Dear patient readers,
Site performance has been lousy for the last week or so and absolutely terrible for the last 36 hours.
I think we have it fixed for now. The site was under what was the functional equivalent of an attack from China, but it was from lots of IP addresses and scraping a certain type of older post. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to scrape old posts (unless they thought we were a porn site and did check that our pictures are of naked animals, not foxy women).
Anyway, our tech guy took the posts that were of interest off line and installed some software that should deny them access to the server. So hopefully things will be better going forward.