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Content update: Config update checker for Firefox (and now Thunderbird also)

I finally got around to updating my user.js-notify script for Firefox. The script can now do checks for Thunderbird also. This is a Bash script (think Linux) that produces a desktop notification with information about the user.js and the user-overrides.js files for both Firefox and Thunderbird as well as the latest versions of both the Firefox and Thunderbird configuration guides. Basically it checks for updates to the files.

The repo is here (script is in the /misc directory), the changes are here, and the script can be downloaded here.

Please report any bugs either here as a comment or on the repo.

Changes include...

* script works with both firefox and thunderbird
* script is now in more of a waterfall format so that checks that depend
on previous checks which fail no longer take place (this fixes erroneous
update notifications)
* path to firefox and thunderbird default profile folders is now
determined from profiles.ini files
* changed some default values for options
* changed the hyperlink for the firefox pro config guide
* misc. small edits

Prefixing variables when coding

First of all i'm nearly the last person that should be writing anything about coding since a) i've only ever worked with 3 scripting languages and b) i'm self-taught, but, that said, i'm gonna do so anyway.

Poking around the web reveals a potential controversy regarding the 'correct' naming convention for variables. I've read that prefixing a variable with a letter representing its type is 'old' and out of style, one reason being that the variable type could be changed at some point. I totally disagree. I find prefixing variables with a letter representing their type to be useful, intuitive, time saving and cleaner.

If you define a variable and then access it much later, after you've forgotten what the hell it holds, well now you have go back and figure out its type. Is it an array? An integer? Where did i first use it and did i change its type somewhere along the way? And as for variables where its type is changed, that's easy to handle as well.

Here's the naming convention i use for variables:

aAnArray = an array that will always be an array
iAnInteger = an integer that will always be an integer
nFloatingPoint = a floating point that will always be a floating point
sSomeString = a string that will always be a string
vAnyType = a variable that could be any type
exeCommand = holds an executable, maybe with arguments
siStringInteger = holds a string followed by an integer
isIntegerString = holds an integer followed by a string
...and so on

ShadowRing (2015): Uncovering the Council on Foreign Relations and its impact on the world

ShadowRing (2015)

Free Mind Films has decided to work with international best-selling author - James Perloff to tell the virtually unknown story of the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR) and how that organization is the key to understanding how our world has become what we see today. Mr. Perloff literally wrote the book on the CFRs existence more than 20 years ago and now he's back with a new book titled "Truth is a Lonely Warrior" which he is used as the research platform to write the script for 'ShadowRing'. ShadowRing will entertainingly unfold the events that led to the creation of the CFR, the important players who were instrumental in the council's success within American politics, and how the CFR wields unimaginable influence over the geo-political agenda of the United States and consequently the events that have shaped our world for the last 100 years. Expert witnesses and testimony will be weaved together with a historical visual landscape designed to present the inherent complexity of this subject in a way that is palatable for someone who has no prior knowledge of the CFR or what power it has over our lives. Source documents will give credibility to these incredible and life shattering revelations. By providing the audience with the facts and avoiding opinions or conjecture, ShadowRing will break down the dis-information and unlock the secrets of the CFR providing fertile ground to encourage a new public debate on the ethical and moral implications of allowing such a small group of individuals to command such power and influence over our lives.

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The hilarious ego-laden pseudoscience of virology

I've not been keeping an eye on the news for nearly four months. Regular visitors may recall that my last News Bytes post was made in early June. The primary reason for ignoring most news, which i tend to do now and then, is because 95+% of it bad news and reading all that bad news every day can take a toll on ones demeanor and outlook.

One area of 'bad news' i haven't kept up with is the (non-existent) SARS-CoV-2 "virus" sewage still being pumped out by the lame-stream media, governments and stupid doctors and scientists who have an ego to protect. I've read enough books and listened to quite enough educated doctors and scientists in order to form a strong, scientifically sound opinion which dictates that no one has ever isolated SARS-CoV-2, nor any other alleged "virus", ever, using the scientific method.

To any reasonable adult, the word 'isolate' means to separate one thing from all other things, yet virologists literally do precisely the opposite when they claim to have "isolated" a "virus". They create conditions never found in nature which cannot support life then, when the cells die, as they are destined to do, they claim that the debris/exosomes emitted by the cells are "the virus". Never mind that exactly none of these indoctrinated fools have ever isolated anything according Koch's postulates, much less proven that these alleged "viruses" can be transmitted among anything, human or otherwise.

There's plenty of books and other resources readily available for those who want to learn about the sordid history of virology and germ theory. Two books i would recommend as primers on the subject are The Contagion Myth - Why Viruses (including "Coronavirus") Are Not the Cause of Disease and Virus Mania, 3rd edition: How the Medical Industry Continually Invents Epidemics, Making Billion-Dollar Profits At Our Expense. There's also plenty of testimony, interviews and talks by many doctors and scientists on alternative social media and video hosting platforms such as BitChute and Odysee. One of those doctors, Dr. Samantha Bailey, has produced many videos on the subject of "viruses", germ theory, terrain theory and other aspects of health and disease. She and her husband, Dr. Mark Bailey, are both extremely well educated on the subject of virology and germ theory verses terrain theory. Following is Dr. Sam's latest video. Many more can be found on her Odysee channel.

(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Every (Incredibly Shitty) Web Browser Out There

The modern web is an f'n joke, and so is every single mainstream (and not so mainstream) web browser. With wildly unnecessary use of JavaScript (this site included...for the moment), and malware, tracking, fingerprinting, data harvesting and reliance upon a plethora of intrusive 3rd parties for frameworks, fonts, analytics, CAPTCHA's, content delivery networks, scripts, ads, completely useless bullshit, etc., today's web has become a gigantic, privacy-hating shit-hole and, as a consequence, so has every modern web browser.

For a very long time i have recommended Firefox hardened with the 'arkenfox' user.js and some crucial extensions for anyone that cares about privacy and security, not because i'm any sort of Firefox fanboy (i hate Mozilla) but because i see Firefox as the only candidate that is best suited to privacy hardening at this time. In other words, i believe Firefox to be the lessor evil, but evil nonetheless. It's a very sad state of affairs but that's where we're at.

To know more about why all modern web browsers are crap, i highly recommend the articles, How to choose a browser for everyday use?, Mozilla - Devil Incarnate and my own article, The Mozilla Monster. My only niggles with the first piece is that i don't see uMatrix as being irreplaceable and i certainly don't see Pale Moon as a viable alternative to a hardened Firefox.