Selling Out

I’m going to be running some trial ads on this blog over the next few weeks, just to see if they can bring in some revenue. Hopefully they won’t be too intrusive, but it might take a while to get the configuration right. If anyone finds them too annoying (to the point you don’t want to visit any more) let me know, but I’ll try to avoid that.

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Travel

I’m down in Annecy for a few days, so I might not get a chance to blog about anything until Monday.

On a more uplifting note, a mate in New York texted me saying he’d been chatting last night with some woman who was extolling the virtues of polyamory, and was heavily into Burning Man. Naturally he mentioned my book, which few can deny is the authoritative volume on such a juxtaposition, and today I found I’ve rung up another sale. So, if you happen to get talking to any mentally unstable polyamorists who are into Burning Man, be sure to mention my book.

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Tim Stakhanov

There are people out there who believe I’m lazy. Close friends, family members, work colleagues, for example. They’re probably right.

But this month I broke my record of 56 blog posts in a month, set in November 2016 when Trump got elected, with 61 posts (not including this one). I don’t set out to write X number of posts per day, I write whatever pops into my head and sometimes there are a lot of subjects I want to comment on. This month was particularly bountiful in that sense.

The blog readership is increasing too, having well surpassed the target I’d hoped for a year ago. For that I have all you lot to thank, especially because half the attraction is the discussion in the comments.

Have a very Happy Easter.

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Technical Question

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.

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Happy New Year

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.

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Merry Christmas

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.

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More on that murder in Beirut

Further to my post yesterday on the murder of Rebecca Dykes in Beirut, and via Theophrastus in the comments:

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.

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Ah well, at least he tried!

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.

And this:

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.

And this:

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.

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