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Louise Mensch: Cry ‘Rape!’, and let slip the dogs of war

Over the weekend, the Sun on Sunday columnist and former Tory MP Louise Mensch began beating the drum for war in Iraq. The intensity and bloodlust was striking, and stood in stark contrast to the thoughtful quote in her Twitter bio:

War is always a defeat for humanity.... KILL THEM! KILL THEM ALL!!!!!

It is also worth noting how ignorant and downright childish some of her tweets were. At one stage, Mensch began tweeting in Arabic, hurling abuse at alleged/perceived supporters of ISIS* that ranged from ‘your leader is fat’ jibes (seriously) to the kind of ‘cave dwelling’ and ‘goat fucker’ slurs that have strong, offensive and damaging racial and cultural overtones whether you direct them at a specific group or not.

(*NOTE – Some of these so-called ISIS operatives used words like ‘fag’ and ‘dude’, indicating to most reasonable people that they were more likely to be a teenage troll operating not out of a cave in Iraq, but their Mom’s basement in Iowa.)

Critics of this behaviour were characterised by Mensch as ‘terrorist sympathisers’, or ‘apologists and lefties’ who risked aiding and abetting the enemy.

I recorded not only the outburst, but the reaction to it (i.e. by logging mentions of her name/username in Twitter). Mensch was getting a lot of support from the kinds of people who will tell you that Barack (HUSSEIN!) Obama is a secret Muslim, but the majority of Tweets on Saturday morning especially involved people who were genuinely concerned that Mensch was (a) the victim of a Twitter hack, or (b) experiencing some kind of breakdown or drug/alcohol-fuelled episode. Any judgement on the latter aside, it is worth noting how many observers regarded her output to be so extreme that they could not believe that this dedicated controversialist had posted it herself… at least, not while sane and sober.

Keeping in mind that while there are outrages that ISIS (or IS) are responsible for, much of what Mensch was posting during this outburst was (at the time) unverified, wholly inaccurate, and/or in many cases entirely fabricated.

Zelo Street has some further detail here. This post exists mainly to call Louise Mensch out on one single fabrication in the hopes that she will finally retract it, not only to correct a shocking libel against the two people pictured, but to bring comfort to the tens of thousands of people who are needlessly concerned about the fate of one of the young girl involved.

Here are the two main tweets of concern. The first (bottom) is a retweet, the second (top) is where Louise Mensch repeats the monstrous lie in her own words:

A man who is not a paedophile comforts a girl who is not a rape victim

While the man pictured is (or perhaps was) an advocate of the Islamic State (IS) and may or may not be involved in the current armed conflict, in this picture he is not an invading soldier, but the host of a ‘family fun day’. At this 2013 “Ramadan event for children”, there was an cream-eating race, a tug-of-war… and a competition to accurately recite religious text, in which the young girl pictured was involved.

Now, if you share any concern about religious indoctrination of young children, we are totally on the same page. I personally own a bible that was given to me at age 8 in reward for accurately reciting the 10 Commandments, and I treasure it in much the same way that a soldier keeps the bullet that didn’t kill him. You can be as OK or as upset about the religious component as you wish to be, but it does not change the fact that the girl in the following video is upset only because of a mere error and/or stage fright.

The girl is NOT in tears because the host of the show wants to molest her. Perhaps Louise Mensch was thinking of someone else at the time.

A man who WAS a paedophile

Let’s be especially clear about two things: the man pictured has not just announced his intention to marry a young girl, and the event has not taken place in the recently-overrun city of Mosul. To claim otherwise is to engage in a lie with a dark and insidious purpose that also has strong, offensive and damaging racial and cultural overtones.

1. I am not getting into the whole ‘was Mohammed a paedophile?’ thing; it is sufficient to know that accusations of paedophilia carry a certain resonance in this context, and anyone claiming expertise in Islam and/or the West’s role in conflict in the Middle East should know it.

2. The idea that ISIS are invading cities and raping children is a lie that is clearly designed to provoke the kind of shock and fear that removes any question about the need for an armed response.

That there is reported to be “striking evidence” that ISIS have killed women and children and perhaps even buried some alive should not distract you from the latter concern. If anything, it should cause you to approach such reports with caution, especially if the source is calling for a response of total annihilation and accusing any moderate voices of being in league with the enemy.

Many observers of the outburst noted Mensch’s refusal to back down on what was an obvious lie specifically designed to draw people to join a call for bloodshed.

I would like to leave the last word to one such observer…

… but if you prefer we can leave the last word to Louise, her god, and her guns:

Dennis Rice and his conduct as ‘@TabloidTroll’

Over two years ago, in April 2012 to be precise, I became aware of a Twitter account by an anonymous tabloid journalist: @tabloidtroll.

While maintaining pretensions of whistle-blowing, @tabloidtroll actually sought to attack those outside the industry who highlighted or criticised wrongdoing within it. This included campaigners for press reform, critics of tabloid excess, and even police officers who dared to arrest journalists alleged to have engaged in such excesses to a criminal degree.

Psychological projection was evident from the outset. In a series of circular arguments, the author engaged in trolling, abusive and circumstantial ad hominem attacks on a range of targets and justified these attacks with allegations that his targets had engaged in trolling, abusive and circumstantial ad hominem attacks on himself and/or others. Those who dared to object to such treatment were accused of seeking to bully the author into silence.

Relevant distortions became increasingly bold and pronounced over time. For example: an objection to the treatment of Milly Dowler’s family would be characterised as ‘trolling journalists with a dead girl’.

There was also a clear pattern of targeting critics first with the allegation of bias, then of abusive behaviour, and ultimately some form of financial impropriety, which was usually used as a premise for contacting their employer(s), client(s), donor(s), etc. – all based on nothing but piss and wind.

Very early in the piece, I obtained IP evidence that demonstrated that a tabloid journalist by the name of Dennis Rice was the main account holder. I then confronted that journalist about my findings.

Dennis Rice responded by saying: “My lawyers will deal with anything anyone would be foolish enough to print – alleging or otherwise – that I am (@tabloidtroll)”

But I never did hear from those lawyers, even after publishing my findings. Instead, Dennis Rice made a complaint to Thames Valley Police alleging that I had stalked and harassed him and mishandled private data. The @tabloidtroll account was then used to announce that I was under police investigation. When this investigation closed without action Rice simply made another complaint and repeated the process. Thames Valley Police are very clear that I was “never a suspect” but they declined to investigate any potential waste of police time on the grounds that Rice had not wasted enough time for it to be worth their time.

(Note – Rice uses the word ‘stalker’ according to his needs. As @tabloidtroll he accused me of electronically stalking him because he received an alert that I had viewed his ‘Dennis Rice’ LinkedIn profile. Meanwhile, he has demonstrably sought to intimidate other Twitter users through detail he claims to have obtained from LinkedIn, the Land Registry, and even the Electoral Register. Further, these messages assuring others of my guilt – based on his highly inventive reports of a police investigation in progress – appeared alongside allegations that critics of certain other tabloid journalists had forgotten about the fundamental right of the presumption of innocence.)

Also, while publicly challenging me to publish the relevant IP data and thereby ‘prove’ my case, Dennis Rice was first researching and then contacting the employers of (a) parties who had offered to verify my findings, and (b) parties who merely spoke about the quality of the evidence in principle. Rice wrongly alleged that they had mishandled his private data and ‘enabled a stalker’, and to some parties he pretended police involvement to the extent of threatening a potential visit by police to their workplace (i.e. if the employer did not provide an ‘alternative method of contact’ for the accused party). Let me clear on this point: Rice was using a clumsy form of social engineering in order to mine/blag personal data that was none of his business and using an allegation of improper handling of data to do it.

Rice also began to pretend that @tabloidtroll was the work of many journalists, but he repeatedly allowed this fiction to slip through carelessness and the effort was further undermined by a linguistics report comparing the output of @dennisricemedia and @tabloidtroll that showed “multiple significant points of consistency between the output of Dennis Rice and ‘@tabloidtroll’”.

Rice sought to undermine these findings with a series of inventive but wholly flawed arguments, but in the end he settled on the first of a long series of threats (made as @tabloidtroll) to visit me at my home and sort it out ‘in person’. I made it very clear to Mr Rice that any such visit would be inappropriate and unwelcome. He responded by accusing me of cowardice and actually using this to justify his actions; he was not seeking to intimidate a critic, he was facing up to a coward who had sought to intimidate a critic.

Some equally inventive distortions were used to play on my dispute with the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries. Thinly-veiled death threats were being published about me and justified with the false allegation that I had stalked that MP. Rice portrayed my complaint about this as a death threat against Dorries, and several further threats to visit my home followed.

Another party who saw an opportunity to use Rice against me tweeted a public message suggesting that I might be a child rapist. I used a polite private message to ask why they might do such a thing, but the author portrayed my behaviour as ‘abusive’, telegraphing the report to Rice, who of course followed up with a series of threats to turn up and my house and ‘confront the coward’.

By this stage, it was not any mention of his name that set him off, but my mere presence on Twitter. I had stopped blogging and stopped engaging on twitter for weeks and then months at a time. The moment I dared show up online, the threats would commence based on some allegation or another. At times, even the mere fact of my absence would be used against me, as in this example:

TABLOIDTROLL: “Hide all you like, you despicable woman stalking prick, but know I’m coming for you, and its going to get bloody :-)”

Rice had also used the entirely false allegation that my in-laws had bought the house next door for cash as justification for publishing a list of names of people in my extended family. The claim was that I was somehow living a life of privilege while maintaining pretensions of being a working class hero or some such nonsense.

I asked Rice to cease and desist from the outset, pointing out that what he was publishing was as intrusive as it was inaccurate. Rice responded as @tabloidtroll in the following manner:

TABLOIDTROLL: “Message to TT’s stalker about his latest gutless plea: Make Me.”

Seeking a path for legal correspondence that would not lead to similar outbursts, I emailed the lawyer Mark Lewis*, who I knew had acted for Rice at one stage. I asked Lewis if Rice was still a client. Rather than answer this question, Lewis simply forwarded my email on to Rice with a chummy ‘Hope you’re OK’. I know this because Rice then began forwarding the email to multiple recipients and presenting it as evidence that I was harassing him.

Meanwhile, Rice’s attempts to portray me as a privileged outsider extended into associating me with the banking scandal. Rice was so intent on this that he first began referring to my “banker father in law”, but when he subsequently found out that the relevant party had died recently, he immediately switched to referring to my “banker’s widow mother in law”.

You are invited to imagine the emotional impact this had on grieving family members.

Behind the scenes, I had placed my faith in Surrey Police… who proved to be utterly useless and totally ignorant about the relevant technology. Judging by his own account, when attending an interview, Rice showed Surrey Police some tweets that were made on the @tabloidtroll account while he was volunteering in some capacity in a prison (i.e. and therefore without access to a laptop or mobile). The investigating officer simply could not fathom that a tweet might be scheduled for future publication, or that someone might be roped in to tweet on the author’s behalf. Worse, Surrey Police did not regard it to be ‘proportionate’ to investigate the account or its authorship through Twitter, and they even struggled to appreciate the significance of Dennis Rice writing to my employer three days prior to his police interview threatening them with a grand exposé based on a series of absurd allegations.

After that interview turned out rather better than he had been expecting, Rice withdrew the threat, but the exposé turned up anyway… on the website of @tabloidtroll, obviously. In this hatchet job, Rice accused me of ‘betraying’ my employer and promoting my articles by using their facilities to magic them to the top of search results (i.e. as if they did not do so on their own merit, and as if my employers engaged in black-hat SEO). He also accused me of stalking my own clients. One example: Like hundreds of others, I boycotted Tesco products once to protest their position on ‘Workfare’; Rice described this as ‘stalking’ and wrongly claimed that I engaged in this ‘stalking’ while retaining them as a client.

None of this was true, but by now Rice had extended his threats to confront me face to face at either home or work, or even en-route. At one stage he openly offered to share my travel itinerary to any ‘victims of abuse’ who contacted him.

In was in the face of this ongoing escalation and continuing inaction by Surrey Police that I sought to detach myself from my employer before Rice began targeting my workmates as he had my extended family. Rice used visible signs of my departure to support an allegation that his report of my ‘stalking clients’ had led to some discovery or ruling by my employer that supported his argument.

(Nadine Dorries was kind enough to pretend the same thing at the time, and made a big show of contacting the CEO about the allegations, but refrained from publishing their response for reasons that are easy to guess at. Harry Cole and Paul Staines also saw fit to promote the allegations, and again their reasons for endorsing an anonymous hatchet job are no big mystery.)

Rice then used this in a new narrative designed to further undermine the original IP data linking him to the account (e.g. “Your friend Tim initially claimed to have incontrovertible IP address evidence then subsequently refused to show it. And as I understand it later left the employ of an IT firm after it was revealed he was tweeting abuse to the company’s clients, including one Rupert Murdoch**”).

But of course, none of this put the genie back in the bottle, even after Rice wrote to Google seeking the removal of certain search results based on his false allegations of stalking. I had not only determined that Rice was the main account holder using IP data, I had also published further expert evidence demonstrating that he was the primary if not sole author. Often, when Rice tangled with anyone of any substance as @tabloidtroll, they would greet him with a cheery ‘Hello, Dennis!’ and he would feel compelled to yet again go over the allegations against me that he felt undermined the evidence I had published… but his attempts to deny the obvious only made the obvious even more obvious.

Over the past two years, as @tabloidtroll, Rice has progressed from attempts to intimidate and undermine witnesses at the Leveson Inquiry to attempts to intimidate and undermine a reporter who saw fit to live-tweet the recent hacking trial: Peter Jukes.

Peter has repeatedly been treated/threatened with the same attention that I have enjoyed over the past years, and so far the pattern has remained exactly the same; through @tabloidtroll and associated hangers-on, Peter stands accused of bias, abuse, and financial impropriety. It is my understanding that Dennis Rice has grown increasingly anxious about this conduct being documented in Peter’s upcoming book Beyond Contempt.

The blogger Richard Bartholomew has also been singled out for such treatment, up to and including intimidating calls to his mother. It was recent threats to visit the home of Richard’s mother that prompted me to suppress my fear of this individual and reiterate what I could demonstrate about Dennis Rice being the author of @tabloidtroll (example).

Rice responded by using his @dennisricemedia account and his @tabloidtroll account to not only announce that I was under investigation for stalking Nadine Dorries, but even name a specific officer… something he really should have checked with said officer before publishing any such claim. Rice followed this up with a threat to visit the premises of my partner’s new business venture (to ‘look at the dodgy financials’), then assured me that if I did not ‘crawl back under my rock’, he would subject me to further attention.

By this time, myself and others had begun to ask questions about the extent to which the former NOTW editor Neil Wallis*** and one of his drinking buddies had involved themselves in this anonymous bullying.

Shortly after these two developments, for reasons that remain unclear, ‘@tabloidtroll’ announced that he was taking ‘a longish break’ to write a book about his experiences. Rice then rendered the account private and soon after deactivated it, thereby abandoning any pretence that it was maintained by multiple authors.

But Dennis Rice isn’t done. Not by any means.

I am aware of further correspondence from Rice (under his own name) where he seeks to intimidate his critics into silence with vague threats of legal action over unspecified libel(s). Said critics have been assured that their faith in my evidence is misplaced on the grounds that I am mentally unstable and under police investigation for stalking.

However, the more Dennis Rice behaves like this, the more he confirms what has already been said about his behaviour both under his own name and under the guise of @tabloidtroll.

It would be tragic to think that Rice actually believed anything he said about the effort being in defence of journalism; where he has not simply lied about or invented damaging evidence, he has wilfully distorted it or single-sourced it from discredited parties with an obvious agenda. One of the forgeries targeting Richard Bartholomew is so amateurish it’s embarrassing, but Rice is long past caring about such details.

Dennis Rice may well have something to be proud of in the 20+ years he claims to have been conducting journalism, but at present he is no more than a thug, and in the past two years he has amply demonstrated how tabloid journalists can and will behave if they are not subjected to some form of oversight.

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(* “Dennis is a really great bloke. Old fashioned journalist. I know him well.” – Mark Lewis)

(** Rupert Murdoch has never been a client of mine, and he never will be.)

(*** I welcome any challenge/discussion about what I allege about Neil Wallis in this article, but I wish to stay well clear of anything potentially prejudicial given recent charges, so please understand the need to avoid that subject or any issue/topic likely to be associated with it.)

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UPDATE (August 2014) – Dennis Rice was in such a hurry to delete the evidence that he left his old username abandoned… so 30 days later I was able to register a new account with that same username! It strikes me as somewhat hypocritical that Rice is bragging that he has screen-captured tweets of his targets when he has deleted all of the tweets made using the ‘tabloidtroll’ account (and rendered the account under his own name private), so I suspect that sometime very soon I will put the time in and upload all of his old tweets as a searchable database, and use this same account to announce/distribute the relevant file. Cheers all.

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Nadine Dorries misleads Parliament about her relationship with Andy Rayment

Short and sweet, folks. This is the tangled web one weaves…

Nadine Dorries in a statement to the Parliamentary Standards Committee on 15 October 2013:

“My business partners, who have nothing to do with me personally-he is just a business partner, with his wife-were very clear that, in going into business, they did not want to be brought into the public domain via my political position.”

Nadine Dorries in a statement to the Sunday Mirror on 17 November 2013:

“Andy and Ann Rayment are two of my closest friends.”

Ouch. Dorries has form for showing contempt to Parliament, but this example’s so clear, it’s going to sting like a paper-cut between the fingers.

See also: This earlier (and long but important) post by Unity, who has noticed this same contradiction.

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Hi everyone. I am sorry about the extended absences before and after Christmas.

I’d like to begin today with a belated review of this very important book by Bob & Sue Firth:

I Made My Excuses and Stayed (buy here) – In rural Dorset Bob and Sue Firth were running a successful Bed and Breakfast establishment with a twist. It was a naturist establishment. The couple were also professional masseurs offering therapeutic massage to non-residents as well as guests. All was going smoothly until they accepted a booking from a man calling himself ‘Neville’. Naively, the couple were taken in by this character who, using subterfuge, bribed them into making love in his presence. Unfortunately, ‘Neville’ turned out to be an undercover reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, for the News of the World! Believing he was about to uncover a juicy story, but finding that no such story existed, he set about fabricating a two page spread from his own imagination for the Sunday tabloid. But what ‘Neville’ didn’t realise was that the couple, suspicious of his intentions, had captured his escapades on a hidden video camera. The extraordinary story documents Bob and Sue’s rollercoaster of emotions and their adventures against overwhelming odds to set the record straight.

If I have a criticism of the book, it is that frequently we are asked to depart from the core narrative so we might get to know more about Bob & Sue. This is to be expected; they have just been through a brutally dehumanising process that few of us would be able to cope with at all, and I get the sense that this is one of their coping mechanisms (i.e. in that they would like the reader to recognise that they are not the monsters they have made out to be, even though this should be immediately obvious to any reasonable person).

That said, the book contains so much of value to anyone with any interest in the current debate about media standards that I say without hesitation it is required reading (for Leveson junkies especially so).

First, the book lays bare the lie that one can simply take civil action to correct matters if they are monstered by a certain tabloid newspaper or any other publisher of a similar size/standard. When they seek to resist the introduction of anything approaching accountability, unscrupulous publishers will claim that celebrities, politicians and even the great unwashed can simply sue if the newspaper ‘gets things wrong’, but this is so far from the truth it is laughable. Bob & Sue Firth had Neville Thurlbeck bang to rights, and yet still his newspaper sided with him and managed to successfully avoid any repercussions themselves.

Further, the book repeatedly documents/reveals the mechanics of a core technique used by tabloid ‘journalists’ that has since been adopted and evolved by an increasing number of imitators.

Here’s the passage that I found most enlightening, especially given my own experiences. It relates the moment when the Firths get in contact with another victim of tabloid fabrication, so I got to enjoy my revelation while reading about Sue and Bob experiencing a similar revelation for themselves:

“Well, what did she say?

“Well, it’s amazing… the similarities to the way we were set up… the ‘inaudible’ tapes supplied to the police. Thurlbeck pushing for a police investigation. The grain of truth to the story and the fabrication of the bulk of the story…”

I am here to tell you that, typically, police will play along with this game even to the extent that they will refuse to investigate evidence that has been falsified specifically for their benefit (i.e. where you or I might expect to see some concern about a potential conspiracy to pervert the course of justice). They either remain happily in bed with specific titles/publishers/individuals or are so concerned about a perceived ability to interfere with operational capacity that they will allow false/falsified statements made on behalf of police to stand uncorrected/unaddressed, as they see it as the lesser of two evils.

(I was even informed by one senior police officer – I won’t say which force – who said that they would not be pursuing certain parties for wasting police time, because those parties had not wasted enough police time for it to be worth their time to pursue it. Nice.)

It is this technique of lying on behalf of police that causes me the most concern, not least because I have been attacked with this exact same technique on multiple occasions since 2006, and in an uninterrupted/overlapping sequence since 2009, pretty much from the moment when they convinced a man to smear me as a convicted child rapist (over 100 times), then watched him get away with it.

I am repeatedly assured by police that it is not a criminal/prosecutable act, but no police force that I have asked (so far) will go on the record about that.

Perhaps they are concerned about what might happen if too many people knew that they could tell an outright lie of behalf of a police officer, a police department or a police force without fear of legal consequence… but we are already at a point where this is causing considerable and growing harm to the public and corruption of their authority.

Allow me to show you how/why…

Witness in this example how NOTW used the arrest of a disturbed woman to pretend that it verified a crucial claim they made about an event that never took place (background: this was during their disgraceful handling of the Milly Dowler kidnap and murder). Deceits like this become commonplace once a publisher/editor learns that they can lie on behalf of police without fear of consequence (i.e. in much the same way as when learn they can lie to the PCC without fear of consequence).

Worse, tabloids have for years sought to manipulate police into investigating, arresting or prosecuting ideological opponents, and most have discovered over time that they can say pretty much anything they like about their target once they are prosecuted; this trigger nearly always brings the PCC onside, and the target is more often than not occupied with the matter of prosecution and in no position to take on the weight of an added civil action against a newspaper, even if they have the means.

Others in the world of tabloid standards have discovered that you don’t even need to have anyone prosecuted; you can simply lie outright about police investigations and actions that never took place, and (depending on who you are, I suspect) police won’t say or do a damn thing about it.

Here’s a classic technique: the ‘journalist’ calls the police and alleges their target is guilty of a crime. An investigation will usually begin – even though the target is not yet a suspect and probably never will be – but from this point on, all the ‘journalist’ has to do to elongate the period of time which they can safely claim their target is under investigation by police is dodge a few phone calls and/or pretend to be away.

The latter half of this technique appears to have become less common over time as participating parties have discovered that you can also lie about the outcome of an investigation with little fear of consequence.

In my experience it is this technique that has been observed and adopted most frequently by outsiders who seek the favour/influence of these tabloids and other fringe elements (including has-beens and wannabes). Most often it is fronted by an anonymous account, but some people have invested so deeply in it as to do it in their own name (not that this stops them from engaging in further/worse acts anonymously).

There’s a kind of logic to this that’s apparent once you consider the type of person who is doing it; an accusation on behalf of police carries its own authority and credibility, and the people who rely on them to attack their political enemies invariably lack both.

Of course, one of the reasons these lies carry so much authority and credibility is that most people assume that you can’t make claims like this on behalf of police without consequence… but you can.

I have determined that an attempt to investigate and correct this state of affairs is the best use of my time in terms of political campaigning; it has been used to undermine anything of consequence I may have attempted before (I have as a result been accused of everything from hacking computers to stalking women to raping children).

All other content on Bloggerheads will be the fun/educational material that has been held over while I wasted time placing faith in the criminal justice system as it stands.

The way I see it, the worst that can happen is that even if police/others resist change, the public will be informed of the problem to the extent that accusations like this will carry less weight, leading to an improved situation for all present/future victims of this behaviour.

Something has to change; some of the most corrupt people in our society are appropriating and undermining the authority of police in an attempt to damage political/ideological targets, and many of them go to such an extent that they seek to use such lies to stir up mobs and trigger vigilante behaviour. Lies of this type have even been used to influence the Prime Minister.

On the basis of claims made specially on behalf of three police forces, I have been subjected to multiple threats of violence, and many, many recent threats to visit my home or workplace (and if police ever said anything to any of these people about that, antagonists quickly adapted by offering to share my itinerary with “victims” who asked for it).

Speaking for myself, I am concerned enough about recent claims that I run a child sex ring from my home to do something about this, even in the face of extraordinary harassment.

Not all of us have the resources/connections of Lord McAlpine, but I see the most constructive path to be a campaign for awareness, then (potentially) a change in the law. If I fail at the latter, I will at least have achieved the former to some extent.

Grant Shapps is invited to explain recently-deleted text by ‘Sebastian Fox’ of HowToCorp

We begin today with a hat-tip to data spotter @jolyonjenkins. I urge you to listen to his highly relevant report for BBC Radio 4; Jolyon has been looking into exactly the kind of ‘get rich quick’ spivvery that HowToCorp has been engaging in, and he recently brought to my attention the presence/activities of ‘Sebastian Fox’ in an internet marketing forum hosted at warriorforum.com

Putting aside for a moment those serious unanswered questions about how this product is/was sold (as ‘Michael Green’, Shapps describes something called ‘Joint Level Partners’ in a manner suggesting that his is some form of ‘multi level marketing’ scheme, more commonly known as a ‘pyramid scheme’), here/today I want to focus on the legitimacy of the lead product itself.

The following are two different captures of the same discussion thread at warriorforum.com;

BEFORE: HowToCorp discuss ‘TrafficPaymaster’ at WarriorForum – Thread #1 (Sep 2012 version)

AFTER: HowToCorp discuss ‘TrafficPaymaster’ at WarriorForum – Thread #1 (Oct 2012 version)

What you will notice first is that all mention of detail of the product has been removed on the pretence that the product is now “only available to existing clients”.

There has been a pattern of this kind of behaviour from HowToCorp in response to scrutiny. As Grant Shapps has been assuring the public that everything is above board at HowToCorp, someone has been cleansing the web of visible traces of what he/HowToCorp have been up to; this has included changing the settings/preferences of several domains in order to remove any trace of them from the Web Archive.

There is a lot more detail in the 28 September version to be noted and discussed (as with my earlier/initial post about Wikipedia edits, it is a treasure trove of delights for other bloggers/journalists) but a key point I wish to highlight is ‘Sebastian Fox’ (Grant’s wife) openly bragging about how the product is designed to outwit Google rather than actually meet its content requirements, even after a now-famous update specifically designed to address the problem of junk and/or misappropriated content:

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also in terms of spinning…Google is catching up with spin articles…anyway of making it more unique?

People who say that “Google is catching up with spun articles” simply don’t understand how search engines operate.

Take these two sentences for example:

1. She walked along the road and before long she reached the corner.
2. Strolling along the street she quickly reached the street corner.

Question…

Which of the two sentences above is the original unspun version?

Answer…

Neither. They’re both spun!

The point is that a search engine has absolutely no way of knowing whether a piece of content is “original” or not.

We use TheBestSpinner as our API in TrafficPaymaster. It’s as good as article spinning gets. And it’s way better than is required for a search engine ranking.

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The patronising lecture about search engines is 100% horse hockey, by the way, but what really matters here is that something that is normally very difficult to prove – intent – is very clear.

For all their talk about this product being an alternative to cheating, it is clearly designed to cheat Google and by extension their users, and hard working creators of original content (the system appropriates content written by other people and falsely presents it as original copy).

I would very much like to hear the Tory party chairman Grant Shapps and/or his wife resolve their demonstrable intent with issues such as copyright infringement especially, but – happily – HowToCorp’s position on cheating Google is already crystal clear; it doesn’t count if you don’t get caught!

Here’s another cleansed thread including incriminating data that HowToCorp have tried to erase, and an extract from same. Check out the text I have highlighted in bold:

BEFORE: HowToCorp discuss ‘TrafficPaymaster’ at WarriorForum – Thread #2 (Sep 2012 version)

AFTER: HowToCorp discuss ‘TrafficPaymaster’ at WarriorForum – Thread #2 (Oct 2012 version)

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Hi Sandy,

Google may or may not like a particular approach, but the real question is whether there are any signs about how a page has been created. If the answer is no, well then it doesn’t much matter what Google officially thinks.

And that’s where pages produced by TrafficPaymaster are completely different from other WordPress auto-blogging packages. TPM doesn’t produce blog pages at all. In fact these are regular HTML pages which aren’t based on other blog software.

So there’s nothing that distinguishes pages produced by TrafficPaymaster from pages produced by you.

And that’s really the key to the success of TrafficPaymaster | Where Will You Send Your Web Traffic Roadblock?

Check out the TrafficPaymaster blog for loads more detail, feedback and success stories… TrafficPaymaster | Where Will You Send Your Web Traffic Roadblock?

Seb.

Summary: It doesn’t matter what Google thinks; if we can fool it into thinking the content is legitimate, we will have met their requirements for legitimate content. Genius!

What is most incredible about this attitude is how liberating it is. It doesn’t matter how fast you drive; so long as traffic cops/cameras don’t clock you doing it, you’re OK. Further, while police and people generally often frown on burglary officially, so long as no-one catches you coming, going or taking, no offence has been committed. Brilliant, eh? One wonders how much Mr & Mrs Shapps use this thinking outside of their business interests.

HowToCorp’s Michael Green & The 20/20 Challenge

I’ve just watched Michael Green Sebastian Fox Grant Shapps on #BBCQT and I find myself awe-struck by his chutzpa. I mean, I knew he’d have no choice but to lie to some extent, but to pretend that some irrelevant edits on his Wikipedia page undermine anything published recently about his business interests is extraordinary!

Anyway, I wasn’t going to stand by and allow Grant to hide crucial data from the public while pretending everything’s above board and ship shape and tickety-boo and cleared by the ASA and what have you, so here for your reading pleasure is the full front-page pitch for Michael Green’s 20/20 Challenge; a sales vehicle for his TrafficPaymaster product. To be clear, this is the ‘$20K in 20 days or your money back’ offer that Grant would have you think was being described inaccurately in some quarters. I thought it would be for the best if we could all read the actual text as published and decide for ourselves.

On the subject of that product or any other HowToCorp product that deals/dealt with success in/via search engines, I happen to be a position where I know that Grant Shapps recognises my expertise in this field, so I will ask here, ever so politely in front of all of you nice people, if he might allow me to review his TrafficPaymaster product and/or any of his products that deal/dealt with SEO.

In the meantime, while we wait for Grant’s reply, here’s what he was promising back before Michael Green became his wife. Enjoy.

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At last! A simple… no fuss and proven approach to making money online…

Dear Friend,

Let me ask you something…

What would you do with $20,000 in your bank account in just 20 Days time?

Obviously it’s entirely up to you, but I’ve been surfing the net and here are a few ideas…

You could buy this brand new fuel efficient, environment friendly hybrid Toyota Prius for just $20,419 [okay, you'll have to find the extra $419 -- hint: run this program I'm about to tell you about for an extra day or two].
At 60 miles per gallon and a range of 714 miles on a full tank, it’s no wonder people rave about this remarkable vehicle. So imagine having the money in your bank account to buy one of these money saving gems in just 20 Days time!

Price $20,419

Or maybe you’d prefer to go on a luxury vacation? Hmm, now let’s see for $20k you could go somewhere pretty damn exotic. And obviously you’ll want to do your own research, but how about these lavish surroundings that you could enjoy without stress next month with $20,000 tucked away in your bank account.

Price $20,000/week

This is just one real-life example of what you could do.
Stay in an exquisitely furnished, sophisticated five-bedroom colonial home in Edgartown village with heated luxury pool. Spacious bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, gracious living areas and central air conditioning to cater for your comfort.

At $20,000 for just one week’s rental, it’s not the sort of thing you’d do at a drop of a hat, but if you could earn $20,000 in just 20 Days — well then why wouldn’t you take a well-earned break and relax in these comfortable surroundings?

But Is Earning $20,000 In 20 Days Actually Realistic?

You bet… and in a moment I’m going to show you how almost anyone can do this. And best of all, you don’t even need to have your own product (as of this very moment). Oh, plus you’ll only need to do this very much part-time over a 20 day period (or you can take longer to complete it if you prefer — I provide the timetable, but you can extend it out as you like).

Better still… this is a completely tried and tested system. And in a moment I’ll even show you the evidence!

But first, let’s just check what else you could do with your $20,000? Back to vacations and I’ve found a luxury cruise that might just take your fancy.

Now you may have been cruising before, but this is something completely different. Every room on this 700 guest ship has a balcony and dining is by the famed Le Cordon Bleu® of Paris.
In fact, this is one of the most spacious cruise ships afloat with her staff to guest ratio of 1 to 1.6 providing the highest level of personal service in the six-star tradition of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. For $20,000, it’s a special vacation that you’ll never forget!

Price? Well you’ll have no trouble spending your
$20,000 on this six-star cruise liner

Or perhaps you’d like to pursue your own sport or hobby, using your $20,000 towards whatever takes your fancy. Again, I’ve lined up some suggestions, but you’ll know best…

$20,000 can buy you a pre-owned Cessna 150 aircraft.

$20,000 can buy a sports boat to enjoy life.

$20,000 could help you own and keep a horse.

$20,000 could pay for a memorable ski vacation.

$20,000 down payment towards a house or car.

Spend Your $20,000 As You Like
Because The Choice Is Completely Yours…

By now you’ve probably got the idea. You can use your $20,000 for whatever you like. Buy yourself (or the kids) an education, put $20,000 down towards a House or Car. Donate some or all of your newly earned wealth to your favorite charity. Just fill in your own dream below:

Type in your own $20k dream in the box below as a reminder about how you’ll spend the money!

I’ve got to tell you that one of the great secrets to making money online is to actually know what you’ll do with it once it has been earned. By filling out the box above, you’ll help to define your own dreams and goals and in the process you’ll dramatically increase your chance of success with The 20/20 Challenge toolkit.

Once you’ve completed the box above, please carry on reading below…

Who Else Wants To Put $20k
In Their Bank Account In The Next 20 Days?

The problem with most internet marketing programs is that it’s very hard to know whether they actually follow the right money-making strategy. This 20/20 Challenge is completely different.

Why?

Because it actually works. And I can prove it!

You see most internet marketing products revolve around some sort of “get-rich-quick” scheme. Often as not, they’re based around ill-thought-through concepts which have been stolen from other marketers.

This program is completely different. Introducing The 20/20 Challenge Toolkit:

“This Extraordinary New Toolkit From Michael Green
Will Earn You $20,000
Within The Next 20 Days.”

…Or You Can Get Your Money Back!

Now before you dismiss this as sounding “too good to be true”, check out the detail below to get your head around how The 20/20 Challenge will benefit you:

It’s absolutely true. You could realistically haul in $20,000 within just 20 Days!

You’ll be using a tried and tested approach which actually works. I’ll even provide a glimpse of the day by day program at the heart of this system.

The system works from a standing start. No existing product, qualifications or specific skills required. Note: You will want to be computer literate enough to use a computer, create a webpage and understand how to FTP files to commercial server space. In other words, have the first clue about using the internet.

Crazy! Launch your own quality product (without ever having to write or program a single word). Yep, it’s absolutely true and I’ll show you how inside.

This is a self-contained toolkit. It includes absolutely everything you’ll need to succeed. With the only exception being a float of around ten bucks and a domain and webserver space.

Be admired as an expert or “guru” for your work. Sshhh. No need to mention that you didn’t create the product you’re about to sell to great popular acclaim J

Works in just 20 Days even if you only work on it part-time. Plus it’s completely flexible and you can pick and choose when you work on the system.

You can take longer than 20 Days if you prefer and either way you can slot The 20/20 Challenge project around the rest of your life — so there’s no need to feel rushed about achieving your own personal objectives, once you own this toolkit.

Ongoing earnings! Although the system is designed to net you $20,000 within 20 Days (assuming you follow it), there’s nothing which stops the set up from continuing to generate revenue for evermore. Imagine this. An ongoing passive form of income for years to come!

Spend the money as you like! That’s right. I can tell you how to earn the cash. I can even drum up some ideas above about how you might like to spend it. But ultimately the choice about how you spend the money is entirely yours.

Actually earn any amount of money. Yep, that’s right. The 20/20 Challenge targets $20k in 20 Days, but in reality there’s nothing to stop you from earning two or three times that amount using the exact same formula. I have and I’ll show you how to make it happen for you!
Stop Press! Having used the toolkit once to earn your targeted $20k, you can simply use it again to earn another $20k from scratch. Oh, and then you can use it again… and again… and again… and…

Example Of Your Day-By-Day
Cash-Generating Schedule…

Unlike other internet marketing packages which make some vague promises about how you might make some money through your online activities, my 20/20 Challenge toolkit actually gives you a day-by-day program to follow.

Click here to review the full 20 Days schedule.

And while nobody can say precisely where you’ll be on any given day during the program, the table on the left gives a reasonable overview of what you might reasonably expect.

So as you can see, The 20/20 Challenge includes a complete schedule of where you might expect to be with your money-making venture on each on the 20 Days during the program. But what this table doesn’t reveal is that the income generation doesn’t stop at day 20. It just keeps going on and on…

But It Doesn’t Stop At Day 20 -
…Because Your Income Will Continue To Grow!

Just because you’ve reached Day 20 and your $20,000 earnings target, that doesn’t mean that the tap suddenly turns off. Far from it in fact! Perhaps I should explain…

What The 20/20 Challenge does for you is to provide a straightforward approach designed to rake in $20k within 20 Days, but that’s not the end of the story.

Having successfully completed the program everything remains in place and there’s no reason why the sales won’t just keep on coming. In fact my last product called Traffic Czar used The 20/20 Challenge approach and despite the 20 day promotion now being over, I still make ongoing sales. So what you have is an ongoing passive form of income that simply doesn’t stop just because you’ve reached your $20,000 goal.

Actually this couldn’t be easier, but before you go thinking that it’s just too good to be true, check out my real-life example which easily eclipsed the $20k+ target.

And Here’s Yet More Evidence That This Approach
Really Does Work And That You Too Can Bust
Through The $20,000 Target…

In April 2007 I added a new product to my popular ‘How To’ range and called it Traffic Czar.

The product was produced to categorically prove that The 20/20 Challenge system really does work like clockwork. And here are the results…

On the left is a product that I developed and marketed using The 20/20 Challenge system.

That’s right… in just 20 Days, Traffic Czar generated $24,823.00 in pure profit. But then by simply leaving the website up and running that profit-figure continued to grow.

… By Day 37 the toolkit had generated $30,930.00 profit!

And just in case you’re still even just a tiny bit sceptical, I’ve included the full sales data below:

Still want to see even more proof? No problem. You can download my full Excel Sales Spreadsheet here.

“But Won’t I Need My Own Product
To Succeed Online?”

You’re right that virtually every successful online entrepreneur has his or her own product to sell. And The 20/20 Challenge is actually no different.

BUT…

Unlike every other ‘How To’ program, The 20/20 Challenge doesn’t actually require you to personally create your own product. How come?

Well there are literally thousands of sources out there for products which are already complete and just looking for someone to market them. Get this right and you can make money by applying simple marketing techniques.

But before you go imagining that this is therefore some kind of affiliate marketing opportunity… stop right there!

It’s not…

With this toolkit you will own and promote your very OWN product, because that’s the only way to make real money online. It’s just that you won’t have to create it yourself!

I’ll Show You Where To Get Your Own
Products, Without Ever Having To Write A Word
Or Learn A Single Line Of Programming Code!

That’s right… someone else will actually do the work for you. In fact incredibly they’ve already done that work in advance and the package that’s going to earn you $20k in 20 Days is already sitting waiting for you!

So now all you need to do is turn up, choose which product you’d like to market, make it your own by branding it as yours (don’t worry, I provide full detailed instructions about how to do this) and then market your own product to a ready-and-waiting marketplace!

It really couldn’t be easier.

But before you go imagining that this is all too good to be true, just remember that this is precisely the route that I’ve already taken and proven with my own Traffic Czar toolkit. The bottom line is that this approach works as the evidence above proves.

So how is it done?

Well nowadays there’s an abundance of bright and intelligent writers and programmers out there who spend all their time generating impressive scripts, source code, software and books.

Typically these clever people might be in Eastern Europe and beyond.

They spend their time developing these first-class resources, but typically then never actually get around to marketing the products. Instead they allow their work to be rebranded via what’s known as Private Label Rights and generally that’s the last anyone sees or hears of their truly excellent work.

Now since they’ve lost interest in the project, you have the opportunity to pick up where they left off. By using Private Label Rights (or PLR) resources and combining them with a rebranding approach that I’ve devised, plus some great marketing that I’ll show you, you can take what might otherwise be mistaken as apparently worthless products and turn them into huge money-spinners. And I mean really BIG!

The result… you can earn $20,000 (or more) in as little as 20 Days!

“But Won’t Buying The Full Rights
Cost Me An Absolute Fortune?”

No. Far from it when you know where to look. In fact it’s likely to cost you as little as $1.99 and almost never more than 5 bucks or so to own the kind of high-quality products you need in order to earn over $20,000 in just 20 Days. Now how about that for ROI?

And remember. You’re not going to have to write a word or program a single line of code for yourself, but you will need to take the raw product and have it branded as yours.

If you’re fairly computer literate then you might choose to carry out the rebrand yourself. If not (and this is the option that I prefer and use), then you’ll have someone else rebrand the product for you. But don’t worry about that because I’ll provide you with the full detailed instructions and show you precisely how to go about making a 2 buck purchase into a $20,000 mini-fortune!

The 20/20 Challenge Contains A Simple
Day-By-Day Approach To Making Money

Because you’ll want to make your $20,000 by the end of the 20 day program, I’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure your personal success and detailed the entire program.

On the left you can see a copy of The 20/20 Challenge program which comes with this toolkit and details precisely what should be happening on a day-to-day basis (by the way — the right hand column keeps your running accumulative total).

But perhaps the most exciting thing about this program is that it is a part-time program, designed to fit around your busy lifestyle. If you want to take longer than 20 Days to complete the program then that’s fine. But even if you work to just 20 Days, most of the time it still isn’t full time work (not even close in fact). So this will fit around your existing work and life.

Here’s What You’ll Get With
The 20/20 Challenge Toolkit System

The chances are that by now you’d like to know exactly what to expect from this unique toolkit, so here’s where I’m going to let you get a glimpse of the inside track.

The most important thing to know is that with The 20/20 Challenge you won’t be expected to make large additional investments or purchases after you’ve got your hands on this toolkit. In other words, this is not a ‘sellathon’ for other products that you’ll require to succeed. There’s no big so called ‘back-end’ sale. I’m including everything you need in the toolkit itself.

In fact I’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that you’ll get everything you need to succeed with this package. However, you should be aware that you’ll need a couple of inexpensive additions including a domain name, some commercial webspace and a few dollars in change to buy some carefully chosen Private Label Rights (PLR) products — I’ll show you where to find them for as little as 2 bucks! — and possibly some money to spend with a service like Elance or similar (don’t worry I explain this in great detail and you might actually handle this part yourself). If you do go down the Elance route (which is what I did), then you could expect an additional cost of around $30 to $50 probably for a number of products rebranded ($50 bought me 5 excellent rebrands done for example).

I hope that you’ll agree with me that none of these investments is out of kilter with earning $20,000+ online within just 20 Days. But if you’d prefer not to invest anything at all in your future, then click away right now!

Ah, you’re still here, so let’s take a look at what I’ll be showing you inside The 20/20 Challenge Toolkit.

The complete step-by-step instructions detailing the exact system that I personally used to rake in over $30,900+ in just 37 days. With this information in hand, there’s really no reason why you can’t do the same.

Discover how owning your own product is crucial to your own internet marketing success. But…

… Find out how to own your quality, in-demand, product WITHOUT the need to create it yourself from scratch.

Become the rightful owner of *hot*, must-have, products that will have the public biting off your hand to own.

Discover how to construct sales letters that have people pulling out their credit cards when they’re barely one-third of the way down the page. That’s right, all the little tips and tricks that no one else bothered to tell you about (or perhaps they don’t know either).

Find out how to market your product in advance of its completion using a pre-release technique which is so powerful that it’s netted hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past couple of years. And yet barely anyone is using this approach. You will and you’ll benefit — guaranteed!

Revealed: How to vacuum up Joint Venture partners to the point where you’re virtually having to fight them off. I mean it. You’ll be able to pick and choose who you work with and on what terms.

Attract affiliate marketers to your product and receive a secondary boost as your sales accelerate through the roof and off the chart.
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Experience the eye-watering phenomenon of daily sales levels that you may never have experienced before online. It’s all do’able because of the unique combination of The 20/20 Challenge approach, not found in any other known online product!

Experience how this system shows you how to automate your online business like never before. As part of your 20 day challenge you’ll be leveraging partners from around the globe for your product and your sales drive. And don’t worry, I show you how to do it all in step-by-step chunks. This really is almost child’s play!

Discover how simple pointer emails from you can quickly and easily multiply up your income with alarming efficiency.

Find out how deadlines sell and then use this information to your own advantage by ramping up your sales and income during the final 72 hour of the 20 day period.

Delight in building a range of products that goes well beyond the $20k in 20 Days target and carries on providing you with passive income forevermore!

Now you’ve learned the ropes, making your first $20,000 in 20 Days, just repeat as frequently as you like.

So What Have You Got To Lose?

Let’s face it. An opportunity to earn $20,000 in 20 Days doesn’t come along very often (perhaps never again in your lifetime) and as you sit there reading this you have two options:

1
Ignore this by clicking away to the next website. Result? You definitely won’t make $20,000 through this program in the 20 Days after you get your hands on the toolkit.

2
Take positive action and find out whether you’re still in time to own a copy of this strictly limited availability 20/20 Challenge package.

And the crazy reality of the situation is that as of this moment, you have absolutely nothing to lose by giving this a go!

That’s because the system is 100% guaranteed and if you decide that it doesn’t work for you, well then that’s your decision and judgement, not mine. I won’t be asking you for evidence or proof as to what really happened. In fact I’m prepared to make this straightforward pledge and put it here in black and white for you:

But This Sounds So Simple That There’s
Got To Be A Catch — Will I Be Able To Afford
The 20/20 Challenge Toolkit?

First of all you need to understand that just like anything else in life, this program isn’t going to work for you if you simply pick up a copy and then leave it lying there. Ownership alone isn’t going to make you money!

But what makes The 20/20 Challenge such a remarkable package is that if you’re successful in getting hold of a copy and you simply follow the day-by-day instructions, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to replicate the success that others are having and make at least $20,000 in 20 Days.

So how much should a package like this cost?

Well we know the potential income is $20,000, but that’s only over 20 Days and there are two other factors we need to bear in mind.

1
As you’ve seen from my actual profit example above, this approach will continue to earn you money after 20 Days (it earned me $30,930 in 37 Days for example) and so the value of the toolkit is obviously greater than $20k.

2
Having earned your first $20k, there’s absolutely nothing to stop you from using The 20/20 Challenge toolkit again… and again… In fact you can keep rolling this program out each month, making the total potential income $20,000 x 12 months or $240,000 from this incredible program!

So here it is…

If you put this toolkit to work then you could repeat the system every month for the next year and potentially net nearly $1/4 million.
Now this isn’t an earnings guarantee and you should read the earnings disclaimer. But that said, we know that this system works because I’ve posted the evidence above. I include day-by-day instructions about every step that you need to take to make the program work for you and on the basis that it could net you a vast fortune this is one set of instructions that must be worth a fair amount.

So what’s a fair price tag for The 20/20 Challenge? Well it’s tempting to sell the system for around $10,000.

That way your Return On Investment would be doubled when you successfully complete the first month of this program and earn $20,000. And in many ways that sounds fair enough.

However, I know that there are some folks out there who simply won’t be able to stump up $10,000 in one go, even though they might be prepared to take the risk. So I’ve contemplated a lower price break…

How about if I cut the purchase price in half and offer this incredible, money-spinning, package for just $5,000? I know that this would mean that many more people would enjoy the benefits of The 20/20 Challenge. And so for a while I’d fixed the price at $5,000. After all, when you set that aside my profit from using the system over just 37 Days, then you’ll see that $5,000 would be great value for money!
My mind was nearly made up with regard to the price point, yet something still continued to play on my mind.

While I know that at $5,000, this toolkit would be worth every penny, I was also pretty certain that this figure would put off some of the very people who I’m most keen to help. So I went back to the drawing board and tried to imagine a price that would allow more people to participate.

How about I charge just 10% of the true $5,000 worth of this toolkit?

That means that you could pick it up for only $500, rather than $5,000. Whoa, now that seems more than fair! Okay, I’ll be giving away a lot of value at a deeply discounted price, but I also understand that some folks won’t be in a position to take the $5k plunge right now, whereas $500 would be plausible.

And that’s it, this toolkit will sell for $497 after the launch offer. That’s a real bargain because as you know the anticipated first 20 Day income is $20,000 and you’ll immediately appreciate the incredible ROI with this toolkit.

So for those who act right this minute (and I mean today Wednesday September 12, 2012Monday September 10, 2012 ), I have an extra-special treat in store.

If you go ahead and order your own copy right this minute, then I’m going to let you have the entire 20/20 Challenge toolkit at half price!

Yes that’s right, rather than paying $497, you’ll pay just $247. But you’ll still receive everything that you’ve just been reading about, plus an incredible extra bonus below, as a reward for acting during this post-launch period.

How come I’m making this one-off offer to you?

Simple. You’ll notice that although I’ve posted my own compelling proof of success on this website (see right hand graphic), but what I want is a few individuals to provide me with their own testimonials once they’ve put this toolkit to good use. So what I’m prepared to do during this post-launch period is let a small number of people get hold of a copy at half-price in return for a testimonial once you’ve encountered the success I’ve been telling you all about.
Here’s my actual Excel Spreadsheet with all the details.

Although I’d appreciate a testimonial, there’s no absolute requirement to provide one. That’s because I want it to come from your heart and as a launch owner you’ll still enjoy all the benefits of the toolkit, plus this very special bonus which won’t automatically be available to full-price purchasers later on.

Act Today Wednesday September 12, 2012Monday September 10, 2012 And I’ll Throw In 10 Products
That You Can Rebrand And Sell Immediately!

That’s right. In addition to getting your hands on this groundbreaking toolkit at 50% discount (only during this post-launch period), I’ll also throw in 10 products that you can immediately take, rebrand and sell as your very own!

Yes, it really is that simple because with the The 20/20 Challenge toolkit, I’ll show you how to earn $20,000 in just 20 Days by taking ownership of a single product, branding it as your own and marketing it. So now imagine what you could do if you actually owned 10 products to use right off the bat!

Remember the system I’m about to teach you enables you to go out and find literally thousands of potential products to take, rebrand and sell. But what I’m about to do here is take away the work and provide you with 10 suitable products, ready to use to make you rich.
But remember, this is a bonus that I’m providing during this launch period and in addition to the 50% discount. It represents an astonishing deal that will be gone if you walk away now. So pick up your copy right away.

Let’s Quickly Recap On Exactly
What’s Included In This Incredible Package

You’ll get everything that you’ll need to succeed with your 20/20 Challenge!

That’s right. You’ll receive The 20/20 Challenge toolkit which includes the valuable owner’s manual, packed with all the detail you need including every single step that you must take to ensure that you achieve your money-making $20k target.

You’ll receive access to The 20/20 Challenge Client Only Forum where help, support and comradeship; even split down into assistance on a day-by-day basis will be available. And you’ll get your own 20 day marketing challenge schedule to keep on your desk or pin on your wall to help you follow the straightforward step-by-step guidance.

Then as a special bonus you’ll also receive 10 ready-to-be-rebranded products, each of which are individually capable of earning you your $20,000 target!

And as a special thank you for acting right away, I’m throwing in yet another secret bonus, which you’ll find out about once you’ve completed your purchase.

Don’t Miss The Boat –
Book Your Copy Right This Minute!

The sad fact is that, much as I’d like to, I can’t allow everyone who would like a copy to get their hands on the remarkable 20/20 Challenge toolkit.

You see, I don’t believe in spreading my secrets too widely and when a program works as effectively as this one and could genuinely sell for $5,000 to $10,000 a time, I’m simply not prepared to let it get out there at this ultra-low launch price for long.

Copies remaining?

The traffic light indicates whether The 20/20 Challenge is still available to you.

The traffic light currently indicates yellow. This means that copies of The 20/20 Challenge are currently available. However the light can turn red at anytime and then no further orders will be accepted at 1/2 price with the additional bonuses. Click here to order now before the launch offer ends.

I’m keeping a close eye on the copies sold and the traffic light system above indicates how many copies are left and the moment the light turns red, the pre-sale will be withdrawn and you will have completely missed your chance to own a copy.

Act Immediately To Secure Your Copy
By Clicking Here Now

Special Order Notice:
This toolkit has only just been launched meaning that you’ll receive a huge discount for booking your copy now, as well as additional bonuses, including 10 ready-to-rebrand products.

Please note that this toolkit is delivered digitally over the internet. This means that I can provide updates and enhancements without physically reshipping.

(Order now to guarantee access to The 20/20 Challenge Toolkit
at this hugely discounted post-launch price)
Click Here Now To Order Before The Sale Ends

Note: You will be able to get immediate access your The 20/20 Challenge Toolkit

Yours sincerely

Michael Green

P.S. Let’s just do a reality check here as you weigh up your decision as to whether to purchase this The 20/20 Challenge toolkit. If someone walked up to you and offered you the chance to earn $20,000 over just 20 Days and give you your money back if you weren’t successful, shouldn’t you be grabbing the opportunity with both hands? Well that’s precisely what’s on offer here. So please grab it before that traffic light turns red!

P.P.S. Think about this. You have absolutely nothing to lose, and absolutely everything to gain by grabbing a copy of this toolkit while you can. Let’s face it, even if you only make $10,000 over 20 Days, then the chances are you’d find a useful home for all that cash — am I right? But you could make the full $20,000 or even more (I made over $30,900+ in just 37 Days and all I did was to follow my own clearly laid out advice which you’ll find in detail in the The 20/20 Challenge toolkit. Sometimes there are opportunities which are just too good to miss. This is one such occasion. So book your copy now.

Urgent Click Here Now To Order Before The Launch-Sale Ends Or The Traffic Light Below Turns Red!

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UPDATE – Almost forgot this special treat; a sneak peek behind the scenes of the 20/20 challenge, with all content officially approved by Michael ‘power of veto’ Green:

Behind the scenes of Michael Green’s 20 Day Challenge

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UPDATE – Via @AnyaPalmer, a part-archive of ‘Michael Green’ products, and an illuminating audio interview!

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UPDATE (12pm, 12 Oct) – More illuminating data for you, folks. Let’s start with this quote from Grant Shapps:

Before I was in politics, I used to write business publications under the pen name Michael Green” – Grant Shapps

That’s what Grant Shapps said on BBC Question Time last night when confronted with text describing his now-infamous ’20/20 challenge’.

This is not the first time that Grant has claimed or implied that certain HowToCorp products pre-date his activity as an MP, and I have no regrets blowing this outright lie out of the water.

The entire site for the ’20/20 challenge’ only came into being in August 2007, two years after Shapps became an MP, and that is evidenced by the original registration date of the relevant domain name; the2020challenge.com

Domain: the2020challenge.com
Cache Date: 2007-09-10
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Server: whois.godaddy.com
Created: 2007-08-02
Updated: 2007-08-02
Expires: 2009-08-02

Registrant:
HowToCorp
326 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: THE2020CHALLENGE.COM
Created on: 02-Aug-07
Expires on: 02-Aug-09
Last Updated on: 02-Aug-07

Administrative Contact:
Green, Michael michael@howtocorp.com
HowToCorp
326 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
United States
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Technical Contact:
Green, Michael michael@howtocorp.com
HowToCorp
326 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
United States
2069841365 Fax —

Further, when confronted with evidence like this, what Grant likes to do is pretend that his wife has been Michael Green (and/or perhaps ‘Sebastian Fox’) and handling all of the business since 2005.

That’s even easier to refute; here is the unmistakeable voice of Grant Shapps posing as Michael Green in an extended audio interview promoting that same ’20/20 challenge’ that he now pretends was conceived/produced before 2005 (untrue) and/or without his involvement (equally untrue).

Grant Shapps is lying. Grant Shapps is lying shamelessly, and he just did so on national television on a crucial question about his business interests.

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Kelvin MacKenzie and the 1988 ‘Brighton: Town of Shame’ editorial

There is a major discussion pending about collusion between police/authorities and the tabloid element that brazenly exploits and corrupts them. I speak not just of Hillsborough but a variety of instances in recent times (example). However, today you will have to settle for some mere fact-checking from this little black duck.

Last night, hundreds of people were on Twitter discussing the merits (or otherwise) of Kelvin MacKenzie, and this graphic turned up of an editorial allegedly penned by MacKenzie in his capacity as editor of The Sun in 1988*:

scan of alleged Kelvin MacKenzie editorial

I used TinEye to locate this instance of the same graphic/editorial, and it cites a local source (Peter Crisp) who would be entirely likely to keep and distribute material like this.

One might simply ask Kelvin MacKenzie and/or someone at The Sun but I expect they’re all very busy hiding under the bed at the moment, so please drop me a line (email), tweet at me (@bloggerheads) or comment (below/reddit) if you think you can help me to determine the authenticity of this editorial.

(Also, drop me a line if you’ve any word on the alleged second coming of Jesus of Nazareth, especially if you know the venue, as I want to book early for a good seat. If I’m going to heckle, I want to do it from the front row.)

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[*In October 1984 the IRA bombed the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Tory conference with the intention of assassinating then-PM Margaret Thatcher and/or members of her cabinet. The Tory conference returned to Brighton in 1988.]

[Psst! If you’re not in a position to help today, you can still do something nifty on Twitter. Drop @kelvinmackenzie a friendly word; the poor chap’s been widely mistaken for a former editor of a certain barrel-scraping tabloid.]

Grant Shapps is still a sock-puppeting loser

I blogged about Grant Shapps a few years ago. Back then, he sought to silence some serious questions about sock puppetry by claiming his YouTube account was hacked, and his final line in the sand was a claim that the alleged hacking incident was being investigated by YouTube/Google. I asked Grant Shapps about that last night. Here is the question he chose not to answer:

You claimed that Google/YouTube launched an investigation into what you alleged to be the hacking of your YouTube account. Nothing ever came of that. Would you care to explain why, and if you ever reported the matter to police?

During that incident I became aware of Grant Shapp’s wider use of alter egos, including ‘Michael Green’ of howtocorp.com (and howtobouncebackfromrecession.com, howtostartaforum.com, howtomarketwithtwitter.com, etc.) but today I’d really like to know more about his relationship with ‘Chuck Champion’ of howtopickupwomennow.com:

howtopickupwomennow.com

Perhaps Grant Shapps will inform us that the connection is ‘merely’ that howtopickupwomennow.com was one of the advertisers on the site savemysurgery.com, but the design, code and marketing and copy styles are identical to his* other ‘get results quickly without really trying’ scams, and his past behaviour (re: sock-puppetry denials) will count against him.

(*Yes, yes, yes. The paperwork shows the business is now in his wife’s name. But the advertising sales copy still live on many sites declares products to be the work of ‘Michael Green’, a “Member of Parliament”.)

Further, even if Grant Shapps can put a convincing amount of distance between himself and ‘Chuck Champion’, he has some serious questions to answer about site reputations he builds as an MP and then goes on to ‘cash in’ so it can be used as a patch on a two-bit ‘content’ farm where keyword-weighted links are sold for money. Shapps cannot pretend not to know what an online reputation is worth; too many of his products rely on teaching people how to falsify one.

I asked Grant Shapps about that last night. Here is the question he chose not to answer:

Where precisely do you declare the earnings from the keyword-weighted promotional links hosted on savemysurgery.com, and would you care to name any other party-political/campaign websites that you were involved in that went on to be exploited commercially in a similar fashion?

If I weren’t so preoccupied with other matters right now, I’d have a slew of other questions for Grant Shapps to read and ignore, but for now I leave you with this trail of scrummy crumbs in the form of yet another question:

Do you deny authorship of any of the following edits to Wikipedia? (note: each page contains a list)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Historyset
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Hackneymarsh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/217.155.38.72

(Psst! Over to you, Grant. Or Michael. Or Sebastian. Or Chuck. Or whatever your name is today. I’d like us all to be very clear on your view on the use of false identities for commercial and political purposes, just on the off-chance that you’re put in a position where you’re the main point of contact for complaints about sock puppetry from Conservative MPs, fundraisers, activists and what have you. Because I have just such a complaint, and it’s a whopper.)

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UPDATE (12 Sep) – A considerable amount of time has passed since I put these questions to Grant Shapps, and the lack of any denial (while he was quick to produce a receipt proving he had worn a £4 tie) has cost him dearly. I have been very clear about what is indicitive and what is conclusive, but of course when valid questions are dodged, you will find conclusions being drawn regardless. Hell, I’m one of the people who drew my own conclusions after a few days. However, I should point out that Grant Shapps has now very clearly denied any level of involvement in howtopickupwomennow.com and I’m not only willing to accept this, I am also personally satisfied that there is no significance to the delay in his issuing this denial. I am at present seeking further information about savemysurgery.com, and how/why it was turned into a patch on someone’s content farm carrying an keyword-weighted link to ‘Chuck Champion’ and others, so that question stands, but in my view we are no longer in a place when one can fairly ask Shapps if he is/was ‘Chuck Champion’ of howtopickupwomennow.com and/or carry on as if that question stands unanswered. Cheers all.

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Barely-literate passive-aggressive bigot WLTM xenophobic mob. Object: acrimony

I found this letter (embedded below) pinned to the wall of a bus stop shelter in Shalford (Surrey, UK). Further examples have been posted to local community messageboards that are unmarked, suggesting that the ‘pikey’ changes are by someone who agrees with the sentiment, but thinks ‘pikey’ to be a more apt term than ‘gypsy’.

(That said, the repeated/matching error in apostrophe deployment hints at the exciting possibility that this could be the nearest one might hope to get to a signature by the original artist, which would make my sample a collector’s item.)

The myths, distortions and prejudice apparent in this letter from an unknown member of the public remind me of certain campaigning materials local Conservatives have yet to explain (more), and I would dare to suggest the kind of unhealthy outburst apparent in this letter is encouraged by the kind of bigotry and dishonesty that Guildford Conservatives continue to pretend never happens/happened on their watch.

Indeed, some of the serving councillors this open letter targets will know the people/attitudes I speak of and how little they have done to discourage this kind of behaviour and worse from their fellow Conservatives, but I doubt any of them will admit it, even when dealing with the entirely predictable consequences of it.

scan of letter from local bigot

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UPDATE – The incident has now been reported to Surrey Police, who kindly confirmed the appearance of similar notices in other villages, and advised me that Waverley Borough Council were aware.

To: Detective Chief Inspector Steve Vesztrocy, Bedfordshire Police

The following is the full and unedited text of an email sent to the named officer and the media department for Bedfordshire Police in response to their repeated failure/refusal to take action against false allegations made by the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries (and others) against me (and others).

Sir,

I have on multiple occasions requested from Bedfordshire Police the detail of several false, damaging and often downright dangerous allegations made against me, the majority of which have since been proven to be innacurate accounts and gross distortions where they have not been suspected lies if not demonstrable lies. You have shown no interest in any of these findings, despite multiple indicators that you have been lied to by a Member of Parliament who you know damn well has repeatedly gone on to completely misrepresent the outcome of an investigation by your officers for entirely political purposes.

(You even appear unwilling to ask a single question of a third party that would quickly establish that this MP definitely lied to you. An initial failure to ask this question might indicate incompetence; a refusal to ask it stinks of corruption.)

Among the false allegations passed to Bedfordshire Police; fabricated evidence with the obvious intention of give people the false idea that I am clinically psychotic, and a danger to others.

After failing to disclose an instance of this being passed directly to your investigating officer(s) during an investigation, Bedfordshire Police then failed to disclose it again in response to a legitimate subject access request after that investigation, and you now claim that you cannot disclose any detail about its source because of a further investigation.

If this fabricated evidence has any bearing on your current investigation, then why are you not investigating its origins?

If it it not relevant to your current investigation, then on what grounds do you refuse disclosure today?

I believe this evidence has a direct bearing on a current investigation by Surrey Police; it forms part of my complaint, and I would like to know on what grounds you refuse me the data I require to make them fully aware of its significance. This point is epecially important given that Terry Davis appears to have passed it to Surrey Police minus any real context (after making no sincere attempt to determine its origins), and they failed to investigate it as a result.

Like you, Surrey Police also refused to disclose this fabricated evidence to me in response to a subject access request under the Data Protection Act, and had I not pressed the matter, I would never have discovered that Bedfordshire Police were aware of three items of evidence where previously I was only aware of one.

When Terry Davis passed this data to Surrey Police, he said that it was passed to him at the tail end of his investigation; he did not appear to disclose the context in which it was sent, or give any indication about who might have sent it to him. If he did, then Surrey Police have some serious questions to answer about their failure to investigate, but of course I cannot call them on that while you continue to obfuscate.

You should already know the answers to the relevant questions I asked you about this fabricated evidence; I asked them weeks ago. You had no answer then, and today you sound disturbingly like a panicked MP at a certain hustings event.

On that note, I will close by also asking an additional question:

I presented to Terry Davis audio evidence that I specifically advised the Chair of the relevant Flitwick hustings about the broadcast she claimed to have no knowledge of. Can you explain to me why there is no mention of this in the resulting report?

Please be advised that I plan to publish this letter in full at 4pm today if I do not receive a reply that I believe to be earnest and adequate.

Tim Ireland

And so here we are. I got a (one-line) reply, but I do not believe it to be earnest or adequate.

Plus, there’s a bonus punchline; Bedfordshire Police today announced that someone else who made false allegations has been charged with wasting police time and given a fixed penalty notice… but local MP Nadine Dorries has so far got off scot-free. See if you can guess why.

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