Backing Blair – first DoS attack?

The Backing Blair site has been down for the last 30 minutes following a complaint to our providers. We’re just now trying to find out more about the nature of the complaint, but it’s unlikely to be legitimate.

Here’s a legal titbit for you while you wait (from this PDF): 4.18 It is important to make clear the distinction between cyber-squatting and spoof websites in the political context. Cyber-squatting might be defined as the malicious registration of internet domain names for financial or, in some cases, political gain. Spoof websites, on the other hand, generally make no pretence to deceive electors and typically include humorous or more general critical analysis and comment. Given the importance of freedom of speech within a fair campaign environment, we do not consider that spoof websites, where clearly identified as such, are intrinsically damaging to the campaign environment.

UPDATE – This is a genuine stroke of genius and this kind of noise from Milburn does not surprise me one jot.

UPDATE – The complaint was made with regards to the London Underground song and refers to “excessive use of possibly copyrighted material.” Excessive use? It’s either in violation of copyright or it’s not, surely? Backing Blair should be back with you shortly. We will try to identify where the complaint originated.

Incidentally, before this (ahem) landmark moment, the Flash video for the London Underground song reached over a quarter of a million individual web users. In two weeks.

UPDATE – The most recent update has been posted to the Backing Blair site.








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Portugal campaign blogs

I’ve been advised by Rui that there is a election in Portugal on the 20th of this month and almost every leader of a major party has a weblog:

Jeronimo de Sousa – comuniste party
Jose Socrates – socialist party
Paulo Portas – wright party
Pedro Santana Lopes – social democrat party

I can’t read Portugese, but these appear to be very much campaign-driven (as opposed to communication-driven). Only this blog allows comments on some posts.








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One swept over, the other swept under

The World Press Photo Of The Year 2004 is likely to be seen by many more people than the World Press Photo Of The Year 2003.

I’m sure you can work out why.








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The Valentines Day massager

OK, we’re officially in campaign season.

The starting gun won’t be fired until early April, but Labour’s launch of their vacuous pledges and Blair’s helicopter dash make it clear that the race has already begun.

There have been a number of concerns raised about the Backing Blair campaign. Well, three to be exact…

1. Our aims need to be clearer from the main page onwards.

That’s true. A change to the intro text is being made today.

2. Can’t we work instead to improve the system that has let us down so badly?

In the next 8 weeks? Unlikely. Let me put it this way: we’d just love to make some improvements to our home, but we thought we might extinguish the fire in the kitchen first.

3. You want me to vote Tory? F**k off!

Good to see that people are so angry and disturbed by Blair’s leadership that they’re willing to give him a jolly good slap. Well, perhaps not a slap. Maybe a bit of a ticking off. Or perhaps a polite letter. Perhaps we’d best not mention it and carry on as if nothing is happening. Maybe if we give him one more chance…

We’ve added a major post to the blog and incorporated a link to it into the aforementioned intro text. You can read that post here…

Tories and terrorism.








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Bloody brilliant cartoons

These will cheer you up no end.

This is the best thing ever.

[edit – site was moved, links have been updated.]








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Man to marry horse: film at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

Glorious front page on the Independent today. Here’s a round-up. How brave of Tony to appear on the hard-hitting show Richard and Judy. How pleasant that Bush tried to suppress the pre-9/11 report into al-Qaeda. Ooh, look… nukes!

Oh, did you miss that bit about the Bush administration opening a torture franchise? You did? Then you may also have missed the ID cards bill slipping through the Commons yesterday (for the record, Blair knew about the Charles/Camilla announcement at least 5 days in advance).

Y’see, it’s all about Teh War on Terrerer. We take it very seriously. And we don’t mismanage matters, lie about it and then manipulate the threat. That would be a very silly thing to do.

Oh, that chap who’s marrying a horse… I know you’re dying to know what the girl with the tits thinks about it.

Today, Danni (18, from Coventry) has been closely following news of Charles and Camilla’s wedding. She says: “They really seem to be in love and it’s great that they’ve made this decision. Camilla is certainly not a princess like Diana but I’m sure everyone will warm to her.”

Yes. Quite.

I got home last night planning to have my first 8+ hours of sleep in a over a week. It didn’t happen. I have a new song in my head. Chicken Yoghurt gets credit for partially inspiring it. BTW, this is a mighty fine post about vague numbers of very dead people. We wouldn’t claim to be invading Iraq for humanitarian reasons and then fiddle/hide the number of civilian casualties. That wouldn’t be too clever at all.

Send me more money you cheap bastards! The major parties are booking up ad-space like there’s no tomorrow. If you want to see giant Backing Blair billboards then you should be sending me money today and telling other people to do the same.

Lots of linky goodness over at Washinton Monthly today. Go see.

PS – Don’t forget to send me money.








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B3ta ad auction ends tonight

Only about 8 hours to go on B3ta’s landmark advertising auction and the bidding has just gone a nudge over 200 squid.

UPDATE – Winning bid 404.90. Pity. I thought they’d crack a grand at least.








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Ask Tony Blair a Question

I love that they chose today to launch this. And I have a special question or two that you may wish to ask him yourself.

:o)








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Backing Blair launches

We’re good to go:

Backing Blair

Take a few moments to enjoy our first campaign ad and then come back here when you’re ready.

(waits)

OK. Initially, I want 3 things from you. It’s up to you how much you give.

1. I want some prime real estate on your website. I want you to use the link tools to drive as much traffic our way as you can.

London Underground: The Song2. I want your money. I want you to donate money via Paypal today if you can (we’ll be accepting cheques from next week if all goes well). The money will be spent on things like these mobile billboards that have built-in PA systems that will allow us to spout wonderfully skewed ‘pro’-Blair propaganda like:

“A vote for Tony Blair protects you from the terrorist threat.”
and
“Eat more sausages. Sausages are an inexpensive source of protein.”

Fun fun fun fun fun.

:o)

3. I want you to get involved. I want you to join or form a group and do stuff. Then I want you to document it, photograph it, video it and publish/blog it.

I want you and your readers excited, I want you and your readers revved up, and I want you and your readers entertained.

And what you see at Backing Blair is just the start, BTW. We have some fanatasic material in reserve.

Regulars of Bloggerheads may enjoy the opening shots on the Backing Blair weblog. We’ve begun with an email to Tony Blair for reasons that I think should be obvious.

We’ve also identified 92 serving MPs with the title ‘mp’ in their domain name. All of these people will have to move house as soon as the election is called. The list includes Michael Howard, Charles Clarke, and many MPs who have played significant roles in information technology, so really should know better.

I repeat: fun fun fun fun fun.

Let’s go show the professionals how Teh Interwebs works. Let’s make this an election where grass-roots campaigning plays a major role. Let’s get some important issues on the agenda. Let’s get some intelligent debate started.

Let’s. Get. Tony.

UPDATES:
Launch post at The UK Today
Reactions to the launch at B3ta.com
A stand-out post of support at Chicken Yoghurt
A bit of discussion going on here








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Backing Blair should launch tomorrow

Here’s a quick link-dump to keep you busy:
http://businesslogs.com/advertising/dont_make_me_create_a_fake_blog_category.php
http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/
http://www.123games.dk/game/carrace/canuckrally/rally_eng.php
http://www.bleacheatingfreaks.com/science/OB/micromine/
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6
http://www.juancole.com/2005/02/goldberg-v.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6490-2005Feb7.html
http://www.nysun.com/article/8866
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/02/02/iraq.oil.smuggle/
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/libdems/story/0,9061,1408779,00.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,3605,1408622,00.html








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