Who Controls the Future of the Internet?

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The fight is between statists that want to control, and those who want freedom of ideas:

For all the complaints about the United States’ control of the internet and NSA spying — ICANN and the government have kept the internet open and free. That’s not the plan of the United Nations, of Saudi Arabia, of Russia, of China.

Quote of the Day: Ayn Rand

Not a huge Rand fan — I think her writing is terribly wooden, but this…this describes the last 40 years:

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion- When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing- when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors- when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you- when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice- you may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Initial Impressions: Progressive Springs for Triumph Thruxton

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I’ve had Trixie, my 2010 Triumph Thruxton for almost two years now, and had quickly done most of the cosmetic work on her to get her where I wanted her, looks-wise. Performance was another issue. I have no issues with the power, torque, and for the most part the handling of the machine. I’m more comfortable on her than I was even on the exemplary Street Triple. But hard turning on roads like the challenging Sandia Crest road often left the bike twitching and wallowing, and crap roads felt like you were being kicked in the nads for a few dozen miles.

I’d been considering new shocks and springs for the bike for a long time, but resisted the expense on the notion that I’d had mediocre suspension on every bike I’d ever owned — from the wee Buell Blast (don’t laugh — great bikes!) to the Speed Triple. Instead, I tried a few different types of tires. The OEM Metzler Lasertecs were very predictable and rode well on all surfaces, but were not the best in fast turns. The Avon Roadriders were spectacular in hard, fast turns but were huge failures on that grooved concrete pavement, where I would normally get speed wobble at every velocity. They also felt the high winds we have in New Mexico acutely. The new Shinko 712s I have do just about everything well (save that damned concrete!) But nothing got ride of the chatter and twitchy feeling in turns.

Yesterday, I got Progressive shocks slapped on the bike (along with some Dime City Cycle fork gaiters to replace the awful-looking plastic fork guards that come with the craft) and took the bike out for a quick run on South 14 — a road of long sweepers and hard S-bends that I absolutely wasn’t speeding on. If I were, I might have noted how all the front end chatter was replaced with a firm, steady feeling of control throughout high lean angles (using the clinometer on my iPhone to roll along the tire to where the chicken strips start, it looks like about 50 degrees.) I can say that most of the chop from the road surface is eaten up beautifully, and in a hard stop from 55mph, the front end doesn’t have the deep nose dive and tendency to want to pull sharply to the left. They also made me very aware of how execrable the rear shocks are on the Thruxton.

Dime City fork gaiters installed.

Dime City fork gaiters installed.

Really, Triumph — for the extra dough customers shell out for the Thruxton you can’t slap some Hagon 900s (which should be in by the end of the week) on the back and some Progressive springs in the forks?

So — is it worth the $89 for the springs (and whatever the shop hits you for if you don’t replace them yourself)? Yes. Unequivocally. I had thought to do the Race Tech valving originally — a much more expensive upgrade, but the Scots temperament led me to try the cheap fix first. It works, and unless you are planning on doing the Thruxton Cup sometime soon, I’d suggest the cheap fix.

Wendy Davis Getting Her Ass Kicked By that Paraplegic

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Looks like Wendy “Madam Abortion in Track Shoes” Davis, the two faced “single mother” that sloughed her kids on her ex after he paid for her Haaaavaaaahd education, and who’s flip-flopped on every issue possible — including the bill she filibustered — isn’t doing to well. She’s even losing the female vote in Texas. Right now, Greg Abbott has a comfortable 14 point lead, including an eight point lead with female voters.

Maybe folks aren’t quite as credulous as our aristocracy thinks…

Open Revolt Almost Happen Last Weekend…and It’s Not Over

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Here’s the skinny, so far: a rancher named Cliven Bundy has been locked into a two decade battle with the federal government over grazing fees. Bundy claims preemption since his family has been ranching on the land since the 1880s. A recent court decision found against bundy and the Bureau of Land Management decided to jump in SWAT-style on Bundy and round up his cattle on the federal land. But it was the how they did it that spurred the ire of Americans — the use of eight helicopters, for-hire cowboys, and BLM SWAT teams (yes…they have them), as well as local law enforcement to surround the Bundy ranch in preparation for this decade’s Waco standoff. When a video of BLM thugs attacking protesters with tasers and dogs surfaced, that was it — states rights, gun rights, and property rights activists lit up the interwebz, and hundreds converged (many armed) on the ranch to help the old man out.

In this confrontation, BLM drove into a 58 year old woman…twice. They knocked down a pregnant woman. They sicced a dog and tased one man without provocation.

Faced with an influx of armed patriots sick of the encroachment of Progressive politicians on their lives and those of others, the BLM returned most of Bundy’s cattle and fell back (mostly, it seems due to a lack of local law enforcement officers wanting to back them up and get shot int he process…)

But it’s not over. There is still a three mile wide no-fly area over the ranch, more materiel has been moving into the vicinity, and Harry Reid — whose involvement in the BLM’s actions has been questioned due to his son, Rory’s, shilling for a Chinese energy concern (ENN) looking to build solar farms throughout the area…including near to the area in dispute. Additionally, the new head of the BLM is Neil Kornze, a long-time Reid staffer

Here’s the odious Reid speaking on the matter:

Even more humorously than Reid the Elder’s comments is his son’s quip, “We believe in a country in which we are subject to laws and you can’t just ignore the laws we don’t like…” (Like Obamacare, the 2nd Amendment, border control, immigration law, election law…)

And here’s Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association: 

Unfortunately for the BLM and local law enforcement, it looks like Bundy’s supporters didn’t fall for the strategic withdrawal and go home — as many as 500-800 are anticipating the return of the police in force, and are ready to meet it.

 

Quick Review: Any Font

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Do you want a certain font from your computer on your iPad? Hit the App Store and search for Any Font. It’s a $1.99 app (last time i checked) that allows you to do just that. You can do a sync through iTune with it, but I tried loading a few .tff files into a folder on Dropbox, then opened them on the iPad. Dropbox, of course, can’t view them, but you “Open with…”, then choose AnyFont. The fonts appear in that app, you check them, hit install, and the app will bounce you through Safari to the Settings, where you will get a dialogue that looks a lot like the updater (probably is.) Install. Open up your Pages, or what have you and there’s your new font.

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