15 December: The domain has been renewed, the website won't be suspended or expire. Thank you to everyone who has donated. I will begin to thank each of you individually, after I pick myself up off the floor; I feel like the character George Bailey in the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life except actor Jimmy Stewart stayed conscious & on his feet.
12 December: This website might stop working because the domain, www.theamendment.net, could be suspended in 3 days but for certain will expire in 33. I don't know about grace periods, if any.
To renew costs US$:
The webhost says 500-600 readers per week view this website 2 to 3 times each, every seven days, i.e. 1,500 to 1,600 views.
If 500 readers donate 15¢ each, I can renew for 5 years. For 20 readers at 1 (one) US Dollar apiece, one year renewal. The 480 readers in the middle....? I'll remove the donation button if & when the necessary amount is reached.
Yes, things are that tight. Thank you, - - - ph - - for your recent VERY generous gift (US $180) which in "sunnier" financial weather would have paid for this, just as reader generosity has done so far to a GREAT extent. That recent gift went to survival priorities and I am fortunate to have gotten it unexpectedly, however those other needs have pushed TheAmendment.net too low down the list.
I have used the cheapest, low feature webhost possible ("free") but internet access, electricity, laptops, mouses (and even mouse pads) are not. Time is money too, un- or fortunately.
A used replacement computer was "donated" to me earlier this year after my wife found it aboard a big airplane. Efforts to return it were successfully resisted, hence the donation (from above) comment. (The Committee told me this, by the way) My personal advice: do NOT pick up anything on a plane which looks forgotten, if you intend to turn it in.
Sidebar: Just try asking an airline about a flight where YOU were a passenger, to contact another passenger on your
behalf who might have been sitting in seat 12X on flight no. XYZ aboard Anywhere Airways. Airline staff will most likely refuse any personal property from passengers no matter what the story, because they do their best to avoid running another Lost & Found Service in addition to the one already performed, called "luggage". We all like super cheap airfares, which means cut every unnecessary cost & function, not to mention less liability and AVOID security issues. How do airline employees know it's really a laptop computer and if a passenger really found it? The security folks do not trust customers, using x-rays for bodies & everything taken aboard. How does airline staff know a laptop owner won't accuse the airline of stealing the manuscript stored on the device for which the computer owner has already been paid a hefty advance or a business proposal for a £ 3.5 billion project in Antarctica? (I know this sounds stupid, but in the real world....) Passenger aircraft are searched and cleaned after every flight by a contractor, who notifies authorities about things suspicious then removes everything else, and WHO KNOWS how their black box functions.
What about a helpful airline manager with access to passenger personal information? This assumes the passenger in question actually responds to that manager and indeed wants the item back. Big assumption & not always.
My now ten year old relic laptop has officially entered advanced old age for a personal computer and works as fast as molasses flowing uphill in the cold. The keyboard is beginning to fail, but I can neither afford proper software for the new unit nor transfer applications from the old one, only files. I've been walking on computer crutches from time to time, and the slowdown around here is partially because of this. Scrambling to make ends meet is the big factor, it eats time the way a stray dog gobbles raw steak.
Enough of this stupid story; thank you if you can help.