Recall how ex-Rebeler Keean "Beaker" Bexte was shrieking hysterically about how he needed $13,000 right now or he would be forced to, well, get a real job:
Hey, I know ... let's do the math.
It appears that Bexte is a customer of provider "Fastly," which has a readily available pricing table:
Note the different pricing in various global regions so, just to give Bexte the benefit of the doubt, we'll do some calculations based on the most expensive region of all: Africa, which charges $0.28 per GB for the first 10 TB. According to Bexte's own panhandling, his site is using a whopping 1.65TB per month, which at $0.28 per GB represents a monthly cost of ...
That's it ... a monthly expense of $462.00, and that's using the most expensive region possible. If one restricted oneself to just North America, the monthly total would be a whopping ...
No one need take my word for it, do the math for yourself. And even if Bexte is using a different provider, the charges are typically pretty standard. So if we say that Bexte was racking up a couple hundred dollars in bandwidth charges every month, if his current outstanding bill is some $13,000, that would have taken him ...
Almost five and a half years.
Does anyone think any Internet provider would have allowed a client to run a growing tab to the point where they owe $13,000 if that took over five years? I don't fucking think so.
Like they say, a Counter Signal reader and his money are soon parted.
P.S. Hilariously, Bexte writes:
"We have been so successful at sharing our research, news and commentary that we about to break the servers of our web service provider."
Um, no. As you can see above, Bexte thinks 1.65TB a month is some sort of staggering, provider-crippling amount of bandwidth, whereas even a total idiot can see that the first tier of pricing from Fastly covers everything up to 10TB per month, so Bexte and his racist rubbish are not even close to maxing out the first column.
Jesus, what a tool.
P.P.S. It occurs to me that if I was an Internet service provider, and one of my clients was blatantly misrepresenting our business relationship and accusing me of acting in bad faith or trying to extort money under threat of cancellation of service, I'd consider that potentially defamatory. I wonder if Bexte's provider knows he's bad-mouthing them online?
AFTERSNARK: As I suggested earlier, the most hilarious aspect of this scam is the idea that, after bragging about a readership of a cool million, Bexte is still reduced to begging for what is a fairly paltry sum of $13,000 to stay on the air.