The 14th Amendment, Section 3.

I won’t post the verbatim portion I’m referring to, as it’s contents are clear and well-known to the people it affects directly today:

“Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, in theory, gives Congress the authority to bar public officials, who specifically took an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, from holding office if they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the Constitution and therefore broke their oath.”

This point of order applies to ALL the Cocksucking Sons of Bitches who dared exercise the temerity to fuck with my democracy. Starting with Trump on down through Ted Cruz, Hawley, et al, they cal ALL go to HELL. And if it turns out that Boebert Bitch from Colorado was tweeting like reported, that stinking whore can rot in jail. The inference is obvious. There will be no platitudes, no apologies, no forgiveness. Get the fuck out and stay out, traitors.

Late Update 1/15: Apparently the BoBitch didn’t think this all the way through. Looks like the little cunt is getting all the attention she so richly deserves.

Even in Rifle, Colorado. Now that’s some real coincidental naming serendipity, right there Cowgirl! Woot!

Yale Historian Timothy Snyder

Just a simple re-post. Looked too good to touch in any way whatsoever. Now we know how the rise of a deranged dictator and his angry mob’s consequences CAN happen here.

“When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh.”

I didn’t research it, but I bet #21 was written around the 2016 time-frame:

  1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You’ve already done this, haven’t you? Stop.
  2. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.
  3. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.
  4. Recall professional ethics. When the leaders of state set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law state without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.
  5. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.
  6. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authoritarians at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. Think of the Reichstag fire. The sudden disaster that requires the end of the balance of power, the end of opposition parties, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Don’t fall for it.
  7. Be kind to our language. Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. (Don’t use the internet before bed. Charge your gadgets away from your bedroom, and read.) What to read? Perhaps “The Power of the Powerless” by Václav Havel, 1984 by George Orwell, The Captive Mind by Czes?aw Milosz, The Rebel by Albert Camus, The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, or Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.
  8. Stand out. Someone has to. It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.
  9. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.
  10. Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you. Learn about sites that investigate foreign propaganda pushes.
  11. Practice corporeal politics. Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.
  12. Make eye contact and small talk. This is not just polite. It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust. If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.
  13. Take responsibility for the face of the world. Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so.
  14. Hinder the one-party state. The parties that took over states were once something else. They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals. Vote in local and state elections while you can.
  15. Give regularly to good causes, if you can. Pick a charity and set up autopay. Then you will know that you have made a free choice that is supporting civil society helping others doing something good.
  16. Establish a private life. Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Remember that email is skywriting. Consider using alternative forms of the internet, or simply using it less. Have personal exchanges in person. For the same reason, resolve any legal trouble. Authoritarianism works as a blackmail state, looking for the hook on which to hang you. Try not to have too many hooks.
  17. Learn from others in other countries. Keep up your friendships abroad, or make new friends abroad. The present difficulties here are an element of a general trend. And no country is going to find a solution by itself. Make sure you and your family have passports.
  18. Watch out for the paramilitaries. When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.
  19. Be reflective if you must be armed. If you carry a weapon in public service, God bless you and keep you. But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers finding themselves, one day, doing irregular things. Be ready to say no. (If you do not know what this means, contact the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and ask about training in professional ethics.)
  20. Be as courageous as you can. If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.
  21. Be a patriot. The incoming president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.

Stuffisa Migrated

Data storage finally outgrew the 1Gb network’s capacity to effectively back it up in a timely manner. Then Solarwinds effectively demonstrated how vulnerable users of commercial software are. The nefarious n’er-do-well cyber vector is officially un-constrained. Remote users may not appreciate it, but the site is now hosted on a beefy 2nd gen Ryzen with plenty of RAM, running nothing but open-source software. Moving things off the old Synology NAS was a week-long project fraught with bumps in the sysadmin road and learning updates aplenty.

The video-monitor project mentioned in the last post yesterday was a 3-day debacle, due mostly to my own rusty admin skills. There were import issues with the WordPress site, so look for missing images and broken links until I go back and fix everything. I’ve yet to have a WordPress site of any size import correctly.

The Synology stuff is great kit, but aimed more at corporate customers with deep pockets on the high end, with minimal performance/capability on the low end. My DS418play is a great little mid-tier 4-pocket raid machine that served well for several years, performing all the typical LAMP duties associated with a web site like this. But it’s mine in name alone, with no OS/application control. Can’t trust it anymore, and it contains spinning disks. Pretty sure I never trusted the DSL router either, but at least it’s a throwaway item.

Planned new topology will be a 10Gb edge behind a real stateful firewall. Activating a 2nd interface on this machine will be the day it moves into pure server status and I start building a new workstation. That last portion of the project awaits funding.

The 5712 Trumpomania silver lining: Build Back Better!

Late Update 8 Jan: Turns out every local WordPress link is off by the same .php value and there’s ALOT of missing carriage returns. I’ve been displeased with the direction WordPress is heading – this just confirms my fears. I believe this is actually the first time I’ve run the latest version. Synology is always versions behind and even runs an ancient kernel. I’m sure i’ts been securely Synolygized, but…

I have a feeling alot more software licences are going to soon be re-written, or alot less COTS is gonna be found in the networks. Can’t trust ’em.

Maslow's Covered

Not sure why I got into the tech industry on the security front >35 years ago.  I suppose being thrust into the military with a willingness to do whatever, spending time in Europe when the Wall went down was a factor.  But that’s what I did for the most part – systems, physical, personnel, crypto – sometimes simultaneously depending on how poorly resourced the unit at hand was.

Guess I’m lucky enough to have made my past profession a current hobby.  That’s a nice benefit considering the now ambulatory-restricted health condition I find myself in.  In fact I’m certain the desk-bound nature of my last couple jobs with Lockheed is the only reason I made it as far as I did.  Those long walks across Schriever were getting increasingly tedious.

So the current project on the 5712 tech home front is migrating off a long-running Synology NAS.  That is a great system with few complaints from me.  It’s well-designed and easy for non-techies to use.  But (BIG but) it’s proprietary, with limited functionality and high initial outlay and O&M risk.  The biggest part of that “but” involves software security in today’s politically charged cyber war.  In case nobody noticed, the next U.S. Civil War has been in progress on the cyber front for a few years now.

I won’t be waiting around to see if Synology becomes a Solarwinds-type casualty.  A nicely done open source package called “ZoneMinder” keeps an eye on things around here now.


Call Santa!

Hey fuckface, how about giving Santa a call?  Seems your prayers are not answered.

It’s not the National Security “Council.” More like National Security “Cunts.”

They fucked this up so bad it’s just unbelieveable.

“UPDATE, May 15, 2020, 11:04 am ET: In a Fox News interview, McConnell acknowledged he was incorrect in his assertion that the Obama administration didn’t leave behind any kind of “game plan” regarding a pandemic threat. “I was wrong. They did leave behind a plan, so I clearly made a mistake in that regard,” McConnell said.”

It was the last, biggest one you made with our country’s health and safety – right after enabling the Fuckwit.

Loose Lips Sink Ships?

Maybe the SS Trump is goin’ down.  When your entire personna as the POTUS is built on a long-running reputation in snake-oil sales and organized crime, there’s more than a few people privy to what you’ve been up to.  Trump’s biggest problem is way too many people both in and outside of his criminal enterprise now know exactly what he’s been up to.  And there’s plenty of evidence.  The only thing keeping the Liar-in-Chief out of jail is the Presidency and tight lips.  Soon he’ll have only the gracious silence of fellow criminals.  Keep pumpin’ out those pardons!

Remember Rudy’s “I have insurance” episode?  Fucking imbeciles.

At least the Fuckwit can still sign his name – but only after bitching about it and waiting to screw people out of a week’s unemployment benefits.  What a colossal dickhead.

Back in Boston…

Francie ‘n Vic remind me of what feasting used to be – burning calories like they’re going out of style!

I’m slipping into a food coma just looking!

Texas Xmas

One of Phoebe’s pics from yesterday made a rare journey into my computer:

I think Tanner found something he likes better than beer!

TJ’s the Man!

As expected, TJ led the pro bowl voting at outside linebacker this season.  With Chubb on the other side, it seems likely the next Pro Bowl will be a real sleeper, with nothing at all happening in the NFC offense.

He looks like how I feel about Trump in this picture!

Tomlin summed up TJ’s attributes well.  #90 looks like how I feel about Trump in this photo.