Friday, March 27, 2009

Blog Bail-Out

Earlier today we received the following letter from Timothy Geithner, Secretary of The Treasury:

Dear Oracle On The Hudson (formerly known as Rough Fractals):

It has come to my attention that you recently changed the name of your blog. We understand that while this was not necessarily your doing and that you have been doing your best to implement this change, it simply does not sit well with the blogging public. The President has said to me that this name change, in his words, "defies common sense" and he has asked me to look into every legal remedy available to us to claw back your former name.

Accordingly, I must ask you to change the name of your blog back to Rough Fractals and I hope that you will do so by 5:00 PM Monday. You should also know that Andrew Cuomo has informed us that if you do not change the name he will release your home address to the public as soon as he has completed a security check.

In addition, Congress has begun hearings into the matter of your name change. Chuck Schummer, senior Senator from New York, has stated that "if you do not change the name back, we will change it back for you". I do recognize that under the First Amendment of the Constitution you might view your choice of name as a matter of free speech. However, a number of Congressmen have drafted a bill that they believe passes constitutional muster. That bill will retroactively apply a 90% restriction to the free speech rights of Rough Fractals.

One last thing, the name "Oracle on The Hudson" makes you sound like a nut.

Very truly yours,

Timothy Geithner
Secretary of The Treasury

We have replied to the Secretary as follows:

Dear Secretary Geithner:

We are proud of everything we have done for this blog - we were in no way involved in — or responsible for — the name change of Rough Fractals to Oracle On The Hudson.

You and I have never met or spoken to each other, so I’d like to tell you about myself. I was raised by bloggers. My hard work earned me acceptance to Blog U. which generous financial aid enabled me to attend. I had fulfilled the Bloggers Dream.

I and many others at Rough Fractals feel betrayed that no one has stood up for us in the face of untrue and unfair accusations from certain members of Congress and from the press over our name change while we have continued to post on our blog 10, 12, and 14 hour days.

So what are we to do? There’s no easy answer. That is why we have decided to donate 100 percent of the effective after-tax proceeds of any google ad sense revenue generated by Rough Fractals (approx. $1.46) directly to organizations that are helping so many struggling bloggers from the pressing issues bloggers face in these difficult times. Once all the money is donated, you will immediately receive a list of all recipients.

This choice is right for Rough Fractals. We wish other bloggers luck finding peace with their difficult naming decisions.


Rough Fractals

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