Last night my website went down for reasons unknown, and gave me a 500 Internal Error. So I got into a chat with Dreamhosts’ customer service people, who haven’t been very helpful in the past, and this is what happened:
Technical question for my readers: can everyone access this blog okay, or do they get error messages or find the blog is down for some reason?
I’m hosted with one of the big American hosting companies, but I occasionally get emails from them saying my memory allocation has topped out. I’m not sure it’s related to visitor numbers though, and when they tell me to “fix it” they don’t actually tell me what the issue is, instead they helpfully invite me to purchase dedicated server space. I also use Cloudflare, which I have experienced a few problems with in the past.
One reader in the UK has told me he can’t get the site to load in the morning, but it works fine in the afternoon, which is odd. Do most people find the site loads okay, or do you have difficulties? Let me know and, if there’s a problem, I’ll try to get it fixed.
Judging by the number of drunken videos and text messages I’m getting from Sakhalin Island, New Year seems to have kicked off in some parts of the globe.
So let me wish all my readers a Happy New Year and all the best for 2018. 2017 was a pretty good year for me on any measure, and the blog has been growing steadily in readers and comments if not influence on the global stage. Let’s hope this continues.
Thanks very much for reading, and see you next year, i.e. tomorrow.
A very Merry Christmas to all my readers! I wish you all the very best over the festive season, and thank you so very much for reading and commenting.
I’ll be back in a day or so. In the meantime, I’m off to roast a chicken (habit from childhood: my mother preferred chicken to turkey, and I’ve stuck with it).
Enjoy your day, wherever you are.
A Lebanese Uber driver has confessed to killing a British diplomat in Beirut, a judicial source has told the Guardian.
The suspect arrested on Monday morning has been named as Tariq H, a taxi driver for Uber.
The source said preliminary investigations showed the killing was not politically motivated, and that the suspect had confessed to the crime.
The source said Dykes had hired the driver using the ride-hailing app. Lebanon’s state news agency, NNA, said the vehicle that picked her up was identified using CCTV footage.
A spokesman for Uber said in an email: “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victim and her family. We are working with authorities to assist their investigation in any way we can.”
Unless the Lebanese police have fitted up some poor sod for reasons unknown and beaten a confession out of him, this looks pretty much an open-and-shut case. Why the hell an Uber driver, who can be linked to the crime with astonishing ease, would commit a murder of a passenger is anyone’s guess. He’s either remarkably stupid or mentally ill.
Whatever the driver’s motives it’s absolutely tragic, and I was completely wrong. That’s the problem with speculation; don’t expect that I’ll stop, though.
You’ve got to feel for old Adam Piggott here. He starts off trying to put in place a half-sensible comments policy to eliminate the headcases:
It’s been a pretty massive week on the blog for which I thank all of my readers and commenters, linkers and disseminaters. Something which has started to increase over the last few weeks is an increase in the number of spammers as well as a general change of their tactics.
So here are the rules of the blog as regards to Jews. Feel free to criticize any Jew on their actions and their words just like we would criticize anyone else. Likewise, feel free to criticize Israel on its actions and policies, just like we would criticize any other nation.
But no inferring. No stooping to nebulous half claims of Jewish conspiracy. No attributing actions to the fact that someone is a Jew. And (((this sort of thing))) will get you banned.
And then within a few minutes he gets stuff like this:
Wow you really believe their were death camps?
That means you are super stupid. Your blog is off my list of things worth reading.
There’s really no difference between cucking to “aborigines,” negroes, hispanics, muslims or jews. It doesn’t make one enlightened to see the problems with some of the groups and pretend there aren’t any with the third. It just makes you a cuck.
You seem to be speaking with authority on this, so please could you name the death camps. We know there were none in Germany, and if you say Auschwitz I will show you a video of the head curator there admitting to a Jewish documentary maker that there were no mass gassings in the place. If you say Treblinka, i will link to a documentary which sought to prove gassings there but failed utterly. Zyklon B doesn´t even kill humans in the manner they claim (it is harmless in pellet form)
Basically, what happened was that the Allies were understandably eager to show the world that the sacrifice of blood and treasure during WWII was worth it, so they were only too pleased to when the footage of the dead inmates turned up. But rather than explain they had died from disease, etc, they perverted the message to blame the deaths on a deliberate policy of genocide.
This is one reason why I don’t associate with the alt-right, nor read many of their blogs: within three comments you’re neck-deep in a discussion on “the Jews” and whether the Holocaust really happened. Fortunately, he also got plenty of comments like this:
Adam, thank you for taking a public stand on (((this))). The absolute worst thing about the alt-right blogs is the retarded anti-Semitism that is used to justify just about everything under the sun and the way that most hosts either turn a blind eye or encourage it in their comments section. The comments of otherwise useful blogs are so full of fucking garbage that goes from a jewish guy doing something wrong to ((( ))) being the sole focus of the next 50 comments. You’ve lit a beacon of common sense above your door.
Adam’s experience only goes to show how deep the problem runs. Good on him for trying to stamp it out, but I fear it may be an uphill struggle.
Thanks everyone for the feedback on my logo and site design.
As you can see, I’ve dicked with the header again, changing the photo to a sand dune in an actual desert and swapping the font of the tagline. I’ve also removed the background photo and replaced it with a plain greenish-grey colour.
Unless enough people tell me this looks absolutely bloody awful and they’ll stop reading I’ll probably stick with this for now, but suggestions and comments are always welcome.
Keen-eyed observers might have spotted I’ve changed my header a bit, and added this emblem to my comments:
For no particular reason I decided to attach a logo to the Desert Sun “brand”, which I intend to use for publishing my book and any other commercial activity I may do in future. To that end, I contacted an independent graphic designer who wanted between £3,500 and £6,000 to design me a logo. Nice money if you can get it but I wasn’t going to pay that, so instead I went here and found this guy, who is Turkish. I asked him to draw me a logo around the theme of “desert sun” and put the words beside it, and he came back with 4 suggestions. A few iterations later I settled on this:
The total cost was $150, and the whole process took about 3 days. I got high definition files plus other information associated with it, e.g. the font type. I modified it to create the White Sun of the Desert title that is now in my blog header.
I’m not entirely sure I need a logo, but it’s fun to have. I hope you like it.
Sorry folks, I got blindsided by work today and didn’t have time for a post. Trust me, the unions will be hearing about this! I blame Macron and his neo-liberal policies.
Anyway, I’m off to Rome tomorrow for a weekend break, so won’t be posting anything until Sunday evening or Monday. Sorry ’bout that.