Anatomy of a Gab Post URL

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 24 May 2017 22:52:54 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

I've taken to reporting each time that number of posts on Gab crosses a multiple of a million. It recently passed eight million posts. Some have asked how I determined that. This post is the answer.

https://gab.ai/billstclair/posts/8016964 is my post reporting on eight million posts. Here are it's components:

NameTextDescription
Protocolhttps://Tells your browser to use the HTTPS protocol, SSL-encrypted Hypertext Transfer Protocol.
Hostgab.ai/The internet host containing the web page.
Gab UserbillstclairThe ID of the user who made the post. Stop here to show that user's profile page. There are a bunch of special tokens that can go here that may NOT be a userid, e.g. "home", "tv", "popular", "lists", "chats", "settings".
Content Type/posts/Says that the rest of the URL will identify one of the user's posts.
Post Number8016964The number of the post. This is a global counter of all posts ever made. This is what I used to determine that there were over 8 million posts.

Note that you need to know both the user ID AND the post number to address a post, so there's no way to step through the posts by simply incrementing the post number. This was a smart, security-conscious decision on @e's part.

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 20 May 2017 16:01:39 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Where are the moderate Muslims? They're with the good cops." -- Bill St. Clair

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 14 May 2017 12:59:41 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The only true political majority in America is non-voters. Unfortunately, their choice is never properly counted; it would leave every office vacant." -- Bill St. Clair

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Hang the Narcs

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 12 May 2017 20:03:28 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Attorney General Sessions has issued Charging and Sentencing Guidelines to Federal Prosecutors (PDF of memorandum). It appears to be an underhanded way of focusing his department's efforts on the war on some drug users.

I used the Department of Justice contact form to send the following message:

Attorney General Sessions has directed his prosecutors to focus on crimes with the most severe sentences, or mandatory minimums.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-sessions-issues-charging-and-sentencing-guidelines-federal-prosecutors

I suggest that he devote a large amount of his prosecutorial effort to eliminating conspiracies by police departments against individual rights, 18 USC 241. This has a maximum sentence of 10 years, or life in prison or execution for kidnapping or homicide. I consider false arrest to be kidnapping. I consider arrest for criminalized behavior that has no actual human victim to be false arrest. But then, that might force Mr. Sessions to have himself hanged. Good. Hang the narcs.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/241

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Classic Larken Rose Rant

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 04 May 2017 00:25:23 GMT  <== Philosophy ==> 

Still Waiting for Waco Justice

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:18:14 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Today is the twenty-fourth anniversary of when "Bill and his boys killed 82 people at Waco--22 of them innocent helpless little children."

I'm still waiting for Waco Justice.

So what's the normal way to execute war criminals? A firing squad of course. And we can very easily turn it into a fund raiser for the survivors and family of the victims. Sell $100 raffle tickets to choose the riflemen and riflewomen who off the scum. I'd pay that in an instant for a chance to put a bullet into one of these baby killers.

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Common Sense - An Anecdotal Tale of Two States

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:48:00 GMT  <== Humor ==>   <== Politics ==> 

IN CALIFORNIA

Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, is out enjoying a nature trail with his dog when a coyote jumps out of the brush and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor.

The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.

He calls animal control and they capture the coyote and bill the state $200 for testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

Governor Brown calls a veterinarian who collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and getting his bite wound treated.

The nature trail is shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.

The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness program" for residents of the area.

The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

The Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training re the nature of coyotes.

PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state.

California's solutions to routine problems are always complex and expensive!

IN TEXAS

Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, is out enjoying a nature trail with his dog when a coyote jumps out of the brush and attacks his dog.

The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and continues to traverse the nature trail.

The Governor has spent 75 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

Texas' problems are resolved simply, quickly, and inexpensively!

This is unquestionably why California is broke and Texas is not.

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:30:01 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Liberals show their 'compassion' by spending other peoples money; neocons show their 'courage' by sending other people to war." -- Joseph Sobran

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Cords

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:40:27 GMT  <== Hifi ==> 

I'm an amateur musician. I've played the trombone since fifth grade (1966). I've sung in choirs since Junior High School. I leave my trombone out on a stand, to encourage picking it up and playing along with the music.

My musicianship mostly shows, however, in that there's always recorded music playing while I work, and, since that became easy with my Apple Airpods, while walking and bicycling around town.

I had very good stereo equipment before the computer age, initially a Bryston Amp with B&W DM7 speakers, then, some smaller, but still really good components, including a top-of-the-line Sony CD player.

When I got a computer on my desk, I initially used cheap computer speakers and compressed music. Then I discovered that adding an external DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter), powered near-field monitor speakers, and CD-quality digitized music, got me back to the old component quality, but cheaper, smaller, and without the need to handle vinyl or CDs.

I played for a while with HD music, 96Khz/24-bit, but decided that I can't hear the difference between that and standard CD quality (44Khz/16-bit), so I save the money and disk space. Nowadays, I'm not convinced that 256K compressed music sounds any different to my aging ears than CD quality, so I'm buying a lot of new music from iTunes, instead of ripping Amazon CDs. I CAN hear the difference between the older 128K compression and CDs.

My setup today is ripped bits on my 27" iMac, driving a Geek Pulse DAC, going through a Schiit SYS switch (so that I can easily turn off the speakers when I want to listen through headphones), and a splitter cable to Swan M200MkIII powered monitors and a bottom-of-the-line Klipsch KW-100 sub-woofer.

Below is a photo of the wiring. The yellow cable is a fancy USB cable from Geek Pulse. I find it hard to believe that a fancy digital cable has an effect on sound quality, but they sent it to me for free with my DAC, so I use it. The black box to which the yellow cable connects is the DAC. The silver box on top of that is the Schiit switch. The fat red cables connect the DAC to the switch. The thin red cables connect the switch to the splitter, the RCA connectors for which are in the left foreground. The fat black cables out of the splitter go to the powered Swan speaker, and to the sub-woofer, which is under a table to the left of the white desk lamp. The black cable with the circular connector goes from the speaker in the photo to the other one, not pictured.

The little white plastic box is an Omron BP652 wrist blood pressure monitor.

The desk chair is a Herman Miller Aeron chair. I can sit in it for 10 hours straight, and never get even slightly uncomfortable because of the chair (though I badly need to move every couple of hours). Worth every dollar.

Click on the photo for a high-resolution version (3023x4031 pixels, 1.7 megabytes).

Cords
Cords

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Two Years in Vermont

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:29:34 GMT  <== Personal ==> 

Today is the second anniversary of moving into my little apartment in Vermont. Still loving it here. Just returned from getting a two-week supply of vegetables from the farmers market. About to take my near-daily mile walk to the little coffee shop I frequent, for a black eye (coffee with two shots of espresso), and time with Angelica, the proprietress, and her two-year-old daughter, Brooklyn. Life is good.

The stuff in the upper photo below is what I took in my car from the house when my wife kicked me out. I lived with that for two weeks in my brother's house, while finding the apartment. I picked up a truckload more of stuff soon thereafter.

Stuff in New Apartment 150401
Stuff in New Apartment

Walmart Run 150401
Walmart Run to Outfit the Empty Place

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