Welcome to my onion blog. The subjects explored will be diverse, but the main focus will be on criticizing the total loss and break-down of rationality in US politics.
On the right and on this page are collections of links to onion sites. Immediately below, there's an app to test the connectivity of onion domains running on port 80. Sometimes - if you're on a lagging connection, a domain may time out, and an error message will be received. With this app, you can test the availability of onion domains from this server as well.
Below is a list of onion IRC servers. For instructions on how to IRC anonymously, refer to: TORring the net.
To detect whether an onion IRC daemon is online, use the tool above. Query the daemon by selecting "irc" in the drop-down list.
09/25/13 - 07/28/16 Updated
(1) For expressing ideas, my Huguenot and Quaker ancestors were tortured in European dungeons. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, they fled the dungeons for the New World - on fire - with the cause of freedom and equality. They helped found Penn's Colony, waged a centuries-long, political struggle against human enslavement, and - during the Revolution, a few were convicted of sedition against the Crown. (By numerous sources, it was reported that they sneered at the hangmen - as they were hanged.) Looking back objectively at their deeds and writings - after the dungeons and the tortures, my ancestors were bat-shit crazy - but in a noble way. Torture is a nastily efficient means of radicalizing its victims. But for the persecution of European heretics, dissidents, dreamers and utopians, there'd be no America - no reason for those who invented it to have quit Europe. My ancestors were dungeon-people, activists and seditionists. They referred to themselves as such - and they were always proud of these facts.
I'm a genetic (and a philosophical) descendant of the dungeon-people, the activists and the seditionists - who sacrificed themselves to mid-wife America into being, and I'm immensely proud of them - too.
(2) Regarding the main justification for the Iraq war - which was an error, the excusatory refrain runs: "Politicians of both parties believed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.". One question never asked is: why are US politicians elected and re-elected when they express ideas which do not correspond to reality (i.e. errors)? The toll from the Iraq war was a million dead Iraqis, trillions in US debt and regional de-stabilization - due to executing a policy based on an idea which did not correspond to reality. Sadly - in post-rational America, entertaining ideas which conform to reality is not a pre-condition for wielding hyper-destructive power.
As an analogy to the policy of invading Iraq, take the kid's board game Candyland. The players move their "Characters" 'round the board, passing various "Locations" - such as the Candy Cane Forest, the Molasses Swamp and the Gum Drop Mountain. Do these "Locations" of the game exist outside of the game? Can you travel to the Molasses Swamp and fetch a pail of syrup? In 2003, could you have traveled to Iraq and fetched a weapon of mass destruction? The belief that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction is roughly comparable to the belief that one can harvest barberpole-in-color-confections from the Candy Cane Forest. Frequently, US foreign policy is as self-referring and lacking any correlation to reality as the Candyland game, but - in contrast to US war-making, playing a kid's board-game cannot produce its splendid consequences.
What about the concept that Iraq had brain-in-a-vat WMD? The sentence "Iraq has WMD." can be true - despite Iraq not having WMD. If sense impressions arising from the noises emitted by blowhard politicians are more authoritative than what the objective conditions of the world produce, the false is the true. Compare:
1. "Iraq has WMD" if and only if Iraq has WMD (as states of affairs existing in reality).
2. "Iraq has WMD" if and only if sense impressions arising from the noises emitted by blowhard politicians are interpretable and accepted as Iraq has WMD.
If 2 is given the nod, then Iraq "had" WMD in 2003. However, 2 is an equivocation, i.e. 2 is either trivially true or radically false.
(3) You switch on the TV set, listen to a pellet-head behind an anchor-desk blather gibberish - but you do not shut the TV off. Not only do you listen, you hang on every word, receiving and adopting the blather - as though it were the deliverance of an oracle. The anchor desk is a potent symbol - much like the throne once was. 34 centuries ago, a 9 year old boy sat on a throne, barked-out orders and his orders were obeyed. His name was King Tut (nbkhprwr3) - possibly pronounced in Ancient Egypt as nap-khafur-YOU-reeah. Tut was, also, widely rumored to have been the son of the Sun. Today - if a nine year old kid squatted on a piece of cheap scenery and belted-out orders, he would be punished or chuckled at. Perhaps, it's time to conceive of and approach the anchor-desk blatherers - identically - as misbehaved children.
Bill O'Reilly (who was not in a combat situation during the Falklands war): "Having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands war, I know that life-and-death decisions are made in a flash."
Brian Williams (The news anchor who was not in a helicopter forced down in Iraq): "The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG."
(The preceding message was brought to you by The Partnership for a Mass-Media Free America.)
(4) Recently, a friend of mine was the victim of an attempted frame-up by local, Pennsylvania cops. (These days - in PA municipalities, police frame-ups are as common as trees in a forest or water in an ocean.) My friend quipped (Jay Smith-like): "I wish someone would drop a nuclear bomb on Pennsylvania!". I retorted: "If a nuclear bomb were dropped on Pennsylvania, would Pennsylvania be contaminated by radio-activity or would poor, helpless, defenseless radio-activity be contaminated by being in contact with lawless Pennsylvania? That's a real conundrum!".
(5) Nursery rhymes and US foreign policy
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed,
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Is it coherent to ask this question: "Did a cow really jump over the moon?". Nursery rhymes stand in no need of verification; that is, what's referred to in them need not correlate to events, occurring in the world for them to provide entertainment. Likewise, did it make sense to inquire in 2003: "Does Iraq really possess weapons of mass destruction?". The tales of American politicians and their media-stooges stand in no need of verification; that is, their tales - too - often give rise to grisly "entertainment".
(6) Two weeks ago in Philly - near Independence Park - where the Liberty Bell hangs, I and about 20 fellow civilians witnessed a helpless, defenseless and compliant women, tasered into spasms by 2 police-thugs. We stood around and observed the event - as though it were the opening act in a depraved side-show. In the past, only those held in foreign, totalitarian dungeons were subject to this form of electro-torture. The Federal government - which owns the Liberty Bell - could do the right thing with this object. The Feds could chuck the bell into either the Delaware or the Schuylkill river with a note attached to it - reading: "This demonic symbol no longer represents us!". Barring that, the Liberty Bell - when inverted and due to its surprising, concave-shape - might function as a FINE, public urinal. Once you begin to witness Americans tortured in front of the Liberty Bell(!), American has broken-down on a fundamental level, and she's in desperate need of repair, restoration and recovery.
(7) Suppose that President Obama (under a full media-blitz) travels to the Washington Monument and points at it, uttering this referential contradiction: "That Washington Monument does not exist!". If an opinion poll were conducted, gauging the attitudes of the American people as to whether or not the Washington Monument exists, how would the poll turn out? Do you really want to risk knowing how this poll might come out by putting it to the test: by having Obama perform the utterance then taking a poll of Americans after it? Should 33% of Americans "strongly agree" with the statement: "That Washington Monument does not exist!", would you sleep well that night - or ever again?
(8) By way of a stark, historical contrast, American activists of the 17th and 18th centuries had as their objectives: the abolition of slavery (1688), freedom of the press, the right of religious conscience, independence from British occupation and the recognition of labor rights (1775). Today, American destructivists advocate and engineer: aggressive warfare, torture, extra-legal drone-executions, mass warrantless surveillance and the mass incarceration of the US population.
Human progress drove the activist movements of the 17th and 18th centuries - and human regression (or worse) drives these 21st century destructivists.
(9) A critique of pure equality. To be an American is to be swallowed-up in inconsistencies. To be an American is to revel in being swallowed-up in inconsistencies. To be the devil is to puncture and dissect these thinking-cramps, revealing them for precisely what they are - rubbish-notions. The legal, double-standards, applying to cops, DAs, judges and politicians - relative to common-run Americans - are too glaring for most to acknowledge (or even bear).
The counter-logical sequence - below - is the concept, animating the day-to-day operation of the US legal system.
1. All violators of the law should be arrested.
2. X, a governmental actor, is a violator of the law. (war crimes, extra-legal drone assassination, torture, mishandling classified information, unlawful searches, unlawful arrests, etc.)
3. X should not be arrested.
4. 3 does not follow from 1 and 2.
Given 1-4, what's a very obvious prediction on how the US will continue to (de)evolve legally?
When equality under the law is not enforced, there is no law. What prevails is a lawlessness state of affairs. Either the law applies to everyone, or there is no law. By definition, there are no exceptions to the law.
In the US - for over the course of the last 5 decades, the trend has been to immunize (by law or by privilege) those in power from the law and to mass-incarcerate those not in power. Should you have the good fortune to "visit" a US prison, be sure to remark (at the top of your lungs): "Why are there no cops, DAs, judges and politicians, rotting away in here?".
(10) If Donald Trump is elected President of the USA, this achievement would represent yet another swollen hemorrhoid on the butt-hole of democracy. Once the mob convicted Socrates, the outcome of his ordeal in democratic Athens smeared a dab of Preparation H® over the reputation of democracy - for literally 1000s of years. Trump's election would serve as a more revolting spectacle of mob frenzy, than the one - which ended when the famous philosopher guzzled a lethal dose of hemlock.
(11) In regions of Europe - during the 15th century, persons convicted of "witchcraft" were burned at the stake. The practice of witch-burning may not have been (entirely) a behavioral trait of a people, locked into a brutish and benighted culture. Executing those who maintain that: "With word-spells alone, we can make the world behave as we wish it to behave!" is (arguably) more rational - than signing onto the mind-rot, which passes for conventional political thought in the US, i.e. "Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction.", "A civilian who fails to comply with a cop's lawful order deserves to die.", "The 4th Amendment should be made null and void.", "Inequality under the law is equality under the law.", etc. Where witch-burners in the 15th century were terrified of absurdity-spewing idiots and incinerated them, we elect and bow-down to closely related absurdity-spewing idiots.
The comply or die policies of the Inquisition, Peru under the Conquistadors, post-Counter Reformation France and the USA are criticized, compared and contrasted in the following piece. Read the essay: inquisition.html.
In the link, Hilary Putnam, the brain-in-a-vat scenario, Descartes' evil demon, Lord Russell's hypothesis and Wittgenstein's neat and BRUTAL dissections of the intolerably complex. The ol' gang's onboard, discussin' metaphysical possibility, the non-existence of an external world, the reliability of human memory and the "arrangement" of "otiose" hypotheses. Read the essay: biv.html.
In the link, Descartes' famous cogito is subject to a brutal, logical analysis. The cogito turns out to be nothing but a tautology - an empty expression. Read the essay: cogito.html.
The late Aussie realist - David Stove, Kant, anti-realism, Sexual Selection, physical constants and self-referential fallacies are canvassed - in the following piece. Read the essay: stove.html.
In the link, there's an essay uncovering and examining a series of self-referentially inconsistent beliefs/theories - which go un-noticed by those who adhere to them. Read the essay: fallacy.html.
Politics, possible worlds, counter-realism, lethal pot and non-lethal, nuclear fission bombs are explored in the following essay. Read more: cramp.html.
In the link is a rather novel analysis of (though not a solution for) - a real brain-twister, referred to as Moore's paradox. Read the essay: moore.html.
In the following link is a comparison between 2, distinct populations (French Protestants and present-day Americans), regarding how each dealt with (or failed to deal with) the legal inequality and summary killings inflicted on them by state actors. Read more: huguenot.html.
Speculations on how America might revive itself - with analogies to similar trends, declines and reversals experienced over the ~2,500 year history of Western Civilization - are fleshed-out in the following piece. Read the essay: enlighten.html.
In the following link are a series of cross-cultural thought-experiments, designed to clarify whether (or not) the practices of US government employees (cops, prosecutors and judges) are ethically sound. Read the essay: congo.html.
In this guide, we'll configure nginx for CGI/FCGI support - with a hack I partially cribbed from executing FCGIs on OpenBSD's httpd via a UNIX socket. Read more: nginx_fcgi.html.
Warning: the following link contains satire in dictionary format. The toxic, political schemes - polluting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - are properly defined: penn.html.
For a few years, opinion polls have shown a decisive shift in American attitudes towards endorsing torture as a legitimate endeavor. In the link is a short essay, criticizing the world-wide revival of this wretched practice: torture.html.
In the following link is a terse essay, logically dissecting the illicit redefinition of due process rights - by the former, Attorney General of the USA, Eric Holder. Read the essay: holder.html.
Installed by default on OpenBSD 5.6-8, OpenBSD's own webserver incorporates excellent CGI, FCGI and vhost support, and it's packed with security features - including a non-overridable chroot policy and privilege separation. In the link is a brief excursion into securely hosting onion domains with httpd. Read the full essay: httpd.html.
Unlike CGIs, which spawn a new process on every hit, FastCGIs run persistently and can handle concurrent requests. In this guide, we'll compile and install the fcgid module, alter Apache's httpd.conf for FCGI support and provide a quick demonstration of converting CGIs to FCGIs. For performance sake - on the darknet, converting CGIs to FCGIs is highly recommended. Read more: apache_fcgid.html.
By request, here's a tutorial, describing how to initialize new onion domains. To run more than one onion website under the same instance of Apache, the configuration files for it and Tor can be tweaked to set up new, virtual domains with mod_vhost_alias. Read this entry: apache_vhosts.html.
In the link - below, there's a relatively painless romp through the sometimes painful terrain of UNIX commands. My intent is to describe a simple (though comprehensive) presentation of basic, UNIX commands - which are generic enough to execute on most modern, UNIX operating systems. Read more: crash.html.
In the link is a 3-for-1 tutorial written for the admins of onion sites. To a precise degree of accuracy, NTPd, a time daemon, will sync the local clock with a pool of remote, regional time servers. netcat, the swiss-army network-knife, will be hauled into service as an anonymous port scanning device. And - with a simple netstat command, the number of virtually simultaneous connections to an onion site will be revealed. Read more: tools.html.
In the following piece, I describe the hardware issues surrounding, the software configurations for and the operation of two, TV tuner cards (a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1800 and an Asus TV7133/4) under Linux. Read more: 2_tuners.html.
This essay pressuposes that Jerry Fodor's hatchet-job on Darwin in Fodor Against Darwinism has been read and thoroughly digested. I apologize for the dreadful length of this piece, but someone needs to quote what Darwin actually wrote about selection - placing Fodor's false "dilemma" into context within the history of evolutionary biology and unmuddling the many misunderstandings that Fodor has concerning biology and genetics. Read more of my obliteration of Fodor's attempt to de-Darwinize evolutionary biology: fodor.html.
Released in 1970 - though not included on Yes's Time and a Word album, Dear Father was the B-side to the Sweet Dreams single. For some time, this song has puzzled, intrigued and haunted me. Its lyrics, at first glance, do not seem to pan out logically, or they (and the song itself) may lend to conflicting interpretations. Read the full essay: dear_father.html.
In December of 2007, I submitted the following piece to the Lancet. It's a brutally savaging rebuttal of its conclusion that long-term pot use causes psychosis. The essay is a far-ranging logical and philosophical assault on the criterial and methodological approach adopted in this line of "research". Although my critique was published elsewhere (and declared "impressive"), it was rejected by the Lancet - because an editor screamed that I lack the proper "medical credentials". Though it's a bit long and - at times - abstract, anyone interested in what is palmed-off by the media as "hard science", regarding the allegedly long-term, negative consequences associated with marijuana consumption, may want to check it out: cannabis_psychosis.html.
05/03/14 - 11/16/14
For a period of 3 weeks, a Man in The Middle Attack has pervaded the darknet. To date, over 400 onion domains are known to have been targeted. The attack consists of at least one person creating new onion addresses, cloning websites "on-the-fly" and re-writing the original sites' contents. The attacker can re-write any text on an original page to a "cloned" page - in real time. Read more about this attack and how to block and/or bypass it with webserver rules: mitm.html.
To run more than one onion website under the same instance of lighttpd, the configuration files for lighttpd and Tor can be tweaked to set up a new, virtual domain with the "simple-vhost" directive. The following link contains the gory details: lighttpd_vhosts.html.
To me, lighttpd (pronounced "lighty") is the onion webserver of choice - due to its flexibility, blazing speed and excellent support for SSI, CGIs and virtual hosts. In the link is a guide for configuring Lighttpd to host an onion domain: lighttpd_onion.html.
Sorry for the lack of updates, but I was blogging elsewhere in onionland and on i2p. Here's a link to my new (simple yet detailed) guide for installing and configuring the software - required to connect to the invisible internet project, i2p, under UNIX: i2p.html.
The US government's redefinition of torture and other absurdities are skewered in the following piece. Read the essay: absurd.html.
In the link, Plato's and Obama's views - as to the nature and universality of the law - are contrasted. Read the essay: plato.html.