Perma Open Post For Interesting Links

This is a perma open open post page for links. That’s it. I’ll see links posted here and might link them, but more importantly, y’all can find them.

183 thoughts on “Perma Open Post For Interesting Links

  1. Get out the zombie vote! Check your county for details on how registrations exceed 100% of the eligible voters:

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-releases/new-jw-study-voter-registration/

    I note that in Montana, the zombie vote is centered around Bozeman, where a few years back the city council tried to closed-door-session sneak in one of those “refugee resettlement” plans that have worked so well in Minneapolis. Gallatin was also one of the two counties that goosed along Tester’s reelection in 2018. I conclude that the local Dems are more corrupt than average.

  2. Lawyer does a deep-dive on the USPS whistleblower’s interrogation. Notes that he did not recant, and calls out all of the various coercive techniques the interrogates are using to bend him:

    Very good read, especially for understanding the ways tilted authority figures may try to lean on you to change your stated position.

    1. IF everything shown here is true, the scheme would be nearly brilliant, in that it looks very much like [inadvertent] human error. But put it all together, and *someone* is deliberately treating GOP and DEM poll watchers differently – and I presume that the laws/regulations on this require that treatment be identical.

      Of course, getting rid of GOP poll watchers is only *useful* if there are plans to do … something … while they are not observing.

    2. I wish I could — I registered but for some reason I cannot log in, nor can I reset password. And I can’t message mods unless I’m logged in. When I try to re-register I’m told “username is taken” confirming that yes, it did register me (this happened immediately after registering, so yes, it’s me). Could someone there message mods and have ’em look at username “Reziac” ??

        1. MeWe seems to sorta like me now, tho for a long time I couldn’t log in; my current problem is with thedonald.win … beta testing, people, it’s a thing! (Just hire me. I can break anything.)

          I think I’ve ‘joined’ three? MeWe communities of yours, at least they all asked similar entry questions (to which I cannot resist giving silly answers) but wasn’t sure if they overlapped or what!

      1. Clarification: Sidney Powell, the attorney who took over and reversed Michael Flynn’s case, is female.

        She’s a tiger. Unlike those wusses at Porter Wright, she won’t back down.

        1. Okay – an update to Power Line’s post asserts that the withdrawal was only one of the cases they were prosecuting, was by mutual consent due to Trump wanting to take it in a different direction, one Porter Wright lacked requisite expertise to pursue, and that they found a firm with the necessary expertise.

        2. Further, from Judge Jeanine Saturday evening:

          I want to get my marker down immediately: Sidney Powell DID NOT kill herself.

  3. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/12/can-history-predict-future/616993/

    Insty linked this, but it’s worth preserving. This guy is a prototype Hari Seldon. He predicted our current mess a decade ago, based on the idea that we are producing more elites (college grads, in effect) than our economy actually needs. The surplus elites become discouraged and transform into anti-elites, fighting the system for the cushy sinecures that they think they deserve. He doesn’t say this, but the other effect is that the successful elites become nervous, even paranoid, about losing their status, which causes them to school together tightly, like so many minnows, requiring constant purity checks and viciously expelling those who fail. Sarah’s post “Is that a ship on your head?” describes this behavior in the court of Versailles, just before the French Revolution.

    The linked article doesn’t say this explicitly, but this may all trace back to the “all kids must go to college” push that started in the 1980’s. That was based on economic data from the previous couple of decades, which showed that college grads wound up much richer than non-grads. But in those decades, only kids who were really smart and driven went to college, so of course they prospered (on average). The use of that data to push everyone into college is an example of Reynold’s Law: giving the trappings of success to people who didn’t earn them does not make those people successful.

    I think his comment about “too many elites” may be too broad. It’s definitely possible to have too many lawyers, or professors of grievance studies, or even people doing basic research (it’s a luxury good, whose budget is not unlimited). I’m not sure it’s possible to have too many people doing applied R&D. Wealth grows by trade and innovation. More innovation means the pie gets bigger, faster, and we can afford more of the rest. But applied R&D is mostly STEM, which has inherent barriers to entry.

    (Just realized this post may be reserved for links about the recent diaper dump of an election. If so, I apologize.)

  4. Video that goes over the congressional races; of particular interest are the red vs blue by district.

    I will also note that as of close-of-day Mike Garcia was way ahead in his CA district but since then the Dem has somehow come within 104 votes… in a normally very red area. (I would hazard that ALL blue wins in the Central Valley are illegitimate.)

    [wonder what WDE will think of me posting from a different PC.]
    [A: the usual cussing ensued.]

  5. Dr.Shiva lays this out as normal vs abnormal patterns, and issues an open invitation to math-and-stats types, or anyone who can help (see end of video):

    He also notes that the Trump team has been in touch, so they’re very aware of all this.

    Also, WPDE.

  6. Rudy and Sidney hold a press conference… the way they lay it out makes you want to stand up and cheer. This is Presidential Medal of Freedom stuff.

  7. Alex Berenson indulged in BadThink about COVID.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/amazon-versus-alex-berenson-me.php

    “When the first pamphlet in his series was published this past June Berenson had a close encounter with Amazon of the kind with which we have become all too familiar. His pamphlet was rejected by Kindle Direct Publishing. And then ensued the familiar dance:

    Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk criticized Amazon’s decision in a tweet that said, “This is insane@JeffBezos.”

    Amazon later said in a statement that “the book was removed in error.”

    On Friday [June 5], the self-published booklet was No. 2 on Amazon’s Kindle Store bestseller list.

    Berenson published the third pamphlet in his Unreported Truths series this week and went through the same routine with Amazon. One had to follow the story via Berenson’s Twitter feed. This was my favorite tweet after Amazon pulled his pamphlet.”

    1. To be fair idiot bezos told us not to say anything about Covid that wasn’t “Approved” in his instructions. TO ALL OF US, including people doing SF.
      Also to be fair, they periodically remove the Dyce mysteries because they decide I’m pirating them from Ace.
      Yeah, I’m fairly sure he was a victim of malice, but incompetence is bad enough.

      1. Which is the point people keep missing.

        “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and the third time is enemy action.”
        “Weaponized incompetence IS malice.”

        And Bezos and crew are doing the same thing that is getting our election stolen: “We’ll rewrite the rules and make everything electronic so you CAN’T contest it because by the time you get it close to a court the TOS or whatever will match OUR story and you won’t be able to prove jack.”

        Yeah, I get that he’s got his fist wrapped around authors’ throat. Get used to it. I’m quite certain that I just got turned down by a project lead within my company last week because the project was with the State Department and I’m a Republican. Not a blessed thing I can do about it….. but I’m not gonna shut up.

        1. No. Look, I see your point, but they actually do the same to the left.
          I see signs of the programmers running with the bit between their teeth and trying to automate things that shouldn’t be automated.
          As for his fist? WAY less than the publishers, STILL. Not even comparable.
          As for your getting turned down…. I don’t think so. I have reasons to believe it’s not your political affiliation. (No, I can’t explain in public.)

      2. Of course he did. From the article:

        “Do you think it’s a coincidence that @apple – which has much less to gain from lockdowns and arguably does better in a normal environment because phone use may rise with mobility – is far more willing to sell my books than @amazon?

        Yeah, me neither.”

        Never mind that the plague panic porn is based on a lie — as you well know — when suppressing the counter argument as the Commies demand is profitable too.

    2. This is the guy who does the presentations and books on the perils of modern pot (well worth your time). He’s already on the badthinker list.

  8. Looks like last night’s wail of woe from a Biden staffer on /pol/ was real:

    SIDNEY POWELL RELEASES THE KRAKEN!

    https://defendingtherepublic.org/

    Links thereon to Michigan and Georgia complaints.
    (The latter is CJ Pearson vs… probably to show standing, but OMG I cannot stop laughing.)

    Happy Thanksgiving, USA!!

  9. Trevor Loudon: America’s ‘Unfolding Socialist Revolution’ & Connections to China’s Communist Party
    Names and details of how they’re taking over American politics

  10. Quick overview of players in the CCP’s “Seed the Vote” project to flip red America blue:

    https://rumble.com/vbgrfl-seeding-the-vote-chinas-influence-in-the-2020-us-general-election.html

    Also, the website cited at the end has many more articles and videos.

    [Addendum to above: I’d not previously heard of Trevor Loudin, but turns out he’s a friend of a trusted friend who is vehemently anti-Democrat-shenanigans; they’d worked together during the Obama era.]

  11. Re: Your (and others) comment about “I’m too old to really Do anything!” No you’re Not. I’m 70. Arthritis, bad back, etc. Here is My philosophy of “What can I do?”/Users/terryturpen/Desktop/if-i-cant-shoot-ill-load-if-i-cant-load-14238599.png

    1. They also serve, who only load the brass.

      Or pitch the tents, or cook the soup, or provide a barn to hide in, or just keep the home fire burning so our guys have something to fight for.

  12. Georgia “Victory Rally” live today (Dec.5th).
    Initial filler music is one fine rally song.
    Trump supposed to be on stage at 7pm EST.

  13. Federal raid in Arizona. Wonder how much more is going on behind the scenes.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/12/04/exclusive-the-fbi-is-investigating-voter-data-theft-in-this-key-2020-election-battleground/?sh=3e73a32a34a4
    ===
    On the morning of November 5, as the 2020 election hung in the balance, Arizona federal agents raided a two-story house in Fountain Hills, Maricopa County, a county that had become a key battleground in the presidential race. The agents were looking for evidence of a cyberattack on an unnamed organization and stolen voter data. They left with eight hard drives, three computers and a bag of USB sticks.
    ===

  14. Dear Mrs. Hoyt,
    I just finished reading “Monster Hunter: Guardian.” I’m a fan of the series, so it was just a matter of time ’til I got to the latest installment, and I was looking forward to reading about more adventures concerning monsters getting shellacked by the MHI crew.
    I got a LOT more than I expected, Mrs. Hoyt.
    The way you discussed the passing away of family, a mother’s devotion to her child and connections to a childhood friend and playmate were deeply and profoundly moving.
    I cannot even begin to find the words to express my gratitude for all the things you wrote concerning the above. You’re a tremendous writer.
    Again, Thank You so much.

  15. Hi Sarah —
    Longtime blog lurker, very occasional commenter. Been looking for good contact info for you, as I’m about to publish a book called “The Secrets of the Heinlein Juvenille” about Heinlein’s wonderful 12+2 books for kids, examining what structural and thematic qualities have given them such astounding longevity. I can think of few people who might appreciate it more than you, and fewer still whose blurb might be more valuable than yours. Is there a good way to get a hold of you with a formal request?

    Thanks for the excellent bloggage and fiction over the years. I hope the coming Christmas season treats you splendidly!
    -Dan Sawyer

  16. Governor Whitmer has police, 200 troops block Republican electors from Michigan state capitol

    https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/whitmer-has-police-200-troops-block-republican-electors-from-michigan-state-capitol/

    ===
    According to American Greatness, on Monday, Republicans in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Nevada all entered competing slates of electors which selected President Donald Trump, as Electoral College members in those same states cast ballots for Biden.

    However Republican electors in the state of Michigan, who also showed up to cast conditional ballots for President Trump and Vice President Pence, were forbidden entry after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered state police officers to block them from entering the state capitol.
    ===

    Includes video.

    1. Whites are most likely to harbor that dangerous subset who stands up and says, “See here, that’s not how it works at all…”

  17. As requested, here are some lists for email marketing services (the closest thing I could find quickly to newsletter subscription services). I haven’t had a chance to review the services listed to see which would fit your needs best, but these two lists may have something usable:

    https://www.theworkathomewoman.com/free-email-marketing/

    https://www.emailtooltester.com/en/blog/free-email-marketing-services/#So_who_are_these_free_email_marketing_services_you_speak_of

    And here’s a website that seems to have possibly useful advice on making your efforts more effective:

    https://getsitecontrol.com/blog/7-great-email-newsletter-signup-examples/

    1. I’ve had a ton of those, and currently have one but I can’t make it work. To explain, I wanted something more like substack. Subscribers pay for the newsletter, though a payment method setup by the newsletter creator/owner.
      Which is what I’m having some trouble finding.

  18. So in regards to your hosting options: my SO and I were talking about the parler? parlor? debacle, and I mentioned they should either rent space in a colocation facility or buy some bullet-proof hosting. The kind used by spammers and such because they don’t get taken down no matter how many complaints get filed, etc. Then I remembered reading many, many moons ago about some folks in Europe who converted an old nuclear bunker into a literal bullet-proof data center, as most such services are still subject to the local stazi kicking in the door and cutting the lights. Long story longer – SO suggested I should look it up and post in as an option for your site hosting. When I started looking, found a 2009 article with a decentish list of such options, so thought I would post a few promising looking ones here. Biggest issue is they generally don’t offer a pre-built wordpress installation, you would likely have to rent a virtual private server (or an actual physical server, usually MUCH pricier) and install and maintain wordpress (or other software) yourself. As you mentioned your in-house IT department is spread a bit thin, this may not be the solution you seek, but maybe it will help other readers. Nota Bene – I know nothing about these companies specifically in terms of reputation, reliability, etc. – I am only posting a curation of the ones that look most promising (Swiss data protection laws are pretty solid, and likely the best option. Discarded one in the UK, because, well, UK is farther down the Orwellian-brick road than we are, far as I can tell. Caveat Emptor, do your due diligence before trusting anyone with your data, don’t try this at home, etc.

    https://www.bahnhof.net/ (Swiss, click the VPS section to get an idea what a virtual server will cost per month for hosting)

    https://www.mount10.ch/en/mount10/swiss-fort-knox/ (Another Swiss data-bunker).

    Neither of these specifically appear to be the one I remember reading about, which had a vague hint of – greyness, to it. Still, the idea at least may help. If anyone plans on searching for ‘bullet-proof’ hosting services specifically, most of which are gray- to black-market, I strongly recommend a good VPN and using DuckDuckGo. And double Caveat Emptor.

      1. Never hurts to plan a fallback position! Sadly I have neither the resources to invest in, nor the skills to build myself, a set of alternative platforms for social media, blogging, publishing, and the appropriate infrastructure (outrage-proof hosting services). Wish to god I did, because I imagine there is an incredible amount of money to be made off of such a set of services, whether separately or as an integrated package, and all the more so if they can be made open-source and transparent in function.

          1. I always talk myself out of paying the math tax – but am still tempted. would probably be cruelly humorous enough to let me win it, too. Just to teach me to be more careful with what I wish for.

            1. WordPress delenda est? Or is it Cave Canum? Either way, mea culpa – I should *know* better than to use angle brackets in a comment. Should read: Insert Deity of choice would probably…

  19. WO video analysis – link to Caleb Hull Twitter thread

    1. Grr. That should have gone to the bozo’s profile, not his latest twatter. (OK, I don’t have the site, or cite it very often; I’m sure there is a way to get just the profile but I’m not going to mess with it just now.)

      Anywho, the profile says (as of January 11, 2021 at 15:15 Mountain Standard Time, emphasis added):

      Attorney, Marine, Triathlete, Historian, World Traveler, Chef. Former AUSA and Republican now Democrat. Political comedy, commentary, theatre and horror.

      1. Okay, here is the analysis. Might as well attribute it to “RealityObserver” – that will let whoever is interested link to my Disqus profile and comments.

        If there is one thing you always have to remember, it is to read or watch things that purport to contradict your view of what happened.

        There is another thing – whether it is contradictory or supporting, look at it with a critical eye, and verify it.

        This is no exception.

        This video shows people trying to enter the Capitol Building, against opposition from people (reasonably assumed to be officers, either DC Metro or Capitol Police). That is a truth.

        What it also shows is that mace was being sprayed from inside. Reasonable. It also shows batons being wielded from inside. It shows what appears to be an officer down (there is a typical arm patch, although not completely identifiable). It shows him on his face, pointed OUT of the building entrance – which says he was struck from BEHIND. Ah. Who was behind him that might have struck him? Only other officers. Slightly later, as the batons were still being frantically wielded, it shows a protestor standing over the fallen officer, holding up his crutch as a makeshift SHIELD over the officer.

        Doesn’t look at all like the claim that this was a beating BY the PROTESTORS, does it?

        Then look at the source of the video. You have to go to the Twitter account of Hull, where he attributes it to one Ron Filipkowski. Hmm. Look up that name, and his posts elsewhere. Ah. This person is a rabid TRUMP HATER from Florida. Registered as a Republican, true – but that is meaningless in this day and age. What is he doing in DC, among the protestors, when he wants nothing more than to demonize and destroy Trump? No, he’s not a “journalist” either official or citizen – he’s a lawyer that had a political appointment to a judicial selection committee (which he resigned from when one of the CoViD panic scammers in his State was raided). There is also one INDIVIDUAL voice that comes clearly in the video – one that had to be very close to the camera, and most likely Filipkowski himself. That voice utters one phrase – “Get that son of a b**** out of there!” That was undeniably an incitement to further violence – but by WHOM?

  20. By way of background for those not familiar with him, Michael Goodwin is an old-style Ed Koch NYC Democrat we is repulsed by the modern Democrats/left. He notes quite aptly that the Democrats are moving towards banning political speech under the guise of calling it hate speech. He also notes that Trump was correct when he said that he himself wasn’t the target but all of the many millions who dissent from what the Democrats seek to do.

    https://nypost.com/2021/01/12/dems-want-to-bring-down-anyone-who-ever-backed-trump-goodwin/

  21. Here is a link to the third volume of an “Election Shenanigans” (my term) report by one Peter Navarro.

    Click to access The%20Navarro%20Report%20Volume%20III%20Final%201.13.21-0001.pdf

    I got the link from TheDonald.win (TDW)

    I have not yet read the report – if I can, I will try to post the summary chart highlighted at TDW – it is eye-opening.

    I think additional efforts to put together materials about the election horror are crucial – people who start questioning the speech crackdowns may also then respond to well-organized information about the fraud/theft.

  22. Analysis of Ashli Babbit Video Suggests Coordinated Actions—Interview W. Masako Ganaha | Crossroads (Epoch Times)

    If this disappears from YT, it’s also on Epoch’s “Youmaker” site. But, spend YT’s bandwidth.

  23. https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/ex-capitol-police-chief-says-pelosi-mcconnells-sergeants-at-arms-refused-security-measures-while-new-timeline-proves-trump-incitement-claims-bogus/

    The writer got the WaPo article on Archive.is to prevent retconning, but the original is at https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sund-riot-national-guard/2021/01/10/fc2ce7d4-5384-11eb-a817-e5e7f8a406d6_story.html

    Timeline:
    11:50 (or 12, sources differ): Trump begins to speak
    12:40: first wave of protesters hits the Capitol (per Sund / WaPo)
    12:40 WI woman discovers first pipe bomb, calls guard, who calls others, reports it. Sund says this distracts him and prevents him from hearing T inciting the crowd with the word “fight”.
    1:00 (or 1:10 if he started at 12): Next time T uses the word fight (per rev transcript) close to end of his speech. May be irrelevant, given the timeline.
    1pm: Sund “realized … things aren’t going well… I’m watching my people getting slammed.”
    1:09pm: Sund called the Sergeants-at-arms of the House and Senate. He told them it was time to call in the National Guard.
    With NO obstructions, google maps says it would take 29 minutes to walk from the nearest edge of the Ellipse to the front of the Capitol. With a crowd, likely longer.
    1:30pm (or 1:40pm for later speech start) is the earliest possible time for someone who heard the end of T’s speech to arrive at the Capitol, assuming he started speaking at 11:50. 10 minutes later if noon start. With crowds slowing walk down, probably 1:45 (1:55) or later.

  24. Sarah, you wanted a newsletter pointer. Have you looked at locals instead? You can free and subbed content, and you can set the monthly fee for that sub at anything you like. scott Adams is at $7 a month, others higher or lower. Similar to a patreon but less likely to knock you off.

  25. Many here, I know, have been disappointed in the (lack of) advocacy from the bloggers at Power Line, but late to the ball is better than never attending:

    John Hideraher
    DID THE DEMOCRATS STEAL THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/01/did-the-democrats-steal-the-presidential-election.php
    Democrats are making extraordinary efforts to suppress all discussion of whether Joe Biden actually won the 2020 presidential election. In fact, they go even farther: they want to suppress all discussion of the extent to which voter fraud occurred. That naturally makes me want to write about voter fraud, and who really won the election.

    [SNIP]

    So, did the Democrats steal the presidential election, or not? I don’t know the answer to that question. No one does. A number of statistical analyses have been done, which on their face suggest large irregularities. I wrote about one such analysis, by John Lott, here.

    Beyond that, major questions remain unanswered. In several key swing states, there were midnight dumps of 100,000 or more votes, virtually all of which were for Joe Biden, something that can’t normally happen. Those dumps may have made the difference in the election. I have seen no attempt by any Democrat to explain or justify them. Maybe I’ve missed it, and maybe they somehow reflected actual ballots cast, but the burden of proof is on those who seek to justify such anomalies.

    Even greater doubts about the election arise from the deliberately loose procedures that governed voting. Something like 69 million mail-in votes were cast, and until two months ago, everyone agreed that mail-in voting is highly susceptible to fraud. But the laxity in 2020 went far beyond the risks inherent in mail-in votes. I put it this way: I don’t know whether the Democrats stole the 2020 election, but I do know that they tried hard to steal it.
    [END EXCERPT]

    Emphasis in original.
    ~

  26. Take on McConnell’s throwing Trump under the bus by Michael Goodwin in the NY Post (Goodwin is an old school Ed Koch Democrat)

  27. Democratic Party media arm declaring that every single Republican in the US should be treated like a terrorist:

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/01/27/msnbcs-jason-johnson-democrats-need-to-say-republicans-are-terrorists/

    Quote: “Democrats should declare all Republicans are “terrorists,” adding “you can’t negotiate, you can’t legislate and you can’t work with terrorists.”

    This is of course the same MSNBC that promotes working with Hamas, Hezbollah and the Mullahs of Iran, who are actual real world terrorists who openly espouse “Death to America”. Instead their vitriol is reserved for domestic political opponents they have declared to be “enemies of the state”.

    They mean to kill us all. Period.

      1. Are you referring to posting here and in the original blog post I am making the comment with the link, or is there an actual double post in this perma-post?

          1. Weird, as I only clicked enter once. Firefox did do an update yesterday, so I wonder if it was a browser issue that got fixed in the latest update.

  28. Video of the early incursion. I’m thinkin’ the Proud Boys are thoroughly infiltrated. Noted a lot of what Michael Yon points out as markers undercover Antifa use to ID themselves to one another.

  29. Just take a look at John “it’s okay for me to have a private jet and yacht” Kerry showing that he is literally incapable of understanding those who disagree with him and that the left’s “answers” are the only ones that are logical:

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/01/28/john-kerry-on-biden-climate-agenda-so-logical-i-dont-understand-the-opposition/

    Quote: Kerry said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that he does not “understand the opposition” because Biden’s agenda creates a better “standard of living” and “quality of life.”

    They are so out of touch that they simply are incapable of comprehending anything outside their bubble.

  30. If you keep your data in “the cloud”, remember that what that means is that your data is being kept on servers owned by someone else, who has the power to delete your data at any time. They may promise not to do that, but events in recent months have shown that far too many companies are willing to break those promises and delete data they promised not to delete. So it’s important to find alternative solutions for keeping track of your data, ones that put you in control. There are all kinds of “cloud” services out there, which means there may be many suggestions for alternatives to those services. In order to group the suggestions for ways to control your data in one place, I ask that you please post tech suggestions as replies to this comment. Then they will be grouped together no matter how many days later they come.

    Open-source solutions are preferred over closed-source solutions, because closed-source solutions can go away with little warning if the company folds, or if they decide they no longer want to sell their product. But an open-source license means that even if the people making the product no longer want to work on it, you still have the right to use it, and anyone technically savvy still has the right to work on the product and improve it. So open-source tools are more likely to last long-term than closed-source tools. That said, if you know of a useful closed-source tool that helps you keep control of your own data, please do post it as well. Just make sure to mention that it’s not open-source. Finally, do please make sure you post a single link (to the project’s main website) with your comment.

    1. Backups

      Making backup copies of your data is extremely important. Hard disks fail, USB sticks get lost, and laptops get stolen or get coffee spilled on them. A high-capacity portable hard disk is a very useful tool for backups, but if you keep it in your house, your data is still vulnerable to a building fire that destroys both your computer and your backup hard disk. So backups are one place where a cloud service does make sense, as long as that cloud service is trustworthy. And the best way to ensure a cloud service will not delete your data based on its contents is to make sure the cloud service cannot read your data at all. If they don’t know what’s in it, they’ll never be able to delete it based on its contents, or turn it over to a hostile government.

      That’s what SpiderOak One is: a backup service that encrypts your files on your computer before sending them to their servers for storage. SpiderOak can tell how much space you’re using, but can’t know the filenames or contents of the data you’re storing on their servers. So your private data will stay private.

      SpiderOak’s prices are $6/month for 150 GB of storage, $11/month for 400 GB of store, $14/month for 2 TB of storage or $29/month for 5 TB of storage. (If you choose to pay annually, you basically get one month per year free as the annual price is about 11x the monthly price). Their backup software runs on Windows, OS X, and Linux (which is why I personally use them, as it seems most backup companies don’t bother making a version of their software that runs on Linux).

  31. We’ve been talking about alternative eBook marketplaces. “Urbit” seems to be a decentralized infrastructure setup designed to avoid many of the problems of huge centralized servers like Amazon. They’ve been working on it for a while (2002!), and it’s now minimally functional. It seems that anyone with minimal Linux skills can set up a client. It’s built to use peer-to-peer encryption, and the overall architecture recently passed a security audit (although the implementation may have security holes). It uses Ethereum infrastructure to store identities. In its current state, it would work for passing samizdat, but (as far as I can tell) it does not yet have a native eBook reader. They’re working on integrating Bitcoin as one possible payment infrastructure, but it doesn’t seem to be fully there yet. There also is no “storefront” or e-commerce app yet.

    I’m including several links here, even though I know it will trigger moderation (sorry!), because their info is not well organized.

    Introduction to the concept: https://urbit.org/understanding-urbit/

    The main website: https://urbit.org

    A philosophical blog post (long but insightful): https://urbit.org/blog/platform-decay/

    You can try the system out by creating a free “comet”, but comets are unstable. (Their chosen nomenclature is amusing for SF people: galaxies, stars, planets, moons, comets, ships, jets, etc.) Everyday users will typically want a “planet”, of which 64K can be connected to a given “star” (a planet can change stars if necessary). Stars are for sale, but they also give them away as incentives for completing certain tasks: https://grants.urbit.org/ Creating an eBook reader, or linking in an existing one like Calibre, might be such a task, if one of the Huns has the skillset. Creating a storefront might be another.

    They are giving away groups of planets to interested communities (Huns might be an acceptable community). The application form is here, but the Huns should probably coordinate so that Urbit only gets one application: https://urbit.org/community/community-grants/

    1. Related to above: https://www.coindesk.com/decentralized-social-networks-next-big-blockchain-opportunity

      And some corrections to the above: a user (“ship”) can change planets, but a planet can’t change stars If your planet’s star is underperforming, you may need to get a planet from another star. That whole hierararchy (galaxies, stars, planets) serves as an analog to the Internet’s DNS system. It’s all based on Ethereum, so I think the ability to use “Ether” digital cash already exists, but “Bitcoin” is being added. Planets typically sell for 0.025 ETH at present, or about $35. Stars typically sell for around 3 ETH, or about $4000. One star can have up to 64K planets, so there is an element of multi-level marketing here, or perhaps old-fashioned small-town boosterism. There may actually be storefront apps, or an obvious way to add them, but I haven’t found them yet.

      Wow, this turned into a rabbit hole. What we really need is a tech-savvy teenager with a lot of spare time (do those still exist?) to figure all this out.

  32. Someone mentioned Micronetia over on MeWe (I forget in which group). I figured it should be listed here too:

    https://micronetia.devtru.st/welcome-to-micronetia/

    From their welcome page:

    “Micronetia is a system for people to create their own standalone blog, website or other internet connected resource that is hosted by them so that it can’t be arbitrarily deleted because some part of BigTech decided that either the content or its creator needed to be cancelled.

    “The initial Micronetia project uses a Raspberry Pi, the Ghost blogging/newsletter open source software and the free tier of service from Cloudflare to put up a website (such as this one) which can support thousands or millions of visitors but which is hosted securely in your living room where no one can delete it.”

  33. Hi Sarah,
    There is a newish movie on Netflix called Fatima. I hear she is pretty famous in Portugal. I wonder if you might have any opinion, either on the apparition or the film.

  34. Although there is much, much more out there, the Navarro Report(s), by Peter Navarro (“Assistant to President Trump and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy”), might just be the best detailed overall guide to the massive election and voter fraud that led to Joe Biden incorrectly being declared the winner of the 2020 election and installed in office instead of the true winner, Donald Trump.

    The Navarro Reports (there are three volumes in all), can be found (at least for now) as PDF files all together conveniently at

    navarroreport dot com

    whose three volumes are

    I. The Immaculate Deception: Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities

    II. The Art Of The Steal: Volume Two of the Navarro Report

    III. Yes, President Trump Won: The Case, Evidence, and Statistical Receipts

    For the less obsessive or more time-constrained, uncoverdc dot com has a summary article for all three parts, published soon after the corresponding ‘volume’ of the overall report…

    uncoverdc dot com slash 2020/12/18/immaculate-deception-election-fraud-evidence-should-haunt-this-country/

    uncoverdc dot com slash 2021/01/05/the-art-of-the-steal-volume-ll-of-the-navarro-report/

    uncoverdc dot com slash 2021/01/15/navarro-report-volume-lll-capstone-report-for-the-2020-election/

    1. Oh… huh. very well.. direct copy then too:


      Commies go *SPLAT* on the ocean,
      Commies go *SPLAT* on the sea,
      Commies go *SPLAT* on the ocean,
      O bring back our Liberty!

      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty, to we
      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty.

      O blow ye Commies out o’er t’ ocean,
      O blow ye Commies out o’er t’ sea,
      O blow ye Commies out o’er t’ ocean,
      And bring back our Liberty.

      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty, to we
      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty.

      Last night as I lay on my pillow,
      Last night as I lay on my bed,
      Last night as I lay on my pillow,
      I dreamt that Marxism was dead!

      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty, to we
      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty.

      Commies went *SPLAT* on the ocean,
      Commies went *SPLAT* on the sea,
      Commies went *SPLAT* on the ocean,
      And that brought back Liberty.

      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty, to we
      Bring back, bring back,
      O bring back our Liberty.

        1. That would seem obvious: after one has spaced a sufficient number of bodies their mass produces a microgravitational pull and causes them to clump together.
          ~

  35. Class action lawsuit against Dominion, now taking plaintiff and affidavits:

    https://dominionclassaction.com/how-to-join

    Thank you for your interest in joining this class action lawsuit. In order to join the class, you must have been a US Citizen registered to vote during the 2020 Presidential Elections and have reason to believe that your civil rights were violated by the defendants listed in the lawsuit. To demonstrate the requirements to become a plaintiff apart of this class action, 2 things will be required, clear pictures of the front and the back of your Photo ID and a Notarized Affidavit stating under oath, your knowledge of the wrongdoing of the defendants.

    1. I wonder whether thaat includes a certain junior senator from California’s declaration that “she would not take a vaccine recommended by President Trump”?
      ~

    1. Oh, and that link includes information that might be helpful to figure out just exactly how it is that Sheila Jackson Lee keeps getting reelected despite being, um, who she is.

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