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[Update: Blog is open again] Google Shuts Down Popular Blogger John Hempton After Publishing Controv
The Business Insider ^ | 1/3/10 | Joe Weisenthal

Posted on 01/03/2010 8:40:10 PM PST by FromLori

Update: Hempton's blog is now back.

Original post: On January 2nd, financial blogger extaordinaire John Hempton published a long post with the inflammatory title: "A dark privatised social security story: Astarra, the missing money and how examining a fund manager owned by Joe Biden’s family led to substantial regulatory action in Australia."

I can read it right now in my Google reader, but if you want check it out, you're out of luck.

Suddenly Hempton's blog -- which uses Google's blog platform Blogger -- is labeled as spam and unavailable.

The discovery was made by Felix Salmon, who suspects that someone wants to silence Hempton, and is using Google's report spam feature to silence Hempton's blog.

Whatever the reason is, it's embarrassing that a blog like Hempton's can so easily get snagged, particularly considering the quality of its content and the multitude of inbound links from high profile sites, as Salmon notes.

Hopefully this will be corrected soon, but for an average person, it's not always easy to rectify Google's mistakes.

This is another risk of using Google's cloud -- something we recently discovered when our email was hacked -- and if you're a blogger who publishes content that may make people angry, it's probably worth getting your own domain and hosting setup.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blogger; freedomofspeech; google
Google no surprise they backed BO
1 posted on 01/03/2010 8:40:11 PM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

The url works; the blog is available. ( http://brontecapital.blogspot.com )


2 posted on 01/03/2010 8:48:56 PM PST by Tax Government (Democrats: dealers in economic crack.)
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To: FromLori
... it's embarrassing that a blog like Hempton's can so easily get snagged, ...

I don't understand why anyone who thinks they have anything important to say, and that would be just about everyone writing on the 'net, would use google, you tube, ebay or any other leftist element of the internet.

3 posted on 01/03/2010 8:50:39 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: FromLori

Not surprised at all.

I personally had e-mails suppressed by Yahoo/AT&T during the Sarah Palin e-mail episode.

I had done a Technorati Search and posted the search entry and resulting screen capture. When I tried to send the screen capture to a blogger it failed. I tried twice and then sent it through my business e-mail account and it went fine.

Several days later I got a notification that my e-mail was being “held for testing”. When I responded, I got no return e-mail.

Months later my local ISP trace the problem to the point where it connected to AT&T/Yahoo. It was a Yahoo e-mail address that I attempted to send the message to.

Welcome to the brave new world.


4 posted on 01/03/2010 8:51:46 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: FromLori

Not necessarily Google. Non-Google President Obama supporters are the more likely culprit. If enough people label the website as spam on anti-spam websites or through anti-spam programs, the website will be blocked by anti-spam programs, etc. Or the website might really have a ton of spam advertisements. Or it could be somebody at Google.


5 posted on 01/03/2010 8:51:49 PM PST by DrGunsforHands
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To: FromLori

The Business Insider is great. Off topic, while I was reading the article I found a link in the article about Buss Insider’s Nigerian Facebook Scam..even the full conversation between the Nigerian who fessed up in the end. Pure entertainment.


6 posted on 01/03/2010 8:52:23 PM PST by max americana
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To: DrGunsforHands

Yep, could be the handiwork of Netroots. They are famous for such nonsense.

Totally unscrupulous.


7 posted on 01/03/2010 8:53:16 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Tax Government

Yes now it does but it was shut down for a while

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/03/googles-evil-policy-on-shutting-down-blogs/


8 posted on 01/03/2010 8:53:36 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: max americana
I know I find some of the craziest things on that site lol
9 posted on 01/03/2010 8:55:21 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: FromLori

Just amazing that a company would interfere like Google does. It’s going to probably cost them big time in the end.


10 posted on 01/03/2010 8:57:29 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: FromLori

Thanks for the link.

The Nigerian scammer even apologized to “Evan” after he got embarrassed. “Evan”’s sarcasm and comedic timing were hilarious.


11 posted on 01/03/2010 8:59:42 PM PST by max americana
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To: RobinOfKingston

Because Google is the best. It has become synonymous with searching for things on the internet because it does the job better than the other guys.


12 posted on 01/03/2010 9:02:35 PM PST by DrGunsforHands
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To: DrGunsforHands

That is true. However, when both founders of Google are big time donors to Dem and lib politics, and one of them brazenly said it is their duty to record every search record to assist the govt, I find that uncomfortable. Scroogle does as good a job as Google, I found out later..


13 posted on 01/03/2010 9:06:19 PM PST by max americana
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To: DrGunsforHands

Well, searching and posting a blog there are two different things. For $5.00 a month you can get your own domain name and rent unlimited space on a server and control your own destiny with a blog. I repeat. If I thought I had something important to say I would not beg somebody with as idiotic a name a “google” to let me use their facilities.

That’s just me, though, if you like ‘em, go for ‘em.


14 posted on 01/03/2010 9:10:22 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: FromLori

BTTT


15 posted on 01/03/2010 9:10:56 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: FromLori

save


16 posted on 01/03/2010 9:21:19 PM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: max americana
"Scroogle does as good a job as Google, I found out later.. "

I agree. I just discovered "Scroogle" a short time ago, and it's working perfect for me...uncluttered with graphics, and fast. Scroogle is my new "home" page and will remain as such, my main search engine.
17 posted on 01/03/2010 9:22:33 PM PST by FrankR (POWER FROM THE PEOPLE = POWER TO THE PEOPLE.)
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To: FrankR
I just checked and http://www.scroogle.com/ seems to be an Adult porn website. Or am I doing something wrong?
18 posted on 01/03/2010 9:30:27 PM PST by Screaming_Gerbil (Luke 22:36 "Then said he unto them...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.")
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To: max americana; DrGunsforHands
"...because it does the job better than the other guys.... makes the trains run on time..."

I use these:

http://ixquick.com/

http://clusty.com/

19 posted on 01/03/2010 9:45:04 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: FromLori

A long article, but interesting. Have to say John did some real investigating.

I don’t think Malkin picking up on the story. But maybe maxkeiser.com.

If regulatory agencies did the jobs they are regulated to do, companies like Rajaratnam, Bernie’s, Stanford and Trio would be getting caught a lot sooner.

Billions and billions of dollars of regular investors losing money by those pretending to be investing in good faith.

You find out later on how these investment companies principals have surrounded themselves with politicians so eager to take their contribution money in exchange for some sort of degree of protection.

It has to stop.

With regards to this story, I don’t see the Biden brothers getting investigated any time soon.


20 posted on 01/03/2010 9:46:54 PM PST by VicVega (2010 Let only Real Conservatives win. Say good night John McCain.)
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To: Yehuda

“We at Clusty don’t track you. Our toolbar doesn’t track you. We don’t want to know your email address.

Just search, all the time. No questions asked.”

hmm, sounds promising..


21 posted on 01/03/2010 9:48:49 PM PST by max americana
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

Oops...should be “.org”...sorry about that. Here’s the link I use:

http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm


22 posted on 01/03/2010 9:51:42 PM PST by FrankR (POWER FROM THE PEOPLE = POWER TO THE PEOPLE.)
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To: max americana

clusty:

“Clusty is intended to be an anonymous service. We do collect limited non-personally identifying information that your browser makes available. This log information includes your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, referral data, the date and time of your query and one or more cookies (described below) that may uniquely identify your browser. We use this information to...

http://clusty.com/privacypolicy

I think ixquick is a little more private

http://ixquick.com/eng/protect-privacy.html

and of course if you can stand a little delay/ ugly ads,

start from here:

http://anonymouse.org/


23 posted on 01/03/2010 10:05:10 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Yehuda

I DID use Anonymouse years ago but if you want use it and log to one your accounts, say yahoo, it kicks you out and if you ever do log in, your comments are accepted by the site your are commenting on. Something about the cookies..


24 posted on 01/03/2010 10:32:30 PM PST by max americana
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To: DrGunsforHands

Google sucks! PERIOD


25 posted on 01/03/2010 10:57:09 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: mojitojoe

Only if you don’t use it.

Seriously, if you dont like Google, then don’t use them! Try ALtaVista or some other lame search engine and see what that gets you.


26 posted on 01/03/2010 11:10:22 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: FrankR
http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm

Thank you for the proper link.

Love their apparent non-PC attitude with their pages. Ha ha ha...

27 posted on 01/03/2010 11:13:46 PM PST by Screaming_Gerbil (Luke 22:36 "Then said he unto them...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.")
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To: RobinOfKingston
I don't understand why anyone who thinks they have anything important to say, and that would be just about everyone writing on the 'net, would use google, you tube, ebay or any other leftist element of the internet.

Because taking your toys and going home is no way to distribute information.
28 posted on 01/03/2010 11:21:23 PM PST by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Terpfen

Well, there ya go ... replying to something I didn’t write.

Thanks, anyway.


29 posted on 01/03/2010 11:54:20 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: Soothesayer9

I don’t use it and have no intention of using it unless I go through another server. Google is noting but a bunch of spies and You Tube = Google. I wouldn’t put anything on YT and I always use a proxy. They want to track and spy, make it hard on them.


30 posted on 01/04/2010 12:39:23 AM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Soothesayer9

Bing, Ixquick, Scoogle, Dogpile, answers,com, creative commons, dogpile, there are plenty of others if one doesn’t want to use a proxy with Google. I couldn’t care less. If you like being tracked and spied on, have at it.


31 posted on 01/04/2010 12:41:50 AM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: FromLori

Google is evil. Never use Gmail, GoogleApps, or Blogger. You content is not yours with them.


32 posted on 01/04/2010 1:40:20 AM PST by rmlew (Democracy tends to ignore..., threats to its existence because it loathes doing what is needed)
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To: FromLori
DON'T FEED THE INTERNET MSM.

They will be a bigger thorn in our side in 20 years than the regular MSM has been.

There are alternatives to blogger & google. Typepad seems to be better than blogger, & famlis.com is a lot better than google
33 posted on 01/04/2010 5:33:33 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: RobinOfKingston

I’m pretty sure that the part I quoted is indeed in the post you wrote. That’s why it’s quoted.


34 posted on 01/04/2010 6:13:55 AM PST by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Terpfen

Your reply had nothing to do with my original post. I wrote exactly nothing about “taking your toys home.” My point was, people b!tch about “google” and keep using it.

My toys are very much out on the playground. I rent my own web space, though, rather than give my business to someone I don’t trust ... like “google.”


35 posted on 01/04/2010 8:02:31 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: RobinOfKingston
I wrote exactly nothing about “taking your toys home.”

Ah, but you did. The point of your post is to complain that people participate in "leftist element[s]" (your phrase) of the Internet. Unfortunately, it does no good for our side if people bow out of the culture wars.

Conservatism is routinely ridiculed in the pop culture, and yes, that has an effect at the ballot box. To take that a step further and complain that people use sites like YouTube and eBay is to bury your head deeper in the sand.
36 posted on 01/04/2010 8:50:13 AM PST by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Terpfen
Ah, but you did.

Ah, but I didn't. The original post was about the shaky nature of content placed on what you call "pop culture" sites. My point was, don't place your valuables with people you do not trust.

Got any other new phrases to introduce?

And, for what it worth, I quickly depart most threads where I run into a poster with the attitude that it's not worth continuing the struggle 'coz the other guys already won. No. Nothing you have written to me puts you in that category. My head is sufficiently above the sand, however, that I ain't gonna waste my time with that doom and gloom crap. When the last .40 cal has been expended, politically speaking, that's when the battle is over. Everyones toys may be broken by that time.

37 posted on 01/04/2010 10:42:44 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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