How to be a reporter that people trust

The biggest problem with “journalism” today is not that the reporter(s) is sadistically owned by some subversive foreign operative, nor that those acting as reporters are necessarily malicious and deliberately trying to conceal facts and suborn public opinion by way of unethical manipulation of images or withholding information important to the public in understanding what is actually happening. It’s not even that almost every reporter is totally biased.

Most of the time all that isn’t even true. The problem is much simpler than all that.

People reporting today have forgotten that there is such a thing as just reporting the news: they feel every report must be some kind of editorial or investigative opinion. Just report the news, all the news, without omitting or altering anything. Let us decide what we think: just report the news. We want to know how the current event will affect the working class American citizen.


fsck update needed GNU/Linux Mint v18 -> v19 file systems

GNU/Linux is built of many programs around a kernel. One of those programs is used to check your file system for errors before mounting it while booting. If errors are detected then the boot process stops and places you at a command line where you must somehow repair your disk so that your system can boot. fsck is the program that you call to do that repair.

New features in the file system cannot be checked by the old fsck – you cannot successfully fsck a disk made with Linux Mint v19 using Linux Mint v18: you get an error “e2fsck 1.42.13 (17-May-2015) /dev/sdg4 has unsupported features …. e2fsck: Get a newer version of e2fsck!”

Online search eventually showed me the solution via a question asked by Zangar, and answered by heynnema and VasekCh on StackExchangeAsk Ubuntu  at https://askubuntu.com/questions/883351/how-do-i-update-e2fsck.

I tried e2fsck but it asks me to Get a newer version of e2fsck! Then, I looked at all the other posts about updating e2fsck (here and here.) These answers did not work for me.

The answer that I used meant downloading the current version of e2fsck from SourceForge and following instructions by VasekCh to build and install it:

  1. Download the latest version (1.44.3) from http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ and unpack in a directory and cd into it.
  2. According to the INSTALL document:
    mkdir build; cd build
    ../configure
    make
    sudo make install
    
  3. Check that you have new version now:
    $ e2fsck -V
    e2fsck 1.44.3 (10-July-2018)
    Using EXT2FS Library version 1.44.3, 10-July-2018
    

Note: you may need to install compiler and tools with apt get install gcc.

This worked the first time for me on my GNU/Linux Mint/MATE workstation.


Indiana holds bad debt collectors accountable / protects Hoosier consumers from abuse

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This just arrived in email from Indiana Attorney General <atg@subscriptions.in.gov>

It is also noted that Indiana A.G. Curtis Hill’s office is pursuing action to sustain State Laws which would hold accountable the US Department of Education, for any abuses of students entrapped in Student Loans. The D.O.E. being the main perpetrator of Student Loans and seeks to evade State consumer protection laws by claiming federal laws exemp the department from State lending and credit reporting law. A.G. Hill’s office seeks to insure that State, not Federal, laws apply so that the D.O.E. can no longer exempt themselves from fair credit laws that protect Indiana students from abuse.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that he has joined 41 other states and the District of Columbia in reaching a $6 million settlement with Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Midland Credit Management Inc. and Midland Funding LLC, which is one of the nation’s largest debt buyers.

The settlement also provides full debt forgiveness for 126 Indiana consumers and partial debt forgiveness to 116 Indiana consumers.

Debt buying involves buying and selling overdue debts from creditors and other account owners. Often purchased for pennies on the dollar, debt buyers seek to recover the full balance from consumers through collection attempts by phone and mail. Debt buyers, including Midland, also take consumers to court to collect the debts they purchase. However, people are often unable to afford attorneys to defend the allegations.

The settlement requires Midland to reform its affidavit signing and litigation practices. Midland must carefully verify the information in affidavits and present accurate documents in court proceedings. When Midland files a lawsuit, it must have account documents about the debt before they file the case, including the amount of the debt, proof of an agreement, and an explanation about why any additional fees are justified. (ed. Midland SHOULD have been held to this standard all along! Frequently unscrupulous debt collectors appear in court without any legal proof that a debt actually exists, including at foreclosures on homes. People have had their homes taken away from them by banks – such as Wells Fargo A B C D E F – that were not in default or that never had any mortgage on their home or that never even did business with Wells Fargo in the first place, making people who had no debt at all homeless just because a bank said they owed money that they never owed. This type of abuse, where the courts ASSUME the lender is always truthful solely because they are a big, rich, profit seeking, business engaged in the unscrupulous and abusive industry know, as debt collecting, must end.)

The settlement requires that Midland maintain proper oversight and training over its employees and the law firms that it uses. The agreement prohibits Midland from reselling debt for two years.

Below is a link to the settlement agreement.

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/INAG/2018/12/04/file_attachments/1117708/Midland%20settlement%20-%20Indiana.pdf


Lies are the Devil’s tools: Truth his bane

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No government comes into power but by permit of God. No American President comes into power except The One God, even Jesus the Christ, has ordained him. Our leaders should never cower before radical liberals nor fret over opinions of treacherous, disloyal, faithless, scheming anti-American subversionists.

 
There is popular opinion, circulated by those who hate everything that American stands for: individual liberty, honesty, prosperity: that Christians are never supposed to stand up to those who would abuse them or overthrow America. Nothing could be father from the truth: Christians are assigned by God the specific honor of carrying out the judgments of God.
 
Psa 149:(5) Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. (6) Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
 
(7) To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; (8) To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
 
(9) To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
 
Open the indictments: serve the summons: begin the prosecutions: carry out justice. @Justice #MeToo  make Justice whole from the abuse the Socialist-Democrats have been perpetrating.

Use Local Time when dual boot Linux / Windows

Our lab computers dual boot Microsoft Windows 10 with GNU/Linux Mint / MATE. As a result, when booting to Windows the time is five hours too fast because Windows expects the RTC (real time clock hardware) to be in local time while Linux keeps time in UTC. The fix is easy.

A nice, short article on this was provided by Ji M at http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2016/05/time-differences-ubuntu-1604-windows-10/

Disable UTC and use Local Time in Ubuntu:

In previous Ubuntu editions, you can edit the config file /etc/default/rcS to disable UTC.

In Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below instead:

timedatectl set-local-rtc 1 --adjust-system-clock

To check out if your system uses Local time, just run:

timedatectl