Freezenet’s Official Podcast: February 2022: Canada Makes History

In the 40th episode of the Freezenet official podcast, “Canada Makes History”, we take a look at the news and reviews we covered in February 2022.

Welcome to the public version of the Freezenet official podcast for February, 2022. This month’s episode is entitled “Canada Makes History” after it invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time.

We also cover the latest antitrust developments of big tech as well as the Canadian Liberal’s efforts to move forward with their social media censorship bill (Bill C-11).

We also cover all the usual music and video game reviews as well as an interesting case for what happens when one ship builder finds out the cables are too short. All this and more on this month’s podcast.

You can check out our official podcast on Anchor. Alternatively, you can take a listen below:

Edit: This episode is also now publicly available on Patreon.

What follows is a transcript of this month’s podcast.

Intro

Canada Makes History

Hi, I’m your host, Drew Wilson.  Welcome to episode 40 of the Freezenet official podcast for February, 2022.  Here are your top 3 headlines:

The Top 3

Freezenet dives deep into the rise and fall of the so-called “Freedom Convoy”

Antitrust developments crop up with Amazon and Apple

… and Canada’s censorship legislation moves ahead despite widespread outcry

Top Stories

It just seems like the levels of insanity have been dialed up to beyond 11 this month.  History was made in Canada along the way with this top story.  I found myself writing articles I would never have even gotten close to predicting by the time I was writing the script for last months podcast.  With exception to providing some context, we’ll keep things to the more technology and original reporting side of things.  This for the sake of keeping this podcast down to less than three hours long.

We began our coverage of the convoy with some of the supporters activities online.  Theo Moudakis, a cartoonist for the Toronto Star, drew a cartoon showing a Canadian beaver getting flattened by a trucker carrying disinformation and extremism.  Obviously, this was a criticism towards the convoy where Canadian voices seemed overrun by constant horn honking and extremists screaming “freedom”.

The political cartoon drew the ire of convoy supporters who didn’t like the speech being posted.  They sent the cartoonist veiled death threats for daring to criticize them.  “Totally disconnected and tone deaf. You’re going to see. A reckoning is coming.” wrote one Twitter user.  “Going to enjoy your trial” wrote another supporter.  A third supporter wrote, “You’re a POS! And congratulations! You’ve been put on our list. It’s not a winner’s list either.”  A fourth supporter wrote, “Its time for the reckoning and you will be brought to account”

Moudakis, for his part, seemed to keep his cool and wrote sarcastic responses to the threats.  Still, the convoy, even in the early days, was getting off to a rather scary and un-Canadian start.

By the end of the first week, tensions were on the rise.  Canadians were responding to the convoy with small counter protests.  Zexi Li got lawyer, Paul Champ, to file an injunction against the constant horn blasting 24/7.  This after police seemed to not bother with enforcing the law.  By this point, it became clear that this was not a protest, but rather, an occupation.

GoFundMe agreed with that assessment and suspended the donation page for the occupiers.  Among the reasoning was that it had become clear that this was no longer a protest, but rather, an occupation of the downtown core of Ottawa.  What’s more is that GoFundMe learned about criminal activity associated with the convoy.  In response, they suspended the donation page and refunded the $10 million people donated in the process.

The mayor of Ottawa also declared a state of emergency at that point in time.

Almost immediately after the suspension, far right extremists and Republican’s from the US vowed reprisals.  This in response to GoFundMe suspending the donations page.  Republican governor of Florida, Ron Desantis, lashed out at GoFundMe and called GoFundMe’s actions fraud.

West Virginia and Louisiana attorneys general, meanwhile, sent out a message to their constituents.  They asked them to contact them immediately if they donated so they can carry out an “investigation”.

Georgia Republican congresswoman, Marjorie Taylor Greene, called for GoFundMe to be “arrested” and called them “corporate communists”.

In response to this immediate and forceful reaction, it became increasingly clear that the funding might have had close ties to far right elements in the US.

It was around this time that Freezenet had gained access and started reporting on internal communications within the convoy.  In one exchange right when the Ambassador Bridge was hijacked, a woman desperately asked other members of the so-called “convoy” to let a diabetic relative cross the bridge.  She pleaded with them, telling them that her relative needed medication, but after being stuck on that bridge for hours, isn’t doing so well.  A supporter responded coldly that they’ve been waiting 2 years for freedom and said, “sorry.”  Fighting back tears, the woman said that they were OK if he dies waiting for life saving medication.

Some time after that exchange was made public, the dying man was able to get through for his life saving medication, though it appeared as though it was only after taking flack for responding to the situation like that.

By that point, Li’s injunction was approved by a judge to stop the non-stop honking.  As that happened, US Republican’s were seeking new ways of funnelling cash to the occupiers.  One medium was apparently GiveSendGo, a Christian Church based organization operating in the US.  The refunded money, at that point, started being sent through that organization to circumvent the shuttering of the GoFundMe page.

With the Ambassador Bridge hijacked, convoy organizers started issuing new demands over their existing demands.  They called on the Govorner General to dissolve government, but said that they would be willing to work with the NDP, Bloc, and Conservative party to form a new government.  These demands were made as the demands to lift all mandates started going by the wayside.  Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, responded that the demand to overthrow the government was a non-starter.  He noted that if that was their demands, he had no intention of meeting with them.

The hijacking of the Ambassador Bridge meant $400 million in trade per day was no longer happening.  The convoy supporters said that if Trudeau gave into their demands, then they would unblock the bridge.  Obviously, this rises to the technical definition of economic terrorism.  After all, they were holding parts of the Canadian economy hostage for the purpose of fulfilling ideological goals.  What’s more is that they were terrifying and causing harm to citizens of Ottawa.

Freezenet, at this point, became aware that cracks were beginning to form from within.  The terrorists were noting that real truckers were becoming increasingly frustrated with them.  There was a possibility that COVID-19 was also spreading through their ranks.  In response, the occupiers were trying to find sources of fake COVID-19 cure, Ivermectin.  Something else we’ve noted at the time was the deteriorating health of some of the occupiers.  This thanks in part to the constant burning of diesel fuel in Ottawa.  Another problem noted by the occupiers is a lack of manpower.  They were struggling to maintain control of the bridge as police blocked routs leading to that bridge.

The next day, internal communications suggest that terrorists were jumping the curb to evade the police blockades.  Despite this, complaints were growing from within that promised reinforcements were not coming.

Journalists, meanwhile, went to the scene to cover the story, but were quickly swarmed, accused of working for the devil, and received other forms of verbal abuse as well.  One journalist, Evan Solomon of CTV, reportedly had a full beer can thrown at his head as well.  Luckily, it missed and hit some camera equipment instead.

Other internal communications Freezenet received suggested that morale kept cratering among supporters.  This was met with denials as other supporters pushed back.  Still, there was attempts to try and boost morale.  This came in the form of a part of Highway 402 near the Bluewater Bridge being hijacked… by a mere 20 occupiers and 15 farm tractors.  Despite a successful hijacking, the numbers were quite low.

Surprisingly, though, despite the low numbers, the terrorists were actually in the process of making enemies with perceived allies at the time.  Some were accusing police of being jackbooted thugs.  They were also contemplating moving some members to Toronto to give Doug Ford a piece of their mind.  They called Fords reaction “disappointing”.  In response to these reports, authorities in Toronto preemptively blocked critical infrastructure.  This to prevent Toronto from being another occupied city.

With the Canada US border in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and in Ontario hijacked – along with downtown Ottawa – it was looking like the terrorists were winning.  This with little resistance from authorities and seemingly no major action from all levels of government.

It was at that point that Canada finally started to fight back.  An Ontario judge ordered the freezing of the funds being sent through GiveSendGo.  GiveSendGo responded by saying that the court can’t control what they do.

A subsequent analysis of the donor funding suggested that a majority of the funds actually came from US sources.  This confirmed what was previously suspected.

Further, as the major auto manufacturers filed an injunction to have the Ambassador Bridge re-opened, Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, took time out of snowmobiling near his cottage to call for the blockades to end.

With the heat and pressure building, the occupiers initiated a massive campaign to flood Canadian 911 call centres, preventing people with real emergencies from getting through for the day.  On the ground, children were pictured being used as human meat shields.  Those pictures circulated social media.  This was seemingly part of an effort to frustrate potential police action.

The situation for the terrorists would only grow worse.  A judge granted the injunction to have the Ambassador Bridge re-opened.

As that happened, apparently, organizers of the terrorist occupation suddenly started disappearing.  Some lower level grunts were beginning to suspect that reinforcements weren’t coming.  Some in the Zello channels were saying that people who were on the ground weren’t the one’s urging them to hold the line.  One of those people urging them to hold the line inadvertently revealed that he was an American.  This as suspicions were growing.

What’s more is that banks like TD said that they were cooperating with authorities.  They chose to intercept the funding from the GiveSendGo campaign.  This effectively cut off the flow of funds in the process.

What’s more is that efforts to expand around the world were not going well.  Counterparts in Belgium, France, and New Zealand wound up facing arrests and bans from the start.

Police also started moving in at the Ambassador Bridge with terrorists shouting at police.  While it looked like police were finally motivated to liberate the Ambassador Bridge, they eventually backed off.  The terrorist declared victory at that point.

That victory, however, was short lived as police returned for a second day.  On their second attempt, Canadian authorities were successful in liberating the Ambassador Bridge.

With relief not coming soon enough, Ottawa residents began taking matters into their own hands.  They began showing up on the streets in large numbers and began participating in counter-demonstrations.

As that was going on, media outlets began removing emblems on their vehicles out of fear for their personal safety.

On a side note, there was an attempted hijacking at a BC border crossing.  After multiple arrests, the hijacking was unsuccessful.

GiveSendGo suffered from a major data leak as well.  They exposed the financial and personal details of everyone who donated to the convoy through GiveSendGo.  A security researcher discovered the leak and contacted the company as an effort to resolve the security lapse.

With tensions described at being at a boiling point, Prime Minister Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act.  The moment was widely noted as the first time the Act was ever invoked in Canadian history.  It also marked the first time that concrete action was actually taking place at all from the Federal government.  It was also the first action from any level of government that gave people hope that this occupation might actually be coming to an end.

We also note that GiveSendGo suffered from a separate hack, exposing the details of their donors again.  This time, the site was pulled offline as GiveSendGo tried to beef up their security.  Still, the damage was done and the information made its way to leak dump site, Distributed Denial of Secrets.  They said that they’ll be distributing the information only to journalists and researchers.  They said that, thanks to the nature of the personal information, they wouldn’t be publicly posting the data.

As that happened, a second injunction was granted against the honking.  The injunction expanded to include idling in Ottawa.

Fallout continued right after the Emergencies Act was invoked.  The chief of police in Ottawa, Peter Sloly, resigned.  The more hardcore occupiers said that the Emergencies Act and warnings were just “scare tactics”.  They said that they weren’t going anywhere.

Meanwhile in Alberta, police seized a large weapons cache containing multiple fire arms and boxes of ammunition.  Anti-hate groups say that gun runners associated with hate organizations were behind the weapons.  Between the Emergencies Act and the weapons seizure found at a so-called “peaceful demonstration”, the occupiers surrendered the border near Coutts and left.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, announced some of what the Emergencies Act would intail in this situation.  Numerous powers were being granted to authorities to track down and cut off funding to the terrorist occupations.  Accounts suspected of being associated with the convoy would no longer need a court order to be frozen.  Initial reaction was tepid, but those actions would prove to be highly effective from the start.

By the next day, many occupiers found their accounts were suddenly frozen.  Credit cards suddenly were no longer being accepted.  While some were calling it government tyranny, it was clear that the pain was already being felt among supporters of the terrorist occupation.

Armed with the powers of the Emergencies Act, court injunctions, and new resources, police operating in Ottawa handed out warnings to the occupiers, telling them to leave or face arrest.  A few ended up leaving, but a number of them stayed – even ripping the warning notice in half in response in one case.

An additional attempt to seize control of the Ambassador Bridge failed thanks to the heavy police presence.

Some American’s attempting to cross the border and join the occupiers were being turned away.  Most famously, MyPillow CEO, Mike Lindell, was turned away for not being able to show that he had been vaccinated.  Lindell was also unable to show that he had a negative PCR test.  He subsequently had to go back to America.

A so-called “People’s Convoy” was also gearing up.  A date being set was February 23rd.  The plan was to go from California to Washington DC.

The next day, Ottawa police handed out more warnings to leave Ottawa or risk being arrested.

A charge was also laid in connection to the Alberta weapons cache where one of the occupiers was charged with conspiracy to murder police.

Also, a subsequent report digging in to the leaked information showed that American influence in the donor pool was still significant.

On the third day, Ottawa police moved in and began arresting occupiers still in the Ottawa downtown core.  This despite some of the occupiers using their children as human meat shields.  Police said that child protective services were used in the process to protect the children.

In the process, multiple organizers of the occupation were arrested.  This included Tamara Lich, Pat King, and Chris Barber.  Another report suggested that former RCMP officer turned organizer, Danny Bulford, was also arrested.  Several other organizers, however, remain at large.  This includes Tom Marazzo, Benjamin Dichter, and Dictator Hot Donna.

Of course, clearing out an occupation that had been entrenched for three weeks wasn’t going to be easy.  On day two, more arrests were made and vehicles were towed.  Reports also surfaced that police had seized multiple weapons in Ottawa as well.

One of the interesting observations was that cameras were being used by police during the clearing out process.  During a press conference watched by Freezenet, police responded, saying that the cameras were there as a method of collecting evidence.  They noted that they can use that footage to identify individuals and potentially lay further charges later on.

Paul Champ, the lawyer representing Zexi Li, was also behind a class action lawsuit against the organizers.  The lawsuit is seeking over $306 million in damages.

By day three, over 191 arrests were made.  57 vehicles were also towed.  Police set up 100 checkpoints throughout the city as they work to finish clearing the streets.  The checkpoints were also used to keep the city streets cleared.  Ottawa residents reportedly described the peaceful silence as a little eerie, but welcome.

Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney, filed a lawsuit to stop the Emergencies Act from being enforced as well.

A second attempted hijacking at the BC border also failed.  By this point, all borders had been cleared and occupations of any critical infrastructure had been removed or surrendered to Canada.

It is noted that some of the occupiers are still at the peripheral portions of Ottawa trying to regroup, but have been kept out of the downtown core for now thanks to the secure zone.

Yes, if you can believe it, that was an abbreviated version of events that unfolded.

Last month, a major theme in our podcast was antitrust action against large tech giants.  Some of that news spilled over into this month.  In one particularly big story, Amazon was forced to shut down their “Sold By Amazon” program after allegations of price fixing surfaced.  This according to court documents filed by the Washington state’s attorney general.  The lawsuit was filed in the King County Superior Court in Seattle.  As part of the restitution, Amazon was forced to shut down that program and pay $2.25 million to the attorney general.

You might remember the Apple vs Epic court battle.  A quick recap is that Epic sued Apple over Fortnite getting kicked from the Apple app store.  Epic said Apple operates anti-competitively.  A judge agreed that Apple must allow alternative payment systems, but also concluded that Apple was no monopoly.

While that might sound like a reasonable conclusion, it turns out, Epic appealed.  What’s more is that, while appealing, 35 US states joined the lawsuit claiming that Apple is, indeed, a monopoly.  Along with them is the US Justice Department which, in a court filing, said, “The district court committed several legal errors that could imperil effective antitrust enforcement, especially in the digital economy.”

Finally, Canada’s social media user generated content censorship bill is back.  In early February, the government filed notice that it would introduce the bill.  The notice was a signal that the Liberal government is serious about cracking down on the Internet.  It also follows promises to bring back Bill C-10.

Two days later, the legislation was tabled.  The new bill, called Bill C-11, is also known as the Online Streaming Act.  In the process of seeing the bill introduced, we produced our own analysis.

The bill goes to great lengths to incorporate “online undertakings” into the Broadcasting Act.  As such, it does what the previous bill tried to do – treat the Internet and large platforms as just another cable TV channel.

The legislation calls on foreign online platforms to make the maximum use of Canadian talent and promote Canadian programming through their online platform or service.

The critical Section 4.1, which started this whole controversy in the first place, was put back into the legislation.  It does actually exempt user generated content.  However, a new section, Section 4.2, was tacked on at the end which is actually an exemption to the exemption.  In this exemption to the exemption, unless money doesn’t change hands, or its a slide show with no music, or possibly an animated GIF, then user generated content is actually regulated.  This puts a huge swath of content under heavy regulation, almost rendering Section 4.1 completely useless.

What’s more is that it puts a whole lot of jurisdiction over what is considered Canadian content and what should be regulated into the hands of the CRTC.

A particular section we found has to do with an assigned identifier.  If a unique identifier under an international standards system is applied to said content, then the CRTC can regulate that content.  The big one would theoretically be a URL.  If you upload content anywhere, a server needs to identify that file on that server.  As such, a URL is defined to identify that content.  A URL is internationally recognized and, as such, if you upload that content anywhere online, then it can be regulated by the CRTC.

Supporters of this censorship bill are already saying that this legislation does not order websites to apply a specific algorithm.  This is true, however, the bill also mandates what the results of those algorithms should be.  Put it another way, it’s the governments way of saying, “We don’t care how you do it so long as our hand-picked content wins in the recommendations sections of your site.”

So, in short, precious little has changed.  There’s some clerical differences between Bill C-10 and Bill C-11, but some of it appears to be intended to mislead the public.  The bill, in our mind, is still highly unconstitutional given that it suppresses content not deemed “Canadian enough”.  As a result, it’s still a very bad bill.

Shortly after our analysis, we looked towards responses from other experts.  We found multiple experts responding to the legislation.  Generally speaking, they all agree it is a bad bill.

Michael Geist generally agreed that this bill still regulates user generated content.  He further notes that services like Britbox, DaZN, and numerous foreign based platforms hosting all kinds of content would get sucked into heavy regulation. He even suggests that some news sites might also be subject to regulation.  He concluded, “The bill is not ready for prime time and still requires extensive review and further reform to get it right.”

Dwayne Winseck also responded to the legislation and called for the bill to be killed.  Winseck notes that the bill places a large range of human expression into a defined “broadcasting program” for regulation.  As a result, he says that, through a back door process, the government will get to regulate human expression online.  Winseck summarizes that almost any form of human expression online would fall under the purview of the CRTC as long as the content does:

“1.    generate revenue;

2.    are broadcast or made available on more than one service that is either licensed by or registered with the CRTC;

3.    have some kind of an international service identifier tied to it, such as ISO number (sec 4.2(2).”

The concerns with the bill, as a result, are overwhelming already.  As a result, we can only foresee this bill getting challenged in court on constitutional grounds.  Given the political situation in Canada, it looks like this is where this bill is going to ultimately head to in the end.

More recently, Canadian Heritage Minister, Pablo Rodriguez, made a fresh push to try and sell the legislation.  In a conference, the Minister called on his lobbyist buddies to help him push this legislation through.  He also said that critics “hijacked” the process last time, but then said that he fixed the problems in the bill.  This despite the problems being partially fixed, then broken again thanks to Section 4.2.

The Minister then tweeted out an advertisement pulling quotes from people who both benefit from and support the bill.  He excluded criticism and said that this is what people are saying about the bill.  Observers were less than impressed with this low level effort.

I still can’t believe we easily topped the level of drama from last month, yet here we are.  It’s completely ridiculous, really.  Anyway, here are some of the other stories making news this month.

Other Stories Making News

Julian Assange has won the right to appeal his extradition case.  Last month, we brought you news that the US government appealed the case in an effort to extradite him to the US.  The US government won that appeal.  Obviously, Assange’s lawyers vowed to appeal the case.  This month, Assange’s legal team won the ability to appeal the case to the British Supreme Court.  The next step after this is to see if the British Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.  A denial here would further reduce Assange’s legal options.

As that was happening in the court system, the UK government received backlash over its anti-encryption ad campaign.  The campaign cost British taxpayers approximately 534,000 pounds.  It was planned to feature a glass room that suggested a child was about to be abused and encryption turning the whole room black.  Riana Pfefferkorn of Techdirt commented, “the new twist of hiring an ad agency to sell people their own subjugation, using their own tax money, is just insulting. Here’s hoping the Home Office’s anti-privacy ulterior motive will be like that glass box: people will see right through it.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation commented, “Fortunately, the Home Office’s ham-handed campaign falls flat. It’s been met with scorn and derision on social media, but that’s not all. Today, the UK government’s own Information Commissioner’s Office, an agency charged with protecting data privacy, pointed to encryption’s “important role both in safeguarding our privacy and online safety” and dismissed the campaign.”

Over in the US, there are still efforts to try and implement the link tax in that country.  The US Copyright Office received feedback over the link tax – re-branded as “ancillary copyright”.  The Copia Institute, which is part of Techdirt, issued a response urging the government to abandon the idea.  They said, in part, “to the extent that some larger media outlets may envision doing special licensing deals with the big platforms like Google and Facebook, which they think they’ll be able to strike in the extortive shadow of a scheme like this, it would still leave everyone else, especially the smaller, independent media outlets without that bargaining power, in even more trouble than they are already in now.”

Video Game Reviews

So, with all that news happening, lets switch things up and turn towards entertainment.

Before we get into the video game reviews, I wanted to point out the first impression video’s we’ve posted this month.

First up is the Steam game, Just Cause 3.  You can check out that video directly on our site or via YouTube.

After that, we tried the Playstation 3 game, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift.  That video can be seen via our site or on YouTube.

For our first XBox360 game, we played the game Gears of War.  That video can be found via our site or YouTube.

Finally, we tried the Steam game, FlatOut.  That video can be seen via our site and YouTube.

As always, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel and turn on notifications to get realtime updates on what video’s we’ve posted.

Now, here are video games we’ve reviewed this month:

First up is Mickey’s Ultimate Challenge for the Sega Genesis.  A game that is far too easy and is exceedingly short to boot.  This one gets a fairly average 68%.

After that, we tried Marble Madness for the Sega Genesis.  A game that sticks largely to the original game including the now dated graphics.  This despite the fact that it is on a much more powerful system.  This one also gets a fairly average 68%.

We then tried Shove It! – The Warehouse Game.  Repetitive and unimpressive gameplay means this title is only attractive to players who are already big on puzzle games.  This one gets a barely passable 52%.

Finally, we played Blockout for the Sega Genesis.  A somewhat novel idea of having a top-down perspective of Tetris, but the gameplay quickly becomes dull and boring.  This one flops with a 42%.

Music Reviews

As for music we’ve listened to this month, we’ve got…

Phi-Phi & Greg D. – Jesus Trip (Christianity Mix)

Sequential One – Happy Feelings (Extended Version)

Interactive – Set Me Free

RMB – Love Is An Ocean (Stephenson-Rmx)

X-Plane – Flight To Desire (Trancy Rave Mix)

Shahin & Simon – Outbreak

Hitch-Hiker & Dumont – Journey Of Love (Long Space Rubber Mix)

… and finally, C.J. Bolland – The Tower Of Naphtali

Picks of the Month

So, that leads us to our pick of the month.  This month, our pick of the month belongs to Interactive – Set Me Free.

Oddities

And in other news

There’s no shortage of weird things people are willing to steal.  Here’s one more odd thing someone tried to steal.  A man apparently made his way into the Pocono Snake and Animal Farm and stole Blanche the bobcat.  Security footage showed him struggling with the bobcat.  The man apparently sustained injuries from the bobcat in the process.  Blanche was safely returned to the farm.  Seriously… who steals a bobcat?

There’s no shortage of parents worried about how much screen time their kids have.  One man in France thought he found a solution to his kids late night screen time.  He apparently bought and used a multi-wave band jammer to prevent his kids from accessing the Internet late at night.  Well, it worked, the kids didn’t have access to the Internet when it was in use.  The problem was that, in the process, the man unknowingly took out the Internet for the entire town.  Officials investigated and found the source of the dropped Internet connectivity.  He reportedly faces up to six months in jail and a 30,000 euro fine.  Probably should’ve stuck to basic parental controls instead methinks.

Have you ever had that moment where you are attempting to plug something in only to realize the cables were too short?  British ship builders knows just how you feel… just at a slightly bigger scale is all.  Two ferries were being built in the Ferguson shipyard.  The company behind the cabling went into administration, but the cables had already arrived and just needed installing.  So, the British ship builders went to uncoil and install them only to discover that they were too short.  The company then made the decision to remove the cabling and purchase all new cabling for the ships as their solution.  Here’s hoping that the new cabling will finally reach those electrical outlets!  I also take it splicing the cables was out of the question.

Outro

Before we close out this months podcast, we got two announcements to make.

The first announcement may or may not affect you, but we have switched social media sharing providers.  Up to the end of January, we were using Dlvr.it.  The service, up to this year, allowed up to three posts per day.  Well, in the new year, they said that they will be changing the limit to 50 posts per month.

So, for the month of January, we decided to see if the 50 post per month limit would work for us.  A couple of days before the end of the month, we reached that limit and found ourselves unable to post automatically to social media.  So, we switched to the Jetpack service.  We were actually test running Jetpack on our Tumblr page and it didn’t seem to have any problems.  So, in response to this limitation, we quickly switched everything over to Jetpack.  We evidently outgrew the previous service and it was time to move on.

We’d like to thank dlvr.it for being our provider for so many years.  For you, the reader, the change shouldn’t mean anything and you should see our content continued to get shared as per usual.

We also posted our January Wiki content patch.  This month, we did make some progress on the current archiving project.  As of now, we made it all the way up to Future Sound of Egypt 430.  It’s a slight improvement over what we had before.  We also updated the archives to have the latest episodes for the Future Sound of Egypt, Fables, Resonation, and the Random Movement Podcast.  Curiously, no new episode for the V Recordings Podcast this month, so that archive remains updated as-is.  We hope you enjoy the added content and hope to add even more content in the future.

Also, huge shoutout to Nolan for providing mixing services!

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…and that’s this months episode for February, 2022.  I’m Drew Wilson for Freezenet.  Be sure to check out our website at freezenet.ca for all the latest in news and reviews.  You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.  Thank you for listening and see you next month.

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