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The top Kentucky 2022 Inc. 5000 winners

Number one among this year's Inc. 5000 Kentucky companies is Louisville e-commerce business, GuardianBaseball. It is a digital retailer supplying baseball and softball gear and emphasizing price and service.

Guardian baseball

Begun in 2017, GuardianBaseball has a 3-year growth rate of 2,874%, placing it 180th on the Inc. 5000 List.

eBlu Solutions, a Louisville software platform that provides authorization and benefits verification for specialty medications, is no. 2 on the Kentucky list and no. 189 on the Inc. 5000 List. Its 3-year growth rate is 2,769%. Founded in 2012, eBlu Solutions leverages technology for better patient outcomes.

In third place is Lexington software firm Bitwerx, a data-driven company specializing in the veterinary and dental markets. Bitwerx leverages data ‘to improve the customer journey’. With a 1,993% 3-year growth rate, it is 274th on the Inc. 5000 List.

Congratulations to all Kentucky top ranked companies! The below screenshot shows the Louisville winners.

Ky top companies

In-depth discussion of Internet giveaway

Karl Denninger on explains the technology and background of the domain name system here.

The Internet Handover Scam

Ok, folks, I've had enough of Ted Cruz and a handful of others trying to fundraise on the back of the Internet handover issue.

First, this is not a surprise nor something Obama cooked up in the dead of night. The expiration of the existing arrangement has been known for literal years and the timing of same has been known for the same amount of time. If the US Congress wanted to intervene it has had years to do so and has intentionally not done so. So to Ted Cruz and others (Jim DeMint anyone?) who is now claiming "emergency", go perform an anatomically-impossible act; if you were more-focused on policy and less on your own horse**** you would have dealt with this months or even years ago.

Second, on to the technical side: There are two rough components to Internet "governance." The first is handled through domain name registration. Originally this was all handled under government contract by a government-dished out monopoly. During that time domains were $50/year plus whatever the ISP that registered them for you and ran your DNS charged, and it often took days (instead of seconds now) to get a domain registered. These were COM/NET/ORG/MIL/GOV/EDU and the country code domains; in the US that was .US. This changed through a quite-contentious (and, IMHO, a rather cronyism and lie-laced) process into what we have now with many TLDs. I will note that the so-called cognoscenti of the time tried to claim that expanding the TLD list on a material basis was not going to work for technical reasons...