Privacy Policy – GDPR, et al.

Who we are

We are not “we”.  Despite this GDPR template page suggesting using the royal impersonal plural “we” (for the purposes of bureaucratic of blame-shifting), this website is owned and operated by just one clever person wearing many hats.

This website address is:  This is an American website, hosted on American servers, with no association with, or subjugation to, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Mainland China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or other regime.   This site does not share its data with foreign governments.  We don’t share data with the American government either, but would have to recognize a warrant duly signed by a judge in an American court with local jurisdiction over where I live.

Keep in mind that in your country, you yourself might be legally restricted as to what what you are allowed to say, read, watch, or think.  If you are subject to the EU, UK, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or other speech-repressive regime, well, you are welcome to stay and browse this site, or you can save yourself and bail out now, and clear your browser history and cookies, to get rid of all trace you’ve ever been here, lest your national and supranational authorities prosecute you, ala Mark Meechan (served jail time in the UK for a stupid dog trick), ala Tommy Robinson (starved nearly to death by British authorities medieval-torture-Tower-of-London-style, for protesting Koran-inspired rape gangs roaming his country), ala Israa al-Ghomgham (facing beheading in Saudi Arabia for complaining about Saudi Arabia’s own Koran-inspired human rights abuses), ala Adnan Oktar (a German-Turkish journalist, awaiting prosecution for somehow angering the vicious  Turkish despot head of state), ala Liu Xia (not a blogger herself, but who served 8 years house imprisonment in China, for having merely once been married to a long dead Chinese human rights blogger, now “free” in Germany, while her brother is imprisoned in China instead, to make sure she still keeps quiet), and ala all the now disappeared Chinese human rights activists that traitorous American Senator Diane Feinstein’s office has turned over to Beijing for organ harvesting.  I’m sure there are more.  You get the idea.

The bottom line is, you know you’ve been here.   There is no telling what data your own ISP has been retaining about your web browsing.  I hope you are running a VPN, or otherwise using a web proxy when you are on line.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it

By visiting this website, you agree that I have needed to acquire your IP address, for the technical necessity of enabling you to read my website. 

However, since I am interested in where my viewers are viewing from, I retain a database of the IP addresses that have visited this site, and at my leisure, I run them through IP mapping services to put a pin on your town in a pin map.   This information is anonymized.  I have no way of knowing who you are.  That is, UNLESS you email me or contact me through one of the contact forms on this site.  Yes, then I can connect your IP address with your email address, and if you sign your email, with your name.   This is just technology, not magic, although it has spooked a few people.

Comments and profile pictures

When visitors leave comments on the site, the comment data and email address (entered by the visitor) is collected and preserved by the site, as well as the visitor’s IP address, and browser user agent string, to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the service (owned by, owned by to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:

After approval of your comment, your comment, website (if you provided one), and the profile picture you yourself assigned in Gravatar become visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you contact me through a contact form on this site, the information you submitted, as well as your IP address and date/time you submitted it, are all retained by the site, as well as emailed to me through my own various ISPs.


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If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article or comment, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites (such as video sites) behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other websites.  (So be sure to see all their privacy policies, and whether they themselves are subject to the laws of the EU, UK, China, Turkey, Saudia Arabia, or other vicious speech-repressive regime.)

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We do not use Google Analytics or Google Ads (which would track you for their purposes, not ours).  However, we do sometimes embed Google-owned YouTube videos, which themselves are subject to Google’s tracking bots, but who certainly don’t share their data collection with this site.

Who we share your data with


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username, without completely deleting their account and re-registering).  Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.  But here, we are the administrative, legal, and security authority.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, but for now that ability is disabled, and comments are manually moderated by the proprietor of this site.   Should this site get overwhelmed with traffic, comments, spam, or trolls, that practice might change.

Your contact information

If you send it, the proprietor of this site may or may not retain it forever.

Additional information

How we protect your data

As if I’d publish what systems are in place, so that hackers could focus their skills.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Passwords to this site are changed regularly, and we do regular backups, so that we are free to completely delete this website, reinstall it, and force a password reset on all account holders.

What third parties we receive data from

None.  Your data is too valuable for anyone else to just give it to me.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

None.  No matter how much artificial intelligence robots have built in, ultimately, they are really really stupid.   So we are not about to rely on them.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

None.   But the above has been provided in the spirit of cooperation with what any Internet user ought to have known anyway.




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