Moral and Ethical Consideration (1)

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Logic, Philosophy | Posted on 11-01-2017

Some things are outside of the scope of morality and/or ethics.

When we ask questions about what is moral or ethical, we limit those questions to certain areas or topics or considerations. We do not ask whether it is murder to put rocks in a rock crusher. We do not ponder the ethics or morality of our actions when we dip a piece of celery or a baby carrot from a veggie platter into some delicious dip and eat it.

Rocks, carrots, celery, and many other things do not enter into our sense of what is moral or ethical.

When we mow the grass, we do not think about the feelings or life of our lawns. The same goes for trimming the hedges and trees around our homes.

Similarly, we do not think of the decision to drink coffee or tea as moral or ethical decisions, because they aren’t.

Whether we wear beige or grey or navy blue pants is another decision that is outside of the scope of morals and ethics.

But this is no surprise. Morality has a defined scope.

In the next post on this topic, we’ll look at some simple examples where morality begins to come into the equation, and how it can be blurry.

My Aim is to Horrify You with Yourself

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Philosophy, Politics, Religion | Posted on 08-01-2017

I’ve decided to write a series of non-linear posts that I’ll later reconstruct into a more coherent argument.

My next few posts will go over some rather simple things — things that may or may not be controversial. I’ll be referring back to them along the way here and there.

For the most part, they’ll be things that most people would agree with.

The latter few will be deeply troubling.

However, at the very least, for those capable of understanding or appreciating an argument, they should all be entertaining, and more-so towards the end.

 

Soldering the wrong LEDs into the right fixture

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Logic | Posted on 31-10-2015

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I bought some LED bulbs and screwed up the size.

Naturally, it’s impossible to find an adapter for the bulb here. (Yep – nowhere.)

So, I have an E14 bulb and my fixture is E17 or “Intermediate”.

I’m thinking, just, like, FFS… does everything need to be this hard?

But then it’s just an opportunity to unf**k a situation. A challenge! :D YAY~!

More on the “screwed up” phase, I’d broken an E17 bulb when I tried to take it out without letting it cool off enough.

Ok… I’m an idiot sometimes. Freely admitted.

But now… I have a broken bulb… and bulbs that are the wrong size! YAY!~

I take the E17 socket, then solder in my E14 bulb. Here are the pics of me fixing my f**k ups. :)

I tested my fixture, and it worked. So I started soldering… I used wire strands to wrap around the bulb’s end and then soldered into the broken E17 fixture. I’d tested it, and it worked as it was.

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By this point, I had the one side nicely soldered. However, it didn’t work. I drilled a hole into the end, then inserted a copper wire, and soldered again.

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And it worked. So I screwed it in.

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And it worked nicely.

I think I’ll just order some adapters off of AliExpress. It was a lot of work to get that working.

Peace!

Ryan

 

Can’t login using PowerShell to Raspberry Pi running Windows IoT [SOLVED]

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in .NET, C#, Software, Solutions to Problems, Windows | Posted on 03-10-2015

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I’ve seen a few people having problems using PowerShell to log into their Raspberry Pi 2 that’s running Windows IoT. If you’re here, you’re already frustrated, so here’s what worked for me…

Restart WinRM using these 2 commands:

net stop winrm

net start winrm

Next, instead of using the device name for your Raspberry Pi 2, use the IP address like this in PowerShell:

Enter-PsSession -ComputerName 192.168.10.111 -Credential 192.168.10.111\Administrator

And yes… I understand that it sounds stupid, but I tried everything else and nothing worked. The above worked for me. YMMV. Good luck!

Oh, also, it took a minute or two to complete, so just be patient. If it fails, my only other advice is to find a baseball bat. :)

Why I Support “Terrorism”

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Politics | Posted on 08-05-2015

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Please note that I said, “I support terrorism,” and not, “I support terrorists.”

But you’re probably thinking, “This guy is a kook.” Give me 2 minutes to tease your intellect and curiosity a bit.

Terrorism is the use of violence to achieve a political end.

I am sure a few people will try to redefine terrorism as something else, but if we are to be honest, we need to stick to what the word actually means, and not try to twist it with some sort of Orwellian newspeak.

So, to start let’s look at some “terrorists”:

Spartacus: A slave who led a revolt against the Romans.

Emmanuel d’Astier de La Vigerie: A leader in the French resistance against the Nazi occupation in France during WWII.

Thomas Jefferson: A terrorist leader against the British in colonial America.

Patrick Henry: Another terrorist leader against the British in colonial America. Probably most famous for saying, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

George Washington: Yet another terrorist in the American colonies. Certainly a nasty bastard at times, but still a terrorist.

William Wallace: A Scottish terrorist who fought for freedom in Scotland against King Edward I of England, who had William tortured, murdered and dismembered in horrific ways for daring to give a shit about his people and not recognise the right of England to rape and pillage whatever they damn well feel like.

Andrew Moray: A fellow terrorist along with William Wallace. Fought to repel English invaders from the south.

Nelson Mandela: A terrorist who fought against apartheid.

But if you don’t like real life terrorists, perhaps a fictional terrorist may appeal to your sensitivities?

Luke Skywalker: The consumate terrorist. This individual was single-handedly responsible for the deaths of countless thousands of people and clones in but a single attack on a government military installation.

THE HORROR!

Yes. I support terrorism. It’s a tool. Much like a hammer or screwdriver.

You can find a list of the real terrorist that betrayed Canada here.

To all of them, fuck you. My freedoms are not for sale.

Ryan

Receiving Australia Governor-General Bravery Medal

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Australia | Posted on 30-03-2015

I was recently notified that I’m receiving a Bravery Medal from the Australian Governor-General for something I did a while back. The list of recipients is on this page (direct link to PDF).

Today, I was contacted and interviewed by a news reporter from 7 News, Jackie Quist The clip was a lot shorter than the interview. :)

They used the 1 part that I was secretly hoping that they wouldn’t. But, oh well.

Jackie asked me a question, which put me right back at that moment where I’d asked myself if I was going to stand by and watch this fellow burn to death. I tried to answer, but I broke down.

The thing is, a few years prior, I’d tried to help a friend, and I really, really tried. But I didn’t try hard enough, and he died. He was one of my closest friends. His death hit me hard. And standing in front of that burning car with that fellow screaming for help… I’d already miserably failed one of my closest friends, and I couldn’t fail like that again. Thinking about and talking about that moment, standing there in front of the flames, brings back all the pain of losing someone who was very dear to me. For some reason, those two memories and events are tied together for me.

Editing and Charitable Reading

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Cynicism, Logic | Posted on 31-12-2014

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It seems that fewer and fewer people today are capable of actually reading, and even fewer are capable of a charitable read. The concept of a charitable read is important, but seems to have been lost.

Today I read a simple article that you can find here. In it, I found this:

“And sorry, we can’t yet tell you what’ll [sic] be,” the post reads, in part.

In there “[sic]” indicates that the editor has detected an error. You can read about that here.

From the quotation, there is nothing grammatically wrong about it. Truncating some and expanding some, we can derive this:

We cannot tell you what will be.

There is no error there. In fact, a charitable read would be to possibly infer that the speaker is making an allusion to Doris Day singing “Que Sera, Sera“.

This assumption may not be correct, but it doesn’t change the grammatical correctness of the sentence. If my assumption is correct, the speaker has been rather eloquent, and the editor has been rather ignorant.

Though the sentence does have a certain “flavour”, there is no error.

This indicates to me that editors are sometimes ignorant of English grammar, and unwilling to entertain the idea of English grammar structures that don’t fit into a strict set of prescriptive criteria.

Abstracting this to a bit more of a higher level, I have seen in many cases where readers are unwilling to try to understand the speaker, and instead interpret the speaker in the worst light possible. This is the exact opposite of a charitable read, and is anathema to any kind of productive intellectual discourse.

If you are unwilling to try to understand the person you are speaking with, there is no point in even talking. Simply admit that you are a closed-minded asshole and walk away. That saves everyone a good amount of time.

Peace,

Ryan

 

The Memory Hole is Very Real

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Censorship, Logic, Police State | Posted on 19-11-2014

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If you’re not familiar with the memory hole, it’s when information starts disappearing. It’s happening again (it actually happens pretty often). See this post. If you follow up and check, you will see that the video is starting to disappear.

This is in part why my original post here (now password protected) was verbose and complete in its information. (A redacted version is now available here.)

Whenever information is sensitive, it’s a good idea to download it and preserve a copy in case it is needed at a later date. The censors and tyrants out there love nothing more than controlling information, and the less control we allow them, the better.

I will be uploading the speech from the link above to help ensure that there is no memory hole.

 

Silk Road Judge Doxxed and MSM Lies About it (REDACTED)

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Bitcoin, Censorship, Web Sites | Posted on 19-11-2014

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REDACTED: My hosting provider has stated that they do not want to host the kind of content to which the US Marshals Service has objected (dox). There is nothing illegal about the content, and they recognise that. However, they are a private company, and they do get to run their business how they wish to.

As such, I have made the original post private and out of reach of the public; it will remain private. However, in the interests of keeping my original point about Ars Technica lying, I am copying a redacted version of the post below.

Nothing in the redacted portions contains any kind of threat. The redacted portions only have information about the judge. All the evidence to show that Ars Technica is wildly exaggerating is available, though not with that 100% degree of transparency that I had originally intended. Since you can verify this for yourself, my point still stands: Ars Technica published demonstrably false information.

The original post is below with redactions to remove the content that was objected to.


A recent article in Ars Technica points out that the Silk Road judge has been doxxed, and also claims that there are death threats against her. Problem is, there are no death threats against her.

The federal judge overseeing the Silk Road case against Ross Ulbricht has been subject to a death threat, and apparently she had her private information exposed on a “Hidden Wiki” website accessible only via Tor-equipped browsers. The same information is available on the open web through at least one website that pulls information from the Tor network.

However, the original wiki article (.onion link) doesn’t support that. Here’s the text of the complete article without formatting or embedded links:

Dox – Katherine Bolan Forrest (Silk Road Judge)
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http://freeross.org/ – Please donate to the official legal defense fund of the Ulbricht family.
Who is Judge Katherine Forrest?
Judge Katherine Forrest

Katherine Bolan Forrest is the judge who is unfairly ruining Ross Ulbricht’s life and chance for a fair trail. In case you are unaware of her, she was the Judge who “Rejected Every Defense Argument In The Silk Road Trial” [ Clearnet link! ]

Can Ulbricht really be accused of running a drug-selling conspiracy when he (ALLEGEDLY) merely ran a website that made the narcotics sales possible? And can he be charged with money laundering when bitcoin doesn’t necessarily meet the requisite definition of money?’ According to Forrest’s latest ruling, yes and yes. She rejected every argument made in the defense’s motion, starting with the idea that Ulbricht had merely provided an innocent platform for hosting the Silk Road’s illicit e-commerce, just as eBay might occasionally host illegal content without its knowledge.

Justice is not being served, Ross Ulbricht is a hard working honest man who is now a fall guy that the US government decided to choose because he had a large amount of bitcoins, a currency they are doing everything in their power to make illegal.
Judge Katherine Forrest Dox

Without further ado, fuck this stupid bitch and I hope some drug cartel that lost a lot of money with the seizure of silk road will murder this lady and her entire family: http://doxbinzqkeoso6sl.onion/doxviewer.php?dox=Judge_Katherine_Forrest

Katherine Bolan Forrest

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Links:

http://abovethelaw.com/tag/katherine-forrest/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_B._Forrest

http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/judge/Forrest

I can also get information on all of this lady’s relatives and maybe some of her close friends, so expect more releases over doxbin and this wiki. For right now just steal her identity and send her gifts in the mail ;) Expect phone numbers and relatives SSNs and complete doxes in a future release.

Oh, and maybe someone should attempt a Swat [ Clearnet link! ] just to put this bitch in her place. Just please don’t be an idiot and fall for that “Tor SWATing Service” scam going around. Oh and Katherine, don’t be surprised when you and all your relatives get woken up in the middle of the night by a swat team with assault rifles pointed in your face and helicopters shining search lights into your windows. Or when someone close to you opens up a letter in the mail one day and it happens to contain anthrax :)

Just before the dox, this part:

Without further ado, fuck this stupid bitch and I hope some drug cartel that lost a lot of money with the seizure of silk road will murder this lady and her entire family: http://doxbinzqkeoso6sl.onion/doxviewer.php?dox=Judge_Katherine_Forrest

Certainly wishes her ill will, but it isn’t a death threat. Or, it’s about as much of a threat as, “I hope you get hit by a bus,” is a threat. i.e. It’s not.

At the bottom, the part about swatting isn’t a death threat, unless she believes that it is the job of SWAT teams to break into houses and murder people. Well, that actually does have some credibility, but no credibility in the legal arena, so I don’t think she could consider that a death threat.

The part about anthrax pertains to people close to her, so it isn’t a death threat against her. But obtaining weapons-grade anthrax is nearly impossible without stealing it from a bio-weapons lab. So, the anthrax wishes aren’t really credible. If it were ricin, that would be entirely credible.

Ars Technica isn’t merely distorting the truth – they are lying. And they even posted a screenshot of the page that anyone can check to see that they are lying.

Here’s a better screenshot. Click for a larger version.

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If they wanted to lie about it, they should have left out the screenshot.

The brazen, bold-faced lies coming out of the MSM presstitute dino-media are really just over the top. They make it readily possible to verify that they are lying right in the same article.

Why?

Because 2 + 2 = 5 and 4 and 3 all at the same time in their twisted, Orwellian doublethink world.

UPDATE 1 (2014-11-19): Saturday November 15th Cynic.me was taken offline for this post (see here), but brought online again with this post being password protected. I’ve finally been able to talk to the manager who took the site offline and we’ve agreed to put the post back online until we can talk again after he consults with his legal department. He said will get back to me in a couple days. Cross your fingers for freedom of speech and transparency. Or bury your head in the sand and scream about how censorship and opacity makes us all “safe”…

UPDATE 2 (2014-11-19): I’ve received an email from the manager. It was much quicker than anticipated.

I have had my executives look at the case this afternoon. They have expressed their concerns and would like the content removed from the website. Regardless of whether or not its legal or freedom of speech they do not want to host this kind of material. We ask you that you kindly remove the content from the publicly facing website. Please reply to this case directly if you have questions or concerns and I can follow up with you directly.

As such, this post is now being made private again as I don’t want to be bothered with the hassles of moving web sites, etc.

US Marshals Service Selling 50,000 Stolen Bitcoins

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Bitcoin, Police, Police State, Rant | Posted on 19-11-2014

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The US Marshals Service is auctioning off 50,000 stolen bitcoin that they looted from Ross Ulbricht.

http://www.usmarshals.gov/assets/2014/dpr-bitcoins/

US Marshals Service Selling 50,000 Stolen Bitcoins

US Marshals Service Selling 50,000 Stolen Bitcoins

Here’s a screenshot of the web page where they’re looking for people to sell their stolen property.

Criminality out in the open

Criminality out in the open

No convictions in yet, but still, they’re flogging off what they’ve stolen.

For those interested in what “steal” means:

What is stealing?

What is stealing?

What the US Marshals Service has done meets the definition of (for the transitive verb) #1, the intransitive verb’s #1 definition, and the noun form’s #1 definition.

While the web pages does say that Ross has agreed to this, it is very difficult to take that seriously as he is clearly under duress.

In this order, both the United States and Ross William Ulbricht agreed that “the United States, in its sole discretion, may sell any portion or all of these bitcoins, on a date or dates and in a manner to be determined by the Government.”

Yeah. Very believable.

The outright criminality of the FBI and US Marshals Service is mind-numbingly bold. The courts are complicit in the criminality, and too few people are speaking up to hold these thugs accountable for their crimes.