An acoustic analysis of the 1-Oct-2017 mass-shooting in Las Vegas

The mass-shooting that occurred in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1st, 2017, was one which i was content in ignoring for the most part, not because i didn’t have sympathy for the victims, but because i already have an overall understanding of the bigger picture and how such events are often manufactured and used for political purposes. However upon discovering the video by Mike Adams of Natural News titled Forensic acoustic proof of SECOND shooter in the Las Vegas massacre, my curiosity as to the on-the-ground mechanics of the event was stimulated sufficiently enough that i decided to launch my own similar investigation with the goal of determining a), whether there were multiple shooters targeting the venue specifically and b), their locations.

My analysis of several videos captured by witnesses can be found in my article, Las Vegas Shooting 1-Oct-2017: An acoustic analysis and possibly some answers for the victims. In it, i tried to be very respectful of the witnesses and i hope to provide some possible answers that i’m sure many are seeking. There are many completely baseless accusations and theories being tossed about like so much confetti and some people are capitalizing on an event that has real human victims with complete disregard as to how the garbage they spout may further traumatize those victims.

There are certainly many unanswered questions, critical changes to the official story and timeline, and many anomalies to be investigated regarding this event. If the “Illuminati” pulled this off as a satanic ritual or whatever, fine, or if the FBI is involved in organizing and financing it, fine (i find that idea to be far less far fetched given their criminal history) however incredible assertions require the meat to back them up and it disappoints me that much of the speculation and accusations circulating on the web is of the lowest quality garbage originating from brain-dead people, including some so-called independent “investigative journalists”.

The web, as far as i’m concerned, is one of the only places left where one is going to get accurate, hard hitting news reporting, however it is also filled with plenty of garbage and knowing which is which is key. Here’s a pro-tip from an avid watcher of web news for over a decade: When an article or video title contains an exclamation mark, it may well be garbage. When it is typed in all caps it may well be garbage. When it contains anything like “100 PERCENT PROOF!” or “MUST SEE!”, or “SMOKING GUN!” or “BANNED!” or any other such click-bait sensationalist words and phrases, it is either very likely complete garbage, or it was copied from a potentially quality article or video and retitled.

Anyway, to read what i have discovered regarding the Vegas mass-shooting, please read my article and please share it. Ultimately i’d like to reach some of the victims that are being led down rabbit holes that go nowhere. They have suffered far more in 10 minutes of their lives than most of us ever will.

New article: Firefox User Interface Customization

I started a new article titled Firefox User Interface Customization which is a work in progress. At this point there is only a few of CSS code samples for customizing Firefox and its derivatives, but i expect it will grow to include a lot more. The code will work with Waterfox as well, which i know because that’s what i’m currently running.

The transition from XUL to WebExtensions for Firefox add-ons is not going smoothly at all in my case and this is one reason i ditched Firefox and started running Waterfox, the latter of which is a bit more focused on privacy as well as continued support for XUL (legacy) extensions of which i have several that are simply not replaceable at this point. I think the biggest problem with the move to WebExtensions is the limitations in the API and i think it’s a [yet another] mistake by Mozilla to drop support for legacy extensions with the upcoming version of Firefox 57 given that their API seems to be only half-baked. I might have tried Pale Moon, except they apparently have no plans to support WebExtensions whatsoever. I suspect this might come back to bite them in the ass since i’m sure that the vast majority of Moon users get their add-ons from Mozilla and many of those developers seem to be abandoning the legacy extensions that Pale Moon depends on.

‘Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs’ article updated

The Firefox Configuration Guide for Privacy Freaks and Performance Buffs article has been updated with further information regarding IndexDB storage and how to control it. The way that Firefox currently handles IndexDB storage is absolutely terrible in my opinion in that there is no easy way to remove it from the Firefox UI, such as by clearing the browser history. This local storage, which can eat up your drive space with 10’s of megabytes of data per domain, is a threat to personal privacy and can be used to fingerprint your browser by the domain that stored the data.

The Pirate Bay and its cryptocurrency mining script – why this might be the best thing since DOOM

People are now creating scripts to mine cryptocurrencies using your computing power while you visit any websites which employ these scripts. I first learned about this when The Pirate Bay used such a script in certain sections of their website.

This is an extremely interesting development and it will be just as interesting to see how wide-spread it becomes. Just days after TPB was found running such a script, there was already a cryptocurrency miner WordPress plug-in on wordpress.org with 300+ active installs as of Sep. 27, 2017.

At first i categorized this as outright malware and, in fact, i would say this was accurate in the case of The Pirate Bay when they introduced it secretively and didn’t make it an opt-in option for its users. It also appears that ad-blockers, including uBlock Origin, as well as anti-virus software vendors, are targeting these mining scripts. After giving it some thought however, this seems like it might be an excellent way for independent journalists and others to generate some “cash” to support their work whilst dumping, or at least cutting back on their intrusive ads.

The company apparently responsible for all the hub-bub is Coinhive and, frankly, i very much like what they have to say about their cryptocurrency miner. There are millions of people — me being one of them — running ad-blockers to remove all the in-your-face garbage that people and corporations use to monetize their websites and the service offered by Coinhive could be a revolution in this regard in that everyone, from the Google’s of the world to individuals like yourself, could monetize websites and services with cryptocurrency miners that are virtually transparent to their visitors. I say “virtually” because i think it is absolutely critical that such mining scripts only run if the visitor chooses to run them. Apparently Coinhive feels the same way. Here’s some comments from the Coinhive blog:

Our goal was to offer a viable alternative to intrusive and annoying ads that litter so many websites today. These ads are not only a distraction to end users, but also provide notoriously unpredictable and non-transparent revenue numbers. We set out to change that.

[…]

We’re a bit saddened to see that some of our customers integrate Coinhive into their pages without disclosing to their users what’s going on, let alone asking for their permission. We believe there’s so much more potential for our solution, but we have to be respectful to our end users.

[…]

It’s probably too late to do anything about the adblockers that already prevent our current JavaScript from loading. Instead, we will focus on a new implementation that requires an explicit opt-in from the end user to run. We will verify this opt-in on our servers and will implement it in a way that it can not be circumvented. We will pledge to keep the opt-in in tact at all times, without exceptions.

I like their ethics and motivation for creating this service. Their privacy policy is also very good, at least for the time being.

Right now i’m blocking these scripts, but hopefully this will change in the future.

So you’re looking to make a small splash in the cryptocurrency pool? Try this…

I wanted to finally get in on the cryptocurrency ‘thing’ and so i started poking around and found several guides that discussed how to buy a cryptocurrency, primarily Bitcoin. One of the better guides i found is 101+ Best Ways to Buy Bitcoins Online in 2017. After spending a lot of time looking at these coin brokers and reviewing their “privacy” policies and what personal information they required, i got rather disgusted with the whole thing. And then i thought about another approach…

Why not just find a private party that has the cryptocurrency i wanted and offer to trade for dollars? And so i emailed one of my favorite independent journalists/analysts and said “hey, if i donate $60 to you, will you send me $50 in Bitcoin and you can keep the $10?”. For me this was a win-win-win thing because the $10 went toward a worthy cause instead of some cryptocurrency broker and i got my coin and i didn’t have to create any website accounts or give up any personal information.

So if you’re looking to make a small splash in the cryptocurrency pool, you might want to try my method.

Good luck!