The usage stats are up
Here are the site activity stats for 2011
Visitors 1,055,178 Page views 2,139,091 Hits 2,322,470 Gigabytes 15.19The corresponding numbers for 2010 were
Visitors - 890412, Pages - 2173992, Hits - 2507315, Traffic - 15.65 GB
which indicates that I am getting more visitors but they are spending slightly less time on the site. Either that or something else.
All your data are belong to us
Recently a company called Megaupload was seized and shut down. Now it happens that a lot of people stored their own data "in the cloud" at Megaupload. It also happened that a number of people were storing illegal copies of movies and such. The FBI, at the behest of the media company organizations, seized the assets of Megaupload and shut the company down. Fine, you say, but what about all those legitimate customers. Here's a good explanation I found on the internet of how it's all working out.
Imagine you own a storage unit in a large complex. Now, a few other people are storing illegal contraband in their storage unit, but that's just a few out of hundreds, and most people are perfectly law-abiding. The police get wind that there's contraband in one of the units. They react by putting police tape up across the front of the entire storage unit complex, confiscate everything, legal and illegal alike, and torch it all...just to be sure they got all the contraband.I understand that some of the screwees are putting together a class action suit against the FBI. Lot's of luck with that.
It makes you proud to be from South Dakota
The following is from http://100r.org/2012/01/south-dakota-indians-sue-for-early-voting/. The website, 100Reporters, reports on corruption and malfeasance around the world. It's nice to see that South Dakota makes it into the big time.
Native Americans have never had an easy time getting to vote in South Dakota. In 1977, the state attorney general dismissed the Voting Rights Act as an “absurdity” and advised state officials to ignore the federal law. The state didn’t allow Native Americans into polling places until the 1940s, though federal law had given them the right to vote in 1924. In 2004, a judge stopped poll watchers from following Native Americans out of voting places and taking down their license-plate numbers.I guess it's a case of the right hand shaking the right hand - no lefties allowed here.
Just a little late
Recently I checked in with the VA to see whether I could get any medical benefits and such. They clasified me as category five. I think this means I'm eligible for filling in applications for help if there isn't anybody else who needs help, although I think there was something in there about clinical studies with experimental animals. I may be exaggerating a bit. Be that as it may, I am now enrolled, and I got a nice letter that started out
Dear MR. HARTEREr, ah, well, yes, I'm grateful and all that but I got out in 1957. If I haven't managed the transition to civilian life by now, I really don't think I'm going to make it.
In short, there is a lot going on. I may go into a program of chemo treatment with a drug called vidaza. I'm still looking into the pros and cons. I've written a bunch of stuff which I will post as separate articles.
This page was last updated February 1, 2012.