Blog Update!

February 21st, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

UPDATE: I have removed the widgets in question, because PayPerPost prohibits “community” blogs, in which there is more than one author.  I want to be inclusive and allow others of multiple talents to contribute, so I am not going to be a part of PayPerPost after all.  So for those who want to monetize their blogs, always read the terms of service first!  Still, I am going to keep this theme, because it allows for sidebar widgets, meaning I could add ChipIn Widgets and other things.  🙂

Greetings all. As you can see in the right hand part of this blog, I am attempting to “monetize” my blog. It won’t be through Google Ads per se, but through a thing called PayPerPost. I can be hired to write on a number of subjects, especially technology and web related stuff. However, to those who like looking at PayPerPost for advertising purposes, I will warn you right now: I am no shill. I won’t do positive only reviews. If your product/service blows, I will say so. Just because I am looking for a way to supplement my income does not mean I am going to mislead my readers, because that would be wrong. So for other authors on this blog, I do have some new requirements for you.

Name required!

In other words, your name needs to be at the top of whatever you post. Look at the top for an example of what I mean. In order to do the pipe symbol, hold down shift on your keyboard and press the backslash key. You will need that between your name and the name of this publication, *NIXEDBLOG. Due to the formatting of this blog (to allow for widgets), it will not always be apparent who the author is without including a name. It does not have to be your real life name. It can be the same as your username. For example, let’s pretend ranger2 is an author on this blog. He can use that exact username as the author name at the top.

The category must be related!

Just clicking check marks is not going to cut it any longer. The category system was meant to make it easier for readers to search for certain posts, not complicate it. So without ado, here are the categories, and what they mean, etc…:

  • *Nix: Anything related to Linux, Unix, GNU, etc…. It could be distro news, and more. As long as it is related to Unix and Unix-like systems. If it is not, do not check that box.
  • Announcements: GNU Consumer Reports would be an excellent example of an announcement (when Justin announced the launching of that blog in particular). If it is not announcing anything from the author of the post in question concerning something the author is doing or the direction of the publication (that will likely be from me), do not check that category!
  • Blegging: This is essentially begging on a blog for assistance. One example would include the fact that I was imploring people to help helios from time to time. If it is not a call for assistance on behalf of someone else, do not check that category!
  • Blogroll: See those links to other blogs? If it is about something from those blogs or aimed at those blogs, check that category! Otherwise, do not!
  • Computer Rescue: Anything related to Justin Breithaupt’s computer business, Computer Rescue. If it is not remotely related to his business, do not check that category!
  • Diggworthy: Saw a news story or an article or blog post you think would do well on Digg? Check that category then, otherwise, leave it alone!
  • Free/Open Source: This can involve commentary and news on projects that are Free and Open Source (FOSS). One could write an editorial about PHPBB for example. Most *nix related posts can have this category checked. If it does not involve FOSS at all, do not check this category!
  • Humor: Jokes and more. That should be self explanatory. If there is no humor, and the post is meant to be serious, then do not check that category!
  • LXer: Whether it involves a commentary on LXer in any remote way, or if the post was submitted to LXer. Otherwise, do not check that category!
  • Magazine: Yeah, I have not gotten back to my online mag just yet. I will soon though. Any posts can be either opinion regarding an issue of THE *NIXED REPORT, or an announcement concerning the magazine in question. Otherwise, do not check that category!
  • MS-SHADYiness: Any news/opinion involving Microsoft’s practices and how shady they may be. If it is nt Microsoft related, do not check that category!
  • Opinion: Very broad. If it is your opinion, feel free to check that category!
  • Political Underground: 9/11 Truth Movement stuff and more…. Anything not in the political mainstream. Otherwise, do not check that category!
  • Review: If you are reviewing a product/service or are linking to one and/or commenting on one. Otherwise, do not check that category.
  • Survivial: Anything related to prepardeness and survivial. No, posting about the ills of Microsoft does not count! So if it is computer related (with no outdoorsy stuff involved), then do not check that category.
  • Uncategorized: If your post does not fall into the above categories, check this one. Otherwise, do not check that category!

I sincerely hope that clears things up. Of course, this means I’ll have to edit every single post so that the name of the author in question clearly shows at the top. Anyhoo, happy blogging!

Microsoft has set a trap. DON’T BITE!

February 21st, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

According to Microsoft and other sources it’s now safe to use Microsoft software in Linux without being sued and Microsoft is going to release their source code! WHAT!

Microsoft can say whatever they want to say but that does not mean I will believe it. I want to see it in writing first! If Microsoft will colaborate with people like me I will put their software into my Linux distribution and freely distribute their software. Wait that would put them out of Business right? Well yes it would unless they still keep the rights to their .net framework and other core systems that are needed to run their new software. Of course open source alternitives could be quickly made using their source code but what other choice does Microsoft have left?

Microsoft has to give in to Open Source sooner or later.

If Microsoft wants my trust they MUST sign the GPLv3. If they will do that then they have my support. If they can get Richard Stallman’s approval of their openness then I will use Microsoft code in my Linux OS.

Of course there is the matter of Microsoft and privacy. Will Microsoft code keep my data private? I don’t think so.

EU Skeptical of Microsoft’s Open Grizzly Bear Embrace

So DON’T BITE!!!

Maybe all Microsoft really wants is the ability to run Linux software in Windows?

Also apparently Microsoft is now using a Linux based wireless network!

GNU Consumer Reviews

February 16th, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

Right now you can go to http://gnuconsumerreports.blogspot.com/ and read the first GNU Consumer Review blog entries.

This site rates products and services based on real world facts and not on who pays us the most money to review their item. You as the reader also get to comment and rate these companies as well as suggest new companies to review.

We haven’t dugg this page yet or put it on lxer because we are waiting for our registered domains to be linked to this site and for our advertisers to approve our site. Once they do we will open up for everyone. We also want to post several product reviews before announcing the site to the world so if you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to suggest them to us. If you want to write for us you can also let me know at admin @ mindblowingidea.com. Thanks.

You will find GNU Consumer Review by using one of these links. (will be available after Edwin gets them working with his Linux web server.)
http://gnuconsumerreports.blogspot.com/

businessfactfinders.com

americanconsumerpal.com

usaconsumerpal.com

gnuconsumer.com

linuxconsumer.com

opensourceconsumer.com

freesoftwareconsumer.com

When Things Go Good, Things Break.

February 15th, 2008

That’s what happened to helios when he was mass producing CD’s with various *nix distributions on them.  Here’s a tidbit from his blog:

 The CD press we use to make Linux disks free to the public is broken. We need to replace an element on the machine and it’s going to cost us about 200 bucks. If you could, we sure would appreciate any help you might be able to provide. At this point we are about 190 disks behind.

Not good.  If anybody could help out, it would be awesome.  If money is not an option, then the next best thing is to spread the word.  😉

WA State will not represent you against PayPal.com

February 14th, 2008

From: “ATG MI Seattle CRC” <SeaCRC@atg.wa.gov>
To: admin@mindblowingidea.com
Date: 14 Feb 2008 10:31:11 -0800
Subject: A notice from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office

2/14/2008

Justin — Breithaupt
PO Box 485
Pomeroy, WA 99347

RE: PayPal
File #: 304741

Dear Justin —- Breithaupt:

As you will note in the attached copy of the response we received,
PayPal declines to make full adjustment of your complaint for the reasons
outlined.

We realize you may disagree with the firm’s position, but our office
does not have the authority under the law to force a resolution on the
parties. We regret that we are unable to provide further assistance to
you in this situation.

We do not have the authority to represent individuals as their
attorney, nor may we act as a judge or arbiter in individual disputes. You may
want to contact an attorney if you wish to pursue this matter. If you
do not have an attorney, there are six county bar associations that
will provide lawyer referral services.

For referrals to attorneys in:

Snohomish County: (425) 388-3018
King County: (206) 623-2551
Pierce County: (253) 383-3432
Lewis County: (360) 748-0430
Clark County: (360) 695-5313
Thurston County: (360) 705-8194

We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention. Your
complaint will remain a part of our record of this firm’s business practices.

SANDRA M. HATCHER
Customer Services Specialist 3

Consumer Protection Division
(206) 389-2743

Enclosure

—————————————————

Now if this was not bad enough the attachment they sent was in Microsoft’s new Office 2007

format that you can’t open in anything else. I believe after reading this that the WA

State Attorney’s Office has been bought off by PayPal.com. It’s their job to protect you.

So why would they deny this protection to PayPal customers? “our office
does not have the authority under the law to force a resolution on the
parties.” They don’t have permission to go against PayPal. WOW!

I can’t tell you what is in the Word 2007 file they sent me and I can’t upload it because

I don’t know what is in it. What I can tell you is Office 2003 told me I had to download

a converter from Microsoft and I did. However the converter was unable to open the file

as well. Sad Our US Government has major computer issues.

PayPal Update. They have turned to mental warfare.

February 13th, 2008

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usacomputertec
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major
Joined: 23 Oct 2007
Posts: 60
Location: WA State USA

Ok PayPal has finally done it. One of their employees has gone insane and decided to post this:

PPman

“You people are ALL IDIOTS. You sign up and then you whine! I am so tired of dealing my my CR’s complaining about your stupid idiot calls and now I have to deal with the people calling telling us about this site.

We are on to you! This site is going down. You cannot fight PayPal. We own you and your money. If you people just followed our rules you would have your money today. Our user agreement is very fair and very easy to understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise you this site will be down by Friday! You cannot get away with making these accusations and think nothing is going to happen to you. I am sick of you and your stupid website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manager of a REAL company”

Here

You can draw more attention and spread this to others by clicking here.

How do we know it was PayPal? Well we can’t be 100% sure but here is what we do know.

1. PayPal’s escalations specialists are in:

Attention PayPal
PO Box 45950
Omaha Nebraska 68145

2. This guy who posted this has an IP that was traced back to Oneal Nebraska. (he claims he is in WA state)

3. He has been sending all kinds of strange e-mails from the same IP to the owner of the site.

This gives us good reason to believe that this is just an escalations specialist or a manager of the escalations specialists in Nebraska. So why the strange threat? Can the really shut down Screw-PayPal.com ? No they can’t shut down Screw-PayPal.com but they can try to do something legal to them. However Screw-PayPal.com has not put out any slander against PayPal. Hmmm. One thing I can’t figure out is why this guy isn’t defending himself.

I can’t believe PayPal would do something so foolish but then again here is some other things they have done in the past.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=323A9B4B8876ADD9

You get the picture. However this is not the only web site to get a threat from PayPal

http://www.paypalsucks.com/
http://www.internationalterrorist.com/paypal.html
http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/04/05/18/0128201.shtml?tid=126&tid=153&tid=172&tid=93&tid=95&tid=99
http://www.gnutellanews.com/article/12148
http://www.tcj.com/messboard/ubb/Forum1/HTML/007500.html
http://seclists.org/lists/politech/2003/Mar/0040.html
http://dir.salon.com/tech/feature/2001/02/23/pay_pal/index.html
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/paypal.html
http://www.aboutpaypal.org/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paypalperil/
http://www.outofthedark.com/CorporateWars/PayPal/index.html
http://www.ygoodman.com/paypal.aspetc.

Can PayPal afford to keep fighting this? I don’t think so. Not with all the new alternatives. My new employer is even going to start ibeforeebay.com, ibeforeebayandsometimesybay.com ibeforeebayexceptaftercbay.com and others. 🙂

http://paypalsucks.com/images/NoPayPal468banner1black.gif

The image “http://banners.paypalwarning.com/paypalwarning1.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The image “http://www.screw-paypal.com/images/banner_4.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

And my personal favorite

Click here for full size.

I’m sorry but our skilled professionals using a highly scientific algorithm have determined your account must be frozen.

For more PayPal fun go here http://www.screw-paypal.com/paypal_videos.html

More Insight Into the XBOX 360 Hacking.

February 9th, 2008

Yesterday I discovered a whole new world of Trusted Computing in the XBOX 360 that I had never heard of on the Internet or anywhere before.

I was going in for a job interview at a computer repair / video game arcade / XBOX repair shop. The first thing that they asked me was if I knew much about XBOX 360s. I told them that the only thing I knew was how they worked. I had never taken one apart before and worked on it. I asked them what the problem was. They told me that the original CD/DVD drive had broken inside and they took it out and sent the XBOX 360 to Microsoft for repairs 3 times and each time they got it back they would stick an XBOX 360 game into the console and it said to please put it into an XBOX 360. So the XBOX was having an identity crisis of sorts or was it a trusted computing program in the game itself? They told me that they had been working on the problem for 3 weeks now trying to fix it themselves. So what was the problem?

Lets think back to the chain of trust that the XBOX uses (video here). First the secret BIOS checks the flash memory and passes trust to it and then it checks the hardware and software and passes trust to it and then it checks the game in the drive and passes root access to it. So where were we going wrong here? The XBOX 360 would play DVDs and CDs. So where were we breaking the chain of Trust? Well the secret Bios was passing control to the flash and to the HD software and playing DVDs and CDs. For some reason when we stuck in a Game and it tried to verify that it was an XBOX 360 it panicked. My conclusion was that every piece of hardware had a hardware ID of sorts and that the BIOS was to check all of them against each other to make sure that the system matched. The game however did not see that all of them matched up the way they were suppose to so It said it didn’t like us.

So I wanted to see the two XBOX 360 CD/DVD drives. Both had the same model number on them and both looked identical from the outside. But I was suspicious. Why was this drive twice as thick as a standard CD/DVD drive and enclosed in a strange metal cage? I looked at the model number more closely and found a strange unidentified number underneath that ended in 014 and the other new one was 009 if I remember which was which. So now we took the outer shells off and looked at the circuit boards. Both boards looked identical to most people but if you really looked the circuits had different shapes and different resisters in different places. Also the big chips that were in the same place had different numbers on them even though they were the same brand. It had a Panasonic controller chip. So I instructed the guy to exchange the boards (which had the same connectors) between the new and old drives. We put the new drive back in with the old board and the games played.

Before I knew that they had the old drive still I figured they would have to call Microsoft and explain the problem to them and hope that 1. they understood and 2. they agreed that it could be a possibility.

We are not done here. Then the guy asked me if we could add more RAM by putting ram chips on top of the old ones in there. I said that if it’s so picky about the hardware being just right then I would not try it because it probably would not work. Besides that it could hurt the Linux hacking ability by changing memory addresses.

Somewhere in a forum on the net a man claimed that his friend had a 100MB program that put files into Windows XP and turned it into the XBOX 360 game system without needing the secret BIOS or any of the hardware. That got us thinking. What if you could add these files into WINE and convert it into an XBOX 360? What would be the problem? I’ll tell you the problem. 1. The software probably can’t be modified due to the End User License Agreement, 2. The game might try to verify the XBOX 360, 3. WINE runs slow. However this might also give us the free Cedega we’ve been looking for like PlayOnLinux.

If anyone can use this information to do further XBOX 360 hacking please have at it.

Related articles and material that might help you with XBOX hacking.

Hacking the XBOX and Microsoft’s 17 classes of Mistakes http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-749497642180741726

XBOX 360 Hacking Videos http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=XBOX+360+Hacking&sitesearch=

XBOX 360 gives off dangerous levels of Radiation and screws up Wal Mart’s Computer system. http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/perfectdarkzero/news_6136388.html

The Distro Journey Has Begun: OpenSuSE 10.3

February 9th, 2008

I have started a journey of sorts as I have stated not too long ago. I decided to try multiple distributions in order to see what features were good, what ones were not, and if an all star distribution were to be made, which features would, in my view, make the cut. The first part of what is going to sound disturbing to a few at first, because of the issue of “selling out.” However, allow me to explain.

OpenSuSE

Whether we like it or not, it is on the top 10 of DistroWatch. The fact that enough people are willing to visit the OpenSuSE website should indicate that they are at least interested in this distribution. Now before being accused of walking towards the dark side due to Novell’s deal with Microsoft, allow me to point a few things out.

When the deal went down, the volunteers had no say in the matter. In other words, the OpenSuSE team was caught in the crossfire that ensued.  While Ken Starks (a.k.a. helios) himself criticized Novell heavily for the deal they made with Microsoft, he never once fired upon the OpenSuSE team.  Not once.  Again, they had no say in the matter.  With that in mind, let us begin with the evaluation of OpenSuSE 10.3.  Keep in mind that this will be quite brief as I plan on making a more in depth version later on (in the form of a book perhaps).

Installation

I used the network installation method so that I would have the up-to-date packages installed.  It uses the RedHat Package Management tool for installation/removal of software.  I ran into an issue on AMD Athlon-64 desktop system when trying to do a straight installation.  I had to set up the repository information before beginning the install sequence.  In my opinion, I should not have had to do that, but oh well.  It was a minor inconvenience.   I have only tested this on the desktop system for an entire week, so…..

What Worked

Hardware detection was decent for the most part.  I had to change the monitor type, but after installing the nVIDIA driver for 3D graphics and improved desktop performance, the resolution problem was easier to fix.  Software updates worked for the most part, and I was able to connect to the web through the cable modem.  I was able to use K-mail to send and receive e-mail and Konqueror and Firefox for web browsing.  Installation of packages through YaST (Yet Another System Tool) worked like a charm.  Hardware detection worked quite well.  My printer worked just fine.

What Was Wrong

For the life of me, I kept being told that there was an update to Amarok.  I installed the same thing several times, only for it to show up again later.  It was the same update over and over again.  I would think, “Not again!  I already installed it!”  It was quite annoying.  Also, I have not used Thunderbird, because when I tried hitting reply to an e-mail, the application locked up and was stone cold dead.  Not a good thing.  It would also be nice if the installation routine allowed people to do 1440×900 resolution, but that would have to be set aside: it is not always good to sit around and complain.

What Makes It Unique

Before getting into that, I would like to point out that a choice was given between GNOME and KDE.  It even included the usual staples, such as Firefox and OpenOffice.org.  However, there is some uniqueness to OpenSuSE that I would never have th ought possible.  Like an RSS feed, it is possible to subscribe to a repository of RPM packages for OpenSuSE.  By clicking a link to the file, the appropriate YaST component for software opens and runs a wizard to install the pertinent software without enabling the repository on a permanent basis (though it can be arranged latter).  I subscribed to the nVIDIA driver repository so I could get 3D up and running on the 64-bit desktop.  It worked well enough.  YaST is also an interesting approach to controlling the system itself.  Think of it as a Windows Control Panel on steroids and then some.  This edition of YaST is much more streamlined and better looking than past versions of SuSE that I purchased (before Novell/Microsoft).

While there are plenty of control panels, I believe that SuSE may have been among the first distributions to allow for installing software via the Internet.  Another first is of course the ability to add a repository with a single mouse click.  Imagine if something like that were in Ubuntu, Mint, or PCLinuxOS!  Would that be cool or what?  Mint already has a one-click install feature, but it temporarily edits the repository information.  What if such a thing could be made permanent?

All Star Feature

Adding a one-click feature to the software installation management utilities out there would be an excellent idea in my opinion.  So how did OpenSuSE do on my main desktop system?

*** out of *****

It was decent enough, but too many annoying glitches kept popping up, such as the Amarok update that refuses to either install or be removed from the update list.  The setup confused me initially as well.  Note that a 3 out of 5 score indicates a very decent system.  Yes, I am setting the standards pretty high.  😉

Discrimination and Devision

January 30th, 2008

It’s funny that you guys are focusing on Discrimination. What you should really be focusing on is Devision in the Linux community. I almost feel sorry for the PCLinuxOS community because of the Trolls that they have been infected with. When I say almost it’s because Texstar and others are doing nothing about it. What is happening is people such as newmikey, johncoom / coomjohn, and others have infiltrated PCLinuxOS forums and IRC chat and this is the result. (the video content that shows the result that this blog post refers to has been removed do to FUD attacks) http://tinyurl.com/3af2qj

Editor’s Note: I redacted a phone number out of respect for the individual’s privacy. 

A man called me this morning 01/31/08 because he thought I was Lee and posted the video. He started making accusations against me. He called from [Redacted for privacy purposes: Let this also be a lesson to anyone who wants to call for the sole purpose of screaming at somebody…… they call it caller ID for a reason] and asked for me by name. He then proceeded to act like he was a person with high authority acting on behalf of PCLinuxOS which he later told me was not the case. I’m not going to release the information in the phone call yet because my PR team is working on peacing all of this evidence together to form another story. Although I would like to thank all of the trolls that have contributed to the evidence so far. I encourage you to please keep sending your submissions and harassment so we can document it and use it to further solve this mystery. I e-mailed Lee and let him know about this man. That is probably why he removed his video.

I can’t say that I see the discrimination being targeted directly towards the disabled since I can’t see the discriminating Posts on the video but I do recognize those user names. It’s not really all about PCLinuxOS. These Trolls are trying to infiltrate everywhere and break us up. They are looking for any little thing and trying to magnify it by either taking it out of context or blowing it up out of proportion or by trying to get statements out of people like my by saying mean and hurtful remarks that are just ludicrous.

These Trolls belong to cults and I have evidence that supports it. A man who calls himself Ahron Darnell has several links on the internet in an internet search. He E-mailed me personally trying to get me to stop believing in religion after I blocked newmikey, Jan, and other’s discriminating and negative remarks on my forum. What I found was that he is part of a cult that is against Morals and Religion. (Ahron Darnell lives in Lexington, KY 40509 and is part of a Ubuntu LoCo. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KentuckyTeam)

The Federation of the Tollerant and Moral Free.

Ahron also sent me the following links to try to make me doubt my religion and get rid of my faith:

http://web.mac.com/bice1/bice/Bice_Blog/Bice_Blog.html

http://www.rationalresponders.com/

Then he sent me an e-mail saying that he was for Morals? If you ever asked yourself how Hitler got the Germans to go along with his plans read the book “The Wave“. It’s a true story about how a History teacher got his High School students to transform into Mindless Followers without even trying. It got so bad that the entire town, and the school stepped in and asked the History Teacher how he was going to turn it around. It’s very easy to start a revolution driven by fear.

Now I don’t want to be racist against any Linux distributions but I want to state some facts. These Ubuntu LoCos are very exclusive to anyone thinking that any other distro could be as good and Ubuntu. They Discriminate against any other distro. They believe they will become the supreme Linux Distro and wipe out all others. All of their followers may not know this or believe it but most of them do. I know this because of e-mails I have received from them. I already stated this in another blog post.

PCLinuxOS and some other distros are headed in the same direction. I don’t believe that this spirit is being driven by people that started the projects but rather by these cults or representatives from these cults. It may even be funded by Microsoft.

New evidence suggests that PCLinuxOS is based off of mandriva but that they are still guilty of doing the same things that they accused me of. I will confirm all the data before posting a response to this.

So are you for or against exclusion, devision, and discrimination or do you want to keep feeding the trolls.

Yesterday one of these anonymous trolls found that I was against SUSE, Xandros, and Linspire because they sold out to Microsoft. They tried to lead me on by saying that they agreed that SUSE, Xandros, and Linspire were evil and they added that I should be against any distro that was being maid outside the USA just to try to lead me into a trap. I’ve still been getting these posts in my forums. I immediately delete them and some times post a response.

So you see it’s not me Discriminating against anyone. It’s just a band if Internet Trolls banding together to divide and destroy the Linux community. Don’t feed the trolls or they will bite off your hand.

Now part of freedom of Religion and freedom of speech is the right to stand up for what we believe. If I’m a Christian and I believe that Christianity is the only way to Heaven as all true Christians believe then I’m entitled to that belief. I don’t come out and say to a person “You are going to Hell” or “You are damed” and I can’t do that because that’s also a part of Christianity. Only God can say who is damed and who is not. I know what the criteria is for going to Heaven and Hell but only God knows for sure who is and isn’t. The thief on the cross that died next to Jesus went to heaven in his last hour because of his faith. Also I may not believe that being Gay, Bi, or Lesbian is not right but I’m not going to condemn anyone for being that way. Also you seem to think that Christians Discriminate people. Watch This and This and then you tell me that Christians Discriminate.
If you want a real life example when I was in High School there was a Gay kid that everyone knew. He was very exclusive and didn’t want to be friends with me. I kept my distance from him and didn’t say hurtful remarks or racist remarks to him. One day he tried to privoke a fight by saying that my mother was on Crack when I was born. So I replied and said that his Mom was watching too much Martha Stewart while he was born. All I was doing was standing up for myself. The teacher didn’t even seem to care because of how stupid the other kid was for trying to start something when there was peace.

I will tolerate any Race and try to learn as much about them as I can. Now I’m not racist. I will talk to anyone who is willing to listen or talk back. 🙂 Peace man.

Now I think I’ve been as open and honest as you could ask so LAY OFF!

A Bit About Me.

January 30th, 2008

For those reading the last post, it was indeed a very good discussion. Let us not end such a thing with the ending of that post. Let us continue with a new post. There is a need for myself to clarify a few things, and in doing so, I hope that all readers will learn more about both themselves and the person that I am.

I am not a Christian. I stopped following that path (never really followed it) during the eighth grade. I kept it inside of myself until I blurted it out in the middle of social studies. We were debating how best to counter Saddam Hussein, a dictator. Being the foolish idealist at the time, I figured that convincing the people to rebel against their leader would work (just take a few aside, and plant ideas in their minds and hearts). Then he did. The teacher said, “Let us stop thinking like Christians for a moment…” I at that point was no longer a Christian. I blurted that out, and….. well…. The school I went to was in a town with multiple churches. You can guess how my fellow classmates took it: not very well. One told me that it meant I had no soul. Others tried to “save” me. I countered the question about believing in God with, “Do you believe in yourself?” A teacher misinterpreted it as me asking if the person believes they have the power of God. Thinking back, I now find such a thing quite amusing.

What was meant by that question of mine was the matter of self-reliance. Are you going to use your faith as a crutch in life, or are you going to finish that prayer at last and do something yourself to change the situation you are in? The whole non-Christian thing started off on an amusing note. We were discussing the U.S. Constitution in the seventh grade. We were going to be tested on it, and would have to pass it (mandatory in other words). We noted that the President, when elected, would often place their hand on the Bible as they were being sworn in. We asked what would happen if the President in question was not a Christian. I figured, “Why not find out…..” I figured that as President, I would simply follow the tradition, not out of agreement, but out of respect for it. I of course no longer have any aspirations for the Oval Office, especially since I now understand how the responsibility for any government can not be placed upon the shoulders of one official alone.

I sympathize with those outside of Christianity. I truly do. I know how Wiccans are often discriminated against. I have heard stories of lesbians getting beat up. I know how horrible such things are. However, I also see a precedent emerging that is quite dangerous.

In the beginning, Christianity, before it obtained the official title (right when it was hijacked by the Roman Empire), was discriminated against by religious leaders who felt their power base being threatened. It then eventually obtained dominance and became corrupt in a sense as those claiming to be a large part of that group started imposing their doctrine on everyone else. There were factional splits due to those with slightly more courage, such as Martin Luther, who did not like what he saw with the Catholic Church, and never intended to break away from them (it simply happened as a result of leadership feeling threatened…. after all, they wanted control). There are individual Christians who are quite close minded. I also recognize however that there are those who have very open minds as well.

Here is where I see the problem: points of view being crammed down other peoples’ throats in the name of tolerance. If we as a society can not convince people on our own that being respectful of others’ beliefs and values is a good idea, then we as a society have problems and will eventually fail as a society. We should not resort to laws forcing ideals down the throats of others. Like Jesse Ventura, I agree that morality can not be legislated. Why? We all have morals: they just do not match with every individual.

The link in the last paragraph may appear bigoted at first glance, but think about it for a moment. A business may refuse to hire somebody based on a Christian perspective, yet Christian churches have to hire those who are not Christian? Wait a minute? Is that not a double standard? As someone who is not Christian, I would not want to work at a church as I have no intention on joining the faith, which is the only reason one would want to go to one on a regular basis. I understand why the proverbial boot of a non-Christian is being thrust upon Christians: out of fear that they may lose ground in the fight for their rights. However, take note: I am not for Wiccan rights. I am not for gay/lesbian rights or womens’ rights. I am for everybody’s rights!

I find things being done to those outside of a rigid Christian perspective to be horrible. What worries me is that those fighting against bigotry are becoming bigots themselves against Christianity in general and jumping to conclusions that are quite dangerous in the long run. Allow me to explain….

Justin Breithaupt is a good friend of mine. I once asked him, “You do realize I’m not a Christian, right?” He says, “Oh yeah…” and moves on. What? No comment on how I shall burn in Hell? Nothing saying I am evil for not believing what he does? Take note that I am not an atheist either. I consider myself mostly neutral, but if I had to pick a side, I would choose Discordianism. I may not be as devout as I would like to be since I do not eat a hot dog every Friday, but I would proudly declare myself one of the few, the proud, the chaotic at the same time. The point is, we are both able to work together somehow. Did he discriminate against me as a non-Christian when I inquired about a notebook computer with set budget (it was fairly high)? Did he screw me?

If anything, I would say he screwed himself. He found a wonderful ASUS notebook online that had plenty of power to it. Dual core AMD Turion64 X2, nVIDIA GeForceGo 7600 (256 MB DDR RAM… and PCI-Express too), 120 GB Hard Drive, DVD-RAM Drive, 1 GB RAM, and other goodies were discovered online, and he charged me way under the budget amount. I was impressed, so I overpaid him. 😉

He runs a business called Computer Rescue. Through that business, he has migrated people away from Microsoft-based solutions. He used PCLinuxOS to do this as he found it to be the best at the time. He attempted to communicate with their forum in the past, and was attacked due to openly being a Christian, and having said content on his website, despite the fact that it was his site, not theirs. I suggested earlier that Breithaupt’s business be added to their list of OEM companies, but found out later that said post was deleted. He was not the only person attacked due to a “social issue.” Take a look at this video, and you might see what I mean.

How did you like that? That did not seem very nice, did it? I became so concerned, that I came very, very close, to asking the PCLOS group if they were going to do the same thing to Justin that they did to Lewis. I will not specify what I meant by that. Those on the developer mailing list of that distribution will more than likely know what I am referring to.

My apologies for getting off track. Now where was I? Ah, yes, discrimination against Justin for being honest about his beliefs. If one feels they are being attacked, what happens? They attempt to defend themselves of course. Another individual would later go on and on about Justin being crazy due to his beliefs. Justin at times does have difficulty clearly stating what he means, so he will come off as arrogant or bigoted at times when he is simply being honest. Remember the saying about honesty being the best policy? Well, that assumes that said honesty is clarified in the first place and is not misinterpreted. On that end, he does need some work. I feel a future podcast coming on……

Anyway, this shall conclude this post. Let the discussion continue.