrypt” certificates. I got a certificate for a web site I host. Then I revoked the certificate as one would do if the private key was stolen. However – chrome browser doesn’t do certificate revocation checking. At least it doesn’t for Let’s Encrypt. Firefox however does. Here’s the link to the site with a revoked cert:

https://www.plf.net

If you get an error your browser is working. If you see the web site, it’s not. Cert was revoked the morning of October 4th,

I’m getting close to suing Google over their anti-http campaign. Here’s the link to my latest draft.

 

 

HTTPS everywhere sucks!

15 years ago I used to work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I’m still a fan and supporter, but sometimes they take really weird positions that is more like a politically correct weird religion cult – and HTTPS Everywhere is an example of that. And they are influencing the web to go along and discriminate against unencrypted web sites, like this one. Google sent me this notification.

Chrome will show security warnings on http://www.dvorak.org

To owner of http://www.dvorak.org,

Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.

The following URLs on your site include text input fields (such as < input type=”text” > or < input type=”email” >) that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, so that you can take action to help protect users’ data.

I have about 50+ web sites to deal with and I’m just not going to do it. This is a really bad idea and I wouldn’t have a problem with it if it weren’t a tremendous hassle and totally useless.

 

Trump switching parties from Republican to Democrat!

Donald Trump will soon announce that he is switching parties from Republicans to Democrat. Trump is already laying the groundwark and testing the waters for such a switch. In the last week he has:

  1. Did a deal with Dems to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown.
  2. Reversed his position on DACA.
  3. Announced that America will not pull out of the Paris climate agreement after all.

Trump is angry at Republicans who can’t govern and most of which didn’t even show up at his nominating convention in 2016. Trump like Schumer – and he doesn’t like McConnell, and he doesn’t like the Russia investigation. So he thinking “Screw ’em. I’m becoming a Democrat!”

Ann Culter is calling for his impeachment.

New iPhone has face recognition

Wow! I didn’t know that current iPhones didn’t have face recognition. Android has had that for years. My HTC 10 has it.

Hillary Clinton – What (Really) Happened

Hillary’s book is out and I haven’t read it but most everything that when wrong started with email or things that were exposed because of email. Clearly if the Dems hope to win an election they need to run a candidate smart enough to use email correctly.

So – writing this as an email security expert Hillary running state department emails through her personal server was criminal, was a felony, and was extremely dangerous to our national security. And to this day – she doesn’t get it. Yes – she says that what she did was wrong – but she has no concept of how wrong it was. How much damage did it do? Trump is president.

Sometimes I try to picture myself being the IT guy at the state department screaming at her that “No Hillary! You can’t do that!” I’m sure I would have been fired. But in the Obama administration higher ups never got prosecuted.

And because her personal email and state department emails were mixed together a lot of her state department emails ended up in the wrong places. Republicans investigating her would have had then if she just went by the rules and used the secure email system provided to her.

The second email problem was her Chief of Staff got hacked. How did that happen? He was tricked into giving up his password by a phishing email that was supposedly cleared by IT staff. And his password was = Passw0rd. Wow – no hacker is going to crack that.

Then, the third email problem, the DNC was supposedly hacked by Russians except that the forensic evidence points to the “hacker” having physical access to the server and copying the emails off on a thumb drive. But we will never know for sure because the DNC has refused help from the FBI and they are blaming the Russians as a diversion from something.

And finally – the last straw. Hillary’s classified emails were on her assistant’s Huma Abedin’s laptop. Not only should it have not been there – but she shares that laptop with her husband – Anthony Wiener – who was caught sexting a 15 year old girl, and the FBI found the emails and reopened the investigation.

Most of the other scandals were things revealed in leaked email. Rigging the primaries, cheating by getting Donna Brazil to steal debate questions.

The bottom line is that Hillary is cluelessly arrogant and doesn’t understand that she isn’t above the law. Email security has a purpose and consequences if you don’t follow the rules. In Hillary’s mind – cheating is OK. She doesn’t get it that Bill Clinton meeting with the AG the day before they dropped charges against her was at best stupid and at worse obstruction of justice. And – how lame do you have to be to lose to Donald Trump?

But – Hillary has to make a buck off of it and that’s what she’s doing.

Irma – might be global warming

In my previous post I said Harvey wasn’t a global warming indicator because it just happened to stall in the wrong spot. However Irma is not only massive but intense. The kind of storm you get when there is global warming. This doesn’t prove anything by itself but bigger and stronger storms and global warming are linked. If someone calls this one global warming – I’m not going to argue against it.

We are putting CO2 into the air and that will cause some global warming.

The other issue – I wouldn’t want to be in a disaster with Trump as president. These storms are going to cut into his tax cuts for himself.

And – not caused by gay sex.

Hurricane Harvey – not a global warming event

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane not unlike every other category 4 hurricane except for one thing. It stalled over Houston and that’s what brought the record rain. So it wasn’t, as climate alarmist would have you believe, global warming. If it stalled ove open water Houston would still have been flooded – but it would have been normal flooding. And one can not claim where it stalled was a result of climate change.

Also – Harvey is God punishing Houston for gay sex. If that were true it would have hit Austin, or Washington DC.

Congress should vote against Texas aid

One star is their Yelp rating.

With Hurricane Harvey bearing down in Houston, Texas Senator Ted Cruz wants Congress to pass an aid bill to support the people of Texas. But when Hurricane Sandy destroyed the northeast the senators from Texas voted NO on aid for them.

The way I see it, it is wrong that Texas comes hat in hand asking for aid after voting to deny aid to others who are suffering for a hurricane disaster. And if I were a Senator from the northeast I would tell Texas that they should get down on there hand and knees and beg forgiveness before I’d give them a dime of aid. Yes – it is wrong to deny Americans in Texas aid during a disaster. But it is also wrong for Texas to vote against aid for Americans in New Your and New Jersey and Texas should have to at least confess their sins and ask the rest of America for absolution.

Tesla Model 3 – No Dashboard

I’m still wondering if I can get used to not having a dashboard. Very cool minimalistic look. What do you think?

Does Trump even know he’s a racist?

I don’t know what’s more offensive, that Trump is a racist or that he’s too stupid to know he’s a racist. He definitely is too stupid to hide it. Or is it a plan to deescalate tensions with North Korea or distract from the Russia investigation?

Very Very Weird! My solar collector missing from satellite view

OK – this is very very weird. The above video is the tracking solar collector I built several years ago. It still works BTW. But here’s what’s weird. If you do a satellite view of my house from Google Maps – the collector is gone! However – the collector’s shadow is still there. My address is 7498 Chestnut St. Gilroy CA. Look at it yourself. This thing is big, and yet it’s gone!

Get even stranger. If I open up google maps in firefox it looks normal. But if I open it up in Chrome Browser my collector is gone.

Gore Inconvenient Sequel Conveniently Misleading

I watched Al Gore’s Inconvenient Sequel and I was not impressed. But before I review it I’ll disclose my biases.

I’m of the opinion that there is some global warming but that we have more time to fix it than some alarmists would have you believe. There is no tipping point and the Earth isn’t going to turn into Venus. But putting pollution into the air is a bad idea and anything that reduces that is a good thing.

While I applaud those who generally increase environmental awareness I’m also a scientific purist and lying about science is worse than the benefits of stirring up environmentalists.

I also think it’s worthless to just talk about problems without talking about solutions. The “what are we going to do to fix it” is the most important part.

And, as you all know, the real hero in the environmental movement is Elon Musk who started Solarcity, the world’s biggest solar installer, the guy who made the electric car practical, and is now developing grid storage technology and building the world’s largest batter factory.

Having said that, here’s my review.

I found the new Gore movie as a self serving piece to position Al Gore as the center of the climate change movement. This movie has very little to do with science and everything to do with fanning the culture war. I think Gore is using this movie to position himself for a run for president in 2020 and is trying to use this movie to take credit for things he had nothing to do with.

The movie was full of misleading information. There was a scene about some Florida road being flooded and implied that sea levels had risen to cover the road, but didn’t actually say that. He also shows, as you can see in the trailer, that there was flooding of the World Trade Center memorial during Hurricane Sandy, and implies that this is proof of sea level rise. But considering the memorial is just a few blocks from the ocean one can easily see where during a hurricane there might be some water running into the hole. And that’s just plain dishonest.

Unlike the original movie which provided some useful scientific information that was maybe 2/3rds correct, this movie provides no new useful information about science and is mostly misleading. The subject of the movie is about spreading political hatred and has nothing to do with solving environmental problems.

The movie seems to imply that you can reverse climate change by voting against it. But the way it really works is that geniuses working in labs and experimenting for years develop the technologies for solar, wind, batteries, and electric cars necessary to actually create a method to give up burning things for energy. Governments can create tax incentives and fund research to fund the development of cleaner technologies, but government can’t actually do much more that creating a favorable environment.

The bottom line, while encouraging people to care about the environment is a good thing, doing it in a misleading manner is a bad thing. Al Gore’s movie is all about Al Gore and like Trump and other politicians he is exploiting the culture war for political purposes. And in culture war politics Democrats always lose. Democrats need to clean house and run on issues of substance and Gore is not the guy for that rile.

This movie isn’t going to make anyone smarter but is going to just create needless anger that is more likely going to hurt the environmental movement than help. So I’m giving it a thumbs down. If you watch the above trailer you’ve seen the movie.

Me and Al Gore 1996.

Scaramucci Out

I didn’t see that coming. Discuss.

 

Tesla Model 3 is coming

Tesla started delivering its Model 3 cars last night. I really like the clean interior look. This is their $35000 car which actually costs more than that in the real world but you would expect that. Still waiting to actually drive one. I was one of those who put $1000 down on the first day but not quite as much of a cult follower to say if I’m going to actually buy the car, resell it, or get my deposit back.

Elon’s delivery event was disappointing, poorly done with little information. He could use a new webmaster too as the online delivery was a disaster. However – some new information was revealed.

My configuration would be as follows:

Car: $35000

Destination Charge: $1200

Big Battery: $9000

Color other than black: $1000

Full Self Driving: $8000

Sales Tax: $5000

Registration / Home Charger / Other : $2000

Fed Tax Credit: -$7500

California Tax Credit: -$2500

Total: $51200

I would much rather have a hatchback than a trunk. And wondering about mounting my cell phone as I still want functionality that the screen isn’t going to give me like text, email, and other Android apps.

Trump Care is Dead

Trumpcare went down in flames last night. I take back all the bad things I said about McCain. I’m glad McCain will be remembered as the guy who did the right thing rather than the wrong thing.

Republicans should rejoice because it puts this behind them. They didn’t want the bill to become law anyhow. They were calling Paul Ryan for assurances that the House would never get to pass what they just tried to pass themselves.

If my cancer treatment works then I will contact McCain somehow and share it with him. Had he voted the other way I would have left him to mere doctors.

However – the new definition of a hero is when someone is expected to do evil and decides not to – they are a hero. Sad!

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole

The Juice is loose! Or will be on October 1st. What will happen next? Is justice served?