End Taxation Bot

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:49:14 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

For a while now I've been interjecting in conversations that mention taxation a few simple words:

Taxation is extortion. End it.

The other day, I posted a tweet on Twitter in which I mispelled "weird" as "wierd" and the @WeirdVsWierd bot piped up with a reminder of the proper spelling. My subconscious worked on that overnight and came up with an idea for my own simple bot. I skipped work on Thursday morning and wrote an endtaxationbot, in Lisp, of course. It tweets as @endtaxationbot.

Taxation is Theft

The bot is now running on billstclair.com, in the same lisp image that serves this blog. Once an hour it finds the most recent 10 tweets mentioning the word "taxation", and responds to each with one of two messages:

Taxation is theft. End it.

or:

Taxation is extortion. End it.

So far, I've had a couple of people follow the bot, lots of retweets and favorites, and, of course, quite a few people saying how impossible it would be to end taxation. Sorta cool. Injecting a meme into the Twitterverse, 10 tweets an hour.

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POODLE

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:20:54 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

A new SSL vulnerability, POODLE, is in the news. I changed my Apache web server's SSL configuration to mitigate. It no longer supports IE 6, so if you're using that, why?

I used the recommended Apache configuration at https://hynek.me/articles/hardening-your-web-servers-ssl-ciphers/
I tested it at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

I'm still using a certificate signed with SHA-1. That is apparently no longer recommended. I'll update it sometime.

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Google's Nameserver: 8.8.8.8

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:34:49 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

The internet at my house has been slow of late. Can't see it in transfer rates, but I noticed today that many of my domain name lookups were timing out. So I changed the networks on my iMac and my iPhone to use 8.8.8.8 before my wifi router's 192.168.1.1. It's like having a new computer. The internet is instant again. 8.8.8.8 is google-public-dns-a.google.com. Also likely useful is google-public-dns-b.google.com, 8.8.4.4.

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Rebalancing the Scales

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:19:35 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Eric Peters Autos - when a mundane assaults you on the street, you have the right to defend yourself, violently, and he, not you, is responsible for any harm that comes to either of you, once it has been established that he was the aggressor. Not so with the police. You are guilty of a crime if you defend yourself, and the taxpayers, not the individual cop, will pay should he be found to be in the wrong.

This must stop. If it doesn't stop soon, we will be at war with the police. A real shooting war. They will lose, but the casualties on both sides will be massive. At least that's my take on it. Click the link to read Eric's.

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My Ribs Are Healing

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:54:41 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

As I noted on 23 August, I broke seven ribs on 18 August after hitting a deer on my motorcycle. It's now five and a half weeks later, and I've been free of pain meds since the weekend. Still a little pain, but not enough to stop me from sleeping or distract me too much to work.

I can also finally lay on my back in bed, so I no longer have to get up every two hours to let my right side recover. Praise the Lord for small miracles!

The doctor said the whole process would take 12 weeks, so I'll wait until the middle of November before I start lifting heavy objects, but I appear to be well on my way to healing.

I took a look at my scooter yesterday. Something is obstructing free motion of the steering, so I'll have to fix that before I can take it on short rides around home. I was hoping to replace it and my old Saab in the spring with an Elio, but they won't be shipping until fall of 2015. So I'll have to fix the leak in the Saab's power steering fluid line so that I can use it until then. Sigh...

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Quote

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 24 Aug 2014 03:07:25 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"When Americans decide to actually DO something about their police state problem, three percent of America's 80 million gun owners will grab their deer rifles and go out and shoot two cops. If ten percent are successful, we'll be rid of half a million pigs in one day.

"The police are the tip of the state's enforcement speer. WIthout them, we could all laugh at everything our government's huge bureaucracy demands. Even with them we can laugh at most of it, as long as we're willing to kill what needs killing, and any man that would deny another's liberty for an act that harms none needs killing, bad."

-Bill St. Clair

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Dance Me to A Deer Collision

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:38:34 GMT  <== Entertainment ==> 

Last Sunday, August 17, I took a long scooter ride to Fall River, MA, to dance with Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. On the way home, after midnight, I hit a deer, went down, rolled a few times, and broke seven ribs. Full story at billstclair.com/accident.html.

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Robin Williams, RIP

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:17:28 GMT  <== Entertainment ==> 

Robin Williams is dead. Apparently from depression. Sigh...

But his humor lives on. Nanu Nana, Your Magnificence!

150 Greatest Robin Williams Jokes (local copy)

Lot of YouTube videos

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Quote

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:37:01 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The purpose of public schools is to inculcate unquestioning obedience to imposed authority." -- Bill St. Clair

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Positive Law

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:29:31 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Eric Peters Autos - good screed on the crimes under color of law that make up most of police activity these days.

Positive law is a moral nullity.

Except, of course, with regard to enforcement. A speeder hasnt committed a moral wrong, but the cop who pulls the "speeder" over (euphemism check; what hes doing is forcibly waylaying a morally innocent person at gunpoint; he is not asking his victim to pull over for a chat; he is demanding the target submit and obey . . . or else) is committing a moral offense.

A crime, arguably.

The crime of physical assault.

Clovers will contend that no assault takes place. Which is true, provided one does as ordered. Provided one obeys every barked command. If one accepts this Cloverian logic, then every battered wife only has herself to blame. Look what you made me do, exclaims her boyfriend/husband.

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