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A Dark and Sinister Force for Good

The polarization of American culture (such as it is) is complete. Everything you do is guaranteed to offend someone, and this is somehow a Bad Thing™.

The above strip is where I got the title for this post. For those who aren’t aware, it’s from Bloom County, by Berke Breathed- one of the better things to have come out of the 1980s.

For whatever reason, far too many Americans are taking personal offense at largely inoffensive bits of objective reality. Worse, these same people are demanding that the rest of the Universe be offended as well. When this invariably fails to occur, the original offendee becomes … well … offended. And so the cycle continues.

The perpetually offended seem to go out of their way to create situations at which they can take offense. Simply declaring oneself offended by something has be come an acceptable means of shutting…

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I don’t have time to explain in depth how to set up OpenWRT in general. For you geeks who have already done it, here’s how you can block your smart TV and un-rooted phones and other devices from getting YouTube ads using your router!

In LuCI, go to Network – Firewall – Custom Rules and add this (change 192.168.0.1 to your router’s LAN IP address) and add this line and save/submit:

iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -p udp --dport 53 -i br-lan -j DNAT --to 192.168.0.1:53

Add the following entries to /etc/hosts (change 192.168.0.1 to your router’s LAN IP address, or try 0.0.0.0 instead):

192.168.0.1 doubleclick.net
192.168.0.1 googleadservices.com
192.168.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
192.168.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
192.168.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
192.168.0.1 beacons.extremereach.io
192.168.0.1 secure-us.imrworldwide.com
192.168.0.1 sb.scorecardresearch.com
192.168.0.1 secure.insightexpressai.com
192.168.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
192.168.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net
192.168.0.1 dart.l.doubleclick.net
192.168.0.1 dts.innovid.com
192.168.0.1 s0.2mdn.net

Google has a big list of ad servers so there may be more that I’ve missed, but after blocking these hosts I saw the ads stop without other problems.

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