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Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 August 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs

Via Matt:

Sean Tevis – Running for Office: It’s Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner

A great story, well told. I wish I could give him money.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 24 May 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs, Video

Via Tom:

1. Weezer rocks. Very few bands would get away with this. I love the quality of the cameos. So does everybody else by the looks of things… this video has had just over a million views already and it’s been out for a day. A day. Epic win. A++++ Great Seller. Song’s above average, too.

2. Ooooh, look at all of this lovely treasure for afters.

3. Eric “eBaum” Bauman is a dick.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 14 May 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs

Via the latest B3ta newsletter I learn of Jonathan King’s promotional video and ‘single’ Wilde About Boys from his free-to-view-online musical Vile Pervert (NSFW*):

Excuse me while I fire off a quick open letter:

Dear Jonathon,

1. If a major point you wish to get across is that you haven’t been buggering boys, then don’t make the catchiest part of your song a statement saying that there’s nothing wrong with buggering boys… or people are most probably going to take it the wrong way.

2. There’s no use you claiming a victory on the basis of being more enlightened than those who miss the point, because you are not in a position to be offering people the wrong end of any stick. No-one will really notice or give a damn that the opening lyrics of your song insist on the need for consent (presumably from those capable of granting it) or that you’re stepping into the shoes of Oscar Wilde or whatever…

3. You may not like it, but Oscar Wilde’s shoes are seen to be far, far bigger than yours. You look silly stepping into them, or making any statement that compares you in any way to Elvis or the Beatles.

4. You’ve been signed up to B3ta for nearly two years now, and in that time you’ve only ever turned up to plug your stuff or berate others for not being as appreciative as they could be of your outright spam. You may not want to be liked, but you need at least to be trusted… and nobody trusts a spammer.

5. You’ll need to do far better than this if you’re going to convince me that it’s worth sitting through your grand opus.

Cheers

Tim Ireland

[*NSFW – I am reliably informed that Jonathan King flashes the camera in the opening minute. There are genitals. You have been warned.]








Posted by Tim Ireland at 11 March 2008

Category: Normal People, Teh Interwebs

Fred and Sharon Spencer are a delightful couple from Kelowna, Canada.

In January of this year, they invested in the domain name fredandsharonsmovies.com, uploaded a shedload of brilliant videos to their YouTube channel, and waited for the world to come knocking on their door, seeking the services of ‘Fred and Sharon’s Movie Productions’ (and/or ‘Fred Spencer Productions Unlimited’).

Sadly, nothing happened.

A month later, Fred Spencer uploaded what is quite possibly the most brilliant promotional video ever to be released on YouTube.

But again, nothing happened… until a few days ago, when people finally started to sit up and take notice in a BIG way.

Fred and Sharon are now one of the hottest tickets on Teh Internets, but – and here comes the really odd bit – they have suddenly decided that they no longer want to promote their services as filmmakers (and animators); the bulk of their site has been removed* and replaced with the message “temporarily offline”!

I can’t for the life of me work out why. Perhaps you’d care to take a look at their YouTube channel and the promotional video that made all the difference and enlighten me:

Fred and Sharon Spencer: Who Needs a Movie?

(Link via b3ta.)

[*Psst! Scraps of the original site can be seen for a limited time in Google’s cache.]








Posted by Tim Ireland at 5 March 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs

Media Watch Watch is a blog with a free-speech focus that rose like a mighty phoenix from the ashes of the JS:TO firestorm and, blessings upon the cotton socks The Monitor, is still keeping tabs on Stephen Green.

Recently, The Monitor noticed that the good people at the white supremacist forum Stormfront were hotlinking a contentious cartoon hosted for discussion in this article.

As I’ve mentioned before; there are many reasons not to hotlink, but one of them is that you have no control over the image, which might very well be changed by the person hosting it… often with the specific intention of making the hotlinker look like a bit of a dick.

And yes, The Monitor has changed that image, and replaced it with an altered version of yet another controversial image hosted and discussed on the Media Watch Watch website.

To see the result, click here.

(And, if the mighty whities eventually catch up with the rest of us and edit the entry, I’ve saved a screen capture for the ages here.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at 4 March 2008

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!, Teh Interwebs, Video

While we’re waiting for Tom… here’s a US marine throwing a puppy off a cliff (maybe):

News.com.au – Military investigates puppy-throwing video: The US military is investigating a YouTube video that apparently shows a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff. Major Chris Perrine from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii said the man appears to be based with a unit in the islands. The video has caused an internet backlash after footage of the incident was uploaded onto YouTube – even though it could be fake.

It looks fake to me. Judge for yourself.

Typically, the Sun is outraged (Rebekah Wade has a thing for puppies… and horses).

UPDATE (9pm) – The Times – Puppy-toss video makes Marine figure of hate: A US Marine has become the target of a massive internet hate campaign after a mobile phone video appearing to show him throwing a puppy off a cliff in Iraq became a viral hit… A number of US websites named the perpetrator as David Motari, a 22-year-old from Washington state who has recently returned from Iraq and is based in Hawaii. Mr Motari’s profile on the social networking site Bebo was closed down yesterday. Some sites posted his personal details, phone numbers and even a picture of his car, while other bloggers called for him to be ostracised.

Valleywag expands on the theme.

Meanwhile…
Meanwhile…
Meanwhile…

I’m as appalled as Justin is… but not quite as shocked. The death of an innocent* puppy doesn’t involve any tricky politics, so it’s an easy win.

[*”Tonight on FOX News: the truth about puppies and why they hate America!”]

UPDATE (11:30pm) – I couldn’t sleep, so I made you a picture. Inspired by Justin and posted to B3ta. Enjoy:

Abu

UPDATE (11:45pm) – For me the audio is the most suspicious element, and there’s a lot of speculation about the dead/alive status of the dog before it was thrown; that reminds me of this.

And on that note, I retire to bed. Pleasant dreams.

UPDATE (05 Mar): Doggy go ‘boom’ | Doggies go ‘boom’ | Kitty go ‘boom’… just while you’re in the mood. Oh, and for the sake of balance, here is a report of Al-Qaeda killing doggies and here is a report of an abused Iraqi doggy saved by a U.S. Marine.

Also, the comments under the Sun article are worth a browse, not least because of the many, many anti-American sentiments expressed over this.

Tch. Looks like playing to xenophobia wins over pro-Bush/anti-peacenik propaganda every time… at least when puppies are involved. Other highlights include:

“perhaps, just perhaps, that the dog would of died anyway? In the heat, no food, no water, and the marines are not there to puppysit!” – CactusJoe

This just in: the RSPCA is opening a new rescue centre at Beachy Head.

“You know what – What goes around, comes around. They will get their day, and I hope someone posts it on youtube for us all to see!” – xKellyx

Hmmm. Live mob justice on YouTube. An intriguing idea. All we’ll need then is free bread via Teh Interwebs and we’ll be set.

“Did that poor puppy live? If so that marine should pay the vet bill’s and go and throw himself of a cliff before some one else does!” – sweetkaz

Yeah! Right on! *And* he should pay the doctor’s bills if he survives the fall. That’ll learn him.

“Sick!! It would’ve been OK if it was a Iraqi terrorist they were throwing about, but a poor puppy! Sick!” – UltraNationalist

Hm. There’s all sorts of things wrong with that, but – just for starters – the majority of terrorists in Iraq are not from Iraq. JHL has more on the terrorist/puppy angle here.

“Just remember what DOG spells backwards you stupid American Idiots. You will be thrown over the edge in to hell for that.” – flynn04

(speechless)

OK, so some of these may be trolls… but it’s very hard to tell in some neighbourhoods.

UPDATE – OK, so now can we get on with the impeaching? (Image posted to B3ta):

U.S. Marines watching George W. Bush throwing a puppy in Iraq - THIS REALLY HAPPENED, PEOPLE!








Posted by Tim Ireland at 3 March 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs

Another video starring Grand Master Joseph Chikelue Obi… and this time he’s naked!

That this clown and his pseudo-lawyer managed to bully an ISP into submission continues to amaze me.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 28 February 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs, The Political Weblog Movement, UK Libel Law

Yesterday (27 Feb), Joseph Chikelue Obi uploaded these nude(!) photos of himself on Flickr [sfw], presenting them as a slide show via one of his many, many domain names.

One can only assume that this is part of the PR push for… his new Hollywood movie!

Abolish the GMC – General Medical Council Goes To Hollywood

We are exceedingly pleased to announce that previous pages of particular blog have just been sold to a Budding Hollywood Movie Producer .

Please kindly visit us during the latter part of the year 2012 to view the Film Trailer.

In the interim , all future pages will be solely used for the Public Awareness Purposes ; for serious matters relating to Institutional Racism at the General Medical Council.

Thank You for all your wonderful support.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Chikelue Obi
General Medical Council Opposition Leader

Every other entry from the ‘Abolish the GMC’ blog has been deleted (but I did what I could to preserve some of the wonderful hat-standery via Google’s cache and you can do the same if you’re quick).

Meanwhile, LayScience has an excellent post about one of Grand Master Obi’s many, many products and publications.

He’s like a gift from heaven, this man; a perfect example of shameless blogging fraud in action, and much more fun than Iain Dale.

Speaking of that neck of the woods, Garry has been discussing a few things with our chum Donal Blaney and Iain has popped by to have a word under this post. A great follow-up post can be found here.

You may also care to spend a cuppa pondering on this post by Richard Bartholomew on the subject of the UK Libertarian Right.

[Psst! Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I’m off the fags, and for good this time. My body’s not sure what to do with all the extra oxygen it’s getting, so for most of the last couple of days my brain has been a bit… thingy. Email backlog will be dealt with tomorrow.]








Posted by Tim Ireland at 26 February 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs, UK Libel Law

Joseph Chikelue Obi (aka The Obi One) continues to delight us with fantastic testimonials (via) and even more fantastic stat-porn, but this morning I’d like to focus on another main player in this battle for justice; Tanja Suessenbach.

Tanja Suessenbach is named by The Register as the legal representative of Grand Master Joseph Chikelue Obi.

She is billed as a former student of King’s College London here and here and you can see a photo of this feisty fighter for freedom in action here. As you can see, she is a very presentable young lady (and no doubt a very charismatic one also).

So you may be interested to know that this ‘want’ ad and this ‘want’ ad and this ‘want’ ad were all posted by Tanja Suessenbach, who appears to be starting a fashion school in London.

This might be why she took on the case of this most controversial of doctors; they have similar edu-entrepreneurial instincts (The Obi One used to run a language school).

Tanja Suessenbach makes it clear on her website that she is NOT a solicitor, but rather a legal consultant (who can “provide cost-effective legal assistance to all those who cannot afford the often very high legal costs”).

(And you can clearly see via comparing lexcity.org to ittrainingcenter.ro how very serious Tanja Suessenbach is about cutting costs.)

Primary URL: http://www.lexcity.org/

WHOIS: lexcity.org is registered in the name of Andre Alexander Gottshalk, Flat 9, Beaumont Court, 5 Streatham Place, SW2 4PY

Company details: According to main website Lexcity.org; Lexcity.org Ltd, registered in England and Wales, No. 6064790 – registered address: 147 B Knights Hill, London, SE27 0SP

Business listings: Here and here, business address listed as; 44 Oakdale Road, London, SW16 2HL

[Psst! I want to make it clear that – since the authorities moved in on a dodgy builder at the Beaumont Court address – the property appears to have changed hands (it was sold on 26/09/2005 for 150k).]

I wanted to find out more about this Andre chap, so by using his telephone number (also provided by the WHOIS) I quickly managed to find out that he was also the man behind ‘Accent Softening’. Remember what I was saying about language schools?

Primary URLs: http://accentsoftening.lexcity.org/, http://www.accentsoftening.com/, http://www.accentsoftening.co.uk/

WHOIS: accentsoftening.co.uk is registered in the name of Andre Alexander Gottshalk, Flat 3, 44 Oakdale Road, Streatham, SW16 2HL

Business listings: According to this local business listing, the company is/was based at Knights Hill, London, SE27 0SP

As you can see, Tanja Suessenbach and Andre Alexander Gottshalk appear to intersect at two common addresses (just over a mile apart).

They also intersect at this Blogger-hosted weblog, which carries promotional links to lexcity.org and accentsoftening.com

Both that blog and Lexcity.org offer useful descriptions of the services provided by Tanja Suessenbach (yes, ‘civil litigation’ is listed), but with all of this confusion over past/present addresses and what not, I thought I’d try to find the very latest details, just in case any of these sites were outdated in any way… and I found them in this recent submission to CraigsList:

Affordable Employment Law Advice and Cheap Represenattion

Reply to: serv-582741644@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-02-22, 4:36PM GMT

We are legal consultants, who specialise in Employment Law.

We provide advice to employees and companies in claims for race or sex discrimination, unfair dismissal, disability, redundancy, unpaid wages and equal pay and provide cheap representation at Employment Tribunals.

We also advise companies on a wide range of employment issues.

Our rates are extremely competitive.

[snip numbers]

Email: info@lexcity.org
Or visit our webpage at www.lexcity.org

So, what have we learned from all this?

Well, we’ve learned that if you’re poor and vulnerable – and even if you struggle with English – then Tanja Suessenbach stands ready to offer you legal consultation and even some forms of representation at bargain-basement prices (when she’s not busy working on her new fashion school).

Warms the heart, doesn’t it?

What an angel of mercy she is.

And I’m especially impressed that Netcetera caved so readily to her. This, surely, is a testament to her great skill as a solicitor provider of limited forms of legal consultation and fashion tuition.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 18 February 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs, The Political Weblog Movement

As I noted on Thursday, yes, there was some hostility in the many, many responses to the first and only entry in Max Gogerty’s short-lived travel blog for the Guardian… but reading Andy Pietrasik’s response and this editorial follow-up from Caroline Davies in the sisterly Observer, one might get the impression that there was only hostility aimed only at Max… and with no good reason.

This is a shoddy and pathetic tactic; what you’re seeing here is a bunch of adults putting the spotlight on a teenage boy because they daren’t accept responsibility for their own poor judgement… by pretending that those who are criticising their poor judgement are instead picking on that same teenage boy!

And take a look at this…

Caroline Davies – Hate mail hell of a gap-year blogger (Cyber-bullies who attacked young author are accused of class hatred): Max… was last night alone in India at the beginning of his trip, while his father accused his detractors of class hatred and envy… Some contributors were uneasy over the tone of many comments. One wrote: ‘The amount of hate, envy and hypocrisy that’s been on display here is shocking.’

Let’s take a look at the contributors Caroline uses to justify her ‘accusations of class hatred’ sub-header:

1. Max’s Dad.

2. Some guy called ‘Eleutherios’ who, to date, has only made a single comment on the Guardian website (and just happens to agree 100% with ‘Maxdad’).

I smell a sock-puppet… and I think it stinks that Caroline Davies uses one to support her dishonest argument.

Oh… wait… I think some blind hatred might have sneaked in there. Let me tone it down for you so no-one thinks I’m picking on poor Max Caroline without good reason:

I think it’s a pity that Caroline couldn’t find the time to consider or include this direct response to ‘Eleutherios’ from ‘Fulmerford’ (who, BTW, has contributed to over 40 threads on the Guardian website) in her opinion piece:

Eleutherios, let’s see if you can ‘liberate’ some sense out of this: responding to someone’s comments not with a counter-argument but just by decrying their presumed motivation is a, well, a really shoddy way to debate.

I mean come on! It’s like going: “Smack is bad.” “No it’s not.” “No it is, here’s the reasons.” “Oh you’re just saying that because [you’re] bitter that you don’t take smack.”

Is ‘ad hominem’ just Latin to you?

If you recall, Nadine Dorries played a similar game, by portraying all negative responses to a personal attack of her own as a series of personal attacks.

What ‘Eleutherios’, Andy Pietrasik, Caroline Davies and Paul Gogarty are guilty of is playing the man by pretending that everyone else is playing the man in an effort to stop anyone from looking sideways at the ball.

And in doing so, they put more weight on the shoulders of Max – the boy they’ve strategically cast as a victim and claim to be defending.

Yes, there was a fair degree of trolling and abuse in the original thread. Though the thread was totally out of control by the time I got there, I didn’t regard that abuse to be helpful… but I also think it’s less than helpful when certain parties seek to exploit the abuse that was there, and use it to draw attention away from valid questions and objections.

This defensive play is not designed to protect a teenager… it is designed to protect the reputations of adults who should know better.

Personally, I think it sucks. But I’m obviously a hate-filled lynch-mobbing cyber-bully, so please feel free to ignore me.








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