DEAR KAG: 2021-03-12

It’s Fight Like a Flynn Friday at Wolf’s Pub. Welcome back! I think you would agree there is freedom, and then there is FREEEEDOMMM!

What does it mean to be truly free? Can the body be imprisoned but the mind free? How does one free the mind? Are there things worse than death? Is freedom worth dying for? How do we learn freedom?

I believe the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights attempted (and mainly succeeded) in enumerating how a self-governed nation would operate. Maximum freedom of religion, speech, self-defense, assembly, and then freedom FROM unlawful search and seizure and so on.

General Flynn had a compelling op-ed in the Western Journal a couple days ago that is worth taking the time to read and ponder. This stood out to me:

“Though the battle for the soul of America is fierce before us, we cannot afford to look away in hopes of finding retreat. There will be none.”

Speaking of the soul…for your listening pleasure, here is Loreena McKinnett singing “The Dark Night of the Soul”, a poem by St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish mystic. It speaks to the time preceding the union of the soul with God, when the darkness within drives the soul to leave earthly things and seek God. I would say union with God is true freedom.

Lyrics:

Upon a darkened night
the flame of love was burning in my breast
And by a lantern bright
I fled my house while all in quiet rest

Shrouded by the night
And by the secret stair I quickly fled
The veil concealed my eyes
while all within lay quiet as the dead

Chorus:
Oh night thou was my guide
of night more loving than the rising sun
Oh night that joined the lover
to the beloved one
transforming each of them into the other

Upon that misty night
in secrecy, beyond such mortal sight
Without a guide or light
than that which burned so deeply in my heart
That fire t’was led me on
and shone more bright than of the midday sun
To where he waited still
it was a place where no one else could come

(Chorus)

Within my pounding heart
which kept itself entirely for him
He fell into his sleep
beneath the cedars all my love I gave
From o’er the fortress walls
the wind would brush his hair against his brow
And with its smoothest hand
caressed my every sense it would allow

(Chorus)

I lost myself to him
and laid my face upon my lover’s breast
And care and grief grew dim
as in the morning’s mist became the light
There they dimmed amongst the lilies fair
there they dimmed amongst the lilies fair
there they dimmed amongst the lilies fair

In honor of the Spanish mystic, our special tonight is the Spanish Tempranillo wine, a bold tasting and vibrant grape that may have been brought to Spanish shores by the Phoenicians thousands of years ago.

You can learn more here with the added bonus list of 40 of the top-rated Tempranillo wines from Spain. Unfortunately, a good Tempranillo can be hard to find. The ones in the local grocery store are usually the lower end of quality, with bitingly sharp tannins and sometimes murky overtones.

That said, if you can find a good Spanish Tempranillo wine, it will often be a reserva (aka more expensive). We happen to have all 40 of the top-rated wines on hand tonight (wink, wink), so feel free to browse through the list and order a bottle for your table.

HOUSE RULES

Before we get back to Fight like a Flynn Friday, let’s review the rules. Make nice. Easier said than done in these trying times but give it your best shot. In case you feel like getting ugly, there’s the Utree. The Utree has more than one purpose, too. It is also a rendezvous place in case something happens to this site. Thanks Coothie, for reminding us that we have another place to gather in the event we can’t gather here.

Now, back to Gen. Flynn’s op-ed in the Western Journal. He describes how our nation was founded on faith in God as the bedrock of our freedoms.

“Faith and freedom can never be separated

from one another.”

General Michael Flynn

And then he begins to urge us to take in hand and read again our founding documents and the writings of the Founding Fathers.

“Anyone can learn more about our nation’s founding. Start simple. When was the last time you read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence?

We tend to forget just how easy it is to read the Constitution from cover to cover. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was more than 314,000 words long, but the document that frames our entire system of government is only 4,500 words in length. The average American can read it in half an hour.

Of course, if we really want to get into the mindset of our Founding Fathers, we must dig deeper. “The Federalist Papers,” de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” Paine’s “Common Sense” and the writings of John Locke are all well worth the read.”

He goes on:

“There is a reason why the forces of darkness are trying so hard to eradicate the family as we know it. They see how powerful the bond of family can be, so they want to redefine it, water it down and replace it with a dependency on the state. We cannot allow them to destroy the family. As long as marriages and families are strong, freedom will always have a fighting chance. Never concede to those who say they know how to raise your children better than you do. God entrusted the care of children to parents, not to governments.”

General Flynn mentions the importance of friendship and the will to fight against the forces arrayed against America. He asks us:

“Will you join the fight?

For the sake of our children and grandchildren, I pray you will.”

Tragically, most of our children have not learned what it means to be free and the cost of it, and the history of it. They’ve been fed a load of crap in our schools for several generations now. Let’s face it, we have been allowing the enemies of freedom to indoctrinate our children for decades.

I found this video of five libertarians (as near as I can tell) enjoying a wide-ranging discussion about educational alternatives. It’s an hour and a half, but it discusses so many issues, mentions so many good resources, and addresses so many of the facets of educating one’s own children and grandchildren, that I urge you to give it a listen.

https://lbry.tv/@UnlooseGoose:9/episode-6-educational-alternatives:b

In a 2017 article at the Federalist, Mike Sabo wrote:

“But if recent findings are any indication, Americans’ acquaintance with the founders’ principles and practices seems to be at a nadir. According to a report of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a majority of college graduates can’t recall “the substance of the First Amendment, or the origin of the separation of powers.” Perhaps most alarmingly, “nearly 10% say that Judith Sheindlin—‘Judge Judy’—is on the Supreme Court.” A big part of the problem seems to stem from the fact that of the 1,100 “liberal arts colleges and universities” surveyed, just “18%” require students to take a course on American history or government before graduation.”

WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF EXCUSES

The folks in the video above talk about a plethora of educational options for getting your kids out of the government schools. We talk freedom, but the government schools (yours included) have been teaching servitude, and our children have been learning to LOVE IT.

At the end of the book by Viktor E. Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, Sigmund Freud is quoted. Freud basically believed that the primal urge of hunger would bring uniformity to a diverse group of people. Frankl writes:

“Sigmund Freud once asserted, ‘Let one attempt to expose a number of the most diverse people uniformly to hunger. With the increase of the imperative urge of hunger all individual differences will blur, and in their stead will appear the uniform expression of the one unstilled urge.’ Thank heaven, Sigmund Freud was spared knowing the concentration camps from the inside. His subjects lay on a couch designed in the plush style of Victorian culture, not in the filth of Auschwitz. There, the “individual differences” did not blur but, on the contrary, people became more different; people unmasked themselves, both the swine and the saints. And today you need no longer hesitate to use the word “saints”: think of Father Maximillian Kolbe who was starved and finally murdered by an injection of carbolic acid at Auschwitz and who in 1983 was canonized.

You may be prone to blame me for invoking examples that are the exceptions to the rule. ‘Sed omnia praeclara tam difficilia quam rara sunt’ (but everything great is just as difficult to realize as it is rare to find) reads the last sentence of the Ethics of Spinoza. You may of course ask whether we really need to refer to ‘saints.’ Wouldn’t it suffice just to refer to decent people? It is true that they form a minority. More than that, they will always remain a minority. And yet I see therein the very challenge to join the minority. For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.

So, let us be alert—alert in a two-fold sense:

Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of.

And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.” (My bolding above)

As we now face a global enemy that seeks to deprive us of every one of our God-given freedoms, of even mental autonomy through the great evil of transhumanism; that seeks to control our movements, our medical decisions, our financial and political decisions, we have no choice but to join the fight with Gen. Flynn.

The Cult of Globalism believes

REASON IS TREASON

Let us fight for our freedom and for our children’s freedom by freeing their minds of the poison of globalism, socialism, progressive theories, and communism. The ruling elites are eaten up with a soul sickness that will not hesitate to reach beyond the depths of the Holocaust.

WE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF. We have seen them kill off thousands of vulnerable seniors and others through the CCP virus. We know of the trafficking of children and women, of the vaccine injuries inflicted thoughtlessly on African children by psychopaths like Bill Gates. THEY WON’T STOP. The only way to stop them is for the United States of America to remain FREE. The battle must be engaged. Search your soul and find where God will take you in this battle. And then get to it. Politics, education, religion, agriculture, business—whatever your bailiwick—turn it to the battle for freedom.

And fight like a Flynn.

Links and resources:

US Constitution: Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, & Amendments

The Federalist Papers

The Essential Thomas Paine Collection

Democracy in America

Previous posts about teaching/learning Civics:

Make Civics Great Again

Take Back Our History

Needed: An Army of Mr. Smiths

Grandparents of the World Unite!

Let Freedom Ring!

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michaelh

TX HB 3 is an attempt to provide legal justification for Gov. Abbott’s COVID orders, enacting bad law that takes power from the people.

Via Texans For Fiscal Responsibility:

Yesterday HB 3 by State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) was heard in the Texas House Committee on State Affairs.The committee spent a good amount of time listening to concerns grassroots activists had on the bill.

After laying out HB 3 yesterday in committee, Rep. Burrows received pushback from many of the committee members that are shown in the clip above. 

  • John Smithee (R-Amarillo) gives Burrows a lesson on the unconstitutional nature of HB3.
  • Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville) admits that democrats are rejoicing at the removal of the mask mandate.
  • Donna Howard (D-Austin) tells Burrows she did not have one call in support of his bill out of hundreds she received.

HB3 was left pending in committee.

The hearing can be viewed HERE.

Burrows begins his layout at the 2hr 20min mark.

michaelh

Chairman West’s Testimony Against HB 3 to the Texas House State Affairs Committee
POSTED 3.11.2021 – by RPT Staff
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Austin, TX, Release: March 11, 2021 For Immediate Release 

Below is Chairman West’s testimony to the Texas House State Affairs Committee, where he argues against HB 3. Our Chairman stands against executive overreach and abuse, and the Texas GOP stands with him. We cannot allow our liberties to be stolen by any executor or government official. 

Chairman West’s Testimony: 

“Chairman Paddie and Members of the Texas House State Affairs Committee, 

I am deeply humbled and honored to appear before you today. I rise before you to speak against HB 3. In a previous life, I once sat in a position as you as a legislator, a congressional representative. I understand the legislative process and I also understand the rule of law, the Constitution, which my life has been dedicated to supporting and defending. 

HB 3 will codify unconstitutional actions by an executive into law. No emergency is grounds for the suspension of the rule of law. And no executive — at any level of government — is above the rule of law. HB 3 will elevate the state executive over the rule of law and make orders, mandates, decrees, and edicts equal to law. HB 3 relegates the legislative branch irrelevant and no longer a co-equal branch of government. Only the legislative branch has the enumerated power to make or amend the law. 

As well, there should not be any designated ‘committee’ that is empowered to speak above the collective legislative body to adjudicate executive powers. 

Once there was a piece of legislation signed into law called the Patriot Act, which included the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. In response to the terrorist attack of 9-11, that seemed a great endeavor. However, we have seen how the power of the FISA court has been abused. The Texas legislature should be assessing how to curb executive overreach and power, not enable it, nor abdicate their constitutional duty. 

I humbly ask the Texas House State Affairs Committee to vote down HB 3 and partner to develop companion legislation to Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell’s, which ensures no Texas State executive, current or future, can define an emergency and suspend our rule of law, and individual rights, freedoms, and liberty.” 

Humbly submitted, 

Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Retired) 
Member, 112th US Congress 
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas 

Dora

Cuppa Covfefe

That’s an abomination.

VSGPDJT is a Christian, NOT A BUDDHIST!!!!!

pgroup2

Lighten up, Francis.

Cuppa Covfefe

Say what???

michaelh

Twitter using Section 230 immunity as defense in *****-**** case
Sued for not responding to complaints of videos on platform
Bob Unruh By Bob Unruh
Published March 12, 2021 at 4:43pm

A lawsuit in federal court in California alleges Twitter allowed *****-**** videos and images to remain on its platform after receiving complaints, because the posts didn’t “violate policies.”

The social-media behemoth is trying to get out of the case entirely by relying on the immunity from libel litigation it is afforded from Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act, reports the Red State Nation blog.

The law grants social-media platforms immunity because they are regarded as neutral platforms for the flow of information rather than publishers. However, many Congress members argue, Twitter essentially has acted as an editor by censoring or flagging as “false” certain controversial viewpoints.

Twitter allegedly refused requests to remove the ************ content, including of a 13-year-old who was tricked into sharing explicit videos and then blackmailed with them. The videos eventually were removed after an agent of the Department of Homeland Security intervened.

. . . MORE . . .

michaelh

Texas AG Vows to Fight Democrats’ Federal Takeover of Elections
“Should it become law, I will use every possible resource to protect our elections, state sovereignty, and the rights of all Texans.”
By Erin Anderson | March 11, 2021

https://texasscorecard.com/federal/texas-ag-vows-to-fight-democrats-federal-takeover-of-elections/

Texas is vowing to fight a federal takeover of state elections being pushed by Democrats in a massive anti-election integrity bill now moving through Congress. The bill would seize power from state legislatures to set their own election laws and lock in voting rules that created chaos in 2020.

H.R. 1—a top Democrat priority that seeks to transform how American elections are run by mandating a left-wing wish list of lax voting processes—passed the U.S. House on March 3, with all Republicans and one Democrat voting no.

“As a matter of election administration policy, it is difficult to imagine a legislative proposal more threatening to election integrity and voter confidence,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 19 other Republican state attorneys general said in a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders following the bill’s passage.

The state officials also say H.R. 1—labeled by Democrats as the For the People Act of 2021—includes “several Constitutional deficiencies and alarming mandates that, if passed, would federalize state elections and impose burdensome costs and regulations on state and local officials.”

“Congress is not acting as a check, but is instead overreaching by seizing the role of principal election regulator,” the letter adds.

“This Act fails to live up to its name. It does not empower the people; it places them and their local leaders directly under the thumb of the federal government,” Paxton said in a statement:

Our Founding Fathers intentionally excluded Congress and gave state legislatures the authority to run state elections. Instead, this Act flips the Constitutional script and empowers the federal government to act as the election regulator for states. The Act opens elections in every state to widespread fraud, mixed messaging, Constitutional violations, and shuttering of speech.

“Should it become law, I will use every possible resource to protect our elections, state sovereignty, and the rights of all Texans,” Paxton added.

. . . MORE . . .

michaelh

BOOKMARK THIS:

H.R. 1 (2021) Studies and Reference Materials
Posted on February 3rd, 2021

https://publicinterestlegal.org/blog/h-r-1-2021-studies-and-reference-materials/

Wolf Moon

HR1 is an act of WAR against the Constitution.

I believe that it justifies military intervention.  😎 

Gingersmom2009

Yup. Anytime now would be nice.

Scott467

1-800-MYANMAR.

When it absolutely, positively needs to be there overnight. 👍

gil00

Lol….

michaelh

Texas Bill Opens Up Loophole on Biden: The Border Wall Might Get Built After All
By Jack Cowhick
Published March 11, 2021 at 6:27pm

https://www.westernjournal.com/texas-bill-opens-loophole-biden-border-wall-might-get-built/

Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton filed a bill in the Texas House of Representatives on March 4 aimed at creating a fund to pay for “border security enhancement projects.” As an Op-Ed from The Blaze’s Daniel Horowitz explained, it could even lead to the construction of the border wall in certain states.

Slaton’s bill would use state funds to complete the border wall in Texas and would require the governor to seek reimbursement from the federal government. In short, if the bill passes in the Texas legislature, the state would be able to construct a border wall system along its southern border using money from the Biden administration.

The bill would also strengthen Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s existing push for border security, reinforcing “Operation Lone Star” which launched this week and deployed National Guard and Border Patrol agents to protect the southern border against incoming drug cartels.

duchess01

YAY!!!

Brave and Free

Okay is it just me ? This is the second time I’ve seen the Texas R logo, and it looks like an elephant getting humped by a donkey. 🤔🤔😑

Wolf Moon

Looks even worse to me. Looks like a baby elephant licking the boot of a reptilian alien in a space suit!
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GA/FL

That is a bad design. The elephant should have been all red with a blue eye. Way too much blue for a Republican symbol!

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Wolf Moon

Good thinking.

GA/FL

The design is so bad it’s funny. Maybe some leftist designed it for them….like the CPAC stage.

Wolf Moon

YIKES. That would explain a lot.

Sadie Slays

An elephant with the heart cut out so that it’s just an empty elephant shape is perfect symbolism of the current GOP.

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Cuppa Covfefe

Or Kamel-HUH *cough* working her way up the chain…

Scott467

We need a new logo anyway.

Something like a Wolverine ripping the ass out of grizzly bear might be good.

Certainly more inspirational…

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Cuppa Covfefe

Nahhh, I think something with the Honey Badger has to be there 🙂

(Because it does what it has to do, and it doesn’t give a shit…..)….

Sadie Slays
Scott467

Ooh… another Agatha Christie whodunit…

Wolf Moon
GA/FL

Heartbreaking. A healthy young woman and there were no underlying conditions.

Scott467

“A healthy young woman and there were no underlying conditions.”

___________

Any thorough medical exam would almost certainly show conditions of susceptibility to social pressure and a predisposition to believe mainstream media narratives.

Often overlooked by half-baked medical examiners.

gil00

Zing!

Cuppa Covfefe

Hmmmm.

If she’d died from a car accident, a fall off of a building, a suicide, flu, complications from any of a number of things, murder, rape, electrocution, poisoning, etc., they’d have “KNOWN” immediately that it was due to “COVID”….

Since it was a result of the “vaccination”, they’re not sure…

Nor will they ever be.

Satan Soros, Klaus Schwab, Ted Turner, and BillyGhoul Gates have decreed it to be so…

May GOD Bless her and give her eternal rest in HIS Presence, and may he Bless, Protect, Guide, Strengthen, Nourish, Help, and Preserve her family.

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duchess01

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duchess01

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Cuppa Covfefe

Typical Kommie-Kore (Korpse) math.

Pay out $6000.00, get back $1400.00 in return. From your pocket to the elites’ Koffers, a 76.7% loss… In the eyes of the DEMONRATS, a win-win…..

For the rest of us, not so much…..

GA/FL

Next he’s going to make it mandatory.

Øbama and his muzzie buddies would like to either kill or geld all our men.

Henry

From Jimmy over at SDA , Smalldeadanimals.com
” This Mexican comedian gets Fauci to admit the vaccines are not FDA approved, have never been used on humans before, do not prevent you from getting the virus or spreading it. He also gets him to blatantly lie several times.

oh does fauci get raped…

Scott467

Comment below Fauxi at the 2:12 mark: “Conman 101: “I myself use it.”

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😂🤣😂🤣😂

duchess01

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GA/FL

Where did you find that – or did you make it, Duchess?

duchess01

If you left click on the pic – you will find the link – comment image

I cannot remember where I found it – maybe ‘pookie toons’ – not sure – but, no I did not make the ‘meme’

Cuppa Covfefe

With the horrid results of his Misanthropic and faulty policies, he should be wearing a “Blutwurst” (blood sausage) mask… for he’s cost the blood and lives of many innocent people…….

duchess01

True – however – remember his ‘final’ reward – he has caused so much suffering and death – there is only one place he will spend his ‘eternity’ – you know

duchess01

3.12.21: CNN, Cartoons, ILHAN…all covering TRUTH?? Twilight Zone material!
And We Know Published  March 12, 2021

https://rumble.com/vekq05-3.12.21-cnn-cartoons-ilhan…all-covering-truth-twilight-zone-material.html

GA/FL

Good Night, everyone!

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It’s about that time in  🌴 Florida
Spring  🌺 Break is just around the corner.
When the snow birds go back home 
And the students 👫  🏃  swarm to the beaches.

Cuppa Covfefe

Just think if it were the other way ’round…

When the students go back home,
and the snowbirds swarm to the beaches 😀

Sleep well and pleasant dreams!

GA/FL

We have a certain dreaded  🌀  🌀  🌀  season between.

Gingersmom2009
cthulhu

So, some notes on firing up the Raspberry Pi 400.

The provided micro SD is a standard SanDisk Edge 16G A1 Class 10. I’ll be dropping a fast 32G in tomorrow with Ubuntu MATE. Taking a peek at the SD on a different computer, it appears that it is the NOOBS software from 8/20/20 — there have been a number of updates since. Since I don’t intend to run this much and am trying to show how to get a pi going, we’ll just go with what came in the computer.

Made sure I had video and stuff all connected correctly (and NO INTERNET yet) Booted right up, dumped me in the custom GUI. If you click on the Bluetooth logo, you can turn the Bluetooth off.

Section 1 — “Where am I?”

Using the standard menu, under preferences, I select Raspi-config — then tab over to localisation. I change the country from the UK to US, the time zone form Europe to US (Pacific), the keyboard from En(UK) to En(US), and the wireless standards from UK to US. After this, I go back to the first tab and disable the splash and the autologin and change the computer name. All pi computers initially think they are named “raspberrypi”, and have a user “pi” with a password “raspberry”. All the computers here have two letter names, with the name written with a Sharpie on the top and side of the network jack for pi’s. Because this computer has more extended space, I decide to name it “MN”.

*reboot*

Section 2 — “Who am I?”

As previously noted, all pi’s initially have the same user and password. We’re going to change that. All the users for this computer will have a username that goes “mn###”, where the #’s are numbers. Just like you’d expect a CPA to do, I have a little form where I can say what computer this is, what the username is, and what the password is, then what special circumstances may apply. I could, for instance have user “mn123” which is for a young kid to run educational software; and a different user “mn625” for running everyday tasks, and a user “mn222” for maintenance. It helps to have that form at hand going forward.

First, we have to drop into a CLI (Command Line Interface) window. It’s one of the choices in the title bar, looks like a little blackboard. It’s also sometimes called “Terminal”. Type the command “sudo adduser mn222” and follow the prompts for password and such (I generally leave things like name and telephone number blank). The “sudo” part of that essentially asks the computer to let you run this task as if you were “root”, a user with the ability to run anything. If you tried typing the command without, you’d get some variant of “Permission denied.”

You next type “groups” to find out what groups you (as “pi”) are in. There are about 15. You will next use the command “sudo usermod -a -G group1,group2,group3 mn222″ — and this is where you get to experience Linux. If you forget the “-a”, you will not add the user to these groups, you will replace any groups the user is in with these groups. If you do not use -G, it may modify the given user in other ways. The output of groups was group names separated by spaces, but you must separate the groupnames with commas in this command — and if you put comma-space, it will think the thing after the space is the user to be modified. You can add as many groups at a time as you’d like — I did ’em in two batches — but you only want to add as many as you are comfortable proofreading.

*reboot*

Log in as your new user. We’re now going to kill off the user “pi”. First, we’re going to run “sudo usermod -L -e1 pi” (locks the account and expires it), then “chage -l pi” (which expires his password before Linux existed), and then we’ll use the nano editor “sudo nano /etc/passwd”: scroll down to pi, and replace “/bin/bash” with “/usr/sbin/nologin”. You hit CTL-X to exit, Y to save buffer, and return to accept /etc/passwd. This last bit makes it so that pi, if he were to get operating on the system, wouldn’t get a nice prompt to respond to.

*reboot*

Section 3 — Operating safely.

Log in and get to the GUI, and open a terminal window. You next want to do four things as quickly as possible — they’re the equivalent of running from the pool to the locker room after your swim suit fell off. *plug in the network cable* and wait for the network indicator next to bluetooth to stabilize; type “sudo apt update” in your terminal and let it do its thing; type “sudo apt install ufw” and let it do its thing; and type “sudo ufw enable” and let it do its thing. When it says “Firewall is active and enabled on system startup”, the rush is over.

As you might guess, ufw is “Uncomplicated Fire Wall” and handles policy regarding the internet. Its default policy is “this computer can initiate communications, but will ignore all communications from outside that are not part of an existing conversation.”

With a new name, a new password, and an operating firewall, you now have a working pi.