Leftists & Gulags

Overview of The Gulag

According to The History Channel – the gulag was a system of forced labor camps established during Joseph Stalin’s reign as dictator of the Soviet Union.  The world “gulag” is an acronym of “Glavnoe Upraveline Lagerei”, or Main Camp Administration.  These infamous prisons incarcerated about eighteen million (18,000,000) people throughout their history, were in operation from the 1920s until shortly after Stalin’s death in 1953.  At its height, the gulag network included hundreds of labor camps that held anywhere two thousand (2,000) to ten thousand (10,000) people each.  According to The History Channel, condition in the gulag were brutal:

Prisoners could be required to work up to 14 hours a day, often in extreme weather. Many died of starvation, disease or exhaustion—others were simply executed.

The gulag was first established in 1919, and by 1921 the system had eighty-four (84) camps, it wasn’t until Stalin’s rule however, that the prison population would reach significant numbers.  From 1929 until Stalin’s death, the gulag system went through a period of rapid expansion.  Stalin viewed the camps as an efficient way to boost the Soviet Union’s industrialization, and provide access to valuable natural resources.

Additionally the gulag became a destination for victims of Stalin’s Great Purge campaign.  Which was a campaign designed to eliminate dissenting member of the Communist Party and any who challenged the leader.

Prisoners of The Gulag

The History Channel’s website has this to say about the treatment of prisoners in the gulag system.

The first group of prisoners at the Gulag mostly included common criminals and prosperous peasants, known as kulaks. Many kulaks were arrested when they revolted against collectivization, a policy enforced by the Soviet government that demanded peasant farmers give up their individual farms and join collective farming.

When Stalin launched his purges, a wide variety of laborers, known as “political prisoners,” were transported to the Gulag. Opposing members of the Communist Party, military officers and government officials were among the first targeted. Later, educated people and ordinary citizens—doctors, writers, intellects, students, artists and scientists—were sent to the Gulag.

Anyone who had ties to disloyal anti-Stalinists could be imprisoned. Even women and children endured the harsh conditions of the camps. Many women faced the threat of rape or assault by male prisoners or guards.

Without notice, some victims were randomly picked up by Stalin’s NKVD security police and hauled to the prisons with no trial or rights to an attorney.

 

Gulag Apologist LGBT Activist Group

According to the Daily Wire an LGBT activist group at Goldsmiths University in London has said that Soviet style forced labor camps – the gulags – were a “compassionate, non-violent course of action” for bigots who opposed their agenda.

The Telegraph goes on to further detail a bizarre exchange between the activist group with a special needs teacher named Claire Graham, who objected to the group’s denunciation of feminist academics that view transgender women as not being actual women, which makes them undeserving of female privileges – shared bathrooms included.  These kinds of feminists are often referred to as T.E.R.F.s (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists) by activists.

The LGBT activist group said on Twitter:

 “The ideas of TERFS and anti-trans bigots literally *kill* and must be eradicated through re-education,”

Graham responded in turn:

 “I said that I thought their choice of language, in talking about lists and purging people was intended to shut down debate about trans people and the law. I then received unpleasant and dehumanizing threats about being sent to the Gulag. I feel bad for other trans people because this kind of response by some makes them seem so extreme and intolerant.”

It was from this point that the Goldsmith LGBT activists start apologizing for the Soviet forced labor camps, and said the gulags were a “compassionate” measure that would make the subject a better person – non-violently.

They’re quoted as saying:

“The penal system was a rehabilitatory one. The aim was to correct and change the ways of criminals, much like wider Soviet society, everyone who was ‘able’ to work did so at a wage proportionate to those who weren’t incapacitated and, as they gained skills, were able to move up the ranks and work under less supervision.  Educational work was also a prominent feature of the Soviet penal system. There were regular classes, book clubs, newspaper editorial teams, sports theatre and performance groups.”

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The group then goes on to say that the gulag network was slandered by the CIA as a part of some vast conspiracy, and that every historian who has ever denounced it as one of the most oppressive prison systems ever must be in on this vast international conspiracy.  To quote Barry Obama:

“We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”

The Twitter thread continues:

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However, the gulag network was much, much, worse than a government-sponsored vacation.  Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, survived eight (8) years in a gulag, and wrote about it in his book, “The Gulag Archipelago”.

Historian Anne Applebaum, author of “Gulag: A History” said:

“It was an incredibly brutal system designed to eliminate Stalin’s’ enemies and terrorize the wider population. Most of the inmates were innocent of anything we would regard as a crime.”

A statistic given in the Daily Wire article states:

An estimated 1,053,829 people died in those camps between 1934 and 1953.

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Gulag inmates were forced to construct the White Sea-Baltic Canal (Belomorkanal) between 1931 and 1933. According to official records and accounts in the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, between 12,000 and 240,000 laborers died during the construction of the canal.

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A young boy in a Soviet camp poses showing his starving boy with a large cross draped around his neck.

 

The Editor Weighs In

The picture of the young boy, starving to death sure looks like he’s enjoying his time in an educational, compassionate, non-violent “camp” – happy and healthy as he enjoys the merits that come to him from being a gulag.  (This is sarcasm.)  This is the kind of stuff that this group of radicals is saying everyone who doesn’t agree with them should be subjected to.  What kind of…  Shit is this?  These radicals clearly don’t have any concept of what history has shown us of the forced-labor camps, and you know what they say about those who don’t know history – they’re doomed to repeat it.  Sickening.

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Otep: Kult 45 – Thoughts On Selected Songs

Halt Right

This song is exactly what it sounds like – a play on the term “Alt-Right” which was as a way to describe anybody who wasn’t a rabid Leftist initially during the 2016 election, and the following months (that is, from 2016 until now).  The lyrics can be summed up as repetitive – asking stupid questions about America/it’s greatness, and calling for “resistance”.

This is the resistance with our fists held high
You fuck with us and we multiply
This is no longer a spectator sport
This is a motherfuckin’ war

If this is indeed a war, like Ms. Shamaya says – where’s the fighting?  Doesn’t war entail fighting of some kind?  Literal, figurative, and so on?  I mean, I guess you could call this album her “fight” against somebody she – or rather the cult she’s a part of disagrees with – excuse me, hates; disagree was the wrong word to use here.  It’s not disagreement, it’s hate – flat out, unabashed hate.

Molotov

Yet another song talking about violence against people that her cult hates, this one in particular actually makes me laugh.  There’s a line in which she implies some Nazis are actually good, or rather not worth the attention – whether she’s referring to literal Nazis (who are all more or less extinct – will cite this at the bottom of the post) or – again people her cult hates – which is anybody that’s right of Barry’s right nut.  The line in question, because I want you dear readers to laugh at this with me:

Just like some nazis, the fascists, the ku klux klan

To turn this verse into a mockery of Leftist bullshit “#NotAllNazis”!!!

Said The Snake

Her attempt at conflating establishment conservatives’ belief in God with everything (she perceives to be) wrong with the military complex in this country, I don’t have much else to say, aside from that.

Undefeated

She takes every major non-political issue of the last two years, and says that it’s Trump’s fault – calling for her listeners to “fight back”.  In one she even says (regarding her flawed comparison):

Silence equals complicity

So according to her, being silent and ignoring the fact that every (non political) bad thing that’s happened in the last two years isn’t (or wasn’t) Trump’s fault makes me – or anybody with some sanity – complicit in what she thinks is this vast “alt-right” aggression campaign.

OK so the comparison to cops “murdering” blacks – I have that in quotes because her song alleges (implies) that the murdered blacks (barring the kid with the water pistol, he was 12, and gets a pass for being barely out of diapers) are innocent and sweet little angels.

She also says that Brock Turner – not by name – and what he did was also Trump’s fault:

They letting white kids off
After raping a girl
Behind a dumpster
His rich daddy got him off

Cross Contamination

Simply put she’s “Le edgy /r/atheism embodied”:

If Mary was only 14 when she had Jesus
What does that make god?

2Edgy4Me!  If she’s not careful she’ll cut herself on all of the edge in this song.

Shelter In Place

If they gave AKs to the gays
Then the NRA would pay to dismantle them
If everyone in Compton had an AR-15
The LAPD would be attacking them
Well guns don’t kill people, people kill people
So why you worried about atomic weapons?
Let’s repeal every rule, every law, every tool
That kept us safe after 9/11

The N.R.A. is not a government funded group.  Christ!  There’s a lot of gun-grabbing rhetoric and fear-mongering to had in this song – this stanza sets the stage for that.  “Well guns don’t kill people, people kill people” – this is true, but her question “Why you worried about atomic weapons?” Simply put: the fallout – terrifying stuff.

If every student was wounded in another mass shooting
Politicians would still be making excuses
With blood on their hands and blood on their suits
Counting blood money and licking their boots
Of the NRA whose vomiting promises for a whiter day
So they keep you terrified so you obey

So the take away here – all of the victims in school shootings are black, and the N.R.A. is a white supremacist group who uses fear to make promises.  Fucking what?

Hey, hey, NRA
How many kids did you kill today?

It’s not the N.R.A. who’s responsible for the deaths of children, it’s these shitbag school shooters.  The N.R.A. didn’t fund, endorse of bless these shooters in any manner.  Did she have the Communist Lesbian and her man-servant cousin write this song?

Boss

“Muh feemayl empowerment!”

Oh and she’s likely a narcissist.

I don’t need testicles or Benjamins
To be the best, this ever been
It’d take the death of a thousand men
To obey me from my throne again
I’m hotter than cayenne
Ask your girl who the fuck I am
Clark Kent or Superman
Marvelous like Iron Man

To The Gallows

I told everyone but they wouldn’t listen
Now there’s orange fingerprints upon the ignition
On the verge of World War 3 and you pretend it isn’t
I tried to warn y’all but you wouldn’t listen
Now he’s inciting riots with nazi terrorism

So Trump’s to blame for the Charlottesville riot/protest?  Got it.  He’s going to start World War 3?  Citation needed.  She hasn’t tried to warn anybody about shit.  At all.

Furries & NASA

I never thought that I’d talk about furries, but here I am.  These…  Degenerates…  Have launched (and successfully) carried out a harassment campaign against a legendary NASA engineer and author – Homer Hickam – driving him from Twitter and forcing him to delete his blog.  He politely reminded a furry named “Naomi” who had just received an internship at NASA that she had to watch her language.  This caused her to respond “Suck my dick and balls I work at #NASA”.  His retort?  “I work on the council that oversees NASA.”  She lost the internship, not because she was being a shit to somebody in the industry, but because NASA got wind of the exchange (through their hashtag).  Hickam chose to come to her aid, and tried to get her a better or equally prestigious position.

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However, before this “community” knew all the facts, they started to dogpile Hickam:

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What I think is interesting is that since this was an old white man being driven off the internet is strangely silent.  Just some food for thought.

Android-x86

I’m going to be experimenting with Android-x86 in a VM to see what all it can do – according to DistroWatch, it’s a computer compatible port of the Android OS – which could mean that it will give me access to using Android software from inside a VM – would be incredibly useful in playing mobile games (go figure).  Here’s what Distrowatch has to say about it:

Android-x86 is an unofficial initiative to port Google’s Android mobile operating system to run on devices powered by Intel and AMD x86 processors, rather than RISC-based ARM chips. The project began as a series of patches to the Android source code to enable Android to run on various netbooks and ultra-mobile PCs, particularly the ASUS Eee PC.

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Or not, because it didn’t load under Boxes.  Don’t feel like looking into why – so we’re going to move on to another distribution – chosen semi-randomly from DistroWatch.

Arch: Virtualbox

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Specifications of the my Arch installation, according to uname -a and screenfetch – next we’re going to take a look virtualbox, and the issues that it’s giving me here.

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As shown here, it will open up as the superuser (root level user) with no problems.  However when I try to open it as my normal user (admin) it returns this (and segmentation fault):

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It was suggested to me (on Reddit) that I do strace virtualboxhere’s the output and here’s what it showed me on the GUI afterwards:

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In that same Reddit post it was suggested (by another user) that I rename (or delete) ~/.config/Virtualbox – which is what I’m getting ready to try.  (Will add another screencap after I run the command, and try to open Virtualbox again.)

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As a normal user!  That suggestion worked.  However the next biggest thing to find out!  Is a VDI (virtual disk image) – a VM – going to work?  Let’s go find out.

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Great success! It worked!  It was a matter of simply removing the damned directory under ~/.config, and then going from there.  Draconis Iratus was right – this is going to be the gateway to Linux mastery.

 

EDIT: This config error seems to happen after I’ve already config’d a VM, so I gave up, uninstalled VirtualBox, and set up GNOME Boxes – which seems to be running just fine.  Thank God for Linux’s versatility.

EDIT: GNOME Boxes is useless – I can’t figure out how to get the network connection working in the VMs it runs.

 

So here’s the issue that’s returned when I try to use Virtualbox from inside the sandbox I have running.  I’m going to try it again a bit later when I have an ISO that I can run it with.  I need to adjust the VM’s RAM and then see if I can get something working – Firefox takes a while to do anything on 1G of RAM.

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So I tweaked the RAM, spun up the VM and then loaded up the test ISO inside.  Essentially a VM inside of a VM – just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.  Anyway this is the error that I got from that.  (Unrelated but interesting all the same I think.)

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The interesting bit to me isn’t so much what the second Virtualbox is saying, but the terminal output behind that.

 

What I think I think is the most interesting part of all this though?  The host machine – when it was running Arch – wouldn’t run VM’s, which is what all of the edits and rants above this are about, and yet Arch purrs like a kitten and clearly can register that there’s a VM inside the VM) inside the first level VM (the proper sandbox environment).

Ransomware

CryptoLocker

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This attack was first seen in 2013, and set the stage for what ransomware is on a grand scale.  It was spread via attachments to spam messages, and used RSA public key encryption to seal up user files, demanding cash (as shown in the above screen capture).  Jonathan Penn, Director of Strategy at Avast, notes that it’s height in late 2013 and early 2014, over half a million (500,000) machines were infected by CryptoLocker.

It was somewhat primitive and defeated by Operation Tovar, a white-hat campaign that brought down the botnet that controlled CryptoLocker.  In the process of the take down, the private keys CryptoLocker used to encrypt files were discovered, but as Penn put it, CryptoLocker had “opened the floodgates” to many other varieties  of file-encryption ransomware – some of which were derived from CryptoLocker’s source code and some of which was given CryptoLocker’s name – or was a close variant written from scratch.

The variants overall harvested about three million dollars (3,000,000.00$) in ransom fees; notably CryptoWall, which by 2015 accounted for half of all ransomware infections.

TeslaCrypt

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Within a year of CryptoLocker, there was another threat – known as TeslaCrypt – it’s M.O. was to target ancillary files associated with video games – saved games, maps, DLC (downloadable content) and the such. These files are precious to gamers, but are more likely to be stored locally rather than in the cloud or backed up on an external drive.  By 2016, TeslaCrypt made up forty-eight percent (48%) of ransomware attacks.

One of the biggest strengths that TeslaCrypt had was that it was constantly upgraded by it’s developers, with some holes that allowed infected computers to be repaired/patched by early 2016, making files essentially impossible to restore without help from the malware’s creators.  Surprisingly the developers did exactly that two months later, announcing that they were done with their sinister activities and offering the master decryption key to the world.

SimpleLocker

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Android was the platform of choice to attack – and in late 2015, early 2016, ransomware attacks spiked almost fourfold.  Many were so-called “blocker” attacks that merely made it difficult to access files by preventing users from getting at parts of the UI (user interface), but in late 2015 this particular aggressive ransomware began to spread, which was the first Android based attack to actually encrypt files and make them inaccessible without the scammers’ help.  It was also the first known ransomware that delivered its malicious payload via a Trojan downloader which made it more difficult for security measures to catch up to.  SimpleLocker was born in Eastern Europe, but three quarters (3/4) of it’s victims were in the US (United States), as scammers go after the money.

However the number of infected devices is still relatively low – about one hundred-fifty thousand (150,000) since late 2016 – Google is working hard to assure it’s users that it’s very hard to actually get infected by a ransomware.

WannaCry

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The first of the two major attacks was called WannaCry and “was easily the worst ransomware attack in history,” says Penn, the Director of Strategy at Avast.  “On May 12th, the ransomware started taking hold in Europe.  Just four days later, Avast had detected more than 250,000 detections in 116 countries.” This really puts 150,000 Android attacks over more than a year into perspective.  This attack was “the first wave of attacks that maliciously utilized leaked hacking tools from the NSA” according to ReliaQuest CTO Joe Partlow.

WannaCry “blindly took advantage,” of this hole, says Penn, “spreading aggressively across devices on the network because user interaction isn’t required for further infection.” And, Kyle Wilhoit, senior cybersecurity threat researcher at DomainTools, points out that “many organizations had the SMB port, 445, openly exposed to the Internet, which helped propagate the worm.”

Petya

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Refers to a family of encrypting malware that was first discovered in 2016, and it targets Microsoft Windows based systems, infect the master boot record (MBR) to execute a payload which encrypts the hard drive’s file system table and prevents Windows from booting.  It then demands that the victim make a payment in bitcoin in order to regain access to their system.  Variants of Petya were first seen in March 2016, which spread via infected email attachments, but in June 2017 there was another version of Petya which was used for a global cyberattack, primarily targeting Ukraine.  The 2017 variant spread through the EternalBlue exploit; which is generally believed to have been developed by the US NSA (National Security Agency), and was used by the WannaCry ransomware.

Kapaersky Lab referred to this new version as NotPetya to disambiguate it from the earlier variants due to the differences in operation.  This variant was also modified in a way that didn’t revert its own changes.