Sent to Patty Murray – Washington State Senator

Sent to Patty Murray – Washington State Senator

I just sent the following to Patty Murray, one of our Washington State US Senators. I haven’t received a response to the last five inquiries so I am urging others in Washington to do the same and others to write to your Senators and mis-Representatives.

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Having raided the social security fund, perhaps this is the democrats answer to social security funding, kill all the old people.

21,766 Dead, Over 2 Million Injured from Covid-19 shots in European Database, I personally know more people injured by the vaccine than covid, the two nations with the highest vaccination rates Israel and Iceland, now have the highest per capita Covid rate, the Red Cross has just announced they won’t accept blood donations from vaccinated people for convalescent plasma because the vaccine wipes out the antibodies that would otherwise help patients, the exact opposite of what it is SUPPOSED to do. On the other hand, India has reduced the death rate 500% by prophylactically providing Ivermectin, and still this country dissuades doctors from providing early home treatment even though in other countries it has proven to reduce the death rate approximately five fold.

What the hell? I hope all the bastards involved in this rot in hell.

How I Came to run a Friendica Node…

How I Came to run a Friendica Node…


I am 62 years old now, but my arrival at running a friendica node really started before friendica or even the Internet or home computers were a thing.

When I was three years old, I had a bad bout of pneumonia and was hospitalized for a couple of weeks.

During that time I was in a crib, my parents, adoptive parents actually, came and visited me but most of the time I was alone and so my parents bought me one of the early transistor radios to entertain me. I turned it up too loud and disturbed other patients so they bought me an earphone.

I listed to KJR mostly, it was a local Seattle radio station that used to have what they referred to as a top-40 format which means mostly they played the 40 most popular songs over and over again though they’d toss in an occasional oldie. Then virtually all radio was live, records were spun by disc jockeys not computers like today.

Then when I was five or six I visited some cousins in Spokane, there were three brothers and a sister in that family, two of those three have since died in motorocycle accidents involving alcohol, they were all heavy drinkers.

Anyway one of my cousins had a small radio transmitter that could transmit to a nearby AM radio. I was fascinated.

Around 4th grade I was able to read well enough to start to learn about electronics. At the beginning of the year I was reading below my grade level, by the end of the year I was reading at a 12th grade level. They wanted to understand my outstanding progress and I could only explain that I had this interest in electronics that none of my family shared, so I was forced to look up words I didn’t understand in a dictionary often requiring recursive lookups to understand the words the dictionary used to explain the initial word I didn’t understand.

When I was ten my father got divorced and moved away but a friend of my mothers bought me some old tube radios at Goodwill, they used to sell them for $1 a piece, to play with and I converted one into a small AM transmitter that had enough power to broadcast to radios within about a block radius. That was my first pirate transmitter.

In Jr high school, which were I was ran 7th to 9th grade, I got my hands on a used DX-40 transmitter. This was a Heathkit HAM radio kit transmitter that used a 6146 as the final output tube, maybe 60 watts if you really strained it.

It was originally VFO and grid modulated, I got a 1200 Khz crystal and modified the Pi section output for the lower frequency and converted the oscillator to a crystal controlled oscillator and used an amplifier to drive a plate transformer backwards to make it high level plate modulation. This transmitter covered about two mile radius with a strong signal and about seven miles with a receivable signal if you had a good receiver, I used a Sony Earth Orbiter.

I met some friends in Jr High who also ran a pirate station and went on to build some other transmitters from scratch. The one I ended up running for many years had two 811’s for audio modulator tubes and 4 807B’s for RF output. I ran it at about 100 watts output most of the time.

By this time I also obtained a Langevine Compressor / Limiter and modified it for asymmetric limiting so it only limited negative peaks. I had enough audio power in the modulator that there really wasn’t a practical limit to positive modulation. This allowed us a much louder sound than the commercial stations in the area while still maintaining good audio quality.

With this transmitter I was able to reach clear down to South Seattle / Tukwilla from the North end of Seattle and we got record support from all the major labels that used to warehouse in Seattle back then.

I bought a used KARR transmitter from Western Surplus that originally was in use for Alaska Marine operator service. The thing had quarter-inch thick steel panels was about six feet high, 30 inches wide and about 24 inches deep and weighed around 600 lbs, the power transformer alone weighed 320 lbs. It was designed for high level plate modulation from the factory. It had two 4-440A’s in the modulator and three in the final, really not enough modulator power for that much RF but I could never run the RF at full power owing to not being able to get enough electricity to power it fully. It had a transformer designed for three phase 208v but I used two of the three cores out of phase for 240 single phase operation. I had to get a larger filter capacitor since there was more ripple this way. Originally it just had to 4 MFD caps, I got a 100MFD at 4KV cap and paralleled, that fixed the hum.

I only ran this transmitter a few times but when we did we had a solid signal from Everett to half way to Tacoma.

I got my First Class Radio telephone license in my Jr. Year of high school primarily through self-study.

After I graduated high school I was still running a boot leg but two of my friends got busted and I was worried about losing my license if I did so I decided to put it away and pursue legal things. I worked at several radio stations as engineer, one as assistant, another as chief, and other as program director. I really enjoyed that work but I couldn’t make a steady living at it, AM stations were sold every other year it seemed, at least the small ones where someone with my experience could land a job, and when they did it usually involved a format and staff change.

So I ended up getting a job fixing consumer stereo gear at Stereo Northwest, and that paid pretty decent but they want out of business.

So then worked for the telco for 17 years, but during that time after shutting down the pirate station, my friends and I since we couldn’t safely broadcast any more being adults and thus possibly subject to real legal penalties and for me the possibility of losing my license which was a job ticket, we decided instead to write about pirate radio, other stations, technical articles, etc.

And at first this was done on manual typewriters, literally cutting and pasting articles, and photocopying to create a news letter.

But it occurred to me a computer would be a more efficient way to do it and this was 1981, by then four years out of high school. Home computers were just becoming a thing, so I bought a Trs-80 model III with scripshit and a crappy dot matrix printer.

My friends wanted to access it remotely so I purchased a modem however there was no support for the RS-232 port built in to the operating system. I wrote a simple driver for it in Z-80 assembly, initially I attempted it in BASIC but it was too slow to even keep up with 300 baud, the tremendous processing power of a 2Mhz 8-bit chip just was not up to it.

This enabled them to call and connect and write articles remotely but even back then there were people war-dialing, just like in the movie War Games, and they found my machine and started screwing with the files. So I wrote a crude BBS as a front-end with a password protected back door to get into the Scriptsit word processor. I also added an e-mail system and a file upload download system.

I was also working at the telco at this time and one of my co-workers had a surplus electronics business on the side. He had some floppy drives which were defective (he thought) so he sold them to me for $20 each, back then floppy drives were going for around $300. I hooked them up to my machine and discovered they had two heads (double sided), played with a program called Tracksess and found they would step 83 times before hitting the end of the rail, these were 80tk double sided drives which would store around 720k each, previously I only had two single sided 40tk drives that were about 180k each of which 40k on one was operating system. TRS-DOS didn’t support these but an alternative operating system called NewDos did.

I bought two more of these drives from him and these two WERE broken but I had an oscilloscope and other gear necessary to troubleshoot them and found one had a bad head select diode and the other a bad pre-amp chip so for less than $5 in parts for each I had two more working 720k drives.

So I had a total of almost 3MB of disk space, a HUGE amount back then and on this space I installed Infocom games. A friend of mine created a hacked infocom driver that would take a user ID I stored in memory and use it for part of the saved file name so each user could have their own saved game states.

Then another person on the BBS scene, Glenn Gorman, who had written a room style message system, approached me because he wanted to sell his BBS commercially but could not because instead of using the standard RS-232 port he used a MicroPeripherals bus decoding modem that was ported non-standard. It’s driver would not work with a standard RS-232 and he couldn’t sell it anyway because of license restrictions.

By this time my driver had evolved into an entire language that was structured like Microsoft BASIC but was a superset of MS-BASIC. It had all the same commands that MS-BASIC had and more specific to BBS operation like a command that would take a text file and format it to the users screen width. It also had things like carrier detection and loss detection so when carrier went away it would restart the program interpretation at a specific spot and then go wait for carrier again.

The original deal was I’d port his BBS to my driver, we would sell the package and split the proceeds, but instead of working that way the way it worked out was he’d sell and keep all the proceeds and I did the same. That was okay as I was never really interested in selling the software anyway just wanted to run the BBS which became the main purpose, the news letter died from lack of interest.

So during the time I was doing the porting we both ran the same software, which he called Minibin, and people didn’t understand why they would log in to one Minibin then call the other and their login didn’t work, so to differentiate between the two he re-named his Minibin South and mine became Minibin North, but people still confused them so he changed the name of his to Jamaica South and I thought what the hells’ up north? Eskimo North. So that’s how Eskimo North was born.

And in that time I took his room message system, added my e-mail, upload/download, and games facility. It became immensely popular to the point where I was taking 300 calls a day on a single phone line which was constantly busy 24×7 and if you unplugged the line at 4AM and plugged it back in it would immediately take a call.

I decided to go multi-line, initially I tried OS/9 as another person, John Mudge, was running a 4-line system on a CoCo successfully but after messing with it a bit, I decided that 64K was just too memory constrained for what I wanted to do and instead in 1985 I bought a Tandy 16B with Microsoft Xenix, an early Unix clone.

Microsoft Xenix was buggy as all get out, serial ports wedged requiring frequent reboots, hackers hacked it, it was just a miserable pile of crap. Later SCO did a much superior port of Xenix which I purchased. That was most worthwhile.

I ended up upgrading the machine way past a Tandy 6000, I modified the CPU board to add an extra set of limit and offset registers so it could address more than the 1MB the 16B was designed to address. I modified the 256K memory cards to hold 1MB by running an extra address line with blue wire and replacing the 4116’s with 4164’s. The pinout of the 4116 and 4164’s were identical EXCEPT the 4116’s required +12v that became an address line on the 4164’s making this an easy modification.

This allowed me to stuff 4MB in the machine along with three serial cards that each had three ports, along with the built in two ports supported a total of 11 lines.

By 1991 I was charging for access to cover the cost of the lines and 11 lines were maxed out so I bought a used Sun 3/180. This allowed me to have three 16-port Mux’s and it had two super-Eagle 575MB hard drives, enormous compared to the two 70mb drives that were the max the Tandy would support. The 16Mhz 68020 flew compared to the 8Mhz 68000 and initially I had 16MB of RAM which I was able to upgrade to 48MB.

But Usenet News processing got to be so heavy the 16Mhz 68020 wasn’t enough so I upgraded to a 25Mhz 68020, then a 40Mhz Sparc CPU (all in same full height VME bus rack). Then I got a retired Sun 4/330 from the telco where I worked, to offload the news processing to it and networked them together with the old coaxial ethernet. Later I bought two 4-670MP’s with Ross Hypersparc RTK-625 CPUs (20k each for the CPU modules) and networked this mess together.

In 1992 the Stockton CIX was formed and since I already had a network and was getting some access through another local provider now defunct, I ordered three Sprint T1’s and we were officially on the Internet.

Later I replaced the 4/670MP’s with SS-10’s, retired the 4/330 after it did a halt and catch fire number, and added a number of Ultra-2’s. I then made the switch from SunOS to Linux on all but one SS-10, and then over time migrated to Intel hardware which I am still using today.

I later moved my equipment out of my home to a co-location facility because three t1’s was not enough bandwidth and it was less expensive to co-locate my equipment than bring more bandwidth to my home. I also had the benefit of UPS and a controlled environment so it was all around a good move. Initially I co-located with ELI, a very good company but they were bought out by Citizens, a less good but still workable company except they were bought out by Integra a non-workable for my purposes company. In 2012 I moved all my equipment to Isomedia and like ELI they are very professionally run and provide good service.

So that is where I’m at today, primarily now providing Internet hosting, web hosting, email, virtual private servers. But I’ve always had an interest in communications whether it be radio or BBS but I’ve never really found any good Linux BBS software so kind of got out of it for a while.

I had an account on Facebook but presently I’m on my fourth Facebook jail because they don’t like conservatives there so I decided fuck it, I needed to do something in the name of free speech. I’ve tried a number of social media platforms like ELGG but they never got an audience. I tried Mammoth and didn’t like the short message length, basically like Twitter because you can’t have decent in depth conversations in such an environment, or post long articles like this one.

Then I stumbled across friendica, and in spite of the fact that Hypolite Petovan and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum he still allows me to say what I want to say and has been very helpful at getting this operational. While we have our political differences we both value freedom of speech.

For those of you in the fediverse who haven’t tried a friendica node, I would like to invite you to try mine at https://friendica.eskimo.com/. And if you’d like to play with Linux online we still over Linux shell access as well as full graphical remote desktop access via x2go, vnc and on the web. We offer about a dozen different Linux distros for you to use and have Usenet and E-mail available on all of those platforms as well as three different forms of web mail, pop-3, and imap.

We offer MUCH faster WordPress sites than any other commercial provider I’ve tested. We also offer virtual private servers. You can try our shell service free, https://www.eskimo.com/services/free-trial.html. Please feel free to explore our site https://www.eskimo.com/. I’m always interested in helping and/or sharing war stories with other Linux enthusiasts. At this point I am using Ubuntu for my infrastructure, moved from Centos in 2012.

Other than computers and Linux my main hobbies and interests are photography, music, cats, and you can view my photos and blogs on my home page at https://www.eskimo.com/~nanook. Thank you for reading!

Weird Dream

     Dreamt I worked in a nuclear processing facility.  We had glove boxes and all that for dealing with hot materials but I was working with what should have been low level material.

     When we’d leave at the end of our shift, they’d go over us with a scanner to make sure we weren’t contaminated.  I showed some minor contamination on my hands but they scrubbed them real good, didn’t decrease which suggested it was in me rather than on me.  They scanned my forehead, saw some mild activity there too.

     I had gone fishing and caught a Cod recently and it was not a real large Cod, about 15lbs or so but even so more than a meal so I froze most of it but ate some of it.  They wanted a sample so I brought them in a piece and it was mildly radioactive.

     They said not enough to pose a significant health threat but I had caught it about thirty miles from the facility so they were concerned they might be leaking materials into the ocean.

     I woke up at that point.

The Fediverse / ActivityPub

     The Fediverse is a decentralized network of social media sites.  Because it is decentralized there is no central point of failure or censorship.  No central point that can use “algorithms” to skew election results, etc.  Because all the different nodes rely on a common protocol, ActivityPub, very different user interfaces and capabilities can work together to share content.

In my view, the Fediverse offers our best hope to realize the potential of the Internet as it existed before it was co-opted by MegaCorporations such as Alphabet Inc (parent company of Google, Youtube, etc), Facebook, etc.

With the recent explosion of Censorship on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and LinkedIn, people have been turning to alternatives like Friendica, Mastadon, Peertube, Diaspora, Funkwhale, GNUSocial, Pleroma, SocialHome, Misskey, Pixelfed, and more, I see potential for a better future for mankind.

These different platforms are not uniform in their focus or capabilities but they can all talk and exchange information with each other.  Funkwhale for example exists to share music, pixelfed images, others for Microblogging, Friendica for full length blogging and discussions similar to Reddit sans censorship.

Presently I am operating a Friendca node at Eskimo, https://friendica.eskimo.com/, I invite you to try it out.

Humanity

I am pondering our population and our human response to it.
I see pro-abortionists wanting to kill babies.
I see eugenicists wanting to inject us with poison.
I see military wanting to savagely bomb other human beings out of existence.
And I am thinking, perhaps the real problem with our population isn’t the exhaustion of resources or pollution, perhaps it is that when human life becomes so plentiful, it looses all it’s value.

ufo-encounter

Friday, December 8, 2006 (Re-posted because some turd hacked my WordPress site and deleted it.  Now have fail2ban hopefully will prevent a recurrence.)

UFO Encounter
I used to have a bedroom in the basement of my parents house, the rest of the family slept upstairs. There was a door leaving the basement so I could leave the house without coming upstairs.

I went to an elementary school about six blocks away. To the south of the school there was a large area surrounded by woods except for the fence and playground of the school to the north. The area was mostly bare, high clay content, not much in the way of soil, just exposed clay.

I need to preface this by saying I don’t know how much of this is a dream and how much was real, but there was physical evidence that I went somewhere which I will elaborate on later.

One night I found myself compelled to leave the house at 4 AM, and for some reason the idea of getting dressed and getting shoes on didn’t occur to me. I left the basement in my pajamas and barefoot and walked down to this clearing which was about four blocks away.

In the clearing there was a landed saucer. It looked similar to this one:

This one isn’t exactly like I saw but was one of the closest I was able to find on the net. The craft that I saw didn’t have the pronounced hump on top, it was more like a straight slope.

The craft had a opening with a ramp down to the ground. I couldn’t see anything inside the door from where I was.

For some reason, I had it in my mind that aliens had left the craft to explore the surrounding area and I had it in mind to enter it and see if I could figure out how to take off and steal their craft. Silly, I know but then I was ten years old and not in a normal state of mind.

As I approached the ramp, I saw a being on the left side of the entrance looking out at me. I was frightened at first, but then he motioned me in with a hand motion, like a human would motion. I refer to him as ‘he’ but in truth I don’t know what sex it was or if their race even has sexes.

I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and if he wanted to take me forcibly he would anyway so there wasn’t anything to be gained by not entering, so I did.

Inside the craft was bare. No compartmentalization, just one big room. I’d guess it was around 25 feet in diameter. There was something that resembled a lectern, I don’t know what it’s function was, but that was the only thing that resembled furniture. No chairs, no visible storage facilities, no restroom facilities, no sleeping facilities, etc.

From this I concluded that this craft was intended for very short duration trips, much like an automobile. Either it was capable of traveling vast distances nearly instantaneously, or it was a shuttle of sorts and there was a mother ship nearby. I don’t have anyway of knowing which but I had the feeling the first situation is most likely.

Other than the lectern like piece of furniture or equipment, the only other thing in the craft was what appeared to be a glass tube about a foot inside the wall and about a foot off the floor that went around the inside circumference of the craft. The tube had a minor diameter of about four inches and appeared to be filled with mercury.

The ramp from outside actually came up to the opening about two feet above the floor of the craft and there was another short ramp inside leading down to the floor. The mercury filled glass tube went under this ramp at the entrance.

Just to the left of the entrance, there was what appeared to be two coils of copper enameled wire, about 16 gauge around the glass tube with spacers that looked like phenolic, like this:

===|+|+|===

Where the ‘===’ is the mercury filled glass tube, the ‘|’ the spacers, and the ‘+’ the coils of copper enameled wire.

The wire was connected to something that looked like an automotive battery except that it had only three cells and the inter-cell connectors were external.

There was no obvious control mechanism, but I got the feeling this device was responsible for the drive of the craft.

There was no obvious light source, it just seemed to come from nowhere.

The beings were different than any I’ve heard described. Physically, they were short, maybe 3-1/2 or 4 feet tall and thin. Their skin tone was not gray, it was closer to a light computer beige. Their eyes were not “bug eyes” like grays are described as having, but they were larger than human eyes. Their heads were disproportionately large for their bodies but not to a great extent. They wore a one piece jumpsuit that had an iridescent metallic dark green appearance.

Then I found myself at home in my bed with no knowledge of how I got from inside of the craft back home. My initial thought was that I had just dreamt the whole experience, however, the bottom of my pajamas were wet with clay.

Around my house there was thick topsoil, you’d have to dig down three or four feet into the ground to get to clay. That clearing next to the school was the only place I knew of in the area with exposed clay.

The following day I attempted to go back to the clearing to see if there was an impression where the craft had landed or other visual evidence, but there were bulldozers down there flattening the area and spreading soil for what was to become a park. So any evidence that had been present was covered or destroyed.

They also thinned the trees along the perimeter so that the area was visible to people surrounding it.

I had no history of sleep walking prior to or after this event. For some reason the next morning I also did not want my mother to know so I washed my pajamas myself to remove the clay.

I don’t know exactly how much of this is real, how much is dream, how much is a screen memory, etc. I have heard Whitley Strieber refer to his experiences as dream like, but other aspects of his experience are completely different than mine.

It was this experience that has made the subjects of UFOs, aliens, faster than light travel, time travel, and the paranormal in general interesting to me.

Multi-dimensional Time

I have been interested in science and particularly physics and the physical nature of the universe, if that is even the right word for it, in which we exist all my life.

At the same time I’m aware of aspects of mind and spirit that are very non-physical in nature and these also interest me.

There have been some phenomena that I have experienced in my life and that others have experienced that are written off as purely mental phenomena but in one case I did an experiment that proved to me otherwise.

The experience of Deja-Vu, I had these frequently when I was younger than about 30, very rarely sense. And the way most scientists explain it is a hemi-sync phenomena, in which one brain hemisphere gets the information directly via the senses but indirectly from the other hemisphere’s via the corpus callosum and when these two things get out of sync that hemisphere gets the “I’ve been here before” sense.

Knowing about this theory I had an opportunity to test it, I was listening to Art Bell one evening, and suddenly I had this experience and I knew what he was going to say before he said it so I started to speak it outloud, and I heard my own voice say exactly word for word what he was going to say, before he said it, for a little more than a minute, totally disproving the hemi-sync theory. There was and is something going on outside of our normal physical experience.

The other phenomena that I’ve experienced repeatedly is the so-called Mandela effect. Many people thought that Nelson Mandela died in prison and were surprised to later learn that he was released and then became the President of South Africa. I’m sure he’d be rolling in his grave if he knew what was going on their now. But I experienced this in regards to Nelson Mandela myself, but I experienced numerous other cases, like Gene Wilder dying before Gilda Abner, didn’t happen in the history we know now but it did for me.

Those familiar with quantum theory are aware of the phenomena known as quantum wave function collapse. Where something is in two states or even an infinite number of states, until it is observed, and then the wave function is said to collapse and the event takes a definite state.

There is much argument over the exact nature of this, one interpretation is that consciousness plays a role in the evolution of the universe, but if so how did the universe start, and that would argue that consciousness existed before the universe came into existence as it was necessary to direct it’s evolution, so that argument has a certain degree of what some people find absurd to it. Then another says, the wave function really doesn’t collapse, that at any time something can be in more than one state, it continues to be in more than one state and the universe bifurcates at the point we observe it, and our consciousness bifurcates with it, with one part of us going with one state and that’s all that part of us can know, and another part totally unaware of the other copy of us sees it go the other way. This is the so called many worlds theory.

In the many worlds theory as it was originally enveloped, there is no interaction between the various bifurcations and so one copy of “us” is totally unaware of any others, and that is the case with every aspect of the universe, but more recently there is an offshoot of the many worlds theory called the many interactive worlds theory which allows for interaction between universes through the phenomena of quantum entanglement.

This theory makes sense to me as it explains how quantum computers work. They work by creating entangled states between cubits which when observed can bring solutions from every possible states because they are tapping into copies of themselves in multiple parallel universes encompassing all possible states.

I suspect another aspect of this is that time itself is not a single dimension but is multidimensional and that we experience the convergence of times dimensions in the present but times dimensions diverge away from us in the past as well as in the future. This allows for things like the Mandela effect because we all didn’t arrive at the present point via the same timeline, but even more radically and importantly it means we all may not experience the same future.

I think it is possible for our consciousness to jump timelines. I think we do this when we dream, but I think we can also do it in our waking lives. Sometimes I think we do so en masse.

If time is multi-dimensional, then it’s possible for us to follow curved timelines or timelines that are not of a straight forward trajectory with seemingly irrational results but which really are rational if we understood the nature of time.

What I really am interested in learning now is whether or not there is a way for us to objectively see and choose alternate trajectories.