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Birther Report back up at Google Blogger

Malware cleared

To his credit, the owner of Birther Report/Obama Release Your Records is not one of the folks who went off half cocked making wild claims about Google shutting down the site for ideological reasons. He admitted that his site had been a vector for malware coming from one of his advertisers. The problem was corrected, and Google Blogger turned his site back on.

What is lacking right now is those annoying popup ads they used to have. Thumbs upThere is an ad, however, and I don’t know if it is intentional or a really cute coincidence:

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The blog owner says that the blog will still be moving, but at least now it can be done in a more orderly fashion and with perhaps less down time. It might be a good idea to do what I do, create a separate status site so that people can get information about outages. I’m assuming that Google Blogger sites are ultra reliable, but when you go out shopping for hosting, particularly budget hosting, there are pitfalls. Also when moving a site, DNS caching can cause weird things to happen.

Now if they could just get rid of some of the verbal malware …

What Happened to BR

In my initial report on Google’s shut-down of Birther Report, I included this from the Google report on the site:

2 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including madadsmedia.com/, burstnet.com/.

It appears that MadAdsMedia, an online supplier of advertising to BR, was itself struck by malware. It’s detailed in an article at Tech Worm, that says that thousands of websites were blocked by Google Safe Browsing as a result. OCConenct.com, for example is returning the Google warning as of this writing.

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MadAdsMedia contacted affected web sites, and so BR knows what’s going on. All BR has to do is to request that Google review their site, now that MadAdsMedia has fixed their problem. So why is BR moving to a new host anyway? Perhaps because this isn’t the first time Birther Report has run into conflict with Google terms of service. Comments appearing at various web sites (see link below) as coming from the BR owner says that in October 2013, Google shut off AdSense advertising at BR for violating its terms by “targeting individuals.” This latest seems to be the straw that goaded the camel to get moving on finally moving the BR site to a host with less restrictive policies.

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Obots amok!

Oh wow! Birther Report’s off the air! Now I can do whatever I want! I can say whatever I want! Wow, just wow! There’s no one left to check Obot excesses (Orly doesn’t count). Shout gleefully! Sing! Obots, run amok!

T-shirt saying "AMOK" divided in two lines

You know what my first major project in this BR-free environment will be? I’m going to work on the porch screens.

Birthers share a number of delusions, first among which is that anything they do really matters. Does anyone in their right mind think that the 227th lawsuit is going to go any differently that its predecessors? A corollary oft heard at Birther Report is that Obots are anxious, even scared, of what Mike Zullo is going to reveal in March. All Zullo is going to reveal in March is more proof that he and his investigation is a fraud. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is the least bit anxious over anything Mike Zullo is going to do. This Obot has a clean conscience. There is a reason why birthers lose all their lawsuits, a reason why Obama got re-elected, a reason why the mainstream media ignores them, and a reason why US Attorneys won’t touch their complaints: they are all meritless, and nothing they do can change that.

Indeed, rather than an opportunity, BR’s hiatus is a problem. There’s no one-stop shopping place for a marginally obscene and fully outrageous comments for the Quote of the Day. There’s one less source for something to poke fun at. Obot tabloids will have do go without some of their most zany and sensational stories.

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I do have one serious concern. If Birther Report moves away from Google Blogger, it becomes even more likely that they will become a dangerous site to visit in terms of malware.

BR lite

There is speculation that Birther Report, possibly the number 1 birther web site, is run by an English-born, Canadian raised, California resident named Gary Wilmott. I haven’t said much about him before, although he’s been busy in many birther activities such participating in a ballot challenge in California, attending court hearings (and calling Obots “assholes”), was one of the feature speakers at the canceled Birther Summit, and was a board member of the Article II Super PAC (an anti-Obama-eligibility political committee that raised about $34,000 in the last election cycle).

Now, Wilmott’s own blog Give Us Liberty 1776 announces that Birther Report content may be appearing there while BR is down for scrubbing. Gary’s blog also appears on Google’s free Blogger service. Can we all go “hmmm”?

Update:

In the few hours since this article was published, the commenting policy at Wilmott’s blog was changed so that only members of the blog can post there. Comments by Foggy left yesterday, suggesting that Wilmott runs BR, were scrubbed.

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Birther Report attacks!

I haven’t seen one of these in ages:

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It comes from Google through an automatic safety check in the Firefox Browser. I clicked the “Why?” button and the issue was malicious software:

Of the 237 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 28 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2014-02-08, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2014-02-08.

Malicious software is hosted on 1 domain(s), including deore-medias.org/.

2 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including madadsmedia.com/, burstnet.com/.

This site was hosted on 2 network(s) including AS15169 (GOOGLE), AS26496 (26496-GO-DADDY-COM-LLC).

It gets more interesting:

Over the past 90 days, birtherreport.com appeared to function as an intermediary for the infection of 8 site(s) including obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/, obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.ca/, obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.co.uk/.

Is this part of the rumored birther IP honey trap project? Probably it’s related to all of that third-party advertising they include, or maybe they got hacked.

Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari are less informative:

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I presume that being an intermediary for attacking browsers is the  immediate cause of the violation, and if that is the case, they will get it fixed and be back up sooner or later; however, there are other possible violations of the Blogger content policy.

The most obvious violation is the pop-up advertising in violation of:

Malware and viruses: Do not create blogs that transmit viruses, cause pop-ups, attempt to install software without the reader’s consent, or otherwise impact readers with malicious code. This is strictly forbidden on Blogger.

A more substantive problem is:

Hate Speech: We want you to use Blogger to express your opinions, even very controversial ones. But, don’t cross the line by publishing hate speech. By this, we mean content that promotes hate or violence towards groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. For example, don’t write a blog saying that members of Race X are criminals or advocating violence against followers of Religion Y.

What is interesting is that Charles Kerchner, claiming to have talked to the anonymous Birther Report owner, says that they are moving the site to a new host:

I have spoken today with the owner of the BirtherReport.com and he tells me to tell my readers to bookmark that URL and that the site should be back up in a couple days on another venue.  He asks you to be patient.   Also if you can, please do consider making a donation … to help the owner cover the out of pocket cash costs to make the transition to the new servers management location.

Funny, I don’t recall ever having any out of pocket costs moving between hosts, but then again I always did it myself.

Kerchner, of course, blames it all on Obama: “This smells politically motivated to me.” He goes on to say:

Since Oct 2008 I have seen numerous sites using the Google Blogger platform to post information unfavorable to Obama taken down by Google with allegations of violations of TOS but sites favorable to Obama are left alone.  And from what I hear, when the owner tries to find out what the exact specific problem is they are told to read the legalese TOS and it is all explained therein.

I hadn’t noticed that, but then I wasn’t looking for it. Kerchner thinks Klayman should file a class-action lawsuit against Google on behalf of “conservatives and constitutionalists” that Google hasn’t treated fairly. Why does Google have to treat anyone fairly? Is Fox News fair and balanced?

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A titter from Birther Report

I got a laugh over at Birther Report. They have this article titled: “Must Hear: CSU Criminology Professor Dissects Obama’s Manufactured Background.” It’s about an associate professor of criminology at California State University Fresno named Jason Kissner who went on the Peter Boyles talk radio program to spin some theories about Obama’s early life. Kissner also wrote a somewhat similar article for The American Thinker last May. Here’s a bit from the Boyles show to give you the flavor of what he was saying:

She’s [Loretta Fuddy] associated with this Subud1 cult which was rooted in Indonesia and subsequently spread to places like Hawaii in the 1960′s, and interestingly enough, it’s also tied to Chicago…. … Three locations that have been connected to Obama’s life, clearly, in a very pronounced way. Then you find that Ann Soetoro also has connections with this cult….

The commenters at Birther Report are skeptical, saying things like:

… absolutely no evidence

What’s his proof?

What is funny is that these skeptical remarks aren’t directed to his really far out conspiracy theories, but rather at his opening comment:

I do think he [Obama] was born in Hawaii.

:roll:


1The Subud spiritual movement is said to have about 10,000 members worldwide.

One cannot fail to notice the striking similarity between the symbol for the “seven circles” of Subud, and the Obama campaign logo.