As You Know, We’ve Had Some Problems

July 23, 2009

About Website Hosting

When we first decided to go away from free WordPress.com, I had no idea just how crazy hosting your own site would be. We went with a very popular shared host, installed WordPress, and off we went.

Over time, though, that site began to bog down. We were getting lots of good traffic, but no matter what I tried (and my knowledge at the time was very low), I couldn’t get the site to move faster.

Then problems really started when our traffic started getting into the thousands of unique hits every day, topping out at about 10,000 on election day.

Then something astonishing happened. Well, it was astonishing to me, but not to anyone with any sense. Our shared hosting company ditched us, and we had to move the site yet again. Would I be admitting to too much stupidity if I told you that happened twice?

Well, that was a long time ago, and I’ve finally learned all the lessons I should have learned before I started hosting my own website. And better yet, I’ve decided to share.

So if you have a site on a shared host, or really any type of host, there are some major things that no one will tell you that you really need to know. For instance, you could be having crazy amounts of spam bots accessing your site thousands of times a day and you won’t even know it unless you know where to look because most stat programs ignore bots.

Anyway, to read all that I’ve learned, click on the link below:

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Democrats play politics with bank rescue vote. Could crash markets.

September 22, 2008

Not happy “just” to bail out the banking industry, the Democratic leadership has decided to play politics with the legislation and added a variety of populist proposals including the bailout of home owners and rules about executive compensation.

Assuming the Republicans won’t stand in the way of saving the country from a potential economic meltdown, Democrats show their true colors, as usual.  Always out for a vote.

Read the article.


Wall Street, Main Street, You, Me And 700 Billion Dollars

September 20, 2008

With a congressional disapproval rating of 71%, the 110th Congress has a staggering emergency on its hands.  

As Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke laid out the frightening ramifications of the financial crisis, congressional leaders sat in stunned silence.

 “When you listened to him describe it you gulped,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) said, “We’re literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system, with all the implications here at home and globally.”  Dodd went on to describe the meeting this way, “Somber doesn’t begin to justify the words. We have never heard language like this. This problem began with bad lending practices.” Read the rest of this entry »


Fed to bail out AIG – to the tune of $85 Billion

September 17, 2008

The Democrats must be dancing in the streets.  With the government taking over so much of the American economy we’re quickly becoming a socialist country.

In an extraordinary turn, the Federal Reserve agreed Tuesday night to take a nearly 80 percent stake in the troubled giant insurance company, the American International Group, in exchange for an $85 billion loan. Read full story.


Michael Bloomberg – “The economy is fundamentally strong”

September 15, 2008

Whether you love him or loathe him, you can’t say NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t understand the economy. In contrast to Barack Obama and his running mate, Bloomberg said he ‘d rather play America’s hand than any other country.  According to Politico he echoed John McCain’s earlier remarks that the fundamentals of the US economy are sound. Read the full article.


The Economy: It’s Time to Worry

September 15, 2008

With the stock market dropping today, and financial institutions variously begging for federal dollars, restructuring, or looking desperately for (reluctant) buyers, radio and tv talk show host Glenn Beck is reminding his listeners, this morning, of a point he made several months ago. He said:

The time to worry about the economy is when the price of oil goes down when everything else indicates it should be going up.

Today a barrel of oil is under $100, Liberia (a major source of US oil) is having trouble, and hurricane Ike has just slammed offshore wells and onshore refining plants. All of the normal indicators point to an increasing cost per barrel. That’s not happening.

And that’s not good. Here’s why:

The supply of oil has temporarily declined. Normally that would indicate higher prices; but higher prices have not materialized. That can only mean oil demand has gone down. Lower oil demand is a clear indication of less production, less domestic economic activity.

The cause of our reduced activity can be found in the financial sector. Today there should be no doubt the problem has moved beyond the housing market. Large financial institutions are in trouble. Under that scenario, banks are not lending money; they’re keeping it to protect their own asset bases. And when lendable money is hard to come by, businesses can’t get business loans or lines of credit to expand their activity. They stagnate or retrench. In turn, their employees absorb the message broadcast by how their companies act, and decide to hold on to their own dollars rather than spend as they had before, which further depresses the demand for goods, further slowing the economy.

We are now in that downward cycle. It’s time to worry.