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COMPUTER TRESPASS---RCW 9A.52.110---Computer trespass in the first degree.
(1) A person is guilty of computer trespass in the first degree if the person, without authorization, intentionally gains access to a computer system or electronic database of another; and (a) The access is made with the intent to commit another crime; or (b) The violation involves a computer or database maintained by a government agency.
(2) Computer trespass in the first degree is a class C felony.
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Sunday, June 26, 2005
Tolerance is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language as the capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others as well as the capacity to endure hardship or pain. How do these two definitions merge in my demonstration (or lack thereof) of tolerance? In some relationships there is more "enduring of hardship" than of "recognizing and respecting." Especially if the practice of others is to use a relationship for their own aggrandisement and financial gain.
Tolerance according to WordNet from Princeton University: the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions; a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior [ aka permissiveness]; a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.
The "tolerance guilt trip" that some try to place on others for "not being tolerant" brings only false guilt and real grief (usually later, not always just later). Do not accept false guilt if you find yourself intolerant of a person's behavior AND if your instincts tell you that you don't want to be around that person. Trust your instincts. I used to have friends who I felt were "way out there" in some of their behaviors and beliefs. I tolerated their actions and behaviors for as long as I could justify, overlooking the dissimilarities and focusing on the similarities. It got to be where we only had one or two things to talk about and even then, I could not justify remaining close friends and using my time, emotions and energy (and money) in this friendship/relationship. In other words, it was costing me too much self-esteem and costing me financially to continue in the relationship of friendship with these persons. So, even though some feelings were hurt on the other side and no true explanation was given on my side, these friends are more in the category of "acquaintances" -- people to whom I will be kind, but not close friends to whom I would give the shirt off my back.
Why, you ask? Because they already got the shirt off my back. I advocated for them with friends of mine and raised a considerable amount for them. They said they needed money for gasoline, for food, for this or that 'emergency' with little or no appreciation on their part. Or let's say, not effusive thanks that brings to memory a thankfulness and a promise of repayment, even if I might have said "oh, that's okay." People of character accept gracefully and then recall the kindness and repay in kind when they have the finances to do so. When the aforementioned friends could repay me and those who gave me money for them, they conveniently forgot who their friend was. Oh, in public, I was "friend," but they had amnesia when it came to repayment, at least payment in part, for the financial assistance I and others had given them.
Let's go back to the definition here of "tolerance" as the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions and use that definition in the true story above. I am the organism which tolerated the unfavorable (and financially costly) environmental condition. I'm also the organism which got tired of being permissive and enabling their behaviors. I am no longer willing to allow others the freedom of choice and behavior to walk all over me, pretend to be friends, and then "take the money and run." BUT, I am willing to accept a permissible difference. I will allow some freedom to move within limits -- limits I set on just what I will tolerate. And limits on just what I will not or will no longer tolerate.
Am I intolerant of some people's actions or inactions? Are you? Can I be intolerant of actions and still be tolerant? Can you?
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Now, just who is Susan Torres? Glad you asked.
On May 7th, 2005, the day before Mothers' Day, Susan M. (Rollins) Torres -- a 26-year-old vaccine researcher at NIH; mother of a two-year-old son, Peter; graduate of the University of Dallas; and parishioner at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia collapsed. She was rushed to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where she has been diagnosed with stage four melanoma and is brain dead with no hope of recovery.
Susan was 17 weeks pregnant at the time. . . and she's still pregnant and still able to sustain her unborn baby thanks to the marvels of medicine.
Now, my question is: after reading this article, how does it affect the way you think about the Terry Schindler Schiavo case? If Terry had been pregnant and her husband insisted on removing the hydration and feeding tubes, how would you respond to the situation?
Food for thought? I vote for life -- how do you vote?
Thursday, June 16, 2005
I have a better idea.
Every time a painful memory comes into your consciousness, pick up a small stone or piece of wood or dead leaf and put it in a bag - zip lock or something else. Pillow case if you know you'll have a lot of bad memories that day. At the end of the day, dig a hole. Make the hole big enough to hold all the rocks, wood, leaves you collected throughout that day. Dump the collection in the hole.
NOW to the therapy part: pee on the collection. Then, cover it up with the dirt you previously removed from the earth to create the hole. Tamp it down by jumping on it and exclaiming (loudly or softly) -- Painful Memories! Bad Memories! I am burying you and I've shown you what I really think of you. Now, leave me alone. You're dead and buried.
Over time, the collection will get smaller and smaller until eventually you'll have days when no painful thoughts intrude into your life. And a string of days becomes weeks and months and years FREE of painful memories.
And I just gave that to you for FREE. So, if you use my "mental health therapy" please donate some money to a charity in thankfulness. And when it works for you, let everyone know where you learned about it.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Interesting thing about convictions -- they can change.
That was earth shattering, wasn't it? For some people it is. Some people are so stuck in their ruts that they don't want to examine any other road to see if it has less ruts.
Let's take politics as an example. Just pulling this out of the blue, okay? Let's go back a few years to the polarizing effect of the Kennedy election. How many Democrats refused to vote for JFKennedy because he was a Catholic and some religious leaders were saying he'd get his orders directly from the Vatican. Now, common sense says this is ridiculous, but I heard many people express this thought on television. What would have happened if there had been the Internet and Bloggers ready to pounce to define every word and describe every itch and scratch?
Johnson polarized the nation but the ire festered beneath the surface. Some will question if I have my facts correct. There was definitely two sides on the issue of "The Great Society." Did LBJ produce a Great Society?
Then we can go to the polarization of the Nixon years. More so after Watergate.
I think maybe that was the original 'beginning' of the plethora of bad feelings between Republicans and Democrats. Was the now admitted "Deep Throat" a patriot or a Benedict Arnold? Sides are drawn in the sand and opinions flare on that one.
The Reagan years were happier. Reagan, ever the consummate actor, was the person this Country needed at the time of his election. He pulled the Country together... and challenged Gorbechev to "tear down this wall."
The Clinton years -- now if nothing had polarized politics previously, Clinton would have. As it was, there already was a festering polarization and Clinton stoked the fire and created the huge separation in party politics that we see exhibited before us today.
Now we're in the Bush-Cheney era. (You noticed I left out a few Presidents, they weren't nearly as memorable as the ones mentioned. Sorry, Bush-41.) It seems as if JFKerry has done more to polarize politics than to bring unity to a politically divided Nation. His rhetoric doesn't give me the impression that he wants to help the Nation heal. You may feel differently and that's fine. I won't debate you because your beliefs are important to you. Sometimes people place so much weight on their beliefs that if challenged, they "go ballistic." Sometimes people just are ballistic.
Where are you in this conundrum? Are you willing to soften your rhetoric in an effort to find common ground? Are you willing to look at the other side? My personal observation is that those who lean towards the "right" (or "correct") side -- conservatives, in other words, (and stop this "neo-con" terminology, it's divisive), are more willing to look into the pot of Liberalism/Progressivism and come away with a "yup, they just proved why I am a conservative" than Liberals/Progressives are willing to look into the cauldron of Conservativism and have anything to say worthy of being placed in the print-media.
What does this say? I've read and watched normally pleasant people turn into venomous creatures (from the Black Lagoon) when the topic of politics is brought up.
Why? We're all living on the same planet. We all breathe the same air. Yet . . . .
If anything strikes home as you read this, please consider why and make it a goal to become more willing to look at differing viewpoints without making disparaging remarks.
Okay? Now, go play nice!
Sunday, June 12, 2005
What is it?
Well, it's this: If each person interested in the environment would center her and his attention on the environment of the State in which he and she currently resides and spend more time working for environmental protection there, then the environment of the entire United States would benefit. And if the entire United States benefits, then others in other Countries would see how well our system works and begin working on the environmental situation in their own Countries.
Persons who are nominated or elected to various offices which deal with the environment could then have first-hand knowledge of what works and what doesn't work. Then such officials could determine which knowledge would be applicable for the entire USofA and which States could be encouraged to adopt which environmental programs already proven to work in other States with similar environmental issues.
Sounds a little like "States Rights" doesn't it? Or does it? Could this idea fly? Does this idea have some merit? Or is it just the babbling of a 60-year old blonde?
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Sometimes I get so involved in the sites I frequent the most that the stress they induce (because they're news oriented and news is stressful) is overwhelming.
I feel so helpless in the face of the mounting number of crisis situations we are bombarded with over television, radio and the internet. Yet, I know that I'm not helpless and the situations are not hopeless. I can blog. I can post remarks on other blogs. I can pray. And I can pray again. As my friend Jules says: Where there's life, there's hope.
My hope is in the Lord who made heaven and earth. AMEN that!
Thursday, June 09, 2005
That aside. Time to think about food. There are a variety of options for the backpacker. We have dehydrated food. Light but expensive. We have do it yourself dehydraters. Time consuming. We have a lot of stuff on the grocery shelf that's ready to eat with a bit of boiling water and some "cozie" time. Do a taste test first.
I tried something one "week" when I was hiking the Georgia section of the AT. I had talked to a person who'd eaten rehydrated lentils and rice for his meals. No cooking. You put the lentils and rice in a jar, fill with water and by supper time, your meal is ready. So, the first day, it was fine. The second day, it was hard to swallow. The third day I could not make my mouth open for the spoonful of lentils and rice. Won't ever do that again. I came down the Trail at Neel Gap and a friend I'd met who had left the Trail at Gooch Gap due to 'blown out knees' had placed a huge poster near the phone booth. The poster said "Coosa, If you want a ride home, here's 35 cents for a phone call." And his number was written there. Well, my feet were blistered, I was hungry for real food, and I left the Trail. I've done some sections since, but never anything long enough to need a resupply.
Okay, back to food. Enertia Foods is recommended by one friend. I think I may purchase their 'sample box' to taste test. I've been reading emails written by Baltimore Jack regarding amenities along the Trail: where to purchase foods, where to send a food-box because there's little food available. My friend, Gutsy, wrote at the end of her Thru Hike journal that if she had the opportunity to do it over again, she'd use fewer mail-drops of food and purchase at groceries or convenience stores.
So that's where I am this eveing, and I welcome comments and urls from my reading audience. And not everyone gets a photo on this blog.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Without all the hullabaloo over someone or other demanding their rights, a lot of what's right might actually take place anyway. People who have been raised in a loving environment without any excesses and with a lot of encouragement to do the right thing towards others, usually do. What happens to screw up the situation is greed. Money, power, you name it. If a person could decide that they are going to be satisfied materially and not seek to control anyone but themselves and not think that every itch must be scratched, society might be just a tad bit better off.
My son-in-law calls it "doing your job." If you're a lawyer, you practice law with justice as the goal. If you're a doctor, you practice medicine with health as the goal. If you're a teacher, you teach with knowledge as the goal. If you're a secretary, you present your boss in the best way you can and make sure he or she has an effecient office. If you're a Dad, you do what Dad's do -- love, encourage, read aloud, demonstrate love, have patience, etc. If you're a Mom, you do what Mom's do -- similar to what a Dad does in most respects, but you smell better (that's a joke, okay?) and it's done from a female's perspective. Which doesn't mean one or the other is "better" but that ToGeThEr, you (plural) are 'the best.'
If everyone up and down the line does his or her job, then the entire system flows as it should. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to do his or her job.
Let's look at couple A -- woman not married to man, she has 2 children, he's not the father of either. Children are afraid of man but also afraid to tell mother. Is any adult here "doing his or her job?" Are children being allowed to do their job or are they being forced to act more maturely than their years or experience? Think about it.
Let's examine couple B -- woman married to man, she has two children that are not his and they have two children. IF man is altruistic, he treats all 4 the same -- with the love of a Dad whose children they are. (We won't go into child support or visitation in the example.) If he's selfish -- you can create your own scenario. Woman's past actions may have not been "doing her job" to keep marriage number 1 working. So we still have a situation where someone, somewhere, at sometime, was not "doing his or her job." Hopefully all the children will be raised in a loving relationship to their mom and dad (step or not). Hopefully the children will be allowed and encouraged to be children.
Let's look at couple C -- they have no children. Both work outside the home. They present as a loving couple, encouraging each other and involved in community life. (Their inability to have or decision not to have children is not a part of this discussion.) Are they doing their jobs?
Let's examine couple D -- woman and man and three children. He's major wage earner, she works part time, they have moderate incomes and live within their means. Life has been bumpy, but they've worked things out with the aid of a family counselor. The children appear to be happy and well adjusted. Have the parents done their jobs? Are the children being allowed to do their jobs (of being children)?
A lot to consider, isn't it. What is your job? Are you doing your job to best of your ability?
What is my job? Is Grandmother a job? I think I need a better job description.
Food for thought, huh?
Monday, June 06, 2005
I'm currently using an Integral Designs silshelter but may decide to use a small siltarp instead. I'm also looking at a bivy to use with the small tarp. I bought an Uber Micro sleeping pad which weighs all of three ounces. I may use it with my "blue foam" sleeping pad.
My sleeping bag is a 20* Mountain Hardwear Tallac which is no longer in production. For a ground cloth, I use a piece of painter's plastic, 3 mil thick. I may change to a piece of Tyvek or an emergency blanket.
Planning is half the fun. More later.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
The Ten Planks of the Communist Party
1. Abolition of private property and the application of all rent to public purpose.
The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (1868), and various zoning, school & property taxes. Also the Bureau of Land Management.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Misapplication of the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, 1913, The Social Security Act of 1936.; Joint House Resolution 192 of 1933; and various State "income" taxes. We call it "paying your fair share".
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
We call it Federal & State estate Tax (1916); or reformed Probate Laws, and limited inheritance via arbitrary inheritance tax statutes.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
We call in government seizures, tax liens, Public "law" 99-570 (1986); Executive order 11490, sections 1205, 2002 which gives private land to the Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment of "terrorists" and those who speak out or write against the "government" (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
We call it the Federal Reserve which is a credit/debt system nationally organized by the Federal Reserve act of 1913. All local banks are members of the Fed system, and are regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the State.
We call it the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) madated through the ICC act of 1887, the Commissions Act of 1934, The Interstate Commerce Commission established in 1938, The Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Executive orders 11490, 10999, as well as State mandated driver's licenses and Department of Transportation regulations.
7. Extention of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
We call it corporate capacity, The Desert Entry Act and The Department of Agriculture. As well as the Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Evironmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control of business through corporate regulations.
8. Equal liablity of all to labor. Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
We call it the Social Security Administration and The Department of Labor. The National debt and inflation caused by the communal bank has caused the need for a two "income" family. Woman in the workplace since the 1920s, the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, assorted Socialist Unions, affirmative action, the Federal Public Works Program and of course Executive order 11000.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
We call it the Planning Reorganization act of 1949 , zoning (Title 17 1910-1990) and Super Corporate Farms, as well as Executive orders 11647, 11731 (ten regions) and Public "law" 89-136.
10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
People are being taxed to support what we call "public" schools, which train the young to work for the communal debt system. We also call it the Department of Education, the NEA and Outcome Based "Education"
These are the ideas of atomic punk and as such can be defended by him. I am giving the ideas blogspace in an effort to create a broad spectrum of ideas on this blog and around my campfire.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
What does it mean to be bored? Is it because you live in a house with bare walls and no books? Is it because you don't have a television set and videos or DVDs? Is it because you don't have a room full of toys? Is it because you can't get to a library?
Then what is it to be bored?
When I have nothing to do, I go to my computer (much too often, in fact) and I find the entire world at my fingertips. I have so many websites I would like to read or check up on that I could stay in front of the monitor for 24/7/365 and still not read everything I was interested in. How can you be bored when you own a computer that's hooked into the Wide World of the Internet?
When I have nothing to do, sometimes I take a walk. I like to travel with a book that identifies something in nature. Maybe I carry a bird book or a plant book or a tree book. I can spend half a day trying to identify trees within a 100 yards of my house.
When I have nothing to do, sometimes I catch up on my sleep. I tend to stay up way too late sitting in front of the computer, reading, commenting, and playing spider solitaire.
When I have nothing to do, I make a phone call to a friend and catch up on the news.
When I have nothing to do, I wash clothes, wash dishes, or clean the house (and I rarely am THAT bored). One of these days I may even be so bored as to wash the car.
How can anyone say "I'm bored" when there's so much living to do?
Right now, I'm planning my first Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2008. What this entails is educating the young man who will be hiking with me and finding the gear that best suits his personality. He says he's not afraid of bugs, so a SilTarp or another SilShelter look like a good choice for him. I don't know which backpack will work best although he's interested in an internal frame. He'll need a sleeping bag, so I need to be on the lookout for one or we'll purchase one online or at an outfitter. I need to wait until closer to his 18th birthday just in case he suddenly shoots up and grows a foot. He already uses a lightweight sleeping pad. We didn't get into water treatment too much today, but I did show him a list of gear and the MAXimum weight he should be carrying on his back without food. We'll need to pare down some weight; cut a few ounces here and there. Educating someone about thru-hiking and planning for a hike in three years definitely keeps me busy.
Bored? Tell me why and tell me what you think would be a good way for you to fight boredom. OH, and make that a way to fight boredom without spending any money.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
What is the payoff for being less than your best? Is there some voice whispering in your ear telling you that you won't make the best grade or the best argument for your cause or the best display of your talents? Whose voice do you hear when you set your goals? Are you setting goals?
Do you plan to fail or fail to plan? Do you mistake lack of knowledge for lack of ability? Lack of knowledge just means that you have to study to gain knowledge. Lack of ability means you aren't capable of the study needed to achieve your goals.
Too many people give up before they even begin. Too many people talk themselves out of the satisfaction of a 'job' well done.
Why? Anyone got an answer? I don't. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Do you see it too?
"We love death. The United States loves life. That is the big difference between us." – Osama bin Laden
"I have been made victorious through terror." Muhammad, founder of Muhammadism now called Islam (Submit or Die)