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March 19th, 2008

02:10 pm - copied from Valiskeogh: LJ Strike Friday
Original Post here: http://valiskeogh.livejournal.com/1136030.html

!! LJ Content Strike - MARCH 21 !!
this may be the only way to have your voice heard. or unheard as the case may be. (text ganked from suriyel676 cause she had the best worded one so far)

"For those of you who don't already know, there has been a strike scheduled for Friday, March 21st, 2008, during which we hope to have many members of LiveJournal provide LJ with absolutely no content for twenty-four hours. This means no posting and no commenting. If you post elsewhere and have it set up to be posted through a feed on LiveJournal, don't do it. Stay away from LiveJournal for twenty-four hours. That can't be too hard, can it? I know some of you are probably quite active on LiveJournal and will find it hard to stay away for an entire day, just as I will, but this is something that needs to be done, to show the people running LiveJournal that we're watching the changes they are making, that we're paying attention, that we're discontent, and that we want to be heard and taken in to consideration. We are not simply users who can be tossed to the side and ignored. We are the people who make up LiveJournal. Without us, without the content we create, without our words, our voices, our creativity, our participation, there would be no LiveJournal. This is a fact, and it needs to be realized and understood and then taken in to consideration when making decisions regarding the way that LiveJournal is run. The strike is only a few days away, so there isn't all too much time to prepare. While this is unfortunate, it isn't enough to keep this strike from taking place. It will take place, the second it is meant to, and it would be best to have as many people take part as possible. Please, spread the word. Spread it fast. There are only a few days to organize this. If you find that you care about LiveJournal or care about the people you interact with on LiveJournal or simply want it to remain a place where you can entertain yourself without constant censorship and money-hungry practices being thrown in without the consideration of those who use the service, act now. If you don't wish to spread the word, that is fine, but please: refrain from using LiveJournal on Friday, March 21st. Do something else for a change. It's for a good cause. (:

For background on this strike and why it is being held, please read the following posts:

To find out exactly when the strike begins and ends, depending on where you are located, please see this:

What's this about?

* It's about free and ad-free LiveJournal accounts being abolished for new members, ignoring the advice from the newly-formed Advisory Board.
* It's about LJ staff trying to sneak this decision in under the radar, and when people found out, telling the users it was done 'to make the signup process less confusing'.
* It's about LJ staff failing to apologize for trying to hide the facts from view and for lying about the actual reasons for their actions.
* And finally, it's about the latest decision to hide certain user interests from the list of Most Popular Interests, some of them being fanfiction, bisexuality, sex and depression. This decision was not announced or explained in any way. Users found out for themselves.

If you agree with this please re-post far and wide"

Added to this, are the words of SUP (the new owners of LJ) CEO : Антон Носик (Anton Nosik)
From this link
"In this situation, where they attempt to blackmail and to intimidate us, threatening to destroy our business, there is a business-reason not to reward this behavior. This is not the simple reaction of being more resistant the more pressure is applied. The fact is that through history no successful enterprise runs by being subjugated by unfriendly forces. No change, even the most correct one, will not experience some resistance.

It would probably be best to reconsider the recent changes. But from our point of view it is now necessary to wait until after the boycott has faded. Let it pass and have the voices of protest fade. Then we can consider changing this policy."

apparently the loyal livejournal userbase is now nothing more than a collection of "unfriendly forces"
in that case, i wonder if we can keep this content strike going for the entire week?


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January 9th, 2008

10:41 pm - Make your exit like a L33T N1ИJ4!
Remember The Batman movie from years back? Remember how the Batman tossed some pellets that released a gas that would cover his escape? Wouldn't it be AWESOME if you could make these GNARLY pills or pellets for those exits that you want everyone to remember?

My thoughts involve coming up with some form of contact explosive combined with a dye placed in a horse-sized pill. This is merely a SFX and safety is a major issue. Not too much or someone could get hurt. Too little and you're gonna look pathetic.

Since we're talking about a harmless explosive that needs only some form of light contact, does anyone know how to make the stuff that goes into those SNAPS? I wanted to make a nice paste, liquid or something that can be spread or poured over a target area where unsuspecting people are going to walk on.

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10:28 pm - Fake Tear Gas Prank!
This one is relatively harmless and should be relegated to prank status.

First, get a can of Barbasol shaving cream. You may need a few until you learn how to safely open the can and remove the contents. Next, put together a nice explosive or gas that will expand when in contact with air - something that has a nice blue or green dye as well.

The next part will take some figuring out. You'll need to set up the can to open and release its contents the moment it hits something.

Once you've got the can prepped (and the can painted a nice white), toss it into a crowded room. As long as the gas is harmless and the combustion is very minor, you'll be able to enjoy the resulting panic. Works great for protests.

Warning: Barbasol cans may have contents under pressure. Open with care. Better yet, contact the Barbasol company and find out if there is a safe way to open it. If they ask why, tell them you are trying to use the cans to make real "safes" with them or some other believable claim. In fact, tell them that you may have inadverdantly punctured the can and want to know a safe way to open it without blowing it up in your face.

Furthermore, do not use highly explosive materials or toxic vapors.

If anyone here can help sketch out the details, please share.

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02:09 pm - Candy is dandy.
Did you know that most forms of candy are nothing more than sugar, water, coloring, and flavoring? Can you imagine the yuks you could have if you filled the office candy dish with 'tainted' candy? Imagine that root beer flavored lollypop with a dash of laxative, or cayenne pepper flavoring in the center!

Thanks to Harry Potter, I'm sure you can now get gross-out flavors to add to the candy dish. A little puke-flavoring hidden inside that strawberry-flavoured exterior should have you laughing up a storm!

Can you find vicious recipes that call for a little syrup of ipecac? Every year, McDonald's puts out a mint milkshake. Just add a couple of teaspoons of ipecac and give to a friend. Gee, it looks even tastier the second time around!

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01:59 pm - You can't park there!
Got one of those snobby friends that boasts about his company car AND his own parking space at work? Just get some paint (white and blue) and paint a handicapped parking sign on the space. Extra points if you can get one of the metal signs and post it on the wall in front of the parking space.

Just parking there with both the ground painted and a sign should get him towed.

I'm sure you guys can imagine a number of other ways to get your mark's car towed!

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Got a few hundred dollars and an enemy worth sticking it to? Buy one of those key making machines. Then get a hold of your target's keys and make several copies. Put them in envelopes along with the address of your mark and get them into the hands of the homeless. Before the week is out, your mark will have extra roommates and fewer electronics! Bye-bye widescreen tv!

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01:44 pm - Messing up the credit
The first thing you'll need is a copy of the target's credit report. This requires a bit of research for social security number, birthdate, etc.

Once you have it, read it with care. You now have several options:

1. Mess up the mark's existing credit. I think you will know how to do that.
2. Complain to the credit bureau about not including certain things. Embarrassing things like that years membership to wife-swap clubs. Also complain about certain areas of the report being in error such as that mortgage. It says that it is paid and up-to-date, however inform the bureau that it wasn't paid at all in the past three years!
3. Everyone is allowed up to 100 words to explain certain things on a credit report. Use that in the worst way possible. Be aware that the bureau might not add something that is obviously a prank. Just come off as polite, intelligent, and with just a bit of Helter Skelter!
4. This one might get you in trouble with the law: use the info to order lots of credit cards and max them all out. Donate everything to charity. Leave town quietly - at his expense.

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01:09 pm - The few, the embarrassed, the Marines.
Aside from the clearly patriotic among us, there are those who feel strongly that the armed forces need to learn a little humility. Of late, there have been a gamut of recruitment-heavy ads on television encouraging our kids to join the military. "If your son or daughter talks to you about joining the Army, listen to them." I've been unhappy with the U.S. involvement with Iraq and I wish there was a way to counter all that with an ad of my own.

Here's a rundown:

A woman races out of her house in just a bathrobe. It's night-time and off-screen there is the flashing of a police vehicle (the standard red-white-blue strobes). She tries to run toward the vehicle, still off-screen, but a large man stops her. He is also dressed as if he was in bed only minutes before. The woman cries out, but the man keeps her with him. The camera pans slowly to the police vehicle and we see a young man, in a clean and pressed military uniform being directed into the back seat of the squad car. He is clearly handcuffed. The narrator speaks.

"If your son or daughter talks to you about joining the armed forces, talk them out of it."

I don't know what I could do with such a film. Maybe splice it onto the end of all the videos at the local library? Send copies to all the television stations in your area? Post it on the intrawebs?

I feel that the military, once a proud organization, has stooped to become little more than organized bullies over the past few years. I am aware that this is merely my opinion and that others may not share that opinion. Maybe I've gotten jaded in the past ten years.

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01:02 pm - Pimpin' this community
Has anyone tried to promote this community at community_promo?

Twelve members isn't very much.

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11:09 am - Chemical Warfare.
Chemicals are man's second best friend. However, it is not a good idea to slip anything into someone's food or drink without first knowing how it may affect that person. Use of laxatives, dyes, or any other substance with the intent to cause unexpected functions on the human body should be done so only after being certain as to the risk of harm. You want to embarrass the person, not kill him.

There are several companies that will sell you the desired chemicals, but I must tell you that my first attempt at getting my hands on a dye that would stain human urine a nice shade of blue was a complete failure. They weren't willing to sell to me because they were suspicious of my intentions. To this end, it's important to find out about the company's policy about selling to the public, and if they restrict sales of certain chemicals due to high toxicity or combustibility.

If you do purchase such chemicals, research them completely before you put them to use. Don't waste your money on arsenic before familiarizing yourself with its risks because it is toxic and can kill. If you did kill your mark, be certain that the authorities will notice telltale signs of foul play and a quick examination of the body will have cops busting down your door.

Then there's explosive materials. Understand that there are risks of bodily harm, both to yourself and to others when handling unstable materials. Again, I cannot stress this enough, learn all that you can before you buy dangerous chemicals. In some cases, you may find that companies cannot send you some materials through the US mail. You may have to have it sent via a professional delivery agency.

Further, using explosives may get the attention of the ATF and other agencies. Buying said explosives can leave a paper trail right back to you. Depending on the substance, this could even lead to incarceration. Don't just research the chemical for safety and hazards, be sure you know the laws in relation to the chemicals as well. Protecting yourself legally is a must.

When suggesting chemical warfare to others, such as on this community, take a moment to insert the necessary warnings about dangers and the legal risks. If you learn that a chemical might not be easy to acquire, be sure to point this out. Include the reasons for the restrictive access, not just how to circumvent those restrictions.

Now, if you have learned a way to get hold of a chemical through an alternative means (such as my previous post about capsacium, which can be found in many hot peppers), feel free to share. Just remember to point out any risks both physical and legal if any. For example, capsacium will burn your eyes and tongue and can remain on your skin for an hour or longer. There is a way to remove it from your skin that involves washing it in bleach, but I'm uncertain of the details. Capsacium might also have a more severe toxic reaction to those who are allergic to the chemical.

Lastly, when handling such substances, use all safety precautions, including protective garments. When handling something that is explosive, use small amounts before experimenting with larger doses. Learn to handle it properly before applying it to a prank or form of revenge else you or someone else could get hurt. And that's not funny.

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05:33 am - ooooh HOT!
One word says it all: capsacium

Know what it is? Know what it can do?

Have fun and remember, you didn't hear it from me!

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