The two in the subject are completely different, but I thought it would be fun to lump them together.
1) For those that don't know the The Burning Taper author has been locked out of his blog because of a report that it was a spam blog. From his new blog:
Google/Blogger has proven to be unreliable, having blocked my publishing access to a two-and-a-half year old blog because a robot tagged it as a “possible spam blog.” Inadvertent though it (probably) is, not having the ability to write and post at will after doing so for nearly three years is… well, incredibly restricting as well as incredibly liberating.
He is now updating his blog from wordpress, hopefully he will get access back and will be writing again.
2) There was a question about the sovereignty of the new Grand Orient US, from their website:
The official Patent from the Grand Orient of France giving the Grand Orient of the United States of America legal Masonic authority to work in North America was signed in Paris on Friday, the 27th of June, 2008 at 9:15 AM EST. A Treaty of Amity was also signed between the two sovereign Masonic powers.
A thanks goes to Brandt from Euclid lodge who commented about it.
Again, this is for those of you that care.