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Leaking the birthers

I offer this article as a curiosity.

I first came across the name “Stratfor” at a web site called Dazzlepod on one of its pages talking about security breaches at web sites, including Stratfor, Forbes Magazine, YouPorn and MilitarySingles.com.  I came across it again today at Wikileaks who say:

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.

imageThe hacking group Anonymous claims to have provided the emails to Wikileaks. That would seem to be something a good conspiracy theorist or investigative journalist could sink their teeth into; however, what got me to the Wikileaks site was not “Stratfor,” but rather a birther’s email address that happened to be among published Stratfor emails.  Today is not the first time a birther has taken me to Stratfor’s breached data .

The particular leaked email I hit has no content shown, but only a subject heading “[Analytical & Intelligence Comments] 911 COVER-UP ???” on the email from our birther who once posted here as “END the FED” and under another name at Fellowship of the Minds.

There’s nothing really sinister about anyone appearing in the Stratfor disclosure because they sell email reports and Stratfor claims that all that got hacked was a list of their news subscribers. The data breach at Stratfor is covered at the Wikipedia, which describes the breach as consisting of an alleged 200 gigabytes of data including plain text credit card numbers.

Fellowship of the Minds

Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM), hosted at WordPress.com,  is a large and active blog covering a range of political, religious and conspiracy topics. While the site has been on my “Bad” list probably since its inception, I haven’t paid much attention to it either on my blog or in person. Ignoring FOTM is probably a mistake as they appear to have more commenters (over 3,000) than Birther Report and they have proffered some conspiracy theories I didn’t know about, and could have covered.

The blog appears to be run by the character Dr. Eowyn (who also posts at Birther Report as Eowyn and claims to be a “full professor” of something), and it has a strong direction in its editorial choices. Here are some major topical areas:

  • False Flags – Articles suggesting that the Sandy Hook and Charlie Hebedo shootings were staged, along with the Boston Marathon bombing
  • Gays – Called “Sodomites” on the site
  • Muslims – “There is no moderate Islam”
  • Illegal immigration – “Dictator Obama to wait until after Mid-Terms to release invading horde into America.”
  • Government corruption and American Decay – Government, Abortion, Education
  • Police state – suggesting “Gestapo” tactics by school boards, gun control, New World Order.

If one could pick out one subject in this massive collection of articles, President Obama would certainly be one with, or close to, the largest coverage. It is replete with mean-spirited and demeaning commentary about the president, on occasion calling him “President Lucifer.” As an example of gratuitous mean spiritedness, I cite the article titled: “Obama, smartest man & father of 2, cannot pronounce OB/GYN.”

My blog focuses on Obama conspiracy theories and we are not disappointed by articles such as this small sampling:

  • GOP Congressman: ‘We all know’ Obama’s birth certificate is a fake.
  • World Tribune calls Obama’s birth certificate ‘100% forgery’
  • Obama’s birth certificate is definitely a fake and a threat to national security
  • Obama’s lawyer admits his  birth certificate is a forgery.
  • African Press International says it has Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate
  • Retired CIA agents say Obama’s birth certificate is a fake
  • San Diego students disinvite Obama because of phony birth certificate
  • Proof that Obama’s birth certificate is fake – It’s the paper, stupid
  • Judge in Lakin court martial makes defense impossible
  • Kenyan official says Obama born in Kenya
  • NPR says Obama born in Kenya
  • World Bank whistleblower says Michelle Obama is being blackmailed, caught in honey trap
  • Republicans dither while Obama and Mexico conspire in invasion of illegals
  • Joan Rivers: We all know Obama is gay and Michelle is a tranny
  • Washington Times full-page ad on Obama’s forged Selective Service registration

imageI should point out that I could have published articles with many of these same titles. The difference is that I would have tried to put them in context, or to debunk them if appropriate. I wouldn’t have put them forward favorably, nor would I have found pleasure in what they represent. I try to be fair at the same time as being critical; I don’t think Dr. Eowyn is trying to be fair.

While Dr. Eowyn uses the avatar of an angel, I do not find a heavenly theme appropriate. Dr. Eowyn seems to find pleasure (or at least validation) in everything that Obama does wrong, or even when a fringe source claims he does something wrong. There is nothing patriotic, virtuous or constructive that comes from spinning the truth into something worse than it is, or finding joy in the discomfit of others.

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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