Another Trench vaping tip: Starter kits are just fine

What most starter kits look like

What most starter kits look like

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a vaping expert. I’ve never built my own mod or made my own coils. What I am is a guy who successfully quit smoking after 30 years by vaping so I like to think that my opinion carries at least a little weight.

Anyway as I’m sure you can tell by the title of this post it’s my opinion that for the majority of vapers who are looking to quit smoking the starter kits that most shops sell are just fine. I’ve talked about before how I was talked into buying an expensive iTatse MVP. Within 6 months the button was getting stuck causing not only the coils in my tank to burn out prematurely but it would heat the metal parts of the tank so much that it would burn my skin while in my pocket. So yeah….ouch. Then I bought an iTaste VV not too long after that. Again it crapped out on me after about 6 months. It would just turn off for no apparent reason while I was using it.

Frustrated I went back to my original eGo starter kit and I’ve never been more happy with my vaping. It’s simple and compact and just plain works. Unless you want to be one of those guys who likes to blow world record amounts of vapor the starter kit is just fine. All I recommend is to buy a 2nd battery to use while the primary one is charging and enough replacement coils if your tank uses those. Hell if you want to use the disposable Haus tanks instead more power to you.

So to sum it up the simpler you keep your vaping the more enjoyment you’ll have with it.

Ore. RSO: “You don’t put an ad on Craigslist and expect this not to happen”

Jose Omar Ortiz

Jose Omar Ortiz

28-year-old Jose Omar Ortiz is a registered sex offender and is accused of multiple rapes in Washington County, Oregon. He met one of his victims on craigslist but not the way you might think.

The victim posted an ad looking for a room to rent. Ortiz allegedly picked her up and drove to a rural area where he s said to have raped her. The victim tried fighting back with a knife she brought from home but Ortiz allegedly told her “You don’t put an ad on Craigslist and expect this not to happen.” Like it’s this scumbags God-given right to rape women from craigslist, but this is the attitude that a lot of sexual predators have when it comes to craigslist. Like I’ve said before they think of it as their personal rape take-out menu and it doesn’t matter which section of craigslist you use.

It pays to have a charity in Backpage’s pocket

An alleged accurate representation of what Backpage gives o charity.

An alleged accurate representation of what Backpage gives to charity.

Normally I don’t post links from biased news sources. One News Now touts itself as an American Christian news outlet. However, this article is spot on when it comes to Backpage escaping justice because of the outdated Federal Communications Decency Act.

Specifically the article about the lawsuit in Massachusetts filed by three women who were trafficked on Backpage while underage and why the suit was dismissed.

“It allows for service providers who make good-faith efforts to protect children from pornography, from sexual exploitation, and even prostitution,” explains Donna Rice Hughes, who heads Enough is Enough. “If they make a good-faith attempt to protect children, then they will have civil immunity from any type of prosecution.”

What good faith efforts are Backpage realty making? By good faith efforts do they mean getting a discount for using anonymous payment methods or having the head of a supposed human trafficking charity in your back pocket, or the part where they might try to move overseas to avoid US prosecution?

That doesn’t sound like good faith to me. Instead it sounds a lot like Backpage trying to cover their own ass while raking in a cubic assload of dough on the exploitation of women and children.

Trench’s further adventures in Linux: wattOS returns for the Asus 4G challenge

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I haven’t done a lot of Linux posts lately because I’m pretty set in my Linux ways now. I run Voyager on my laptop and I’ve given up on the EEE Box because it has a GPU that I think they got from a black and white television. Kids, ask your grandparents what a black and white TV is.

So that leaves the almost indestructible Asus EEE pc 701 4G Surf. If you’re not familiar with this brand of computer it was the first netbook. It’s so sturdy it feels like it was manufactured in a Soviet era factory. The problem is that it only has a 4GB hard drive so for the past few years I’ve been having more and more difficulty finding an operating system that will actually fit on it and function properly.

The champion of the challenge was wattOS with its Release 8 or R8 as they call it. We have a new champion although the new boss is the same as the old boss with wattOS’ R9 release. In R8 wattOS was based on Debiam but with R9 they have returned to using Ubuntu at its core. Yes, I know Ubuntu is based on Debian. Save it for someone who sudo cares. THe problem with it being based on Ubuntu is that when you first try to boot into wattOS you’ll get the PAE kernel error message but there is a way around it.

After you download the ISO file install it to a USB stick using Unetbootin. At the start up screen his the esc key and select the USB drive. When the splash screen comes on hit the tab button and a string of text will come up. Follow step 4 here except for the part where you press F6 because we’ve used tab instead. While installing wattOS keep the swap space on the hard drive as small as possible. I believe I only gave it like 256MB for swap. Once it’s installed you should have at least 1GB of storage space left.

As good as wattOS is it’s not a miracle worker. These days due to the limitations of the once mighty Surf it can only be used for the most basic of browsing. If you use GMail you’ll have to use the basic HTML version and forget about YouTube altogether. Streaming music might be ok because I was able to use Google Music with not much difficulty.

So while the useful days of the EEE pc 701 may be coming to an end someday soon wattOS makes it serviceable as an emergency use computer.

Idaho school district bought guns in case of school shooting

And not one of these either. Get it? Because Idaho.

And not one of these either. Get it? Because Idaho.

All joking aside the Garden Valley School District in Idaho has purchased an undisclosed amount of firearms and are have said to have trained six of their staff in case a school shooting were to happen there. While I do support the 2nd amendment this is not a good idea.

First off the article states that it takes 45 minutes for police to get to the school which would be a somewhat reasonable argument however when I looked up the schools on Google Maps this is what I found.

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Granted I don’t live even remotely close to Garden Valley so if I have the wrong location or the police department is only an annex station by all means correct me.

But what it really comes down to is two things. The first is unless they served in the military or in law enforcement there’s no amount of training that can prepare school employees for an active shooter situation unless they continue to undergo ongoing training and even then there’s still no guarantee that armed teachers would cause more good than harm. Secondly, and this is the most important part, if there are guns in a school, no matter how secure they may be, it can become a temptation for would be shooters from within the school. If a kid is determined enough, and we’ve seen some abnormally determined kids over the years, they will find their way to the guns come hell or high water.

Uncommon Journalism: Are the West Memphis Three Guilty as Charged?

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Late last year I was interviewed by James Swift from a website called Uncommon Journalism about why I thought the West Memphis 3 were guilty.

I’ll be honest, I thought I was being interviewed by a WM3 supporter however back in October of 2014 they put out a blog post entitled “Are the West Memphis Three Guilty as Charged?”. To my surprise it’s probably one of if not the most even-handed article about the WM3 that I ever read.

I’m not saying to read it because I’m featured prominently in it. I’m saying read it because it’s that damn good.

Uncommon journalism is right because Mr. Swift does not shy away from the facts.

New Colorado law makes schools liable for school shootings

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Recently the state of Colorado passed a law that would make the schools themselves financially liable for school shootings.

Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident when there are serious injuries or deaths from violence and the school is accused of negligence.

This legislation was born out of one incident and that was the shooting at Arapahoe High School where Karl Pierson shot and killed Claire Davis before taking his own life. Claire Davis’ parents believe that the school knew Pierson was a threat and failed to do anything about it.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had this to say…

“Certainly for our children to learn and to grow, we need to make sure that we ensure their safety,” Hickenlooper said moments before signing the bill at the state Capitol.

While I feel for the friends and families of all school shooting victims this law will do nothing to keep children safe. It is nothing more than what I cal ‘feel good legislation’ devised mainly to look good in the press and to get politicians re-elected. For example see my posts on Roy Cooper and Richard Blumenthal.

Think of all the school shooters since the late 90s. Could any of them have been deemed a threat by the school before their acts of violence? Only peripherally at best. That opens up a whole other can of worms. Now schools could go overboard in naming students as potential threats. That in turn could lead to more lawsuits by parents whose precious snowflakes were deemed threats.

Also does this law hold the school liable when the shooters are from outside the school like an Adam Lanza or a Charles Carl Roberts IV? Colorado has had at least two of these incidents where adult shooters Bruco Eastwood and Duane Morrison fired on schools.

In my opinion this law will only cause more problems and will not make our children any safer.

Another round of Kik Kreepers

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25-year-old Carlos Javier Rojas Paz is/was a substitute teacher in Broward County, Florida, who is accused of ‘having sex’ (statutory) with three of his students. In at least one case he allegedly used Kik to stay in contact with one of his victims.

Another teacher, 33-year-old Patrick Newman of Louisville, Kentucky, allegedly coerced a 13-year-old boy to send him explicit pictures on Kik and then traded them with other pedophiles on Kik.

Kik, as a messaging app, isn’t inherently evil. It’s just another way for people to communicate. However as discussed before it has become a fundamental tool used by online predators. I advise every parent out there to see if their child is using this app on their phones and to find out who the people are on their friends list.

Use Bitcoin for all your Backpage sex trafficking and get a 10% discount

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Backpage is always touting about how they have all these safeguards in place to stop human traffickers and pimps from posting obviously criminal ads for prostitution and child prostitution on their site. Yet they accept payment for ads from such untraceable sources like pre-paid credit cards and Bitcoin.

For those of you who may not know Bitcoin is what’s known as a cryptocurrency, a decentralized form of digital payment. Bitcoin’s main attraction is that it;’s supposed to be untraceable which makes it a favorite form of payment for various online criminal activities, most infamously the former online black market known as Silk Road.

Now I knew that Backpage accepted Bitcoin but I didn’t know it was their preferred form of payment for its ‘adult’ ads. While reading this article from the Rutland Herald about how sex trafficking of women and children happens even in rural Vermont I came across this quote about Backpage…

Also, backpage accepts prepaid credit cards and bitcoin payments because they are untraceable. Backpage offers a 10 percent discount for bitcoin payments.

If Backpage is so concerned about the problem of sex trafficking why are they encouraging the use of a supposedly untraceable form of payment? Simple, all they really care about is making as much money as they can from the prostitution ads where too many women and girls are forced into sexual slavery by their traffickers and pimps. If Backpage really cared about their victims they would shut down their adult ad section. They just can’t walk away from the millions of dollars they make off of the modern-day slave trade.

It looked like someone had stomped on the child

The Wagoners

The Wagoners

Back in the days of the Bad Breeders website (click here to find out why it’s no more) we used to post a lot of what we called ‘killer furniture’ stories. These were stories where abusive ‘parents’, or Breeders as we called them, would blame their child’s blunt force trauma injuries on things like falling out of bed or off of high chair. Others would say their child bumped their heads on coffee tables or various other child height furniture. The problem with these stories was that the children’s injuries were so massive that the bed they fell off of must have been 3 stories high or the child was running at mach 1 when they struck the table. This is going to be one of those stories and so much more.

Here’s what a forensic pathologist had to say about the death of 1-year-old Zoey Lee Wagoner of Greenfield, Indiana…

A forensic pathologist found Zoey had suffered multiple blunt force traumatic injuries before her death. She had bruises and abrasions on her face and scalp. Her lips were bruised. Blood vessels had burst in her eyes and neck. Her liver was lacerated, and her intestines and pancreas were bruised. Old breaks in both arms were still healing.

The pathologist told police it looked like someone had stomped on the child.

Zoey’s Breeders, Matthew Wagoner, 31, and Jessica Wagoner, 32, have been charged with murder in her death. Matthew Wagner allegedly told investigators that Zoey fell off a bed. Again with that type of trauma the bed must have been 50 feet high. However that’s not the worst part of story. Police allege that the Wagoners concocted a scheme to try to throw off suspicion on them because they knew the injuries would result in criminal charges. Part of it was that Mr. Wagoner took Zoey on a walk to a nearby Circle K so he could claim she was fine then. He had to pass a hospital to and from Circle K and never once thought about getting help for his daughter. Then the plan was for Mr. Wagoner to call Mrs. Wagoner at work to make it appear like an accident happened. I bet she was just happy to get time off from work but I digress. However, even this act of evil isn’t the worst part in my opinion.

You see, the Wagoners weren’t even supposed to be living together. He was under investigation for allegedly molesting her 9-year-old daughter and the daughter’s friend. The Department of Child Services had barred them from being together because of it. But hell, why should a little molestation come between such a happy couple?

After their arrest The Wagoners both said that the other had anger issues…

She told police that Matthew has a temper and had hit her before, and that she didn’t trust Matthew with Zoey.

Matthew said Jessica had a temper of her own, and that she was “very aggressive and hits the children across the face.”

He said he saw Jessica punch Zoey in the stomach so hard it made the child gasp for air.

It always astounds me that evil can find evil like this.

As I’ve said way too many times before, if you’re a child abusing scumbag you’re not smarter than medical professionals and you’re not smarter than police. They will find out what you’ve been doing so how about not beating your child instead. –

You don’t have to be an abuser. There are resources out there for you. If you are in need of help you can reach out to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

Thanks to Brigette for the tip.

UPDATE 6/6/2015: The defense for Matthew Wagoner have requested a psych eval for their client which reports say is usually the first step in seeking an insanity defense.