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Friday, 11 November 2016

Back Into Blogger, but for How Long?

Filed under: Frustrations, Life, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:43 PM (23:43)

Over a week ago (Tuesday, 1 November 2016, about 1:00 PM MST), I tried to log into Blogger from my Toshiba Satellite laptop (running Linux Mint 17 and Firefox) to post an article to the LPNM blog, and the Google login screen prompted me for my phone number for verification purposes.

So I put my cell number in and clicked “Submit.” A few seconds later, I received a code like this: “G-123456” (not the real code, obviously).

Then I typed in the verification code, but the screen for it would only allow me to imput the first four numbers: “G-1234.” Clicking “Submit” gave me an error message, as I also received when I tried “G12345” and “123456.” A few tries of that and I was locked out.

So I tried again, with my Dell desktop running MS Windows 7, and got the same web-based song and dance. This time, at the end of it, up popped a screen telling me that my account was locked for an alleged terms of service violation, but that was it – no word as to what that violation was. So I typed in my email address, along with a request for some enlightenment as to what I had done wong, and clicked “Appeal.”

In the same time frame, my Gmail account (another Google product) was also locked up. I was able to access that a few days later, and it seems that they were in the process of upgrading the Gmail software.

Just a few minutes ago (Friday, 11 Novemner 2016, 10:49 PM), I tried once more to access my Blogger account.

This time I was surprised that the admins actually let me in, after over a week of denying me access without telling me WHY they were denying me access.

(I realize that Google and its subsidiaries are in the private sector, and my use of them is subject to their rules. More on that below.)

This is what I found —

Here’s the full text of it —

Libertarian Party of Mora County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of McKinley County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Hidalgo County, New Mexico — [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Harding County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Guadalupe County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Grant County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of De Baca County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Curry County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

The other 26 county affiliate blogs were presumably free from Terms of Service violations, and are thus unlocked (at present).

Still, Google (or Blogger) won’t tell me the specific nature of the alleged violations. Which is rather shitty of them — wouldn’t you want to know if you were violating someone’s rules for their property, and how exactly you were violating those rules?

Luckily, there’s nothing on the affected blogs that I don’t already have backed up, so losing them won’t really be a loss.

Still, it was a bit of work on my part to set them all up.

With that, I’ll be downloading the archives to my hard drive(s) here, and moving them to the LPNM’s WordPress install.

Fuck it, I like WordPress better anyway.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / WordPress.com

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An Idiot Demands a Paycheck from Me

Filed under: Life, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:27 PM (20:27)

On Facebook, I recently unfriended and blocked one Mr. Michael Thompson due to an exchange

Michael Thompson Who ever made this post originally is uneducated.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 2 ⋅ November 6 at 9:24pm

Mike Blessing How so?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:24pm

Michael Thompson He was arrested and convicted
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:26pm

Mike Blessing “He was arrested and convicted”

Read the text above the picture.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:27pm

Matt Owens He did read the text above it. Thats why Michael said “originally “
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 7 at 5:53am

Michael Thompson And he was never arrested nor convicted post WW2 because he was dead. Mike, I never missed your shows on public access channel 27. But your act has grown old and the NM Libertarian Party is stale.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:30pm

Mike Blessing Show me how to do it better then.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:31pm

Michael Thompson The party can’t afford me.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 1 ⋅ November 6 at 9:34pm

Mike Blessing Oh?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:34pm

Michael Thompson Yes
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:36pm

Mike Blessing What would you bring to the table that the party can’t afford?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:37pm

Michael Thompson Does the state party have any staff on salary?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:40pm

Mike Blessing Not yet. Still, what do you bring to the table?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:41pm

Michael Thompson Yet? LOL. NEVER!
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:43pm

Mike Blessing You didn’t answer the question:

What would you bring to the table that the party can’t afford?
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:43pm

Michael Thompson I’m not discussing my qualifications and background on a public forum as Facebook.
Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:48pm

Mike Blessing Ah, OK.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:49pm

Michael Thompson You can send a private message of you really want to know and include the yearly salary.
Reply ⋅ November 6 at 9:51pm

Elizabeth Honce You’re such a dedicated libertarian you only work for pay. Sounds to me like you’re a hack.
Like ⋅ Reply ⋅ 2 ⋅ November 7 at 7:38am

Michael Thompson I was and proud of it.
Reply ⋅ November 7 at 12:21pm

This was followed by an exchange of private messages on Facebook at about 2:45 – 3:00 PM today —

Michael Thompson 2:45pm

I never received that message about salary lol

Mike Blessing 2:46pm

What stopped you from sending me a resume or CV via private message?

Michael Thompson 2:49pm

U didn’t ask for a resume. What’s the salary? Like you have any say in those matters. What is the state party’s long and short term fundraising plan? How do I locate the party fiscal status?

Mike Blessing 2:54pm

I publicly asked you what your qualifications are.

As for salary, that’s dependent on the experience, talents, etc., as well as Party’s finances.

Without seeing a resume or CV from you, the salary is ZERO.

As for the Party’s fundraising plans and fiscal status, I’m not at liberty to disclose that to anyone who isn’t a full dues-paying, pledge-signing member in good standing.

Michael Thompson 2:57pm

I do not discuss my professional qualifications over a social media site. How unprofessional of you to even ask. Never mind about the finances. I can find it on my own. It is public record.

Mike Blessing 3:02pm

OK, have a nice life then.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Darth Mike Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Friday’s Bizarre Phone Call

Filed under: Fun, Humor, Life, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:02 PM (19:02)

Friday afternoon (4 November 2016), I received a call from a Hillary Clinton supporter (calling from a private number) who complained about a robocall from the Gary Johnson campaign. The caller then proceeded to ramble on for 57 minutes about Gary being too stoned and narcissistic to be a good little Buddhist Democrat, that Gary was “stealing votes” from Hillzilla, along with side rants about Susana Martinez, Trump, the GOP in general, the Albuquerque Journal, and Ralph Nader (for “stealing votes” from Gore in 2000).

The caller also stated that Gary didn’t climb Mt. Everest as he said he did (and took pictures from the summit), that he was a lousy governor of New Mexico, didn’t do anything but say “no” to well-meaning “progressive” legislation that was “for the children,” that no one pays any attention to her “because I’m white,” that Susana Martinez was elected as Governor in 2010 solely on the strength of her last name, among other things.

I have the app “Automatic Call Recorder” installed on my LG K7, but it turns out that the app is the app equivalent of dogshit, as I discovered when I tried to copy the saved call from my phone to Facebook, WordPress or my laptop’s hard drive.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Monday, 16 May 2016

No Chrome For Me

Filed under: Frustrations, Life, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:05 PM (18:05)

Way back when, say, around December, 2008, I downloaded and installed Google Chrome. At the time I first tried it, I was also having connectivity problems. Which, if you’re a Chrome user, is a big problem, because Chrome needs to connect to Google’s servers to actually, you know, function at all. When I got nowhere with it, I decided “that’s enough for me.”

Side note: This is a big reason I have no interest in buying a Chromebook, as the Chromebook also requires a connection to the Google servers. Sometimes I need to do things at home. And I prefer to store my files at home, where I know where they are — “store it on the cloud” is just a fancy way to say “trust ME with your files . . .”

Fast-forward seven years and change . . .

Today I was halfway across Albuquerque, and opened Chrome on my new phone (an LG K7) to check for Pizza 9 locations near me. I typed in “pizza9.com,” and instead of just taking me to that site, Chrome bounced me over to btnactive.net, then something else, finally ending up on pizzahut.com

Mind you, this is the FIRST TIME I’ve launched Chrome on this phone or any other device or system, since 2008.

And it’s also a brand-new phone — I purchased it on Friday at about 5:45 PM, and haven’t used it much.

So I installed Mozilla Firefox instead.

In a way, it’s sort of good that this happened, as about three hours later, I found out that my debit account had been hacked . . .


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Never Been to Ephrata, PA, But . . .

Filed under: Frustrations, Life — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:02 PM (18:02)

After I finished my shift at the day job, I stopped by the nearest Circle K gas station / convenience store for a fountain drink — a “Polar Pop,” they call it.

It’s all of 0.95 in total, including GRT.

Imagine my surprise when the clerk tells me my debit / credit card was declined.

Anyway, I had a spare ∅1 note to cover it, but still . . .

So I get home and log into my Nusenda account. That’s when I discover that my card had been hacked, or cracked, or whatever.

Apparently, Nusenda locked out my account because some asswipe in Ephrata, Pennsylvania decided to help himself (herself?) to ∅90 worth of goodies at the local Wal-Mart, using my account to pay for it all.

I haven’t been to my old stomping grounds (about 50 miles east of Ephrata) in 21 years and change. When I did live in Pennsylvania, I never had a reason to go any part of Lancaster County. So I’m guessing that the perpetrator was just using some random card number obtained from the internet or whatever, which just happened to be mine.

May his / her genitals rot until his / her dying day.


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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Notes from New Mexico Journey Nov-Dec 2015 [AAA-NM]

Filed under: Life, Preparedness, Reading — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:42 AM (02:42)

  1. p.4 — “New Directions” column by Ana Gonzalez
    1. Use the new safety features included with new cars and trucks, but don’t get complacent with them.
    2. Still pay attention to your blind spots, your mirrors, the road, etc.
    3. Good advice, but there’s always someone who will figure that they can let it slip “this one time.”
  2. p.8 — “Here to There” app for Android.
  3. p.10 — “Smart Coverage” — Be Aware of Staged Crashes
    1. Get all of the information you can on the other driver(s) and vehicle(s), road conditions, as well as statements from witnesses, etc.
    2. Be wary of unsolicited tow trucks, repair offers, etc.
  4. p.15 — “Interstate Icon”
    1. Apparently, every winter, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority [AMAFCA] builds a 13-15-foot tall “snowman” out of tumbleweeds painted white, with a black-painted 55-gallon drum as a tophat. Then they leave it on the roadside of westbound I-40 near the Big I (where I-40 intersects with I-25). I guess AMAFCA needs to keep its employees “busy” during the winter months . . . ?

FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. New Mexico Journey

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.0

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 24 September 2015

Filed under: Humor, Life, Quote of the Day, Science — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 9:16 PM (21:16)

People tell me that I give off a lot of negative energy. That’s good; it means I’ll be able to afford my wormhole.

Matthew Brenycz


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Demand Via Email

Filed under: Correspondence, Life — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 8:19 PM (20:19)

I sometimes get the most inane of emails :

From: WALJI PATEL <walji_patel@tesco.net>
To: me
Date: 11 June 2015 07:03:52

I choose you for a charity project work…send REPLY

WALJI PATEL <walji_patel@tesco.net>

June 11 2015 (3 days ago)

<html><head><style> body {height: 100%; color:#000000; font-size:12pt; font-family:Arial;}</style></head><body></body></html>

Oh well, I guess I better get to it, then?

Nope, I just clicked on “Report as spam” and was done with it.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Tagged / Twitter

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

2015 Alibi Best of Burque Ballot

Filed under: Life, Media, Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:00 AM (00:00)

LIFE IN BURQUE (page 1 of 6)

  1. Best elected official – County Commissioner Wayne Johnson

  • Worst Elected Official – County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley
  • Best Scandal – The ongoing APD uproar
  • Best Use of City Money – When they leave it in our wallets
  • Worst Use of City Money – “Public art”
  • Best TV Personality
  • Best TV Newscast
  • Best Radio Personality – Swami Rob
  • Best Radio Station – 94.1 KZRR
  • Best Place to People Watch – While riding the bus
  • Best Charity Event
  • Best Reason to Stay in Albuquerque – The winter weather

ARTS & LIT (page 2 of 6)

  1. Best Local Theater Performance

  • Best Art Exhibition
  • Best Art Gallery
  • Best Non-Gallery Space to See Art
  • Best Graffiti
  • Best Mural
  • Best Museum – National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Best Theater Space – Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers at City Hall
  • Best Local Artist
  • Best Jewelry Artist
  • Best Local Poet
  • Best Local Photographer
  • Best Comedy Venue
  • Best Local Comedian – Don Schrader

GOODS & SERVICES (page 3 of 6)

  1. Best Book Store (New or Used) – Page One

  • Best Men’s Apparel – Kaufman’s on Eubank
  • Best Women’s Apparel
  • Best Thrift Store
  • Best Antique Store
  • Best Bicycle Shop
  • Best Smoke / Vape Shop
  • Best Plant Nursery
  • Best Pet Rescue Group
  • Best Adult Store
  • Best Flower Shop
  • Best Gym
  • Best Yoga or Pilates Studio
  • Best Vet
  • Best Tattoo Shop / Piercing Parlor
  • Best Tattoo Artist
  • Best Hair Salon
  • Best Barber Shop
  • Best Nail Tech
  • Best Day Spa
  • Best Grocer
  • Best Medical Cannabis Dispensary

AURAL FIXATION (page 4 of 6)

  1. Best Music Venue – Launchpad

  • Best Local Band – Anesthesia
  • Best Local Musician

SUBMIT A PHOTO (page 5 of 6) – Photo Section

  1. Cutest Baby

  • Best Dog
  • Coolest Car
  • Best Shot with a Celebrity

BEST ANYTHING WE FORGOT (page 6 of 6) – (make up your own category and then tell us who won it)

  1. Best Gun Store – Tactical Survival Systems

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Quote of the Day for Friday, 6 February 2015

Filed under: Life, Quote of the Day — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 9:59 PM (21:59)

“Being a freedom fighter, a force for good, it’s a wonderful thing . . . you get to make your own hours, looks good on a resume, but the pay . . . sucks.”

— Bester, Babylon 5, “Moments of Transition”


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / MeetMe / Tagged / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress

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