Careful observers to this website may have (but more probably not) discovered a tiny little link on random pages, which includes the main page. The link is there to trap spammers. Spammers of all kinds really, because once email addresses are skimmed, then they’re in the wild, but initially I trap comment spammers along with address harvesters. At the end of this post you can see the spammers and scammers that I’ve help trap so far which means that they’re added to block lists thus saving internet users just a wee bit of trouble.
For me, as a webmaster, it’s no trouble to install and I urge others to do the same. It’s called Project Honey Pot.
How it Works
For your interest, a file is served to a spammer which anyone can view should they click the tiny link. The file is different on each website. It’s actually human readable but is constructed as two columns with no space, plus a few invisible characters. Copying and pasting aren’t straightforward!
In it, are a perfectly readable set of Terms & Conditions which are broadly similar to those on all my websites, except they’re a lot more formal! Buried in this formality is the statement that anyone who uses an email address sourced from this website is liable to a fee of $50!
This is the full content that (usually) only automated bots will find. Enjoy!
Project Honey Pot Site Terms
And yes, naturally, being a webmaster, I record IP addresses for all visitors for a variety of reasons. Everyone does! Below is my Spam Honey Pot page.
…when mankind left the gravitational confines of our Earth.
A poor boy from the steppes, Yuri Gagarin, simultaneously became the first man in space and the first man to leave Earth and orbit it completely. (This is something that took NASA several steps before John Glenn finally emulated the feat).
While of humble background (like Jesus), his father was a carpenter (like Jesus) and his mother read voraciously (as Jesus knew the scriptures). Obviously, Gagarin wasn’t Jesus, but he did die in his mid-thirties which parallels Jesus’s early death.
I was alive when Gagarin stunned the world by being shot into space. I remember very few photos of the man or the event. The West was naturally very embarrassed by being overshadowed by a dictator-led communist state. Most scientists were just astonished. Most politicians and the mainstream media were extremely alarmist in public (and fully actioned in private) because the inter-continental aspect of chucking a nuclear weapon sized piece of machinery aloft at the height of the cold war was paramount in their minds.
What struck me then and since was the fact that Gagarin always seemed to have a happy cheeriness about him. When we now see his pre-flight pictures, his confidence is astounding, because remember, before the voyage, mankind had conflicting ideas about the very survivability for a man in the entirely hostile and unforgiving environment of space. Some said that a man would die within half and hour from radiation….
Of course, the Soviet scientists had tested these theories with mammals (dogs & ape) and knew that even though the animals died on their space-flights (and were destined to die, by design), they knew that a man could survive the flight and if a return to Earth could be made, he’d live to see another day. They’d also done a small step-by-step approach to their rocketry so even though the rocket was made primarily as an ICBM, its designer was actually more interested in getting men into space and had designed accordingly. (see this article on Sergei Korolev and his space-flight dreams).
This, Gagarin duly did, by re-entering the atmosphere in his capsule and then, when the speed had sufficiently reduced, by opening his capsule and leaping from it to then descend on a conventional parachute.
Amazingly, this all worked, perfectly.
International Space Station
We now see the benefits of this early Soviet work because for the next few years, transport of people to the International Space Station (ISS) will be done by the Russian Soyuz spacecraft alone now that the NASA Space Shuttle is grounded for good.
The Soyuz is a direct descendant of Gagarin’s early capsule and the subsequent work and deaths of Soviet cosmonauts. Later joint work with NASA and their own accidents and astronaut deaths have made the Soyuz platform very reliable, in space flight terms. See this Wikipedia article for a full introduction to space-flight of all kinds.
Google, characteristically, have celebrated Gagarin’s achievement (and that it was, make no mistake, he was a very, very, brave man), with a decorated main page which I’ve copied for posterity above.
Hooray For Gagarin.
So it was 50 years ago today. An event that changed the world and our perception of it and ourselves in the universe.
It’s only people some years older than myself who actually remember the previous world where people remained fixed to the planet and could only dream and wonder about the reality beyond. For myself and folks younger than me, we can only to imagine what that world was like because we are part of the world that Gagarin’s bravery opened up for us..
These images will take you to the current IP addresses of Wikileaks. It follows on from my earlier help to the organisation here when a bunch of Swiss bankers mysteriously managed to influence “independent” judicial decisions in America.
The fact that I even have to do this is an abomination on the face of our so-called freedoms.
Governments: Unfit for purpose.
The Wikileaks “Cablegate” revelations have ensured that the vested interests of non-elected mad Arabs (UAE, Saudis) insisting that the US should bomb an elected group of mad Arabs (Iran) are plain for all to see.
They’ve also have ensured that a whole raft of dirty tricks are now afoot. Coincidentally (not), as soon as Wikileaks released all the”Cablegate” stuff into a full download, the US Gov could then see what was coming and the dirty tricks have become even deadlier, nastier, and even less freedom-loving. It obviously proves that worse revelations are to come.
The Obamas/Clinton democrats are now joined in unison with the US republicans bellowing for instant executions without trial, Israelis, Arabs, Chinese and a host of other countries in an amazingly eclectic unholy alliance that proves that the whole diplomatic world is a very unhealthy cabal of back-scratching plebian egoists with the safety and reputation of their own peoples far below that of the maintenance of their own expanding clique of free-loading arse-lickers.
The fact that they can get the tiny oligarchy of the DNS servers to pull the website index globally on whistle-blowers says it all about internet freedom and even the Internet’s resilience to nuclear attack (yes – its first purpose was to ensure that all nukes got released and that there would be some vestige of command and control, when invented by DARPA).
The fact that normal journalism is now so economically cow-towed that they are for the most part meekishly submissive to the authoritarian demands of various states and multi-national corporations, also says it all.
The fact that sexual allegations against Wikileaks founder coincided with the start of the leak about helicopter gunships mowing down unarmed civilians in broad daylight and have since been expanded to continue with the recent shut-down of the site following an unprecedented DDoS website attack says it all.
The fact that Wikileaks has upset all sides of all governments says it all and reveals them all to be unfit for purpose.
It makes me wonder if my father should’ve bothered turning up at D-Day or Okinawa. What was he fighting for, or against?
Buddhism, Ikeda, Mandela and Education
Today (coincidentally!), Daisaku Ikeda in his Daily Encouragement address to the world, said;
Monday, December 6th, 2010
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“It has been more than 20 years since I first had the privilege of meeting with Nelson Mandela, the lionlike champion of human rights. Recently, former President Mandela, who had just turned 92, sent me an inscribed copy of his latest book. …I wish to share these words…as an expression of my deepest respect: ‘To the youth of today I also have a wish to make: ‘Be the script writers of your destiny and feature yourselves as the stars that show the way towards a brighter future–for our country, our continent and the world.’ ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.‘”
What we see with the attacks upon Wikileaks, is an attack on freedom as it attacks the open knowledge base with which people need to be informed and thus educated. Without knowledge we are nothing.
We are like the women of Afghanistan, shackled by their surroundings of a male hierarchy and ignorant of everything except that which they’re told – except in our case, it’s our elected representatives who choose to hide the truth from us. And in the USA, with over 850,000 people now holding “top secret” status, (which is 1.5 times the population of Washington), we see that the weight of state machinery now devoted to hiding the truth, is immense.
What must be remembered, is that in nearly every single prominent Wikileak, the government has been found out to be doing bad things in our name. It’s nothing to do with national security as they claim, and everything to do with protecting those with comfy state jobs and a falsely clean reputation, no matter what they do.
As a follow up to this post, Disabled my blogtrafficexchange.com Plugin, I trawled through some likely plugin candidates for the symptoms mentioned by @Not Kevin. These are obviously anything related to “web searching” in all it’s guises.
The problem plugin is Psychic Search from MaxBlogPress. In two browsers at least (Chrome & Firefox – I didn’t test any more as one instance of the particular behaviour is bad enough, thank you very much), anyone arriving at my site from a search was left with a blank page but the correct URL showing in the address bar! This manifested for anyone, including myself when logged on, even using the search boxes on the site main page!!!
You pays your money and takes your choice. Most WordPress plugins are free and there is a recognised support path via the WordPress community. Most plugins are available via the WordPress plugin repository, and a side-benefit of this is that all previous plugin versions are there to download…..
Unfortunately, MaxBlogPress plugins are not in the repository and only available via their website. There’s only a single version to download as well. This means I cannot find a version to roll back to for the duff plugin as I never kept a local copy of the original.
Psychic Search is free but a registration process is required. This leads to emails from MaxBlogPress of ever increasing urgency about the latest whizz-o product to improve your SEO or whatever. Quite frankly, it’s almost spam…
There are a heap of websites which try and get round international copyright legislation by acting as “pointers” to copyright material, while not actually holding any on their servers. Pirate Bay, …and the rest. Over the last year or two, a heap of copycat sites have sprung up that act as pointers to the “pointer” websites. Anyone falling on these (usually Russian or Chinese hosted) sites, then has an interminable snakes and ladders of links to navigate to finally arrive at the wanted file.
I know all this because I keep a check on the location of all our Crawling Chaos material as it pops up.!
I’ve also run the gauntlet of potential malware and popups, during which process I came across a popup (again) which demonstrates the mind-thumping hypocrisy of the file-sharing websites.
I’d now like to share this particular piece of hypocritical pap with you! This is on FilesTube.com, (who for the record, prefer to remain anonymous on the internet – see WHOIS here), although the same shite wordage pops up on all of them. It’s not the band Crawling Chaos, but a track with the same words. I could have used anything. They claim to have >38 million files in their “index”.
Main View: the crawling chaos rapidshare - Rapidshare Search - (3 files)
Close Up of Popup
Close Up on: the crawling chaos rapidshare - Rapidshare Search - (3 files)
And there we have it..
“Support Us” they plead.
They don’t say, “Support the people who made the music”. Just, “support us”.
What a bunch of fucking hypocritical thieving bastards.
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