Yankland, what now?

13/07/2018 § Leave a comment


No, we can’t

05/04/2018 § Leave a comment


Can you persuade me by emotional appeals, stunts and yelling to adapt my way of eating to yours?

Can you convince me that one man will single-handedly condition people to take their voting rights seriously and to deprogram them from the pure propaganda they’ve chosen to feed themselves for over a decade?

Can you convince me that Americans can have the same heart-healthy diet the Mediterraneans do, when they grow different types of grains, put growth hormones in their livestock, denature their grains through processing, don’t have the same quality of olive oil such as that Italy produces, allow food contaminants and additives that are banned in the Mediterranean countries?

Can I persuade people addicted to Facebook to get off it for their own sake?

Can you show me the difference between a Twitter Russian bot and a deluded Twitter user?

Can you convince me that there is an upper limit absolute number in grams per kilogram of human body weight for daily intake of protein? Can you convince me that people who claim adolescent males take in too much protein know what that upper limit is?

Can you convince me the US corporate-controlled media is “liberal”? You’d have to show me who owns each network, who funds each newspaper consortium. If “liberal” means corporation-lover does that make Mitt Romney and Rupert Murdoch liberals?

Can you convince me that everything that is happening in the US would happen or would be worse if the Electoral College were abolished before the 2016 election?

Can you convince me that Tim Kaine would be a worse US VP than Mike Pence?

Can you convince me that electronic voting machines are reliable and hackproof?

Can you convince me that the phrase ‘you are loved’ overcomes any loneliness, isolation or disconnection one may feel?

Can you convince me ICE would detain legal residents on basis of juvenile crimes more than thirty years after they’ve been committed if someone else had been elected US President?

Can you convince me Hillary Clinton would nominate SCOTUS justices who would repeal Roe vs. Wade if she were president?

Can I convince you that the phrase ‘you are loved’ applied to an anonymous person overcomes any loneliness, isolation or disconnection she may feel?

Can you convince me that whatever happened to the US over the last ten years isn’t starting in Canada or elsewhere?

Can you convince me a genuine medium who can communicate with the dead has answers to unsolved murders?

Judging from the lack of comments, I believe you can’t, and don’t even want to try.

A poem for the socmed people

15/10/2017 § 1 Comment

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy’s harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Nolan Lawson’s 23 October blogpost, “What is Mastodon and why is it better than Twitter“, Read the Tea Leaves

Instagram: My life is a party.

Snapchat: My life is a quirky TV show.

Facebook: My life turned out great!

Twitter: We’re all going to die.

Mastodon: Don’t worry, while we are on a quirky, meandering path towards an inevitable apocalypse, we might as well enjoy the ride and show eachother some love in an unorthodox, yet irresistible manner, not in any way hindered by considerations of style, identity or consistency.

Not holding my breath for explanations of…

05/10/2017 § Leave a comment

Why the Democratic and the Republican Parties in the United States couldn’t find an electable candidate who didn’t have associations with Jeffrey Epstein;

How fecal transplants from slim donors to obese recipients made the obese LESS SENSITIVE to insulin and thus the obese were better at losing weight as Kurz Gesagt claims in a Youtube video supported by the Gates Foundation;

Quantitative analysis that Person A’s remarks to Person B adhere to “good, kind, and loving” guidelines, where the remarks are “If I did that I’d be psychotic” or “If I did that I’d feel murderous”;

How an onslaught/barrage of replies with ad hominem attacks yet nary a citation to a peer-reviewed science or medical journal article or finding outweighs in verity the one to three replies with at least four citations to peer-reviewed science or medical journal article or finding;

Why a Lifehacker contributor would choose as a reference an article written in poor English, instead of the original source the referred article plagiarizes;

How “a good guy with a gun will defeat the bad guy with a gun” when four armed police officers are shot dead by a bad guy with the element of surprise and first shot;

How people lost weight eating mostly meat or mostly vegetables claim it’s either the vegetables or the meat that made them fat or sick, yet eliminate grains, sugars or starches from discussion. Hint: it’s the grains, sugars and starch pushing us toward ‘hamplanet’ status. Another hint: the brain needs protein and fats more than it needs sugars and starches.

People love to say I’m wrong, but they appear silent or confrontationally defensive when I ask for their sources and citations. The fun goes away if your opponent can prove you’re ignorant and wrong.

C’est si bon c’est mon bon

02/10/2017 § Leave a comment

Coffee and mugs to match classic writers

Thank you, AZenSun, for making my heart giddyap like a good cup of coffee should!

Not So Short Post! Man’s Search For Meaning

24/07/2017 § Leave a comment

The stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell

Light sorrows speak, but deeper ones are dumb. – Seneca

From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning:

We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life–daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.

Life does not mean something vague, but something very real and concrete, just as life’s tasks are also very real and concrete. They form man’s destiny, which is different and unique for each individual. No man and no destiny can be compared with any other man or any other destiny. No situation repeats itself, and each situation calls for a different response.Sometimes the situation in which a person finds herself may require her to shape her own fate by action. At other times it is more advantageous for her to make use of an opportunity for contemplation and to realize assets in this way. Sometimes a person may be required simply to accept fate, to bear her cross. Every situation is distinguished by its uniqueness, and there is always only one right answer to the problem posed by the situation at hand.

Everyone has her own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein she cannot be replaced, nor can her life be repeated.

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now. Are you responsible to society or to your own conscience?

Widen and broaden the visual field of the patient so the whole spectrum of potential meaning becomes conscious and visible. The true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche, as though it were a closed system. Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone other than oneself by giving herself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human she is and the more she actualizes herself.

According to logotherapy, we can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.

Logotherapy is not pessimistic but rather activistic. The pessimist resembles a person who observes with fear and sadness that her calendar, from which she daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a person who removes each successive leaf from her calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after having first jotted down a few diary notes on the back.

A given symptom is responded to by a phobia, the phobia triggers the symptom, and the symptom, in turn, reinforces the phobia. A similar chain of events, however, can be observed in obsessive-compulsive cases in which the patient fights the ideas which haunt her. As soon as the patient stops fighting her obsessions and instead tries to ridicule them by dealing with them in an ironical way-by applying paradoxical intention-the vicious circle is cut, the symptom diminishes and finally atrophies.

Anticipatory anxiety has to be counteracted by paradoxical intention; hyper-intention as well as hyper-reflection have to be counteracted by dereflection; dereflection, however, ultimately is not possible except by the patient’s orientation toward her specific vocation and mission in life.

It is not the neurotic’s self-concern, whether pity or contempt, which breaks the circle formation; the cue to cure is self-transcendence.

Upgrading to Linux 17.3 Rosa

09/01/2016 § Leave a comment

Hay un montón de sistemas operativos en el mundo, pero ¿alguna vez has visto un Linux que es de color rosa?
Pat Harrington Jr, whom we lost on January 6, was one of the credited voices for the 1969 Pink Panther Show. If you like the original theme you can hear Doug Goodwin’s recording of his composition.

Firstly, I did this the slow and careful way. I made backups onto my WDD Passport. I even backed up my Raspberry Pi files and exported my Firefox bookmarks into an HTML file onto my USB drive. I used the Backup Tool to backup my software selection sources and my files. I used the Community tutorial, though and not the simple upgrade method here. I reformatted and overwrote my partitions as I have a dual-boot. My ntfs partition is safe.

As I type this, the terminal is running sudo apt-get upgrade. Bleachbit on the desktop works but Tor Browser does not (reinstalls Tor Browser, moves it to desktop, it works!). A few of my software packages (i2p, Atom) did not survive the installation but they’re free and non-critical.

The important thing is that I backed up successfully and showed I can read directions and find other things to do while the backup tool is doing its thing.
Firefox has retained my personal privacy settings, insure DuckDuckGo, StartPage, search.disconnect.me are among the top search engines.

I have found that my sound went away twice (solved with sudo alsa force-reload) as did my X-Windows (sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg) or (sudo apt-get install –reinstall xserver-xorg).


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