I changed the name of my blog

I got to thinking that “Applehood and MotherPie” was too much a part of my past, particularly my adolescent past (since that was the name of my High School underground newspaper).  So I decided to change it, to something a bit more serious and more reflective of whom I am today:

Y Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd

האמת נגד העולם

La vérité contre le monde

The Truth Against The World

There it is, in Welsh/Bretagne, Hebrew, French and English.

You’re welcome!

Two International Dumbasses: Trump and Netanyahu

Under intense pressure from President Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Thursday barred two members of the United States Congress from entering Israel for an official visit, reversing a previous decision to admit two of the president’s most outspoken critics.

But on Friday, Israel said that one of the congresswomen, Representative Rashida Tlaib, could enter on humanitarian grounds so that she could see her 90-year-old grandmother, after she promised to “not promote boycotts” during her stay.

By enlisting a foreign power to take action against two American citizens, let alone elected members of Congress, Mr. Trump crossed a line that other presidents have not, in effect exporting his partisan battles beyond the country’s borders. And he demonstrated the lengths that he will go to to target his domestic opponents, in this case two of the congresswomen of color he has sought to make the face of the Democratic Party heading into his re-election campaign.

Of course, now Representative Tlaib isn’t going to go, because, you know, “Jews.”

Tlaib and Omar are not the criminals here.  Trump, and his willing puppet Netanyahu are the two dumb asses  that are totally to blame for this diplomatic debacle.

As I have said many times before, as long as Tlaib and Omar go about doing what they are being paid to do, and what the voters of their districts voted for them to do — represent their constituents — I have no beef with them. In fact, I support a great deal of what these two are trying to accomplish, and I think that 90% of the time, that is what they are doing. But when they go out of their way to repeat the Palestinian LIE and promote that, then I think their voters need to reign them in.

That said, I have never heard of a President of the United States telling a foreign leader to not allow the elected representatives of our government a visit.  But we are in the age of Trump,  and he is a dumbass of dumbasses.   And Benjamin Netanyahu is sitting there at Trumps right hand, dealing out the dumbassery for all the world to see.

The Republicans have racked up a 1 Trillion Dollar Debt

This is ALWAYS the way it is with the GOP. They get elected on the grounds of reversing the national debt but then they run it up like wild men when they get into power. Time and time again it is the Democrats who act responsibly, like the billion dollar surplus Bill Clinton handed to George Bush, who then frittered it away and got us back into a billion $ debt, by giving tax cuts to the billion dollar class.

Read on:


A2 Hosting high jinks

I’ve had an encounter with another bad actor in the hosting game. You may remember my encounter last year with host4geeks , a webhost who allows (or actually does the hack themselves) evil actors to log into your website and plant virii and mal ware, then asks you to purchase their extremely expensive anti-virus/mal-ware software (do they really give you that or do they give you a fake program and then remove the virii themselves?).

So this year, after having been hit with a renewal amount that was three times larger than the original (my own fault actually) I started looking around. A2 Hosting came highly recommended for WordPress sites, so I plucked down the money and gave them a spin around the block.

About two weeks in, I noticed that my usage was out of control.  Now, I have not just one site but three domains, with about four subdomains.  I’ve been webmastering these sites since 1999, and I’ve been on about a dozen web hosts.  I’m always hoping that the one I subscribe to will be the last, as moving sites is a real pain in the back, particularly with the advent of .php based sites.

Any way, my usage was out of control. That is usually indicative of an infection (as I learned with the host4geeks debacle).  This time was no different, but A2’s support was less than effective. They suggested all sorts of remedies, not knowing I guess that an infected file could be the culprit (or maybe not caring).   Oh, they had a hosting upgrade that was suggested would fix things, but it didn’t and I continued to have troubles.   I finally decided to change hosts, since the trouble did not appear until after I had gone to A2 in the first place.

There were other problems as well. For instance, A2 promised a refund if things turned crappy.  Only the refund was only available the first month, and not available for a partial month. In other words, that was a big fat Trump, er, LIE.

The second thing was they offered to migrate my site from the previous host to theirs.  Well, that turned out to mean only the primary site, and not any of the other sites or sub-domains.

I ended up with doteasy.com, a Canadian based host that I had actually used back in 1999. At that time I only had the one site, and that was all I could have.  But doteasy has evolved, and now offers multi-site hosting.  So I’m hoping to be able to stay with them a long time.

It was after migrating my files to doteasy that I discovered that the database for my main site was infected.  Thousands of .php files (executables) were in the database.  The only fix was to recreate the database from scratch, but since that is our online store, it was easy.  It was time to inventory our stock anyway.

Anyroad, so far everything is kosher and the anti-virus/mal-ware plugin I’m using on all my sites seems to be doing the job so far.

My conclusion:

Do not do any business with host4geeks. They are out to victimize you.

Do not do any business with A2 Hosting.  I don’t believe that have any ill intentions. I think they are just naive and not careful.

Please consider taking your sites to doteasy.   They are in Canada, and that may be much safer, during the reign of Trump, than any US based host.

As with everything, YMMV.

Congressperson Ilhan Omar gets it right …. sometimes

When Congressperson Omar is speaking like this, I can fully support her.  When she is doing the work of representing her constituency, I can support her. But when she talking shit about Israel, or making false claims about the “Palestinians,” she is dead wrong and I do not support her.  Ilhan Omar was elected to represent the people of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.  When that’s what she is doing, she’s doing good for the voters who put her in office. The Palestinians DID NOT vote for her.  She should work for those that did.

A dream

I had an amazing dream last night, and even Cromag’s childish tricks can’t get me down today. One interesting thing is how the dream kept on, despite several trips to the bathroom during the night.

It takes place sometime in the future. Imladris is built, and Ceridwen and I are living and working there. In the dream, there were many Redwoods on the property, including an old growth grove where individual trees had been named in memory of RDG members who had passed on. We were obviously living in the domes as planned, since I saw glimpses of them in trees. The twins and Josh and their wives had visited, and, over another short span of years, had all moved here. The twins had become Druids. There was a third person in mine and Ceridwen’s life – a poly relationship; but I never saw who she was.

The dream spanned many, many years. It reminded me of the final scene in “Raising Arizona.” At then end, I was stabbed by a homeless man I was trying to rehabilitate (apparently that had become a habit). I died and the twins took over Imladris, and named the tree next to Adam’s in the memorial grove for me. I was in my late 90’s. Ceridwen passed on a few months later. I’m under the impression that our “third” passed on before either of us, but I can’t remember that.

Over the course of the dream, it was apparent that RDG had grown and prospered. There were Groves in all the major cities of the US, and several thousand members total. Imladris as a campground / conference center had become the center of Pagan activity for the whole region. It was also apparent that several Druid groups had merged with RDG over the years, so that RDG was the premier Druid group in the world, at least within the Reform.

I was up at 5:00 this morning so as to be at work by 6:00. In trying to tell Ceridwen the synopsis of this dream, I was in tears. Even as I write this, I feel like this wasn’t so much a dream as it is a vision of the future – a very real and true future.

And so it must be.


Posted circa Samhain 2007