As of this afternoon, the site content has been restored. All of the articles written between October 10th and December 27th have been recreated word for word, occasionally with some small edits, and republished. I didn’t think that I would be able to get the twelfth and last post in the Steak Knives series, as it wasn’t found in the last snapshot of the site taken by The Wayback Machine. Luckily, someone named “Codeki,” on Poast showed me his RSS feed, which still had the article, and another user showed me the snapshot of the work, which I used to recreate the piece. Thank you for that.

Actually, there is one article that appears to be lost to the void. I wrote a post wishing everyone Merry Christmas, and it wasn’t saved on the RSS feed, or In and of itself, it’s not that important to have, except that I detailed the problems with HostPapa. In the grand scheme of things, it’s still not that important. I’m just happy that the hundreds of hours of work that went into those published articles hasn’t been lost. 

Unfortunately, there is a catch. Archive tools can only work on published content. All of the drafts that were created from October 10th-December 27th are gone. That might not sound like much, except those drafts include an enormous entry in the Steak Knives series that was one proofreading away from publication.

The last two Steak Knives entries, which focused on running for office, were initially part of the work on the failed political strategy and activism of the NJP. That draft got too long for one article, and I realized that I needed to first make the argument for the possibility and efficacy of running and winning local office before circling back to protests. Then I responded to a few commenters, clearing up a few things. Then I prepared to publish the work on activism, stopping only to deal with HostPapa, who had set a hard date of December 29th before my site needed to be completely off their servers.  

It was then that the site was reverted back to October 10th. 

Credit to “Right Wing Persian.”

I had a few other drafts on various topics, such as Gaza Gone Wild, that were similarly holocausted. I hadn’t published them because I wanted the site to have an unbroken string of Steak Knives works, and I didn’t want to spare any time cleaning them up instead of cranking out the next Steak Knives installment.

There was plenty of good material there. It’s a shame, but not much of a setback in the grand scheme of things. I once again face a blank page when writing about the activism failures of the NJP, but at this point it’s been so long since I wrote an original work that I’m looking forward to it. 

One other thing. I’ve always wanted to go through my old work and edit it with fresh eyes. HostPapaGate forced me to do just that with articles as much as eleven weeks old. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed many of my own articles, although I definitely found more than a few moments in some of them where I definitely missed the mark. Those bits have been reworked.  

However, it also made me realize that editing old work isn’t really what I want to be doing. After more than two years of writing, I’m still years away from having said all that I needed to say, despite what I wrote back in September. The Rake will not be finished after The Night of the Long Steak Knives. Where we go from there is a beautiful mystery. 

For now, it’s back to work. Expect the next Steak Knives installment Sunday morning.  

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  1. Thanks for all the hard work fren

  2. Thank you for your sense of duty, diligence, and absolute integrity in journalism! Your efforts are immensely appreciated!

  3. @theTDC
    Merry ChristmasThe Daily Rakeby theTDC, Monday, 25 December 2023 21:27The video below is from last Christmas. Luckily, this is a timeless holiday, and I don’t think that God minds me rehashing old content.

    The next installment in the Steak Knives series just needs editing. Actually, it’s just needed editing for the past two days, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Christmas is a hectic time for me, with plenty of real world obligations. I consider those more important than publishing the next installment, beating the corpse of the NJP, a day or two early, but they are coming.

    Unfortunately, my Christmas season has been somewhat spoiled by HostPapa, our current web host. They’ve whined about this site in the past, and on December 2nd I received an email from them about “abuse” on my site. Hello,A 3rd party group has complaints on the website pages that they are referring to are the following below:=========================

    They have mentioned that it contains holocaust denial blatant anti-semetism promotion of conspiracy theories and dothee objectionable content.

    Please be advised that we did not disable the website or page. We just want to let you know.It seemed like nothing at the time. Perhaps even an automated message. Then, on December 18th, I received the following from them.

    Hello Timothy, We hope this message finds you well. We regret to inform you that, after further complaints received against your website and after careful review, we have decided to end your contract with HostPapa for breaching Section 6) a) iv) Unacceptable Use of our terms and conditions:

    Upon investigation, we have observed a violation involving the “willful promotion of hatred against or defamation of identifiable individuals, groups, or organizations. This includes promoting hate, violence, or intolerance based on race, age, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation”.

    In line with our commitment to maintaining a safe and respectful environment for all users, we find it necessary to terminate our business relationship with you. We understand that this decision may have an impact on your operations, and we want to facilitate a smooth transition.

    You are giving you 7 business days, starting Dec 20th, to retrieve and move your data from our platform. We recommend that you take immediate action to ensure a seamless transition. If you require any assistance or have specific questions during this process, please let me know.The following services will be canceled on Dec 29th:VPS Hosting – Mercury
    VPS Management – Managed
    VPS Hosting – cPanel Licenses cPanel Solo
    VPS Backup 60G

    A pro-rated refund was provided for the remaining time in the amount of $365.15 (calculated with cancellation day: Dec 29th). This has already been processed and it should arrive in your account in 3-5 business days.

    Your domain name registration ( – has been unlocked and an EPP was sent to your email address, Please use this code to transfer the domain name away to a new Registrar.We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.Have a good day!

    Regards,Alina A.
    Billing Manager

    HostPapa IncHostPapa had also been harassing me in an apolitical sense, trying to upsale our plan, as the site had outgrown the server space allocated for it. I was dragging my feet on getting any upgrade, not just because of the eye-watering >$1.5k/year cost, but also because there was no guarantee that they wouldn’t turn around and pull something like this. I guess I shouldconsider myself lucky they didn’t try harder to secure the bag, before pulling the plug. For all I know, my reticence played into their decision.

    Big corporations like this never bother explaining their decisions, and HostPapa doesn’t even bother having a sham appeals process. What follows is a time consuming and tedious search for a new web host. There are plenty of candidates, too many in fact, and there’s no sense in me keeping you updated for every step of this process. I have been given a firm date of the 29th, after which the site will go dark, so I’ll be spending what free time I have today, as well as on Boxing Day, to solve this problem with a few days to spare. In the meantime, please consider supporting the site through my BuyMeACoffee page. I never expected this venture to be particularly remunerative, but I am still clearly in the red and your help is appreciated. I’d like to give a shoutout to the four people who have already donated, although I’m not sure they’d like even their monikers to be mentioned publicly. You know who you are, and you have my thanks.

    Merry Christmas.

    1. You’re the man.

  4. Thank you for all the work you do Rake. You’ve completely changed the way I think about revolutionary politics with your Steak Knives series. I’ve been unable to stop thinking about different strategies the movement could take since it has come out.

  5. Excited for new articles

  6. Codeki for the win!

    Too bad comments were lost tho.

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