The investigation stems from a report by the nonprofit group Accountable.US which found that the company is the registrar for eight groups that were involved in activities leading up to the Jan. 6 riot.
A spokesperson for GoDaddy told The Hill that it is now looking into those connections, and stressed that using its service to “promote, encourage or engage in violence” violates company policies.
“If content goes beyond the exercise of expression and crosses over to inciting violence, we will take appropriate action,” the spokesperson added.
Accountable.US’s report, first obtained by The Hill, found that the online store of the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers is hosted by GoDaddy, which also serves as the site’s domain registrar.
The report also notes that GoDaddy is the domain registrar for pro-Trump student group Turning Point USA.
The nonprofit arm of the group bused supporters to the “March to Save America” rally ahead of the storming and its founder Charlie Kirk promoted the false narrative that the November election was stolen from former President Trump.
Women For America First’s website is also registered by GoDaddy, according to Accountable.US’s report. The group headed up the organization of the rally and had been urging supporters to join a “caravan” headed to the event….
Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US, said that GoDaddy should have already severed ties with the websites in the report.
“The mainstream online vendors shouldn’t have to wait for public scrutiny before cutting ties with groups that traffic in hate and dangerous rhetoric,” he told The Hill in a statement. “That’s a value judgment, and for some reason they have yet to render one against the groups that incited the deadly sedition at the Capitol.”
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These idiots trying to silence us do not understand that it will come to the point where the usual speech will be substituted by loud and continuous crack and booms.
And that kind of speech they will truly hate and be fearful about.
Tartakovsky was hired to make the first Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoons in 2003, chronicling some of the events that occurred between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. And they were completely awesome. These shorts were both incredibly stylish and action-packed, as one might expect of the man who was concurrently making Samurai Jack.
But George Lucas’ own plans to explore the conflict with 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars pushed the originalanimated take aside. That’s a damn shame, because the 2003-2005 series heavily influenced many Star Wars stories afterward—and yet there’s still more greatness from it that can be reinstated. Here are a few suggestions.
The most important Star Wars villain that hasn’t made his way to the new canon is Durge, a Gen’Dai bounty hunter seen in the first season of Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars who went on to feature in Dark Horse’s excellentStar Wars: Republic comic series. His hulking shape and bulky blue armor feel on-brand for the aesthetics of the prequel trilogy, but Durge comes with a twist.
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The armor is there mostly to give him the semblance of anthropomorphism because otherwise, he’d revert to his regular form: a giant, writhing mass of tendrils, which allow Durge to reattach his limbs and torso without harm after Obi-Wan trisects him. When the villain reappeared for round two, he’s unencumbered by the armor, and watching the Jedi and Clone Troopers battling the giant, hostile blob of flesh was like seeing them try to fight Tetsuo from the end of Akira. This was a good thing.
Maximum Mace Windu
Apologies to George Lucas, Dave Filoni, Jon Favreau, and anyone who has ever directed a Star Wars movie: The coolest moment in the entire franchise came in 2004, courtesy of Tartakosky, who pitted Samuel Jackson’s Jedi master Mace Windu against an entire army of Super Battle Droids…by himself. The fight is kinetic, balletic, and almost threateningly awesome as the perfectly calm Jedi takes out of scores of Battle Droids even after he loses his lightsaber.
It’s the platonic ideal that kids had of Jedi after growing up with the original trilogy, and using Jackson’s character from the prequels is perfect, given that fans had been complaining (justifiably so) that Mace hadn’t had his time to shine yet. Tartakovsky’s interpretation of Mace and of how powerful a true Jedi master could be remains one of the franchise’s greatest scenes of all time, canon be damned.
Completely Silent ARC Troopers
One of the best aspects of Mace Windu’s battle above is how he never utters a word. A few droids do, usually while futilely trying to take control of the situation, but Mace doesn’t need to bog down the proceedings with exposition or quips. Neither do these ARC Troopers—Captain Fordo and the infamous “Muunilist 10”—on their special mission to infiltrate the Muunilinst capital and destroy a giant artillery cannon, so Obi-Wan and his Clone Troopers can safely enter the city and defeat the Separatist forces inside.
Watching the ARC Troopers complete their mission with total competency—but not without casualty—is immensely satisfying. So much of Star Wars is about characters growing and learning and developing, as it should be. But in these brief cartoons, watching badasses just be badasses can be a welcome and highly entertaining respite.
Padmé’s Snow Outfit
Admittedly, there’s not much to say about a single outfit Padmé wore during the series, other than she donned it to brave the snows of the planet Ilum after Yoda set out to rescue a pair of Jedi but fails to return himself. Padmé doesn’t get very far, as she’s attacked by a cadre of invisible chameleon attack droids, although she acquits herself well until the Jedi return. But her outfit is outstanding.
It’s a perfect mash-up of Padmé’s outfit on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones combined with the hood of Princess Leia’s striking original outfit in A New Hope. With the fur fringe, it’s an instantly iconic look for the character that stands tall in Padmé’s truly exquisite wardrobe of designs. Plus, it’s one that lived on in Star Wars merchandise well after this Clone Wars series was de-canonized. (Still, it must be noted, it’s a bummer that this is the most exciting moment Padmé received in the series.)
Padawan Anakin Vs. Asajj Ventress
Anakin tussled with Count Dooku’s pupil Asajj Ventress on a few occasions during Dave Filoni’s Clone Wars series—where she went on to become a major, tragic figure—but never like this. While Anakin leads the Republic fleet against the droid forces of the Banking Clan over the planet Muunilinst, a lone Geonosian ship arrives, its pilot strong with the Force. Anakin chases her through hyperspace against Obi-Wan’s orders to Yavin IV, where the would-be Jedi and would-be Sith face off. The fight is, again, wordless and tremendous, starting as a simple lightsaber duel on the ground which becomes a Force-augmented wuxia battle among the trees.
When they arrive at an abandoned Jedi temple, there’s a pause as wisps of steam burst off their lightsabers when the raindrops land on their blades. The final fight is brutal, as Anakin gets angrier and sloppier, which Asajj takes advantage of. But when Anakin channels his hate for his foe, he’s able to dispatch her with her own weapon—leaving viewers with the indelible image of his cold, heartless visage illuminated by a red lightsaber. In six or so minutes, the first Clone Wars cartoons gave us a more thorough and convincing depiction of Anakin’s tragic fall than the movies ever did.
The Horror of General Grievous
Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars gave fans the first look at the new villain in 2004, a year before he hit live action (so to speak) in Revenge of the Sith. In the movie, he was a bland bad guy, whose most noticeable distinction was being able to wield a bunch of lightsabers at once…until Obi-Wan almost immediately, and literally, disarms him. Although it kept the lightsabers, the original Clone Wars cartoon didn’t even try to make Grievous a character—instead, it made him a horror.
The final segment of the show’s second season has Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak-Ti, and other Jedi running for their lives into a defensive position. They’re surrounded by a sea of battle droids, and even though Mace Windu proved they aren’t a serious threat, these Jedi are terrified. It’s clear many of their kind have already died, and the threat is still very real and very close. It’s completely unnerving to see Jedi Knights so utterly panicked, especially after watching other Jedi easily kick ass in other episodes. Clone Wars sure made Grevious infinitely scarier and more compelling than the Revenge of the Sith did.
Ride of the IG Lancer Droids
When Durge first attacks Obi-Wan and the troops of the Republic, prior to becoming the aforementioned Lovecraftian pile of tentacles, he leads a group of lancers to take out clone troopers and their transports—lancers who are all IG droids. IG droids have a great design, but give them a long, skinny black lance in their hands and put them on long, skinny, black speederbikes and they look even cooler. In full disclosure, a lance-wielding IG droid did briefly appear in the new canon via a Darth Maul comic, but it was the merest of cameos. These IG lancer droids deserve to ride again.
The Trial on Nelvaan
Anakin’s fight with Asajj closed out season two of Clone Wars; Tartakovsky had a different, but equally compelling, plan to showcase Anakin’s continued fall to the Dark Side in season three. The two Jedi land on a planet belonging to tribes of blue-skinned aliens, whose menfolk have all disappeared after setting off to fight an unknown evil. Anakin’s metal hand makes him a prophesied hero, and he is sent out to find out what happened. Along the way, he has a mystical vision presaging his fall to the Dark Side—it’s not necessarily subtle, but neither is Star Wars, usually—and discovers the male Nelvaanians have been captured by the Techno Union, which has mutated them into monsters and attached blasters to their arms.
Anakin frees the Nelvaanians by grabbing a crystal that destroys his metal hand, and the Nelvaanians rampage through the facility as Anakin cold-bloodedly murders the Unionists. The furious Nelvaanians rip off their own blasters in solidarity with Anakin, both originally driven by their desire to protect their loved ones, then malformed inside and out by their desire to punish those who hurt them. Although the CG Clone Wars would spend a much greater time depicting Anakin’s complexities as he grappled with the push and pull of his own darkness, this, combined with his duel against Asajj, allowed the original show to perfectly deliver the condensed, badly-needed character development that connects the Anakin of Attack of the Clones and the version who would appear in Revenge of the Sith. (In case you were wondering, season three of Clone Wars came out in 2005; James Cameron’s Avatar premiered in 2009. Just sayin’.)
In the Disney canon, we don’t officially know how Count Dooku and General Grievous managed to steal the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic just before the beginning of Revenge of the Sith beyond what we get in the film’s opening titles. He’s simply on the villains’ ship, waiting to be rescued by Anakin and Obi-Wan. We used to know the reason, courtesy of the early Clone Wars, as a trio of desperate Jedi tries to usher Palpatine through Coruscant away from General Grievous and his droid minions when the Separatist fleet launches a surprise assault.
The Jedi are still outmatched and Grevious is still scary, but frankly, this is just an awesome action-suspense story made tenser because you know who the Jedi are rescuing and what their ultimate fate will be. If you feel like “how Palpatine got caught” wasn’t a question that needed to be answered, frankly, I agree. But I also don’t think it’s any less necessary than learning how Princess Leia got ahold of the Death Star schematics, and that got a whole movie.
General Grievous’ Wheeze
There’s one more reason, however, to add Palpatine’s flight through Coruscant into the canon, and that’s because of how it ends. As the general’s ship starts to fly off, Mace Windu uses the Force to crush Grievous’ chest-plate in a last-ditch effort to save the Chancellor. It doesn’t work, but Grievous’s intimidating voice turns into a perpetual wheeze that persists through Revenge of the Sith. There’s an explanation for the general’s respiratory issues in the current canon, which is that he’s augmented his living body with robotics and technology so many times that all he has left is a sack of organs located somewhere inside his armor, which makes breathing a bit…difficult. This is an OK answer, but Mace getting one good shot in on a major Star Wars villain before the Jedi go kaput is slightly more satisfying, don’t you think?
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Inspired by Andre Antunes, musician Brandon Ethridge likes to add melodies to voices expressed in current events. In this short clip, he turns televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s impassioned sermon about a COVID-19 vaccine into an epic mini-musical. If this doesn’t get people stoked for vaccination, we don’t know what will.
Nobody knows what’s coming, but we can all feel it in our bones
"Thoughts from Frank & Fern" is a blog I’ve read occasionally for a long time. Now and again the couple who write it come up with really good, thought-provoking posts. Their latest is well worth reading in full. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
The relationship of government to the people [supposedly] began where the government servants were for the benefit of the people. Now that relationship has flipped. You had better do what you’re told or else. Or else what? We will raise the price of your medication, control the medical attention you can receive, force you to pay for our medical insurance, regulate your business [or shut it down all together, because, you know, COVID], take your guns, brainwash your children and tell you that you better be damn happy while we’re doing it. No, wait, they’re already doing that. Are you enjoying the symbiotic relationship you have with your government? Federal or local? Is it a give and take situation that benefits both parties or have you become a slave to ‘the man’?
. . .
Ladies and Gentlemen [the only two genders on the planet in the realm of reality], this is where we are. The symbiotic relationship of our country, our government and all of it’s interwoven companions in crime, have entered the stage of over extension in so many areas that an implosion of all systems is inevitable. This is not something new in the last few months, it has been developing for years, even decades. Remember the statement, “You’re either with us or you’re against us.”?
Think of an area that has a season of abundance that allows the rabbit population to increase dramatically. What happens? The predators, coyotes for example, also increase in abundance until one day, the situations changes. There is no longer enough for the rabbits to eat, they become sick and die. The coyotes don’t have enough to eat. What happens? The system collapses back into a more manageable condition.
It appears that some factions of our country have reached the tipping point where they will no longer sit quietly by. You know we have done that for decades now. Appeasement. Does it work? Never has. So this where we are. We have brought ourselves to the point of listening to the government tell us to sit down and shut up. Are we going to? A lot of us are. It’s scary not to. We don’t want to lose everything we have – home, job, retirement, family, societal recognition. But the situation with the election and impeachments, the current avalanche of executive orders appear to have created a backlash of sorts. Will the country remain united? That has yet to be seen. There are a lot of theories being postulated out here in internet world. Some seem more plausible than others.
This is where we are. If you aren’t in a situation, location, state of mind where you can provide for your NEEDS, not wants, when the system implodes or declines to the point of not supplying the basics for everyday life, then please work diligently with all of your might to get that way. Sometimes the decline of a system is rapid, sometimes it’s slow and you can see it coming more clearly and make the needed adjustments. Everyone we talk to, everyone, normal everyday people that up to now didn’t have a care in the world, shopped everyday for dinner and went about their lives, KNOWS something is very not right. It’s in the air, in our bones, invading our thoughts and feelings. The world is not right. Something is coming.
Be as ready as you can. It’s important. It’s beyond important. It’s beyond words important.
None of us know what’s coming, but I think we can all agree that the "signs of the times" point to serious disruption in our way of life. The "blue states" are showing signs of reverting to socialist dictatorships. The "red states" are rebelling against attempts to force them into that same mold, and resisting as best they can. Within each state, "blue" or "red" enclaves are resisting the other side, and trying to build their own little fiefdoms, insulated from views and policies with which they don’t agree. There’s no longer a sense of a shared national identity. We’ve become a nation at war with ourselves.
Nobody knows what’s coming . . . but something’s got to give, sooner or later. I have a feeling that we may have less than a year before things get out of control, at least somewhere in these formerly United States. Be as ready as you can to protect and safeguard yourself and your loved ones if and when that happens – and if you’re in an area where you think the danger is particularly great, leave. Now. You may have less time than you think.
How to Export LastPass Passwords and Move to Another Password Manager
For some time, LastPass was the go-to free password manager, as it offered all the features most people need at no cost. However, as of March 16, 2021, LastPass’s free users are limited to using the service on either desktop or mobile devices—using both requires you to upgrade to the paid plan.
This is a frustrating limitation. If you don’t want to use LastPass anymore, we’ll show you how to export your data from LastPass and switch to something else.
How to Export Your LastPass Data
To start the move to a new password manager, you’ll first need to export your data from LastPass. This is easy and you can do it anytime; it will still work even after LastPass’s free plan changes.
Before you export your passwords, it’s a good idea to clean up your password manager. Chances are that you have a lot of old data in your account, so why not tidy it up so you only move over what you actually use?
Once you’re done, go to LastPass.com and sign in to access your vault. At the bottom-left, click Advanced Options to open a new menu. From the list that appears, choose Export.
This will open a new browser tab where you’ll need to confirm your LastPass master password. After you do, depending on your browser, you’ll either get a prompt to download a CSV file, or will see a screen full of text that makes up this file. If you get a prompt, you can save the file as normal.
For the screen of text, press Ctrl + A (Cmd + A on a Mac) to copy all the text, then Ctrl + C (Cmd + C) to copy it. Open Notepad, TextEdit, or another text editor, then use Ctrl + V (Cmd + V) to paste the text into a new file.
Finally, save the file with the extension .CSV so it’s in the format that other password managers expect when importing.
Important: Keep this file somewhere safe during the transfer! It contains all of your passwords and other information in plain text, which is not secure. You should avoid syncing the file with cloud storage, and make sure to permanently delete it once you’re done with it.
Export Your LastPass Form Data
If you also want to move your saved LastPass form data to a new password manager, you’ll need to export this separately. This requires you to use the LastPass browser extension; it doesn’t work in the web app.
To do this, click the LastPass extension and go to Account Options > Advanced > Export and choose Form Fills. You may be prompted to enter your master password again. After that, your browser will download another CSV file with your form fill data.
How to Import LastPass Data Into a New Password Manager
Now you’re ready to import your passwords into a new password manager service. If you’re leaving LastPass because you don’t want to pay for the premium plan, we recommend Bitwarden. Its free plan has everything most people need, including multi-device sync.
If that doesn’t work for you, have a look at some of the other best password managers instead. We’ll illustrate with Bitwarden here, but the steps are similar on most services. Check their documentation if you’re not sure.
Create an account with your new password manager, if you don’t have one already. Then open your Bitwarden vault and log into your account. Select Tools from the bar at the top, followed by Import Data on the left side.
Set the dropdown under Select the format of the import file to LastPass (csv). Then hit the Choose File button and select the file from where you saved it on your PC. You can instead paste the file’s contents in the box below, if you prefer.
Once you click Import Data, Bitwarden will add all your data to your new vault. Repeat these steps to add your form fill data, if needed.
Now you’re ready to start using your new password manager. For your security, remember to delete the CSV file when you’re done with the transfer!
Say Goodbye to LastPass
That’s all it takes to leave LastPass for a new password manager. Bitwarden makes it easy to enjoy passwords synced across all your devices for free, but there are plenty of other great choices too.
This is also a great time to make sure you’re taking advantage of all your password manager’s handy features.
Laravel Installation, Migrations, Models and Relationships – Real Ecommerce with Laravel 8 – Ep 1
Building a large Laravel project can be a daunting task! In this new series I’ll be building an ecommerce store with Laravel 8 from start to finish. You will see my thought process when tackling different features throughout the build, all the way up until launch.
A typical example of Livewire is the counter. Although it may not be really useful to use Livewire in this situation, it does however really show the power of Livewire.
First, we are gonna make a new Livewire component:
php artisan livewire:make counter
Now Livewire has made two files: a Counter.php class and a counter.blade.php view.
Next we’ll go to the Counter.php class and add this code:
class Counter extends Component
public int $count = 0;
public function render()
public function increment()
public function decrement()
And now we’ll add this in our counter.blade.php view:
These are some great features of Livewire:
And much more.
I hope you liked this tutorial. If you did so, please leave a comment.