An Antidote To Corporate Media

2015 Feb 9, 7:43am   633,797 views  603 comments

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I got the patrick.net domain name back in 1995 when I was one day too late for patrick.com. Missing the .com name turned out to be fine. I prefer the .net name now because life is all about human networks. This site was just my personal blog from 1995 to 2004.

In 2004 I started writing about the housing bubble, which catapulted the site to national fame for a while. I was interviewed on NPR, on Nightline on TV, and in other corporate media that I have since learned to recognize as poison. Here are my original the articles about the housing bubble (the dates on them are much later because I updated them):


The big housing bubble popped in 2008, and traffic fell, since it was no longer controversial to assert that we really had had a housing bubble.

About then, I decided to just let the public discuss things with each other and wrote my own forum software. I'm a programmer, so that was fun. At first I was kind of disturbed at the number of conservatives on the site, but as I discussed things with them and saw San Francisco literally turn to shit under far-left Democrats, I changed my thinking.

And yet I didn't change my thinking all that much, because once again, I'm trying to oppose massive fraud and exploitation by the oligarchy. Before, my enemy was the NAR, and I still think they are nothing but institutionalized crime, but there are bigger fish to fry now, especially since the worldwide campaign to inject every human with a provably dangerous and ineffective experiment, which is still not approved by the FDA. (They approved "Comirnaty", which is not available, to deceive the public.)


It’s like Pharma just backed a truck up to the Progressive Values Factory; stole everything; modified core values in order to maim people, make money, and implement global totalitarianism; and the left is just out there smoking a cigarette on the loading dock saying, “Sounds good to me.” What!? What the heck happened to the left? Is there no one remaining in that tribe who is capable of logic and reason!? Quite literally the worst industry in the world stole the left’s most cherished values and no one on the left is the slightest bit offended by this (even though they are offended by everything else)!? We live in the bizarro upside down world.

I have slowly concluded that everything progressives say they stand for causes immense pain and suffering to millions of people while funneling billions of dollars upward to the oligarchy:


More and more Democrats are starting to understand they have been lied to for the profits of the oligarchy:


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3   Patrick   2015 Feb 10, 6:56am  

curious2 says

there seem to be some issues searching for specific comments. Searching via DuckDuckGo or Google, Patrick.net gets many prominent hits, but clicking on them tends to produce errors, e.g.

500 Internal Server Error


Likewise, Patrick.net's internal search function produces many false hits, for example searching for "city-journal" returns every occurrence of city or journal.

yes, it's still in a terrible half-baked state.

trying to figure out how the new categories relate to each other:

companies have events, jobs, technologies, investors
events have companies, but not jobs...
jobs have technologies but not investors...

hopefully will figure all that out today.

4   Patrick   2015 Nov 4, 6:39pm  

crap, comments were going into moderation for no good reason!

stopped all moderation of comments, so now some spam will get through, but at least no legit comments will be blocked.

if you have any trouble commenting, please email p@patrick.net

6   Tenpoundbass   2016 May 20, 6:20am  

Patrick says

patrick.net has never received a national security letter.

Phew! I've really been sweating that one. I've been a nervous wreck constantly looking over my shoulder.
I was convinced you told them my hair and eye color by now.

7   Tenpoundbass   2016 May 20, 6:23am  

Patrick says

crap, comments were going into moderation for no good reason!

stopped all moderation of comments, so now some spam will get through, but at least no legit comments will be blocked.

if you have any trouble commenting, please email p@patrick.net

Maybe you should only allow your spam trigger to override the fliter, only if the post has a hashtag #Offendingword at the bottom, which you ask anyway, so that the filter could over write it.
That could get trickey but at least you would still have your moderation against real spam.

8   Y   2016 May 20, 6:28am  

Adult forums, by definition, do not support babytalk...

curious2 says

Searching via DuckDuckGo or Google, Patrick.net gets many prominent hits

9   HEY YOU   2016 May 20, 4:53pm  

Devil's Advocate response: FUCK EVERYBODY!

" untrusted site warning"; never trust a patnetter. lmao

10   HEY YOU   2016 May 20, 4:55pm  

"personally identifying information"

Who keeps calling me ASSHOLE?

11   Tenpoundbass   2016 May 21, 2:16pm  

rando says

thinking of just eliminating ssl completely and generating a unique one-time cookie on each page view.

Yes then dynamically name the add message and new message textbox id or the name that uniquie one-time string. So that new spam bots only work the first time. The hassle of having to come back and set their spam bot script up wouldn't be worth the hassle for them.

This post the id could be something like "R$399KnZ" but the next time the bot tries to post to your url with those form values it wont post. Becuase this time the correct textbox id is "NXl412!r".

12   Y   2016 May 24, 9:45pm  

this is a test of the emergency Youtube embedded video

13   Y   2016 May 24, 9:46pm  


14   Y   2016 May 24, 9:47pm  

the above link doesn't work as an embedded video (quotes removed 2 posts up...)

15   Dan8267   2016 May 24, 10:08pm  

rando says

the only reason to have ssl is to prevent someone from seeing your cookie and becoming you on patrick.net

Now what kind of asshole would do something like that just to mess with a troll by having him post an exclamation of his love of goats? Oh wait, never mind.

16   Patrick   2016 May 25, 7:50am  

@Xanthidae i think i fixed it.

Xanthidae says

the above link doesn't work as an embedded video (quotes removed 2 posts up...)

you can even see the change here now that i have the code in github:


please let me know if any more problems. or just send me a pull request if you know php and github things.

17   Y   2016 May 25, 8:37am  

18   Y   2016 May 25, 8:38am  

Works! Thanks!

19   BayArea   2016 Jun 20, 11:16am  

Patrick, just a thought...

For new posts, have you considered changing the order of the title and the image when using cell-phone?

It just seems intuitively, I would prefer to read the title then see the related image, and not vice-versa?

20   Dan8267   2016 Jun 21, 11:30am  

Patrick says

Nothing on this site is censored by Patrick except:

  • threats
  • child porn
  • spam
  • copyright violations (upon notice)
  • personally identifying information

You lie! I have it on good authority that redirecting troll's threads to goat porn websites via JavaScript injection is in fact censored! Stop censoring JavaScript. Scripting is free speech!

21     2016 Jun 21, 2:09pm  

Hey piss off, Obamacare bot

22   Patrick   2016 Jun 21, 8:24pm  

BayArea says

Patrick, just a thought...

For new posts, have you considered changing the order of the title and the image when using cell-phone?

It just seems intuitively, I would prefer to read the title then see the related image, and not vice-versa?

@BayArea yes, it's a good idea, but i have not been able to get that to work on mobile devices. the formatting goes badly wrong if i try to put the image after the title.

maybe if you know css/html you can figure out a method that works and show me. you could just use the browser developer tools to change things around, or save the page and muck with it statically.

23   Dan8267   2016 Jul 22, 10:49am  

Patrick says

maybe if you know css/html you can figure out a method that works and show me. you could just use the browser developer tools to change things around, or save the page and muck with it statically.

The trick is to use the @media css tag to override styles based on width breakpoints. I threw together a JS Fiddle. I've only tested it in Firefox though. No bets on I.E. I never use that browser.

24   Patrick   2016 Jul 26, 7:55am  

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos, for example:

25   Patrick   2016 Jul 26, 7:56am  

that was done with a url like this: https://www.y outube.com/v/chElHV99xak?start=53&end=59

i put the space in the url to break it so it wouldn't actually get converted.

26   Dan8267   2016 Jul 26, 8:05am  

Patrick says

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos

27   HEY YOU   2016 Jul 31, 11:51am  

I was following the first paragraph until I came to "clear critical thought."
We'll not be having any of that shit!
And apparently it's not a problem.

28   Y   2016 Jul 31, 12:31pm  

This is a major non-damning improvement...

Patrick says

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos

29   Dan8267   2016 Aug 1, 8:04am  

@Patrick, what's with all the spammers? Have they broken the captcha you are using? Maybe it's time to switch to another.

Chances are these spammers aren't targeting PatNet specifically, but rather have bots that target common platforms like PHP. Maybe a simple speed bump in which the user has to play a little "guitar hero" game with arrow keys to register a username.

30   marcus   2016 Aug 5, 2:15am  

Patrick says

If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.

--Justice William Brennan, speaking for the majority

Maybe you should add something along the lines of:

We also have some free thinkers on this forum that understand that an idea being offensive or politically incorrect does not in and of itself make it good.

31   Patrick   2016 Aug 5, 11:40am  

spam deleted.

32   Patrick   2016 Aug 5, 11:41am  

marcus says

an idea being offensive or politically incorrect does not in and of itself make it good

also true.

33   Dan8267   2016 Aug 11, 7:31am  

Google should have a public way of hurting the page rank of spammers. If someone spams a forum, send the link to Google to reduce the advertised website's page rank. Granted, we'd have to deal with saboteurs, but the benefits would outweigh this cost.

34   Patrick   2016 Aug 11, 4:31pm  

Ah fuck. Yes, I did make some changes this morning.

Ironman says

It looks like the "quote" function isn't posting the name of the poster quoted,

Quote thing seems to work ok for me.

Please tell me which threads with long titles are not found!

35   Patrick   2016 Aug 11, 7:27pm  

OK, made a little progress. It seems to happen on Safari, but not Chrome. At least I have a starting point to look at.

36   Patrick   2016 Aug 11, 7:41pm  

Hmmm, confusing because I didn't change anything about the code that does that stuff:


37   Patrick   2016 Aug 11, 8:27pm  

OK, I think it's fixed now. Quotes should always have "(user) says" in them. Thanks for telling me about that.

Ironman says

Trying from my phone (Droid), doesn't quote the name either.

38   Patrick   2016 Aug 11, 8:48pm  

Ah yes. Also fixed as of now. Please check.

39   Patrick   2016 Aug 12, 11:07am  

@Ironman you're right.

That is also fixed now.

Please tell me more bugs and suggestions.

40   Patrick   2016 Aug 12, 2:06pm  

Ironman says

Hey wait, when did I become your technical guinea pig? :)

When you started volunteering. Thanks!

41   Patrick   2016 Sep 29, 9:56am  

If you want to write a post totally anonymously, just enter it while logged out, and when it asks for an email address put in some crap email like this@that.com. The post will go into moderation and I'll get notified that it needs approval. There's a delay for approval, but then your post is anonymous.

42   BayArea   2016 Sep 29, 10:09am  

Patrick, just curious...

What server are you using for this site?

Your own private server, third party domestic server, third party international server, Hillary's private server?

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