Monthly Archives: February 2013

Christopher Dorner – Criminal Or Victim?

This story is interesting.  Christopher Dorner is a former soldier and policeman.  He is angry at the LAPD for being unfairly fired.  Allegedly, he killed 3 people.  He wrote on the Internet that he intends to target policemen and their families.

This bit was funny and offensive.

In Torrance, two women delivering newspapers were shot and wounded by police officers who mistook the gray pickup they were driving for the one identified as belonging to the gunman.

Police were so eager to murder Christopher Dorner that they injured two innocent people, mistaking their car for Dorner’s car.  Those policemen will probably not be charged with any crime!  To get Christopher Dorner, who murdered 3 people, the police almost murdered two people!

If Christopher Dorner was the victim of corruption, it’s important for him to be murdered rather than captured alive. It wouldn’t be right for him to get a chance to tell his side of the story!

Also, Christopher Dorner seems to be targeting the specific people who mistreated him, rather than striking completely at random.

The violence attributed to Dorner began with the weekend slayings of a campus safety officer and his fiancee. The woman was the daughter of a retired Los Angeles police captain who had represented Dorner in disciplinary action that led to his 2008 dismissal and was apparently singled out by the former cop for blame.

It continued early Thursday, resulting in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Riverside and the woundings of two others.

That’s amusing. There was a policeman assigned to “represent” him in the disciplinary hearing, and Dorner blamed him the most. Very often, a “defense” lawyer works against the defendant!  That actually shows a lot of intelligence, targeting his children instead of confronting him directly.

Reading between the lines of the story, I see Christopher Dorner as someone who was mistreated by the State and then cracked.

This part is very interesting.

Mr. Dorner had posted a rambling and threatening note on his Facebook page saying he was suffering from severe depression and pledging to kill police officers to avenge his dismissal for filing a false police report accusing a colleague of police abuse. Mr. Dorner said he had struggled to clear his name in court before resorting to violence.

Here is a “copy” of Christopher Dorner’s writing. This was edited, because it removed the names of the policeman who hurt him. It probably isn’t possible to obtain an accurate copy. All the copies I saw removed the names. It sounds like someone who realized the State is one big lie, after a confrontation with well organized evil. Of course, if the names were removed, it’s likely that there were other edits.  He posted it on Facebook, who probably deleted it by now.

That is offensive, to post a “copy” of someone’s writing, claiming it to be 100% accurate, and then editing it. This bit was flagrantly added:

If you had a well regulated AWB, this would not happen. The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives.

Seriously, he’s arguing for an assualt weapons ban in his “manifesto”? You’re kidding me. It’s pathetic that someone snuck that in, pretending it to be part of the original.

It’s pretty obvious what happened. Christopher Dorner filed a *GENIUNE* complaint against a colleague. However, he lost the political manipulation game. The dishonest policeman avoided responsibility *AND* turned the truth around so that Dorner was accused of lying. In my experience, when evil people file a false complaint, it’s always treated as valid, and when honest people file a genuine complaint, they are fired for lying. There’s nothing more offensive than an honest person standing up for what is right. The other policemen already knew that Dorner was a “troublemaker” (i.e. honest), so they used the incident as an excuse to eliminate him.

It is very traumatic when someone is trying to do the right thing, but is ruined by a conspiracy of evil people covering their tracks. It’s shocking to suddenly realize the scam of the State.

Superficially, the story spins Christopher Dorner as a complete lunatic. I see him as a victim of State abuse. He tried to fight evil people in the LAPD, but instead had his career ruined. Nothing inspires cooperation among criminals more than an honest person. Then, realizing the State is one big lie, he cracked under the stress. Being a professional thug, he solved his problems the State-approved way, with violence.

Too Big To Jail

There’s a new corrupt concept being thrown around, “Too Big To Jail”.

“Too big to fail” means “This corporation is so important that it cannot be allowed to go bankrupt. We must bail it out.”

“Too big to jail” means “Not only is this corporation important, but its executives are also important. We cannot prosecute them, no matter what crimes they commit.”

One example of “too big to jail” is that banksters got caught laundering money for drug cartels, and got off with a small fine and no jail term.

“Too big to fail/jail” is nonsense. It’s just making excuses for allowing insiders to get away with crimes.

Suppose a corporation really is “too big to fail”, and it gets into financial trouble. In that case, the government could allow a bankruptcy filing, but then provide bankruptcy financing to make sure all the creditors get paid off. The “problem” with that method is that there’s public disclosure of who got what money. If there’s a bailout but no bankruptcy, then the money is disbursed in secret.

When AIG was bailed out, that money went to creditors including Goldman Sachs. However, there was no public accounting of who got what. It was the same as the government directly writing a check to AIG’s creditors, but it happened in secret. In effect, the bailout money was laundered through AIG.

“Too big to jail” is also nonsense. Most executives are far removed from the people who do the real work. Corporations shuffle their management all the time, especially when there’s a new CEO. Even if a corporation is important, they still could jail the executives and find new ones. There always are plenty of people ready for a promotion.

This also effects the economy and the job market. Why would anyone make a useful product, when you can get a bailout or steal and get away with it? Why would any corporation need good workers, when they can get a bailout? The economy can’t recover as long as people get away with crimes. When corruption is more profitable than doing real work, how can anyone produce something useful?

“Too big to fail” is just an excuse for giving money to insiders with no accountability. “Too big to jail” is another excuse for letting insiders get away with crimes. When an ordinary person makes a bad investment, they lose their savings, but insiders get bailed out. When an ordinary person breaks the rules, they go to jail, but insiders are immune from prosecution. There are two justice systems, one for insiders and one for everyone else.

Dow 14,000 Fallacy

The mainstream media is saying “OMFG!  The Dow broke 14,000!  It may set a new record!”  There’s a huge fallacy.  That ignores inflation.

If you price the stock market in gold, the value has decreased almost every year for the past 10 years.

It’s very easy for the State to push up the stock market. If there is 20% inflation, then the stock market will go up approximately 20%. It isn’t an exact relationship, because inflation is not uniform and there are bubbles and busts.

When State insiders do talk about inflation, they use the biased CPI instead of more accurate measures.

When the Federal Reserve “stimulates the economy”, they really are “giving free money to insiders”. When banksters invest in the stock market, they typically have high leverage. If they borrow at 0% and buy stocks with 7x leverage, a 20% gain in the stock market is a real profit of 140%. The cost is paid via higher inflation for everyone else.

State bankster comedians cheer a rising stock market, because that enables them to steal from everyone else. State comedians cheer inflation, because they get to print and spend the new money.

The stock market also makes it easy for insiders to steal via “share inflation”.  When a CEO gets shares and options, he’s getting new shares that dilute everyone else’s ownership.  That’s one reason that the stock market underperforms true inflation.  Corporations produce earnings, but those earnings are less than the amount stolen by insiders.

It’s wrong to cheer a stock market “record”, because that considers the nominal value and not an inflation-adjusted value.  With massive inflation, it isn’t surprising that stock prices also rise.  Real stock market gains do not keep pace with true inflation.  Insiders don’t care, because they’re heavily leveraged or skimming a percentage off other people’s wealth.

Reader Mail – 01/27/2013 To 02/02/2013

Inverted Pooping commented on node.js Is VB6 - Does node.js Suck?.
Master of the Angelical Flute Penis

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^^ that made my night

marketanarchist commented on Steve Jobs' FBI File.
I was searching "steve Jobs psychopath" and a libertarian site came in the front results! We are pretty vocal on the internet!

They are two closely related ideas. There's the abuse of big government. There's the way criminally insane leaders manipulate and control others. It's a close relationship. Big government prevents honest people from establishing businesses that compete with established monopolies.

Ken commented on NFL Players Are Underpaid For The Playoffs And Super Bowl.
You are ignoring the financial incentives built into many players contracts that provide for bonus payments for reaching the playoffs. Also, you are over-emphasing the role of career-ending injuries. The vast majority of players retire due to diminishing skill sets , also, the role of younger, cheaper players who more easily fit under the salary cap is important.

Dirty Pirate Hooker commented on Sandy Hook Truthers?.
While it's true that not every disaster is a conspiracy, it's also true that not every disaster is an accident. There's an entire history of government false flag operations ranging from the small and simple (the English Crown secretly hiring privateers to attack French and Spanish shipping) to the large and complex (Operation Gladio, Lavon Affair, etc...). So let's not pretend that a mass shooting at an elementary school is beyond our government's capabilities. Both the CIA and FBI have no shortage of criminal, trained killers at their disposal.

With regard to the Sandy Hook shootings, there's absolutely no hard evidence supporting the official story. At least, nothing that's been released to the public. The whole thing is based solely on what government agents claim, which has no credibility at all. Under the circumstances, theories about conspiracies seems appropriate to me.

Another Job Interview With Fruitcakes

I went on another interesting/pathetic job interview. The owner actually seemed competent, but I felt sorry for him. He had 40 years of experience in his industry. He recognized that the legacy operators weren’t adapting to the Internet correctly, and wanted to develop a website that competes with them.

He said “I went to the websites of my potential competitors. All of their websites sucked!” I certainly believed that. There are lots of people with money and an idea, but lacking the ability to hire competent technical people. One example is the lousy delicious rewrite.

Overall, it was a sound business plan, ONLY IF he could hire someone competent to implement his vision. It isn’t enough to have money, an idea, and a good business plan. You also need to hire competent technical people. Otherwise, you’re just throwing your money away. If the founder has no technical ability, he’s guaranteed to hire a good liar rather than someone competent.

He hired an outsourcing firm to implement his website. Based on a brief inspection of the website and code, it was a pile of junk. It had only one page, a search form and results page. Even that wasn’t implemented correctly. It was at most a few days of work.

It was written in the zend framework and PHP. I realized that’s one “advantage” of a framework. If you use a framework, you can throw together a little CSS and a search feature, and now you’ve sold a website to a clueless idiot, billing a lot of money. When you use a framework, you can get a skeleton website implemented quickly. When you try to implement nontrivial business logic, the framework becomes a handicap. After a certain level of customization, the framework is more of a burden than a help.

I briefly researched zend. One criticism of zend was “Let’s implement every single design pattern!” Based on a brief analysis, zend seems to suck. The people who say that Rails and node.js are better than PHP might be comparing to zend and not plain PHP.

The owner said “The website is almost done! It just needs a little tweaking!” I’ve heard that too many times. Whenever you hear someone say that, translate it to “It’s junk and needs a complete rewrite.” The outsourcing firm had milked their client for as much money as possible, and now they’re not implementing any more and he’s moving on.

The owner said “My website had 10 million hits in a year!” That was unbelievable to me, given that it was a POS. I figured out what happened. He hired the same outsourcing firm to implement and host the website. They lied to him about how successful his website was, and he was too clueless to install his own analytics. For example, his Alexa rank is worse than my blog.

Unfortunately, he had hired a 2nd programmer starting the day before my interview. He was nearly completely unqualified.

Unqualified Loser (UL): This website is written in zend. Have you used zend?
FSK: I’ve never used zend. I prefer plain PHP. All my experience with frameworks is negative.
UL: You gotta use a framework!
FSK: In my experience, frameworks restrict you more than they help. Why use a framework?
UL: If you don’t use a framework, your website is susceptible to SQL injection attacks and man-in-the-middle attacks?
FSK: It isn’t that hard to sanitize input to prevent SQL injection.
UL: I tried it and wasn’t able to do it correctly.
FSK: What’s a man-in-the-middle attack? How do you perform a man-in-the-middle attack on a website?
(I’d really never heard of that security flaw before. With some brief googling, if you use SSL keys your website is resistant.)
UL: They mentioned that in school as a reason to use frameworks. I don’t know how to do a man-in-the-middle attack against a website.

I decided to test his knowledge a little.

FSK: What’s the quicksort algorithm?
UL: I don’t remember. It was in one of my classes. The algorithms class was hard. I memorized enough to pass the exam, and then forgot everything.
FSK: I always thought that the algorithms were cool.
FSK: What’s a regular expression?
UL: …

Someone who claims to have experience in PHP and UNIX should know what a regular expression is.

I also asked the boss if he had a working dev/qa version of his website. He didn’t, but he thought he did. He asked me to take a look. The PC was 10(!) years old. They didn’t have the production server login+password. The PC had mysql locally, but it didn’t have a current database.

I decided to open a PHP file.

FSK: (clicks on .php file – there’s no file association)
UL: Oh no! Dreamweaver is not installed! We won’t be able to view the php code!
FSK: (opens .php file with wordpad)

Here’s a tip. Prefer wordpad to notepad, because notepaid fails with files that have UNIX-style carriage returns. Wordpad does the conversion correctly.

UL: Dreamweaver isn’t on this PC! We aren’t going to be able to push code to the server!
FSK: What about FTP?
(git or subversion also would be an acceptable answer)

The other programmer would not have met my standards, if I was hiring.

On the one hand, the boss seemed really interested in hiring me. He said “Wow! FSK is a genius. I want him working for me.” On the other hand, he also called the unqualified programmer a genius.

If they offered a decent salary, I would have considered it. Anyway, they never got back to me. The owner probably hired someone who will pretend to do a good job while taking his money. There were lots of red flags. It’s usually a bad idea to work for someone clueless. It’s a shame, because I could have implemented a good website for him.  Whoever he actually hired is probably an unqualified loser.

Overall, my job search is moving slow. I’m getting some interviews, but nothing promising. The economy must be really lousy.