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Lierre Keith on The Vegetarian Myth

Maximise vertical space in xfce(ubuntu). Use window panel applets

Gnome and Xfce use two panels at the top. One is the top panel, and the other is the title bar with window buttons. This not only violates Fitts’ law, but also wastes a lot of vertical space. Thankfully you can merge them into one, using gnome-window applets. Gnome-window applets are two gnome-panel applets. One adds window buttons, while the other window title. Using both, we can do away with the need of a title bar.

Here is how you install it in Xubuntu. 1. First install xfapplet. This allows the xfpanel to support gnome-applets.
sudo apt-get install xfapplet
2. Now add the window-applets ppa, and install the window applets
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tsbarnes/misc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-window-applets
3. Now using xfapplet, add the two applets at their desired position on the panel ( see screen shots)

4. Now that you have added the applets to the panel. the next step is to disable the window decorations of xfwm4 for maximised windows, in effect removing the title bar. For this we install an app called maximus.
sudo apt-get install maximus
5. Add maximus to the list of auto-started applications . Go to xfce-settings manager. Choose session and startup. Go to autostarted applications and add maximus. 6.Look at the screenshot. Notice the buttons at the extreme right of the panel and the title at the centre.

http://xflinux.blogspot.com/2011/01/maximise-vertical-space-in-xfcexubuntu.html

XFCE Global Menu Plugin Gets a PPA

Xubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 users wanting to add Ubuntu’s “App Menu” (also known as a ‘global menu’) can now do so with ease. The developer behind the XFCE-tweaked version has put the plugin in a PPA for easy installation and upgrading.

To add the PPA you will need to open a new Terminal window (Menu > Accessories > Terminal Emulator) and enter the following commands carefully: -

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:the-warl0ck-1989/xfce-appmenu-plugin sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xfce4-appmenu-plugin indicator-appmenu appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt
How to add App Menu to the XFCE panel

Once everything has successfully installed you’ll need to add the plugin to the top panel on your desktop.
Right-click on an empty part of the top XFCE panel
Choose ‘Panel > ‘Add New Items’ > ‘App Menu plugin’
Move/place the plugin to the right of the ‘Xubuntu menu’ logo

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/11/xfce-global-menu-plugin-gets-a-ppa/

Average White Band - School Boy Crush

You can make music on DarwinTunes, just by listening to it… DarwinTunes, Survival of the funkiest

Welcome to DarwinTunes

Join our unique experiment, and be the first to hear music as it evolves, right between your ears! The organic world – animals, plants, viruses – is the product of Darwinian evolution by natural selection. Natural selection expresses the idea that organisms (more accurately their genes) vary and that variability has consequences. Some variants are bad and go extinct; others are good and do exceptionally well. This process, repeated for two billion years, has given us the splendours of life on earth.

It has also given us the splendours of human culture. This may seem like a bold claim, but it is self-evidently true. People copy cultural artifacts – words, songs, images, ideas – all the time from other people. Copying is imperfect: there is “mutation”. Some cultural mutants do better than others: most die but some are immensely successful; they catch on; they become hits. This process, repeated for fifty thousand years, has given us all that we make, say and do; it is the process of “cultural evolution”. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. For example, how important is human creative input compared to audience selection? Is progress smooth and continuous or step-like? We set up DarwinTunes as a test-bed for the evolution of music, the oldest and most widespread form of culture; and, thanks to your participation, we’re starting to get answers.

click the link below to participate: http://darwintunes.org/participate

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Raising Pigeons For Survival And Self-Reliance

I would like to make the case for pigeons as an urban livestock. Pigeons have lived alongside man for thousands of years with the first images of pigeons being found by archaeologists in Mesopotamia dating back to 3000 BC. Throughout human history the pigeon has adopted many roles ranging from symbols of gods and goddesses to sacrificial victims, messengers, pets, food and even war heroes. A pigeon is about 13 inches in length from bill to tail and weighs a little less than a pound. Males are slightly bigger than females.

The feral pigeon that we see in our towns and cities today is descended from the Rock Dove (Columba livia), a cliff dwelling bird historically found in coastal regions. The word ‘pigeon’ is actually derived from the Latin word ‘pipio’ which meant ‘young bird’. The word then passed into Old French as ‘pijon’ and from that the English name ‘pigeon’ was derived and is now used the world over as a common name for the Rock Dove. Other common names include ‘domestic pigeon’ and the ‘feral pigeon’. In 2004 British and American Ornithologists officially re-named the bird the Rock Pigeon.

Since their initial domestication pigeons have been seen as a cheap source of good meat. The Romans kept pigeons for food as evidenced by the fact that they were familiar with the practice of force feeding squabs in order to fatten the young pigeons faster. Pigeons were especially prized because they would produce fresh meat during the winter months when larger animals were unavailable as a food source.
The feral pigeon mates for life, (but if one is killed the other will seek another mate) and can breed up to 8 times a year in optimum conditions, and will set on two eggs each time. Often older pigeons will lay more than two eggs in a nest. When this occurs the extra eggs should be discarded as two young is all the parents will be able to feed. The frequency of breeding is dictated by the abundance of food available to the parents. The eggs take 18 or 19 days to hatch with both parents incubating the eggs. Young dependent pigeons are commonly known as ‘squabs’.  


A squab is a young pigeon from 1–30 days old. Both parents feed the young with a special ‘pigeon milk’ that is regurgitated and fed to the squabs. Each squab can double its birth weight in one day but it takes 4 days for the eyes to open. At approximately 2 months of age the young are ready to fledge and leave the nest. This much longer than average time spent in the nest ensures that life expectancy of a juvenile pigeon is far greater than that of other fledglings. When ready to leave its nest, a squab can sometimes weigh more than its parents.
Ten pairs of pigeons can produce eight squabs each month without being fed by the pigeon keepers. For a greater yield, commercially raised squab may be produced in a two-nest system, where the mother lays two new eggs in a second nest while the squabs are still growing in the first nest fed by their father.

Establishing two breeding lines has also been suggested as a strategy, where one breeding line is selected for prolificacy and the other is selected for “parental performance”. Pigeons are also quite territorial about their nesting area. Pigeons co-exist much more harmoniously when each mated pair has two nest boxes of its own. Because pigeons are also territorial about their perch, it is best to ensure that every pigeon in the loft has lots of places to perch. Establishing more than one pen is a strong strategy for raising pigeons. Extra pens allow for the keeping of spare, unmated females and males which can be used to replace mated pigeons which might perish from disease or predation. Because it is sometimes difficult to determine the sex of a young pigeon, it is also handy to have another pen for pigeons that have been weaned but which have not yet given external indications of their sex. Unmated birds however should not be released to feed as they may mate with someone else’s pigeon and take up residence at their cote.


A pigeonnaire (dovecote) can be constructed on the urban compound in an area easily accessible to the garden for the use of the manure if care is taken during planting time as pigeons will feed on your freshly planted seeds. Plans for your pigeonnaire can be found at several on line sites and in “The Have More” book. The major points being that it should have an entrance way that can be converted to one way entry only, room to exercise, usually 8×10 with 8 feet of head room, enclosed with wire mesh or hardware cloth that would prevent snakes from entering, and a small fountain for the pigeons to wash in. This basin would need to be either removable or coverable to limit use to specific times of the day to keep the pigeons from soiling the fountain..


Pigeons also have the advantage in that most urban dwellers ignore them/fail to see them as a food source. With the properly constructed loft pigeons can be released to forage during the day and they will return to roost and care for their young in the evenings.
Although pigeon poo is seen as a major problem for property owners in the 21st Century, it was considered to be a valuable resource in the 16th, 17th and 18th century in Europe. Pigeon poo was a highly prized fertilizer and considered to be more potent than farmyard manure. It was so prized that armed guards were stationed at the entrances to dovecotes (pigeon houses) to keep thieves from stealing it!

In England in the 16th century pigeon poo was the only known source of saltpeter, an ingredient of gunpowder and was considered a highly valued commodity as a result. In Iran, where eating pigeon was forbidden, dovecotes were set up and used simply as a source of fertilizer for melon crops and in France and Italy it was used to fertilize vineyards and hemp crops. It can also be used as a tanning agent for certain leathers.
So, self-feeding, easy to raise, with large amounts of fertilizer. Win, win, win!

Best xfce distro ever! Voyager 12.04 LTS (preview) - Xubuntu Xfce - Ubuntu precise LTS

just released this month, voyager is hands down the most beautiful and elegant ubuntu based distribution using the xfce lightweight desktop environment i have seen and tested to date. this french distro is based on xubuntu plus added mods, tweaks and software. if you have an old computer lying around and want to try out a modern, beautiful, lightweight linux based operating system, download it for free and check out the “live cd”, i think you’ll be very impressed with the speed, reliability and eye candy this distro offers, even running off the disc or usb stick.

http://voyager.legtux.org/

Fugitive hacker Christopher Doyon, or Commander X, tells why Anonymous ‘might well be the most powerful organization on Earth’

Christopher Doyon, a.k.a. Commander X, sits atop a hillside in an
undisclosed location in Canada, watching a reporter and photographer make
their way along a narrow path to join him, away from the prying eyes of
law enforcement.

It’s been a few weeks of encrypted emails back and forth, working out the
security protocol to follow for interviewing Doyon, one of the brains
behind Anonymous, now a fugitive from the FBI.Doyon, who readily admits taking part in some of the highest-profile
hacktivist attacks on websites last year — from Tunisia to Orlando, Sony
to PayPal — was arrested in September for a comparatively minor assault on
the county website of Santa Cruz, Calif., where he was living, in
retaliation for the town forcibly removing a homeless encampment on the
courthouse steps.

The “virtual sit-in” lasted half an hour. For that, Doyon is facing 15
years in jail.Or at least he was facing 15 years in jail, until he crossed the border
into Canada in February to avoid prosecution, using what he calls the new
“underground railroad” and a network of safe houses across the country.

Thanks to his indictment, Doyon is one of the few Anonymous members whose
real name is now publicly known.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange


But as the leader of the People’s Liberation Front — a hacker group allied
with Anonymous — and the second-most wanted information activist after
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, he prefers not to show his face, and instead
dons the ubiquitous Guy Fawkes mask, to wear with his Sunday best: a
sweatshirt with the Anonymous calling card, “We do not forgive … We do not
forget.”Terrorists to some, heroes to others, the jury is still out on Anonymous’s
true nature. Known for its robust defence of Internet freedom – and the
right to remain anonymous — Anonymous came in first place in Time
Magazine’s 2012 online poll on the most influential person in the world.

Fox News, on the other hand, has branded the hackers “domestic
terrorists,” a role Anonymous has been cast to play in the latest Call of
Duty Black Ops II, in which Anonymous appears as the enemy who takes
control of unmanned drones in the not-too-distant future. (That creative
decision may have put Activision, the creator of the video-game series, at
the top of the Anonymous hit list.) For its part, much of what Anonymous
does and says about itself, in the far reaches of the Internet, cannot be
verified. Nor do all Anons agree on who they are as a group, and where
they are going.— — — — —

Q: As strictly an online army of hackers, how powerful is Anonymous?

A: Anonymous is kind of like the big buff kid in school who had really
bad self-esteem then all of a sudden one day he punched someone in the
face and went, “Holy s— I’m really strong!” Scientology (one of
Anonymous’s first targets) was the punch in the face where Anonymous began
to realize how incredibly powerful they are. There’s a really good
argument at this point that we might well be the most powerful
organization on Earth. The entire world right now is run by information.
Our entire world is being controlled and operated by tiny invisible 1s and
0s that are flashing through the air and flashing through the wires around
us. So if that’s what controls our world, ask yourself who controls the 1s
and the 0s? It’s the geeks and computer hackers of the world.Q: What does it mean to be a leader of a leaderless organization?

A: We don’t sit around and elect a president but that doesn’t mean there
aren’t leaders within Anonymous. Naturally Commander X or Barrett Brown or
Peter Fein, whether they have names or are still anonymous, they take a
leadership role and are looked up to. The average Anon is not like me,
working 12 hours a day dedicating their life to this. He’s an IT guy or a
cable installer with a few hours to spare and he wants to be told what to
do. It takes organizers to get things done. Anyone in Anon can be a
spokesperson but my ability to speak is based on how much what I say
squares with the consensus of the collective.

Q: It seems like there’s a war going on between hacktivists or information
activists and law enforcement. (At least 40 alleged members of Anonymous
have been arrested around the world in the last year.) Who do you think is
winning right now?

A: I think it’s a stalemate at the moment. I think eventually we’ll win.
I’ve always believed that right will always prevail. But at the moment the
arrests have had a chilling effect on the movement. For a 30-minute online
protest I’m facing 15 years in a penitentiary. For the moment that’s the
only indictment against me but I expect there will be more. And it’s not
just about the potential penalty but it’s the trial itself for which they
delivered a terabyte of discovery. That’s about 150,000 pages for a
30-minute protest. That means my trial will be two years long and during
that time I’m under strict surveillance by the FBI. I can’t access
Twitter, Facebook or IRCs (Internet Relay Chats)– I can’t contact any
known member of Anonymous – who are about 50,000 people around the world.So basically it shuts me down as an activist. Even if I prevail in court,
I’m still shut down for two years. Well, I’m unwilling to do that – and
that’s why I’m Canada. In Syria and Tunisia, Libya, Egypt in Nigeria in
the Ivory Coast, we have saved so many lives I can’t even count –
activists and journalists and bloggers and people who come to us to keep
themselves safe in these extremely hostile environments – and I’m
unwilling to lay that kind of work down.

Q: Now that you’re in Canada for the foreseeable future, do you feel
relatively safe?

A: Yes. We have a lot of contacts in the Canadian government. We were
well prepared when I came here, we have an underground railway, and safe
houses in Canada. We might be wrong, but our understanding is that the
Canadian government is about equally concerned with Anonymous and the
United States. Their approach will be: “Step lively, don’t stay long, and
you’ll be fine.” So we’re in negotiation with several countries in Europe
to try to get a permanent political asylum situation set up for myself as
well as for any other Anons and information activists who might need it. …
It’s too bad Canada will not find the political courage to protect
information activists from America like they did in the ‘60s with the
draft dodgers. That’s the reality of it, but they will probably not
actively seek to track me down.Q: Do you think the general public is not concerned enough with online
surveillance or real-life surveillance?

A: I think the general public is beginning to learn the value of
information. To give an example, for a very long time nobody in the U.S.
or the world was allowed to know the number of civilian casualties in
Afghanistan or Iraq. There were wild guesses and they were all over the
ballpark figures, until a young army private named Bradley Manning had the
courage to steal that information from the U.S. government and release it.
Now we know that despite their smart munitions and all their
high-technology they have somehow managed to accidentally kill 150,000
civilians in two countries. … As these kinds of startling facts come out,
the public will begin to realize the value of the information and they
will realize that the activists are risking everything for that
information to be public.

Q: What do you say to people who believe Anons are just cyber-terrorists?

A: Basically I decline the semantic argument. If you want to call me a
terrorist, I have no problem with that. But I would ask you, “Who is it
that’s terrified?” If it’s the bad guys who are terrified, I’m really
super OK with that. If it’s the average person, the people out in the
world we are trying to help who are scared of us, I’d ask them to educate
themselves, to do some research on what it is we do and lose that fear.
We’re fighting for the people, we are fighting, as Occupy likes to say,
for the 99%. It’s the 1% people who are wrecking our planet who should be
quite terrified. If to them we are terrorists, then they probably got that
right.
‘I think eventually we’ll win. I’ve always believed that right will always
prevail’“Information terrorist” – what a funny concept. That you could terrorize
someone with information. But who’s terrorized? Is it the common people
reading the newspaper and learning what their government is doing in their
name? They’re not terrorized – they’re perfectly satisfied with that
situation. It’s the people trying to hide these secrets, who are trying to
hide these crimes. The funny thing is every email database that I’ve ever
been a part of stealing, from Pres. Assad to Stratfor security, every
email database, every single one has had crimes in it. Not one time that
I’ve broken into a corporation or a government, and found their emails and
thought, “Oh my God, these people are perfectly innocent people, I made a
mistake.”

Q: What do you think of the student protests in Quebec?

A: Wherever I go, especially in the last two years, I have found
protests. I had no idea this was going on in Canada and the day I arrived
in Montreal I was in a coffee house downtown on the corner of Ste.
Catherine and St. Hubert. And there was a protest right there at that park
across the street. The entire intersection became inflamed, I watched
police absolutely brutalize these kids, spraying can after can of tear
gas, launching off pop-bang grenades, tear gas grenades, and the worse
thing I saw these kids do, one of them threw a snowball, and one of them
threw an orange rubber cone at these cops. I mean these cops are in full
body armour for God’s sake, that’s not violence. But what was done to
these kids was so violent that the coffee shop manager locked us all into
the coffee shop. Locked the doors while all around us, literally in these
glass windows all around us, we watched the kids get beaten down. Wherever
I go whether Oakland, San Francisco, Montreal, everywhere I go I see the
same stuff. I see people rising up demanding justice and these brutal,
paramilitary police departments being used to crush them and sure, I get
involved.


Police officers fire tear gas at student protesters in Montreal, April 20,
2012.

Q: Anonymous started out as online pranksters but has gotten a whole lot
more serious in the last two years. What happened?

A: I believe Egypt was really a turning point for us emotionally in
Anonymous. Obviously there was always that sort of prankster edge to us.
But people often ask me, “Why are you so mean nowadays?” It started in
Egypt – when you work for days to set up live video feeds and the first
thing you watch through those feeds is people killing your friends with
machine guns – that becomes personal. And then it’s not just Egypt, it’s
Libya, Tunisia, over and over again these Freedom Ops are really what gave
us a sort of take-no prisoners attitude. We get to know these people. It
may not be the same as you and I sitting here, but when you Skype with
people and spend hours and hours talking with them on IRC (Internet Relay
Chat) and they share their hopes and their dreams with you for their
country, their future, when they tell you how they’re risking their lives
so their children can have a better future in some far-off land, you bond
with those people and they become your friends and family.Q. What’s next for Anonymous?

A: Right now we have access to every classified database in the U.S.
government. It’s a matter of when we leak the contents of those databases,
not if. You know how we got access? We didn’t hack them. The access was
given to us by the people who run the systems. The five-star general (and)
the Secretary of Defence who sit in the cushy plush offices at the top of
the Pentagon don’t run anything anymore. It’s the pimply-faced kid in the
basement who controls the whole game, and Bradley Manning proved that. The
fact he had the 250,000 cables that were released effectively cut the
power of the U.S. State Department in half. The Afghan war diaries and the
Iran war diaries effectively cut the political clout of the U.S.
Department of Defence in half. All because of one guy who had enough balls
to slip a CD in an envelope and mail it to somebody.

Now people are leaking to Anonymous and they’re not coming to us with this
document or that document or a CD, they’re coming to us with keys to the
kingdom, they’re giving us the passwords and usernames to whole secure
databases that we now have free reign over. … The world needs to be
concerned.
Recent attacks by Anonymous

May 9 – Anonymous brought down Russian President Vladimir Putin’s website
and the Kremlin’s website to support the country’s protests against
alleged vote tampering during the March elections.May 9 – Anonymous attacked the UN’s official website, accusing it of
ignoring the plight of Palestinian hunger strikers protesting their
detention without trial in Israel.

April 24 – Anonymous attacked the Greek finance ministry website to
protest its plans to fight tax evasion by tracking citizens’ bank,
telephone and credit card data.April 20 – Anonymous takes down the Formula One website, for holding the
event in Bahrain, and to support local protesters fighting against the
continued government repression of activists and opposition politicians.

April 5 – Anonymous hacks into hundreds of Chinese government websites,
taking down the “Great Firewall of China” and offering tips on how to
bypass government censorship.http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/12/insider-tells-why-anonymous-might-well-be-the-most-powerful-organization-on-earth/

Missionary Church of Kopimism

The Missionary Church of Kopimism (in Swedish Missionerande Kopimistsamfundet), founded by 19-year-old philosophy student Isak Gerson, is a congregation of file sharers who believe that copying information is a sacred virtue. The Church, based in Sweden, has been officially recognized by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (“kammarkollegiet”) as a religious community, after three application attempts.

Gerson has denied any connection between the Church and filesharing site the Pirate Bay.Tenets

The followers of the religion are called Kopimists from copy me, the idea of which was inspired by a phrase in the Bible:
Copy me, my brothers, just as I copy Christ himself
— 1 Corinthians 11:1A “Kopimist” or “Kopimist intellectual” is a person who has the philosophical belief that all information should be freely distributed and unrestricted. This philosophy opposes the monopolization of knowledge in all its forms, such as copyright, and encourages piracy of all types of media including music, movies, TV shows, and software.


According to the church, “In our belief, communication is sacred.” No belief in gods or supernatural phenomena is mentioned on their web site. CTRL+C and CTRL+V, the computer shortcut keys for “Copy” and “Paste,” are considered sacred symbols.Kopimism made simple:

All knowledge to all
The search for knowledge is sacred
The circulation of knowledge is sacred
The act of copying is sacred.

According to the Kopimist constitution:

Copying of information is ethically right.
Dissemination of information is ethically right.
Copymixing is a sacred kind of copying, moreso than the perfect, digital copying, because it expands and enhances the existing wealth of information
Copying or remixing information communicated by another person is seen as an act of respect and a strong expression of acceptance and Kopimistic faith.
The Internet is holy.
Code is law.

On January 5, 2012, Kopimism was accepted by Sweden as a legitimate religion. The religion’s association with illegal file sharing[where?] has been said not to be a sign that illegal file-sharing will be excused from Sweden’s zero-tolerance approach to the matter.First wedding

On April 28th, 2012, the Missionary Church of Kopimism held their first wedding.[12] The wedding took place in Belgrade, Serbia, between a Romanian woman and an Italian man. The holy ceremony was conducted by a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask whose voice was distorted by a voice modulator.The church said, “We are very happy today. Love is all about sharing. A married couple share everything with each other. Hopefully, they will copy and remix some DNA-cells and create a new human being. That is the spirit of Kopimism. Feel the love and share that information. Copy all of its holiness.”

The missionary leader of the Church of Kopimism, Isak Gerson, attended as a witness during the wedding.<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missionary_Church_of_Kopimism>

GoBYO BYOB Restaurant Dining Guide

big ups to all the BYOB joints out there! check out some spots on this site and go support them;) fuck paying 4 or 5 times what you’d pay for a bottle at a store. http://www.gobyo.com/

George Carlin RIP god bless america, fuck pride

preach it brother!

George Carlin quotes

my favorite george carlin quotes:

If a man smiles all the time, he’s probably selling something that doesn’t work.

The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.

“No comment” is a comment.

The future will soon be a thing of the past.

Property is theft. Nobody “owns” anything. When you die, it all stays here.

God bless the homicidal maniacs. They make life worthwhile.

Here’s a bumper sticker I’d like to see: “We are the proud parents of a child who’s self-esteem is sufficient that he doesn’t need us promoting his minor scholastic achievements on the back of our car.”

I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.

I don’t like to think of laws as rules you have to follow, but more as suggestions.

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

Just think, right now as you read this, some guy somewhere is gettin’ ready to hang himself.

The future will soon be a thing of the past.

Soft rock music isn’t rock, and it ain’t music. It’s just soft.

If it requires a uniform, it’s a worthless endeavor.

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George Carlin RIP

i love and miss you george carlin