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Fellowship of the Minds locked down, attacked by thousands of spam

A few minutes ago, our host server finally unlocked FOTM, so we are back online.

As you no doubt were aware, yesterday, our blog was under severe spam attacks, in spite of our spam blocker/filter, which led to the server locking us down.

The result was that when you tried to access FOTM, you got this error message:

Error destablishing data base connection

To give you an idea of how massive the spam attacks were, below is a screenshot of FOTM‘s activity in the past 24 hours. See the huge spike? That’s the spam attacks.

Our server informed me about the problem via an email:

After further investigation, we found out that the database that’s connected to your website was locked due to spam attacks coming from your website. We sent the case up to our Security Department to unlock the database so you can clean up the spam messages stored in the table. Once unlocked, we will send you an email so you can get access to your database.
To prevent this issue from happening again, please enable security features like a captcha to prevent your website from spambot attacks.

Needless to say, FOTM does have spam block, which was installed when we reactivated FOTM on another server, 1&1, after evil WordPress took us down on August 15, 2018.

Yesterday’s massive spam attacks were the latest version of the Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) bot attacks that began nearly a month ago on November 10, which account for why sometimes you get a blank page when you try to access FOTM. When you do, just keep refreshing the page until you get a substantive page.

See “Fellowship of the Minds under attack,” Nov. 10, 2018.

A distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is a form of cyber attack wherein a website is flooded with incoming traffic originating from many different sources. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single source. A DoS or DDoS attack is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door of a shop, making it hard for legitimate customers to enter.

Since the DDoS attacks that began on November 10 and continuing didn’t dissuade us, the evildoers resorted to massive spam attacks.

The upside of all this is that FOTM clearly is a thorn in the side of evil doers, otherwise, they wouldn’t want us gone.

Thank you for your patience and your prayers.

~Dr. Eowyn

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Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) threatens to nuke gun-confiscation resisters

Rep. Eric Swalwell, 38, is a California Demonrat who represents east Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In a May 3, 2018 USA Today op/ed entitled, “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Swalwell said he and other Democrats had been too deferential to Second Amendment activists and should follow the lead of teenage “survivors” of the Parkland school shooting who have been more strident.

Swalwell proposed outlawing and confiscating all “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons”. Existing owners of semiautomatic rfiles would be forced to sell their weapons or face prosecution because merely banning assault weapons would still “leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.”

Townhall‘s Katie Pavlich points out that “assault rifle” is a politically loaded, misleading term used by the Left to demonize semi-automatic rifles, and that what Swalwell wants to confiscate is “In other words, every rifle in America.”

Responding to Swalwell’s gun ban and confiscation proposal, former InfoWars reporter Joe Biggs @Rambobiggs tweeted:

So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your fucking mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power.

To which Swalwell tweeted this threat:

And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.

Biggs tweeted back:

So our government would nuke its own country in order to take guns? Wow

So did others:

@KGamecock: “‘We can nuke you but hey, let’s find common ground’ – A sitting US Representative. That’s almost as laughable as your wikipedia photo. Stay in California Eric.”

@Elm 335: “You really just threatened to use nukes on our citizens and can’t understand why we don’t trust the government enough to give up our 2nd amendment rights?!”

Like other Demonrats who’ve issued threats, when confronted Swalwell calls his threat mere sarcasm:

it’s sarcasm. He said he’s going to war with America if gun legislation was passed. I told him his government has nukes. God forbid we use sarcasm

He then portrays himself as the innocent victim:

America’s gun debate in one thread.

1) I propose a buy-back of assault weapons

2) Gun owner says he’ll go to war with USA if that happens

3) I sarcastically point out USA isn’t losing to his assault weapon (it’s not the 18th Century)

4) I’m called a tyrant

Swalwell also calls Biggs and other pro-Second Amendment Americans “gun trolls” whom he’s bravely taken on “to protect kids from being slaughtered in class”.

Elected to the House of Representatives in November 2012, Swalwell is a strong supporter of abortion and LGBTs. He has been mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate and has publicly expressed an interest in running.

Eric Swalwell is precisely the sort of politicians about whom Thomas Jefferson had warned.

About the Parkland school shooting, see the post that got Fellowship of the Minds bot-attacked: “Parkland anomalies: David Hogg was at home during school shooting; interviewed girl before shooting”. If you can’t load that page, you can read the post on archive.today. Click here.

The distributed denial-of-service cyber attacks began 7 days ago and are continuing. That is why you sometimes get a blank page when you try to access FOTM. When you do, just refresh the page until you get a substantive page. Our hosting server has already boosted FOTM‘s memory to the max and can’t do more. We just have to wait them out.

Thank you for your patience and persistence.

~Eowyn

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