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- Is your favorite web site out of order right now? You can check with these tools: Down Detector seems to be the best overall. Is It Down Right Now? is a very optimistic tool, which gets easily fooled about extended site outages which might occasionally let someone in, but mostly aren't. The following tools tend to be more pessimistic and accurate, but at times may indicate regional outages rather than nationwide ones (so sometimes you may still access a site they list as down, while someone living somewhere else cannot):
Downrightnow and Down For Everyone Or Just Me?
- Vox.com | Explain the news
- Yahoo! News Top Stories until recently was a pretty decent news source, but since being bought out by a bigger company (Verizon, I think) suddenly most of their news links are redirects, which make you have to click twice as often and wait twice as long to see the articles. So I may have to remove this link soon. It's only still here now in case Verizon soon fixes this awful state of affairs.
- Google News
- Reddit was one of my top favorite news and forum sites for several years, due to its rare instances of censorship, and ready acceptance of submissions on a far wider variety of subjects, from lots more individuals (as opposed to corporate PR shills) than any other news site I knew of. Alas, those things seem to be less and less true of reddit every day now, as of early 2016. For they seem to be going the way of Digg, their defunct predecessor in this online niche. So I'm hoping reddit either gets back to its roots soon, or I can find a suitable replacement for them here, and remove their link.
Don't get me wrong: I agree with some of the changes they've made, regarding hate speech and online harassment, and maybe abolishing certain subreddit forums which were tough to see as anything but 50% or more evil. But along with these things reddit has also allowed their volunteer moderators to run wild, censoring content they don't agree with and often banning certain content sources or individual reddit members from ever submitting or commenting on anything ever again in many subreddits, for little or no discernible reason. I'm one of the many reddit users who's been treated this way, and if you're familiar with my web site and my opinions you might wonder how on Earth that ever happened to me, of all people. Well, it happened because many of today's reddit moderators are acting like penny ante dictators, and that has greatly reduced my own participation in the site, as well as that of many others. And you can definitely tell the difference in quality on reddit as well, as it has gotten a lot less interesting in terms of submitted links the past several years. So it's emulating the defunct Digg now, at full throttle.
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- Global Guerrillas "A blog about the future of conflict," GG has for years posted brilliant ideas and warnings about the changing world around us.
Miscellaneous sweepstakes news sites of varying frequency (also check the caveats described below)
CAUTION! Keep in mind that entering many sweeps will definitely increase your junk e-mail, win or lose. You also need to be wary and read the rules carefully before entering many such contests-- because sometimes there's Gotchas! in the fine print which would put you off the game if you were aware of them. For instance, that highly touted $10,000 prize might only be awarded in the form of a credit at Harry's House of Ceramic Shoe Collectibles-- and so of little value to many folks. At the other end of the scale are sweeps with huge non-cash prizes of super-expensive cars and homes, which could effectively bankrupt many winners who try to claim them, with enormous income tax bills. To make it worse, the homes are usually located 3000 miles away from where the winner would want to live, or the car is totally impractical for normal driving (a Rolls Royce or Lamborghini Countach for example), and the income tax bite on the prize's value alone may be about the same as what you'll be able to sell it for on the street. Heck, sometimes auto prizes incur tax penalties equal to that of a brand new model off the dealer lot, but there's no new car warranty to go with it! Yeah, some winners might manage to sell off such assets, pay the taxes, and still end up with a little profit on the side. But I bet you most won't. So keep in mind folks that minimum 20-25% tax bite on prizes, and the principle that cold cash is much easier to deal with than overpriced real estate or luxury autos.
One last good reason to carefully read the rules of contests before entering them: quite a few sites take months to take down entry pages after a sweepstakes has ended, still collecting personal info from poor saps who are unaware their entries are no good. There should be a law stopping this, but apparently there's not. So if you're too dumb or lazy to read the rules, you're going to be an automatic loser in lots of sweeps the very moment you click the last button for entry.
The BBB Consumer News and Opinion Blog might help you steer clear of some sweep and contest scams.
Keeping all the above in mind, here's some miscellaneous links you can try, if you wish:
| New Sweepstakes & Contests | SweepstakesToday.com | Sweepstakes Lovers | Sweeties Sweepstakes | Online-Sweepstakes.com Cash | New Sweepstakes | Sweepstakes Advantage | Infinite Sweepstakes | Sweepstakes Daily | contestgirl.com |
| Lottery Results |
| PCH Search & Win |
this Mega Millions Lottery Simulator should be visited on occasion just to remind us all of the extreme odds against us in large lotteries.
Miscellaneous links currently under evaluation for long-term inclusion in this page (presented in random order)