1 January 2021 CE is the day where we are transitioning to a new year. There was so much which happened in the Last year a lot of things happened. Joe Biden got elected US President, George Floyd was killed by the police sparking large protests for them and many others, A New Autonomous Zone existed in Seattle. Covid-19 grew to a large amount of infections and deaths and many forms of corruption and have seen Trump’s tax returns and the collapse of many governments into the worst such as in Hungary. This year has been considered chaotic, it is when many people had to leave work or school and do it from home, people started to have to where masks and there were many people who did not want to where masks, hate in 5G increased, hate in vaccines and Bill Gates increased. People started thinking masks had microchips in brains, many new discoveries came out, Cryptocurrency has started to come back, and much more. Many people are saying or hoping 2021 would be better than 2020, with a vaccine coming out, a New President of the US, and Covid restrictions slowing down, and much more, but I argue this is not the case. The vaccine still has a long way to go until most people will get it, it is a rushed vaccine so it may have some potential issues (such as temporary face separation) and may be scary for some people. Some people just refuse to take vaccines in general. Covid19 rates are still growing and people are not wearing masks in many cases and many places are opening up which will increase the severity of Covid19. The new US President, while Not as bad as the last one, is still not too good and is disliked by a very toxic community of Trump supporters who may fight to make things worse. Many people will continue to go out without masks, governments will still become worse, GDPs will still go down, not all countries have an approved vaccine yet, many people cannot afford a vaccine, and there are so many more issues, the main thing with 2020 was that we were seeing lots of this stuff 1st happen (except COVID19 which came in 2019) but that does not mean 2021 will be any less bad. We need to take this into consideration. Billionaires will still continue to rise, vaccines will not come out for most, covid will continue, anti-trust cases will continue, there will still be chaos.
Flash was an important part of my childhood and an important part of the middle aged internet. It was used to power Many online videos, Games, Applications, and many more, though since the introduction and widespread use of other technologies like HTML5, Flash has declined and is not being as well developed and support ended in 2021 CE for Flash. Most Browsers will have released their last update supporting it, and many browsers will disable flash on 14 January 2021CE. Many games have either been updated, taken offline, or something similar. There are ways you can continue to use Flash though other methods.
Ruffle is a software which can either Emulate Flash on your Desktop or as A Browser Extension. It works on Windows, Mac, Linux, and possibly other platforms which Chromium and Firefox based browsers can run on. It just came out and is still in development so is not on the Browser App Stores yet and is mostly recommended on Test or Development Environments.
Flashpoint is a Desktop flash Emulator. It runs off of Apache to trick Flash Games to running on a Computer or Webserver other than the sites they were originally designed for (Many Games were site specific). It is only officially for Windows and it is recommended at this time to use a VM for this. The games run fairly well in this. They have a huge archive of Flash Games available for download. You can either download the installer to just install the emulator, which in most cases I recommend, or you can download their whole 500GB library or apps, which is hard on Disk Space, would take a long time, and may not update for games added in the future. Flashpoint may be a good solution, but the Apache makes running it more complicated.
3. Running an Older Browser
You can download older versions of Browsers which may support flash. You can run Flash on a virtual machine or just a portable browser. Portable Versions of Chromium may have flash built in if they are older, but not too old. A virtual machine is still recommended.
4. Asbestosstar’s Browser V0,96
Asbestosstar’s Browser is a Security and Gaming Browser. Version 0,96 will include Ruffle Emulator so you will be able to use flash.
En 1 Enero 1994 CE Las Zapatistas se rebelaron contra la gobierno opresivo Mexicano y hicieron comunidads con libertad y igualdad. La revolución tuvo lugar el mismo día que se aprobó el TLCAN. Las Zapatistas había existido como grupo militante durante años antes del levantamiento Zapatista, pero tenía mucho menos poder. Están dirigidos en gran medida por personas como el (Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano) y llevan el nombre de Emiliano Zapata (el tipo del billete de 10 MXN) que había hecho la reforma agraria y muchas otras cosas para ayudar a los pobres. En su mayoría están ubicados en Chiapas y les está yendo mejor que las regiones Pro Gobierno. No se manejan como un Estado, no tienen poder centralizado, las decisiones se toman de manera similar a la democracia directa y todos los mayores de 12 años pueden votar. Hay personas con influencia, pero no tienen tanto poder político. Los militares (EZLN) no pueden tener ningún poder político. Los Zapatistas todavía están luchando con los mexicanos, pero en general lo están haciendo bien. Ayudaron a reducir la desigualdad, las corporaciones, el daño al medio ambiente, la tala, el capitalismo, la opresión de los pueblos indígenas y más. Su sistema no es perfecto, pero sigue siendo una gran mejora con respecto a lo que había en ese momento. Alabamos el Levantamiento Zapatista que ocurrió hoy hace 27 años.
Minecraft has been a game which has existed For over a decade. Over time, players have gotten different. The Minecraft community has gotten much different overtime. From the Earliest Testers to the Bedrock players today, things have been much different, as well as Mojang and other involved parties. I see around 7 Minecraft Generations.
0) People who played the past protominecraft such as Minecraft 4KB and other similar things, as well as some Infiniminer related things, this is all proto-Minecraft so is not considered a full generation. Mostly 2008-2009/2010 era
1) Very Early MC testers, like the 1st people who ever downloaded the Game. These were like the very 1st versions (Mostly 2009-2010). This is also known as the Order of the Stone (Though the term would eventually be used for the story mode) or Pre-Classic Eras.
2) Is the more mainstream early Minecrafters This is mostly The Classic, Indev, Infdev, and Alpha Versions (Mostly 2010-2012). This is where a decent about of early growth came from. Also where Herobrine likely originated from.
3) This is the Beta Era (Mostly 2012) and Mostly Minecraft lots of the other generations may also be part of this one. From the Beginning of the Beta Stages in testing, to Around Minecraft Beta 1.8.x. This Version is technically part of the Beta Phase, but is much different than the rest and this version is sometimes condemned. Release 1.0 was originally supposed to be Beta 1,9 and is also a bit different than the other Betas so is also left out aside from the fact that Beta 1.9 eventually became a Release Version.
4) Early Release Version, Beta 1.8.x – Release 1.4.x/1.5.x , This includes the Beta 1.8.x, Beta 1.9, and Release 1.0 and ends around the 1.4 and 1.5 era. This is also the era Where Pocket Edition and Console Editions started growing.
5) Modding/Creativity Era, this is mostly Versions 1.4.x-1.7.x. Mostly lasted until 2015. This I would consider the Golden Age For me, this was the Time I joined and There was lots of cool modding, Some of the Best Modding Versions in my opinion were 1.6.4, 1.7.10, 1.5.2, 1.7.2, 1.4.5, 1.6.2, 1.5.1, 1.5, 1.6.1, 1.6, 1.6.3 and some other versions to a lesser extent. Some of the most popular youtubers which existed were Sky (and Team Crafted in General), Stampy, Machinima Network , JackSucks, PopularMMOs, Minecraft Trolling,XboxAddictionz, And More. This, along with the Beta Era and the 0-3 Eras were some of the most bootleg eras. Even I was involved in the modding at the time.
6) This is the Decline Era from Around 2015 to about 2019, or 1.14 , It kind of started in the late 1.7 Era, Realms were becoming more popular (Though Realms were 1st Introduced in 1.5 or possibly earlier), Development Struggles (1.7.6-1.7.9 was a development struggle), broken compatibility with other 1.7 Versions, slow development, weak modding (except for 1.7.10), less innovation from Mojang and more. When 1.8 came out this, while adding some important stuff for Redstone, was largely a decorations update which added less features and cool things, less game breaking ideas and just made the game slower, slightly worsened PVP, and made the game better for builders, but less for adventurers. The Modding system was also badly damaged in 1.8, the World Border was worsened, and more. 1.9 did add new functionality and I in some ways would have kind of liked it if it had been executed better and I would have changed a lot of things (such as cool down time which they are currently trying to revise). This was also the time Mojang updated their Mojang EULA and a little after Microsoft Bough Mojang and Micro-transactions were becoming bigger and bedrock was starting development. The next Java updates were also largely decorations or passive mobs and fairly weak aggressive mobs. They also made a lot of controversial changes especially in the World Builder at this time. This era in many ways was considered a large decline. Many of the youtubers from the last era still existed but started to decline or move on at this time. Other Competition such as Supercell and Roblox also contributed to the decline. Some of Mojang’s other games also have issues around this time, most Notably Scrolls, which was for a long time Vapourware until being renamed Caller’s Bane. Story Mode also came around this time.
7) Regrowth Era
This is the era we are kind of in now, Minecraft around 2019 near its 10th birthday started to rise again with some improvements, a re-interest in modding and server development, such as Fabric, Paper, New Forge Versions, ProtocolSupport, Good Youtubers such as Skeppy, BBH, JackSucks, Sky, AntVenom, FitMC and Mr.Beast6000 as Big Youtubers, and more. This era emerged as Fortnite was under a decline and may slowly decline due to Among Us or other new innovative games. Minecraft surly has an unsure fate ahead. Java Edition started to be taken more seriously and Minecraft Dungeons came out which may provide improvements. It will be interesting to see what happens from here.
These operating Systems still make up a 3rd of the Desktop and Server marketshare and on 14 January 2020 CE Microsoft Will be Ending free Support for these. Paid Support lasts until 2023CE (Same time as Windows 8,1) . This applies to Windows 7. Windows Vista (Unofficially), Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008R2. Windows Vista ended Official Support in 2017CE but since the structure of Windows Server 2008 was similar to that of Windows Vista updates could still be installed on Windows Vista. We have came across all these OSs at one point, as we Still Use Windows Vista for many of our middle spec Virtual Machines and still have them on some of our computers, like many other people. For this reason, we have updated our XP Browser so that it is also a Browser for Windows Vista-2008R2/7. It will now be referred to as “XPto7/2008R2 Browser by Asbestosstar.”. It is a Browser which has some of the basic Securities you need for surfing the Web and it supports older OSs and is easy to make even more secure (under the condition that you sacrifice some convenience) by Going to Clear Data, and Tell it to auto Delete after close. It is a great Browser Based on Maxthon 5. Download it on the Link Below. Also, the Emmbedded version of Windows 7 is supported until 13 October 2020CE.
These are not the only products Microsoft is ending support for though, they have a whole list .
This Browser is supposed to be used temporally until you go to a Unix Like System, or for retro machines.
For 2019CE, on the Gregorian Calendar, today is the last day of Hanukkah. On the Hebrew Calendar, it Begins 25 Kislev, and ends 2 Tevet or 3 Tevet on some years. The Holiday is supposed to last 8 Days, and the background from this is a story that during a revolt, the Jews only had enough oil to light a candle for 1 Day, but it lasted 8 days. Judea had been part of the Ptolemaic Kingdom until 200 BCE when the Seleucid Empire took it over. Antiochus III the Great was the leader of the Empire at the time. Antiochus III allowed the Jews to continue to live their lives how they had before and to keep their https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Maccabean_revolt.jpgcustoms. After Antiochus III died, their successor, Antiochus IV did not allow the Jews to keeps their customs and traditions, and they outlawed Judaism. Antiochus IV demanded that a statue of Zeus be put in a temple which was previously used for Judaism. . Mattathias (Mattityahu), a Jewish priest, and his five sons Jochanan, Simeon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus IV. This would eventually what would lead to Hanukkah. Mattathias killed a Jew which was complying to the conversion of the Temple and the Rebellion had begun. Later Judah had retaken the temple and “cleansed” it (meaning they made it Jewish again rather than Greek). According to the Talmud, unadulterated and undefiled pure olive oil with the seal of the kohen gadol (high priest) was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. This is why they needed the candles so much and why the holiday was declared. The revolt was know as the Maccabean Revolt as it was from a type of Jews who rebelled. Judea then became an Independent Nation which lead to the independent Hasmonean dynasty . The new country was located in Modern Day Palestine and Israel. Israel is the modern day country where the Jews live, though it is in conflict with a country called Palestine which also owns Jewish Lands but is mostly Muslim. Neither Palestine nor Israel are fully recognised around the world, and they have land disputes.
PLEASE NOTE: THESE DO NOT REPRESENT MY RELIGIOUS VIEWS, I AM JUST TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORICAL PARTS OF HANUKKAH AND TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT IT IS ABOUT, I AM NOT PROMOTING ANY RELIGION.
Neo-Liberalism is one of the economic systems used in the United States, and many other countries in the west. You may even hear the US Democratic Party and the UK Labour Party called “Liberal” (though the Labour Party is often considered Social Democracy (which is similar)). Neo-Liberalism is basically Capitalism with regulations. The idea is that to help the workers. but keep capitalism, they just put regulations so they do not have to replace the system. This has many issues as it allows an exploitive system to keep existing, just a little “less bad”. Things Neo-Liberals often support are taxes, welfare, business regulations, and stuff like that. The Term became popular in the 1960s and 1970s CE, and is a new version of Liberalism which became popular after the 2nd Great War(Neo means new). It is often associated with laissez-faire. Neo-Liberalism is supposed to allow laissez-faire, but with regulations which are supposed to help large corporations be “checked”.
Flaws of Neo-Liberalism
Neo-Liberalism has many flaws. One of the mains ones is that it allows capitalists to continue to exploit workers and harm the people in other countries who are poorer. All Neo-Liberalism does is it adds limitations which are supposed to protect the workers, but they often do not, they just allow capitalism to continue to reign for longer, as may look like the workers are getting many “victories”, even though they are not. Neo-Liberalism has not gotten rid of wage labour, but has just slightly improved wages and wage regulations, please check out why we are against the minimum wage, where we look at it from both a capitalist and a communist perspective.
Another issue with the attempts with Neo-Liberalism is the large companies still stay on top, and the regulations do not help the smaller companies which are run by less rich people. In-fact, the large corporations often do not pay that much is taxes, if any, while the average person or small business still has to pay taxes like normal. The Guardian reported Netflix, did not pay any income tax in 2018. A large company is still easily able to keep a smaller company from being able to reliably compete.
Another issue is that many places that use Neo-Liberalism have Neo-Nazi or Neo-Fascist tendencies, such as the United States, and Neo-Liberalism helps keep it like this. Neo-Liberalism tries to regulate economics, and while doing it, they only really enforce it for the smaller companies, while the larger companies often get let off for stuff that normal companies would have to do. This means that the individual is more controlled by the state unless they work for one of the large companies, where the boss would control you more. This leads to corporatism and authoritarianism (and eventually totalitarianism (which has already partially happened in the United States)). Since Neo-Liberalism just helps postpone revolution, very little stops the state and bourgeoisie from grabbing tonnes of power before the proletariat can do anything.
What is an Alternative to Neo-Liberalism?
An Alternative to Neo-Liberalism is Communism. The Proletariat will revolt and overthrow the state and become self-supporting, no longer relying on Capitalists. The workers own the means of production and there is no currency or bosses or state. People live in Communes and use workplace democracy and trade with other communes through mutual aid. Communism happens after the workers revolt and after the state, currency/money, and capitalism are abolished in the area that Communism is happening. Communism brings a higher standard of living for everyone (except the former Bosses in most cases).
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. Christmas is a holiday where a person named Santa Clause goes over night to all the houses and gives children presents under their tree or in a stocking while they are sleeping. While the story of Santa Clause is most likely impossible with the current technology, but it is sometimes nice to think about Santa Going to all the houses in a short amount of time. But the main point of Christmas for some is not about the presents or food, but for some its more about religion. Christians often celebrate Christmas Day as the day Jesus (also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ (Most Commonly by Christians)). In this article we will mostly be dealing with what Christians say, and what Historians say, we will occasionally say what Muslims say, but less so as Jesus was more important to Christianity.
25 December is the 5th Day of Winter Solstice on the Gregorian Calender and 1st on the Roman Calender. It was also originally a Pagan Holiday Roman cult of Sol, which was meant to Honour Sol Invictus. This is also likely why Christmas is celebrated on 25 December (More on that Later). Christmas in 2019 is also the 4th Day of
Jesus was known for being the person who claimed to be “the son of God”. They lived in a place called Judea, which was part of the Roman Empire at the time. They are the reason we have the BCE/BC and CE/AD split in the Gregorian Calender as 1AD/CE was supposed to be the date Jesus was Born (BC means Before Christ). Vulgar Era is also a common term to represent the time after the Birth of Jesus, but has a different Origin. Though the expected year by many Historians is 4BC/BCE. The exact date of Birth of Jesus is also unknown, many historians put the date around 25 March, or sometime in the Spring. 25 December is regarded by many as the Date of Birth Because Saint Augustine says “Hence it is that He was born on the day which is the shortest in our earthly reckoning and from which subsequent days begin to increase in length. He, therefore, who bent low and lifted us up chose the shortest day, yet the one whence light begins to increase.”. They are referring to the Winter Soloist, which is which is when the sun changes its position and Days become longer. There may have also been relation to a Roman Holiday referred to as Cult of Sol, though this is more debatable and people have even used this Holiday as a reason to celebrate Christmas on a Different day to not “Paganise” the Holiday.
Jesus was the main founder of Christianity. According to Christianity, Jesus was born from Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit made Mary Pregnant. Jesus soon started spreading stories which Challenged the Jewish people who lived in the area, though Jesus soon started to get a following and with it lots of people who hated them. Eventually they were captured and sentenced to death. Christians believed that they were Crucified on a Cross (a common punishment for the time) and died for everyone’s Sins. Christians also say that Jesus was Resurrected. Christianity was a Small religion for a long time unit around the 4th Century CE, when it became the new Religion for the Roman Empire. Christianity is now the Largest Religion (though is soon to loose to Islam). Christianity was used by the Europeans for much of history with the Pope being the most powerful person in Europe.
There is Still Scepticism that they existed, though most Historians believe that they did in fact exist.
Muslims also put some value in Jesus, recognising them as a Prophet, though there are some take always. They often don’t celebrate Christmas. Muslims also believe Jesus was born of a virgin, but was neither God nor the son of God. They also say Jesus was never Divine and that Jesus was raised into heaven physically by God rather than being Crucified.
Jesus is often refereed to as Christ. This came from the Jews who believed that the Messiah was the Christ. Though Jewish people reject that Jesus was the Messiah, similar to how Christians Reject Muhammad from Islam.
Also happy Birthday Isaac Newton, the person who Discovered Gravity!
The minimum wage is an attempt to try to force companies to create a liveable wage for their employees. Labour Unions like the Industrial Workers of the World fought to raise it. However, it still remains ineffective and possibly even counter-productive in keeping Worker’s Rights. This article used the United States as its main example, but most of the stuff is applicable to other countries to an extent.
If you want to see my older article on the subject from mostly a capitalist viewpoint, please check out Why We need to abolish the Minimum Wage (Old)
It’s Not Liveable
First of All, the Minimum wage is not really all that liveable, at least in the United States unless you choose to be homeless. The Federal Government makes the minimum wage 7,25USD an hour, though states may have their own. Full time is 8 hours making it about 58USD a day, if you work 5 days in a week thats 290USD a week, About 1200USD a Month and around 14400USD a Year. According to ApartmentList The Median Price of a Flat in the United States is around 1000USD per month for 1 Bedroom. If you only ate Potatoes, you would need to eat about 21 of them to meet the recommended calorie intake (a Postdate is around 56 Calories and the Recommended is around 1200 a day). A bag for 1USD contains around that many. If you eat only that you can get buy for 30USD a month for food. The Basic Utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Rubbish) will cost you around 70USD on the cheap end (does not include Internet). For Internet you will most likely have to pay (Unless 10 Hours a Month for Free From NetZero is good Enough), for a DSL Connection you will Probably need to Pay around 40USD a Month . If you need a Bus Pass that will cost Around 20USD a month, if you need a Mobile Plan, thats 1USD a month from FreedomPop. If you choose to have Insurance, the price for that is About 400USD a month for an individual. Already we are in debt, and we have not even considered taxes and emergency spending or interest rate from your past debt. The Minimum wage is not liveable if you choose to live a normal life.
The Minimum Wage does not keep up well with Inflation
Many people in the US want to raise the Minimum wage to 15USD an hour. More than 50% agree with this. I can to an extent agree with this. The 7,25USD minimum wage was passed in 1994CE. 7,25USD in 1994 is about the same as 11USD in 1994. But since the US government is so slow, it may be a few years until the Minimum wage is updated. By then, Inflation would have caught up. The Minimum wage in the United States does not keep up with Inflation.
It creates an Artificial Pay limit
The Minimum wage also makes an artificial pay limit. It sets a suggested number which everyone chooses to set as their payment for their employees rather than a living wage. It allows for companies to pay a little bit over minimum wage sound like they are paying a lot when in reality they are still not paying a liveable wage. If a company pay 13USD an hour its not much better than a 7,25USD per hour wage. The Minimum wage increasing also gives land lords the green light to raise their prices. If the minimum wage were to raise, landlords would just raise prices and inflation in general would go up thus eventually cancelling out the raise.The minimum wage also in many ways sets the standard salary for other jobs. If you have a 2nd tier job, just make it pay 20 000 USD a month, its more than minimum wage but not a liveable wage, and for each tier, you just add a little bit more. This is what happens when you have a low minimum wage and the state rather than the unions try to regulate it which brings us to our Next Point.
It weakens Unions
The Minimum wage tries to make unions less relevant. If the wage is set to something super low, but just high enough to make some people happy, the workers wont rebel and demand higher wages. Unions get weaker since there is less use for them which allows for the wages to stay low. If the workers all got together on strike, they would get much higher than what the minimum wage is, but the minimum wage is just enough to make the workers not go on strike and demand higher wages, meaning that it is just meant to weaken something (Unions) to keep something else the same (Capitalism and Low Wages).
It keeps Capitalism alive
The Minimum wage is just a Neo-Liberal way to keep capitalism intact. It is part of a negotiation between the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat mediated by the State. But this just gives the state more of a reason to exist and lets the bourgeoisie continue to exist. We dont want to negotiate with these pigs, we want to overthrow them, they are leeches and as long as they exist, we are being exploited.
Workers are Still Exploited
The Bourgeoisie still makes profits off the worker’s labour, even if they are paying them more. It does not in any way fix Worker Labour Exploitation or Wage Slavery. Even if it does work for large Corporations, the Minimum wage may harm smaller businesses which are just starting out. In the beginning, a business may not be able to pay liveable wages, though a worker may still choose to work there for other reasons, though they cant because of the Minimum wage laws. In the long run this leads to Monopolies forming.
The fear of Globalism
If we have minimum wage laws, the Bourgeoisie may just move their work force to Asia or Africa for a fraction of the cost, profiting a United States Company, and keeping the those countries poor. This is already happening in the Chinas and Africa where people (including Children) in those countries are being paid pennies a day to do work when the company owner does nothing and gets huge profit.
An Alternative to the Minimum wage.
There are great alternatives to the minimum wage which carry less or none of the negative effects we listed above.
One of them is a “Maximum Wage” like the 1:12 Ratio in the Swiss Confederation. What this does is it makes the highest paid person in a company make a maximum of 12 times as much as the lowest worker. The benefit to this is it prevents 1 person from raising to the top and provides better living conditions for the workers and more equality in general. While the Swiss do have a Minimum wage, the 1:12 ratio is a much better way to fix the problem.
Another way is Socialism or Communism.
Socialism and Communism are not the evil ideologies portrayed in the West. Socialism is when the workers take control of the means of production and abolish the bourgeoisie and is a step towards communism for Marxists. Communism is a step further than socialism, in Communism, the state and Money/Currency are both abolished. All transactions are between workers and there are no bosses and all the resources are owned collectively. This is good because it can help impoverished peoples improve their living conditions and not be exploited, and it helps just about everyone except the former bourgeoisie and state.
Also happy 100th Birthday to CPUSA on 20 December 2019CE.
02 December is the day were you are supposed to ditch school. School, at least in the US, is a Neo-Nazi Organisation which controls you a tonne and it would be better if it was dismantled. I am happy for the people who ditched school and hope they had a very good day.