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Posted by jberryhill in General Discussion
Sat Apr 02nd 2011, 04:44 PM

Pass this to your webmaster and IT consultant friends /

The recent video of GoDaddy’s CEO, Bob Parsons, killing an elephant that was causing damage to farmer’s crops is all over the web. Between the professionally edited video to the release of it on his personal blog, we’re confident they knew what was coming and even invited the publicity (shocking, we know). It didn’t take long before PETA had declared a boycott against the company and Twitter feeds were blowing up with Anti-GoDaddy tweets.
A number of domain registrars and hosting companies have offered discounts to move away from GoDaddy and pledged to donate a percentage of the proceeds to elephant related charities. We applaud their effort to raise funds for these worthy causes, whatever their motivations may be. We debated internally how we could best respond to the situation, as making a quick buck didn’t sit right with us, no matter how tempting. Of course we want folks to know we are a great option if they are leaving their current registrar, but giving back is also a part of our company culture Gives Back. We really wanted to do something to help the situation, which was sadly brought to light by this incident. has made a seed donation to in the amount of $500, because we believe it’s the right thing to do. This organization benefits the elephants, the local farmers, and the habitat they both have to share. More interesting however is the alternative solution they have found. Turns out elephants hate chili peppers so they focus their efforts on training farmers to use chili peppers as a natural deterrent (we’re all about innovative solutions).
Many people have reached out and asked what we could do if they wanted to transfer their domains away.  In addition to the seed donation we have decided to donate $1.00 from each domain that is transferred to us from GoDaddy, starting today and running through April 15. We want to give folks some time to move their domains and a little help if they have a lot to move. If you have more than 50 domains to transfer, email our support team at and we can offer assistance with any bulk transfers.
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Posted by jberryhill in General Discussion
Fri Mar 25th 2011, 11:24 PM
Not too long ago, I found myself in a public place near someone who was
preparing a set of powerpoint slides.

Now, when you glance at a screen and see "Exelon 2011 Model Owners Meeting"
you can't help but think, "Owners of these things get together once a year
to commiserate?"

Well, it turns out they do a whole lot more than commiserate, given that
the first slide in his deck was entitled:

"TMI External Events - External Flood"

Again, I hate to seem like a nosy person, but, um, when you happen to
notice that someone is apparently working on a presentation to nuke reactor
owners on the subject of a flood event at Three Mile Island, then maybe
you'll forgive my curiousity tinged with my own mortal interest.

So, the guy was something of a comedian, since the first line on his slide

"Hey let's build a nuclear power plant in the middle of a big river"

I'll bet that guy thinks he's a regular Ricky Gervais. But, aside from the
other slide that started "..and let's make sure there is a big operating
airfield nearby!", he spent most of his time on the subject of flood
protections as-designed at TMI, and a few problems that have come up.

I can use an image processing guru for the full uncompressed iPhone
pictures, but I also managed to take a few notes.

As you might now, the Susquehanna is a wide and shallow river, and that the
"Three Mile Island" is what amounts to a sandbar where the river has carved
out paths around it over time. Nonetheless, it is a river with significant
seasonal variation and sometimes flooding.

From his powerpoints, I gathered that the flood controls around the TMI
facility were designed based on a US Army Corps of Engineers "probable
maximum flood" calculation for the Susquehanna. It's sort of the "worst
flood you could expect in 100 years" type of thing.

Well, it turns out that the Corps has revised their PMF for Three Mile
Island by several feet, and according to the slides:

"New PMf higher than dikes planned to protect against flood"

"Potential for flood water to bypass flood boundary and not be discovered
until too late to stop it"

"Invalidates design"

This apparently causes a signicant problem with the "Air Intake Tunnel"


"One strategy was to look into recaclulating flood height v flow height"
and they apparently cherry-picked a geological consultancy to try to make
the numbers come out right, but were unsuccessful.

"Met Ed maintained dikes at <missed the number> but protect individual
structures with flood gates."


"Walked down flood boundary and observed flood gate installations"

"The plant discovered a bypass of the flood boundary during walkdowns."


That's right kids... even under the microscope that is TMI decades later,
it was simply a novel idea to go take a look at the flood controls around a
nuclear plant in the middle of a god-damned river.

Ha-ha. Pretty funny.

And the bonus pictures:

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Posted by jberryhill in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Nov 04th 2010, 01:01 PM

If you have concerns about "OMG, Sharia Law!" I would like you to read the following short story, and then answer some questions.


Moshe is the owner and operator of "Moshe's All-Kosher Kitchen", a popular restaurant in Anytown, USA. Moshe's reputation and commercial success are built, in part, on his "100% Kosher Promise" that all food in his restaurant is absolutely Kosher.

Moshe has a supplier, Benjamin's Butcher. Moshe has a contract with Benjamin that says:

"Benjamin warrants that all shipments of meat to Moshe will be Kosher in accordance with the standards of the Anytown Rabbinical Council. All disputes between Benjamin and Moshe shall be submitted to the Anytown Rabbinical Council for binding determination therof."

One day, a shipment arrives from Benjamin. Moshe says, "I do not think this meat is Kosher, and I am refusing the shipment." Moshe refuses delivery and does not pay the invoice.

Benjamin takes Moshe to court for breach of contract, demanding payment. Moshe defends, saying, "Your honor, the meat wasn't Kosher and I am not obligated to pay".


What the court is going to do at this point, whether you pinheaded idiots like it or not, is order the two of them to follow the contract and submit to arbitration by the Anytown Rabbinical Council.


So, they go to the Rabbinical Council, which rules, in accordance with Jewish law, that the meat was kosher.

Benjamin goes back to the court and says, "Your honor, here is the judgment of the Rabbinical Council certifying the meat was kosher, and by the terms of our arbitration agreement, Moshe must pay."

The court issues judgment against Moshe and he is ordered to pay.

Here are my questions:

1. Should the court have dismissed the case because it is applying religious law by enforcing the judgment of the Rabbinical Council?

2. Should people be allowed to enter into contacts which assign judgment of specific issues to religious persons or bodies?

3. Do you understand that the Constitution specifically protects the right of contract?

This is the type of situation where, if the meat was supposed to be Halal, the stupid people of Oklahoma, and a good deal of the stupid people of DU, would be jumping up and down screaming, "OMIGOD, A COURT IS ENFORCING SHARIA LAW!"

There are substantial financial arrangements in this country, as anywhere else, that are premised on certain aspects of Islamic banking that avoid charging or collecting "interest", but which instead impose a structure of service fees and other charges that permit Muslims to invest and finance investments (such as Sharia Mortgages) without engaging in interest. These are legal contracts which are protected by the Constitution, and which people have every right to believe are enforceable in the courts of the United States.

Can any of the nitwit contingent explain to me what is wrong with people engaging in contracts and binding arbitration by reference to any principles that the contracting parties freely decide they want to be applied to their contract?
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Posted by jberryhill in Editorials & Other Articles
Mon Sep 21st 2009, 06:52 PM

“A video of Obama being born in Honolulu with Don Ho playing ukulele in the background would not dispel a thing with these people,” says John Berryhill, an Obama supporter who fights the smears online. “Any additional statement or clarification is a ‘contradiction’ or leaves ‘unanswered questions.’ These are very concrete thinkers who are so fixated on a conclusion that you might as well try to figure out a strategy for converting the pope to Islam. It’s just not going to happen.”

The Philadelphia lawyer is an Obot, the name that Obama haters have given to the Obama supporters who jump into their chat rooms with contradictory evidence.

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