On The Issues : A few thoughts on the upcoming 2016 Presidential Elections

There is a great site out there called ON THE ISSUES, that just breaks down the stances on the remaining Presidential candidates.

HILARY CLINTON (Democrat) – I was anti Hilary for no real reason I could name,  except it seemed to be in the air like a cold, and I had caught it. But once I got beyond the TV  noise, and started evaluating candidates just in terms of their stance and voting record and experience, I saw a candidate far different than the media caricature.  Her stance to look for alternatives to big oil, and willingness to embrace green energy options.  And her voting record has held big oil accountable which is a huge plus, and has made her enemies among the big pocket oil set. Which in my book raises her profile in a good way. And her stance to addess tax inequalities has appeal. She’s foreward looking which is what you want in a candidate to represent the US into 2020. Also Tim  Kaine her running mate  brings a stance and background on tax reform and tax equanimity as well as experience as Governor of Virginia.  The bad against Hilary is as Secretary of State she is the spearhead for an especially bloody foreign affairs record, with notable conflicts across the globe.

DONALD TRUMP (Republican) – The strength of Donald Trump is he is a successful businessman, and he is this crotchety, known, media personality. The crazy uncle you kinda like inspite of the idiotic things he says. The strength of celebrity, that got people like Reagan and Swartzenegger elected. People we are not better for having elected.

The weaknesses are he puts money over people, and has no problem widening the already dangerous gap between haves and havenots. And dismantling cultural, arts, education and civil liberties. He is also a dinosaur in his thinking, a 20th century oil worshiper, who is afraid and dismissive of  concepts such as climate control, solar power, wind farms, alternative energy. He is unable to make 21st century progress, he is too entrenched in supporting the continued 20th century strip mining of natural resources. And he is an exclusionist, rather than an inclusionist, seeking to divide and conquer, seeking to rule by fear and hate and division, and turn back the clock on ethnic rights, and civil rights, human rights and religious freedoms and tolerance. That makes him a candidate of yesterday, of moving us backwards as a nation, and completely unfit to represent the United States on the global stage as a diplomat, and a representative of America.

GARY JOHNSON (Libertarian) – His agenda is to make prevalent the flying of the confederate flag. Talk about moving a nation backwards. He probably also wants to reinstate slavery. Enough said.

 

JILL STEIN (Green) – Her stance is on women’s rights, alternatives to fossil fuels, Canceling college debt, business and privatization reform. Judicial and Policing reform.  Of all the remaining candidates her stances seem the most thoughtful and… presidential. She’s about moving the conversation forward rather than just muddying the waters.

The weaknesses of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, while one is a physician and the other an activist and teacher, is they lack any previous domestic or international experience. And while everone has to start somewhere, using the most powerful office in the world as your training ground, is probably to be avoided.

So based on my reseach on the remaining candidates, much to my surprise, as of this writing Hilary Clinton is not just the lesser of two evils, her and her running mate are the most experienced and the most ‘pro the people, the citizen’, of  all the remaining candidates.

 

Glad I did this post as watching/listening to the media is designed to keep the masses confused, and now having done some researh feel good about casting my vote. I hope it helped some of you as well.

 

‘I think even a cursory examination of this site provides a quick clarity on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates based on their record to date.

A clarity that gets lost by people who only absorb media soundbytes and shock jock extremes masquerading as news and journalism. People who live their lives as puppets to other men’s hates, easily manipulated and led by scarecrows of fear and greed and division.’

 

 

 

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Today’s Tech Tips!

Using Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 10 or OS X and a bit frustrated? If not and completely satisfied, then ignore this post. However if not…

Give Linux a try.

At work I support Windows and Mac machines.

At home I use exclusively Linux for the last decade or so, and it has only gotten exponentially better in that period, till today Microsoft is incorporating Linux pieces into their newest versions of Windows, including giving away Windows 10 for free and collusion with hardware vendors in an attempt to make using Linux more difficult.

And despite all that… Linux Distros just keep getting better.

It’s fun. It’s loaded with apps and utilities and the ability to download same for free.

There are tons of tutorials to help you every step of the way.

And did I mention it was fun. 🙂

Now the biggest thing about Linux on the laptop/desktop is which version do you choose.

Distrowatch which has just celebrated its 15th anniversary, is the best place to learn about and find new Linux Distributions.

Two good ones they have recently covered are:

Gentoo Linux’s new LIVE DVD is a great place to start (The livedvd-x86-amd64-32ul-20160514 ISO which will work on 32-bit x86 or 64-bit x86_64 systems)
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=09415

and

Debian
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=debian

Use the links to try them!

Now, I do think it is a shame that hardware vendors are releasing new laptops, that while they give us a slimmer size, do so at the expense of DVD/CD players and more importantly longevity and stability. I’ve had the chance to support these newer laptops that are coming out and they are almost across the board, ready to fail in the first year.

It’s close to criminal.

In a future update I’ll review some newer laptops that are still worth your money, but honestly get yourself an older generation Dell Latitude 6430 ATG series, wipe it and put Linux on it, and you have yourself a tank in the form of a computer that will last you years. Like a tank it’s not slim and it’s not the lightest, but hey that’s what your tablet is for. However for getting down to work, it is a reliable desktop replacement (particularly when using Linux) in a portable size.

Now that we have the basic of what you should be using, here are today’s tweaks!

Firefox version 46.0.1 is out and I probably do not have to sell anyone on using this browser.

However two features that do not come activated out of the gate that you may find useful are:

1/ The DO NOT TRACK ME feature

https://www.bestvpn.com/blog/8499/make-firefox-secure-using-aboutconfig/

and

2/ Block Tracking Attempts

Mozilla launches Tracking Protection feature in Firefox Nightly

And beyond those helpful tips, the biggest tip I can give you for security while surfing the web, keep Javascript disabled for all but trusted sites.

Your webmail, bank, paypal, school site, vendors you buy from. Firefox has an exception list you can use to just give Javascript access to those sites you trust, and the rest you let eat cake. Makes a huge difference in your browser’s vulnerability, by closing down the default attack vendor of giving everyone javascript/programming control of your browser.

If you have found this post helpful, pay it forward by supporting the Electronic Freedom Frontier and becoming a card carrying member.

https://www.eff.org/

If you use the internet, whether via desktop, laptop, tablet, or your refrigerator, these are the guys and gals fighting to keep your digital and therefore physical world, just a little more free.

I’ve been supporting them for three years now, and it’s every year some of the best money I donate. These people are Daniel’s fighting in numerous Lion’s Dens. They are doing noble work.

You can view and support them here:

https://www.eff.org/

Well that’s all for today’s Tech Tips!

Website of the Day: https://www.whatismybrowser.com/

Try it both with and without Javascript turned on and you will see a drastic difference.

Thanks for reading and safe computing!

PODCAST OF THE DAY : BOOK RIOT #138 YEAR IN REVIEW


#138: Year in Review
from Book Riot – The Podcast (01:15:26)
This week, Jeff and Rebecca look back at the year. The coolest, most frustrating, most interesting, and most notable stories from 2015.

Good episode that highlights President OBama’s interview with Marilynne Robinson, Hugo beating off the attack by Right-wing front, Sad Puppy, and some of the best books and most intriguing publishing stories of 2015.

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Boycott the Academy Awards /Oscars?


So the web is all abuzz regarding the Academy Awards being biased and unabashedly lacking in the pigmentation department. And people are calling for a Boycott of the Awards, which is their right.

However as someone who sees the Academy Awards as having always been a vehicle for an insular, largely affluent, largely white, small group, to define for the mass of the world, what films are worth not just recognizing in one year, but immortalizing for future years; boycotting seems an insufficient response.

As someone who puts no value in the Academy awards, and finds its selections politically motivated at best, and bigoted and demeaning at worst I have had for decades no interest in watching or caring about these Awards.

They have always been, while paying lip-service to liberalism, a very pointedly bigoted organization, with an end goal to reinforce the status quo. Particularly notable is that when the Academy “recognizes” Black Artists or Themed films, is how they are really recognizing stereotypes they enjoy or are comfortable with.

Examples? MONSTERS BALL wins an Academy Award?? Really? In what effing world? DRIVING MISS DAISY, GONE WITH THE WIND, TRAINING DAY, PRECIOUS are not bad movies, but I don’t think they are great movies, or the performances are particularly memorable. But they are roles that reinforce stereotypes that make some people comfortable.

Black women as the White Man’s maid or the White Man’s whore or having debilitating image issues. Black Men as Butlers or violent sociopaths. These are the Black performances the Academy sees fit to not just recognize, but immortalize, and by so doing move out of the limelight films that show Black Actors or Black themes that transcend stereotypes.

COURAGE UNDER FIRE, GLORY, LILIES OF THE FIELD, MAN ON FIRE, CREED, arguably any of these performances are award worthy for Best Actor, but they don’t get nominated by an Academy filled with non-Black decision makers, who seek to recognize only the demeaning when it comes to characters and creators of color.

The answer to me, is not to try to seek concessions from a biased and historically bigoted organization, but rather realizing this, invest your time and energy into creating your own awards show, wherein diversity can be more than lip-service or a weapon. Or supporting Awards shows that already do that.

Boycott The Academy Awards? That is given them more thought, and more concern then they merit. I don’t notice them enough to care. Create instead the Muni Awards, or the Vanguard Awards, and staff it with judges whose acting you admire.

The Academy Awards is an outdated vehicle, for an outdated Minstrel Show type Hollywood. Those calling for a Boycott that’s their right, but personally I think that energy would be better served by building something new and proactive, than pleading concessions from the stagnating old.

Favorite New TV Show of 2015 THE PLAYER — Cancelled by NBC, but being picked up by Netflix?!

 

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THE PLAYERAny chance you get to see Wesley Snipes kicking ass, is must see television as far as I’m concerned, so the recent announcement of NBC cancelling the series, after only a measly 9 episodes, when it has higher rastings than ELEMENTARY and CSI is misguided.

As misguided as TBS cancelling LONGMEYER.

But like LONGMEYER there’s a rumor out there that the action packed THE PLAYER may get picked up by Netflix, to finish their aborted series.

Here’s hoping!

 

 

Who is behind the annoying, jingoistic Anti-Iran ads? Saudi Arabia? Security Firms? Bought Representatives?

I watch as little advertiser sponsored TV as I can.

Between pharmecutical companies that are pimping drugs with side effects worse than the ailment, to ads for adult diapers and racist chicken pushing colonel mascots, Network television is islands of creativity (sometimes brilliantly creative, GOOD WIFE, ARROW, BLACK LIST, AGENTS OF SHIELD, AMERICAN NINJA, SHARK TANK, all phenomenal shows) unfortunatley surrounded by sewage filled seas. It’s not worth swimming through that crap to get to the excellent content.

Which is why I’m grateful for the streaming options of Roku, and Netflix, and Amazon Prime to name a few. 99% of my watching, thankfully, does not involve commercials or Network television.

However on one of those 1% times venturing into Network TV land, I came across one of the worst ads I have yet seen.

Fear Tactics and misinformation, and ignorance and stupidity, masquerading as concern and level headedness.

I’m talking of course of the rash of Anti-Iran ads, sponsored by a mysterious sounding organization called “American Security Initiative”.

Well who or what is American Secuity Initiative?

Glad you asked.

Well it seems what you have is a cabal of suspect eggs, all in bed to mislead the American people into yet another avoidable crusade. Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of American Security Initiative.

Saudi Arabia has for decades enjoyed a favored nation status, one of the only Arab nations to have such a status, and this proposed deal, bringing their historic enemy Iran to the table, threathens that status. It is in the Saudi Arabian interest (some believe) to continue to hold their oil reserves over America’s head, and have bought american Senators and Congressmen selling off large tracts of America and American interests unimpeded. Plus they would profit from a war on Iranian soil, in the same way they profited from the Iraq conflict.

Saudi Arabi, using ads about Iraninan attrocities as a guise to push America into comitting attrocities on Iranian soil. Attrocities that will breed the one thing no one needs… endless war.

At least no one sane needs a war with Iran. The security firms and contractors and military industrial complex see the opportunity to make billions supplying arms to blow up Iran, then make more billions getting the contracts to rebuild and reorganize a devastated nation.

So yeah, Anti-Iran ads, and Saudi Arabian backed lobbying groups, and bought republican senators and democrat congressmen, and commercials by euphemistically entitled smokescreen organizations like American Security Initiative spells one thing…. bad.

We must not be so easily swayed into conflict, by those who care for American Lives, only in the profit generated by the losing of them. Iran is arguably no friend of America, but arguably they don’t need to continue to be an enemy.

And the distinction of friend or enemy should perhaps not be defined or chosen by a nation that has grown rich, in direct proportion to how poor their bought American representatives… have made the American people.

Here endeth the lesson.