Non-violent protest only works if opponents are honorable

White Supremacists, the KKK, the Alt-Right, and Neo-Nazis have a long history of acts of violence.  They also have zero honor. How could the police, who seem to taser, shoot, pepper spray anyone that looks cross-eyed at them, NOT be there to protect peaceful counter-protesters?

Then you have Racist enablers/Apologists, and general all around asshole making excuses, or trying to say it was faked (Yes, that asswipe Alex Jones is at it again)

Let’s not forget the orange idiot saying “on many sides”… Really?  Uhh, no. Regardless of what that crappy FAUX SNOOZE pandering author said about Neo-Nazis being ‘left wing’, the above mentioned groups have always considering themselves right wing conservatives.  Also, President Shit for Brains, you demanded a Muslim ban when one man ran his car into a London crowd.  Where’s the White Supremacists, the KKK, the Alt-Right, and Neo-Nazis ban?  Oh, right, can’t ban them. They’re your supporters, you lame, weak, POS.

Then you have the f&$king racists that voted for the Orange Menace. You know, the ones who get all upset when you call them out on it, either cheering the violence, or trying incite more, or saying the ones killed and injured, well they some how deserved it.

WTF is wrong with all of you? The police: if a bunch of North American Gunhumping Ammosexuals intimidate people with open carry, you let it slide. Peaceful protesters, you look like you’re ready for a military conflict.  You have been videoed strutting around with your SWAT gear, intimidating citizens. You have used plastic barriers to corral unarmed young women and pepper spraying them when they have done NOTHING WRONG!

It seems the police are only interested in pulling a ‘show of force’ if it’s against unarmed peaceful, sometimes even compliant, people. 

So yeah, you caught the guy that murdered that young woman by using his car.  And if it hadn’t been for the peaceful protesters that videoed the incident, I wonder if the murderer would have been caught at all.

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Filed under "Are you f**king kidding me?"

1st off, absolutely EVERYTHING else works perfectly on my computers’ current set up. Sure, there are occasional hardlocks (like when I’m processing a HUGE image in On1 and watching a DVD/BlueRay on the other monitor) but everything works.

Which takes me to the topic of the subject.

Malwarebytes:  I had been using the Premium version 3.0.6. It started having problems with web protection layers shutting off and not going back on, AND you couldn’t get rid of the notification that said layers were off so turn them back on. 

Which lead me to update to version 3.1.2.  Everything seemed ok… until I noticed I couldn’t open the user interface. Double click desktop icon? No.  How about the system tray icon? Nope.  Run as administrator? nope. Run the the gamut of compatibility trouble shooting? Nope.  Uninstall with MBCleaner/Reboot/Reinstall? Nope

Ok, let’s make a new user account. Double click on desktop icon.. YAY, it worked! I enter my legit license and ID. Seems great! Tweak settings (exclusions, when to schedule a scan). Close the user window down.  Log off that new user, go back to original user account, and start going through things I want to clone over.  Shut down computer.

Start up next day, log in new user account. Double click MWB icon.  Uhhh, not opening?  Just to make sure I tried again. Not opening.  Repeat all the above steps. Nothing.

I’m always one for keeping the PREVIOUS version of programs, just in case.  So, I uninstall using MalwarebyteCleaner, reboot. Install version 3.0.6, and TA DA!  It starts up. Enter ID and license, and immediately the web protection shuts off again, and can’t turn it back on.  Rebooted,  and login to new user account, 3.0.6 starts up just fine, again, web layers not on (oh yeah, and MWBs said this was due THEIR server not communicating with the program last year) but everything works.

Restart computer. Login to my regular account.  v3.0.6 works find, with same caveat.  I install latest NON beta version.  And once again, the user window will not open. 

After doing all of this, I finally sent support ticket to MWBs. Waited two weeks, and didn’t hear anything back.  Just for giggles, a few days ago I restarted my computer in SAFE MODE. Login to my regular user account. Wait a while for everything to load and settle. I see the MWBs icon on system tray. I double click it.  Imagine my surprise when the user interface opens without a problem!  Restarted in safe mode again, logged into new user account.  Same thing.

Rebooted, regular start up.  Again, the user interface will not load.  Off in search on google for this problem. And I found the exact same issue posted by someone else.  So, I go through all the same steps, use some other tools and send them the reports.   Yes, I know I am being ‘naughty’ by convincing a program or two to work. Why? Because I bought it years ago, and during reinstall on this machine, the license won’t validate. It’s no longer sold or supported, and it’s the ONLY way I can get it to work is to ‘convince it’.  I didn’t make the world, I just try to live in it.

So, I go through all his hoops. MBCleaner, MBCheck, FRST64, over and over. Even installed beta version of MBWs… and now, not only will it not start if I click on desktop icon, the SYSTEM tray icon has vanished, even though Task Manger says it’s running.   I reboot in safe mode, and it works. Restart normal mode, nope.

Here comes the “Are you f**king kidding me?” part.. one of the possible solutions is to format the the drive and reinstall everything…. Are you f**king kidding me?

Did I mention my son, who has Windows 10 Home version on his computer, is having the same problem? And Wing who has Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed on his HP is having same problem? Figure the god damned odds of me wiping my system to reinstall everything?

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Now I know..

When I get up in the morning, before I get out of bed, I get one of my knee compression bandages and slip it on my right knee.  It makes getting around a bit easier.  However, wearing it all day seemed to cause my knee to hurt worse at the end of the day. I think it’s because the compression bandage doesn’t prevent the lower leg from going too far forward or too far back, but I digress.

Got up this morning, put on the compression bandage, got the moggies fed and watered, Keito given his insulin injection.  Time for me to use all the hot water for a change aka got a shower.  Walked around in terry robe, no knee compression bandage.  After about an hour, I found myself holding doorways and leaning on a wall. Looked at my knee, and saw it was a bit puffy. 

Back to the mid-thigh to mid-calf leg/knee brace.  Yeah, knee feels better, but I feel a bit chilly, as the brace is worn over leggings. Leggings aren’t the warmest thing to be wearing in cold rainy weather. 

Now I know for sure.  When at all possible, put the big rig on.  

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Some tech support is better than others

And when I get that better tech support, I thank him/her for all their help.

Replacement start menu shell,  been using it for years. My desktop user account was screwing up so I created a new one. Problem is I forgot how to input the license/serial number.  I just could not find where.

I submitted a ticket.  D gave me clear concise answer.

I said “Thank you, D.”

D replied “You’re welcome. I don’t ofter get thanked.” 

Kind of sad, yes?

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Here, have a clue

There are some people that don’t know what’s going on with my knees (yes, plural) but with my right one being much much worse.  I have arthritis in my knees, it’s a family trait. But, when I was 18 I injured my right knee, and about 18months after that, I developed degenerative arthritis in it.  It’s been giving me trouble off and on for 40 years. My right knee has a head start on the left.

An accident last October pushed the remaining meniscus out, turning it from being an annoyance, to a borderline crippling injury. I have NO cartilage between my femur and tibia/fibula. None. That means I had bone on bone grinding when I was walking around, for months before I got to see a specialist.

Yes, I have had two rounds of drain the fluid, and synovial injections. I am on a ‘diet’ of anti-inflammatory and Panadiene Forte (as needed) It has made it possible for me to do normal daily activities.  HOWEVER.. walking for 30 or more minutes on uneven paving, or a walkway that slants down towards the street is a tad uncomfortable, the way giving birth is a slight pressure. 

I’m lucky if I get 3 uninterrupted hours of sleep at night. It’s more like I take 2 naps at night, which means my ass is dragging the next day.  Rinse and repeat since October LAST YEAR!

I could take the Panadiene Forte more often, but I really dislike the head packed in cotton feeling it gives me. So, I walk slow. And it f&$%ing hurts to do so… read above, about the bone on bone grinding. And my left knee is causing trouble because I am favoring my right leg. My left leg, which is still partially paralyzed/unresponsive because of nerve damage from disc collapse, isn’t handling the extra work very well, and THAT knee is starting to get worse.

You know that “On a scale of 1 to 10” for pain measurement?  I’m on a constant 3 at the very least, to “wanting to rock back and forth crying”. Add a good sized dollop of depression into the mix, and you might have an inkling of what I am going through. So, when I mention I walked for 30 mins to get somewhere, your flippant comment and eyeroll makes me want to punch you square in the face, or just scream at you.. but I do neither.  But I do wish you could feel what I’m going through for just a few weeks, see if you’d be so cavalier and flippant afterward.

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Aaannnd another one

Yesterday, I had a (too) close encounter with a Trump fan, replete with ethnic epithets and Trump sound bites.

I recovered.

Today, after lunch with my mother in law, my son and I got to the counter to pay, with Wing and his mom close behind. An elderly gent shoved his way between us to demand he pay his bill RIGHT NOW. Ok, fine.

Then, as my mother in law, who comes up to my shoulder, moves up ,a woman behind me almost hip checks her to get up to the counter first. My son, Alan, and I just looked at her, and figured let the rude person go.

As it was noisy in the restaurant, I went outside.

Imagine my surprise when this woman came out, and started talking to me. “Well I never! Some people! Can you believe how I was being served?” (I gave her a blank look) “That server said that *flicking her fingers back towards mother in law* woman was in line before me. Can you believe those people?”

Me “Uhh, that woman is my mother in law, and we were there before you, but an elderly gent got between us. Oh, that was my son up there ahead of you, too.”

Her eyes got wide and she gave me one of those false laughs.. “Oh, it doesn’t matter now.” (aka, oh shit, I put my foot right in it) and she scurried off.

I didn’t say another word, but am quite sure the look I gave her spoke volumes.

I wouldn’t have said anything, but she lied. Flat…out… lied.

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If it wasn’t for the fact it’s my only laptop powerful enough

Dear Sony; you #%@%$#&%#$ Suck, did you know that?

Yeah, yeah, I know you closed up your computer division a few years ago, but you did it on the sly, AFTER flooding the market with reasonably priced Sony Vaio laptops.  You did this knowing you were closing up the computer division. Too bad that warning didn’t come with the purchase, right?

Moving on; this is the same laptop that had the disastrous Windows 10 upgrade attempt.  After a few months, and several hours online with Microsoft Assure remote help, I got the Windows 8.1 on it running correctly again. (deep sigh) 

Moving on again;  The preinstalled Sony software stopped working right. So, even though they no longer supported the Vaio, I emailed them anyway.  Suggested I uninstall it, and reinstall it.  Problem: this laptop came with Win 7 preinstalled, but Windows 8 ready.  Good thing it was Win 8 ready, as it running Win 7 would cause hardware incompatibility BSODs.   Tracking down the right Sony Vaio Care, and Sony Control Center was NOT easy.   Too many versions, updates to version, backward compatible version, and naming the %#$$@$# files with nothing but numbers?  Really? (downloaded and saved them with descriptive names).

FINALLY, for now, Sony Vaio, with Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit, and Sony utilities function as they should.

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