I have been spending a great deal of time at Birther Report™ lately, commenting, but mainly looking at others’ comments over the past 5 weeks. I don’t mean to say that I have read all of them—that would a huge task, and a lot to stomach. It is an active site with several “new” articles daily.
Birther Report carries advertising and I presume that they get enough advertising revenue to make it important to them. Advertising revenue runs on traffic, and I believe that comments are a big driver of their traffic, and I suspect that one of the reasons that they let me post there is because I get a lot of responses when I post; however, my recent sojourn has taught me that I had a false impression of what they allow at BR, thinking that I was the token Obot, when in fact there are several reasonable, fact-based commenters there who take exception to the birther line and some seem to get their piece said without being deleted. At least one name you would recognize, and several others I haven’t a clue about. I won’t post names so as not to generate publicity that might jeopardize their status.
I got one reply today from SirenDrake that I have made the Quote of the Day. It said:
If you, Foggy, and your cohorts would shut up and go away, this site would be a model for intelligent, civilized debate and discussion.
I suppose that if they could say whatever the wanted, no matter how wrong, without challenge, then the site would be a mutual admiration society, but there is internal disagreement among the usual crew over there, for example between the Sandy Hook False Flag advocates and those who don’t agree with it, and it is not a “model for intelligent, civilized debate and discussion” whether there are “Obots” in the discussion or not. For them, disagreement gets personal; as one said to me: “You need to hang.”
I have come across comments about “Scott” (SKB1978) and “Alycia” that keep appearing and I finally saw more substantive posts on that. The poster Falcon has some vendetta going about some woman that he seems to be stalking and threatening. I won’t repeat her full name, but Falcon does. He thinks that someone posting as RewriteOurWorld is this Scott person, maybe her, and me, and RC and who knows who else. Just for the record, I do not have any identities at BR except Dr. Conspiracy and that has been true for as long as I can remember. Scott starts at a huge disadvantage because he opposes 9/11 truthers. Falcon went ape dip when someone found a comment he made about RewriteOurWorld at another web site and mentioned it at BR. Falcon clearly didn’t want the name of that site known! The comment itself appears to have been deleted. The whole business is pretty nasty, but not my problem.
While I was searching for something, I stumbled across this remarkable autobiographical comment from Falcon at BR:
I never even got an allowance – I worked in my family’s furniture factory every day after school for 50 cent an hour and got a raise to a dollar when I was nine. I was the only nine year old that had 50 bucks a week but that went to buying my clothes, which got worn out working in the furniture factory.
Thanks to my grandfather – and the risk he took – I had a job. My sister delivered newpapers at 4 am. Allowance – that’s for pussys.
Despite Falcon’s stalking of others, he himself seems deeply paranoid about who is looking at his Intense Debate profile, more than once posting images of it like the one at the right, highlighting his visitors. I think folks visit his profile to just pull his chain. That avatar on the left is for what I think is a relatively new commenter at BR, GerbilFalcon. The image is Mike Zullo behind bars, and I don’t know GerbilFalcon is.
One other thing I have noticed going through comments sequentially is that there are a very large number of comments from people who comment only once, or very infrequently. Some have similar names, like: Mortie, Morty, Maria, Marie, Margie, Marsha, and Melanie—all single names, all starting with “m” and many having comments with a very similar format—short text plus a hyperlink. I think they are sock puppets for someone, and probably just a few out of many. I believe that an Intense Debate admin can view the email and IP address of their commenters, based on a personal anecdote I heard and this from the Intense Debate site: On IntenseDebate, you can automatically flag comments for moderation if they contain a keyword, or are submitted by a specific commenter based on their email address or IP address. If that is the case, then I suppose that the owner of Birther Report knows about all the sock puppets and choses to tolerate them.
Meanwhile, Barry Soetoro, ESQ, has gone utterly wild pasting pictures of what may be Scott (I think from an Intense Debate profile) and me with the occasional Foggy onto all manner of lurid images, including penis costumes and scenes with gerbils. DARPA seems to be a big theme of late too:
Finally, it is possible to read comments, including ones deleted by site owners, through their Intense Debate profile (here’s mine) that crosses all sites where someone posts under the same profile. What is totally maddening with Birther Report is that the Intense Debate profile comments link to the original comment, but these links rarely get even to the correct article at Birther Report, much less to the comment. When the number of replies gets large, all of the nested replies get folded under so you cannot use a browser page search to find a comment without painstakingly expanded each nested group. It is a royal pain to try to find anything in comments on that site, through Intense Debate or through Google. I think most of the BR content, at least comments, is not even indexed by Google. Note: the content between the sister sites BirtherReport.com and ObamaReleaseYourRecords.Blogspot.com is not in sync and you may find information on one, but not the other. I think the dividing point was November 22, 2014, with newer comment at BR and older at ORYR.
It’s difficult for me to keep up with so many personalities at one time, and keep any nuanced view of their personalities, but I know more than I used to.
I learned one trick that’s useful in finding old BR content. You can enter a URL like this
To get a list of articles within a specific time range