Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Da Tech Guy Blog Posts in April 2016

Eater of Hot Sauce knows nothing about throwing bones.
Organized Chaos
I’m Old Enough to Remember When Others Tried to Shame Me for Talking About Nuking a Fool
Disconnect
We Will Get What We Ask For
The Way It Is
Hot Sauce and Bones
Living by Faith
Kenya Trip: Post Feelies

About WePay/Everbutton: they've seen things my way, so I'll keep them...for now. I do suggest that others do more research.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

WePay Gets the Thumbs-Down (UPDATED)

First, I want to say Thank You Again to one and all who have contributed to my utility fund; the contributions have been more than enough. Love you all at Ace of Spades HQ!

That said, I am still posting from the library and it’s because WePay.com—which provides the donation buttons on this site through Everbutton.com--is unable to verify bank accounts and credit cards automatically or in a few days like PayPal does. And even when the accounts are verified and the withdrawal process starts, it takes two to five days before the funds are deposited into an individual’s personal bank account. WePay does not provide an account in the manner that PayPal does. Also, no phone app.

I’ve been in contact with WePay’s customer service and they tell me that it will take up to 30 days before I receive the funds.

Think about that.

So, I do not recommend WePay as a PayPal replacement. And I’ll be going to bed at 8:00 PM for a few weeks. Bright side: I’m getting a lot of novel writing done!

And, since, that was the original plan, I'll say...onward.

UPDATED (4/30/16): Also no text alert, nor method of telephone contact.

I've received none of the funds donated for April 24th onward. As a matter of fact, the withdrawal process for donations on the 24th and later to my bank account hasn't even start yet.

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And...
If you still want to to donate via Paypal, my email address is juliette -dot- ochieng -at- gmail -dot- com.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Truth Be Told (UPDATED)

UPDATE (4/26): The Horde comes through! I'm still posting from the library, but that's only because it takes time for the funds to get through.

You can stop now!
ORIGINAL: My electricity was turned off on Thursday for non-payment. That's why I was posting from the library that day and what this post is about. Naturally, my wifi was off.

However, I had discovered a workaround; in the vestibule outside of my apartment, there's an outlet not connected to my account. So I gathered all the surge-protecting cords I could find--five, as it turns out--put them together and made it so that I could at least have light, coffee, and wifi until I could find a way to get the funds together.

I knew it wouldn't last for long but I thought it would last for the weekend and, bare minimum, for 48 hours. But when I heard a high-pitched female voice outside my door ask loudly, "what's this doing here?" I knew the jig was up. Then the knock on the door came.

I threw myself at my landlady's mercy, but she said no, and I understand her position. "Oddest" thing: I was just about to post today's Da Tech Guy offering when the knock came. The title of that post: Living by Faith.

So that's what I'm still doing at I type this from the library--living by faith. $400 is what I need. At least help me get some candles.

BTW:  My devices will not work with LAPL's wifi, for whatever reason.

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6 Million Reasons Why You Should Donate to This Blog

Actually, I can give you two.
  1. Because I'll never pretend like I'm blegging for altruistic, unselfish reasons--unless I actually am--and,
  2. Because, unlike some people, I can tell you how all donated monies have been spent; I keep copies of all of my receipts using Neat.com scanner and software. If you ask, I'll tell you.
Meanwhile, I don't think that anyone abiding under the wing of Donald Trump will suffer earthly penalties for this.
Remember when Donald Trump snubbed Fox’s presidential debate to hold a fundraising rally for veterans back in January? Well, it seems there’s a great deal of that money that has yet to be distributed. What’s more, his staff seems unconcerned about why it hasn’t been given out. 
Trump claimed after the rally that his website drew in a total of $6 million for wounded warriors, but The Daily Beast caught up with his veteran’s issues chairman and asked about why charities haven’t exactly lined up to publicly acknowledge that they received any of it.
Two of Trump's veteran point persons say that some of the $6 million has been disbursed, but neither bothered to prove it and say that they have better things to do than be transparent about donated money intended for veterans.

And I predict that no entity of the MSM will be aggressive about this topic. Wish I could perpetrate something like this...well, then again, I don't. It would be necessary to be without a conscience.

Donate to this veteran. It doesn't have to be $6M.

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Bottom Out: Why the Tubman 20 Doesn't Matter

A lot of people are still arguing about the Fed's decision to change the front image of the 20 dollar bill from that of Andrew Jackson to that of Harriet Tubman.

I was initially thrilled about the news and came across the image below early on.


It is unknown who did this awesome photoshop and, of course, this won't be the image on the new federal reserve note.

The more I think about it, however, the change is the equivalent of throwing a bone to a hungry public. And those who are still arguing about the historical merits of Tubman versus those of Jackson are wasting their time.

After all, does it really matter which the image is on any piece of fiat currency--which, by definition, is based on nothing but the word of the non-federal Fed?

If I were a little bit more paranoid, I'd say that this is why the change was allowed.

AFTERTHOUGHT: In a barter economy, aside from ammo and booze, I predict that coffee will have the most value.


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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Conservative, Anti-Establishment Candidate

The other day, Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino pointed to a YouTube video which shows his boss testifying before congress in 1991.

This is what Scavino says about the testimony.
I don't dispute Trump's expertise. Be that as it may, in the video, Trump criticizes Ronald Reagan and one of the late president’s actions in particular: cutting taxes. I thought Trump want to be the "New Reagan."

In the video, Trump says that he was asked to testify against Reagan and his actions by “the chairman.” That’s likely to be the chairman of the House Budget Subcommittee in 1991’s Democratic Congress. Wonder who that was...

Oh look! The chairman in question was Leon Panetta, Democrat from California, former Clinton Chief of Staff, and former Obama Secretary of Defense and CIA Director. If Trump is working for the Democrat Establishment in 2016, his employment certainly has precedent.

But, perhaps Mr. Trump has, upon further reflection, changed his mind about this major peg of conservative economic philosophy/policy.

Not even.

Something to ponder. All candidates talk about businesses returning to the USA after the latter have moved operations to foreign locals. One of the reasons which such businesses move is to not be required to pay high taxes. But if a President Trump advocates for the raising of taxes on the “rich,” why would the rich come back?

I guess it depends on one’s philosophy about leading humans and human organizations. A leader can attempt to convince potential followers that his/her leadership ideas are in the followers’ best interest.

Or a leader can use force on potential followers.

Trump has talked about forcing businesses to come back. How would that work, exactly?


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The Axeman Goeth

To play, sing, compose, put on a competent show, have a good time doing all that, stay out of court, and not beat us over the head with their politics--that's all most of us really expect from our superstar musical entertainers.

And that's exactly what we got from the late Mr. Nelson. And more.

Prince was the Happy Warrior; the Smiling Showman. For all his weirdness, he was, essentially, The AxeMan. He is greatly missed.




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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why Won't My Devices Connect to LAPL WiFi?

Weirdest thing.

So I'm at a Los Angeles Public Library branch close to my apartment. The LA DWP and I are having a little disagreement about my electricity bill, but I'm not going to let that stop me from working, not in this First World country.

Of course I bring my devices; to charge them and so that I don't take the chance of compromising any of my passwords. Oh and there's that cleanliness thing.

So, using my laptop, I get on my usual sites, the try to take care of some business. Then I go to the DWP and can't get on it at all. Then, suddenly I can't get on any site, except for Instapundit and Ace. I could not get Gmail, Blogger or Facebook to load. And this is not just with my laptop, but with my phone devices as well. Reset, restart, recheck, redo. No difference. The librarian couldn't figure out the problem either.

Right now I'm on one of the library computers and there has been not one problem except for an icky keyboard and mouse...and passwords. Every site loads immediately.

Any theories?

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Rough Day...Again

So Curt Schilling makes a joke about men in the ladies' room months ago and gets fired from ESPN because of it. ESPN's choice, but really?

Donald Trump is all for men in ladies' rooms and still has a chance to be the GOP nominee for president. "Our" choice, but really?

And Prince Rogers Nelson is dead at 57.

Meanwhile, I still have a book to finish and need to keep the lights and gas on to do it more comfortably, so please help where you will and wallet lead you.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Carson and Trump Repudiate Representative Republicanism

Jeff Goldstein, in the comments to his epic rant against Trump and Trump fans, notes something eye-popping. (Rant has language that might sting your virgin eyeballs.)

In pretending that his campaign was cheated out of a win in Colorado, Donald Trump is attacking state-level representative (small-r) republicanism itself. He is trying to delegitimize state primary and caucus systems.

And it’s no coincidence that former GOP presidential candidate and present Trump proxy Dr. Benjamin Carson compared the Electoral College System to Jim Crow laws.


Those who care about the foundation of the United States as a representative republic and those who know that each state is a republic unto itself—or is supposed to be--should be very alarmed at this pattern.

Says Jeff:
[T]hey advocate for centralization, direct democracy, and mob rule, the very things the left wants as it collects more and more urban dwellers in population centers as “clients.”
Both Trump's and Carson’s reactions seem incredibly stupid, as assertions based in falsehood will, but I contend that the reactions of the two betray more than just two men who seem to know nothing about the ideological bases of the country's founding.

What I think: they both do know about the federalism, republicanism, and about the choosing of delegates. They are hoping you don't, however. They know that a goodly portion of the American voting public is insufficiently informed about republics versus democracies, primaries versus caucuses, federal government versus state/local governments, and American history in general; a deficiency due to the fact that these topics are rarely taught to K-12 students in public schools. Another factor: autodidactism is a rare trait.

Pertinent side note: the funny part about Carson’s moronic statement regarding the Electoral College is that its very purpose is to protect political minorities. Conversely, Jim Crow laws were majority-rule laws created to de facto oppress/exploit racial minorities. One wonders about Carson's stance on the treatment of minorities of any stripe.

The two are playing a role. Well, Trump is playing a role. Carson was merely bought or was blackmailed in as a bit player. He was given his line and he delivered it. He even added a little anger and moral outrage.

Can you tell that I’m no longer an admirer of Dr. Carson’s? It started with his outrage at the Cruz Campaign for something which the campaign did not do. It hindsight, it seems that Carson was telegraphing his intent to support the Trump campaign; but for that he needed to make up a reason to do so. A pretext.

I suppose we should expect all public figures to disappoint us, especially politicians. But Trump and his associates seem to have left all pretense of integrity behind.

Actually, it’s kind of refreshing.

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