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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:54 AM
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UPDATE: U.S. CHAMBER'S THUGS TARGETED ME & MY FAMILY, NOW BRAD BLOG IS DOWN
I added the following as an UPDATE in the comment thread to my original article here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
... on the emails showing that the "security" goons working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had targeted progressive groups, including Velvet Revolution (of which The BRAD BLOG is a co-founder) with a disinformation campaign, involving plans to plant false documents in hopes of discrediting us, etc.

But as BradBlog.com is no longer reachable at the moment, given what has happened since the Mike Malloy Show ended tonight, I figured I should post the UPDATE here as an OP as well, in case folks are wondering what's going on, since I don't have my usual place to tell them! Please help spread the word in case anybody's wondering where the hell we are, until the site is back up. Thanks! - Brad

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During tonight's Mike Malloy Show (which I've been guest hosting all week) I received confirmation from Think Progress that the thugs working on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's disinfo attacks were specifically targeting me and my family.

TP's report, including one of the emails specifically naming me (with personal and family details) is now posted here:
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/10/chamberleaks-target... /

I reported on this during the Malloy Show, as I was getting the details, and shortly after the show ended, The BRAD BLOG went down entirely. It cannot currently be accessed, though I'm trying to reach the server admin and hope it can be restored soon.

For the moment then, the Malloy Show audio archives -- and the posted linked in the OP above -- cannot be accessed at the blog. Podcast subscribers to the Malloy Show should be able to get them as usual via MikeMalloy.com

Hopefully we'll be back up as early as possible tomorrow.

My thanks also to Marcy Wheeler at Emptywheel for covering the Chamber thugs attacks on me tonight as well:
http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/02/10/palantir-t... /

Have I mentioned lately how despicable the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is?
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:02 AM
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1. Is it down just because of increased traffic, or because of an actual attack made by the CoC?
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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:26 AM
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5. Not increased traffic...
Traffic wasn't particularly any higher than usual, as far as I can tell, when the site was knocked out.

Also, no evidence currently that whatever has knocked BradBlog.com out right now was an "actual attack made by the CoC". Can't find much out right now at all, unfortunately.

The server was knocked out not long after I went off the air, after talking about their thug's targeting me and my family (as ThinkProgress now details). By the time I got home from the radio station, the site was out cold.

Don't know too much more at this time. Exhausted, however, going to bed, and hoping the server admins are able to get it back up by the time I wake up.

Appreciate you guys having my back here. With the blog down, it feels like someone ripped my tongue out tonight or something. I just want my freedom of speech back.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:37 AM
Response to Reply #5
10. Any chance of siccing Anonymous on those fuckers?
Hang in there!
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:22 AM
Response to Reply #10
29. They're on it:
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:16 AM
Response to Reply #29
46. Good God.
That took a whole lot less time than I thought it would.

They really are everywhere, aren't they? I wonder how many people Anonymous really has in its ranks. It has to be a high number for that kind of rapid response...
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #46
121. Anyone can be Anonymous. There are no real 'ranks'.
Some hacking know-how and adherence to the philosophy is all it takes. There will be people at all skill levels and from all backgrounds. They cannot be 'infiltrated', there are no 'cells' to find, and attempts to mimic and vilify Anonymous will fail due to the philosophical definition of Anonymous.

The first real Cyberpunk war has been joined. Corporations will not even be able to trust their own security. The next decade is going to be fascinating.
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:04 PM
Response to Reply #29
108. I would LOVE IT if some of the Left's friendly hackers shut down their site
I don't have the know how but I am sure there are people who do. And they must have personal information that they don't want out there also.

Fight fire with fire.
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im1013 Donating Member (527 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:15 PM
Response to Reply #108
115. Anonymous is the reason this info is out in the first place.
They hacked HBGary Federal's site: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

and release thousands of company emails... this being one of them.


:popcorn:
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:03 PM
Response to Reply #29
149. Wow. K&R n.t
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 08:56 AM
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43. Nobody has taken away your freedom of speech, Brad. Your Web host has shut down your site.
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 09:02 AM by slackmaster
The reason doesn't really matter. If you feel the terms of your Web hosting contract has been violated, you should sue.

The solution for continuing your political activism is simply to move the site to another host.

You do have your content backed up, don't you?
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:31 AM
Response to Reply #43
50. "Hacked Emails Show U.S. Chamber of Commerce Targeted VelvetRevolution.US, Other Progressive Groups"
what part of that did you not understand... how is it you missed this?
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:36 AM
Response to Reply #50
51. Brad was also Co-founder of VelvetRevolution
Geez... if that doesn't say anything.
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:32 AM
Response to Reply #51
88. Brett Kimberlin, I believe, is the other co-founder of the VR site with Brad
Here's a bit more about Brett. Cheers!
http://www.google.com/search?sclient=psy&hl=en&safe=off...
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:46 AM
Response to Reply #88
94. Yes, the Speedway Bomber. I read about him a few years back.
Interesting character to say the least.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:50 AM
Response to Reply #50
55. There is no proof that the "hacked emails" are in any way related to the site being wacked.
I think Brad isn't telling us everything he knows.
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:01 PM
Response to Reply #55
130. And I think you're telling us much, much more...
And I think you're telling us much, much more than you actually do know.

And as I have no proof to the contrary... :shrug:
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:59 AM
Response to Reply #43
60. Blowing up a printing press or a radio station
certainly deprives nobody of their freedom of speech either, right? You just have to get a new press or a new radio station. What's the big deal?
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:08 AM
Response to Reply #60
64. I've been doing Web administration profesionally since 1998
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 10:17 AM by slackmaster
There are many possible reasons why the owner of the server shut down Brad's content, and I don't believe Brad has shared with us everything he knows.

It would be highly unusual for someone to get their Web site shut down without warning. Multiple warnings are the norm for a customer who is violating TOS, unless there is some kind of major violation like child porn or a threat against the President of the United States, or not paying your bill. Brad has (or had) full control over the content of the site. I cannot imagine a scenario in which he does not now know exactly why the site was shut down.

The server is owned by someone. It's not a public resource. The owner has the right to shut down the content if he or she feels that Brad has violated their agreement, and the right to choose not to renew it if the contract expired.

Brad is making a lot of sound and fury over this, when getting back online is simply a matter of taking his business elsewhere and updating the DNS records for his domain. He could be back up in 24 hours or less if he really wants to be.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:38 AM
Response to Reply #64
72. Or maybe the owner simply didn't like the content. Or maybe they were
Told to shut it down. Or maybe they were threatened into shutting it down.

Yeah, I have some unanswered questions, too.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:22 PM
Response to Reply #72
102. I think Brad mentioned he was unable to get in touch with his server admin
That would certainly help matters. Until then, we don't know what happened, but the timing seems very suspicious.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:53 PM
Response to Reply #43
125. Congratulations, you just became a member
of an exclusive group.
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EOTE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:00 PM
Response to Reply #43
128. Wow, you sure know an awful lot.
For someone who knows so incredibly little.
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Swede Atlanta Donating Member (906 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:32 PM
Response to Reply #43
153. Don't entirely agree with your assessment............
If the provider cooperated with a political interest in shutting down the site then it is a form of denying a person their civil liberties in the form of freedom of speech. If the provider did it because they didn't like the color of someone's hair or some other invalid reason then suit at law is fully appropriate.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:41 PM
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156. If the provider shut it down in cooperation with a political interest and in violation of a contract
That would be actionable in civil court.

If the shutdown didn't violate a contract, then it would be an expression of free speech on the part of the provider. Providers do have the right to pick and choose who and what they are willing to host.

But since the site has been on the same provider for some time, I very much doubt that the outage has anything to do with political views.

;-)
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aggiesal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:39 PM
Response to Reply #5
106. Here's a Cached version of your site: ...
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:02 AM
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2. Crap.... we need to stand with our friend DU.. Brad needs our support
Keep this kicked and nominated
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:05 AM
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3. G00gle's got a cached page as of 6am GMT which is what... 3 hours ago?
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 03:15 AM by Tunkamerica
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:29 AM
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7. "The current page could have changed in the meantime."
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:05 AM
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4. Wow. Just read the Think Progress article. So they troll Facebook profiles and sell the info?
That's really pathetic.

I'm sorry you have to deal with these low life scum.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:27 AM
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6. Anyone who doesn't know how despicable the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is, Brad, whether you mention it
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 03:28 AM by Hissyspit
or not, has not been paying attention.
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guruoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:31 AM
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8. "If I can expolit her account...I can exploit the home/network system"
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 03:34 AM by guruoo
Looks like it's time for the victim(s) to lawyer up.

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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:32 AM
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9. So how long until Anonymous DDoS's the USCC?
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:40 AM
Response to Reply #9
11. Well, there's a lot going on and contrary to popular belief Anon. isn't liberal
more a libertarian conglom. made up all stripes and types who don't want the internet to be censored.
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:47 AM
Response to Reply #11
13. True, but they do have a habit of going after companies attacking Wikileaks supporters
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:01 AM
Response to Reply #11
61. Ich bin ein Libertarian--
at least as far as censorship goes.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:43 AM
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12. Two Digg stories you can help get to the top on this


BradBlog hacked.......

http://digg.com/news/politics/the_brad_blog_hacked_emai...


US chamber of commerce uses firms to investigate opposition think progress

http://digg.com/news/politics/thinkprogress_chamberleak...
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:02 AM
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14. Thought the FBI was treating hacking and DOS attacks as serious crimes?
Or is that only when it's being done by Anonymous and independents? Guess CoC and its thugs have a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:13 AM
Response to Reply #14
15. Ding ding
We have a winner
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:10 AM
Response to Reply #14
28. Yep, that's about it. The corporate state protects its own.
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BetsysGhost Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:36 AM
Response to Reply #14
32. umm yeah
:rofl:


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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:30 AM
Response to Reply #14
49. I'm afraid this is probably the correct answer...
this double standard of no need for law and order for corporatists and heavy-handed "law and order" for the rest of us has got to go.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:14 AM
Response to Reply #14
66. The site was shut down by the person who administers the Web server, not by hackers
This is not a criminal issue.
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:57 PM
Response to Reply #66
113. Source? Link? eom
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:54 PM
Response to Reply #113
139. It was returning a 403 error when I made that comment, at the moment it's just timing out.
The situation earlier was obviously the result of an intentional action by a server administrator.
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druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:00 PM
Response to Reply #66
114. is there some way to tell?
How can you be so sure?

:shrug:


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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:55 PM
Response to Reply #114
140. No self-respecting hacker would pass up an opportunity to replace the site with some kind of banner.
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 04:02 PM by slackmaster
A trophy to be memorialized, maybe an animated GIF of the flag of Latvia flowing in the breeze, not just a 403 error.



Mums ir iekarojis BradBlog!
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:51 PM
Response to Reply #66
158. You seem so certain. And so persistent in your assertions.
You also seem to have something against Brad. How come?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:40 AM
Response to Reply #14
74. Would not surprise me to hear the FBI is compromised.
They have consistently protected the status quo. Which means they're working for the wrong side if truth and justice is what they're committed to protect.
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:26 AM
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16. US Chamber of Malice?



Kicking


Sounds like the Chamber of Commerce is no more than a Mafia-style Protection Racket.

A pox on them.

Good luck and hope your site is back up soon.


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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:35 AM
Response to Reply #16
17. Exactly what I was thinking.
Re "Sounds like the Chamber of Commerce is no more than a Mafia-style Protection Racket."
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:50 PM
Response to Reply #16
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:36 AM
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18. recommend
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:39 AM
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19. Your site is still down so I'm kicking this n/t
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Segami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:35 AM
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20. K & R
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:36 AM
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21. K&R n/t
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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:39 AM
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22.  K&R
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:40 AM
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23. k and r nt
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cate94 Donating Member (573 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:44 AM
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24. K & R
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:01 AM
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25. What is really despicable,IMO,
is that any private organization (corporation) has the POWER to do this. This kind of power, I thought, was reserved for our government only.
Can we have a peaceful revolution yet? What will it take (or is it really too late already) for Americans to say "enough" and demand, through action, that "we the people" are in charge and not the corporations? Less hope daily......
As opposed to Egypt, a Revolution (peaceful) here would have to be much different. While Egyptians are Revolting to overthrow a government, we would be revolting to restore a government, and the rule of law in America.
America has been taken over by wealthy/elite and corporate "people" and while they have managed to buy most politicians, they have not (yet) been able to change our definition of what a true Democracy is supposed to be.
It is "we the people" running our government to better the lives of our citizens.
It is NOT (as current reality suggests) ruining our government for the profit of a very small percentage of our citizenry.

We need a peaceful revolution now, the momentum has already been created by Tunisia, Egypt, and other brave bands of citizens who compromise their individual countries.
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Thav Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:53 AM
Response to Reply #25
57. It's more "resources" than "power"
Anyone can engage in a smear campaign, however large organizations have many more resources at their disposal.

Those resources also include a regiment of lawyers, generally.
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Hestia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:19 PM
Response to Reply #25
116. That's what I've been telling my DH watching the Egyptians celebrate their liberation
from Mubarack. Also looks like someone there read The Shock Doctrine, i.e., freezing assets of Mubarack et al, along with passports.

It is possible to have a peaceful revolution - the adults will have to stand up and tell everyone to leave the hardware at home. Police in your area, what you can control and lock down Wall Street. No food or water in, get with the unions to keep that from happening, talk to the police to get them on our side showing them how WS wants to shut down unionizing (the FOP is very strong), and millions stand up to them.

It is doable - thank you Egyptians for showing us how to do it.
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:09 AM
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26. knr
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:10 AM
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27. RepubliGoons from the C of C are a plague upon America
and Americans.

This, too, shall pass.
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CLANG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:03 PM
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100. RepubliGoons!! My favorite new description for the republicons
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:33 PM
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124. Well, many Americans also call them RepubliWankers
..but that's another story.

Meanwhile, The Pack is Back !!!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:58 PM
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126. What is the prefered religion of RepubliGoons?
Answer: Bullshitism.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:23 AM
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30. K&R. I've been enjoying your guest hosting.
Thanks for doing such a great job.

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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:30 AM
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31. Disgusting uberrich thugs. . .n/t
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Dogtown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:40 AM
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33. K&R n/t
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Erose999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:45 AM
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34. And Obama is speaking to groups like the "US Chamber of Commerce" and dignifying them with his

presence. Just shameful.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:50 AM
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35. Kick to the pants of the Corporate Gestapo.
Kick for Brad and all who support, defend and protect the Constitution of the United States of America.
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border_town Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:54 AM
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36. The US Chamber of Commerece...
The biggest lobbyist firm in the world.
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Scruffy1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 07:56 AM
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37. Still down-really criminal
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 08:37 AM
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39. now the message has change from can't find server to FORBIDDEN
Forbidden

You don't have permission to access / on this server.

Apache/2.2.14 (Fedora) Server at www.bradblog.com Port 80
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ProfessionalLeftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 08:17 AM
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38. CoC is a criminal racketeering outfit that needs to be shut down
That Obama has been kissing their shoes is utterly disgusting.
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Disintermedia8 Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:24 AM
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69. Never shut down an opponent's voice.
When you shut it down, it will re-emerge somewhere else under another guise. Right now the Dem party looks like a good place to hide out.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 08:51 AM
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40. The despicably of the chamber's actions cannot be quantified because mathematics has not
sufficiently advanced to be up to that task. ;)
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 08:54 AM
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41. The site is not down. I can get to bradblog.com just fine. It's giving me a 403 error.
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 08:55 AM by slackmaster
The systems administrator has taken your content down.

Brad, did you forget to pay the bill?
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sudopod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:38 AM
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73. Please repeat yourself a dozen more times.
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 10:40 AM by sudopod
Jesus.



BTW I'm very impressed with your 1337 computer skillz.
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 08:54 AM
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42. Recommend. Lets us all rally in support BBlog!
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chowhound Donating Member (109 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:10 AM
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44. this is what i get
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 09:10 AM by chowhound
403 Forbidden
You don't have permission to access / on this server.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Apache/2.2.14 (Fedora) Server at www.bradblog.com Port 80


although i can ping it. dont if that means anything or not
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:11 AM
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45. It means the owner of the server where the content is hosted has shut down the content
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 09:17 AM by slackmaster
By setting the security on the site so that it's not available to unauthenticated (anonymous) outside users. It was obviously done on purpose. We don't really know why.

Brad is suggesting one possible reason here, but there are a lot of other possibilities. Any violation of the agreement (contract) for hosting services could result in that kind of action. Or maybe the contract expired and the hosting service decided not to renew it for whatever reason.

I suspect that Brad isn't telling us everything he knows. The content may or may not still be on the hosting server, but that doesn't matter because Brad surely has a current backup of his stuff.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:39 AM
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52. Here's what I think happened, slackmaster. This sort of thing is FRIGHTFULLY easy.
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 09:51 AM by Occulus
Everyone with a blog that discusses content in the least bit political or controversial is vulnerable to this. What can happen is, an "agency" (and I do not mean, one acting in an official capacity here, but in more general terms of the word) decides that they want to shut down discussion of a particular topic, or on a particular site, so they start posting items they know violate the host's TOS in the comments of various articles. These items can be anything from pirate software links to personal information of any kind, so long as it flagrantly violates the host's TOS. Submissions containing illegal or quasi-legal content are most often used, but anything that violates the TOS will do.

The host then, in accordance with the TOS, revokes access, even possibly turning the content over to law enforcement if the ruse is convincing enough. It is entirely within the realm of possibility (although admittedly unlikely) that Brad is in moderate-to-very serious trouble with the law at the moment for something of which he has no knowledge and no involvement, and him asking the host won't do any good at all if that's the case. More likely is that the blog and all its contents have simply been deleted from the host's servers and Brad will no longer be allowed to publish from that host.

All this has happened before, I believe to another DUer. I recall reading about it somewhere some time ago, and I think I remember that it was here, though I could be wrong.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:47 AM
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54. That's why it's important to keep control over who has access to post, and to moderate content
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 09:48 AM by slackmaster
Allowing unknown people to post content, and being lax about monitoring it, set you up for all kinds of skulduggery.

I don't know that Brad made either of those errors, but my point is that you don't have to allow anyone to post anything they want.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:08 AM
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63. A moderated comment system is the only way to avoid what I described.
Unfortunately, on a site like BradBlog, that's just impossible to do; too many people want to comment, and if you don't let them, you end up driving away readers.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:12 AM
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65. In any case, Brad was responsible for the content. If he was unable or chose not to moderate it...
...perhaps there was a flaw in his business model.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:32 AM
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87. I sure he appreciates you kicking his thread to the top of the board.
...from a business perspective that is.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:45 AM
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93. Yes, and I don't mind helping him out by doing so
I'm all for free speech.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:46 AM
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95. That's cool.
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:56 AM
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99. +1
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:51 AM
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76. Deleted sub-thread
Sub-thread removed by moderator. Click here to review the message board rules.
 
Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:21 AM
Response to Reply #45
80. +1
Why has Brad not come back to update us?

Was his site hacked by "thugs" or was it shut down for other reasons?
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:24 AM
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83. Maybe he has a life.
I'm sure he will.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:44 AM
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90. He's probably scrambling to find the latest backup of his Web site so he can put it up elsewhere
;-)
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:19 PM
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101. Brad pointed out in the OP that he's asking DU to get the word about why his site is down.
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 12:22 PM by pacalo
That's why he posted. Considering the circumstances, you expect him to be monitoring & commenting to every single reply, including your contentious remarks? I would imagine he has better things to do at this time. Just wanted to point out the obvious.
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:23 PM
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104. Well, to be more precise...
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 12:24 PM by Vinnie From Indy
Brad did NOT tell us WHY his site is down. That is the whole issue here. Was it done by "thugs" from the CoC or did Brad not pay his bill or a system crash or whatever.

Cheers!
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ohheckyeah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:11 PM
Response to Reply #45
152. I suspect you think you know
more than you actually do.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:17 AM
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47. Sue them for every dollar they've got.
The Corporate Gestapo must pay for their criminality.
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Kip Humphrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:28 AM
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48. feeling like I'm in Eygpt...
...except without people in the streets demanding Democracy for us.

:cry:
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proReality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:44 AM
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53. K&R n/t
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:50 AM
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56. Kickin' for BradBlog n/t
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mntleo2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:56 AM
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58. I was on your chat last night ...
Just as an FYI. I don't know if this helps but ...


Your show began in my area (Seattle) at 8:00 PST and I signed into your chat room. I did not realize it was delayed or something. I was surprised when all of a sudden your moderator said g'night and the chat was over in what seemed in the middle of the show. I waited around for a little while and then signed off. My sign off happened around 9 PM my time and everything on your site seemed to be working then.

Cat in Seattle
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 09:58 AM
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59. More shades of things to come. Truly despicable.
I know this country has always been shadier than the masses knew, except those who read and pay attention, but this is entering a whole new phase IMO. I'm sorry you and Glenn and others have been caught up in their sleazy web and I"m really sorry for everyone who values free speech and a country that at least begins to live up to the image it likes to portray of itself.

Of course K&R.

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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:02 AM
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62. I found DU through BradBlog way back when! This is a despicable
act.
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Disintermedia8 Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:22 AM
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68. Forget the act
it is the coordinated program in which the act is included. This is no different than FBI informants infiltrating anti-war groups. We are under attack and we had better start to realize that.
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Disintermedia8 Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:20 AM
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67. I wish the best of luck
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 10:21 AM by Disintermedia8
to anyone who is still somehow under the impression that the People are not under attack. We have no representation and we can choose to go the "every man for himself" route, or to come together as a community to resist.

What do you suppose the DOJ will do about this?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:28 AM
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70. I can absolutely believe they're hacking websites.
How do we go about catching them?

Also, it would not surprise me if they have the ability to hack into home computers. Assuming they have people they can depend on on the inside. If it's the Chamber of Commerce behind this, they would definitely have those connections.

So, how do we set up a trap to catch them? Anyone know any good software that can turn the tables around?
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:37 AM
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71. Those corporate bass turds better watch out
or what is happening in Egypt WILL happen in the US!
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:41 AM
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75. Not only is BradBlog down,
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 10:45 AM by RoccoR5955
But so is ctyme.com, who hosts Brad Blog. The provider that hosts both ctyme and Bradblog is, however, not down.

Ctyme hosts a number of sites, including Linux Man pages, and other things. They do have a lot of "free speech" sites housed there.

Something fishy is going on. EGI Hosting is playing games with some people's sites.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 10:57 AM
Response to Reply #75
77. Business is business and progress is progress.
EGI Hosting is playing games with some people's sites.

Yeah.
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:04 AM
Response to Reply #77
78. Bartcop.com is also down... and is also hosted
by EGI Hosting!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:44 AM
Response to Reply #78
91. The Conspiracy grows bigger by the minute.
Or maybe not.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:44 AM
Response to Reply #78
92. So, it sounds like EGI is the core issue, but other parties are being named.
Probably a tech issue, unrelated to content, then. Color me not surprised.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS_1bzaj2fw
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:47 AM
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96. It will be hilarious if this all turns out to be the result of a server crash
;-)
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:50 AM
Response to Reply #96
97. +1...
good posts in this thread, btw. :thumbsup:

Sid
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:23 PM
Response to Reply #96
120. If this is the same egihosting their network is fine:
http://www.egihosting.com/networkstatus.aspx

However, if they are hosted by a reseller with EGI Hosting then obviously the resellers account could've crashed or been compromised.
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:04 PM
Response to Reply #96
131. rather than a flawed business model?
rather than a flawed business model?

So many assumptions and prognostications...
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:12 PM
Response to Reply #131
132. Server crashes, flawed business models, personal disputes with providers all make more sense...
...than broad conspiracies.
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Nuclear Unicorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:18 PM
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134. Occam is going to slit his wrist in disgust over the posts here if this turns out to be innocuous
And people laugh at Beck's level of screeching paranoia.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:55 PM
Response to Reply #132
146. We have absolutely no idea what has happened
Alas I think it is always hilarious when people ridiculize other people's conspiracy theories by offering some of their own.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:58 PM
Response to Reply #146
147. Speculating that the outage is the result of a hardware problem is offering a conspiracy theory?
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 05:00 PM by slackmaster
Sorry, in the absence of real evidence of intentional tampering my experience tells me to go with a system failure. One fundamental rule of debugging is to check the hardware first. That is usually the best place to start when you have a total outage and no other information.
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:13 PM
Response to Reply #96
133. Here in the Bible Belt, they have a phrase...
"Jesus Saves".

Putting religious beliefs aside here, it reminds me of a joke where God challenged Jesus and Satan to write a paper on world history... there's a power cut, Satan is scrambling to get his work back when the power came back, but Jesus turned his work in on time... how? Because "Jesus saves".

Anyone hosting anything online need to save their work offsite. They also need to have other places of safety. DNS and webhost and name registration should all be separate. Plus if it's information that needs to be out there, a mirror or two can't hurt.

Seriously I hope Brad from Bradblog is OK and safe. To get this kind of warning is frightening to say the least - and then to have your site go down shortly after receiving the warning is not good at all. However Brad's profile is much much higher than mine - and these are practices I follow (for the most part) for any web work I do - basically because if I mess up the underlying content management system by changing the code and I can't fix it, then I can put the backup in place.

Here's hoping he's safe, and that it does turn out to be a hosting company issue and not more sinister.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:04 PM
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151. That might have to do with their hosting arrangement
If ctyme has a box at EGI's farm but ctyme isn't paying someone @ EGI to manage it, then when that box goes down, someone from ctyme will have to physically go to EGI and kick the box.

Just spitballing.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:12 AM
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79. We're with you, Brad.
:patriot:
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:27 AM
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85. Yes we are...
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Duval Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:21 AM
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81. Damn the Chamber of Commerce. In the l940s, my Dad
was a member and the Chamber of Commerce gave me two medals of "good citizenship" when I was 14 and 16. My father was killed in a private plane crash in 1947, at the age of 36. The CoC was admired and was always involved in Civic affairs (to the good). It is no longer the same, in fact, just the opposite. If they had any sense of civic duty left, they would be ashamed of what they have become. Damn!! :argh: :grr:
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:23 AM
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82. Hit them where it hurts....
in the Commerce's pocketbook. Get an attorney...isn't Marcy an att'y?
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:26 AM
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84. My domain gets attacked too, and has been taken down several times.
Maybe just coincidence, but I notice a correlation to when I publish new material.

This is wider than who you ascribe it to.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:28 AM
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86. Does anyone know if this e-mail shows illegal behavior that could be prosecuted?
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:35 AM
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89. So the US CoC is now a terrorist organization?
They get money from China and now they feel like ruling America! What? It took CHINA!? COMMUNIST CHINA?
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 11:52 AM
Response to Reply #89
98. If you think about it... it's a goldmine for local access to info at the grass roots level.
especially in a smaller populace.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:22 PM
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103. It does lead one to wonder - if the USCC thugs can do it, who else might also
be able to do it?

Just sayin'...
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:25 PM
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105. k&r....
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jotsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 12:56 PM
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107. A little leg work, in case you're interested in the depth and scope of affiliation w/ H & W.
<http://www.muckety.com/Hunton-Williams/5004720.muckety >

Happy to run down leads or post whatever you think will help. Got some ideas I'll be PMing.

Stay safe please.

RECOMMENDED.
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Chimichurri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:11 PM
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109. This is chilling. The Chamber of Commerce is turning into a stealth Gestapo.
This is especially ominous since Obama genuflected to them the other day by kicking off his lovefest with, "I'm here in the interest of being more neighborly. Maybe we would have gotten off on a better foot if I had brought over a fruitcake when we first moved in." Yes, he actually said that.

We've devolved into a full on corporatocracy and they're not even trying to hide it anymore.

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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:12 PM
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110. And if it turns out to be a harmless server glitch or a violation of TOS
on your part I'm sure you'll rush here to tell us, yeah?

Honestly, the breathless paranoia around here is quite silly at times.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:15 PM
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111. Hugs to you and your family!
It is scary to the bone to be targeted by hate groups.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:53 PM
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145. I worry a lot more about server crashes than I do about hate groups
;-)
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 01:56 PM
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112. Bradblog still down - 02/11 2:53pm EST. Egypt is free, but what about us?
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:20 PM
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117. +1
K&R
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:21 PM
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119. ???
Comparing a dictatorship to a webhost. Wow.
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:29 PM
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123. The CoC represents a dictatorship of money. A partial dictatorship, yes, but a malicious force
Edited on Fri Feb-11-11 02:31 PM by leveymg
to prevent democracy and progress.

You are right about one thing. Reform-minded Americans should be ashamed by comparison to the people of Egypt, today. We have a lot to learn from the rest of the world.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:21 PM
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118. K&R n/t
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HubertHeaver Donating Member (428 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:25 PM
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122. At 2:25 CST Bradblog still down.
The server at www.bradblog.com is taking too long to respond.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 02:58 PM
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127. Koch Brothers Hired Goons to Track and Threaten Critics and Reporters?
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Nuclear Unicorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:19 PM
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135. Put my money of the Knights of Malta
This is international!
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AtLiberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:01 PM
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129. Flattered, Brad?
That the thugs at the Chamber of Commerce consider teeny, tiny BB such a threat?

K & R
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diane in sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:37 PM
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136. Brad, you were great on the show last night--you were speaking truth to power and tptb hate that,
Keep up the good work. I love Mike and I am always happy when he has you sub and I get to listen to you. And I'm glad to hear Anonymous is taking up your defense.
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colsohlibgal Donating Member (670 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:39 PM
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137. No Scruples Whatsoever
Empathy is a foreign concept to wingnuts and they like to play really dirty. This kind of thing is just their version of bullying.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 03:41 PM
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138. Holy shit!
Stay safe. I hope you can keep your family safe. The people doing that are just absolute scum, targeting your family, especially the children. Please stay as safe as you can.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:16 PM
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141. The Mike Malloy organization has no lawyers?
This would be, in my business, lawyer time deluxe.
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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:17 PM
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142. MY THANKS TO DU - AND A QUICK STATEMENT/UPDATE
My thanks to all the great support from the folks at DU! And my middle finger raised to some of the jackasses here (a couple of my regular DU stalkers, naturally) using this thread to post absurd, evidence-free insinuations and smears that, frankly, I don't have the time right now to even respond to as I'm trying to get my site back up, respond to inquiries from reporters, follow Egypt and other things that matter, all while TRYING to put the Mike Malloy Show together for one more night all at the same time!

I've posted a statement over at MikeMalloy.com on what's going on since I still cannot access The BRAD BLOG, as my server admin says they are still trying to figure out whatever happened which seems to have affected or is related to the hardware on the server somehow. That is literally, all I know at this point.

No, there is nothing I'm not telling you (as charged by some above) nor has my ISP pulled down our site to my knowledge (as similarly and idiotically charged). Other good progressive sites (eg. BartCop.com) on the same server have been similarly affected. But there I go, responded to the idiots hoping to hijack this thread.

Anyway. The statement that I was able to post at MikeMalloy.com where we'll likely have to run tonight's Chat Room during the show this evening (my last night guest hosting for Mike this week, as I've been doing since last Friday) is posted here: http://www.mikemalloy.com/2011/02/11/message-from-brad-...

My thanks also to David Dayen at Firedoglake for his excellent article today, based on an interview he did with me this afternoon on this matter, as now published here: http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/02/11/brad-friedman-we... /

And also thanks to Marcy Wheeler for her exceptional coverage all day today and last night at Emptywheel.com (hopefully she'll join me on the Malloy Show tonight!) and to ThinkProgress for helping to out all of this bullshit in the first place!

Appreciate you guys helping us to get the word on all of this, how despicable these guys are, and that I'm just fine, even as I can't let the world know that as easily as usual for the moment! I am able to update more quickly on Twitter at @TheBradBlog -- so please follow there, and RT as you can.

In Solidarity! (With both you and Egypt!)

Brad
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:02 PM
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148. So it was a server glitch. Why not edit your OP so it doesn't
sound like your family is in danger.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:38 PM
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154. It's way too late for that. The Golden Hour has expired.
That's why people should be very careful what they post in their OPs. It's hard to erase the taint of an unfounded suggestion that you are being persecuted.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:45 PM
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157. The internet was custom made for melodrama, unfortunately. nt
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:23 PM
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143. ctyme.org, and many sites it hosts, is down
It's not just BradBlog, and not just political sites like Bartcop.
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:40 PM
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155. Maybe Mark Perkel's not paying his bills...nt
Sid
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:04 PM
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150. Hey, Brad, don't let the naysayers get you down.
I personally will be forever grateful to you for exposing the shenanigans going on in Alaska's elections. Keep up the good fight.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 05:57 PM
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159. We're locking this.
It's gotten increasingly personal. So in the interests of taking a step back, locking. Thanks all.
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