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Birther Report back up at Google Blogger

Malware cleared

To his credit, the owner of Birther Report/Obama Release Your Records is not one of the folks who went off half cocked making wild claims about Google shutting down the site for ideological reasons. He admitted that his site had been a vector for malware coming from one of his advertisers. The problem was corrected, and Google Blogger turned his site back on.

What is lacking right now is those annoying popup ads they used to have. Thumbs upThere is an ad, however, and I don’t know if it is intentional or a really cute coincidence:

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The blog owner says that the blog will still be moving, but at least now it can be done in a more orderly fashion and with perhaps less down time. It might be a good idea to do what I do, create a separate status site so that people can get information about outages. I’m assuming that Google Blogger sites are ultra reliable, but when you go out shopping for hosting, particularly budget hosting, there are pitfalls. Also when moving a site, DNS caching can cause weird things to happen.

Now if they could just get rid of some of the verbal malware …

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20 Responses to Birther Report back up at Google Blogger

  1. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    I left the following comment at BR:

    I’ve been hosting web sites for decades, and there are all sorts of pitfalls. I’ve been down for days with companies that advertise 99.9% up-time. I was down for over a week when one company had a fire in their data center (and only recovered by moving the site). From what I can tell, Google Blogger is ultra-reliable, and if you can live with it, I’d advise not moving. You may find with the site volume you have that many hosting plans will max out, and you’ll start getting errors, and shared hosting plans in general put you at the mercy of other sites on the server that eat up resources and cause unexpected slow response. Staying with Google may help you avoid a reputation for running a malware-infested site, like Orly has. I don’t think you will find terms of service much different wherever you go.

    That said, I do host my sites at commercial paid hosting companies (I use 4 different companies), and sometimes I have outages. However, outages are not as serious for me as I don’t have any ad revenue to worry about.

    Welcome back,
    Dr. Conspiracy

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    CarlOrcas February 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Doc,

    As I noted on one of the other BirtherReport threads I run Ghostery and NoScript on Firefox and I haven’t seen an ad on BR since I started doing that.

    It sometimes takes a while to get them working cleanly on sites with lots of video and pictures (ABCNews.com in particular) because they appear to use a lot of different tools and ad-ons.

    Bottom line: Virtually none of the popups and auto-start crap that was driving us crazy.

    I am not a paid spokesman for either Ghostery or NoScript……honest!!

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    CarlOrcas February 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: Welcome back,
    Dr. Conspiracy

    And just eight minutes after you posted your message *FALCON* responds with this charming missive:


    ★FALCON★ 137p · 7 minutes ago
    I’ve been hosting web sites for decades and creating forgeries on a ZeroX 666-7779.

    You’ve been a busy bag of crap all weekend since the Zullo/Gallups Freedom Friday podcast, according to Joe Mannix. Five new articles all towing the company line like a sycophant slobbering for the next Obama paycheck.

    Hey dildo – when does your toddler get to walk on his own and isn’t he tired of you breastfeeding him?

    Lastly dildo – he said he was getting his own server, can you read?

    The Keyboard Kommando strikes!!

  4. avatar
    GLaB February 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Well, you can probably let your porch screens go another year, anyway ….

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    CarlOrcas February 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    From the Commander on Birther Report:

    cfkerchner 79p · 41 minutes ago
    Wheres Obamas Birth Certificate Radio Show Host Mike Volin will have an Exclusive Interview with the Man Behind ‘BirtherReport.com” Blog – Monday Night – 10 Feb 2014 at 8 p.m. EST

    Tune in and listen live or later via podcast at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wheresobamasbirthcer

    CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret) http://www.protectourliberty.org

    P.S. Anyone here a Sponge Bob fan. I particularly like that … what is it … a snail … Meow!

    http://www.birtherreport.com/2014/02/msnbcer-oreilly-might-as-well-have.html

    I’m sure he’ll be thanking Doc for his good wishes and apologizing for the intemperate remarks of *FALCON* and Reagan’s Ghost.

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    Thinker February 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    I’m not convinced that the owner of Birther Report believes that his blog problem was entirely about malware. As a birfer, he would certainly have no problem admitting that he had a problem with malware while at the same time claiming that his blog was temporarily shut down because he is so dangerous to Barack Obama. He could just claim that the malware itself was sabotage, which it was, although it is not likely that his blog was targeted and certainly neither Barack Obama nor anyone associated with him had anything to do with it.

  7. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    That job is finished.

    GLaB: Well, you can probably let your porch screens go another year, anyway

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    Suranis February 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    P.S. Anyone here a Sponge Bob fan. I particularly like that … what is it … a snail … Meow!

    Spongebob’s pet snail is called Gary. I think this is what Kerchner’s empty head thinks is a joke.

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    RanTalbott February 10, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    CarlOrcas: he said he was getting his own server, can you read?

    Of course, unless he’s planning to move to China, or some primitive country where they use squirrels running on tightropes to carry packets, he’s going to find that just about anybody providing a pipe fat enough to support BR is going to have similar “TOS BS” for their customers. And having “his own server” just makes it that much easier to pull his plug, because it removes the risk of collateral damage.

    In fact, he may find his next ISP is far more worried than the Google megacorp about the potential liability of a site where libel and sedition are a significant percentage of the daily traffic.

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    CarlOrcas February 10, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    RanTalbott: Of course, unless he’s planning to move to China, or some primitive country where they use squirrels running on tightropes to carry packets, he’s going to find that just about anybody providing a pipe fat enough to support BR is going to have similar “TOS BS” for their customers. And having “his own server” just makes it that much easier to pull his plug, because it removes the risk of collateral damage.

    In fact, he may find his next ISP is far more worried than the Google megacorp about the potential liability of a site where libel and sedition are a significant percentage of the daily traffic.

    I’m not even sure he/they understand what “getting his own server” means. If he’s thinking of his own hardware hooked up to any ISP he’s in for some real surprises.

    And, of course, as you note anyone he buys space from will have their own rules that he will eventually run afoul of.

    If he’s smart (I know, I know) he’ll stay where he is and start paying attention to the messages he gets from Google about problems on his site. He’ll get a lot more sleep that way.

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    RanTalbott February 10, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    CarlOrcas: And, of course, as you note anyone he buys space from will have their own rules that he will eventually run afoul of.

    Oh, it’s not just the “space” provider: back in the days when I was part of the Titanic Struggle to Save Usenet™, I got spammers dumped by providers that had no anti-spam policy by going to the upstream, with a friendly note saying “spamhaven.com doesn’t seem to grasp that they agreed to apply your ‘no netabuse’ rules to their customers when they signed up to buy bandwidth from you”.

    Having your own commercial server is useless if the only network you can connect it to is your own LAN.

  12. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 10, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    I read it again, “This blog will be moved to a privately owned server [without TOS BS] as soon as possible,” after *fatcon* chided me for not reading, and it’s ambiguous. It doesn’t appear that he’s getting his own server, but rather moving to a server already run by some other private individual. But Google’s servers are privately owned too. ORYR really didn’t say much (I’m going to start calling the guy ORYR). But if it is a private individual’s server, then the risk of malware is higher.

    Just out of curiosity, I checked to see who hosts stormfront.org, and it was a large company owned by no less than IBM. Their terms of service are no less stringent than Google’s.

    CarlOrcas: I’m not even sure he/they understand what “getting his own server” means. If he’s thinking of his own hardware hooked up to any ISP he’s in for some real surprises.

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    Bovril February 10, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    The only way he is going to get “his own server without TOS BS” without REAL money is to buy a dedicated fixed IP network line and run his own server.

    Of course it would be pwned within about 30 minutes or less of connection since it won’t be behind effective firewalls, won’t be in a DMZ, won’t be hardened….etc ….. etc

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    aarrgghh February 10, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    “without TOS BS” = anywhere i can spew my hate, my spam and my viruses without consequence

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater February 10, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Bovril: The only way he is going to get “his own server without TOS BS” without REAL money is to buy a dedicated fixed IP network line and run his own server. Of course it would be pwned within about 30 minutes or less of connection since it won’t be behind effective firewalls, won’t be in a DMZ, won’t be hardened….etc ….. etc

    With the way birthers code their websites ala 1990s web design I assume the site will be up and down every week.

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    JPotter February 10, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Bovril: The only way he is going to get “his own server without TOS BS” without REAL money is to buy a dedicated fixed IP network line and run his own server.

    Gosh, I took it to mean he was going to buy his own DNS. Heh.

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    Dr. Conspiracy February 10, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    I did this at the company where I worked like 20 years ago. I even registered my own IP Class C network and ran it over a fractional T1.

    My best read is that he’s not going to run his server, but hook up with somebody else who is. It would fit the pattern that ORYR is trying to avoid coughing up any actual money in defense of his country. Unless they purchase a business Internet connection, running a server is probably a violation of their terms of service.

    I share your concern about such a configuration being hacked.

    Bovril: The only way he is going to get “his own server without TOS BS” without REAL money is to buy a dedicated fixed IP network line and run his own server.

    Of course it would be pwned within about 30 minutes or less of connection since it won’t be behind effective firewalls, won’t be in a DMZ, won’t be hardened….etc ….. etc

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    Jim February 10, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    CarlOrcas: ★FALCON★ 137p · 7 minutes ago
    I’ve been hosting web sites for decades and creating forgeries on a ZeroX 666-7779.

    Lastly dildo – he said he was getting his own server, can you read?

    And, since Falcon is such an expert on computers and servers, Falcon will act as the Server Supervisor…RIP BR. :D

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    CarlOrcas February 10, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy: Just out of curiosity, I checked to see who hosts stormfront.org, and it was a large company owned by no less than IBM. Their terms of service are no less stringent than Google’s.

    Interesting. Looks like they know how to play by the rules. That’s the problem with birthers…..the rules of the real world aren’t for them.

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    CarlOrcas February 10, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Jim: And, since Falcon is such an expert on computers and servers, Falcon will act as the Server Supervisor…RIP BR.

    I see him, in his two gun rig, standing in front of the system console yelling and screaming at it and threatening to shoot it if it doesn’t straighten up.

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