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  • cqwww 12:12 pm on October 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #stopoverdose, carfentanil, , fentanyl, heroin, opiod   

    Carfentanil found in Vancouver region 

    Here in Vancouver, specifically in the downtown eastside (DTES), on average two people are dying from an overdose per day, because of fentanyl. Fentanyl is roughly between 50-100x more potent than morphine. Enter in the real nightmare in the room, but Karmic just reported that they’ve found carfentanil (and 4 other fentanyl analogs) while testing some drugs in West Vancouver. To put the risk is context, carfentanil is 100 times as potent as fentanyl, or 5,000 times as potent as a unit of heroin, and 10,000 times as potent as morphine!
    This is a good time to remind everyone that in Vancouver, there is free access to a Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) at 4 locations in Vancouver, where you can safely test your drugs. This device can identify multiple ingredients, including cutting agents, in minutes. It’s also a good reminder that Naloxone can reverse these affects, and you can get a kit for free at any pharmacy.

    Comparison of estimated lethal doses of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil Comparison of estimated lethal doses of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil-Huffington Post, May 2, 2017

    • cqwww 11:47 am on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

      It’s time to seriously consider the Canadian government’s handling of cannabis 

      As the world looks on to Canada who will be somewhat legalizing Cannabis tomorrow, there have been several actions taken by the same government that are cause for alarm.

      The first, and most important takeaway is a reminder that cannabis is illegal federally in the United States, even though some individual states have legalized it. There are already documented cases of Canadians being asked at the border, “Have you ever tried cannabis?” as well as border agents rejecting Canadians due to their admitting of cannabis usage, even once, including evidence on social media.

      I’m nervous that as of October 17th there will be a wave of Canadians gloating about the cannabis change on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and that could affect their travel to the United States, for the rest of their lives. Think twice before documenting your participation and/or usage of cannabis on any piece of technology.

      So far I have covered the risk of disclosing usage to the the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, as well as posting it on social media, but the biggest concern to me is what the Canadian government is doing to protect you — or are they about to do the opposite?

      Why would I be concerned? During the recent NAFTA negotiations over the last few weeks, the Justin Trudeau Liberals have endorsed a U.S. War-on-drugs “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” which was tabled at the United Nations. How the Canadian government will handle this new commitment to our neighbours is left to be seen.

      It’s also worth remembering that Liberal national defence critic at the time, Joyce Murray, endorsed the data-sharing behemoth and hugely unpopular omnibus Bill C-51, and had the entire Liberal party unanimously endorse it, when their role was to oppose it. The liberals promised to fix it under their last election campaign, but it’s sadly still on the books to this day and due to the secrecy, we don’t know how bad the data sharing and allowing our spies to act against us really is. It’s also worth the reminder that she, as an MP believes “Freedoms do not exist when there are attacks…“, but I digress…

      So in terms of Justin Trudeau and Liberal support for the U.S. War on drugs, where does that leave Canadians? They have not disclosed the countless data sharing agreements with our neighbours, that list would be useful. Another relevant example worth review is our extradition process; Canada has an extradition treaty with the U.S, and has already extradited a Canadian for violating US drug laws even though though they committed no crimes on Canadian soil. If the American government thinks you might be guilty of participating in cannabis in any way against their own laws on their soil — is the Canadian government ready to send you to an American prison at the request of the American government? They’ve done it before.

      It’s also unknown what the international repercussions will be for violating 3 UN drug conventions.

      What does this mean for Canadians? While profiting from the sale of cannabis, is the Canadian government now sharing the personal participation of cannabis with the U.S. authorities, putting the livelihoods of all Canadians at risk?

      This means you should not trust any system that is collecting your personal information, including credit card, for the purchase of cannabis once it becomes “legal”, as that information is likely shared with the U.S. in some capacity or another. For example, is the credit card company itself American? (Visa, Mastercard etc). Is the Shopify instance using any third party american privacy trackers? It’s a good time to check if you have any privacy protection from your browser.

      We have an election next year, and every four years after that — what happens if a future government reverses this cannabis legalization decision, and demands a list of every purchaser of cannabis from the distributors and retailers?

      I’m no judge of your participation in the cannabis industry, but this so called legalization sure seems to be putting a lot more Canadians at risk.

    • cqwww 9:18 am on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

      Collaborative Sunday Story Time 

      Add one sentence to the story as a comment, to continue the story.

      Once the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) realized they couldn’t compete with Mr. Trump, Kanye, or Banksy, they sent their latest climate report to Sotheby’s auction house with the intention of auctioning it off, with a rigged matchbox inside the frame.

      • Claire 9:33 am on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Unknown to IPCC, a wealthy oil baron attending the auction had inadvertently bumped up Sotherby’s thermostat dial, and the ticking time bomb that was the frame was sat dangerously near the radiator where an ice sculpture also silently dripped by the night’s electronics.

    • cqwww 9:00 pm on October 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

      Interactive Tutorials 

      While you can learn anything you want for free online these days, or in person, some people learn best with interactive tutorials. For those people, I’ve provided this post to get you started.

      Let me know if you know of any interactive tutorials I’m missing that teach something other than what is taught in the lessons below, that I should add to the list!

      Codecademy (HTML, CSS, Python, JavaScript, Java, SQL, Bash/Shell, Ruby)
      freecodecamp (HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, Databases, Git/Github, Node.js, React.js, D3.js)
      DataCamp (R, Python, SQL, Spark, Shell, Spreadsheets)
      shell programming
      learn python
      learn php
      PostgeSQL SQL
      Learn Git Branching
      Interactive vim
      Vim Adventures (game)
      Codingegame (many languages, tied to games)
      Unity 3d (for making games)
      docker and containers
      kubernetes – creating a cluster
      Music / Ableton

      • cqwww 10:25 am on October 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
        Tags: altruism, , selflessness   

        What are you doing to support your community and those in need? 

        I think all of life is competing against your past self, and I don’t recommend ever comparing yourself to someone else, but it’s hard not to reflect on one’s contributions to their community and those in need when you hear stories like Gia Tran.


        • cqwww 3:41 pm on October 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
          Tags: ,   

          Met a woman on a bench here in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. She went from homeless to an SRO recently, as she had a double mastectomy and needed the stable shelter. The city just announced modular housing options she told me, but she’s ineligible as you have to be homeless to apply.

          • cqwww 8:02 pm on September 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

            QubesOS on an Intel NUC 

            I recently installed QubesOS 4.0 on an Intel NUC (model: nuc7i5bnh). It works fine, with one caveat. After you reboot the first time, everything just works. However, after first use & dom0/template upgrades, I attempted a reboot and realized EFI boot was not working. In order to resolve this, you manually will have to follow the steps at Boot device not recognized after installing. Note, every kernel or Xen update you do afterwards, you will manually have to go through this process again if you want your OS to boot without manual intervention.

            For those who don’t identify as a techy, QubesOS is one of the more secure operating systems out there, one of two I recommend — the other being OpenBSD. Neither of these is easy to use. If you want to eventually get there, I recommend you try something like debian or Ubuntu in the interim, as they are a lot easier to learn yet have a slight learning curve. All of these operating systems replace osx or windows, and are fully free forever, and open source. If you feel like going down a rabbit hole regarding operating systems, check out which follows all of the open source operating systems.

            • cqwww 5:58 pm on September 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

              Why don’t more women speak up? 

              I managed to miss most of the Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford hearing today, but caught the end of it. I knew going into it that not much would likely sway in public opinion — you either hate change and want to maintain your Christian values, or you believe women by default and want them to have a voice.

              One of the common arguments coming from the Christian/Conservative perspective is a misunderstanding of why women don’t report issues. As this case will likely also result in how abortions will be in the US legally moving forward, this is a highly political case that also strikes to the faith of Christians and Conservatives across the USA.

              Frustrated by the outcome, I decided to go and grab a late lunch after the hearing. As I came out with my take-out foot, there was a man, clearly high, bent over and banging metal sticks on the ground. A women who was in front of me, clearly in a hurry, didn’t walk the long way around, but cut between him and a wall where there was about a 10′ gap. As he heard her walk by, he turned, startled, showing evidence of his drug use as he started to pursue her with sticks raised, yelling every terrible profanity one can call a woman. She didn’t turn back, but kept walking, as to avoid confrontation which she clearly didn’t want in the first place. He then spit as hard as he could to the back of her, yelling more profanities and daring her to turn around. As he raised his sticks towards her again as if to either scare her he was going to hit her, or actually hit her, I made a loud enough noise as to distract him, and it worked. He chose me as his new target. I stood still and faced him for a second hoping a calm eye might work, but it did not. He charged at me with sticks raised.

              I decided reluctantly to call the police as he was clearly ready to threaten every passer by in a heavy pedestrian traffic area. Eventually the police came. Who knows what was said between he and the police officer, but of course he was told to move on, likely to go threaten, or worse, elsewhere.

              As I was in my elevator a woman who was in with me said “Thanks! I had to avoid him when I was going out earlier”, which means she also must have witnessed me on the phone with the police, but more relevant, he had been threatening people for some time, who knows how many.

              It was then that it hit home yet again. How many women were impacted by the threats of this man? I would challenge any man who witnessed this man threaten these women, “But why didn’t they do something or say something?” not dissimilar to the Dr. Ford issue in international news today in that no women impacted by this man today were willing to speak out.

              Why not? It takes extreme courage, due to the unknown threat and risk of legally charging an attacker. It takes privilege, in that the repercussions of taking action are not seen as likely to affect your health, safety, and livelihood, and third, it takes the time & energy to think doing so will have any satisfactory repercussions.

              • cqwww 8:37 am on September 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
                Tags: buddhism, finding purpose, purpose,   

                Finding Purpose 

                Yesterday I had the pleasure of catching up with my friend Kerry, a Tibetan Buddhist Nun. This was an impromptu video where I pressed record, asked for a one minute introduction, and the conversation naturally turned to buddhism, staying true to one’s religion, selflessness, and finding purpose.

                Have you found your purpose, or are you still seeking it? Other than a lot of reading, what actions do you recommend?

                • cqwww 12:27 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                  Facebook Debates 

                  For those who think they’re good at debating, I challenge you to sign up for my 24 hour debate challenge. If you agree, I will partner you with someone else who is willing to debate. I will privately let you know of your position in the debate over the next 24 hours, and it’s likely I will pick something you oppose.

                  The rules for debaters:
                  Avoid personal or ad hominem attacks, stick to refuting the central point of the argument.
                  Try to avoid logical fallacies
                  The debate will last 24 hours from when I start the thread.

                  The rules for others:
                  Please don’t comment on the thread, if you like a comment, “like it”.
                  Whichever comment gets the most likes within 24 hours, that person wins the debate.

                  Remember: This person doesn’t likely believe their stance, I’ve told them what their stance is for this debate.

                  Debate 1: Overpopulation
                  Debate 2: Socialism

                  • cqwww 11:29 pm on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
                    Tags: #hiring, #HR, #jobs   

                    What’s your best advice for someone about to go on a hiring spree?

                    (no recruiters mentioning their firms please — I don’t intend on using recruiters currently. If you’re not in that industry, I’m interested in hearing the benefits of using recruiters (in general) based on experience. I’ll put a call out for recommendations of recruiters if I change my mind.)

                    • cqwww 5:26 pm on August 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

                      Slutshaming: A life ruined and a path to sex work 

                      I was recently asked to do a talk on privacy & security for the local sex work industry. I asked what they were interested in, and it was mostly centered around doxxing, and how to avoid it. At the end of the talk, I gave out my business cards and suggested people reach out if they have any specific questions. One young woman told me what I feel is a tragic story, and I hope sharing it we can come up with a solution.

                      As the story was told to me, this young woman lived in another city in Canada, and was working an office job as an admin assistant. She had an older co-worker who really didn’t like her, and started making unprofessional comments, such as that our victim, let’s call her Jo, couldn’t possibly afford the designer handbag she wore to work. Jo said to her co-worker it was none of her business, but if she must know, her handbags meant a lot to her, and that’s what she choose to save her money up to buy. The harassment continued. One day, the harasser “accidentally” sent an interoffice email with a link to a article which was slut shaming Jo, using pictures from Jo’s instagram (nothing nude, one pic was in a gym working out, I’ve seen the article). But it also made several allegations about Jo, including her full name, and the city in which she lived.

                      Jo was furious, and called the police, who allegedly told her there was nothing they could do, as it was a cybercrime. A couple days later, Jo was called into the office, not the harasser, and was let go from her employer. Not sure what to do, she tried to apply for other jobs for over a year, but any web search by future employers would being up this article making allegations as to promiscuous behaviour. After over a year of trying to find a job she felt defeated and moved here to Vancouver, in the process legally changing her name so she could move on. The issue now, was she has no employment history with this new name, and so for over a year couldn’t find work here — and in a desperate state for income, has recently entered into the sex work industry for lack of other options.

                      She told this to me with an almost void emotion, stating that it’d taken her 2 years to get over that article which was still there, but she was grateful for me just listening. I told her I would look into it, and see what I could do.

                      I’ve provided her three solutions thus far, hopefully helpful for anyone reading this who may have had their life ruined by or another slutshaming website.

                      1. File a DMCA complaint:
                        I would create a new email address just for this, in case they try to
                        shame you with it — but if they did, the lawyers in the next step
                        would have even more recourse. I think this is likely your cheapest and
                        fastest to try to get started
                      2. A followup, or separate option is to reach out to a lawyer like this and ask
                        them what they charge to have your article removed:
                      3. As this happened in Canada, file a privacy related complaint against
                        If it happened in BC:
                        If it happened in AB:
                        If it happened in other provinces (other than QC):
                        The advantage of going down this route, is it could set a
                        precedent to get the slutshaming website itself blocked provincially or federally, not just your article removed, so it would fix
                        the issue systematically, and for others. The privacy commissioners may also choose to investigate who was responsible for posting it.

                      I’m writing this with the hopes that as these paths are tried, one of them will be found successful, or someone who has had success will list it here as a comment for others. The other intention is to raise awareness for anyone interested in going after this website systematically, as having just heard one silent story, it makes me wonder how many other lives have been ruined.

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