Month: October 2011

Finally – a decent flickr app for Android!

So I got a notification that there was a new update for the Flickr app on my Android phone. So I updated it. Well, let me tell you the folks at Flickr are thinking smart.

For example, not only can I share a picture to Flickr, but cross post it to Facebook, Twitter (Which I refuse to do!), tumblr, email and even this, yes WordPress.

You can see some of the uploads to Flickr over on the right there.

Damned ragweed season!

I would have to be allergic to the tree, grass and weed group. It means general misery from late March through early November.

But with just Allegra I can weather spring and summer. But fall, even with the drug my eyes itch, upper throat itches, and I get an almost constant running nose. It’s the blasted ragweed. It starts pollinating when the temps fall below 60F. It’s sort of original to the northeast.

I missed my annual allergist appointment this year. Can’t really figure out why since I did have insurance at the time. I just thought I could skip it. Not next year. And I’ll get a six month prescription for the 2.5mg prednisone. That coupled with Allegra knocks ALL the symptoms out during ragweed season. That and the Patanol drops, expensive little drops but they keep me from wanting to tear my eyes out.

Uh oh, Mittens is in trouble

So Mitt(hew) Romney was a Mormon Bishop? Christ on a stick! So we have an authoritarian believe in a cult with faith that makes even Catholicism look legitimate.

You do know that Mormon beliefs include that fact that when you die, you get to be the God of your own planet? I give Joseph Smith some credit at least for knowing there were other planets out there. Which is being proven almost daily by the various orbiting probes out there.

But the real foundation of Mormonism was the fact that Joseph Smith couldn’t keep it in his pants. So he invented, yes like all religions, he invented a religion that would allow him to dip the old wick in as many women as he could.

And reading of Romeney’s work as a Bishop in the church, well it should make most other Christians distrust him.

Like I said before, every single Republican candidate for the Presidency so far has serious electoral flaws!

Occupy Providence crowd at 2,000+

So I heard today that the Occupy Providence movement got close to 2,000 people there today. I am totally shocked.

I couldn’t make it. We were visiting a friend who is in the hospital with what I suspect is pulmonary hypertension which is never good. It’s when the pressure on the right hand side of the heart is unusually high. The reason the left side of our heart is larger is because it needs to keep a pretty high pressure, but for the fairly delicate tissues of the lungs, you need a low pressure system. Increase the pressure and you can rupture the blood/gas barriers in the lungs. Not a good thing. But enough of that little medical school lesson.

I saw on Facebook that there were 2,000 attendees at the event this evening. And I checked the ABC6 site and they say over 1,000 which is their hedge. I wanted to go but between having a phone with a flat battery and the visit, I couldn’t make it.

But I’m happy to see the outrage becoming evident all across the U.S. and even in Europe! All throughout the eight years of Bush & Co. I wondered where it was and when we might see it. Now we’re seeing it. Meanwhile you’ve got big banks trying to screw us by charging $5 a month to use a debit card. First they slammed us with high interest rates and fees on credit cards so most people elected to say screw it, use a debit card. So now they’re going to try to squeeze that?

I’ve also heard in other news that they’re limiting access to Wall St. in NYC to only folks with work ID’s. What part of unconstitutional do they not understand?

But in RI, you know things are bad when you can swing a couple thousand people to your cause. And I’m happy that the occupy movement here is strong.

One thing that amazes me is that they are occupying Burnside Park without a permit. And the city’s Public Safety Commissioner is letting them do it for a few days. That to me is VERY interesting.

It’s interesting because I don’t believe the rank and file of PPD have their heart in the game, especially with recent layoffs and cutbacks in the department as well as the open attacks on the unions in general in this city.

So my brothers and sisters in the fight, stay on it! I’ll help where I can by writing and agitating against corporate personhood.

Occupy Wall Street and my views on it

I was recently reading this blog post on Mangina Monologues and it gave me pause.

Why? Because even NPR is a commercial network now. Sure, they have beg-a-thons but ever notice how slick NPR programming has become? Surely it takes a might buck to meet those standards.

What I’m getting at here is this. The MSM (And I include NPR in that mix!) is portraying the Occupy Wall Street movement as unorganized, fractured and not worth paying attention to it.

But I rebut that. Ever see those shows that supposedly show how DUMB Americans can be? I always watch those and I know the answer and I’m sure plenty of people answer correctly but if they showed the ones who answered correctly it wouldn’t be as entertaining.

Case in point:

So do you think for one moment the CORPORATE owned media is going to give the people protesting in Occupy Wall Street a fair shake? No way in hell, they know what side their bread is buttered on and they won’t do anything that might shake the tree of advertiser dollars.

There are some people in the OWS demonstrations who are erudite and make the point quite succinctly. An example is Jesse LaGreca:

But note, that never went over the air on the broadcast airwaves. The Russian Times however has been all over it. Good, someone needs to cover this:

And if you watch the above video, this isn’t just a ‘youth’ movement. I see lots of middle aged and elderly protesting too. Good, we’re all in this.

Without the rampant corruption perpetrated by big business we might not have crushing student debt, or draconian rules for credit, jobs, etc. Wouldn’t that be something.

The people, united, will never be defeated! Remember that. Because if we don’t all get involved, our country as we once knew it will cease to exist.

So CB, think before you leap.

Public proselytizing, it’s wrong because you have to try and get people into your religion.

So I’ve now been accosted by not one but two Jehovah’s Witnesses.

I try to be nice, usually making the hand gesture that I’m not interested or saying “No thank you.”

I’ve been accosted at Berth Q of our public transit hub for two days now, last Thursday and then again today.

Probably a fair bet that they’ll be back. And when they do approach me again, they’re going to get an earful. I only have so much tolerance for religious bullshit before I unload on them.

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, I am an atheist. But one with a serious religious background growing up where I learned all I needed to refute 99.999% of the arguments put forth by religious idiots.

And to have these Jehovah’s Witnesses (Another bat shit crazy cult!) try to proselytize, it just doesn’t hold any water.

So I suspect they’re going to get a nice lecture from me next time they approach.

I did it once before to a guy who repeatedly tried to bring me to Jesus. By the third try I had told him I didn’t believe in his twaddle, that the abilities of Jesus were a tad exaggerated, and that the entire Bible was a work of fiction. I also in not so many nice words told him not to try and proselytize me again. Come to think of it, after I’d read him the riot act, I never saw him around anymore.

Hopefully I turned him off his religion. Wouldn’t that be a hoot. I’ve always wanted to recruit more atheists. :)

The Exorcist on BBS America

So nice to see that they don’t edit out the good parts. For example the “Lick me” scene is still there. And I can’t wait for the best part, when little Reagan levitates above the bed.

Last night’s event

So last night I was at DC401 (And if you visit the page linked you’ll see an image of Kevin Ker-Mitnick.) for an interesting presentation on Social Security numbers. I know, I know, sounds boring but interesting to the geeks among us.

Because you see if you know two things about a person, their place of birth and date (Month/Day) of birth you can determine the first three digits also know as the Area Number or AN, and the next two numbers known as the Group Number or GN.

And using a bit of regressive analysis you can get within about 40% of the way through the Serial Number or SN. And you can even fudge a little bit on a couple of the serial number digits and it’ll fly right through most systems.

The researchers who did this produced a paper on the topic and I really want to read it.

Anyhow

Anyhow prior to the discussion the topic of representatives and senators came up. The group was mostly early 20’s to early 30’s with me being the outlier at my advanced age.

But get this, they all can complain but NONE of them were registered to vote. I’ve got to work on that.

I pointed them to the Sec. of State’s page. At least maybe plant the seeds of dissent.

And the reference to Ker-Mitnick above, there’s a good chance he might be coming to QuahogCon in 2012! Hide the computers and phones!