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I have an awful feeling we have been . I can’t get access to our admin programs, and even the Rackspace guys have been locked out of SSH.
   You wonder who the sick bastards are who would hack a company that sets out to do good. I realize some hackers have a weird sense of justice, when they target the big . But the little guy?
   I can still blog away, but no new posts can get published.
   I know a few weeks back, a bunch of blogs were attacked, but politically, I have been (well, ). But my gut tells me there is some connection. Probably because I don’t insult the American president, ergo, I must be a conservative.
   Which does remind me of one thing. I have around two dozen friends on a joke list. Whenever a joke comes through, I am the guy who forwards them, to spread good cheer. Everyone enjoys it when I send a joke, even long-time voters. The minute I send one that is vaguely supportive of the US administration—never mind how many I have sent prior to that that laughs at it (from the Vice-President’s hunting accident to the war in )—someone complains. The most recent was a cartoon on the UN’s dealings with , which some of my liberal friends interpreted as an endorsement of waging on the country. I did not think so.
   Back in the days, I remember sending plenty of jokes about the 42nd president—but opinions were not this divided. And I remember being balanced with my then, too, so slightly pro-Clinton jokes (it was easy to laugh at Sen. when certain commercials were shown) never received complaints from those conservative friends.
   Is it now to be , or, in my case, with my humour? Or are we humans now geared toward criticizing and laughing at larger institutions and governments, to the point where we don’t like hearing hints of support?
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