Fake News – GOP style

Dear Reader,

Let me start by assuring you, I am not affiliated with any political party. And certainly not with the GOP.

Nevertheless, the “Poll” email from the GOP shown below arrived:

This is a screenshot, altered only by removing the email address.

You can learn a few things from this so called poll:

  1. The GOP fakes its polls. You can rate Trump’s performance as “Great”, “Good”, “OK” or “Other”. This isn’t polling. At best it is spin, at worst it is cheating.
  2. The GOP is just as bad as Trump. And they dare talking about fake news?
  3. The GOP must consider its “friends” as stupid and ignorant as Trump.

I have no idea, how the GOP got the email address. But I know for certain, it was not registered with the GOP. Thus, this email qualifies as junk or illegal.

The GOP must be very desperate, if it spams people with stupid junk like this.

And if I ever needed confirmation, that I do not want to be associated with the GOP in any way, I now have it.

What a pile of shmocks. The GOP has the president it deserves. What a sad story.

Engine Room



A true Story from an Irish Sunday School Teacher

I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.

‘I asked them, ‘If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?’

‘NO!’ the children answered.

‘If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?’

Again, the answer was ‘NO!’

‘If I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?’

Again, they all answered ‘NO!’

I was just bursting with pride for them. I continued, ‘Then how can I get into heaven?’

A little boy shouted out: ‘YUV GOTTA BE FOOKN’ DEAD.’

It’s a curious race, the Irish. Brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it?

Good news: control your data

Dear Reader,

Diablog is a bit silent right now. The head honcho is still very busy, and so am I. But the following good – or rather excellent – news need sharing.

Let me start with the tl;dr (too long, didn’t read):

The FreedomBox is ready for productive use.

In case you forgot, here now the longer part.

Since 2011 I am advocating for more privacy and for us to take back control over our data. And I am very much against censorship.

Yet, the last five to six years we have seen governments and companies going exactly the other way. The USA, UK, France, Switzerland and even Germany increased mass spying, instead of reducing it. F*c*book, Google, Microsoft and other internet biggies are taking and selling more of your data than ever.

Already in 2011 some very smart people wanted to reverse this mis-development. They started the FreedomBox. And diablog donated to make it happen. In 2012 I wrote this little post explaining it a bit.

Like many software projects it took a while. And since the hardware changed quite dramatically in the meantime, FreedomBox had to adjust. In 2014 I almost lost patience, as you can read here.

Now the developers – thank you debian – announced at debconf17, that the software bundle for a FreedomBox is what is called “stable”. It is ready for productive use.

During the next few weeks I will get one ready and keep you posted.

To quote Craig Ferguson, an American late night talker originally from the UK:

“It is a good day for America”.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room