16 January 2017 @ 04:12 pm
Public Enemy - By The Time I Get To Arizona  

Current Music: Public Enemy - By The Time I Get To Arizona
10 January 2017 @ 07:06 pm
Dylann Roof and the phenomenon of stochastic terrorism.  
 Before posting this, I went looking to see if someone has actually already connected Dylann Roof, who has now received the death penalty for killing nine of his fellow Americans, with the concept of Stochastic Terrorism - which is the phrase which has been coined to describe what happenes when hate speech inspires a "lone wolf" to commit atrocities, leaving the source of the hate speech free to proclaim their innocence, and deny any responsibility for the act. 

This is the only one I've found: "Someone Taught Him To Hate," which was posted on DailyKos back on June 18, 2015.

I won't mince words here - I think it's time we started prosecuting incidents of stochastic terrorism. The First Amendment only goes so far to protect hate speech. Pundits who spew violent rhetoric need to be held accountable for the next time when their hate speech triggers another attack or mass shooting. If the computer of a "lone wolf" shooter or bomber is searched, and stuff like Free Republic and Stormfront and Breitbart comes up, there should be actual repercussions if said "lone wolf" was targeting the people vilified by those websites. There should be fines at least. Gag orders. Something.

The next time some rando shoots up a Planned Parenthood clinic, the authorities need to pay attention to what they might have been reading and what sites they might have been going to, and the people involved should be held accountable for the violence that they're helping to inflict. Authorities should treat hate crimes committed by Christian religious extremists the same that they do crimes committed by Islamic extremists. Get rid of the double standard. It's all terrorism.


Current Music: Dead Kennedys - Nazi Punks Fuck Off
10 January 2017 @ 06:30 pm
More on Trump's alleged ties to Russia  
I guess we'll find out soon if there is anything to these, but here they are. A screencap of part of the dossier is behind a cut, due to NSFW. And a note about the reports, here. Still waiting to be verified but...If needed, brainbleach can be found here.

CNN: Intel Chiefs Presented Trump With Reports Of Russian Attempts To Compromise Him

and then: 

"A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.

The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Barack Obama and Trump.

Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government."

A Highlight: CUT FOR NSFW )
Current Music: CCCP - American Soviets
09 January 2017 @ 10:57 pm
Tried rewatching the Matrix Trilogy.  
 OK, so I was able to watch it with no problems in the ensuing months and first three years or so after Everything Went Down. 

Then around 2009-2010 when I started trying to actually deal with shit, it got harder.

My last real effort was in 2012, when my roommate Ghost got the Ultimate Box Set. 

Then this week.

And I want them to be different. Like, I want it to happen differently this time. 

In the fall of 2006, when the psycho circus had finally left town and things were starting to settle, I started a fanfic where things did happen differently Because Shenanigans, due to the fact that the entire timeline that The Matrix had occured in had become a Tangent Universe (ala Donnie Darko) that wouldn't resolve itself, so the League of Temporal Adventurers from Michael Moorcock's Multiverse ended up having to involve themselves. This ended up in a divergent timeline, which split off from the original where everything happened like the films, like in the Star Trek reboot movies. Jerry Cornelius is the Anomaly of his timeline in the Moorcock books (with his brother Frank being the Virus.) He and Smith ended up in a bromance for the ages. I never finished it, but it basically turned into a Buddy Cop Movie where Smith and The English Assassin teamed up to take on the System. Keanu could do it...except then it would just be John Wick, with an English accent.

I'm not sure that this is exactly what I want to happen either, now.

Ghost has told me that the sequels didn't even happen as the Wachowski Starship even originally planned them, and that a lot of the decisions which were made later, which the fans hated, happened due to executive meddling. I heard a rumor that the sequels were originally supposed to be one film that was split into two, and a lot of the pacing issues in Revolutions that people complained about came from padding it out into an entire third film. I'm not sure how much truth there is to this -  but I'm not sure what more could be done to Reloaded from a filmmaking standpoint. That's a whole movie with a beginning, a middle, and an end...just not The End. And for years I thought it was superior even to the original film, because we get to see intrigue. We get to see Machine Culture. The Matrix and the Machine world aren't just a giant monolithic organization. There are cracks in the facade of unity and Singularity. I wish I'd had a chance to play the MMO - but by the time I had a job that would let me pay for rent and highspeed internet at the same time, it had ended. 

But I'm trying to power through them, and I want the story to be different this time. Maybe it's to shed the association with something that literally consumed my life. Maybe because the stuff that seemed so deep doesn't hold the same meaning for me anymore. 

I'm not even sure if I can really explain how. Maybe it's a metaphor for me wishing that everything had happened differently through all of 2005 and most of 2006.

I really wish a lot of things had gone down differently.

Anyway, apropos of nothing: Wuthering Heights!

ETA: Well, there's this: a fanedit which combines the sequels and the video games into one movie.

Current Music: Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
09 January 2017 @ 10:52 pm
This was a real conversation that my friends and I had Saturday.  
Current Music: Prince - Raspberry Beret
08 January 2017 @ 03:14 pm
#NoFascistUSA Dr. Cornell West and Carl Dix on the O'Reilly Factor  
This clip comes to us from the organization Refuse Fascism! (of which I am now a member.) 


There are also these handy dandy flyers which I am going to try to disseminate as well over the next few weeks.

Current Music: Massive Attack - Mezzanine
06 January 2017 @ 03:24 pm
@wikileaks is compiling a doxx list  
(or at least considering it)


An appropriate response:

Earlier, there had been some conversation with Moviebob about the perfidy of wikileaks, in which I tweeted this:

The problem is, wikileaks is actually this:


EDIT 2: Are you fucking kidding me?

Current Mood: determined
Current Music: HACKERS OST - The Joker
03 January 2017 @ 05:17 pm
If you read nothing else about the LJ server move, please read this.  
This is the first example I seen of real, specific info about what the server move to Russia really means to users from the USA and in other countries, in regards to Russian laws allowing them to monitor electronic communications. Linked post:

Relevant bits:

"The site has been owned by SUP media, a Russian company, since 2007. And in January 2009, the site moved some of its departments to Russia. So, some people would say, what difference does it make if the physical servers are in San Francisco or Russia? And why did they move there, anyway?

Because it's the law. 
Russian law requires that personal data of its citizens be processed by servers located within the territory of Russia. Which puts anyone not Russian in an ambiguous position at best, and in the same position as a Russian citizen at worst. 

Also, there's the issue of SORM. While the name sounds like it should be in a science fiction movie, SORM is, to quote the non-partisan think tank the World Policy Institute, "
Russia’s national system of lawful interception of all electronic utterances."

SORM-1 covers telephone communications.

SORM-2 allows for monitoring of the Internet. This extends to 
the monitoring of social media platforms, including social network websites and any other services that allows to establish a communication between two users (e.g. chat, forums). While this doesn't represent a problem for everyone, it is a threat to anyone who writes on sociopolitical issues and for those who actively promote discussion on such topics.

And SORM-3? A wiretapping system. One that doesn't require a warrant.

This is BAD. From a Russian user: "Since LiveJournal is now physically hosted on the territory of Russia, all the confidential information of service users is available for domestic security services in real time, in accordance with the requirements of SORM[,] SORM-2 and-3 to the Russian sites."

And, perhaps most disturbingly, there are recent rumors--unsubstantiated, but rumors nevertheless--of comms being deleted without warning. Pro-Ukrainian comms, from what I've heard...but that doesn't encourage me. It just says that LJ will shut down comms voicing what it considers to be contrary to 
Russian policy."

Yeah. I defy any right wing troll to come here again and tell me why those of us who are seriously having second thoughts about LJ now are just overreacting. This is some serious KGB shit, right here. I've had this on repeat since August:

Speaking of which: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, now with Trump visual aids. Cited!

Current Music: SISTERS OF MERCY - Dominion/Mother Russia
Current Mood: determined
03 January 2017 @ 01:09 pm
X-post from Tumblr, regarding cult leaders, narcissists, and psychopaths:  
This was inspired by a discussion elsewhere, but: a reason why it can be so difficult for victims of Internet Cult Shenanigans to speak out can be the fear of not being believed - because of people’s seeming innate inability to accept that human beings can be predatory monsters.

People tend to want to assume the best of people, (because they want people to assume the best of them) but it appears to be approaching a pathological condition - or maybe those of us who have been victimized just notice it more.

One of the most frustrating things I have encountered personally, not only as a survivor of Internet Cult Shenanigans, but in general when describing or seeing the actions of a psychopath, narcissist, or con artist described, is a response like, “that can’t be real, because I can’t believe that anyone would actually do that.”

We live in a world where the Holocaust happened, (and if the jury is still out for you on that, unfriend me now) and people are still navigating through life with this belief system stuck in their heads. OR: they don’t expect to be victimized by someone who looks like them, talks like them, or is a BNF in their fandom. They fully expect hostility from any assigned “Out Groups,” (i.e “Terrorists,” “Jocks,” “Those People”) but not anyone whom they have not Othered, especially if the con artist/cult leader is telling them things they already want to believe. Part of the reason people get suckered in the first place is because "they can't believe anyone would actually do that." Cult leaders, narcissists, and abusers bank on this mindset. It's what allows them to do their thing.

This is often compounded by the cult leader/con artist in question flailing about in wounded tears, wailing about how they are the victimized party (case in point: Donald Trump’s Twitter account - and yes I actually think he can be considered an Internet Cult leader, especially when you figure in MRAs/Stormfront/8chan) and how they “just want to live their lives, but the mean bullies just won’t leave them alone,” whenever anyone tries to hold them accountable for exploitation or abuse, or warn others so that they don’t get sucked in. I have seen them gain new followers in the wake of a cult meltdown/cult split just from this, as their hand-wringing and bawling histrionics bring in sympathy from formerly neutral bystanders/rubberneckers.

I’ve seen this on an interpersonal level, and I’m seeing it right now in our current national political situation (”you don’t need to worry about Trump or his followers, because the Nazis all died fifty years ago when Captain America punched out Hitler at the end of WWI, and racism is over. You’re just being a sore loser because you lost an election.”)

I don’t know what can be done to remedy this.

Speaking of which: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, now with Trump visual aids. Cited!
Current Mood: cynical
Current Music: MAITRO - Angels
02 January 2017 @ 03:42 pm
Life. Changing.  
 So, there is a way to import Flexible Squares from LJ to Dreamwidth, following these instructions.

I got it working on Dreamwidth. Just select "your custom style" after you're done pasting and saving and compiling the source code as instructed. I just pasted the color hex codes from my LJ theme into the theme color entries on my DW once that was done, and linked my background image in the theme settings. I'm going to go through the CSS later to see if there is a way to get it to show usernames and community names on the entries on my Reading page.

My LJ and DW styles are identical now! Now back to cramming for certs.

EDIT: There seem to be a lot of people who don't remember the Bad Old Days under G.W. Bush as President. As liable as Trump is to throw hissyfits, it's going to be that much worse over the next four years, assuming he doesn't get impeached: and since there are concerns that Vladimir Putin may be able to exert influence over Trump through his debts and business interests, and due to the fact that Putin's government in Russia has been suppressive of pro-LGBTQ and pro-Ukraine speech, it stands to reason that many of us who do remember are a bit worried right now about the impact to the 1st Amendment.

This is a post from 2004. That's how bad it was then, and that was just the G.W. Bush Administration. Now imagine things under Trump, from what we already have seen of his behavior. Yeah.


Current Music: MAITRO - Art Vandelay
Current Mood: accomplished
02 January 2017 @ 01:45 pm
KLF 01-01-2017 WTF FOUND VHS  

Current Music: KLF 01-01-2017 WTF FOUND VHS
Current Mood: awake
02 January 2017 @ 02:45 am
Import all the things!  

I just imported all my alts from the past twelve years of LJ usage. Except for the one Moorcock's Multiverse fanfic comm that I made which I only ever posted two WIP fics to, that did not have any followers. And those fics are now saved to Google Drive.

There were some accounts which I straight-up forgot I even had, until I ran into references to them in other journals. Some were RP journals from when I was active in the Matrix RP communities. I'm just so glad to get this out of the way. I'm still not quite ready to up and bahleet everything...but if LJ went away tomorrow, everything I care about saving is now backed up here.

In other news, I'm cramming for my Network +, Security +, and MCSA exams. I hope to get another data center job, but if I don't, I hope to get a job that will tide me over until I can get the certs to get one.

Current Music: SAINT PEPSI - Enjoy Yourself
Current Mood: accomplished
01 January 2017 @ 09:36 pm
Once again: these are the ramifications of the LJ servers moving to Russia.  
Take a look at this post here: 

I'm still on about this specifically because of the posts and comments I have seen which amount to "This is just a lot of Chicken Little squawking, I don't live in Russia, and I don't think LJ is about to go under or disappear, so none of this affects my journal or me personally." Actually, it still might. To quote the above linked post from lynnenne:

"On LJ migrating to Russian servers

I work for a tech company that deals with data residency issues all the time, so I'm sharing what I know about the legalities of LiveJournal moving its physical servers to Russia. (I don't know for certain that they have moved, but [personal profile] siderea has posted some evidence.) 

What I know: 

When a company offers a service to the public, the laws governing that service are determined by where the physical servers reside. For most of its life, LiveJournal servers lived in California, so LJ had to abide by California laws. Among other things, it meant that:
  • LJ couldn't share your personal data with advertisers, researchers, or other third parties without your permission
  • You maintained the copyright to any stories or essays you wrote
  • Whatever speech you published was protected by the first amendment, so they needed a valid reason to take it down (e.g. It violated LJ's terms and conditions, it constituted criminal activity, etc)
  • LJ could not turn over your personal data to law enforcement without a warrant

With the servers in Russia, none of that applies anymore. They can basically remove any posts that they don't like (political or otherwise) without giving you a reason. They can delete your entire journal without explanation or recourse. They can also translate your fiction and sell it as their own. And, since they have your credit card info, they can share that with their Russian mafia buddies and use it to steal your identity, hack your bank accounts, etc. 

Granted, LiveJournal has been owned by a Russian company for several years, so they might have been doing some of this stuff already. But last week, you could have sued them in a California court for doing it. From now on, you have no legal recourse."
The issue is not that LJ and all of the users' extant journals might suddenly vanish because LJ is in trouble, though that is a (possibly valid) concern which has been raised. No, most of the worry is due to the fact that many LJs of Cyrillic users have already been suspended or deleted due to the crackdown on pro-Ukraine, pro-LGBT political sentiments - and now that the LJs of users in other countries are under their jurisdiction, the pro-Putin government now gets to decide what material is objectionable and may be subject to deletion. That, and *your personal data* may not be protected the way it was when the servers resided in the US. This is just something to think about. 

HOW TO BACK UP YOUR LJ: (importing personal blogs) (importing communities)
Current Music: SAINT PEPSI - Shakealong
Current Mood: tired
31 December 2016 @ 08:10 pm
H A V E A N A E S T H E T I C N E W Y E A R ! ! !  

Current Music: MAITRO - SNAKE WAY 蛇の道
31 December 2016 @ 01:08 am
Another Update About LJ  
 copypasted from

03:55 pm - CONFIRMED: LJ Servers moving to Russia, now with all kinds of links and shit
I'm just learning about this. I'm mamculuna at Dreamwidth, also, but need to start posting from there. Possibly eventually I'll stop cross-posting.

Originally posted by 
rahirah at CONFIRMED: LJ Servers moving to Russia, now with all kinds of links and shit
LJ has been owned by a Russian company, SUP, for some years, but until recently, the servers were in California, and thus subject to US law. This is no longer be the case. Links on the ramifications of this (English speakers will need to use Google Translate on the last two):

I have done a traceroute ( ) on my own LJ, and it appears to come through a Russian server now. 

There are unconfirmed reports that journals with 'objectionable' content, such as pro-Ukraine blogs, are being deleted. There's also what looks like a mass migration of Russian users into Dreamwidth over the last week or so.

There are all kinds of ramifications for this move, most of them bad. For people located outside Russia, I think the greatest risk is simply that SUP has decided that the non-Russian side of LJ hasn't been profitable in ages, and is never going to be profitable, and this is the first step in shutting it down entirely. So if you have a Livejournal with content that you'd like to preserve, now is a real good time to back it up.

HOW TO BACK UP YOUR LJ: (importing personal blogs) (importing communities)

You can import tags, icons, filters, posts, and comments – the whole shebang. You can also set up crossposting to Livejournal (I've been crossposting to LJ from DW for years.)

If you have no Dreamwidth account, if someone imports a comment you made, it will be made under your 
Open ID account. If you make a DW account, you can claim these comments: (How can I claim my OpenID account with my Dreamwidth account?)

If you're already on Dreamwidth, or is you're setting up a backup account there now, please let me know so I can friend you over there. I'd hate to lose track of everyone if we wake up one morning and find a big ol' 404 error where LJ used to be.
31 December 2016 @ 12:01 am
The thing that really bothers me about the current issues with LiveJournal.  

Quick recap:


Importing your account to Dreamwidth and deleting your LJ seems like a good idea at this point, considering the fact that anything you have posted, public, locked, or otherwise - paypal accounts, financial info, and other info, is not secure at this point and may be compromised - either by foriegn hackers or the Russian goverment.

However - according to the info in the above links, as many as 1000 LJ users in Russia right now have been imprisoned for things they’ve posted (e.g. LGBT content, pro-Ukraine content,) either in locked or unlocked posts, going back to 2006.  

This is the regime that many Republicans are now lauding as a great alternative to eight years of Obama’s administration - which never took their guns, or their right to free speech, or violated their constitutional rights in any way, despite eight years of right wing propaganda bleating otherwise - even when they were threatening to kill President Barack Obama, and insulting him and his family with racial slurs.

This is the difference between a free, democratic society and a totalitarian regime. And this is why it is so troubling to me that so many Republicans seem so supportive of Vladimir Putin right now. Many of them seem to be in favor of the idea of a strongman taking over and “making America great again” - the same people who have been calling Obama a fascist despot for two Presidential terms. Many of them do not have any real idea what living under the regime of an actual fascist despot is really like. They might find out sooner than later.

ETA: And I'm kind of annoyed by the post with the "tee hee, look at all those losers exporting their journals, I'm not doing anything because I don't live in Russia so this doesn't concern me," comments, which has just made it into the top 25 entries on LJ. I understand people not wanting to up an abandon a service that they've used for ten years or more, but I'm not sure they are aware of the full weight of the situation. It also low-key shows support for a totalitarian regime which has already censored or jailed people for simply voicing opinions that they don't approve of - but then, the human trait which annoys me the most by far is peoples' tendency to ignore facts that make them uncomfortable.

Current Mood: determined
Current Music: ★ Assorted Vaporwave Mix/Compilation #1 | 2+ Hours ★ - SoUnDsTaTiOn
30 December 2016 @ 04:08 pm
★ Assorted Vaporwave Mix/Compilation #1 | 2+ Hours ★ - SoUnDsTaTiOn  

Current Music: ★ Assorted Vaporwave Mix/Compilation #1 | 2+ Hours ★ - SoUnDsTaTiOn
30 December 2016 @ 03:12 pm
The latest from LJ  
 Once again, I have copy-pasted this, this time from

[info] What is going on with LiveJournal?

Originally posted by kas2umi at [info] What is going on with LiveJournal?

We all know LiveJournal had a recent maintenance session that lasted approximately three more hours. Personally, I felt the after-effects of that session as my private post disappeared from one of my communities and a constant warning is popping up when i try to edit some post saying that my text is spam and I should contact the LJ Report Abuse team listing it as a fail. However, I don't know how many of you know that the LiveJournal servers have been physically moved to none other but mother Russia. What does this mean to LJ users? I sure as hell hope nothing, but I am going to write down some things I stumbled across and give out a fair warning.

Earlier today, I stumbled upon a post which you can read 
here(read more of her recent posts!!) Now, I was curious at first - perhaps the author has personal reasons for moving but her comment directed to the readers made me look into the subject a little bit further.

LiveJournal has been hosted in California for many years now, and ten years ago it has been decided for supporting the Cyrillic part of it, as the owners of the site had wanted. And as the author of the second 
post I've stumbled upon says:


"За этот период в России успели пересажать не меньше тысячи человек за посты, реплики, лайки, шеры, ретвиты и кросспосты в социальных сетях. но ни одно из обвинительных заключений не основывалось на пользовательских данных, полученных силовиками от администрации сервиса LiveJournal Inc в штате Калифорния. В моём собственном уголовном деле есть переписка сыскарей с той самой администрацией, где содержится вежливый, но категорический отказ в предоставлении моих персональных данных, поскольку запрос не содержал никаких юридических оснований для их раскрытия."

Which roughly translates to Russian government jailing almost as much as a thousand people for what they have written in their posts, replies, shares and crossposts to other social media, during the period of the agreement for Cyrillic users back in 2006 until the recent transfer of servers. The author also suggests that none of the incarcerations was based of the user data that could have been received from the LJInc in California as, I quote the author: "...had a correspondence with the administration which has a categorical refusal of providing personal data as the request does not contain any legal basis for their disclosure."


"Поскольку ЖЖ теперь физически хостится на территории России, вся конфиденциальная информация пользователей сервиса доступна отечественным спецслужбам в режиме реального времени, в соответствии с требованиями СОРМ-2 и СОРМ-3 к российским площадкам."

Basically translates that since LJ is now physically hosted on the Russian territory, all of the information (confidential or not) hosted on the site, will be available for domestic services. Meaning? Your personal info, your posts, comments, private messages, your friending list, your PayPal or credit card info if your account is a paid one - all of it will be available for their use. The Russia is purging.

Now, about the glitches after the maintenance. I have read many posts saying how they can't change their userpic, see comments, edit posts etc. As you can read in the image below, it's probably some Javascript shit gone wrong, but nonetheless, with how "fast" they have been resolving the issues, one can't hope for a stable LJ for now. Borrowed from 

As a fanfiction writer basking in the glory of the "G" in LGBTQ+, for exactly four years on this site,I honestly hope my entries won't continue disappearing because of the glitches the Support team doesn't seem to know how to fix or Cyrillic journals and journals overall containing adult content of this sort of writing or certain political statements start disappearing one day when I log in. (or fail to do so at that)

And this, which can be read 

With the shitty management of the system these days and the info from the above, it looks like it's about to get dark in here.

All of you having paid accounts, or have quite personal stuff here on LJ - be careful! For me, this is a wonderful site to post fanfiction, ramblings and simply interact with people from various fandoms. It is a tool to express ourselves in a way we couldn't in front of our families and in public. So damned it be if it goes to hell. The Russian-understanding part of my friend list - feel free to read the post I have linked above and give an insight. Would be much appreciated.

For all of the fanfiction writers and those that have important stuff stored here - back your LJ up to DW! It is an easy and simple process! Beter safe than sorry, if these system glitches continue to happen in the near future.

Any thoughts on this?