Welcome to 2016 –

Friday, January 8, 2016 -( 25˚F / -4˚C & “clear” @ 9:00 am in Ithaca )-

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to even attempt this. Maybe Mercury Retrograde is trying to tell me I should be keeping up with goals I sort of set myself when I was silly enough to believe I had enough time to follow through with them.

Okay- My Canadian Friends have a new Prime Minister and a new “Government” that can’t be as bad and can’t be as mean-spirited as the ex Prime Minister or his ‘Conservative Government’. One friend told me he used to have a ‘protest button’ that said “Part of the way with LBJ” when a lot of misled Democrats were wearing “All the way with LBJ” and others were wearing buttons that said, “The Great Society / Bullets Bombs and Bullshit” I was a little bit young back then and thought it would cool to be old enough to get away with wearing a button that spelled out “B.S.” for everybody to see.

And now I’m sitting here wondering if the Justin Trudeau ‘government’ can possibly live up to the hopes and dreams of anybody who voted him (and ‘them’) in- I suppose dreams just might come true-

-Okay, I’m almost ready to hit the ‘Publish’ button, I should probably run this through the spelling checker first and see if I can keep this going at least until Mercury stops moon walking backward across the sky-

Quote from RFK Jr

How about a quote from RFK jr? I thought we’d already fallen through the Oligarchy phase and were about to be jack-booted into all out fascism.

Occupy Wall Street

Has anybody heard of the phrase “Equal protection under the law”? or “Equal treatment under the law”? Or should we revive Arlo Guthrie’s “Pause for Mister Claus” in which he quips that one of the great things about America is that they will go after anybody, even ‘the last guy’ who he describes as the most destitute person in the USA -not in those words-

Michael Moore thinks the governor of Michigan should be arrested

Yeah, yeah, this is yesterday’s news, but this is the first chance I had to sit down and do anything about it. And, so much is happening you might have missed this.

Discharged Canadian Veteran charged with insubordination.

Now this is suspicious – It looks like they’re trying to impose martial law where that hasn’t been declared, and how the bleep can you charge somebody who isn’t in the armed services with insubordination? And if they do get away with this in Canada, what’s next? & Where else will they try this kind of nonsense?

Unions 4 Workers tweet.

How many times do we have to be lied to before we stand up and scream, “Just Give Me the Truth!” John Lennon, are you working with us from the other side?

George Orwell Quote.

Some of my conspiracy watch type friends said that George Orwell was an Elitist, or at least the son of Elitists, and “1984” was something he tried to tell us was coming to a street corner near you. But a quote like this makes sense, even if this is not the best photo I’ve ever seen of him.

—djo—

Cats

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 -( 9˚C / 48˚F @ 6:20 am in Atlantic Canada. )-

— Cats? & Second post to see if the changes I tried to put into effect actually worked.

cats on the porch

Moe on the floor and Domino on the chair around March 15th of this year

Orange cat on a chair on the porch.

Moe on the chair, performing a bit of ‘cat yoga’ & looking rather plump.

Domino on the bed.

Domino used to love curling up beneath a blanket. We had to be careful about lumps in the bed. Some of them moved and some of them ‘meowed’.

— Sigh, pets should all be immortal. dangit.

~~~~~ Jim

First Post Here

Saturday, 06 June, 2015 -( 9˚C / 49˚F @ 2:22 am in Atlantic Canada )- D-Day plus 70 years. *** I don’t think our heroic ancestors fought and died to save the world from Nazis just to turn us over to freakin corporate Fascists***

— A couple nights ago the first two hours of Coast to Coast am with George Noory exposed an extortion scheme used by a ‘cybersecurity’ company with ties to the US Federal Trade Commission. It was the opinion of the guest being interviewed that attacks like the one he suffered were endorsed by the US Government in a sneaky attempt to try to prove that they should have much more control over the internet.

— So guess what? I tried to log in to one of my blogs to write about that and I discovered an error page, “Something isn’t quite right here… / This site is temporarily unavailable. If you’re the owner of this website please contact [ your provider ] …”

& Checking out my provider I learn that an email message I glanced past because the address was ” compliance@ —- ” had slipped below my radar. The subject of this message had a big long ticket number with at least ten extra zeroes beyond the actual ticket number and went on to include- “Malicious files” :

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Hello,

When we conducted a routine scan for your account ‘*****’, we found the malicious or infected files. We have uploaded a file named infected.txt within the stats directory of your account which contains the full list of files. As a result, we had to suspend your account, to avoid problems for website visitors or other customers.

To unsuspend the account, I request you to remove the malicious files and take below actions.

1. The most common reason for websites to get infected is because of using outdated applications, plug-ins, themes or modules in your hosting account. So, please make sure that they are up-to-date.
2. Update your control panel and any additional FTP account passwords. Remove unwanted FTP sub-users.
3. Scan your local machine with anti-malware/anti-virus software regularly.
4. Make sure that you have not uploaded any Pirated Softwares.
5. If you have clean backup, delete the entire website and upload a known clean copy of your website.

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Alarm Bell #1 = “When we conducted a routine scan for your account … we found the malicious files. … ”  a routine scan for my account – not of my account? and We found the malicious files – not ‘we found malicious files’? At best this is not very professional. At worst— are these foreign hackers pretending to be my provider?

I get a little bit suspicious whenever I see that somebody has written “Softwares” – as a plural, but I have friends up here in Canada who know that many French speaking programmers use that term all the time.

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— There was more, but that ‘more’ included the name of the provider and the name of the ‘helpful’ person who was informing me of the problem.

— The ‘bottom line’ of this message, after I checked with the provider and investigated the latest updates in the security software they ‘offer’, is: they want an additional $189.99 per year to install and keep current the souped up version of the security package I bought last July, when I paid for two years hosting, because, stupid me, I used these people before and I trusted them.

— Looking through the file they saved in their ‘stats’ directory, their list of suspicious files includes their own software: “SiteLock-PHP-OBFUS_Eval_REQUEST.UNOFFICIAL” & “SiteLock-PHP-EVAL_REQUEST-md5-cgw.UNOFFICIAL”  & “SiteLock-PHP-INJECTOR-1-et.UNOFFICIAL” and a couple WordPress Theme Version checkers, and a plug-in file that might have been infected or might be legitimately there to check for updates: “JCDEF.Obfus.CreateFunct.BackDoorEval-22.UNOFFICIAL” There’s a lot more in this .txt document, too.

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But anyway- the timing here is highly suspicious. We hear that the US Govt is trying to seize control of the internet by hook or by crook, and, hey, if any of you out there actually get to read this, let me know what you think might be going on.

—Thanks–,

—– Hairy old Admin  (((  jimwellington@aerendel.org )))