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Chemtrails Investigation

Doing the Rounds with Chemtrail Hype

From worldtruth.tv

From worldtruth.tv – or is it?

This image on the left, from WorldTruth.tv (sic) purports to be an air plane landing and the pilot has forgotten to turn off his chemtrail generator.  They disingenuously headline with,

“Busted Pilot Forgets To Turn Off CHEMTRAILS While Landing”

Below the amazing image is a video of another plane, landing during a very misty night, ditching fuel possibly, while emergency vehicles rush to the scene (the sirens are wailing after all).

If you think the plane is chemtrailing while landing you need to check your eyes and ears because that is not my opinion of the video.

By using TinEye reverse image search I found tens of recent websites using the image as chemtrail proof.  You too can do the same by copying then pasting this image URL below into the TinEye page:

http://strangelyperfect.tv/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/turbulencia_01_1600x12001_16001200_20140427_221148_20140427_221209-250×180.jpg

Steve Morris Photo from 2005

Steve Morris Photo from 2005

There are also several earlier websites listed which all ultimately point to the source of the photo, here, on the right.  You can see it all here: Steve Morris’s original photo from 2005

Far from being chemtrail pollution, the Boeing 757 is landing at Gatwick on a typically humid British day.  Morris has captured the plane in low sun and emphasised the colours produced in the air from the London vehicle pollution for effect, IMHO.

Morris’s page 2 has some fantastic images, none of which are chemtrail proof, but could of course be used as such – he actually has hundreds of images.  A busy, skilled, dawn and dusk photographer.

WorldTruth TV seems more like place to generate visits to further their financial gains from advertising, since the site is plastered with adverts, many, what I’d call very dubious in nature, gambling and big tit adverts for instance.  It is typical of the genre, much like the Daily mail’s website.

 Chemtrails Themselves

Chemtrail Image Search

Chemtrail Image Search

Doing a Google image search shows hundreds of so-called chemtrail images as some sort of proof.  Similarly as a standard page search.

But I’m an old guy now and I’ve seen a lot of sky.

I’m also a scientist with a physics and polictical background.  I understand fears and have witnessed government corruption and wheeler-dealing for decades now.

Despite that, I cannot see how chemtrailing is at all cost-effective and no clear reason for doing it has ever been eschewed.  It is all, guesswork.

The atmospheric proof is nothing.  I’ve seen many, many weird skies ever since I was very young and I have grown up and witnessed a phenomenal growth in:

  • air travel,
  • motor vehicle usage,
  • rain forest destruction,
  • changing agricultural methods

…..on a global scale.

All of these influence the atmosphere and its water-particulate balance with water in each of its triple states.  See this link on the triple point of water.  Both water and carbon dioxide (both highly important greenhouse gases) have unusual triple points and triple states of matter.

The state of the atmosphere can produce very weird effects, especially when combined with the global air corridors that planes must use, many criss-crossing the jet-streams several times.  Undoubtedly, high altitude cirrus has increased and would be expected to increase from increased jet travel, along with the natural aerosol injections from volcanoes and forest fires.  This cirrus is one of the components that naturally modifies global climate.  So stop air travel?  Yeah, that’ll happen.

  • If you cannot understand triple points then you will of course be taken in by the very atmospheric images obtainable of flying aircraft.
  • I you cannot understand that an aircraft flies by the vacuum sucking it into the sky then you will of course be taken in by the very atmospheric images obtainable of flying aircraft.
  • If you cannot understand how photographers can use light and technology to take and process images then you will of course be taken in by the very atmospheric images obtainable of flying aircraft.  Check out Steve Morris’s photos for more “examples” of chemtrail….  http://www.airteamimages.com/steve-morris_pid1507.html – he has hundreds! LOL.

It’s not my fault that you are allowing yourself to be deceived by the chemtrail theory if you cannot understand the above.

Proof

What we need is proof.  If you understand aircraft flight, photography and physics, then please supply some proof of chemtrails, the reasons for doing it and how and why any government in collusion with others would do such a thing.

I have not read  a single definitive proof.

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Akismet and Jetpack Issues, Stop Spammers and CloudFlare Save the Day

My Web Host Penalised Me Yet Helped Speed Up My Site

Introduction

shared web hosting

shared web hosting

This site used to be hosted on Site5, in Texas.  I had a shared web host account, about the cheapest there is on Site5 though by no means the cheapest around (I’ve had experience of really cheap hosts….).  It worked alright, site management was good.  Then, I got hit by spammers.  Twice.  Big time.

Each time, this slowed the site down, made life hell for other shared accounts, especially when I introduced WordPress plugins to counter this.

Naturally, Site5 advised me to stop the hits or they’d pull my account (they’d already temporarily disabled it).  They advised me to cut the plugins, using GoDaddy’s plugin testing tool, WordPress Plugin Performance Profiler (P3).  So I did this, and after some trial and error, got the running processes down.  Of course, I lost a bit of neat functionality.

Testing Times

Apart from internal WordPress testing, it pays to test your site as if you are someone else somewhere else.  Pingdom have a set of tools that does just this, testing from various global locations and I can recommend it.

Result!

I used an iterative approach, testing various combinations of plugins and systems to end up as being in the top 8% sites for speed in the world!  Not bad for free is all I can say!   You’ll see in the screenshot above, that 92% of websites are slower than mine….   So is it really free?  Here goes…..

Paid For:
  • Web Hosting.  Shared.
  • My domain registration.
Free:
  • WordPress and all the LAMP functionality
  • WordPress plugins
  • CloudFlare
Pingdom Says

Pingdom Says

Automattic Issues

WordPress (which this site uses) is built by the Automattic team and naturally have expanded over time.  I’ve used their plugins for many years, Akismet from the off, which is a comment spam blocking system.  Latterly, they came out with Jetpack, where they say,

Supercharge your WordPress site with powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users.

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.

P3 Selected Output

P3 Selected Output

This is all well and good, except when I tested it using the P3 plugin profiler, Jetpack was the biggest drag on everything!   The worst part of it, was that actually, I was only using a small part of its features and it was still the biggest suck on performance.

  • I didn’t use Carousel for photos since I had an old solution, NextGen Gallery, that I’m loathe to change.
  • The comments system mucked up all other comment plugins, grabbing all for itself (a bit like Microsoft here!)
  • I used the stats, and that was about all, yet they were very slow and not that informative, actually.
  • Nearly all the other stuff I looked at, tried and ditched for similar reasons.

So much for the awesome cloud power.  On top of this, you’re now supposed to pay for parts of Automattic’s offerings, like Akismet, the comment spam blocker while a major offering of theirs was actually slowing my site right up!

What Did I do?

Change host!

Well not initially, actually, though the heavy-handed Site5 approach got my ire a bit I must admit.  I did do loads of tests with a host of caching, anti-spam and page load improvement plugins first…

Vidahost

Vidahost

I now use Vidahost in the UK.  The site is faster to manage (along with my others) since the servers are in the UK with me, and it’s cheaper, providing almost the same functionality and tools as Site 5.  I took the opportunity to clean out a few dead files in the process, but essentially, all was moved, database and files.  The lot.  Just twiddled config.php and the .htaccess file a bit.

did worry that my American visitors, who are actually in the majority, would  suffer slower speed and thus I’d get hit in Google rankings, but hey, wait for later…!

I got it all working and as part of the whole “thinking” process since the very first warnings from Site 5, I’d been looking for better things.

Looking at Things Closely

  • I like Related Posts.   Related Posts plugins do just that.  I love the idea of pulling out meta-data relevant stuff from a website.  Site 5 had said, as have others on the web, that this sort of plugin makes big hits on a site.  Some of them really do!  I use  YARPP, with a limited subset of features enabled which cuts down processing.
  • I also like Andrew Ozz’s Shutter Reloaded which shows images nicely.   I also like his post editor, TinyMCE Advanced, it being the best of many I’ve tested over the years.
  • I like NextGEN Gallery having used it since before WordPress got all image fancy.  I haven’t got time to fiddle with thousands of photos now…
  • I’d like some statistics within WordPress.
  • I’m not that interested, any-more (though I was) in Social Networking sharing features.  Truth be told, if someone wants to share, they will.
  • I’ve read a lot on image improvements.  I’ve always shrunk images manually before uploading using the excellent IrfanView application.  But during this enforced research, other things like sprites and delayed image loading popped into the equation.

So I like certain plugins or functionality.  I try and use the one that works best for me.  Too many plugins make a big hit on the server and thus website loading.

Caching

A way round this is caching.  e.g. If a post is created and has related posts clagged on the bottom using YARPP, then the post is cached and YARRP is only running once.  How and where the caching is done is the crux of the issue…

Site 5 suggested W3 Total Cache as a better alternative to Wp Super Cache,  which I’ve used for years.    Naturally, I’ve tested this and my conclusion was that it could be fast, and it was fast for a while, but over time on each of my sites I got issues around lock-ups and the huge and complex caching system around files, databases and sprites.  This list is long.

I’ve also tested various database query caching plugins likewise over the years.  W3 Total Cache incorporates this method too, but ultimately, it made too much work for not a lot of difference IMHO, since I’m lazy.

However, it did point me to one thing!  CloudFlare.

CloudFlare

CloudFlare Admin1

CloudFlare Admin1

Ah.  The power of the cloud is back!

Not only that – it works!

CloudFlare Admin2

CloudFlare Admin2

You re-direct your DNS at your domain registrar (joker.com in my case) to CloudFlare’s DNS servers, set up the site malware protection level you want – then after a few hours your whole site is cached and protected.  Best of all, it’s free for a little site like this!

In fact, using CloudFlare speeded everything up even before I got caching going again…

Further Plugin Work

Now, I went back to Wp Super Cache from Doncha and it all works fine.  Site speed good.  I then ditched Jetpack after testing it again.  It really does interfere with all comment plugins, and I really like this comment one as do people who comment here:

  • U Extended Comment

It works great and does everything I want.  So Jetpack, it’s bye bye.  Take all your fancy commenting system, your stats, your social media and fancy image handling.

But What About Comment Spam?

Stop Spammer Results2

Stop Spammer Results2

Stop Spammer Results1

Stop Spammer Results1

I’ve found the best solution is a plugin called Stop Spammer Registrations Plugin.  It needed a bit of fine tuning and a re-activation of Akismet to whip out a few wisps of spammer, but it works and seems to trap and report more spammers than ever Akismet did alone.  Akismet, by itself, does the commenting bit in tandem with the plugin, rather well.

Registration Spam

SABRE Results

SABRE Results

Unfortunately, during testing, a few unwanted visitors managed to register on the website.  They can’t do real harm since I use the lowest role level at registration time.  So I re-enabled SABRE and since then, no more unwanted visitors.  I’ve tested SABRE as a visitor and the settings I’ve chosen are just about right – I’ve had issues with it previously when it blocked registration!  But reducing the feature set and re-uploading a clean plugin fixes that.

CloudFlare and the CDN Issue

I toyed around getting a CDN to host images.  But they (can) cost and anyway, I’ve gone off Amazon and others because of their anti-Wikileaks actions plus they don’t pay UK tax…

Delayed Image Loading

However, in the course of my reading, I found that images can be loaded just as the page comes into view, which speeds up page loading, and as a consequence the perceived nippiness of a site.  The plugin BJ Lazy Load does this for me and works brilliantly.  Check this last post about Australia which has a lot of medium sized images to see them pop into view!

Delayed Javascript Loading

I use two plugins that handle this end of the issue around JavaScript.

Statistics

WP SlimStat1

WP SlimStat1

Well, Jetpack is gone.  I won’t be using it unless some serious improvements are made, it being the prime reason for the server load that brought me to this position in  the first place.  As soon as I disabled it (and simultaneously blocked all comments to the site, which isn’t the best thing, this being a blog after all), all server loads went away.

I now use SlimStat and it works very well.  I’ve tried many over time, including Google’s analysis tools, my webhost’s stats tools, Wassup and more, but for now, this is it.

Conclusion

My site works pretty fast and is pretty protected from the bad guys.  I actually still use more plugins than what is usually recommended – 50 is a huge lot according to web gurus and sages.  Currently there are 31 in active operation with 8 inactivated.  I love trying new ones, it’s like that, that’s just the way it is.

The delayed image loading is particularly apparent on a post with a lot of images, say this recent one.  The post loads fast and you see the first images load, and as you scroll down you’ll see other images appear with a slight delay.

All the other stuff is incremental improvement, with the biggest, by far, being the free CloudFlare service which I cannot recommend highly enough.  It’s a no-brainer, go and do it?

My Full List?

These are the plugins currently running that help my site work.  Many are for security, which demonstrates the state of play versus the bad internet guys full well.

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What a Super, Super Cache

Strangely post on June 16th, 2010
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I’ve just upgraded WP Super Cache.

I use WordPress to generate and manage the webpages on this website.  Useful features are that it is flexible with plugins and themes.  You can do what you want.

Today came the time to upgrade WP Super Cache.

After a niggly start where it popped up a red message saying I needed the wpfooter() function inserted into my theme, when I knew fine well that it was there anyway….  it works fine!

I just switched it on and off a few times and the red error message went.

I have it set to cache every single post on the website!  This is supposed to potentially hammer your server, but it only took a few minutes in reality and I’ve set a large time between cache rebuilds, so hopefully, Site 5, who’ve been very good over the past year, won’t mind…

This way, all posts, when checked by a bot like the Googlebot, will be served from cache. ( Previously, the plugin only served a cached page to a user if someone else had previously viewed it between garbage collections ).  Now, the bot will see any page, cached.

I’ve checked, and the biggest posts take 8 secs to load and show for a unlogged-in user.

This is very good, IMHO, and much better than before.

The benefit from a SEO view is because it’s now been reported that Google do speed tests on pages and will use this as part of their relevancy ratings when returning search results.  My pages load a lot faster as they’re all cached, obviously.  This also is good from a user usage viewpoint as well.

Crawling Chaos

This plugin now works on the Crawling Chaos website that I also manage.  Very well, I might add!

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Comment Spam Revisited

For no reason

Comment spam in WordPress

Comment spam in WordPress

…other than a try-out and also the current anti-spam plugins miss the odd bit of comment spam, I’ve now switched off TanTanNoodles’ Spam filter and am giving WP-SpamFree another try plus another plugin, AVH.  I’ve left Akismet running regardless.

WP-SpamFree

This now promises a lot, so it’s worth another shot.  Two years ago when I tried it, it had interactions with various other plugins, so I dropped it.  Since that time, the whole WordPress code has improved tremendously, as anyone who now uses it will know.  Visit plugin site

AVH First Defense Against Spam

Mailwasher Pro

Mailwasher Pro

This is a new one for me.  It uses the external databases of known spammers and their IP addresses as a blocking filter.  This is similar to anti-spam email programs like Mailwasher Pro that I use, so it seems to be “a good thing”.  This feature is optional, but it’s the most attractive part, IMHO.

It uses either or both of these two services for which an API key is needed. The key is free in each case.

Now it’s a case of “wait and see”.   Visit plugin site

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Monavie, Gillmap, Idaho Falls, Google Treasure Chest and Oprah

Monavie, Gillmap, Idaho Falls, Google Treasure Chest and Oprah Winfrey

Introduction

Oprah Winfrey speaks at the Barack Obama rally at UCLA

Oprah Winfrey

Last June, a contributor to this website @Not Kevin made a telling entry here (http://strangelyperfect.tv/4308/google-revolution-different-name-same-scam/#comment-1589) that has direct prescient relevance to the court case in the USA that Oprah Winfrey has heaped onto a host of companies and individuals for using her name to promote their products. (see here and here for instance)

The original posting was part of my investigation into how the original Google Treasure Chest/Money Tree scam was morphing (and is still!), into various other scammy operations while continuing along the same murky path.  Paul at workathometruth.com shows that even though the scammers changed for a while after the Texas and Utah court cases started, they now seem to have reverted to type…

http://www.workathometruth.com/blog/2009/09/16/kevinsmoneytree-org-and-sandiego-tribune-news-com-review/

In my eyes, the stuff in his video is just as conning as it was a year ago and demonstrates the complete contempt that these people have for the law and the on-going charges against them!

Details of Oprah Case

A recent commenter (Matt Jezorek) said that their are six degrees of separation between these scams – but I begged to differ…  it’s about 2 IMHO!!!

Monavie Stuff

Monavie Stuff

Oprah, one of the world’s richest women, has taken umbrage at her name being used to promote all sorts of stuff; acai juice, teeth whiteners etc.  On August 18th this year (2009) she and her company filed charges against a host of these people.  Prominent among these was Monavie, the very same company that’s picking fault with Lazy Man!  (It’s been an observation of mine that criminals and borderline criminals shout loudest just before they cave in…).  The killer posting is here.

You can read the whole Oprah charge sheet here: http://www.marketwaveinc.com/oprah-vs-monavie.pdf

It’s quite a thing, with ~40 defendants named. To spread the word and put some load on my server, you can download it here, oprah-vs-monavie-etc.pdf, also!!  It’s a right riveting read I can tell you.

The point with @Not Kevin’s original research is that many addresses and company names listed as defendants to Oprah’s charges are in his original comment!!  So well done @Not Kevin!

Analysis

One that attracted my attention was Gillmap.  It’s such a daft name that it stands out!  Not Kevin and I have the County Durham address as:

Gillmap Limited
9 Broomhill
Stanley, DH9 8AZ
Durham

Oprah’s charge sheet (paragraph #15) shows the address as either:

Gillmap Limited aka Natures Perfection
600 SW Army Post Road,
Des Moines, Iowa 50321

or

Gillmap Limited aka Natures Perfection
4977 Fairview Avenue,
Boise, Idaho 83706

In Oprah’s paragraph #32 we find JDW Media from Idaho Falls which Not Kevin addressed perfectly.

There are also defendants from Henderson Nevada, Phoenix & Scottsdale Arizona, Florida, Ontario, Wilmington Delaware and elsewhere.  Many of these addresses and places have popped up in our research over the past half year.

Monavie comes in on paragraph #46 of Oprah’s charges.   In paragraph #51 we have some folks from honest Sandy, Utah.  Sandy in Utah is the hole that started my whole investigations running way back in April with, Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half! It turns out that Orem and Spanish Fork in Utah are also on Oprah’s list.  These towns along with Salt Lake City, Draper and Provo figure prominently in my research.

Robert G Allen

Robert G Allen

In paragraph #29 we see Rauscher Bekke aka ReVLife etc.  One of their addresses is

12399 Belcher Road South
Suite 140
Largo, FL 33773

..which appears as one of the spammers I wrote about with regard to chubby Robert Allen and the rest of the scum hanging round the Utah/Idaho border, here, http://strangelyperfect.tv/3533/robert-g-allen-grants-and-a-credit-card-slimeball/.  The other address appears in paragraph #18 as,

2375 East Camelback Rd.
5th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (different zip code though!)

Not Kevin also pulled out:

871 Coronado Center Drive,
Henderson, NV 89052

…”which appears in paragraph #17

Many individuals are named by Oprah.  However, her lawyers have had the same difficulty in unravelling the miasma of interlocking companies and sites involved.  In the court document they say they are currently after 500+ websites and their owners and will amend the document when they are traced.

That’s one seriously annoyed Oprah!

Conclusion

Don’t mess with Oprah.

A Flying Pig

A Flying Pig

That’s enough analysis.  I haven’t been through every address to see if we’ve picked them up previously.  But like I said at the beginning, I reckon there are only 2 degrees of separation between any of these scam-meisters.  I can’t wait until Oprah’s team hack through the other 500 sites…

Of course, the outcome of this court case and the others isn’t known yet.  All these companies could be like  goody-two-shoes and that we’ve all (including Oprah) got them totally wrong.

But I don’t think so.

Extra Information

On top of the Oprah case, the Texas case and the Utah case, last August also saw the Illinois AG file a similar case against acai snake oil purveyors.  See  http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2009_08/20090819.html Links to complaints forms are provided on that page, if you think you’ve been swindled.  This is the charge sheet(pdf).

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