en l'unicité de Dieu,
et dont les cœurs se reposer
dans le souvenir de Dieu,
en vérité, dans le souvenir de Dieu
ne tranquillisent les coeurs?.
Ceux qui croient
en l'Unicité de Dieu,
et font de bonnes oeuvres,
toutes sortes de bonheur
est pour eux et un bel endroit
de la déclaration finale.
In the original translation, Quran 13: 28-29 declares:
28. Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.
29. Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and work righteousness, Tuba (it means all kinds of happiness or name of a tree in Paradise) is for them and a beautiful place of (final) return.
In my sect of Buddhism, Buddha Remembrance consists of recitation of the Nembutsu. In Islam, Zikr (dhikr) refers to remembrance, specifically by recitation of the names of God silently. Given that the name of the Buddha is contained in the Nembutsu, zikr is remotely similar to Buddha Remembrance.
When one casts away the quasi-polytheism that Buddhism appears to be, it appears to be more similar to Islam than to Christianity but only within the context of that proverb from the Quran. To objectors of the monotheism faiths (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) who as strangers to Buddhism misunderstand the statues of Buddhas and the many Bodhisattvas, gods and other cosmic creatures who protect the Dharma as idolism, Rai Manuhar Kuchwáhhah has said:
“O Moslem! if the Kâbah be the object of thy worship,
Why dost thou reproach the adorers of idols?”
Just as the Muslims do their perambulations around the Kaaba, the Buddhists do their walking meditations. To the stranger of Buddhism, it might look like the Buddhist is pacing about, to and fro, but instead he is deep in meditation.
Thus it seemed to be a shame when the Taleban blew up the Bamiyan Buddhas because of their misunderstanding. These graven images carved from rock were not created for idolatry but out of devotion for the Buddha. They do not work righteousness through acts of violence and by threats, repress human nature into a parody of religious devotion. Instead, the Taleban and their compatriots, al Qaeda, as well as imitators in Africa, only serve what they call "Shaitan".
Because they cannot hide their mischief due to their exaggerated devoutness, such thugs project their fear of evil within their hearts as an external "Shaitan". So when I hear them calling America, Israel and the West, the "great Shaitan", I interpret it as the great evil hidden in their hearts.
Recently I read of how, in February 2009, the founder of the Pakistani Taleban sect TNSM, Sufi Mohammad was asked to help the Pakistan Army pacify the Taleban in the Swat Valley. While the Pakistan government allowed for Sharia courts, Sufi Mohammad said that because the government would not allow for the courts to work within their own system, rather than aligning with Pakistan's justice system, he declared that Sharia would not work within democracy by saying:
"Democracy is un-Islamic."
At that point, negotiations for disarming the Pakistani Taleban ended. Sufi Mohammad blames democracy for causing factionalism within Pakistan. I have to laugh at this statement because the factionalism actually proves that democracy is not working in the rural areas of Pakistan. It appears to work in certain parts of Islamabad and other urban areas of Pakistan in a limited fashion, depending on your connections with the ruling elite.
By July of 2009, the Pakistan government arrested Sufi Mohammad and charged him with sedition. As of January 2011, he has denied any ties with his organization TNSM and the Pakistani Taleban, declaring that he had only been seeking to establish Sharia in Malakand in Swat district.
I'm not fond of Sufi Mohammad's group TNSM because in October 2007 members of his group used dynamite to erase the face of the twenty-three foot high image of a seated Buddha carved sometime in Seventh century CE. It is a reddish rock face on a hillside southwest of Jehanabad (Shakhorai) near Manglawar in Swat district. In the West this would be considered defacement of a national heritage treasure.
What vandals! This is like going up to a bronze image of the Buddha and whipping out a ball peen hammer to beat the face of the Buddha into lumps of metal. Is this not unlike the statement by Paul the Apostle who said "If your hand offends you, cut it off"? I suppose then if my face offended me, then I am to get plastic surgery! Sorry, I'm stuck with my face for life. Plastic surgery is not an option. :p
When religious leaders make these statements in Christianity, they are forms of rhetoric and are not meant to be carried out by the devout. Yet almost everything in TNSM tends to be taken literally. It is like they are stuck in a childlike state of mind, and have no ability to understand symbolism and metaphor. It makes me wonder how educated Sufi Mohammad and his son "Radio Mullah" truly are.
Unlike the Pakistan in Taleban militants of TTP, the father of the Taleban Maulana Sami ul Haq is not against vaccination. In December 2013, he issued a fatwa favoring polio vaccination, stating that "vaccination against deadly diseases is helpful in their prevention according to research conducted by renowned medical specialists." He added that the vaccines used against these diseases are in no way harmful.
My take on this is that Maulana Sami ul Haq was probably moved by the fact that vaccinations after partition kept much of Pakistan from polio's ravages. Sadly though, his proposal to train Pakistan men for jihad if elected president means he is a man to watch carefully in Pakistan.
Given that ul Haq is the father of the Taleban, it means that the Taliban of Afghanistan are applying the philosophy of a foreigner to ensure that Sharia is the rule of law in Afghanistan. However, it also implies that America leaving Afghanistan should not result in a smaller force there since the experience in Iraq shows that an occupation force of NATO troops will have no hope in pacifying the Taliban there.
So whatever strategy they have after 2014, be prepared for the Taliban to come into the news more often through the year.
Quran 13 - Noble Quran:
Zikr / Dhikr - Wikipedia:
Kaaba - Wikipedia:
Taleban in Pakistan -Wikipedia:
TNSM - Wikipedia:
Sufi Mohammad - Wikipedia:
Pakistan's Heritage at Risk - Archaeology:
Maulana Sami ul Haq - Wikipedia:
le Tout Miséricordieux,
le Très Miséricordieux.
Toutes les louanges sont à Dieu,
Seigneur des mondes -
le Tout Miséricordieux,
le Très Miséricordieux,
Maître du Jour de la Rétribution.
C'est vous que nous adorons et vous,
nous demander de l'aide.
Guide-nous dans le droit chemin -
le chemin de ceux que Tu as comblés faveur,
pas de ceux qui ont évoqué la colère
ou ceux qui sont égarés.
Quran en Francais, Sura 1
This is the Saheeh Translation of the Koran.
I chose French because, despite the Islamophobes there, the Muslims are protected by French law. As long as the Muslims moderate Islam with French assimilation, they are treated like any other Francophone, up to a point. However, the State is not so kindly.
As well, there appears to be some ghettoization which is the usual European response to foreigners. While in the Middle East assassinations of Americans and other foreigners was common in Lebanon during the Civil War, it was Syria's dominance of Lebanon that saw criminals of Syrian extraction oppress the Lebanese from the 1970s until 2005.
Syria is in civil war because the elite are corrupt Alawite Shi'a who aligned themselves to Iran. All Hezbollah is are a bunch of thugs who pervert the Koran.
I wrote the poem in French because the French were the last ones to attempt destablization of Arabian land after the Ottoman Empire collapsed after 1918.
However, it is the combination of English and French colonialism that led to England coming up with the Balfour declaration that led to Jewish terrorism in the Levant and the eventual founding of Israel with US backing.
America is complicit in this failed promise by the British. In helping the Saudis arise in power by paying them US dollars for oil, she is complicit in the corruption of the Saudi elites in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and elsewhere in the world.
Iraq fell to Baathists due to the unwillingness of the English to protect the Hashemite king of Iraq, though it was the influx of Lebanese and Syrian government officials that led to that revolt.
Of all the kingdoms, it is Jordan that has the last remnants of Mohammad's descendants ruling a nation that is pro-American and actually serves as a shining example of keeping religion and politics separate, unlike Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.
Second to this, Lebanon used to be an example of Arabs, Christian, Druze, and Muslims alike working together in a cosmopolitan nation until Syria's elite morphed their fear of their peaceful existence as intrigue while Syria was plagued by military coups due to pan-Arab nationalism. Now pan-Muslim nationalism threatens them.
Indeed, pan-Muslim nationalism and the Khalifa movement in Arab circles is the new threat to Western interests.
A look at Pakistan shows us how Sharia works: Swat valley is under Sharia law due to the dominance of Taleban. Their apologists accuse the schoolgirl Malala and her family of co-opting with the CIA. The truth is, the BBC offered her a blogging position. This conspiracy theory that the CIA promote intrigue in this way is merely a cover for Arabic paranoia of the West and a hatred for America due to the failure of the British to honour their promise to the Hashemites.
Al Qaeda and their comrades the Taleban, and all their Islamist admirers and wannabes are due to pan-Muslim nationalism and their wish for the rise of a Caliphate under Sharia law. Yet America also supports this too.
Why? Because the best way to keep the Middle East in thrall is to distract people from peace, and an endless war scenario promised by the pan-Muslim nationalists who are terrorists, criminals and anti-Islam fits into American dominance of the Middle East.
All the Ukraine situation is sabre shaking. War there would only distract from America's mission: to indirectly support the terrorists where need be (Syria) and to launch drone attacks in Pakistan to ensure in the instability of that nation, all in the name of war.
In some ways, Assad is like Suharto of Indonesia before he fell. Corruption like that, Americans can rightly blame Iran. However, the nuclear problem there is also the fault of America, the result of karma for supporting the corrupt regime of the Shah of Iran. I bet no one saw the revolution there coming.
However it is precisely because of conspiracy theory that the hardliners in Iran are anti-American and anti-West. For the EU has yet to apologize for the former colonial powers of France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal and their complicity in the problems their former colonies have faced. This includes the Rwanda and Congo problem, which also is orchestrated by American interests due to rare-earth mines that the West needs to make smartphones and other technology like LED TVs.
Thus the first chapter of the Koran is a fitting reminder to teach us about humility. Only the atheists would scorn this. Their ignorance empowers the socialists whose view of history ignores religion's role in it. That is how propaganda arises: by filtering out from history all the key players you don't agree with.
If this sounds like I am sympathetic to Muslims, then I admit to that. However, al Qaeda and Taleban aren't true Muslims. They are almost like Republicans who pray but promote Islamophobia. No, actually they are worse than Republicans. And that is only because they are still free to strike terror in the hearts of everyone who truly believes in freedom.
This includes the freedom of religion, which Sharia is not.
anyway, i have sided with both parties in this tragic series of events. it was a teen suicide, which is a rising statistic among teens today, mainly due to unhealthy practices of self esteem raising in the public education system without the necessary checks and balances of exposing children to a wide range of ages in school.
all we do to children is raise them to be compliant workers, nothing more.
having said this, i don't believe public education is broken. i believe the government has broken it for us. with the incessant drive to make money, we are forgetting key values that my generation and the generations before it taught but that the modern world mocks.
this is also why more seniors are also committing suicide at growing rates too. all an old person has to do to die early is to be subject to care in an elderly care facility, and subject to chemical restraints for dementia when the best relief for dementia is daily exercise and the feeling of being useful in a society that focuses unhealthily on youth.
which brings us to Amanda Todd, the poster girl of online bullying, cyberstalking, and other maladies within this youth culture today.
last year we slut shamed miley cyrus, that irish girl, and amanda todd, among many other girls too numerous to name.
i don't have any respect for the shamers and the haters. you take your morally high ground today, but yesterday you might have been surfing for porn.
i could think of many reasons why amanda todd killed herself: the wrong people were paying attention to her, the cretins who mocked her and goaded her into killing herself, the perverts who wanted to have sex with her, and especially of all the lack of quality time with parents in an intact family.
however blame never solves anything. this is why the kody maxson outing as her so-called tormenter is off the mark. the real culprit is everyone who wished amanda would pick a better bleach next time.
people who want kids, before you even have one, remember this:
the internet will never be a safe place until you daily live the moral values you want your future children to have. so if you're a mouth breather on the Daily Capper, watching the crap on cameracapper, then i urge you, don't have kids. if you do, sell your computer.
over the years i have been many youtube account go stagnant when a pervert has scared a kid off the site. why? she's in grade school but she looks and acts 18.
all you perverts do is ruin the internet. without self control, all you have is your internet.
i pity you because without the internet you are nothing, a nobody, a bunch of people who would watch a person drown instead of saving her, because that's what you did from 2010 to 2012 as you watched this tragedy unfold and refused to help because nobody wants to be a hero or a blackmailer.
of course, given that the NSA is monitoring the Internet, and the FBI too, i wonder if the real reason why capping isn't exposed is because they are gathering evidence right now as we speak.
i supposed that's why nobody discusses it on googeplus. instead,everyone patted themselves on the back for stopping bullying.
out of all the kids that detest the bullying of amanda todd, few of them are brave enough to start an anti-bullying club in their school. that's because they're trained to be an audience, not a participant in society. public education has serve us so well.
what does that say about public education today?
me, i think the best role model for young girls online is not amanda todd, it's the porn star at duke university. at least, she's not drinking bleach, slitting her wrists or hanging herself.
Unfortunately, before verifying facts, Anonymous dished up the dirt on the alleged "blackmailer."
I present this piece of evidence as the reason why the police never charged him: he might be one of their "informants".
Quite possibly, the real blackmailer gave false info to Amanda when she was hunting him down in 2010 with the aid of the Daily Capper.
The original DOB of the Kody Maxson given out by Anonymous was 1980. Location: New Westminster. Later they gave his DOB as 1993 without a location. That information is available on the Internet.
This implies that either Kody Maxson lied about his age and location or his rival did. If his rival did, then the coincidental criminal case against Maxson may have been a false flag to throw off anyone on his case.
This includes skipping the country to throw Anonymous off his trail, though his Facebook information could be a lie. This information is also on the Internet, on his original Facebook account, but most people on Facebook lie about their current locations to throw off cyber-stalkers.
However, it is still likely Kody Maxson was one of three cappers, two of them blackmailers on the Daily Capper who started this all in the beginning. One of them is Viper but the location and address are incorrect. He also is not a blackmailer, which explains why Kody had a falling out with him. If Kody is innocent, then it could be his rival r0. Otherwise, Kody is guilty, which is evident by him having skipped bail to avoid questioning.
As of January 2013, Kody Maxson is at large, at least until the police catch up to him and return him to Surrey Court House. A lovely place. Ground floor has a nice lobby off the north main entrance. To your left, you can file an appeal, a civil case, a criminal case or even file against transit offenses. At the staircase to your right is the side entrance which is only open during business hours. On the basement level and ground level are the courts and the Crown Counsel and Defence offices for the lawyers. Below this basement is the holding area which leads to a long tunnel underground to Surrey Pre-trail Centre aka "Jail". As a security measure to prevent prisoners from escaping, the tunnel was built when both the Court House and Jail were constructed.
Now I present the evidence that proves Kody Maxson did not stalk Amanda Todd.
After absconding from the law for an unrelated crime involving theft under $5,000 he was detained on or before August 21, 2013 and brought before a judge from out of province for violating his probation order before sentencing. There is no record of sentencing since the value of the theft was so low that he was able to lie low between December of the previous year and August.
As of September 24, 2013, Kody Maxson is on a 12-month probation as summary conviction for theft under $5,000. During this time, he is to report to his probation officer.
Yet he never was charged with Amanda Todd's cyberstalking because it's all a lie. She made it up after going on the Daily Capper and saying that she has a stalker who forwarded all the pictures and videos to her Facebook account followers. This was because she was caught by both her mother and the police.
Nothing is true. None of it.
Amanda Todd was never stalked. She flashed on the Daily Capper under numerous aliases, reveling in the attention. Yet the capper grew bored. Someone, may r0 wanted a private session but she refused. That's what led to the postings to Facebook.
Now today, we are all party to the lie when we create an anti-cyberbullying act in Canada that is the memory of Amanda Todd.
For the Amanda Todd cyberstalking case is a fraud and a scandal!
The Amanda Todd Case is a Fraud and a Scandal - Truth is Eternal – Knowledge is Changeable:
Kody Maxson: Anonymous is Wrong — Amanda Todd Came to Me for Help - Heavy:
Note: his fingering of Viper supposedly of NYC aged 26 is incorrect.
Amanda Todd and the Cappers ID’d Kody Maxson 2 Years Ago - Hypervocal News:
A person of no interest? - Sabina Becker:
Tracing Kody Maxson: the Online Blackmailer Alleged to Have Tormented Amanda Todd - Vice:
The Disgusting Rivalries of Webcam Extortionists: Kody Maxson, Viper, and r0 - Vice:
Kody Maxson, Amanda Todd's Alleged Tormenter Has Reemerged Online - Vice:
Recent information about Kody Maxson was found using file number given at Vice using file number search tool at:
Alleged Amanda Todd cyberstalker has a warrant out for his arrest - Daily Dot:
This includes students, and adults, who have little sympathy for anyone but their closest friends and family (I hope).
Any high school needs to have peer counsellors (high school seniors who aced their Grade 11 Psychology exam) freely available to teach students who are victimized by bullies.
As well, there has to be a community watch group that is on the lookout for neighbourhood bullies including families who think nothing of it to harass and stalk any neighbour they disrespect.
For bullying begins at home.
Thanks to you bullies, Amanda and boys and girls like her have been bullied, only to act out in tragic ways.
The girls will attempt suicide, and some, like Amanda, will succeed, nut some of the boys will do a Columbine.
So watch your backs, because if you bullied a guy for being a "fag", when he's not, or just because your dad beat you or your mom's drunk again, then karma is a bitch, and she's coming for you.
Along with the other ghosts of victims you had your sick part in destroying their self esteem until they got depressed and died.
Bad, bad boys and girls:
May all their ghosts come for you.
Bad, bad boys and girls...
Originally posted: October 17, 2012 1232H
Islam is not the enemy in Syria.
That would be the propagandists labeling Assad an evil tyrant. His crime would be aligning with Iran. Yet the majority of people suffering are Palestinians, displaced by the birth of Israel in 1947.
Hence, Syria's Arab Spring is but a continuation of the struggle between a people demonized by propaganda and a world misled into believing Israel is one of the good guys.
For if you do not believe Israel is on our side, then you are an anti-Semite, even if your lack of trust in Israel is based on the cold facts that Israel acts like a client state of America and its imperialism in the Middle East.
Even America's invasion of Iraq is but a cold and calculated move for American dominance in the Middle East, or, so the Islamist propaganda goes.
However, both sides are in error since the endless war is never over, because then the so-called oppressed nation of Israel will be exposed for crying wolf. Yet the sheeple will side with Israel because of right wing propaganda painting all Muslims as caricatures of Islamic jihadism.
If you hate all Muslims then know that you have been duped by the mainstream media and especially by your gut feeling.
Muslims who know the truth will laugh at this compliance with propaganda. Nobody who is Muslim in the Middle East and well educated believes al Qaeda and their ilk are Muslim. They know them to be criminals who will burn in hell for their crimes against humanity. Only right wing militants like the Muslim Brotherhood will cheer on those criminal terrorists who hide under the robes of a pious Muslim.
Thus it is also with Syria. Given that the rebels did not sent their envoys to the peace talks in Geneva, that makes them look like they are only interested in an endless war controlled by ideology rather than by cold hard facts.
However, if you think Syrians are suffering, think again. These people in the picture are not Syrians. The smart ones with the means have already fled Syria, either fleeing to Turkey or to America. It is the unfortunate ones that end up anywhere else, including Jordan and Egypt.
For the people in the photograph are Palestinians, and they suffer due to ideology be it Shi'a or Sunni or even American foreign policy as expedited by Israel, often with prejudice favoring Jews over Arab.
Indeed, the enemy here is not Assad. It is those criminals behind al Qaeda and the Taleban. No Muslim in their right mind would support them. It is they who threaten Syria, because their Sharia will ruin Syria were they to win. Any Muslim who supports al Qaeda is Muslim in name. For the Saudis behind them are crazy, crazy for oil money, and eager to pay for a holy war, contrary to Islam, all thanks to American oil companies and every other oil company.
Think about that the next time you line up for gas at the gas pumps: your driving privileges support terrorism. It also leads to endless war in the Middle East. So any propaganda about Muslims you hold, you've been lied to just to manipulate your fears.
If you really cared about the Middle East, then please sell your second car, which you don't really need. Its convenience is echoed in millions of other people with two vehicles actually fund unrest in the Middle East.
Yet, were I to tell this to people filling up their SUVs at the gas pumps, they would be angry due to their fear of losing status among their peers. It is such a waste of money but everyone is doing it, hoping that another recession controlled by powers-that-be won't cause them to lose their jobs.
For all these wars in the Middle East are the doing of elites around the world who want to make a profit from it. Who cares if you lose your jobs? Who cares if Palestinians suffer in Syria? They are also hoping you side with the thinly veiled propaganda and hate the Muslims.
Still, what good does this do except gain more subscribers for the propaganda machine called mainstream media? The truth is, Muslims were never our enemies. Islamic terrorists did not fly planes into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That is only what the elites want you to believe. You have been lied to.
I'm sure that people who believe otherwise think that what I am writing is propaganda. However, I am telling you truth based on what Muslims tell me. They were never the enemy. That has always been truth. I am just saddened that few people are willing to discover the truth about what Muslims think about those quasi-Muslim terrorists that the mainstream media write about.
However, it's not up to me to change the minds of bigots. They would rather listen to the propaganda than work to open their minds to Truth.
A shocking image of Syria's brutal war - The Guardian:
Yanukovych has a spotty history as Prime Minister of the Ukraine. When his election was declared to be rigged in 2004 by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, power was handed over to Viktor Yushchenko as President and Yulia Tymoshenko as Prime Minister.
In the election of 2006, Yanukovych won, only to be defeated in the snap election of 2007 to Yulia Tymoshenko again. Then in 2010, Yanukovych won as president but Tymoshenko was imprisoned.
Yanukovych is from the President Kuchma era (1994-2005) during which corruption scandals and their reporting led to less freedom of the press. His crony at the end of Kuchma's presidency is former deputy Prime Minister and the current Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
While Yanukovych was elected as Independent in 2010, he passed on the reins of the Party of Regions to Azarov.
There is much to doubt the claim made by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Oleksandr Medvedko during the 2010 election that Yanukovych was unlawfully jailed in his youth.
That rewrites history regarding his robbery and assault charges at age 17 in 1967 and his assault charges in 1970. However, he appears to have covered his tracks over the intervening years.
His family history is also dubious since he supposedly lost both his parents in his teens, but a photograph of Yanukovych shows him with his wife, son and father in 1985 and even the date of that is dubious.
There are reports that he studied at the nonexistent Faculty of Auto Transport of the Donetsk State Academy of Administration in 1999, but no one who studied there remembers him.
Later, in 2001, while Governor General of Donestsk Oblast, Yanukovych reportedly graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade as a Master of International Law, but no one remembers him being there.
As well, his academic career is dubious with some of his degrees and titles appearing to be bogus. Even the books he supposedly wrote do not exist, despite being listed at the Vernadsky National Library of the Ukraine.
Yanukovych supposedly is a major in the Ukraine military, but no one remembers him being there, too.
How does a transport executive become a politician?
It is most likely Yanukovych is a pawn of Russia. At the least, he is a corrupt politician who has been secretly following in Kuchma's footsteps since 2005, but has been pressured by the IMF to favour joining the EU.
He is also sexist, having to have suggested during the 2010 election that "Yulia Tymoshenko should either take responsibility for every word as prime minister, or go to the kitchen". Yet the people of the Ukraine feared Tymoshenko ruling in any capacity due to her conflict with Viktor Yushchenko since 2005.
In the end, with the election rigged, Yanukovych became President of the Ukraine. His power over the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine was such that Tymoshenko was denied the right to scrutinize the ballots.
By him denials about limiting press freedom and marginalizing Tymoshenko during the election campaign of 2010, he and Yanukovych's cronies have also used the justice system to falsely imprison her.
Thus Yanukovych's move to join the EU is rightly protested by the people, because to do so is to let an auto oligarch make the Ukraine subservient to the EU economic agenda.
It is a travesty of justice for the Ukraine people to suffer at the hands of brutal police violence, just because they want Yanukovych out.
As well, Yanukoych has been persecuting Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutshenko in a bid to ensure his deals with the EU profit him the most.
This suggests that the auto oligarch has a strong narcissistic personality. Given that most of his academic credentials are fake, and his military career as major, non-existent, he is a fraud.
Now he uses the police to kill protesters. I bet they never expected Yanukovych wouldn't sign the accord with the UN, which would have benefited the Ukraine immensely. Yanukovych used the excuse that since he is getting a better deal on oil from Russia, then it's pointless to sign the accord.
First he says he is a traitor to Moscow for making the Ukraine a part of the EU, and now he backs off on signing. All those protests by the Ukrainian people are done questioning his wishy-washy position on the question of joining the EU.
Who is this Yanukovych?
He is an oligarch unliked by the other oligarchs of the Ukraine because of his ties to Moscow rather than Europe and the fact that his cronies have the cushy government jobs.
During the struggle, most oligarchs remained neutral but only the chocolate king was at every protest because his businesses are not impacted by the State like heavy industry and transportation is.
Recently, it has been reported that Yanukovych is willing to deal with the opposition to resolve the present impasse. Hopefully he is willing to be a real businessman rather than a robber baron.
As well, it appears that Yanukovych's deal with Putin trading oil for Ukraine products and services is disliked by the oligarchs and the people of the Ukraine because it brings up memories of how the Ukraine was used as Russia's source of food while Ukrainians were displaced by Russians. It also included massive movement of people from traditional Ruthenian land and displacement of other people merely for not adapting to the Soviet way of life, including deportation to Siberia.
This is probably why the opposition was pushing Yanukovych to join the EU. Trade within the EU would have removed tariffs of EU goods and produce bought by Kiev. As well, membership in the EU would mean Ukrainians could find migrant work in other European nations and not have to go through costly travel arrangements when visiting the Ukraine.
Hopefully Yanukovych resolves this problem he started by reneging on the EU deal.
Well, it looks like Yanukovych lost and like a coward left his country, and fled to Moscow.
Given that the Ukraine's fight was like Arab Spring even though most of the bloodshed began in the fall of 2013, this is to be expected. Most Ukrainians know that Yanukovych were robbing the people blind. It's no wonder most smart Ukrainians used European banks rather than Ukrainian banks. How else could they be assured their savings wouldn't be stolen by Yanukovych?
However, the move of Russia to protect its interest in the Crimea has turned this civil war into a potential war between imperial Russia and the Ukraine. Russia needs the Crimea as a port. Its proposed bailout of the Ukraine by trading petroleum products from the Ukraine was a ploy to keep the Ukraine in its pan-Slavic empire, despite the fallout during the Kosovo crisis in the mid-1990s.
Yet the Ukraine nationalists are EU-friendly because they remember what Sovietization did to the Ukraine.
Thus, the Ukraine's right wing nationalists need only Ukrainian-Americans, not America, were there to be another proxy war over the right to join the UK. This is like Kosovo needing Kosovo-Americans, except they went Islamist afterwards, due to being brainwashed by Saudi Salafists during Hajj. Eventually, the Ukraine will need European, not American, help.
All Ukrainian-Americans need to do is die for their Fatherland. I'm sure the same may apply to Ukrainian-Canadians. So both Canada's and America's role in this crisis is to support the EU, not fight the Ukraine's war for them. For it may become a fight to maintain the precarious independence they have had since the fall of the Soviet Union.
It's a no-brainer here: The Ukraine needs the Crimea as a port and vacation resort, as does Russia. Keeping the Crimea would block the its use as a port by Russia, which it was before the current crisis. There was a gentleman's agreement that goods destined for Moscow would flow to Moscow. Making the Crimea totally Ukrainian would imply import duties that Russia might be hard pressed to pay.
In Ukraine proper the fight was always Ukrainians versus Russians and their allies in the government.
Hence the increased Russian presence in the Crimea is to protect its citizens there. This is Russia protecting a port they covet. Hence it is a proxy war set up by Yanukovych with the EU & America using diplomacy to demand Russia not illegally invade the Ukraine.
IMO only the EU should be responsible and show balls to protect its interest in the Ukraine. As long as the Ukraine stays within the Russian sphere of influence, only the guys running the country will profit illegally.
Hopefully when the dust clears, the Ukraine will ban the Communist Party for good.
Originally posted: December 3, 2013 03:58 AM
Russian military moves in Crimea are declaration of war, says Ukrainian PM - The Guardian:
Tymoshenko vs Ukraine:
Why there is opposition to Yanukovych:
Unlike trinitarianism, modalism is a complex way of saying that the Godhead has three faces (guises?): God, the Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Consider God to be an actor.
As a deity, He is. As the Christ, he is Messiah and all that implies. Yet as the Holy Spirit, we get into the supernatural since he is also known as the Holy Ghost.
After much thought on this topic, I asked myself: "What is God when he's not acting as a deity or as the Christ or as the Holy Spirit, remote from humanity?" To me the answer is obviously: God is the Absolute.
It serves no purpose for God to exist as a physical being in the physical world when the supernatural world is his domain.
Yet God only exists in the minds of his believers since it is through belief of his existence that he exists. Though, outside of that context, and for most people who don't believe in him, he does not exist.
As for his supposed pre-existence, that's a wholly monotheistic supposition and may lead to endless debate on his existence.
If God exists as a belief, then the Buddha exists as fact. For the Buddha's existence is verifiable while God's existence is based on faith in a questionable work, the Bible. In contrast, the Buddha's existence is not only based on the sutras but also on historical records.
Though, I cannot truly compare a man known as the Buddha, one Siddhartha Gotama, to God, a monotheistic deity since the Buddha is not a deity.
Yet Amida Buddha is almost like a deity, though he exists as a metaphor for the boundless life of compassion and the boundless light of wisdom. In this context "boundless" means "transcending human limitations" and especially, "beyond mere sentience."
Because of the limitations monotheism places on such philosophy, the discussion of God becomes moot in light of my concept of Buddhism. In some ways it is like comparing apples to oranges. For the Buddha is not another face of God. Rather, Buddhism is outside the realm of monotheism.
Even so, there are elements of modalism in the many Buddhas and bodhisattvas in Buddhism. In the example of Amida Buddha, it is said there was a prince named Dharmakara who meditated for a long time and envisioned the Pure Land. After making a series of 48 vows, he fulfilled them all and was reborn in the Pure Land of Bliss as Amida Buddha.
In the case of Amida, the Absolute might be considered the essence of Buddha Nature in its highly refined form. Indeed, the Pure Land is one reflection of the Absolute. As well, Dharmakara might be considered the incarnate form of the Absolute as a human of high standing who was reborn as Amida Buddha.
Of course, such an interpretation regarding Amida Buddha stretches the truth that Buddhism cannot be seen through the filter of Christian philosophy because the divine is viewed differently within Buddhist philosophy. For the deities of the God Realm are limited beings who live long lives but eventually die.
Indeed, the God Realm is one of the Six Realms of Desire. Thus the gods of Buddhism suffer.
Hence the birth of Siddhartha was the birth of the future Buddha who even the Hindu gods and goddesses would adore because he transcended the cycle of rebirth and became the Buddha.
My interpretation of the Christ story is that the Absolute relieves the sufferings of a Hellenized Jewish people subject to the laws of Judaism by having the deity known as God reborn as a mortal named Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph. This is revealed to her in a vision in which an angel named Gabriel tells her she shall conceive the Messiah through action of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus is born, he exposes Jewish ritualism as a fraud, makes enemies among the Jewish leaders, and is betrayed by one of the twelve of his beloved disciples. Then he is crucified, only to "die" and awaken as the Christ. Later he show himself to his disciples, and ascends to Heaven.
Thus, the story of the Christ is of God taking on human form by being born to an unmarried woman named Mary as Jesus with his moral father Joseph marrying her to legitimize his birth as "Son of Man". After his Crucifixion he arises as the Christ and arises to Heaven. Thus he fulfills prophecy about himself.
In contrast, the Buddha's story begins with the dream by his mother of an elephant entering her womb. She dies shortly after childbirth, and Siddhartha is raised by his aunt. He is born into royalty. His father the King consults soothsayers, one of whom predicts that Siddhartha will either be a great king or a great wise man. Although his father tries to raise him as a prince, he learns all about suffering, abandons his royal status, and becomes the Buddha.
After his Enlightenment, he teaches not only his fellow seekers about the Four Noble Truths of Suffering, but also forms a religious order that challenges the ritualism of early Hinduism. He helps change Indian life in the process, and lives a long life, only to die due to an unspecified illness. After his death, the blooming of flowers on a tree out of season in the midst of the winter monsoons leads to other stories of miracles. However, the evolution of the Buddhist society that follows helpŝ transform Indian society in a positive way.
Thus the story of the Buddha only vaguely echoes the Christ story. The ritual of law in Hebrew society of Jesus' time contrasts with the ritualism in Hindu society where the priestly caste has become intercessor between the people and the Indian gods.
Additionally the Hindu gods and goddesses can be seen as a complex form of modalism. In the case of Hinduism, each and every god and goddess represents the different faces of God but are aspects of the Godhead so complex making a single deity the only god to worship seem restrictive and thus oppressive to freedom of worship. Thus, the gods and goddesses of Hinduism might be considered as a gem with many facets, each one representing the bright and shining qualities of their worshippers in their perfect form.
In this way are the many faces of God revealed as aspects of human qualities of good called virtues. When I compare this to the qualities often ascribed to God, it becomes apparent to me that it is the good of humanity that is reflected in God. Though, it could also be said that it is the good qualities of a patriarchal society is emphasized by God. This is also true of the Hinduism but Buddhism critiques this truth while acknowledging that for that period of time, speculation about God was moot.
Indeed, the legacy of monotheism is a history of warfare by his chosen ones. Great suffering came at the cost of plagues and other miseries, as depicted in the Bible. As well, the story of Hinduism is not all peace and love for one's fellow man either.
It isn't until the Indian king Ashoka that we see Hinduism being given sway to Buddhism. Ashoka wins a great battle but sees the truth about suffering revealed to him after being advised by a Buddhist monk about his responsibility regarding the war in which he lost friends. In response, he becomes a Buddhist king who spreads the message of Buddhism far and wide. Yet as a Buddhist, he used trade to spread peace throughout India.
It isn't until the modern era that organized religion cause Buddhism to affect Sri Lanka and Burma, although in different ways. This is due to organized religion not Buddhism and it is not restricted to Buddhism either. It is because of organized religion that warfare has been the legacy of monotheism, be it Christian, Judaism or Islam.
Perhaps that is because few people have the patience to reflect on the deep spiritual meaning of their faith, if they have a belief in a higher power than themselves. Such humility has lost the respect of a lot of people due to the distractions of every day life in the postmodern world. So many people have no time to consider the many faces of God for many reasons, be it a matter of convenience or an overall disbelief in God.
I as a Buddhist know that the belief in God and the associated faith in his existence should be tempered by knowledge. However, the limited knowledge of Christians is focused on the Bible. Thus the faces of God are limited to God, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Yet, they know that each of these are merely the many faces of God limited and simplified.
It's easier to consider three aspects of God than a handful of gods and goddesses of Hinduism, even though the Godhead of both Christianity and Hinduism are roughly the same.
Though the Christian will dispute this, the Hindu might agree with me.
As a Buddhist, I tend toward a nondual concept of God as the Absolute, the closest of which is the Pure Land of Bliss. In my eyes, Heaven and the Pure Land are similar in that they are ideals of their respective faiths. However, I prefer Buddhism over Christianity mainly because I prefer not to stay ignorant about other faiths.
For knowledge is only dangerous when the little that you know leads you to ignore the consequences of your ignorance.
Modalism - Wikipedia:
The Absolute - Wikipedia:
If you love booze so much, this is what awaits the chronic alcoholics among you...
One of the disputed signs of alcoholism is more than a drink a day until you get the giggles and start projecting your inner angst as foul-mouthed tirades like a child having a tantrum.
Perhaps the worse thing than this are blackouts during which the chronic alcoholic harms other people yet has no memory of it when sober.
Basically chronic alcoholism leads to a psychosis named for the doctor that described it in detail and what is called "wet brain".
Even though booze is legal, overindulging in drink is known to damage your brain by depleting your body of health in order to ensure that you die very slowly of poisoning caused by alcohol.
One of the signs of such alcoholism is the psychotic rage with a wide range of emotions from melancholy to mania, complete with raging anger to giggly glee. This is what is known as the mean drunk as opposed to the hilarious life of the party drunk. While the sober person is unlikely to encounter harm from the latter, the main harm from the mean drunk consists of gaslighting by an experienced narcissist whose sole means of existence is to make your life hell for daring to ignore his constant need of attention. If he could make you question your sanity, then he is WINNING.
In short, the mean drunk will never strike the first blow but by all intents, tries to goad you into attacking him. While this tactic always works with the drunk people, it never works with trained professionals who have to deal with them day in and day out. This includes temporary shelter workers at homeless shelters and associated building attendant staff and the rare security staff.
If you want to avoid the embarrassment of falling before your pride, then taper down your drinking consumption. Otherwise, you are destined for homelessness or the other forms of self-induced hell the foolish pride themselves in making.
ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN - Alcohol Alert:
If you wish to skip my view on the topic, then here's the short version without my lengthy sarcasm: Ministry of Defense IP Address on My Phone
However, should you proceed to read what I've written, be warned that I have placed smilies to assure you where I am kidding.
Originally I was going to title this post "Arbitrary Use of IP Addresses to Form CIDR Blocks May Be Common to Certain Wireless Carriers", but soon realized using more than seven words in a title would only bore people to death. :p
Even if my discovery confirmed only to me that Big Brother is sniffing our email packets on certain cellular mobile providers, then this isn't news at all. This has been known since the closer ties between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US were ratified with the intelligence agreement between these nations in the UKUSA Community, which has been known since 1973.;)
Also AUSCANNZUKUS is the Command, Control, Communication and Computers (C4) organization for united defense of these five nations (Five Eyes). 0_o
While espionage has two aspects to it, commercial and national security, the inadvertant use of one aspect of computer networking might expose a part of the private network of one corporation to the Internet if safeguards are not in place. :p
So let's take a closer look at what actually happened.
Today I was looking at an old email sent from one of my smartphones registered with a certain Canadian wireless mobility provider (CWMP) in gmail and found out how to access the email headers. What caught my eye was when I checked the IP addresses assigned to one of my smartphone by the CWMP's servers.
According to what I've been able to determine, that CWMP's servers assign two IP addresses to your smartphone.
One address identifies your phone to the world. It is in the range of 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 and is owned by the CWMP; the other address identifies you to the CWMP's server and is thus the internal IP address. It is in the range of 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 and was not owned by the CWMP.
Before I get to who owns the IP address range 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52, it's internally used by the CWMP and will be different when your smartphone connects to the data servers for 2G/3G/4G. Usually, private networks consist of the following three ranges 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255 to serve 16 million addresses; 172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255 to serve one million addresses; and 192.168.0.0. - 192.168.255.255 to server 64 thousand addresses. These numbers of addresses are a rough estimate, for the terms describing numbers consisting of "thousand" and "million" may be exchanged with the following numeric equivalents for accuracy, 1024 and 1048576.
If their servers are properly set up, then it will not broadcast to the actual owners of the IP address range 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 since it uses CIDR addressing and the NAT servers between the devices and the Internet give their public addresses, of which the 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 range is a subset.
For the actual owner of that address range is DINSA, Ministry of Defense, UK and is the "Computers" part of the C4 architecture, assigning IP addresses within that IP address range.
I'm sure the conspiracy theorists could draw implausible conclusions about this CWMP using UK defence network infrastructure at this point, but I feel that is an oversight the CWMP made in anticipation of having over 16 million customers sometime after 2014. ;)
However, as I have stated earlier, only this CWMP's servers assign each phone an internal IP address in the range 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52 to handle over 4 million subscribers, provided the address mask is 255.192.0.0. However, this was true between June 2012 and August 8, 2012 according to email retained between those dates, and is representative of only one device out of a potential 4 million devices .
This means the CWMP has run out of private addresses in the range of 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255 for over 16 million customers. Though, IPv6 provides unique local addresses to solve this problem.
Note also that the private internet IP address in the 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 range are dynamically assigned, i.e. the mobile servers assign a new number to a registered device everytime data is turned on. A data circuit between my IP address and that of a destination (plus.google.com at the IP address range 18.104.22.168/28) lasts as long as the device is within range of that cell tower. Then the data circuit is passed over to a second cell tower within range of my device. The same IP address for my device is used until I turn data off on my phone. When I again use data, a new IP address is assigned to my device.
FWIW the Bell network uses the private IP address range of 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255 and most smartphones registered to them use a unique local address for each device.
Most likely, the CWMP's technicians have found the IPv6 learning curve so steep that they still rely on IPv4 addressing, for now. This is because of our use of the decimal system; not everyone can think in hexadecimal. ;)
This makes the smartphone a great tool to aid in IPv4-to-IPv6 translation. ;p
IMO the revelation by Edward Snowden tend to validate my analysis of the mentioned cellphone addresses. It may be due to DNS cache poisoning. Most likely, it is a result of a poor programming of a DNS server. If it turned out that the IP adresses in question arose out of DNS cache poisoning, then these IP addresses probably got "reassigned" sometime between now and almost forteen months ago. YMMV
ECHR Fast-tracks Court Case on PRISM and TEMPORA (and VERYANGRYBIRDS?)
Initial state of mind: at home, I was upset over having to go visit roommate before visiting mother with little time to do both.
Type of emotional upset: later at mother's place, I experienced anger and agitated state of mind due to choice made on hearing trigger phrase.
Briefly describe behavior: expressed desire to go home; did a lot of walking around without saying much, after initial upset, lasting perhaps 30 minutes.
Was it resolved? Yes, it was resolved by forgetting about it. See description below.
Main reason for incident: time mismanagement left me with no time to visit roommate and visit mother.
Recommendation: On days I visit my mother, I will only visit her.
Description of incident:
When I last visited my mother for supper, I was reading the newspaper at the kitchen table. Then my mother comes in and puts a tabloid in front of me, asking me to read it. I told her that I didn't want to read it. Later, she said that I must be upset over something to not want to read the paper. For about a half hour I am upset because of her saying that. When I look back on that incident I see that I was in the wrong BECAUSE I COULD HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO GET UPSET.
My mother made the request that "if I am upset, that it would be best not to come visit her." This is the trigger phrase.
After calming down somewhat, my mother and I had supper. At this point my brother comes upstairs and told us a joke, and we all laughed over it. Then I decided to forgive my mother but seeing as telling her that I forgive her is inappropriate, I acted as though I was over it.
After carefully reviewing this recent incident with my mother in my mind, I only fault myself for it. As long as I come up with justifications for getting upset with what my mother said to me, I am not doing our relationship any good.
Since family harmony is the common goal of my relationship with my mother, I refuse to blame my mother or myself.
After reviewing my memory of that day, it turns out that I was late getting to her place, and spent five minutes waiting before being let in by my brother.
According to what he told me, my mother decided to take a bath just before supper to avoid the inconvenience of doing so when she's tired.
My reason for taking responsibility for my actions in this case: I could have handled her request to read the tabloid she was reading better.
I didn't have make a big display of being upset when she said I was upset. That only confirms the fact.
I couldn't tell my mother that I was concerned with my roommate's situation because it's none of her business.
However I can feel repentant for choosing to get upset at my mother because spending a half hour being upset was not worth it at all.
So my mother is off the hook, and so am I.
Every morning I get up
and check my mobile phone
to see what's up.
No time to cry about being alone,
no crime to drink a cup
of coconut milk.
Your voice on voice on I.P.
may be as smooth as silk
but no matter what you say,
through your lies I can see
and I won't meet you today.
Every morning I got up
and check my mobile phone
And see what's up.
No time to cry about being alone,
no crime to hit that cup.
Cry over spilled milk.
You enjoyed our time on chat;
I've no time for your ilk.
You worsened my misery.
In addition to that,
You ruined my privacy.
From now on, on all my mornings
I check my mobile phone
No time to cry about being alone,
no crime to block your pings
And mute all your ilk.
I may be lonely now but
Won't cry over spilled milk
Because I have dealt with you.
You are a silly nut
And I am so done with you.
Now, it seems on all my mornings,
I check my mobile phone
No time to cry; I love being alone!
For a dime the singer sings
A song about spilled milk.
If this sounds repetitive, that's because I chose a rhyming scheme and made each stanza have a similar number of syllables per line.
In the case of this poem, it is lyrical, and consists of 7 stanzas, of which the stanzas 1, 3, 5 and 7 are sexains consisting of 6 lines with lengths of 8, 6 4, 10, 6 and 5 feet while stanzas 2, 4 and 6 are quintains consisting of 5 lines with lengths of 7, 6, 7, 6 and 7 feet.
Each sexain is a similar-sounding six line refrain which is paired with a quintain to form a stanziani with a rhyming scheme of ABABACDCEDE.
Three stanzianis are concluded with a sexain similar to the previous sexain, but are similar to the first two, all four of which show a timeline that evolves from checking text messages on a telephone to checking "happenings" which is a word I chose to represent the automated text messages get from social media such as Twitter via SMS.
By writing the poem in this way I hoped to create the impression that the narrator is Jane, who had originally been on a social media app such as Twitter. After the relationship end, she had chosen the slightly passive SMS/MMS text service. Of course, that passivity is due to the fact that texting requires more effort and time to reply to text messages than a Twitter app does. While the app is more real-time than text messaging, texting means she takes more time to response to a message.
This it is assumed that John, who texted her, might also be on a social media app on a smartphone.
Since there is a hint that he violated her privacy in some way, yet she only heard his voice, it's likely she might have been convinced through subliminal subversion into giving him compromising pictures of herself and later, using a video chat app, a video of a similar nature.
When the narrator declares "I won't meet with you", she may have found evidence online that he had shared her pictures and posted the video online. This is confirmed by her stating that he "enjoyed our time on chat", which implies that she didn't, due to the one-sidedness of the relationship.
Regarding the spilled milk meme, Jane realized that since John probably used a pseudonym online, it would be hard for the police to track him down since the two have never met. So she feels that there is no use "crying over spilled milk."
In one legal scenario, John might be charged with "manufacturing pornography" since she was conned into revealing herself to an online stranger. However Jane is also liable as "model".
Jane would have to prove that he groomed her until she was compliant with his demand of a few compromising pictures and a video. This would require a text message trail in the form of a chat app like Jabber which has an option to archive a chat session with another person.
Turning on this feature could provide security when that nice online friend turns out to be another online predator. Having an archived history of internet chat might seem a nuisance to privacy advocate but it keeps you honest when considering the question, "What would my family think of me if they found out what I had been up to from mainstream media?"
A few people who never give that question more than a passing thought are now gone, victims of online bullying. Other women have to live with the fact that their videos are online on porn sites, often for free. Very few of them have the financial resources to get those videos pulled from those sites.
If there was a bill proposed that made the willful intent to groom a young woman to the point of being willing to share a compromising picture and/or video with the perpetrator a crime, then I would endorse it. However, our federal government in Canada has proposed an anti-bullying bill which actually contains a failed bill rewritten to make it easier for Canada's spy agency (CSEC) to spy on Canadians easier than it is now.
Eventually that bill will fall but hopefully the anti-bullying bill will pass since it will do much to stop online bullying.
However, making the online grooming of another person with the intent to receive compromising pictures and videos of that person naked a crime is going to take a long time mainly because often the victim does not have an archive history of chats with the perpetrator. I really hope the anti-bullying bill includes this in legalese clearly to make online grooming illegal.
Despite the fact that Canadian politicians are hip to social media, Canada has yet to introduce cyberstalking legislation. So it mystifies me why they would pair the anti-bullying legislation with a cybersecurity bill that gives police and its spy agency more power to spy on Canadian citizens. Though, the cybersecurity bill could put a chill on cyberstalking and prevent the roots of cyberbullying.
Of course, with the advent of smartphone apps like Textsecure and Redphone, it not only could make intimate conversations more secure but make it difficult to maintain an evidence trail when used. Most phone and texting apps do have this feature.
Most people who neglect to use them do not of their value in keeping them safe. Instead, they cite privacy concerns as an excuse for not recording the chat.
Cyberbullying - Wikipedia:
Cyberstalking legislation - Wikipedia:
New cyberbullying law had larger agenda, expands police powers - CBC:
Before Amanda Todd's suicide, the RCMP were repeatedly told of blackmailer's attempts:
Crunchbang Linux 11 comes with Apache2.
Today I installed dwww and Doc-Central so I can use Chrome to read documentation.
Dwww can read both plaintext README files and related files and the compressed changelog.gz, changelog.Debian.gz, NEWS.gz, and README.gz files. However, Doc-Central can only read plaintext files.
So the challenge was to get Doc-Central to display the GZipped documentation as plaintext on a web browser.
So I spent an hour researching the problem and came up with the following solution:
To set up Apache serve so that Doc-Central display so that changelog.gz, changelog.Debian.gz, NEWS.gz, and README.gz are displayed as text, change the mime.conf by uncommenting all the lines containing AddType.
Then change the alias.conf by adding the following text after the comments:
Alias /doc/ "/usr/share/doc/"
Allow from all
AddEncoding gzip gz
Header set Content-Encoding: gzip
Finally, restart Apache using apache2ctl:
$ apache2ctl restart
It will take a few minutes for Apache to update Doc-Central.
When I checked Doc-Central again, the compressed text displayed as plaintext.
Today I have discovered the new goddess of 'METAL' in Japan. Her name is Nakamoto Suzuka, and she is in a girl group called BABYMETAL. According to her, BABYMETAL refers to a new kind of metal, which is when metal meets girl group idol.
Consisting of Suzuka and two other members, BABYMETAL started in 2011 and by 2013, developed quite a following in Asia. They have a fan club in Indonesia. There are also fans in America, Europe and Brazil.
This year, their album is coming out on February 26, 2014. However, I am uncertain if I can afford it since I expect it to be ordered from Japan and the 3000 yen price could easily become $40 after import fees and dealer markup.
Out of the thirteen songs on the album, these are the songs I like: Ijime, Dame, Zettai (Absolutely No Bullying), Catch Me If You Can, Doki Doki Morning, Headbanger!!, and Megitsune (Female Fox).
Absolutely No Bullying is obviously an anti-bullying song. This song suggests that BABYMETAL is a children's version of metal music. That will become more obvious when you listen to them on Youtube. The song itself starts off with a melancholic melody. Then the metal riff begins and finally Suzuka begins to sing about bullying, its effect on friends, and the psychic scars it leaves behind. Near the end of the song, she promises to protect her friends who have been affect by bullying. When a person becomes an adult, she will eventually have to say good-bye to such things. I'm sure the English translation should clear anything up about this song.
As for the phrase, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" (pronounce ee-gee-meh, dah-meh, Zeh-tie), ijime implies teasing, which is the mild form of the mistreatment a child suffers during bullying. Dame actually means "bad", while zettai means "absolutely" or "unconditional". Thus a rough translation of the phrase is "absolutely bad teasing" or "absolutely no bullying".
Catch Me If You Can appears to be a follow up to Ijime, Dame, Zettai. It starts off slowly for a few bars and goes into a metal riff. The girls say 1, 2, 3 and their song begins. The impression I get is of children the hide or seek game. An old guy is referenced in the song. In fact two children' games are mentioned.
Doki Doki Morning is full of girl group idol charm, metal style. It's about getting up in the morning, a day at school and a girls-only party. However, the song is also about seeing how far one can go, stretching the rules. It's about what the youths want right now. Life when young is very fast-paced.
Headbanger!! is a classic headbanging song. In Japan, when you order this song, you get a neck brace to help teach you how to headbang without hurting your neck. According to my observations of headbanging, it involves a lot of violent bowing and absolutely no nodding of the head at all, lest you get a neck sprain. Having said that, this song has a short rendition of a traditional Japanese song but most of it is BABYMETAL.
Finally, Megitsune seems a puzzle to me, so I looked up the word and it translates as "female fox". I believe it references the magical fox spirit known as "kitsune." The Japanese word "me" means "female". Overall, these lyrics might appear sexist to a feminist. However, this is supposed to be a fun song when sung by a young woman, not an ode to chauvinism. It's a song about growing up from girl to young woman. However, the literal meaning is that BABYMETAL have become like the miko of Shinto, who dance as invitation to the fox spirit to inhabit the dancer(s). Though, this is a figurative explanation given in the reference.
Overall, these are my five favorite BABYMETAL songs. They are also five reasons why I am a fan of Nakamoto Suzuka.
警告：この記事のいくつかは、日本語とローマ字になります。これがあなたを悩ますならば、なぜあなたはリンクをクリックしましたか？ :)は、冗談はさておき、翻訳に誤りは全く日本語が読むことができなくするためです。 GoogleTranslateに拍手を送りたい。
今日は、日本の「 METAL 」の新しい女神を発見した。彼女の名前は中本鈴鹿であり、彼女はBABYMETALと呼ばれる女の子のグループである。彼女によると、 BABYMETALは' METAL 'は女性の音楽アイドルを満たしたときのことである。
鈴鹿と他の2つのメンバーで構成される、 BABYMETALが2011年に開始し、 2013年までに、アジアで非常に次のことを開発しました。彼らは、インドネシアでのファンクラブを持っている。アメリカ、ヨーロッパ、ブラジルのファンもあります。
アルバムの13曲のうち、これらは私が好きな曲です：いじめ、ダメ、絶対（絶対にノーいじめ） 、キャッチ·ミーあなたができるかどうか、どきどき朝、ヘッドバンガー、およびMegitsune （女性フォックス） ！ ！
いじめ、寺院、絶対にフォローアップであるように思われる"できればキャッチ·ミー」 。それは、数小節のためにゆっくりと始まり、金属リフに入る。女の子は1 、 2 、 3を言うとその曲が始まります。私が手印象は子どもの非表示にするには、ゲームを求めている。古い男は歌の中で参照されている。実際には、二人の子供」のゲームは微妙に曲の歌詞に記載されている。
最後に、 Megitsuneは私にパズルのようですので、私は単語を見て、それが「女性のキツネ」と変換されます。私はそれがとして知られている魔法のキツネの精神参照すると信じて、 "狐を。 "日本語の単語「Me」は「女性」を意味する。全体的に、これらの歌詞はフェミニストの性差別表示される場合があります。ただし、これは女性ではない優越主義の歌が歌うときの楽しい歌であると考えられる。それは、若い女性に女の子から育っについての歌です。しかし、文字通りの意味は、 BABYMETALがダンサー（複数可）に生息するキツネの精神への招待などの踊り神道の巫女のようになってきているということです。しかし、これは参考文献に与えられた比喩的説明である。
Keikoku: Kono kiji no ikutsu ka wa, nihongo to rōma ji ni narimasu. Kore ga anata o nayamasunaraba, naze anata wa rinkuwokurikku shimashita ka? : ) Wa, jōdan wa sateoki, hon'yaku ni ayamari wa mattaku nihongo ga yomu koto ga dekinaku suru tamedesu. GoogleTranslate ni hakushu o okuritai.
Kyō wa, Nihon no `metaru' no atarashī megami o hakken shita. Kanojo no namae wa Nakamoto Suzukadeari, kanojo wa BABYMETAL to yoba reru on'nanoko no gurūpudearu. Kanojo ni yoru to, BABYMETAL wa' metaru' wa josei no ongaku aidoru o mitashita toki no kotodearu.
Suzuka to hoka no 2tsu no menbā de kōsei sa reru, BABYMETAL ga 2011-nen ni kaishi shi, 2013-nen made ni, Ajia de hijō ni tsugi no koto o kaihatsu shimashita. Karera wa, Indoneshia de no fankurabu o motte iru. Amerika, yōroppa, Burajiru no fan mo arimasu.
Kotoshi wa, karera no arubamu wa 2014-nen 2 tsuki 26-nichi ni dete iru. Watashi wa sore ga Nihon kara chūmon suruto 3000-en no kakaku o kantan ni inpōto-ryō ya dīrāmākuappu no nochi ni 40-doru ni naru kanōsei ga yosō sa rerunode, watashi wa sore o yoyū ga aru baai wa, watashi wa kakushin ga motenai.
Arubamu no 13-kyoku no uchi, korera wa watashi ga sukina kyokudesu: "Ijime, dame, zettai", "Catch Me If You Can", "Doki-doki Asa", "Hedobangā!!", oyobi "Megitsune".
`Ijime. Dame, Zettai" wa, akiraka ni han ijime utade wa arimasen. Kono kyoku wa BABYMETAL ga metaru no ongaku no kodomo-tachi no bājondearu koto o shisa shite iru. Anata wa, yūchūbu de kiku tokiniha yori meihaku ni narudarou. Kyoku jitai wa merankorikkuna merodī de hajimaru. Sonogo, kinzoku Rifu ga kaishi sa re, saishūtekini wa Suzuka wa ijime, yūjin e no eikyō, soshite sore wa haigo ni aru mama ni seishin-teki kizu o utau tame ni kaishi sa remasu. Kyoku no owari chikaku ni, kanojo wa ijime ni yotte eikyō o ataete kita kanojo no yūjin o hogo suru koto o yakusoku. Hito wa otona ni natta toki, kanojo wa saishūtekini wa sono yōna mono ni sayonara o iwanakereba naranaideshou. Watashi wa eigo no hon'yaku kono kyoku ni tsuite nanika o kuria suru hitsuyō ga arimasu kakushin shite imasu.
Furēzu no yō ni,`ijime, dame, zettai" wa, ijime wa kodomo ga ijime no ma ni kurushinde gyakutai no keishō-gatadearu, karakai o imi suru. Zettai ryōiki ga `zettai ni' matawa `mujōken' o imi shinagara, kifujin wa, jissai ni, `warui' o imi shimasu. Shitagatte, kono ku no ōmakana hon'yaku" zettai ni warui karakai' matawa `mattaku ijime'dearu.
"Ijime, Dame, Zettai" ni forōappudearu yō ni omowa reru "Catch Me If You Can". Sore wa, sūshōsetsu no tame ni yukkuri to hajimari, kinzoku Rifu ni hairu. On'nanoko wa 1, 2, 3 o iu to sono kyoku ga hajimarimasu. Watashi ga te inshō wa kodomo no hi hyōji ni suru ni wa, gēmu o motomete iru. Furui otoko wa uta no naka de sanshō sa rete iru. Jissai ni wa, futari no kodomo' no gēmu wa bimyō ni kyoku no kashi ni kisai sa rete iru.
"Dokidoki Asa" wa on'nanoko no ongaku no aidoru no miryoku, metaru no sutairu ni michite iru. Kore wa, gozen-chū ni gakkō de no tsuitachi to on'nanoko dake no pāti o eru koto ni tsuitedesu. Shikashi, uta wa 1 rūru o Nobashi, doko made dekiru no ka mite wa mata aru. Wakamono ga ima hoshīmono ni tsuitedesu. Jinsei wakai toki wa hijō ni hayai pēsudearu.
"Heddobangā!!" Kurashikkuna heddobangingu no utadearu. Anata wa kono kyoku o chūmon suru sai ni Nihonde wa, anata wa anata no kubi o kizutsukeru koto naku dono yō ni headbang suru koto o oshieru ni yakudatsu nekkuburēsu o eru. Anata ga kubi no nenza o shutoku shinai yō ni heddobangingu no watashi no kansatsu ni yoru to, soreha, bōryoku-tekina bōingu mattaku atama no zettai ni unazuki no ōku ga fukuma remasu. Kono kyoku wa Nihon no dentō-tekina uta no mijikai hyōgen o motte imasuga, sono hotondo ga BABYMETAL aru, to iwa rete imasu.
Saigo ni, "Megitsune" wa watashi ni pazuru no yōdesunode, watashi wa tango o mite, sore ga `josei no kitsune' to henkan sa remasu. Watashi wa sore ga to shite shira rete iru mahō no kitsune no seishin sanshō suru to shinjite, " kitsune o. " Nihongo no tango `Me' wa `josei' o imi suru. Zentai-teki ni, korera no kashi wa feminisuto no seisa betsu hyōji sa reru baai ga arimasu. Tadashi, koreha joseide wanai yūetsu shugi no uta ga utau toki no tanoshī utadearu to kangae rareru. Sore wa, wakai josei ni on'nanoko kara soda~tsu ni tsuite no utadesu. Shikashi, mojidōri no imi wa, BABYMETAL ga dansā (fukusū-ka) ni seisoku suru kitsune no seishin e no shōtai nado no odori shintō no miko no yō ni natte kite iru to iu kotodesu. Shikashi, koreha sankō bunken ni atae rareta hiyu-teki setsumeidearu.
Zentai-teki ni, korera wa watashi no 5 no okiniiri no BABYMETAL no utadearu. Karera wa mata, watashi wa Nakamoto Suzuka no fandesu, naze itsutsu no riyūdearu.
I couldn't have completed this arficle without the efforts of Du Enki at http://du-metal.blogspot.ca/ and the following pages there.
Arigato Gozaimasu to Du Enki for his tremendous work translating BABYMETAL songs.
Absolutely No Bullying:
Catch Me If You Can:
Doki Doki Morning:
BABYMETAL - Wikipedia:
Remember: making wine on your own is cheaper than buying from the store. Since you are making so little wine, it is unlikely you will poison yourself.
Besides, many fortified wines contain grain alcohol as do some sherries. YMMV
- 2 cups of commercial Grape Juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (provides citric acid)
- 1/4 teaspoon wine yeast
- Pour grape juice in an enamel pan
- Heat to almost boiling
- On cooling to 98.6°F, add lemon juice and yeast
- Store in warm place and lightly cover with lid.
- Check often over the next six weeks.
Disclaimer: this recipe is provided only for information purposes. The author takes no responsibility if anyone uses it to make their own alcohol equal to or greater than the recommended 2 cups.
What precipitated the manhunt was the shooting of a kidnapping of a Olympic biathlon champion Keri Swenson and the murder of one of the searchers, Alan Goldstein. When it ended in December 1984, the capture of the men, a father Don Nichols and his son Dan Nichols, was completed without the firing of a single shot.
According to news reports at the time of the kidnapping, Goldstein was shot dead by Don Nichols due to the deceased carrying a gun. Around the same time, Dan Nichol critically wounded Ms Swenson.
Over the intervening years, an authorized biography was filmed by NBC in 1987.
Now the son is in news again with a timeline beginning in 2011 when he was busted at an outdoor concert in the camping area. Since then he managed to get bail and was on the lam for three months before turning himself in, according to the sheriff whose officers arrested him.
However, the US Marshals who detained Nichol dispute this claim, stating that "old-fashioned police work" contributed to his arrest. While the sheriff is using dispatcher tapes to back up his claim that Nichol turned himself in, only phone records would verify his claim but would be irrelevant because of the arrest.
IMO it is likely the US Marshals want to quash the police chief's spin, which paints Nichol as cooperative and willing to turn himself in. On the other hand, the US Marshals' spin makes me suspect Nichol might have been uncooperative and willing to avoid capture. Besides, getting busted in a Walmart parking implies a third possibility, his arrest was due to a tip off by Walmart who could request their name not be associated with a known criminal.
My motive for posting in my blog about this old crime is to point out that the articles repeats the error that the mainstream media made in 1984 when the son and his father were dubbed "mountain men".
By doing so without deriding the term or at least explaining how it came about, the local paper of Bozeman in southwest Montana is perpetuating the "mountain men" meme without just cause because neither men were actually mountain men.
Instead, they are the rural Montana version of homeless men. However, homelessness in Montana doesn't sell in the mainstream media. Indeed, Ms Swenson's father stated that the two men were anything but mountain men because they left her for dead after she got shot.
It is the opinion of anonymous to another paper in nearby Livingston that Dan Nichols is a murderer by accountability, in addition to being a burglar, common thief, kidnapper, and now drug dealer for a medical marijuana dispensary that the DEA wants closed for running an illegal marijuana grow-op enterprise.
However, in the case of the enterprise, the arrest of the Flor family contributed to the early demise of the father, Richard in August 2012, a mere four months after sentencing.
Pleading for a suspended sentence for Richard Flor, his daughter Kristin stated that jail time would only damage his health. So she asked for leniency, offering to care for her father who deteriorate rapidly since being arrested the previous year.
‘Mountain men’ kidnap-murder captured world’s attention - Bozeman Daily Chronicle: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/100/newsmakers/article_b7b40ff8-c53e-11e0-b014-001cc4c03286.html
More related stories in Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
- Aug 25, 2011 - Younger “mountain man” pleads not guilty to drug and six other charges: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/crime/article_078036ca-cead-11e0-b135-001cc4c002e0.html
- Mar 22, 2012 - Younger “mountain man” on the lam again: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/crime/article_71ac3c98-743d-11e1-a336-001871e3ce6c.html
- Apr 19, 2012 - Federal warrant issued for 1980s 'mountain man': http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/crime/article_bb20c684-8a48-11e1-b504-0019bb2963f4.html
- May 23, 2012 - Marshals: 'Mountain man' didn't turn self in: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/crime/article_0a295180-a4ff-11e1-8721-001a4bcf887a.html
Infamous Dan Nichols - Montana Pioneer: http://www.mtpioneer.com/2012-April-Infamous-Dan-Nichols.html
Kari Swenson - Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kari_Swenson
A Made-for-Television Movie Brings Biathlete Kari Swenson Face-to-Face with Her Past - People March 16, 1987 Vol. 27 No. 11: http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20095839,00.html
Montana man sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for growing at least 1,000 marijuana plants - ICE.GOV : https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1301/130123missoula.htm
Miles City medical marijuana family sentenced: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/miles-city-medical-marijuana-family-sentenced/article_2b668645-7cc7-531b-bd75-293ca54d5923.html
Basically the Maikawa's owned Japtown. That would actually make them the Big Boss of Japtown.
The BC government stole the Maikawa fortune, which probably was worth over $1 million ($10 million in 2014).
It was the theft by the BC government at the time that hit the Japanese community hard. Combined with the "repatriation or go East" edict by Ottawa, that destroyed Japtown.
Overall, I would estimate Japanese-Canadians lost $100 million in 2014 dollars of property and confiscated money in banks.
In short, the symbolic $21000 per surviving internment camp Japanese was cheaper than actually compensating the Japanese community.
Any apology by Ottawa, the BC government and the city of Vancouver is hollow because there actually wasn't a heartfelt effort to compensate the community. Indeed, neither the BC government or Vancouver even offered a compensation package. This is mainly because supposedly it was the federal government's responsibility.
This is a fallacy: a BC government agency stole property and money from the Japanese Canadians. This means that the BC government is responsible for creating that compensation package, even if it means a Japanese-Canadian whose deceased parents and/or grandparents were in the internment camps, then they get a BC government grant for post-secondary education. Instead, Victoria MLAs pass the buck onto to Ottawa.
Apparently the BC government and the city of Vancouver only want to attract Japanese who can afford to live in the Oppenheimer area e.g. make money from them.
Therefore any attempt to revive Japtown is for heritage purposes because that brings in tourist dollars. Furthermore, most Japanese-Canadians probably do not even know Vancouver wants to revive Japtown. That's because for them, Japtown died in 1942.
Vancouver is still shafting the Japanese-Canadians as is the BC government.
Frank Maikawa's Evolution of a Canadian Enemy Alien: http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2013/3/6/frank-maikawa-1/
Possible proof Japtown business associations might have been like Yakuza: http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2013/04/17/frank-maikawa-7/
"When the internment time came upon us, the J-town business association organization that they belonged to (certain individuals in there) apparently made arrangements with the government, not having to go to the government’s set up internment camps but instead go to partially vacated ghost towns just beyond the 100-mile limit zone from the coast.
Thinking that the war would end quickly, father chose to go to Bridge River where we had to support ourselves without government help. Some of the organization’s leaders went to Minto, another internment camp which was just over the mountain from us. Although we were not allowed to own cars and were confiscated, once in awhile they came to Bridge River in a black limousine, five men dressed in dark suits with fedora hats to visit all households. I saw my father coming out from his room to hand them some cash. I was always snooping around and seeing gangster type movies before, to me it appeared as if they were collecting protection money like the Mafia or the equivalent Japanese Yakuza — who knows, just my thought at that time."
Respecting your elders: http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2013/03/20/frank-maikawa-3/
"Respecting Your Elders
As for showing respect to elders, it was an old Japanese traditional way of teaching for the oldest one to always be a good role model and the younger ones to follow and Mr. Hayashi was just that so had the respect. I can attest to that as I saw it all the while he was around us. Even my mother made Amy call me “ni-chan” and would correct her always if Amy called me by name (and here I knew that I wasn’t a good role model but it made me try at least, so I guess that’s the main reason behind this tradition/culture).
I’ve never seen my father address his brother as Tomekichi and always called him “ni-san” whenever he visited us from Japan. Tokio-san and Sadao-san (another Maikawa from the fish store side) were father’s nephews but they were more like Dad’s little brothers and had special close relations and ties together and they called Dad, Bun-chan. Dad called them Tokio and Sadao as he was older.
Everybody worked in harmony with each other like brothers (even if they were non-blood related) and I didn’t notice any friction at all. Everybody close called my father “Bun-chan”. Anybody listening would notice that they were close without being told. There’s more to it with this old Japanese traditional value system that meets the present day eyes of our children who might think what I’m saying doesn’t make sense in this present age."
Any Japanese in the diasphora who disagrees with this kind of thinking isn't really Japanese anymore.
However, rather than face the prospect of apologizing to the many Linux users who invest a lot of money in their machines, I decided to write this article on my blog instead.
This article is not for them. It is for the people of modest means who want Linux on a used PC that may or may not run an old copy of Windows.
To make a long story short, I decided to use a screensaver on my Linux PC and picked Slidescreen.
After using the screensaver for a couple weeks, I noticed what appeared to be screen burn-in on my monitor. Actually, it is image persistence. Given that this is an LCD monitor made in 2006, I can accept image persistence, since it will go away in about two weeks.
To help my monitor recover, I changed the screensaver preferences to Blank Screen Only and left it at the default settings.
I am not overly concerned since it cost me under $100, and as a rule I buy according to my modest income from work.
My PC is worth under $300 used and I'm proud of the fact that Linux runs on it.
First starters, the 250GB Seagate hard drive came from an old Buffalo external hard drive I bought for $50 used. The motherboard is an old HP dc5000 SFF(PB480A) made after HP was merged with Compaq.
Originally made in desktop slim form factor (approximately 4" x 13" x 15"), the original maximum specifications state 3 GHz Pentium 4, Intel 865 graphics, 4GB, and 40 GB hard drive. The Intel 865 graphics chip supports 2048 x 1536 pixels.
Thus, the motherboard is capable of supporting a 1280 x 1024 monitor, 2 GB and 250 GB hard drive. To give it plenty of flow space due to the 2 GHz CPU, it fits into a spacious mid-tower case that's 7" wide x 15" high x 17" depth. On eBay, I've seen the motherboard being sold for $35 and the tower case, being so old it doesn't have any front mounted USB ports, probably could be picked up used less than $20. A matched pair of 2 GB RAM is available on ebay for $20.
In total that comes to under $221. After labour costs, the total cost is $400.
Most systems today give a bigger bang for the buck but usually cost $600 to 700 before taxes from a local dealer. Some places even will not supply an operating system on request. Best Buy only offers name-brand PCs from Dell and other PC manufacturers but their suppliers are locked in the Microsoft deal.
The only time Dell sells a Linux system is when they sell one of their high-end laptops with it. However, there are businesses around the world that sell Linux systems if you wish to go that route. If you're local to the continental US, then there are the five top Linux desktop vendors, according to ZDnet as of 2011.
LA Computers appears to have the best prices but Eight Virtues lets you choose from eight different flavors of Linux. Although they seem more expensive than comparable Windows systems, their expert support service is built into the price. Overall, these dealers are more knowledgeable about Linux than the average PC reseller.
However, I didn't need a dual core CPU or even a single core hyperthreading P4. Nor was I interested in a larger hard drive. If I wanted to upgrade my memory, then the maximum I'd pay would be $50 for 2 GB to fill it to its 4 GB capacity.
In the past, I've ran Linux on everything from full towers to tiny HP slim PC's made circa 2003-2005. All of these computers were used, being either computers that computer technicians threw away after giving up on them or a computer I bought because the price was right.
That's because my first rule for Linux on a modest budget is buy according to your budget, not what everyone else considers top of the line, preferably used and locally.
My best moment regarding Linux was getting a computer that could not run XP to run Linux. This is why I like Linux. My second-best moment was when I noticed my Linux computer was always faster than than my friend's computer, even though he had a Windows PC running at 3.0 GHz but I only had a 2.0 GHz PC running Linux.
Of course, his computer had collected malware which I usually had to delete on visits to his place. Once I even found that his Internet Explorer had not one but three toolbars due to installing new games and other unnecessary gadgets.
In exchange for getting rid of his malware, I got his significant other to cook me a meal that would cost upwards of $20 at a good restaurant.
That is my second rule: when living on a modest budget, helping other people I know on a modest budget means compromising.
Finally, my third rule is do not rely on Linux and your knowledge of computers to be your only source of income. My reason here is because most clients tend to abuse the fact that without certification, your expertise isn't worth $50 an hour or more. So if you can afford the cost, get Linux certification. Otherwise, find a career that you grow into.
In this way, I follow my Less is More philosophy. In the case of Linux, this translates into buying a used computer for less than new and add more value to it by upgrading to the only alternative to Windows 8 and XP, Linux.
Image persistence: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_persistence
HP: The 2000s: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewlett-Packard#The_2000s
HP/Compaq Desktop System Board 368427 Motherboard DC5000 Series Rev 0G: http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-Compaq-Desktop-System-Board-368427-Motherboard-DC5000-Series-Rev-0G-/261381597830?pt=Motherboards&hash=item3cdb8eaa86
Businesses that sell Linux pre-installed: http://linuxpreloaded.com/
ZDnet's Top Five Linux Desktop Vendors: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/the-top-five-linux-desktop-vendors/9313
Unix and Linux Certification: http://www.itcertificationmaster.com/it-certifications/unix-and-linux-certifications/