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JimRob & John Robinson - GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER - or the Nut Roots will take down Free Republic

Posted on 09/17/2008 10:28:43 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee

This is what the Nut Roots are doing to WGN-AM in Chicago:

Obama vs. WGN-AM
The station is coming under attack for offering airtime to controversial author.
by John McCormick and Steven Schmadeke | Tribune staff reporters
September 16, 2008
chicagotribune.com

Chicago radio station WGN-AM is again coming under attack from the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama for offering airtime to a controversial author. It is the second time in recent weeks the station has been the target of an "Obama Action Wire" alert to supporters of the Illinois Democrat.

Monday night's target was David Freddoso, who the campaign said was scheduled to be on the station from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Chicago time.

Excerted

Obama mobilizes rapid response on Web
Campaign targets media when attacks aired By John McCormick | Chicago Tribune reporter
12:32 AM CDT, September 17, 2008
chicagotribune.com

Much of Barack Obama's political success can be traced to a database listing contact information for millions of people, a tool that has proved invaluable in raising record sums of money and organizing a national volunteer network.

Now Obama's presidential campaign is increasingly using the list to beat back media messages it does not like, calling on supporters to flood radio and television stations when those opposed to him run anti-Obama ads or appear on talk shows.

It did so as recently as Monday night, when it orchestrated a massive stream of complaints on the phone lines of Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM in Chicago when the radio station hosted author David Freddoso, who has written a controversial book about the Illinois Democrat.

chicagotribune.com

If you guys in the Robinson family don't get your act together, and get it together soon, then the Nut Roots are going to take down this site, and take it down hard, for the next two months.

You need to do several things to the Free Republic infrastructure and have them in place no later than about October 1; among them:

1) Mirror Free Republic to at least two other physical locations around the country - one on the east coast [Washington/NYC/Atlanta], and the other maybe more central [Texas has some large colo's with backbone connectivity].

Right now, I am seeing only two IP resolutions for "www.freerepublic.com" - 209.147.64.200 & 209.147.64.201 - and traceroutes have them [predictably] on the same physical network [I imagine that they are sitting right next to one another in the same server rack]:

[n - 2] mg-1.a01.mlpsca01.us.da.verio.net
[n - 1] 128.242.105.82
[n]     209.147.64.200
2) Turn off as much of the relational structure at Free Republic as is possible, and return to a strictly flat file structure for as much of the content at Free Republic as is possible.

The current relational structure is hopelessly broken, and the negotiations between the caching frontend and the relational backend are breaking down multiple times a day.

Again: THE RELATION STRUCTURE MUST BE DISCARDED - THIS IS IMPERATIVE.

[Furthermore, it is vastly easier to propagate a flat file structure to multiple physical sites around the country; trying to propagate a relational structure, in real time, with relatively limited funds for bandwidth, is essentially impossible.]

3) As things really heat up in October & November, I'd consider banning [temporarily] all non-political content, and instituting an aggressive policy of putting on probation the accounts of users who post lengthy, inane, unfocused, meandering, off-topic soliloquies - concentrating instead on promoting the work of people [like Kristinn] who are doing original investigative reporting and who are presenting their results in simple, straightforward, declarative arguments.

Along those lines, I'd move aggressively to upgrade the quality of the moderators who are policing the content at Free Republic - the quality of the moderation is utterly unpredictable from hour to hour - one hour there will seem to be a moderator who "gets it", and the next hour, it's as if that moderator's shift suddenly ended, and we have an utterly clueless moderator in charge of things.

I don't care if you're worried about hurting Granny's feelings if you tell her that she can't moderate for the next two months - we have to get some moderators in here who are up-to-date on current events and who understand the difference between original investigative reporting [regarding e.g. DEM/Obama treason & Bolshevik/Gramscian subterfuge] and the kinds of "Pray for my Kitty who is having feline leukemia chemotherapy tomorrow morning" threads which seem to waste so much CPU time & bandwidth at this site.



TOPICS: Free Republic; Technical
KEYWORDS: 2008electionbias; antifreespeech; brownshirts; civilwar2; civilwarii; cyberterrorism; denialofservice; despotism; dncbrownshirts; dos; dosattack; fascism; fr; freerepublic; freespeech; hackers; internet; nobama; obama
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If you guys need help doing this stuff, then put out the call for help - there are plenty of telecomm/database guys who hang out at Free Republic who would be happy to be in charge of a local cache of Free Republic at a nearby colo [Northern VA/Atlanta/Texas/Wherever].

And the hardware for a local cache of a flat file structure shouldn't cost more than $1000 or so [and that's for new equipment - used equipment would be essentially costless].

I'm sure there are countless telecomm/database guys at Free Republic who have excellent 1U/2U servers lying around, unused, in their offices, or their garages, with dual gigabit ethernet, capable of supporting 16GB+ of RAM, which wouldn't have any problem serving up flat file structures on any major backbone in the USA.

1 posted on 09/17/2008 10:28:43 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

This should be a fun thread...


2 posted on 09/17/2008 10:31:21 AM PDT by Ogie Oglethorpe (2nd Amendment - the reboot button on the U.S. Constitution)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

I’ve been wanting to ask for a couple of weeks and this looks like a good opportunity:

Is there an alternative ip for FR?

Thanks.


3 posted on 09/17/2008 10:32:18 AM PDT by rvoitier ("I'll see you at the debate, bitches!" ~~ Paris Hilton, '08 Campaign)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Incoming...


4 posted on 09/17/2008 10:32:28 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("And how can this be? For I am the Kwisatz Haderach! " - Barack Obama)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Actually, you could move the “Pray for my kitty” threads to another database. You don’t want to turn this place into a another Lucy


5 posted on 09/17/2008 10:32:38 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
Actually, you could move the “Pray for my kitty” threads to another database. You don’t want to turn this place into a another Lucy

LOL!

6 posted on 09/17/2008 10:34:03 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Cure CINOism- Write in proven conservatives at all levels on the ballot)
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To: rvoitier

I don’t know if it’s an alternative IP but a great poster on the Yahoo Group gave us this...

http://beta.freerepublic.com/tag/news-forum/index

I can always get in.


7 posted on 09/17/2008 10:34:21 AM PDT by netmilsmom (An Obama win? Move to AK, secede, drill, drill, drill!!!!!!)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

IBTZ!!!


8 posted on 09/17/2008 10:34:34 AM PDT by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

There may be a few security improvements that the Robinsons can make but they have their act together already.


9 posted on 09/17/2008 10:34:46 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Oh, the human atee of it all. This is gonna be interesting fer sure... :)


10 posted on 09/17/2008 10:34:51 AM PDT by bcsco (Sarah America! Ignore the lipstik at your peril!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

why?


11 posted on 09/17/2008 10:35:12 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Some days it is not worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Totally agree with Kidd. Get ‘er done. Also, you should be preparing for the future. Get the word out. If you need more dough say so and get the money, make the upgrades. Many of us are already seeing FR crashing mulple times per day, or at least slowing down.


12 posted on 09/17/2008 10:36:03 AM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: TommyDale

um...read the thread, it is a quote from a news article.

<P.IBTZ is not applicable here.


13 posted on 09/17/2008 10:36:10 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Some days it is not worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

I do believe that spreading mirrors across sites would be a great idea. I just dont think its something you can just do on a whim without exploding the whole darn thing.


14 posted on 09/17/2008 10:36:18 AM PDT by smith288 (Maverick - Barracuda 08! Http://www.cafepress.com/smith288)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Too bad this site does not accept funding like the MILLIONS Soros has supplied to the Duhmmies and MoveOn.org

But apparently accepting funding immediately removes your ability to be impartial and unbiased... or something like that.

Ask JimRob. He seems to think this site could not be kept the same if it was well-funded

15 posted on 09/17/2008 10:36:31 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: TommyDale
What's up man? Don't worry he's on our side he's not a troll.


16 posted on 09/17/2008 10:37:11 AM PDT by mainestategop (MAINE: The way communism should be)
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To: rvoitier

“Is there an alternative ip for FR?”

Yes. IIRC, it is on AOL.

We use it when the normal link goes down.

I’ve forgotten the actual URL.


17 posted on 09/17/2008 10:37:37 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: TommyDale
IBTZ!!!

Why? It's a constructive suggestion arosen from a legitimate concern.

18 posted on 09/17/2008 10:38:00 AM PDT by SolidWood (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

I don’t believe you really know, as much as you think you know, on this subject.


19 posted on 09/17/2008 10:38:48 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

20 posted on 09/17/2008 10:38:57 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

You do know that JIMROB and staff have been working on installing some new servers, don’t you?

That is what has been causing the double posts, I believe.


21 posted on 09/17/2008 10:39:14 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

JimRob and John Robinson:

Are those new servers Apple Macintosh computer servers? If so, Apple computers as servers are among the best. Plus Apple has a great track record to having the least problems with hacking attacks. Thanks for the response.

From A Apple Fan. :) =^..^=


22 posted on 09/17/2008 10:41:05 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: Ogie Oglethorpe
This is Direct Attack on Free Expression....
Pro-OBambi / OBiden / DBM / MSM / DNC - Led attack.
If They win...America loses....

23 posted on 09/17/2008 10:41:17 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass ("Annoy the media, elect PALIN and McCAIN....errr....McCAIN / PALIN.....MCPALIN" 8^)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Probably not a bad idea to ping them both. I’d like to see what John thinks.....


24 posted on 09/17/2008 10:42:40 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee; jimrob

Agreed.

Need to have at least 1 mirror site and perhaps a COOP site besides.

I have noticed recently a good bit of timeouts and double postings from timeouts lately, and suspect we’re getting DOS attacks right now.

We’re be probed. Make no mistake


25 posted on 09/17/2008 10:43:19 AM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: netmilsmom; UCANSEE2

Thanks, guys!


26 posted on 09/17/2008 10:43:25 AM PDT by rvoitier ("I'll see you at the debate, bitches!" ~~ Paris Hilton, '08 Campaign)
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To: AppyPappy

LOL!


27 posted on 09/17/2008 10:43:29 AM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: bcsco
Oh, the human atee of it all.

Oh, the huge manatee!

28 posted on 09/17/2008 10:43:29 AM PDT by xJones
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To: Obadiah

What we had seen early in the week should serve as a warning, not just to FR but to ANY conservitive website.


29 posted on 09/17/2008 10:43:30 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Did you consider sending this in Freep mail first by chance?


30 posted on 09/17/2008 10:43:33 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

I’m sure they have the sandbags in place with the .50 cal installed. They know there will be zappers in the weeks to come.


31 posted on 09/17/2008 10:43:41 AM PDT by mmanager (What a mess we are in.)
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To: netmilsmom; rvoitier

http://beta.freerepublic.com/ = http://209.157.64.204/

http://www.freerepublic.com/ = http://209.157.64.200/

Bookmark the direct IP addresses if the DNS listing gets hacked.


32 posted on 09/17/2008 10:44:04 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: SolidWood; KayEyeDoubleDee; TommyDale

“It’s a constructive suggestion arosen from a legitimate concern. “


Yes. It most certainly is (you made up ‘arosen’).

How much better to see someone offer some SOLUTIONS, instead of just whining about it.

Thank You, KIDD.


33 posted on 09/17/2008 10:45:07 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee; Jim Robinson; John Robinson

OK, since no one else has done it....

Jim and John, PING!!!


34 posted on 09/17/2008 10:45:37 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Some days it is not worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: AppyPappy; TADSLOS

The “pray for my kitty” threads are important. Seriously, those threads help posters who are energetically opposed to each on particular political points, to remember that they’re both human and have some things in common that are important to them and that they agree on. The sense of community that such threads help build, improve the cultural foundations of FR and the overall tone of the discourse here.


35 posted on 09/17/2008 10:45:50 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

But Kitty was just recruited and registered to vote by my local Democrats. Little do they know Kitty will vote for McCain.

Have a heart.


36 posted on 09/17/2008 10:46:31 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

But Kitty was just recruited and registered to vote by my local Democrats. Little do they know Kitty will vote for McCain.

Have a heart.


37 posted on 09/17/2008 10:46:44 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Y’all might consider putting all n00bs on a probationary status for the duration. Maybe their posts can be subject to review prior to posting, or some such thing.


38 posted on 09/17/2008 10:47:04 AM PDT by gridlock (The Democrats have attacked Motherhood. Now if they attack Baseball and Apple Pie, we're all set!)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

Ever hear of Gridscale?

Makes relational DB propagation seamless and very bandwidth/cost efficient. But it only works with IBM DB2 platforms currently. I doubt that is what FR’s backend is built on.

Other than that, these are good suggestions. If I still worked for an ISP I’d be happy to facilitate the colo...but alas I don’t.


39 posted on 09/17/2008 10:47:32 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: xJones
Oh, the huge manatee!

This thread isn't about Hillary. Please stay on topic... :)

40 posted on 09/17/2008 10:47:32 AM PDT by bcsco (Sarah America! Ignore the lipstik at your peril!)
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To: UCANSEE2
you made up ‘arosen’

Typo...

41 posted on 09/17/2008 10:47:40 AM PDT by SolidWood (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

I’m sure Jim, John and company are way ahead of the game on this. This site has been around for a long time and has seen much worse attacks that Obamalamadingdong can do.


42 posted on 09/17/2008 10:48:06 AM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee; jimrob; John Robinson

Jim and John, I hope you are reading this thread and taking it to heart.

Free Republic has gone from a place for conservative to hang out to a major disseminator of conservative thought, ideas, news, etc. Free Republic today is essential to the conservative cause.

Please be proactive in protecting Free Republic from left wing attacks. If this means a special FReepathon to buy equipment or pay for colos, then so be it.


43 posted on 09/17/2008 10:48:24 AM PDT by upchuck (Law of Logical Argument: Anything's possible if you don't know what you're talking about. => nObama))
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To: netmilsmom

Oh yeah! That alternative is a keeper...thanks.


44 posted on 09/17/2008 10:48:29 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Obadiah
If the cost is low and this needs to be done Jim Rob should put together the cost and then ask for donations to cover those costs.

Put me down for a donation over and above my monthly.

45 posted on 09/17/2008 10:49:09 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (The Difference Between Palin and Obama is Common Sense, She's GOT IT, He DOESN'T)
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To: Obadiah

I am not the only one having problems getting onto and posting on FR?


46 posted on 09/17/2008 10:49:51 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: OKIEDOC

Yup, me too.


47 posted on 09/17/2008 10:50:04 AM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: UCANSEE2
Double-posts have a myriad of causes. I've encountered every single one of them. Mostly it's a bad mouse, an apple-mouse (that your kids reset improperly), a micro-soft mouse (that you, yourself reset improperly), an old mouse not compatible with the current motherboard, a local overloaded server on Cox cable (as they relocate stuff to make way for massive communications and electrical supply infrastructure for whatever the local military base is doing), etc.

Sometimes it's on JimRob's end ~ sometimes it's just California.

Double posts don't worry me.

48 posted on 09/17/2008 10:50:51 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: sam_paine

Thank you so much! I now have four bookmarks in my FR folder!


49 posted on 09/17/2008 10:52:06 AM PDT by netmilsmom (An Obama win? Move to AK, secede, drill, drill, drill!!!!!!)
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To: upchuck
Free Republic today is essential to the conservative cause.
Just ask Dan Rather, formerly of cBS.
50 posted on 09/17/2008 10:52:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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