Dead in the Water

KC Confidential: Dead in the WaterFor the Kansas City folks who follow such things, KC Confidential, Hearne Christopher’s vanity project, is down again.

Near as we can tell the blog went offline sometime this past Thursday. This is the second time in less than 6 months the blog has been shuttered. After the last instance, which lasted roughly a week, Christopher claimed “bad actors/commenters” had hacked his site. 1

As the site’s registration expiration date doesn’t fall until right before Thanksgiving this year, we can only assume Christopher attempted another ‘fix.’

We’d email an enquiry Chrostopher’s way, but we don’t want to set off Christopher’s lavish paranoia…

Dead in the Water

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  1. Though a cursory study of the site’s headers revealed at the time almost everything about his WordPress instance to be so far out of date an 11-year-old script kiddie could have brought KC Confidential down by accident.

Reluctant Navel Gazing

So Feedburner is broken.

I was apprised of this by Fletcher Dodge; it seems around New Year’s WNBTv‘s feed simply ceased. I verified this by cruising around the neighborhood, checking the handful of blogs that listed WNBTv: most were woefully out of date and a couple (that used the Blogger feed tool that lists by most-recent-date-published) had consigned our feed to…well, nowhere, as our last known update was just prior to The Donald’s most recent presidential campaign bid. So I dug up my Feedburner password 1 and logged in to use their localized ‘ping’ tool: no joy. Next up was what Feedburner refers to as their ‘nuclear option’, a sync, which clears their cache and forces an update: also no joy.

Hmmm, something stunk to high AOL.

I returned to Feedburner’s landing page and noticed something odd: the latest announcements from Google were Saying goodbye to the AdSense for Feeds 7/26/2012 and Your Stats, Right Away 10/25/2010.

That explains it: Google’s abandoned the product: no updates, no maintenance, no luuuuuv, baby. Checking the Feedburner status blog confirmed this:

Feed and item stats for February 2nd and 3rd are delayed (fixed)

FeedBurner is experiencing some delays in the calculation of daily feed and item statistics. As of writing, the control panel shows feed and item stats up to February 1st, partial stats for February 2nd, and no stats yet for February 3rd. We’re processing the remaining data and hope to bring the statistics up-to-date ASAP.

Update 11:10 PDT: all stats up to and including February 2nd are now available.
Update Feb 5: stats for February 3rd are also available.

Sheesh – Google ignores/breaks its playthings more often than a willful 4 year-old.

Anyone got a replacement/work-around for Feedburner?

Also? Who the fuck is Nikki Haley and why should I care?

Reluctant Navel Gazingon

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  1. ‘password1234’ – boy, were we innocent back then or what?

Autumn People

There are relatively few Kansas City (based) blogs that elevate their gaze above our broken toothed skyline. That’s understandable; the larger view is too easily obstructed by River City’s  in-your-face dysfunction. 1

Regardless, everyone of a certain inclination is already aware of Curb Girl. Though she but languishes her occasional, nigh involuntary missives are worth the wait.

A lesser know gem is Autumn People. Lighter than her season, Nicole’s take on well…almost everything…is a genuine pleasure. But you should make up your own mind.

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  1. Which may be why our family city is beginning to resemble Detroit’s remnants. Or not; I’m still willing to be persuaded in either direction. Though not for much longer…

Free Speech Blogging

(Reuters) – A blogger is entitled to the same free speech protections as a traditional journalist and cannot be liable for defamation unless she acted negligently, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

Crystal Cox lost a defamation trial in 2011 over a blog post she wrote accusing a bankruptcy trustee and Obsidian Finance Group of tax fraud. A lower court judge had found that Obsidian did not have to prove that Cox acted negligently because Cox failed to submit evidence of her status as a journalist.

But in the ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Cox deserved a new trial, regardless of the fact that she is not a traditional reporter.

“As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable,” 9th Circuit Judge Andrew Hurwitz wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel.

Expect bloviating all week from the usual suspects on this one, who should keep in mind the judge’s explicit caveat :…unless she acted negligently.” Kansas City’s Most Sued Blogger would do well to stay within those bounds. Defamation is not free speech; usually it’s a matter of ego and poor judgement, with a touch of illiteracy thrown in.

SCOTUS will ultimately settle the matter; whether Obsidian or another individual/company puts it on the Supreme’s docket is moot. 1

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  1. Though sooner is always better than later.