Off for coffee

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Thawing out a pot roast for dinner tonight

And the lamentations begin

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From Anthony Watts:

And, the wailing begins over Trump killing Obama’s overreaching climate regs
From SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY and the “department of lost funding” comes this gloomy prediction.

Trump Action on Clean Power Plan threatens air quality, health, and economic benefits
The Trump Administration signed an executive order on Tuesday March 28, 2017, directing the EPA to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

In response, Dr. Charles Driscoll, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at Syracuse University & member of the National Academy of Engineering, made this statement:

“Our research shows that a power plant standard like the Clean Power Plan could save thousands of lives in communities across the United States every year. The health gains from a standard like the Clean Power Plan yield net economic benefits that would far outweigh the costs. The economic benefits tend to be greatest in highly populated areas near or downwind from coal-fired power plants that experience a shift to cleaner sources with the standards. If we overturn the Clean Power Plan we will forfeit important health benefits and undermine the longstanding American tradition of energy innovation and clean air progress, at a time when we need it most.”

Dr. Driscoll led a 2015 study on air quality and health benefits of carbon standards similar to the Clean Power Plan, published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

I just love the comment about "department of lost funding" - that is really what this is all about after all. Global Warming is a political agenda and not a scientific one. Look at the actual numbers being gathered by reliable sources and you will see a completeley different story compared to the numbers produced by the computer models and projections of the climate grifters scientists.

Rain again

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Woke up to rain this morning and rolled over until 90 minutes ago. The sound of the rain on the metal roof is wonderful and I have still been sleeping poorly. I sleep well when I get there but it takes me until 2:00AM or so to drop off even though I get tired around 11:00PM. I can take some meds but am groggy the next day so don't like to use them.

Working at home most of today - coffee first and check in at the store.

Had an excellent opportunity for aurora borealis last night but the sky was socked in. There was a coronal hole in the sun which directed a blast of the solar wind our way last night - the Planetary K-Index was nice and high but clouds...


The guy is showing some signs of stress - from New York's Page Six:

Schumer loses cool with Trump supporter at swanky restaurant
Sen. Chuck Schumer caused a scene at a Manhattan restaurant when he began yelling at a wealthy and well-connected Donald Trump supporter that the POTUS is “a liar.”

Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, lost his cool on Sunday night at Upper East Side restaurant Sette Mezzo, according to witnesses.

He was dining with friends when he encountered Joseph A. Califano Jr. — the former US secretary of health, education and welfare under President Jimmy Carter and domestic policy adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson — and his wife, Hilary, who were having a quiet dinner.

Onlookers said Schumer was incensed that Hilary — the daughter of William S. Paley, the founder and chairman of CBS — had voted for Trump, even though her husband, Joseph, is a well-known Democrat.

One witness said of the restaurant rant, “They are a highly respected couple, and Schumer made a scene, yelling, ‘She voted for Trump!’ The Califanos left the restaurant, but Schumer followed them outside.” On the sidewalk, Schumer carried on with his fantastical filibuster: “ ‘How could you vote for Trump? He’s a liar!’ He kept repeating, ‘He’s a liar!’ ”

Hilary confirmed the confrontation, telling Page Six, “Sen. Schumer was really rude . . . He’s our senator, and I don’t really like him. Yes, I voted for Trump. Schumer joined us outside and he told me Trump was a liar. I should have told him that Hillary Clinton was a liar, but I was so surprised I didn’t say anything.”

Always classy - Schumer went to public school, Harvard law but never practiced, and then went into politics. He has never held an "honest" job in his life and lives entirely in the progressive bubble. How he can claim to represent the interests of New York State is beyond me.

And the craziness begins - a three-fer

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Now that President Trump is cracking down on Sanctuary Cities, three cities are pushing back. Here are three links to stories:

It will be interesting to listen to their tune a year from now when that sweet Federal money has dried up for their pet projects - their bread and circuses.

90% of the people coming in are fine and just want to make a better life for them and their families. The other 10% comprise a significant security threat - they are criminals who repeatedly offend, are deported only to come back and re-offend. These mokes need to be treated differently.

The guy needs to go down - there are enough rumors surrounding his sexual preferences (very young) that there has to be some measure of basis. And then, there is this - from The Daily Caller:

EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law By Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares
John Podesta, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 national campaign chairman, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Joule Unlimited Technologies — financed in part by a Russian firm —  originally awarded Podesta 100,000 shares of stock options when in 2010 he joined that board along with its Dutch-based entities: Joule Global Holdings, BV and the Stichting Joule Global Foundation.

When Podesta announced his departure from the Joule board in January 2014 to become President Obama’s special counsellor, the company officially issued him 75,000 common shares of stock.

The Schedule B section of the federal government’s form 278 which — requires financial disclosures for government officials — required Podesta to “report any purchase, sale or exchange by you, your spouse, or dependent children…of any property, stocks, bonds, commodity futures and other securities when the amount of the transaction exceeded $1,000.”

Podesta’s form 278 Schedule B is blank regarding his receipt of any stock from any company.

For more on his penchant, just Google Podesta Artwork - both John and his brother Tony have very creepy tastes. From a subsequently deleted Washington Post article - captured here:

“Folks attending a house tour in the Lake Barcroft neighborhood in Falls Church earlier this year got an eyeful when they walked into a bedroom at the Podesta residence hung with multiple color pictures by Katy Grannan, a photographer known for documentary-style pictures of naked teenagers in their parents’ suburban homes.”

Smoke - Fire. More here.

Why the fsck would a dishwasher need to be connected to the internet? From Motherboard:

A Hackable Dishwasher Is Connecting Hospitals to the Internet of Shit
If it's connected to the internet, it can be hacked. In an age where manufacturers are rushing to put any kind of device onto the internet, we're quickly finding out that how adage holds true. Crock-potslight bulbsthermostatsGPS trackers for kidsbillboards, and even teddy bears have all been hacked recently.

Alas, that's not stopping anyone from connecting stuff to the internet. The German domestic-appliance giant Miele decided to make a dishwasher that can be connected to the internet and, of course, someone found out it has a bug that allows hackers to break into it, infect it with malware, and give them the opportunity to use it as leverage to hack other devices on the network.

The worst part of all this is that this ain't your average dishwasher. This is a "washer-disinfector" that's mostly used in hospitals or medical facilities and labs. So it can be a good target if your end goal is to steal private medical information or maybe hold the hospitals' computers for ransom.

Jens Regel, a security consultant, found a "web server directory traversal" bug in the Miele PG 8528 when he was prodding a network for vulnerabilities during a consulting gig, what's known in the industry as a penetration test or "pentest." That kind of vulnerability allows an unauthorized attacker to gain access to the file system of the server to which the machine connects to.

Unreal - and there is no patch forthcoming from Miele. Another example of this is the Pyxis Supplystation from Carefusion - from last March's article in BoingBoing:

Automated drug cabinets have 1400+ critical vulns that will never be patched
The Pyxis Supplystation from Carefusion is an automated pharmaceutical drug cabinet system that's still widely used despite being end-of-lifed by its manufacturer -- a new report from CERT discloses that independent researchers Billy Rios and Mike Ahmadi have found over 1,400 critical remote-attack vulnerabilities.

Many of the vulnerabilities need very little skill to exploit and the researchers say they believe they're already being exploited in the wild, with exploits being publicly available.

The cabinets are based on Microsoft's discontinued Windows XP/Server 2000 products. Carefusion will not issue patches for the old systems, but they have provided some advice to help customers mitigate the risk from these bugs (things like using VPNs, having a firewall, etc).

The ICS-CERT (different CERT than what I am doing out here) report is here: Advisory (ICSMA-16-089-01) CareFusion Pyxis SupplyStation System Vulnerabilities

Christ on a Corn Dog - how many people will be seriously injured with crap like this. I am reminded of the Therac-25 from the 1980's. Next time I am at the hospital visiting anyone, I'm bringing my laptop with nmap and some other goodies installed.

Heh - another video

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The same people that did the Rap Battle earlier today have a lot of other videos out. Here is another one that caught my eye:

Home again - good meeting

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Whatcom County is running an Earthquake Drill April 13th and a bunch of CERT and amateur radio people are participating. When I first heard about this, I checked with my local Fire Department to see if they wanted to participate and the response was very enthusiastic.

We will not be doing the same drill that Bellingham is but we will be going around with our radios looking at a couple "fragile" structures and reporting on potential for damage. A part of this exercise, we will be compiling a fragile infrastructure list for future use by the department and we will build off this for next October's Cascadia Rising drill.

This is going a bit more slowly than I like (Lord, grant me patience and I want it NOW!) but the people in Bellingham will be busy with their drill and this gives us time to scale up our abilities to communicate.

Got nothing today

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It was not raining this morning so working on a couple of projects outside.

Heading in to town shortly - coffee and then a CERT meeting later - getting dinner in town. Back around 10PM

From USA Today:

To recognize war heroes, Trump resurrects long-neglected 'Medal of Honor Day'
President Trump hosted the nation's most decorated war heroes at the White House Friday as part of a recognition of the rarely celebrated Medal of Honor Day.

"Each of you has risen above and beyond the call of duty in defense of our country, our people, and our flag. You have poured out your hearts, your sweat, and your tears like few others, and your blood — most importantly your blood — for the United States of America," Trump told about 25 Medal of Honor recipients in the Oval Office.

"You are the soul of our nation, and a grateful republic salutes you," he said.

In commemorating a day for Medal of Honor recipients — which technically falls on Saturday — Trump was resurrecting a holiday designated by Congress in 1990 but only officially observed once, on March 25, 1991. That was the anniversary of the first Army medals being presented in 1863 by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to to six members of “Andrews Raiders” for volunteering for a daring locomotive chase through Georgia during the Civil War. Except for a visit to Arlington National Cemetery by President Barack Obama in 2009, the day has been largely ignored by recent presidents.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor the nation can bestow — so high that even higher ranking officers salute those who wear the medal. There are now 75 living Medal of Honor recipients, a number that has declined over the years as heroes of past wars have died and presidents have presented fewer medals to service members from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump enjoyed endorsements of some Medal of Honor recipients during his campaign, and Friday's event could signal that he hopes to elevate the annual recognition.

"This is a great honor for me. These are very, very brave people standing behind me," Trump said. "I can say officially they are much braver than I am, O.K.? Do you agree with that, General?"

"I do, Mr. President," responded Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired Marine general.

I love it - the House Joint Resolution was passed during the administration of G.H.W. Bush. I am surprised that G.W. didn't carry on the tradition. Not surprised that the other Administrations swept it under the rug.

I also love that President Trump subsequently discussed other things with the gathered press but he had the Medal of Honor recipients leave the room first so there could be zero implication that he had them there for political gain. This was their moment.

Heh - Rap Battle

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Epic Rap Battle: Gun Owner vs Liberal:

Back home in time to make a salad, heat up a pot of water for noodles and have some left-over spaghetti for dinner. before the waterboard meeting at 6:00PM.

Surf while I eat.

Need some more insulators for the fence so heading into a nearby town to get them. Waterboard meeting tonight and ham radio network after.

Back in a couple of hours - working at the store too.

Rain again

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Got another 0.2" last night - it is wet out there. Winter Weather Advisory for Mt. Baker - more snow. They have had 20" in the last 24 hours - great time for skiing!

Judge Jeanine Pirro - Paul Ryan

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I think I am in love. Great rant - totally spot on:

What makes it even better is this tweet a few hours before this aired:


If you want to define the word "excoriation" - this is a good start. Time to go Paul.

Building a sound studio

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Excellent two-part article on building a personal sound studio. I am involved in a very similar project although much smaller in scope than Ed's - still, Ed posts lots of links to theory, materials for acoustic treatment and some great references.

Building a Dedicated Music Project Studio Control Room and Isolation Booth, Part One

Building a Dedicated Music Project Studio Control Room and Isolation Booth, Part Two of Two

Harbingers of spring

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Been noticing more and more of them - skunk cabbage is coming up in the marshes, the frogs are peeping at dusk, the trees are starting to bud, bulbs poking their heads above ground.

Driving back from shooting today, i saw a couple barn swallows orbiting around the critter barn. Very cool - another year is starting.

Off shooting today

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Our county is doing an Earthquake drill this April and our local prepper group is working with our local Fire Department on an excercise out here. There are several weak points in our infrastructure and I am heading out today to take some photos so we can make plans for the excercise - bridges out, buildings collapsed, etc...

The rain has let up but we have had about 0.4 inches in the last 24 hours so the streams and rivers will be pretty high.

Working for free exposure

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Nails it plus a classic from Harlan Ellison:

And from the master:

About California's snowfall

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We all know about the Oroville Dam and the intense rainfall - California has also had some problems with snow. From the Los Angeles Times:

Mammoth got so much snow this winter it called in the National Guard for help
Hey, Mammoth Lakes, add this group shot of the National Guard to your winter scrapbook.

Burdened with removing the 44 feet of snow that had fallen this season, the village of 8,200 called in the National Guard earlier this month to help cart 4,000 tons of it away. The five-day offensive, involving 17 air and Army troops, will be just one of the many memories in this winter of monster, record-setting snows.

The SOS — shovel our snow — was issued after the village and Mono County declared a state of emergency to seek help in handling the piles that lined homes and streets. A request for snow removal assistance was passed along to the state Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), which then called in the Guard.

Though not unheard of, it’s highly unusual for the National Guard to race to rescue towns socked in by snow.

Wonder what will happen next year. This snowfall still only comes to less than one half of what the record snowfall at Mt. Baker ( 1,140 inches or 95.0 ft) in the 1998-1999 season. That particular snowfall followed a large El Niño pattern the previous summer. Hmmmm...

From The Weather Channel (which has been beating out the National Weather Service for forecasts for my area):

El Niño's Odds to Return By Late Summer or Fall Increasing
The odds of El Niño's development by the late summer or early fall have increased, according to the latest output from forecast model guidance.

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) officially declared La Niña's end in early February as sea temperatures have steadily warmed in the equatorial region of the central and eastern Pacific, and we're now in the neutral phase of the oscillation. Neutral means that neither La Niña or El Niño conditions exist.

As shown below, models currently suggest we'll be in the neutral category through the spring and into the early summer months (April-May-June, or AMJ), but after that, sea temperatures could be warm enough for El Niño conditions to take over.

More at the site - our greater than normal snow and precipitation was caused by last summer's El Niño - two in a row?

The Science march on Washington

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Classic Dunning–Kruger effect - they believe that because they are so smart in their own field, that they are just as smart in other fields - including march organization. From Stat News:

Science march on Washington, billed as historic, plagued by organizational turmoil
It may be the largest rally in support of science ever. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the Facebook group for the upcoming March for Science, and tens of thousands have offered to volunteer. Beyond a march in Washington, more than 400 cities worldwide will host simultaneous events on April 22 to repudiate science policies of the new White House and Congress.

Yet for all the excitement, STAT has found, plans for the march are plagued by infighting among organizers, attacks from outside scientists who don’t feel their interests are fairly represented, and operational disputes. Tensions have become so pronounced that some organizers have quit and many scientists have pledged not to attend.

What was billed as science advocates speaking with a unified voice, then, has instead surfaced long-lingering tensions within the scientific community.

Sad to say, scratch an academic and you find a progressive:

Jacquelyn Gill, a biology and ecology professor at the University of Maine, told STAT that she quit the organizing committee in recent weeks because of leaders’ resistance to aggressively addressing inequalities — including race and gender.

“We were really in this position where, because the march failed to actively address those structural inequalities within its own organization and then to effectively communicate those values outward, we carried those inequalities forward,” Gill said. “Some of these problems stem from the march leadership failing early on in its messaging.”

Hey Jacquelyn, this is not about your personal soapbox, this is about, you know, Science.

Much more at the site - shows you just how much partisan politics has infected the academic community. It used to be pure but is now a cess-pit.

I've got friends in safe spaces

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Spot on - over one million views:

Their storage dump at Balakliya went Ka-Boom - from Russia Today

Large munitions depot up in flames in Ukraine, nearly 20,000 evacuated
Thousands of people are being evacuated from Balakleya in the Kharkov region of Ukraine, as a massive fire has broken out at a munitions depot, which is said to be the largest in the country. There are reports of explosions and shattered windows.

Chaotic scenes with hundreds of vehicles stuck in traffic jams were reported on social media after the Balakleya city administration ordered an emergency evacuation of most of the city.

Turning tables on the left

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It seems the conservatives have studied the liberals well - from Gavin McInnes writing at Taki's Magazine:

God Bless the Right-Wing Social Justice Warriors
“Invent a weapon,” Jordan Peterson said on Tuesday, “and your enemies will have it within one generation.” He was talking about Gamergate feminist Brianna Wu, who was learning the hard way that YouTube’s Restricted Mode was hurting the gays it was supposed to protect. You may be thinking, “Wu who?” right now, but you should be saying, “Woo-hoo!” because Peterson’s observation is profound. Not only are the bots turning on their creators, we are too. We’ve taken Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and turned it into our guidebook. We are the Social Justice Warriors now, and we’re way better at it than they ever were.

Right now, a man in a MAGA hat is suing a bar in New York called The Happiest Hour for booting him out solely because he loves Trump. Getting kicked out of bars is pretty common for people in MAGA hats above the Mason–Dixon line. The old right would venerate the entrepreneur and quietly take the high road out of the bar. Not anymore. Since the lawsuit was announced, Trump supporters have been flooding the bar. One MAGA woman was just paid $150 to get lost.

The new right wing does more than just get petty when the going gets rough. We appropriate. When you attack us, we turn it into a slogan. Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” made us into The Deplorables. Her “fake news” now defines all the news that lies about us. We even got her freaking out about a green frog. Since then, we’ve convinced them that everything from an “OK” gesture to a bobbing purple dove to a glass of milk is a secret Nazi code. It’s so easy to turn them into a dizzy Chihuahua frantically chasing his own tail that it’s almost cruel—almost.

Heh - much more at the site. Political Aikido - use the opponent's movement and inertia against them.

Twelve links - connecting the dots

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Great piece by John Nolte at The Daily Wire - all of the information was out there, it just took some effort to connect the dots:

12 Pieces Of Proof: The MSM Knew Obama Spied On Trump and LIED To Cover It Up
What I am about to present to you is what really happened. All the proof is linked below, but what I'm about to do is what I call "Revealing the Matrix," showing you the truth backed by incontrovertible fact and the media's own words. Not my words. Not President Trump's words. The media's words.

We're gunna cut through all the code, all the spin, all the fog, all the lies, and all the Coordinated Narratives used by our media to obscure Truth.

The media was having a field day and then, March 4th, 2017:

In fact, the media was actually having a big public party using Obama's spying. Hoo-hah here's a scoop! Whee-hee Flynn said this! Woo-woo palace intrigue! Ha-haaah here's what so-and-so said! Tra-la-la here's what so-and-so did!

And then on March 4, in a series of tweets that had the exact same effect as political nukes, Trump himself confirmed what the media had already told us, that the Obama administration had spied on him and his team. Trump's brilliance was focusing on the sleazy and illegal act of the actual spying. And this is when the media realized that all their ha-has and tra-la-las were about to backfire. Their Precious Barry was now at risk, and so the shameless cover up and lying began …

Suddenly, right around 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, the conventional wisdom and public knowledge that the Obama administration had spied on Trump, was surrounded by the media's semantic wagons which were manned by lying journalists armed with hair-splitting. I don't want to go through all that again, so you can read why Trump told the 100% truth in the first section of this piece. The bottom line, though, is this …

Trump accused Obama of spying on him.

John then offers twelve links to stories in media outlets all of which corroborate the story that the Obama administration was wiretaping Trump and his Transition Team.

Line item number one:

1. Heat Street - November 7, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia

Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.

So let's stop for a moment to make a couple of things clear. The FBI reports to the Department of Justice, which at the time was run by Obama's highly politicized Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. The author of this piece, Louise Mensch, despises Trump, and if you'll look at the publication date, she dropped this supposed bombshell the night before the election, and did so for reasons I should not have to explain.

Eleven more at the site - there is a lot of information here and if President Trump and his administration wanted to, heads would be rolling and highly placed people would be spending time in jail. This story will break and when it comes out, it will be big. I hope they choose to send a message - there is a lot of corruption in both parties and it needs to be rooted out. Make America Great Again is Trump's rallying cry - time to start doing this for real.

And the rain is back

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Pouring down very heavily now - forecast for new precip is 0.10 to 0.25 inches. I will check the gauge tomorrow and see what we got.

Surfing the web and watching some more welding videos. Got a couple of projects that I want to do this spring and summer.

It will take a day or two to fully analyze what just happened today but I think that President Trump made damn sure that the failure of Speaker Ryan's compromise healthcare bill hangs solely around Speaker Ryan's neck and that he is out on his ear.

Good news if this is true - Ryan was never behind Trump, only coming on board when it was an inevitability and then, he was a pure RINO - Republican in Name Only.

Now that we have identified the people who supported Ryan and (possibly) who leaked President Trump's confidential communications to the press, it is time to clean house and start over again.

Done with dinner

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Started watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - the science is very hokey but it is fun fluff and there are a couple of seasons worth of shows to keep us entertained.

The Chinese food was excellent as usual - The Lucky Panda is not that much of a dine-in establishment. They have a couple tables in the front but no real ambiance - unless you happen to like looking at a large commercial kitchen which is fine with me. I have always enjoyed their take-out food though. Great for a quick sit-down lunch if you are in a hurry or you can get the food to go and walk across the street to the Kulshan Brewery and enjoy a pint with your meal.

Back home again

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Later than expected but got everything done that I needed to. Brought home some Chinese food and Lulu made a fresh pot of rice so dinner in a few minutes along with some television.

More spew in an hour or two...

On the road again

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Heading out to town - back around 4:00PM or so. Picking up some Chinese food for dinner tonight.

More posting later.

Obamacare - nothing much

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The Congress-critters are saying that they do not have the votes. I find it interesting that President Trump let Paul Ryan drive the formulation of this bill. Ryan was vociferously anti-trump at the beginning of the campaign. Is President Trump giving him enough rope to hang himself?

I read Art of the Deal a number of years ago and remember that Trump considers deals to be a negotiating process - vote something down, propose something else and see if that works - a Deal is an act of constant refinement towards a shared goal. Maybe we will see a decent healthcare plan in another four months or so.

From Ars Technica:

Feds: We’re pulling data from 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration
In new filings, prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming weeks, they expect to extract all data from the seized cellphones of more than 100 allegedly violent protesters arrested during the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Prosecutors also said that this search is validated by recently issued warrants.

The court filing, which was first reported Wednesday by BuzzFeed News, states that approximately half of the protesters prosecuted with rioting or inciting a riot had their phones taken by authorities. Prosecutors hope to uncover any evidence relevant to the case. Under normal judicial procedures, the feds have vowed to share such data with defense attorneys and to delete all irrelevant data.

"All of the Rioter Cell Phones were locked, which requires more time-sensitive efforts to try to obtain the data," Jennifer Kerkhoff, an assistant United States attorney, wrote.

Such phone extraction is common by law enforcement nationwide using hardware and software created by Cellebrite and other similar firms. Pulling data off phones is likely more difficult under fully updated iPhones and Android devices. John Adams, a former security official at Twitter, told Ars that older devices are likely more susceptible.

Good news - I hope they gather names and contact information and proceed to roll up this organization. This was not a peaceful protest, this was organised violence by people who were hired for the job. The rioters are criminals and need to be prosecuted.

Another day in paradise

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Slept in a bit today too - stomach still a little bit off. Heading into town after breakfast and coffee.

Got nothing tonight

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Nothing on the internet - surfing a couple of youtube sites - welding (specifically TIG) and blacksmithing as well as catching up on email.

A bit under the weather - had an upset stomach last night and been low energy all day today. Hope I am not coming down with anything...

About those peaceful immigrants

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From the Associated Press:

Police: Repeatedly deported MS-13 gang member abused child
A member of the MS-13 street gang who had been deported from the U.S. four times stabbed two women and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb, police said Thursday.

Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, 31, of Hempstead, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Thursday. His court-appointed attorney declined to comment.

A real choirboy:

Authorities said that Alvarado-Ventura had been in the home with the child late Tuesday night before going to a nearby bar, where he argued with a woman over a marijuana deal and then stabbed her in the parking lot. The woman, who was not identified, suffered a collapsed lung, police said.

He then returned to the apartment where the child lived, police said. When the child's mother returned home from work at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, she discovered injuries to her child and argued with Alvarado-Ventura. During that argument, he stabbed the woman, Krumpter said.

He needs to spend his life in prison - in El Salvador, his home nation.

Bugging President Trump

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As the fake news dissipates, the real news surfaces:

Just wonderful - Wikileaks release

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From Wikileaks - Vault 7:

Dark Matter
Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

Among others, these documents reveal the "Sonic Screwdriver" project which, as explained by the CIA, is a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

Compelling reason to run Linux on a machine you build yourself. All your Macs are belong to us to borrow a classical allusion.

Lazy day today

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I hearby proclaim this to be a national day of sloth.

Seriously slept in and have not even been out for coffee yet. Headuing out now - stop at the store and check the mailbox.

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