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Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole? To visit a surreal world, where black is white and white is carrots?

A friend, Metacognician in Shanghai, describes the situation as follows: “Life is more absurd than movies. I've gone down the rabbit hole too, when it just becomes more and more strange and you wonder how that all is supposed to make sense.” I asked him if I should just embrace it. He answered, “Why should you ... change the universe?”

It started with a psychotic named Jim Kiraly who resides, we think, at 6329 Twinberry Circle, Avila Beach, California.

Jim Kiraly is a respected citizen. A churchgoer. A Vice President of Transamerica Corporation. And a violent abuser who tried to use an emergency anti-violence measure, one intended to protect battered women, to stop his victim in a wheelchair from writing a book.

Concise enough? :)

For attorneys: Jim Kiraly filed for CLETS against his son and victim, who lived 200 miles away, did not own a car, and was in a wheelchair. His son and victim was not asked to end communications. Jim had no (zero) specific and relevant allegations that were not perjury. But he turned down repeated offers of no-contact and a signed stipulation that gave him everything but CLETS. He insisted on CLETS if his victim ever once “discussed” him with third parties.

In the end, Jim Kiraly signed an agreement far weaker than the ones he'd been offered.

A review of Court paperwork and other materials will tend to confirm that Jim and other parties, including attorneys on all sides, committed multiple felonies, crimes, and faux pas. :P

The word “abuser” is stated here publicly and without equivocation. A formal offer is hereby made to reaffirm the word in writing and under oath. Attorneys will understand the significance of the point. In short, there is little terror of a threatened defamation suit on this side. Actually, we feel that such a suit will fit nicely up Jim Kiraly's abuser ass.

Jim has one son, Ken Kiraly, who invented the Amazon Kindle and is one of the leads at Amazon's secret Lab126. Another son, Tom Kiraly is one of the leads, a Vice President-CFO type, at medical insurance firms, including one of the largest, Humana Corporation.

These people and some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley legal circles have committed or are involved in multiple crimes.

For the next decade or two, we're going to explore the crimes that these people committed, the motivations and the denial involved, the background and histories that led each person to make the choices that they did, and ways to build upon what happened and move towards positive societal goals.

There's plenty to go over. These people committed or were involved in: Spousal abuse, child abuse, DDOS (a highly prosecutable violation of CFAA), extortion, perjury, conspiracy to commit perjury (a possible felony), false police reports, conspiracy to file false police reports (a possible felony), unlawful threats, barratry, defamation, malpractice, civil harassment, criminal harassment, abuse of process, and violations of SCCBA Professional Standards.

The point was to force Jim's oldest son and victim, me, to sign a gag order. I was in a wheelchair. I'd never made a single inappropriate threat against my abuser. I wasn't even asked to not to call anybody. But Jim threatened to put me in a violence database unless I agreed never to write about him.

I won the right to write, but I lost my home of 25 years, most of my possessions, my chances for retirement, everything. Everything but a realization.

I can make a difference. I can conduct research for legitimate and reasonable purposes, document what happened, and analyze the choices of the people involved:

Maggie told me that she didn't know what she could say to me about what happened. However, we have decades to work it out. It will be productive. I'd like to direct the attention of attorneys and other parties to the:

Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List

Questions or comments are welcome. For technical notes and disclaimers, click here.

Free Downloads

The current free ebook is located at this link:

For details about the ebook, click here.

The point? “The story is already out there, idiots. Keep it up and I'll demonstrate how something known as decentralized distribution works.”


Monday 2012-11-12 — Of Mist, and Sand, and MyBB

This post may only be interesting to forum admins and developers.

121112. Mist runs forums. He's stubborn about it; doesn't give up easy. This is good.

Special purpose forums can thrive. But general discussion forums often fade away. It takes commitment to build these things. I've seen them come and go. Mist is the only person I know personally so far who's kept at it.

I wrote the MyBB tutorial on the Code site for Mist and others like him. It covers setup but I should add quite a bit more. This is on the task list but it'll need to wait, as so many things will need to wait, until the Kiraly cases have been addressed.

On Monday, Mist notified me he wanted to move his forums from one webhost to another. We'd done this before. He'd learned basic maintenance but wasn't able to handle moves yet, so I took care of most of it. For those interested in MyBB, here's roughly what we did:

Moving MyBB forums:

  1. Select a new webhost and register there.

    In this case, Mist chose a webhost that he liked and set up a hosting account. The account included FTP access, PHP5 and MySQL database support, and a Control Panel. FWIW These are reasonably standard features.

  2. Back-up the MyBB website directory tree and MySQL database stored at the old webhost. Note that these are two separate components.

    I'd taught Mist how to do this previously. He made two ZIP files, one for the directory tree and one for the MySQL database. Then he provided me with both ZIPs.

  3. Upload the directory tree to the new webhost.

    FTP is often used for this purpose. However, with FTP, hundreds of files are uploaded separately. This can be slow and unreliable. In this case, the new Control Panel supported a command that accepted a single ZIP file as input and then unpacked the ZIP file on the server side. This feature was quite helpful.

    I used the directory tree ZIP file that Mist had made, but one change was necessary. The procedure I'd given him to make website backups placed everything inside a top-level directory. The new webhost expected a ZIP file without a top-level directory so I created a new version of Mist's ZIP before proceeding.

  4. chmod parts of the website directory tree. This step is discussed in my main MyBB tutorial.

  5. Create a new MySQL database at the new webhost. Then create an associated database user. The procedure involved will vary. In this case, I used a relatively simple Control Panel mechanism.

  6. Edit a MySQL backup from the old webhost. Replace references to the old domain with references to the new one.

  7. Upload the edited MySQL backup into the new database. The procedure involved will vary. In this case, I used a program called phpMyAdmin.

  8. Edit two files in the website directory tree: inc/config.php and inc/settings.php

    The changes required are primarily (a) modify database access information appropriately for the new webhost and (b) replace all references to the old webhost with similar references to the new one.

After these steps were completed, Mist's forums seemed to be up and running. He noticed a minor character set issue. That turned out to be a problem with the MySQL backup as opposed to bugs at the new webhost.