Man With Black Hat and the Iranian Bombing

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May 312009
 

Man with Black Hat Blames Everyone Else!

Investigation into Scottish WitchcraftAhmad Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts in Iran who has a black hat, has said that the fingertips of the West are definitely on the ghastly bombing in the south-east Iranian city of Zahedan on Thursday.  So it’s all my fault then…?

Three Hang in Edam Zahedan

Three Hang in Edam Zahedan

Interestingly, within two days of the blast, three previously arrested blokes were publicly hanged.  They were members of (yet another) Muslim group called Jundallah, the Soldiers of God.  They were executed for the crime of being Mohareb, which means Enemies of God, I’m told.

Surely even the dimmest of intelligences cannot miss the irony in this dichotomy?

I think, within that small statement lies the problem.  Until the two phrases are removed from the language and people’s minds, the Muslim peoples will continue to blow each other up into eternity.  How many more Mosques and Zahedans will that be?

The fact that there may be fifth columnists and agent provocateurs involved as Khatami claims is irrelevant.

The evil already exists in their minds and it’s this and their attitudes which must change.  It’s been like this for 1400 years!   It’s not a new thing!   This is neatly summarised by Daisaku Ikeda when he says:

It is the function of evil to divide; to alienate people from each other and divide one country from another. The universe, this world and our own lives, are the stage for a ceaseless struggle between hatred and compassion, the destructive and constructive aspects of life. In the end, the evil over which we must triumph is the impulse toward hatred and destruction that resides in us all.

In a related quote from the 13th century, Nichiren, the great Japanese monk , says:

“There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.” – On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime – WND1, page 4

Much of Islam is now exactly where Scotland was 500 years ago in politics and religion.  Women were feared and any that weren’t subservient enough or found to be “too clever” were named as witches in summary trials dressed up with God and the Devil, and killed.  Thousands of them…   Men, fearful of a loss of status and the strange power of “the womb man”, would do anything to maintain it. ( Those with most to lose will do anything to keep what they have).  English society still has many vestiges of this chauvanism.

In Iran, the three men were executed following overwhelming evidence (he said) with the same evidence pointing to Western involvement.  Ahmad Khatami said so, and yet mysteriously, none was offerred in his highly public news conference or has been offered since.  Like the Bush & Blair ‘weapons of mass destruction’ lie, no evidence exists.

Of that we can be sure.

So the story continues, more people will die and the rabble-rousing man with a black hat still has power.

Page versus Database Query Caching

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May 092009
 

Introduction

I’m a born twiddler.  Even though something works quite happily, I’ll try something else.

So it was yesterday. In an effort to improve the ‘user experience’ and promote a bit of feedback on this website, I’ve been twiddling with various plugins.

Caching for Speed

Some time ago I changed caching methods from Donncha’s WP Supercache to Dmitry’s Db Cache.  To be fair, there wasn’t much in it, especially then.

  • One reason was probably my sympathy for the little man!  Donncha’s plugin is heavily plugged (pun intended), and even though that’s because he’s a good programmer and the tool has super ratings, I still thought I’d give something else a go.
  • Another reason is the “emperor’s new clothes” effect!  Donncha is part of the core WP personnel and in my long and flawed life I’ve come to observe the obsequious nature of people in the most unlikely of places!  So to eliminate that, it seemed fair to try alternatives.  This is something I continue to do – i.e. not trust anyone’s word fully until I’ve tried or observed it myself.  (Heroin is like this – it’s obviously crap by observation; I can see the effect on lives and society so I don’t need to test it.  Beer is a different matter though…)

Now

I’m not an expert, but I understand the arguments behind the two methods of caching.  The query caching has actually worked very well, until yesterday.  Then, all the plugin twiddling I was doing coincided with a big pile of hits (for me!) at about 21:00 GMT, mainly sourced from http://whatreallyhappened.com/ and other linked pages.  I was getting about one every 3 secs at one point.

Then the website fell over.

I struggled to turn off plugins – my plugin permutation testing strategy now being consigned to a future date – and wondered what was happening.  The database was alive but returning failed access.  So I eventually went to bed!!

Today, I’ve gone back to WP Super Cache, cleaned out all duff caches I can find, turned off a few plugins and tested using http://ismyblogworking.com/.   Well it is!

And very nippy it is too! (for me that is… as I said, I love twiddling and I love gadgets, and I’ve probably got way too many running for dedicated web purists – but that’s me!)

Conclusion

@AmazonNever, ever, be afraid to experiment.  All I’ve lost is few hits which in the scheme of the wider universe is pretty pathetic.  But I’ve learned so much more.  I’ll possibly go into this another time.  But for now, it appears that Donncha’s WP Super Cache is super!  The problems I had some months back were a combination of other things, and to some extent they are on-going.  I’m not the first person, and I know I won’t be the last to be drawn down the wrong path when troubleshooting.  The issue of my webhost is starting to come back again.  I’ve checked out different hosts in my price band (actually that means as cheap as it’ll go…!) and they are all much the same.  People are actually having much worse downtime rates than me among all the major players in this part of the market when I’ve checked forums etc.  So that’s still to be looked at and decided upon…hmmm.  Should I pay (a lot) more for a better service or just sit…..?

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