Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Haaretz's tacit strategic terrorism admission: Israel and Hamas are in league with each other

Oh, I know that the infamous Haaretz article about John Kerry didn't say that in so many words, but this is the brass tacks it boils down to.

Facts on the field confirm that Israel bombs Gaza civilians to supposedly harm Hamas, and its bombing of UN facilities makes the claim that the UN is harboring Hamas.  Hamas continues to fire rockets at Israel even after Israel bombs civilians day after day.  Result: Israel has ensured the safety of Hamas, whom it claims desires civilian casualties for propaganda, and delivers to Hamas civilian casualties obligingly, as unscathed Hamas fires rockets to give Israel more excuses to kill more civilians.

Such a tight, mutually beneficial partnership as exists between Israel and Hamas was never enjoyed even between the U.S. and the U.K.  Israel is clearly in bed with Hamas.

Let your white birds smile at the ones that stand and frown...

So raise those candles high--''cause if you don't we could stay black against the night
Oh, raise them higher again--and if you do we could stay dry against the rain

In other news, it was 40 years ago today when Mama Cass Elliot (of the Mamas & Papas) left us. Big woman, big voice.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Suffered malware attack via NCH Software, plus update

Tuesday Mini-UPDATE: --

My main machine contracted a bad case of malware in the form of SafeSearch, which will not uninstall even when you do a system restore to a previous restore point. Had to return to Factory Condition and have to figure out how the dingus machine will recognize a previous backup, which it refuses to do now. Why? It appears to operate like the old fashioned TSR type programs did.  It certainly has a behavior pattern of a TSR.

The next person using a search engine on the term SafeSearch will get this post, among others, and what I have to convey to you guys is this: it appears to be a TSR type trojan and even cleaning your Registry won't get rid of it, and it is also piggybacked with DeltaSearch and you have to hunt up info on BOTH. Most info out on the web is inadequate in this regard.  I've done a Factory Condition restoration but I've also put a block in the router for keywords SafeSearch safesear.ch deltasearch and delta.

When/if I get more information on this bastard, I'll update this post with it.

I posted a similar status update on Facebook, and one of my friends recommended Ubuntu, which is the latest version of Linux, which, in its turn, is a version of the very very very old Unix, with which I'm more familiar.  I'll repeat my reply to this person here on this blog:

Right now I'm trying the system "repair disk", which did locate my backup set, so now I'm optimistic. The problems I had with Unix was the command set and that infernal system text editor, which was extremely user-unfriendly, and I'm speaking as a person experienced with Wordstar and EDLIN. The reason I've stuck it out with Microsoft is because I knew Microsoft when it was still using C/PM. Me & Gates go back to the beginning.

 Yup--all the way back to the very C/PM beginning, when Gates was still playing in his garage, and it's my familiarity with Unix that has ruined me on Linux/Ubuntu...but...if enough of this snit happens, I'm not far away from changing my mind about that.

Malware UPDATE: I found the .exe file that was running but when I edit it, it gets reinstalled by something and YES I found my system backup files infected as well.  This is gonna take a lot of quality time by the looks of it.

I found the file spro.exe to be running while my browsers got hijacked, and that's found under User\name\AppData\Local\SearchProtect.  There's also an uninstall.exe file there, and when I ran it, it did look like the program actually got uninstalled. But when I clicked on a browser, it was still hijacking the browser.  This is gonna be a long, long battle {sigh}.

....and I see that people in China are very interested in this post. Hehehehe--you guys ain't whupped me yet, and I have my ways of locating TSRs. It...Is...ON!

Recognize this line, guys? : Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a
How about this one? windows_tracing_logfile=C:\BVTBin\Tests\installpackage\csilogfile.log

Or this one? ComSpec=C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe

Yeah, I lifted those out of your program. And I speak hexadecimal fluently. There's nothing like actually reading the trojan program to find out where the TSR is installed, now, is there. You boys picked on the wrong gal this time.

Malware UPDATE 2: Origin of my infection has been established. It is #NHCSoftware via what it claims are free versions but instead are free trials. Freeware doesn't expire, but NCH "free version" software does, and when it expires, the malware launches. Boycott NCH Software.

As to locating a TSR, what I found was a bunch of  not-exactly-TSRs and they were spread out through the operating system. I'm cured, but reverse-engineering this stuff ain't gonna happen overnight. Yeah, you hackers are too clever by half.  At least where MY machines are concerned. Just remember this, hackers--when you leave files on my machines, I can and will use them to find you where you live. It's elementary, my dear Watson--the info you filch from others is of no use to you without you being online too, and when YOU are online, you'd best keep watching over your shoulder.

Almost forgot to add this li'l story of what I did to an ad hacker outfit based in France a few years back. If you're old enough to remember Xupiter, you get the idea of what these guys did, using the name Xiti although their main ops was named Yatoula.  They infected my machine, and by reading their files I found their main server and discovered that browser hijacking/ad serving wasn't the only thing they did. I got in the server's back door and found a treasure trove of animated GIF images they lifted from their victims, and I, in turn, lifted the images from them.

I've already posted a few, by the way, last year in between the Turkey Day recipes I posted about in November.  ALL of those came from THEM.  And now, I shall commence to be insufferably smug for the rest of the day.

Sunday UPDATE: I didn't spend much more time on the malware Saturday, as I found an opportunity at basically the last minute to go to OKC for some shopping, and in the process attended the Peru Festival at Plaza Mayor despite being convinced earlier that going was not an option. C'est la vie.  Have just a few pics & vids this time compared to last time, as business did take me and my time elsewhere in OKC. There are a few changes to report, such as Inca Trail deciding to NOT set up shop at Plaza Mayor and in its place was an actual, open-for-business, Chinex food booth there.

The escalators were operating, but at a certain time in the afternoon, the down-going escalator just shuts off, like it did last time when I reported that it appeared to be broken.

And there's a new crude oil pump operating in one of the Plaza's parking lots, which should help the new owners with upkeep expenses.  Good on 'em for that.

I confess that one of the reasons I went was to check out the Guatemalan consulate that was there the last time, under the current Fort Sill circumstances involving the waves of children crossing the U. S. border of late.  I found the premises completely vacated.


Monday Meme UPDATE: I've posted in various spots on this blog about affairs of the heart, given the number of dear friends who had incurred issues in that regard; I did say that "before you find your prince charming, you have to kiss a lot of frogs" and if you move too fast, you just might wind up married to one...well, the following pretty much sums that up Biblicaly.

Ya, it's a little too simplistic where triangles form, and for that I'll post this...

Hippies of the '60s just didn't see that as a problem, but it turns out that it is a problem after all, huh. Stuff gets highly complicated, doesn't it.

But when you look around at all the war flare-ups these days, you have to wonder if those old hippies weren't actually onto something more beautiful too...

When flowers showed powers, the world changed. It's time to bring back the flowers.

Never forget Kent State either.

And never forget--first and foremost, I'm a Smartaz.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

R.I.P. James Garner, w/personal trivia & update..

This blog is in mourning over the passing of Jim Garner, whose fans all know was a fellow Okie.  That's not the close-to-home bit for me, though.

I've watched the tributes this evening over national broadcast entities and they all cited his best known works alright. They all overlooked Hallmark's "Decoration Day", though, and that's the one that's special to me.  Why? Because of his co-star, that's why. We went to the same high school and that's the person I knew personally. I still have the yearbook where she did high school theater in the form of "The Admirable Chrichton", co-starring H. E. Baccus.

She bills herself as Judith Ivey, but to those of us of same/similar high school graduating class, she's still Judy.  When I find the yearbook and scan the pics, I'll post 'em.


Beth Gentry and Judy Ivey from a group photo in which H. E. Baccus also appears...

H. E. Baccus. Ivey and Baccus both appeared in...

That's Judy in the top photo aiming that bow.
In the frame on the right, guess who was spoofing Goldie Hawn....

Yeah, not me--I was a whole lot better in the audience, and a whole lot more into Isaac Asimov.

Yup, I was into Isaac Asimov at the time, a nascent time traveler even back then; Doctor Who was on PBS and it was the Tom Baker Doctor at the time. Also into Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Richard Armour, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Bennett Serf, Ogden Nash, Don Marquis,William Saroyan, and, of course, Charlie Loudenboomer. Yeah, you can see an early pattern here, including the beginnings of the intrepid navigation of any given library, not just school, college, public, science, or law library.
Thursday footnote: I've noticed a number of hits here from the UK and I feel compelled to add that an additional early influence was Doug Adams. Even though he's a noted author, that's not how I was introduced to his work. It was via the BBC World Service. People familiar with Charlie Loudenboomer knows that he's from the world of shortwave radio, and so it was: I was heavily into shortwave radio as a DXing hobby, too, sideline of amateur radio and that came as a result of being previously involved in what was then known as Civil Defense.

The Beeb was running the radio series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at the time and Doctor Who was an incidental interest.  It wasn't until Doctor Who got restarted with "NuWho" that I learned that Doug Adams also wrote for Doctor Who during the Tom Baker years.  Small planet.

And speaking of Isaac Asimov, this is a kewl Cadillac commercial. Those robots have been traditionally called "peanut-pickers".

Tuesday UPDATE:
Speaking of not-quite-famous people, there was a Kyle Dillingham concert last night to benefit a guy who needed a liver transplant, and I've got some videos of that, which I'll post as soon as they're processed. Even if he's not a nation-wide household-known name, he's still a helluva guy to go see.

Here are a couple vids. The venue is the Enid Symphony Orchestra building, which used to be a Masonic temple. Keep in mind that Kyle is a religious Assembly of God type of guy. There's a bit of crowd-watching in this vid, though; the first guy zoomed in on is the guy who benefits from this concert.  The second, a gal, is an Enid Chautauqua regular.  Enjoy...



Blogger errored out when I tried to upload the following vid, so I had to make it iPhone size. Sorry, people. Next, Kyle has explaining to do...


Now I'm thinking that I might be able to go back to large size if I break this vid up into two pieces.  Not tonight, though--that's a Manana Project.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's deplorable events affect personal relations

...first, in the form of one particular Russian that I know frequents this blog. I haven't spoken to you lately, gri, and today's shooting down of a passenger plane near Ukraine will ensure that won't happen in the duration because I'm also familiar with your ideology, which is definitely on the wrong side of events surrounding the separatists.  Ain't gonna happen.  Nothing justifies what happened today.

I'll say the same about Hamas, and the fact that Sisi in Egypt regards them as Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, and I have Egyptian friends who support Morsi, of the Brotherhood.  Sisi is a dictator, but no moreso than Morsi, and the one thing in Sisi's favor is pragmatism regarding Egypt's neighbors.

I'm totally with my Arab friends on the issue of Zionism, and I know that there's no such thing as a religion gene no matter how many people religiously believe that their religion is a "people".  Nope. Semitic Jews are semitic and so are Arabs, but not European Jews, because Judaism is a religion and there's no such thing as religion being genetic.  Nor should genetics matter in matters of state--that's racism.

But this crap about re-establishing a Sunni califate empire is absurd because the original empire of that genre wasn't just Sunni nor just Shiite either. Inshallah, the original fell to Genghis Khan, and inshallah, Genghis fell to Othman--a Turk, not an Arab.  What Abu Bekr al Baghdadi aspires to in his little megalomaniacal mind is not the will of Allah.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hello again, China.

I'm posting a post dedicated just to you, because not only have you been hitting on this blog hard, you've been sending me crap email about how there are new comments on this blog.

Who do you think you're fooling, exactly?


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hectic July thusfar--more visits announced; international news

Got one visit already from AZ and two more maybes:

Ras is passing thru this area again and he's bringing his wife this time.  And there's a musician I've been arguing with since the days of Air America Radio who tells me that Tulsa might be on his tour schedule.  Nope, not Watermelon Slim this time--I've argued with him since well before Air America Radio was even founded--It's Billy Boom & Crazyhearse, of Vermont.

Slim didn't qualify as an out-of-stater until he moved to Mississippi, so he does now...but...gonna have to wait til Labor Day to take another shot at going to Rentiesville OK...IF he's going this year.

We'll see.

For the information of anyone else wanting to drop by for a visit, the rule is to meet at the Hastings bookstore on Owen K. Garriott Rd, Sunset Plaza.  No exceptions unless you're a performer and we can visit at your venue location.


There's some other stuff in the works but am not at liberty to divulge those things at the moment, although if things work out properly, will post a later blog entry in that regard.

I've noticed a lot of blog traffic originating in China lately, and I have to add that yeah, the world's got multiple hot spots yet again, but everything I could say on those subjects has been said, and that includes the topic of Israel vs Gaza.  While I may point out the multiple cases where religion is at the root of legitimizing atrocity, China might gloat over that but has no reason to--without religion, China is still atrocious because people in power get corrupted, religion or not.  Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so the only thing one can say about religion in that regard is that religion is no guarantee of morality or immunity from corruption.  Either way, there's corruption because both government and religion are man's inventions, and man is corruptible.