The One World Government Would be Run by Banks

When I talk with people about the future, one conversation that comes up rarely is what future governments will look like. Its a common belief that there will be fewer states in the future because of China’s creation of puppet states in Africa and the European Union’s slow evolution from being a union of states to a centralized government controlling territories that were once their own sovereign nations such as France or Germany.

After reading a Zero Hedge article about the problems associated with central banks creating climate change aware policies I’ve changed my opinion on how a one world government could or would arise.

A single world wide authority would not come from the slow consummation of sovereign nations into a single organization that originally was a state in and of it self. The origin of whatever the one world government is would not be from some previous sovereign state, such as the European Union slowly consuming more countries under its umbrella until it controls the whole world. Instead, the highest authority would likely be a central bank or a group of central banks.

Banks are not just money holders that reinvest the held cash of their customers or offer loans. There is a hierarchy of banks above retail banks (the ones that work with individual people) including business and investment banks that cater to businesses, and central banks that only take other banks as clients to offer loans and hold money. These central banks maintain the stability of their currency they control by increasing or decreasing the amount of cash in circulation and setting the interest rate at which they lend money to other banks. They also dictate regulations that other banks underneath them have to follow.

By changing their policies to be climate change aware they are effectively inviting themselves into a position of power over issues that should be only be controlled by the state’s legislature and not financial institutions. They are changing their mandate from existing only to maintain the stability of currency to dictating policies that encroach on issues reserved for the state.

In short, the emergence of a single global state would come from and be controlled by banks, not a sovereign nation. Most, if not eventually all legislation would come from banks instead of a state legislature and the banks would eventually become the state.

The lowest effort VPN guide for newbies

A few friends have asked me for recommendations recently so I thought I would write a guide with recommendations and explain why I chose them.

The recommendations:

  • Vpn.AC – fairly cheap, good speeds, does not spy on you
    • downside: does log time, IP, and bandwidth but not actual traffic
  • Mullvad – fairly cheap, takes antispying very seriously, anonymous payment
    • downside: does not support easy payment such as PayPal. Your best bet is to buy bitcoin, which is easy but an extra step.

The basis of my recommendations:

  • Threat model: Your threat model is the basis of who you are hiding sensitive information from. If you are in a US university they are legally required to log information about the internet traffic you generate, that is, they are mandated to spy on your browsing history, and some people may not like the websites you visit. Even if you are not in a university, internet service providers will soon be allowed legally to sell information about you and your browsing habits to advertisers and that is creepy. Even if you “have nothing to hide” this information is still valuable to bad guys who want to know things like the name of you dog or you mothers maiden name. That information is valuable for password reset security questions and for stealing your identity. This guide should cover most threat models. Personally, my interest in in hiding from advertisers and the government.
  • Is the provider based in a Five Eyes or Seven Eyes country?
    • Five Eyes / Seven Eyes / Fourteen Eyes is an international spying program in which countries spy on their citizens. If the information is stored, it can either be used for immoral purposes or it can be hacked and stolen.
  • Does the provider store logs?
    • if the provider logs things like your IP, the times you were logged into the service, your bandwidth used, or the websites you visit that information could be either sold to creepy advertisers or hacked and used against you. You are paying for the product, you should not also be the product.
  • Does the provider by default put policies into place to avoid leaking data.
    • A misconfigured VPN can leak DNS data, which is the method that your computer translates a domain name ( to an IP address ( Providers should force DNS data through the VPN so that your university, ISP, or other DNS provider cannot see the websites you visit.
    • Misconfigurations can also leak WebRTC traffic which unmasks a permanent token that can be used to track your web browsing.
  • Do policies require full disclosure?
    • This basically means that the VPN provider will promise to always make a public statement when they receive a legal order for user data, or if they have a security breach.

You can see a huge comparison chart of VPN providers here to see a larger list of issues and providers to do your own research and select your own. Edit: TOPS sold out and the link now redirects to some fake comparison advertisement site. I could link to some wayback machine archive but it would be 2 years out of date.

A lot of people missed me after I left, and that was more impactful than I expected.

I recently started an excellent new job in Kansas and I left Ohio for it. During my last week at my old church my leaving was announced and there were quite a few people who wanted to see me one last time to give me well wishes. Even though I had not made an effort there to be well connected with them, they still cared to give me heartfelt goodbyes, capped off with lunch with my Pastor who recommended me an excellent church near my new hometown. I partied with my friends one last time, even having one old friend come that I had fallen off with since finishing highschool.

After leaving I’ve been hearing stories that members of my old church are asking my mother how I am doing to the point that she confided in me that she wishes they would not as their queries remind her that I am no longer there with my family. In my friend groups I am hearing that they are remembering me by trading fun stories of me in my absence.

I expected more to miss my old life there, possibly even to feel remorse for leaving, but in keeping touch with family and closest friends the disconnected feelings are kept far at bay. Still, it gets me that all of these people care so much. I really feel that love. It reminds me of my inability to read people and understand them, but without the typical negative feelings of disconnection and disassociation from people. These feelings allow me to better explore new healthy social connections instead of being mired down in feelings of not being able to form social relationships with people and become a happier person out here in windy Kansas.

Look at this lad. He is happy, excited for his future. This is an accurate representation of me.

How to migrate from YouTube subscriptions to RSS subscriptions with TinyTinyRSS

Over the last several years Youtube has been changing their user interface in ways to make it harder for viewers to see posts from content creators that deviate from YouTube’s political and social ideology. In 2014 the subscriptions page would show every video posted by every subscribed channel in order from most recent to least recent, with no special treatment given in thumbnail size or weighting the order in which videos are shown. The total number of videos shown on a 1920×1080 screen was approximately 5 rows by 6 columns (if I remember correctly). The subscription page is back now, but for a time, it was completely removed and replaced with an abomination that is very similar to the current home page, where instead of showing recently posted videos, youtube would have horizontal showcases of the most relevant or popular videos by a single channel. As you can see in a screenshot of my home screen, channels that I not interested in and not subscribed to are being advertised to me instead of showing relevant content.

Scrolling down would show more showcasing either by channel or by topic. Much of the content was not curated by the user through subscriptions, rather it was curated automatically by YouTube and often caused frustration for users because the content was low quality. YouTube’s current trend is to lower the quality of recommended videos by removing many historical, political, and pro first and second amendment videos. Going by their trend, it is likely that they will turn their evil eye against subscriptions again in the future. I decided before then to simply use a different service to curate youtube content to avoid new frustrations with the service.


1. Export subscriptions from YouTube

Go to the subscription manager page and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click “Export Subscriptions” to download the .opml file to your computer.

2. install TTRSS

Instructions are listed on the TTRSS website. When creating the database remember to collate the database using UTF8 Unicode. The standard collation in Postgres cant handle extended 4 hex emojis and will crash when one is encountered in the feed.

3. import your subscription feed

  1. After creating an account and logging in on TTRSS, click “Action…” then “Preferences” in the upper right.
  2. Select the “Feeds” tab.
  3. Select the “OPML” group
  4. “Choose File” > select your file > “Import My OPML”
  5. You can choose to put these into a folder if you like.

4. how to manually add new youtube channels to your feed list

Case 1: the channel ID is in the URL

Example: the channel URL for YourMovieSucks is

The channel ID is UCSc16oMxxlcJSb9SXkjwMjA

The resulting RSS URL to add to TTRSS is

Case 2: channel ID is not in the URL.

Some channels reach a minimum subscriber count to be able to set their channel URL to replace the channel ID with their channel name.

Example: The URL for the channel TheGreatWar is, but that’s not the channel ID.

To get the channel ID, open the landing page of the channel you want to subscribe to (not the Videos page or any other page) and look at the source of the page. This can be done in Firefox with ctrl+u or right-click > View page source. Search the page source with ctrl+f for channel_id. There should be one match which includes the entire URL needed to subscribe with TTRSS.

Subscribing to an individual feed can be done with “Actions…” > “Subscribe to Feed”. Paste the link into the field and click “Subscribe”.

FIX: Nginx starts without errors, but wont bind to any ports

While trying to create a new website last night I ran into the issue of not being able to bring it online. Instead, when trying to access the domain nginx would redirect the browser to the website marked as default_server in my nginx configs. This is normal behavior when a domain points to your server but you don’t have a server set up in nginx for that domain, or if you access the host via IP instead of a domain.  I checked permissions for the files (correct), I checked that nginx was running under the correct user (correct), and I checked that the other websites were still up (they were), I checked that I had properly symlinked the config from sites-available to sites-enabled (looked good but it was the root problem in the end). I decided to try removing a site and and re-adding it to see what would happen. After restarting ngnix, both the new site and the one I tested with are now not working. Being that it was 2 in the morning and obviously a great time for me to be working on a server, I felt the best course of action would be to remove and re link every single link in sites-enabled. None of the sites would come up with the error “connection refused”. nmap showed 80 and 443 as closed on the server. I tried setting a site to display on port 8000 and that also stayed closed. No matter what I did i could not get a error to show or any ports to open. Even after backing up my files, purging nginx, and reinstalling I was not getting new results.

The issue ultimately was the way I was symlinking. instead of running ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/config /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/config I was running (from sites-available as my working dir) ln -s config ../sites-enabled/config. Unbeknownst to me, nginx wont throw any errors or warnings about bad symlinking and will ignore any improper symlinks in sites-enabled. Furthermore, when there are no active configs telling ngnix to use ports 80, 443, etc., it will not bind those ports (obviously).

Thoughts about my dog dying

I used to have two dogs. One died a few years ago. She just sort of gave up died during the night and passed. I saw her the next morning before going to work and while I was sad, I knew that she was gone and was able to move on.

The second one was put down last week. She spent her last night in the house, I said goodbye to her the next morning, then she was taken off to the vet. I saw the car leave the house, but I didn’t actually see her dead. I think because of that whenever I walk near one of the places she typically lays around at I still expect to see her and want to go over to her to show her some affection on the way to where ever it is that I’m going.  I come home and the first thing i think about is needing to let her out.

I think I see now why funerals have viewings. I had never considered the impact that comes from actually seeing someone who has passed.

Pathfinder character bio: Koss

Koss is probably my favorite character. He is a kobold with the Wild Forrest alternate racial trait and I made him carnation scaled to compliment his backstory. He is a lawful neutral alchemist with no subclass because none of them benefit the story I created for him.

Koss was abandoned at his hatching when he was found to have unnatural pink scales. He was taken very quickly into slavery by a female black furred catfolk alchemist who lived in solitude. He was brought up to have grace and subservience by his master who treated him well. She considered him more of a companion than a slave, but still required his strict submission to her. To best describe their relationship, her highest compliment to him was “You are my most valuable possession.” When their hut was set upon by a group of orcs he was commanded to flee while the master fought and died at the hand of the orcs. The orcs chased Koss through the forest until he stumbled on the party where they saved him and killed the orcs. They questioned why such a rare thing would be seen in the forests, so Koss gave them his story of slavery. He was given his freedom by the party because none of them had the heart (or maybe thought) to sell him off to slavers for the pretty penny he was worth. He did not want freedom, as the only life he knew was one where his hours were spent at another’s digression and finances were never a thing he needed to think about. He is at a loss without someone to manage him. He eventually ended up in a strange agreement with the party ranger where he would act as a servant to the necromancer and report on her behaviors.

My favorite bit of flavor I’ve given Koss is his bad way of handling stress. He was trained to be graceful and speak Common cleanly and without an accent, but as the stresses of fighting, abuse, and being without a master well up in him his lawful neutral alignment slowly creeps down towards lawful evil and further towards chaotic evil. With this change in mindset his speech, demeanor, and actions change. When fresh and unstressed, he speaks plainly without an accent and wont do foolish or brash things without the instruction or approval of someone else in the party. As his stress level increases from fighting, interacting with other kobolds (interacting with his own kind gives him great angst), or being demeaned, his accent slips and becomes heavier until he becomes unintelligible to anyone who is unfamiliar with yip-yak, a dialect of draconic. His actions become more impulsive and he is quicker to anger until his duty to instruction is warped to the point where he would beat someone to death for not following orders.

These affects are mitigated by spending a few hours of downtimes drinking a Polypurpose Panacea. I might play with addiction in the future but I’ve not come that far yet and the only time I’ve used it everyone that came in contact with me rolled a laughably low perception roll to see that I was high on fancy alchemist juice.

Pathfinder character bio: Tycho

I liked my last post about playing DnD games. I’ve received a few compliments about the characters I’ve made, so I’m going to write about some of them.

Tycho is a rogue swordmaster tengu. I chose the name Tycho because its close to the name a tengu would have and is the same name of a music artist that I like. He was the first character that I made and actually used so I didnt do the best at assigning his stats. For his first two levels I basically didnt care about him at all and was disregarding his safety in hopes that he would die so that I could make something better. The GM worked with me to rebuild him from a -2 STR mod to +1 STR with the fencing grace feat and weapon focus for the rapier, making me rather formidable. I mentioned that I was rather happy with the changes and didnt want to die anymore and of course died the very next session to a CR 2 trap I tried to disarm with 6 health. not smart. The GM liked my character enough and it suited the campaign to revive me, so he did.

Tycho started out as a servant to a wealthy man, but when his town was burned down by bandits he fled with his friends to the next settlement over. My OOC jokes about respecting the NAP turned into an in character establishment that his new primary focus in life is to physically remove anyone who does not maintain the good of the community, whether they are average thieves and cutthroats or community leaders who use their position of power to exploit those under them. His respect for authority ends as soon as he is hindered from killing or kidnapping undesirables to end the damage these “degenerates” are causing to their communities.  After his resurrection, Tycho dedicated himself more to the service of Gorum because it suited his efforts to excise cancerous greed from every place he visits, definitely not because it was the church who revived him and he owes the arch priest a debt of life. His general demeanor has changed since his revival from that of a high risk hothead (who acted that way because I wanted him to die) to a cooled off, slow to speak calculated surgeon of justice.

Dont give up on finding a good group to play dice games with

I’ve become pretty excited about Pathfinder and D&D like games recently after finding a really great group to play with, but it took me years of searching before I found one. I’m going to talk about my first two attempts to find a good group to play with, because every time I look back at them I’m a bit surprised I ever tried again.

My first trainwreck.

I had been wanting to try a pen and paper game for a while, but had no friends who were playing and had no way of meeting new players. I was also somewhat disinterested with playing with people that  I didn’t know because I had never roleplayed before and felt self conscious about that. After some time some friends (whom I’ve never met) of a friend invited him to a game and I ended up getting invited as well. I arrived without any understanding of game mechanics or how to make a character. We sat down and everyone started sharing their charactersheets of characters they had already created, oops. I had not made a character yet, thinking that character creation would be done as a group. They were already itching to start so while the GM was explaining the world and players were making in-character introductions, I was still pouring over long winded paizo and D20PFSRD pages trying valiantly to create a character without any prior understanding of the game. Even worse, every time I’d ask how a mechanic works or if taking some skill or feat was a good idea the other players would get more and more angry with me, so I was eventually stuck with a human gunslinger, I didnt roll ability scores correctly so half my scores were below 10, I didnt take the +2 to any ability because I didnt know about that. I took no skills at all, no feats, traits, or abilities. Gunslingers are supposed to start with a gun, GP, and clothing worth less than 10GP. The GM said I get no gold and no weapon and had to go to the blacksmith to get a weapon. He didnt care that I was without any money. I walk into the blacksmith feeling very self conscious because this is my first time roleplaying, and everyone is less than happy about my not having a character ready ahead of time. I ask the GM if i can role diplomacy instead of roleplaying, he says no. I push back, he begrudgingly allows it. I roll something spectacularly mediocre like a 12. The GM immediatly says those cursed words ever player hates- “okay roleplay to keep it.” Keep in mind,  I was supposed to start with a weapon and GP, but have neither. I have no money or valuables. I walk into the shop, spend a good 5 minutes staring at a table of weapons on D20PFSRD looking for what I want, then after deciding on a gun knife I say “Gee these weapons sure are expensive do you think you could drop the price a bit like to 0 so that I can actually afford it?” The GM deadpans at me and responds “I made all of these, you’re insulting my work.” I immediately skitter out and someone else had to buy my weapon. I came to one more session which was just as bad before quitting for years until I found a second session.

  My second attempt.

I found another game, once again run by friends of a friend. This one was online and over text, making the roleplay much easier. I get into the first game with an excessively boring human character. It was the party’s second session and they were finishing up a quest so thankfully I didn’t get introduced. In the one session I did sit in for, it was obvious that one of the other players existed only to derail everything the GM came up with, and the GM was using all kinds of weird homebrew rules. The only specific thing I remember was an enemy rolling a crit fail on an attack roll and the GM used a crit fail chart to roll that the guy suddenly becomes explosive to the tune of 1d12 attack. I didnt stick come around for the second session.

My third attempt, finally coming out with something good.

Some online friends that I already knew got together for a campaign and I got tons of help in making a character. I rolled up and very cool Tengu rogue, and have had lots of fun with these guys using The GM sticks to the rules and is great at coming up with colorful story lines instead of generic murderhobo fetchquests. The GM knows my horror story from my first game and knows i’m serious about making sure that new players have a good experience, so hes made it my job to help new players build up a character that will be fun while also teaching them core mechanics before the game starts so that they are not left floundering in combat with no understanding of what is and is not a good idea to attempt.

Sound Cloud took down my transparency recording and wont reinstate it.

I have a friend, Vincent Canfield (aka Gexcolo or VC) who runs an email host from Romania. He has a public phone number which when called, can be heard from a Mumble server associated with the mail host. Normally when I hear the phone ring I start recording in Mumble because the calls are often humorous, but on the 22nd of September 2016 the call that i overheard and recorded was from an FBI agent asking if a gag order would be necessary. I uploaded the phone call to Sound Cloud and alerted other users of the mail service that the FBI once again tried to gag Vincent Canfield.

I would like to take a moment to point out that the FBI never sent me any gag order or other legal request. I am legally allowed to talk about the phone call.

The recording was posted initially to Sound Cloud and stayed there until February 3, 2017 when It was taken down because it was “in breach of our Terms of Use on the grounds of violating an individual’s right of privacy/publicity without their prior consent.” They then went on to list two parts of their ToU.

The relevant sections of our Terms of Use is highlighted below, for your reference:
(ii) Your Content and the availability thereof on the Platform does not and will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any intellectual property rights, performers’ rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or rights in confidential information.

(viii) You must not use the Platform to upload, post, store, transmit, display, copy, distribute, promote, make available or otherwise communicate to the public:
– any information, Content or other material that violates, plagiarises, misappropriates or infringes the rights of third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark rights, rights of privacy or publicity, confidential information or any other right; or

They went on to say that the only way to have the post reinstated would be to “provide us with evidence that you have the necessary consents for both the recording and publishing of this content (e.g. signed release form). ” I don’t expect to get a sign off from the FBI.

VC also did a very excellent write up on his own blog about the issue of taking down these sorts of recordings. This interpretation of their policy is especially concerning with the given fact that they host other recordings related to other very serious current events such as the Dakota access pipeline. Frankly if Sound Cloud had not taken down the content, there wouldn’t be any more publicity about the gag order and everyone would have forgotten about it.

The Audio recording is available unedited [here].