Taking a break from social media again

It seems general stupidity has moved into a lower DEFCON level again, so I’m tapping out for a bit. So, you won’t see any posts from me again for a while. You can have your little bubble, while I lurk on and watch the shit flinging from afar. If you do value my input from time to time, I’ll be listening on Messenger, e-mail, this here weblog, Minds, Gab, Twitter, Bitchute, etc. Feel free to look me up there, and while you’re at it, create an account for yourself in those places as well. They are going to be a safe haven for your opinion when Faceberg decides to clamp down on wrongthink.

I don’t mind people acting like asses, that’s the entire backbone of the Internet. But I won’t contend with people claiming moral high ground while being racist, sexist and discriminatory. I just won’t stand for it. And yes, you can be racist toward fair-skinned people, you can be sexist towards men, and yes, you can be discriminatory towards people that are heterosexual and identify with the gender/sex they were born with. Just like any derogatory treatment of anyone based on personality, sexual preference, or physical attributes, I will distance myself from that.

That’s all. See you guys around.

 

 

Bye nginx, hello Caddyserver!

I did some shuffling again. I’ve moved all my websites over to FreeBSD and the venerable Caddy webserver. I also ditched SaltStack and went full Ansible for maintaining everything.

So, this releases me from quite a few nasty dependancies. The SSL implementation of Caddy is based on the internal Go one, which doesn’t need the dingy OpenSSL at all. The configuration is a lot simpler and less complex than nginx’s. If only WordPress would work on PostgreSQL, then I would be shot of MySQL as well. Yeah, I could use MariaDB, but it’s actually the same bloody thing,

Performance so far has been great. It’s running really stable and I’m happy with it. I still have to figure out some high-availability issues (I’m looking into galera for replication).

I’ll promise to write some more on this blog. I’ve been really busy.

First steps on Steemit

So, I’m dipping my toe into the Steemit waters, and I’m kinda excited. It seems there is a large community out there on this Blockchain-based platform that seems very friendly and will interact with you. And as a bonus, you can earn a little bit of cash as well if your stuff seems to be interesting enough. I have also found DTube, where I will upload videos. It seems like a better alternative to Youtube, and very censorship-proof. Given the crazyness the Googles, Twitters and Facebooks are up to lately, an alternative seems worthy to check out.

I have already done my introductory post on Steemit, but since I have hooked up my WordPress blog into the platform (and because it’s linked to everywhere else), I might as well broadcast through these means that stuff will go there as well (which would be this post, which also doubles as a test). So here we are.

If you have Steemit, and you know me already, be sure to drop me a message or a comment. I’ll follow you and upvote your cool posts. 🙂

I will of course read and reply to the steemit comments to the best of my ability.

See you on Steemit!

Oh, and once I get the hang of this, I will of course outline whatever I’ve learned and will pass on any sort of knowledge I have gleaned.

(PS: Getting a Steemit account requires a bit of patience. Verification will take a while. I’ve had to wait for 3 days to get my account verified and active. Which is not a problem, but it seems fair to warn you if any of you are impatient types).

Why not the others? (TK2017)

Might as well continue with a little series about what made me not want to choose one of the other parties here. This list will probably not entail all 28 parties running, because I either didn’t really look at their party platform, or have no past experience with them.

Well, here goes:

PVV:

I actually very briefly considered PVV (although I wouldn’t have voted for Wilders, but rather Fleur Agema). They are very supportive of personal freedoms, freedom of speech, cultural and national sovereignty and totally not politically correct (which are all pros in my opinion). I found them just a bit too polarizing. I do understand why people will vote for this party though, and unlike many people I know, I will not judge people because they did vote for these people.

VVD:

Yay, more status quo, and more dishonest politics. No. Not more four years of these jerks.

PvdA:

Same as above.

GroenLinks:

Too soft. Too regressive. Too much SJW. Too politically correct. Too green. Too expensive.

D66:

Pro-European Union, and therefore undemocratic. Even though they say they do, they really don’t like referendums.

Piratenpartij:

This was a pretty close one. I voted for these guys in the previous election in 2012. They were the ones that got me interested in the direct democracy concept, but they are still opting for the traditional format. If Geenpeil didn’t exist, I would have voted for them.

SP:

I used to vote for these guys as well. But they are vehemently anti-vaping. Because they are so against something that pretty much obliterated my tobacco dependence overnight, I just can’t vote for them. Anyone that’s against vaping, is pro-smoking, effectively.

CDA/CU/SGP/DENK/etc:

With the above I mean any party with a religious slant. I will never vote for a party with religion in it’s tenets, because I want separation of church and state. If I would vote for one of these, I would betray one of my ideals. Also, these parties are very patronizing.

Those sum up the parties I’ve looked at somewhat closely or closely. I might have offended some of you with this list. I don’t care.

 

When two tribes go to war…

I’m actually proud of my country for once. The small country that refused to back down to the dictator in Turkey. Of course, the wayward Turks that live here that seem to have more sympathy towards their homeland are waving their red and white crescents about and are being a general nuisance. 

Their glorious leader is calling the Dutch fascists, but I guess that guy should look in the mirror. How many judges, journalists, teachers and other dissidents have the Dutch thrown into jail? That’s right, none. How many people did the Dutch jail for being openly critical with the ruling government? None. How are the Dutch being fascist? Hmm? 

Yeah, so the Dutch government disallowed the Turkish ministers a platform to campaign (oh, sorry, to “provide information”) for their upcoming referendum to turn Erdogan into a fully fledged authoritarian ruler (*cough* fascism *cough*). I wonder why any country should cooperate with attempts to further alienate and segregate parts of their own population. But clearly, the Dutch won’t have anything of it. Now there’s a Turkish despot (and a bunch of his cronies) throwing a temper-tantrum.

So, what about those patriotic Turks then? My personal recommendation is to void their Dutch passports, issue them a work visa, and stop their social benefits. If they want to be Turks above being Dutch, then by all means, let them be Turks.