Trump Acting Like a Showbiz Type

Trump has shown a complete, repeated inability to anticipate others’ reactions.  Negative reactions do tend to spread more rapidly than positive ones; he has publicly repeated that “Any attention is good attention.”  That’s a ‘showbizness’ strategy and tactic that has always eventually backfired according to my memory, although Rush Limbaugh has had quite a run. The National Enquirer claims Trump’s IQ is 156.  Since IQ tests are based on pattern recognition and manipulation, we have considerable divergence between two views.  We also–no matter whether Trump is a clown or not–have a sizable segment of the population [I’m one, remember] which has declared itself unbelievably stupid.  Either it’s the ones supporting Trump or the ones against it.  I mean him.  Trust me, I’m not calling him a complete idiot.  Really I’m not.

[reaction to a comment at .  I’m showing the link because it is Wall Street Journal and it may be a subscribers-only article.  Trump lining up another symbolic sacrifice has been variously covered in other publications and the bare news itself can be obtained.  After, mind you, reading as much about the subject as possible and then attempting to discard inconsistencies which were because of the accuracy/inaccuracy of an inevitably biased ‘reporter’.


What Trump frankly reminds me of most is a bad (as in poor) actor becoming a bad (as in morally and in performance and in credibility and consistency) politician who is frankly interested (to my eyes) in only himself, his experience and what pleases him.  Anyone who disagrees with him is automatically, obviously wrong.


This brings to rise the notion of a head of government who not only cannot take criticism but cannot tolerate advice, whose ego is so fragile he must assure himself each morning that he is “The Donald” in front of the mirror.  A man whose advisors and assistants have repeatedly announced “doesn’t drink or use (recreational) drugs” but has shown up on more than one recording very obviously very, very drunk (once was with the Patriots, no less, with him obviously using the podium to maintain his balance).


And then let us note his supporters, who instantaneously label anything that might even be interpreted (The Declaration of Independence being the latest example) as critical of him, let alone removing him from office.  Most don’t even remember that most of the Republican party was extremely not in his favor, although all of them “won the election” now.


Alternative truths, indeed.  “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

July 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Free Access to Searches

I made a comment earlier today about authorities’ free access to internet searches.  It also occurred to me that many people might actually think “Well, why not?”


The problem is that there is an internal inference, that interest in a subject necessarily indicates future activity with it.  My earliest encounter with that was as a teenager, although indirectly.  The librarian mentioned [a subject with which I was already familiar, and I’d assumed that I would encounter its ramifications] a list she was now required to keep, if individuals read a great deal particularly on given subjects (like good ol’ Chairman Mao) and how I was on it and what the FBI could make of it.  I was merely an anomaly at my high school already.  I didn’t have a 4.0 but I did have the knowledge at least equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in college (which was confirmed many years later).  I was a ‘loner’ and either read at prodigious speeds (as fast as I could turn the pages) or else pretended, and someone was actually given the job of asking that particular question.  [“How come you read that fast?” “I can’t turn the pages any faster.” Yes, it was considerably later that it occurred to me that it was a complete non sequitir on my part; it followed to me.]


To an extent, it’s true.  Prison is the ____’s college.  The ‘straight’ world–without drugs, sex without labels and social roles, adapted to consistent personas and reflecting impossibly unreal oceans of unmeant values–is in many ways to a certain class of intelligence absolutely unbearable.  The main way to describe that class is to say first of all to presume that it is a “class” or even some sort of order allowable in a ‘conservative’s eyes’.  [*A ‘conservative’ is someone who abhors the very idea of adaptation unbearable, and who regards the current social order particularly with regards to relative value and right to goods (and power) as the prime value, if not the only.


With each assumption that someone makes about “people like you”, YOU commit whatever act that is, each and every day–even though and if that assumption involves an act you would never commit.


Every time we accept someone’s statement about causes in a particular case and they aren’t that someone, we accept the right of someone else to judge US in that exact, particular way.


Ah, you say.  You’re exaggerating.  It’s just made up.  No to both.  It’s real.


I had a seizure while driving.  People, apparently, who have been using crystal meth have seizures, maybe especially while driving; I actually wouldn’t know.  Regardless of that and the fact that there wasn’t anything but pot (medical, from the night before) and oxycodone (prescribed, from the night before or even further), I was convicted of criminal mischief because I’d obviously been snorting or smoking or whatever [I’ve heard all three stories about its usage, and more] speed.  I was under treatment for epilepsy at the time, by the way, and was taking the drugs.  The Public Pretender is now a judge.  The sheriff actually attended the trial.  Then…never mind.  This is a new century, let alone a new decade or two.


It’s too late by far to correct and we knew it was coming.  Get your VPN and start using TOR and anonymizers and anonymous search.  CLEAR YOUR BROWSER HISTORY; EVERY EVERY EVERY TIME go into settings and do the same old tiresome things.  If you’re not on a Mac you should probably use Firefox because of privacy.  If you’re using Commodo Dragon consider Commodo Ice Dragon–it’s Firefox amped up.  I’m yielding to the primary temptation of the user, and the most unacceptable one; the laziness of retaining that comfortable old interface, insecure as it is…but I have continually made the decision rather than relying on ease for the judgment call.  If I weren’t otherwise committed I would quite possibly switch to Commodo over that.  I will experiment, and I won’t even tell them until I’m done.  There’s no way they can influence me save to reject me as a customer…


July 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

Personalized Searches

Or “I want to stick with only what I know, I absolutely am not looking for anything I don’t know or have, and I certainly don’t want to know about a service or product that I haven’t just searched for, unless I want my entire search history to be kept permanently.”


The day just arrived, for me.  Do a Google, and examine the choices.  Then don’t forget to check “all” as many times as necessary, and if it’s every time–QUIT USING GOOGLE.


This is the first in an unending series of violations (think sodomy rape) gifted on us by our [Republican] Congress.  You have no right to privacy.  It is not an accident that we have the highest per capita amount of prisoners and that it will rapidly increase.


Funny story, I once thought I had prevented this from happening.


At least they’re protecting the world from threats like welchers, right?  Well, poor ones anyway.  I mean, terrorists.  [That amounts to an implicit comment on motivation in this case and I stand by it.  Through experience and research and I cannot elaborate.]


Welcher; fairly ancient slang for someone who doesn’t pay debts.  Incorrectly noted on the web except in origin; it was part of sailor slang through the mid-70s and lived on after that in the slang of certain types of criminals in certain areas.

July 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment


The Fantastic Flash Sale at Corsair…has nothing to do with Corsair.  The prices aren’t even truly unbelievable.  But they are fake.


By the way, don’t unsubscribe from spam.  Use your mail provider; that’s why it’s there.  When you unsubscribe they sell the e-mail.

July 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

I’m more or less back…

I have a few programs back on this machine; I fought a virus for about six weeks.  I kept getting most of the programs back on and realizing that for sure the ghost in the machine was still there.  It turned out to apparently be a rootkit that was transmitted through USB media.  After I had MS repartition and reformat the hard drive it was gone on this machine.  On the 3020 Dell, I had to do it–in other words it had to be done with an OS that wasn’t hard-drive-based.   I’m still dealing with a version of Malwarebytes that doesn’t and will probably simply be abandoned due to lack of time.  I have Malwarebytes on an HP laptop that is doing admirably at combating the very same virus and I have another anti-virus suite that is not allowing it on the machine although it failed the very same test against the very same virus.  It’s possible I made a programmer angry, one who wouldn’t hesitate to hack and would be able to justify it in his own mind, just as he somehow managed to realize that the infant daughter he raped had actually been at fault somehow and had victimized him.  There are also my employers from a very long time ago who were very upset that I finally demanded payment.  In any case I’ve gotten it down to one machine that doesn’t currently have sufficient protection (not this) and then a machine most likely victimized by me.


I have been writing, but mostly on Twitter.  @oregonnerd is suprisingly enough my nom de la eh electric pen.  Tattoo pen? whatever.  [ref:  Alexander Graham Bell, as I recall.  Or just perhaps Ben Franklin.  One of those Good Old (Boy) Party (Members).


What initially prompted silence was the Advent of The Trumped Game.  And, of course, The Abominable Health Care Act.  I did not say Abdominal, thank you.  For some reason the current administration reminds me of a mix between The Three Stooges, Camp Concentration and Saturday Night Laugh-In…plus some really, really stoned high school kids.

July 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Reading list to comprehend Trump

  • “Citizen Cohn,” Nicholas Von Hoffman’s biography of Roy Cohn.
  • “Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn,” a brilliant Ken Auletta piece in Esquire magazine written almost four decades ago.
  • “TrumpNation,” an investigative biography by my Bloomberg View colleague Timothy L. O’Brien.
  • “The Art of the Deal,” Trump’s first book.
  • Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article last year about the remorse felt today by Trump’s ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz.

This is all taken from

And I highly recommend the article.  It’s a trifle evident I didn’t write that.  Wordpress won’t allow me to put quotes around that, but I have no intent of plagiarism.  BLOOMBERG is the source, not me.



July 2, 2017 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

An Update

Well, for the second time I’m reinstalling Windows on my ‘old’ Dell XPS 2720 One.  It’s the 3rd time for the machine, on this version of Windows.  The computer is about 2 years old, as I recall.

Should you have an XPS 2720 One whose C: drive has just expired, the easiest thing by far is (yes) replace the hard drive with its equivalent, which will be a Seagate of some size (500 Gig, 1 TB, 2TB)–I vastly prefer WD because of long experience with which tends to last longer.  Because it’s a Windows 8 machine ‘Restore’ won’t work [to bring it back to Win 10; that little recovery drive is for Windows 8] and there tend to be vast difficulties in activating it in Windows 10.  I’ve read and heard varying hypotheses.  The solution that worked was an improvement anyway; buy a new Win 10 Pro 64 bit. I’m throwing that in because it’s the only posted solution to that particular problem that worked.  I couldn’t find any because no one said it did, but MS did sort of indicate (in its peculiar way) that was probably the easiest solution.  Ex officio so to speak.


So, anyway, that happened.  My Acronis backup failed but my data backup didn’t.


I was gradually reloading software onto the machine (I had wanted it to be a clean install of Windows and nothing else, but my files were left on it, which made it quite a bit more complicated because they didn’t understand my methods, any more than my instructions–evidently–to JUST INSTALL WINDOWS) when suddenly all real time protection on the machine was turned off.  Windows Defender couldn’t be turned on.  It was time to abandon ship.


I did a refresh.  Now.  There may have been a rootkit planted.  If so, it evaded a lot of protective software.  [Something in System32–a Windows directory–started attempting to inject code into other software.  I found this out because Ashampoo Antivirus started catching it in the act.]  It evaded a scan by Ashampoo Antivirus and by Windows Defender and…not long ago, it turned off realtime detection.


There has been no ransomware involved as yet anyway.  This is merely an alert.  There’s something new out there, almost certainly gotten through the Yahoo! website in this case, that has evaded the software.  It’s botware.  It didn’t have much info to steal and I’m about to seal that one.


BE WARY.  I’m paranoid and I got caught.  I also sealed that potential leak.  Before I even completed this.


The online Windows Defender scan found nothing.  Now I’m doing an offline Windows Defender scan.  That’s a link to a MS resource.  Technically offline should be highlit too but frankly I’m stressing out a trifle on this one.  It’s been many years since I’ve been had like this and I was in places I won’t even name now.  [There are laws regarding “attractive nuisances”.]

July 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

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