Here comes week 2.

I took the weekend to recover. Well actually I took about 3 days. The hearing was postponed Thursday over false Covid fears. I’m now ready for week 2!!
Let’s just hope I’m fireproof!! There are fires all around us, and we’re on be ready status for evacuation. We’ve been on this status since last week. Thanks to a lot of prayer, the fires have passed us over. Hopefully they’ll all be contained soon.
Last week the hearing was a combination of hilarity and disbelief. Hilarity because of the lack of technical competency of anyone in the courtroom. Disbelief because of all the ridiculousness that went on, and there was so much of it. The defense is limited to 30 minute direct examinations of witnesses. WTF? That’s something that would never happen here! The prosecution gets an hour for cross, and then the defense gets what seems to be about a half hour more for redirect.
Not only that but there was a lot of drama over superseding indictment round 3/4 Lol I’m not sure which one we’re on as of this point, including the original. The defense said they haven’t had time to gather evidence on this latest indictment change since it includes new allegations. Baraitser, (the judge, and Princess,) said who cares? She ruled that everything in superseding indictment round 3/4 would be allowed. After that the defense asked for a 4 month continuance so they could gather more evidence. Baraitser said no way, and we started calling witnesses. that was just the first day.
I’m retweeting those who live tweet everything during the hearing, as fast as I can. A lot of the times, I’m doing this with comment. If you want to follow that account, it’s right here.

Thoughts in the 3 hours before Julian Assange’s full extradition hearing.

This is the big hearing, the one that’s supposed to take 3-4 weeks. I’ve followed prior extradition hearings, since we had the ones related to the Swedish allegations, but those didn’t take near as long.
I’ve even gone ahead and rescheduled some Doctor appointments, well the doctor was going to be in a meeting anyway, so I just rescheduled it until after the hearing was definitely going to be over. This is the hearing that’s in the magistrate’s court, the one we’ll probably loos. Although I’m praying for that not to be the case, but the judge seems to have rulings written down days before she makes them.
I actually got to listen to one of the hearings via conference call once. Although even I had trouble hearing, I could hear Baraitser, (that’s the judge,) fine, but had a hard time hearing everyone else. Although I laughed when baraitser said that they seemed to have lost the prosecutor, because we couldn’t hear him anyway. I couldn’t laugh out loud though, because my phone wasn’t muted. Then I went to shift my phone into a different position, because my ear was going numb from nearly planting my phone inside of it for so long. When I did that, I knew voiceOver would say something as soon as my screen went dim. In fact it said, “screen dimmed.” We proceeded to get lectured by Baraitser for not muting our mics, woopsy!!! Then a couple people said “we can’t hear” and Baraitser got frustrated. I’m pretty sure that was the hearing that postponed the proceedings until September, although we didn’t know when at the time.
I forgot to write the conference call code down before I went to put it in, and the page was taken down after that. I never had access again. I think it was erroneously made public. Either that, or they didn’t realize it really wasn’t supposed to be made public until later.

A few recent things.

First of all, we have a baby update, my sister will be having a girl! Or at least that’s the going theory thus far.
Secondly, in a hearing last week, Julian Assange was denied bail. Since he has chronic lung issues, he’s at high risk for Covid-19, but the judge apparently didn’t see it that way.
Thirdly, I’m getting an UBi from the government. Well, I think I am, anyway. Um… I mean an extra UBi. we call that stimulous over here. I actually support UBIs, if they’re privately done, or if they were done by all 50 states. No, I don’t support federal basic income, but I’m in need of extra money right now, since I got sick last month. I ordered lots of cold meds, and used all of what I ordered.
Fourthly, since I’ve gotten over whatever I had that may or may not have been Covid-19, but was most likely a bronchial infection, I have no idea, I’m going to try to blog more this month. I’m not saying it will happen every day, but definitely more than usual.

Social distancing…

Is definitely underrated! I stayed home from church yesterday, so I could get over the remains of my sickness. Well, if our church has service next week, that will be something interesting, because everything’s shutting down here. I know they said they wanted to continue having services, but I’ll probably be one of the few there if they do.
My caregiver’s daughter’s school is also shut down. She’ll be coming to work with her for the foreseeable future. Not that she’s like in the 2nd grade or something, no she’s going on 16, but her mom lives in a not-so-nice area, and won’t leave her home alone. When I was talking to Laurie, she was at the store buying dog food, she has several dogs and a bird.
As for me, I’m thinking why all the panic? I’ve lived this way for years. Specifically when the state reduced my hours back in 2017, I had to learn to rely on deliveries for groceries, buy extra things when I’m able to get to the store etc.

I think I’m finally fully recovered.

Frim last week, that is. I got up at around 12 or 1 every morning except Friday. I was doing this to follow the Assange extradition hearings, that were taking place in London.
Problem is, I didn’t prepare for this in advance, like I do for CCC. Therefore, when the hearing was over Thursday,I was extremely tired! Not only that but I had one of those headaches you can only get from lack of sleep, or drinking too much lol. I still have the headache unfortunately. I think I’ll try to prepare for at least a week before next time.
Thing about next time, is that the hearings are going to last anywhere from 3-6 weeks. I don’t have any experience with extradition hearings going as long as that. The ones over the Swedish allegations back in 2011 only went about 4 days, if I’m remembering correctly.

Happy New Year!

Well yay for New years Eve, but blah that CCC is over!!! There were quite a few interesting lectures this year, and I know I plan to post at least a couple on techliberty.net.
Unfortunately, day 4 is the worst because it really doesn’t last all day. It was worse for me this year because I didn’t sleep the night before, and I was having issues with the CCC streams that morning. It would be nice if we could have a day 5 next year, not that it will actually happen!!!

Merry Christmas!

First, I’d like to say Merry Christmas to anyone who reads this here blog! I’m not sure if I’ll have time to post tomorrow. Most likely not, because of the way things usually go.
Secondly, if I have to explain CET time again, I just might keel over and die. To avoid that outcome, I wrote an explainer. OK, here it goes. In order to explain CET, I needed to talk about UTC, just a warning.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_European_Time What we first have to discuss is UTC time offsets. UTC is the universal time standard. You start with UTC 0:00 which is Greenwich Mean Time.
You should know that on standard time Pacific time is UTC-8. When DST occurs, it’s UTC-7. Eastern time is UTC-5, and so is US Central time.
Right now, Berlin,and Leipzig, (where CCC, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_Communication_Congress, is taking place,) are also on CET standard, which makes that UTC+1. That’s 9 hours ahead of Pacific. Here’s a for instance: Let’s say it’s 2:00 A.M here. It’s 11:00 in the morning CET.
The CET simulation works mostly the same. I’m going to bed at 7:00 here so I can get up at 11:00 there. It’s sort of like preparing for a trip without going anywhere. Yep, it definitely takes some adjusting, this is partly why I started on the 19th. The other reason is when following international legal cases, they tend to be in the same timeframe. the UK is on GMT, but they start their hearings at 10:00 A.M there which is 2:00 A.M here.

6 months ago today.

6 Months ago today, my worst fears came true. Julian Assange was arrested. Well it was more like an extraction. For some reason, Ecuador invited the UK police into their embassy to carry him out.
Back in 2012 this was an issue. The embassy is sovereign territory. No one is supposed to go in there without permission of the country it belongs to. Ecuador sure had a problem with the UK police coming into it’s embassy back then. However, they had absolutely no problem with it 6 months ago.
I guess we really learned that elections do have consequences this time. Ecuador elected a new President in 2017. Had we elected someone more libertarian in 2016, I have a feeling we wouldn’t be in this situation.

Blogging again.

I decided to finally start blogging again. My old domain expired, so I registered a new one. I’m also starting over. I do have all my content going back to 2009. However, I think once in a while it’s good to start from scratch. I do have a smaller blog that I’ll be importing the content from. I’ve also decided to participate in Blogtober, because Write31Days is no more. If I can get through writing a post every day next month I’ll be pretty happy. If I can’t, well life happens. No, I don’t schedule posts in advance, I feel like that’s cheating.