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I’m alive!

… and not yet in federal custody.

Sorry for the blog being out this morning. Someone asked me to tell the story of that, but it’s really dull. Just something about the access file BHM uses to keep spammers out. Went temporarily haywire and kept us all out. Me, you, everybody.

Webmaster Oliver fixed it, but only after both his mailbox and mine filled up with worries.

I’m glad you’re keeping an eye out, guys. If you ever see something like this instead of that 403 message, you can start worrying for real. For now, though, no problem.

Back soon with Actual Content! I’m working on something now.


  1. Karen
    Karen February 11, 2014 1:05 pm

    Thankyou webmaster Oliver!! I thought it was just me locked out of my morning fix.

  2. naturegirl
    naturegirl February 11, 2014 3:08 pm

    LOL, that was weird. I just figured something broke. If the other page ever shows up I’d be applauding whomever pissed em off. heh.

  3. naturegirl
    naturegirl February 11, 2014 3:10 pm

    Wait, just read the whole FBI thing. LOL at the thought of BHM ever money laundering. duh.

  4. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau February 11, 2014 4:21 pm

    That FBI warning sure is a creepy, ugly thing. Good way to make a person feel like a peon or a slave. “Yassuh, Massa! We don’t be doing no money launderin’. Don’t got no money to launder!”

  5. Oliver
    Oliver February 11, 2014 6:38 pm

    What happened this morning was very odd. We hope it was a one-time thing but we all know what hoping is worth.

    If you can normally connect to any of our blogs and, like this morning, suddenly find yourself getting an error message, rest assured you have not been banned. Just stop back in a few hours by which time we hope we’ve fixed the problem. Hmm…there we go hoping again.

    If you did get the 403 error message this morning and are inclined to offer a little help in our tracking down the source of the problem, please send an email to me at webmaster[at] Please make the subject line “403” and include the name of the company through which you connect to the Internet. That’s it and thanks in advance to all who who help.


  6. ENthePeasant
    ENthePeasant February 11, 2014 9:35 pm

    Was gone for a week in Eastern Oregon and just turned on the computer this morning and you were not here. Glad it’s not as bad as my fevered nightmares.

  7. naturegirl
    naturegirl February 11, 2014 9:58 pm

    Oliver, it was a “you aren’t allowed in here because your browser isn’t recognized etc etc” and it hasn’t even happened here before. Next time I’ll screen cap it, but really I’ve never seen it happen in the years & years I’ve been around. Probably a one time fluke?

    All the blogs had it, which you probably already know.

    (on Firefox)

  8. ENthePeasant
    ENthePeasant February 11, 2014 10:55 pm

    I’ve heard rumors that the Feds are going after Firefox because they’re are ways around their snooping. I hope that’s the case but I fear that’s wishful thinking.

  9. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty February 12, 2014 6:50 am

    Just an idea… Start now to collect and verify physical addresses for those you would like to contact in a worst case situation when/if the internet goes down for any length of time. Put the addresses on an encrypted thumbdrive, but also keep a paper copy somehow. Buy some paper and ink pens, envelopes… just in case.

    I used to have “pen pals” all over the world as a teen. I spent a year in traction, and that was one of the things that kept me from going nuts. It could do the same for us just in case the bastards do manage to mess up the internet. They can’t hold us down long, really, no matter what.

  10. Hanza
    Hanza February 12, 2014 8:04 am

    @MamaLiberty: If the Feds screw up the internet don’t you think they would also do things to the mail?

  11. naturegirl
    naturegirl February 12, 2014 2:14 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that is true about Firefox. Somehow I always think of Chrome as the “other gov type spy” and forget IE (for probably the same reasons).

    I just don’t get online under my name or have a real address. If they’re coming for me then they will have to work a bit harder figuring things out…….

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