Posts Tagged ‘traffic’
We apologize to everyone who had problems accessing JewishPress.com yesterday.
One of our articles was picked up by the Drudge Report, and at the peak, our servers were were trying to deliver an estimated 60,000+ pageviews an hour as people repeatedly tried to access the article, which is definitely more than our current capacity to deliver – so as you can imagine, the site slowed down, a bit.
In fact, this was far more traffic than the Denial of Service attack JewishPress.com successfully overcame before Pesach.
It was pretty cool to watch from the back-end of the system.
We certainly hope this happens again soon (and we thank Drudge for the link), and are quickly working on a solution to handle traffic peaks like that, so site access won’t be limited in the future.
I’m very glad Congress and the president decided to make sure the uniformed military will get paid during the government shutdown. That was the right thing to do. The move averts a game-of-chicken mistake made in late 1995, when Bill Clinton was dispatching troops to Bosnia while their pay was in jeopardy.
As long as preparations are made beforehand, meanwhile, there’s enough in the trusts to make sure Social Security and veterans’ pension payments go out next month as well as this month. That’s a relief to millions of elderly who can’t just go start harvesting vegetables or sweeping floors if their checks don’t come in. We can assume Congress will keep a sharp eye out for the potential problems, and make provision for them.
That leaves our Border Patrol, FBI, other federal law enforcement agents, federal firefighters, and air traffic controllers, some of the 80% of federal workers who will remain on the job during the shutdown. At least some of them are reportedly being required to work without their latest-due paychecks being in the bank, until the government is “open” again. It’s not fully clear how many or which of these workers are having to show up for work with their pay suspended. I’ve seen reports that suggest some are being paid; other reports seem to indicate that law enforcement and essential-services people are working without pay (i.e., presumably, pay delayed, not “pay never coming”).
In any case, as happy as I am to see the EPA and other agencies off the job, I’m concerned about morale among the hard-working law enforcement and essential-services folks. They do a tough job 24/365, and a lot is being asked of them today, and for as long as the shutdown lasts.
We can hope the shutdown will last only a couple of days. Presumably, Congress will be looking out for these workers, and have a care for the hardships they will face if the shutdown goes longer than that. (In extremis, much could probably be done, even within the current debt ceiling, through issuing IOUs to the Social Security trust fund.) As with those in all professions, the younger workers – with kids, mortgage and college-loan payments, living paycheck to paycheck – will be the hardest hit.
If the shutdown does become extended, those who have the means can consider donating to organizations that provide a helping hand to these particular federal workers in their time of need. Here are some links to get you started:
Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (especially for non-law enforcement personnel; air traffic controllers are members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, or NATCA, a labor union with some funding for mutual aid, as well as its own charitable foundation)
I (Heart) Public Safety Network (umbrella network coordinating various forms of assistance to public-safety programs, public-safety workers, and their families)
Note: per the Washington Post summary at the first link, U.S. Postal Service workers should be getting paid on schedule. Except for its annual requests for bailouts, USPS is “self-funding,” and should last through the shutdown, however long it goes.
Imaging this: it was well-known that in 2011 the United States was facilitating the weapons supply to Syrian rebels. The weapons were paid for by Qatar and Saudi Arabia and delivered through Turkey.
We have known for more than a year about this traffic. There were two big UN Reports on this traffic.( By the way this meant that the United States was arming Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups.)
What wasn’t known was a simple detail: the United States was also collecting and shipping the weapons.
That’s it! This is what was being concealed. After all, it was openly known previously that the Libyan rebels against Qadhafi were armed by the United States.
The whole mess was unnecessary!
If it were known that the CIA guys in Turkey weren’t just watching the weapons supply but delivering it, to quote Clinton, what difference would it have made?
Would Congress have stopped the weapons’ traffic? No, they wouldn’t even do anything about the arms to Mexican drug gangs that killed Americans?
Would Americans rise in revolt? No.
Would it have cost one percent of the votes in the election? No.
Sure, some bloggers would have talked about parallels to Iran-Contra and a handful of members of Congress would have complained but the massive media machine would have ignored it and the majority of Republicans would have snored.
Did President Obama have to lie in a UN speech saying the ambassador was just there to supervise a hospital and a school? No.
Did a video have to be blamed so as to blame Americans and Islamophobia for the attack? No.
Was the cover-up necessary even to defend the administration’s “perfect” record against terrorist attacks on Americans”? No.
The expose of this arms’ supply channel would have bothered few and changed nothing. But since we knew already that the administration was helping arm anti-American, antisemitic, anti-Christian, and homophobic, and anti-women Islamist terrorists I don’t think the difference was huge.
Did the cover-up have to lead to the refusal to defend properly American personnel to prevent what they were doing from leaking out? No.
In short this program of lies and deception and cover up wasn’t even necessary. Those Americans may have been rescued and those lies might have been avoided with no harm to the administration.
I think that tells a lot about how the Obama Administration treats and manipulates the American people. And it also tells about its very profound incompetence and ignorance.
“Operation Unbreakable Alliance” also will be ”Operation Unbreakable Traffic Jam” next week.
Motorists as well as tourists coming into the country for the Passover holiday are advised that parts of Jerusalem will be off limits during President Barack Obama’s visit next week.
The road passing by the KingDavidHotel, which will be completely occupied by Obama and his entourage, will be closed during his entire two and a half day visit.
Parking will be prohibited on several major arteries near downtown, and the same roads will be closed to traffic at certain hours. Anyone who parks his car in a prohibited area will not find it on return unless he goes to a lot where it has been towed away.
The Israel Museum will be closed to visitors next Thursday and Yad VaShem will be closed to visitors the following day while Obama visits the two facilities.
A report by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies shows that Israel has the second most crowded roads of any Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) country, coming in under South Korea.
Israeli roads grew 70% more crowded between 1990 and 2008.
The report stated that part of the congestion is due to poor enforcement of laws protecting special bus lanes, and said that the rise in real estate prices in Israel’s largest cities is due in part to sluggish traffic.
As reported by Ynet: Road 34, Road 232, Road 25 and Road 241 are closed due to fighting and concern for public safety in the event of rocket attacks.
Traffic control police are directing drivers at the region.