Regarding the site

Hey all. So, things are a little more desperate financially than I thought even last month, so I need to move on this ASAP.

I need anyone who is willing to fund this place in the short term to email me – stark23x at the gmail. Put RTFTLC Finances in the subject, if you could. If I could float a month or three without having to shut down the current server, that would give us breathing room.

Secondly, I need someone who knows WordPress and is willing to take on admin/back end duties to get in touch. Same email. My secondary problem is, I just don’t have the time right now to devote to moving/recreating this place elsewhere, so I’m looking for a technical volunteer.

I just found out yesterday that I may not ever be able to actually have my syrup business in this state. They are trying to pass some new regulations that forbid me from selling online. Ever.  Connecticut is just the frigging worst. This puts me in an even bigger hole than I expected and I don’t see any way out at the moment.

*edited to add Evenshrugged suggested a GoFundMe, so I set it up. gofund.me/rtftlc is the link. Obviously I’d be incredibly grateful for whatever help I could get. Life has sneaked up behind me and punched me square in the wallet lately.

End of an Era

Well, the time has come. I can’t afford to keep this site any more. The archive is just too big to reduce my tier of hosting, and honestly…I’m done. It’s basically 5 guys yelling at each other every day, and it’s cost me thousands of dollars over the years to host an ever-dwindling, pale imitation of the old Thunderdome.

So…September 1st, 2016, RTFTLC is going dark, unless someone else wants to pay to host it. Right now it costs me a hundred a month (due to the need for many gigabytes of disk space, mostly). There are cheaper options, like an unlimited business account at WordPress, but I also do not have the time to move the site, so if someone wants to salvage it, they also need to either know how to move it, or pay someone who does.

I will save all the data and keep it in my own archives. If the site goes dark, the words will be safe. Someday I’ll figure out a way to publish the MW and RTFTLC archives on the cheap, but for now, I can’t do this anymore. Sorry to everyone still around, and sorry, Lee. I kept it going for a long time, brother.

Some facts about police shootings

Here’s some hard data from 2015:
 
50% of all fatal shootings by police were white victims. 26% were black. However, statistics are a funny thing, and context often matters in social statistics.
 
When you adjust for demographics vs. geography, cops shoot and kill black suspects at a rate of 3 to 1 in urban neighborhoods with a predominantly black population. Furthermore, while black men make up 6% of the US population, they make up 40% of fatal police shootings. Most of them, regardless of race, were armed. 4% of the fatal shootings of black men by police involved an unarmed victim. 25% of the fatalities demonstrated clear signs of or had a history of mental illness. Suspects are OVERWHELMINGLY male.If you want, you can adjust for crime statistics but it doesn’t clarify anything. Black people make up 28% of all crime where an arrest was made. The specific number isn’t available at that link, but you have to assume some of those were women. If you remove them entirely, the fact that black men still account for 40% of fatal police shootings really jumps out as a problem.

 
If you are using these statistics to try to make an argument and someone else is using them to oppose you, it’s possible that you are both right and/or both wrong, depending on how you are using the numbers.
 
You can run all sorts of analysis on the 2015 data here. This list is probably the most complete set of data available for 2015, although it may not be perfectly inclusive. You don’t need anyone’s interpretation. You can just look at the facts for yourself. There is a problem with cops shooting black men at a disproportionate rate, and admitting that fact should transcend social and political lines.The real question is how do we make make everyone safer by de-escalating the current tensions? I personally think cameras are a great start. Everyone should film everything, and that includes police with body cams. Let’s keep everything on the record, all the time.

Add some flavor to your holidays

Hey all. So, I haven’t asked for money for the server in forever, but I could definitely use a little financial help these days. Not with a donation or anything. I’m perfectly willing to sell you something in exchange for your money. :)

My new business venture is Doctor Stark’s Elixirs. I make small batch, and as much as the word gets mocked, it applies, “artisanal” cocktail syrups in flavors that you won’t find elsewhere. You can check them out at my site: Doctorstark.com or the Etsy shop or at Square Market.

No bullshit, I’m like some sort of savant with this stuff. These things are incredible, and if you like to mix cocktails, you need them. If you want to serve the best frigging holiday cocktail ever, you definitely need the Apple Cider Pie. If you like sweet & spicy and you dig mezcal, you need Diablo. Hot Ginger is good with literally every kind of primary spirit I’ve tried. Marrakesh is amazing with gin, and also on waffles or ice cream.

Every bottle has a signature recipe on the side, and I make tons of variations. Hit me up if you need ideas. And buy a bottle or 5. They would also make pretty unique gifts for the holidays!

APPLE PIE PRODUCT SHOT Nov2015 2000 DIABLO-new-product-shot-August-2015-001 HOTGING new product shot aug 2015 2000 MARRA new product shot aug 2015 square 2000

Technical stuff

Hi. I’m sorry I let the blog technically malfunction so often and for so long. Working on fixing it. I just wanted to explain where I am stuck right now.

  • I think I have restored the author writing tools to working order.
  • Something I did broke the registration form completely. At one point I was able to register a new account for myself, but now it;s broken again. Still working on that.
  • Comment form now has a 90% working editor. The link button does not pop up and become useful yet. Something in the customization from the redesign ages go is interfering between the preview and the link buttons.

I don’t have a ton of time to devote to this, so if I can’t get it working soon, the odds are that I will scrap the entire design and all customization and install a new wordpress theme and enough plugins to get it working, then turn it over to Hal and Alex or whoever we all decide is a good technical admin. Fingers crossed that I can find the frigging cuplrit. It’s something in the AJAX vs JQuery stuff. I hate blog software.

*EDITED TO ADD*

I do not know what the fuck is going on here and to be honest I can’t devote the time or money to fix it. Everything I tried broke something else and when I tried to put it back the way it was I broke the entire site. Hence this new blank template. I’m ready to turn this over to someone else and see if they can fix it and get things running in a useful way.

In the last ten minutes I have had 5 6 emails telling me new users registered. ALL SPAMMERS. Registration has been turned off for now.

I’m not going to deal with this for very long, so y’all need to decide fairly quickly what is going to happen to this blog. I’m pretty much done. I’ll work with someone to hand it over. I can still host. I just cannot work on it.