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Pledge Drive! We Hunted the Mammoth needs your support — now more than ever!

Give a Christmas gift to yourself: Donate to WHTM in the name of some Trump-loving relative!

In 1979, the Dead Kennedys released their first single, the satirical “California Über Alles,” a pointed jab at then-California-governor Jerry Brown, whom the song depicted as a “Zen Fascist” who would soon be sending the “the suede/denim secret police” to arrest “your uncool niece.”

Then Ronald Reagan was elected president and the Dead Kennedys released a new version of the song, this time with Reagan, not Brown, as the focus. The new title: “We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now.”

Today is the start of the fourth quarter 2016 We Hunted the Mammoth pledge drive. It might as well be called the We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now pledge drive, with our particular Bigger Problem even bigger than the one the most vulnerable citizens in the US faced in 1980.

I will do all I can to fight back against Trump and Trumpism, tracking and mocking his supporters on the racist right, providing useful resource packs for anti-Trump activists and more weird propaganda posters for these weird times. And I will continue to write about the oddball misogynists that have been the central focus of this blog since I started it six years ago. In these dire times, this blog needs to do more than it ever has before.

But I can’t do it without your help. 

Your support has never been more important to We Hunted the Mammoth as it is today. Please give what you can by clicking the “donate” button below!  

Donating, as always. is easy. You don’t need a PayPal account; credit cards are accepted, and there are other options as well. If you’re outside the US, PayPal will automatically convert your non-American money into American bucks.You can also set up recurring payments through PayPal if that’s more convenient to you.

If you have a Trump-supporting relative you’d like to send a message to, consider donating to WHTM in their honor. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer! 

Donald Trump’s electoral college victory was not just a victory for him: it was a victory for the right-wing media outlets (Breitbart being the most important one) that encouraged and energized his most fervent (and most hateful) fans. It was a symbiotic relationship — Breitbart helped Trump as much as Trump helped Breitbart.

But it wasn’t Trump that made Breitbart what it is.

It was money. More specifically, it was the $10 million cash infusion, from two unnamed investors, that the wannabe new-media powerhouse took in in 2011. As Matthew Phelan notes in Jacobin,

These investments kept Breitbart News above water for years, operating like an even more opaque version of the dark-money patronage system that propped up its nonprofit allies.

It’s damn near impossible for political publications — of any political persuasion, online or off — to support themselves through subscriptions or ad revenue alone; most rely heavily on donations for their survival. We Hunted the Mammoth is no exception.

Unlike Andrew Breitbart and his successors at the website that bears his name, I don’t know any tech billionaires with five or ten million dollars to spare. 

So every penny you donate is crucial.

I don’t need millions for fancy offices or publicity campaigns. I do my work on a temperamental laptop sitting on my living room couch, relying on Facebook and Twitter to publicize my posts. My staff consists of two decidedly unhelpful cats. I’m just hoping to scrape together a living wage from ads and donations so that I can keep this blog going at this crucial time.

Small donations are welcome, as are big ones. I appreciate them all! 

Thanks to those who donate during pledge drives. Thanks to those who donate between pledge drives. And thanks to those who donate every month!

If you can’t afford to donate and would like to help this blog in other ways — or if you’re a donor looking to help more — there are many other ways to help that won’t cost you a cent.

Many of you already contribute to this blog in non-monetary ways, from posting smart and funny comments, designing graphics, alerting me to trolls in the comments, and many other things that help make the WHTM community vibrant (and my posts more interesting). I appreciate all the help you all give!

Here are a few other things that will help this blog a lot without costing you anything. 

Publicizing the blog, by sharing posts on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and other social media sites. When a post of mine goes viral, traffic here explodes, and many of the new readers stick around.

If we want to counter the effects of media outlets like Breitbart and the assorted “fake news” outlets that swayed the election in Trump’s favor, we need to reach a much bigger audience. Your Facebook shares and Twitter retweets (and Reddit posts, and so on and so on) can help WHTM reach many more people.

Sending me tips. I would like to increase the number of posts I put up every day. But tracking down stories takes time. If you see something — a blog post, a Tweet, a weird Reddit thread — that looks like possible WHTM material, send me an email at dfutrelle at gmail.com.

Turning off Ad Block! The ads, as annoying as they can sometimes be, are necessary to keep the blog going. Other media sites have been turning to annoying popups urging readers to turn off ad blockers; I don’t want to have to resort to that.

If you really can’t stand the ads and must use a blocker, please donate to make up for the loss in ad revenue. (And hey, if you’re donating money to WHTM on a regular basis, consider that a subscription to the blog and go ahead and turn off the ads if you want.)

Also, if you see a sketchy ad here, send me an email about it, including some of the text from the ad (as that makes it possible for me to block it in the future).

Buying stuff on Amazon using my affiliate link, which gives me a little kickback without adding a cent to what you’re paying. (If you don’t see the Amazon affiliate links in the sidebar, that’s because you’ve got an adblocker turned on!)

Thanks again, big thanks, to everyone who supports this blog — in whatever way you support it. 

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leftwingfox
leftwingfox
3 years ago

Unfortunately, I might not be able to contribute this time around. I’m dealing with a nexus of minor paramedical bills, and a credit crunch as I re-finance myself to get out of debt.

If I can spare a few, I’ll send it your way.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
3 years ago

Merry Christmas, David. Go buy yourself a pizza or something 😀

Also – how is your laptop? Do we need to get together and get you a new one?

Jim
Jim
3 years ago

Sweet Jesus it seems like you were asking for money the other week. Do you have a full time job? Or are you using this blog and donations to support yourself?

Rhuu
Rhuu
3 years ago

@Jim: Uh, this is his full time job…? I don’t understand your question? Also, did you read the post where he explained why he needed the money, and what it would be used for?

Big Head
Big Head
3 years ago

Dear Jim

Do you intend to donate?

If not, why this thread?

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
3 years ago

@Jim

There are 4 pledge drives/year. That’s why the blog post says “fourth quarter 2016 We Hunted the Mammoth pledge drive”.

Sweet Jesus, at least read the post before commenting.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
3 years ago

@David

David, please please please please please let’s Patreon? I would definitely become a Patreon, but I can’t justify single sum donations at this point. I’m broke, but being a few dollars more broke/month won’t make much of a difference. Parting with a sum of money all at once hurts my imaginary wallet right now. :/

CPphazor
CPphazor
3 years ago

I still think it’s important once in a while to do threads on bigger topics once in a while as well in order to provide education as well as just updates.

Previously when I’ve witnessed discussions about IQ or institutional discrimination or the wage gap or how statistics work in general it’s been very insightful and I feel like the deeper topic shit adds a lot to just the coverage.

Patty Cakes
Patty Cakes
3 years ago

Jerry Brown is more properly Once-Again-California-Governor.

requin
requin
3 years ago

Can you put up a link for Amazon UK? I’ll happily use it.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

Sweet Jesus it seems like you were asking for money the other week.

Y’know, the first time I said that MRAs must live in black holes, it was a joke that I stole from HBomberguy… And yet…

Also:

http://i.imgur.com/SwUDPx4.jpg

Weatherwax
Weatherwax
3 years ago

David

I’m so sorry I can’t afford to give at the minute.

If I use the Amazon affiliate link on WHTM, then link through to the UK version, does that still generate revenue for you, or is it only sales on .com? I currently use an affiliate link with Easy Fundraising to generate donations for the Red Cross, but am happy to switch to you if you’ll feel the benefit. Not that I’m spending much at the mo (see above), but every little helps!

Thanks for all the crappy reading you do, so we don’t have to!

ETA I see requin has beaten me to the Brit-specific query!

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
3 years ago
Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
3 years ago

I made a small donation. But I still want that Patreon page!

Viscaria
Viscaria
3 years ago

I wish I could donate; it’s been a while. Unfortunately, no income + school + Christmas shopping + saving for future big events…

I am going to make a point of spreading WHTM more widely, and, in the exceedingly rare event that I run into something interesting elsewhere, to share that with you.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
3 years ago

As a note for the Patreon-desiring, there’s an option on the Paypal payment screen for “make this a monthly payment”. So you can in fact donate a small monthly amount that way, if you like.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
3 years ago

@Scildfreja

True! Good idea. But Patreon would be even better. 🙂

Hambeast (fan of diversity)
Hambeast (fan of diversity)
3 years ago

Done. Once my dad’s estate is out of probate, I will set up a monthly.

This blog and the Mammothers are a precious resource for information, fun and fellowship!

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

Okay David, done & done. I’ve donated in the past (not a lot) but I’ve gone for a monthly donation this time so I hope that helps.

If there’s a special fund just for a new laptop/computer/monitor please post it and I’ll donate to that as well.

Your blog AND the comments here are invaluable to me. I’m sorry I can’t give more but I hope this might at least keep you in cat food.

Jim, STFU thank you!

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@David
Try running the free version of CCleaner and see if it helps with the slowness. https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Makroth - Agent of the Great Degeneracy
Makroth - Agent of the Great Degeneracy
3 years ago

@David

Better yet, install Baidu Antivirus. It has lots of aditional features, including a system repair. Best of all, you can get the full version for free. That’s what i’m using.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
3 years ago

@David,

I don’t blame you for not wanting Windows 10, but 8.1 is a hellbeast that you should abandon with all due haste. Back to 7 if possible, but if not, 10 isn’t horrid. (I’d suggest Mint or Ubuntu, but can understand if you don’t want to take that plunge either).

Your disk problem is very common on laptops. The HDDs that ship on laptops are typically bottom-of-the-barrel. All that most customers are aware of is the size, generally, so they make the drives large, with teeny-tiny front end caches and horrible bandwidth back to the bus. So you may have plenty of space, but your access speed will be terrible.

Replacing the HDD isn’t the worst thing in the world. A decent drive will cost you between 70 and 120 dollars, probably, and you have some options.

1) You can get a decent HDD of up to 500GB (don’t bother with anything higher). Ask for a drive with as large a cache as possible. Also, ask the store to clone your current drive into the new one. They’ll often do this for free, though you may pay a bit of money to get them to actually replace the drive. Often it’s a while-you-wait service. It should be tolerably fast from then on.

2) You can get a solid state HDD of whatever size you’d like to pay for. Much faster, and if you’re okay with a 120GB drive they’re pretty cheap these days. You won’t have to worry as much about the cache, and again, the shop will probably be okay with cloning your current drive over, if it fits into the new drive.

3) You can probably get an MSATA Solid State drive – it’s a little chip that drops into an MSATA slot, if your machine has one. Yours may have one if you have bluetooth, or may otherwise. You can load your OS on that drive and then use it as the boot drive. That way you don’t have to do any drive cloning, but you’d need to have a copy of your OS to put on there.

Note that the problem may or may not be the drive – it could be the motherboard with an inadequate SATA bus. But given that we’re talking about Laptop HDDs, it’s pretty likely that the drive’s not very good.

If you have a model number or something, I’m sure we could do more digging for you!

EDIT: Ohhhh, it’s a DELL. I see. Yeah, they focus their hardware on specific metrics – not actual performance, just the things that go on the advertising stickers. I’m almost certain you’ve hit a hardware limitation, but it’s hard to say.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
3 years ago

Expanding on the above; if you mean “Apps” as in “browser apps” or “apps which have a browser in”, or “browser plugins”, then that makes a lot of sense. Applications these days are horribly inefficient messes of code. Programmers write scripts, which collect together and use script libraries, which are all loaded into virtual machines, which then use just-in-time compilation to call to heavyweight applications (browsers, etc), which invoke system calls. It’s a huge chain of events, and even the simplest actions in these apps require the orchestration of massive memory blocks. Much of this stuff is cached in the hard drive and called as needed, meaning that you’re gonna be calling the drive all ding-dang-day as you go through your workflow. If there’s any delay in getting those script libraries into memory (and some of which are incredibly large), you’ll notice it as delays in performance. This is only compounded by the many browser threads chugging along simultaneously, paging back and forth.

That’s my ramble, anyways! Laptops are a weird corner of the computerverse.

Lucrece
Lucrece
3 years ago

@David

Something I’ve wondered about for a while – does it make any difference to your ad revenue if I click on one?

I’m also a bit skint right now, but would happily do a Patreon arrangement and, once my pay check comes in next week, I’ll send a few dollars your way.

Thank you for your hard work!

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

I don’t have much to add to what Scild already said. With laptops, installing an SSD in place of your HDD is going to be your biggest performance bang for your buck. If you have available slots and can afford it, adding some RAM might help, but it’s less likely to make a big difference, especially since you’re just loading web pages. I assume you’ve got a good browser like Chrome or Firefox, but in the off chance you’re using IE, dropping that for another browser will likely increase your performance significantly. IE is terrible at handling a lot of the new Javascript frameworks out there. And everything else, really.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
3 years ago

Oh! Spin speed! That’s a huge thing for hard drives. Standard desktop drives are 7200 RPM and top out at 10,000 RPM. Laptop drives usually ship at 5400 RPM. There’s an enormous access speed difference. That’s also one of the first things that the manufacturer will cheap out on – few people look for spin speed on the drive, so they’ll usually default back to the old 5400. Frankly, if you can get a HDD that’s exactly the same as yours, but at 7200 RPM, you’d probably see a huge boost in performance.

Everything Kupo said is right too!

Rhuu
Rhuu
3 years ago

@Scildfreja and @kupo: thank you for your knowledge! Something I will look at, next time I’m looking to buy a laptop.

throwaway
throwaway
3 years ago

David:

On Amazon UK, etc, I’m pretty sure I can’t make any $$ from Amazon sales that don’t go through the American store.

No, but you can sign up for an Amazon.co.uk Associates account here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/

It works the same as the .com side, but the payment methods will be different, and it will be a separate store ID, so you’d have to offer up two versions of whatever Amazon link you have now.

Also, Amazon.com Associates have CPM Ads that you may be able to use. If you want to participate in that program then reach out to customer service at the following link:

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/home/contact

You can passback to one of your other ad networks if Amazon can’t deliver an ad.

Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

What a coincidence, I get paid tomorrow. Once I do all the necessary (and not necessary) shopping, I’ll see about kicking a few bucks your way. It won’t be much, but it’ll be something.

And if and when you get that Patreon up, I’ll be sure to be one of its supporters!

(Srsly, get that shit up yo.)

MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist))
MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist))
3 years ago

I will donate right now. 😀

MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
3 years ago

I’ve just donated 😀

(sorry about the extra bracket at the end of my name in my last comment. I’ve only just noticed it. ^^; )

Lucrece
Lucrece
3 years ago
Reply to  David Futrelle

Yes, it does make a difference if you click on the ads! (In moderation; if you click on too many the ad networks consider that cheating.)

Got it! In that case, although I usually wouldn’t, I’ll check out the odd one or two that sound interesting – you never know!

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
3 years ago

Before you click an ad, consider that then your browser will be stuffed with that particular ad for some time.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@David
A custom laptop is usually way more high end than what I’m looking for since I have a desktop PC I use for any CPU-intensive tasks (like gaming) and my laptop is mainly for travelling and was my primary school computer while I was still in college.

If I can, I usually wait until the after Christmas sales to buy a laptop. I’ve found those to be the best deal of the year when it comes to electronics. I usually price around at Fry’s, Best Buy, Office Max, and Office Depot. I’ll also check some websites like newegg or tiger direct (never get an open box deal from either of them). I usually end up finding the best deal at Office Depot.

Rhuu
Rhuu
3 years ago

@David: Also consider the .ca amazon site? Shipping from the states is always a looot, and i stress over the custom charges at the border.

Here is (I think?) the link.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
3 years ago

Just clicked an ad, and I’ll see about sending a few bucks down the line. Good job and good luck 🙂

Richardbillericay
Richardbillericay
3 years ago

Heh! You know the shit has hit the fan when those tracks make you nostalgic!.

Scildfreja Unnýðnes
Scildfreja Unnýðnes
3 years ago

From what you’re saying, it sounds like my problem is with the hard drive. I got a big one (1 TB) not realizing that I would pay for this in quality/performance. I’m a bit wary about making changes to this machine, but on the next go-around I will definitely opt for a smaller/better drive or a solid state one. I hate giving up the storage space but I can always offload stuff onto external hard drives, which I do already.

Any suggestions for good places to buy custom laptops with good-quality hardware? (I’ll be sticking to windows; a lot of the apps I’m interested in don’t have linux versions or good alternatives.)

Hard drive is almost certainly a bottleneck, if not the bottleneck. I understand not wanting to tinker with your HDD for fear of losing it all, but if you do want to do the swap at some point, take it to your local computermart along with all the disks and stuff and ask them to do it for you. Should only take a half hour if the place you go is reasonable.

When you upgrade, you’re gonna have a difficult time getting a good drive – Laptops are notorious for using in the lowest quality hardware they can get away with. It’s likely that you’ll either have to spend over a thousand, or will have to get them to swap the drive out same-day. My suggestions:

Scildfreja’s Big List of Things

– Buy a business-grade Lenovo. They aren’t super pricey and a no-frills, but they tend to use higher quality stuff in their machines. Alternatively, some of the Asus stuff is good. I buy Asus for most of my hardware. If you have the money, the MSI gaming laptops are great.

– Mid-tier gaming laptops are actually a great choice for a work computer. Good sized screen and excellent cooling systems are the norm. Don’t buy an i5, go for an i7 – if you have a bunch of browser tabs open at once you’re actually using the processor a lot, and the laptop tier i5’s are sort of meh. (frankly, laptop processors in general are meh.) My work laptop’s an MSI. It can choke if I’m building a great big neural network with my twenty tabs of Chrome in the background, but otherwise it’s rock solid.

– Don’t buy a slim laptop. They basically can’t have their hardware changed at all, and have major heat issues that will cause slowdowns, faulting, and shorten the life of the machine.

– Avoid the big box stores if you can, their staff generally don’t know more than what’s on the labels of the stuff they’re selling. Smaller computer stores will get you a lot more knowledge, and to be honest you will be paying around the same anyways.

– Sales are for suckers – they use them to offload the cheap parts you’re trying to avoid. Be prepared to pay normal price. I used to work at a computer store for a little while, and honestly, the computer store probably isn’t making much of a margin at all on that laptop.

Custom laptops aren’t really a thing unless you’re spending a bunch of money. If you’re at one of the smaller computer shops, or computer repair shops, though? Ask them if they’d swap out the HDD for something with a faster spin speed or larger cache. It means you have to buy a second hard drive, but then you ask them to get an external case for the HDD in the machine currently, and voila, you now have a 1TB external drive for less than it’d cost you to buy one whole. At the same time you could ask for more memory, but to be honest, if you have 8TB in there, that’s plenty.

– If you have to go to a box store, be sure to specifically ask for a 7200 RPM drive in the machine, or higher (next step up is 10k, which is the data-centre grade). Also ask what the cache size of the drive is – 32 is your bare minimum on that. If they don’t know, ask them to look it up for you.

– If they offer an SSD, or if you want one, you’re going to want a 256GB drive, and you’ll want the old HDD in an external case for storage. The Kingston brand drives have had quality issues in the past, but are okay now. Samsung is probably the fastest and most reliable. Corsair is good too. Do not set your SSDs up in RAID.

– This said, you don’t need an SSD. Your laptop’s motherboard is likely gonna choke on the amount of data a SSD can feed it anyways, so don’t feel like you’re missing out on magic if you get a regular HDD instead. A good HDD with a large cache is practically a solid state drive with a disc storage medium riding behind it. (That’s actually a good way to look at a HDD these days. If you have a 64GB cache on your 1TB drive, then you have a 64GB solid state drive which feeds off of a terabyte worth of disc.)

Buy a laptop cooling pad if you don’t have one already. Your machine will thank you. Absolutely vital, and should come with every machine.

I own a mid-tier MSI gaming laptop which lives permanently on a big cooling pad; it came with a terrible 5400 RPM drive and I upgraded it to a 256GB Samsung SSD. Started with 8TB of RAM, upgraded to 16. It happily runs multiple virtual machines on Windows 10. Including the upgrades, I’ve spent around $1500 Canadian on it. You don’t need anything so beefy, but if you aim for $1000 you’ll get a good machine that should last you several years.

Happy laptoping!

rammerjammer
rammerjammer
3 years ago

Hi. I just donated. Thanks for all the work you do David.

Cat of Many Faces
Cat of Many Faces
3 years ago

I always keep the ads unblocked, and would be interested in a patreon as well 🙂