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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Highlander 2, What I Would Have done.


Time for a bit of creative fun.

It's long been a peeve of mine that the sequel to the awesome movie Highlander was so terrible. It tried to explain the origin of the Immortals and failed utterly by making them somehow aliens and the Prize they fought for the knowledge to create some kind of environmental shield for the planet. Lame to an infinite degree, it made no sense.

Here's what I cam up with.

There is an Egyptian myth about the god Osiris, his wife Isis, and his brother Set, in which Set kills his brother and then scatters the pieces of the body all over the place. Isis gathers them together and resurrects Osiris. I would have based the movie on this. Osiris could have been a god or some  powerful entity who was decapitated and then sundered only to have his spirit gathered by Isis into children born of various human tribes, maybe passed down the bloodlines until activated by another Immortal. Each of the Immortals could sense the others because they shared one spirit. When they decapitated each other the pulled the pieces back together until only one remained.Conner would have become Osiris or at least have his power and wisdom.

This could be explained through Conner's memory and then it could be revealed that Isis and Set are still around too. Isis might be passing through females in a similar manner, maybe with a twist like there is only one and  its passed on mother to daughter, or there could be a female Gathering. Then together they save the world from Set.

Set, Osiris, and Isis might be alien entities but the Immortals wouldn't be.

Can we try again?





Saturday, May 19, 2018

#Euphorically Cancer of the Lungs... an Example of an #Email #Scam.



The following is copied from Facebook Messenger. I accepted a friend request and soon had a conversation going. I was suspicious from the start but was surprised when "she" didn't ask for money. I played along, giving out info that is readily available online anyway. Her lack of use of her son's name for which the charity was to be named was a hint, so was her use of the word "monk". I've also never heard of Euphorically Cancer of the Lungs. A cancer that makes apparently makes you deliriously happy? The clincher of course was the bank info listed bellow with Russian email address. I imagine the goal of this scam is to send you an email attachment that once opened infects the computer with a virus of some kind to either ransom its operation, log keystrokes, or use the computer as part of a bot net.

When I engage with a suspected scammer I try to draw the catch out pretty quick. This one kept holding it back. I am taking a medication that can have sedative side effects so I was a bit dopy when I was doing this. Despite knowing that I was trying to draw out the scam I could feel my hopes rising as the conversation continued. So I shared what I was saying and doing with friends and family, just as a safety valve in case I lost sight of my purpose. These people know what to say, and have likely done some research to target their victims.





You are now connected on Messenger.
 Her
how are you today? My name is Miss Rachel, from the United States, are you a Christian and where are you from? Pls reply I am waiting for your answer With respect Mrs. Rachael
Me

Hi, I'm Mike from Canada. And you could say that I'm Christian, I was ordained in my 20s. Not active officially now but still ordained. OH. I use this only on my desktop which I check regularly. I don't get phone notifications so I'f it takes a while to reply, I'm not ignoring you.
Her

thanks dear for your message, thanks because i really do need someone i can trust and who is also from a good background,so can i trust you? I needed someone that I can trust with a charity work. I have been Diagnosed with Euphorically Cancer of the Lungs according to Doctor, I will die any moment. I have been badly treated by close associates. I has put it in my mind to give out the rest of my Money to Charity, I don't trust all the Monks here in USA after the Gay scandal. I want you to Distribute these Funds to people that need it. I am 57yrs old and am really Blessed with fortunes. I will wait here for your Response before I go ahead and inform my Lawyer about my intentions.
Me

OK. A bit unusual. Not was I was expecting. I'd be happy to help in what ways that I am able. I've recently taken a vow of compassion to mark my attempt to reactivate myself. I'm on permanent disability so I have lots of spare time these days. Effectively retired. I don't have a large personal network because I'm autistic but I have established a fairly large network community.
Her

dear i would love to talk to you on phone but am sorry that i can not do that because of my health condition please i want you to understand me, when it comes to trust you can trust me okay and i also will also trust you. please you note that am weak now and the doctor said that i will be joining my four father's very soon, so that is why i need you to help me distribute the fund to the needs, so i want your help and also to distribute the fund to charity work,it is the God of the needy that brought you to me, Am so happy that at last am able to find a great and good person like you who is educated and willing to help the poor...my Late son's Name , i lost them with my husband and 2 Beautiful Daughters, in a Plane Crash in Sebreneska Eastern Europe in 1985 ever since then I have remain single just me and my business until I was hit with this Ailment. so now i need you to promise me that when i give you this funds that you will do that i ask of you.
Me

Completely. You would have my vow as a priest. I'm not personally interested in money. I have enough to get by. I've always said that if I was rich I would help others instead of myself. I have no need for luxuries. I don't travel. Rarely leave my house because of my own ailments. My greatest dream would be to be rich enough to adopt every animal in the world. It's just me and my wife and the cats. We never had children.
Her

i want you to build a home for the poor and also i want you to give food and cloths to them and other things like scholarships and please do not forget the prisoners ok, also you will use some of the fund for your establishment so are you going to do it? I really want to give out these Funds to people that need it most as I will be joining my fathers in Heaven, but I said that I must look for someone Trustworthy that can handle this fund and use it for Charity work, as that will please my soul, even if i am gone. and am happy i found some one like you who is educated and has a good heart towards the poor.
Me

Sounds like something I could get into. If you want to check me out further I have a Linked IN account and Twitter account under my real name. It's M_S_Fricker on Twitter. Helping the poor and needy is exactly what Christ told us to do. I believe that life is a school where we are challenged to learn to use our free will for compassion instead of selfishness. The commandment to love really being boiled down to "Be Compassionate to Everyone". Oh. I also have a blog where I babble about Christianity, philosophy politics, my writing, etc. It's called the Pundi Network. I don't hold anything back there so you can get a sense of who I am.
Her


I am happy you think this way . in case if anything should happen to me my assistant will be here to write you okay. am happy to find someone like you.I will have to instruct my lawyer to draft my WILL and Codicil stating you as my Sole Beneficiary to these Funds for the purpose of Charity work although I have decided to set aside 30% as your salary covering for your good faith. Shalom means peace as I pray that you will have the infinite Wisdom to manage these Funds for its meant purposes.if only you will make up your mind to help the needy through this.

hoping for your reply
Me

I will. Thanks. I recently made vow of compassion to start living up to my ordination again. I had a dream over 20 years ago where I stood on a plateau over looking a fantastic golden city peeking up through the clouds. A voice said that I would get there but first I had to walk a long dark road. Behind me wer black storm clouds. I turned and started down the road into the darkness. I thought it meant that now I have arrived at a sunnier place from which to write my fanatasy novels, but I dismissed the ednd of the dream becasue it was like something from Stephen Kings The Stand. I stood before a small country church with some others with Mother Abigail, the elderly woman who leads the good survivors in the book. She was looking to me and passing on instructions. That's all I recall. She dies in the book and the survivors must carry on without her. My full name is MIchael Stephen Fricker. my email is michael.fricker@shaw.caFeel free to contact me any time for any reason. I'll get back to you asap. Oh, I wasn't saying that you are an old woman, just that the character was in her 80s or something. I'm not much younger than you. 9 years or so.
Her

God has really put this on my Mind to allow you distribute these Funds to the people that needs.I discussed with my bank official and there will be drafting the fund WILL and CODICIL confirming you as my Sole Beneficiary to these Funds for the purpose of Charity. so I will be very comfortable dealing with you because i already told the bank that you will be contacting them. My dear you are to contact the bank so that there will provide you with every certificate concerning this fund and Draw a WILL on your name as the beneficiary of the fund. the fund is $6.5 Million United State Dollars. Please kindly contact First National Bank Of America with the email address below. First National Bank Of America . E-mail: firstnational.bankofamerica@bk.ru Second Email: firstbankfastservice2018@gmail.com

Friday, April 6, 2018

Striking Back: #FacebookDataRevolt #Facebook #DataRevolt #Facebook #Data #Revolt




I have always been careful with what I share with the Facebook algorithm. Other than affirming that I am over 14, I've gone by the motto that I may have agreed to share my data, but I never agreed it would be useful or accurate. From the first time that it asked a birth year, I chose the earliest one one the list. I think I"m 113 now. I always use Ad Blocker, clear my cookies and close the browser immediately after visiting Facebook, and have never used any of their apps.

Seeking a way to protest their behaviour and betrayal of our trust, I decided to pollute my data trail with as much noise as possible. Junk data points like random likes, fake phone numbers and addresses in messages and by sharing things that have no relation to me. The more noise in the system, the less effective their targeting and the less valuable it is to advertisers and other customers.

I decided to focus on the sponsored posts and ads in my feed. I have rarely used the feed because of these features and not wanting to leave an opinion trail. On each post I gave a fake opinion and then left a comment saying what I was doing and suggesting the method to others. I was hoping to spread my message and annoy the advertisers.

It seems to have worked better than I hoped. I copied my message until they disallowed me, after about 5 to 7 posts in a day. I did it for two days. On the third day I discovered that every time I glimpse an ad or sponsored post it vanishes. Poof. Gone. They must want to keep me from annoying their advertisers and letting them know the data may be corrupt. It seems they can't stop you commenting on these things that they force upon you in any other way.

I count this as my first victory. I have banished the ads and sponsored posts that pay Facebook's bills from my feed. They were one of the reasons I didn't bother with the feed in the first place. I have improved my experience and made myself less valuable to them.

This is the comment I posted:

We should flood #Facebook with junk data points about ourselves, random likes, shares, phone numbers in our messages, to make their data mining less valuable and marketing less accurate. #datarevolt Give them noise. I'm targeting sponsored posts at the moment. Weaponize MY data
This the version I'm now using:
To cause change you don't have to be the bomb, just a link in a chain reaction.I'm playing a new game on #Facebook, I'm chasing ads off my page. I post a comment on sponsored posts warning that I'm poisoning my data with false reactions and suggesting others do so. Ads now run away from me. Fun. #datarevolt

It took 10-14 comments over two days. Now I have to hunt for them and comment before they vanish. It isn't easy but it's fun as I remarked when I discovered it:
They let me post on sponsored ads again. Their mistake.
Hehehe. The ads are running again. Good season for that. I caught ten or twelve today before they all ran away.

From what I've heard only 1 in 10 users might be willing to delete or abandon Facebook. The rest are tied to it for business or keeping contact with those they would otherwise not be able to. I figure its easier to convince more people to chase away the ads we all hate with a game of copy and paste. Then instead of a sacrifice, it's fun.

Imagine if everyone does this.

It's our data. Let them know we can revolt.

We are like a bee colony that needs the hive in which to gather and communicate. Our normal activities generate the honey that Facebook sells to advertisers. We don't want to destroy the hive just show the beekeepers what happens when you piss off your bees.

Swarm the advertisers with false opinions and doubt about their advertising effectiveness.  Sting Zuckerberg in the wallet and make him pay attention to the producers. It's less work than trying to find and build and new hive, and it gets our point across loudly.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

#Christians, #Hypocrites, and #Antichrists, what's the difference?


Popular fiction and some preachers would have you believe that the Antichrist is a child born of the devil to be equivalent to Jesus in the final war. This comes from the belief that the devil is somehow the equal and opposite of the Father and Jesus. The Bible states that Jesus is equal to the Father but that Lucifer was merely an angel tossed out Heaven before anyone was born. I've been taught that the devil is forever locked in spiritual form and unable to gain a body. He has power only through us. Thus he cannot father a child and that child would be nowhere near the equal of Jesus.
 
What defines Christ, the Saviour, is compassion. He was willing to forgive the repentant, condemning only the money-changers exploiting the faithful, the hypocritical religious leaders, and child abusers. He commanded those who would call themselves Christians to leave judgment and the saving of souls to him. We are to work on our own salvation not that of others. We are to present the message and move on if it is not accepted, not to condemn or convert. We are to love everyone. Only one who has lived perfectly, suffered the pain of all, and sacrificed himself for our good is qualified to judge. The rest of us have beams blocking our view.

Like matter and antimatter, there are many Christians and many Antichrists.

As Christians we take his name upon us and are to act as he would. This means that we can be Christians, hypocrites, or Antichrists. A Christian works on building the kingdom of compassion. A hypocrite claims righteousness while ignoring their failings to point out those in others. An Antichrist claims righteousness while actively working against the kingdom by judging and trying to covert others through force. They sow division and antipathy rather than compassion. They preach violence and greed in the name of Jesus. They are the false prophets of fundamentalism who ignore the true fundamentals of compassion.

The Father sent one saviour. Only one saviour will come again. The claim by some Antichrists that any other leader is chosen by god save the people is a dead giveaway of what they are. No one else is the Christ.

A Christian is commanded to build the kingdom of compassion here and now, not wait for a miraculous escape before the world is burned and rebuilt. An Antichrist is selfish enough to expect the rescue and not care what happens to everyone else. Selfishness and compassion. Selfishness is the root of all evil. Compassion is the source of all good and grace. Selfishness weakens all involved, dividing with fear that becomes hate. Compassion strengthens giver and receiver while uniting both in hope.

If you are not building then you are tearing down.




Monday, January 22, 2018

What is #Socialism?


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Challenging the standard definition and associations, socialism isn't an authoritarian state controlled society where the individual is sacrificed to the group but a democratic society of socially empowered individuals responsible socially to each other.

The standard definition and associations with the term "socialism" are:

noun: socialism
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

synonyms:leftism, welfarism; radicalism, progressivism, social democracy;communism, Marxism, labor movement
  1. Policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
  2. (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism 
Like conservatism and liberalism, socialism has different means depending on who you talk to, whether they are talking economics, politics, or sociology, and which historical association is being used.  Socialism seems especially prone to this as even Marx defined it as being in-between, by what it is not. The synonyms provided by Google are confused because they list apparently opposing things. Is socialism communism? Is it compatible with democracy or must it be authoritarian? Can it work? What is socialism?

I would like to focus it down to a single base spectrum. On one end is individualism with the opposite extreme being communism. Individualism focuses on the individual and liberty while communism focuses on the community and responsibility. The extremes sacrifice one for the other and pit them against each other like enemies. Socialism would be the individual within the community and the community as a group of individuals, a balance. A potentially virtuous circle of individual empowerment by society and communal responsibly by the individual with both benefiting and all boats truly lifted at once. Balanced economics and politics then become possible. We cease to be us versus them and become individuals acting together, despite disagreements, for the common good. Disagreements remain of course but the suspicion of enemies within goes away. The disagreements become over the best way to do good, between which there can be compromise, rather than between warring factions.

Does socialism work? Examples of successful social democracies have topped the list of happiest, healthiest, best educated, (etc.) countries since there have been lists. That seems like evidence to me. It isn't because they are so exceptional, it is because they are social.

In my view, the neoliberal individualism rampant today is as destructive as authoritarian communism.  We don't need the state controlling the individual at the expense of freedom and creativity, or the individual running wild in selfish glee at the cost of civilization. What we need is a society that empowers the individual and individuals who act responsibly in contributing to the society. A society based on egalitarianism and compassion instead of greed, fear, competitive dominance, or privileged hierarchy. Not a utopia but a more balanced reality. Extremes tend to be destructive.

We have empowered the individual at the expense of social cohesion and interpersonal duty. We need the empowered individual to take a responsible civil role in society for both to thrive. We need to recognize and respect the duties we have as citizens to be informed, to vote, and to participate however else we can in shaping and maintaining our society.

When you are selfish you fear things being taken from you. When you are compassionate you willingly give. Modern conservatism has fallen victim to selfishness and is now consumed and driven by fear. The fearful can only lash out they cannot contribute.

We have spent thirty-plus years building an antisocial society that is perfectly suited for narcissists and psychopaths to rise to the top. Our entire society is assuming these traits. It is time we became social again.