We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My new years resolution:
I admit it I spend too much time looking at blogs and other stuff on the internet. No! I'm not going to stop, but I am going to delete those sites from my favorites that have multiple pop up ads that block what you are trying to read or that otherwise have excessive ads. I get it the ads pay their way but put them on the right side like most people do or did and do not go so far overboard that I can't even read the article. My favorite blogs are food blogs and I am searching for recipes. You have to read the recipe before you can know if you want to download it to try. But as you page down you typically get three lines per page and 3-5 advertisements. To make matters worse the ads loading slows the process so it doesn't page down and then too you page down and a new ad causes the page your on to scroll off somewhere and you have to go find it. Do the bloggers ever look at their own blogs? Whatever! From now on if the adds exceed the content I'm deleting it and not going back. Life is too short to spend half my time dodging intentional roadblocks.
First, the quickest way to drive me off of a web page is to try and force me to turn off my ad-blocker.
Like you, I don't mind too much if the ads are unobtrusive. I might even be interested and click on one or two. Pop-ups, pop-unders, and slide-overs on the other hand, I hate with the heat of 10,000 suns.
Picture yourself sitting quietly reading a newspaper. Suddenly, the publisher of the paper grabs it out of your hands and shoves a cardboard ad in your face. And then he expects you to spend your money on whatever product is in that ad. That's what pop-ups are.
My own personal policy is that... No matter what it is, no matter what it is about, I will NEVER spend money on ANYTHING that came to me via a pop-up ad. Neither will I register, subscribe, or whatever - even if it's free - if it comes to me via a pop-up.
Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty. Well she was of course. But what about the others who were involved in these crimes? The FBI has the evidence and has had it for years but no charges. Are they ever going to charge any of these other people? It is interesting too that none of this came out in the trial. How can you have a trial for her crimes without any mention of who else was involved? This is a colossal coverup. AND Epstein didn't kill himself so who killed him and who paid for it.
If I were facing a trial that would likely put me in jail for the rest of my life while at the same time the authorities refused to prosecute others involved with me in those crimes I would leave incriminating evidence with a trusted friend to be released after my conviction. Ms Maxwell had that opportunity, years knowing this was coming, now we will see if she was smart enough to do that.