Psalm 73

Do the wicked prosper and flourish?  Do the righteous suffer in vain?  Not at all.

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

73 Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [a]had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the [b]arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their [c]body is fat.
They are not [d]in trouble as other [e]men,
Nor are they plagued [f]like mankind.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.
Their eye [g]bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart [h]run riot.
They mock and [i]wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high.
They have set their mouth [j]against the heavens,
And their tongue [k]parades through the earth.

10 Therefore [l]his people return to this place,
And waters of abundance are [m]drunk by them.
11 They say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge [n]with the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have [o]kept my heart pure
And washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken all day long
And [p]chastened every morning.

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16 When I pondered to understand this,
It was [q]troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the [r]sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to [s]destruction.
19 How they are [t]destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their [u]form.

21 When my heart was embittered
And I was pierced [v]within,
22 Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like [w]a beast [x]before You.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me [y]to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And [z]besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the [aa]strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have [ab]destroyed all those who [ac]are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord [ad]God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.

 

Starting a website with open-source WordPress

Vox Day has said numerous times that the internet economy has entered a “Third-World” phase where tech providers such as Facebook, Google, WordPress and many other software and social media providers can deplatform you for violating “terms of service” or “User” agreements.  These agreements are written in such a way as to give the provider almost all of the power in the relationship.  Here’s an example from PayPal’s terms of service:

“The User Agreement for PayPal Service states that PayPal, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit an account for any violation of the User Agreement, including the Acceptable Use Policy.”

These platforms have also monopolized the channels of speech and therefore thought and even commerce and banking so it’s important for freedom-loving people to develop alternatives.  Welcome to the resistance!

WordPress offers both a service (wordpress.com) and open-source software (wordpress.org).  The former is a “fee-for-service” offered according to worthless “terms of service.” The latter is free open-source software that can be installed on any server, such as those provided by A2 hosting or Digital Ocean.

Hosting sites such as A2 Hosting often have 1-Click WordPress.org installation when you sign up for their hosting and lease a domain name.  This is easy and is an alternative to WordPress.com.  I strongly recommend against hosting sites such as GoDaddy.com and whoever hosted Gab.ai as they have already deplatformed conservatives.  Aside from deplatforming, the web hosting business is fraught with numerous other minefields for customers.  This, incidentally, is the risk of running your website off of ANY hosting site versus just leasing a domain name from it.

Digital Ocean will host your site but doesn’t provide domain domain names like A2 Hosting.  This video outlines the process for using WordPress on one of their servers and pointing a domain name purchased from a hosting site to a DO server.  The process on A2 Hosting was slightly different than as described in the video on Digital Ocean. I had to open a support ticket to figure it out.  A2 Hosting responded very quickly, enabled “DNS Management” on my account, and then told me to update the nameservers on my account as shown in this picture.

The domain name still had to be pointed to the Digital Ocean IP address as explained in the video.

This process was more difficult than paying WordPress for a service but now I have a wordpress server that’s independent from my domain hosting site and I can back up my wordpress server on my home PC.  This is triple-redunancy against losing my platform and all of my work.  Ask questions in the comments.