OffG is partially down for undetermined reasons

This afternoon around 6pm BST the site was compromised in some way. The entire front page vanished and a lot of links and media went down.
We’ve managed to restore things to the point the site is usable, but there’s still a few glitches and missing material.
We currently don’t know why it happened so it may well happen again.
Apologies for the inconvenience
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Jun 19, 2018 12:39 AM

Another test:

Jun 19, 2018 12:33 AM


May 28, 2018 10:44 PM

I’ve also had great difficulty reaching Craig Murrays page the last week. It seems certain parties are determined to block relevant information.

May 28, 2018 6:34 PM

The attack on the site is sort of proof that OffG is getting too close to the competition for them to feel comfortable. Hence we now have DS Nick Bailey and Brad Pitte furiously typing away to support the “official” version of events or rubbish anyone who points out inconsistencies in the official story. Nobody really cared about the publishing here until it touched on Skripal issues. Moon of Alabama and The Saker should take care too.

May 27, 2018 11:35 AM

I don’t know how long Off-G has been publishing (as I only just stumbled upon it – thank goodness I did) but it would seem to confirm that “you get the most flak when over the target”. The Skripal coverage, as with Rob Slane and Craig Murray, has been first-rate. There are some very irritated mandarins and mouthpieces (the odious, barely literate and hopelessly transparent Hardingbot springs to mind) at Millbank and FCO right about now. There is also a sizeable (I’m informed by my FCO contact) number of operators who are, quite frankly, appalled at HMG’s blatant lying and dissembling. It wasn’t done like this In the old days, old boy…

Tony M
Tony M
May 27, 2018 1:47 PM
Reply to  Yarkob

“It wasn’t done like this In the old days, old boy…”
Wasn’t it?
Nothing new under the sun. Today’s elite and their lackeys are simply following the footsteps of their forebears, the same bloodlines. War is indeed a racket see this:
So-called ‘Belgian Relief’ was on the whole knowingly and deliberately being diverted to the German armed forces and German nation, from the very beginning of that British engineered conflict, the so-called Great War that killed millions, maimed and traumatised millions more, it wasn’t called the ‘Great War’ for nothing and great it was for the racketeers who planned, engineered, pursued and prolonged it for profit and the elimination of commercial competition.

May 27, 2018 10:44 AM

There is only one possible explanation: it is Highly Likely the Russians did it, because that is the sort of thing they do.
This said, the site now seems OK, except that I no longer have the thumbs up/down and like icons after the comments.
I also see the number of e-mail followers has suddenly gone from 30,000 down to 21,000.
Best of luck, and I hope we get some answers as to the causes of the disruption.

May 27, 2018 12:24 PM
Reply to  RealPeter

I too still have no ‘thumbs up/thumbs down icons and numbers’ after any of the comments on view (it’s currently 12.20 pm, UK time). This is very frustrating as I keep seeing comments where my reaction is “Yes, exactly” but I can’t register my agreement and I don’t want to keep having to submit a post just to confirm my endorsement. Hope this can be sorted out soon.

Tony M
Tony M
May 27, 2018 3:36 PM
Reply to  JudyJ

Yes, exactly.
I hadn’t even noticed these before now, something on my local configuration has been fortuitously blocking them. I take your point about not having to submit a ‘me-too/AOL’ comment to register approval, but feel these things can be gamed and manipulated, it’s too much of a social-media thing for me this likes/dislikes, and the lack of replies make the site and its user-base seem rather thin and dominated by a few over-eloquent obsessives.
Better I think to add a reply of general approval of a prior post and try after some rief grovelling to add something new, some individual insight, some humour and irony where appropriate, which I feel is sadly lacking on occasion, a point is made more forcefully with wit than with dry discourse if it can be done without undermining serious intentions and the grave matters discussed. As well as being deserving of it, the powers that once-were can stand nothing so much as ridicule and lampooning. Even some quibble on a specific point if it can be taken in the spirit of furthering knowledge and isn’t to be taken as criticism or degenerate into a row, is surely welcomed by BTL as well as ATL writers. I for one enjoy reading a good no holds barred polemic which stands on its own and is a joy to behold, however these might be diminished by pedantic or bad-faith challenges and bad-tempered arguments over style or substance.
We all have internet and real lives off this site and if someone has taken the trouble to comment then I applaud them for their effort even if I disagree with some of what they have said and would rather they hadn’t said it and went and boiled their heads instead. I tend towards a rather freeform style which can result in long slab like paragraphs, if I have time I’ll go back over it I’ll hone it, add paragraphs and full-stops, but not at the expense of neglecting a sick-relative needing care, meals burning, or any of a number of crises which might and frequently do intervene.

May 27, 2018 9:24 AM

It’s 08:21:40 UTC (late afternoon on Sunday the 27th in the DPRK)
UTC is not in daylight saving.
I just spent a few minutes zipping around the site and it seems very fast.
Looks like you fixed it.

May 27, 2018 9:26 AM
Reply to  rilme

Ah, but the page doesn’t scroll to a good place when I Post Comment. Otherwise OK.

May 29, 2018 9:23 AM
Reply to  rilme

I have almost everything back in place now – except for the ‘replies waiting’ icon in the topmost rh corner of the page. But it’s hardly a major problem :-))

May 27, 2018 6:31 AM

Truth is not welcome ! Means you are doing a good job………………
Take the hack as a compliment & confirmation that you are doing a great job.
I’d guess its coming from the UK as botched Skripal case has the UK scarlet with embarrassment.

May 27, 2018 6:19 AM

Now that I notice how much of the site’s functionality has been impaired, this has to have been a hack, not (just) a DDoS. I find it interesting, in a macabre way, that Brad Pitte so patently failed to make any inroads with his/her weak and transparent efforts here, that the login received a very large number of down votes, that the recommendation of one commenter was to simply down vote Mr Pitte without other response, and the down-vote functionality goes poof. It could of course be a coincidence, but the timing suggests otherwise.
No doubt it’s clear to everyone, but I’ll say it anyway. The more successful you get, the higher above the parapet your head rises, the more likely you are to be attacked. And this is a life-and-death battle, in that a system that relies on deception and psy-ops is being exposed by a tool – the internet – whose essence it cannot quite corrupt. At risk of sounding saccharine, that essence is the human spirit, which seeks honesty, respect, dignity, love, meaningful contribution to the whole, justice and freedom. The internet is a fledgling structure that encourages that spirit (among many of our all-too-obvious failings of course) and is thus an existential threat to TPTB.
OffGuardian should feel deeply proud of what it has set up here, as well as how it administers and ‘polices’, in the best sense of the word, the commenting at this site. My own sense is of a growing group of people who care about the truth, who are prepared to argue courageously and passionately for what they believe, but who are also prepared to be wrong. That’s a powerful combination, one worth nurturing and protecting. Basically, we want the best for everyone. If I may be so bold as to speak for other here…
If you are reading this, Mr Pitte, I have an honest question for you: Do you feel yourself to be a sociopath/psychopath? If not, please consider leaving the sinking ship whose side you appear to support so blindly, and lean your energies towards what OffGuardian stands for. The forces of secrecy and deception can indeed ‘win’ this battle, but at what cost and to what end?

May 27, 2018 11:52 AM
Reply to  Toby

Well I hope my suggestion to thumb down said individual had nothing to do with this. I note he said he spoke Russian and was there a link to Ukraine In his IP?
However the tendency to jump to any conclusion should be resisted. Perhaps ask for advice from experts, perhaps Wikileaks? is a good idea. The damage to the functionality suggests this is no brute force Ddos. It should also be shared with the wider WordPress community who might have valuable input. 20th Century Wire and UK Column, amongst others have also been subject to sustained attacks. They also may be able to offer advice/information.

May 27, 2018 12:34 PM

I like to think that the combined quality of our collective efforts here, which would include your advice (good advice imo 🙂 ), jointly contributed to the attack. Nothing to worry about, it’s par for the course. Speaking truth to power comes at a price, as does any decision. Consequence is what reality is about.

May 28, 2018 10:57 AM

[[ I note he said he spoke Russian and was there a link to Ukraine In his IP? [[
Every word that wanker wrote was a lie. Russian?? He hasn’t a CLUE, not a CLUE about Russia. He’s just a pathetic gammon shill.

May 27, 2018 1:53 PM
Reply to  Toby

I would up vote you if I could. I just wanted to say i agree with your comment.I hope all at Off G gets sorted soon. Love and Brightest Blessings to all here.

Tony M
Tony M
May 27, 2018 2:23 AM

Something has definitely taken a turn for the worse, elements of pages keep trying to reload/refresh themselves. Big thumbs down for this unwelcome behaviour.

Rupert Small
Rupert Small
May 26, 2018 10:38 PM

Nothing to do with anything, move along please! Mr Robinson here’s your cell!

May 26, 2018 9:38 PM

Speak to Craig Murray – he has had DDoS issues and may be able to highlight how to go about handling that, if that is what it turns out to be….

May 26, 2018 9:21 PM

Brad Pitte springs to mind…

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain
May 26, 2018 11:18 PM
Reply to  Toby

No-Brad Pitte ‘slithers’ to mind.

May 27, 2018 5:59 AM

Good point.

May 27, 2018 8:12 AM

‘Can’t remember’ his name, precisely coz’ thus far his actions & words were what stuck in mind , & highlighted a ‘Black Hole’ sucker (in mind) & a sucker of others’ energy & time, via reflections of negative disruptive energy & forces worthy of E.i. >> designs to suck every single Photon of existing mental energy, both positive & negative & control its’ course! 🙁
I would be all over his IP, making legitimate requests to his ISP for urgent clarification on precise name, location, address (&&& the usual BEAR necessities) and certainly follow up with Legal proceedings asap, if appropriate .. his user ID is certainly one possibility, as has been noted and I would suggest checking first the **Code** on any links that he’s posted, given his love of the Daily Mail & especially the MH17 links & comments !!
But, it won’t solve the problem and ironically i mentioned this problem briefly to Toby last night, (who probably thinks I was just being paranoid), fully expecting problems to commence .. the fact is that we are being watched even before we click the send/post comment button ! E.i. can read this comment from me and my corrections & typing speed and my thoughts, (to a high degree), if they want to, even before i have ever transmitted them to OFFG !
I hope y’all understand this: the surveillance algorithms are way more sophisticated than most can imagine; also ‘their’ extremely wide variety of & big heavy ‘pallet’ of counter measures, conceived to disrupt COMMUNICATIONS : that being the KEY to CONTROL .. &
Stopping LEVESON 2 !!!!
SKY’s Europe wide internet for 19.90 Euros per month .. DON’T BUY IT !
Whatever you do .. please think hard >> LEVESON2 ! Obligatory first ..
Focus & prioritise,
imperatives ..

May 27, 2018 8:27 AM
Reply to  balkydj

No, I don’t think you’re paranoid, Balkydj. I have no doubt that the surveillance and manipulation tech of TPTB would boggle my mind. The thing is, the only sensible and effective response to that tech I can conceive is to choose the path of love, rather than spend any energy figuring out how that tech works and what it encompasses in terms of power and reach. Yes, we need to fight on multiple fronts and know well what we do, including combatting underhand terror tactics we see the tip of here, but our decision-making processes in this endeavour should be inclusive rather than exclusive: love-based rather than fear-based.

May 27, 2018 6:57 PM
Reply to  Toby

Love reading your comments, Toby, bang on, bro. keep it up:
Peaceful perseverance with patience (whenever possible) tops interference every time, in the end & as you expressed well, with love & compassion for fellow fallible fearful humanoids, even for those who ‘can’t remember their name’, the “quality of mercy is not strained ..”
when the penny drops 😉
After extreme interference & difficulties down here, I managed finally to send successfully that longer comment to you last night (& one to Mark Gobell**corresponding to BigB) .. (I lost a couple of wee comments) precisely before said fully expected attack: ironically I even capitalised the word “immediately” (remember 😉 ) and TPTB furkin’ did react, soooo fast .. ! ! 🙂
After which they killed my internet connection completely ! (will amplify later)
I firmly believe this is all really about LEVESON 2 and TPTB Hate d’Fact that I’m onto them already, (understanding completely how they engineered communications control, shareholder wise 🙂 ) I swear, together we’re getting somewhere and I’ve been pacing the floorboards & outside for the odd shout at the mountains, on one occasion today, (to vent 😉 ) , coz’ , I truly feel a bit guilty, for having spoken out about Bg. NATO Borisov & Tsvetanov &&& therein having contributed my ‘Bit’ to provoking these problems, whilst discussing the wholly flawed Skripal case, moreover, emphasising above all, Leveson 2 .. the final SOLUTION to Apartheid, that TPTB don’t want’ ,
at all costs >>>
their PRIMARY concern !
Apologies for any ensuing problems, but the things I wrote in a couple of places on this site yesterday are surely Truths, (with so much more to follow) and NATO & their Zionist Web of Communications Control Organs are now watching us all intently .. with Angst, a good sign.
TPTB are counting: afraid of numbers that go viral ..
(My bad, somehow), thus I usually (used to) write in riddles (an old Guardian tactic, employed frequently) coz’ the smart folk , (like you, Candide & so many others here ), can quite easily latch onto the metaphors, when focussed on the abstract connectivity, & relate it to our conceptual interconnectivity of collective solutions, that we are developing here & now, undermining TPTB’s old flawed tapestry: this is clearly becoming no joke for the whole website, that we all love for Right & Just Reasons .. (matters of principle & moral grounding), but more than that, we are treading ground / territory together publicly, that has never been really truly researched or tested in any serious manner, with algorithms as witness to uncensored Freedom Of Expression F.O.E. 🙂 >> credit to OFFG.
(also to fail, or be mistaken 😉 ) which is why I have a company name in Bg. , that conceptually deliberately trades in Zeros , hedged year on year for ages, a Non-Profit pro bono vehicle to share purely ideas for Free: my local barter philosophy trading simply experience & solutions (a nod to Tolstoy’s rejection of copyright, oddly enough) of how we need to tread & share carefully , leaving only our footprints in the ‘sandy’ nature of being, also at one with ourselves & with compounded wisdom ( Anton Makarenko style***) that compensates for any given individual fallibility or frailty when treading into >>
Virgin Wilderness (tm 🙂 ) yep, Branson’s top IP lawyer didn’t like the name much at all,
(big understatement), but i did my homework well in advance, legally covering myself in a few ways, so he decided against meeting me in court, just threats 😉 (I even made Dickd’stick a reasonable proposal at one point as well, but likely not again, or at least on OUR terms in future, & not via his Lawyers, coz’ TPTB only see & think money as means to control, not about a balanced healthy ‘Lebensraum’ for all species including the Firefly, Butterflies & Dragonflies, usually the first to suffer from excessive exploitation of habitat & humans, in my experience ..).
The change that is upon us all, (inc. mark zuckerberg) , will drive a future with very little do with money, once we progressively rectify the failed Data accountability & inevitable inextricable financial Transparency incumbent upon us all & aligned to transparency of our characters (scary for ‘Sociopaths’ !), which any common future finally fully commands: with some honorary pride & most of all self respect, as well as respect for each others freedoms.. as an Open A.i. begins to read us & our biorhythms like a book , even without having a smart phone/watch , we are all creatures of some form of habit & love for some small comfort & joy in some routine manner or another. We must all become simply more conscious & aware of the choices we make and their consequences for others. Fwiw, I believe that ‘jack ma’ is way smarter in human psychology & more philosophically mature, as well as more future orientated than MZ , murdoch & his boys, combined: just check the %% of women he employs keenly .. one positive signal.
Jack Ma is a huge plus, in this transition phase, for all of us thinking ahead, the way i see it ..
Think Leveson 2 rejection: d’key clue & Root of all problems now today, regarding WHO monitors & controls & has Assumed Ownership of ALL Communications Licensing Systems, as corporate collective operating within the realms of OUR one common ionosphere & magnetosphere, belonging to >> no-‘Body’ .. ! Not even Jack.
And who interferes with our Communications .. with what Right , under whose Authority !
(Note the absence of question mark, at the last)
Respect, regards &
best wishes,
P.s. **did you see my revealing comment thanking Mark Gobell ?
If not, both you & Admin should examine, perhaps ..
Compound intelligent conclusions override designed compartmentalisation ..
Manifesting representative dangerous dissemination of knowledge .. (for OFFG , too )
Freedom to Communicate ! ? ! ? without controlling CENSORS / & moderators alike .. ? ?
An open agenda with free discussion is TPTB’s Nightmare.
As you well realise, OFFG should feel very Proud .. (with capital ‘P’),
despite the headaches, still putting the questions to TPTB ..
Heads UP, laughing 😉 with sardonic edge ..
(Maybe I’ll give TPTB the run around tonight , gonna’ change IP 😉 or shall I ? 😉
lol, ’till later
*** Makarenko’s ideas concerning the relationship between education and other disciplines, whether in the humanities (philosophy, ethics, aesthetics and psychology), or in the natural sciences (biology and physiology) deserve serious attention. More particularly, his far-reaching investigation of the essentials of a new, socialist pattern of moral and ethical relations led him to enunciate this very important idea: ” make as many demands as possible on a man/woman, and at the same time show him/her as much respect as possible “.
A pdf worth considering , coz’ in the year 2000 UNESCO declared his body of work ..
“Never more relevant .. “

May 28, 2018 11:27 AM
Reply to  balkydj

I joined the Mark Gobell / BigB / balkydj thread here: https://off-guardian.org/whose-words-was-yulia-reading/#comment-122051

May 27, 2018 12:13 PM
Reply to  balkydj

You are right to remind us that the capabilities of those that might observe us are way beyond reactive. Indeed they have the ability to create folders on your devices you will never find that can see your reputation ruined and you jailed for heinous crimes. They can activate your mics and cams to ascertain when you are alone and initiate uploads/downloads at those times so that even partners and family would begin to doubt your innocence. They can use algorithms that study and mimic your language use to create a virtual doppleganger and make sure the right expert witness is provided to confirm “it could only have been X”.
The array of tools at their disposal can damn and destroy us. At the moment all we have is numbers. They can’t use these tactics on all of us. But we should bare it in mind and exercise every caution.

May 28, 2018 11:48 AM

“Yes Exactly ..” 😉
oh, come on 🙂 let’s add some flavour2savour the ‘.I.P. complementary event >>
After having my internet connection closed down completely on Saturday night , (nada) ..
but being able to watch Gareth Bale’s excellent scissor kick to kill Liverpuddlian dreams, from the same company as my ISP @Vivacom.bg , strange, no Sputnik problem !; yesterday & today is a very slow news day, indeed I must say .. difficult.
For example , i seem to have acquired an extra IP address (for free 😉 ) since commenting this weekend and was sent an alert , to confirm my ID to an email account & that my device was NEW, when it is NOT ! Coinciding with a massive reduction in my internet speed of connectivity , (turned mega slow , like back in the early days of the internet, click button , go make a cuppa’ Jo speed) although I’m sitting in my car with a perfect direct line of sight to the antenna , between 2 mountain peaks , zero in between pure air space & the antenna not 1 km from me ..
Hmmmm, which all leads me to think that somebody is relaying all my communications now via somebody else for pernicious perusal first and I should therefore be interested in what is actually being received & transmitted and by whom and when (precisely time wise to the second), coz’ like I said, I seem to have acquired one extra new IP address and the new one is most remarkably situated only “Near Bulgaria” (screenshot available), when I have not left the country, parked in my normal spot and I can’t believe that Vivacom.Bg. moved all of their servers, since OUR fateful Saturday Night Dance with the Devils & E.i. aye eye iwonder 5eyes & all dat’ jazz.. ?? Who cares ..? ? Well actually,
“The wonderful thing about Tiggerzzzz, is dat’ Tiggers are wonderful things.. ” >>
but crap at hiding their >>
Except after 9/11, of course they cleaned dat’scat up, mega quick enough, not just .. 4d’honeyn’moneyn’glorybeeee
Big Pooh Bears with multiple Piglets , say no more , coz’ we should not presume to completely alienate the tiny minded piglets (studying us) and convert them to wild boars, like their Masters 😉
because serfs & slaves are victims, too , in the grand scheme of breaking the chains that divide & bind people, who presently support & work for Apartheid, in ignorance even unwittingly ..
Lol, gonna’ change my ISP now and see what happens, before contacting my present ISP (the original) for further clarification, which will be difficult coz’ A) they only employ incompetent personnel deliberately & B) the Shareholders & share transactions are now all London based in Bulgaria’s infinite ministerial wisdom, all arranged one month before the BREXIT VOTE, in that infamous Summer period of objection, the Summer of 2016** (see below after)
Don’t ask ! 🙂 Please, I should first finish this comms. contract with evil little scheming manipulative unprofessional cheeky untrustworthy boys, who would sell not only their Nations assets and critical Sovereign Security Comms. Network, but also their very own Mother, literally ..(I knowwww, calm down 😉 ) , along with politely enquiring WTF is going on & under whose Authorisation & why .. so Tedious >>
(Simple , itsa’ Strategy .. one of many 🙂 )
If @Admin would like a screenshot for any reason, of course, OFFG & partners & fellow commenters are more than welcome to a copy; coz’ there is 100% sure someone on this site who can clarify & fathom the functions of these toy computers we are given to play with, (that fathom us all during play), better than me. In order that we may understand collectively WTF happened this last weekend and from where, precisely >> I’ve got nothing to hide and stand by what my screen shows me and what I have said ; and consequently i shared said screenshots with a friend this morning & asked WTF is that ??
A qualified > Jurist and he answered , I quote :-
“Hmmmm ”
He’ll be on a break soon, to chat .. >>
Do tune in for the next Turkish/Greek/Bulgarian & Pomak Archers episode tonight ..
d’TGBPAe. 4short Titled:- “Turkey’sGreatBritshPoundofAerospaceepisode (AdVenture Sputniks)”
Candide, enjoy & love music Schmyles
best wishes, One for you 🙂
** Not like the Summer of ’69’, just ask Bryan A. eh? When House Music really truly first kicked in, mixing & matching ole’ motown scratching ehhhh ? ! Let me see, what they do? a fitting motown tribute to the ole’PIGIschoolBOYcrew yep dat’s what they do.. / what they do ? ? .. 🙂

If you liked that, & need to move on up .. now .. i’m guessing you’ll just love the original 11.30 minute version of >> The Temptations
& Papa was a rolling stone , in fact, I think I’m ‘gunna’ spin dat’rightnow 🙂
i hav d’feel you might like it too .. a classic mo’d’towndown cultural historic event / moment (shared) ?

May 28, 2018 12:12 PM
Reply to  balkydj

@balky – I haven’t yet fathomed out how your brain works but it invariably makes me chuckle! 75% (at least) of it flies way over my head but that is what I like about it. I’m reading your comments whilst indulging in listening to music to reawaken my nostalgia for the 70s/80s – ideal, ‘feel good’ combination (not necessarily a cue to give me an appropriate quote from Dr Feelgood lyrics but might be worth a challenge!).

May 28, 2018 12:53 PM
Reply to  JudyJ

@balky – thought I’d rise to the challenge myself! Selected at random to sum up the immoral code that drives the Western establishment:
“Money makes some folks frown
Money makes some folks steal
Money makes some folks hurt
Money gets some folks killed”
(courtesy of ‘My Buddy, Buddy Friends’ by Dr Feelgood)
Marks out of 10? (Maybe worth a 9 for effort?)

May 28, 2018 1:02 PM
Reply to  JudyJ

& 10 for energy, lol, saw them playing in a pub once by the Oval , it was so full of folk raving pogo style, it was a squeeze to move any way but up & down, i swear a mega heady daze & days.. 🙂
A very Doctored Feelgood factor today, but hope remains .. 😉

May 28, 2018 1:45 PM
Reply to  balkydj

… “I asked of my reflection
Tell me what is there to do”
(courtesy of Squeeze – well I couldn’t resist, could I?)
I’m not going to keep this up…more mundane things to do like getting on with removing surplus sealant plastered all over the bathroom by the previous homeowner! Some things just bring you right back down to earth.

May 28, 2018 8:50 PM
Reply to  JudyJ

I often wish i could fathom my brain too 🙂 something above 10% .. 🙂
Never forget the Music (that binds all humanity too) , (lol), sometimes even when one has not the faintest clue what someone is singing or saying too .. inc. myself 😉 I mean of course I know clearly what I’m thinking (on another planet / OAP), but formulating it into the right words, with context & the requisite feeling of soul .. well, errrr, that’s a much tougher challenge to find the right vocab. & vocal onomatopoeic frequency, to achieve the desired goal or sentiment & I often end up with a sentence that incorporates 3 or more languages, lol, which can come out, quite like a mad double dutchman .. and get some right stunned looks (a whoops whoosh look of disbelief) , or sound really laughable or provoke the toughest look of all >> when I’ve accidentally put my foot & mouth firmly in the proverbial and a mega fast recovery is somehow essential, with a more delicate & finely individually tuned direct personal response, including maybe an apology & perhaps some form of physical gesture of empathy ..
like a hug 😉
Like the first time I heard ‘Con te Partiro’ , @6 am (gawd) , I loved it , it had something, not a clue what , (without Sara, pure Italian, me trying to learn), driving down the mountain to Chiasso.. where I met Claudio who had a British wife, (who had literally just died that weekend..)
and I asked him to translate all the words precisely for me .. unwittingly, innocently & sincerely 🙁 (sigh)
A brave Guy Claudio,
both of us in tears, logic: he has 2 boys >>
but somehow that musical irony helped share his heavy ‘load’ of all consuming loss &
it was even therapeutic for Claudio.. & me.
& his boys grew to trust me in dad’s work place, not least because of music, (one common denominator) but, also coz’ my mum died when I was 15 and they somehow felt at ease with me, & able to talk freely; which was a real relief for Claudio , at times , coz’ in the Transport business , not all people are cool & considering others , when the proverbial hits the fan .. & multi tasking one’s focus & emotions responsibly at work & yet still prioritising the kids can be stressful without friends & or family support: when most are just looking after number one and want .. whatever ±!@£$%^&*()_+ curse & unload their personal truckload of frustration, (regardless whether witting or unwittingly) >> in front of his boys who were suffering; one way or another, I knew just how to help Claudio and smooth things over for him , by looking the boys or the offender in the eye and flipping the situation towards Claudio’s best interests, with some quick quip or dig and a wink or nod & a solution that made the boys smile (gooooaaaallll 🙂 & completely change the frequencies resonating in OUR minds .. by “Steppin’ out” (joe jackson) of the box .. so often , music helps save the day in the most humble way humanly possible ..
Never forget the music itsa’ huge tool in life , (that even scares TPTB, truly: Angst from the powerful forces music can muster) , that incorporates a natural invisible, but extremely physical energy & the power of conductivity , when harmoniously engineered & orchestrated >>
Energy, Frequency & Vibration > all the key factors to understanding every element of our Universe of Physics 😉 as Nikola Tesla so eloquently surmised & summarised 🙂
My speakers have a tiny 2.5 mm gap between the upper (floating on pins) & lower chambers where the drive units (with magnets) are mounted: That tiny gap allows the internal reverb of air wave movement beginning to compress backwards on reflection from the chamber walls, to Escape, via a heavily calculated release ‘valve’ concept (the 2.5mm gap): a design that should Not Disturb the following flow of fresh waves of amplified energy released internally, (by rebounding internally against the drive units & magnets), to help eliminate amplification of any distortional waves of reverb & free the bass low frequency energy waves to fill the Drapes behind the cabinet 🙂 and it makes them bellow in a mellow ghostly manner when you play a track like this :-

(tip > @3:06 m/s the rise of low frequency wave pressure will move yer’ Drapes & Soul 🙂 )
A wee late night gem , for you (and our resident in House self confessed >>
‘opinionated polemicist’ Bless her, coz’ it has a Black Catte in the Art work, on the cover of)
‘ Ta Khut ‘ by Ozric Tentacles from ” The Hidden Step ” ..
To understanding the Secrets of Pyramid Formations of encrypted Photon Free concentrated energy, messaging in random code formula, transmitting & receiving same code, over huge distances (1,200 Km) & from Space , **the Chinese have already been successful** , for the next generation of the internet without any cables : a magnetic compelling thought, random Photons ..
I absolutely adore & admire Fireflies: they naturally pulse hypnotic / electro-magnetic attraction just like code , a mesmerising show of “Love & Affection” (attraction)
(Joan Armour-Plating what a courageous Woman & Talent 🙂 back in the day .. )
** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light **
“Some species of animals generate their own light, a process called bioluminescence. For example, fireflies use light to locate mates, and vampire squids use it to hide themselves from prey.”

‘Aramanu’ will fill yer’ Drapes & Soul with Deep Soothing Bass frequencies from d’getgo’ >>
under Cyberattack ! (ifound)
(The first track being better if yer’ stuck up the Limpopo or in a Desert , overnight .. 😉 )
Sleep Soundly,
& Dream Fireflies,
(it beats counting sheep, I swear )
Best wishes,

May 29, 2018 2:41 PM
Reply to  balkydj

@balky – I can’t think of anything additional to add to the thrust of your post other than your empathetic and compassionate nature shine through the idiosyncratic thought patterns! It is recognising that, and the existence of other moral and ethical people on this website, that gives me the tiniest remnant of hope for the future of humanity but who knows what the future holds at the hands of those who represent the absolute antithesis of this. Probably just as well that we can’t read crystal balls.

May 29, 2018 3:44 PM
Reply to  JudyJ

Oh I can read balls & the crystal variety .. 🙂

May 28, 2018 12:54 PM

Phew, i feel way better after listening to The Temptations , moody motown 😉
So , during my reverie , I thought i’d better correct myself: it was 11 minutes 50 seconds not 30.. apologies, but as someone somewhere has already noted, better get it right if I’m gonna’ declare that ..
>> ** ” i’ll fight anybody who says that is not the greatest *JAM* of all time ..” 🙂 ** <<
Mix it up any way you want, 'The Classic' Temptations to groove on up to , was something cultural for me to aspire to .. no money can buy .. and still today itsa' Rock Steady number one signature piece of cultural musical history, we all share ..
works every time 🙂 especially for me ..
like Sidney Poitier "in the heat of the night .."
Atmospheric Magnetic Frequencies , wave after wave

May 26, 2018 9:20 PM

Good luck, and thank you for your ongoing support for site users!
They won’t be drinking their Lviviskoe beer for long :-))

May 26, 2018 9:18 PM

Very sorry to hear this. Hope you can determine the reason. I would have suspicions because OffG is presenting the real news.