I finally made the change with both my home and office desktops, and I am really relieved. Ubuntu Linux is actually really simple, and in the two weeks I have been using it I have only had to enter a command line once (one of the infamous drawbacks of Linux) for a very specialized media codec that 99% of people do not use.

Ubuntu comes pre-packaged with virtually everything I need, right at the start, like all the office productivity software. Ubuntu also detected and instantly installed the drivers for my HP multi function printer, the installation of said drivers that were always a chore in Windows. I am able to burn CDs and DVDs straight away as well. I also can’t argue about the price (it is 100% free, and so is almost all of the software).

The system itself is extremely stable, and does not crash. It also gave new life to my 2 year old AMD Athlon 64 3000+ desktop, which now responds extremely fast. The only downside is the lack of games that are compatible with Linux. As much as I like the Ubuntu version of Linux, I will probably not install it in any new desktop I get as it cannot play most of the games that are available on the windows based PCs.

If you don’t play games, definitely try it out.

Posted by Matt, filed under Technology. Date: May 23, 2008, 11:03 pm | 7 Comments »

… bots hijacked Occidentalism and started posting all kinds of nonsense. In the meantime, I was fighting the bots (unsuccessfully), but I think I have them beaten now. Everything working?

UPDATE: I have worked out exactly what happened. A black hat SEO put in hidden links on my pages using a exploit in the code of wordpress. A side effect of this was the broken formatting. Basically what I have had to do is go through every post on Occidentalism, more that 700 of them. I deleted the hidden links and hidden text but I am not sure if I have missed anything. Does anyone know how to find hidden text on this blog quickly so I can quickly nuke the remainder?

Posted by Matt, filed under Random, Rants, Technology. Date: May 18, 2008, 6:06 pm | 11 Comments »

I do not know what it looks like in other countries, but the layout of Occidentalism here in Korea is all screwed up, at least on my computers. Also, the Korean language in my old posts is all garbled. What has happened to Occidentalism during the past month or so? Has this been discussed, yet? And can it be fixed?

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under Uncategorized. Date: May 16, 2008, 11:27 pm | No Comments »

Ron Paul is a long shot candidate that is having his chances improve all the time. It is not hard to see that a lot of the media pundits would like to see him out of the race because of the opinions he has been expressing, like his opposition to the Iraq War and opposition to corporate welfare. Usually Ron Paul is ignored by the main stream media, and that forces his supporters to come up with gimmicks to force the media to pay attention, like breaking the US record for political donations in a single day – that was on December 16th.

That being true, Ron Paul seems to have no trouble attracting all kinds of negative media attention. Much was made by the media about Ron Paul supporters being “spammers” when he was winning all kinds of online polls, a smear that has lost its power with the proof of his fund raising from small, individual donors. Likewise there was an attempt to link Ron Paul to the 9/11 truth movement, with claims that he “met” with 9/11 truthers, when in fact they simply turned up to a place where he was campaigning and asked him a question. There was even a hilariously clumsy hit piece on FOX news about it.

Much jesting was also made about the support of a Nevada brothel owners support of Ron Paul, and there was hand wringing over a $500 donation by a neo-nazi website owner.

The MSM is stirring up a storm in a tea cup because Ron Paul did not return the donation given by the neo-nazi website owner. I haven’t heard of any groups demanding that the brothel owners donation be returned, although I suppose there are groups out there demanding that too. What is important to understand is that Ron Paul is a libertarian, but not a social libertarian. That means he supports freedom to do things even if he doesn’t approve of how that freedom is used.

The donation by the brothel owner from Nevada and neo-nazi website owner makes a good comparison. Ron Paul does not approve of brothels but does not think the federal government should have anything to do with it. Therefore the brothel owner supports him. The neo-nazi website owner is against the Iraq War and against giving amnesty to illegal immigrants. Therefore he is supporting Ron Paul, who is the only Republican candidate to hold both of those positions. Even the neo-nazi website owner concedes that Ron Paul is not supporting their positions.

Black said he supports Paul’s stance on ending the war in Iraq, securing America’s borders and his opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants.

“We know that he’s not a white nationalist. He says he isn’t and we believe him, but on the issues, there’s only one choice,” Black said Wednesday.

The neo-nazi website owner supports Ron Paul not because Ron Paul is a crypto-racist, but out of mainstream interests that are of concern to a lot of people. There is only so far one can take guilt by association but I suppose one could also claim that anyone that wants an end to both the Iraq War and illegal immigration are neo-nazis because it happens to be the same position of a neo-nazi website owner.

So why not just return the donation, you ask? Well, as Ron Paul says, the money has probably already been spent and any money sent back would be out of another persons donation. Isn’t it strange that people are turning around and demanding that Ron Paul should make a donation to a neo-nazi website owner? Nonetheless, Ron Paul is one of the leading proponents of civil rights in congress and if anything could turn ‘bad money’ into ‘good money’, it is a donation to the Ron Paul campaign. Ron Paul answers questions in detail about that particular donation on Neil Cavuto’s show..

Returning the money will not end this ‘problem’ for Ron Paul, it will only cause a snowball effect, as the media manages to dig up more people that have fringe ideas, at which point Ron Paul’s campaign will be more about vetting the irrelevant ideas of people that happen to support his campaign than running for the Presidency. It is Ron Paul’s ideas that will be implemented if he is to become President, not the ideas of the MSM caricature of his supporters.

All of this is consistent with his belief system. He endorses freedom but does not endorse what people do with it. He will take your money, even money from brothel owners, neo-nazi website owners, and also the far more numerous regular people, but they won’t get anything back for it from him except what he has explicitly promised to do if he is elected president. Ron Paul would even take money from the neo-con war criminal Military Torture Complex if they were foolish enough to send him money. Now that would be real dirty money! Money that every single Republican candidate can count on – except Ron Paul.

Perhaps support of brothel owners or neo-nazi website owners might be a scary thing if they were supporters of candidates that are already proven whores of special interests like Big Pharma and the Military Industrial Complex. People might then suspect a relationship between the candidate and the objectionable donors. The candidates that are rejecting certain donors are just trying to prove that they are honest politicians in the sense once a special interest buys them, they stay bought. Ron Paul on the other hand cannot be bought and has proven that time and time again during his ten terms in congress. Lobbyists do not even bother to darken his congressional door.

In the debates Ron Paul talked about important issues that are being ignored by the other Republican candidates, like the plunging dollar, the Iraq War, and special interests, which makes the other mercenary candidates nervous. As the only candidate not on the payroll, Ron Paul is in a unique position to criticise the source of their endless millions for campaigning, something the other candidates cannot do because they often have the same donors, which is a great insurance policy for the special interests that have hijacked the nations policy against the interests of the people.

The Republicans are going to lose the election because every single one of them running, except for Ron Paul, resembles President Bush running for a third term. Only Ron Paul, the true change candidate, has a chance to save the Republican party from a humiliating but easily foreseen defeat. No amount of guilt by association smears by the Bushite wing of the Republican party and their dead-ender supporters will change that fact.

Posted by Matt, filed under Politics. Date: May 5, 2008, 3:12 am | 6 Comments »