Diaspora has Gone Woke

Diaspora was once a really good alternative to Facebook. Built on the values of Free Speech and non-censorship, it’s quickly becoming a disjointed collection of echo chambers for “right” and “left” political positions (mostly “left”). If you look up the hashtage #blocklists on almost every diaspora pod you can see where whole pods (servers) as well as individual users are listed and people are advised to block them for such things as “disinformation” and other hotly-charged buzzwords. I don’t know if the other platforms in the Fediverse have gone as “woke” as Diaspora has, but I suspect it won’t be long before they do.The result on diaspora has been that on just about any pod you create an account on, you can’t get a fair and impartial view of most topics. Most of the pods are left-leaning echo chambers, and a few (well, perhaps one now) are right-leaning. But they’re all becoming echo chambers. It’s stupid. And it’s not in keeping with Diaspora’s original openness and free-speech philosophy. Diaspora was once by far the most popular of the Fediverse’ marcoblogging platforms because the interface is simple and full-featured without as steep a learning curve as the very complicated Hubzilla or Friendica platforms.

But by far the most popular Fediverse platform now is Mastodon, a microblogging platform similar to Twitter. I’m giving that one a shot, but even there you fnd blocklists of Mastodon instances, so perhaps the whole friggin’ Fediverse is getting polarized like Diaspora has become, but perhsps more slowly.

Find me on Mastodon at artim@social.quodverum.com (that’s not an e-mail address!) and join me there if you’re looking to avoid Twitter’s brutal and nonsensical censorship.

Vivaldi Replaces Firefox as the Default Browser on Manjaro Linux Cinnamon

HA! Finally another popular distro dumps “woke” Firefox for something better.

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Vivaldi is now the default browser on Manjaro Linux Cinnamon replacing Firefox. Would you want to drop Firefox as your default browser choice?

byAnkush Das | It’s FOSS

Vivaldi is one of thebest web browsers available for Linux.

For all the good reasons, many Linux users have been switching to Vivaldi, especially afterVivaldi 4.0 release.

Now, to take it up a notch, Vivaldi has managed to replace Firefox as the default browser on Arch-based Manjaro Linux (Cinnamon edition).

Even though the Cinnamon version is a community edition, it is surprising that Mozilla Firefox dropped from a Linux distribution.

As per the official announcement, Manjaro’s co-CEO mentioned why they chose Vivaldi:

To give Vivaldi more of the attention it deserves, I decided to include it as the default browser in our popular Cinnamon Community Edition. With its remarkable browsing speed, exceptional customizability and especially the way…

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A Covid Apology on Behalf of the Evangelical Church

From the Aquila Report (http://theaquilareport.com) comes this widely read article that pretty accurately describes my feelings about the visible church’s response to the pandemic in America.


Believers should have found a different spirit—a spirit of faith and trust and courage. A spirit of freedom and peace.

Written by Chris Hume | Monday, August 30, 2021

True Christianity offers you something different than the world does, but true Christianity will cost you. And there will be consequences. What you saw from most of the professing church was a fearful and cowardly display of the fear of man and the love of this world. 

DC Talk’s 1995 hit “What If I Stumble?” starts with someone reading these lines: “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Like it or not, true Christians have to deal with the consequences of the professing church. Many unbelievers look at the professing church’s lack of faithfulness and conclude that such is what true Christianity is.

As such, for many a true follower of Jesus, the response of the professing evangelical and even Reformed church during the coronavirus has been one of the most discouraging and disheartening parts of this whole year. Dealing with government overreach, media-induced fear, and hysteria without end would have been bad enough. But the one place where Christians should have been able to find refuge was in the church. There, believers should have found a different spirit—a spirit of faith and trust and courage. A spirit of freedom and peace. Believers should have been able to point to the church—the called out ones—and said to a watching world, “Behold, there is something otherworldly, something different from the world.” Sadly, that wasn’t the case for most churches. Uncertainty, fear, cancellations of fellowship, mask requirements, and social distance regulations thrived in the church just as much as in the world.

I’ve entitled this “A COVID Apology to America, on Behalf of the Evangelical Church.” This is what I believe the professing evangelical and Reformed church should say to America. And, of course, she should not only say it, but change course accordingly.

The Apology (7 parts):

America, we’re sorry. We had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show you how different Christianity is from the world. And we failed.

Years ago, Leonard Ravenhill said, “The world out there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity; it’s waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity.” The COVID debacle of 2020-2021 was the perfect opportunity for us to give you that new demonstration of Christianity. We could have shown you what it means to live a life free from fear. We could have shown you what it means to value spiritual things more than material things. We could have shown you that Christians are different. Instead, most evangelical churches acted just like the world. Our profession of faith made little difference in our lives. Our churches closed their doors just like the Lion’s Club and community BINGO night. It’s too late for us now to change how we responded. But the least we can do is say that we’re sorry.

We’re sorry we contradicted so much of what we had told you previously.

Prior to the coronavirus, we told you that it was vital for Christians to gather together and fellowship. We preached about passages such as Hebrews 10:25: “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” We told you about Christians throughout church history who were willing to meet despite the dangers of persecution, oppression, and even death. We held these men and women up as examples of faithfulness. And then, when the coronavirus struck us, we scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Forgive us.

Prior to the coronavirus we told you that living for Christ was worth more than anything this world could offer, including safety, health, and prosperity. We told you about Christians—going all the way back to the apostles—who truly understood the gospel and were willing to give up everything to follow Jesus. We told you about the missionaries and housewives, preachers and plowboys, who were willing to die if they could only read the Scripture. We told you that obedience to Christ was not an optional part of discipleship, but the very essence of following Jesus. And then, when it was going to cost us something to stand for Jesus and stand against the world, we crumbled like a house of cards. Forgive us.

We’re sorry we perverted the glorious and beautiful blessing of Christian fellowship.

We neglected fellowship. For some of us, it didn’t even take one week for us to cancel fellowship. We dressed it up with a lot of explanations and qualifications, but the bottom line is that we told everyone to stop meeting together as a church body. We did not accurately demonstrate the doctrine of Christian fellowship. We made Christianity to look no different than a social club or sports league, willing to cancel gatherings on the word of a pagan tyrant.

But even worse than abandoning Christian fellowship, we perverted fellowship. We encouraged you to think that Christians view “online” events as gatherings, fellowship, or services. This is all a gross perversion of what God intended for the church. We know that none of these things are fellowship, but we continued to act as if they were. To our shame, when we finally found some courage to meet (or, if we’re honest, when the state allowed us to meet), we continued to enforce mask and distancing mandates. We showed that we really don’t care if true fellowship occurs—where believers can interact with one another, see each other’s faces, and act as family—we really only cared about continuing to present a façade of Christianity. We did have good motives and intentions. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Truth be told, we caved to the pressure. Our actions are a stain upon the true church’s testimony concerning the doctrine of Christian fellowship.

We’re sorry we conformed to the world.

Christians are supposed to look different from the world. The fear that characterizes so much of our world, amplified to the extreme during the coronavirus, is unbecoming for a true Christian church. We know that we have been charged to not be conformed to this world (or “age,” see Romans 12:2). However, we found the temptation too strong and the potential cost too high for us to have our minds transformed during the coronavirus. Instead of standing as a city upon a hill as a light for a lost, confused, and scared world, we acted just like everyone else. Just like the pagans in the plagues of the second and third century, we encouraged you to stay away from others.

Easy Linux. So Easy It’s Downright BORING.

And isn’t that what we casual computer users want our operating systems to be? Yup, literally nothing to write about. It’s that dull.

So I must confess, out of some twisted need to have something “Linuxy” to write about, I went and tried the Xfce flavor of Linux Mint. And sure enough, there’s stuff to write about. But let’s be sure to note that this test was one of the community editions of Linux Mint, not the big official flagship Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint, which I’m sure must be awesome. I did the Xfce flavor because I’m a rabid Xfce fanboy, that’s all. Bestest, most wonderfulest and awesomeful desktop environment in the history of ever because it’s super-simple, infinitely configurable, rock-stable, and intuitive. For me. Some people think it’s too boring and retro, but those are the very reasons I like it! So to each his or her own.

Okay, so Linux Mint Xfce 20 installed effortlessly as always, thanks to Ubuntu’s awesome Ubiquity installer. Even setting up partitions was no big deal, daunting as it once was having to use GParted and stuff. Install, reboot…

Then it gets interesting.

The first thing I always do after updating the OS (and I’m a big fan of the Mint Updater, by the way) is switch out some of the distro’s default applications in favor of the ones I prefer. I have issues with Mozilla (the company) and refuse to use their politically-correct software even if there’s nothing better on the planet. So I open a terminal and get a black screen with spaces between every letter:

r o b i n > a p t – g e t a p p l i c a t i o n

It’s hard to read even full screen for cry’n out loud. But I manage for a few tasks, then decide to try out Mint’s software center. I want Geary instead of Mozilla Thunderbird, Brave Browser instead of Firefox, stuff like that. Geary installs from a .deb in the repositories, cool. Brave is a Flatpak. What?! There’s no .deb for Brave? Okay I understand why the lead dev over there at Mint refuses Snaps, and the sneaky way Canonical redirects input from Synaptic Package Manager to their own software store. But Flatpaks are okay? Why? They’re just Red Hat instead of Canonical as far as I know. Nope, I want a good ol’fashioned Debian-type package, so I do the PPA thing to get Brave.

Geary doesn’t get past the Create Account screen before it locks up and has to be put to death via the Terminator – I mean terminal.

p k k i l l G e a r y

Two or three tries, okay, bye Geary. Let’s try something else. Y’know, computers exist to do what we tell them to do. If they don’t do what we tell them to do, then they have no freakin’ reason to exist! Right? This is how computers get smashed with sledge hammers and axes! Okay, sorry, /rant.

An unexplained installation error prevents me from getting either Ungoogled Chromium or Brave Browser installed. Unexplained. “Installation failed.” No explanation given. The freakin’ attitude, right?

So instead of using the sledge hammer literally, I used a virtual sledge hammer to silence Mint Xfce’s sassy attitude and restore order to my galaxy. And now it’s just boring again. But peaceful. Reliable. Simple. Everything just works (including Geary) and life is good again.

Next time I get bored for something to write about, I’ll not go beyond a Live session (maybe).

Why Should You Use Open-Source Software?

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Open-source software is something you’ve likely come across on the internet, commonly made by smaller development teams as free alternatives to popular programs. But this goes much further than price—open-source programs offer a lot of other positives that make them worth using.

Table of Contents

What Is Open Source Software?
Software Freedom
Mods and Forks
A Few Downsides
Should You Actually Use Open-Source Software?

What Is Open Source Software?

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Let’s start by actually defining what open-source means relative to software.

To put it briefly, this means the software’s source code (which is the collection of code that makes up a piece of computer software) is public and can be modified, copied, or redistributed by anyone. This is opposed to proprietary software companies that produce closed-source software, which typically locks away the source code from users so it can’t be modified. The vast majority of programs you…

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Women seeking to be inferior Men


>> It is a tragedy that this young woman is dead. But it is a disgrace that she was in the position to be slain to begin with. A young mother should be home with her child, not playacting at being a man by pretending to be a cop. Women have been forced into these masculine roles as yet another way of destabilizing the family unit and thus destabilizing society. <<

Call me sexist, misogynistic, whatever. But the sexes (only two of them) are different and are created for different roles in the family and society. Only doing it God’s way preserves humanity free, healthy, and prosperous.




ONAUGUST 10, 2021


Violence in the United States is an ongoing indictment of the implosion in real time of that nation. Yesterday I saw that a young female police officer had been ambushed and slain in the failed city of Chicago. Apparently it is now a thing there for violent criminals to call police for help and then ambush them. But what struck me about this story is that the police officer in question had just returned from maternity leave. Her baby was only two months old.

One of the greatest failures of modernity has been its impact upon women. That this impact has been not only deliberate but that women themselves have been conditioned and brainwashed into believing that it is for their own benefit just makes the situation even more unpalatable.

It is a tragedy that this young woman is dead. But it…

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