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A second report on advertising revenues on this blog: around 100 AUD per month

On 13 February 2012 (see this) I provided my first public report on adsense advertising revenues from this blog. On 22 November 2013 I reported receiving my first payment from google.

Since early 2014 I decided to learn a bit more and installed adsense on the various sub-domains. As a result, there were a few months last year when revenues exceeded $100 (AUD) a month. This year, however, most months have received revenues of around $100.

The ad revenue chart below (June 2014 to June 2015) shows an average of around $100 per month (click for larger image).

Note that this particular blog doesn't get much revenues, with most of its readership being located in India. Indian adsense revenues (per click) are a tiny fraction of US/Western country adsense revenues. Most readers on my 'technical' and 'eyestrain' subdomains are from the West, and I receive more per click from them – even though total visits on those subdomains are a fraction of the visits to this blog.

I've now broken even with all (undiscounted) costs of running this blog and numerous other domains (for over around 15 years, in all – including very heavy costs in the initial years, when domains cost nearly $100 per year). However, it will take 15 more years to offset my significant health costs (RSI, eyestrain) arising from intensive typing/ computer work.

Tax treatment? I've concluded based on preliminary research that this "income" should be treated as hobby income. So, I believe that this income is not taxable till I cross around $3-5K per year – at which stage I'll consult a tax adviser.


Google adsense may well be a racket (as it doesn't pay till a minimum amount is accumulated) but if you put in some work you could offset your costs of running a blog.

I would recommend that all Indian classical liberals set up their own blogs.

Of course, I could have earned far more by writing for established newspapers, but I don't intend to do so for some more time. I want to continue researching various policy and political positions. Plus, independence is a key value to me. I don't write to please others. I write as I please.

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Regarding a fraudulent DMCA notice from a fakester, Madhan Raju from Chennai

This man Madhan Raju has been spamming me by email with a ridiculous copyright "notice". He posted this fake message also on various blog posts. I deleted all of them. His emails are set to auto-delete.

But as a result of this ridiculous man's fake messages, my ISP has taken down my blog post on Swami Suddhananda on the ground that they are obliged to do so under the law. I now have to issue a counter-notice, thus wasting my time. 

I decided to check with Samvit Sagar Trust, the copyright owner of Swami Suddhananda's books. This is the message I received a while ago, today. Through this blog post I challenge the fakester Madhan Raju to prove that he has ANY authority from Swami Suddhananda to send out his messages to me and to my ISP. I'll also send him an email, and will post his reply publicly. I want to get a SIGNED COPY OF THE AUTHORITY LETTER FROM SWAMI SUDDHANANDA IN FAVOUR OF THIS MAN – USING SWAMI SUDDHANANDA'S EMAIL ID (WHICH I HAVE) – OR MADHAN RAJU MUST BE PREPARED TO BE KNOWN PUBLICLY AS AN IMPOSTER.


Today, 4 hours ago

Dear Sir,


Thank you for kind information. This letter or the writer has nothing to do with us. Swamiji holds you in high esteem and has often talked about your intellectual honesty. Our suggestion will be to ignore the letter. In case we, Sir, come to know anything about it, we shall keep you informed.

Thanking you,

Samvit Sagar Trust

[Name withheld]


My name is Madhan Raju SP and I am the CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATOR (LEGAL) of IDEA CYBER TECHNOLOGY. A website that your company hosts (according to WHO.IS and DMCA.COM information) is harassment infringing against motivational harassment (abuse) of my client.

The harassment infringing web content can be found at below website link:


This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US DMCA law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing harassment infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a harassment infringement action you will need to investigate andultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights against my client are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of my client of the involved in content.

Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly to my email for detailed explanation about this harassment infringement.

Thank you.

Madhan Raju S P



South India

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The magic of Vicks VapoRub, olive oil, aloe vera, KCl and extreme stretching

Just thought I'd summarise the few things that have helped me reduce physical pain and inconvenience, and save thousands of dollars in doctor visits/ tests and charges. I've addressed these elsewhere but perhaps not included olive oil yet. Let me explain, briefly:

1) Vicks Vaporub: I developed a fungus type problem in my big toe, perhaps from the swimming pool. A stupid "skin specialist" tried his level best to waste my time and money – with zero results. I applied Vicks vaporub for a few weeks and viola, the entire problem disappeared. I now generally apply Vicks vaporub quite liberally – to any skin-related issue. It works.

2) Aloe vera: I developed some painful sharp cuts in the skin (in an embarrassing place) for which the doctor advised some pretty strong medicine. Nothing happened. Medicine failed. I tried the sap from a fresh aloe vera leaf and within a day the skin healed. Aloe vera works. I've tried it henceforth for similar trouble and it works ALWAYS. Without fail.

3) Olive oil: I developed some crumbs of white on my face some time ago – flaking skin. Dry etc. Went to doctors for opinion, they gave strong cortisoids. One didn't work, so tried another. No effect. Asked a pharmacist. He gave some other brand of some similar strong medicine. Nothing worked. (btw, Vicks Vaporub or Aloe Vera also didn't work – although they seemed to assist). Finally, tried olive oil. Worked like magic. Within weeks, the flaking has almost entirely disappeared. Further, there is this costly medicine that allegedly helps reduce ear wax. One fine day I tried olive oil, instead. I thought it worked well. In fact, it seems to work like magic. 

4) Potassium Chloride (KCl): This one I've written about relatively recently – about the heart specialist who gave me some terrible medicine called beta blocker for some random, fast heart palpitations (mostly while playing tennis). After reading up and thinking about it, I decided to try KCl to supplement my diet (to try to mimic the K-Na ratio of paleo diets) along with a banana a day. This has worked beautifully. The frequency of the palpitations had dropped very significantly. I've decided to escalate my supplementation of KCl to around 2-3 gms per day.

5) Extreme stretching: YOGA IS USELESS. After getting extreme RSI I spent a lot of time doing yoga, and in mild stretches. BOGUS. No point doing any mild stretch. When your muscles get really sore, you need EXTREME STRETCHING. By now my RSI (which had reached a level that is perhaps unprecedented) and my eyestrain (which again, is definitely unprecedented) – both driven by my extreme typing/reading/writing – have almost disappeared. Not because of yoga but because of extreme stretches. I will perhaps write about these extreme stretches one day, time permitting. 

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