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Can't Keep Us Down

You may have noticed that for an extended period of time today, the Irregular Times website was unavailable to you. We pay money to provide this space that not only contains our writing but your thoughts, which we welcome whether we agree with you or not — in the comments to each post, yes, but also in the freer-form diaries and forum. Someone out there wants to shut it down, hitting the dedicated Irregular Times server with denial of service attacks through last night and most of today. Whoever did this is a coward, cloaking their actual identity and IP address. That’s typical; most of the people who try to censor others are weak like that. Here at Irregular Times we (and you) regularly irk so many different kinds of intolerant people that I can’t even begin to guess what sort of liberty-hating prude is responsible for today’s shenanigans. I’m not even going to try. It’s not worth it.

And no matter: our web hosting service folks have patched the particular security hole this attacker exploited, and we’re back up and at it. They can’t keep us down without nuking vast swaths of the United States or amending the U.S. Constitution to death. Even if these people managed to wipe out the entire contents of our server, even if they fire-bombed it, we have backups in multiple states separated by hundreds of miles, and we’re ready to re-establish Irregular Times and get right back in the saddle again.

Tomorrow morning, we’ll get right back to writing about the events and information and ideas we think are important, and we look forward to you writing back and doing the same. Tonight I’ll sleep soundly, knowing that together we’ve made some zealous censor’s undies get all twisty. I kind of like that.

5 thoughts on “Can't Keep Us Down”

  1. Jacob says:

    I know I mostly debate in here but I have to admit I missed the interaction today. Im sure I am not well liked here but I have enjoyed it (sometimes more then others)

    1. Jim says:

      I don’t know you personally, Jacob, so I can’t possibly dislike you, but I have to say I enjoy having detractors come here. Disagreement is a means by which ideas are brought into relief.

      Thanks for the kind word.

    2. J. Clifford says:

      Yup, I agree with Jim. We’re not the sort of people who believe in timid debate. We prefer strongly worded arguments to tip-toeing around people’s sensitivities. For that reason, I appreciate it when people like yourself fully engage – even though I disagree with you.

  2. Tom says:

    Thanks for keeping us debating the issues which separate us as citizens. Without that it would be a life without learning, devoid of hearing the other side (no matter how demented or illogical), and at the least uninformed. i don’t mind hearing Christian viewpoints, even when i think they’re absurd, or Republican talking points that are lame, greed-based or inconsiderate. As long as i can put my view point out there too, it’s all fair game and food for thought. i’ve been visiting this site for years and i’ve grown politically as a result. This site has inspired me to do more to stand up to the abuse of government, the “boxed” ideologies of some religious “fundies” and bigotted respondents. i like the fact that you stand behind and absolutely hate the trashing, misuse and ignorance of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. i’ve read so much about the financial sector, the corporate take-over of the government and the on-going environmental degradation that i can converse for hours with anyone on these subjects and cite informed and knowlegible sources to back up claims.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Jim says:

      Thanks, Tom!

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