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Methinks the ISP doth Protest Too Much

Pricewert Whinges

Over the past week, behind the scenes, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been progressively locking down an ISP, until finally on the 6th of June, it got the plug pulled.  See news item here: US cuts off ‘criminal’ net firm

Pricewert, the umbrella for firms such as 3FN.net & APS Telecom is charged with running and/or turning a blind eye to botnets, child porn, bestiality, spam rings and all the other shite that sticks to the sole of your shoe.

Amazingly, a ‘representative’, Max Christopher, thinks that he’s being victimised because he’s Ukrainian! (ees eet cos ahz black?)  Er, no.  He’s being victimised because of a long history of shite.

The FTC charge sheets are extremely interesting, although lengthy, reading.  Someone from Max’s office was caught arranging a botnet in an ICQ channel over an extended period. “No problem”  was his words, although “it may take some time” were some others.

Webhosting Clowns

An intesting take, for me, is to found when checking up on Webhosting performance.  The Webhosting review sites are a notorious haven of self-promotion and fibs which has made it very difficult for me to decide on a decent webhost – my current one has too many dropouts for my liking.  Check this review of 3FN.net. There are two extremely positive reviews from somone called Yanski at [email protected] and another from [email protected] One from [email protected] gives a more realistic review especuially after reading about attacks and portscans on other sites!  Like I’m going to believe someone with a .ru email address?  Do you know how much .ru spam and comment spam shite I get?

As an example of a naff fibby review, try this one from top10dedicatedhosting.com for example.  When talking about 3FN in this over-the-top puff, they say, “10 year of flawless reputation and excellent web hosting services makes the company the most reliable and respectful web hosting provider.”

Then compare and contrast to the various unpaid-for and unsolicited comments above.  Need I say more?

Free Software Magazine Whinges

One final thing on this topic.  There’s a post here by the big-girl’s-blouse of a website called Free Software Magazine.  Apparently, they got taken offline by the FTC because their host was 3FN and they’re stamp-their-feet really annoyed.  They see it as a freedom thing and there’s no court case thing…

I see it differently.  I see SpamHaus, a reputable organisation helping the FTC clear the sewers.  I use the Spamhaus SBL.  Spamhaus’s information which they laboriously collate for anyone to use, was a key ingredient in the top judge closing the company down.  The nature of botnets and elctronic information in general, is that they travel at just below the speed of light.  24 hours as FSM claim would be okay is just far too long.  Spamhaus has a book on these scum.  I myself, with a 15min purge in Google have found copius evidence that they’re a bag of shite.  So FSM, grow up.  The internet isn’t broken, just a node went down.  There is no god-given right that all nodes should stay up at all times.  It’s the nature of the beast, so plan for it.

I also see cheapskate FSM writing about FREE software and whingeing  about not making money.  The irony probably hasn’t hit them just yet..  Speaking of which, it’s just inspired my next posting called “The World’s Worst Oxymorons”!

FSM 3FN Ad

FSM 3FN Ad

Added 8 June 2009:  As of 8 June, they’re still carrying the 3FN advert…  You know, sometimes you just have to be more pro-active, spot a lemon for what it is and move on.

FTC Documents

Now check out the full FTC file on 3FN and their compatriots.  The pdfs are the actual court documents.

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UK Parliament – a Crisis for Europe?

MP Expenses and Privileges Scandal

Let’s make one thing absolutely clear:

Apart from 635 MPs and the somewhat fewer UK MEPs, NOT ONE PERSON IN BRITAIN THINKS ANY DIFFERENTLY FROM ME! ***

Guillotine

Guillotine

We all think that they’re all a bunch of spivving crooks who’ve let everyone down.  To compound the felony, they will even get paid until they die for their corrupt practices!

No-one will get censured, no-one imprisoned.

A soldier with 22 years service phoned up to say he gets £535 as resettlement allowance for training etc to ease his transition to ‘civvy street’.  MP Moran will get £35,000 for her bent 12 years’ resettlement.

The Future?

The imminent Euro elections will have great ramifications and create great strife in the short term.  The situation with MEP expenses and pensions is well documented and even worse.

When the UK starts to pull from Europe, which it undoubtedly will becuase who will vote for a ‘normal’ party?… the Euro states will really start to worry.  Within their hearts they know that they really need the UK in rather than out of Europe.  For a host of reasons.

To ensure the UK participates, they will have to change their MEP gravy train and all the other practices, which will be “a good thing”.  The Mafia will have to be controlled and waste cut right back.  It won’t just be to acquiess to the UK – the EU citizens, millions of whom will be unemployed and listless, they won’t take the obvious discrepancies in elected representatives’ T&Cs compared to their own.  News travels around now.  Fast.

France had a revolution to get rid of such a problem.  Heads really did roll….  Their groups of various vested interests make their point now and again, like fishermen and lorry drivers.

Wacky Baccy JacquiCommunism is a fine thing but when no-one at any level is removable for incompetence or corruption, then the lid of the kettle will eventually blow off…

Reason

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Winter's Gibbet, Northumberland

That’s how it is in the UK now.

What we want is MPs disenfranchised both materially and monetarily.  Same for privileged business and financial management.

We want them locked up if they’ve been corrupt or done an illegality comparable to one in the ‘outside world’ from their normal environment.

  • It’s the continual payment for failure that’s the problem.
  • It’s a complete lack of any normal moral code that’s the problem.
  • It’s a divorce from the reality of the lives of ordinary people that’s the problem.
  • It’s the one rule for them and one rule for us that’s the problem.

Not one real person in the UK right now thinks any differently to this!  I’m one man in a club of 60 million! They are just 635 and they’d better watch it.

Jacqui Smith and Hoon as well as Alistair Darling are the latest.  They’ve lined their pockets at the public expense.  It’s no good looking sad and pained and saying sorry now.

Fuck them.

***BBC IPSOS MORI poll released this morning This poll result, released this morning reveals that over half the population think MPs are actually corrupt, not, just a little bit untruthful!

This is staggerring and obviously not as much as my inflated sentiment.

However, from checking every radio & TV phone-in, every news article and hoi-poloi comment, the other half never ever stick their head up to defend the rotten bunch!

Says it all really…

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How to Commit Murder, Legally

Introduction

Simple.

@Amazon

  • Live in County Durham, UK
  • Don’t pass the driving test
  • Drive a car, unsupervised, with your partner and her 6-year old child as passengers!
  • Find a cyclist while driving around
  • Make sure the cyclist is not wearing a helmet
  • Knock over the cyclist with your illegally driven and thus un-insured car
  • Make sure the cyclist dies

That’s how!

Quoting from The Journal, Live, here’s what happened:

@AmazonA MOTORIST who had driven for eight years without ever passing a test escaped jail after killing a cyclist.

Denis Moore, 50, regularly drove his partner’s Hyundai Matrix mobility car despite only holding a provisional licence.   Durham Crown Court was told yesterday how he was behind the wheel when he collided with cyclist James Jorgensen at 6pm on September 24 last year.

Mr Jorgensen, 55, of East Shore Village, Seaham, County Durham, was riding round a roundabout near his home when Moore’s car hit him.   He was flung to the ground and died eight days later of severe head injuries.

But Moore, 50, of Byron Terrace, Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, escaped jail after the court was told Mr Jorgensen had not been wearing a safety helmet.

That’s murder in my book.  The man Moore plainly has no consideration for the lives of others and the laws that we have to protect us.

The twat judge is no better and should be strung up or struck off.  Like our forgetful MPs and their expenses, the judge has shown a complete disregard for the law, both literally and in it’s spirit.  The judge’s tiny supposition that “helmets are safe” has completely outweighed the cascade of offences that Moore committed by actually driving on the public highway.  If Jorgenson had lived, what hope would there have been for him to get any damages from Moore?  None!  Because by driving on the road, Moore’s insurance was invalidated and any compensation would have had to be derived from Moore’s limited means.  His partner Bell was the same by allowing the offences.

In fact, it could be argued that Jorgenson, the cyclist, may have cycled differently and avoided a collision if he’d spotted some L-Plates on Moore’s car – but of course, Moore didn’t have any.

What a pair of complete and utter bastards, Moore and the Judge.

The completely un-reasoned argument the judge used could be applied to all ‘accidents’ (I hate that term – they should be called crashes, because that’s what they are, and almost all are completely avoidable).

By the same criteria;

  • Anyone knocked over on the footpath could have been saved by wearing a helmet or a suit of armour.
  • Anyone shot by a gunman could have escaped death by wearing a bullet-proof vest.
  • Anyone killed in a airplane crash should have had a parachute.

It’s the same, stupid, un-reasoned logic that shifts the onus of responsibility onto the injured person.

@AmazonBy The Way, Moore had to pay a £15 ‘victim surcharge’.  That’s the price of a life.

L-Plates are £2.99 from Amazon…

Latest News

I saw this tragic news (Pregnant woman dies in kerb crash) after writing the above today.  Both the woman and her foetus died when hit by a BMW while walking on the footpath.  It’ll be interesting to see if the stupid logic of the previous case is used when justice is finally served…  Should she have been wearing a suit of armour last night?  Can you see the rubbish logic at work now?

See local news link: Pregnant Carlisle woman dies after car mounts pavement

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BBC and News Voyers Manipulate G20 Riot Picture

G20 Protest (riot?)

My Riot Point.

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RBS Window-smashing

The picture above I first saw in a montage at the BBC website on a ‘as -it-happens’ sort of new item earlier today at work.  It’s very instructive, but to me it doesn’t look like a riot –  but more like 30 people taking pictures of someone breaking a shop window.  Notice the nice space to give the window assaulter some swinging room…?

Er… it’s a window of the now discredited (pun intended) RBS bank in London during the G20 protests.

Unfortunately, when I decided to pop it up on this website for an obvious commentary later today, I found it very hard to find.  Basically, for common viewing on the BBC website, it’s been pulled! (I found it here which was a follow on from here: [hotlinking blocked, so here’s the link: http://www.leninology.co.uk/2009/04/riot-police-hammer-protesters.html]).  The BBC link is here but may be pulled again because of embarrassment.  I mean, check out the picture below which is virtually the same place and time, just a different shot.

Bloke kicks the shit out of RBS windows

Bloke kicks the shit out of RBS windows

…..It’s the same bunch of photographers but a differently clothed person doing the much-more-newsworthy aggressive kicking.

There’s still a nice space around the kicker but this is now the BBC’s chosen shot – the other is forgotten.

What’s important is that someone is creating criminal damage, albeit on a bankrupt non-entity with subversive profiteering business methods that’s ruined the lives and prospects of millions, but no-one is stopping him.  The fact that the cost of the damage is minuscule compared to the bailout costs for this bank is irrelevant.  Damage has been done, coerced by those voyeristically placed around.

It’s the duty of every citizen in a civilised state to both abide by the law (or expect the consequences) and prevent the breaking of the law.  Everyone really does have the power of arrest (from the French verb ‘arreter’ , ‘to stop’) and the obligation to use this power.

After all, I ask “would this voyeuristic tendency be evident if the young man was strangling someone on the ground?”

Hopefully not.  I think that many would stop such behaviour.

In that case, where does one draw the line?  Where should you step in and prevent crime?  How much is ‘reasonable’ crime and how much should one allow unhindered, in front of oneself, a thinking being?

My News Reporting Point

Secondly;

  • Why is the BBC so circumspect?
  • What’s their angle?
  • Why do they need the aggressive shot when the day passed almost without incident considering the low protester turnout and the overwhelming police presence?

The answer my friend, is blowing in the winds of political news manipulation.  Not necessarily from No 10 say, but more likely from a politically veering news management hierarchy seeking to justify their existence to provide ‘exciting’ news.  As some bloke once said,

Dog Bites Man – that’s not news

Man Bites Dog – that’s news!

I’m reminded of the Monty Python sketch which had the phrase, ” and suddenly, nothing happened; followed very rapidly – by nothing”.

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Why I Recite bits of the Lotus Sutra

@AmazonAs part of my Buddhist practice I recite two bits of prose and chant some Daimoku, which is the words “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” over and over again.

  • I recite these two bits of prose, called the “Expedient Means” chapter and the “Life Span” chapter because Jill, the person who introduced me did so.
  • Jillian does so because Roger Edwards did so.  And likewise, Richard Causton.
  • Richard Causton did so because that’s what Daisaku Ikeda does.
  • Daisaku Ikeda does so because Toda did so.
  • Toda did so because Makiguchi did so.
  • Makiguchi did so because he was searching for ‘something’ and found that the Nichiren Shoshu sect of Buddhism closely fitted his ideals.
  • The monks of Nichiren Shoshu do so because there’s a long chain of monks and disciples going back to 1275 that did so.

In 1275, Nichiren Daishonin wrote a letter to a lay priest called Soya, where he said,

I have written out the prose section of the “Expedient Means” chapter for you. You should recite it together with the verse portion of the “Life Span” chapter, which I sent you earlier.

The characters of this sutra are all without exception living Buddhas of perfect enlightenment. But because we have the eyes of ordinary people, we see them as characters. For instance, hungry spirits perceive the Ganges River as fire, human beings perceive it as water, and heavenly beings perceive it as amrita. Though the water is the same, it appears differently according to one’s karmic reward from the past.

The blind cannot see the characters of this sutra. To the eyes of ordinary people, they look like characters. Persons of the two vehicles perceive them as the void. Bodhisattvas look on them as innumerable doctrines. Buddhas recognize each character as a golden Shakyamuni. This is what is meant by the passage that says, “[If one can uphold this sutra], one will be upholding the Buddha’s body.” Those who practice with distorted views, however, are destroying this most precious sutra. You should simply be careful that, without differing thoughts, you single-mindedly aspire to the pure land of Eagle Peak. A passage in the Six Paramitas Sutra says ‘to become the master of your mind rather than let your mind master you‘. I will explain in detail when I see you.

With my deep respect,
Nichiren

The third month in the twelfth year of Bun’ei (1275)

To the lay priest Soya

So there we have it.  I recite those bits because Nichiren said so in this letter, and everyone since has been mindful to ‘uphold the sutra‘ and ‘not practice with distorted views‘.

Amazingly, for hundreds of years, many people have managed to keep both the spirit and the content of this letter going, sometimes against great adversity.

Link to SGI Online content for this letterReply to the Lay Priest Soya

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